Above and Beyond

Formerly known as the Idea Share Shop, our new and improved Above and Beyond Blog contains the best ideas for student leaders to try out in their schools and communities to accomplish their goals. Whether it be school culture and climate, fundraising, or recognition and appreciation, you’ll find plenty of great ideas here.

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The Idea Share Shop

The Idea Share Shop

“If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."                     George Bernard Shaw...

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Thoughtful Thursdays

Thoughtful Thursdays

Every Thursday is Thoughtful Thursday in my classroom. During the week, students are encouraged to notice the thoughtful things their classmates demonstrate. They write up a Coyote Howl on the yellow slip of paper that states I want to give a Coyote Howl to… (they...

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Where’s the Spirit Stick?

Where’s the Spirit Stick?

To successfully captivate our school, district, and our community during an abnormal homecoming week, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School’s student council needed to do some thinking. Traditionally, our council would plan our week around the idea of spirit stick points, your...

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Social Media Welcome to New Staff

Crescent Heights High in Medicine Hat uses their social media to welcome new staff to the school. It is a great way to let people know who is arriving and welcomes the new staff members.

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Self-Care Jar

Self-Care Jar

Instead of looking at Self-Care as an event that happens once a week or so for you, and we share on social media; what if self-care practices became the habits we did for ourselves every day?! Instead of burning ourselves out through the week to get to Sunday to have...

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Staff Gala

Staff Gala

In December, on the Thursday and Friday the week before Christmas break, KVHS had a Staff Gala. Three weeks before the event, staff received invitations in their mailboxes inviting them to the gala and they were encouraged to come dressed in their finest on this day. ...

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Race Around the World

Not being able to host their traditional bike-a-thon, St. Francis Xavier High school in Edmonton challenged their students to "Race Around the World”.  Students tracked their personal kilometres through a fitness app, and the students attempted to reach the school...

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Make a Statement with your Murals

Make a Statement with your Murals

The Rams of Stonewall Collegiate in Manitoba are reminded each time they enter their gym that impossible is not a fact. Your gym is a massive space for positive art and messages.

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Celebrate History Every Day

Celebrate History Every Day

This is a great mural at Digby High that celebrates Black History every day. History in the hallway brings it home for all peoples. Use your murals to celebrate and educate.

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Sanitation Stations

Sanitation Stations

A John Caldwell School student taking the Global Competencies 120 class worked diligently to place “Sanitation Stations” in our washrooms. Hygiene products will be accessible to all female and gender neutral washrooms throughout the school. She received a Reach for...

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Intergenerational Art Show

Intergenerational Art Show

The Grade 10 Leadership Class at Centennial High in Calgary goes weekly to the local senior's centre to visit and do activities with their residents.  These can be as simple as a visit or more complicated like balloon volleyball, bingo, or Jeopardy.  One of the major...

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Staff Bitmoji Competition

Staff Bitmoji Competition

St. Peter's Catholic Secondary in Barrie challenged their Staff teams to participate in the Staff Bitmoji Challenge.   The following is their memo to staff: GETTING STARTED To get started creating your Bitmoji universe, you need to download the app (available for...

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Easter Egg Smash

Easter Egg Smash

We ran a fun and simple activity this week that may work for you.  We advertised all around the school about the upcoming Easter Egg Smash. We also filmed a video of a kid getting an egg smashed on his head and put it on Instagram. On the day of the event, we had six...

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Art Package for Feeder Schools

Art Package for Feeder Schools

In an attempt to build connections with their local feeder schools, Clayton Heights Secondary in Surrey built art packages for the students. Each kit had three crafts in them with glue and glitter galore. Over 500 kits were built for every K–3 student in the feeder...

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Annual Charity Hockey Game – Blades for Baskets!

At St. Martin Catholic Secondary School, one of our most popular traditions is our annual teachers vs students Charity Hockey Game, known in the building as the “Blades for Baskets” game.  The event is run by our Grade 12 Leadership class as a fundraiser for our...

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Kobras Get Caught Being Kind

Kobras Get Caught Being Kind

Kindersley Composite School SLC started a campaign for the month of February that encouraged students to “Get Caught Being Kind.” Parents, peers, staff and community members have been nominating students who demonstrate Kobra Kindness and we spotlight them in our...

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Future Mustangs Virtual Visits

Future Mustangs Virtual Visits

One way to introduce your incoming grade 9 class is to invite them to tour the school and meet with student leaders. This is a great opportunity for your leaders to tell the new students all about the school and the activities, sports and clubs. However, this is...

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Wall of Pride

Wall of Pride

Using paper bricks, Fraser High School built a wall of pride in their front foyer that recognized the outstanding efforts of clubs, individuals and staff members at their school. This is a great opportunity to let people know about academic and artistic achievements...

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Too Much Spirit for Some – solution

St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary in Barrie has an outrageous and spirited Colour Clash Day held each fall. The infectious and positive energy is off the charts in the building, however, it is too much for some. A teacher took a personal day each year to avoid the chaos...

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Staffulty Awards

Staffulty Awards

Each month when the staff meeting agenda is sent out, Clayton Heights Secondary also sends out a Microsoft form called the Staffulty Award. Staff members can nominate other staff members for the work they do with kids, extracurricular activities, sports, or with in...

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Trickshot Competition

Trickshot Competition

Students are invited to film their best trickshot on video and submit it to a bracket challenge for the school. The staff and students at Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto got their competition down to these final four videos. You can pick the one you think should win. (the...

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Class of the Day

Class of the Day

Just prior to a major marking period or at the end of first or second semester, teachers are invited to nominate a class for their hard work and dedication. Teachers write up a brief blurb on why this class deserves to be Class of the Day. All nominations are placed...

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Pretend VACAY Day

Pretend VACAY Day

Whatever your lockdown situation, you know that you probably are not heading to the beach, balmy climes or cruise ship any time soon. A great spirit day is to dress like you are going on a trip this coming break, even if it is just a trip to the couch! L.P. Miller...

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Dad Jokes Challenge

Dad Jokes Challenge

Two teams of four match up to make the other person crack a smile at the best bad dad jokes. Each member gets to face off against one opponent and try to get the other person to laugh their face off by telling four of his or her best dad jokes. If you smile or laugh,...

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Vestivus

Vestivus

What is cooler than a sweater vest? Well . . . it's Saskatchewan, where you go into a curling rink to warm up in the winter, so a vest is a great way to celebrate a spirit week or month as Jana Fisher and the spirited Bears of Wynyard Composite wanted to warm things...

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Leadership Buddies with Staff

Leadership Buddies with Staff

The number one rule in modern marketing is that word of mouth is the most powerful way to let people know what is happening. Yale Secondary leadership students are paired with a teacher in the school to act as a "leadership buddy" on the first day of school. This...

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Keep your Fish Fresh

Keep your Fish Fresh

Few people know that storm drains located on your street empty right into local streams, creeks, and rivers in your neighbourhood. To remind people not to dump waste oil and other contaminants into the local water table, Yale Secondary leadership students, in...

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Razzle Dazzle Hype Video

KCI in Kitchener has their students and staff film a 20–30 second video clip and then all of the clips are put together with the app Quik for a Razzle Dazzle version of the life at school or home. Check out a sample video here. Hints:  Have people submit videos of...

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Grad Tradition – Mural Recognition

Grad Tradition – Mural Recognition

Melissa Wright describes a unique opportunity for her grads to leave their mark at Kennebecasis Valley High. Watch here:   https://fb.watch/30oo8y-c-p/ You can find it here on our YouTube channel.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Take the time to have some fun with Groundhog Day. People need a break at this time of year and want something hopeful and fun to celebrate. Give prizes to the person who can do the best hand shadow puppet. Play pin the tail on the groundhog. Have a groundhog pinata...

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Human Hungry Hippos

Human Hungry Hippos

Turn a simple kids game into an insane couple minutes of energy and fun. This makes a great pep rally challenge. Items needed 1 Skateboard per team 1 Small-Medium laundry basket per team Balloons- 1 colour per team Tape for marking off "Team Box" on the floor in the...

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Be the “I” in KIND

Be the “I” in KIND

The simple message on this poster reminds students of their role in spreading kindness. Hang your poster at student eye level in a highly trafficked area of the school, like a hallway near the cafeteria or the wall in your front foyer. Have members of your admin and...

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Random Acts of Softness

Usually when you think of a quilting club, you picture cute grandmas happily sewing away. One student, Braegan Zimmerman was inspired by the impact of a quilt ministry on a mission trip and decided to replicate it in her hometown. Braegan and 20 other students didn’t...

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Community Involvement Fair

Community Involvement Fair

One of the complaints that students have about volunteering is that they don’t know who is looking for volunteers. Solve this problem by inviting local charities, associations and volunteer groups to your school for a Community Involvement Fair. This fair can run...

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Empty Bowls for Hunger

Empty Bowls for Hunger

Empty Bowls allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fibre artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, and other artists and...

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Second Semester Welcome

Second Semester Welcome

New Student Breakfast:    Most schools attempt to recognize new students at the beginning of the school year, but with semesters there is also a second major entry point to school. At the beginning of second semester, invite the new students and their parents to a...

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Skittles for Scholars

Skittles for Scholars

Great Oak High School recognizes their scholar athletes with a certificate and Skittles. The bag of candy may sound a bit juvenile, but it's like a "gold star" for effort and students look forward to being recognized in the Skittles for Scholars program. They receive...

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Personalize Valentines

Personalize Valentines

Personalized Hearts: cut out hearts for every student and staff member and then write their name and a brief message on the heart. Place hearts around your school the evening before Valentine’s Day. The hallways look great decorated and everyone enjoys finding their...

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#belikeBrent

#belikeBrent

Brent is a butler. He brings you all of the upcoming events. Be involved. Be like Brent. Brent was a Halloween decoration who has found a new calling and a permanent home in the foyer of Wynyard Composite School. He announces all of the upcoming events on his little...

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Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

This is our version of an old-school Easter Egg Hunt, but you can make it fit any holiday or random theme. We post spring-ish items (Easter Bunny, Tulips, Easter Eggs, Robins, Sandals, etc.) around the school in places that take more than a casual glance to see, but...

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Rock Paper Scissors ONLINE

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a game that can be taken virtually, and Ethan Gasee from Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto had his whole school throwing down their virtual rocks in an online tournament. A signup form was sent out to the whole student body and staff on Google Forms....

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The Zoomies

The Zoomies

Scott Thompson from Bow Valley High had some fun and frustration with the virtual world of education and handed out some awards for efforts that should be recognized in the world of virtual learning. He called his awards "The Zoomies". You can hand out recognition...

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Virtual Brain Break Games

Read my Lips This is actually an ideal game for a virtual brain-break. The idea is just like it sounds. One person mouths a phrase and the other players have to guess what they said. This game often goes awry when playing in person, but for a virtual group, it’s easy...

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True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth

True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth

True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth   Join CSLA and students across Canada to participate in a True Colours workshop presented by our friends at Relay for Life Youth. This workshop took place on December 9, 2020. A recording of the workshop can be...

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Mathletes – One! Two! Three! COMPUTE!

Mathletes – One! Two! Three! COMPUTE!

St. Patrick’s math department from Quebec City ran their edition of Math Week. This year's format of competition was online. Participants must solve 10 riddles and participate in a few math games to collect as many points as possible. Last year, they did the daily...

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Kiss a Grad Goodbye

Kiss a Grad Goodbye

In May of each school year, Kennebecasis Valley High Renaissance sells “Kiss a Grad Goodbye’s” to students and staff. A “Kiss a Grad Goodbye” consists of a white piece of cardstock decorated with a blue graduation cap, a Hershey’s Kiss, and a space to write an...

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Happy Harvest

Happy Harvest

Charlottetown Rural in PEI has created an event that feeds the needs of their culinary students and the bellies of the school population. Happy Harvest is a wonderfully collaborative event involving the inclusive education, culinary and leadership students.  Using...

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We Dare You . . . to be kind

Instead of challenging people to do dangerous things, make it truly challenging to interact with others in a positive way and dare to be kind. Identify the challenge for each of the five days during the week. from Debbie Hawkins

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Who’s that Teacher?

Who’s that Teacher?

W. P. Wagner High from Edmonton conquered the virtual Halloween creatures by having their staff submit pictures of themselves dressed for Halloween as a kid. The quiz was then posted to their website as a Google Form and students and staff attempted to select who was...

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Scholarship Secrets

Scholarship Secrets

On October 28, 2020 CSLA was joined by Jane Thompson, Executive Director of the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership Program. You can watch the playback here. Applications for the TD Scholarships are due on Friday, November 13, 2020.        ...

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Clash of Colours

Clash of Colours

While the colours of purple, orange, green and yellow are not the school colours at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario they have significant meaning and are attached to one of the most important traditions, known as Clash of Colours,  that brings...

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Drive-In Grad Awards

Drive-In Grad Awards

Our province has a cap on gatherings of 50 people or fewer. For our grad awards night, we teamed up with a local hotel to host the event drive-in style! Our student leaders pulled off an incredible event that our grads will remember for a long time. And only two dead...

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Most Fortunate Cookies

Most Fortunate Cookies

The students at Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto decided to create fortunate futures for their staff and students. They ordered up some fortune cookies with fortunes that were specific to their school. These had to be ordered specially, but they generated much more positive...

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Magical Wiggle Worm Wednesday – Why not?

Magical Wiggle Worm Wednesday – Why not?

  On a Wednesday morning (or any other day) hand out magic wiggle worms to students. Lots of smiles behind the masks and lots of posts on Instagram. You can get 120 for $40 on Amazon here. Everyone needs a smile, and a wiggle worm can help!      ...

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The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

Using the ideas and format from the TV show, The Masked Singer, Tanenbaum CHAT school had a video made of staff members singing with their choice of mask (Hallowe'en would make a scary version of this for your school). The individual staff members were edited together...

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National Cookie Day

National Cookie Day

Everybody loves a cookie, so why not celebrate all of the different varieties?  December 4th is the day to celebrate the goodness of this treat. You can hand out free cookies and just make everybody happy! Cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century AD Persia,...

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Online Polling

Online Polling

Use online polling platforms for instant and interactive answers to questions. Platforms such as polleverywhere.com allow you to use this with a live and virtual audience. Create questions that will give you a barometer of how people are feeling. You can also have fun...

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National Day of . . . time to celebrate!

National Day of . . . time to celebrate!

You've always wondered when it's national Talk like a Pirate Day or that World Kindness Day is November 13th, and that Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is January 30th. Spice up your calendar with some serious and silly commemorations. Find all of your serious and fun...

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A Walk-In Movie (outdoors)

A Walk-In Movie (outdoors)

The Leadership class at Olds High in Alberta hosted  a Walk-in Movie with Fresh Air Cinemas from Red Deer. This was to replace our welcome back dance. The feature  was "Grease" and we had about 140 students attend. The $10 ticket included the movie, popcorn and a pop....

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“Never Have I Ever” to lighten online learning

“Never Have I Ever” to lighten online learning

If you create the list of topics, you can keep this raucous party game in a PG format. Here’s how this activity goes: Create a list of PG topics like “Never have I ever stepped on Lego” or “Never have I ever eaten an entire pack of Oreos” or “Never have I ever climbed...

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