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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
#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...

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....
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...