PROGRAM OVERVIEW

At all grade levels the Windermere Leadership Program promotes social responsibility and youth volunteer involvement. Through community based experiential learning, and opportunities to actively engage in local and global issues, we push students to integrate their past, present, and dreams for the future; resulting in a realm of potential, where a student’s values, experiences, and knowledge, direct academic pursuits and future goals.

The program is organized so that students take four courses together as a Leadership cohort and are integrated with the mainstream school for their remaining courses.  As Vancouver School District shifts to a semester model, students will likely have 1/2 of their school day in Leadership courses and 1/2 of their school day in mainstream courses. 

We often refer to John C Maxwell's quote that "A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way" to encompass the leadership development we see in our students. Our students start out by learning leadership skills through a safe and supportive cohort.  As they progress, they are able to demonstrate those skills to effect positive change in the community.  By the time they leave Leadership, our students journey into adulthood supported by the leadership skills they now confidently put into practice. 

Learn more about what happens in each grade by reading our descriptions below.  Please also feel free to download our full pamphlet.

Ava bends glass with fire!
Ava bends glass with fire!

All leadership students have the core classroom experiences that mainstream students have, including science lab experiments

Recycling program
Recycling program

Leadership students have extra experiences too. Every Friday afternoon, our Grade 8 class works to collect and sort drink containers.

Eagle Watch
Eagle Watch

Class photo during our eagle watching field trip in Squamish

Ava bends glass with fire!
Ava bends glass with fire!

All leadership students have the core classroom experiences that mainstream students have, including science lab experiments

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Grade 8 

In the first year of the program, students are expected to be actively involved in our multifaceted program. Students combine PHE 8, Social Studies 8, Science 8 and English 8 in a four-course full day. Students are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours this year on initiatives that fit the Leadership program philosophy.  We encourage students to work within the structures present at our school including our Garden Club, the Windermere Community Programs  office, as well as other organizations, although student have the autonomy to choose other volunteer opportunities as well. 

Living labs!
Living labs!

Students are working on a biodiversity survey in the school courtyard to assess suitability for native pollinators

Mindfulness in the local watershed
Mindfulness in the local watershed

Students develop observational skills and self-awareness as they practice mindfulness in local ecosystems

Earth Day
Earth Day

Speaking with the community to spread the word!

Living labs!
Living labs!

Students are working on a biodiversity survey in the school courtyard to assess suitability for native pollinators

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Grade 9

In the second year of the program, students again combine PHE 9, Social Studies 9, Ecology 9, and English 9 in a four-course full day. Students also build on leadership and citizenship skills through new challenges and opportunities. Students are again expected to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours this year on initiatives that fit the Leadership program philosophy.  We encourage students to build leadership capacity by taking on more in-depth roles and responsibilities as they venture into the community.

Cristal pauses on a hike to say hi!
Cristal pauses on a hike to say hi!

Henry, learning bocce!
Henry, learning bocce!

Fastbreak Tournament
Fastbreak Tournament

Leadership 10 students leading the Fastbreak Tournament (Term 3).

Cristal pauses on a hike to say hi!
Cristal pauses on a hike to say hi!

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Grade 10

In the third year of the program, students combine PHE 10, Social Studies 10, English 10, and CLE (Career-Life Education) 10 in a four-course full day.  Students are again expected to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours this year on initiatives that fit the Leadership program philosophy.  Most students do far more than this.  Students now begin to take ownership and initiate opportunities for elementary, Grade 8, and Grade 9 students to participate in as well as building their repertoire of leadership skills by taking on greater levels of responsibility.

Strong friendships!
Strong friendships!

The mutual challenges and shared successes in the leadership program often turn into lifelong friendships

Car Free Day
Car Free Day

Bike Train for Car Free Day

C3 Climate Change Conference
C3 Climate Change Conference

Youth from across the Lower Mainland participating in the Harsha Walia "Climate Justice" Workshop.

Strong friendships!
Strong friendships!

The mutual challenges and shared successes in the leadership program often turn into lifelong friendships

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Grade 11

The fourth year of the program sees students combine for PHE 11, History 12, English 11, and Environmental Science 11 in a four-course full day. Students now volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours this year on initiatives that fit the Leadership program philosophy, with many students exceeding these hours by far. Our senior students now have the skills to lead junior students to create positive change through various initiatives and programs.  Students continue grow in their volunteering roles, leading the charge for change.

Click the picture to read about some of our projects!

Grade 12

The fifth and final year of the program culminates with students working on individual projects under the guidance of a CLC (Career-Life Connections) 12 teacher mentor, and sometimes working directly with Windermere Community Programs or individual Leadership projects. Students are expected to take on new challenges that will allow them continued growth as leaders. This is an off-timetable block; students meet 2-3 times a month to debrief and discuss the successes and difficulties they face.

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