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Upcoming Programs of Interest

Enrichment opportunities outside of school are a great way for students to gain experience and expand their horizons. At VHS, we encourage students to explore these opportunities through educational programs so they can take advantage of the benefits that may serve them well in the future. Many program deadlines are quickly approaching, so we encourage students to do their research and consider applying to some of the exciting options below.

Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada is a unique opportunity for teens who wish to meet other young people from across the country during a week-long program in Ottawa. The program allows students the opportunity to explore future career options through experiential learning. To be eligible, students must be 14–17 years of age, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, be enrolled in a Ministry-recognized school in Canada, such as VHS, and have written consent from a parent/guardian and a recommendation from their school.

Watch the video below to learn more about the program.

Encounters with Canada offers various theme weeks throughout the year, with some occurring multiple times. Some examples of these themes include Business & Entrepreneurship, Democracy & Youth, Global Affairs, Sports & Fitness, and many more. For the entire list of offerings and dates, check out their website.

These week-long opportunities come with a fee of $750 that includes program fees, accommodation, meals, and travel. All programs are first come, first serve, so don’t wait to register. Let us know if you attend—we want to hear about your experience!

Deadline to apply: Application deadlines vary by program. Visit the website for details.

Cambridge Immerse

Immerse Education provides exceptional, award-winning summer school programs hosted at the various colleges of historic Cambridge University in England. Immerse programs aim to foster an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry and instills a passion for learning. Participants learn in small classes with supplementary workshops and activities, and live in the colleges for the duration of the program. Immerse summer programs are designed by expert, experienced tutors, including some of the brightest minds from the world’s leading universities. Programs are available for students aged 11 to 18 in disciplines such as law, engineering, app development, architecture, medicine, economics, philosophy, physics, and more. For full details regarding programs and fees, visit the Immerse Education website.

Deadline to apply: Application deadlines vary by program. Visit the website for details.

Polar Expressions Summer Contests 

Polar Expressions Publishing is holding its 12th annual national poetry and short-story contests for Canadian citizens of all ages, including a specific division for young writers. There is no entry fee, and over $3,500 in cash and other prizes will be awarded.

Entrants should ensure that all work is original and has not been previously published. Only one poem and/or short story may be submitted. Fanfiction and essays are not eligible. All stories should be fiction or fictionalized (change the names of real characters). For the full list of rules and restrictions, visit the contest website.

Many VHS students have participated in these contests in the past, including a student that was a finalist in 2018!

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2019