Leadership photo cropped ok for websiteWelcome to Leadership at Mount Doug! An outside the timetable course providing students the opportunity to become more involved in the school and local community. Read below to see all the exciting events Leadership students plan and participate in!

Leadership Council email: mountdougleadership@gmail.com

Mrs. Baldwin’s (Advisor) email: cbaldwin@sd61.bc.ca

Mrs. Phillips’ (Advisor) email: srphillips@sd61.bc.ca

Leadership Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173866906120518/

(please request to join if you are in the class)

Leadership News Update – Spring 2015

Many leadership events have taken place since our last update.

Santa’s breakfast was a hit, with the highest attendance record ever.  The teacher skit, free food, and various performances from the junior dancers and students singers, made this social event a home run!

Mount Doug doesn’t just focus on having fun though.  The Ministry of Environment has spent months promoting green initiatives, including the YesBC Youth Conference for Environmental Stewardship bringing environmental awareness to the school.  They have continued sorting the school recycling, and picking up classroom recycling every week.  This ministry also helps students realize the importance of recycling for the global and local community.  Students improve their communication skills by interacting with various other leadership students and staff members.  Currently, they have initiated a year-long project of revamping the recycling stations at the school.   The task of building a series of effective, efficient, aesthetically-pleasing and environmental friendly recycling stations has been initiated and planned, designed and carried out by Mount Douglas students which not only shows the amount of concern and care we have for our environment, but also shows our unbreakable spirit.

Not just environmental awareness is promoted at Mount Doug.  The Ministry of Local Community and Youth Combating Intolerance Club have worked hard to sponsor the anti-bullying Pink Day, and promote anti-bullying workshops.

Along with environmental and social awareness and socializing, Mount Doug loves athletics.  Our Senior Boys football went to the provincial championships for the fourth year in a row, coming second to South Delta.  Our Ministry of Sports and Recreation organized outstanding dodge ball intra murals.  The champion team was Team Blue Balls, composed of twelve graduating students.  Next they’re hosting soccer intra murals, and team sports include girls’ rugby, co-ed track and field, girls’ soccer and mens’ rugby.

As always, the tech team has been absolutely fabulous.  The Ministry of Technology has faithfully supported the entirety of student council, as well as the rest of the school.  These dedicated tech savvy youth manage to attend all the school concerts, social events and assemblies, arriving early and staying late to make sure everything runs smoothly.  Because of them, we’re not living in the dark ages.

Submitted by Lizzie Bomford, Mount Doug Tri-Prime Minister

Leadership News Update – November 2014

Mount Doug’s Leadership program has started the year off with a bang! The first day of school was Leadership’s first event and with the sidewalk adorned by welcoming chalk art, the year was on track to be a success. As kids filled the Leadership Retreat - all ok for website - Sphia zhai, Katy Chen, Armel de le Fuentegym with excitement, leadership students stood with signs and smiles to welcome back each and every student.  Spirit Week was on next and students dressed up in pajamas, grade colours, and purple and gold.

To start October off, several leadership students participated in WE Day, a nation-wide conference in Vancouver, hosted by Free the Children. With many different speakers and performers, WE Day was an idea-churning event that made students think about the community. Exhausted students travelled back to Victoria, but their minds were bubbling with new ideas to bring to the school.

Leadership Retreat, an overnighter at the school, was run completely by the lovely student council. An abundance of team building games and activities ensured the night was filled with laughter and connection-making. The retreat wrapped up with memories that will last a lifetime and a strong leadership group set on making this year the best yet!

At the end of October, our Foreign Affairs ministry hosted the WE Scare Hunger Campaign, a food drive for the Mustard Seed. Each class collected non-perishable food items and the class that collected the most won a yummy prize. Halloween Connor Harrison and Zach UddenbergThe Halloween Dance rounded out the month and was a huge success. Students dressed up in their favorite costumes and danced to classic songs such as “The Time Warp” and “Thriller”. The night ended on a high note, as students left with ice cream sandwiches and smiles on their faces.

November has also been filled to the brim with events. The Remembrance Day Assembly included moving performances from the Senior Band and the Choir while students stood proudly, poppies over their hearts. A special visit from Campus View Elementary grade two students put the finishing touches on the assembly as the cute little kids recited “In Flanders Field”.

The Fall Pep Rally was our biggest November event so it took everyone from leadership and more besides to pull off. Leadership students adorned the gym, foyer and halls with Ram’s heads, purple and gold streams, and RAMtastic posters. On the day of the event, leadership students created a spirit tunnel to funnel students into the gym. With pom-poms and bang-bangs, leadership students ensured that Mount Doug was ready for an amazing pep rally that had the whole crowd roaring with giggles. Performance highlights included the Senior Band, the Teacher Band and the Cheer Team. In addition a Teacher vs. Teacher relay game had students and teachers laughing out loud. The Pep Rally ended with a Fashion Show from Marketing to showcase this fall’s Mount Doug Wear. This is just the beginning for Leadership! There are many more events and activities planned and we are all looking forward to a great year!

Leadership News Article – March 25, 2014

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The list goes on as the MD leadership team has involved themselves in school and local community activities during the first months of 2014!

  • Serving food at the MUSTARD SEED and OUR PLACE to be active locally
  • Guiding students at the district CAREER FAIR as SD61 students explore hundreds of career opportunities
  • Operating and organizing a concession at our basketball games
  • Hosting students from Saku, Japan by organizing games, tours and showing our school spirit giving them a taste of a Canadian high school experience
  • Selling candy grams for Valentine’s Day to fellow Rams and posting kind messages on hearts with students’ names on their lockers
  • Writing ANTI-BULLYING messages on all student lockers courtesy of our hardworking FREE THE CHILDREN Club
  • Volunteering for the RELAY FOR LIFE in support of the Canadian Cancer Society
  • Participating in the HEART & STROKE Foundation’s Media Literacy workshop aimed at how unhealthy food products are marketed to children and teens
  • Becoming trained Youth Facilitators for the Red Cross Beyond the Hurt Anti-Bullying campaign.


Spring Pep Rally – March 31st Spring Dance – April 3rd (parent chaperones still needed-contact Caroline Baldwin if interested in volunteering your time) cbaldwin@sd61.bc.ca Earth Day – April 22nd – Tim Horton’s Community Clean Up at Mount Doug City of Victoria Counsellors speaking to our morning classes over the next few weeks about the qualities of good leaders

Spring Pep Rally 2014 Spring Dance 2014

Leadership News Article – January 31, 2014 “Looking out for the Local Community”

Fill the Foyer returned to Mount Doug in December.  Leadership students and Grads proved the event to be a great success once again.  After a month of intense competition between all block two classes, Mr. Kidd’s class collected an outstanding 400 items, food and toys, to clinch first place. Second place was awarded to Mr. Dickson’s class with over 200 items. Mount Doug collected a grand total of over 3000 items. Thanks to the Mount Doug community for helping Victoria families in need in time for the holidays. Enough non-perishable food items and new toys were collected to make even more hampers than last year.Fill the Foyer Zoe BarnhardtAs Fill the Foyer was nearing its end, plans for Santa’s Breakfast were under way. Leadership students were busy preparing for the celebration right until December 20th.  Mount Doug students enjoyed a festive day filled with freshly made pancakes and lighthearted entertainment. The Wagon Wheels, Mount Doug’s very own bluegrass band, were among a hit list of performers that also included, alumnus Trevor Kidd, the Junior Dancers and the teacher band, Victoria’s Other Secret.  With bellies bursting with pancakes, students were treated to the highlight of the afternoon: the teacher skit. The teachers didn’t fail to entertain. They took the crowd on an adventure, with Dora (Mr. Williams) the Explorer and her trusty side-kick Boots (Ms. Dukes) the monkey, which included dance numbers to “What does the Fox (Mr. Quast) Say?” and “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”.Leadership students returned from winter break refreshed and ready to help wherever needed. Many could be seen sporting the purple and gold at Mount Doug’s Showcase Night.  Students set up, cleaned up, greeted visitors, led school tours, assisted with refreshments and hosted an information table for the evening. Leadership students have also been busy out in the community providing service at the Mustard Seed, preparing lunch at Our Place Society and pinching perogies at the Ukranian Cultural Centre. The Leadership class used bake sales and a delicious lunch of home-made Filipino food to raise a $600 donation for Typhoon Haiyan relief. A little closer to home, leadership students served our school community free tea and exam tips in the final week of semester one.Semester two brings with it many opportunities for students to get involved. Please check out the leadership website or ask a leadership student how you can get involved.

Leadership News Article – November 2013

We Scare Hunger adStudents masqueraded in style at the Halloween dance thanks to Nicole and students in the Social Affairs Ministry.  RAMtastic music, cool lights, and a photo booth were highlights. Food for WE Scare Hunger was also collected at the dance for the WE Scare Hunger campaign.

November arrived fast on October’s heels with even more ROWDY RAMS leadership events. Thanks to Tamiko for coordinating the peppiest of Pep Rallies on the 4th. So many school groups, including the Dancers, Cheerleaders, Marketing class and a host of Leadership students, contributed to make the Rally a rousing success. Thanks to Ninu for coordinating a heartfelt and thoughtful Remembrance Day assembly on November 8.

talentshowTVadFinally, the Talent Show happens on November 20.  This year’s theme is “80’s diner” and there will be many exciting performances including a magic show, hip-hop dancing and more!  The Teacher’s Band—“Victoria’s Other Secret” and Musical Theatre will also be featured. The Marketing Class will host a bake sale and a silent auction in the foyer, so you can enjoy snacks at intermission and take home goodies after the show.

Come for a fun evening showcasing several talented Mount Doug students. Tickets are on sale at lunch or at the door –$5 for students and $7 for adults.

– See more at: https://mountdoug.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/news/leadership-news-november-2013/#sthash.6skr4leO.dpuf

Leadership News Article – September 2013

On September 9th, leadership students retreated to Camp Pringle for three days of fun and bonding. They showed off their funky dance moves, learned about effective communication, and how to use their leadership skills to better lead in their own community. Afterwards, student leaders organized and ran the annual “Rams Country Corn Roast”. The corn roast helped kick off another great year at Mount Doug. Students feasted on cobs of corn and tapped toes to the sounds of Mount Doug’s own amazing teacher-band, “Staph Infection 6”. All in all, the corn roast was a “Rams Country” hit!

Rambucks, the school store organized and run by leadership students, opened for business on September 17th. The menu now includes protein power bars, fruit such as bananas, and weekly specials featuring chili and other wholesome, cooked food. On a food related note, something new and exciting this year is Mount Doug’s introduction of the BC Fruits and Veggie program. Fruits or vegetables will be provided once a month to the entire school at no charge.

October brings a full complement of leadership activities and events.  The “Free the Children” club will take 20 Mount Doug students to join up with other leadership students from around the province at the WE Day Vancouver festivities on October 18th. In addition to WE Day, Free the Children will be running an event called “We Scare Hunger” next month. Leadership students, along with the student body and the neighboring community, will be collecting cans of non-perishable food to donate to the food bank on Halloween.

Out in the community, students will be volunteering and participating in “Light the Night” for the Leukemia Society and the “Run for the Cure” for CIBC. Other exciting events coming up in October include the first day of weekly pre-ordered Booster Juice and the spooky Halloween dance on October 30th. The Halloween dance is a big event that draws lots of students to have fun dancing with their friends, but it isn’t possible without leadership and help from supportive parents.

Parents, if you are interested in chaperoning the dance, please contact Ms. Baldwin at cbaldwin@sd61.bc.ca
– See more at: https://mountdoug.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/news/leadership-update-october/#sthash.N71GeXfS.dpuf