Link Crew

John McCrae Secondary School LINK Crew

The Link Crew Grade 9 orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support grade nines by assigning them a senior student Link Leader as a mentor during their first year of high school. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains Grade Eleven and Twelve students to be Link Leaders. The Link Leader is a responsible older student who is a positive role model, responsible, possesses leadership qualities, is kind and most importantly, has a desire to give back to his/her school community.

IDC 4U – “The Course”

Is a combination of Link Crew and Leadership. Approximately half of the course for each of these components.

Link Crew Component

  • planning Academic Follow Ups (AFU), Social Follow Ups (FSU), Leader Initiated Contact and Ubuntu (yearend celebration).

  • learning about the various learning disabilities and how to work and support students with these learning disabilities.

  • learning how to teach small groups, how to work as a team and support one another and their students as they meet the challenges of Grade 9.

Leadership Component (3 units)

  • Personality Profiling and Leadership Styles (True Colours, Myers Briggs and how to use this knowledge)

  • Management (text - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, How to encourage and support change)

  • Leadership (What is successful Leadership? importance of communication, modelling ….)

The goals of Link Crew at John McCrae

For Grade Nines:

  • To increase academic success through support of peers

  • To expose students to a variety of individuals at our school in positive situations

For Link Leaders:

  • To empower Grade Eleven and Twelve students as role models for Grade Nines

  • To develop leadership skills in students within the school

For Everyone:

  • To allow successful older students to pass on positive traditions to younger students

  • To teach students that by working together they can be successful and enjoy one another

  • To help create a supportive and positive culture at John McCrae Secondary School

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