W. J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford has won a national competition in career exploration.
The Let’s Talk Careers event was held by Skills Canada and Let’s Talk Science to engage students in career discovery and exploration.
The event ran from April 12 to May 21 on the ChatterHigh platform and gave students the opportunity to learn about careers in the skilled trades, technologies and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Students from across Canada answered a daily quiz to earn points towards their personal and school leaderboards.
The schools with the highest ranking won a cash prize, and the students who answered the most questions correctly in the allotted time also won personal cash bursaries of up to $125.
More than 6,100 students from 245 schools participated. Of those, W.J. Mouat had 503 participants (students, teachers and parents), and 61 students – four of whom placed in the top 20 in Canada – won bursaries.
W. J. Mouat took the top school prize, winning $1,200 and the title of “Canada’s Most Informed School.” This is the fourth time the school has won the national title.
The school held a virtual winners’ celebration on June 11, which was attended by students, teachers, board of education chair Stan Peterson, and MLA and Mouat alum Mike de Jong.
“One comment that resonated with me was that they not only discovered new career paths but learned where to find those paths,” de Jong said.
“The spirit of W. J. Mouat is a winning one and I am immensely proud of the high performance of the school and district. The fact that students are getting informed early bodes extremely well for the future.”
Principal David de Wit said the competition provides valuable information.
“What is important is that we’re helping our students along the way making informed career decisions and opening their eyes to the possibilities of not only post-secondary studies but the options that are available to them in the future, and I think that’s the most important part of this tool,” he said.