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Complimentary Options

In addition to the five base subjects students have the opportunity to choose one complementary subject to study for each term. Students can choose from the following courses:

Art 7, 8, 9

Art students will explore art through a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture. Students will learn to apply skills in a way that develops not only their ability to create realistic pieces but also look at art as a form of personal expression.

Digital Media and Broadcasting 7, 8, 9

In the Digital Media and Broadcasting program, students discover the impact of news and ad media and the techniques used to communicate, gain our attention and sell products and services. Using digital still and video cameras, audio and computer technologies they also develop the skills to effectively communicate messages using various media forms: photography, video, sound and print. Students use their leadership, technology and communication skills to serve the school in activities such as photographing and videotaping school and classroom events, reporting activities in announcements and emceeing or helping to train emcees for school assemblies.

Drama 7, 8, 9

The drama program develops knowledge of self and others, competency in communication skills, and the tools to tell stories through action. This is accomplished by the study of movement, speech, improvisation, technical theatre and theatre history. Students perform in practical scene work, participate in character development and role play, and come to understand theatre tradition and etiquette.

Environmental and Outdoor Education 7, 8, 9

In Environmental and Outdoor Education every student will have the opportunity to participate in various “activities” during the year. All activities are chosen to ensure success, but still provide a real element of challenge. Students may require access to some equipment such as good rain gear, outdoor winter clothing and a backpack. Classroom theory, lessons, local trips, and potential overnight trips are all intended to prepare students for a possible longer overnight trip. The intent is to allow students a chance to experiment with independence, leadership, and personal challenge.

Sport Performance 7, 8, 9

Fitness is an activity based course designed for students who wish to develop training techniques and an understanding of themselves as an athlete. The course will give students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of sports skill development, physical training, nutrition, body mechanics, sport related injuries and first aid.

Food Studies 7, 8, 9

In Food Studies all students will be learning basic cooking skills and techniques as well as the positive benefits of healthy food choices. Students will learn: to understand and follow recipes, proper use of kitchen equipment, kitchen safety, care in handling food, team work, and efficient work habits. Practical lab experiences will emphasize the development of food preparation skills.  Recipes chosen will represent the grade and skill level of the students.

Music 7, 8, 9

The music program provides students with the opportunity to learn guitar, play drums occasionally and sing. Students will develop the skills required to play a repertoire of interesting pieces written in a variety of musical styles. Students can rent a guitar to take home to practice with. Student will be asked to sign a contract for leasing the guitar and any damages that might occur to it. The guitar is return at the end of the term. Alternatively, students may use their own approved guitar.

Leadership 7, 8, 9

Leadership students will be active and responsible citizens contributing positively to the quality of their environment, community and society as a whole. Students will learn about their personal strengths and style of leadership. Through various student initiated projects, students will develop social responsibility and cultural, global and environmental awareness. Students will be involved in planning, managing and accessing a number of school wide, local and global community service initiatives that will enable them to develop their identity, leadership skills and participation in a broader world.

Computer Coding 7, 8, 9 

Students enrolled in Computer Coding will engage in multiple coding languages and activities based upon grade level. Students in grades 7 and 8 will work through block based programming languages which serve as an introduction to text based coding (primarily Python programming language) in grade 9. Students will practice basic coding concepts such as utilizing loops and conditional statements, implementing incremental change through mathematical operations, and efficiently implementing coded solutions. These skills will help to prepare them for future CTF courses in highschool, as well as lay a foundation for post secondary/employment opportunities beyond grade 12. 



Digital Art 7, 8, 9 

Students enrolled in Digital Art take advantage of the opportunities to work with drawing tablets and styluses while exploring the abilities of a professional quality media suite (Krita). While high in quality, these tools are also affordable options for students to continue using at home if they are so interested. Students will work to understand various avenues of artistic creation, from Graphic Design to Illustration and Industrial Design (which will be facilitated through free programs such as Tinkercad).