Grade 9 Option Course Descriptions & Fees 2016-17
APP SAVVY 9
Semester ($10 fee)
This course uses a project based and problem solving approach to teach students a variety of technology
and Web 2.0 skills that go beyond basic computer skills. Through individual and group work, students
will learn applications that increase their understanding of and ability with technology.
Semester ($13 fee)
Art students will be active artists in the studio working on creative and thematic projects based on drawing
(various styles & media), painting (watercolor & acrylic), sculpture (clay & glass), design (elements &
principles), printmaking (intaglio & relief), and art history (art timeline). Students will compose art
images with an emphasis on creative thinking and craftsmanship.
GRAPHIC DESIGN 9
Semester ($10 fee)
This course is for those who may be interested in pursuing an art career in cartooning or illustration. Students will have an opportunity to explore their art abilities through line, shape, texture and colour with the emphasis being on line art, design, and anime. Students will create flip books, superheroes, personified objects, and comic strips with and without the use of technology tools.
Full Year ($30 minimum fee/$300 maximum fee - final cost dependent on participation in optional
band trip, does not include instrument rental/purchase)
Band 8 is a pre-requisite, but instructor approval for enrolment can be granted following a musical audition.
Refine playing skills, supported by team building activities in listening, reading, creating, and valuing
music. Perform in concerts and a festival. Take advantage of an exciting optional extended overnight
trip. Note that Band 9 is typically a pre-requisite for high school band.
Semester ($15 fee)
The drama program fosters a positive self-concept in students by encouraging them to explore life and
express themselves. Students will participate in a variety of speaking and non-speaking roles. They will
continue working on short plays and small group activities geared toward skill development. A final
performance is an important part of the course.
FAST & CONVENIENT FOODS 9
Semester ($65 fee)
Students will learn how to consider budget, time, food quality, and alternatives when buying, using, and
making fast and convenient foods. A significant portion of the course involves preparing and cooking
various simple food dishes.
FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 9
French 8 is a pre-requisite but if a student does not have that, instructor approval for enrolment can be
granted following an oral/written language test. A thematic approach is used to develop comprehension
skills (listening/reading) and production skills (speaking/writing). Students will be required to participate
in oral classroom activities and complete written assignments.
Semester ($15 fee)
Guitar for beginners, no experience required. Provide your own six-string acoustic guitar. Learn chords,
guitar facts, strumming patterns, read melodies, and perform for an audience. Play along with recordings
of rock, folk, blues, and popular music.
Semester Course ($15 minimum fee/$250 maximum fee - final cost dependent on participation in
optional leadership conference/trip)
Students will learn skills to develop and enhance their leadership capacity. Students will be required to
commit to adopting a leadership role within the school and community. This will include team leader
responsibilities in areas such as student interest groups, liaising with staff on school matters and
governance, event/activity planning and implementation, humanitarian involvement, promotions,
mentoring, school spirit, team retreats, etc.
PERFORMING ARTS 9
Semester ($30 fee)
This class gives a firsthand look at all elements involved in putting on a large scale theatre production.
Whether you love acting, directing or set construction/painting, this class allows you to focus on that
passion and play a key role in next year’s big show.
RECREATIONAL FITNESS 9
Semester Course ($65 fee)
This course is open to students who have previously demonstrated a positive attitude and genuine interest
in physical education. Students will be exposed to a variety of sporting activities that are not part of the
regular PE program, both on and off site. It will assist students in maintaining and improving an
appropriate level of individual fitness, and will develop positive personal attributes and interpersonal skills
transferable to other areas of their lives. Please note that swimming is a required element of this course.
Students who cannot swim will be given basic skill instruction in order to participate.