Options/Complementary Courses

  • RE: Grade 5 and 6 CTF classes for 2018-2019

    If your child IS NOT in Sport for Life or Performing Arts, he or she will have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technology Foundation Options.  

    The following Career and Technology Foundations classes are being offered to students in Grades 5 and 6 for the 2018-2019 school year.  These programs are offered on a trimester basis, so all students will be rotated through all three options throughout the course of the school year.  Due to the Government of Alberta’s Bill 1, which attempts to reduce school fees for parents, we offer a no charge option for students.

 

A.  These CTF options will have a cost of $65 for the year. Each option will run for 3 months.

 Woodworking $20

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab.  The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, proper project sequencing, finishing techniques and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full wood shop to build several different projects. 

Foods $25

The Foods 5 course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of baked foods. 

The Foods 6 course is a continuation of Foods 5 which continues discussion of nutrition and preparation of simple recipes. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of baked foods.

 

 Fine Arts $20

Students will have an opportunity to draw, paint and sculpt in a variety of media.  Guest artists will be invited to instruct and assist students.

 

B.     A no-cost, full year option “Skills for Life” is also offered as a CTF choice; students who choose this option will remain in the option for the full year. This option will have a personal wellness focus, guiding students to explore tools and skills for interpersonal, physical and mental wellness.

 

 All grade 5 and 6 students will take French (except the Ukrainian Bilingual students) as a Second Language and Music class with some dance/movement.

 

Grade 7 and 8 Options 2018-2019

Grades 7 Options 2018-2019

We are pleased to offer exciting options that enhance our student’s education at St. Theresa. Sports-related courses will allow our students to explore a wide range of physical activities, while not limiting them to just one sport. As well, St. Theresa continues to offer a selection of courses in the arts, languages, technology and science. We are proud to offer many interesting choices that appeal to the diverse interests of our 21st century learners, while remaining a faith-centered, Catholic school.   With the introduction of Bill 1, we are also pleased to be able to offer several option courses at no cost, providing parents with a no-fee stream of option courses should you choose.


 Fine Arts Courses-Grade 7

 

Drama

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one, come all to a class that will have you using your head, your voice, your facial expressions and body movement to convey meaning, entertain the masses and generally have fun. At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various orientation exercises and activities.  This class will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program, but will NOT take part in the annual Performing Arts production.

$50

 

Musical Theatre Production

Taken from the General Music - Program of Studies, Musical Theatre allows students to "explore and develop musical skills using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music". Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing- all at the same time! The course provides students a variety of experiences that develop self-expression, creativity, communication, through music and drama. Students will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program and will be part of the ensemble in the Performing Arts production.

$70

 

Theatre Arts

  At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various in-school orientation exercises and activities. 

No Cost

Art

This course focuses on three major components of visual learning: Drawings (the ways we record visual information and discoveries), Compositions (the ways images are put together to create meaning) and Encounters (where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery). Students will have many opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in various media. The program is further designed to allow students to be creative, to develop skills and knowledge, and to develop appreciation and respect for the artistic efforts of others.

No Cost

 School of Rock

This option is intended for students who have a background in instrumental music and would like to build upon that experience in a collaborative setting with other like-minded music enthusiasts.  The goal is to bring guitar and bass players, keyboard players and drummers together to give them the experience of playing in a band and perhaps playing for an audience.  Students would be expected to learn existing songs as well as create originals to perform.  If possible, students would also be encouraged to bring their instruments to school, but for those unable to do so, some instruments will be provided.

$75

 

 

Sports-Related Courses-Grade 7

 

Sports Performance

 The purpose of the Sports Performance Course is to provide student athletes an opportunity to learn a wide variety of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the maximization of physical, social, cultural and emotional potential through lifelong, non-traditional sporting endeavors. Students will have exposure to activities such as weight and fitness training, swimming, triathlon, zumba, disc golf, and scuba diving. Through a combination of theory and practical exposure, students enrolled in the course will learn about sport development through the study of:

  1. Current training principles and nutrition
  2. Performance enhancement tools
  3. Sport injuries as they apply to the athlete
  4. Performance evaluation techniques
  5. Personal and group development through leadership skills and Volunteerism

The year end activity is the triathlon at the end of May. Training will be centered around this event.

Cost: $65 (includes cost of admission, use of facilities and transportation to facilities)

 

Introductory Outdoor Education

Field trips may include: Predator-Prey Wilderness Activity, Cross-Country Skiing, Navigation, Wall Climbing, and a concluding three day camping/river trip at Rocky Mountain House.

In-house Activities: Navigation, Snowshoeing, Winter Shelters, Winter Survival , Knot Tying

There are several projects that students will complete also.

The Junior High Outdoor and Environmental Education class is composed of six main course elements:

  1. Commitment to Action – Encourage responsibility for the local and global environment
  2. Outdoor Expeditions – Learn the skills, judgment, confidence and sensitivity in outdoor settings
  3. Environmental Investigations – Investigations regarding the effects of human lifestyles on environments
  4. Outdoor Core – Learn the skills and attitudes necessary for a safe, comfortable outdoor experience in all seasons
  5. Personal and Group Development – understand and respect self and others
  6. Environmental Core – awareness and appreciation for living things and understanding of basic ecological processes

No Cost, with optional field trips at a cost of $75.00 (approximately)

Optional Year End 3 Day Hela Adventure Trip : $375.00

 

Sport Science

Students will learn how the human body works during physical exercise and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance. This course is a project based course which will allow students to research and explore sports and recreational activities that interest them.

No Cost

 

Languages – Grade 7

 

French

Students will engage in various language activities, grammar and tasks. Using games, oral-based activities and word associations, students will be able to read, comprehend and speak fluently and spontaneously. The units covered at this level are “School”, “People Around Me”, “Weather”, and four holidays and celebrations.

Each student MUST supply his/her own French/English dictionary (Larousse Pocket Dictionary; printed in France).

No Cost

 

Ukrainian Language Arts

Students continue their studies in the Ukrainian bilingual program so they will be able to use Ukrainian language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication and personal satisfaction. They will be actively engaged in a variety of fun and interactive activities and language learning games. Students will learn through themes that appeal to their interests and needs (food/restaurants, pop music, fashion, entertainment/recreation, friendship/self). An understanding and appreciation of Ukrainian culture is emphasized. This course is required for Ukrainian Bilingual Program students.

No Cost

 

Ukrainian Creative Arts

Explore the many different areas of art, drama, music, sports, technology and much more through the Ukrainian culture. Taught predominantly in Ukrainian, students will become performers, creators, historians of Ukrainian culture. They will explore what it means to be a Ukrainian in a modern world, while enhancing their Ukrainian language speaking skills. This option enriches the Ukrainian bilingual program. Students participate in a variety of hands-on projects and attend field trips to enhance their well-rounded Ukrainian language experience. This course is a required course for grades 7 Ukrainian bilingual students.

No Cost

 

Science & Technology – Grade 7

 

Design Studies

Based on the CTS modules of “Design, Sketch and Draw,” “The Design Process,” and “3-D Design Fundamentals,” students will have the opportunity to work with a myriad of materials to design and create projects. This intensive hands-on course will challenge all students to build to the best of their ability. Some projects to be completed are: Balsa Wood Bridges, CO2 Race Cars, Balsa Wood Gliders!

Cost: $40.00

 

Robotics

Based on the Electro-Assembly CTS curriculum, students will be delving into the world of robotics through the First Lego-League’s Robotics for Youth. In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning.

Cost: $30.00

 

Media Arts

Students in Media 7 will learn to use all the different aspects of computers as used in today’s multimedia environment. Emphasis will be placed on: Graphic Arts—Students will work with several graphic arts programs to develop their own computer art and to manipulate existing art to different media designs and functions. Video Making—Students will learn the aspects of video development and creation by developing their own video from beginning to end. Simple Animation—Simple animations will be created using freely available software.

Cost: $40.00



Career and Technology Studies-Grade 7

 

Fashion

Students will gain knowledge about sewing machines, pressing equipment and fabrics/various yarns/textile arts and crafts and their care. They will explore areas such as design, production, merchandising, textiles, and accessories. The course will include the assembly of a simple project using a pattern.

Cost: $40.00; includes all supplies required and the purchase of the final sewing project

 

Foods

This course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes and the role of food in physical wellness and fitness. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of foods.

Cost: $40.00

 

Construction

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab. The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, layout and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full woodshop to build several different projects.

Cost: $40.00

 

Style & Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to learn how caring for their body, minds and selves, leads to an overall, well-rounded life experience. They will learn how to properly fuel their bodies through a balanced diet and exercise, as well as how to deal with stress. Students will participate in field trips, and will have guest speakers to help them learn about how to properly care for their skin, nails and hair.

Cost: $50

 

Leadership

Leadership is an option that students will gain skills in becoming a leader. Students will have the opportunity to explore what leadership means within a school context and gain skills that will set them up for success. An important aspect of being a leader is to help others by displaying empathy for their circumstances and being able to provide support without letting such circumstances impact the helper/leader. This course encourages students to be confident, supportive, and positive in our school. 

No Cost

 

Travel and Culture

This option will focus on developing an appreciation for different countries and cultures around the world. In addition, we will build skills associated with safe, cost effective, informed and responsible travel. Students will be involved in planning sample travel itineraries and sharing their research about countries of their choosing with their peers. We will also focus on learning about the various cultures in our school with an emphasis on language, cuisine, customs and traditions. Some optional off campus field trips to cultural centers will be offered as well.

No Cost, with optional field trips for an additional cost

 

 

 Grade 8 Options 2018-2019

We are pleased to offer exciting options that enhance our student’s education at St. Theresa. Sports-related courses will allow our students to explore a wide range of physical activities, while not limiting them to just one sport. As well, St. Theresa continues to offer a selection of courses in the arts, languages, technology and science. We are proud to offer many interesting choices that appeal to the diverse interests of our 21st century learners, while remaining a faith-centered, Catholic school.   With the introduction of Bill 1, we are also pleased to be able to offer several option courses at no cost, providing parents with a no-fee stream of option courses should you choose.

 

Fine Arts Courses-Grade 8

 

Drama

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one, come all to a class that will have you using your head, your voice, your facial expressions and body movement to convey meaning, entertain the masses and generally have fun. At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various orientation exercises and activities.  This class will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program, but will NOT take part in the annual Performing Arts production.

$50

 

 Musical Theatre Production

Taken from the General Music - Program of Studies, Musical Theatre allows students to "explore and develop musical skills using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music". Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing- all at the same time! The course provides students a variety of experiences that develop self-expression, creativity, communication, through music and drama. Students will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program and will be part of the ensemble in the Performing Arts production.

$70

 

Theatre Arts

  At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various in-school orientation exercises and activities. 

No Cost

Art

This course focuses on three major components of visual learning: Drawings (the ways we record visual information and discoveries), Compositions (the ways images are put together to create meaning) and Encounters (where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery). Students will have many opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in various media. The program is further designed to allow students to be creative, to develop skills and knowledge, and to develop appreciation and respect for the artistic efforts of others.

No Cost

 

School of Rock

This option is intended for students who have a background in instrumental music and would like to build upon that experience in a collaborative setting with other like-minded music enthusiasts.  The goal is to bring guitar and bass players, keyboard players and drummers together to give them the experience of playing in a band and perhaps playing for an audience.  Students would be expected to learn existing songs as well as create originals to perform.  If possible, students would also be encouraged to bring their instruments to school, but for those unable to do so, some instruments will be provided.

$75

 

Sports-Related Courses-Grade 8

 

Sports Leadership

The purpose of the Sports Leadership Course is to provide student athletes an opportunity to learn a wide variety of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the maximization of physical, social, cultural and emotional potential through lifelong, non-traditional sporting endeavors. Students will have exposure to activities such as weight and fitness training, swimming and scuba. Through a combination of theory and practical exposure, students enrolled in the course will learn about sport development through the study of:

  1. Current training principles
  2. Sport injuries as they apply to the athlete
  3. Performance evaluation techniques
  4. Personal and group development through leadership skills and Volunteerism

Students will also be following the “Learning to Lead” leadership curriculum where they will incorporate into Sports Performance: Leadership Concepts, Structures of Organizations, Rules of Order,

‘Great’ Leaders (both positive and negative contributors), Personal examples of Leadership (Goal Setting), Developing a Leadership Plan

The class will have various guest speakers throughout the year. Students will be facilitators for intramural programming, be responsible for pep rallies and help mentor younger students. Our year end project is planning and running a triathlon in May.

Cost: $100 (Includes field trip costs)

 

Advanced Outdoor Education

Field trips include: Fire Building, Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing, Team Building, Navigation, Wall Climbing and a concluding three day camping/river trip at Rocky Mountain House.

The Junior High Outdoor and Environmental Education class is composed of six main course elements:

  1. Commitment to Action – Encourage responsibility for the local and global environment
  2. Outdoor Expeditions – Learn the skills, judgement, confidence and sensitivity in outdoor settings
  3. Environmental Investigations – Investigations regarding the effects of human lifestyles on environments
  4. Outdoor Core – Learn the skills and attitudes necessary for a safe, comfortable outdoor experience in all seasons
  5. Personal and Group Development – understand and respect self and others
  6. Environmental Core – awareness and appreciation for living things and understanding of basic ecological processes

    No Cost, with optional field trips at a cost of $75.00 (approximately)

    Optional Year End 3 Day Hela Adventure Trip : $375.00

     


    Sport Science

    Students will learn how the human body works during physical exercise and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance. This course is a project based course which will allow students to research and explore sports and recreational activities that interest them.

    No Cost


    Languages – Grade 8

    French

    French 8 is a continuation of the grade 7 program. A more in-depth presentation of grammar is made. Increased effort is made on being able to read, comprehend and speak fluently as well as spontaneously. Themes in the grade 8 program include: animals, clothing, food and the holidays and celebrations.

    Alberta Education identifies the following benefits to learning another language:

    • Improved listening skills and increased cognitive abilities
    • Creating a more flexible thinker
    • Greater ease at learning a 3rd or 4th language
    • Ability to communicate with more people
    • Increased understanding of other cultures
    • Competitive edge in the job market
    • More opportunities to enjoy literature, art, music, theatre, sports and travel.

    No Cost


    Ukrainian Language Arts

    Students continue their studies in the Ukrainian bilingual program so they will be able to use Ukrainian language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication and personal satisfaction. They will be actively engaged in a variety of fun and interactive activities and language learning games. Students will learn through themes that appeal to their interests and needs (food/restaurants, pop music, fashion, entertainment/recreation, friendship/self). An understanding and appreciation of Ukrainian culture is emphasized.

    No Cost


    Ukrainian Creative Arts

    Explore the many different areas of art, drama, music, sports, technology and much more through the Ukrainian culture. Taught predominantly in Ukrainian, students will become performers, creators, historians of Ukrainian culture. Traditional activities such as caroling, writing pysanky (Easter eggs), cooking Ukrainian foods will be a part of this full year course. Students will also explore what it means to be a Ukrainian in a modern world, while enhancing their Ukrainian language speaking skills. They will participate in a variety of hands-on projects and attend field trips to enhance their well-rounded Ukrainian language experience.

    No Cost

     

    Science & Technology – Grade 8

     

    Design Studies

    Based on the CTS modules of “Design, Sketch and Draw,” “The Design Process,” and “3-D Design Fundamentals,” students will have the opportunity to work with a myriad of materials to design and create projects. This intensive hands-on course will challenge all students to build to the best of their ability. Some projects to be completed are: Popsicle Stick Bridges, Earthquake Resistant Towers, Packing Design, Build your own Airplane and Launch your own Rocket!

    Cost: $40.00

     

    Robotics

    Based on the Electro-Assembly CTS curriculum, students will be delving into the world of robotics through the First Lego-League’s Robotics for Youth. In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning.

    Cost: $30.00

     

    Media Arts

    Students in Media Arts will learn to use all the different aspects of computers as used in today’s multimedia environment. Emphasis will be placed on: Graphic Arts—Students will work with several graphic arts programs to develop their own computer art and to manipulate existing art to different media designs and functions. Video Making—Students will learn the aspects of video development and creation by developing their own video from beginning to end. Simple Animation—Simple animations will be created using freely available software.

    Cost: $40.00



     

    Career and Technology Studies-Grade 8

 

Fashion

Students will gain knowledge about sewing machines, pressing equipment and fabrics/various yarns/textile arts and crafts and their care. They will explore areas such as design, production, merchandising, textiles, and accessories. The course will include the assembly of a simple project using a pattern.

Cost: $40.00; includes all supplies required and the purchase of the final sewing project

 

Foods

This course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes and the role of food in physical wellness and fitness. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of foods.

Cost: $40.00

 

Construction

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab. The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, layout and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full woodshop to build several different projects.

Cost: $40.00

 

Style & Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to learn how caring for their body, minds and selves, leads to an overall, well-rounded life experience. They will learn how to properly fuel their bodies through a balanced diet and exercise, as well as how to deal with stress. Students will participate in field trips, and will have guest speakers to help them learn about how to properly care for their skin, nails and hair.

Cost: $50

 

Leadership

Leadership is an option that students will gain skills in becoming a leader. Students will have the opportunity to explore what leadership means within a school context and gain skills that will set them up for success. An important aspect of being a leader is to help others by displaying empathy for their circumstances and being able to provide support without letting such circumstances impact the helper/leader. This course encourages students to be confident, supportive, and positive in our school. 

No Cost

 

Travel and Culture

This option will focus on developing an appreciation for different countries and cultures around the world. In addition, we will build skills associated with safe, cost effective, informed and responsible travel. Students will be involved in planning sample travel itineraries and sharing their research about countries of their choosing with their peers. We will also focus on learning about the various cultures in our school with an emphasis on language, cuisine, customs and traditions. Some optional off campus field trips to cultural centers will be offered as well.

No Cost, with optional field trips at an additional cost