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Practical & Applied Arts


The Grade 9 Practical and Applied Arts program is intended to give the students an introduction to a variety of Shops, Home Economics, Business, Careers, and Computer electives.  Classes are set up to encourage the students in the practical arts and are primarily a hands-on activity.



Students will be introduced to digital video, digital audio, digital photography, 3-D printing, manipulation of computer graphics, animation, stop-motion animation, claymation, copyright issues, studio audio production, and web page design.


Prerequisite: None

Decision making skills are studied and applied to everyday living skills.

1. Decision Making - how values, standards, goals, and resources affect decisions

2. Foods & Nutrition - snacks, diets, meat alternates, and microwave cooking

3. Clothing - sewing project, garment care, laundry skills

4. Car Buying - operating costs, insurance needs, purchase choices (old or new)

5. Interior Design - home types, rental information, plan the furnishings of an apartment


The Commercial Cooking courses are designed to create an awareness of and to develop entry level food preparation skills for the food service industry. The food service industry is one of the largest employers in Canada. These courses are designed to give students the skills and practical experiences necessary to enter the cook trade or food service industry with confidence.


Students are introduced to the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools and some stationary power tools. Students spend the majority of this class doing cabinetry in theory and practice.  This ia a project based course where the students learn by building 2-3 projects throughout the semester. There are two fees for this course. A class fee of $20 which covers some of the consumables in the class (ie sandpaper, glue etc.) the other fee is for materials used in the class (wood, screws, hardware, etc.). The material fee/ class fee changes from year to year but is generally around $95. This course is open to all students.


The Grade 10 drafting course introduces students to the skills and techniques used in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and interior designing fields.  The principal topics include: orthographic and pictorial drawings, sketching, dimensioning, sections, auxiliary views and blueprinting.  A residential blueprint will also be made.  Students will develop these skills using commercial drafting machines and Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD).


In this class, students cover the basics of a multi-cylinder engine.  They will do a disassembly and reassembly on a six-cylinder shop engine.  They cover the electrical system, timing and the mechanical aspects of these engines.  Also, Basic auto service work is introduced such as oil changes, tire repair, wheel balance and minor repairs.


Students continue to learn about arc welding and are introduced to mig and  oxy-acetylene welding.  Welding safety, welding gasses, and different welding applications are all explored in this course.



In this cutting edge course students will be introduced to, or continue to work with, digital photography, manipulation of computer graphics, 3-D printing, music production, animation, claymation, virtual reality software, green screen studio production, 3-D graphics and web page design.  An in-depth overview will also be given of the Adobe Creative Suite software package – Dreamweaver, Muse, Fireworks, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Animate and Illustrator.


In this course students will be introduced to the basics of digital photography.  Students will learn about 'exposure' and what controls it in a DSLR camera.  Students will learn basic knowledge such as 'aperture', 'shutter speed', 'ISO', etc.  Students will also gain basic knowledge about lenses and photo composition. Students will learn how to use a photography studio as well as basic Photoshop skills.  Students will maintain a portfolio of pictures on a website through out the semester.


Prerequisite:  Commercial Cooking 10

The purpose of this course is to give a student general insight into the field of food services, basic professional cooking practices and equipment.

The areas studied include - Safety and Sanitation, Tools and Equipment, Kitchen Organization and Food Preparation, Stocks, Sauces and Soups, Garde Manger, Starches, Baked Goods and Desserts and Breakfast Cookery.



Prerequisite:  Construction l0

 This course includes: a review of hand tools; the care, operation and safe use of portable and stationary power tools, and reading project plans. This is a project based course. Each student will build a project that is theirs to take home at the end of the class. The students are given a few choices of which project to build. The majority of the course centers around safely gaining experience using all carpentry tools, setting up machines, constructing and using jigs, and being able to interpret project plans. The theory of building construction is also discussed as time permits. There are two costs associated with this class. A class fee($35) which covers some of the consumables used by each student and a materials fee which covers the actual cost of the materials each student uses in the class. In grade 11 this fee depends on what the student decides to build.  


Prerequisite: Drafting 10

The Drafting 20 course reviews the skills and techniques of single view, multi-view and pictorial drawings for Grade 10 drafting.  The main focus of Drafting 20 will deal with the development of architectural drawings. These include a house floor plan including all fixtures, cabinets, lighting and electrical fixtures, foundation plan and elevations using Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) as well as 3 Dimensional CAD.


Prerequisite:  Mechanics 10

Motor vehicle repair work leading to work entry skills on completion of Auto 10.  Studies consist of basic car maintenance, comprehensive study of engine tune-up, brake overhaul, clutches, wheel alignment and balancing.


Prerequisite:  Welding l0

This course is designed to further develop and improve attitudes, skills, work habits and safety in welding.

Topics include:

  • a practical application in advanced arc,mig and oxy-acetylene gas welding,
  • arc, mig and oxyacetylene process
  • optional project





Prerequisite: Commercial Cooking 20

Students will continue to develope skills covered in Commercial Cooking 10 and 20.  Students will be placed in leadership roles within the kitchen and work as peer teachers for the Commercial Cooking 10 and 20 students.



Prerequisite:  none

In this course, students will be introduced to, or continue to work with, programs from Communication Media 10 and 20.  For students who have taken Comm Media before, this course will offer them a chance to specialize in areas of interest.  An in-depth overview will also be given of the Apple Pro applications – Final Cut video editing software and GarageBand audio software. Students will also be able to specialize in the Adobe Creative Suite software of their choice:  Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Animate, In Design, Illustrator, Premiere & After Effects. Autodesk's Maya software will be introduced to those students interested in game design or 3-D animation. Students can also focus on audio recording/audio engineering in the Comm Media recording studio. Students will develop a digital portfolio, burned onto CD or DVD, for entrance into post-secondary education.


Prerequisite: none

This course is a continuation of Photography 20.  The main focus of this semester will be 'photographic composition',  as well as expand their knowledge of exposure, etc from Photography 20.  Students will gain advanced Photoshop skills as well as learning creative ways to present pictures.  Advanced lens knowledge will also be gained.


The primary focus of Food Studies 30 is to prepare students for everyday life in a global society.  It aims to develop self-reliance, independence and positive social skills as well as teach basic life skills and knowledge that all students need. Topics covered include Canada’s Food Guide and beyond, food through the life cycle, protein foods, healthy choices, nutrition, Canadian food mosaic, international cuisine, soups, sauces, baking, entertaining, preservation, food additives, current food issues,  exploring careers plus optional units provided in the curriculum.


Prerequisite:  None

Several courses were combined to create one that will help students adjust to changes in their lives.  Students will acquire and re-define knowledge, skills and abilities for their transitions in life.  Topics of study include: family life and parenting, career self-knowledge and career services, time management, life balance, and community issues.  This course provides students with life knowledge necessary for coping with everyday issues.


Prerequisite:  Construction 20

This ia a project based class. Each student is expected to build a project(s) that will be theirs to take home at the end of the class. Building construction is discussed as well as furniture design and construction.By the end of Construction 30 students are expected to be able to use, maintain, and set up, all hand and power tools in the shop. They should have knowledge of different wood joining techniques and building materials.They should know what is needed to make a well designed project. There are two costs associated with this class. A class fee ($35) this fee partially covers the consumables used in the class. As well there is a materials fee. The material fee covers the costs of the materiels used by the individual student to build the project they choose.


Prerequisite: Drafting 20

The Drafting 30 course is divided into Mechanical Drafting with more in-depth study of auxiliary views full and half sections, and working assembly drawings.  Some three-dimensional drawings are done using AutoCAD as well as Revit .  The architectural section uses the skills from Grade 11 that have students study and design their own houses.  A complete set of working drawings and blue prints are developed for their design.  Students also build models to display their designs.


Prerequisite:  Mechanics 20

This class is a continuation of Mechanics 20 with more advanced practical experience and more concentration on charging systems, tune up and fuel injection.  It is useful for pre-employment in automotive trades or pre-apprenticeship as well as personal use. Fabrication of half cars may be considered as possible project.


Prerequisite:  Welding 20

This course stresses the practical application of the advanced welding technology presented in Welding 20.  More complex student projects will be considered.