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  • 20th Century World History 12

    This is a survey course of 20th Century history, beginning with the aftermath of World War 1 in 1919. Topics covered will include: the Paris Peace Conference Fascism in Germany and Italy in the inter-war years Russia/Soviet Union (1917-1941) United States (1919-1941) World War 2 (1939 to 1945) the Cold… Read more

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  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 Dual Credit

    Course Description (Click Here) Description: This exciting course is a partnership between Oak Bay Secondary (SD #61) and Camosun College. The purpose of this course is for students to gain post-secondary credits and experience while still in high school. This particular course is a combination of Oak Bay’s Anatomy &… Read more

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  • Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 12)

    Anatomy & Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 12) Recommended Prerequisite: Biology 11 Description: Anatomy and Physiology 12 focuses on Human Biology. It is a survey of the body systems and how they are integrated. Detailed topics include scientific method, biochemistry and the following body systems: digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, urinary, and… Read more

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  • AP (Advanced Placement) 2D Design Portfolio

      This is a Visual Arts 2D Design first year university course that gives students, in grade 12 only, a chance to obtain credit for a 100 level college credit as well as AP 2D Art and Design credit on their transcript for the development, creation and submission of the… Read more

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  • Art History Icons 12

    This course will be examining the role that art played in changing societal and political perspectives through the years of 1600 to present day.  Students will research major themes related to art history, and present their knowledge in a variety of ways including in-class presentations, written reports, oral debates/discussions and… Read more

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  • Art Metal & Jewelry Making 10

       Students will create jewelry and unique personal projects for themselves and their homes. Techniques include enamel bead making, rings, soldering, chain making, two and three dimensional wirework, sculpture blacksmithing much more! There may be a small cost to students who want to do more advanced projects.  

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  • Art Metal & Jewelry Making 12

      Students will create jewelry and unique personal projects for themselves and their homes. Techniques include enamel bead making, rings, soldering, chain making, two and three dimensional wirework, sculpture blacksmithing much more! There may be a small cost to students who want to do more advanced projects.

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  • Automotive Technology 11

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the systems in a vehicle. After taking the course, each student should be capable of effectively maintaining their car and completing basic repairs. These skills will potentially save students thousands of dollars over their lifetime. The… Read more

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  • Automotive Technology 12

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the systems in a vehicle. After taking the course, each student should be capable of effectively maintaining their car and completing basic repairs. These skills will potentially save students thousands of dollars over their lifetime. The… Read more

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  • Band 09 Concert

    Band 09 Concert (inside timetable) Prerequisite: Mastery of the Band 8 outcomes or successful audition. This class will comprise the Grade 9 Concert Band and occurs during a regularly scheduled block within the school timetable.  Concerts, festivals and other performances may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from… Read more

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  • Band 09 District Strings

    Prerequisite:  Grade 8 or Middle school strings or equivalent. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; performances may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 pm For players of violin, viola, cello or double bass, this course continues… Read more

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  • Band 09 Jazz

    Prerequisite: Open to all band students. Corequisite: Students taking Jazz Band must also take Concert Band 09. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; they may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet at 7:30 am. and/or at lunch time. Study and performance… Read more

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  • Band 09 Rhythm and Blues

    This course is open to those who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar, drum set and vocals. This course covers the basic principles of ensemble playing in the jazz and rhythm & blues idioms. Areas covered will be technical concepts and sound production. The primary focus of this course… Read more

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  • Band 10 Rhythm and Blues

    This course is open to those who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar, drum set and vocals. This course covers the basic principles of ensemble playing in the jazz and rhythm & blues idioms. Areas covered will be technical concepts and sound production. The primary focus of this course… Read more

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  • Band 11 Rhythm and Blues

    This course is open to those who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar, drum set and vocals. This course covers the basic principles of ensemble playing in the jazz and rhythm & blues idioms. Areas covered will be technical concepts and sound production. The primary focus of this course… Read more

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  • Band 12 Rhythm and Blues

    This course is open to those who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar, drum set and vocals. This course covers the basic principles of ensemble playing in the jazz and rhythm & blues idioms. Areas covered will be technical concepts and sound production. The primary focus of this course… Read more

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  • BC First Peoples 11/12 COMBO

    Please note: this is an eight credit COMBO course. Students receive English First Peoples 11 AND B.C. First Peoples 12   Students earn an English 11 as well as an academic, senior socials 12 credits by taking this course. This senior level cohort course weaves story, history, literature, lived experiences, speaking, and listening,… Read more

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  • Career Life Connections 12 (CLC 12)

    2 credits – outside the timetable Career Life Connections will focus on the Capstone Project which allows students to work on their project management skills, connect with community mentors, and to demonstrate their learning from within and outside the classroom. Ideally, the capstone project will be linked to an area… Read more

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  • Career Life Education 11 (CLE 11)

    4 credits – inside the timetable – mandatory for graduation Career Life Education will enable students to investigate career-life options and to develop the skills they need to become self-directed individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions and take responsibility for pursuing their goals throughout life. Students will have opportunities… Read more

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  • Career Life Explorations 10 (CLEx 10)

    2 credits – outside the timetable Career Life Explorations is an introduction to the world of Career Education. Students will participate in a variety of career-related events to increase their awareness and begin exploring the incredible range of opportunities available for future pathways. Students will be required to complete a… Read more

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  • Chemistry 11

    Chemistry 11 A thorough understanding of the basic chemistry concepts taught at both Science 9 and 10 levels are needed for Chemistry 11 Equipment: A scientific calculator is necessary. Class work involves labs, activities, demonstrations, individual work, and lectures. The course requires moderate mathematical ability, and considerable abstract reasoning ability…. Read more

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  • Chemistry 11/ Chemistry 12 Combination

        Credits:  8 *Mastery of the Science 10 and Principles of Mathematics 11 learning outcomes This challenging and interesting course will cover the outcomes of both Chemistry 11  and Chemistry 12, and includes lectures, individual work, demonstrations, and labs. The course requires moderate mathematical ability and considerable abstract reasoning… Read more

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  • Chemistry 12

    Recommended: Chemistry 11 Equipment: A scientific calculator is required. This challenging and interesting course includes lectures, individual work, demonstrations, activities and labs. Topics covered include: Reactants must collide to react, and the reaction rate is dependent on the surrounding conditions. Dynamic equilibrium can be shifted by changes to the surrounding… Read more

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  • Choir 10 – Vocal Jazz (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (outside the timetable) Co-requisite:  Students taking Vocal Jazz 10 must also be enrolled in Choir 10 – Concert Choir (either INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable).  This class meets after school (intermediate and senior vocal jazz both have an additional rehearsal once a week before school). Attendance at rehearsals and performances is… Read more

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  • Choir 10 (inside timetable)

      (inside the timetable).  This course occurs during a regularly scheduled block within the school timetable.  Students receive lots of individual attention and learn theory, sight singing, and vocal technique in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Students learn and perform choral music from a variety of styles including pop, Broadway, jazz,… Read more

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  • Choir 10 (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE).

      (outside the timetable) CHOIR 10:  CONCERT CHOIR (Outside the Timetable) meets in the morning once a week (WOMEN’S CHOIR or MEN’S CHOIR) and at lunch time twice a week as part of JUNIOR CONCERT CHOIR.  Select this course if you would like to sing in a concert choir outside of the regular timetable. Students… Read more

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  • Choir 11 – Vocal Jazz (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (outside the timetable) Co-requisite:  Students taking Vocal Jazz 11 must also be enrolled in Choir 11 – Concert Choir (either INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable).  This class meets after school (intermediate and senior vocal jazz both have an additional rehearsal once a week before school). Attendance at rehearsals and performances is… Read more

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  • Choir 11 (INSIDE TIMETABLE)

        (inside the timetable). This course occurs during a regularly scheduled block within the school timetable. Students receive lots of individual attention and learn theory, sight singing, and vocal technique in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Students learn and perform choral music from a variety of styles including pop, Broadway, jazz, folk… Read more

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  • Choir 11 (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE).

      outside the timetable) CHOIR 11:  CONCERT CHOIR (Outside the Timetable) meets in the morning once a week (WOMEN’S CHOIR or MEN’S CHOIR) and at lunch time twice a week as part of SENIOR CONCERT CHOIR.  Select this course if you would like to sing in a concert choir outside of the regular timetable. Students… Read more

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  • Choir 11: CHAMBER Choir (INSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (inside the timetable) Co-requisite:  Choir 11 – Concert Choir (INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable) must be taken concurrently  Chamber Choir 11 is designed to explore choral music at an advanced vocal level.  Students are expected to have a solid vocal technique already and a basic proficiency in sight-reading.  This is a… Read more

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  • Choir 12 – Vocal Jazz (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (outside the timetable) Prerequisite: Vocal Jazz 11 must be completed before Vocal Jazz 12 can be taken Co-requisite:  Students taking Vocal Jazz 12 must also be enrolled in Choir 12 – Concert Choir (either INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable).  This class meets after school (intermediate and senior vocal jazz both have an… Read more

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  • Choir 12 (INSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (inside the timetable). This course occurs during a regularly scheduled block within the school timetable. Students receive lots of individual attention and learn theory, sight singing, and vocal technique in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Students learn and perform choral music from a variety of styles including pop, Broadway, jazz, folk and… Read more

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  • Choir 12 (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE).

      (outside the timetable) CHOIR 11:  CONCERT CHOIR (Outside the Timetable) meets in the morning once a week (WOMEN’S CHOIR or MEN’S CHOIR) and at lunch time twice a week as part of SENIOR CONCERT CHOIR.  Select this course if you would like to sing in a concert choir outside of the regular timetable. Students… Read more

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  • Choir 12: CHAMBER Choir (INSIDE TIMETABLE)

    (inside the timetable) Recommended: Chamber Choir 11 must be completed before Chamber Choir 12 can be taken  Co-requisite:  Choir 12 – Concert Choir (INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable) must be taken concurrently    Chamber Choir 12 is designed to explore choral music at an advanced vocal level.  Students are expected to… Read more

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  • Choir 9 – Vocal Jazz (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (outside the timetable)  Co-requisite:  Students taking Vocal Jazz 9 must also be enrolled in Choir 09 – Concert Choir (either INSIDE or OUTSIDE the timetable).  This class meets after school. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.  Performances occur in the evenings and may take place away from the school. … Read more

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  • Choir 9 (INSIDE TIMETABLE)

    (inside the timetable).  This course occurs during a regularly scheduled block within the school timetable.  Students receive lots of individual attention and learn theory, sight singing, and vocal technique in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Students learn and perform choral music from a variety of styles including pop, Broadway, jazz, folk… Read more

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  • Choir 9 (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE)

      (outside the timetable) Choir 9: Concert Choir (OUTSIDE TIMETABLE) meets in the morning once a week (WOMEN’S CHOIR or MEN’S CHOIR) and at lunch time twice a week as part of JUNIOR CONCERT CHOIR.  Select this course if you would like to sing in a concert choir outside of the regular timetable. Students… Read more

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  • Community Leadership 9-12

    This course enrols students in Grades 09 – 12 and may be retaken at each grade level. This course meets twice a week at 7:25 am and/or the lunch hour. It also requires a substantial amount of time outside class meetings. Students work together in cross-grade teams to complete assigned… Read more

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  • Comparative Cultures 12

    This course retains some of the elements of Comparative Civilizations, but adds a more contemporary view to the development of culture, art, beliefs, and celebrations.  In addition to several research and inquiry projects, students will examine at least six diverse cultures to search for differences, common elements, and the literary… Read more

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  • Composition 10 (Literary Studies Combo)

      Course Description Video (click here) Composition 10 is designed to support students in their development of written communication through a critical process of questioning, exploring, and sampling. Within a supportive community of writers, students will work individually and collaboratively to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions. Students will read… Read more

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  • Composition 11

    English Language Arts 11 (5 Options) English Language Arts 11 is part of the graduation program. Students will choose one of the these courses to meet this requirement: (Click on the link to learn more about the course from the BC Ministry of Education) Composition 11 Composition 11 is designed to support students as… Read more

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  • Composition and Production 11

          Recommended: Gr.10 students are welcome to take this course with permission from instructor Music Comp/Prod 11 is a course designed for students who want to explore composing, songwriting, and recording/producing music. All students who are thinking about pursuing music in any capacity in post-secondary education should take… Read more

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  • Composition and Production 12

        *Music Composition and Production 11 or permission from the instructor Music Comp/Prod 12 is an advanced survey course designed for students who intend to pursue post-secondary education in a music related field, such as performer, composer, or audio engineer. Students will be exposed to all sorts of music… Read more

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  • Computer Programming 11

    Recommended: Computer Studies 10 or permission from the instructor Computer Programming 11 continues where Computer Studies 10 left off. Students will learn: Intermediate game design – building on the programming and design skills learned in CS10, we will learn about developing 3D games, Web Design – Intermediate work moving beyond… Read more

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  • Computer Programming 12

    Recommended: Computer Programming 11 or permission from the instructor Computer Programming 12 is an advanced survey course designed for students who intend to pursue post-secondary education in an IT related field. Students will learn: Advanced Game Design – students will continue to explore and apply programming knowledge to develop video… Read more

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  • Computer Studies 10

    Computer Studies 10 is a survey course intended for students who want to explore a variety of software packages. This is a technical course for people interested in creating websites, graphic design, computer programming, game design, and robotics. While open to everyone, students should have some computer experience (typing, office,… Read more

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  • Creative Writing 10 (Literary Studies Combo)

      Course Description Video (click here) Creative Writing 10 is designed for students who have an interest in creative expression through language. The course provides students opportunities to build their writing skills through the exploration of identity, memory, and story in a range of genres. Within a supportive community of… Read more

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  • Creative Writing 11

    Creative Writing 11 is an academic writing course.  Students will expect to produce between 7,000 and 20,000 written words in the year, substantially more output than a regular English class where more time must be taken with literary analysis and reading texts. The course is meant for those who love… Read more

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  • Creative Writing 12

    Creative Writing 12 is designed for students who are interested in creating a body of work reflective of a sophisticated breadth and depth of skill. The course provides students with opportunities to specialize and publish in real-world contexts. Students engage in the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and… Read more

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  • Criminology 12

      Course Description  This is a 4 credit course open to grade 11 and 12 students who are interested in learning about the field of Criminology.  This is an interest based non-academic elective class.  There will be a mix of assignments ranging from group projects, and presentations, to debates, case… Read more

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  • Dance 09 Beginning

    Dance strip is required. Introduction to various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary Basic warm-up techniques, dance steps and combinations in small and large group settings Development of a deeper understanding of the roots of the various dance forms through exploration, projects… Read more

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  • Dance 09 Intermediate

    Prerequisite:  Beginning Dance or previous experience.  Dance classes are on a skill-level basis, so they are multi-grade. Dance strip is required. Designed for students with previous dance training. Continued development of various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary. Students’ dance knowledge is… Read more

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  • Dance 10 Advanced

    Prerequisite:  Successful audition Please contact Ms. Alana Beyer, Dance Teacher abeyer@sd61.bc.ca Dance classes are on a skill level basis so they are multi-grade.  Grade 9 students with considerable previous dance training and skill development  may join the class upon successful audition. Dance strip is required. Designed for students who have achieved… Read more

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  • Dance 10 Intermediate

    Recommended:  Beginning Dance or previous experience.  Dance classes are on a skill-level basis, so they are multi-grade. Dance strip is required. Designed for students with previous dance training. Continued development of various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary. Students’ dance knowledge is… Read more

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  • Dance 11 Advanced

    *Successful audition Required Please contact Ms. Alana Beyer, Dance Teacher abeyer@sd61.bc.ca Dance classes are on a skill level basis so they are multi-grade.  Grade 9 students with considerable previous dance training and skill development  may join the class upon successful audition. Dance strip is required. Designed for students who have achieved… Read more

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  • Dance 11 Intermediate

    Prerequisite:  Beginning Dance or previous experience. Dance classes are on a skill-level basis, so they are multi-grade. Dance strip is required. Designed for students with previous dance training. Continued development of various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary. Students’ dance knowledge is… Read more

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  • Dance 12 Advanced

    * Successful audition Please contact Ms. Alana Beyer, Dance Teacher abeyer@sd61.bc.ca Dance classes are on a skill level basis, so they are multi-grade.  Grade 9 students with considerable previous dance training and skill development  may join the class upon successful audition. Dance strip is required. Designed for students who have… Read more

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  • Dance 12 Intermediate

    Prerequisite:  Beginning Dance or previous experience. Dance classes are on a skill-level basis, so they are multi-grade. Dance strip is required. Designed for students with previous dance training. Continued development of various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary. Students’ dance knowledge is… Read more

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  • Dance Choreography 10

    (Outside-the-timetable) Pre-requisite: Previous Dance Experience Learning the important practice and role of improvisation in creating choreography Development of unique tools to delve into the choreographic process Exploration of one’s own movement style as a form of self-expression Independent and group studies, projects and dances *Students required to participate in the Evenings of Dance as a… Read more

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  • Dance Choreography 11

    (Outside-the-timetable) Recommended: Previous Dance Experience Learning the important practice and role of improvisation in creating choreography Development of unique tools to delve into the choreographic process Exploration of one’s own movement style as a form of self-expression Independent and group studies, projects and dances *Students required to participate in the Evenings of Dance as a… Read more

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  • Dance Choreography 12

    (Outside-the-timetable) Pre-requisite: Previous Dance Experience Learning the important practice and role of improvisation in creating choreography Development of unique tools to delve into the choreographic process Exploration of one’s own movement style as a form of self-expression Independent and group studies, projects and dances *Students required to participate in the Evenings of Dance as a… Read more

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  • Dance Company 10

    (outside the timetable) Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): Successful audition in September. Students wanting to enroll should also take Advanced Dance for the technical elements, as this is a performance-based course. This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable in the early morning and at lunch time.  Students should choose this course if they are… Read more

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  • Dance Company 11

    (outside the timetable) Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): Successful audition in September. Students wanting to enroll should also take Advanced Dance for the technical elements, as this is a performance-based course. This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable in the early morning and at lunch time.  Students should choose this course if they are… Read more

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  • Dance Company 12

    (outside the timetable) Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): Successful audition in September. Students wanting to enroll should also take Advanced Dance for the technical elements, as this is a performance-based course. This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable in the early morning and at lunch time.  Students should choose this course if they are… Read more

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  • Dance Foundations 10 (Beginning)

    Dance strip is required. Introduction to various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary Basic warm-up techniques, dance steps and combinations in small and large group settings Development of a deeper understanding of the roots of the various dance forms through exploration, projects… Read more

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  • Dance Foundations 11 (Beginning)

    Dance strip is required. Introduction to various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary Basic warm-up techniques, dance steps and combinations in small and large group settings Development of a deeper understanding of the roots of the various dance forms through exploration, projects… Read more

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  • Dance Foundations 12 (Beginning)

    Dance strip is required. Introduction to various styles of dance including Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Bollywood, Broadway and Contemporary Basic warm-up techniques, dance steps and combinations in small and large group settings Development of a deeper understanding of the roots of the various dance forms through exploration, projects… Read more

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  • Digital Photography 11

      Digital Photography 11 focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to respond to media artworks and create art using media arts technology. In this course, media arts technology may include digital and still photography, computer technologies, and electronic and digital recording. Students use available technologies to… Read more

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  • Digital Photography 12

      Advanced Digital Photography 12  (AKA Independent Directed Study) focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in Digital Photography 11 to a higher level. Students use available technologies to create and manipulate personally meaningful images in order to elicit specific audience responses. In developing their media artworks, students… Read more

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  • Drafting 09

    This course provides students with the opportunity to explore a number of aspects of drafting and design through mediums such as: Sketching Manual drafting Computer aided drafting and design (CADD) software Model making Topics covered will include: Fundamentals of drafting Architectural drafting Product design Graphic design This is a fun… Read more

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  • Drafting 10

    Prerequisites:  None, although Drafting and Design 9 would be helpful.  This course is also open for students at a senior level. The ability to design things and read technical drawings can be an asset in many walks of life.  Topics covered in this course include: Fundamentals of drafting Technical drafting… Read more

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  • Drafting 11

    *Drafting 10 is recommended This course builds on concepts and techniques learned in Drafting and Design.  The course materials are structured to allow for increasingly in-depth exploration of certain topics and drafting techniques, depending on the students’ interests.  The majority of the work is in the form of projects, such… Read more

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  • Drafting 12

    Drafting 12 Prerequisites:  Drafting 11 is recommended This course builds on concepts and techniques learned in Drafting 11.  The course materials are structured to allow for increasingly in-depth exploration of certain topics and drafting techniques, depending on the students’ interests.  The majority of the work is in the form of… Read more

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  • Drama 09

    (inside the timetable) This course is open to all students, regardless of experience. Introduction to the theater includes: A wide range of performance activities including movement and games Stage terminology, basic stage blocking and movement Vocal development and communication skills Team and trust building exercises and games Character investigation Career… Read more

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  • Drama 10

    (inside the timetable) This course is open to all students, regardless of experience. As a continuation from Drama Foundations 9, this course includes: Improvisation skills Script reading and writing Character identification and development Team building through performance Motivation of your character

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  • Drama 11

    (inside the timetable) This course is open to all students, regardless of experience. As a continuation from Drama Foundations 10, this course includes: The theory of comedy and drama Comic styles and delivery The emotional inventory of the actor Advanced investigation of improvisation Team building through performance

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  • Drama 12

    (inside the timetable) This course is open to all students, regardless of experience. As a continuation from Acting 11, this course includes: The theory of comedy and drama Comic styles and delivery The emotional inventory of the actor Advanced investigation of improvisation Team building through performance

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  • Engineering 11

    Explore fundamentals of engineering through hands-on projects. Students will learn practical and transferable skills while building their design and problem-solving abilities. Through the lens of engineering, students will explore concepts, develop solutions to issues, examine materials, prototype designs, and build working models to test. Engineering 11 will cover the following… Read more

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  • Engineering 12

    Explore fundamentals of engineering through hands-on projects. Students will learn practical and transferable skills while building their design and problem-solving abilities. Through the lens of engineering, students will explore concepts, develop solutions to issues, examine materials, prototype designs, and build working models to test. Engineering 12 will cover the following… Read more

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  • English Language Arts 09

    English Language Arts 09 New BC Curriculum! In English 9 students will become stronger readers, writers, and speakers.  They will learn – to use form, function and genre of text to inform their reading to identify and use literary elements and devices to use rhetorical devices for effect in their writing… Read more

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  • English Studies 12

    The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 courses. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities to: refine their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to achieve their personal… Read more

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  • English Studies 12 (ELL/ISP)

    ELL/ISP – Grade 12  ISP students MUST complete 8 credits of English 12 Must take English Studies 12 AND have a choice between choosing an English 12 Elective (Spoken Language, New Media, Literary Studies)  OR an English Language Development Block. (This choice should be discussed with the International Student Program Coordinator…. Read more

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  • English Studies 12 Advanced Placement COMBO

        Students will have the option to write an AP English exam to earn credit for first year university English. *Mastery of English 11 outcomes. As this is a course intensive in reading/writing, students should demonstrate a love for the English language and a willingness to commit to quality… Read more

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  • Entrepreneurship 12

    Entrepreneurship will prepare students for the world of commercial enterprise as well as prepare them for additional study in the areas of commerce, marketing and economics at the post-secondary level. The course work will be heavily dependent on the design, planning, development and execution of a variety of business projects… Read more

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  • Entrepreneurship 12 Dual Credit

    Students who enrolled in Dual Credit Entrepreneurship will receive credits for 2 courses; 4 credits from Oak Bay High School/BC Ministry of Education (Entrepreneurship 12) and 4 credits from Camosun College (BUS 280 Entrepreneurship).  As some of the outcome for these two courses crossover and dovetail, it is imperative for students to complete both in… Read more

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  • Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10

    Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10 Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10 is an introductory course into the world of commerce. The purpose of the course is to prepare students for the senior business courses as well as educate them about employment for local businesses. Students will learn the fundamental concepts in the areas of marketing, finance,… Read more

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  • Environmental Science 11

        *Mastery of the Science 10 outcomes. This course satisfies the graduation requirement for a Science 11.  This course will examine ecosystems, processes of natural change, sustainability, and stewardship of ecosystems.  Topics covered will include: Complex roles and relationships contribute to diversity of ecosystems. Changing ecosystems are maintained by… Read more

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  • Explorations in Social Studies 11

    Explorations in Social Studies 11 – Course Description Students enrolling in this course will explore many topics that fall under the Social Studies umbrella.  This course will have students branching out from mainly a historical perspective and broadening their knowledge of Demographics, Environmental Studies, Social Justice, Philosophy, First Nations Studies,… Read more

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  • Film and Television 11

    Open to grades 10-12 Film & Television 11 is a practical, hands-on course for students interested in working behind and in front of the video camera. You will learn about all aspects of creating film and television productions and explore careers in the field. While we will focus on editing,… Read more

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  • Film Studies 12

    Course information Video This course is open to students in grades 11 and 12 Recommended: English 10 Writing Focus:  Interpreting and critiquing films via movie reviews Cross-movie analysis and issues-oriented writing Viewing Focus: Study of the evolution of film through the ages Explore the richness of various film genres Study… Read more

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  • Fit For Life 9/10

    When possible, Inclusive Physical and Health Education 9 and 10 are run as individual classes; however there is an extremely strong likelihood that grade levels will be combined to form split 9/10 classes in order to accommodate all interested students.  The aim of this gender non-specific physical and health education… Read more

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  • Food Studies 10

      Foods Studies 10 students will have the opportunity to develop or build on existing skills using a variety of tools, ingredients, and processes to create and refine food products. Through a Canadian food theme students will explore simple and complex global food systems and how they affect food choices, including… Read more

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  • Food Studies 11

        The Foods Studies 11 course focuses on meal and recipe design, recipe development and modification. Incorporated in a variety of international recipes are the topics of food security, labelling, promotion, nutrition, and marketing strategies.

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  • Food Studies 12

    The Food Studies 12 course focuses on complex meal and recipe design. Incorporated in a variety of international recipes are the topics of indigenous food sovereignty, food justice in the local and global community, food safety and production, nutrition and health claims. Discussed are future career options in food service… Read more

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  • Foods and Nutrition 09

      This course offers a wide range of activity, from baking, to nutritious breakfast, lunch and light meals. While there is a heavy emphasis on hands on food preparation, it is not merely a cooking course.  We also cover: pathogenic microbes associated with food-borne illnesses.  Students may purchase a book… Read more

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  • Foundations of Mathematics 11

                Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Math Course in Grade 11 Credits: 4 Equipment: Scientific Calculator: The Sharp EL – 510R is most suitable. Prerequisite: successful completion of Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 or permission from the instructor. A final grade of 60%… Read more

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  • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10

    Credits: 4 Equipment: Scientific Calculator: The Sharp EL – 510R is most suitable. Information: This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies. This course leads to either Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-Calculus 11. Topics: Real numbers, exponents, functions and… Read more

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  • Fral 12 (French Immersion)

    Français Langue 12 Recommandé: Français Langue 11 Les élèves de Français Langue 12 développeront leurs habiletés d’écoute, d’écriture et d’expression orale. À travers le cours, il faut utiliser ses connaissances langagières et culturelles dans le but de réfléchir à son identité et de comprendre son rôle au sein de la… Read more

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  • Français Langue 09 (French Immersion)

    Les concepts grammaticaux, les techniques de lecture et d’écriture, et  les projets variés sont intégrés tout au long de ce cours. Les élèves vont pouvoir étudier la culture francophone et développer des processus mentaux en améliorant leurs capacités de langue orale, de lecture, d’écoute et d’écriture. On va examiner des… Read more

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  • Français Langue 10 (French Immersion)

    Oral:  dialogues, courtes interviews (écouter), contes, chansons Française (écouter), présentations expressives (parler), film, débats Lecture : roman, contes, légendes, articles de magazines, la littérature fantastique Ecriture : publicité, interviews dirigées par les étudiants, discours, étude de concepts grammaticaux et de parallèles entre les deux langues —————————————– Translation: French Language 10 Oral Skills:  dialogues, short… Read more

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  • French 09

    Perequisite: French 8 French 9 is a beginner level course designed for students who have some small knowledge and previous experience with the French language – either through French 8 or other. This course is a development of all four-language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with a strong emphasis… Read more

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  • French 10

    Strongly Suggested:  French 9 or equivalent This is an engaging course where students experience French in the context of various themes. Vocabulary and grammar are studied using the “communicative approach” which balances reading and writing exercises with listening and speaking activities.  40% – SPEAKING/LISTENING 30% – READING/WRITING 30% – SUMMATIVE… Read more

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  • French 11

    Satisfies UBC’s entrance language requirement Strongly Suggested: French 10 or equivalent 40% – SPEAKING/LISTENING 30% – READING/WRITING 30% – SUMMATIVE PROJECTS AND PRESENTATIONS This course emphasizes communication as the main goal of learning; oral/ aural communication comprises 50% of the course work. Writing, use of various new tenses, reading of… Read more

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  • French 12

    Strongly Suggested: French 11 with a mark of C+ or better is recommended. Communication and acquisition of information will be emphasized; oral/ aural communication will comprise 50% of the course work. It is taught mainly in French. Development of a higher level of competence in written and spoken French, which… Read more

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  • French Drama 10/11

    French Drama 10 / 11 Course objective: Students will learn to communicate ideas, emotions, and perspectives through body and voice.  They will participate in a variety of activities learning about different cultures and perspectives. Drama explores ways of gaining insight into the human condition and experiences. This course challenges students… Read more

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  • Hip Hop Crew 10

    (Outside-the-timetable) Recommended: Previous Hip Hop Dance Experience is advised This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable.  Students should choose this course if they plan on auditioning for Squad OR joining Mini-Squad in the fall.  Each Hip Hop crew focuses entirely on the Hip Hop dance genre and refining dance technique through performance.  Students are expected to… Read more

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  • Hip Hop Crew 11

    (Outside-the-timetable) *Previous Hip Hop Dance Experience is advised This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable.  Students should choose this course if they plan on auditioning for Squad OR joining Mini-Squad in the fall.  Each Hip Hop crew focuses entirely on the Hip Hop dance genre and refining dance technique through performance.  Students are expected to approach… Read more

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  • Hip Hop Crew 12

    (Outside-the-timetable) Recommended: Previous Hip Hop Dance Experience is advised This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable.  Students should choose this course if they plan on auditioning for Squad OR joining Mini-Squad in the fall.  Each Hip Hop crew focuses entirely on the Hip Hop dance genre and refining dance technique through performance.  Students are expected to… Read more

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  • INDIGENOUS STUDIES 12 COMBO

    Please note: this is an eight credit COMBO course. Students receive English First Peoples 12 AND B.C. First Peoples 12   Students earn credits for English 12 as well as an academic, senior socials 12 credits by taking this course. This senior level cohort course weaves story, history, literature, lived experiences, speaking, and… Read more

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  • Information Technology 09

    Prerequisite: None Information Technology 9 (IT9) is an introduction to using computers as a tool to be creative and solve problems. Topics include: Design technologies and the design cycle Programming (coding) for multiple purposes like the web, games, apps, etc. Strategies for curating and managing personal digital content Developing fluency using… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 10: Concert Band

    (inside the timetable) Prerequisite: Mastery of the Band 9 outcomes or successful audition. This class will form the nucleus of the Orchestra and will form the Marching Band in the spring. The Course will run the entire school year. Additional, private lessons are strongly recommended. Continuation of the acquisition of… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 10: District Strings

    Note:  This is a “District 61” Band Program Prerequisite: Strings 09 or instructor’s permission. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; performances may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. For players of violin, viola,… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 10: Jazz Band

    Prerequisite: Open to all band students. Corequisite: Students taking Jazz Band must also take Concert Band 10. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; they may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet at 7:30 am. and/or at lunch time. Study and performance… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 10: Orchestra

    Prerequisite: Mastery of Band 9 outcomes or successful audition. This class will compromise wind players and percussionists who wish to be part of a full orchestra. The ensemble is open to any student who plays a wind instrument. The Oak Bay Orchestra takes place Tuesdays at lunch and Thursday mornings…. Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 11: Concert Band

    (inside the timetable) *Mastery of the Band 10 outcomes or successful audition. This class will form the nucleus of the Orchestra and will form the Marching Band in the spring. The Course will run the entire school year. Additional, private lessons are strongly recommended. Continuation of the acquisition of performance… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 11: District Strings

    Orchestral Strings 11 Prerequisite: Strings 10 or instructor’s permission. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; performances may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. For players of violin, viola, cello or double bass, this course… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 11: Jazz Band

    * Open to all band students. Corequisite: Students taking Jazz Band must also take Concert Band 11. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; they may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet at 7:30 am. and/or at lunch time. Study and performance… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 11: Orchestra

    *Mastery of Band 10 outcomes or successful audition. This class will compromise wind players and percussionists who wish to be part of a full orchestra. The ensemble is open to any student who plays a wind instrument. The Oak Bay Orchestra takes place Tuesdays at lunch and Thursday mornings. Students… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 12: Concert Band

    (inside the timetable) Prerequisite: Mastery of the Band 11 outcomes or successful audition. This class will form the nucleus of the Orchestra and will form the Marching Band in the spring. The Course will run the entire school year. Additional, private lessons are strongly recommended. Continuation of the acquisition of… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 12: District Strings

    Orchestral Strings 12 *Strings 11 or instructor’s permission. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; performances may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. For players of violin, viola, cello or double bass, this course… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music 12: Orchestra

    Recommended: Mastery of Band 11 who wish to be part of a full orchestra. The ensemble is open to any student who plays a wind instrument. The Oak Bay Orchestra takes place Tuesdays at lunch and Thursday mornings. Students will continue the acquisition of performance skills in the woodwind, brass… Read more

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  • Instrumental Music: 12 Jazz Band

    Prerequisite: Open to all band students. Corequisite: Students taking Jazz Band must also take Concert Band 12. Participation in performances and rehearsals is required; they may occur in the evenings and sometimes take place away from the school. Classes meet at 7:30 am. and/or at lunch time. Study and performance… Read more

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  • Intercultural Studies 09 (ESL)

    Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the International Program or ESL designation in grade 9 or 10. The target audience for this course is students new to Canada.  It is designed to fill in the gaps of cultural understanding, Canadian history and geographical awareness. The focus of this course is to improve literacy… Read more

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  • Japanese 09

    This exciting course offers students the opportunity to explore Japanese through entertaining stories.  You will learn to read and write in Japanese (hiragana), as well as be introduced to some kanji. In Japanese 9 a particular focus will be placed on comprehension.  Writing will become more of a focus in… Read more

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  • Japanese 10

    Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or Introduction to Japanese 11 This course uses entertaining stories to build on language learnt in Japanese 9.  Students will learn to read and write katakana(alphabet used to represent foreign words), and be introduced to more kanji(Chinese characters).  While comprehension will still be a focus, Japanese 10… Read more

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  • Japanese 11

    Satisfies university entrance grade 11 language requirements Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or Introduction to Japanese 11 In Japanese 11 we continue to expand student vocabulary and understanding through stories and other communication focused activities. In Japanese 11 we start to explore the plain speech style of Japanese. We also build on comprehended… Read more

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  • Japanese 11 Introductory

    Does not satisfy university entrance grade 11 language requirements This accelerated course is designed for grade 10 and 11 students that didn’t take Japanese 9.  This course combines the main content of both Japanese 9 and 10. Students will learn to read and write both hiragana and katakana, as well… Read more

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  • Japanese 12

    For university entrance requirements, this counts as an “academic course” Recommended: Japanese 11 This course focuses on bringing together everything learned in the previous courses in a way that the students can naturally use the language in authentic ways.  Some more advanced grammar structures, idioms, and kanji will be introduced…. Read more

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  • Journalism 11/ Yearbook 11 Combination

    Credits:  8 *Create!  Design!  Leave your mark!  Enjoy working in a collaborative environment to create something you and your school will be proud of … something that will last a lifetime.  This course is open to students in grades 11 and 12. In order to meet yearbook deadlines, students will… Read more

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  • Journalism 12 / Yearbook 12 Combination

    Journalism 12/ Yearbook 12 Combination Credits:  8 *This course is open to students in grades 11 and 12. In order to meet yearbook deadlines, students will be required to attend some classes outside of the timetable. Writing Focus: Same as Journalism 11/ Yearbook 11 but with extended learning outcomes Students will… Read more

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  • Language Arts & Development 10 (ELL COMBO)

    Note:  These courses are designed for students for whom English is a second language.  Placement will be in consultation with the ESL and International Student Program Coordinators. The course combination on the student timetable will be: LANGUAGE ARTS & DEVELOPMENT 10 (ELL COMBO) (4 credits) SPOKEN LANGUAGE 10 (2 credits) LITERARY… Read more

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  • Language Arts & Development 11 (ELL COMBO)

    ELL – Choose one of the 4 strands (New Media, Spoken Language, Literary Studies, Composition) and pair with English Language Development Block English Language Development Block Allows for more in-depth immersion into formal usage of English language Provides English support to accompanying English 11 language blocks with guidance in vocabulary recognition, language… Read more

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  • Langue et Culture 11 (FRAL 11) (French Immersion)

    FILA (French Immersion Language Arts): Language and Culture of the French-Speaking World 11 (4 credits) Students will discover and explore the linguistic diversity, traditions, and customs of Francophones in BC, Canada, and the world at large.  In addition, they will develop an awareness of the diversity of French-speaking communities.  Through… Read more

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  • Law Studies 12

    This introductory course emphasizes critical thinking and offers students a chance to understand fundamental legal principles, such as justice, liberty, and equality;  recognize and act upon their rights and responsibilities;  identify legal elements in a problem;  prevent or address legal problems in everyday life;  apply their learning about law to… Read more

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  • Leadership 10 Athletic

    This course enrolls students in grades o9 – 12 and may be retaken at each grade level. The class meets once a week at noon and also requires time outside class meetings. Students will work together in cross-grade teams to complete projects ranging from running the day-to-day tasks of the… Read more

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  • Leadership 10 Fine Arts

    *Successful application and interview Fine Arts Leadership students will be expected to take on leadership responsibilities on behalf of the music, dance and drama programs. The class meets once a week at 7:30 a.m. and also requires a substantial amount of time outside class meetings. Students will work together in… Read more

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  • Leadership 11 Athletic

    This course enrolls students in grades o9 – 12 and may be retaken at each grade level. The class meets once a week at noon and also requires time outside class meetings. Students will work together in cross-grade teams to complete projects ranging from running the day-to-day tasks of the… Read more

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  • Leadership 11 Fine Arts

    * Successful application and interview Fine Arts Leadership students will be expected to take on leadership responsibilities on behalf of the music, dance and drama programs. The class meets once a week at 7:30 a.m. and also requires a substantial amount of time outside class meetings. Students will work together… Read more

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  • Leadership 12 Athletic

    This course enrolls students in grades o9 – 12 and may be retaken at each grade level. The class meets once a week at noon and also requires time outside class meetings. Students will work together in cross-grade teams to complete projects ranging from running the day-to-day tasks of the… Read more

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  • Leadership 12 Fine Arts

    *Successful application and interview Fine Arts Leadership students will be expected to take on leadership responsibilities on behalf of the music, dance, and drama programs. The class meets once a week at 7:30 a.m. and also requires a substantial amount of time outside class meetings. Students will work together in… Read more

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  • Leadership 12 Grad

    This course is designed to allow students a “hands-on” approach to their Graduation year activities. It provides valuable experience in event planning and helps to build such skills as: teamwork, cooperation, liaising, budgeting, marketing, organization and commitment. Students also partake in philanthropic activities to “give back” to their community. This… Read more

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  • Life Science 11 (formerly Biology 11)

    Life Science 11 (formerly Biology 11) Prerequisite: Science 10 This survey course looks at the organic forms from the simplest (viruses) to the most complex (vertebrate animals). This course is appropriate for students requiring a grade 11 credit or wishing to pursue a Biological or Health Science related post-secondary program…. Read more

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  • Life Science 11/Anatomy & Physio 12 Combo (formerly Bi 11/12 Combo)

    *Mastery of the Science 10 outcomes. The outcomes of both Life Science 11 and Anatomy & Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 11 and Biology 12) will be covered. This course looks at the organic forms from the simplest (viruses) to the most complex (vertebrate animals) (Life Sciences 11), and focuses on… Read more

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  • Literary Studies 10

    LITERARY STUDIES 10 (Common for all grade 10 students to be paired with other choice)  Literary Studies 10 is designed for students who are interested in the literature of a particular era, geographical area, or theme, or in the study of literature in general. The course allows students to delve more… Read more

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  • Literary Studies 11

    LITERARY STUDIES 11 Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics allows them to follow… Read more

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  • Literary Studies 12

    Literary Studies 12 allows students to delve more deeply into literature through increasingly complex texts. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics allows them… Read more

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  • Marine Biology 12

        *Mastery of the Science 10 outcomes.  Life Science 11 is recommended or may be taken concurrently. Information:  This course is open to grade 11 and 12 students. Victoria is surrounded by ocean on three sides, yet most people just look across the surface. Using a variety of local habitats and… Read more

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  • Marketing and Promotion 11

    Marketing 11 will prepare students for the world of work that they will encounter upon graduation as well as prepare them for additional study in the areas of commerce, marketing and economics at the post-secondary level. Marketing 11 is an introductory course that focuses on retail business and learning how… Read more

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  • Mathematics 09

    Math 9 Prerequisite: Math 8 outcomes (a C or better is recommended) Equipment: A scientific calculator: The Sharp EL – 510R is most suitable. Information: As a foundational course, Mathematics 9 prepares students for entry into either Foundations of Mathematics & Pre-calculus 10 or Workplace Mathematics 10. Topics include: Numeracy,… Read more

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  • Mathematics 09 Numeracy

    Goal: To increase foundational Math skill in order to be successful in course offerings at the school. Information: Enrolment in this course will be by referral from middle school staff and/or parents.  As a parent, please contact Oak Bay High if you are interested in knowing more about Numeracy 9. … Read more

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  • Musical Theatre 09

    (inside the timetable) This course is considered to be Oak Bay’s Junior Musical Theatre class. Grade 9 students in this class will prepare and present a full length ‘Junior Musical’ at the end of the year. Recent productions include ‘Beauty and the Beast Junior’ and ‘Willie Wonks Junior’. This course… Read more

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  • Musical Theatre 10

    Prerequisite: Successful audition This course meets entirely outside of the regular timetable.  It prepares the orchestral music for the full-length school musical.  A considerable time commitment during the run of the school musical is required. Important Points to Consider: The students who choose this class may be expected to spend 3… Read more

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  • Musical Theatre 11

    *Successful audition This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable.  It prepares the orchestral music for the full-length school musical.  A considerable time commitment during the run of the school musical is required. Important Points to Consider: The students who choose this class may be expected to spend 3 –… Read more

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  • Musical Theatre 12

    *Successful audition required This course meets entirely outside the regular timetable.  It prepares the orchestral music for the full-length school musical.  A considerable time commitment during the run of the school musical is required. Important Points to Consider: The students who choose this class may be expected to spend 3… Read more

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  • New Media 10 (Literary Studies Combo)

      Course Description Video (click here) New Media 10 is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop… Read more

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  • New Media 11

    New Media 11 is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop an intensive program of study centred… Read more

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  • Outdoor Education 11 (Pursuits)

    The goal of this course is to learn the skills needed to safely, and respectfully, explore the beautiful island we live on.  Throughout the year students will gain the knowledge, experience, and competence to prepare them for a multiple night hiking trip (this trip is optional as extra costs are… Read more

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  • Outdoor Education 12 (Pursuits)

    The goal of this course is to learn the skills needed to safely, and respectfully, explore the beautiful island we live on.  Throughout the year students will gain the knowledge, experience, and competence to prepare them for a multiple night canoe trip (this trip is optional as extra costs are… Read more

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  • Peer Tutoring 10

    * Application and permission of the school. Students can receive credit in Peer Tutoring by providing academic support, homework review and encouragement to fellow students. Opportunities include assisting students in classes or in Focus Block One-to-one tutoring is also possible. This course is offered outside of the timetable. Tutors are expected… Read more

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  • Peer Tutoring 11

    *Application and permission of the school. Students can receive credit in Peer Tutoring by providing academic support, homework review and encouragement to fellow students. Opportunities include assisting students in classes or in Focus Block One-to-one tutoring is also possible. This course is offered outside of the timetable. Tutors are expected to… Read more

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  • Peer Tutoring 12

    Application and permission of the school required Students can receive credit in Peer Tutoring by providing academic support, homework review and encouragement to fellow students. Opportunities include assisting students in classes or in Focus Block One-to-one tutoring is also possible. This course is offered outside of the timetable. Tutors are expected… Read more

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  • PHE 10 Boys

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to allow students to continue to build upon the acquired skills and understanding of the sports and activities introduced to them  in PHE 9.  In addition, there will be greater opportunities to explore new activities with a focus on incorporating … Read more

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  • PHE 10 Co-ed

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to allow students to continue to build upon the acquired skills and understanding of the sports and activities introduced to them  in PHE 9.  In addition, there will be greater opportunities to explore new activities with a focus on incorporating … Read more

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  • PHE 10 Girls

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to allow students to continue to build upon the acquired skills and understanding of the sports and activities introduced to them  in PHE 9.  In addition, there will be greater opportunities to explore new activities with a focus on incorporating … Read more

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  • PHE 9 Boys

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to introduce boys to a variety of traditional sports and physical activities while focusing on skill development, game play and teamwork.  Students will be provided the time and opportunity to go into greater depth on specific units of study with the… Read more

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  • PHE 9 Co-ed

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to introduce students to a variety of sports and activities in a fun and safe environment.  Classes will focus on skill development, gameplay, teamwork and fair play while also providing the time and opportunity to go into greater depth on… Read more

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  • PHE 9 Girls

    The aim of this physical and health education course is to introduce girls to a variety of traditional sports and physical activities while focusing on skill development, game play and teamwork.  Students will be provided the time and opportunity to go into greater depth on specific units of study with the… Read more

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  • PHE Active Living 11 (Co-Ed)

    The aim of this course is  to increase continued participation in physical activity while promoting a comfortable and supportive learning environment.  Students will continue to explore traditional and new physical activities with the aim of discovering fun and accessible interests both at school and within the greater community.  The focus… Read more

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  • PHE Active Living 11 Girls

    Active Living 11/12 Girls This course is designed for girls to continue their love of physical activity in a comfortable and supportive environment.  The idea is to continue and to promote lifelong health and wellness through different sports and games. In addition to basic class time, the class has the… Read more

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  • PHE Active Living 12 (Co-Ed)

    The aim of this course is to increase continued participation in physical activity while promoting a comfortable and supportive learning environment.  Students will continue to explore traditional and new physical activities with the aim of discovering fun and accessible interests both at school and within the greater community.  The focus… Read more

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  • PHE Active Living 12 (Dual Credit)

    This course is a partnership between Oak Bay Secondary (SD #61) and Camosun College. The purpose of this course is for students to gain post-secondary credits and experience while still in high school. This particular course is a combination of Oak Bay’s Active Living 12 and Camosun College’s Kinesiology 120… Read more

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  • PHE Active Living 12 Girls

    Active Living 11/12 Girls This course is designed for girls to continue their love of physical activity in a comfortable and supportive environment.  The idea is to continue and to promote lifelong health and wellness through different sports and games. In addition to basic class time, the class has the… Read more

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  • Photography 10 Dark Room (Black & White)

      Oak Bay High School has a large custom built darkroom for the exploration of traditional photography methods. This course can be taken independently but is an excellent complement to Digital Photography. This is a comprehensive photography course for the beginner who wants to learn about traditional film photography as… Read more

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  • Photography 11 Dark Room (Black & White)

        Oak Bay High School has a large custom built darkroom for the exploration of traditional photography methods. This course can be taken independently but is an excellent complement to Digital Photography. This is a comprehensive photography course for the beginner who wants to learn about traditional film photography… Read more

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  • Photography 12 Advanced Dark Room (Black & White)

      Open to student with credit in Photography 11 Advanced Photography 12  (AKA Independent Directed Study) focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in Photography 11 to a higher level. Students work independently pursuing specific areas of interest in traditional photography. Students use traditional technologies to create and… Read more

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  • Physical Geography 12

    Geography 11/12 is an excellent course that will allow you to look around at the world in which we live and begin to understand some of the complexities and challenges that we currently face. We will look at the vastly different environments on earth -from deserts to tropical rainforests –… Read more

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  • Physical Geography 12 Dual Credit

    Geography 12/ Geo 111 Students who enrolled in Dual Credit Geography 12 will receive credits for 2 courses; 4 credits from Oak Bay High School/BC Ministry of Education (Geography 12) and 4 credits from Camosun College (Geo 111 Mautrual Hazards).  As the outcome for these two courses crossover and dovetail,… Read more

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  • Physics 11

    It is recommended that students have mastered the physics-related learning outcomes from Science 10 prior to Physics 11. Equipment: A scientific calculator is required. The behaviour of mechanical systems will be described and analyzed mathematically, with an emphasis on lab work and developing problem-solving skills.  The Big Ideas covered will… Read more

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  • Physics 12

    It is recommended that students have mastered the learning outcomes from Physics 11 prior to Physics 12 . Equipment: A simple scientific calculator is required. Much more rigorous than Physics 11, this course will apply mathematical models to the analysis of mechanical systems.  Lab activities will be used to test… Read more

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  • Physics 12 Dual Credit

    Description: This exciting course is a partnership between Oak Bay Secondary (SD #61) and Camosun College. The purpose of this course is for students to gain post-secondary credits and experience while still in high school. This particular course is a combination of Oak Bay’s Physics 12 and Camosun College’s General… Read more

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  • Power Technology 09

    Power Technologies 9 is centred around the exploration and understanding of how things move. Students have the opportunity to use the Design Thinking process to design, build and test a variety of hands-on projects including Mousetrap Cars, LED Masks, Sumo Bots, and Hydraulic Arms. This course is well suited to… Read more

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  • Power Technology 10 (Mechanics)

    Power Technologies 10 is an introductory course to the internal combustion engine. Students will learn the fundamentals of small engine operation, diagnostics, and repair and be tasked with building a single cylinder engine. Power Technologies 10 covers 4 stroke and two stroke engine theory and is the foundation for Automotive… Read more

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  • Pre-Calculus 11

      Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Math Course in Grade 11 Credits: 4 * A final grade of 60% or higher in Foundations and Pre-calculus Mathematics 10 is strongly recommended. Students with less than 60% should consult with their teacher before choosing this course. This course is of similar… Read more

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  • Pre-Calculus 12

    *A final grade of 60% or higher in Pre-Calculus 11 is strongly recommended. Students with less than 60% should consult with their teacher before choosing this course. Equipment: Scientific Calculator: The Sharp EL – 510R is most suitable. Information: This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings… Read more

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  • Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12 Combo

    Credits: 8 *A minimum of a “C+” in Pre-Calc is recommended. Excellent math skills and work habits are required. Students will be enrolled in Pre-Calc 12 and Calculus 12 in linked linear blocks with the same teacher. Equipment: Calculator Information: This course is highly recommended for anyone who may take… Read more

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  • Psychology 12

    Psychology is a fascinating subject that attempts to understand and explain human behaviour. Have you ever wondered why we sleep or what purposes dreams serve? Have you ever wanted to know more about mental illnesses, what causes them, and how they are treated? Have you ever thought about the science… Read more

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  • Psychology 12 Dual Credit

    As above with the addition of Camosun College component Psychology 130 – Contemporary Issues in Psychology.  This course is appropriate for academic students planning to go into medical services, teaching, psychology or any university program requiring first-year psychology.  You will earn university credits and 8 high school credits.

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  • Robotics 11

    * Some programming experience, an asset Robotics 11 is an introductory robotics course where you will learn the fundamental skills to design, program, and develop the electronics to engineer your own robot. Using Arduino circuit boards, sensors, and motors, students will complete a series of electronics projects in order to… Read more

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  • Scholarship Preparation 12

    Prerequisite:  Completion of Grade 11 This course is specifically designed for Grade 12 students and the purpose of the course is to familiarize them with the many aspects of post-secondary admissions and scholarship applications. If you would like to be as informed and prepared as possible about the opportunities available… Read more

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  • Science 09

    Prerequisite:  Science 8 Topics Covered will include: Biology – “Cells are derived from cells”; sexual and asexual reproduction Chemistry – “The electron arrangement of atoms impacts their chemical nature”; elements, atoms, and the periodic table Physics – “Electricity is the movement of electrons”; static and current electricity, and electrical circuits… Read more

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  • Science 09 Discovery

    Science 9 Discovery An inquiry-based alternative to Sc 9 & 10 with the same curricular competencies and content.  “We want the lovers of science, the inquisitive, the keen. Basically, we want the science-geeks.” The Science Discovery Program (formerly known as Science Honours)  is intended to encourage those with a keen… Read more

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  • Science 10

    Recommended: Science 9 Topics Covered will include: Biology – “Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things”; DNA, genes and chromosomes, inheritance, natural and artificial selection, genetics and ethical considerations. Chemistry – “Chemical processes require energy change as atoms are rearranged”; atom rearrangement in reactions, acid/base reactions, conservation… Read more

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  • Science 10 Discovery

    Science 10 Discovery An inquiry-based alternative to Sc 9 & 10 with the same curricular competencies and content.  “We want the lovers of science, the inquisitive, the keen. Basically, we want the science-geeks.” The Science Discovery Program (formerly known as Science Honours)  is intended to encourage those with a keen interest in science. We will focus… Read more

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  • Sciences 09 (French Immersion)

    Sujets inclus: Biologie – « Les cellules sont issues d’autres cellules »; la reproduction asexuée (mitose) et sexuée (la méiose). Chimie – « L’arrangement des électrons est un déterminant des propriétés chimiques de l’atome » ; les éléments, les atomes, et le tableau périodique. Écologie – « La biosphère, la géosphère, l’hydrosphère et l’atmosphère sont interdépendantes, car la… Read more

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  • Sciences 10 (French Immersion)

    Sujets inclus : Biologie – « Les gènes sont le fondement de la diversité des êtres vivants »; ADN, gènes et chromosomes, patrimoine, sélection naturelle et artificielle, la génétique et les considérations étiques Chimie – «  Les procédés chimiques exigent un changement d’énergie lorsque les atomes sont réarrangés »; le réarrangement d’atomes au cours des réactions… Read more

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  • Sciences Humaines 09 (French Immersion)

    Les élèves de Sciences Humaines 9 examineront des événements et des perspectives historiques de 1750 à 1919. Ils seront capables de commenter la manière dont les idées et les idéologies nouvelles ont une profonde influence sur les sociétés et les événements. A travers des sources variées, ils vont investiguer comment… Read more

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  • Sciences Humaines 10 (French Immersion)

    Ébauche du programme d’études Sciences Humaines ~ 10ième   Tout comme pour les programmes d’études de la maternelle à la 9e année, le nouveau programme d’études de la 10e année a été conçu pour soutenir l’apprentissage tant disciplinaire qu’interdisciplinaire, encourager les programmes locaux, ainsi que favoriser l’apprentissage dans différents milieux.  Sciences… Read more

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  • Sciences Humaines 11 (French Immersion)

      Ce cours est nécessaire pour la graduation et comprend un examen provincial qui compte à  20 pour cent de la note finale. Les élèves exploreront les questions qui affectèrent le Canada et la communauté internationale au 20ième siècle.  Ils apprendront à maîtriser les compétences requises pour interpréter les données,… Read more

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  • Social Justice 12

    Social Justice 12 provides students with the opportunity to become more aware of, and to analyze a variety of social injustices in the world such as socio-economic status, sexism, sexual orientation, racism, genocide, globalization and the treatment of the world’s indigenous people. This course will challenge students to examine their… Read more

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  • Social Studies 09

    Prerequisite: Mastery of Social Studies 8 outcomes. Social/Historical Focus: Students will study the social changes in England and France including the Industrial and French Revolutions up to the end of Napoleonic times (1815). Students also study Canadian geography, Aboriginal cultures, the American Revolution and life in British North America to… Read more

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  • Social Studies 10

    Socials Studies 10 is a required course for the Graduation Program Social/Historical Focus: Students will study Canadian history, society and culture from 1815-1914 including the formation of Canada, responsible government and rebellions in Canada. Students will learn about economics in BC, Canada, and the Pacific Rim, and consider environmental issues… Read more

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  • Spanish 09

    Grade 9 students who speak Spanish at home should register in Spanish 10. Students with prior school experience of Spanish should contact Mrs. Moss or Ms. Green to discuss appropriate Spanish placement. Spanish 9 is a course for students with no previous or minimal knowledge of Spanish. This course is… Read more

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  • Spanish 10

      Students will continue working on the foundations of written and oral Spanish that will prepare them for Spanish 11. Various themes, always in the context of the Hispanic culture, and extensive vocabulary and grammar will give students the basis to become more confident in their use of spoken and… Read more

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  • Spanish 11

      Satisfies the university entrance language requirement Prerequisite: Spanish 10 or Intro. Spanish 11 The main goal of this course is the development of a higher level of competence in written and spoken Spanish. It will include: Writing/Speaking: mastery of verb tenses, extensive review of grammar, idiomatic expressions and more… Read more

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  • Spanish 11 Introductory

      Introductory Spanish 11 Does NOT satisfy all university entrance language requirements, but may be followed by Spanish 11, which does. This course is recommended for grade 11 students who are seeking to complete their university language requirement prior to graduation. French Immersion and grade 10 students with no previous… Read more

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  • Spanish 12

    Recommended: Spanish 11 The main goal of this course is the development of a higher level of competence in written and spoken Spanish. It will include: Writing/Speaking: mastery of verb tenses, extensive review of grammar, idiomatic expressions and more complex sentence use. Individual and group oral presentations Readings and discussions… Read more

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  • Specialized Studies in Foods 12

      This food studies 12 course will focus on balancing nutrition with exercise for a healthy lifestyle. The course will include an overview of the digestive system, macro and micronutrients, hydration, nutritional deficiencies, and diets, and its relationship to physical activity/ability. It will be a combination of cooking and food science that is applicable to… Read more

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  • Spoken Language (Speech & Debate) 11

    This course is designed to allow students an opportunity to explore their world and look through a lens that encompasses a wider variety of views than have become common to the positive feedback loops that are the new norm. Working individually, in pairs, and in larger groups, students will be… Read more

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  • Spoken Language (Speech & Debate) 12

    This course is designed to allow students an opportunity to explore their world and look through a lens that encompasses a wider variety of views than have become common to the positive feedback loops that are the new norm. Working individually, in pairs, and in larger groups, students will be… Read more

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  • Spoken Language 10 (Literary Studies Combo)

      Course Description Video (click here) Spoken Language 10 is designed to support students in their development of spoken communication through processes of questioning, exploring, and sampling. The course builds students’ spoken language competencies by introducing them to varied structures, forms, and styles of oral compositions and by providing opportunities… Read more

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  • Spoken Language 11

    This course is designed to support students in their development of spoken communication through processes of questioning, exploring, and sampling. The course builds students’ spoken language competencies by introducing them to varied structures, forms, and styles of oral compositions and by providing opportunities for students to individually and collaboratively study,… Read more

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  • Spoken Language 12

    Spoken Language 12 is designed to support students in the refinement of spoken language forms. The course provides opportunities for students, with increasing independence and self-sufficiency, to study, create, write, and present original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and audiences using real-world applications with impact and effectiveness…. Read more

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  • Sport Performance: Basketball 10-12

    This elective does NOT satisfy the physical education graduation requirement. Students in grade 10 will also need to register in Physical Education 10 to meet graduation requirements. This course is a sport-specific basketball course, for both male and female students, designed to develop student-athletes skills and knowledge on a continuous, yearlong… Read more

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  • Sport Psychology 12

    Sport Psychology 12 is an ELECTIVE course that allows for the exploration of self in competitive environments. The course strives to enhance the ability of students to practice and implement specific mental skills and strategies before, during, and after competition. Mental strength development using specific techniques to further enhance one’s ability to… Read more

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  • Strength and Conditioning 11

    The goal of this course is to increase understanding of strength and conditioning principals, and to implement that learning through the creation of effective training routines.  This is a 4-credit course which occurs outside the timetable with a flexible schedule. It is suitable for students of all fitness and experience levels.

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  • Strength and Conditioning 12

    The goal of this course is to increase understanding of strength and conditioning principals, and to implement that learning through the creation of effective training routines.  This is a 4-credit course which occurs outside the timetable with a flexible schedule. It is suitable for students of all fitness and experience levels.

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  • Studio Arts 2D 10 (3D Sculpture Options)

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts and skills learned in Visual Arts 9 introduction to Studio Arts and is available for all students.  The major component of this course will consist of design, drawing, painting, sculpture and art appreciation.  Students will also gain an appreciation and knowledge… Read more

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  • Studio Arts 2D 11 (3D Sculpture Options)

      This course is meant for third level senior art students who have completed either VA 9 Introduction Studio Art and/or Studio Art 2D 10.    Skills learned previously are incorporated and enhanced throughout this course.  Each student will use their prior knowledge in the previous courses to more thoroughly investigate two-dimensional… Read more

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  • Studio Arts 2D 12 (3D Sculpture Options)

        This course is meant for fourth level advanced art students who are have completed either Studio Art 10 and/or 11.   This course is also mandatory for AP 2D Studio Art & Design students.   Students in grade 12 with less art experience may choose to take this course looking for… Read more

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  • Studio Arts 3D 10 (Ceramics & Sculpture)

      This course is taught in a custom built ceramic studio. You will use the medium of clay to explore 3 dimensional form, using basic and advanced building techniques and design methods. In an open atmosphere of cooperative learning, technical skills are taught and creative exploration encouraged. Technical skills include… Read more

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  • Studio Arts 3D 11 (Ceramics & Sculpture)

    This course can be taken for the first time in grade 11 or as a continuation of Art 10 Ceramics and Sculpture. When taken as a continuation of a previous ceramics and sculpture course students will have the option of doing independent work in any area they wish to focus. This… Read more

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  • Studio Arts 3D 12 (Ceramics & Sculpture)

      This course can be taken for the first time in grade 12 or as a continuation of Art 10 and or Art 11 Ceramics and Sculpture. When taken as a continuation of a previous ceramics and sculpture course students will have the option of doing independent work in any area… Read more

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  • Textiles 09

    Learn to Sew! Build your sewing skills, practicing basic sewing machine techniques. Major projects include garments (such as a skirt, shorts, or pants), and “upcycling” – taking a ready-made item and turning it into something new. Students will also explore fabric construction and garment care in order to become more… Read more

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  • Textiles 10

    This course is for students who are interested in fashion and want to expand their sewing techniques to create their own fashion statements. Students will learn to handle a variety of woven and knit fabrics and learn finishing techniques which compliment their chosen fabric. Projects will include clothing and crafts… Read more

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  • Textiles 11

    Textiles 11 students will  develop their sewing skills by working with a variety of fabrics, learning to modify patterns to fit their body type and working with a serger.  Use design thinking to enhance and create unique textile items. Learn about “upcycling”—taking a ready-made garment, and turning it into a… Read more

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  • Textiles 12

    This advanced course continues to build on sewing construction experiences, allowing students to further explore design while refining previous skills. Flat-pattern drafting will be introduced and students have the opportunity to draft their own skirt or pant pattern. Projects will be selected based on interest, experience, and ability in consultation… Read more

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  • Theatre Production 10 (Stagecraft)

    (outside the timetable) Students will develop the skills required for theatrical production: Theatre vocabulary and terminology Shop and tool safety Basic lighting and sound elements Set design and construction Painting

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  • Theatre Production 11 (Stagecraft)

    (outside the timetable) As a continuation of Stagecraft 10, Stagecraft 11 students will continue to develop skills required for theatrical production: Lighting design and set design Set design and construction Sound technique and equipment usage Set painting and design Production management  

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  • Theatre Production 12 (Stagecraft)

    (outside the timetable) As a continuation of Stagecraft 10, Stagecraft 11 students will continue to develop skills required for theatrical production: Lighting design and set design Set design and construction Sound technique and equipment usage Set painting and design Production management

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  • Trade Skills Exploration 10

    Do you like to build things? Want to make projects using real building materials while learning trades skills? A career in the trades is a stable, exciting, rewarding and challenging way to earn a good living. Explore different career paths while building trades-related projects. Blast through steel with torches, cut… Read more

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  • Trade Skills Exploration 11

    Do you like to build things? Want to make projects using real building materials while learning trades skills? A career in the trades is a stable, exciting, rewarding and challenging way to earn a good living. Explore different career paths while building trades-related projects. Blast through steel with torches, cut… Read more

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  • Trade Skills Exploration 12

    Do you like to build things? Want to make projects using real building materials while learning trades skills? A career in the trades is a stable, exciting, rewarding and challenging way to earn a good living. Explore different career paths while building trades-related projects. Blast through steel with torches, cut… Read more

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  • Visual Arts 09 (Introduction to Studio Arts 2D)

      This is an introductory course to Studio Arts.  The content covers a variety of drawing media, painting and color theory, three-dimensional design, sculpture, calligraphy and techniques in perspective.  Students learn concepts about the artistic process, Elements & Principles of Design, composition, media use, art history and visual art careers. … Read more

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  • Woodwork 09

    This is an introductory course in basic woodworking. The course is structured to have students work through skill-building projects that will lead to a larger project near the end of the course. The course will be structured in a way that allows students new to woodworking to be successful. Introductory… Read more

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  • Woodwork 10

    Introductory Woodwork 10 This course is designed for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have not previously taken woodworking at the secondary level. Students will be assigned 4 main projects: A hand tools projects, a skill-building project to allow students to become familiar with the wood shop and… Read more

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  • Woodwork 11

    Introductory Woodwork 11 – Students who have not previously taken woodworking at the secondary level will be following an introductory woodwork course. Introductory woodwork students will be assigned 3 main projects: The first will be a skill-building project to allow students to become familiar with the woodshop and its tools…. Read more

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  • Woodwork 12

    Introductory Woodwork 12 – Students who have not previously taken woodworking at the secondary level will be following an introductory woodwork course. Introductory woodwork students will be assigned 3 main projects: The first will be a skill-building project to allow students to become familiar with the woodshop and its tools…. Read more

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  • Work Experience 12A

    Work Experience 12A and 12B A minimum of 100 hours of work experience, in school-approved work placements are required for each course. Hours also may be used from your current job after registering for the course and completing the Work Experience Placement Agreement, Safety Checklist, and a Training Plan. As well… Read more

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  • Work Experience 12B

    Work Experience 12A and 12B A minimum of 100 hours of work experience, in school-approved work placements are required for each course. Hours also may be used from your current job after registering for the course and completing the Work Experience Placement Agreement, Safety Checklist, and a Training Plan. As well… Read more

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  • Workplace Mathematics 10

    Recommended: Math 9 or Math 9 Numeracy Equipment: Scientific Calculator: The Sharp EL – 510R is most suitable. Information: This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the workforce. Topics: Proportional… Read more

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  • Workplace Mathematics 11

    Credits: 4 *Successful completion of Workplace Mathematics 10 or permission from the instructor. This course satisfies the Ministry of Education’s mathematics graduation requirements. Information: This course is strongly recommended for students who are planning on entering the workforce directly after high school, or who are planning on pursuing a career… Read more

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  • Yoga for Mindfulness 10

    Yoga for Mindfulness is a new course running outside-the-timetable that offers a holistic journey to well-being. In this course, students will delve into yogic philosophy, anatomy and mindfulness. Through the practice of yoga asana (poses), meditation, breathing techniques and mindfulness, students will experience the health benefits of yoga and simultaneously… Read more

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  • Yoga for Mindfulness 11

    Yoga for Mindfulness is a new course running outside-the-timetable that offers a holistic journey to well-being. In this course, students will delve into yogic philosophy, anatomy and mindfulness. Through the practice of yoga asana (poses), meditation, breathing techniques and mindfulness, students will experience the health benefits of yoga and simultaneously… Read more

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  • Yoga for Mindfulness 12

    Yoga for Mindfulness is a new course running outside-the-timetable that offers a holistic journey to well-being. In this course, students will delve into yogic philosophy, anatomy and mindfulness. Through the practice of yoga asana (poses), meditation, breathing techniques and mindfulness, students will experience the health benefits of yoga and simultaneously… Read more

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