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The Art program at S. Bruce Smith School is based on three major components of visual learning: drawings, compositions, and encounters. Students are encouraged to observe, record, and interpret the world around them while considering the relationship of components within an image. Students’ creativity is expressed through projects that focus primarily on drawing, painting, and mixed media. Throughout the year, a variety of art media will be introduced including charcoal, pastels, ink, and paint along with an assortment of other traditional and non-traditional mark-making utensils. Student artwork is assessed each term using reflective rubrics. Students in art are encouraged to keep a sketchbook as a means to practice techniques and to aid in the development of a personal line of inquiry.



Career Technology Foundations

Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) is a complementary program offering students important learning opportunities to:

  • Develop skills that can be applied in daily living.
  • Refine career-planning skills.
  • Develop technology-related skills.
  • Enhance employability skills.
  • Apply and reinforce learning developed in other subject areas.
  • Prepare for transition into adult roles in the family, community, workplace and/or further education.

The CTF program at S. Bruce Smith enables students to sample 3 modules, 1 per term, from the career courses listed below.  We endeavor to provide students with a wide range of experiences in order to better make informed decisions about future learning or career opportunities.

Communication Technologies

  • Photography, Digital Video, Screen Printing, and Animation

 Construction Technologies

  • Solid Stock Constructions


  • Electronics

Fabrication Studies

  • Sheet Stock Fabrication

 Fashion Studies

  • Ready Set Sew and Fun with Fashion


  • Food Basics, Baking Basics, Snacks & Appetizers, Fast and Convenient Foods and Meal Planning

Computer Studies

At SBS, students have the opportunity to take a computer applications course. In class, students will gain the confidence and skills needed to effectively use computers in a variety of settings, including at school, home, and in the work place.

During this course, students will work on variety of projects to gain practical experience and to develop proficiencies in word processing, spreadsheets, graphic tools, media, and presentations. A focus in this class will be using Google Docs and similar sites to collaborate and share their work.


The Drama program is of a developmental nature encouraging growth emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually. It is an activity-oriented class and students must learn to work cooperatively with all other class members. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline, participation, cooperation, and respect of the work of oneself and others.

The Drama program can be divided into five main components: movement, speech, improvisation/acting, theatre studies, and technical theatre. Evaluation of student work is based on student participation, quizzes, drama journals, skills, and in-class projects. The overall goal of Drama is to foster a positive self-concept in students by encouraging them to explore the world around them by adopting a character and experiencing aspects of life and relationships they would not normally experience; to become people they would not normally be and to tell a story independently or as an ensemble.

Environmental and Outdoor Education


  • Students will demonstrate the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for safe outdoor experiences in all seasons.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding, respect and appreciation for self, others and different viewpoints.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of living things and an understanding of basic ecological processes.
  • Students will demonstrate skill, judgement, confidence and sensitivity through participation in a wide range of environmentally responsible activities in outdoor settings.
  • Students will develop knowledge and skills by investigating the effects of human lifestyles on the environment.
  • Students will develop lifestyle strategies that foster contact with the natural world, demonstrate responsibility for local and global environments and encourage living in harmony with others.

Instrumental Music and Guitar

Do you want to be a musician? Do you want to be part of the largest team in the school? Then come join our band and learn to play a woodwind, brass, guitar or percussion instrument! Absolutely no prior musical experience is necessary!

Choose to play one of your favourite instruments after hearing a demonstration on each one.

Pop, rock, show tunes, movie themes, classical transcriptions, and original pieces are just some of the variety that the student will learn. Students may have the opportunity to learn from professional musicians, go to band camps, perform for a variety of audiences, and go to festivals. We are proud to perform in musical events for our parents and community during our Remembrance Day Ceremony, our SBS daytime performance in December, and maybe our Spring Fling in April.

Students will either need to rent an instrument from the school (approved by the band director) or use their own personal instrument.

This course is open to all students with musical experience or without!   Come, join our team!

Grade 7 World History

This course is designed as an introduction to the military history of Canada from the pre-conquest era to the present day.  Students will be exposed to the vital role played by warfare and conflict in the foundation and development of Canada as a political entity.  The course will trace the manner in which Canada developed from colony to nation-state through its involvement in domestic and international conflicts.  As a guiding principle, the course will rest upon the linkage between society and human conflict and will emphasize aspects of Canadian military history that have implications for contemporary society and politics.

Students will:

  • Gain a general understanding of the development of western warfare from the Greeks to the present day CANADA.
  • Understand the military dimension of Canada’s development from colony to nation-state, from imperial dominion to independent actor on the international stage.
  • Understand the important linkages between Canada’s military past and the social and political development of the Canadian community.
  • Gain an appreciation of contemporary military issues as Canada prepares to enter the twenty-first century.


Creative Writing

Creative Writing provides opportunities for students to refine their creative writing skills and abilities beyond those developed in the English Language Arts Program. This course encourages students to see creative writing as a unique way of thinking, and as a means of constructing and conveying meaning. The four genres of creative writing featured will be poetry, short fiction, play writing and non-fiction. Students in the course are encouraged to explore and develop their own ideas. They are also encouraged to explore many different ways of conveying meaning through writing, and to see how methods and styles vary within cultures and time periods. Through experiences in creative writing, students are encouraged to see connections between their own writing, the writing of others, and the broader world around them.