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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 1 module 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.

 CTF Construction and Technology

 Communication Technologies

  • Digital Video
  • Screen Printing
  • Animation

Construction Technologies

  • Solid Stock Constructions


  • Electronics

Fabrication Studies

  • Sheet Stock Fabrication
  • Computer Aided and Design Fabrication

CTF Foods and Fashion

 Fashion Studies

  • Ready, Set, Sew
  • Fun with Fashion


  • Food Basics
  • Baking Basics
  • Snacks and Appetizers
  • Fast and Convenient Foods
  • 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

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 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.


In this course, students will take part in a variety of different dance styles and disciplines. These styles include Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, and World Dance.  Students will develop the foundations of each dance form including basic dance etiquette, as well as simple choreography. 

As a part of the course, students will apply their personal style and previous experience to choreograph their own dance routines. Students will also learn about historical figures in dancing as well as the history of events that have influenced the role that dance plays in our society.  

Sports Performance

Sports Performance is a blend of fitness, sports medicine, and nutrition. This exciting option is for students who are looking to enhance their fitness level, and learn more about how the body reacts to stretching and exercise. Students will be involved in a wide range of activities that might include classroom sessions on biology and kinestheology, fitness center sessions focused on cardiovascular and muscular endurance, or gym sessions applying concepts of movement to a wide range of sports.

This option is suited to both athletes who want to improve their performance and any students interested in developing fitness and wellness.


The trimester guitar offering will introduce students to the tuning and care of the guitar, basic strumming techniques, and a repertoire of 5 to 10 chords as they work their way through numerous songs. Students will also learn to read tab, basic music rudiments including pitch recognition and rhythmic notation, and music from ethnic and world music traditions on drums and percussion, including some dances. 

Learning to Lead

Students will develop an awareness of the principles and practices of leadership and develop, implement and assess a personal leadership plan.

Students will be involved in the following learning opportunities that develop skills and understanding related to:

  • defining leadership
  • understanding leadership styles
  • understanding why people may join groups
  • problem solving
  • goal setting
  • design, implementation, and reflection of a project
  • application of knowledge to real-life situations
  • special projects (i.e., community service).

 Students will facilitate school wide special activities and service initiatives.

Discovery - Genius Hour

Genius Hour is a project/course where students get to choose what they want to learn. They follow their passions, learn with a purpose, and create a product to share with a real audience. Genius Hour takes learning, creating, and making to another level. Inspiring students to do work they care about, even if it is challenging.

Visual Communications

Visual Communications 8 is an exploration of the world of digital photography; from the basics of how a digital camera works, to the fundamentals of picture taking and composition.  Students delve deeper into the creative potential of photography using camera techniques and software to achieve the best image possible and create photographs that reflect artistic expression.

Photography (students will learn):

  • how to maximize the usage of their camera
  • how traditional and digital prints are created
  • how to compose pictures
  • how to take different types of photography
    • sports, nature, landscape, portraits, special effects
  • how to alter pictures using computer programs.

 Students will put together their own photography portfolio at the completion of the course. Projects may include putting together a slide show, a blog or, printing up their own cards such as thank you cards and business cards.

Innovation and Venture

Ever dreamed of being an entrepreneur? In this course, students will explore the elements necessary to create their own business plan. Each student led project will develop student’s interests and skills during the design of their project.  Specifically, students will prepare a business plan to present to the class, supported by completing various elements to create their business including a logo, slogan, and radio advertisement.  To design their businesses, students will draw on personal interests as inspiration for their projects.

Exploration in Film

As members of a rapidly developing visual society, students process a multitude of images by applying critical thinking skills.  But in order to be a critical consumer of these images, students must develop the knowledge and understanding of how visuals are manipulated to affect the message.

Students in this course study film as both an art and a means of communication.  They are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, technical and artistic factors, and purpose.  The emphasis is on the various techniques used by filmmakers to convey meaning. The course also introduces traditions of film making, as well as the history of the cinema.  In addition, students examine how films often reflect the times and conditions in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures sometimes help shape attitudes and values in society.

Explorations in Film will utilize a variety of movies and documentaries from the 1940s to the present day to explore the process of storytelling through movie making.  Students will examine film style, screen acting, the use of shots and editing as a part of the process and how movie themes have changed over the decades from the influences of the society and cultures of their creators.  This will include analysis, including substantial writing, of such aspects as screenwriting, story boarding, planning, production, editing and distribution of the final product.

Forensic Science

Students will learn and experiment with many different areas in the field of forensic science. Topics include hair analysis, blood spatter, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, and crime scene sketching. A component of the course will be the analysis of real crime cases possibly including the O.J. Simpson case, John Dillinger, and the Zodiac killer. Students will also look into the mind of a criminal and learn about the abnormal psychology of killers. Due to the graphic nature of some topics this course may not be suitable for everyone.


This is an introductory law course. Students will become familiar with the influence, impact, and complexities of the law in daily life.