• American History 20G
  • Baking & Pastries 20G
  • Band 20S
  • Choir 20S
  • Digital Pictures 25S and Digital Film 25S
  • Drama 20G
  • Food & Nutrition 20G
  • French 20G
  • Lifeworks: Planning 20S
  • Personal Finance 20S
  • Visual Arts 20S
  • Woodworking 20G
  • Keyboarding 25S
  • Graphic Communications Technology 10G
  • Self-Directed Learning

As Canada’s closest neighbour and the most powerful nation in the world, events in the United States have had a major impact on our country. The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the history of the United States from the earliest settlements to the present.

Major events and themes to be studied include: the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWI & WWII, the Great Depression, Segregation, and the Cold War. Students will also learn about the lives of the many great leaders who helped develop the United States into the nation it is today.  

This course will develop the skills you need to make a variety of pastry items. Your learning will consist of classroom instruction and practical lab work. It will also include sanitation and safe equipment usage. You will learn how to produce commercial quality items such as breads and rolls, sweet dough, plain and sweet pastry, cookies, short breads, cakes and desserts.

This course will meet daily for 35 minutes, and involves rehearsing and performing a wide variety of band music, providing a basis for growth in basic playing techniques:  good posture, breath control, phrasing and articulation.  You will be required to participate in all Concert Performances, including Christmas Concerts, School Assemblies, local Music Festivals, and possibly an end of year Concert Tour, as planned by the music department.  Much of your mark will be determined by the perception of your in-class performance, as well as solo performance tests.  Prerequisite:  Band 10G

This course involves singing choral music in many styles – from Bach to gospel to new and current music. Music theory is taught, aural skills are worked on and some small assignments are given, but most of the time is spent singing. Interest is of prime importance. Participation and individual musical growth are emphasized. The year’s activities include several concerts, and participation in the Fall concert, Christmas concert, Spring Concert and local festivals. Attendance is vital in this course as concerts are outside of the timetable. Concerts must be attended and participated in as part of the curriculum.

The purpose of Digital Pictures is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to convey a message through an original digital image. Digital Filmmaking will provide students with the skills and knowledge to tell stories by combining sound, still images, moving images, text, graphics, and animation into a video product. Students will plan, develop, and produce a video project.

Drama 20S picks up where Drama 10S left off. Full participation and exploration of dramatic elements, character development, awareness of self, cooperation and fun are all elements incorporated into this course. Participation “behind-the-scenes” or on stage in the school play is expected as part of the course work.

Level 1 is a full credit course which expands on your cooking knowledge and will delve deeper into food and nutrition topics. Topics will include foods that help or hinder health, global issues regarding food, trends in health and wellness. Be prepared to try new and different foods from around the world from main course meals, desserts, to a variety of fruits and vegetables.

This course is designed to enhance students’ written and oral skills in French as a second language. Emphasis is placed on usage of the past and future verb tenses. Students will also be introduced to French culture through literature, music, and food.

Prerequisite: French 10G

Life/Work Planning allows students to further examine careers and where their personality fits in with jobs in the real world. The focus of this course will be entrepreneurship and the development of a business plan for a business venture of the student’s choice.

This course is based on teaching students about financial literacy and personal financial management. Students will learn about budgeting, income calculations, saving & investing, financial institutions and the services they offer, what credit is & how much it costs and the types of economic systems in different countries.

Art 20S is designed to further develop ideas of art as they apply to the Principles of Design. The course provides a basis for growth in artistic expression, art appreciation, and art production as well as the opportunity to experience art as a personal journey. The main areas of study are balance, contrast, proportion, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity, and variety. Students will begin to express themselves in more individual projects. They will be expected to develop a final piece that represents their learning. Personal reflection through writing will also be key components in the class.

The Building Construction course will focus on the basics of building construction.  It will begin with a history of construction, with mention of the various techniques used over time.  This course will incorporate measurements, calculations of area, material take-off calculations, as well as basic framing techniques.  The proper use of portable power tools and hand tools will also be a major focus of this course.  This will include an introduction to drafting, a focus on construction terminology, and identifications of various building materials, including a wide variety of panel products.

The course will be limited to 15 participants, who must have passed and done well in the Grade 9 Technology Education course.  Students who apply should have a good knowledge of Math, specifically fractions.

This course will teach students the basics of using the correct typing position and skills. Students will learn to type accurately and quickly and will also gain valuable skills that can be transferred to almost any occupation where computers are involved.

Grade 9 Graphic Communications Technology gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of digital technology including graphic design, 2D animation, 3D animation, short films and collaborative design projects.


The purpose of this program is to allow students to achieve credit in courses that are not usually offered at GVS (or that student could not take due to conflicts). Students can work at their own pace, driven by their own desire to learn.

Courses Available:

  • Grade 9 Computer Programming and Coding (0.5 credit)

  • Grade 10 Computer Science  (1 credit)

  • Grade 11 3D Modelling  (0.5 credit)

  • Grade 11 2D Animation  (0.5 credit)

  • Grade 11 Desktop Publishing  (0.5 credit)

  • Grade 11 Web Design  (0.5 credit)

  • Volunteer Credit (Talk to Mr. Gerbrandt to set up)

  • Grade 11 Work Experience (1 credit)

  • Grade 12 Work Experience (1 credit)

There are also a wide range of distance education courses available to students. However, to enroll in these courses, students must pay an enrollment fee of approximately $200 for a one credit and $160 for a half credit course. *These courses are run by Manitoba Education and therefore any student work and exam work is sent away to be marked. The full listing of courses available can be found at http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/dl/iso/senior/index.html