• Agriculture 30G
  • Band 30S
  • Choir 30S
  • Biology 30S
  • Chemistry 30S
  • Current Topics in Science 30S
  • Drama 30S
  • Food & Nutrition 30S
  • French 30S
  • Introduction to Tourism 30S
  • Lifeworks: Building 30S
  • Modern Life Issues 31G
  • Physics 30S
  • Sociology 31G
  • Visual Arts 30S
  • Woodworking 30S
  • Leadership 31G
  • History of Rock and Roll 20G
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • ANY GRADE 9 ELECTIVES
  • ANY GRADE 10 ELECTIVES
  • Grade 12 Electives

This optional course examines agriculture as a scientific area of plant and animal science but it is not a biology course. Current issues are examined to turn the course into one that deals with topics in agriculture as quickly as they arise. Some hands on work is required.

In addition to skills acquired in Band 20S, students will continue to develop and extend range and refine articulations on their instrument of choice, extend use of rhythmic notation to include increasingly complex patterns and continue their efforts to become discerning consumers and producers of music.  Attendance is again required at all Concert events, and possibly an end of year Concert Tour, as planned by the music department.  Be prepared for solo performances in front of your peers. Prerequisite:  Band 20S

This course involves rehearsing and performing a wide variety of 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.

This course is a study of human biology in light of its importance for life skills and relevance to daily living. The course is centered on a healthy view of the body and the development of a positive and healthy use of the body. This study of the body systems looks at the need to understand how the systems are maintained and implications of mistreating these systems. This course demands daily study and memorization of many new terms and diagrams.

Prerequisite: Science 20F

This course is designed to introduce and develop some of the basic concepts in chemistry and to promote an understanding of the relationship between chemistry, technology, and their impact upon the individual and society. Content includes physical properties and changes, chemical reactions, solubility, gases, and organic chemistry.

Prerequisite: Science 20F and

Co-requisite: Pre-calculus Math 30S or Applied Math 30S

This course is designed to sustain and develop the curiosity of young people about the natural world around them, and build up confidence in their ability to inquire into its behaviour, now and in the future. The course will focus on current scientific issues and developments as organizing themes, combining the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, the geosciences and the space sciences. Topics will include forensics, sports science, technologies of the future, living in space, natural disasters, and environmental issues.

Prerequisite: Science 20F

In this advanced course, students will continue to work on their performance skills in various contexts. Interpretation of existing scripts, set design and creative exploration will be part of the work. Students may be required to be involved in the behind-the-scenes activities of the annual school production.

Level 2 course is an advanced course where students will be studying the how and why of different cooking techniques. They will learn about making things from scratch such as soups, sauces, pasta, breads, and dressings. Projects will include recipe and menu development, nutrition for different needs, and developing a cooking show.  This course is very hands on and students are expected to research and learn about new topics.

This course is intended to further develop students’ skills, written and conversational, in French as a second language. Emphasis is placed on perfecting usage of past, present and future tenses, as well as introducing the conditional. Students will further explore topics such as art, music, technology and modern life.

Prerequisite: French 20G

This course provides students with a broad introduction to the field of tourism. Issues surrounding sustainability in tourism are examined in a global, provincial, and territorial context.

The work experience course involves students working in the real world and also completing coursework. The object of the course is to recognize the valuable learning that goes on while working and to combine this with school work connected to learning about occupations.

Is it right to lie in order to save a life? Should abortion be made illegal? Are wars ever morally justifiable? These and other challenging ethical problems will be examined in this course.

Since ethics is about determining what is right and wrong, it clearly has a major impact on how people live their lives. Students will learn how the Christian faith can be looked at as a practical and realistic way to address life’s greatest challenges. In order to help develop critical thinking skills, students will be exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives throughout this course.

This course looks at the fundamental laws that govern the natural world; physics serves as a foundation upon which a tremendous diversity of studies and careers are built. The relationships in physics are studied in four different modes, physical/conceptual, numeric, graphical, and symbolic. Topics covered in this course are measurement, vectors, mechanics, fields and waves.

Prerequisite: Science 20F

Co-requisite: Pre-Calculus 30S or Applied 30S

Sociology 31G will provide students with the basic tools needed to see the connection between the larger social world and our personal lives. It will enable students to examine how society shapes human actions and beliefs, and how such actions and beliefs in turn shape society. Class time will be allotted for a variety of activities including: whole class discussion, group discussion and analysis, research projects and presentation, journal writings, student surveys, and visual representation.

The units for Sociology 31G include: Sociology: Perspecitve, Theory, and Method; Culture, Socialization: From Infancy to Old Age; Social Interaction in Everyday Life; and Groups and Organizations.

This course further develops and refines those skills learned in Art 20S. The practical assignments in this course will reflect the greater flexibility the student possesses in terms of exercising options on the basis of expressed personal preferences. Thus, while there will still be certain assignments which must be completed by all students, individual projects will come to the forefront, utilizing the art inquiry process. Some of the components of the course are: photography, art history, pointillism and sketching. There will be a major research essay and a final exam in the course. Maintaining an Idea Journal/Sketchbook is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Art 10 or 20 or written permission from instructor.

The Grade 11 Building Construction course that will focus on the various aspects of building construction.  This course will continue to incorporate measurements, calculations of areas and volumes, material take-off calculations, as well as various framing techniques.  The proper use of portable power tools and hand tools will continue to be a major focus of this course.  This course will include lessons on site preparations, foundations, and various types of roof designs, and truss layouts. This course will continue to build on the information from the Grade 10 Building Construction course. Students who apply should be industrious and look forward to using and building on their previously acquired Math skills.

Prerequisite: Building Construction 20G

The Student Leadership course (31G) is a full credit course of 110 hours – 55 contact hours and 55 project hours. The course will cover areas of project management, interpersonal skills, group dynamics with conflict resolution, principles of leadership,& respect in sport. Based on this model, the course provides skill development through a balance theory and practice – five skill units comprise the theory components while practical tactics for developing project management skills through experiences at home, school, and our community. This model will show how our youth can have a positive impact in our school and community.

This course provides an opportunity for students to better understand the role music has played in shaping North American culture since World War Two. Not only will students be afforded greater appreciation of popular music but they will also examine how music has been a primary driver of change over time. Our students are constantly engaging with technology and have access to more music than any previous generation. A course like this can offer insights into the power of music as a shaping force of personal identity, pop culture, internet memes, and culture.

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