• Band 10S
  • Drama 10S
  • Visual Arts 10S
  • Choir 10S
  • Woodwork Technology 15G
  • Home Economics 15G
  • AICT I 15F
  • French 10G
  • Reading is Thinking 15G
  • Career Development: Life/Work Exploration 15S
  • Woodwork Technology 15G
  • Personal Finance 20S
  • Graphic Communications Technology 10G
  • Self-Directed Learning

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.

This introductory drama course aims to develop awareness of the elements of drama in order to enable fuller participation in and greater understanding of the drama experience. Participation “behind-the-scenes” in the school play is expected as part of the course work.

Art 10S is designed to introduce the Elements of Design. The course provides a basis for growth in artistic expression, art appreciation, and art production. The main areas of study are the Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, and Space. The goal of grade 9 Art is to enable students to understand the art process, which includes perception, creativity, appreciation, reflection, as well as experiencing art as a personal journey.

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 this course is to expose students to the four areas of Technology, including communication, power and energy, transportation and manufacturing. Specific units include: Aerodynamics, Woodworking, Graphic Arts, Computer Aided Drafting, Robotics, and Problem-Solving Activities.

Home Economics courses expose students to a variety of topics including foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, and human development. In Grade 9, students will continue to expand their knowledge of foods and nutrition and clothing and textiles. In addition to these subjects, students will look at different topics in family studies such as child development, relationships, family and communication.

AICT stands for Applying Information and Communication Technology. This course is designed to teach various aspects of using a variety of computer programs and web searches and apply it in a variety of skill areas.

French 10G is a blend of oral, written, reading and listening activities. Emphasis is placed on past, present and future tenses through such themes as school, friends, shopping and hobbies/activities.       

The focus of this course will be on the further development of literacy for high school students. Students will spend short sections of the semester with content specialists (ELA, Social Studies, Math/Science), focusing on the literacy aspects in each area. Students will spend time considering the reading process and learn various strategies to use with different types of text. Helping students to consciously engage in and make sense of what they are reading is one of the main goals of the course.

Career development is about growing through life and work; about learning, experiencing, living, working and changing; about creating and discovering pathways through one’s life and work. When intentional, career development is about actively creating the life one wants to live and the work one wants to do.

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the four areas of Technology, including communication, power and energy, transportation and manufacturing. Specific units include: Aerodynamics, Woodworking, Graphic Arts, Computer Aided Drafting, Robotics, and Problem-Solving Activities.

This course is based on teaching students about financial literacy and personal financial management. Students will learn about budgeting, managing taxes, examining pay stubs, savings and checking accounts, and more.

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