At Kate Chegwin School, we believe students should be provided with a variety of opportunities to experience and develop skills in areas of interest outside the core curriculum. Our complementary program is designed to accommodate this belief.
Following is a listing of courses that may be offered; however, availability of these courses will depend on demand, teacher expertise and timetabling constraints - subject to change as necessary.
Please note, some of the complimentary classes are full year and some are only for half a year.
Career and Technology Foundations
Career and Technology Studies (CTF) is a program designed to help Alberta students:
- Develop skills they can apply in daily living now and in the future
- Make effective career choices
- Prepare for entry into the workplace or further learning opportunities
CTF Digital Photography students learn how to operate cameras for high quality photography. They then use online computer programs to alter and touch-up their photos before publishing or printing. They are challenged to create projects for advertising and printing.
CTF Film Studies is fantastic for academically inclined students with a passion for the media arts. Film Studies teaches students how to analyze film and take what they have learned from this and apply it to other projects. With the growth in the field of multimedia students will learn how to create using multiple digital formats and applications.
CTF Construction teaches students basic woodworking skills including the use of hand and power tools. Students complete challenges along the way that help them design, construct, and finish quality woodworking projects that they can take home. Students choose projects that are interesting and challenging for them, improving their woodworking skills as they go. Students are given the opportunity to work independently and with others while exploring construction careers and technology, as well.
Environmental and Outdoor Education
In environmental and outdoor education, students develop interest and competence in outdoor studies and develop an understanding of their relationship to the environment. Environmental and outdoor education can be offered as a single course or as a sequence of courses.
CTF Foods class allows students to explore interests, passions and skills while making personal connections to career possibilities within the food industry. Students have the opportunity to explore techniques associated with cooking and baking a large variety of items while learning about safety, sanitation and use of relevant equipment with the foods lab. Students are expected to work independently and with others while working toward a common goal. Foods is primarily lab oriented and students learn through their hands-on experiences with many opportunities to practice new skills as they are taught.
Communication Technology (Computers)
In CTF Computer students learn how to use Google's platform to create spreadsheets, design online graphics, and print materials. They are challenged to use an e-portfolio to share their creations through video editing and basic web design. Once the basics are taught students begin using their skills to program. Typing skills are taught each year.
Fine and Performing Arts
The fine arts embrace music, art and drama. Through these courses students develop self-awareness and express their creativity in many ways. Each course has a body of content, partly derived from tradition and partly developed from the insights and interests of those involved. Each has its own mode of expression and makes its own contribution to society, necessitating the inclusion of the arts as separate subject areas in the school program. Students will respond personally and critically to a variety of art, drama and music styles and forms.
Students learn how to use traditional and contemporary tools, materials and media to express their feelings, think like artists, value the art creation and value the art form. Art education is concerned with the organization of visual material; with having individuals think and behave as artists; with pointing out the values that surround the creation and cherishing of art forms; with ways in which people express their feelings, in visual forms and, with making and defending qualitative judgments about art works.
Drama encourages students to explore a variety of dramatic roles and develop a range of dramatic skills. Drama is both an art form and a medium for learning and teaching. It can develop the whole person emotionally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, aesthetically, and socially by giving form and meaning to experience through acting. It fosters positive group interaction as students learn to make accommodations in order to pursue shared goals. The dramatic growth parallels the natural development of the student. This growth is fostered in an atmosphere that is non-competitive, cooperative, supportive, joyful, yet challenging.