The Fine Arts
The Fine Arts includes art, drama and music. In each area there are common outcomes - the student is involved as creator, performer, historian, critic and consumer.
Art 2D - 7, 8, 9
This course will give students an opportunity to explore a range of two dimensional projects using a variety of mediums. Each project given will allow students to explore their creativity through an art challenge as they work through the design process from planning to final art piece. Mediums students will be able to work with include pencil, charcoal, pastel, paint, ink, collage and print making.
Art 3D - 7, 8, 9
In this course students will be using both traditional and non-traditional three-dimensional materials that could include papier-mâché, clay, metal, textiles and mixed media. Emphasis will be on basic design elements, creativity and craftsmanship. The process of art-making with these mediums will be emphasized through a series of art challenges. The course will provide an opportunity for exploration and discussion of sculptural practices.
Drama Performance 7, 8, 9
Students will develop skills in acting, improvisation, movement and speaking as well as learn the history and context of theatre. Interesting areas of study will be stage fighting, monologues, short scenes, drama games, tableaux, and so much more! Be prepared for lots of fun!
Performing Arts 8, 9
Do you love to sing, dance and act on stage for an engaged audience? Then this course is for you! Students in this course have the opportunity to act in a number of performance opportunities including: musical theatre numbers, haunted house, pantomime, dance and more! Students will learn the techniques of interactive performance, developing characters and sharpen their singing and dancing skills.
Technical Theatre 7,8,9
Students will study the elements of drama and theatre, specifically the many aspects that go into staging a successful production, such as sound and lighting design, makeup, visual media, set and prop construction, and stage management. This class is full of hands-on learning and creating!
Grade 7 Band
Grade 7 band allows students the opportunity to play a wind instrument, and explore more exciting and challenging music throughout the year. Instruments included will be flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, baritone, French horn, trumpet, and tuba. Students focus on proper playing positions, skill development, and basic musical concepts. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Grade 8 Band
Grade 8 band will continue to develop wind instrument skills. They will also have access to the percussion instruments, at the discretion of the band director. They will explore more exciting and challenging music, including popular songs and movie music. Students will learn music history and more complex music theory. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Grade 9 Band
Students will continue to develop their musical skills and knowledge. Music will become more challenging and cover a wide variety of musical genres. Students will be taking a more in depth look at music history and theory. Instruments included will be all wind instruments (brass and woodwinds) as well as percussion. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Career and Technology Foundations
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) provides project-based learning experiences designed to help students explore their talents related to occupation-specific knowledge and skills related to five career clusters: business, communication, resources, technology and health/human services.
CTF - Business
Business Leadership 7, 8, 9
Students will have an opportunity to explore the process of becoming successful in the world of business. They will begin to understand basic business principles and then apply these to the operation of the school store and other aspects of school life.
Students will examine various business concepts which may include:
- entrepreneurship [setting up a new business]
- marketing and sales [how to sell products]
- logistics [ordering products, managing inventory]
- résumé writing
- Service Learning
- financial literacy – both business and personal
- communication [verbal and written]
- team work and problem solving
- customer service
CTF - Communication
Digital Photography 7, 8, 9
Students will improve their technical knowledge and learn techniques to use digital cameras in a variety of projects. They will learn elements of photograph composition, portrait taking, how to best photograph landscapes, and a variety of effects. Photography effects we will work with include practical effects, in-camera effects and digital manipulations. As students develop skills from one grade to the next, the program focus shifts more towards gaining experience with the many functions of Photoshop and the creativity that it facilitates. Students will also create portfolios and learn to display their work in various forms.
Film Studies 7, 8, 9
Students will develop the ability to think critically about films in terms of content and context, filming techniques and theme through analysis and evaluation. Students will also explore film creation and editing techniques using cameras and video editing software.
Fashion Studies 7, 8 and 9
Students will learn sewing and pressing techniques, about the selection and care of fabric, and how to use a variety of sewing equipment. Students will be encouraged to determine their own personal style in designing and deciding on the types of projects they will create based on their skill level. Students will also have the opportunity to explore knitting, crocheting, quilting, making soft toys, making clothing, bags and other accessories. Students will be able to look at the role of the fashion industry historically, sociologically and economically on our world and the increased use of technology both in the making of textiles and directly in the garments themselves.
Project Runway 8, 9
This course will involve students participating in two modules during the semester in the CTF program of studies. Students will divide their time between Fashion Studies and Drama Tech. In Fashion Studies, students working in a small team, will explore the role of a fashion designer in being able to create, problem solve and utilize the technical skills needed to develop fashion pieces culminating with a live fashion show towards the end of the semester. In Drama Tech, students will be exploring the role of a makeup artist in being able to visualize, create using technical skills, and identify appropriate make up techniques to bring together a cohesive look that relates to the fashion pieces created by teams.
Publishing (Yearbook) 7,8
Students will engage in the digital design process and learn how to navigate an online publishing program with the end goal of creating West Ridge’s yearbook. Students are assigned specific yearbook pages and work collaboratively to craft page layouts that appeal to the eye, showcase school photographs with the strongest composition, and tell the story of our school year in a thematic way. Students also engage deeply in the editing process by self-editing their assigned pages and those of their peers, as a means of modeling the actual publishing process.
CTF – Human Services
Food Basics 7
Students will create basic meals from recipes that can be easily made at home; and that are both quick and nutritious. Students learn safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes, and the importance of efficient cleaning habits. Students also work with basic knife skills and handling of raw meat.
Baking Basics 7
Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary baking. Focus will be on basic measuring techniques, preparation methods, role of ingredients, proper use of equipment for baked goods, and efficient cleaning habits. Lab activities are selected to provide students with the opportunity to prepare a variety of baked goods at the basic level.
Snacks & Appetizers 8
Students will work to create a variety of snacks and appetizers that are centered around social events. They will learn more about the presentation of food and how to make food visually appealing. Students will ultimately learn how to make a variety of edible arrangements and garnishes that look and taste amazing.
Cultural Foods 8
Building off the skills learned in Grade 7, students will be creating dishes from the countries/regions that they study in Grade 8 Humanities. These include Renaissance Europe, the Aztec Empire (modern day Mexico), and Japan. Students will be working with a variety of rare and exotic ingredients with origins to these countries and regions.
Advanced Foods 9
Students will be working on two major components in this course: the five Mother Sauces and preparing a 3-course meal. They will demonstrate their level of creativity and precision by making common variations of each Mother Sauce. Students will also be learning more advanced cooking techniques and recipes that prepare them for the culminating “Iron Chef” competition.
Advanced Baking 9
Building off the skills learned in previous grades, students continue to develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary baking crusts, doughs, and cakes. Students will be working extensively with pies and cakes, learning various piping and decorative techniques that encourage creative and delicious baking. Students also demonstrate their learning with the culminating “Cake War” competition.
Tourism 7 - Recreation & Events
Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of big events? This option will take a look at the 4 sectors of tourism through recreation and larger scale events. Learning about how sports, festivals, concerts and large events like the Stampede impact the tourism sector. Students will become familiar with occupations within the industry, why certain events are more successful than others, and how local, national and international locations prepare for tourists.
Tourism 8 - Arts & Culture
Have you ever seen Calgary’s National Music Centre? Arts & culture influence tourism locally, nationally and internationally. This option will explore the 4 sectors of tourism while focusing on a traveler’s interest in a country; specifically, the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, (history, art, music, architecture, etc.) that helped shape their way of life. We will explore how cultural districts help promote tourism in certain areas and the career opportunities that support these industries.
Tourism 9 - Eco-Tourism
Ecotourism is a new travel trend for people who are concerned about their impact on the environment and the world around them. Polar bear safaris, northern lights expeditions, the hiking of Cabot Trail and Ecotours in BC are just a sample of some of the opportunities available within this industry. During this option, students will study the 4 sectors of tourism through this lens. We will explore careers within Eco-tourism while investigating how this industry promotes cultural and environmental awareness, creates positive impacts for locals and travelers, and finances conservation efforts; all while developing new adventures for travelers!
CTF - Technology
Construction 7, 8, 9
Students experience a skills-based approach to learning how to build a variety of projects. In this course students will develop appropriate tool safety as well as knowledge on how to best utilize a given tool. Students new to the program begin with hand tools. As they progress students have the opportunity to work with a full selection of power tools. Students personalize plans to align with their own interests and build skills towards developing their own projects from scratch. Some larger projects or specific materials could require an additional cost to students.
Robotics 7, 8, 9
Students learn how to design and build robots to complete a variety of tasks and challenges using LEGO-based kits. Additional concepts explored include engineering principles and planning strategies, effective troubleshooting and problem solving methods, and mechanical systems that complement a robot’s abilities. We also discuss the role robots play in our daily life, where our relationship with technology is heading, as well as the increasing possibilities for automation in our homes.
Environmental and Outdoor Education
EnvOE is an activity-based course that provides opportunities for in-depth practical studies and experiences. It is designed to give students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, build knowledge about environmental studies, and experience outdoor pursuits.
Environmental and Outdoor Education 7
In Grade 7 we will be focusing on introducing students to a variety of seasonally focused outdoor activities and developing their skills as outdoor enthusiasts and future leaders. Some of the topics we will be exploring are: bike mechanics, first-aid skills, meal planning, trip preparation, orienteering, animal tracking, winter survival skills, leave no trace, and environmental footprints. This course will involve a variety of activities both on and off campus. The only prerequisites are having a positive attitude and showing a willingness to try new and exciting outdoor activities.
Environmental and Outdoor Education 8
In Grade 8, we will focus on foundational skills that improve student awareness of natural environments, build outdoor leadership skills and support students in develop their own environmental perspectives. Some of the topics that we will be exploring are: wildlife safety, protected areas, first-aid, endangered species, overnight meal planning, cooking with camp stoves, orienteering, snowshoeing, winter ecology, and winter shelters. This course will involve a variety of activities both on and off campus. The only prerequisites are having a positive attitude and showing a willingness to try new and exciting outdoor activities.
Environmental and Outdoor Education 9
In Grade 9 students will learn advanced skills that will allow them to have safe, comfortable, and active outdoor experiences while developing them as outdoor leaders. Grade 9’s will practice these skills on field trips and while exploring bike mechanics, first-aid, trip preparation, meal planning (backcountry vs. front-country), cooking with stoves, navigation skills, geocaching, knots & ropes, snowshoeing, avalanche awareness, and winter survival skills. This course will also have an overnight winter camp. The only prerequisites are having a positive attitude and showing a willingness to try new and exciting outdoor activities.
Students will explore and engage in the French language through a variety of diverse activities. Through the use of skits, presentations, brochures, videos, posters, etc., students will study the topics of weather, school, and people in the community. These activities will integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will be exposed not only to language and grammar, but to culture and language learning strategies.
Students will engage in projects that build on their previous French language experience. Students will learn about clothing, food, animals, and create projects to demonstrate their learning through the use of presentations, videos, scripts, posters, and brochures. In this interactive class, students will integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing, and be exposed to French culture throughout the term.
Students explore topics such as sports and sports injuries, home design, and communities (urban, rural, community businesses, services, and clubs). These units of study are covered in an interactive, hands-on environment that focuses on acquiring and perfecting language skills. Students will extend their knowledge of grammar, verb conjugations and tenses, as well as enhancing their vocabulary. French culture will continue to be a focus, as well as holidays and celebrations.
Locally Developed Courses
Power Up Your Learning 7, 8, 9
This class is ideal for students who require extra time and support to complete assignments from their core classes. In this class students will identify and strengthen the focus of their learning goals. They will learn how to use their learning
preferences and strengths as a learner. Students will participate in small group and/or individual instruction of new strategies to support their personal learning style, including organizational skills, study strategies, remedial math, reading, and writing. Students will learn to evaluate their own work and make adjustments to improve understanding and performance. They may also find how to access assisstive technologies that can support their learning. In addition to these skills, they will learn how to apply generic and subject-specific strategies to improve their learning across the curriculum.
Students will be given time for reading, studying, and polishing work from other classes. When appropriate, students will be provided opportunities for deeper exploration of goal setting and creating action plans that support their goals.