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Grade 9

​​ACE (Applied Commerce Education)

ACE (Applied Commerce Education) consists of an optional cluster of courses for high school students interested in pursuing a future career in a commerce related field such as economics, entrepreneurship, business, marketing, technology and finance. The course offerings in the Applied Commerce area allow students to develop the skills needed to be effective business leaders, innovators, citizens, consumers, and employees.

Creative Promotions 20S (CP20S)

Inside Out 10S (LWE10S)​ 

Take the journey of learning and developing essential career-building skills that will enable you to be self-reliant to construct and manage your life and career. Career Development provides you with the experience of meeting individuals in different careers (tailored specifically to the students in the class) to discover and understand all there is to know about a specific career. Maximize your opportunity to be hired! Develop your resume, cover letter writing and interview skills. Be the one to get the job…not the one who is always coming in second. This is all about YOU…Join this class to explore what your future can hold for you!

Course Topics include:

  • Personal Management (searching for that perfect career)
  • Career Exploration (guest speakers, activities and projects)
  • Job Seeking & Maintenance (resume writing, cover letters, application forms, interview skills, "I've got the job…now what?")
  • Career & Community Experiences
  • Safework Training
  • High school is over…now what (planning and preparing for the next few years in high school and life after high school)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: assessments will not include tests or an exam; this is about you, your future, and how you will get there.

Personal Finance 20S (PF20S)

Personal financial skills are essential: how do we effectively manage our personal finances so that we can reach our short-term and long-term goals?

Personal Finance focuses on developing fundamental financial literacy skills, including the value of money, basic economics, budgeting, saving, financial institution services, and investing. This is especially relevant to high school students, since they are entering the workforce and are considering future purchases that require financial planning, such as buying a car, travelling, or pursuing post-secondary education. Since financial literacy is a life skill, this course is a good option for all students.

Human Ecology

Human Ecology 10S (HE10S) ​

Students should have a genuine interest in nutrition and issues pertaining to food. Some knowledge of construction and sewing techniques is an asset; however prior coursework or experience is not required. Featuring primarily a “hands-on” approach, this course is aimed at developing some very useful and necessary life skills. 

Foods Lab:

  • ​Students will participate in the preparation of a variety of menu items which are popular to teenagers.
  • Practical application of course concepts is emphasized to enhance the classroom theory.

Nutrition:  

  • Students will explore the basics of nutrition and relevant topics to assist with informed decision making about healthy eating. 

Clothing & Textiles:

  • Students will be involved in the construction of a variety of creative and useful projects of interest to both male and female teenagers.

  • There is a strong emphasis on the practical application of acquired skills through “hands on” sewing projects.         
       

Additional Information: Students will participate in cooking and sampling their food products. All necessary equipment for practical labs is supplied by the school.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

​Applying I​nformation and Communication Technology 15F (AICT1_15F/AICT2_15F)​

Students will have the opportunity to develop and enhance their technology knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Topics are designed to be directly applicable to usage in other courses, including Math, Science and ELA. Topics include:

  • ​Introductory Programming

  • Presentation Skills

  • Word Processing (beyond basic document creation)

  • Multimedia

  • Animation

  • Speadsheets

  • Electronic Communication

  • File Management

Additional Information: This course is the basis for other technology courses at J.H. Bruns including Yearbook.

Industrial Arts

Electronics Technology 10G (EE10G)​

  • ​This course will appeal to students who are interested in the functioning of electronic devices and who would like to build electronic projects. Some examples of projects are intrusion alarms, electronic games, and transmitters that will allow a broadcast to an FM radio.

  • Students will complete assignments designed to provide an exploration of various components of modern electronic equipment and systems.

  • Printed circuit board technology will be employed in the construction of a variety of projects. 

Additional Information: Participation and a great attitude are recommended. Safety glasses are mandatory (and may be purchased from the instructor or from an outside source).

Graphics Communication 10G (GCT10G)​​ 

This area of study is designed to introduce students to the processes of communicating graphically using technology and materials. Some areas of stu​dy include: 

  • Introduction Advertising Art & Design

  • Introduction to Screen Printing

  • Introduction to Digital Photography

  • Introduction to CAD-CUT Vinyl

  • Introduction to Air Brushing

  • Measurement, Standards and Scale

  • Mechanical and Pictorial Drawing

  • Computer Generated Design 

Additional Information: Participation and a great attitude are recommended. Additional lab fees may occur depending on the student-based contract project chosen. Students will need a 10G or 20G Graphics Course to enter into 30S Graphics.

Introduction to Pre-Engineering 15G (CT15G/DT15G)

This course is designed to use Project Based Learning as the instructional model. Students will be involved in problem-solving investigations and other engaging tasks that allow them to work in groups and/or autonomously to solve problems by developing realistic products. Students will be taught all required manufacturing skills, and how to safely utilize the equipment in the lab. Projects cover one of several major technology sectors while employing an enterprise process to design, build, and market an invention or idea. No previous experience required!

Additional Information: Students should have the ability to meet deadlines and to work independently and cooperatively with others. A strong academic standing in mathematics and sciences is recommended. The technologies introduced are: 

  • AC/DC Power

  • CNC Milling Technology

  • Communication Technology

  • Electrical Systems

  • Engineering

  • Manufacturing Tools

  • Mechanical Systems & Mechanisms

  • Pneumatics Technology

  • Quality Control

  • Robotics Technology

  • Lab Safety ​

Metalwork and Power Mechanics 15G (MET15G/PE15G) ​

Ever wonder how an engine works? Or how to weld an assortment of metal together? Ever see a cool metal sculpture or a pizza oven and think, "I could build that?!" This course is an introduction to the J.H. Bruns Power Lab and the many things you can build, take apart, and fix in this classroom with the many tools we have. The course will be roughly divided between Metalworking and Power Mechanics. You will do most of your learning in a hands-on environment and will be given the opportunity to work in the shop almost every day. In this class you will:

  • Establish a foundation and master the technique of 3 different types of welding! (Oxyacetylene, MIG and ARC).
  • Build a variety projects; a clipboard that is prepared and painted like an automobile, weld coupons, a key hanger/keychain of your own design cut with a CNC Plasma Cutter, large metal dice, and choice projects utilizing the skills obtained from the previous projects.
  • Design, cut, grind, sketch, bend hammer, drill, heat with a torch, weld with a MIG welder, etc.
  • Take apart a small engine to learn how the parts inside make it work (piston, carburetor, spark plug, etc.) and put it back together. Warning: at the end of this unit you may be the expert in your house who knows how to fix broken engines!
  • Gain knowledge in basic vehicle maintenance and tire care.

 

Additional Information: Engagement, participation and a great attitude are recommended. Students will be supplied with a duo tang, and one pair of safety glasses (additional safety glasses can be purchased from your instructor or any other supplier). Students may have some time to deeper explore some areas of interest or work on projects they bring in from home.

Languages

French Culture and Communication 10F (FR10F) ​

Prerequisite:  Completion of Grade 8 French: Culture and    Communication or the equivalent

Content:  This course is the sixth year in a 9 year program. Students come to Grade 9 with a wide variety of basic vocabulary, language concepts and speaking experiences. They will continue to focus on experiencing the French language and culture through a variety of mediums and opportunities.

In class, they listen to French music, looking into the French culture in Quebec and Manitoba. By means of several oral, written and group presentations, students demonstrate their growth in their language skills.

Additional Information:  Students will speak French during all activities and lessons. They will express their thoughts and ideas in a simple, coherent fashion.   

Performing Arts  

Concert Band 10S (CB10S)​ 

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade Eight Concert Band/Guitar or recommendation of music teacher (following an informal interview) required. Students can choose CB10S as Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

 

Content: This course is designed to develop each musician's musical and technical skills, following a group project-based learning format. The course will include both instrumental and theory instruction with the primary focus being performance in the J. H. Bruns Junior Concert Band. This ensemble, made up of Grade Nine students, will study and perform a variety of music from different styles and eras. Concerts and other performances outside regular classroom time will highlight some of the works studied throughout the year.

Additional Information: Students must possess basic music reading skills or be willing to attain such within the early part of the year. Students may be afforded the opportunity to try a new instrument (determined by student interest, perceived ability and the needs of the musical ensemble as a whole):

  • Concert Band 10S is a year-long one credit course, earned separately from the Jazz Band 10S credit.
  • This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Jazz Band 10S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the school year.
  • Every student is expected to attend all performances, as a member of a performing group.
  • Students often perform at a Winnipeg band festival in February, as well as school concerts in December and May.
  • A band uniform (black T or polo shirt with school music logo) is required at an approximate cost of $15-20. Black dress pants and shoes also preferred.
  • Like Grade Eight Concert Band, any student using a larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair (may be paid in two equal semester instalments).

 

NOTE: Grade 12 Concert Band (40S) credit is considered a University Entrance credit, with Concert Band 10S being the first step in that cumulative process.

Drama 10S (DA10S) 

Students learn to make up scenes and plays, improvise and perform scripted work. Teamwork is important because everything is performed in a group. 

The students will study the following topics:

  • ​Improvisation

  • Play creation

  • Scripted fairy tales

  • Children’s theatre

Additional Information: Be prepared to participate with your mind, body, voice, and heart. Students need to be willing to perform in front of an audience. Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn; clothing should be loose. 

Guitar 10S (GU10S) ​​​

Prerequisite: This course is open to all students and will appeal to anyone with a love for music. No previous experience is required.

Guitar education allows students to further their knowledge of music while studying an instrument capable of accessing countless musical styles. Class content may include:

  • Chord study
  • Fingerstyle and pick techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Music writing and arranging
  • Music rudiments
  • Guest artists


Additional Information: Students enrolled in this course should ideally have access to a guitar for home practice. The school provides guitars for in-class use only. Students continuing with guitar through grade 12 may use their Guitar 40S credit as one of the required University Entrance credits. Learning to play the guitar is a valuable social and communicative skill that can provide enjoyment throughout a lifetime. Students of all musical backgrounds will find this course rewarding and challenging.

Visual Art 10S (VA10S) ​

 Prerequisite: N/A

This program exposes students to a variety of artistic challenges in both two and three-dimensional media. Activities at this level are primarily teacher directed and the instructor is dedicated to cultivating each student's skills and talents. Journaling and research are an expected component of the program.

Additional Information: Students need to have a genuine interest in art. A $20 studio fee is required.


Arts Enrichment Credits

Concert Choir 10S (CC10S)​ 

Students will learn good vocal technique through the singing and study of a wide range of musical styles. Performances throughout the year provide opportunities for singers to demonstrate their developing musical and vocal skills. No prior singing experience is required, but would be helpful. 

Additional Information:

  • Concert Choir is a year-long course, 3 classes a week

  • Concert Choir credit may be earned in addition to other electives, as it runs during period 4 (lunch) where there are few course conflicts

  • Students are expected to attend all classes and performances

  • Students may also audition to be members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to earn an additional credit during lunch periods alternating with their choral class

  • Grade 10-12 credits are earned through consecutive years in the Concert Choir program​ 

Electric Guitar 10S (JG10S) ​

Prerequisite: Students must also be registered in Guitar 10S

This course is designed for the dedicated guitar student interested in learning electric guitar technique with a focus on blues and rock music. Commitment to home practice is essential. Class content may include:

  • Extended chord shapes
  • Performance
  • Amp and effects pedals
  • Improvisation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Music rudiments


Additional Information: Students are expected to attend all performances and maintain a regular home practice schedule. Although the school provides electric guitars and amplifiers for rehearsal and performance, students are encouraged to have an electric guitar for home use.

Jazz Band 10S (JB10S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: Students must first choose Concert Band 10S (See CB10S course description for more detail) before selecting JB10S as either another one of their 1/2/3 Elective Preferences or as an "Extra Credit". 

 

Content: Students will explore the various styles of Jazz Band repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk. Through musical performance and discussion in class and with special guest clinicians, students will learn a variety of jazz articulations, improvisational techniques and learn about Jazz history.

  • A year-long, 1 credit course, earned separately from the Concert Band 10S credit.
  • This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Concert Band 10S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the year.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend ALL performances.
  • Students perform at a Winnipeg band festival in February, as well as school concerts in December and May.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival is a traditional overnight field trip (usually every second school year).

 

Additional Information (also see Concert Band 10S info): Students may be required to learn a new instrument in place of or in addition to the instrument they play in Concert Band (CB10S), to match a traditional jazz band instrumentation scheme. 

Musical Theatre 10S (MT10S) ​​

Students learn about musical theatre by participating in the school’s production of an original show in December of the school year. Students from all grade levels appear in the production, a show written specifically for the students who are in the cast. In addition to performing in the show, students may also complete the course by stage managing or playing in the pit band. 

Students study:

  • Choral music

  • Characterization

  • Blocking and dancing

  • Vocal projection

  • Acting technique

  • Performance   

Additional Information: Students must audition to enter this course. Auditions involve singing and acting, but no previous experience is required. Auditions are conducted in early September. Classes are rehearsals that take place after regular school hours and on weekends.

Vocal Jazz 10S (VJ10S) 

 All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: "The Groove" is a small, auditioned group, whose members must also be enrolled in Concert Choir 10S to be considered for membership. Students may then also choose VJ10S as an "Extra Credit" elective during the March registration process as a way to "pre-register" for a September audition into this group (very informal and well-supported, after a few full group sessions: students must show an ability to match pitch and a willingness to learn repertoire). CC20S can both be selected as either Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

Content: Students will explore the various styles of vocal jazz repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin & A Cappella singing. Focus in the course will be on performance & vocal technique, with some jazz history & theory.

  • A year-long 1 credit course, earned separately from the Concert Choir 10S credit.
  • Meets every second school day, extra rehearsals before or after school are often necessary during the days just before a performance.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend scheduled or extra rehearsals and various performances throughout the school year.
  • This group will usually perform at Winnipeg Jazz ChoralFest in November.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival  is a traditional, required overnight field trip (usually every second school year).
  • 10S, 20S, 30S and 40S members practice together in a unique peer-mentoring situation.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking exercises which include personal reflections on recordings of group performances.

 

Additional Information: Regular review/study of repertoire and related content is required, as students must be committed to begin the process of developing proficient vocal and musical skills.


 

​​Grade 10
 

Creative Promotions 20S (CP20S)

Inside Out 20S (LWP20S)​

Continue the journey to in-depth learning and development of the 9 essential career-building skills that will enable you to be successful in a career as well as finding meaningful and relevant employment now as a high school student. The 9 Essentials Skills for success in the workplace have been identified by the Conference Board of Canada, Skills Canada, Life Literacy Canada, Workplace Education Manitoba and many others. These essential skills place greater emphasis on student outcomes related to communication skills, work information, work trends, self-assessment, matching personal skills to occupations. You will acquire and apply knowledge and skills to make appropriate decisions for life, work and the essential post-secondary education/training that is required in today’s economy. The course is divided into five themes: 

  • ​Personal Management

  • Career Exploration 

  • Learning and Planning

  • Job Seeking & Job Maintenance

  • Career & Community Experiences

Additional Information: This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore career possibilities and to hear from guest speakers in a variety of career areas. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in giving back to the community and/or job shadowing. There are no tests or final exam. Students are expected to work independently as well as within a group/partnership structure. Students should come prepared to learn about opportunities for their future.

Personal Finance 20S (PF20S)

Personal financial skills are essential: how do we effectively manage our personal finances so that we can reach our short-term and long-term goals?

Personal Finance focuses on developing fundamental financial literacy skills, including the value of money, basic economics, budgeting, saving, financial institution services, and investing. This is especially relevant to high school students, since they are entering the workforce and are considering future purchases that require financial planning, such as buying a car, travelling, or pursuing post-secondary education. Since financial literacy is a life skill, this course is a good option for all students.

Textile, Arts & Design 20S (TAD20S) ​

This course focuses on the manipulation of different textiles using various techniques and skills. Students will analyze the creative procedures of design to develop their own projects and personal creative goals. This course is of interest to those who wish to develop sewing skills, design skills, and examine issues relating to the textile industry. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumer Textile Choices

  • Social Justice and Human Rights in the Textile Industry

  • Textile Weaving

  • Textile Printing & Dying

  • Clothing Construction

  • Quilting Skills & Design

  • Elements & Principles of Design

  • Basic-Intermediate Sewing Techniques 

Family Studies 20G (FS20G) ​

This course was designed to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of pregnancy, childbirth, infant and child development, and parenting. Please note that some of the content and issues pertaining to student learning may be sensitive for some students and their families. Topics include:

  • Roles, Rewards and Responsibilities of Parenting

  • Effective Care Giving

  • Family Planning

  • Pregnancy and Prenatal Care

  • Labour Delivery & Childbirth

  • Infant Needs & Development

  • The Toddler Years 

Additional Information: Students with a genuine interest in infants, children, and their development will benefit from this course. During this course, students will experience some of the responsibilities and frustrations of parenting. They are expected to complete a parenting simulation with one of the Realcare* babies for a 48 hour period, as well as wear an Empathy Belly for a minimum of one class period.

Food and Nutrition 20G (FN20G) ​

This course includes practical experience in the planning and preparation of food as well as the study of nutrition and food science. Both theory and practical work is evaluated. Students will acquire knowledge regarding nutritional needs and healthy choices to assist with informed decision making about food. Other topics include:

  • ​​Development of Food Preparation Skills

  • Factors Influencing Food Choices

  • Nutrient Sources and Functions

  • Evaluation of Consumer Information 

Additional Information: Students should have a genuine interest in nutrition and issues pertaining to food. No prior coursework in foods or nutrition is required. Students will participate in cooking and sampling the products they prepare. Organizational skills, time management and quality control are emphasized as well as the ability to work effectively within a team.  

American History 20G (H20G)​​​

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10F 

In this course, students will examine a broad range of events from American History. This will be done through video, documentary films and primary and secondary sources. Students will study the impact that American history has had upon the shaping of American society and the influence it had on other areas of the world. Students will also study historical individuals who have contributed to the shaping of America through social change. 

The study is divided into five units:

  • Unit I: Colonization, Revolution, and Constitution

  • Unit II: Territorial Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Unit III: Economic, Social and Political Developments, from 1865 – 1919

  • Unit IV: Foreign Policy and Domestic Changes from 1895 – 1945

  • Unit V: The United States since World War II 

Additional Information: The United States is a powerful nation and an influence in the world today. Historically, it has strongly influenced Canada. This course will enrich student learning and assist in greater understanding in other social studies courses in Grades 10, 11, and 12. In order to succeed in this course, it is essential that students possess a genuine interest in history. There is also a strong need for work ethic, and the desire to learn more about our closest neighbour and influential world power.  

Introduction to Coding (Computer Science) 20S (CS20S) 

This introductory course focuses on beginning programming skills for games and other applications. Students will develop programming skills using a current programming language and explore some of the technology behind current computer hardware. Problem solving skills will be developed as students design and implement software solutions to a variety of problems requiring a broader range of programming techniques. Areas of study:

  • ​Graphic user interface

  • Linear programming constructs

  • Branching & selection constructs

  • Object oriented programming

  • Sub-programs

  • Iterative (looping) programming constructs 

Additional Information: Computer Science 20S is designed for students with a strong academic background and mathematical problem solving skills. Computer Science 20S is a prerequisite to Computer Science 30S. Students should be prepared to work individually and as part of a group, communicating and interacting with classmates in both formal presentations and informal settings. Introduction to Applied and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 20S is a recommended co-requisite.​

Media Design 25S/35S (PC25S/DP35S) 

Content: This course is for students with a genuine interest in photography, publishing and/or graphic design or a desire to be involved with school activities. Students will enhance and further develop their understanding of photography, publishing and graphic design skills necessary to create a great school yearbook. Students will:

  • ​Design, arrange and manipulate text & images using graphic design applications

  • Learn how to take great photos utilizing all of the special adjustments on a digital DSLR camera

  • Edit Images

  • Learn about appropriate page layout

  • Practice project management 

Additional Information: This course combines two half credits for a full credit. This is a year-long course and students need to commit to attending some extra-curricular activities on their own time to complete their course work.​  

Innovation & Design 20G

Industrial Arts Project-based Learning

Have you ever had a great idea to create something new? Would you like to make improvements to an existing idea?

This project-based course will provide students with the resources and guidance to go from idea to prototype to final product! The classroom will be an "Idea Factory" that will foster design thinking and allow students to create their own unique products and habitats. They will learn how to design, develop, and create living environments out of eco-friendly materials. Emphasis will be on creating a “community” of environmentally conscious citizens living in temporary housing in a natural environment. 

The Innovation & Design course will combine the strengths of everything the Industrial Arts Department has to offer, including:

  • Graphic Communications
  • Engineering and Design
  • Electronics
  • Power/Manufacturing Technologies

 

Students will explore:

  • Design Thinking (Desirability, Feasibility, Viability)
  • Working with Alternative Power Sources
  • Interior / Exterior Design
  • Basic Design/ Prototyping/ Manufacturing
  • Living “OFF THE GRID”

 

Credits:  Students will have the opportunity to obtain 2 credits from Industrial Arts. Credit choice will be individualized. In addition, students have the potential of acquiring 1 extra credit in Information and Communication Technology.

Prerequisites:  None Students should have a desire to be creative and carry out self-directed learning.   

Graphics Communication 20G (GCT20G) 

This area of stu​dy is designed to allow students to work effectively with materials, applications, equipment, and technology in the Graphics field in order to communicate visually. This course offers hands-on experiences and problem solving on a daily basis. Evaluation will be based on individual assignments and projects, group assignments and projects, tests, quizzes, and problem solving procedures.  

Some areas of study:

  • ​Advertising Art and Design

  • Digital SLR Photography

  • Architecture and Residential Design

  • Digital Media Design

  • Airbrush Tricks and Techniques

  • Introduction to Video/Motion Graphics

  • CAD-CUT Vinyl and Films

  • Graphic Screen Printing

  • Desktop Publishing

Additional Information: Participation and a great attitude are recommended for this course. Additional lab fees may occur, depending on a student-based contract project. Students will need a 10G or 20G Graphics course take 30S Graphics.  

Metalwork and Power Mechanics 25G (MET25G/PM25G)

Are you ready to build something a bit more advanced? This course is a continuation of the metalworking skills from Grade 9. You will build projects that have more opportunity for customization and personalization. Project planning, more advanced welding techniques, and new fabrication skills will be emphasized so you gain knowledge of a range of techniques used to make things look more professional. Time to move on from small lawn mower engines to working on cars. In this course you will learn new techniques on how to use the basic tools (wrenches, ratchets, sockets, pliers, hammers, etc.) and some of the specialty tools that the J.H. Bruns Power Lab has to offer (2 post hoists, tire machine, etc.). You will do most of your learning in a hands-on environment and will be given the opportunity to work in the shop almost every day. In this class you will:

Build three (or more) projects; a huge metallic dice, a picture frame set in an engine's piston as a base, and a large metal sign with a CNC Plasma Cutter, and a choice project utilizing the skills obtained from the previous projects.

  • Learn how the main parts, systems and assemblies work in a car. In teams you will completely take apart a fully functioning car. The wheels, seats, stereo, engine, muffler, brakes, speakers, radiator, transmission, suspension and steering all must go! And they will all be removed by students.
  • Perform some essential maintenance tasks such as jump starting a dead car, changing oil and filter, checking fluid levels and replacing lights, just to name a few.
  • Learn how to replace, repair, and balance tires and wheel assemblies. Warning: At the end of this course you may become completely addicted to cars and feel like taking apart everything!

 

Additional Information: Students will be supplied with a duo tang, a small locker to store some work, clothes and one pair of safety glasses (additional glasses can be purchased from your instructor or any other supplier). Students may have time to explore other areas of interest or to work on some projects brought from home. Engagement, participation and a great attitude are recommended.  

Pre-Engineering II Concepts and Applications 21G (EP21G) ​

This course is an introduction to engineering which bridges the gap between pure science and pure technology. Using problem solving, experimentation and self-directed research projects students are given an opportunity to investigate and experience hands-on learning. Students will work cooperatively in teams to create, test, and communicate solutions to a variety of interesting challenges. Did you enjoy the series “Junk Yard Wars?” If so, this course is for you! 

Additional Information: Pre-Engineering I5G is recommended but not required. Students should have the ability to meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with others. A strong academic standing in mathematics and sciences is recommended. This course places a strong emphasis on basic mathematical skills, design, applied physics, manufacturing processes and computer applications in engineering technology. Course work includes classroom lectures, hands-on opportunities and individual projects that provide students with a broad range of technical knowledge used by today's engineers. Major topics include:

  • Introduction to Engineering Principles

  • Tools Materials & Processes

  • Technical Writing

  • Basic Electronics

  • Pneumatics

  • Hydraulics

  • Mechanical Devices

  • Drafting by Design

  • Projects and Challenges

  • Lab Safety​

Electronics Technology 20G (EE20G)​

Application of the following topics in the form of project construction is stressed, with particular emphasis placed on project design and construction:

  • Circuitry

  • Schematic representation

  • Digital meter reading

  • Resistance

  • Colour codes

  • Capacitance

  • Inductance

  • Transformers

  • Rectification

  • Power supplies and amplication 

This course will be of interest to those who are curious about how electronic devices work, who want to be able to trouble shoot and repair electrical devices that we use every day, or who are considering a career in electrical/electronic technology or engineering. 

Additional Information: Completion of Electronics 10G is highly recommended. Participation, a great attitude and safety glasses are mandatory (and may be purchased from the instructor or from an outside source).  

French Culture and Communication 20F (FR20F) ​

Prerequisite: Completion of French:  Culture and Communication 10F or the equivalent 

Content:  This course is the seventh year in a 9 year program.  Students will continue to focus on experiencing the French language and culture through a variety of mediums and opportunities.  

Students look at a variety of topics to improve their vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Through studying weather, Canadian geography, mystery stories and personal identity, students have opportunities to express their thoughts in the past, present and future. By means of several oral, written and group presentations, students demonstrate their growth in their language skills.

Additional Information: Students will speak French during all activities and lessons. They will express their thoughts and ideas in a detailed, coherent fashion.  

Drama 20S (DA20S) ​

Students learn by doing through improvisation, scene work, exercises, and formal productions. Interpersonal (group work) intelligence is emphasized as well as intrapersonal (individual reflection) intelligence. The students will study the following topics:

  • ​Improvisation and theatre sports

  • Scenes from plays

  • Set design

  • Children’s theatre

  • Theatre history

  • One act play performance 

Additional Information: Drama 10S is preferred but not required. Be prepared to creatively participate with your mind, body, voice, and heart. Drama 20S is especially beneficial for students wishing to study the performing arts. It is also a positive choice for all students looking for a challenging way to improve their ability to work positively with others and enhance creative thinking. Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn: clothing should be loose and comfortable allowing free movement.

Technical Music Production & Recording Engineering 20S (TMP20S)

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Prerequisite: Previous or current enrollment in a high school Band/Guitar/Choral program will be an asset, but NOT required. Although there is no specific prerequisite for this course, it must be understood that this is BOTH a computer technology AND music course, so students must be willing to obtain a basic working knowledge in both these areas.

Content: This is Level One of the TMPRE program and can be selected as an elective in Grade 10, 11 or 12. Course follows a project-based learning format and includes the following considerations:

 

  • Using various music software applications, students will develop their ability to analyze existing musical creations and conventions, as well as create their own musical compositions.
  • Rudimentary theory will be taught and/or strengthened. 
  • Project work will be completed in-class (missed class time due to absence will require extra time for catch up).
  • Students will become familiar with recording software and hardware including mixing recorded projects for best results. 

    **Students are supplied with a MacBook Air and all related music peripherals (USB mics, MIDI keyboards, guitars, digital interfaces, etc.) to be used during school hours.

 

Additional Information: The platform for instruction will be Apple (MacBook) and software presently used in the course includes Sibelius (music notation), Garage Band (entry-level MIDI & sequencing, looping & recording/mixing), and iMovie (entry-level video editing). Students will need to provide their own headphones.

Visual Arts 20S (VA20S)

 ​Prerequisite: N/A

This program exposes students to a variety of artistic challenges in both two and three-dimensional media. Activities at this level are primarily teacher-directed and the instructor is dedicated to cultivating each student's skills and talents. Journaling and research are an expected component of the program.

Additional Information: Visual Arts 10S is recommended but not required. Students with a genuine interest and talent in art will enjoy this course. A $20 studio fee is required.

Concert Choir 20S (CC20S) ​

Students will continue to learn good vocal technique through the singing and study of a wide range of musical styles. Performances throughout the year provide opportunities for singers to demonstrate their developing musical and vocal skills. 

Additional Information: Successful completion of Concert Choir 10S, or approval of instructor is required to take this course. Regular review and study of repertoire and related content is expected. Students with experience in the Choral program are expected to assume some leadership responsibilities in the Choir.

  • ​Concert Choir is a year-long course, with three classes per week.

  • The Concert Choir credit may be earned in addition to other electives, as it runs during period 4 (lunch) where there are few course conflicts.

  • Students are expected to attend all classes and performances.

  • Students may also audition to be members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to earn an additional credit during lunch periods alternating with their choral class

  • Grade 11-12 credits are earned through consecutive years in the Concert Choir program.      

Concert Band 20S (CB20S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade Eight Concert Band/Guitar or recommendation of music teacher (following an informal interview) required. Students can choose CB20S as Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

 

Content: This course is designed to develop each musician's musical and technical skills, following a group project-based learning format. The course will include both instrumental and theory instruction with the primary focus being performance in the J. H. Bruns Intermediate Concert Band. This ensemble, made up of Grade 10 students, will study and perform a variety of music from different styles and eras. Concerts and other performances outside regular classroom time will highlight some of the works studied throughout the year.

 

Additional Information: Successful completion of CB10S is preferred, but not required (an informal interview with students returning from a musical "gap year" will suffice). Regular home practice of repertoire and study of related content is required. Students must possess basic music reading skills or be willing to attain such within the early part of the year. Students may be afforded the opportunity to try a new instrument (determined by student interest, perceived ability and the needs of the musical ensemble as a whole):

  • Concert Band 20S is a year-long one credit course, earned separately from the Jazz Band 20S credit.
  • This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Jazz Band 20S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the school year.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend all performances.
  • Students often perform at a Winnipeg band festival in February, as well as school concerts in December and May.
  • A band uniform (black T or polo shirt with school music logo) is required at an approximate cost of $15-20. Black dress pants and shoes are also preferred for the December and February performances.
  • Like Grade 9 Concert Band, any student using a larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair (may be paid in two equal semester instalments).
  • NOTE: Grade 12 Concert Band (40S) credit is a University Entrance credit, with Concert Band 20S being the second step of that cumulative process.

 

Guitar 20S (GU20S)​ 

Prerequisite: Guitar 10S, private lessons, or previous musical experience

Students will further develop their knowledge and skills through the study and performance of music from a variety of genres. Content areas may include:

  • Chord study
  • Fingerstyle and pick techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Music writing and arranging
  • Music rudiments
  • Guest artist performances


Additional Information: Students enrolled in this course should have access to a guitar for home practice. The school provides guitars for in-class use only. Students continuing with guitar through grade 12 may use their Guitar 40S credit as one of the required University Entrance credits. Learning to play the guitar is a valuable social and communicative skill that can provide enjoyment throughout a lifetime. Students that share a love for music and a willingness to practice outside of class will find this course very rewarding.

Electric Guitar 20S (JG20S) ​

Prerequisite: Students must also be registered in Guitar 20S

This course is designed for the dedicated guitar student interested in learning electric guitar technique with a focus on blues and rock music. Commitment to home practice is essential. Class content may include:

  • Extended chord shapes
  • Performance
  • Amp and effects pedals
  • Improvisation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Music rudiments


Additional Information: Students are expected to attend all performances and maintain a regular home practice schedule. Although the school provides electric guitars and amplifiers for rehearsal and performance, students are encouraged to have an electric guitar for home use.

  

Jazz Band 20S (JB20S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: Students must first choose Concert Band 20S (See CB20S course description for more detail) before selecting JB20S as either another one of their 1/2/3 Elective Preferences or as an "Extra Credit". 

 

Content: Students will explore the various styles of Jazz Band repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk. Through musical performance and discussion in class, along with special guest clinicians, students will learn a variety of jazz articulations, improvisational techniques and learn about Jazz history.

  • A year-long, one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Band 20S credit.
  • This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Concert Band 20G, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the school year.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend ALL rehearsals and performances.
  • Students perform at a Winnipeg band festival in February, as well as school concerts in December and May.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival is a traditional overnight field trip (usually every second school year).

 

Additional Information (also see Concert Band 20G): Completion of Jazz Band 10S is preferred, but not necessary. Regular home practice of repertoire and study of related content is required. Students may be required to learn a new instrument in place of or in addition to the instrument they play in Concert Band (CB20S), to match a traditional jazz band instrumentation scheme. 

Vocal Jazz 20S (VJ20S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: "The Groove" is a small, auditioned group, whose members must also be enrolled in Concert Choir 20S to be considered for membership. Students may then also choose VJ20S during March registration process as a way to "pre-register" for a September audition into this group (very informal and well-supported, after a few full group sessions: students must show an ability to match pitch and a willingness to learn repertoire). CC20S and VJ20S can both be selected as either Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

Content: Students will explore the various styles of vocal jazz repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin & A Cappella singing. Focus in the course will be on performance & vocal technique, with some jazz history & theory. Students will be afforded several outside school performance opportunities.

  • This is a year-long one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Choir 20S credit.
  • Meets every second school day, extra rehearsals before or after school are often necessary during the days just before a performance.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend scheduled or extra rehearsals and various performances throughout the school year.
  • This group will usually perform at Winnipeg Jazz ChoralFest in November.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival  is a traditional overnight field trip (usually every second school year).
  • 10S, 20S, 30S and 40S members practice together in a unique peer-mentoring situation. Returning members are expected to assume leadership responsibilities and may be given preference in the audition process or in performance situations.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking exercises which include personal reflections on recordings of group performances.

 

Additional Information: The completion of Vocal Jazz 10S is preferred, but not required. Regular review/study of repertoire and related content is required, as students must be committed to begin the process of developing proficient vocal and musical skills.

 

Grade 11

Accounting Essentials 30S (AC30S)​ 

Accounting is considered to be a fundamental element for business success. Without accounting knowledge, effective and informed business decisions could not be made!

Accounting Essentials will provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic accounting concepts and principles. With an emphasis on accounting for a service business, students will apply their knowledge and skills to complete the stages of the accounting cycle.

Accounting Essentials provides the fundamentals of accounting and would be a good choice for students wishing to pursue finance studies in Accounting Systems 40S. Students interested in pursuing post-secondary studies in any business discipline will benefit considerably by completing this course. It is also a desirable course option for future entrepreneurs or any individual who will need to know basic business money management and financial bookkeeping.

To address the widespread use of computer technology in business, technology will be infused to meet the outcomes of this course.

Creative Promotions 20S (CP20S)

 

Inside Out 30S (LWB30S) ​

Are you a student who wants to: 

  • ​Develop an awareness of career possibilities? 

  • Explore a specific career, career field, or industry?

  • Explore more than one career, career field, or industry? 

  • Be immersed in a career to begin the pursuit of your dream career? 

  • Develop employability skills and experiences to enhance/build your resume and satisfy the “experience necessary” employers are looking for? 

  • Learn from a professional in a specific career? 

  • Get out of the classroom and learn

 

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Your educational experience will be like no other…your learning will be turned inside out! Inside Out is a coach-based course in which you, the student, will have decision-making power over your education; you decide what you will learn and what you experience. Everything that you do in this course is resume worthy. You will leave this course with a resume that is bursting! INSIDE OUT is 110 hours of power-packed learning! 

Take control…design your future!

Additional Information: INSIDE OUT is scheduled on timetables outside of periods 1 to 6. As learning takes place outside of the classroom, we do not meet every day.

Retailing Perspectives 30S (RP30S)

Retailing in Canada is one of the largest contributors to the local and national economy. What strategies do retailers use to attract consumers and successfully operate in the marketplace? Retailing Perspectives will provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of retailing from both a theoretical and practical approach. Students will learn first hand the operations of a retail store by running our Bronco Store. They will take ownership of developing, ordering, marketing and selling the Bronco Wear clothing line. Retailing Perspectives 30S focuses on the strategies retailers use to appeal to the consumers while remaining financially sustainable. It is designed to appeal to students who are looking to further expand their business knowledge. Students finish the course with valuable experience handling cash, making business and financial decisions in a retail setting. This course is designed for students interested in managing or owning their own retailing establishment, or gaining valuable work experience while at J.H. Bruns.

Venture Development 30S (VD30S)

Do you have what it takes to be an Entrepreneur? Do you want to turn your ideas into profits? Every business venture begins with an idea and a determined entrepreneur willing to take the necessary risks to see their venture succeed. Students focus on planning, creating, implementing, evaluating, and growing their own business venture. Students will have the opportunity to compete (if they choose) in two different competitions. The Manitoba High School New Venture Championship held at the University of Manitoba (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/management/academic_depts_centres/centres_institutes/entrepreneurship/competitions/manitoba-high-school-new-venture-championships.html) and the Manitoba High School Case Competition (https://mhscc.ca/about/). Venture Development is designed for students interested in starting their own business and in furthering their knowledge of business ownership and management principles.

NOTE: This course also allows students to utilize their creative and "maker"skills developed in other courses to create a product and/or service to sell through their venture. 

Textile, Arts & Design 30S (TAD30S)​ 

This course focuses on the manipulation of different textiles using various techniques and skills. Students will analyze the creative procedures of design to develop their own projects and personal creative goals. This course is of interest to those who wish to develop sewing skills, design skills, and examine issues relating to the textile industry. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Evolution of Fashion

  • Creators of Fashion

  • Cultural Fashions

  • Designing with a Purpose

  • Textile Industry Dynamics

  • Intro to Environmental Design

  • Advanced Application of the Elements & Principles of Design

  • Intermediate-Advanced Sewing Techniques 

Additional Information: Students will be expected to purchase supplies and fabric for major choice project(s) if it is not something we have within the class. In addition to possessing some knowledge of design and sewing techniques, students should be able to work creatively and independently.

Family Studies 30S (FS30S) ​

This course involves the study of the physical, social and intellectual development of children from toddler through to preschool age. Topics may include:

  • ​Roles and responsibilities of care-giving

  • Language development

  • Nutrition, health and safety

  • Important of play in child development

  • Fostering independence

  • Toys – “the tools of learning”

  • Children with special needs

Additional Information: Students with a genuine interest in children, and their development will benefit from this course. During this course, students will experience some of the responsibilities and challenges of working with toddlers and young children through volunteering.

Food & Nutrition 30G (FN30G) 

This course includes practical experience in the planning and preparation of food, as well as the study of nutrition and food science. Students will acquire knowledge regarding nutritional needs and healthy choices to assist with informed decision making about food. Other topics include:

  • ​Development of Food Preparation Skills

  • Nutrition throughout the Lifespan

  • Sports Nutrition

  • Advertising and the Media

  • Diet-related Health Concerns

  • Canadian Cuisine and Food Heritage

Additional Information: Students should have a genuine interest in nutrition and issues pertaining to food. No prior coursework in foods or nutrition is required. Students will participate in cooking and sampling the products they prepare. Organizational skills, time management and quality control are emphasized as well as the ability to work effectively within a team.

American History 20G (H20G)​​​

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10F 

In this course, students will examine a broad range of events from American History. This will be done through video, documentary films and primary and secondary sources. Students will study the impact that American history has had upon the shaping of American society and the influence it had on other areas of the world. Students will also study historical individuals who have contributed to the shaping of America through social change. 

The study is divided into five units:

  • Unit I: Colonization, Revolution, and Constitution

  • Unit II: Territorial Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Unit III: Economic, Social and Political Developments, from 1865 – 1919

  • Unit IV: Foreign Policy and Domestic Changes from 1895 – 1945

  • Unit V: The United States since World War II 

Additional Information: The United States is a powerful nation and an influence in the world today. Historically, it has strongly influenced Canada. This course will enrich student learning and assist in greater understanding in other social studies courses in Grades 10, 11, and 12. In order to succeed in this course, it is essential that students possess a genuine interest in history. There is also a strong need for work ethic, and the desire to learn more about our closest neighbour and influential world power.  

Law 40S (LA40S)​

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement, becoming a lawyer or developing a better understanding of our Canadian legal system? Have fun learning about law through class discussions, cases, projects, field trips, guest speakers and a mock trial. Throughout the semester you will be introduced to principles, practices and consequences of law with regard to torts, contracts, property rights, family, inheritance, crimes, and employment. You will deal with business, commercial and personal legal situations to increase your awareness and appreciation of laws that govern and protect society.

Topics include: 

  • History of Law 

  • Canadian Legal System 

  • Criminal Law 

  • Contracts 

  • Wills & Inheritance 

  • Impaired Driving 

  • Mock Trial 

  • Careers involved with Law & the Canadian Legal System.

Psychology 40S (PY40S)​

Prerequisite: Any English 30S course. The course is only open to students in Grades 11 or 12.

Content: Psychology 40S is a course that introduces and examines the field of Psychology. Students learn about topics which may include: 

  • ​History of Psychology

  • Personality development 

  • Psychological disorders

  • Functions of the brain and body 

  • Socio-cultural influences

  • Memory 

  • Motivation and emotion

  • Intelligence 

  • Creativity

  • Cognitive processes

Additional Information: This course has a heavy emphasis on reading and research.  

Intermediate Coding (Computer Science) 30S (CS30S)​

Prerequisite: Introduction to Coding (Computer Science) 20S 

This intermediate course focuses on more complex data structures. Students will develop programming skills using a current programming language and explore some of the technology behind current computer hardware. Problem solving skills will be developed as students design and implement software solutions to a variety of problems requiring a broader range of programming techniques. Areas of study:

  • ​Graphic user interface

  • Linear programming constructs

  • Subprograms with parameters

  • Strings

  • Arrays - one-dimensional, parallel

  • Algorithms – sorting, searching

Additional Information: This course is designed for students with a strong academic background and mathematical problem solving skills. Students should be prepared to work individually and as part of a group, communicating and interacting with classmates in both formal presentations and informal settings. Considerable flexibility is allowed in choice of projects, as students use an inquiry model to solve problems that align with their interests, including game design, complex data analysis, and/or internet security.

Media Design 25S/35S (DI25S/AN35S) ​

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to produce high-quality images and visual designs for publication. Students will learn how to design, arrange, and manipulate text and images using common graphic design applications, including image editing and desktop publishing software. Students will assist with designing and publishing the school yearbook, including photography, image editing, page layout, and project management. In addition, students will take a lead role in projects chronicling the school year in other ways, including producing short documentary videos, creating physical photography displays, and publishing a literary journal. 

Additional Information: This course combines two half credits for a full credit. This is a year-long course, and students need to commit to attending some extra-curricular activities on their own time to complete their course work. ​​ 

 

Innovation & Design 30G

Industrial Arts Project-based Learning

Have you ever had a great idea to create something new? Would you like to make improvements to an existing idea?

This project-based course will provide students with the resources and guidance to go from idea to prototype to final product! The classroom will be an "Idea Factory" that will foster design thinking and allow students to create their own unique products and habitats. They will learn how to design, develop, and create living environments out of eco-friendly materials. Emphasis will be on creating a “community” of environmentally conscious citizens living in temporary housing in a natural environment. 

The Innovation & Design course will combine the strengths of everything the Industrial Arts Department has to offer, including:

  • Graphic Communications
  • Engineering and Design
  • Electronics
  • Power/Manufacturing Technologies

 

Students will explore:

  • Design Thinking (Desirability, Feasibility, Viability)
  • Working with Alternative Power Sources
  • Interior / Exterior Design
  • Basic Design/ Prototyping/ Manufacturing
  • Living “OFF THE GRID”

 

Credits:  Students will have the opportunity to obtain 2 credits from Industrial Arts. Credit choice will be individualized. In addition, students have the potential of acquiring 1 extra credit in Information and Communication Technology.

Prerequisites:  None Students should have a desire to be creative and carry out self-directed learning.   

Graphics Communication 30S (GCT30S)​

Prerequisite: Graphics 10G or 20G or teacher permission. 

This area of study deals with the blending of technology and processes used in the Graphics program and stresses the importance of all forms of communication. It builds on the skills developed in the 20G program and allows students the flexibility to exercise time management, quality control and teamwork. Evaluation will include: individual assignments and projects, group assignments and projects, and class evaluation. Some areas of study include:

  • Intermediate Advertising Art and Design 

  • Intermediate Architecture and Design

  • Intermediate Airbrush Techniques

  • Intermediate CAD-CUT Vinyl and Films

  • Intermediate Digital SLR Photography

  • Intermediate Graphic Design

  • Intermediate Graphic Screen Printing

  • Intermediate Digital Media Design

  • Video/Motion Graphics 

Additional Information: Participation and a great attitude are required for this course. Additional lab fees may occur depending on the student-based contract project chosen (approx. $10-$20).

Metalwork 30S (MET30S)

In this course, invention, development and problem-solving will be emphasized as students will have more freedom to design and fabricate furniture, art, etc., of their own design and for their own purposes. Students will do most of their learning in a hands-on environment and will be given the opportunity to work in the shop almost every day. In this class students will:

  • Design and build a tile / glass top table for home. In the past, students have made desks, coffee tables, speaker stands etc. Encouragement is given to use the universal bender to create fancy wrought iron details for a professional looking end product.
  • Design and cut an intricate 2' x 2' sign of their own design using the CNC Plasma Cutter. In the past, students have used this to make cottage, hunting shack, fishing signs as well as sports teams and apparel logos.
  • Create a small BBQ out of an old car rim. Whether its hot dogs or steak, it always tastes better on a self-created charcoal BBQ!
  • Design and fabricate a major project of individual design.

 

Additional Information: Engagement, participation a great attitude and Metalworking 10G, 20G or teacher permission is required. Students will be supplied with a duo tang, a small locker to store work clothes and one pair of safety glasses (additional glasses can be purchased from your instructor or any other supplier). Students will be expected to explore new techniques and build self-designed projects.  

Electricity and Electronics 30S (EE30S) ​

This course has two aspects; theory and practical. The theory aspect focuses on semiconductors. Components such as diodes and transistors as well as integrated circuits are studied. Opportunities are provided for students to experiment with each device. Students are required to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the devices, as well as the ability to use them in practical situations. This course includes an introduction to alternating current circuitry and control systems. 

Additional Information: Successful completion of Electricity and Electronics Technology 20G is required. Participation, a great attitude and safety glasses are mandatory (and can be purchased from the instructor or from an outside source).

French Culture and Communication 30S (FR30S) 

Prerequisite:  Completion of French:  Culture and Communication 20F or the equivalent. 

Content:  This course is the eighth year in a 9 year program. Students will continue to focus on experiencing the French language and culture through a variety of mediums and opportunities.

Students use their advanced language skills to consider the influence that technology has on their lives. The literature read in class focuses on French history and music. By means of several oral, written and group presentations, students demonstrate their growth in their language skills.

Additional Information: Students will speak French during all activities and lessons. They will express their thoughts and ideas in an enriched, coherent fashion.

Students in Grade 11 have the opportunity to travel overseas to Paris, France to experience the language and culture first hand. 

Drama 30S (DA30S) ​

Students in Drama 30S learn through scene work and formal productions. Students will also study the following topics:

  • ​Acting theory

  • Theatre history

  • Scenes from classical theatre

  • Monologues

  • Set design

  • Improvisation 

Additional Information: English 20F, or Drama 20S or Musical theatre 25S are recommended to take this course. Students need to be prepared to participate with mind, body, voice and heart, and be ready and willing to perform in front of an audience. Students must arrive at classes ready to move and act, and wearing appropriate clothing to do so. Successful drama students are prepared to take risks, try new things, work hard, and use their minds, bodies and voices.

Technical Music Production & Recording Engineering 30S (TMP30S)​

Prerequisite: Technical Music Production 20S (TMP20S), which can be selected as a Preferred Elective in either Grade 10, 11 or 12 (take that one first).

Content: This is Level Two of the TMPRE program and can be selected as a Preferred Elective in Grade 11 or 12 for those who have completed Level One (TMP20S). Areas of study may include:

  • Using various music software applications, students will continue to develop their ability to analyze existing musical creations and conventions and create their own musical compositions.
  • Students edit existing video and audio, as well as create their own; independent projects of student choice are encouraged in second half of course.
  • Intermediate theory will be taught/reviewed.
  • Students will continue to develop their skills with recording software and hardware including sound system set-up, microphone choice and placement, and mixing recorded projects for best results.
  • Students strive to create "publish-ready" work and a digital portfolio of their best, choice projects. 

    **Students are supplied with a MacBook Air and all related music peripherals (USB mics, MIDI keyboards, guitars, digital interfaces, etc.) to be used during school hours.

 

Additional Information: As this is BOTH a computer technology AND music course, basic understanding of music notation is essential. This course is a continuation of Technical Music Production 20S. Software used in the course includes Sibelius (music notation), Logic Pro (pro-level MIDI & sequencing, looping & recording/mixing), and Final Cut Pro (pro-level video editing). Students will need to provide their own headphones.

Visual Arts 30S (VA30S)​

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 20S 

This course is designed for the student who wishes to further develop skills and techniques that were introduced in previous art classes. Emphasis is placed on experiences with design principles, drawing techniques and painting skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for advanced art courses. Students are given more in depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. Journaling and research are an expected component of the program.

Additional Information: To succeed in this course, students should be self-directed and dedicated. A $20.00 studio fee is required.

Concert Choir 30S (CC30S) ​

Students will continue to learn good vocal technique through the singing and study of a wide range of musical styles. Performances throughout the year provide opportunities for singers to demonstrate their developing musical and vocal skills

Additional Information: Successful completion of Concert Choir 20S, or approval of instructor. Regular review and study of repertoire and related content is expected. Students who are veterans of the Concert Choir program are expected to assume some leadership responsibilities in the Choir.

  • ​Concert Choir is a year-long course, with three classes per week.

  • The Concert Choir credit may be earned in addition to other electives, as it runs during period 4 (lunch) where there are few course conflicts.

  • Students are expected to attend all classes and performances.

  • Students may also audition to be members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to earn an additional credit during lunch periods alternating with their Choral class

  • Grade 12 credits are earned through consecutive years in the Choral program.

Concert Band 30S (CB30S) ​

This course is designed to further develop each student’s musical and technical skills. The course will include both instrumental and theory instruction including performance as well as compositional/creative opportunities. This ensemble, consisting of students in Concert Band 30S and 40S, will study and perform a variety of music from different styles and eras. Concerts and other performances outside regular classroom time will highlight some of the works studied throughout the year. 

Additional Information: Concert Band 20S or recommendation of music teacher is required. Regular home practice of repertoire and study of related content is required.

  • ​​Concert Band is a year-long, one credit course, earned separately from the Jazz Band 30S credit. This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Jazz Band 30S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the year.

  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend all rehearsals and performances.

  • Although most students will provide their own instrument, students using any larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a usage fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair.

  • Grade 12 Concert Band 40S and Grade 12 Jazz Band 40S are both recognized as University Entrance credits. 

Guitar 30S (GU30S) ​

Prerequisite: Guitar 20S or Recommendation of Music Teacher

Students will further develop their knowledge and skills through the study and performance of music from a variety of genres. Content areas may include:

  • Solo guitar study
  • Fingerstyle and pick techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Music writing and arranging
  • Music rudiments
  • Guest artist performances


Additional Information: Students enrolled in this course should have access to a guitar for home practice. The school provides guitars for in-class use only. Students continuing with guitar through grade 12 may use their Guitar 40S credit as one of the required University Entrance credits. Learning to play the guitar is a valuable social and communicative skill that can provide enjoyment throughout a lifetime. Students that share a love for music and a willingness to practice outside of class will find this course very rewarding.

Electric Guitar 30S (JG30S)​

Prerequisite: Students must also be registered in Guitar 30S

This course is designed for the dedicated guitar student interested in learning electric guitar technique with a focus on blues and rock music. Commitment to home practice is essential. Class content may include:

  • Extended chord shapes
  • Performance
  • Amp and effects pedals
  • Improvisation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Music rudiments


Additional Information: Students are expected to attend all performances and maintain a regular home practice schedule. Although the school provides electric guitars and amplifiers for rehearsal and performance, students are encouraged to have an electric guitar for home use.

Jazz Band 30S (JB30S) 

Students will explore the various styles of Jazz Band repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk. Through musical performance and study, as well as through presentations by guest clinicians, students will learn a variety of jazz articulations, improvisational techniques and learn about Jazz history.

Additional Information (Also See Concert Band 30S Info): Jazz Band 10S and Jazz Band 20S are strongly recommended. Students must be registered in Concert Band 30S (see the Concert Band 30S course description for more detail).

  • ​Jazz Band is a year-long, one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Band 30S credit. This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Concert Band 30S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the school year.

  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend all rehearsals and performances.

  • Although most students will provide their own instrument, students using larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a usage fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair.

  • Grade 12 Concert Band (40S) and Grade 12 Jazz Band 40S are both recognized as University Entrance credits.

  • The Brandon Jazz Festival is a required overnight field trip. Several fundraising opportunities are provided throughout the school year to help offset the cost.​

Vocal Jazz 30S (VJ30S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: "The Groove" is a small, auditioned group, whose members must also be enrolled in Concert Choir 30S to be considered for membership. Students may then also choose VJ30S during March registration as a way to "pre-register" for a September audition into this group (informal and well-supported). CC30S and VJ30S can both be selected as either Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

Content: Students will explore the various styles of vocal jazz repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin & A Cappella singing. Focus in the course will be on performance & vocal technique, with some jazz history & theory. Students will be afforded several outside school performance opportunities.

  • This is a year-long one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Choir 30S credit.
  • Meets every second school day, extra rehearsals before or after school are often necessary during the days just before a performance.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend ALL scheduled or extra rehearsals and various performances throughout the school year.
  • This group will usually perform at Winnipeg Jazz ChoralFest in November.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival  is a traditional overnight field trip (usually every second school year).
  • 10S, 20S, 30S and 40S members practice together, a unique peer-mentoring situation. Veteran group members may be given preference in the audition process or performance situations, expected to assume more of a leadership role.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking exercises which include personal reflections on recordings of group performances.

 

Additional Information: The completion of Vocal Jazz 20S is preferred, but not required. Regular review/study of repertoire and related content is required, as students must be committed to developing/maintaining proficient vocal and musical skills.

Musical Theatre 30S (MT30S) ​

Students learn about musical theatre by participating in the school’s production of an original show in December of the school year. Students from all grade levels appear in the production, a show written specifically for the students who are in the cast. In addition to performing in the show, students may also complete the course by stage managing or playing in the pit band. In this course students study:

  • ​​Choral music

  • Blocking and dancing 

  • Acting technique 

  • Characterization 

  • Set construction 

  • Character improvisation 

  • Historical research 

  • Vocal projection 

  • Performance 

  • Script as portfolio

Additional Information: Students must audition to enter this course. Auditions involve singing and acting, but no previous experience is required. A willingness to take risks and to work as a team is essential. Auditions are conducted in early September. Grade 11 students auditioning for the first time enter at the 25S level. Students studying 35S are appearing in their second or third production. Classes are rehearsals that take place after regular school hours and on weekends.

 

Astronomy - Current Topics in Science (SCCT30S)​

Prerequisite: Science 20F

This astronomy course introduces students to classical astronomy and some basic astrophysics. This can include topics such as space history, cultural aspects, planets, exploration, stars, space technology, black holes, galaxies, the Big Bang, dark matter, and other parts of the cosmos. The focus will be on the theory and big ideas of these phenomenon, not their mathematical components. Part of the course will be based on student's choice in astronomy related topics, and could take the form of research and design projects. When possible, students may be able to connect to other courses such as graphics, engineering, art, or electronics.

 

Biology 30S (B30S) ​

Prerequisite: Science 20F. 

Grade 11 Biology is based on the key themes of wellness and homeostasis. While addressing the topics in human anatomy and physiology, students will learn more about their medical histories and how their own bodies work, collect data on how their bodies are performing and make personal decisions about their own lifestyles to promote their wellness.

 

Some of the goals of this science course include: encouraging participants to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about scientific and technological endeavors, enabling participants to use science and technology to acquire new knowledge and solve problems to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of others, and preparing participants to address science-related societal, economic, ethical and environmental issues.

Topics include:

  • Wellness and homeostasis
  • Biochemistry
  • Transport Systems
  • Urinary System
  • Digestive System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System 
  • Development of laboratory skills including the use of a microscope, slide preparation and protocols for using biological samples.
  • Development of research and analysis skills.

 

Additional Information: Dissections of pig heart, pig kidney, and the rat are part of this class. Although alternative activities are available upon request, students will be encouraged to participate in all labs.

     

Chemistry 30S (C30S)​

Prerequisite: Minimum 65% in Science 20F, and Introduction to Applied and Pre-calculus Mathematics 20S.

The Grade 11 Chemistry curriculum has been designed to develop and emphasize essential skills in the areas of literacy and communication, problem solving, human relations, and technology. Topics include:

  • ​Physical Properties of Matter

  • Gases and the Atmosphere

  • Chemical Reactions and Equations

  • Solubility

  • Organic Chemistry

Additional Information: The intent of the Chemistry 30S curriculum is to allow students to attain an essential level of scientific literacy in order to make informed decisions about the world around them. Laboratory skills, including the setting up of experiments, and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data are emphasized. Computer animations and LabQuest technology will also be used to develop various concepts throughout the course. The use of chemical resistant goggles is mandatory when performing high school lab activities that involve chemicals. As such, any newly registered students and / or those that lost their goggles after receiving a pair in Grade 9 should purchase a pair through the Bronco Store.  

Physics 30S (P30S)​

Prerequisite: Minimum 65% in Science 20F and Pre-Calculus 20S or Applied Mathematics 20S. 

While attempting to explain everyday observations and experiences, Physics 30S is aimed at developing scientific literacy in students. Students will practice developing skills in problem solving, cooperative work habits, experimentation and technology through such major topics as:

  • ​Magnetism

  • Waves 

  • Mechanics

  • Electricity

Additional Information: Physics 30S can be a demanding course and requires a solid mathematical background. A scientific calculator and geometry set are required.

Grade 12

Accounting Systems 40S (AC40S)

Prerequisite: Accounting Principles 30S

Accounting is considered to be a fundamental element for business success. Without accounting knowledge, effective and informed business decisions could not be made!

Accounting Systems is an extension of the material studied in Accounting Essentials 30S with an introduction to financial analysis and corporate accounting. With an emphasis on accounting for a merchandising business, students will apply their knowledge and skills to complete the stages of the accounting cycle. Accounting Essentials and Accounting Systems when completed at the high school level, gives students a significant advantage when participating in business and commerce programs at the post-secondary level. The skills acquired are not only useful when pursuing a career in business and/or accounting, but essential for everyday life.

To address the widespread use of computer technology in business, technology will be infused to meet the outcomes of this course.

Advanced Coding (Computer Science) 40S (CS40S)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Coding (Computer Science) 30S 

This project-based computer programming course reflects the way projects are completed in industry. The course is structured to give students opportunities to write programs and develop project management skills in a team-programming environment. Students will conceive, design, plan, and implement a larger-scale software project like a game or database, involving multiple participants in the development process. Topics include:

  • Strategies for independent learning, communication, and teamwork
  • Current trends in ICT
  • Current ICT issues relating to society and the environment
  • Ethics
  • Project management
  • Learning a new programming language independently
  • Problem solving
  • Programming concepts
    • Sequential and random access files
    •  Object-oriented programming
    •  Recursion
    •  Arrays—two-dimensional
    •  Analyzing algorithms
    •  Sorting and searching

 

Biology 40S (B40S)​

Prerequisite: Science 20F. Biology 30S is not required for this course but there is some overlap of concepts.

Content: This course introduces students to the very basics of life on Earth. We explore the programming of life by examining DNA and then seeing how these codes are translated into living beings through Protein Synthesis. Special attention is paid to Current Events, Bioethics and Forensic Science. Human genetics is studied at length. Evolution and its effect on the diversity of life are also explored through Zoology and Botany.

Additional Information: Students should be prepared to perform many labs and complete several research projects. A fee of approximately $10.50 will be charged for the Assiniboine Park Zoo Field Trip. Biology 40S is now a pre-requisite for some courses at Manitoba Universities, and is a common requirement for students attending post-secondary institutions outside of Manitoba.

Chemistry 40S (C40S)​

Prerequisite: Minimum 65% in Chemistry 30S, and Pre-calculus or Applied Mathematics 30S.

Content: The Grade 12 Chemistry curriculum has been designed to develop and emphasize essential skills in the areas of literacy and communication, problem solving, human relations, and technology. Such skills are critical for students’ personal development and for the development of a highly skilled and adaptable work force. Specific topics which build upon one another include

  • Aqueous Reaction
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Acids and Bases
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactios

 

Additional Information: This course is intended for students considering post-secondary careers in Chemistry. Therefore, a minimum of 20 minutes of study per day is recommended in addition to any new homework assignment. Strong math skills are considered an asset. Laboratory skills, including the designing and setting up of experiments, and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, will be emphasized in order to promote an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of science while developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Computer simulated labs, animations and LabQuest technology will be used to develop various topics and concepts throughout the course. The use of chemical resistant goggles is mandatory when performing high school lab activities that involve chemicals. As such, any newly registered students and / or those that lost their goggles after receiving a pair in Grade 9 should purchase a pair through the Bronco Store. A graphing calculator is very useful in the second half of the course.

General - Interdisciplinary Topics in Science (ITS40S)​

Prerequisite: Science 20F

This science course will have a big idea, design challenge, and project based focus.  Students will have the chance to learn about aspects of science, technology, and engineering which they are interested in, and how they are connected to their lives.  A large part of the course will be based on student's choice in topics, and could take the form of individual or group research and design projects. When possible, students may be able to connect to other courses such as graphics, phys-ed, engineering, art, or electronics.  Students have done research on hypnosis, military science, sports, paranormal sciences, quantum theory, brain science, universe structure, medical science…

Can be used for university entrance at UofM, entrance and scholarships at UofW.

Concert Choir 40S (CC40S)​

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Concert Choir 30S.

Content: Students will continue to learn good vocal technique through the singing and study of a wide range of musical styles. Performances throughout the year provide opportunities for singers to demonstrate their developing musical and vocal skills

Additional Information: Regular review and study of repertoire and related content are expected. Students who are veterans of the Concert Choir program are expected to assume some leadership responsibilities in the Choir. 

  • ​​Concert Choir is a year-long course, with three classes per week. 

  • The Concert Choir credit may be earned in addition to other electives, as it runs during period 4 (lunch) where there are few course conflicts. 

  • Students are expected to attend all classes and performances. 

  • Students may also audition to be members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to earn an additional credit during lunch periods alternating with their Concert Choir class 

  • Concert Choir 40S may be used as a University Entrance credit


Vocal Jazz 40S (VJ40S) ​

All JHB music electives employ a group project-based learning format which fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and collaboration.

Prerequisite: "The Groove" is a small, auditioned group, whose members must also be enrolled in Concert Choir 40S to be considered for membership. Students may then also choose VJ40S during March registration as a way to "pre-register" for a September audition into this group (informal and well-supported). CC40S and VJ40S can both be selected as either Elective Preference 1/2/3, or as an "Extra Credit".

 

Content: Students will explore the various styles of vocal jazz repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin and A Cappella singing. Focus of the course will be on performance and vocal technique, with some jazz history & theory. Students will be afforded several outside performance opportunities.

  • This is a year-long one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Choir 40S credit. 
  • Meets every second school day, extra rehearsals before or after school are often necessary during the days just before a performance.
  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend ALL scheduled or extra rehearsals and various performances throughout the school year. 
  • This group will usually perform at Winnipeg Jazz ChoralFest in November.
  • Brandon Jazz Festival  is a traditional overnight field trip (usually every second school year).
  • 10S, 20S, 30S and 40S members practice together, a unique peer-mentoring situation. Veteran group members may be given preference in the audition process or performance situations, expected to assume more of a leadership role.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking exercises which include personal reflections on recordings of group performances.

 

Additional Information: The completion of Vocal Jazz 30S is preferred, but not required. Regular review/study of repertoire and related content is required, as students must be committed to developing/maintaining proficient vocal and musical skills.


Textile, Arts & Design 40S (TAD40S)​

This course focuses on the manipulation of different textiles using various techniques and skills. Students will analyze the creative procedures of design to develop their own projects and personal creative goals. This course is of interest to those who wish to develop sewing skills, design skills, and examine issues relating to the textile industry. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Evolution of Fashion

  • Creators of Fashion

  • Cultural Fashions

  • Designing with a Purpose

  • Textile Industry Dynamics

  • Intro to Environmental Design

  • Advanced Application of the Elements & Principles of Design

  • Intermediate-Advanced Sewing Techniques

 

Additional Information: Students will be expected to purchase supplies and fabric for major choice project(s) if it is not something we have within the class. In addition to possessing some knowledge of design and sewing techniques, students should be able to work creatively and independently.

Concert Band 40S (CB40S)​

Content: This course is designed to further develop each student’s musical and technical skills. The course will include both instrumental and theory instruction including performance as well as compositional/creative opportunities. This ensemble, consisting of students in Concert Band 30S and 40S, will study and perform a variety of music from different styles and eras. Concerts and other performances outside regular classroom time will highlight some of the works studied throughout the year

Additional Information: Concert Band 30S or recommendation of music teacher required. Regular home practice of repertoire and study of related content is required. 

  • Concert Band 40S is a year-long, one credit course, earned separately from the Jazz Band 40S credit. This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Jazz Band 40S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the year. 

  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. 

  • Although most students will provide their own instrument, students using any larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a usage fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair. 

  • Grade 12 Concert Band 40S and Grade 12 Jazz Band 40S are both recognized as University Entrance credits.

Jazz Band 40S (JB40S)​

Content: Students will explore the various styles of Jazz Band repertoire including Pop, Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk. Through musical performance and study, as well as through presentations by guest clinicians, students will learn a variety of jazz articulations, improvisational techniques and learn about Jazz history.

Additional Information (Also See Concert Band 40S Info): Students must have completed Jazz Band 30S and be registered in Concert Band 40S (see the Concert Band 40S course description for more detail). Regular practice is essential. 

  • ​​A year-long, one credit course, earned separately from the Concert Band 30S credit. This group will meet in the same period every second day, alternating with Concert Band 40S, making all members eligible to acquire both music credits over the course of the school year. 

  • As a member of a performing group, every student is expected to attend all rehearsals and performances 

  • Although most students will provide their own instrument, students using any larger, Division-owned instrument will be required to pay a usage fee to help offset the cost of maintenance and repair 

  • Grade 12 Concert Band (40S) and Grade 12 Jazz Band 40S are both recognized as University Entrance credits 

  • The Brandon Jazz Festival is a required overnight field trip. Several fundraising opportunities are provided throughout the school year to help offset the cost.

Drama 40S (DA40S)​

Prerequisite: Drama 30S, Drama 20S or Musical Theatre 35S

Content: Students in Drama 40S learn through scene work and formal productions. The students will also study the following topics: 

  • ​Acting theory 

  • Theatre history 

  • Set design 

  • Monologues 

  • Audition pieces 

  • Improvisation

Additional Information: Students must be prepared to use their bodies, minds and voices, to take risks, to work positively with others, and to reflect seriously on their own work.

 

Family Studies 40S (FS40S)​

Content: Family Studies 40S helps students learn about themselves and their relationships, both present and future. Please note that some of the content and issues pertaining to student learning may be sensitive for some students and their families. Topics may include: 

  • ​Individual development

  • Self-concept 

  • Relationships 

  • Decision-making 

  • Communication 

  • Conflict resolution

Additional Information: Students with an interest in family dynamics, relationships among people and how individuals react in society will enjoy Family Studies. This course will allow the development of necessary life skills while developing decision making and management strategies.

Food & Nutrition 40G/40S (FN40G/40S)

Content: This course includes practical experience in the planning and preparation of food, as well as the study of nutrition and food science. Students will acquire knowledge regarding nutritional needs and healthy choices to assist with informed decision making about food. Other topics include: 

  • ​Development of Food Preparation Skills 

  • Policy and Global Food Security 

  • World Cuisines and Ethnic Food Traditions 

  • Agriculture, Bioengineering and Food Technology

Additional Information: Students should have a genuine interest in nutrition and issues pertaining to food. No prior coursework in foods or nutrition is required. Students will participate in cooking and sampling the products they prepare. Organizational skills, time management and quality control are emphasized as well as the ability to work effectively within a team. The content is similar in both 40G & 40S; however, students in the 40S course will be expected to write a final exam and conduct further research.​

French Culture and Communication 40S (FR40S)​

Prerequisite:   Completion of French:  Culture and Communication 30S or the equivalent

Content: This course is the ninth year in a 9 year program. Students will continue to focus on experiencing the French Language and culture through a variety of mediums and opportunities.

Students use their advanced language skills to discuss French literature, poetry and music and look into the lives of several Francophones in today's popular culture. By means of several oral, written and group presentations, students demonstrate their growth in their language skills.    

Additional Information: Students in Grade 12 have the opportunity to travel overseas to Paris, France to experience the language and culture first hand. 

There are several government sponsored opportunities that are available through the Explore program, for example, for students who wish to further their French language studies after graduation.

Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability 40S (GIC40S)​

Prerequisite: History of Canada 30F

Content: This course examines many enduring understandings that contribute to the worldview of several civilizations and the nations within. Students learn how such forces give rise to issues that relate to the current realities found throughout the world. Students learn about social, political and economic systems, globalization, and the forces of mass-media. Students conduct independent inquiry and take-action projects that may focus upon the following areas of inquiry including.  

  • ​Social Justice and Human Rights

  • Health Biotechnology

  • Oppression and Genocide

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • Poverty, Wealth and Power

  • Media

  • Gender Politics

  • Peace and Conflict

  • Consumerism

  • Environment

Additional Information: Students inquiry projects follow a process learning model. It is often beneficial if students start the course with an inquiry interest in mind. Students are encouraged to develop their skills for inquiry and are encouraged to be active learners that leverage their own knowledge in the areas of interest related to the course. This course clarifies many topics related to modern history, political science, and international relations.

Graphic Communication 40S (GCT40S)​

Prerequisite: Graphics 30S or teacher permission

Content: This area of study deals with the blending of technology and processes used in the Graphics program and stresses the importance of all forms of communication. It builds on the skills developed in the 30S program and allows students the flexibility to exercise time management, quality control and teamwork. Evaluation will include individual assignments and projects, group assignments and projects, and class evaluation. Compulsory topics include such: 

  • ​Advanced Architectural Design 

  • Advanced Airbrushing Techniques 

  • Advanced Digital SLR Photography 

  • Advanced Digital Media Design 

  • Advanced Screen Printing 

  • Intermediate Video/Motion Graphics

This 40S course also includes an independent work component that consists of a Contract Project. This Contract Project will allow students to choose and specialize in an area of their choice, giving them the creative freedoms required to take it to the next level.

Additional Information: Additional lab fees will be assessed depending on the student-based contract project chosen (approx. cost $10-$20). Independent projects work should be geared towards post-secondary career choices.

​Guitar 40S (GU40S)​

Prerequisite:  Guitar 30S or Recommendation of Music Teacher

Students will further develop their knowledge and skills through the study and performance of music from a variety of genres. Content areas may include:

  • Solo guitar study
  • Fingerstyle and pick techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Music writing and arranging
  • Music rudiments
  • Guest artist performances


Additional Information: Students enrolled in this course should have access to a guitar for home practice. The school provides guitars for in-class use only. Students continuing with guitar through grade 12 may use their Guitar 40S credit as one of the required University Entrance credits. Learning to play the guitar is a valuable social and communicative skill that can provide enjoyment throughout a lifetime. Students that share a love for music and a willingness to practice outside of class will find this course very rewarding.

Electric Guitar 40S (JG40S) ​

Prerequisite:  Students must also be registered in Guitar 40S

This course is designed for the dedicated guitar student interested in learning electric guitar technique with a focus on blues and rock music. Commitment to home practice is essential. Class content may include:

  • Extended chord shapes
  • Performance
  • Amp and effects pedals
  • Improvisation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Music rudiments


Additional Information: Students are expected to attend all performances and maintain a regular home practice schedule. Although the school provides electric guitars and amplifiers for rehearsal and performance, students are encouraged to have an electric guitar for home use.

​Inside Out 40S (LWT40S)​

Move learning beyond the walls of the classroom! INSIDE OUT 40S continues to provide you with the opportunity to design your own future! You will have the opportunity for an Internship, Volunteering, Career Management and Personal Branding. INSIDE OUT is a coach-based course providing you with opportunities and experiences tailored to you. INSIDE OUT 40S may be taken as sequential course to INSIDE OUT 30S, or for the first time. If you are ready for your future…choose INSIDE OUT! 

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Additional Information: INSIDE OUT is scheduled on timetables outside of periods 1 to 6. As learning takes place outside of the classroom, we do not meet every day.

Metalwork 40S (MET40S)​

Prerequisite: Metalwork 20G and/or 30G or teacher permission.

 

In this course, invention, development and problem-solving will be emphasized as students will have more freedom to design and fabricate furniture, art, etc., of their own design and for their own purposes. Students are encouraged to be ambitious and step outside of their comfort zone, creating complex projects with value to them. Students will do most of their learning in a hands-on environment and will be given the opportunity to work in the shop almost every day. In this class students will:

  • Create a minimum of 5 projects over the semester.
  • Plan with diagrams, calculating the cost of materials, create and construct
  • 2 Major Projects (these projects take longer than one week to construct) For example: design and build a piece of furniture, or a pizza cutter on the metal lathe. In the past, students have made desks, coffee tables, speaker stands, BBQ's, firepits, etc.
  • 3 Minor Projects (can complete within 1 or 2 classes). Anything from keychains, bottle openers, serving trays,
  • Design and cut an intricate sign of their own design using the CNC Plasma Cutter. In the past, students have used this to make cottage, hunting shack, fishing signs as well as sports teams and apparel logos.
  • Design and fabricate whatever interests them through metalworking.

 Additional Information: Engagement, participation and great attitude is required. Students will be supplied with a duo tang, a small locker to store work clothes and one pair of safety glasses (additional glasses can be purchased from your instructor or any other supplier). Students will be expected to explore new techniques and build self-designed projects

Musical Theatre 40S (MT40S)​

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 35S.

Content: Students learn about musical theatre by participating in the school’s production of an original show in December of the school year. Students from all grade levels appear in the production, a show written specifically for the students who are in the cast. In addition to performing in the show, students may also complete the course by stage managing or playing in the pit band. Students study: 

  • ​Choral Music 

  • Blocking and Dancing 

  • Acting Technique 

  • Characterization 

  • Set Construction 

  • Press Releases

  • Character Improvisation 

  • Historical Research 

  • Vocal Projection 

  • Performance 

  • Script as Portfolio 

  • Public Relations

Additional Information: Students must audition to enter this course. Auditions involve singing and acting but no previous experience is required. Auditions are conducted in early September. Grade 12 students auditioning for the first time enter at the 25S level. Students studying 45S are appearing in their 3rd or 4th production. Classes are rehearsals that take place after regular school hours and on weekends.

Physics 40S (P40S)​

Prerequisite: Minimum 65% in Physics 30S and Pre-Calculus 30S or Applied Mathematics 30S.

Content: While attempting to explain many everyday observations and experiences, Physics 40S is aimed at continuing to develop scientific literacy in students. Students will practice skills in problem solving, cooperative work habits, experimentation, and technology.

Additional Information: Physics 40S is a demanding course which requires very good math skills. A design project is also a part of the course.

  

Pre-Engineering 40S (EP40S)​

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Pre-Engineering

Content: This course provides an intro​duction to the field of Engineering. Topics include: 

  • ​Career exploration

  • Engineering by Design 

  • Design Software Applications

  • Civil Engineering 

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Manufacturing Engineering 

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering

Additional Information: The ability to use lab time wisely; and be prepared to work independently and meet regular deadlines. A strong background in Science and Mathematics is recommended. In this senior year Pre-Engineering course, students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to open-ended engineering problems. Students apply principles developed throughout the term and are guided by the instructor. With a strong emphasis on the development of problem solving skills, the student will learn how engineers apply math, science and technology to solve “Real World” challenges.

Psychology 40S (PY40S)​

Prerequisite: Any English 30S course. The course is only open to students in Grades 11 or 12.

Content: Psychology 40S is a course that introduces and examines the field of Psychology. Students learn about topics which may include: 

  • ​History of Psychology

  • Personality development 

  • Psychological disorders

  • Functions of the brain and body 

  • Socio-cultural influences

  • Memory 

  • Motivation and emotion

  • Intelligence 

  • Creativity

  • Cognitive processes

Additional Information: This course has a heavy emphasis on reading and research.

Visual Arts 40S (VA40S)​

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 30S.

This course is designed for the student who wishes to further develop skills and techniques that were introduced in previous art classes. Emphasis is placed on experiences with design principles, drawing techniques and painting skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for advanced art courses. Students are given more in depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. Journaling and research are an expected component of the program.

Additional Information: To succeed in this course, students should be self-directed and dedicated. A $20.00 studio fee is required.

Media Design 40S (YAT40S​)

Students will apply for one of the following positions: Editor-in-Chief, Photo Editor, Art Director, Features Editor, or Public Relations (Marketing & Promotions). The student(s) in each role will be responsible for developing and ensuring that portion of the yearbook is completed. The successful candidate for each position MUST be a team player as a unique and top quality yearbook is created. Students in these roles will be mentors for students enrolled at the Grade 10 and 11 levels. Additionally, students may earn credit at this level in non-executive roles

Additional Information: This course is for students with a genuine interest in photography, publishing, graphic design, or business. This is a yearlong course and students need to commit to attending some extra-curricular activities on their own time to complete their course work. A digital camera would be an asset for the course.​

Dual Credit

Calculus 42U
(U of M Calculus: Math 1500)

(3 credit hrs.)
Currently Offered at Dakota Collegiate and J.H. Bruns Collegiate

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus Math 40S (recommended: a minimum of 70% for the high school credit, 85% for the dual credit) 

The first half of this course will be devoted to Introduction to Calculus 45S, including limits and derivatives of functions. The second half of this course will be devoted to Advanced Math 45S which will include integration of functions. The intent of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to challenge the University of Manitoba, Introduction to Calculus, Math 1500 course and receive university credit. This course will introduce all key aspects of introductory calculus and provide students with excellent background knowledge and exam preparation. For students not challenging the university exam, the course will allow them to gain awareness and an introduction of the material before attempting calculus in university. 

The University of Manitoba requires that students achieve a mark of at least 85% in Pre-Calculus Math 40S before the challenge exam can be attempted. The university midterm exam will be written in October and the final exam will be written in December for students attending Dakota in the first semester. For students attending during the second semester at Dakota or J.H. Bruns, the university midterm exam will be written in May and the final exam will be written in June.  

All students passing the high school portion of the course will receive one full high school credit. Students receive one half credit in Introduction to Calculus 45S and a second half credit in Advanced Math 45S. Students who successfully challenge the university exam will receive one half university credit (3 credit hours) from the University of Manitoba. 

 
 
 
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RT @louis_riel_sd: We have received questions regarding the Navigating the 2021-2022 School Year plan. We have provided an FAQ document to school administration to help clarify a number of details. Members of the LRSD community can also view the FAQ here: https://t.co/IokAwQ4xhs https://t.co/gEWqCsiKTq

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RT @louis_riel_sd: LRSD PERM AND TERM STAFF: You've got mail! Check your email for an important message regarding LRSD's vaccination verification process. https://t.co/yAzSNW5cPU

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RT @louis_riel_sd: ❗UPDATED❗ Draft policies related to mask usage and COVID-19 vaccination have been updated: https://t.co/WjrKK0hMGj These policies are moving to second and third reading at the first regular board meeting of the school year. Attend the meeting: https://t.co/06TionidXR https://t.co/ebgk9h4tqJ

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