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Art is a creative development process. Students are able to explore a variety of mediums and art forms, to create and develop their own personal artistic style. Through looking at other respected artists, collaboratively sharing their own work, and reflecting on other students work around them, they are able to appreciate a variety of different artistic styles. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of art activities and related compositions including sketching, drawing, painting, pen and ink, mixed media, wire sculpture, and/or plasticine sculpture, 3-dimensional sculpture and numerous other media to create works of art.


Students are offered an introduction to construction and fabrication processes through a large variety of project work. No prerequisites are required, and students are encouraged to progress at their own rate. Students will learn tool and machine identification, how to use tools and machines safety, project planning and construction, and finishing. Shop safety is always given top priority. Each student, according to individual interest and experience level, can choose to work in constructing projects such as: coin bank, bowl, tool tray, foot stool, serving tray, gavel, jeep, pen/pencil, CO2 car, step ladder, canoe paddle, and many more!

Communications and Media

In Communications and Media, students will explore the many facets, elements and principles of print and digital design, internet computing and web development. The course combines art, and the use of a computer to explore the limitless world of creativity. Students will also learn how to use digital SLR cameras as a part of the design process. They will be using professional and industry standard programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to develop vector drawing skills as well as image correction and manipulation techniques. Students will then use computer programming to bring their creative projects to life with HTML5 and CSS, producing fully functional websites.

Grade 7 - In this course students will be studying vector art and will learn to use Adobe’s Illustrator vector drawing program. Students in this course will first develop technical skills used by graphic designers and then will apply those skills to develop their own brand and vector graphic art portfolio.&
Grade 8 - In this course, students will be working with raster (pixel based) images. Students will learn skills in image correction and manipulation, various masking, selecting, cloning, filter, enhancement and adjustment techniques to bring images together in a meaningful and problem solving way.
Grade 9 - In grade 9, the focus of the course is internet computing and web design. Students will learn the fundamentals of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Students will use the knowledge and skills gained over the duration of the course to produce fully functional websites that may be published to the web.


Drama is not only for those who are good at acting. Drama is an important course for everyone. It helps build greater personal appreciation for the fine arts. In Drama, students can experience and explore life skills in a safe supportive, caring environment. We focus on the 6 c’s: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, confidence, commitment. We practise 5 rules of respect: self, others, space, process, product. Development of skills using voice, expression and body language will assist in strengthening personal confidence and presentation. Students in drama will experience theatrical games, concentration and relaxation exercises, mime, vocal exercises, one minute speeches, monologues, radio and video broadcast techniques, creativity and improvisation. Drama is a performance based course. If you enjoy working in group situations or would like to develop leadership skills, Drama is for you. Develop your creativity and imagination!

Environmental and Outdoor Education

Do you enjoy life in the great outdoors? Environmental Education prepares you for the world of fishing and hunting. Learn to fly fish, ice fish and the art of fly tying and fly casting. Sleep in a lean-to that you build yourself and learn to use firearms safely in a controlled environment. We also learn to chop wood and whittle around the fire. Other activities include skating, crosscountry and downhill skiing, rock climbing and 3D Archery. Students will have an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the role that outdoor activities play in the achievement and maintenance of personal fitness by participating in a variety of activities. Students will also learn about ways to protect and improve areas in the environment where recreational outdoor activities occur.

Grade 7 • Alberta animals • Knot tying, survival bracelets • Pop can stoves • Archery • Skating and crosscountry skiing • Edmonton Valley Zoo and Frisbee golf
Grade 8 • Alberta fishing education • Fly tying and fly casting • Fly fishing and ice fishing • Archery • Skating and crosscountry skiing • Rock climbing
Grade 9 • Alberta hunter education • Camping and survival skills • Shooting range experience at camp • Whittling and wood chopping • Archery • Skating and crosscountry skiing • Canoeing • Camping games

Food Studies

Join the only class where you eat your assignments! Work in teams interpreting recipes to make everything from fresh cheese to chicken wings and fajitas. Recipes take your taste buds around the world: butter chicken from India, fettuccine alfredo from Italy, hummus from the Middle East, and more! Participate in food challenges: muffin makeover, casserole creation, and food truck sliders. In these challenges you write your own recipe from scratch and then whip it up in the kitchen. We’ve been known to have teachers stop by to judge the best original creations. Blog about your experience in the kitchen to create an ePortfolio demonstrating the useful knowledge and skills you have gained in the selection, preparation, and serving of food.


If you are passionate about making a difference within this class, your school, and the extended community, then this course is for you! Leadership focuses on topics such as; qualities and roles of leaders, communication skills, conflict resolution, team dynamics, team building and stress management. As a student in Leadership, you will learn about yourself, what you are capable
of and what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it. You will ultimately grow as a team player, a creative thinker, an effective communicator, and a capable citizen. As a part of this course, students gain experience planning events within the school and volunteering within the greater community.

Sport Fit

Do you enjoy being physically active or want to improve your fitness level? Our new Sport Fit option course might just be right for you! Students will be exposed to fitness routines that enhance muscle stability, strength, power, cardiovascular endurance, and overall fitness. You’ll also learn about physiology and anatomy, nutrition and hydration, sport psychology and sport medicine and develop your leadership and mentorship skills through a variety of on and off-site activities such as yoga, Zumba, swimming, and much more! The goal of Sport Fit is to promote active living and a healthy

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

This option course, currently under development, is intended to integrate the STEM fields through project based learning and offers a rich exposure to computer design, product based engineering, manufacturing, robotics and 3D design. STEM careers are the most rapidly growing fields in today’s work force. The focus of the class will be project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to adapt to modern day work force skills. The goal of STEM is to foster a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects, and structures according to certain specifications using concepts and skills from math, science, and technology. Students will be engaged by frequent hands-on activities geared towards combing each of the STEM disciplines. Creativity and collaboration will be encouraged as students solve problems. Possible course include: robotics, coding, 3D design and printing, mechanical studies and forensic science.


Welcome to our award winning music program that is quite simply second to none! The grade 7 instrumental music program gives students the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge by learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Previous musical experience is not a requirement. Students in private or group lessons (i.e. piano, violin) are encouraged to participate to enrich their musical experience. These students will be a valuable asset to the program. The school band performs at school concerts, local and regional festivals and school presentations. Students can attend overnight music camps and festival trips. At the start of the year, students are given the opportunity to experiment on all the instruments before selecting the one that they feel they would be most successful at. All grade 7 music students are members of the Ottewell Grade 7 Band and have the chance to participate in a beginner’s day, two school concerts, two music festivals, and a three day music camp.