The programs focus on rigorous academics, interdisciplinary instruction, global citizenship and developing higher level thinking skills for all students. Students have the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in the core subject areas, participate in Fine Arts, athletics, and use technology needed to meet the Alberta Education standards.
Core Courses: By clicking on each of the subject headings below, the links will bring you directly to Alberta Education's website.
Complementary Courses including:
The purpose of the Religion program is to assist young believers in nurturing their relationship with God in and through Jesus in the context of a "Spirit-filled" community. By using the "faith summary" of the Apostles' Creed, this program allows young believers to participate with the Church in exploring the dimensions of our relationships with God, Jesus and the community of the Holy Spirit.
The grade 7 Religion program is called Believe in Me. Part 1 of the Creed.
The grade 8 Religion program is called Stand by Me. Part 2 of the Creed.
The grade 9 program is called Be With Me. It evaluates own lifestyles and choices in light of the values revealed by Jesus' life and teachings.
Learn a new language! The language of art! The Art program at Sir John Thompson encourages students to think and communicate more creatively. Students gain personal satisfaction when they know they can produce dazzling projects, title pages and presentations. Anyone can learn the language of art. They record single images and units, experiment with color effects on compositions and are introduced to 2 and 3 dimensional compositions.
The grade 8 and 9 students expand on these skills creating compositions in two and three dimensions, investigating the effects of controlling form, colour and space in response to selected visual problems. They use a variety of media to complete projects such as sculptures, relief compositions, paintings and drawings and are involved in research in order to study the history of art and the compositions of individual artists.
The Electro-Technology program at Sir John Thompson is offered at the Grade 8 and 9 levels.
Within each module, students are given the opportunity to work individually or with another student in the lab. Students are lead through hands-on activities which allow them to explore content relative to that module. many of these modules require the students to complete take-home projects. Students are evaluated through a variety of processes including: module guide questions (pre-test); research, graphical challenge and mathematical application questions; assessment activities; post test questions and other hands on activities.
In January of 2004, we have implemented a digital version of the following modules: Applied Physics; Audio Broadcasting; Computer Graphics and Animation; Electricity; Electronics; Energy, Interior Design; Power and Mechanics; Engineering Bridges; Engineering Towers; Flight Technology; Graphic Communications; Research and Design (CO2 Race Cars); Robotics; Rocketry and Space Technology; Space Science and Weather.
Education in film studies is concerned with developing the ability to think critically about films in terms of content, filming techniques and theme through analysis and evaluation. It is also concerned with the acquisition of terminology and understanding techniques of filmmaking.
In the last century, film has become an increasingly important part of North American culture. These courses are aimed at students who are interested in film and have the desire to investigate the cultural significance and influence of film. Film Studies 8 and 9 are concerned with examining the cultural influence and value of film in our society. They require that the student develop the ability to interpret the contribution of impact a film has had on the industry and larger society.
Film Studies supports the Catholic identity of our schools by teaching students to make informed judgements while recognizing and accepting the opinions and views of others.
Food & Fashion
Foods and Fashion at Sir John Thompson provides students with the opportunity to develop life-long skills in areas indispensable to everyday life. Whether the focus is on career and technology development or just on ways to make life a little easier, the skills and knowledge acquired during this program are an integral part of life in the new millennium. By focusing on challenges that individuals and families experienced on a daily basis, the Foods and Fashion program has the potential to improve the quality of students' lives.
The grade 7 program introduces students to basic hand and machine sewing, food safety, basic kitchen equipment and reading and following recipes. The students complete a simple machine sewn project and hand sewn stuffed toy and are involved in a number of different food labs.
The grade 8 and 9 programs develop these skills further by focusing on textiles and issues relating to clothing and fashion as well as menu planning, diet and cooking techniques. The students complete food modules, which may include Baking Basics, Simple Snacks and Appetizers, Fast, and Convenience Foods and Cultural and Ethnic Foods or Meal Planning for Enjoyment. The fashion modules of the grades 8 & 9 programs focus on the construction of more complex items including clothing, fashion accessories, home accessories and the recycling and reuse of outdated or worn clothing items.
French as a Second Language 7/8/9
Being able to understand and use French is an important aspect of being a Canadian and a global citizen. By learning French, students are able to develop the necessary knowledge skills and attitudes needed to communicate in a variety of real life situations. At Sir John Thompson junior high school, the French program is a three year option program where students learn French through various linguistic and cultural activities. Students who successfully complete three years of French may be able to receive credits for French 10 and go straight into French 20 or 30 in high school. Students are expected to have at least 3 years of French prior to entering the program, but exceptions may be made.
Music instruction at Sir John Thompson takes place in a wind ensemble setting. This is an activity-oriented class whereby students explore music through the use of modern day concert band instruments. These instruments are separated into three distinct categories of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students also explore a variety of musical styles ranging from classical and baroque through Latin American and into pop and rock genres of music. The most exciting aspect of instrumental music at the junior high level is that it is a new experience for most students. Learning a new musical instrument with the extracurricular opportunities such as Stage Band and Concert Band and the opportunity to perform, offers a wide variety of unique opportunities.
With the chance to perform and gain new confidence, it is an essential component of a well-rounded and balanced education.
Recreation Leadership 9
Leadership Education will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be effective young leaders within the school and surrounding community. This course is meant to encourage students to learn how to successfully plan, organize, and implement programs in the school and community. Developing these skills will facilitate students in becoming positive life-long contributors to our society. Leadership Education allows participation in a variety of activities in the areas of team building, self-awareness, communication skills, and group roles & responsibilities.
We believe that our bodies, intellects, and talents are gifts of God. Our response to these gifts is gratitude that finds expression in taking care of, enhancing, and developing these gifts for our own sake and the sake of the community. Participation in learning about leadership helps students develop and share their strengths, grow in interpersonal skills and learn and refine qualities like loyalty, perseverance, dependability, and respect. Leadership skills help build spiritual and religious character through attitudes, work habits, priorities, and relationships.