Blueberry School
(K–9)

Complementary Courses

Blueberry School has a wide variety of complementary courses, from animal health to programming and web design. Whether you're into sports or sciences, arts or leadership, there's something for you!

Registration

To register for your choice of complementary courses offered in Term 2, please complete our Term 2 Complementary Course Sign Up Form

Course Descriptions

Advanced Art (Gr. 8/9)

Prerequisite: Art 7

Art is a highly valuable subject in today's changing word as it confronts students with problem solving. The program is very flexible and allows students to diverge into many different areas. All projects will be highly visible and displayed.

Course Fee: $15

Badminton

Students will gain an understanding of the basic skills in Badminton. Through skills training, practice and mini game sessions, students will build their confidence to take on an intramural program at Blueberry School. Students will be expected to be changed and ready to participate in all classes.

Board Games

Do you like games of risk, chance, and strategy? Are you interested in learning a variety of card and board games and sharing them with others? If so, then Cards and Board Games is the option for you.

During this class, students will have the opportunity to learn card games such as Cribbage, Bridge, Euchre and Rummy. They will also have the opportunity to play board games such as Backgammon, Scattergories and Settlers of Catan, or to bring in, share, and teach some of their own favourite games.

This option class will also have an emphasis on building relationships and community. Students will regularly share their learning by acting as leaders and teaching and playing games with some of the younger classes in the school. 

Claymation

Do you have an interest in stop-motion movie making? If so, Claymation is for you! You will write a short storyboard, create your clay figures and make a stop motion video. No artistic ability necessary, but come with the willingness to learn, creativity to design and a lot of patience to fine tune your clay objects. Students will need to either purchase their own clay or pay $10 for the clay through the school.

Course Fee: $7

Cosmetology

Students will have the opportunity to explore different hairstyles and nail designs/art while looking at the role magazines, social media and online tools play in the development of fashion and trends. In this option, students can expect to learn about hair styling, nail care and how media is used in this industry.

Course Fee: $30

Digital Design

This course has two purposes, calling on students to:

  1. Survey existing technologies (audio, graphics, animation, scanning, digital cameras and internet) that can be used to design and create multimedia material.
  2. Design a project which uses the computer program, PowerPoint, to focus on a core curriculum topic. 

Students will explore topics which will be used to enhance their final media products. Students are required to purchase a USB memory key to enable them to transfer and save files.

Course Fee: $10-$20

Film Studies

Do you love to watch movies? Do you analyze and critique the movies you've watched? In this course you will learn about films and how they impact us and our society.

How do films tell stories? This course introduces you to the elements of effective filmmaking by allowing you to view movies and debate their reviews.

Titles selected will cover a variety of genres and periods, and students will have the freedom to express their inner voice and preferences. Students will also uncover what makes a film and review “good”.

Floor Hockey

Students will gain an understanding of the basic skills of Floor Hockey. Through skills training, practice and game sessions, students will build their confidence to take on an intramural program at Blueberry School. Students will be expected to be changed and ready to participate in all classes.

Fun With Food!

Cooking made simple: no oven required. If you would like to try easy meal and dessert recipes, this a class for you. Prepare basic stovetop recipes that you can prepare at home. Students will use basic ingredients and recipes that do not require an oven.  Students get to eat everything they prepare in class.

Course Fee: $30

Leadership

The Leadership group will focus on student wellness and learn effective leadership skills that aid in becoming a responsible citizen. Students will be engaged in activities that help to develop a positive whole school community.

Activities may include:

  • Participating in leadership and cooperative games
  • Planning spirit days
  • Mentoring younger grades
  • Reading daily announcements
  • Organizing and leading school wide activities (friendship club, intramurals, jump into gym etc).
  • Organizing healthy initiatives (healthy eating awareness, hats off for mental health etc.)
  • Recycling program

In the past, Leadership has been heavily involved in various school events like the Monster Mash and Talent Show. These activities may continue, change or be added to based on student interest and initiative.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor education is proving to be a popular program for Blueberry students. Students who enjoy challenges, physical activity and outdoor sports should sign up. Students will be expected to be properly changed and participating to the best of their ability.

Activities being planned may include the following components:

  • Cross-country running
  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking trip to Jasper

Course Fee: $30-$40

P90X

Understanding the importance of life-long health and wellness is a crucial part of adolescent growth and development. This option will aid students in recognizing the benefit of living a healthy, active lifestyle that includes regular exercise and improved eating habits. Students will have the opportunity to explore a challenging fitness program, which may inspire those interested in pursuing future careers in the health and wellness field, such as personal and athletic training.

Programming

Have you ever wondered how the computer games you play make it onto the screen? Have you wondered how your calculator always knows the right answer? How does facebook know which friends you want to follow? The answer, my friends is PROGRAMMING! Every computer you've ever used is a box that contains a language for telling that computer what to do. In this course you will be introduced to various introductory online programming languages.

Robotics & Coding

From traffic lights to car manufacturers to satellites orbiting the earth, robots are everywhere. Students will use LEGO Mindstorms robotic equipment to enter the fascinating world of robotics and learn about the modern information technology that equips robots to perform a wide variety of jobs. The students will design, build, program and test their creations. The machines constructed will attempt to simulate real-life robots and robotics systems. Each group member will assume a role and work with others to solve a variety of challenging assignments. They will learn how a team’s success depends on the individual team members’ ability to cooperate.

Course Fee: $20

Science Extension

Do you like hands-on, inquiry and activity based science? Do you have a strong desire to learn? Are you a keen, self-motivated learner with good independent work habits? If so, then this course may be for you. Science extension is an enrichment program for students of all ability levels. The program will be designed to allow the opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge.

Some of the topics the class has explored and may explore again include:

  • Blood and Guts (Animal Systems & Organs)
  • Extreme Earth Events
  • How Stuff Works
  • Your Gross and Cool Body
  • Careers in Science
  • Microorganisms
  • Famous Scientists
  • Science Olympics
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Raptors (Birds of Prey)
  • Microscope Works
  • Model Rocketry

There is no course fee for this course. However, if you would like to take your display home, there will be a charge of approximately $10.

Sports Leadership

In Sports Leadership, students will work together to design their own original sport, while learning how and committing to scorekeep the home volleyball games during the season.

Study Hall

If you are a busy teenager and find there is not enough time to complete your homework, then Study Hall is for you! Teacher support will be provided. Students who don't have regular homework will be given extension assignments to further their education. Students may also be placed in this course at teacher/parent request.

Volleyball Skills

Students will gain an understanding of the basic skills in Volleyball. Through skills training, practice and mini game sessions, students will build their confidence to take on an intramural program at Blueberry School. Students will be expected to be changed and ready to participate in all classes and will commit to reffing the intramural program with Grade 4-6 students during one lunch recess a week.

Walk For Fun (Technology)

Do you like the outdoors? Do you like to talk? Do you like to enjoy the scenery around you? Come and enjoy the fall. We will take some pictures while we walk around the neighborhood. 

Be prepared to walk in all types of weather. Wear warm clothes and see some spectacular sights that you may not realize are in your own backyard. You will choose ten of your best pictures that you will edit and display in a booklet. You will receive a copy of this booklet at the end of the term.

Course Fee: $15

Wipeout Wabamun

Explore the environmental impact of oil spills on the environment, specifically at Wabamun Lake. The oil spill at Wabamun impacts our community. Are you ready to explore some creative solutions to the problems this spill has created?

In this course, you will study the wildlife and fish of Wabamun Lake impacted by the oil spill through research, fishing and water sampling. You will explore solutions to the problem and have the opportunity to present you findings to others.

The spill at Wabamun has had a direct impact on the community and is therefore relevant to the students at Blueberry. Students will have the opportunity to go to Wabamun to work directly with water and wildlife samples. Students will have the opportunity to share their findings and solutions with the community by sharing a report of their results.

I hope you are up to the challenge and are ready for some exciting analysis and investigating! 

“Bite of Blueberry” - Grade 7 Mini-Complementaries 

Grade seven students have a unique opportunity to get a "taste" of what our complementary courses have to offer at Blueberry. Each of the four courses listed below will be offered in six week (half-term) time slots. Enjoy!

Art 7

Art will be an introduction to drawing and the "artist’s eye”.

Music 7

Let's make music! Students perform instruments in one of the following units: African drum circle, recorder consort, tone chimes/handbells, ukulele/guitar or Orff orchestra.

Skills Alberta 7 (Design)

Skills Alberta is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of careers in technology and skilled trades. Students will pull in their creativity, innovation, and problem solving skills to plan, implement and create various maker projects and designs.

Course Fee: $20

Leadership 7

The Leadership group will focus on student wellness, and will learn effective leadership skills that aid in becoming a responsible citizen. Students will be engaged in activities that help to develop a positive whole school community.

Activities may include:

  • Participating in leadership and cooperative games
  • Planning spirit days
  • Mentoring younger grades
  • Reading daily announcements
  • Organizing and leading school wide activities (friendship club, intramurals, jump into gym etc).
  • Organizing healthy initiatives (healthy eating awareness, hats off for mental health etc.)
  • Recycling program

In the past, Leadership has been heavily involved in various school events like the Monster Mash and Talent Show. These activities may continue, change or be added to based on student interest and initiative.

 

For more information contact:
Blueberry School
Phone: 780-963-3625
Email: Blueberry@psd70.ab.ca