Grades 7 and 8 students at Venture Heights School in Martensville have a lot more choices this year when it comes to classes..
A new program at the school gives the senior elementary school students a variety of elective classes ranging from digital photography to debating, drawing, painting, ceramics, woodworking and drama.
The program is designed to build on the band program that was introduced last year, according to school principal Ron Biberdorf. Students enrolled in band classes take instruction during regular school class time.
But that meant students who weren’t taking band had idle time on their hands during the day.
“Rather than have a period of ‘non-band’ when they weren’t getting any instruction, we thought it might be a good idea to offer other options,” said Venture Heights teacher Karen Heit. “So the Grade 7 and 8 teachers came up with a list of creative classes that aren’t necessarily part of the academic curriculum.”
Heit said she based the idea on a successful program in Alberta.