Course Offerings

ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ON ALL COURSES OFFERED FROM GRADES 8-12, AS WELL AS, INFORMATION ABOUT COURSE CREDITS AND PREREQUISITES.

Information for Grads

Scholarship Information.
Graduation Transitions Information.
Grad Planner Graduation Program. (very helpful document from the BC Ministry of Education)

Advanced Placement Courses at PCS

Our Advanced Placement (AP) courses are an important component of the high school enrichment program. AP courses are very challenging, and allow students to earn university credit for work done in high school. For more information about the Advanced Placement program see their Canadian website», the official AP site», or talk to Mr. Jantzen.

Updated Provincial Exam Information

UVIC» no longer requires any grade 12 Provincial Exams that are optional for admission to their programs.  English 12 is still required as is First Nations 12 if used for a Social Studies 11 credit.

UBC», SFU» and TWU» still require students to write grade 12 Provincial Exams for any course that has a Provincial Exam.

For full details, check out the official websites of any schools you are interested in.

Application deadline for most programs is February 28th so now is the time to apply.  See Mr. Tuffin or Ms. Suderman if you have any questions.

Courses

GRADE 8

In Art Metalwork, you will have the chance to design and make some beautiful items in the shop. We’ll look at a variety of different process used for working with metal and make sure that the work we do is safe. You’ll have the opportunity to weld, cast and plasma cut in Art Metalwork so, if you like the sound of spending time creating art using metal, this is a great course for you.

This is an introductory computer course. Students will develop skills using Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver. Students will also be introduced to programming and explore a number of programming languages. Using the applications we study, students will consider topics reflecting current issues in the digital world, web site development, social media and networking, on-line awareness and safety, and what’s new in the world of technology.

This course offers students in Grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to develop their basic playing skills and to accept the challenge of learning interesting and diverse music. Core musical theory is presented and integrated into all material studied.  The Junior Band has traditionally made tremendous progress as an ensemble during this full year, linear course. In addition to participation in Junior Band, capable students are invited to participate in Senior and Jazz Bands to enrich their learning experience.

This is an introductory course in digital applications. Such topics as digital citizenship, current and future technologies, using and managing digital content, and on-line search techniques will be covered. Students will use learn and develop skills involving the Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Also, an introduction to Adobe Suite applications, Photoshop (digital art work), Flash (animation), and Dreamweaver (web page design) will be offered.

Computer Assisted Design or (CAD) is an opportunity for students interested in learning the basics of digital drawings. They will discover and identify all the steps required for drafting precise scaled drawings on the computer.

Drafting and Creative Design is an opportunity for students interested designing and thinking creatively about a specific project. Students will prepare precise, high-quality, hand-drafted illustrations. The categories of design will include architectural, industrial, fashion, and automotive.

This course offers the unique opportunity to study an introduction to drama/acting, improvisation, vocal music, musical theatre and movement/dance. A Taste of the Arts is an introductory-level performing arts survey course that will introduce grade 8 students to core elements from a range of performing arts classes that are offered in Grade 9-12. This class will be an exciting smorgasbord of artistic exploration!

This course introduces students to the exciting world of electronics. Students will become familiar with the most common components in electronics through Mr. Circuit lab activities. We start with resistors and LEDs and culminate with the 555 Integrated Circuit used to make a police siren. Basic circuit board design is introduced and this is followed up with the flashing LED soldering project. In addition, the problem of e-waste is examined to encourage and challenge students to become better stewards of God’s creation. If you like hands-on learning, this is a great course for you.

Students are invited to jump into RAFT and explore four areas: Robotics, Art, Food Studies, and Technology Education.

Robotics is a fun and fast-paced introduction into the world of the Lego EV3 Robot. Students will have the opportunity to build their robot from the ground up, to learn and test its capabilities, and to learn its language. Finally, students will demonstrate their creative side and technical skills in co-operative teams as they prepare their robots for an amazing final mission.

Art introduces students to a range of topics, from art history to the development of artistic skills. Students will develop their imagination and creativity through a variety of art projects and media. They will have the opportunity to learn the basic elements and principles of art and sample a variety of art mediums to build on their existing artistic skills.

Food Studies introduces students to basic kitchen skills. They will prepare a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. They will also evaluate their diet according to the Canada Food Guide and plan meals accordingly.

Technology Education is a woodworking course designed for all skill levels. You’ll learn basic drafting techniques and complete a number of woodworking projects using both hand and power tools. If you enjoy being creative, then this is a great class to join!

Are you tired of teachers telling you to be quiet and stop talking? Well, come to this class and talk all you want. The catch? It has to be in French. This foundational course gets you engaged and talking about yourself right from the start. No previous experience required but some vocabulary base would be an asset. The textbook used is called “Bien Dit,” which translates “well said.”  Listening and speaking, reading and writing are all part of this interactive and motivating class.

Humanities 8 combines English, Social Studies, and Biblical Perspectives curricula into a year-long course designed with larger blocks of time to allow for a deeper understanding of Scripture and historical events while developing critical thinking and research skills. Students will explore the Old Testament and the rise and fall of several civilizations (up to 1750 CE) to discover how God’s redemptive love has been working throughout human history. Throughout the year, students will interact with, assess and analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction media, develop a wide range of written compositions, expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, and participate in a reading challenge. At the end of the school year, all students will write an English 8 Standards Exam encompassing the language arts concepts and skills developed over the course of the year.

Math 8 is intended to lead students towards the realization that basic skills in Mathematics mean more than simple computational ability. It shows students that Mathematics is a life skill, especially the Mathematics learned at the Grade 8 level. The study of number relationships, shapes and patterns also opens student to a greater appreciation of their role as order discovers and beauty creators as image-bearers of God. The course focuses on developing problem-solving skills related to the following topics: number systems and operation, fractions, ratio/rate, percent, algebra, graphing, measurement, and probability.

Math 8/9 is a course that allows students with strong mathematical competency to complete both Mathematics 8 and Mathematics 9 concurrently. As students work with numbers, patterns, shapes and relationships, they grow in their ability to discover order in creation, and to appreciate and create beauty. Statistical applications help students develop their ability to communicate information and to understand – and think critically – about data that is presented to them by the Media or other sources. Upon successful completion of Math 8/9, students will be prepared for Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10. By working one-grade ahead throughout their high school years, students are more able to undertake Advanced Placement Calculus in their final year.

PEERS is a fun and interactive twice weekly group for grade 7-9 students that focuses on social skills such as having conversations, using social media, finding the group of friends that fits you best, handling teasing, bullying and other forms of social rejection, handling arguments and disagreements, and having get-togethers with friends. The PEERS group also goes on several social field trips throughout the school year. PEERS would be a great fit for you if you are motivated to learn new skills to help you make and keep friends!

This course shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop to perform many different image processing techniques. In this course, you will learn how to use tools for selecting parts of images, moving, duplicating and resizing images. You will learn to use layers, layer effects, filters, painting and blending, and color modification. Also, you will learn how to create images of different formats for different applications. The skills you develop will enable you to effectively prepare images and graphics for all areas of learning at PCS.

This course reviews and refines basic movement skills developed during the elementary grades. Students will be presented with a wide variety of individual, dual and team games and emphasis will be placed on mastery of basic skills. Basic knowledge of rules and score keeping will be secondarily highlighted. Health components, including nutrition and fitness will be featured throughout the course and integrated into many of the activity units.

The Human Body is the most complex and awe inspiring piece of creation. God has made us all in his image starting with a single cell at conception to a complex mass of organs and systems that not even our most sophisticated computers can replicate. In Science 8 we will continue to look at the human body focusing on the way that our many systems are put together. We then take a look at the properties of light including the ability of organisms to see light. We will focus on human vision and the mechanics and structures of the human eye. We then look at the structure of matter and how this relates to the composition of fluids and the movement of fluids in both a natural and constructed system.

If you enjoy sketching and drawing, or if you have no previous experience but would like to try, then this is the course for you!  We just want to get you putting pencil to paper and having fun while doing it.  In this class, students will explore different drawing and sketching mediums such as charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil and ink and will begin to develop their own artistic style using a variety of unthreatening drawing assignments.

Students in grades 8-10  may have a scheduled Study Block in which they learn specific study skills, time-management skills, and receive help with their homework. Students in grades 8-12 may also drop in to the Study Centre any time between 8:00 and 4:00 to use the computers, complete homework, receive help with their homework, and write tests.

Triathlon is a course offered to students who want to be on the road or in a pool rather than in a desk. Students will enhance their fitness level through the three disciplines of swimming, biking, and running while receiving instruction on nutrition, goal setting, and technical training. To supplement the course, students will maintain a training log which records the required three workouts of 20 minutes minimum outside-of-class time per week in order to prepare for the year-end PCS TINMAN Triathlon. Along with having a bike, good running shoes, a swimsuit, and goggles, one must be able to swim and possess a willingness to simply “tri”!

Oh, the memories! Come be a part of making those memories into a yearbook that students in the school can purchase and keep forever.  In this course, you will be involved in the production the school yearbook from planning, photographing, and writing to page layout, editing and marketing. Students may take this course in grades 8 through 12 as it is offered outside of the daily timetable and as every year offers new challenges and learning opportunities.

GRADE 9

Art 9 students can build upon their existing artistic skills. Students will be challenged to further develop their imagination and creativity through meaningful and joyful art projects. We will explore how works of art can deliver significant messages. Students can produce quality finished art projects that further challenge their problem-solving faculties and reflect positive and meaningful graphic imagery. As in Art 8, students will use a variety of art media and tools.

In Art Metalwork, you will have the chance to design and make some beautiful items in the shop. We’ll look at a variety of different process used for working with metal and make sure that the work we do is safe. You’ll have the opportunity to weld, cast and plasma cut in Art Metalwork so, if you like the sound of spending time creating art using metal, this is a great course for you.

What do fruitless figs, demonic pigs and coloured horses have in common?  Well, you’ll find them all in the New Testament. In Biblical Perspectives 9, we turn our attention to the people, places, teachings, letters and themes of the New Testament. Students will discover the different types of writing that we find in the New Testament and will consider how to approach these different genres. The life and teachings of Jesus, the beginnings of the early church and the range of contemporary Christian churches are all things we will spend time thinking about.

This course offers students in Grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to develop their basic playing skills and to accept the challenge of learning interesting and diverse music. Core musical theory is presented and integrated into all material studied.  The Junior Band has traditionally made tremendous progress as an ensemble during this full year, linear course. In addition to participation in Junior Band, capable students are invited to participate in Senior and Jazz Bands to enrich their learning experience.

This course welcomes students in Grade 9-12 interested in discovering and developing their singing voice while working in a larger vocal ensemble. Emphasis is placed on understanding musical structure, basic music theory and ear training. While there is no pre-requisite for this course, students are expected to commit to consistent attendance and regular review of material. Students in Concert Choir share in the exciting process of creating beautiful music. Concert performances are scheduled throughout the year as well as performances at local churches and community events. All levels of experience are welcomed!

This is an introductory course in digital applications. Such topics as digital citizenship, current and future technologies, using and managing digital content, and on-line search techniques will be covered. Students will use learn and develop skills involving the Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Also, an introduction to Adobe Suite applications, Photoshop (digital art work), Flash (animation), and Dreamweaver (web page design) will be offered.

Computer Assisted Design or (CAD) is an opportunity for students interested in learning the basics of digital drawings. They will discover and identify all the steps required for drafting precise scaled drawings on the computer.

Drafting and Creative Design is an opportunity for students interested designing and thinking creatively about a specific project. Students will prepare precise, high-quality, hand-drafted illustrations. The categories of design will include architectural, industrial, fashion, and automotive.

Drama 9 students are exposed to the basic elements of creative drama. Creative exercises, basic improvisations and short skits are the vehicle for the beginning student. The most essential ingredient to successful dramatic expression is control, practised in concentration games and exercises, alone and in groups.

This course introduces students to the exciting world of electronics. Students will become familiar with the most common components in electronics through Mr. Circuit lab activities. We start with resistors and LEDs and culminate with the 555 Integrated Circuit used to make a police siren. Basic circuit board design is introduced and this is followed up with the flashing LED soldering project. In addition, the problem of e-waste is examined to encourage and challenge students to become better stewards of God’s creation. If you like hands-on learning, this is a great course for you.

Taught using collaborative learning, critical thinking, and creative expression, English 9 integrates the various facets of English such as composition, literature, vocabulary and grammar. Students are encouraged to take intellectual risks and to develop in the community of learners by way of group discussion and analysis. In addition to studying novels (e.g. The Chrysalids), short stories and poetry, students will undertake their first formal study of Shakespeare, reading Romeo and Juliet. English 9 students also participate in an extra-curricular reading challenge throughout the semester. At the end of the course, students will write an English 9 Standards Exam, which assesses key language and literature concepts covered in the course.

Bien Dit!  “Well said!”  is what you will hear from your teacher as you learn to hone your speaking abilities in a variety of realistic situations.  We will talk in the café as we learn to order food, in the market place and the stores as we learn to shop in French, and finally we will talk about where we live and what our responsibilities are in our homes.  We will build on French 8 skills and a solid foundation of grammar and vocabulary will be established.

This half semester course begins with students making a garment using a sewing machine. This is followed by a foods and nutrition unit focused on safe food preparation following Canada’s Food Guide. Students will plan and prepare dinner at home for their family. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

In Mathematics 9, students continue to develop an understanding and appreciation for the order and beauty of creation as revealed through shape, pattern and number relationships. In Math 9, students build a solid understanding of the basic concepts related to algebra, polynomials, and powers and roots. Trigonometry and geometry are also explored. Problem solving and applications are integrated in the units of study to help students see how their mathematical skills can be put to use outside of the classroom. A simple scientific calculator is an essential tool for the course.

This course shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop to perform many different image processing techniques. In this course, you will learn how to use tools for selecting parts of images, moving, duplicating and resizing images. You will learn to use layers, layer effects, filters, painting and blending, and color modification. Also, you will learn how to create images of different formats for different applications. The skills you develop will enable you to effectively prepare images and graphics for all areas of learning at PCS.

In this course students will be offered fewer activities than in Grade 8, but will be expected to move into more advanced skills. More complex rules and regulations will be introduced and students will be required to start officiating. Students will be involved in the selection process of the activities and each activity will culminate in mini-tournaments. Elements of a healthy lifestyle will be discussed throughout the term, with emphasis placed on the cardiovascular system and the factors that influence it.

Science – Outdoor Education Fees: $250.00
Science 9 Outdoor Education is an alternative approach to Science 9. The course is taken as part of the Grade 9 Outdoor Education Program and must therefore be taken concurrently with the Outdoor Education option of PE 9. The topics covered in Science 9 OE will be the same as those covered in the regular Science 9 curriculum; however, a number of classes will be set aside for outdoor pursuits. These activities might include: sailing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, dragon boating, geocaching, and the discover scuba program. This program includes one overnight trip to Mt. Washington.  There will be an additional fee of approximately $250 to cover the costs of outdoor activities and field trips.

Science 9 is a general science course in which each of the main branches of science is explored. We start the course with chemistry, exploring the unbelievably small structure of the atom, starting with the history of its discovery then looking at its properties. We then start to build together this information to look at how elements combine to compounds and their importance in the world around us. In biology we look at reproduction, starting with simple cell division and finishing up with the incredibly complex and fascinating growth of a human baby from conception to birth. In physics we deal with the characteristics of electricity starting with its initial discovery and uses to the more practical application in today’s highly electronic world. We finish the course with space sciences. We will look at the structure of our universe, starting with our simple home in our solar system and expanding into our galaxy and beyond. We will look at Christian views on creation and how recent discoveries made by the Hubble and Kepler Space telescopes fit in with those views.

If you enjoy sketching and drawing, or if you have no previous experience but would like to try, then this is the course for you!  We just want to get you putting pencil to paper and having fun while doing it.  In this class, students will explore different drawing and sketching mediums such as charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil and ink and will begin to develop their own artistic style using a variety of unthreatening drawing assignments.

In Social Studies 9 students are educated in the light of the Gospel to be responsible disciples of Christ.  Paradoxically, the curriculum is full of our history of inhumanity to one another, as we have attempted to create an ideal society. In the light of the Gospel we will assess these attempts and their outcomes for us in our current culture. With the Magna Carta as our foundational document, the development of rights and their application in society, through rebellion, revolution, cross-cultural interactions and reform movements is our theme for this course. This course covers the development of democracy in England; the birth of Canada from First Nations, French and English roots; and the American, French and Industrial Revolutions. Mapping skills will be developed alongside the historical events we study.

This fun, inter-active class is built around exciting units that provide a foundation for Spanish in oral, listening, and written communication. In this course, the students will be introduced to basic conversation skills and will develop literacy in Spanish. Topics include after-school activities and descriptions of oneself, classes, meals, food, and family.

Students in grades 8-10  may have a scheduled Study Block in which they learn specific study skills, time-management skills, and receive help with their homework. Students in grades 8-12 may also drop in to the Study Centre any time between 8:00 and 4:00 to use the computers, complete homework, receive help with their homework, and write tests.

TE9 is an 8 week woodworking course with a focus on mass production techniques and learning new skills while operating new equipment. If you enjoy creating things out of wood and have good work habits, this is the course for you!  No prerequisite.

Triathlon is a course offered to students who want to be on the road or in a pool rather than in a desk. Students will enhance their fitness level through the three disciplines of swimming, biking, and running while receiving instruction on nutrition, goal setting, and technical training. To supplement the course, students will maintain a training log which records the required three workouts of 20 minutes minimum outside-of-class time per week in order to prepare for the year-end PCS TINMAN Triathlon. Along with having a bike, good running shoes, a swimsuit, and goggles, one must be able to swim and possess a willingness to simply “tri”!

Worship Leadership meets three times a week to prepare music for our school’s chapel services. Students audition for the course each June to show their musical ability as well as to discuss the spiritual development aspect of the course. Aside from leading worship, students plan events to encourage their peers such as fundraisers and worship evenings. Worship Leadership is a mentorship of young leaders in a band setting who have a desire to see their classmates draw closer to God.

Oh, the memories! Come be a part of making those memories into a yearbook that students in the school can purchase and keep forever.  In this course, you will be involved in the production the school yearbook from planning, photographing, and writing to page layout, editing and marketing. Students may take this course in grades 8 through 12 as it is offered outside of the daily timetable and as every year offers new challenges and learning opportunities.

GRADE 10

4.00 Art – 2D
Senior Art is a place that students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can become more serious about honing their skills and become more confident in their decision-making regarding tools, techniques and the development of personal imagery. Two and three point perspective, advanced color mixing, grid enlargement, chiaroscuro and shading, the proportions of the human body and portraiture are all explored to a further degree. The learning environment fosters the desire and capacity of students to think and design images in ways that reflect that we are made in the image of God.  Through study of artists past and present, history, social change and the inspiration from creation, students continue to develop their own artistic voice.

Students will be expected to complete projects that skillfully use the elements of drawing (line, shape, tone, texture and form) and which reflect the principles of design (movement, repetition of shapes, contrast, balance and composition.) As students advance through the grades, they are encouraged to become more experimental with mediums that could include computer graphic programs, collage and mixed media and also to endeavour to develop their own traditional mark making, drawing, painting and print making skills to a high level.

For students who wish to build a portfolio that they could present for acceptance at a post-secondary institution, projects at this level can prepare them to transfer into the AP Studio Art program in grade 11.

4.00 Art – 3D
Senior 3-D Art is a great course for those artists who like to work with their hands and don’t mind getting them dirty! Clay, wood, metal and reclaimed items can all be resource materials to choose from in constructing original sculptures. Students are instructed in the basic design principles that govern all artistic disciplines and discuss the importance of balance, spatial relationships, textural components, display and surface finishing treatments.

2.00 Christian Studies (10-12)
PCS provides Christian education for families that attend close to 100 local churches.  Where else in Victoria do people from Alliance, Anglican, ANIC,  Baptist, Brethren, Chinese Presbyterian, CRC, Free Presbyterian, Home churches, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and United churches, to name a few, come together, day after day, and learn with and from one another?  As you might imagine, this makes for passionate conversations about what it means to be followers of Christ and this is one of the things we celebrate at PCS.

The Christian Studies program at the secondary school starts with two foundation courses.  In grade 8, students take a Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) survey course and in grade 9 they take a New Testament survey course. From grade 10 through grade 12, students select the Christian Studies modules that they want to take. The courses are varied and appeal to students with a range of interests. Whether you prefer the world of ideas, are a hands-on learner or want to offer service to others, you’re sure to find something that fits. These modules are meant to engage our head, hands and heart as we grow in Christian faith. Most modules run for one term and students should plan to take at least five modules by the end of grade 12.

Past and current modules include:

Christianity and Intellection
Ending Poverty
Hunger Hurts: Taking a Closer Look at Global Hunger
Christianity 101
Family Life
Knowing God
Grasping for the Wind
Caring for Creation
Sophie’s World: An Introduction to Philosophy
Visual Arts: Responding Creatively to the Biblical Story
The Foundational Stories of Genesis
The Revelation of John: A Book Study
The Question of God
WAR – Is it Christian?
World Religions
The Lego Biblical Narrative
Exploring the Gospels: The world according to Jesus
Christianity and Video Games
The Letter to the Galatians

4.00 Concert Band – Senior
Students in Grades 10-12 work together to create rich, exciting and beautiful music during this early morning class. Senior Concert Band provides an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists to work past basic notes and rhythms, to refine their technical playing skills and to discover the vast inventory of musical styles and textures. Participants must have some previous experience on their instrument. This class demands effort and investment in an energized and rewarding environment. Performances are scheduled through the year to celebrate and share the music being studied.

4.00 Concert Choir

This course welcomes students in Grade 9-12 interested in discovering and developing their singing voice while working in a larger vocal ensemble. Emphasis is placed on understanding musical structure, basic music theory and ear training. While there is no pre-requisite for this course, students are expected to commit to consistent attendance and regular review of material. Students in Concert Choir share in the exciting process of creating beautiful music. Concert performances are scheduled throughout the year as well as performances at local churches and community events. All levels of experience are welcomed!

4.00 Drama 10
Students in Drama 10 are given the opportunity to deepen their acting skills through a wide variety of exciting artistic experiences.  Areas of study include:  Character development, improvisation, script analysis, scene study, play reading and more!  Don’t miss out on an exciting and interesting course that will challenge participants to dig deep and to reach outside of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment.

4.00 English 10
Students will further develop their understanding of literature, grammar and composition; as well, students begin a study of vocabulary from Classical Roots to supplement new vocabulary learned in context. There is an emphasis on oral and written participation. Dramatizations of poetry and literature are frequent. In this year, students will dive deeper into Shakespeare with a study of The Merchant of Venice. Prose studies include a wide array of short stories, as well as a unit on Orwell’s Animal Farm. The extra-curricular reading challenge continues in English 10.  A Provincial Exam is mandatory in English 10.

4.00 English 10 – Transitions
Studying another language can be very difficult, but this course will help ELL students further their knowledge of the English language and provide an overview of what to expect in English 10.  Students will build their knowledge of the English language, work on grammar and Shakespeare, develop their essay writing abilities, form strong interview skills, and learn how to use common computer programs to build presentations. The Transitions English 10 classroom is a great environment for students build relationships with other students while building language skills.

4.00 French 10
The topics covered in French 10 include:  personal interests, family, profession, cultural studies of Paris and France, mastery of regular and irregular verbs, idioms, and the past tense.  Many classes include partner and small group work, fostering a spirit of communication en français. Students will enjoy completing a travel-focused project, Mon Voyage Fantastique, as well as participating in cultural days from movie watching to making les croque -monsieurs et les crêpes délicieux.

Prerequisite: French 9

4.00 Home Economics 10
Want to impress your friends? Here are two ways to do it:  1) by preparing a variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks and 2) by sewing them an original item of clothing! In this one-semester course, we will:

  • learn and apply basic and intermediate food preparation techniques
  • taste your products and become your own food critic
  • learn about nutrition and how you can be the healthiest you
  • learn basic sewing skills
  • design and make a simple item of clothing

This course will build and enhance your life skills, so come, have fun and express your personal and creative style!

4.00 Information Technology 10
This is a full credit introductory computer course. Students will be introduced to, and further develop skills using Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver. Students will also be introduced to programming and given an exploration of a number of programming languages. Using the applications we study, students will be introduced to topics reflecting current issues in the digital world, web site development, social media and networking, on-line awareness and safety, and what’s new and cool in the world of technology.

Students may enter the course at any level; there are no pre-requisite requirements. However, there will be students who will take all levels of classes and course content will be adjusted to reflect the individual students’ abilities. As much as possible, all skill levels will be accounted for in each class, and therefore students will be required to work independently throughout the course.

4.00 Mathematics – Apprenticeship and Workplace
Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 is a course that emphasizes the application of numerical and mathematical concepts. This course is intended to prepare students to either enter directly into the workplace after high school or to pursue a trade. After completing AWM 10, students would complete AWM 11 in order to meet the graduation requirement for mathematics. It would not be possible to move to one of the other grade 11 math pathways without first completing FMP 10.

Completion of a Provincial Exam is a required component of AWM 10.

4.00 Mathematics – Foundations and Pre-Calculus
The Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10 course is a pre-requisite course for both the Pre-Calculus 11/12 pathway and the Foundations of Math 11/12 pathway. Topics covered in FMP 10 include Measurement, Trigonometry, Polynomials & Factoring, Radicals & Exponents, Functions (with an emphasis on linear functions), and Systems of Equations. Students should successfully complete Math 9 before enrolling in FMP 10.

Completion of a Provincial Exam is a required component of FMP 10.

4.00 Outdoor Education 10/11 Fees: $250.00

$250 Course Fee
Vancouver Island is an exciting place for anyone who has a love of the outdoors and a curiosity about the beauty and complexity of the natural world.  Whether you enjoy kayaking and sailing on the ocean, canoeing through a chain of pristine backcountry lakes, rock-climbing in the mountains, or hiking along one of several strenuous marine trails, Vancouver Island is the place to be.

This course has been designed to introduce students to some of the best recreational activities the island has to offer – on the water, in the mountains, and in the backcountry.  Throughout this one semester course, students will gain the basic knowledge and skills needed for them to engage in an informed and safe exploration of the many outdoor recreational activities available to them on Vancouver Island.  The course will be divided between classroom time, in which the students will study the theory associated with each activity, and “field time”, where they will develop and practice the requisite skills.  The course will culminate with a 5-7 day backpacking trip, which the students will help to plan and lead.

The topics and activities that will be included in this course include the following: team building/leadership skills, sea-shore exploration, kayaking, canoeing, sailing (certification), navigation and orienteering, snow-shoeing and back-country travel, avalanche awareness, first aid certification, backpacking essentials (gear selection, trip planning, shelter building, fire building, “leave no trace” hiking), environmental stewardship, and community service projects.

This course will accept up to 20 students each semester (ideally 10 girls and 10 boys).  Selections will be based primarily upon the quality of the student’s application letter, which must be submitted along with his or her course selection sheet.  Parents should also note that there is a $250 course fee – these monies will help to offset the cost of equipment rentals, travel, and certification costs.

4.00 Physical Education
In Grade 10 students will have more input into the selection of the activities that are covered. Emphasis will be placed on game-like skill development and more advanced skill mastery. Students will be introduced to game strategies and a secondary level of rule knowledge and officiating will be expected. More time will be devoted to mini-tournaments and full-sided game play. A term paper on a health related topic will be required at the Grade 10 level.

4.00 Planning
Planning 10 is a mandatory 4-credit course that aims to help students make connections between several aspects of their lives. Future education and career choices are connected to current decisions about the students’ studies at school. Future health and wellness are connected to the ongoing decisions students make in the areas of lifestyle, substance use, relationships and risk taking. In addition, lifestyle and opportunities are related to financial decisions made now and in the future.

The BC Ministry of Education sets out the following rationale:
The aim of Planning 10 is to enable students to develop the skills they need to become self-directed individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions, and take responsibility for pursuing their goals throughout life. Planning 10 provides opportunities for students to

  • plan for successful learning in the Graduation Program
  • explore a wide range of post-secondary education and career options
  • think critically about health issues and decisions
  • develop financial literacy skills related to pursuing their education and career goals
  • begin planning for their transition beyond secondary school

(Planning 10 IRP 2004)

At Pacific Christian School, we strive to support and guide students in developing their God-given gifts and using them in the service of God, their fellow man and creation. Wise personal decision making is integral to developing one’s gifts and to becoming all that God created one to be. Planning 10 provides an opportunity to equip students with information in the areas of education, careers, health, and financial literacy, and to provide students with opportunities to discuss and reflect on their personal plans and choices in these areas. Students must complete Planning 10 in order to graduate under the 2004 Graduation Program in the province of British Columbia. Students entering PCS in grade 11 or 12 who have not completed Planning 10 will be required to do so.

4.00 School and Community Leadership
Students serve in leadership roles in a number of different aspects of school and community life. Classes, assignments, guest speakers, and student-led initiatives provide class participants the opportunity to better understand their own strengths and preferred leadership style.

4.00 Science 10
This course is divided into four units of approximately 20 classes (Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and Ecology). These units are taught by four different teachers working in their areas of specialization. This approach provides students with a solid foundation for future studies and will help you decide which senior science course(s) to choose. Science 10 is a graduation requirement. Completion of the Science 10 Provincial Exam is a mandatory component of this course.

4.00 Senior Jazz Band
This course is open to experienced players at the Grade 10, 11 and 12 level. Openings are for “standard” stage band instruments only. Arrangements in a variety of jazz band styles are listened to and learnt and improvisational playing is continued. Students are expected to know their music thoroughly, practice regularly, listen to jazz music outside of class and to grow in their improvisational playing abilities. This is a performing group which plays in at least 3 – 4 concerts, 1+ festivals and the Senior Tour each year.

4.00 Social Studies
The government, geography and development of Canada are the major themes of Social Studies 10. The course will study the development, role and operation of Canada’s political-legal system; and evaluate the Christian task “to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” within the political process. Geography will deal with Canada’s physical and economic environments. Canadian history will be covered from 1812 to 1945 with an emphasis on the development of Western Canada. Current events will be incorporated as a part of the course.

Students in grades 8-10  may have a scheduled Study Block in which they learn specific study skills, time-management skills, and receive help with their homework. Students in grades 8-12 may also drop in to the Study Centre any time between 8:00 and 4:00 to use the computers, complete homework, receive help with their homework, and write tests.

4.00 Technology Education 10
TE10 is a one semester course for students who enjoy using both woodworking and power mechanics. In the first half of the course, many students design and build their own woodworking projects. The second half of the course involves troubleshooting and repairing a 4 cycle air cooled engine and is a great way to learn more about power mechanics for all applications.

2.00 Triathlon
Cross training is a healthy way to gain fitness while remaining injury-free. As such, students are offered this triathlon course to learn how to establish a lifestyle of fitness and balance. They will be exposed to the three disciplines of triathlon (swimming, biking, and running). Natural by-products of this exposure include various classes in nutrition, goal setting, and technical training. To be successful in this course, students need to have a desire for personal challenge, a secondary interest in fitness, a bike that can be brought to school, good running shoes, a swimsuit, and goggles. Running encompasses half of the course time, including hills, intervals base, and individual technique. Ten swim sessions focusing on technique and base building will take place in a community pool. Students will be required to maintain a training log, which records the required three workouts outside of class time per week in addition to class training sessions.

Worship Leadership meets three times a week to prepare music for our school’s chapel services. Students audition for the course each June to show their musical ability as well as to discuss the spiritual development aspect of the course. Aside from leading worship, students plan events to encourage their peers such as fundraisers and worship evenings. Worship Leadership is a mentorship of young leaders in a band setting who have a desire to see their classmates draw closer to God.

4.00 Yearbook
Oh, the memories! Come be a part of making those memories into a yearbook that students in the school can purchase and keep forever.  In this course, you will be involved in the production the school yearbook from planning, photographing, and writing to page layout, editing and marketing. Students may take this course in grades 8 through 12 as it is offered outside of the daily timetable and as every year offers new challenges and learning opportunities.

GRADE 11

This senior level course offers students a rich opportunity to investigate advanced acting techniques, complex and multi-dimensional character development, award winning scripts, advanced scene study, improvisation,  artistic exploration,  and script creation.  This course will include discussion about Christian artists in the secular performance industry.  In addition to working with existing published script material, students in this course will create and present the PCS Day of CAR PLAYS.  Join this course for an exciting and challenging semester of artistic development!

4.00 Advanced Placement Art – Studio
AP classes challenges a student to work at a high level of skill. The AP Studio Art program requires the completion of a portfolio consisting of 12 images in a breadth of technique and 12 in an exploration of an individually chosen theme. It is offered to students who express a desire to work hard and who have demonstrated the skills needed to successfully complete this demanding program. This program typically begins in Grade 11, as most students need two years to achieve the breadth and depth of work required for the portfolio.

4.00 Art – 2D
Senior Art is a place that students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can become more serious about honing their skills and become more confident in their decision-making regarding tools, techniques and the development of personal imagery. Two and three point perspective, advanced color mixing, grid enlargement, chiaroscuro and shading, the proportions of the human body and portraiture are all explored to a further degree. The learning environment fosters the desire and capacity of students to think and design images in ways that reflect that we are made in the image of God.  Through study of artists past and present, history, social change and the inspiration from creation, students continue to develop their own artistic voice.

Students will be expected to complete projects that skillfully use the elements of drawing (line, shape, tone, texture and form) and which reflect the principles of design (movement, repetition of shapes, contrast, balance and composition.) As students advance through the grades, they are encouraged to become more experimental with mediums that could include computer graphic programs, collage and mixed media and also to endeavour to develop their own traditional mark making, drawing, painting and print making skills to a high level.

For students who wish to build a portfolio that they could present for acceptance at a post-secondary institution, projects at this level can prepare them to transfer into the AP Studio Art program in grade 11.

4.00 Art – 3D
Senior 3-D Art is a great course for those artists who like to work with their hands and don’t mind getting them dirty! Clay, wood, metal and reclaimed items can all be resource materials to choose from in constructing original sculptures. Students are instructed in the basic design principles that govern all artistic disciplines and discuss the importance of balance, spatial relationships, textural components, display and surface finishing treatments.

4.00 Automotive Technology
Automotive Technology 11 is designed to give students an opportunity to put their ideas into practice. Applications of basic engine design and construction are expanded to include experience with multiple cylinder engines and the transmission of power. The inclusion of complex drafting assignments enables students to use drawings to describe both complex mechanical ideas and articles.  In the drafting component , students will be expected to complete full view drawings, partial sections, assembly/exploded views or layered views which indicate motion or function. Much may be accomplished through the use of a computer aided design program called TurboCad. In other cases, objects will be drawn using common drafting tools. The Mechanics 11 component of the course deals with Automotive, Marine, Tractor or Motorcycle Mechanics. Students will study power plant theory, drivetrain, transmission of power, fuel and suspension systems. Mechanics 10 is a highly recommended prerequisite.

One of the most exciting fields of study is the study of life itself.  We are surrounded by living creatures, and the goal of Biology 11 is to introduce you to the variety of plants, animals and other organisms that make our planet such a beautiful and interesting place.

Another good reason for taking this course is that many of the important issues facing modern society lie within the discipline of biology; the problems of overpopulation, famine, deforestation, extinction of species, pollution, and disease (AIDS, cancer, heart disease, etc.) are biological issues.

Carpentry and Joinery 11 is intended to fulfill two main objectives. First, the students in this course will be expected to utilize all of their prior learning in previous woodworking courses in the total design and completion of a major piece of furniture. Second, the students will be introduced to residential drafting, design and construction to the extent that they will be expected to build a scale model of a basic frame house. It is expected that students in this course will have had a great deal of prior experience in the safe operation and set-up of shop machinery. During the semester, students will be challenged to design and build jigs which enable them to complete projects in a factory type process. Student will be expected to choose and use appropriate wood joinery in the completion of their own furniture project.

When a compound ‘unbonds’ and atoms find new partners to bond with, a chemical reaction is occurring. This fast-paced course studies the foundational ideas of this phenomenon which occurs in the physical creation. Topics learned in grade 10 chemistry are reviewed and expanded. Also, new concepts and terminology are introduced. Topics include atomic structure and bonding, inorganic nomenclature, solutions, the mole, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and organic chemistry. Calculations are performed in much of this course through lectures, labs, written examples, and demos. Chemistry 11 provides a foundation for studies in biological sciences, nursing, medicine, engineering, and many other fields.

2.00 Christian Studies (10-12)
PCS provides Christian education for families that attend close to 100 local churches.  Where else in Victoria do people from Alliance, Anglican, ANIC,  Baptist, Brethren, Chinese Presbyterian, CRC, Free Presbyterian, Home churches, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and United churches, to name a few, come together, day after day, and learn with and from one another?  As you might imagine, this makes for passionate conversations about what it means to be followers of Christ and this is one of the things we celebrate at PCS.

The Christian Studies program at the secondary school starts with two foundation courses.  In grade 8, students take a Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) survey course and in grade 9 they take a New Testament survey course. From grade 10 through grade 12, students select the Christian Studies modules that they want to take. The courses are varied and appeal to students with a range of interests. Whether you prefer the world of ideas, are a hands-on learner or want to offer service to others, you’re sure to find something that fits. These modules are meant to engage our head, hands and heart as we grow in Christian faith. Most modules run for one term and students should plan to take at least five modules by the end of grade 12.

Past and current modules include:

Christianity and Intellection
Ending Poverty
Hunger Hurts: Taking a Closer Look at Global Hunger
Christianity 101
Family Life
Knowing God
Grasping for the Wind
Caring for Creation
Sophie’s World: An Introduction to Philosophy
Visual Arts: Responding Creatively to the Biblical Story
The Foundational Stories of Genesis
The Revelation of John: A Book Study
The Question of God
WAR – Is it Christian?
World Religions
The Lego Biblical Narrative
Exploring the Gospels: The world according to Jesus
Christianity and Video Games
The Letter to the Galatians

4.00 Concert Band – Senior
Students in Grades 10-12 work together to create rich, exciting and beautiful music during this early morning class. Senior Concert Band provides an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists to work past basic notes and rhythms, to refine their technical playing skills and to discover the vast inventory of musical styles and textures. Participants must have some previous experience on their instrument. This class demands effort and investment in an energized and rewarding environment. Performances are scheduled through the year to celebrate and share the music being studied.

4.00 Concert Choir

This course welcomes students in Grade 9-12 interested in discovering and developing their singing voice while working in a larger vocal ensemble. Emphasis is placed on understanding musical structure, basic music theory and ear training. While there is no pre-requisite for this course, students are expected to commit to consistent attendance and regular review of material. Students in Concert Choir share in the exciting process of creating beautiful music. Concert performances are scheduled throughout the year as well as performances at local churches and community events. All levels of experience are welcomed!

This course challenges students to think creatively and draw conclusions through the study of literature, grammar, and writing. Expectations of students at this level include group collaboration, independent study, and ongoing interaction during class. Students will be encouraged to work toward a greater degree of independence in their literary analysis and writing, asking and seeking answers to deeper questions, and editing and revising their own writing. The English 11 Shakespeare selection is Macbeth; prose studies include short stories, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird.

8.00 English 11 Honours – Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
This enriched English course offers the foundation for Literature 12 (Advanced Placement) by providing an overview of literary terms, a strong novel base, effective style analysis of literature, and an opportunity to write the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam in May. Students typically select this class by application, usually at the recommendation of the English 10 teacher.

4.00 Foods and Nutrition 11 and 12
Do you like to cook and taste your culinary creations? Would you like to improve your cooking skills and experiment with more advanced recipes or unfamiliar dishes? In this one-semester course, you will:

  • learn and apply intermediate and advanced food preparation techniques
  • explore current issues around nutrition, agriculture and food
  • try some ethnic dishes
  • have fun working with your group, appreciating, exploring and tasting the wonderful world food

Students taking Foods 12 will also have a home cooking and technique demonstration portion of the course.

4.00 French 11
Following a communicative approach, students will explore topics such as fashion/clothing, weekly and weekend routine/activities, vacation/the outdoors, and traveling.  Students will learn about art and culture through projects and presentations on French Impressionist painters, and special cultural celebration days.

Prerequisite: French 10

Areas of study in ICT 11 include a selection of topics chosen from the following strands of the course:

  • Microsoft Office specialist program: opportunity will be given to focus skill development in the MS Certification program
  • Programming: an introduction and further exploration of a number of programming languages; students may focus on a programming language and work independently to further their skills
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia: introduction to and further skill development using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Web Page Development
  • The Internet: societal implications and living in a digital world

Students entering ICT 11 will have a variety of skills, and this will determine the content of the units studied. Students must be prepared to work independently and demonstrate a responsibility for personal learning to be successful in ICT 11.

4.00 Mathematics – Apprenticeship and Workplace
The Apprenticeship and Workplace pathway has been designed to meet the needs of students who are planning to pursue Trades. This pathway emphasizes problem solving and application of mathematical concepts to real-world situations. It is the preferred pathway for most college Trades programs, but the other pathways are often listed as acceptable alternatives for the same programs.

Topics in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math include measurement calculations & unit conversions, scale diagrams & models, personal budgets and financial management, manipulation of formulas, slope, unit analysis & proportions and creation & interpretation of different types of graphs.

This pathway may be a good choice for students who intend to enter a Trades program or another field of work or study that does not have an additional math requirement.

4.00 Mathematics – Foundations
The Foundations of Math pathway is designed for students whose post-secondary plans include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc. Emphasis will be placed on applications of mathematics, rather than on theoretical mathematics. Topics will include rates, scale factors, geometric properties, trigonometry, logic, statistics, systems of equations and quadratic functions.

This pathway is the best choice for students who do not have a strong mathematical ability but wish to keep doors open to as many post-secondary opportunities as possible. Because the topics are quite different from the Pre-Calculus pathway, students who really enjoy Math might opt to take courses in both pathways to equip themselves with a more well-rounded understanding of mathematical concepts.

4.00 Mathematics – Pre-Calculus
The Pre-Calculus pathway is designed for students who anticipate pursuing post-secondary programs which will involve a lot of theoretical mathematics, such as Sciences, Engineering or Business. Emphasis will be placed on solving complex equations (including absolute value, radical, rational and quadratic equations), expanding trigonometric understanding to involve degrees and radians, factoring complex polynomials, analyzing quadratic,  absolute value & reciprocal functions, solving systems that involve equations in two variables, and analyzing arithmetic and geometric number sequences.

This pathway is designed for students who have a good aptitude for Math and are interested in thinking about number concepts in abstract, theoretical ways. Students choosing this pathway should have strong scores in Math 10 units such as Factoring Polynomials, Roots & Powers and Functions. Students who really enjoy Math might opt to take BOTH Pre-Calculus and Foundations pathways (especially at the grade 12 level) in order to gain a good understanding of both theoretical and applied mathematics.

Pre-Calculus 11 is not a good choice for students who do not enjoy Math or who have struggled with any of the topics in Math 10.

4.00 Outdoor Education 10/11 Fees: $250.00

$250 Course Fee
Vancouver Island is an exciting place for anyone who has a love of the outdoors and a curiosity about the beauty and complexity of the natural world.  Whether you enjoy kayaking and sailing on the ocean, canoeing through a chain of pristine backcountry lakes, rock-climbing in the mountains, or hiking along one of several strenuous marine trails, Vancouver Island is the place to be.

This course has been designed to introduce students to some of the best recreational activities the island has to offer – on the water, in the mountains, and in the backcountry.  Throughout this one semester course, students will gain the basic knowledge and skills needed for them to engage in an informed and safe exploration of the many outdoor recreational activities available to them on Vancouver Island.  The course will be divided between classroom time, in which the students will study the theory associated with each activity, and “field time”, where they will develop and practice the requisite skills.  The course will culminate with a 5-7 day backpacking trip, which the students will help to plan and lead.

The topics and activities that will be included in this course include the following: team building/leadership skills, sea-shore exploration, kayaking, canoeing, sailing (certification), navigation and orienteering, snow-shoeing and back-country travel, avalanche awareness, first aid certification, backpacking essentials (gear selection, trip planning, shelter building, fire building, “leave no trace” hiking), environmental stewardship, and community service projects.

This course will accept up to 20 students each semester (ideally 10 girls and 10 boys).  Selections will be based primarily upon the quality of the student’s application letter, which must be submitted along with his or her course selection sheet.  Parents should also note that there is a $250 course fee – these monies will help to offset the cost of equipment rentals, travel, and certification costs.

The main goal of the senior physical education program is to foster a positive attitude towards a healthy active lifestyle that will be continued long after the student leaves P.C.S. There are many factors that lead to this outcome and include: knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations, ability to perform the skills required for adequate participation in the desired activities, knowledge of the basic strategies and understanding of the physical requirements for activity. Emphasis at the senior level is placed on warm-up activities, adaptive games, rules of play and active participation. As much time as possible will be spent in lead-up games, game-like activities and tournaments. Where practical, students may be introduced to out of school activities such as bowling and tennis. Practical health issues and concerns will be discussed throughout the term.

4.00 Physics 11
Everything happens for a reason … and it’s usually Physics.  Shoot nerf guns, design the tallest tower or throw water balloons at your friends as you put the theories of physics to the test.  Topics investigated are: wave motion and optics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and momentum, vectors, and modern physics. The study of physics is exciting, challenging, and satisfying.  However it is only by learning the content, taking part in the inquiry, and placing the results in context that we become more fully aware of the fascination of God’s physical creation.

Prerequisite/co-requisite: Pre-Calculus 11.

4.00 School and Community Leadership
Students serve in leadership roles in a number of different aspects of school and community life. Classes, assignments, guest speakers, and student-led initiatives provide class participants the opportunity to better understand their own strengths and preferred leadership style.

4.00 Senior Jazz Band
This course is open to experienced players at the Grade 10, 11 and 12 level. Openings are for “standard” stage band instruments only. Arrangements in a variety of jazz band styles are listened to and learnt and improvisational playing is continued. Students are expected to know their music thoroughly, practice regularly, listen to jazz music outside of class and to grow in their improvisational playing abilities. This is a performing group which plays in at least 3 – 4 concerts, 1+ festivals and the Senior Tour each year.

4.00 Social Studies
Social Studies 11 is concerned with the theme of responsible Christian citizenship in the modern world. Students will investigate three major areas: a) The government of Canada. b) Global Geographical Issues. c) The History of Canada in the Twentieth Century. The course will enable students to make informative choices with regards to political, economic and social issues based on a Christian perspective. A Provincial Exam is mandatory for this class.

2.00 Triathlon
Cross training is a healthy way to gain fitness while remaining injury-free. As such, students are offered this triathlon course to learn how to establish a lifestyle of fitness and balance. They will be exposed to the three disciplines of triathlon (swimming, biking, and running). Natural by-products of this exposure include various classes in nutrition, goal setting, and technical training. To be successful in this course, students need to have a desire for personal challenge, a secondary interest in fitness, a bike that can be brought to school, good running shoes, a swimsuit, and goggles. Running encompasses half of the course time, including hills, intervals base, and individual technique. Ten swim sessions focusing on technique and base building will take place in a community pool. Students will be required to maintain a training log, which records the required three workouts outside of class time per week in addition to class training sessions.

Worship Leadership meets three times a week to prepare music for our school’s chapel services. Students audition for the course each June to show their musical ability as well as to discuss the spiritual development aspect of the course. Aside from leading worship, students plan events to encourage their peers such as fundraisers and worship evenings. Worship Leadership is a mentorship of young leaders in a band setting who have a desire to see their classmates draw closer to God.

4.00 Yearbook
Oh, the memories! Come be a part of making those memories into a yearbook that students in the school can purchase and keep forever.  In this course, you will be involved in the production the school yearbook from planning, photographing, and writing to page layout, editing and marketing. Students may take this course in grades 8 through 12 as it is offered outside of the daily timetable and as every year offers new challenges and learning opportunities.

GRADE 12

This senior level course offers students a rich opportunity to investigate advanced acting techniques, complex and multi-dimensional character development, award winning scripts, advanced scene study, improvisation,  artistic exploration,  and script creation.  This course will include discussion about Christian artists in the secular performance industry.  In addition to working with existing published script material, students in this course will create and present the PCS Day of CAR PLAYS.  Join this course for an exciting and challenging semester of artistic development!

4.00 Advanced Placement Art – Studio
AP classes challenges a student to work at a high level of skill. The AP Studio Art program requires the completion of a portfolio consisting of 12 images in a breadth of technique and 12 in an exploration of an individually chosen theme. It is offered to students who express a desire to work hard and who have demonstrated the skills needed to successfully complete this demanding program. This program typically begins in Grade 11, as most students need two years to achieve the breadth and depth of work required for the portfolio.

4.00 Advanced Placement Calculus
The Advanced Placement program gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses while they are still in secondary school. Because these courses are very challenging, students should consult with the instructor before they sign up. (www.collegeboard.com/ap). AP Calculus (AB) covers differential and integral calculus topics that are typically included in an introductory Calculus college course. AP Calculus culminates with the writing of the College Board’s AP Calculus (AB) exam in early May.

4.00 Art – 2D
Senior Art is a place that students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can become more serious about honing their skills and become more confident in their decision-making regarding tools, techniques and the development of personal imagery. Two and three point perspective, advanced color mixing, grid enlargement, chiaroscuro and shading, the proportions of the human body and portraiture are all explored to a further degree. The learning environment fosters the desire and capacity of students to think and design images in ways that reflect that we are made in the image of God.  Through study of artists past and present, history, social change and the inspiration from creation, students continue to develop their own artistic voice.

Students will be expected to complete projects that skillfully use the elements of drawing (line, shape, tone, texture and form) and which reflect the principles of design (movement, repetition of shapes, contrast, balance and composition.) As students advance through the grades, they are encouraged to become more experimental with mediums that could include computer graphic programs, collage and mixed media and also to endeavour to develop their own traditional mark making, drawing, painting and print making skills to a high level.

For students who wish to build a portfolio that they could present for acceptance at a post-secondary institution, projects at this level can prepare them to transfer into the AP Studio Art program in grade 11.

4.00 Art – 3D
Senior 3-D Art is a great course for those artists who like to work with their hands and don’t mind getting them dirty! Clay, wood, metal and reclaimed items can all be resource materials to choose from in constructing original sculptures. Students are instructed in the basic design principles that govern all artistic disciplines and discuss the importance of balance, spatial relationships, textural components, display and surface finishing treatments.

4.00 Biology 12
In Biology 12, we study ourselves – and that is pretty interesting! We begin by zooming in to the molecules and cells that make up our bodies. Then we zoom out and explore our organs and organ systems.  This course is an examination of human anatomy and physiology, so as we study each body system (digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, etc.), we consider both the structure and the function of these parts. This is a challenging course, but it is also extremely practical.  As we better understand and appreciate the complexity of living systems, we are led to praise the One who creates our marvelous bodies.

Prerequisite: Biology 11 and/or Chemistry 11 are strongly recommended.

4.00 Calculus
This course is designed for the student intending to take calculus at the post-secondary level. The student will become familiar with the strange new words and symbols used in this branch of Mathematics. Among the many topics to be covered are functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, relative maxima and minima, and integrals. A student taking this course must also be enrolled in, or have completed Pre-Calculus 12.

4.00 Carpentry and Joinery
Students who have taken Carpentry & Joinery 11 may take this course. Advanced furniture design and construction is the focus, with 2 major projects required for course credit, as well as two term reports.

4.00 Chemistry 12
This senior science explores mechanisms governing the behavior of matter from a mathematical perspective. The focus of this course is on knowledge, understanding, and application/problem solving through topics dealing with chemical reactions, mechanisms, equilibrium, acids and bases, and oxidation/reduction. Chemistry 12 is ideally suited to those students intending a career in a chemistry related field or branch of science which requires an extensive knowledge of chemical processes.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 (C+ minimum); Pre-Calculus 12 recommended.

2.00 Christian Studies (10-12)
PCS provides Christian education for families that attend close to 100 local churches.  Where else in Victoria do people from Alliance, Anglican, ANIC,  Baptist, Brethren, Chinese Presbyterian, CRC, Free Presbyterian, Home churches, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and United churches, to name a few, come together, day after day, and learn with and from one another?  As you might imagine, this makes for passionate conversations about what it means to be followers of Christ and this is one of the things we celebrate at PCS.

The Christian Studies program at the secondary school starts with two foundation courses.  In grade 8, students take a Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) survey course and in grade 9 they take a New Testament survey course. From grade 10 through grade 12, students select the Christian Studies modules that they want to take. The courses are varied and appeal to students with a range of interests. Whether you prefer the world of ideas, are a hands-on learner or want to offer service to others, you’re sure to find something that fits. These modules are meant to engage our head, hands and heart as we grow in Christian faith. Most modules run for one term and students should plan to take at least five modules by the end of grade 12.

Past and current modules include:

  • Christianity and Intellection
  • Ending Poverty
  • Hunger Hurts: Taking a Closer Look at Global Hunger
  • Christianity 101
  • Family Life
  • Knowing God
  • Grasping for the Wind
  • Caring for Creation
  • Sophie’s World: An Introduction to Philosophy
  • Visual Arts: Responding Creatively to the Biblical Story
  • The Foundational Stories of Genesis
  • The Revelation of John: A Book Study
  • The Question of God
  • WAR – Is it Christian?
  • World Religions
  • The Lego Biblical Narrative
  • Exploring the Gospels: The world according to Jesus
  • Christianity and Video Games
  • The Letter to the Galatians

4.00 Comparative Civilizations
The aim of the Comparative Civilizations curriculum is to enable students to enrich their awareness of, and sensitivity toward, other cultures through the comparative study of various civilizations.  The progress and achievements of a selection of human societies will be investigated and evaluated.  We will focus on prehistory, Easter Island, Sumer (Mesopotamia), the Maya (Mesoamerican), Roman Empire, Tokugawa Japan, Islamic Spain, and ancient Athens.  Students will be expected to think critically about the nature and value of human progress, focusing on technological development, artistic expression, and belief systems.  In addition to regular journaling, students will complete independent and collaborative research projects and essays.  Comparative Civilizations12 is a non-provincially examinable course but is considered an academic course by the University of Victoria.  For this reason, secondary standards are expected of the students.

4.00 Concert Band – Senior
Students in Grades 10-12 work together to create rich, exciting and beautiful music during this early morning class. Senior Concert Band provides an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists to work past basic notes and rhythms, to refine their technical playing skills and to discover the vast inventory of musical styles and textures. Participants must have some previous experience on their instrument. This class demands effort and investment in an energized and rewarding environment. Performances are scheduled through the year to celebrate and share the music being studied.

4.00 Concert Choir

This course welcomes students in Grade 9-12 interested in discovering and developing their singing voice while working in a larger vocal ensemble. Emphasis is placed on understanding musical structure, basic music theory and ear training. While there is no pre-requisite for this course, students are expected to commit to consistent attendance and regular review of material. Students in Concert Choir share in the exciting process of creating beautiful music. Concert performances are scheduled throughout the year as well as performances at local churches and community events. All levels of experience are welcomed!

4.00 English 12
The curriculum of English 12 focuses primarily on preparing students for success on the provincial exam and entrance into university or college. Students will spend considerable time on literary analysis of novels, poetry, short stories, essays, and articles; the Shakespeare selection for English 12 is the comedy, Twelfth Night. They will learn to recognize and employ numerous rhetorical strategies, and practice the skills necessary to compose expository, persuasive, and narrative pieces for a variety of purposes and audiences. A Provincial Exam is mandatory in English 12.

0.00 English 12 – Transitions
This course is a gateway course for ELL students who plan to take English 12 at PCS. Building vocabulary in context can be difficult when students are learning another language. It is important for students to develop these skills before taking English 12, and this course will help students do just that. Students will also have a chance to work with a Shakespearean play and develop essays throughout the program. Timed writing assignments can be challenging, so we aim to build-up timed writing skills as well. This course can serve to support students currently working on English 12, as well as to prepare those who will take the course within the next year.

12.00 English 12 Honours/Literature 12/Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
Students taking the Honours English Literature course in grade 12 will study and discuss works – poetry, prose and plays – from the ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Romanticism, through to the 20th Century. Students will hone skills of literary analysis through class discussion as well as a wide variety of creative and analytical written assignments. As a twelve credit course, the course will lead students through the English Literature 12 syllabus (including a final exam or project), the English 12 provincial exam, and culminates in the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. This course requires a high level of engagement from students, but promises a rewarding challenge for those ready to accept. Students generally gain access to this course by having taken Honours English 11; however, by way of a recommendation from a regular English 11 course teacher or by permission from the course instructor, students may join this course. Students taking this course will be assigned summer reading.

4.00 Foods and Nutrition 11 and 12
Do you like to cook and taste your culinary creations? Would you like to improve your cooking skills and experiment with more advanced recipes or unfamiliar dishes? In this one-semester course, you will:

  • learn and apply intermediate and advanced food preparation techniques
  • explore current issues around nutrition, agriculture and food
  • try some ethnic dishes
  • have fun working with your group, appreciating, exploring and tasting the wonderful world food

Students taking Foods 12 will also have a home cooking and technique demonstration portion of the course.

In this course, students will synthesize previously acquired concepts, vocabulary  and language skills through daily conversation. This course is designed for students who enjoy speaking French and who also would like to improve in their written composition skills.  Topics explored are household chores/home interests, traveling and staying in hotels/hostels, and sharing weekend activities.  The students will complete a novel study on Le Petit Prince, as well as the film, Midnight in Paris.

Prerequisite: French 11

French 12 is offered in alternate years (school years beginning in odd-numbered years).

4.00 Geography
Geography 12 is a provincially examinable course divided into four major content areas:

  1. Geomorphology
  2. Climatology and Biogeography
  3. People and the Environment
  4. Geography Skills

There will be an emphasis on developing an understanding of the interrelationships between the four major content areas. The course will make use of the geographer’s tools – air photos, map interpretation, pictures, charts and graphs. The course will examine environmental issues from a Biblically derived perspective.

4.00 History
The goal of the History 12 course at PCS is to nurture students’ insight, awareness and discernment about the events and changes that took place in the 20th century.  Around much of the world, the years 1900 to 1991 were dominated by the causes and effects of World War I and World War II, including the rise of nationalism, the decline of European power, the polarization of the Cold War, the end of the colonial empires (at least geographically), the effects of technology, and changing societies.  In History 12, we seek to understand and evaluate the events and changes of this century from a global perspective.

History 12 is organized into three broad units: Between the World Wars, The Second World War, and Cold War Changes.  Students will be given opportunities to investigate topics and nations that are of specific interest to them, with an emphasis on evaluation of history, not simply the memorization of facts.

4.00 Information and Communications Technology
This is a senior level course in Information and Communications Technology. It is a continuation of topics studied in ICT 11. Areas of study include a selection of topics chosen from the following list, reflecting the student’s interest and skills:

  • Applications – word processing, data base, spreadsheets using MS Office
  • Programming
  • Multimedia/Presentations
  • Web Page Development
  • Networking
  • The Internet/Societal Implications

Students are expected to have received credit in ICT 11 prior to enrolling in this course. Students will be expected to work independently to achieve success in this course.

4.00 Law
Law 12 is open to both Grade 11 and Grade 12 students and does not involve a final governmental examination. The course deals with virtually all aspects of the law and uses examples of actual cases to help bring about a better understanding of how the law affects the individual. Law 12 includes guest speakers, debates, presentations and project work.

4.00 Mathematics – Pre-Calculus 12

Students who have successfully completed Pre-Calculus 11 can enroll in Pre-Calculus 12.  This course is designed for students who anticipate pursuing post-secondary programs which will involve a lot of theoretical mathematics, such as Sciences, Engineering or Business.  Emphasis will be placed on solving complex equations (including polynomial, radical, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and rational), transformations of functions, analyzing square root, radical, polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions, composition of functions, permutations and combinations and the binomial theorem.  There is a great deal of application in this course, and it is imperative that the student have a solid mathematical foundation.

The main goal of the senior physical education program is to foster a positive attitude towards a healthy active lifestyle that will be continued long after the student leaves P.C.S. There are many factors that lead to this outcome and include: knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations, ability to perform the skills required for adequate participation in the desired activities, knowledge of the basic strategies and understanding of the physical requirements for activity. Emphasis at the senior level is placed on warm-up activities, adaptive games, rules of play and active participation. As much time as possible will be spent in lead-up games, game-like activities and tournaments. Where practical, students may be introduced to out of school activities such as bowling and tennis. Practical health issues and concerns will be discussed throughout the term.

Study Physics while enjoying your day on amusement park rides at the PNE or even launching rockets from the school roof.  The Physics 12 course will provide you with a solid grounding in classical physics. The treatment of the topics is mathematically more rigorous than in Physics 11 although there is still a strong emphasis on experimentation.  The key topics include: kinematics, vector dynamics, energy, vector momentum, equilibrium, circular motion and gravitation, electrostatics, electricity, and electromagnetism.  Come to appreciate the discipline of physics as a remarkable study of God’s majestic creation, with enormous impact on our way of life.

Prerequisite:  Physics 11 (C+ minimum) and Pre-calculus 11.

4.00 Physics – Advanced Placement Physics 1
Join your peers in rising to the challenge of this algebra-based college-level physics course as we discover the wonder of God’s physical creation. Although many of the topics included in this course have been explored in Physics 11 and Physics 12, be prepared to take it to the next level in developing critical thinking and reasoning skills while cultivating your understanding of physics and science practices across many topics.  Lab work is integral to the understanding of the concepts in this course as you examine real world problems in an effort to become scientifically literate. Additional topics include mechanical waves and sound, rotation, and simple harmonic motion.  Upon successful completion of this course you will earn four credits for Physics 11 Honours.  The AP Exam is written early in May.

4.00 Psychology
The course is designed to present basic psychology as a social science and to promote student curiosity about the causes of human behaviour. The Bible states that we are composed of Spirit, Soul, and Body (I Thessalonians 5:23). The Spirit is the life we have in Christ, the Soul is our will/emotions/mind, and our Body is the flesh. All three elements of ourselves either positively or negatively interact with each other, constantly. To impact one element of our self, is to touch the other two. Therefore, we need to address all three elements simultaneously, in order to come to wholeness of life.

When Christians accept/understand psychology as a valuable tool to explore human behavior and understanding, we move into a very delicate area of life. The human personality is complex beyond the total understanding of the most competent theologian or psychologist. The Bible states that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). The Bible provides final truth, as stated in its principles, which may or may not be understood by the Christian, for we are less than perfectly mature.

Thus, when psychology provides insight into human nature and its workings, it behooves the Christian to evaluate that understanding in light of Biblical principles, but not to arbitrarily dismiss it. To accept the Bible and reject psychology is just as extreme as to accept psychology and reject the Bible. Balance is needed, and spiritual discernment as to that balance is essential.

4.00 School and Community Leadership
Students serve in leadership roles in a number of different aspects of school and community life. Classes, assignments, guest speakers, and student-led initiatives provide class participants the opportunity to better understand their own strengths and preferred leadership style.

4.00 Senior Jazz Band
This course is open to experienced players at the Grade 10, 11 and 12 level. Openings are for “standard” stage band instruments only. Arrangements in a variety of jazz band styles are listened to and learnt and improvisational playing is continued. Students are expected to know their music thoroughly, practice regularly, listen to jazz music outside of class and to grow in their improvisational playing abilities. This is a performing group which plays in at least 3 – 4 concerts, 1+ festivals and the Senior Tour each year.

4.00 Social Justice
Christians are clearly called to be merciful peacemakers who seek justice, defend the oppressed, and welcome the alien.  This requires that we explore the following questions.

  • What is required of merciful peacemakers?
  • What is the best way to make peace?
  • What is the merciful thing to do?
  • What systems, policies, programs, and organizations promote and redress injustice?
  • Who are the oppressed?
  • Who are the alien and marginalized in our societies?
  • What is the most effective and compassionate way to welcome and defend them?

This course aims to address these questions, defining important terms, examining historical and current events and individuals, and providing students  with opportunities to reflect on what is required of us to participate meaningfully and effectively in bringing about a more socially just world. Class time is used to pursue independent and group-directed topics, and to present findings and conclusions to classmates.  Much class time is spent in discussion.  This course is offered by the Social Studies department and is accepted by some universities and colleges as an academic credit.  It can also be used to fulfill four credits of the PCS Christian Studies requirement.

2.00 Triathlon
Cross training is a healthy way to gain fitness while remaining injury-free. As such, students are offered this triathlon course to learn how to establish a lifestyle of fitness and balance. They will be exposed to the three disciplines of triathlon (swimming, biking, and running). Natural by-products of this exposure include various classes in nutrition, goal setting, and technical training. To be successful in this course, students need to have a desire for personal challenge, a secondary interest in fitness, a bike that can be brought to school, good running shoes, a swimsuit, and goggles. Running encompasses half of the course time, including hills, intervals base, and individual technique. Ten swim sessions focusing on technique and base building will take place in a community pool. Students will be required to maintain a training log, which records the required three workouts outside of class time per week in addition to class training sessions.

Worship Leadership meets three times a week to prepare music for our school’s chapel services. Students audition for the course each June to show their musical ability as well as to discuss the spiritual development aspect of the course. Aside from leading worship, students plan events to encourage their peers such as fundraisers and worship evenings. Worship Leadership is a mentorship of young leaders in a band setting who have a desire to see their classmates draw closer to God.

4.00 Yearbook
Oh, the memories! Come be a part of making those memories into a yearbook that students in the school can purchase and keep forever.  In this course, you will be involved in the production the school yearbook from planning, photographing, and writing to page layout, editing and marketing. Students may take this course in grades 8 through 12 as it is offered outside of the daily timetable and as every year offers new challenges and learning opportunities.