Foods and Nutrition classes at SOSS focus on life skills training. There are many opportunities to learn to work in groups, practise planning and management skills. Resources such as time, energy and materials are always a concern. Presentationof labs and Food Art classes encourage students to use their creativity to make food appetizing. Labs are done to practise concepts discussed and studied in class and can not be rescheduled making attendance important to the success in this class.
A new addition to the department last year were the Home Economics General classes which will be offered again this year. In grades 9, and 10 the students may select a HomeEc class that is half foods and nutrition and half sewing. This will give the student the opportunity to explore a greater variety of courses offerings.
Textiles and foods classes offered this year will also include the new grade 8 rotations. Students are encouraged to use the sewing room during lunch hour. Many students will be involved in exciting projects that will stretch their level of expertise.
Equestrian Studies 11 and 12 are still available to students through the homeschool program. These courses offer students the opportunity to develop a life long skill that is unique to our school. Riding lessons can be very expensive and these students can learn to ride while going to school. Learning to work with their equine partners builds self confidence, communication skills, ability to focus and concentrate and trains the equestrian to plan and set goals. Students have the opportunity to complete the Equine Canada Certification Exams as well, quallitying them for a career opportunity.At this time the course is only offered outside the timetable for those who may find themselves needing extra credits. This is an exciting program offering many benefits besides academic.
This 2007/2008 year will allow Ms. Petrick to return to the Art department.
I am looking forward to an exciting year and hope to see many great things from them.