Building on our commitment to meet the learning needs of all our students and to experiment with innovative programming, we added two new courses to the CDS curriculum this year.
Under the category of Health and Physical Education, Healthy Living and Outdoor Activities will allow students to further develop their ability to make healthy choices and lead active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical outdoor activities and exposure to a broader range of activity settings, students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the outdoors, build outdoor leadership skills and practise goal-setting.
Under Interdisciplinary Studies – Contemporary Culture and the Creative Arts will have students exploring a wide range of cultural products (popular and literary texts, films, media, social media, and visual art), examining the creative-thinking processes that lead to their construction, and critically investigating the perspectives they endorse or critique.
As well, the innovative Grade 12 interdisciplinary course added three years ago continues to be a popular choice, and is team taught by four teachers and organized around topics connected to The Big Ideas: On the Nature of Change. This course is project based and driven by the students’ own learning interests. It encourages students to think critically and to make connections between subject areas as diverse as music, science, technology, philosophy, literary studies and social science.