Students will study kitchen safety, the names and use of kitchen tools, how to follow a recipe, and lessons on a variety of food areas. Students can expect to take part in food labs and individual and group work assignments, gaining life skills that can be replicated at home.
In Grade 7, learning areas may include basic nutrition, cookies,
puffed wheat squares, cheese biscuits, mashed potatoes and stir-fry.
In Grade 8, learning areas may include vegetables, sandwiches, healthy snacks, cookies, pizza biscuits, taco pasta, lemon meringue pie, banana muffins and grilled cheese.
In Grade 9, learning areas may include supermarkets, healthy dinners, cakes and cupcake decorating, homemade soup, lasagna, chili, brownies and salads.
Students will learn how to use the sewing machine and basic tools to complete different assignments and projects.
In Grade 7, students focus on hand-sewing techniques including threading a needle, tying a knot and sewing a button. These skills are then applied to a pincushion.
In Grade 8, students will learn how to use a serger. Their skills are then applied to various student choice projects that may include cross-stitching, a quillow, sling bag, cushions, or stuffed toys.
In Grade 9, students also learn basic sewing pattern terms and pattern layout. These skills are then applied to various student choice projects that may include a patch pillow, pajama pants, boxers, blankets, cushions, or stuffed toys.
The Grade 7 instrumental music program gives students the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge by learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. To enrich their musical experience, students in private or group lessons (for example, piano or violin) are encouraged to participate. These students will be a valuable asset to the program. The school band performs at school concerts, local and regional festivals, and school presentations. In addition, students can attend music camps and festival trips. Instrumental music also includes several weeks of guitar lessons.
What instrument will you play? There are many to choose from!
You don't need any previous musical experience to enroll in grade 7 Music. However, you should be aware that to be in Music in Gr. 8 or 9, you must take Music in grade 7.
The Leadership Program at Hillcrest is one of the key pillars to building success at our school. At Hillcrest, we believe every student has positive contributions to make; they just need opportunities to do so!
One of the goals of the Leadership Program is to allow students to explore their leadership potential. We want to allow students to take leadership risks in a comfortable and caring environment.
In a logical succession, students will develop their leadership characteristics, as they share ideas, listen to others, reflect, and share a meaningful contribution to events or discussions. In addition, students will study characteristics and traits of effective leaders, learn teambuilding skills, and practice conflict resolution strategies, all while developing community—the community within our school, our neighbourhood, the city, and even globally.
The Leadership Program includes a course at the Grade 8 and 9 levels. In these courses, students will organize, promote, and run events to build school spirit, raise awareness of certain causes, fundraise for charities, and lead our Crest groups. As students develop their skills and confidence, the size and scope of the activities and events will increase. The entire program is designed to create effective leaders who demonstrate pride, enthusiasm and compassion as responsible and active members of our community.
Extra P.E. Gr. 7, 8, and 9 (Sports Performance):
Hillcrest’s Sports Performance Program aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to understand the factors related to sports performance. This will be accomplished through a combination of theory and practical exposure to various areas of sport and training, including sports leadership, nutrition, sports psychology, and strength and conditioning. Students will be expected to demonstrate outcomes as they relate to the study of current training principles, performance enhancement and evaluation, sports injuries, sports studies, and personal development through active participation. Sports performance allows athletes to further their physical and tactical abilities.
In construction classes, students are offered an introduction to drafting and design. They create blueprints and use them in the construction and fabrication process. Students are encouraged to progress at their own rate. Shop safety is always given top priority. After Grade 7, each student, according to their interest and experience level, can choose to work on construction projects such
as: a coin bank, bowl, tool tray, serving tray, train whistle, monster truck, folding table, gavel, CO2 car, canoe paddle, toy train or plane, crib board, ice fishing jig, wooden clock and long board. Between each level of project is a challenge project that the student must create, design and personalize with minimal direction.
No previous experience is needed to go into Construction
Visual communication is the sharing of ideas through the use of images. In this option, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, such as basic digital photography, videography, and an introduction to layout design. Students who take this option are also primarily responsible for the morning video announcements and yearbook photography. They will become familiar with the tools, techniques and Google Chrome Extensions that ca