Options

Duffield School Course Options

Duffield School has a wide variety of options courses. Whether you're into sketching or movie-making, there's something for you! 

Note: Some options have a fee associated with them; please refer to this year's selections below for costs.

Term 1, 2 & 3 - Wednesday Options

Musical Theatre (Ms. Nesbitt)

This is a three-term commitment. Next May, the Junior High Music Theater Option will be performing “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” If you have ever thought of taking a risk and performing in front of an audience, this is a perfect time! Whether you want to try out for one of the queen’s personas, walk the princess to her death as the huntsman, speak the truth as the magic mirror, or whistle a happy tune as a dwarf, this option is for you.

Please note: This option is open only to actors during Term 1 & 2. During Term 3, there will be five stagehand positions available for those interested in creating props/stage pieces and learning about the technical side of productions.

Cost: $20

Term 1 - Wednesday Options

Girls Empowered (Mrs. Whalen)                      

This is a girls-only option with the mission of strengthening young women mentally, physically and socially. Discussion of hot topics women face today and exploration of various skills, strategies and tools to make confident choices will empower young girls on their life journey.

The class will cover the following topics:

  • Women in history
  • Family relationships
  • Girlfriends
  • Media influences
  • Self esteem
  • Self respect
  • Substance abuse
  • Goal setting
  • Women’s issues
  • Dating and relationships

Cost: Free

Volleyball (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer) 

Come enhance your volleyball skills in this option. Students will improve their volleyball skills and abilities through drills and game play, in addition to learning the rules of the game, judging lines and performing scorekeeping duties. This option is highly recommended for students who are part of the Duffield Spartans Volleyball teams.

Cost: Free

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Zen Doodling/Mandalas (Mrs. Petterson)

In this option, students will release their creative talents, discovering endless possibilities of repetitive patterns and color, and enjoy the calming beauty of an ancient art form.

Please note: Students must supply their own artist’s pens/felt pens for this option.

Cost: Free

Finding Your Roots (Ms. Shukalek)

Explore the challenges your ancestors faced and learn more about yourself in the process. Students will investigate and create a family tree through discussion of immigration patterns, completion of family interviews, and exploration of the digital sources available to track down elusive ancestors, such as local history books, obituaries, tombstones, and census and homestead records. All we need to start are the names of your grandparents, or, even better, great grandparents!

Cost: Free

Term 1 - Friday Options

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Foods (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer)

Find your inner Foodie! Throughout the term, you will be learning the basic techniques of cooking and baking, measuring, food safety and meal planning. You will also be looking at and following recipes, enhancing your palette as you experiment with flavors and spices.

Please note: Students must pay the course fee within two weeks so that we can purchase the items necessary for the program. Thank you for your understanding!

Cost: $40

Cheerleading (Mrs. Whalen)

Calling all movers & shakers out there! Cheerleading is an option for EVERYONE! There is no prior dance/cheer experience needed, just a positive attitude and willingness to try something new.

Together we will practice a few stunts, holds and lifts while creating a high energy routine. Spartan pride is about to be kicked up a notch with this fun and lively option!  

Cost: $30 (for poms)

Music Makers (Ms. Nesbitt)     

A general music class for anyone looking to continue their music education. Students will learn how to play various instruments and learn some music composition.

Cost: Free

Book Club (Mrs. Petterson)

Calling all avid readers! Come join this option for a chance to quietly indulge in some good books. Choose to expand your mind, enhance your vocabulary, and explore the world without even having to utilize your passport. The art of reading for pleasure seems to be disappearing amidst the technology bombardment. Let’s take the time to slow down, relax and read.

Cost: Free

Drama Games (Ms. Shukalek) 

A class for the quick-witted, funny, and daring. We will explore role playing through activities, games, and scriptwork that will allow students to unleash their inner improv comic or drama king/queen.

Cost: Free

Photography (Mr. MacDonald)

Using digital photography, students will learn photographic techniques such as composition and lighting in various mini lessons and projects. The final product will be a keepsake: a professional-looking, soft cover photobook.

Cost: $18

Term 2 - Wednesday Options

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Basketball (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer)

Would you like to improve your basketball knowledge and skills? With an emphasis on fundamental skill development, modified competitive games, and situational gameplay, this is a great opportunity to grow your skill set. This option is highly recommended for students who are part of the Duffield Spartans Basketball teams.

Cost: $20

Cosmetology (Mrs. Whalen)

Do you have an interest in the world of beauty/cosmetics and everything in between? Students in this class can explore career opportunities within a variety of topics including hair, nails, skin, makeup application, etc. Cosmetology classes can continue into high school and postsecondary schools, and this option is a great foot in the door as to what this growing industry is all about.

Students will have the opportunity to attain new skills and knowledge in all Cosmetology fields, and enjoy field trip to Memorial Composite's cosmetology lab for an afternoon of treatments.

Cost: $25

Jewelry Making (Mrs. Petterson)

In this class, students will be provided with an opportunity to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings using a variety of jewelry making techniques. Stone, copper wire, soapstone, beads and parachute rope are just some of the materials students will work with to create wearable works of art!

Cost: $20

Study Hall (Ms. Shukalek)

Are you buried in overdue assignments? Do you keep meaning to study for tests, but never get around to it? Do your extracurricular activities not leave you enough time to do your homework? Here’s a course to help out. There will be mini lessons on learning strategies and study skills, and students will have time to complete assignments, prep for exams, and receive some extra assistance.

Cost: Free

Term 2 - Friday Options

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Foods (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer)

Find your inner Foodie! Throughout the term, you will be learning the basic techniques of cooking and baking, measuring, food safety and meal planning. You will also be looking at and following recipes, enhancing your palette as you experiment with flavors and spices.

Please note: Students must pay the course fee within two weeks so that we can purchase the items necessary for the program. Thank you for your understanding!

Cost: $40

Archery (Mr. Mireault)

Archery is the art, sport, practice or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows. Historically, archery has been used for hunting, competitive sport and recreational activity. Students will learn the skills, etiquette and safety associated with NASP competitions while experiencing a fun and safe sport.

Cost: $10

Music Makers (Ms. Nesbitt)     

A general music class for anyone looking to continue their music education. Students will learn how to play various instruments and learn some music composition.

Cost: Free

Crafts for Gift Giving (Mrs. Petterson)

In this class, you will create many quality crafts suitable for gift giving (Christmas is coming and young people have limited budgets!). This class will provide you with many stylish gift giving ideas, while you create and develop your own personal artistic style.

This option is designed to foster artistic creativity and provide students with many tangible, quality products throughout the term.

Cost: $20

Digital Media (Ms. Shukalek)

Are you interested in graphic design, photography, and capturing memories? Digital Media students can explore one of these three options:

  • Yearbook (Free): Students will learn how to take pictures that demonstrate Spartan spirit, how to select and edit pictures for publication, and how to create a layout for Duffield School's 2021-2022 yearbook.
  • Personal Photobook ($18): Using digital photography, students will learn photographic techniques such as composition and lighting in various mini lessons and projects. The final product will be a keepsake: a professional-looking, soft cover photobook.
  • Grade 9 Year-End Slideshow (Free): Digital Media is seeking two motivated and responsible Grade 9 students who would like to be involved in the Grade 9 year-end slideshow. Students will use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Keynote and iMovie.

Cost: Free/$18

Stop Motion Animation (Mr. MacDonald)

This option is for all future animators out there! All you need is a camera, an idea and an imagination to create amazing animated shorts. We will look at miniature set design and lighting and photography techniques, with an end goal of creating a short film gala presentation.

Cost: Free

Term 3 - Wednesday Options

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Foods (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer)

Find your inner Foodie! Throughout the term, you will be learning the basic techniques of cooking and baking, measuring, food safety and meal planning. You will also be looking at and following recipes, enhancing your palette as you experiment with flavors and spices.

Please note: Students must pay the course fee within two weeks so that we can purchase the items necessary for the program. Thank you for your understanding!

Cost: $40

Calligraphy (Mrs. Whalen)

Come learn the art of creating beautiful handwriting: calligraphy! It is a relaxing, mindful activity that can transform various types of written typography. From card making to lettering, we do it all! We will also learn about the world of graphic design, using your new found calligraphy talents, social media, and digital tools to create various elements of design!

Cost: Free

Badminton, Track & Field (Mrs. Petterson)

The purpose of this option is to enhance the track and field and badminton skills that have been introduced in the student’s daily PE class. This option requires that the student be involved in physical activity for extended periods of time to fully participate in all aspects of the course. 

Students in this option may choose to try out to qualify for the Duffield Spartans Track and Field Team, and must qualify in order to attend the West Zone and Divisional track meets. A nominal fee of $10 is required to cover the costs of students qualifying to attend the aforementioned track meets.

Cost: $10

Digital Media (Ms. Shukalek)

Are you interested in graphic design, photography, and capturing memories? Digital Media students can explore one of these three options:

  • Yearbook (Free): Students will learn how to take pictures that demonstrate Spartan spirit, how to select and edit pictures for publication, and how to create a layout for Duffield School's 2021-2022 yearbook.
  • Personal Photobook ($18): Using digital photography, students will learn photographic techniques such as composition and lighting in various mini lessons and projects. The final product will be a keepsake: a professional-looking, soft cover photobook.
  • Grade 9 Year-End Slideshow (Free): Digital Media is seeking two motivated and responsible Grade 9 students who would like to be involved in the Grade 9 year-end slideshow. Students will use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Keynote and iMovie.

Cost: Free/$18

Term 3 - Friday Options

Classroom Assistant (Mrs. Lovsund)

Office/Teaching staff in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions while becoming a role model for younger students.

Please note: This option has a capacity of 10 students.

Cost: Free

Archery (Mr. Mireault)

Archery is the art, sport, practice or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows. Historically, archery has been used for hunting, competitive sport and recreational activity. Students will learn the skills, etiquette and safety associated with NASP competitions while experiencing a fun and safe sport.

Cost: $10

Music Makers (Ms. Nesbitt)     

A general music class for anyone looking to continue their music education. Students will learn how to play various instruments and learn some music composition.

Cost: Free

Maintenance & Construction (Mr. Jaspers-Fayer)

Come learn some basic construction skills and help repair the gazebo! Safety skills, basic carpentry, shingling and painting will be taught. School ground maintenance will also take place.

Please note: Students must have a pair of safety glasses to participate in this option.

Cost: Free

Soccer/Softball (Mrs. Petterson)

Come enhance your soccer and softball skills in this option. Students will improve their skills and abilities through drills and gameplay, while also learning the rules of the game, taking on refereeing/umpiring opportunities, and performing scorekeeping duties.

This option is highly recommended for students who play soccer or softball as an extracurricular team sport, or for those wanting to learn more about, or get better at, the game.

Cost: Free

Study Hall (Ms. Shukalek)

Are you buried in overdue assignments? Do you keep meaning to study for tests, but never get around to it? Do your extracurricular activities not leave you enough time to do your homework? Here’s a course to help out.

There will be mini lessons on organization and learning strategies, and students will have time to complete assignments, prep for exams, and ask for some extra assistance.

Cost: Free

Movie Making (Mr. MacDonald)

In this option, students will learn camera and editing techniques, as well as script development and storyboarding skills, as they plan, film and produce three short films.

The assignments will include:

  • Recreating a movie scene
  • Making a commercial
  • Producing a 15-minute film short

We will have a film awards event at the end of the option where finished assignments will be shown to the student body in the gym.

Cost: Free