Passion-Driven Learning at KCS

At KCS, we want our students to be lifelong learners. That means we have to help them discover the joy of learning for the love of it.

Electives are an amazing way to help them make that discovery.  Every spring we offer our grade 6, 7 and 8 students a range of elective courses to choose from. For ten weeks, our Intermediate students spend two hours each week immersed in a subject that sparks their curiosity and engages their passion for learning something new.

Previous offerings have included such diverse subjects as Computer Coding, Cooking for a Cause, Hip Hop Dance, Cricket, building Wearable Technology with MakerKids, Inventors' Workshop, Robotics, Battlefield History with a March Break trip to Europe to visit historic sites, Pottery and Sculpture, building the KCS Sound Library, and Yoga and Mindfulness.

Through these electives, students have the opportunity to work closely with peers from other classes, learn new skills, gain independence, and best of all, experience a safe adventure that sets them on a course for lifelong learning.

KCS Electives

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  • The Art of Embroidery

    Let’s learn to use a needle and colourful threads to sew decorative words or decorate a pillow or create a picture. You will learn the ancient crafty art of decorating material, primarily textile fabric, by means of a needle and thread. The basic techniques include crewel work, needlepoint, cross-stitch, back-stitch, frenchknot-stitch and lazydaisystitch, as well as quillwork and featherwork. Come decorate your life with EMBROIDERY!
  • Cooking for a Cause (Culinary Arts)

    The aim of the program is to teach students about local foods, menu planning and good nutrition. It will also provide them with the skills needed to prepare a healthy meal independently. Students will also work to provide a shelter with fresh-made quality meals. This elective takes place at Cirillo’s Cooking Academy.
  • Computer Coding At KCS

    Students start learning how to code, using Visual Basic language. Instruction is delivered by an instructor from Real Programming for Kids. Students create interactive animations and their own video games.
  • Escape Room

    This elective is for people who enjoy real-life adventures, problem solving, and teamwork. Escape rooms are real-time adventure games that takes place in themed rooms where a team of players work together to discover clues, solve puzzles, and unlock codes. “Each mission is unique and requires you to solve different riddles, find hidden tools, and most importantly, escape the room with your teammates.” You will complete 6 escape room challenges and will also have the opportunity to work with the escape room designers to plan your own escape room prototype! Are you up for the challenge?
  • KCS Sound Library Project

    Students contribute to the KCS Sound Library by composing a variety of music soundtracks that can be used in multimedia projects created by their peers. This library is available for KCS students, staff and faculty to not only borrow from but also contribute to, so their compositions can be used by others in perpetuity.
  • Pinterest Arts and Crafts

    As a group, students work on crafts chosen from Pinterest that are then added to our KCS Elective Pinterest Board. Upon completion of these crafts, the art room becomes an open workshop. Students are encouraged to create their own craft during this time. All student crafts will be posted to our KCS board. 
  • Rock Out Bullying

    Have you ever wondered how musicians collaborate to create music? Are you a budding rock star? In this super creative elective students learn the fundamentals of playing traditional rock instruments, compose and then perform an anti-bullying song. Embrace your inner rocker, promote KCS citizenship, and join us as we Rock Out Bullying!
  • Salsa Dancing

    Salsa is a great introduction to dance, culture, and teamwork. Expert dance instructors lead classes in this exhilarating style.
  • Triathalon

    This elective is for the beginner triathlete and will offer theory and practical instruction in swimming, biking and running. We will visit local pools, parks and fitness facilities for our training. Students who are interested can sign up for a try-a-tri in May or June. In order to participate in this elective, students must be able to swim 4 lengths of the pool unassisted. Participants also need to bring the following items: swimsuit, goggles, swim cap and running shoes. The biking portion of this elective will be done in a spinning studio and/or at home. If you are interested in participating in a triathlon, the try-a-tri distances for this age group are:
    Swim: 100 - 300 m
    Bike: 5 - 10 km
    Run: 2 - 3 km
  • Ukulele Part 2

    Did you love playing uke in grade 4? Did you come to KCS after grade 4 and want the chance to learn this fun little instrument? Here’s your chance to expand your ukulele playing, or learn to play for the first time! You'll learn new chords, songs and strumming techniques, and put together a song to play for the school.  
  • 3D Printing with Makerkids

    Makerkids leads this elective in 3D design and printing. Members of this elective will design innovative creations with KCS's own 3D printer and help support efforts to get other students engaged in this new technology. 
  • Paddle Tennis

    In partnership with Kingsway Platform Tennis Club, students will play this new racket sport. It’s a cross between tennis and squash with a flavor of playing table tennis. This sport was designed for cold, wintry weather but its popularity extended it into the other seasons as well. The court is 1/3 the size of a tennis court and features high aerobic energy output and skill level.
  • Go Ahead

    Do you wish you could control how and what you learn at school? Do you have big ideas, and wish you had the time, tools and support to pursue them? Is there something you’d love to build/create/invent/compose/investigate that you can’t do at home or school (yet)? In this elective, you can go ahead. Involved faculty will support, encourage, and look for experts/resources/tools/trips to help. Go ahead, surprise us, and yourself!


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