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Two new grade 9 programs coming to Norwell DSS in September 2015

MEDIA RELEASE
November 26, 2014

Two new grade 9 programs coming to Norwell DSS in September 2015

GUELPH, Ontario – When grade 8 students fill in their option sheets for the courses they want to take in grade 9, they will have two new options at Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston.

The Hockey Skills Development Program will give students up to five hours on the ice in a two credit package. Those interested in the arts can take two bundled courses in the Arts Performance Project (APP), taking classes off-site at the Drayton Festival Theatre.

Principal Paul Richard is introducing the new grade 9 programs at the school’s annual Grade 8 Night on Tuesday December 9th. There will be a general information session followed by school tours for students and their families.

“This year we’re excited to be rolling out these two new programs for our newest grade 9s,” he said.

“We know that there are students out there with an interest in hockey and fitness as well as those who want the opportunity to develop their personal artistic talents.”

The hockey program features the five hours of weekly ice time with professional instruction, as well as fitness training, guest speakers, field trips, first aid training and coaching clinics.

The APP is an integrated arts program for students who have an interest in dance, music, visual arts or theatre. It’s a dynamic performance-based two credit program hosted off-site at the state of the art professional Drayton Festival Theatre.

“Students can earn two credits and do something that engages them right from the beginning of their high school career,” Richard noted.

Both programs give students two of the required grade 9 credits required for their Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma.

The Grade 8 Night runs from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday December 9, 2014 at Norwell DSS, 135 Cumberland Street, Palmerston.

The school is excited about the new courses as well as the night itself. Richard comments that “it’s an evening that will provide families with an excellent opportunity to find out about our school, as well as these new grade 9 programs that will start in the fall of 2015.”

For more information:

Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
519-822-4420 ext.725
maggie.mcfadzen@ugdsb.on.ca

Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer – Communications
519-822-4420 ext.544
mark.weidmark@ugdsb.on.ca

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