Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute (Gr 09 - 12)
Bethune has a reputation for academic excellence. Students are offered the opportunity to excel in Math, Science, the Arts, Business, Computer Science and Technology. Courses in the Social Sciences and English give students a solid background in the liberal arts and prepare them for post-secondary education. Newcomers are supported in ESL classes and in programs outside the classroom that ensure they are involved in the school community. Bethune maintains close relationships with elementary schools through mentoring programs in Music, Robotics, Drama, Visual Art, Technology and Bethune's Eco-club. Bethune is also partners with the neighbouring senior's homes: Mon Sheong and Tendercare, and with School #15 in Beijing, China.Read more
Taking Care of the Environment
Bethune's ESL program features field trips that promote Canadian culture and experiential learning. The semestered program has 5 levels in addition to ESL sensitive courses in Geography and History. Bilingual classroom helpers, full-time settlement workers, peer mentor programs, the Chinese Association, and the Newcomer Orientation Week in August help to ease the transition to Canada and to Bethune. In addition to after-school and week-end support classes, OSSLT preparation classes and a peer-tutoring program help to support ESL students throughout the year. Bethune also offers our ESL learners a wide variety of cultural field trips.
Students taking Modern Language classes are offered many enrichment opportunities, including outings to French and Spanish movies, theatre productions and restaurants. Senior students may travel abroad to France and Spain. Bethune students receive excellent results in French and Spanish Contests as well as as the Concours D'Art Oratiore (French Public Speaking).
Students have many opportunities to explore their love of the arts. Students can choose from visual art, photography, computer art, dramatic arts, vocal music, and repetoire instrumental music. Outside the classroom, students can enrich their experience by joining the art club, the drama club, or the music council.
Students can be elected as a member of the SAC, Music Council, Athletic Council, or 'Reps', or volunteer to be a leader through the Peer Mentors, the ESL Mentors, the Environmental Action Team (BEAT), the Personal and Social Responsibility club (PSR), Equity Alliance, GSA, DECA, Debating, Blaze, and many more clubs. Bethune also offers leadership camp to all grade 9's.
Technology Across the Curriculum
Bethune has 9 refurbished computer labs, including a social science lab, a technology lab, a computer art lab, and 3 business and computer science labs. Computer skills are incorporated across the curriculum, including the use of GIS, GPS in Geography classes, various media technology, and Smartboards throughout the school. Many classrooms are equipped with a computer.