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Prairie Valley School Division
Located within Treaty 4 Territory
Practical and Applied Arts

The opportunities available to students in Prairie Valley School Division under the Practical and Applied Arts umbrella are numerous. The courses span from basic cooking skills to the latest in multimedia communication. Students and teachers will find a multitude of choices. The choices range from developing personal use skills, to gaining entry level employment skills or pursuing post-secondary education or training. All students have the opportunity to explore and develop career pathways.


What are Practical and Applied Arts (PAA) courses?

Courses in Practical and Applied Arts are numerous and varied—everything from basic cooking skills to the latest in multimedia communication—and help to develop personal life skills, gain entry level employment skills or pursue post-secondary education or training.  There are a multitude of courses in Practical and Applied Arts, as indicated in the chart below.  These courses are offered either as a stand-alone course by itself (a pure course), or a sampling of various courses can be combined and offered together (a survey course). Course determination is driven by student interest and requires the availability of staff expertise and related facility and equipment.


Agriculture​ Care & Hospitality ​ Communications​ Design​
Agriculture Studies
Cow/Calf Production

Dairy Production
Feedlot Production
Field Crop Production
Food Studies
Pork Production
Sheep Production​


Commercial Cooking
Life Transitions
Tourism, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship

Communication Production
Technology (CPT)
Electrical and Electronics
Information Processing
Photography and Graphic
Theatre Arts​
Clothing, Textiles and Fashion
Construction and Carpentry
Design Studies
Drafting and Computer-Aided Design
Interior Design

Non-Credit ​ Resources​ Transportation​ Other​
Driver Education ​ Energy and Mines
Forestry Studies
Wildlife Management​
Mechanical and
Entrepreneurship Career and Work Exploration​

What new Practical and Applied Arts courses are being offered?

Electrical and Electronics, Cosmetology, and Mechanical and Automotives are new courses being
implemented for the first time in Prairie Valley. Electrical and Electronics will be offered in Kipling
and Kelliher, Cosmetology will be offered in Balcarres School, Bert Fox High School and Whitewood School.
Mechanical and Automotives will be offered in Grenfell at the Prairie Valley bus garage and shop.


A number of courses, not new to the Division but new to individual schools, are being offered for
the first during the 2010-2011 school year. The chart below summarizes the new courses being
Mechanical and


Clothing, Textiles
and Fashion


Production Technology​
Visual Art​
Grenfell High School​
Cupar School
Indian Head High School
Grenfell High School​
Balcarres School
Broadview School
Whitewood School​
Cupar School
Milestone School
Montmartre School
Wolseley High School​
Kelliher School​
Construction and
Carpentry (pure)​
Cosmetology​ Dance​ Electrical and Electronics​ Welding (pure)
Cupar School
Grenfell High School​
Balcarres School
Bert Fox High School
Whitewood School​
Lipton School​ Kelliher School
Kipling School​
Broadview School
Cupar School
Grenfell High School​
Food Studies​ Outdoor Education​ Photographics​ Theatre Arts
Cupar School
Lipton School
Milestone School​
Indian Head High
Lipton School
Robert Southey School​
Bert Fox High School
Cupar School
Kipling School
Robert Southey
Wolseley High School​
Lipton School​

How are Practical and Applied Arts courses being enhanced

Various Practical and Applied Arts courses have existed in Prairie Valley for some time. However,
2010-2011 will see an investment of additional staff time, staff training, related facility
enhancements and upgrades and nearly $750,000 in PAA equipment totaling over $1 million
dollars. This is also the first year of a new strategy for program delivery called magnet

What is magnet programming?

The magnet concept involves students travelling to a different school to take a specific course. The
magnet school is a specialized center with the staff, facility and equipment to deliver specific high
school programs and courses. A range of courses is available to students within a reasonable
geographic radius.

Why offer programming through the magnet concept?

Magnet programming is an effective way to deliver specialized programs to a geographically
widespread area with relatively small student populations. Magnet programming allows more
choices for students. For example, depending on the magnet group, instead of having two choices
for classes, students may have five to nine choices.
Scheduling and busing are coordinated to allow students to attend a nearby school for part of their
day in order to take these courses. Instructional time is not lost, as some of the bus travel occurs
during the lunch hour, and is minimized to approximately 30 or 35 minutes one way. Magnet
schools travel every other day for a blocked two hour class in the afternoon. Students will receive
one credit in the first semester, and another in the second semester.

Where are the magnet groups for 2010-2011?

Wolseley (Calculus, Communication Production Technology, Drama, Photographics, Outdoor
Education, Visual Arts) and Grenfell (Mechanical and Automotives, Construction and
Carpentry/Welding, Food Studies, Interior Design/Clothing, Textiles and Fashion)
Cupar (Construction and Carpentry, Clothing, Textiles and Fashion, Welding, Communication
Production Technology, Photographics) and Lipton (Outdoor Education, Media Studies,
Accounting, Dance, Theatre Arts)
Broadview (Welding, Drama/Theatre Arts) and Kipling (Communication Production Technology,
Calculus, French, Electrical and Electronics, Photographics) and Whitewood (Cosmetology,
Construction and Carpentry, Commercial Cooking)

Calculus, French, Media Studies, Visual Arts and Drama are not Practical and Applied Arts
courses, but can be effectively delivered through the magnet concept as well.

What type of equipment is being purchased?

Equipment purchasing will cover many areas and will depend on the needs of the individual
school—ranging from welders to measuring cups. Additional equipment will enhance what the
school is already doing in the Practical and Applied Arts area: Construction and Carpentry,
Welding, Food Studies, Clothing, Textiles and Fashion, Horticulture, Photographics,
Communication Production Technology, Commercial Cooking, Drafting and Computer-Aided
Design and Information Processing. Some schools are expanding their selection of PAA courses
and enhancements will occur in the same areas. New equipment will be purchased for schools
that are implementing new courses. Two equipment trailers will be utilized to enhance

How will equipment trailers enhance programming?

Two trailers will be purchased that will be filled with equipment. One trailer will focus on Electrical
and Electronics, and the other will focus on Construction and Carpentry. The idea is that schools
may book these trailers and have them delivered to their school to use the equipment in them. Not
all schools have the equipment that will be housed in the trailers so therefore students will have
access to additional materials.

If I want to know what PAA courses are being offered in high schools for 2010-2011, how do I find out?

The best person to ask would be your school administrator. A chart of most PAA course offerings
is available on the Prairie Valley School Division website, (see the chart on the
following page)