Ukuhlola is a Zulu word meaning “exploration” and this time is for students to learn and explore areas of interest.  For the last forty minutes of the day on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm all Middle School students participate in Ukuhlola time.   

Ukuhlola courses may include:  Public Speaking & Debate, Academic Extension in Math and Science, Service Learning, Forensic Science, Coding, Student Leadership Academies, Film Making & Production, and Culinary Arts, just to name a few.

Ukuhlola course last approximately ½ term or one full term and students will have the chance to learn about and explore a variety of courses throughout the year.  

Ukuhlola time will not replace anything that we currently offer in our Middle School schedule.  You will still have Core classes and a variety of Elective options to choose from for your schedule next year.  Ukuhlola time is an addition to all the we currently offer in the Middle School.

Ukuhlola Course Offerings - Term 1

Course

Teacher

Description

Max. # of Students

Dates

Additional Information

Game Design

Mr. Barton

Using a variety of tools, Roblox and Scratch to create and collaborate  a game to share.

15

August 19 – October 8

 

Screenwriting

Ms. Berghahn

Screenwriting: Working in a creative team to pitch movie ideas; Generate a story and translate it into a script for a movie.

 

15

August 19 – October 8

 

Student Leadership

Mr. Cohen and Ms. Roberts

For students to develop practical skills to plan, organize, and run Middle School events, while confidently and competently leading their peers.

 

Open to 8th graders interested in student leadership

August 19 – October 8

Open to 8th graders only

Forensics –Murdered Mayor

Ms. Kaplan

Forensics is a six-week course that begins with an introduction to Forensics, the basics of what Forensic science is, what Forensic Specialists do, and how to collect and evaluate evidence. Students then collaborate as a class to solve a Murder Mystery of their own. They will complete various tests, for example fingerprinting, imprinting, hair, fibre and blood analyses, in order to find the perpetrator. 

 

15

August 19 – October 8

 

Crochet for Change

Ms. Moller

Crochet club aims to teach students how to crochet or knit, and in doing so create squares and blankets to donate to less fortunate people. We will donate these squares or full blankets to the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day organization. All levels of crochet and knitting skills are welcome.

 

15

August 19 – October 8

 

Six Word Memoirs

Ms. Moreau

Writing, creating, publishing a memoir in 6-weeks

15

August 19 – October 8

 

Cross Cultural Movie Making

Ms. Rollon & Mr. Megaffin

If you could explain to the world how to navigate your culture, how to make the most of it, how to appreciate it. What would you feature? Get your movie making skills ready and join us to explore cross cultural connections.

15

August 19 -

October 8 

 

Outdoor Education

Ms. Wood

Outdoor Ed is a six-week course that begins with an introduction to map reading, orienteering, and completing a route card.  Students will then cover First Aid before moving on to designing a menu and cooking food.  The last aspect we will explore is setting up camp.

 

15

August 19 -

October 8 

Stick Figure Animation

Mr. Barton

Using Stykz to design a story and create an animated movie 

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Filmmaking

Ms. Berghahn

Film making skills: – How to use camera equipment, lighting, sound, location, to develop and cast a movie.

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Student Run Ukuhlola

Mr. Cohen

For students to learn to plan, design, and deliver a curriculum that they’re passionate, knowledgeable, or curious about.

Open

October 21 – December 3

 

Math Extension

Ms. Roberts

 

15

October 21 – December 3

Forensics - Kidnapped

Ms. Kaplan

Forensics is a six-week course that begins with an introduction to Forensics, the basics of what Forensic science is, what Forensic Specialists do, and how to collect and evaluate evidence. Students then collaborate as a class to solve a Murder Mystery of their own. They will complete various tests, for example fingerprinting, imprinting, hair, fibre and blood analyses, in order to find the perpetrator. 

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Home Economics

Ms. Moller

During this course students will learn basic life skills that will help them in the future. We will be learning skills like sewing on a button, sewing a hem, basic cooking skills, how to change a tire, how to change a 2-point to a 3-point plug, etc.

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

From Ginku to Haiku

Ms. Moreau

From Ginku to Haiku – Writing and self-publishing a series of nature driven Haikus inspired by an 15th century out-of-work samurai named Basho. Half the time is spent out of doors discovering nature – or nature as muse for haikus.

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Mother Tongue Studies

Ms. Rollon

Coordination of Mother Tongue language

Open

October 21 – December 3

 

Outdoor Education

Ms. Wood

Outdoor Ed is a six-week course that begins with an introduction to map reading, orienteering, and completing a route card.  Students will then cover First Aid before moving on to designing a menu and cooking food.  The last aspect we will explore is setting up camp.

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Moot Court Debating

Ms. Charles

Moot Court debating

Interactive 12-week course centered around 2-3 mock cases where students get to interact with basic legal procedure & practice from 3 different countries, including South Africa

Possible visit/tour to the Constitutional court? 

Main Skills

Research

Interpreting texts

Critical thinking

Public speaking

Collaboration

More interaction with aspects of SA

 

20

August 19 – December 3

 

Dystopian Fiction

Ms. Collins

A creative exploration of popular dystopian fiction novels such as Maze Runner, Divergent, Hunger Games, The Giver. We will examine the elements of dystopian fiction, discuss the themes and motifs, also conduct comparative analyses between the novels and the films, and compare & contrast the different novels. We will also read short stories based on dystopian worlds in preparation for the final project: the creation of your own dystopian fiction short story!

 

15

October 21 – December 3

 

Mythbusters

Mr. Warnecke

Mythbusters: The "Mythbusters" Elective is a variation on classic scientific inquiry.  Instead of choosing a "formal" scientific question, students in groups choose a myth to prove or disprove using the scientific method. The myth could be an urban or fairy tale type of myth or something students have seen in a movie. The myth could also be just be a fun scientific question that could be investigated. The catch is that students have to follow the same process used in the Discovery Channel's popular Mythbusters show and the myth could not have already been used or tested on the show.  The students end the class by completing a 10-minute, Mythbusters episode. 

20

August 19 – December 3

 

Theatre for Social Change Robin Willis Theater is more than just entertainment.  Theater can create meaningful change in the world; it can educate, counsel, protest, liberate, inspire, and heal.  In this class, students will identify issues that they are passionate about, and create original theater performances that seek to demand change, create action, and otherwise change the world.  Want to make the world a better place?  Want to learn new theater techniques and create original work?  This is the class for you! 16 August 19 – December 3

 

 

 

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