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Ministry of Education Courses

Health & Career Education 9

For students in grades 9, in conjunction with Counseling, the Applied Skills Department and the Fine Arts Department, these courses focus in 2 major areas: personal development and career development. The HCE program’s goal is to meet the developmental needs of the students and assist students in coping with the many demands and decisions of their adolescent years. Several major topics are dealt with in these first two years of high school:

  • The Planning Process
  • Career Development
  • Collecting Information
  • Career Awareness
  • Making Plans and Decisions
  • Career Exploration
  • Implementing and Monitoring
  • Career Preparation
  • Personal Development
  • Healthy Living
  • Mental Well-Being
  • Family Life
  • Child Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Personal Goals
  • Work Safety
  • Relationship Building
  • Sexual Health
  • Emotional Intelligence

No mark is given for this requirement. Students will recieve a comment on their report card, indicating the fulfillment of this requirement.

Planning 10

Prerequisite: none
Equipment needed: a USB drive
Planning 10 is a 4 credit course that is mandatory for the Graduation Program in British Columbia.

The aim of Planning 10 is to enable students to develop the skills they need to become self-directed
individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions, and take responsibility for pursing their goals
throughout life. 

Planning 10 encourages students to explore a range of career options, plan their future and develop skills in areas such as employability, healthy decision-making, financial management and transition planning beyond secondary school. There are four components to Planning 10: Graduation Program, Education and Careers, Finances and Health Education.

By the end of the year at Prince of Wales you will have an E-Portfolio!
No mark is given for this requirement. Students will recieve a comment on their report card, indicating the fulfillment of this requirement.

Daily Physical Activity

Effective September 2011, schools will have the flexibility to provide 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students in Grades 8 or 9, or provide students in these grades with options to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
Students in Grades 10 to 12 students will engage in 150 minutes of physical activity per week as part of their Graduation Transition program.

For more information on this Ministry requirement, please see http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/dpa/.
No mark is given for this requirement. Students will recieve a comment on their report card, indicating the fulfillment of this requirement.

Graduation Transitions

All B.C. secondary school students who are enrolled in Grade 10, 11 or 12 as of September 1, 2007, must complete Graduation Transitions.

Graduation Transitions is intended to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school. In order to meet this goal, Graduation Transitions encourages students to:
    • take ownership of their own health and learning
    • examine and demonstrate connections between their learning and their future
    • create a plan for their growth and development as skilled, healthy, knowledgeable, participating citizens
    • exhibit attributes of a model B.C. graduate
All B.C. secondary school students must demonstrate they have met the following requirements for:
    • Personal Health - maintain a personal health plan and participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
    • Community Connections - participate in at least 30 hours of work experience and/or community service and describe what was learned.
    • Career and Life - complete a transition plan and present significant accomplishments

For more information on this Ministry requirement, please see http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/grad_certificate.htm.
For information on how Grad Transitions is administered at Prince of Wales, see http://pw.vsb.bc.ca/transitions.
No mark is given for this requirement. Students will recieve a comment on their report card, indicating the fulfillment of this requirement.​