The school program at Father Leonard Van Tighem consists of three components: the Religious Program, the Academic Program and the Social Program. All three are important to the student growth and development as responsible adults in our society.
A. THE RELIGIOUS PROGRAM
1. Religious Studies
All students attending Father Leonard Van Tighem will take Religious Studies as part of the regular school program. We support the parish in preparing students to receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist in Grade Two, Reconciliation in Grade Three and Confirmation in Grade Seven.
2. Daily Prayer
Each school day begins with a daily prayer and "Oh, Canada". In addition, each class may also begin with a prayer.
B. THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The Academic Program at Father Leonard Van Tighem follows the Alberta Education Program of Studies.
1. Core Subjects
The core subjects consist of Religious Studies, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. All core subjects are compulsory for every student and must meet the time requirement as outlined by Alberta Education. In addition, students are required to take Physical Education and Health.
2. Complementary Subjects
Through these courses students are given opportunities to explore many areas of interest. Each year Father Leonard Van Tighem School offers a wide variety of complementary Career and Technology courses (CTS). Courses are offered dependant on the teacher's expertise, what is required and what the philosophy of our school allows us to offer. These option courses may include: French, Band, Art, Computers, Woodshop, Foods, Drama, and Leadership.
3. Adapted Programming
At Father Leonard Van Tighem School we feel all students are unique and each has his/her own talents, abilities, and capabilities. It is our belief that each child deserves special care and an education best suited to his/her unique self. Our Special Education Liaisons work with classroom teachers to develop and implement Individual Program Plans for those students requiring them.
C. SOCIAL PROGRAMS
1. Co-Curricular Program
Father Leonard Van Tighem School has a variety of programs to meet the interests and diversified talents of our students. These programs give all our students the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of varying activities and provide an opportunity for worthwhile involvement during the noon hour and after school.
2. Intramural Activities
Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of noon hour activities. Two important goals of the program are to provide activities that are fun, and to encourage as many students as possible to participate. In order to achieve these goals, the activities take many forms. Some are designed so that teams compete against each other. There are also individual activities for those that prefer to compete on their own. Some of the events planned for next year include: Soccer-baseball, Scatter ball, Floor Hockey, Skittle ball, Challenge Month, Belly Baseball, Hat Day, Hawaiian Day, Tie Day, Twin Day, etc. Through Student Leadership, students are encouraged to make suggestions to enhance this program.
We also offer Early-Bird Intramurals that are organized for the Elementary students Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Students wishing to participate in the activity need to arrive by the Gym doors by 8:05 a.m.
3. Student Leadership
Student Leadership is offered as a Grade 8/9 complementary course. During this course, students will meet to plan events for the whole student body. These may include noon hour theme activities, dances, religious celebrations, assemblies and cross-graded family community building activities.
4. Interscholastic Team Activities
Father Leonard Van Tighem sponsors inter-school teams that compete with other Junior High and Middle Schools in Lethbridge and the surrounding area in a variety of sports. These include:
Cross-Country running (September & October)
Volleyball (September to November)
Basketball (December to March)
Badminton (March & April)
Track & Field (April & May)
Students are welcome to try out for the various teams prior to each sport schedule but in order to defray costs; there is a user fee for those students participating on teams. In addition there will be a nominal activity fee charged to all students. The Grade 5/6 teams compete with other elementary schools in our division within the city of Lethbridge.
Dances will be from 6 - 9 p.m. except for the final year end dance which will be from 7 - 10 p.m. Dances are open to Father Leonard Van Tighem students only. Doors close at 6:30 p.m. We expect all students attending the dances to remain until the end unless they provide supervisors with a parent note indicating otherwise.
6. Grade 9 Farewell
Each June a farewell Mass takes place at St. Martha's Parish. A family social and Junior High Dance follow at the school.