The Flex program complements the school’s wide range of extracurricular activities. This unique concept allows students at all levels to pursue their individual interests outside of the regular school curriculum. Students can select from a dozen subjects that range from the arts to the academics.

Both students and teachers feel that Flex is a stimulating addition to the school curriculum, and a great way to share their interests and passions. Students have the opportunity to learn alongside students of different ages, as the program’s courses are open to all grade levels. Additionally, it gives them a chance to explore areas that may be new and challenging to them. Teachers claim that the sense of achievement that students experience at Flex is evident, and beneficial to all aspects of their learning. Extremely popular with students, it has garnered rave reviews.

Flex is offered each term and students may choose the same course throughout the year or a variety, depending on their individual interests. Twice a week, students have the opportunity to participate in the Flex course they have selected from those described in this brochure. It is an engaging program and the students benefit greatly from its addition at Kells.

Amnesty International:

By committing to being an Amnesty activist, students gain valuable skills and tangible leadership experience, build community with people who are as passionate about human rights as they are, and become a part of a growing network of young people who are changing the world. As members of Amnesty International, students become part of a movement, joining a community of those who care about dignity, solidarity, and justice.

Art of Listening:

An eclectic overview of Western music from its earliest origins to the modern day. From its foundations in Medieval hymns through the birth of Rock and Roll and into the 21st century, students will develop an appreciation for various genres and styles of music. The course is built upon a varied selection of recordings, which students are given the opportunity to dissect and discuss. Through this "guided listening", students will cultivate an ear for various musical concepts and ideas.

Chess:

Chess at Kells is offered through "Math et Echec", a 30 year old organization affiliated with Canada's National Chess Association. Many of the instructors are National and International caliber chess players. They know how to interact with students of all ages in order to pass on the love of playing chess.

The instructors teach the role that each chess piece plays in the game. Students practice specific moves up to playing timed move games. The students have fun while at the same time using and developing many skills, such as problem solving, math concepts, logic, concentration, and patience."

Cinema & Film Studies:

Cinema and Film Studies Flex class teaches students how to critically examine film. In this course, we examine the history of film, genre, cinematic techniques, film theory and filmmaking. By examining these aspects, students will be able to experience cinema through a sharper lens enabling them to see beyond the screen.

Cinema & Film Studies - Junior:

Film Studies combines movie-watching and discussion, covering a variety of genres, including black & white films, horror films, cartoons, classics and more. Students engage in thoughtful discussions about the movie at the end of each class. This course is for Junior level students.

Crochet/Knitting:

Students will start by learning the basics — slipknot, the chain, single and double crochet stitches. Once these skills are mastered, they will be able to crochet items of their choice such as: bows, headbands, mug cozies, scarves, iPad cases, phone cases, pencil cases, bags, hats, slippers etc.

Dance:

The Dance Flex program works both the mental and physical domains in helping students attain their creative potential, while learning to appreciate the benefits of the art of dance. The dance program not only develops dance skills, it also improves self-esteem, enhances student musicality, promotes and encourages team work, develops leadership skills, teaches spatial awareness, and allows for student creativity. Furthermore, the physical and aerobic moves develop strength, flexibility, and balance.

Pottery/Sculpture:

Students learn basic clay hand building and glazing techniques, which are applied to a final self directed piece, tailored to their personal interest. They will learn about good studio practice and develop their skills while being supported by a professional ceramic artist.

Robotics:

Flex Robotics is designed in a way to show students how the digital world and real world can work in great harmony. By making different robots, students will learn how to make something mechanical and by programming they will learn how to bring it to life. By following this process, they see the true power of programming and they will become comfortable telling the computer to carry out some tasks. By making robots, such as a mechanical arm or racing cars, students will learn about gear structures and how sensors work and what they can do. Students are engaged and excited as they make their robots compete against each other.

Soccer:

At Kells Academy, we take pride in our athletics. Soccer is the sport of choice here. With many international students at Kells, for whom soccer is a popular national sport, a unique culture has developed in the school as a result of their game knowledge. In our Soccer Flex program, we focus on expanding students’ skills in areas such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and most importantly teamwork and cooperation. The program allows students from all grade levels to develop their soccer skills while increasing motivation and persistence that can transfer into all areas of life.

Spanish:

An introduction to the Spanish language and culture, students are guided step by step through the learning of key vocabulary, greetings, useful phrases, expressions, proper pronunciation and basic grammar. Students will also be introduced to all the Spanish speaking countries and will examine their traditions and cultures. They may participate in a cultural activity, make a typical dish, (ex. Guacamole, Tapas, etc…) or a traditional craft (i.e.Pinata).

Yoga for Wellbeing:

Release your physical, mental and energetic stress through the ancient practice of yoga. Each class includes a discussion on the day's theme, physical movement, and an accompanying meditation. During this fun and relaxing class, students will learn how to use yoga to support their wellbeing and integrate the practices into their daily lives.