Chaplain - Mme. Michelle Phair
Christian Action Project (CAPs)
With the introduction of the new Catholic Studies curriculum in grades 9 & 10 this year, the CAPs projects will replace the former requirement of 10 Christian Service hours at every grade level. Completion of some individual service hours may be required by the students but they will focus on each individual classes' CAPs project and will be determined by the teacher. CAPs will account for 10% of the student's grade.
Catholic Studies will replace all Christian Ethics courses at the grade 11 & 12 level in the 2018-2019 school year.
Engaging the Hands - Christian Action Projects
Christian Action Projects (CAPs) are experiential opportunities for students. CAPs enable students to achieve curriculum outcomes and deepen their understanding through practical application.
Project Requirements & Purpose
The students must engage in a Catholic studies CAP at each grade from 9 - 12. The purpose is to use project based learning to:
- challenge students to apply their learning
- deepen their understanding of course outcomes
- encourage student contributions to the mission of the Church
CAPs are based on outcomes and may involve students working individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a full class. Teachers and students will collaborate to plan how selected course outcomes will be addressed. Assessment should be ongoing and include self-and peer-assessments as appropriate. Students and teachers will also determine how to document student progress and ensure feedback throughout the project. Feedback can focus on project development and challenges and involve multiple sources (e.g. teacher, self, peers, parents, community partners). Students may share their learning through presentations to classmates, community and beyond (e.g. performance, blog, debate, video).
CAPs must be included as an important part of each Catholic studies course. There is flexibility as to project duration and use of in-class and out-of-class time as determined by teachers in collaboration with students to ensure curriculum outcomes are addressed.
CAPs are based on the five actions identified by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to achieve the mission of the Church. As a result, all CAPs must focus on one or more of the following:
- proclaiming Jesus Christ (e.g. drama presentation, Walk for Life, retreat experiences)
- worshipping Christ through the Sacraments (e.g. Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programs, Eucharistic Adoration, sacramental participation)
- forming a communion of people (e.g. parish involvement, mentoring programs involving sport, spirituality, academics)
- giving witness (e.g. liturgical arts presentations, youth rallies, giving voice to the teachings of the Church)
- service in the model of Jesus (e.g. feed the hungry, care for the sick, support for others in need)
- service oriented CAPs provide opportunities to discuss what makes an act of service Christian, CAPs should help students deepen their understanding of what motivates a Christian to serve.