The Esquimalt High School Curling Academy provides academic excellence and leadership skill development, in combination with the development of curling skills. The entire program enhances individual curling skills of students and develops future leaders in the community.
The Esquimalt Curling Academy accepts applications from novice to expert curlers as well as from wheelchair curlers.
Esquimalt High School provides every student a chance to succeed academically. The goals of the Curling Academy are to:
• enable academic achievement and provide students with leadership skills, character development skills, goal setting, and problem solving skills.
• provide academic support and mentoring to Academy students
• provide sport science instruction and high performance strength and conditioning training, fitness and nutrition, sport psychology, and mental preparation training
• develop citizenship within the school
• provide Academy students with high level on-ice curling instruction, and
• enhance opportunities to pursue post-secondary programs
Curling is a mainstay Canadian sport. By focusing this physical education course entirely on curling, students are able to either discover a new sport or further their knowledge and passion of a sport that are currently involved in.
Academy Delivery Format
Curling students spend 2 blocks of their instructional time in the Academy. The course content includes individual on-ice curling skills and off-ice skills. The on-ice instruction occurs at the Archie Browning Recreation Facility, a ten minute walk from Esquimalt High School. The off-ice block occurs in a classroom and gymnasium at school.
Academy students will receive three 70 minute blocks of on-ice instruction, and two blocks of classroom instruction weekly for the entire academic year. Credit will be granted for PE 9 or 10 (4 credits) and Athletic Leadership 9 or 10 (4 credits).
The program coordinator is Trish Fortier, our PE Department Head and a level 2 Curling Coach. Ms. Fortier will be on-ice with the students and working with the on-ice coach, local NCCP certified coach, Cindy Tucker.
The cost to students for participating in the Curling Academy is $400.00. Students are expected to use their own curling shoes, however equipment will be provided for those students who do not have their own.
Consistent with district policy, no student will be excluded due to financial hardship.
Students and families must apply to the program. The following serves as selection criteria:
• Students must have demonstrated responsible behaviour and positive attitude
• Students must demonstrate a determination, commitment and a desire to learn to curl at the competitive level
If accepted, students must register as a full-time students at Esquimalt High School
Interested students must complete an application package consisting of:
Student information form
Student and parent statement of interest
A copy of most recent report card.
Teacher/Administrator references will be contacted and students will be interviewed. In the case of oversubscription, admission will be based on the strength of the application and a wait list will be established. Upon acceptance to the program, students are expected to maintain acceptable academic and behaviour standards.