The drama classes at Bethune offer opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Our drama Students work together to produce short pieces for assemblies and a student written play for the National Theatre School Drama Festival. Our original plays and drama students have won numerous awards at the NTS Drama Festival.


The Dr. Norman Bethune Music Program is home to the school's musical talent. Students have the opportunity to express themselves through the playing and singing of a wide selection of repertoire. Extra-curricular ensembles include: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Stage Band, Jr. Jazz Band, Festival Singers, Junior Choir, and Jazz Choir. Each year the Music Department is proud to showcase their talent by hosting an annual Winter Concert in December and a Spring Concert held at the Flato-Markham Theatre. Bethune CI is proud to be the home of an award winning Music program. Students perform at the Ontario Band Association Concert Band Festival, Ontario Vocal Festival and MusicFest Canada. Our music students have performed at different venues across the city such as Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Visual/Digital Arts and Photography

The Bethune Visual Arts courses offer many wonderful opportunities for our students. We have visual arts, photography, computer art, and drawing.

In Visual Art, students work with a variety of techniques and tools to create: Drawing with Charcoal, pencil, ink and pencil crayons; Painting with watercolours or acrylic paint; Sculpting with foam, clay and felt; Printmaking with linoleum; and Mural and Costume design.

In Photography, students will critically analyze photographic works and the role of photography in society while exploring both historical and contemporary photographers. Students will work both with analog and digital cameras and will expand their use of photo editing techniques with Adobe Photoshop CC. In addition, students will participate in an exhibition at a public gallery.

The Digital Arts course develops student’s use of Photoshop to design and illustrate finished artwork while applying the principles of art and design to their work. Students will also interpret historical artworks and use the creative process to produce artworks of their own.

Incredible student artworks are displayed all over the school on bulletin boards, art displays in the commons, and student lockers.

Course Descriptions:

The Ministry of Education provides detailed course descriptions