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One of the most FUN and BEST ways to earn high school credits!





Students will discover the arts in the proud Canadian maritime tall ship traditions. Exploring mediums in a nautical context such as drama, film, music, and visual arts, this high school credit course will allow students to learn about traditions such as the role of tattoos and rope/knot art in the sailing world. 

This course integrates two or more of the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts), giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated art works created individually or collaboratively.  Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply concepts, styles and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom.  Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges. 


Classes are Thursdays from 7pm - 9pm, January 6, 2022 - June 16, 2022,  

plus 4 Saturdays (in-person or virtual) 10:00 – 2:00 pm on February 12, April 23,  & May 14.  No classes - March 17, 24 or May 19.

No prior tall ship experience is required. This course can also be taken 100% virtually! Be ready to budget approximately an additional $250 in art supplies.




2021-2022 Grade 11 and 12 students! Are you taking a Grade 11 U-Level English course this year, or have you completed a Grade 11 U-Level English course already? If yes, enroll in our 'A Whale of a Tale' EWC4U The Writer's Craft in January 2022.

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. You will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of your writing. You will also complete a range of creative and analytical writing projects, and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. 
This course can act as both one of your optional courses for graduation requirements and/or part of your top 6 U or M-Level courses average for university/college applications. 

In this course, we will explore all styles and types of writing that sailors used to and currently do in their free time: Love letters, messages in a bottle, myths and legends, short and long types of poetry, treasure map writing/riddles/secret codes, journaling, sea shanties, oral histories, fish-tales of battles and mermaids, morse code, the phonetic alphabet, and important orders/news to be delivered to and from new worlds. It's a Whale of a Tale and it's all true... I swear by my (temporary) tattoo!

Classes are Tuesdays from 7pm - 9pm, January 4, 2022 - June 18, 2022,

plus 4 Saturdays (in-person or virtual) 10:00 – 2:00 pm on February 12, April 23,  & May 14.  No classes - March 15, 22 or May 24. No prior tall ship experience is required. This course can also be taken 100% virtually!

Construction Technology, Grade 10, Open (TCJ20)

This course introduces students to building materials and processes through opportunities to design and build various construction projects. Students will learn to create and read working drawings; become familiar with common construction materials, components, and processes; and perform various fabrication, assembly, and finishing operations.


They will use various hand and power tools and apply knowledge of imperial and metric systems of measurement, as appropriate. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to construction technology, and will explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the industry. In addition, students will learn valuable shipbuilding and maintenance skills.  The class project may include building news masts and the refit of traditional Navy Whalers.   


Prerequisite: None


A minimum of 6 participants is required for this course.


An Ontario independent school inspected by the Ministry of Education,  the Academy was established in 2011 and operates for high school students grades 9 to 12.

BBA commits itself to provide lasting and meaningful change in our students.  High School courses are taught to emphasize a direct relationship between the learning material of the course and the world ashore.

BBA instructors are creative, energetic and qualified educators who are supported by a qualified professional crew aboard a ship and ashore.   Educators have an experiential education background and a keen interest in Tall Ship Sailing.

These training programs are meant to provide an opportunity for keen sailors to reach ahead in their Bytown Brigantine Log Book Levels as well as learn important seamanship skills that they can bring with them on their future voyages with us or any other vessel. 

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