Mission Heights Junior College

Term 1, 2024 DEEP Options

Please read through the DEEP descriptions below for 2024. The DEEP courses are listed in Terms, by category (Discovery, Enrichment, Essentials, Passions, Sports and Learning Advisors), and then by alphabetical order.

Please note that courses with charges are only available to students who have paid their compulsory fees and previous DEEP fees.

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Monday

Discovery
At Mission Heights we want you to explore new areas of learning so that you may discover and grow your grain of Greatness. Each discovery course may only be selected once per year.
Beginners Chess (BCHE1)

Are you wanting to learn how to play Chess or have a friendly game of Chess with your friends? In this DEEP you will do just that. You will learn the strategy and tactics behind the game and master the different moves of play.

Beginners Chinese (BCHI1)

Embark on a linguistic journey with Beginners Chinese. Learn fundamental language skills such as pronunciation, basic vocabulary, and simple sentence structures. Participants will gain a foundation in the Chinese language and culture, setting the stage for further exploration and communication in one of the world's most spoken languages.

Beginners Debating (BDEB1)

Improve your poise, self-confidence, speech skills and team-player skills with this DEEP.

Celebrity Studies (CSTU1)

Celebrity Studies is a DEEP option for students interested in thinking about the world of celebrity, stardom and fame. We will look at well-known people and their lives & projects, and apply those findings to ourselves and maybe even discover new ways of critically thinking about the world we live in.

Coding (CODE1)

Are you interested in learning how to make your very own computer program? In this DEEP you will learn how to make a simple programS. You will be able to code your own simple games, or customise existing games.

Conservation (CONS1)

Learn how to look after our unique plants and animals in Aotearoa New Zealand, including how to attract native birds and lizards into your garden and how to take great photos of animals and plants.

Healthy Living (HLIV1)

Try out a new change in lifestyle through healthy eating, learning the benefits of positive thinking, creating an healthy awareness each month.

Induction (INDU1)

This DEEP is for all new Year 8, 9 & 10 students.

Mysterious Monsters (MYMO1)

"This course will explore this history and psychology behind sightings of mysterious creatures around the world, from Bigfoot and Mothman to the Loch Ness Monster. New Zealand also has has its fair share of mystery creatures from the patupaiarehe (tiny fairy beings from Maori folklore) to sightings of the ‘Coromandel Man’ (New Zealand’s Bigfoot), big cat reports and sightings of giant alligators in the Waikato River during the latter 1800s. What evidence is there to support the existence of these mystery creatures. THIS IS A COURSE IN CRITICAL THINKING AND RULES OF EVIDENCE. It is not a course in why these creatures exist - instead it asks the question: 'Why do so many people believe in monsters in the absence of compelling scientific evidence?'

Painting (PATN1)

There is a charge of $5 for this course.
Unleash your creativity through painting. Explore various painting techniques, colour theory, and composition. From mastering brush strokes to expressing personal narratives on canvas, discover your unique artistic voice and develop a lifelong love for painting.

Still Life Art (STIL1)

Come explore the world of still life. Still life involves creating art of inanimate objects from natural or man made world. You will be using oil pastels for this.

Trivia (TRIV1)

Come along to Trivia DEEP to test out your general knowledge and put yourself up against others! Learn trivia from around our world and through time.

Enrichment
Enrichment courses are designed for students who have found and want to continue to grow an area of strength. Some enrichment courses require a commitment for more than one Term. Please read the course descriptions for details.
Figures That Influenced History (FHIS1)

Come along to this DEEP session if you are passionate about learning about history and the importance of several figures that have changed the world we live in.

Wellbeing (WELL1)

This course is for pre-selected students only.

Essentials
Your Learning Advisor will guide you into an Essential course, based on your learning needs
ESOL - Monday Intermediate (ESLM1)

ESOL classes have been prepared by Mrs Clansey, in consultation with Whānau teachers.

ESOL Advanced Writing (ESAW1)

ESOL classes have been prepared by Mrs Clansey, in consultation with Whānau teachers.

MHJC Way - 7F1 Forest (MHJF1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

MHJC Way - 7F2 Forest (MHJF1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

MHJC Way - 7W1 Water (MHJW1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

Steps to Numeracy (STEN1)

Students are preselected for this class.

Learning Advisor
Learning advisor groups.
Passions
Passion courses are about you designing your programme to reflect your interests to allow students to personalise and exciting learning program. Passions may be selected for more than one Term if desired.
Baking (BAKT1)

There is a charge of $35 for this course.
Do you have a sweet tooth and love to bake? Enrol in baking and learn how to make delicious cookies and cakes. Sweet treats and good eats in the kitchen! Payment for this class needs to be made before class starts. As an outcome, you will be able to take recipes home to make for your family.

Book vs Film (BOVF1)

Do you have a passion for good books or films? A popular book will be read to you as a class, then we will watch the film based on that book and discuss the differences and what is better.

Cook Island Language and Dance (CIDA1)

Interested in learning the Reo (language) of the Cook Islands and experiencing the fun and unique dance style of Hula? This deep will teach you all about the Cook Island culture!

Creative Writing (CREW1)

Do you enjoy writing for fun? Stories, poems, journals, etc. Then this DEEP is for you. It will also help to improve your overall writing abilities in a fun and creative way.

Scientific Testing (SCIT1)

If you are a year 7 or 8 science enthusiast and like testing experiments to see if they work and like modifying, then this is for you.

Sudoku (SUDO1)

Do you enjoy solving Sudoku? Would you like how to learn to solve these puzzles? Then this is the DEEP for you.

Sports
It is important that you consider all 4 Cornerstones when designing your personalised DEEP learning programme. Please make your selections from the list below remembering that you can only select up to two sports courses per term.
Beginners Netball (BNET1)

This DEEP course is for students who already have some skills in netball, but would like to benefit from regular training or would like to learn the skills to play netball.

Beginners Outdoor Ed (BOED1)

Basic skills and knowledge needed to enjoy adventures outdoors. Depending on students' interests, topics might include weather, first aid, navigation, camp craft (cooking, equipment, survival), biking, trip planning, exploring NZ.

Circuit Workout (CIWA1)

In this DEEP you will progress through a variety of exercise stations to improve your physical fitness.

Orienteering (ORIE1)

Use your legs and your brain! Learn to find your way using maps, compasses, estimating distances, etc.

Volleyball (VOLB1)

Volleyball is a great social sport to play at family and friend gatherings. Join this class if you are keen to learn the rules and improve your skills.

Tuesday

Discovery
At Mission Heights we want you to explore new areas of learning so that you may discover and grow your grain of Greatness. Each discovery course may only be selected once per year.
Baking (BAKT1)

There is a charge of $35 for this course.
Do you have a sweet tooth and love to bake? Enrol in baking and learn how to make delicious cookies and cakes. Sweet treats and good eats in the kitchen! Payment for this class needs to be made before class starts. As an outcome, you will be able to take recipes home to make for your family.

Beginners Electronics (BELE1)

Over the span of a few exciting weeks, participants will dive into the fundamentals of electronics. From understanding circuitry to crafting your own electronic creations, this course provides a dynamic introduction to the captivating world of electronics.

Chinese Calligraphy (CCAL1)

You are going to explore different forms of traditional Chinese art, such as Chinese calligraphy and ink wash painting. You will learn how to handle the brush and to use strokes and lines to form Chinese characters and pictures in style. Inspiration will come from well-known artists' work and your own imagination! All are welcome.

Garden to Table (GART1)

Are you keen on making your own garden. In this deep you will be able to grow your own vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, kale etc. You will learn the basic skills of gardening. Importance of nature and seasons. Nutrition and health.

Mahjong (MAHJ1)

In this DEEP, you will learn how to play mahjong, one of Chinese people’s favourite pastimes. You will learn the basic strategies on how to play mahjong through attacking and defending from other players and have fun playing against each other.

Nature of Science (NOSC1)

Through this DEEP, students will learn what science is and how scientists work, develop the skills, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world, and appreciate that while scientific knowledge is durable, it is also constantly re-evaluated in the light of new evidence, etc.

Pencil Sketching (PSKE1)

Do you like sketching? Interested in learning how to create new drawings with just pencil. Come join this DEEP.

Sign Language (SIGN1)

Through this DEEP you will be learning the third official language of New Zealand - NZSL.

Still Life Art (STIL1)

Come explore the world of still life. Still life involves creating art of inanimate objects from natural or man made world. You will be using oil pastels for this.

Enrichment
Enrichment courses are designed for students who have found and want to continue to grow an area of strength. Some enrichment courses require a commitment for more than one Term. Please read the course descriptions for details.
Advanced Chess (ACHE1)

This Chess DEEP is for students who are passionate about chess and would like some challenge and extension in the game.

Dark Tourist (DTOU1)

In The Traveller’s Guide to Dark Tourism, we delve into what it means to be a dark tourist; uncover the ethics of such travel, including which destinations serve to educate and inform, as well as the dos and don’ts of visiting sites with sinister pasts. Elsewhere, explore some of the most significant sites to visit, from places that have been shaped by disasters – both natural and man-made – and battlefields of the world’s defining wars, to the living legacy of Europe’s recent history behind the Iron Curtain or the tombs and mausoleums of the most important leaders and revolutionaries. Come and enjoy the darker side of our everyday.

Math Art (MART1)

Use for of art to express yourself mathematically. Learn to use a compass. Bisect angles and lines to create an art form. Learn to use dots to create a geometric design. As an outcome You will develop a good understanding of geometric terms and skills.

Production Cast (PROC1)

This is only for students selected as leads/ensemble members in the 2024 school production.

Production Cast (PROC1)

This is only for students selected as leads/ensemble members in the 2024 school production.

Science Badges (SCIB1)

There is a charge of $6 for this course.
Allows students to gain science badges. There is a cost of $6 per badge + pp. An opportunity for enrichment of sciences in the real world. They will need to be adept at communicating in Science - suits gifted learners

Wellbeing (WELL1)

This course is for pre-selected students only.

Word Wizard (WWIZ1)

Are you a good speller, and want to put your spelling abilities to test? Do you like playing with letters of alphabet? This Word Wizard DEEP will take you on a spellbinding journey, where every letter is a stepping stone to spelling success!

Essentials
Your Learning Advisor will guide you into an Essential course, based on your learning needs
ESOL - Tuesday Beginners (ESLT1)

ESOL classes have been prepared by Mrs Clansey, in consultation with Whānau teachers.

MHJC Way - 7C1 Coast (MHJC1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

MHJC Way - 7C2 Coast (MHJC1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

MHJC Way - 7W2 Water (MHJW1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

Steps to Literacy (STEL1)

Students are preselected for this class.

Learning Advisor
Learning advisor groups.
Passions
Passion courses are about you designing your programme to reflect your interests to allow students to personalise and exciting learning program. Passions may be selected for more than one Term if desired.
Book vs Film (BOVF1)

Do you have a passion for good books or films? A popular book will be read to you as a class, then we will watch the film based on that book and discuss the differences and what is better.

Eco Warrior (ECOW1)

Are you concerned about climate change and our environment? Would you like to learn about protecting our planet and becoming a change maker and making a positive difference to our school, community, city, country and planet? In this DEEP we will look at recycling, pest control, plant protection and learning about positive ways to make a difference to where we live. You will have the opportunity to be empowered to create ideas to make a positive change. This DEEP will also involve the current Enviro Council students and if you are passionate and contribute to this DEEP you will have an opportunity to join this School Council. This DEEP may involve some small field trips. We need a dedicated team to move us in the right direction. Please only apply if you think this DEEP suits your passion for the environment.

MIT App Inventor (MITA1)

You will need a Windows or Mac for this DEEP. MIT App Inventor is a visual programming environment that allows you to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. You will be able to use blocks-based coding programs. So, if you want to move from technology consumption to technology creation then this DEEP is the right one for you.

School Outreach (SOUT1)

This DEEP is about doing service to the society. You will work in a team to identify a need in the community or city and take social action. You will also work with the primary school in the capacities they need. This might be reading with young students.

Science and Supernatural (SCIS1)

We will evaluate claims of the supernatural and paranormal within a framework of mainstream science and critical thinking. Topics will range from claims of demonic possession to reincarnation.

Sports
It is important that you consider all 4 Cornerstones when designing your personalised DEEP learning programme. Please make your selections from the list below remembering that you can only select up to two sports courses per term.
Badminton (BADB1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
Are you interested in Badminton? Then this is for you! Come and develop your skills, learn the game, and perfect your shot! Skills will the learned through playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Opportunities to move further on to tournament level to represent the school are possible.

Beginner Hockey (BHOK1)

Through this DEEP you will develop the skills, fitness and discipline to play hockey.

Beginner Tennis (BTEN1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
This DEEP will teach you the basic skills and techniques to get started with tennis.

Beginners Rugby Girls (RUGG1)

This DEEP is for girls who would like to play rugby.

Calisthenics (CALS1)

Looking to improve your own strength and develop lean muscles? In this DEEP you will work to do this through exercise using your own body. No extra gear, nothing!

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT1)

Are you wanting to improve your fitness for sport or even get fit? This class is for all fitness levels who are willing to give it a go and work hard. HIIT workouts are high intensity but quick! Come to this DEEP prepared to sweat!

Junior Hockey (JHOC1)

This DEEP is for Year 7 & 8s where you can learn about hockey. You will participate in modified games that develop your overall hockey ability. The aim of this tournament is to increase the amount of students interested in hockey at MHJC and also to identify students who can play Hockey for MHJC.

Running (RUNT1)

Are you a keen runner? With the passion to overcome obstacles as you are running. Then this DEEP is for you! In this DEEP we will look into different running techniques as well as improving our long distance fitness. As an outcome we will be entering into a running event! If you choose this DEEP you will be RUNNING every week. This is NOT a walking DEEP.

Self Defence (SDEF1)

In this DEEP you will learn the skills and art of Self Defence.

Sports Fruit Salad (SPSA1)

Are you a keen sports and games player? This DEEP will focus on recreation games and sports, looking into a new sport every week! As an outcome you will be running a recreation afternoon for a younger age group.

Wednesday

Discovery
At Mission Heights we want you to explore new areas of learning so that you may discover and grow your grain of Greatness. Each discovery course may only be selected once per year.
Enrichment
Enrichment courses are designed for students who have found and want to continue to grow an area of strength. Some enrichment courses require a commitment for more than one Term. Please read the course descriptions for details.
Essentials
Your Learning Advisor will guide you into an Essential course, based on your learning needs
Learning Advisor
Learning advisor groups.
Learning Advisor Group (LZZZ1)

This is the learning advisor group for all students.

Passions
Passion courses are about you designing your programme to reflect your interests to allow students to personalise and exciting learning program. Passions may be selected for more than one Term if desired.
Sports
It is important that you consider all 4 Cornerstones when designing your personalised DEEP learning programme. Please make your selections from the list below remembering that you can only select up to two sports courses per term.

Thursday

Discovery
At Mission Heights we want you to explore new areas of learning so that you may discover and grow your grain of Greatness. Each discovery course may only be selected once per year.
Beginner Afrikaans (BAFR1)

Afrikaans is one of the many languages spoken in South Africa. If you would like to learn to speak some basic Afrikaans while having fun... then this class is for you. From introducing yourself, to learning words, phrases and sentences. Come and join the fun while learning to speak a new language!

Beginner Hip Hop Dance (BHIP1)

Come and learn one of the most popular contemporary dance styles - performed all over the world and online. Throughout the course, students will not only develop their dance skills but also gain a deeper appreciation for hip hop as an art form. With a focus on fostering creativity, teamwork, and self-confidence, this course aims to provide a positive and inclusive environment where young dancers can grow and shine.

Beginners German (BGER1)

If you're ready for another language challenge, why not try German? This is a basic beginners class for those who don't know any German at all. You will learn a little about Germany, and basics in the German language.

Cartoon Drawing (CDRW1)

Learn or practice your cartoon drawing through this DEEP. Practice your technique and look at different drawings for inspiration.

Clay Creations (CLCR1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
This class would combine clay crafting with food design. Students would be taught techniques of using polymer clay to create realistic looking miniature food. These can be turned into jewellery as a great gift idea. A small fee to cover the cost of materials would apply.

Fake News (FAKE1)

This class will example current events in the news that are not supported by mainstream science.

Financial Literacy (FLIT1)

Develop financial literacy such as budgeting, investments etc through this DEEP.

Laser Craft (LASR1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
Students must have a Windows or Mac laptop for Laser Craft. A DEEP offering for students who would like to create designs using the laser machine. You will research designs then create and edit a drawing file which the laser machine will cut. You will then assemble your design into a completed 3D outcome which you will take home.

Mahjong (MAHJ1)

In this DEEP, you will learn how to play mahjong, one of Chinese people’s favourite pastimes. You will learn the basic strategies on how to play mahjong through attacking and defending from other players and have fun playing against each other.

Origami (ORIG1)

Do you like getting creative with your hands? If so, come to this DEEP and learn how to make lanterns, origami, paper sculpturing, kites, and so on.

Paper Quilling (PQUI1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted, and otherwise manipulated to create shapes that make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewelry, mobiles, etc. Come along and join this DEEP session to learn more about this ART form.

Shapes Through Nature (SHAP1)

Through this DEEP we will be looking at the different shapes in nature and how nature has influenced geometry.

Website Development (WEBD1)

Would you like to develop the art of creating your own website? Then this DEEP is for you.

World Geography (WGEO1)

This DEEP will improve your understanding of geography.

Enrichment
Enrichment courses are designed for students who have found and want to continue to grow an area of strength. Some enrichment courses require a commitment for more than one Term. Please read the course descriptions for details.
Jazz Band (JAZZ1)

A DEEP for advanced musical students looking to further their musical abilities playing jazz. The skills that you will develop in this DEEP can be transferred to all styles of music and musical performance. Students from this DEEP will be performing in different school events.

Life Skills (LSKI1)

Life Skills is only for pre-selected students.

Maths Academic Competitions (MATC1)

Are you planning to enter ICAS and/or Otago problem solving academic competitions? Join this DEEP to begin your preparations.

Wellbeing (WELL1)

This course is for pre-selected students only.

Essentials
Your Learning Advisor will guide you into an Essential course, based on your learning needs
ESOL - Thursday Intermediate (ESLH1)

ESOL classes have been prepared by Mrs Clansey, in consultation with Whānau teachers.

MHJC Way - 7M1 Mountains (MHJM1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

MHJC Way - 7M2 Mountains (MHJM1)

This is a compulsory DEEP for all Year 7 students. This course would introduce students to the MHJC way such as E-learning, Holistic report, MHJC Vision etc.

Learning Advisor
Learning advisor groups.
Passions
Passion courses are about you designing your programme to reflect your interests to allow students to personalise and exciting learning program. Passions may be selected for more than one Term if desired.
Baking (BAKT1)

There is a charge of $35 for this course.
Do you have a sweet tooth and love to bake? Enrol in baking and learn how to make delicious cookies and cakes. Sweet treats and good eats in the kitchen! Payment for this class needs to be made before class starts. As an outcome, you will be able to take recipes home to make for your family.

Bike Ambassador (BIKE1)

MHJC with MHP has a state of the art bike track and bike pump track, which is situated on the bottom of our field. We are aiming to increase the amount of efficient and safe bike riders in both schools and to further this with an escalation in the amount of students and community members using bikes as a safe and viable form of transport. With this bike track and school wide emphasis on biking we are hopeful of the upsurge in bike riders MHJC is looking to develop student bike ambassadors to assist with this school wide goal. The MHJC Bike Ambassador is a strong Leadership role with the responsibility of promoting biking to our community and ensuring that others are safe and making this activity fun. The other role involves supervising the bike track users and ensuring everyone's safety. You need to be a competent and experienced bike rider and willing to learn new skills and want to be a responsible leader. This DEEP is mainly practical based. "

Book Club (BCLU1)

Are you an avid reader? Come along to book club to share and discuss the books that you have read, and to be around other passionate readers like yourself.

Chess Club (CHES1)

Are you wanting to learn how to play Chess or have a friendly game of Chess with your friends? In this DEEP you will do just that. You will learn the strategy and tactics behind the game and master the different moves of play.

Māori & Pasifika Art (MARP1)

In this DEEP you will explore and learn the different Māori & Pasifika designs and patterns.

Pasifika Dance (PASD1)

If you want to learn a range of Pasifika dances, then this is the deep for you!

Polyfest Kapa Haka (PKHA1)

This is for students that are involved or keen to be involved in performing at this year's Polyfest. You will look and learn the different forms of performing arts that are involved with kapa haka and have a better understanding of the items performed on the stage eg: haka, moteatea, waiata tira, poi, waiata aringa.

The UFO Myth (UFOM1)

This class will examine the myth of unidentified flying objects using a critical thinking lens.

Whānau Art (WHAR1)

Have the opportunity to come and make some art for your central whānau space. There will be opportunities for independent and group tasks throughout the term and lots of different media.

Word Power (WPOW1)

Increase your word power by completing crosswords, mix and match games for words and their meanings, word finds and enter a Spelling Bee.

Sports
It is important that you consider all 4 Cornerstones when designing your personalised DEEP learning programme. Please make your selections from the list below remembering that you can only select up to two sports courses per term.
Advanced High Jump (AHIG1)

Students will be selected for this DEEP. The list is provided by the Sports Admin.

Badminton (BADB1)

There is a charge of $10 for this course.
Are you interested in Badminton? Then this is for you! Come and develop your skills, learn the game, and perfect your shot! Skills will the learned through playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Opportunities to move further on to tournament level to represent the school are possible.

Beginners Basketball (BBAS1)

This course caters to the learn skills to be a basketball player. Come and enjoy learning basketball skills.

Beginners Rugby Boys (RUGB1)

This DEEP is for boys who would like to learn to play rugby.

Les Mills for Girls (LMFG1)

Improve your physical and mental health through this fitness program. This program is only for girls.

Street Hockey (STHO1)

This DEEP will let your experience and learn all about street hockey. Street hockey is a fast paced small sided game social game that is played by youth on streets all over the world, it is similar to ice hockey and roller hockey but played on concrete. You will participate in modified games that develop your overall hockey ability. The aim of this tournament is to increase the amount of students interested in hockey at MHJC.

Strength and Conditioning (STRE1)

In this course you will be specifically training to support the needs and demands of your chosen sport. This DEEP will extend your capacity to express yourself physically and mentally at a high level of sports performance. This is an Enrichment DEEP course and will involve physical challenges that will push the body. This DEEP is good preparation for those students that already play or wishing to play at ASB College Sport level or someone trying to make the AIMS team.

Friday

Discovery
At Mission Heights we want you to explore new areas of learning so that you may discover and grow your grain of Greatness. Each discovery course may only be selected once per year.
Enrichment
Enrichment courses are designed for students who have found and want to continue to grow an area of strength. Some enrichment courses require a commitment for more than one Term. Please read the course descriptions for details.
Essentials
Your Learning Advisor will guide you into an Essential course, based on your learning needs
Learning Advisor
Learning advisor groups.
Learning Advisor Group (LZZZ1)

This is the learning advisor group for all students.

Passions
Passion courses are about you designing your programme to reflect your interests to allow students to personalise and exciting learning program. Passions may be selected for more than one Term if desired.
Sports
It is important that you consider all 4 Cornerstones when designing your personalised DEEP learning programme. Please make your selections from the list below remembering that you can only select up to two sports courses per term.