This month, Ranen, a Grade 12 student, organized two clean ups with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup for her Creativity, Activity, Service project. Between the two cleanups, there were 46 students picking up trash along the Kerrisdale Railway Corridor and Locarno Beach. She said, "it was great to see so many students coming together to do something positive for both our local community and for the world in general."
The SJS St. John’s School Society Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday. After leading the Board as its Chair for the past three years, Anu Khanna stepped down from that role but will continue to serve as Governor. In his place, Shiuman Ho was elected as Board Chair; he has been a governor since 2009. Mr. Hutchison recognized the tremendous contribution Anu Khanna has made to the school as a Governor since 2007.
Scott Armstrong, Jeff Guise and Pam Jefcoat were elected as new governors. Sonny Chew and Lun Wang both completed their terms as Governors and were appointed for one-year terms at the AGM. For more information about the Board of Governors, please click here.
Peer Connections is a newly-developed programme that seeks to build a bridge, through relationships and skills, between the PYP, MYP and DP students.
PYP students are referred to Ms. Duckworth, Special Education Needs Coordinator, regarding an area they may need support in, such as reading or math. The students are then matched to a MYP or DP student who has undergone training and has expertise and/or a strong interest in that subject. The pairs meet twice a week for half-hour sessions to work on the area of need.
The programme not only supports the development of the younger students' skill set, but also provides an opportunity for MYP and DP students to develop leadership skills, enhance their understanding of teaching and learning and develop their sense of responsibility.
Peer Connections is off to a terrific start, with 25 students trained and eager to work with their younger peers. This programme will continue throughout the year.