2019

  • May

    Badminton Champions

    The Senior Badminton Team excelled at the GVISAA Senior Badminton Championships held here at St. John's on Wednesday May 22, with three wins and zero losses.
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  • Envision Craft Fair Tomorrow

    Grade 11 students Jesslyn T. and Jasmine L. will be hosting the Envision Craft Fair in the Gunn Gymnasium tomorrow from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. The event is part of their CAS Project and proceeds will be donated to Covenant House.
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  • Speech Arts Competition

    On Wednesday, Grade 4 and 5 Speech Arts Club students took part in a competition. Amanda L. and Eva H., Grade 5A told us about the experience:
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  • SJS Lower Mainland Zone Golf Champions

    On May 16, the Senior Golf team took on West Point Grey Academy in the final of the Lower Mainland Zone Golf Championships at McCleery Golf Club.
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  • You're invited: Craft Fair

    On Saturday, May 25 from 12:30 - 4:00pm in the Senior School. You are invited to a student-organized craft fair to support Covenant House. We are excited to welcome over 20 vendors to the event, with work ranging from handmade jewelry to ceramics!

    Donations will be requested upon entry. 
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  • Keats Island Experimental Science Trip

    Last week, Grade 11 Group 4 (Experimental Sciences) students spent three days at Keats Camps conducting scientific investigations while exploring the outdoors.
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  • PYP Exhibition Preview

    Next Thursday, May 16, Grade 5 students will be showcasing the culmination of months of research and collaboration at the PYP Exhibition Evening.
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  • Grade 8 Elf Houses Project

    Grade 8 Design students are using their powers of creativity to write and design story books about elf families, whose houses can currently be seen around the Senior School. 
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  • Third Place in Elementary School Chess Qualifier

    St. John's students placed third in the elementary school chess qualifier last weekend.
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  • First Place in Javelin Track and Field Meet

    Matthew G., Grade 12 threw a personal best to finish first in javelin at a recent track and field meet at Swanguard Stadium.
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  • First Place in Provincial Robotics Competition

    Derek L., Grade 10 and Chris L., Grade 6 placed first at the Provincial Robotics Competition in Abbotsford
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  • Ocean Ambassadors Field Trip

    Classes 6A and 6B visited the Kitsilano Yacht Club this week for a workshop with Ocean Ambassadors Canada. Students learned about microplastics and learned how to paddleboard. This was an extension of their Dragon's Den project earlier in the year, and supports the upcoming grade service project.
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  • April

    MYP Visual Arts Showcase

    Students from Grades 6 through 10 displayed their artwork at last night’s MYP Visual Arts Showcase. The show was curated by DP Art 11 students, who also exhibited their work in preparation for their graduation showcase next year. Over 120 pieces of art were on display in the Atrium for community members to enjoy. For many students, it was their first time taking part in an art exhibit.
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  • Math Successes Celebrated

    Students were honoured for a number of great successes in math competitions at this week’s assembly. Among the highlights: ten students scored in the top 25% in Canada for the University of Waterloo Contest, while Grade 6 and 7 scored in the top ten schools in the region in the Canadian National Math League. Hermione C., Grade 7 qualified for the Eighth Annual Math International Summer Tournament. Take a look at the full rundown of achievements below.
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  • SJS Spring Fling Casino Royale Wins Big

    Thank you to everyone who volunteered and came together in support of our school community at the St. John’s Spring Fling on Saturday, April 13! A special thank you to parent organizers Mandi Whyte, Natalie Brown and Raj Bassi.
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  • Student Wins Royal Canadian Legion Poetry and Essay Contest

    Kris Y., Grade 6 won first place in both the regional and municipal Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Poetry and Essay Contest. Kris was judged against thousands of entrants from across BC and the Yukon.
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  • Students Compete in Chess Provincials

    The provincial competition for chess was held last weekend at UBC. Top players from across the province were represented at the event, including six students from St. John’s School who previously qualified at a regional event.
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  • Grade 3s Create Soapstone Sculptures

    Local sculpture artist Oliver Harwood visited the Grade 3s on Tuesday to teach them how to create soapstone carvings.
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  • Rewards Worth the Risks for Business Club Students

    Last weekend, about 15 members of our Business Club took risks to compete in two business case competitions. Their risks and efforts paid off in spades, taking home first and second place at the Ivey Business case competition on Saturday. Our students placed second the next day at the SFU Beedie case competition.
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  • Students Recognized at Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair

    Prav M. won a silver medal and the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Award in the Intermediate Section, while Pari M. won an honourable mention in the Junior Section at last weekend's Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair.
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  • Students Showcase Work at IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition

    Diploma Programme students showcased their artwork this week at the IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition in the Atrium. This special event was the culmination of two years of hard work and was an exciting opportunity for students to display and discuss their art pieces in public. Parents and community members were invited to visit the exhibit throughout the week.

    Parent Harmeet Mundra said, “The exhibit is impressive beyond what I imagined. Every piece is unique. The multi-dimensional artwork is very interesting.”
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  • Featured Athlete of the Month: Allen, Grade 11

    This month we celebrate Allen P. and Dolce A., both of Grade 11. In this article, Allen shares his experiences with us.
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  • Featured Athlete of the Month: Dolce, Grade 11

    This month we celebrate Allen P. and Dolce A., both of Grade 11. In this article, Dolce shares her experiences with us.
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  • Students Spend a Week at Oxford University

    Grade 11 students Jesslyn T. and Jasmine L. visited the University of Oxford over Spring Break to take part in the Oxford Spring Seminar programme. Jesslyn and Jasmine were excited to share their experience with us.
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  • Farewell to Artist in Residence Susan Jessop

    The end of Term 2 brought the end of Susan Jessop's artist residency at St. John's. Susan spent the past few months working with students and teachers across the school to inspire their artwork and introduce new techniques.
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  • March

    SJS Summer to Discover

    Take it outside this year at SJS Summer to Discover: three weeks of fun and interactive programming. We are excited to share a sneak peek of what we have planned.
     
     
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  • Spring Fest Concert

    On Wednesday, we enjoyed our annual Spring Fest concert. Spring Fest is a showcase to celebrate students and their hard work in the MYP music programme. The event was student-run, with student conductors Challen W., Bruce B., Grace Z. and Carl G. directing a number of musical pieces.
     
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  • UBC Physics Olympics

    Our Physics Olympics Team went to UBC last weekend and won 2nd place in the fluid mechanics lab event (grade 10s/11s) and 7th place in their pre-build mechanical timer event (grade 12s). Our team placed out of 73 teams from across BC.
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  • Junior Achievement Be Entrepreneurial Sales Pitch Competition

    Grade 12 Business Management students took part in the Junior Achievement (JA) be Enterpreneurial Sales Pitch Competition this morning. Students were tasked with creating and pitching a new business idea. 
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  • Leadership Training from Olympian Jamie Broder

    On Monday, Team Canada Olympian beach volleyball player Jamie Broder led the Grade 8s and 9s in a workshop to develop leadership and problem-solving skills. 

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  • MYP Text and Performance Review

    On Tuesday night, MYP students showcased their English and Drama work at an exciting new St. John’s event. The audience was treated to drama performances, TED Talks and showcases of posters and other language and literature pieces.
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  • Grade 6 and 7 Science Fair

    On Monday night, Grade 6 and 7 had an opportunity to share their hard work at the Science Fair. Students had been working on interesting projects since the end of Winter Break.

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  • February

    A Diverse and Engaging Wellness Day

    On Wednesday, we celebrated Wellness Day and Pink Shirt Day. Students kicked off the day with a laughter yoga session, where there were many smiles and giggles as well as a relaxing meditation period.
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  • Grade 5 Girls ISEA Basketball Playday

    On Tuesday, February 26, the Grade 5 Girls Basketball team went to Mulgrave to participate in the ISEA Basketball Playday.
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  • Experiential Education Coordinator Marlee Carpenter

    Outdoor and Experiential Learning at St. John's

    Outdoor and experiential learning is integral to the St. John’s experience. We believe students thrive when they have the opportunity to explore and develop their abilities and talents beyond the classroom.

    St. John’s Experiential Education Coordinator Marlee Carpenter shares her philosophy behind the outdoor and experiential learning programmes and describes how her own adventures have influenced her thinking.
     
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  • Terry Fox fundraising

    $25,440 raised for Terry Fox Foundation

    The 2018 Terry Fox School Run results are in, and St. John’s is very proud to have raised $25,440.70 for cancer research!
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  • Chess Competition Results

    St. John’s students attended the BC Chess Challenge Regional Qualifier Round 3 last Sunday. Chess is thriving at St. John’s! Fifty students participate in the Junior School and Senior School Chess Clubs. We took the ‘Top School’ team prize in both the Kindergarten Grade 3 and Grade 4 12 categories.
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  • Business Management with the Aquilini Investment Group

    On Friday, the Grade 12 Business Management class, Group B, was visited by Mr. Roberto Aquilini and Mr Jim Chu of the Aquilini Group.
     
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  • Student Performs at Carnegie Hall

    Oliver T. (Grade 11) performed the Piano Sonata No. 8 - Pathetique 3rd Movement by Beethoven at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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  • Wellness Day at St. John's

    Wednesday, February 27 is Wellness Day and Pink Shirt Day at St. John’s. Pink Shirt Day is a Canada-wide event that aims to increase awareness of bullying, as well as raise funds to support programmes that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.

    At St. John’s, the day has expanded in meaning to focus on overall health and wellness. 

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  • Arts and Science Centre Grand Opening Celebration

    Our Grand Opening of the Arts and Science Centre took place on February 7, 2019! We welcomed around 400 community members to enjoy interactive tours of the new facility. Alumni and alumni parents joined with students, staff, parents and grandparents to celebrate the Arts and Science Centre.
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  • Grade 4/5 Cross-Country Skiing Trip to Cypress

    The Grade 4/5 students have had an amazing time cross-country skiing on Cypress Mountain this year. Even though our first day was a bit wet and cold this year, the students had a perfect, snowy day for their final lessons.
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  • Grade 10s Showcase Personal Projects

    Grade 10 students showcased their personal projects in an exhibit this week. There was a huge variety of projects, from web comics to photography to bed bug prevention! It was amazing to see how students had combined a number of disciplines into each project. We have profiled just a few of the projects here.
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  • SJS Debate Team Going to Provincials in Victoria

    Our junior and senior debate teams competed in the DSABC Regional Debate Championships at Collingwood School on Saturday, February 2. Judy J. (Grade 11) and Jerry C. (Grade 11) placed 4th team in the region and qualified to move on to provincials in March in Victoria. Judy received the 8th Best Speaker in the region award.
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  • Means and Modes of Transportation: A Collaborative Collage

    SJS kindergarten students travelled all around Vancouver on bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus on Tuesday to think about how and why various means and modes of transportation are used as part of their unit of inquiry: Transportation systems connect communities.
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  • Students Showcase Talents in Musical

    The Avenue Q student musical took place throughout this week, and the performances received rave reviews! Students from Grades 4 to 12 teamed up and put in many hours of work and rehearsal to pull off the show.
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  • January

    Emily, Chloe and Karen

    Sneak Preview of Student Personal Projects

    On Tuesday, February 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, our Grade 10 students will be presenting their MYP Personal Projects to the school community. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their learning and share this unique culminating project with students and parents.

    As a preview of this exciting event, some of the students tell us about the inspiration behind their projects:
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  • Success at the Vancouver Model UN Conference


    St. John’s students took part in the Vancouver Model United Nations (UN) Conference last weekend at the Hyatt Regency.
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  • Snowshoe Adventures

    Grades 1 – 3 went walking in a winter wonderland last week on their snowshoeing field trip!
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  • IB Diploma Programme Information Session – Wednesday, February 20

    Did you know Grade 11 is an intake year at St. John’s?
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  • Math Contest Winners

    We are proud to celebrate our amazing math award winners! 
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  • Meet and Greet with Police Liaison Officer

    Police Liaison Officer Constable Trevor Letourneau visited the school this week to present at the Senior School assembly and hold a meet and greet lunch with students.
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  • Jacob Tong, Grade 12

    Avenue Q – January 29 to 31

    The school musical production this year is Avenue Q! Tickets are available from Junior School reception for $15 each. Tickets will not be available at the door. The show is always a sell-out!
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  • SJS Jam Tournament – January 24 to 26

    The Senior Boys’ basketball team is excited to take part in the 17th SJS Jam tournament starting Thursday, January 24 at 3:45 pm. Jonathan Kinman, Director of Athletics, explains why this event is not to be missed.
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  • Michelle Liu (Graphic Design), Anny Chen (Interior Design)

    Alumni Visit Grade 11 Business Management Class

    Michelle Liu and Anny Chen from the class of 2018 came to visit St. John’s students on Thursday, January 17. Michelle and Anny spoke to the Grade 11 Business Management (BM) class about their university experiences.
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  • Challen Wu receives a basketball scholarship

    Challen Wu Receives Scholarship

    Challen Wu has been awarded a scholarship for his outstanding performance as an athletic academic. He received his award on December 20 at the conclusion of the Vancouver Police Department McDonald's Winter Invitational Tournament, featuring 16 senior boys basketball teams from the Vancouver area. Challen was one of four athletes recognized.  
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  • 2019 Summer Camps

    St. John’s School is excited to be offering three weeks of summer camp in July 2019! 
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  • Facilities Update

    Following our move into the Arts and Science Centre, work has continued over the Winter Break. The Courtyard and Atrium are ready for students to enjoy and the landscaping and front wall is complete.
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