Rehearsals for this year’s theatre production, GEEK!, are well underway. Students have been working with professional guest artists to learn important skills for their performance, giving them insight into the professional world of theatre.
The JK class made use of their green thumbs yesterday, planting tulip bulbs in the courtyard with Ms. Little. The tulips have a very special meaning — the bulbs were provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as part of an initiative to cover Canada with 1.1 million tulips to commemorate the 1.1 million Canadians who took part in the Second World War effort.
This Monday, the Grade 7 girls volleyball team competed at York House for the ISEA championships, along with many other private schools in the Lower Mainland. These girls worked extremely hard, being undefeated in their league.
While SJS was getting ready for Halloween, the Debate and Public Speaking team — Jerry C., Jasmine L. and I — were headed towards Boston for the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC).
Yesterday was another great Halloween for the whole community. Junior students kicked off their day by trick-or-treating around the school – they were especially excited to be invited to visit the Senior School students.
This week, Grade 12 Business Management students enjoyed a presentation by Mr. Vaclav Vincalek, CEO and President of PCIS (strategic IT consulting experts) as part of the JABC Be Entrepreneurial programme.
In June, 30 Honours Band students took part in the longest and most exciting music trip yet as they headed to Japan for ten days. The group teamed up with Ichikawa Subaru High School to perform in a concert at Ichikawa Zennikkei Hall, before performing in a culminating fifteen-minute set with them at Tokyo DisneySea.
The St. John’s School values of character, diligence, loyalty and service are fostered through our outdoor education, service and leadership programmes. From Kindergarten onwards, students have year-round opportunities to explore the natural environment of British Columbia and beyond while developing their leadership and team building skills.
From their earliest years at St. John’s, students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular clubs and teams that support their growth and enable them to become well-rounded, balanced, global thinkers.
This year, we enjoyed our highest ever participation in athletics. Our goal is to provide maximum opportunity for all students to participate in athletics. Regardless of skill level, all students who commit to their team, show up to games and practices, work hard and compete fairly are encouraged to play on an SJS team. Our athletes develop habits that inspire and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle. Over 300 students compete in school athletics.
Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, the Kindergarten cohort had the opportunity to travel to Pacific Spirit Park once a month. The “Forest Friday” initiative was established last year as a means of providing children with the opportunity to connect with, and experience, their local environment.
Our St. John's Golf Team medalled at the BCSS Provincial Golf Championships last weekend in Kelowna. Team Eagles finished in a solid third place, missing out on silver by only two strokes. Leo H. and Joshua W. both recorded rounds of 74 and 79 to give the team some fantastic scores and put us into the medals.
Last Sunday, many business club students competed in the Prosper case competition held at UBC Sauder School of Business. This event was the largest of its kind in BC, with 200 students participating across 50 teams.
The Class of 2019 graduated on Wednesday. The ceremony included recognition of a number of students for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, citizenship and service as well as an address by Valedictorian Matthew A.
Over the past few months, Grade 10 students have been taking part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Groups of students have been researching and visiting their chosen local charities and, last week, finalists presented their case for support for a $5,000 grant to their charity. Alex S. andGoga R., presenting on behalf of the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), were the winners. They tell us about their experience here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.