2019

  • November

    GEEK! Cast Learn From Professional Guests

    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.
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  • JKs Plant Tulips in Remembrance

    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.
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  • Grade 7 Girls Volleyball Win Bronze

    By Doris Y., Grade 7

    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.
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  • Debate and Public Speaking Trip to Boston

    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).
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  • Cross Country Running Achievements

    Last Wednesday, students enjoyed great success at the cross-country championships at Jericho Beach.
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  • Grade 10 Visit to HR MacMillan Space Centre

    On Wednesday October 23, the Grade 10s went to the HR MacMillan space centre to start off their astronomy unit.
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  • Halloween Fun

    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.
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  • October

    Art & Design Portfolio Fair

    The University Advising team is pleased to invite students and parents to our annual Art & Design Portfolio Fair on Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the Gunn Gym.
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  • Business Students Learn from Entrepreneur

    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.
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  • Business Management Students Attend NBA Presentation

    On Thursday, students from the Business Management class were very fortunate to attend a presentation on 'The Modern NBA: Power, Progress and Responsibility'. 
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  • Students Take Part in Simulated Election

    On Wednesday, students of all ages took part in a simulated federal election.
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  • University of California Special Event

    Over 150 students and families from across Vancouver attended the University of California Special Event this week, hosted at St. John’s in partnership with St. George’s School.
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  • Announcing Our Artist in Residence

    SJS is excited to announce our Artist in Residence this year is Ms. Julia Pileggi.
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  • Turkey Trot

    On Friday, Junior School students made the most of the crisp fall day by taking part in our annual Turkey Trot at Connaught Park.
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  • Farewell to Tokyo Teachers

    On Wednesday, we bid goodbye to our visiting teachers from Tokyo: Mr. Raita Furukawa, Mr. Yoshinao Okura, Mr. Koichi Sudo and Mr. Jun Takahashi.
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  • Innocence Project Presentation

    On Tuesday, Grade 9s enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Tamara Levy, Founding Director of the UBC Innocence Project.
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  • Senior Girls Win Gold at Dig It Volleyball Tournament

    Last Saturday, the SJS Senior Girls volleyball team won the Dig It tournament hosted right here at St. John’s! The team won all of their games.
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  • September

    CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp

    Last weekend, Mr. Double and four students from Grade 8 travelled to Ontario for the CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp.
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  • Terry Fox Run

    Yesterday, students, staff and parents joined in our annual Terry Fox Run. Together, we ran 2,424 laps of the field — that’s 1696.8km, 1054.4 miles, or 40.21 marathons!
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  • Blindside Performance for MYP Students

    Yesterday, the Drama Department was thrilled to host award-winning performer Stephanie Morin-Robert and her show Blindside.
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  • Grade 10s Explore Bamfield

    Last week, Grade 10s visited the picturesque fishing community of Bamfield on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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  • Honours Band Perform in Japan

    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.
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  • Students Create Mural for CAS Project

    As part of their Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) project, Grade 12 students Sandy C., Lisa L., Jenny S. and Daisy Y. created a mural now on display at 1387 Marine Drive. 
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  • Alumni Raise $5,000 at Charity Basketball Tournament

    Michael Jakac-Sinclair '16 and Mahtab Gill '16, two SJS alumni, raised $5,000 to support young adults with learning disabilities at a basketball tournament in August.
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  • Diploma Programme Results Give us Much to Celebrate

    Our Class of 2019 graduates' Diploma Programme results gave us even more to celebrate over the summer.
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  • National Business Competition Win

    Jerry C. (Grade 12), Vitoria O. (Grade 12) and Trevor W. ‘19  took home first place at the National high school case competition on June 30 in Vancouver.
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  • SJS Alum Makes Pro Golf Debut

    SJS alum Trevor Yu ‘15 made his professional golf debut at the Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) Vancouver Open in August.
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  • Sun and Fun at SJS Summer to Discover

    Our summer got off to a great start with three weeks of our new summer camp programme, SJS Summer to Discover. Our campers enjoyed a wide variety of activities with a focus on ‘taking it outside’.
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  • June

    2018-2019 Experiential Learning Highlights

    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.
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  • Students Prepare for Japan Honours Band Trip

    After many months of rehearsal and preparation, 30 students will be making the journey to Japan on Monday for the ten-day Japan Honours Band Trip.
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  • 2018-2019 Co-Curricular Highlights

    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.
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  • A Year of Art and Music

    With a student musical, two concerts, art exhibits and our first term-long Artist in Residence, we had plenty to celebrate across the arts in 2018-2019.
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  • Highest Ever Engagement in Athletics

    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.
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  • A Year of Adventure: Forest Fridays

    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.
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  • Golf Team Medals at Provincials

    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.
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  • Grade 3 Trip to Camp Cheakamus

    This year’s Grade 3 trip to Camp Cheakamus Field School was a great success: students enjoyed perfect weather, amazing learning opportunities, extraordinary camp guides and delicious meals!
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  • Grade 7 Ultimate Sabrefest Champions

    On Friday, the Grade 7 Ultimate team participated in Sabrefest, the biggest elementary school Ultimate tournament in B.C. Twenty schools participated in the tournament.
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  • Volunteer Recognition Week

    This week, we celebrate our wonderful volunteers.
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  • May

    Business Club Awarded Third Place in Largest Case Competition in BC

    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.
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  • Class of 2019 University Offers

    So far, Class of 2019 graduates have received over 160 offers from universities across Canada, the US, the UK, China and Switzerland.
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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2019

    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.
     
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  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative

    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. and Goga R., presenting on behalf of the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), were the winners. They tell us about their experience here.
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  • 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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  • 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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