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.
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!
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.