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.