2018

  • November

    3rd Place Win at the IISPSC

    Last month, Grade 11 students Jasmine L. and Jerry C. attended the 2018 International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) in Toronto, where Jerry placed 3rd in the after-dinner speech category!
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  • Grade 2 Scientists

    Recently, the Grade 2 classes put their science skills to work. It started with observing the properties of pumpkins and quickly moved towards physical changes.
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  • Outdoor Education at Camp Squeah

    This October, students in Grades 6 and 7 visited Camp Squeah, located just past Hope, BC, for a few days of outdoor adventure and fun. Two students shared their thoughts on the experience.
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  • October

    Junior Girls Volleyball Team Wins Silver

    Congratulations to the Junior Girls Volleyball team who placed second at the ISA championships on Friday, October 19! The team was undefeated in their round-robin pool play. Our game MVPs were Juliette, Monica, Selena and Ellie. As their coach, I am so proud of their teamwork, persistence and incredible focus during each and every game.

    - Coach Kuno
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  • Eastern Alumni Tour

    Last week, Ms. Nicole Bereti, DP Business Teacher, and Ms. Angela Dudek, Executive Director for Advancement, visited New York, Montreal and Toronto to connect with St. John's School alumni.
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  • Outdoor Education at Strathcona Park Lodge

    Last week our Grade 8 and 9 students set off on their annual outdoor education adventure to Strathcona Park Lodge, located near Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Set on the side of Buttle Lake, the lodge is set up to teach and inspire students to become more involved in the natural environment.
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  • Democracy in Action for Grade 2 Students

    The Grade 2 students have been inquiring about government and on Wednesday, we visited City Hall, where we had the opportunity to speak with Councillor George Affleck, who answered questions, non-stop, for 30 minutes. Indeed, it was a rapid fire session.
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  • Featured Athletes of the Month

    Each month, we will be profiling two SJS athletes in an effort to showcase the hard work student athletes put in and the importance of athletics within school wide co-curriculars.
     
    This month, we are featuring Chiti K., Grade 12 and George T., Grade 12.
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  • Priism Media

    Grade 11 student and entrepreneur Jerry C. has launched his own startup company, Priism Media, which offers film, design and marketing services to a variety of local organizations. India C. '18, is also a part of the Priism team.
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  • Coaches Corner

    School is in full swing and so is SJS Athletics. Here is a report as to what SJS Athletes have been up to so far this year.
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  • Junior School Dance Party

    Vancouver band Trilojay, visited St. John's this morning and put on a very special concert for our Junior School students!
     
    Check out this video of the party.
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  • Turkey Trot

    Today, Junior School students braved the mud and participated in the annual Turkey Trot at Connaught Park. 
     
    Great job to everyone who participated as well as our Cornish Game Hen and Turkey winners!
     
    Thanks to our Junior School PE Department for a great a event and to parents and grandparents who came out to cheer on our students!
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  • Participation in Athletic and Co-curricular Activities

    Current research is showing that participation in athletic and co-curricular activities in high school greatly benefits students in a number of areas. This is a focus in the Senior School this year and something being explored by Mr. Trevor Gale, Senior School Principal.
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  • Terry Fox Run

    Last Thursday, St. John's School participated in the Terry Fox Run. We had a great turnout of students, staff and parents at Connaught Park. We are excited to share that we have raised over $19,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation - the most raised by SJS ever!
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  • Working with Olympian Jamie Broder

    Continuing our work with Beach Volleyball Olympian Jamie Broder, Ms. Broder recently led a workshop for girls in Grades 8 through 12. The workshop focused on healthy living, time management and balance. After the workshop, the Junior and Senior Girls Volleyball team worked with Ms. Broder for a volleyball skills session.
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  • September

    Grade 10 Trip to Bamfield

    Last week, Grade 10 students continued the annual tradition of traveling to Bamfield for a few days of fishing, hiking and boating.

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  • Grade 2 and Grade 5 Buddies Save Sam

    The Buddy Programme at SJS pairs Grade 2 students with Grade 5 students to work together on various projects and activities throughout the year. This week, the students buddied up on a mission to save Sam.
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  • Our Olympian, Jamie Broder

    This year, SJS is working with an organization that partners Olympic athletes with schools. "Our" Olympian is Jamie Broder, a beach volleyball player who participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 
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  • A Visit to the National Archives

    Recently, History 11 students visited the National Archives and the Vancouver Public Library.
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  • SJS Student Hits New York Fashion Week

    Congratulations to Sunnie Q., Grade 12, who was invited to showcase two of her pieces at New York Fashion Week. 
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  • Youth Serving Youth in BC

    This summer, I volunteered at Vancouver Island-based Camp Phoenix as an Activity Director. Camp Phoenix is a five-day sleep-away camp for youth aged 8-12 who, for social or financial reasons, could not otherwise attend camp. The mother organization of Camp Phoenix is the British Columbia Youth Parliament.
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  • Grade 12 Breakfast

    During the first week of school, we held our annual Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Grade 12 parents. The Grade 12 students were presented with their Grade 12 ties, symbolizing their leadership of the student body.
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  • Business Club Students Win First and Third Place

    At this week's all school assembly, Mr. Gale presented some of our SJS Business Club members with certificates recognizing their incredible achievements at the National High School Business Conference and Competition at UBC this past June.
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  • Welcome Back

    Welcome back to all of our returning students, families and faculty! We also extend a warm welcome to our new SJS families and staff members. 
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  • July

    Class of 2018

    Congratulations to our 2018 graduates!
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  • The Year in Review

    It has been an exciting year here at St. John's School. I am reminded of our many reasons to celebrate as I look back over the last year and think about what is to come.
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  • University Offers

    St. John’s students are heading to top universities around the world. Our graduates will continue to have excellent learning opportunities because of the international reputation of the IB Programme. This year, our Class of 2018 graduates received offers from the following universities:
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  • June

    Coaches Corner Wrap Up

    The Spring Season of the 2017 / 2018 school year has been one to remember and saw our students excelling in both Badminton and Ultimate.
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  • Mason Bee Hotel Block Party

    On Tuesday afternoon, Grade 8 students held a block party to celebrate the mason beel hotels they designed for the Arbutus Greenway.

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  • Grade 6 World Expo and Grade 7 Ancient Civilizations Tour

    This week, our Grade 6 and 7 classes each held presentations that showcased countries of the world as well as newly discovered ancient civilizations of their own creation.
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  • Letter Exchange with Ottawa: What Does Canada Mean to You?

    Over the last few weeks, our Grade 10 class has been exploring the concept of Canadian Identity. Our students participated in a letter exchange activity with a Grade 5 class of francophone students learning English in Ottawa.
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  • Volunteer Recognition Week

    On Monday, St. John's held the annual Volunteer Recognition Assembly and Tea. Head of School Mr. Blayne Addley shared his appreciation for our many volunteers and everything they do to help make St. John's the place it is.
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  • Arbutus Greenway Block Party

    The Grade 8 students have designed mason bee hotels for the Arbutus Greenway, utilizing grant money from the city to fabricate three of the hotels. We will be hosting a block party and you're invited!
     
    Join us Tuesday, June 12 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm to celebrate the accomplishments and green initiatives made by our students in the community.
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  • Grade 6 Service Projects

    Students in Grade 6 have been fundraising for a number of causes through their service projects: Sing Your Own Song, Pencils with a Purpose and Care for a Cause.
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  • May

    Bronze Medal Win at the Canada-Wide Science Fair

    Congratulations to Milo E., Grade 10, who won a Bronze Medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa earlier this month!
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  • Grade 4 Visits Kits Beach

    Grade 4 students have been learning about the moon's affect on earth and the tides. To bring the lessons to life, students visited Kits Beach yesterday afternoon to sketch high tide and returned this morning to sketch low tide. They continued to work on their sketches in class this afternoon.
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  • Grade 5 Exhibition Evening

    The Grade 5 Exhibition Evening was a huge project where we had the opportunity to showcase what we learned during our PYP years.
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  • Coffee Mornings

    This week, SJS held two Coffee Mornings to offer parents an update on the planned transition into the Arts and Science Centre in Fall 2018 as well as shared some updates on the Junior School Renovation. Parents also had the opportunity to take a tour of the rooftop.
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  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative

    Over the last several months, Grade 10 students have been participating in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Groups of students have been working with local, grassroots charities and then present a case for support to win a grant of $5,000 for their charity. Four groups were selected as finalists and on Wednesday, they presented their charity to a panel of judges. 

    Angela S. and Katherine Y. were selected as the winning team and presented their charity, the BC Society For Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) and Education Coordinator Don Wright, with a cheque for $5,000. 

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  • A Visit to the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre

    Last week, Scientist Maiya, from BC Cancer Agency Genome Science Centre, visited our classroom. We were treated to a presentation all about Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid. That’s right, we learned all about DNA! Today, we had a special trip to the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre.
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  • Exploring Ancient Civilizations at the Museum of Vancouver

    On May 1, the Grade 7 students visited the Museum of Vancouver. We explored the Ancient Civilization sections of the museum and learned about the role of archaeologists in today’s world.
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  • Sing Your Own Song Fundraiser

    We’re sure some of you have heard of a television show called Dragon’s Den. The show is about people telling multi-millionaires about their ideas and asking for a certain amount of money to support the building or creation of their ideas. The millionaires decide whether or not the idea is worth their financial support.
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  • Battle of the Bands: Get Your Tickets Now

    Battle of the Bands, a music competition between Vancouver high school bands is coming to St. John's on June 16. As part of their CAS project, six Grade 11 students, Ethan Y., Matthew G., Trevor W., Jacob T. and Celina K., with the help of Mr. Deans and Ms. Bereti, have organized the event, which will benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
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  • Business Club Student Wins First Place at Ivey Case Competition

    Six business club members from Grade 11 were selected to represent St. John’s School last Saturday at the Richard Ivey High School Case Competition, which draws school teams from across the Lower Mainland each year.
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  • Grade 4/5 Public Speaking Competition

    Last week, four Grade 4 and 5 students competed at the ISABC Public Speaking Competition at Crofton House School.
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  • April

    Arts Week at SJS

    Last week, we celebrated Arts Week at St. John's with a number of events and activities at the school, including numerous art projects in the classroom, Junior and Senior School Talent Shows and a performance by musical group Tanga.
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  • Care for a Cause

    This year, the Grade 6 students were tasked with creating service project ideas that would improve our community, following the idea of “think globally, act locally”.  Three groups of students were chosen to turn their plans into a reality, which will be put into action by our class over the next couple of months.
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  • Student Council and BC Youth Leadership Seminar

    Earlier this month, St. John's students elected their Student Council for the 2018/2019 school year. Last week, the new council members attended the BC Youth Leadership Seminar, an all-day event that our students the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills as well as build a connection with their peers and other students from around the Lower Mainland.
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  • Business Club Wins Two Awards at Case Competition

    Eight business club members from Grade 10 and 11 were selected to represent St. John’s School at the annual North Surrey Secondary School Invitational Case Competition last weekend.
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  • Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair

    Last weekend, nine SJS students participated in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair. Congratulations to Milo E., Grade 10, who won numerous awards at the event and qualified for the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa (CWSF) next month!
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  • Vancouver Sun Run

    Congratulations to all of our Vancouver Sun Run participants! We had over 95 runners in the SJS community sign up, including students, parents, staff and friends!

    Special acknowledgement to Grade 10 students Jasmine L., Milo E. and Graham V., who had the fastest times for our SJS student participants and Ms. Bella and Mr. LeBlanc who had the fastest times for staff participants.
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  • Destination Imagination Provincial Tournament

    Earlier this month, Destination Imagination participants took part in the Provincial Tournament. Destination Imagination is a co-curricular group that teaches students the creative process and empowers them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world.
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  • Math Relay Tournament

    Last week, a group of Grade 10 and 11 students attended the Math Relay Tournament at Collingwood School where we took part in individual, team and relay tournaments.
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  • Model United Nations

    Last weekend, a group of St. John's students participated in the Canadian High Schools Model UN Conference. Congratulations to Andrew Y., Grade 12, Outstanding Delegate, New Brunswick and PEI and Ayden C., Grade 12, Outstanding Delegate, Niger.
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  • Model United Nations

    Last weekend, a group of St. John's students participated in the Canadian High Schools Model UN Conference. Congratulations to Andrew Y., Grade 12, Outstanding Delegate, New Brunswick and PEI and Ayden C., Grade 12, Outstanding Delegate, Niger.
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  • Coaches Corner

    The cherry blossoms are showing, the birds are singing, basketball is over - it certainly wants to be spring. Regardless of the weather, the spring athletic programme is in full swing.
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  • Hope by Daler Sandhu

    Visual Arts Exhibition

    The SJS IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition was held at St. James Hall this week and featured the work of 10 Grade 12 students.
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  • Arts and Science Centre Update

    Work continued on the new Arts and Science Centre over Spring Break and we are getting closer and closer to our Fall opening! We are looking forward to moving into our new facility and continue to be excited about how the additional spaces will inspire our students and teachers. 
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  • March

    Battle of the Bands

    As part of their CAS project, six Grade 11 students, Ethan, Matthew, Trevor, Jacob and Celina, with the help of Mr. Deans and Ms. Bereti, are organizing BOB, Battle of the Bands, a music competition between Vancouver high school bands to be held at St. John's School on June 16.
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  • Festival of Sound

    On March 14, the SJS community came out to the Gunn Gymnasium for our Spring concert, Festival of Sound. The evening included performances from the Honours Band, Jazz Band, Intermediate Choir, Senior Choir and all MYP music classes.
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  • International Geography Bee Gold Medal Winner

    Earlier this month, a team of Grade 11 students, Challen, Luhan, Michael, George, Matthew and Bryn, competed in the BC Regional level of the International History Bowl. While at the event, Michael also competed in the Canadian Division of the International Geography Bee where he won the Gold Medal!
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  • Grade 10 Careers Day

    Last week was Careers Day for Grade 10 students. The University Advising Team invited industry experts to speak to the students about a variety of careers options. Presentations were delivered from those working in the areas of Business/Finance, Science, Law, Engineering, Life/Medical Science, Media/Information Technology, International Relations/Diplomacy and Architecture.
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  • IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition

    Please join us at the SJS IBDP Visual Arts Graduation Exhibition on Wednesday, April 4 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at St. James Hall, 3214 West 10 Avenue.
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  • Jump and Hoops for Heart

    In March, our PYP students participated in several fundraisers for the Heart and Stroke Foundation - Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.
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  • 1st Place for SJS at the Vancouver Chess Challenge

    Last weekend, we took 20 aspiring chess masters, from Grade 1 to Grade 5, to the Vancouver Regional Chess Challenge.
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  • Drama 6 Students Write and Direct Shadow Plays on the Environment

    Over the last month, Grade 6 drama students have been exploring puppetry and shadow puppets as part of their curriculum.
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  • February

    Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Champs

    Congratulations to Coach Christensen and the Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball team who finished their undefeated season with an ISEA Championship win on Wednesday!
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  • Wellness Day

    On Wednesday, St. John's celebrated Wellness Day throughout the Junior and Senior School. Students took part in workshops, tai chi, drumming circles, art projects, theatre exercises and more.
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  • St. John's Meets New York Fashion Week

    I recently returned from New York City, where I was showing my designs at New York Fashion Week. Working with five other high school student designers, we presented our collection under the label Vitruvius. Three of my own unique designs were included in the collection.
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  • Alumni Trip to Los Angeles

    Last week, Mr. Blayne Addley, Head of School, and Ms. Kristen Cassidy, Parent & Alumni Relations Officer, visited alumni in LA. This was a wonderful opportunity to hear more about what our alumni are doing since graduation. 
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  • ISABC Art Show Opening

    Last night, a dozen of our Grade 11 and 12 students presented their art pieces at the ISABC Art Show opening at York House School.
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  • Lunar New Year Celebration

    At this week's assembly, staff and students took part in an early Lunar New Year celebration, which included several beautiful performances and an interactive game testing our knowledge of Chinese culture and geography.
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  • 4th Place Finish at the Regional Debate Championships

    Grade 10 students Jerry and Judy, represented St. John’s School at the DSABC Regional Debate Championship at West Point Grey Academy on Saturday. They competed in Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF) impromptu and cross-examination style debates. As a team, they placed 4th overall and have qualified to advance to the Provincial Championships in March.
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  • DECA Idea Challenge Winner

    Congratulations to Elise, Grade 4, who placed 1st in Canada in the Elementary DECA Idea Challenge. 
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  • Grade 10 Personal Projects

    This week, the Grade 10 students showcased their personal projects to the school community. Our students were proud to share their journeys.
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  • Business Club Scores First Place in DECA Virtual Business Simulation

    Congratulations to our Grade 11 Business Club members who placed 1st overall in British Columbia in the DECA Virtual Business Simulation! The competition required students to work in teams to manage businesses in several industries over a two week period in January.
     
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  • One-Page Score Project with Plastic Acid

    Last weekend, Michelle, Grade 12, took part in the One-Page Score Project to create her very own graphic score. She created a piece of artwork and worked with Plastic Acid Orchestra, who interpreted the piece and played it live for an audience at Pyatt Hall in downtown Vancouver.
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  • Chemistry 12 Visits UBC

    Last week, the Grade 12 Chemistry classes visited the Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory (CHBE) at the University of British Columbia.
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  • January

    Coaches Corner

    Basketball season is fast approaching playoff time. Games are becoming so much more meaningful now as February looms. Let’s take a peek at how SJS Basketball is faring.
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  • Grade 10 Mural Project

    Murals created by Grade 10 students Havana, Kitty, Davy, Judy and Katherine, as part of their work in Design 10, were recently installed in the Senior School.  
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  • Vancouver Model UN

    Thirteen St. John's students in grades 9, 10 and 12 participated in Vancouver Model United Nations over the weekend, along with over 1,600 students from around the world.
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  • Big Wins for the SJS Business Club

    The DECA Idea Challenge is a fast-paced experiential learning exercise that dares elementary, secondary and university students to find an innovative new use for a common, everyday item in just eight days. The item used in this year’s challenge was rubber bands. 
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  • St. John's Hosts the SJS Jam

    The St. John’s Jam Senior Boys Basketball Tournament was held this past weekend. Congratulations to our Eagles and all of the teams that participated in the annual tournament. 
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  • Vancouver Model UN

    Thirteen St. John's students in grades 9, 10 and 12 participated in Vancouver Model United Nations over the weekend, along with over 1,600 students from around the world.
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  • Coaches Corner

    The Athletics programme at St. John’s didn’t get three weeks off during the Winter Break. Our Senior Boys Basketball Team was working hard, participating in the Annual Vancouver Police Department Winter Invitational from December 18 - 22.
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  • JK to Grade 12 Collaborative Planning

    During Monday's Professional Development Day, several of St. John's Continuum Committees presented updates to faculty which we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks.
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  • Over $400,000 Raised for Student Programmes

    Our Annual Giving fundraising total has now reached over $400,000! Thank you for helping us reach this incredible milestone.
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