October 2015 News

October Student Athletes

posted: Monday, November 2, 2015

Congratulations to our October student athletes!



Exploring D.C.

By: Chantel, Grade 10

posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 

During the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend a group of SJR students travelled to Washington, D.C. We had the opportunity to explore America’s capital and learn a bit of its rich history. We visited several interesting monuments and locations that typically I would not have had the opportunity to see. Among those where the White House, the Pentagon, the Lincoln Memorial and countless other fascinating landmarks all the while learning about each of them. This trip allowed our group to truly bond and make new friends. Overall, the Washington trip was truly a wonderful experience.


Perfecting the Pumpkin

posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Curious Kids of KCB got into the spirit of Halloween today with a special morning of pumpkin carving! With the help of some classroom volunteers - including Junior School Principal Mr. Buduhan - the students had fun designing, carving and naming their pumpkins ahead of Halloween. What a great way to start the day!


Winnipegger of the Month

posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This week, Grade 4 student Ayesha received a very special honour: she was named 'Winnipegger of the Month' by 103.1 Virgin Radio for her work with Siloam Mission and Winnipeg Harvest. One of her most recent charitable acts included buying coffee with money from her piggy bank to bring to the residents at Siloam Mission.

Ayesha, who has been volunteering at Siloam Mission since she was in Grade 1 and is now also helping to raise money for CancerCare, was awarded the honour this week by Mayor Brian Bowman and Ace Burpee. Mayor Bowman noted that Ayesha is a fantastic example of a young person "who cares enough about their fellow Winnipeggers and is doing something about it". Listen to the full interview at http://bit.ly/1P4RWb8. Well done Ayesha!



Challenging the Resolution

By Jock Martin '90, Senior School Social Studies & Debating Teacher

posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SJR senior school students travelled to Montreal this weekend to compete in McGill's British Parliamentary Style Championships.

Students compete in 6 rounds of BP style debating over two days. All rounds are impromptu resolutions on topics of current affairs and political philosophy. The tournament is mentally and physically challenging, but our SJR students embraced the challenge and took on other leading debate schools from across the country.

None of our teams made the semi-finals but all four teams are wearing smiles and speak highly of their competition. They are also aware of the growth they experienced after such an experience. British Parliamentary debate, in particular, pushes students to use critical thinking skills, analyze key ideas in World Issues and support ideas from partners and colleagues. It was a pleasure watching the students individually achieve their "aha" moments as they reflected on each round and made adjustments for the next.

Also very pleasurable was saying hello to alumni/ae who are now McGill students. Daniel Huang '14 and Deborah Tsao '15 are now involved in the McGill debating union. Also stopping by were Hannah Zhang '15 and Sara Wang '15. All former debaters were happy to see our current SJR debaters and report McGill is fantastic and they love being in university.

University debating is about exposing students to new ideas and techniques. Our debaters got to see first-hand in Montreal just how bright their future can be!


The Ultimate Challenge

By Dean Wright, Director of Athletics

posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The 22nd Annual Hold Back The Snow Ultimate tournament was another huge success, with 38 teams from across North America attending. SJR registered 10 teams, including 179 of our athletes. All SJR teams played with terrific spirit and energy. In the end Westwood Collegiate took the High School Championship, and Seattle Country Day School dominated the Middle School division. Spirit Award winners were Kelvin Clippers and Seattle Country Day School.

Thanks to the dozens of volunteer parents for their involvement in running the best Disc Central you will ever find, and for maintaining the fields and keeping the players hydrated.

All in all, a great event!



Understanding the Past

posted: Friday, October 23, 2015

As part of the Grade 5 Social Studies program, guest speaker Dr. Kent Fowler from the University of Manitoba came in to talk to the students about archaeology and to help give them a more in-depth knowledge of what they have already learned.

Dr. Fowler, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, spoke to the Grade 5s about life in Canada during the Ice Age – how different our country would have been, how the First Peoples came to live here and what we know from oral history as well as from historical objects about how they lived during this time. Dr. Fowler brought along a selection of objects to show the students – such as stones that would have been used as tools – that helped give them a visual idea of what life would have been like for the First Peoples.

A big thank you to Dr. Fowler for such a fascinating insight into this period in Canada’s history!    


A Helping Hand

By Rebecca Powell, Director of Leadership

posted: Friday, October 23, 2015

On Sunday, October 18, the Senior School Leadership Diploma Program students and the Community Service Club students joined together to volunteer at the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedics Half Marathon.

They were responsible for setting up the water station, running the station throughout the entire event and the clean-up. The students handed out thousands of high fives, cups and cups of water and Gatorade, and words of encouragement. We all had a great time helping out in our community!



Celebrating the Written Word

posted: Friday, October 23, 2015

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, our Grade 5 Library Pages  had the chance to spend time with some authors at the ‘Authors at the Roundtable’ event in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MYRCA (Manitoba Young Children's Choice Award). Hosted by the Winnipeg Children's Literature Roundtable at the Masonic Temple on Corydon, each course of the meal saw a different author join the students at their table.

There were 13 authors in total and three of them – Suzanne Costigan, Kelly Armstrong (author of Loki's Wolves, one of last year's honour books) and Larry Verstraete – visited at SJR’s table with Grade 5 students (and Library Pages) Kendall, Charlotte and Poppy, as well as Teacher Librarian Ms. Joyce Riddell. After the meal, the students were also able to meet David Carroll (whose book, Ultra, a story about ultra-marathon running, was chosen by Manitoba students as their favourite book for 2015) and Tom Earle, author of popular hockey novel Home Ice Advantage. They were also very excited to meet Jennifer Dance, author of one of this year's nominations, Red Wolf.

During the event, students also took advantage of the table set up and run by McNally Robinson and purchased lots of great books. The MYRCA event was a fantastic opportunity for the students to speak to and connect with the writers and to be part of a special evening in celebration of literature and the authors behind the books.

The students had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Dance, author of 'Red Wolf'.



Democracy in Action

By: Mrs. Alison Carrey, Middle School Teacher

posted: Monday, October 19 2015

On October 16 and 19, the Middle School students participated in Student Vote. Over 7,500 schools in Canada to participated in Student Vote, a parallel election which coincides with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections.

In the Grade 6 Social Studies class, each student voted in the mock Federal Election, choosing one of the candidates in the district of Winnipeg South Centre.

  • 49 students voted

  • 2 of those ballots were invalid

The results:

 Candidate  Political Party   47 votes
 Joyce Bateman  The Conservative Party  22
 Jim Carr  The Liberal Party  16
 Matt Henderson  The National Democratic Party  5
 Andrew Park  The Green Party  4





The Masks We Wear

By: Mrs. Aaron Russell, Middle School Teacher

posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Grade 8s have been exploring the answer to the question, "Who am I" in our unit on Identity. They began by making an identity chart listing the things in their life that make up their identity, such as nationality, age, gender and religion. They then began thinking about the experiences they've had in life that have shaped their identity. Students then wrote a bio-poem expressing what kind of person they are, as well as their hopes and dreams, likes and dislikes, accomplishments and so on.

They also explored the idea that people sometimes put labels on us and that we often label other people, sometimes even whole groups of people, based on our experiences. Students watched the animated story, The Bear that Wasn't and watched the Ted Talk, The Danger of a Single Story, which explores the idea of how we label people based on our world view which is shaped by many factors including, but not limited to, the media. The speaker warns against making judgements based on a single story of a group of people. Students thought about labels that are placed on them, and the labels they have placed on others. We explored the idea of the labels that are placed on Indigenous People in Winnipeg because of the history of colonialism and the negative news coverage they are subject to.

Most recently, we explored the idea that everyone wears a mask: we choose what parts of our identities to reveal at any given time. Sometimes we hide different aspects of our identity from people for various reasons. Students read the poem, We Wear The Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar and explored civil rights history in the United States.

Students have now been tasked with making a physical mask. They will then decorate the outside of the mask to represent aspects of their identity they openly show to the world. The inside will be decorated to represent the more private parts of their identity.



Testing the Waters

posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2015

Ms. Mary Ellen Campbell’s Global Issues students had an opportunity board the M.V. Namao research ship and head out onto Lake Winnipeg to take part in the Lake Ecology Field Program.

The students tested the water quality looked for living organisms and had a chance to be aboard one of the oldest working ships on Lake Winnipeg, the 6th largest fresh water lake in Canada, which has a watershed of almost a million square miles. They learned about testing the turbidity of the water and what was living within the small algae within the lake.

A highlight of the trip for Aleesha, Grade 12, was being able to “actually get involved in our own ecology, with hands on experience. It was not just like testing soil, but to actually go out on a boat and test samples like the way they do with their equipment was something other people do not normally get to do. “



Winning Persuasively

posted:Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SJR students did very well at the first debating tournament of the year, the Asper Cup at Gray Academy. Five of the top six teams were from SJR, including the winners, Grade 12 students Disha and Alek. Kasra (Grade 12) and Elizabeth (Grade 12) placed second, while Liam (Grade 10) and Sukhcharhat (Grade 10) placed third, Kristin (Grade 10) and Keerat (Grade 10) fourth, and Stefan (Grade 11) and Justin (Grade 11) were sixth. A fantastic achievement and a great start to the 2015-2016 debating year!



Honouring Students' Achievements

posted:Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, students and staff attended Middle School Honours Assembly to celebrate the accomplishments of our Middle School students. It was a great opportunity to recognize the hard work of our students and celebrate their success.



A Global Connection

posted: Monday, October 5, 2015

This term, our Grade 4 students are taking part in a special project which helps connect them to other students across the world through a simple, shared activity: reading. "Global Read Aloud: encourages teachers to pick a book to read aloud to their students over a 6-week period and, during this time, aim to make as many global connections as they can.

As part of their participation in the project, Ms. Preyma’s Grade 4 class are connecting with a class in Virginia: each week, they will contact their partner classroom via Skype and take part in a variety of reading exercises in order to engage with each other and their chosen book. Students in both classrooms will hear chapters read aloud together, answer questions about the book and continue to engage with each other via Twitter and blogging. For the students, it’s an incredible way to open them up to different perspectives and cultures and to show them that reading is an activity that is essential to everyone.

Started in 2010 by Pernille Ripp, a 7th grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, the Global Read Aloud project aims to use books to make global connections. Over the course of 5 years, the project has expanded to include more than 10,000 facilitators and over 500,000 students in 60 different countries who have all become a part of the Global Read Aloud project – an amazing accomplishment to represent the global joy of reading!

Find out more at http://theglobalreadaloud.com/



Polling for Information

Text by Paul Marshall, Senior School Mathematics Teacher

posted: Friday, October 2, 2015

Scott MacKay, President of Probe-Research, shared his expertise this week with our AP Stats students. Mr. MacKay gave an overview of what his company does and showed us how the results of his companies polls compared to actual election results over the last several years - an interesting insight in light of the upcoming federal election. He reminded us that polls play an important role in society, but you have to consider many factors before you believe what you read. Mr. MacKay gave our students many important tips which they will now use and consider before they begin creating and analyzing their own surveys for their AP Stats project.




In Her Shoes

posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kristina Anderson entered her French class at Virginia Tech a bit late on the morning of April 16, 2007. Only moments after taking her seat at the back of the class, gunfire rang out and her professor, looking out into the corridor, realized what was happening: a lone gunman had entered the Norris Building and had begun to shoot students and faculty on the second floor. Instinctively, Kristina dropped to the floor and threw her hands over her head. She stayed there as she was shot by the gunman who systematically went up and down the halls, shooting and killing anyone that he could, including 11 of her classmates and her professor. He later returned to Kristina's classroom to shoot her another two times before taking his own life.

Kristina was fortunate enough to survive; the gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, along with another six people who were injured escaping from a second floor classroom window. This attack is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history and one of the deadliest by a single gunman worldwide.

Upon her recovery, Kristina returned to Virginia Tech and completed her degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages. As part of the healing process, she began to speak about her experience and later founded The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence. This foundation is dedicated to impacting school safety and student education initiatives and strongly believes in the power of youth and awareness as the greatest assets to a safer future.

Kristina spoke to our Senior School students about her experiences and about the importance both of situational awareness and the need to speak up and report when peers seem to be struggling. Her visit gave students an incredible insight into the traumatic events of that day and what can be learned from it going forward. Ana, Senior School Head Girl, spoke of the impression left on her and the other students: “I didn't know much about the Virginia Tech shooting - to be honest, I don't think I even heard about it fully at the time, so learning about the events was really surprising. Kristina’s talk opened our eyes to safety – no-one thinks about these things until they happen. From now on, I’ll take lockdown and fire drills more seriously and keep my own eyes open to make sure that others are okay. If I see that someone is upset, I'll try to help them. Kristina also changed my perspective on life in general. It really made me think about my own life and how truly lucky I am and I learned to really appreciate the small things and that I make sure everyone that's important to me, knows they are. It really made me think and try to change my own perspective and start appreciating things more.”

Learn more about the Koshka Foundation at www.koshkafoundation.org.