December News


Holiday Chemistry

By Rob Ward, Chemistry teacher

posted: Friday, December 20, 2014

“O Christmas Tree” - Silver Trees

Heard of “Silver Bells” – well, we have silver trees!  It is a single displacement reaction of silver nitrate and copper. The “trees” become coated with silver crystals, as the silver ion displaces the copper.  A fun demo to look at chemical reactions.


Walking in a Winter Wonderland - Flaming Snowball

A cool demo and a good lesson for properties of matter. Sterno is also known as solid fuel. We made the substance from calcium acetate and propanol. The calcium acetate is soluble in water, but not in the propanol. When the propanol is added to the calcium acetate, the calcium acetate forms a precipitate. The calcium acetate particles bring with them some propanol. These are called colloidal particles. The propanol acts as the fuel with the calcium acetate. The result is a solid that looks like snow, but combusts. The colors are due to the addition of strontium chloride (red) and boric acid (green), utilizing the same principles as the colors found in fireworks. The information is linked with properties of matter and our units on the periodic table and topic – The history of the atom.

Merry Chemistry!!!



Cooking workshop “en français”

By Dave, Grad 10 student

posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On Thursday, December 1, 2014, the Grade 10 French classes received an amazing opportunity. We participated in an hour long cooking workshop “en français” led by a wonderful French Chef Christophe. He recently came to Winnipeg and began teaching recipes to children and started raising awareness about healthy eating habits.

This workshop was designed in an endeavor to offer children a unique opportunity to learn the basics of cooking and nutrition as well as safety rules and cleanliness in the kitchen. The entire class was spoken in French, and everyone was able to understand and follow along with Chef Christophe. This activity really tied in well with our first unit “À table” on ethnic foods and cuisine. The unit consisted of vocabulary and verbs that are used frequently in recipes, restaurant reviews and cooking lessons.

During the class, we made a delicious and simple turkey wrap that everyone enjoyed. The turkey wrap included all of the essential food groups. We were later taught about the importance of a well-balanced diet. It was the first time we’ve experienced such an interesting and fun class and hope to experience something like this again. 



Teens Helping Teens

posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Monday, December 15, 2014 students from Mr. Kevin Landreville and Ms. Nan Lonis's Grade 7 advisories decided they wanted to spread their holiday cheer! The students initiated a philanthropy effort, in which each student purchased gifts for teens that are sick during the holidays and are currently at the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg. A total of SJR 21 students helped bring holiday cheer to other teenagers.

An important part of our Vision, Mission & Values is social responsibility. SJR strives to develop compassionate and confident individuals. 





The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yesterday, December 10, 2014 was International Human Rights Day and SJR students exercised the power of letter writing. Students found cases of worldwide human rights violations on Amnesty International's website and wrote to the leaders of the countries. Many students chose to send letters to Prime Minister Harper urging the Canadian government to take action regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Over 180 hand-written letters and online petitions were penned by students and staff. These will be added to the millions of letters that will be written world-wide proving that a simple action can help to change a person’s life.

In the afternoon two Grade 9 students and their teacher, Diane Brueton, were interviewed by CBC Radio on the importance of bringing awareness to human rights violations.

During the interview, the students spoke about how lucky they feel to not have to worry about such basic daily items as having breakfast and a safe place to go to school. They also stressed that human rights violations are going on all around us, including in our own backyard. They took the opportunity to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and the need for the Canadian government to make this issue a priority.



Merging Cultural Traditions and Visual Arts

posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In October, Grade 7 Visual Arts students explored the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, and constructed 3-dimensional clay skull shakers, reminiscent of the colourful and whimsical skull symbols widely used in Mexican culture.

In November and December, students studied movement in art and produced sequential and overlapping Continuous Line Drawings of their hands shaking their clay shaker.

They used a variety of colouring techniques to create the illusion of multi-directional movement, and to make the arms and shakers appear interwoven and transparent. All in all, it was a fascinating project all about another country's culture and traditions!










Write a Letter. Change a Life.

By Jasmin, Grade 9

posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, SJR is taking part in Amnesty International's Write for Rights. Every year, around December 10, International Human Rights Day, activists in more than 140 countries around the world come together to write letters calling for the protection and promotion of human rights. Join tens of thousands of letter writers around the world taking a simple action that can change a person’s life. To learn more visit:

From what I’ve seen in my day to day life, it is apparent that the majority of people my age take what we are given for granted. Because many of us are used to our great fortune here in Canada, it is hard to think of a life where such luxuries aren’t even fathomable. In fact, our fortune to be born in a place where we automatically have things such as education and healthcare is what causes our society to not think much of it. When it comes to human rights, it can be very difficult for civilians to even present a definition for this term. However, I believe that when people such as my classmates and I partake in a program like “Write for Rights”, it can make a huge difference both locally and globally. It lets governments from the around the world realize that although it may not appear like it, people are informed of their freedoms, and have been encouraged to stand up for basic human needs. It allows them to understand that no matter where we may come from, we are unified as a whole and want to fight for others’ rights despite any distance. The issues they have been ignoring can definitely be consequential, and because I am helping to bring awareness to these notions, I am proud to say that I have participated in Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights”.



A Day to be Inspired by Science

By David, Grade 12 student

posted: Monday, December 8, 2014

The ‘Physics and Astronomy Day’ hosted by the University of Manitoba on Saturday, November 29, 2014 was a fine opportunity for a group of SJR students to explore the various positions in and applications of, science in society. My experience was tremendously positive.

Both my fondest memory and favorite aspect of the event were the same: the opportunity to interact and converse with established professors. In particular, I attended an experiment that involved the use of microwaves to reveal hidden objects. Professor Hu, the supervisor of both the lab and experiment, and his team of PhD students communicated the mechanisms of this demonstration. Although what they taught was only a brief glimpse of the magnitude of their knowledge and research. The opportunity to interact and learn in a personal environment with individuals that are what I one day hope to become was a truly inspiring experience.

The excitement that was instilled by my conversations with many of the professors is a feeling that I hope to continually maintain by seeking higher studies in science outside of high school. Thus, I must thank this wonderful day of discovery and exploration for contributing in the conversion of my initially uncertain goals into an intense and rigid desire to pursue a career in physics and mathematics.



The Results Are In!

posted: Friday, December 5, 2014

Ravensbro has raised a total of $2,121 to help to improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. Faculty and staff at SJR took action by changing their appearance by growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember.

The men  raised $1,350 through their online Movember site, thanks to SJR teachers, the SJR community, family and friends. Junior School joined in and raised another $680 in change on Moustache Mania Day, where students, faculty and staff all donned fake mustaches for the day on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Junior School staff raised another $90 with their Movember Munchies contributions.

Congratulations, this is a perfect demonstration of leading by example and bringing awareness to important topics.










Embracing Active Healthy Living

posted: Friday, December 5, 2014

The SJR Boarders had the opportunity to take a yoga class led by SJR parent and yoga instructor Avery Rich. Active healthy living is a key part of SJR’s Vision, Mission & Values. Physical activity is an essential part of meeting the growth and development needs of our students and it's great to see the Boarders making the most of the newly refurbished Movement Studio and embracing the importance of active healthy living!





posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014

November was a busy month for our student-athletes at SJR


Varsity Girls won their Zone championship quite convincingly and qualified for Provincial Championships. In Provincials, they won all games in their round robin, quarterfinals and semifinals. Unfortunately, the team lost in the finals to Virden, 2 sets to 0.

Our U14 Volleyball club continues on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons until winter break. 




All SJR teams are well into league play, with varied degrees of success in league standings, but there has been a great deal of development for all teams.

9A2 continues to be undefeated in league play.

The 5/6 teams (Kindergarten & Grade 1) and the 7/8 teams (Grades 2 & 3) House Leagues all continue to play games on Saturdays and are still smiling. The highlight for the 7/8 teams was when the two house teams played against each other in their league game a few weeks ago.

Middle School clubs continue with great enthusiasm. Sunday's in-house club teams had their first game between Team Gold and Team Green last Sunday.


SJR-1 High School Boys team travelled to Anaheim, California last week. They played well, losing in the semifinals in a shootout. All coaches and players had a great time. The team represented SJR well.

SJR-2 continues in league play and will be competing in a tournament at the MTS IcePlex the first week of December 2014.

High School Girls are currently in 2nd place in the B-Division, which is impressive considering at the beginning of the year SJR was uncertain we could field a team. The Girls are hosting the SJR Eagles - Take it to the Limit, Womens Hockey Classic tournament at Dutton Arena from December 9-12, 2014 with games being played each afternoon beginning at noon, 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday. The bronze game will be played on Friday at noon and the gold medal game at 2:00 p.m. Come down to Dutton Arena and cheer on our Eagles!


SJR Senior School basketball teams chose their squads for the upcoming season in November. Tournaments are being finalized and regular season schedules are rolling out.

The Varsity Boys' team got an early start with their pre-season trip to Toronto for the CAIS Senior Boys' Tournament, hosted by Crescent School and The York School. They competed in a field of twenty teams from all over the country. In a challenging pool, the undersized team managed fourth place out of five. Once in Division 4 playoffs, the boys took control, beating Montreal schools Lower Canada College in the semi-final and Selwyn House in the final. Our Eagles are primed for a great season as the only AAA team in our zone playing Tier 1, meaning virtually all opponents will be AAAA schools, keeping us sharp.

The boys will still be eligible for AAA Provincials in March, as will our girls, who will be playing Tier 2.

The MHSAA is also introducing a Junior Varsity AAA Basketball Provincial Championship for boys and girls in the spring. Good luck to all the teams! Stay tuned!


Both the Varsity Boys’ and Varsity Girls’ Indoor Soccer teams continue to play in the city league. All games are played at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex at the University of Manitoba.


The Indoor Ultimate club continues play on Sunday afternoons in the Reimer Gym.


The Middle School and Senior School Badminton Clubs play every Monday at 4:00 p.m.


The Junior School Grade 4 & 5 Multi-Sport club has finished for first term, and will pick up again in January. Thanks goes to Ms. Katrine VanderMeulen for stepping up and coaching the Grade 4/5 Multi-Sport club, Ms. Kirsten Mundle ’06 will be taking over from her in the second term. Ms. Jody Rock will continue with the Grades 2 & 3 club.

Indoor Track and Field

Sign up has begun for High School Indoor Track and Field. Training will begin this month, with competitions taking place from January to March at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Konrad Ross will be the team trainer.
If you are interested in day-to-day updates of what is happening in SJR Athletics, you can follow us on Twitter: @sjrathletics or #GoEagles



Twelve Angry Jurors

posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Twelve jurors must decide the guilt or innocence of a young boy on trial for the brutal stabbing of his father in SJR's production of Twelve Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose. Stuck in an uncomfortably hot room, the jurors form alliances, expose bias, change opinions and bring personal experiences into the deliberation.

This powerful drama, originally written as a teleplay  in 1957, is a classic that will still resonate with modern audiences.

The play runs from December 10-12, 2014 in the Moffat-Richardson Theatre. All shows start at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $7 for Students and $10 for General Admission. Tickets are available in the Price Student Lounge at Break and Lunch. Tickets can be reserved and held at the door by contacting Ms. Alexander at



On the Path to Greatness

posted: Monday, December 1, 2014

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 ten students from SJR’s AP Biology and AP Chemistry class had the honour of hearing from a Nobel Laureate. Dr. Ferid Murad, a co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, gave a presentation on his path to the Nobel Prize and answered student questions. Murad's key research demonstrated that nitroglycerin and related drugs worked by releasing nitric oxide into the body, which relaxed smooth muscle by elevating intracellular cyclic GMP. The missing steps in the signaling process were filled in by Robert F. Furchgott and Louis J. Ignarro of UCLA, for which the three shared the 1998 Nobel Prize.

The students were then given a tour of the cardiac ICU by Dr. Rakesh Arora. Dr. Arora is the Medical Co-Director of the Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery Unit at St. Boniface Hospital.