March News


We've Got Talent!

posted: Monday, March 23, 2015

Middle School enjoyed an afternoon of fun at the Middle School Talent Show on Friday, March 20, 2015. Students participating in a variety of events: funny face, animal sounds, best drawing, recite alphabet backward, eating a lot of crackers, lip syncing, standing on one foot the longest, best rap, longest time for push-ups, coolest moves, best song in 30 seconds, tie a tie properly and the fastest, best horror movie scream, a boy doing a girl’s hair, best handshake, best joke and best impersonation of a teacher. Each activity was judged by a panel of Senior School students and points were given to the winner’s advisories. What a great send off to Spring Break! 



The Jury is in Session

posted: Friday, March 20, 2015

The Grade 9, Canada in the Contemporary World students are currently completing a unit on Canada’s judicial system and examining the legal principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act is a Canadian statute, which came into effect on April 1, 2003; it covers the prosecution of youths between the ages of 12 and 17 for criminal offences.

The students have learned that the rights of the individual must be balanced with the rights of society in order to be safe and that our democratic system and judicial system is one of the best ways to resolve arguments/crimes in society.

While undertaking this unit, the students decided to organize a mock murder trial with students playing the roles of the judge, lawyers, the accused, the jury and witnesses.

The background research and writing the story-line helped the students to understand some of the complexities of conducting a trial and how important witness testimony can be to the outcome.

The scenario that the students came up with was a youth accused of committing murder.  A judge oversees the hearing and prosecution and defense lawyers call upon witnesses to testify. After all the arguments have been heard, the jury will decide its verdict and determine what a likely sentence for this type of crime for a first offender would be.

This student-led initiative has allowed the students an up-close and in-depth experience of the Canadian judicial system and how the Youth Criminal Justice Act is implemented.




Is your Garage Overflowing? SJR Can Help.

posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Do you have new or used sporting equipment that you no longer use? All week SJR will be accepting donations on behalf of KidSport. SJR was contacted by three alumni wishing to partner with the School to help children under the age of 18 be able to play sports. Marissa Fernando ’11, Riley Gorman ’11 and Jason Crowley ‘09, all current students at the Asper School of Business, are collecting equipment for KidSport Winnipeg.

KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. KidSport Winnipeg believes that no child, regardless of their financial situation or other challenges they may face, should be left on the sidelines. KidSport aims to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

We are accepting new or used sporting equipment, including but not limited to, any equipment used for sports such as soccer, hockey, basketball, ultimate, rugby, or volleyball. Boxes will be located outside of the Reimer Gymnasium and in Schaffter Hall (main entrance) where students and parents can drop off equipment throughout the week.

This donation of equipment will make a tremendous difference in the health and well-being of children all across Winnipeg.




A Stellar Performance

posted: Monday, March 16, 2015

Congratulations to all four of the Junior School Choirs and Ms. Karen Kozier who participated in the 97th Annual  Winnipeg Music Festival on Friday, March 13, 2015.

The Grade 4/5 Girls' Choir, the Grade 4/5 Boys' Choir, the Grade 2-3 Junior Choir Club and the SJR's Little Singers (Grade 1 Choir) all earned a "Gold" standing for their performances and received high praise from the adjudicator.

Congratulations to our dedicated young singers, for keeping the SJR tradition of choral excellence alive!




Grade 8 Human Rights Evening

By Mrs. Aaron Russell, Mrs. Alison Carrey, Ms. Tina Gordon and Mr. Nathan Reimer

posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015

This year, Grade 8 students undertook a joint E.L.A. and I.C.T. project on the topic of Human Rights. The task was designed for students’ learning to move beyond the classroom and into the community, and the real world.

Research shows that students work more diligently, are more engaged, and care more about what they are doing, when learning matters to them. Our Human Rights evening on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 provided an authentic environment in which students could share their knowledge on a topic about which they care.

Students engaged in real conversations with parents and guests, which forced students to express what they knew, and not what they may have memorized for a presentation. This environment allowed students to speak knowledgeably about their topics, while learning through a genuine experience. The evening showcased a wide range of topics that included The Right to Privacy, E-Waste, Aboriginal Rights and Sexism in Immigration, to name just a few.

For this experiential learning project, students selected their own topics and worked in groups, and individually, to become experts on a human rights topic. Through their extensive research, students created texts designed to inform, persuade and activate an audience to teach people about an abuse of human rights and to help resolve the injustice. Students presented their understanding through a variety of media, such as tri-fold boards, brochures, websites, slideshows, recorded interviews, as well as social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



“You Will Be Successful”

posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The SJR Alumni Association has had its first successful Alumni Fire Side Chat on Monday, March 9, 2015 with the Senior School students. The idea for the event came around as an opportunity to connect our current students with alumni in various professions and their path to success.

The first speaker was Jeff Fettes ’92, a successful entrepreneur and investor. Jeff has been self-‎employed from the age of ‎14 ‎(while at SJR‎)‎, ‎when he became the first student to own and operate the SJR ‎Tuck Shop & Rink Concession in the Dutton Arena‎.

Jeff shared with his career story with the students in attendance. From starting the Tuck Shop to running 24-7 In Touch with his brother Greg Fettes '95, he was able to inspire the students to think about their career options.  Jeff remarked, “look around at your class, in 20 years’ time, each one of you will be a success.”

‎Today, Jeff is a ‎ highly successful entrepreneur and investor who co‎-‎founded ‎ 24‎-‎7 ‎Intouch Contact Centres, one of the largest business process outsourcing ‎firms in the world with offices in Canada, USA, Guatemala, and India‎. ‎ InTouch has been one of the fastest growing companies in Canada over the last few years, increasing 50-100% annually. His family‎’‎s charity foundation ‎24‎-‎7 ‎Heartbeat is large contributor to the Winnipeg community‎. ‎

As one student said, “it’s great for us to learn from a graduate of the School. It gives us hope that we will become successful!”

Every career path has many directions and by encouraging the students to follow their passion it will lead to their success.



The Halls are Alive, With the Sound of Music

posted: Monday, March 9, 2015

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, the halls of SJR were filled with music as family and friends of SJR students spent the afternoon at our Private Music Recital.  SJR offers a Private Music Program which allows our students to study music at the school.  Classes often take place over lunch, after school and in some cases during academic classes.
Every year, over 100 students take advantage of this widely successful program. Our faculty members are highly respected musicians and music educators throughout the city.  These individuals are members of University of Manitoba Music Faculty, University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies, Manitoba Conservatory of Music, examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada, adjudicators for festivals throughout Canada, members of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Associations and so forth.
View more photos from the Private Music Recital.


Alumni Visit Puts a Spotlight on the Law

posted: Monday, March 9, 2015

On Thursday, March 5, SJR alum Omar Siddiqui ’95 came to speak to students in Law and Canada in the Contemporary World.

Omar, who is a provincial Crown attorney and former federal prosecutor, walked students through a conceptual analysis of tough notions like justice, law, rights, and freedom. Omar challenged their assumptions about their perspective on restricting freedom, as our classes have been looking at Bill C-51 with much interest.

Bill C-51 or as it is sometimes referred, the Anti-terrorism Act, is an Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Omar demonstrated what it means to be a critical thinker and the students were inspired by his intelligence, his integrity and his sense of humour.



Another Kind of Giving

posted: Friday, March 6, 2015

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 The Canadian Blood Services set up a Blood Donor Clinic in the Reimer Gym. Over 66 students, staff and community members came out to donate approximately 36 units of the sacred red source of life.

About 30% of people need a blood donation at some time in their lives. But only around 4% give regular donations. Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease. One heart surgery can require as many as 5 donors, a car crash victim could need up to 50 donors to save their live and Leukemia patients could need the help of as many eight donors a week for their treatment. Your body automatically replaces all the blood you donate—your plasma is replaced within hours, platelets within days and red blood cells in about 56 days.

House points were awarded to students and staff who donated and/or recruited blood donors, and this year the winner was Hamber House! 



Seniors’ Night

posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015

On Wednesday evening SJR hosted our own version of ‘Seniors’ Night’. This event was started about five years ago and involves the Grade 12 boys’ and girls’ basketball players. Each player is called up and receives a long stem rose, the players then run into the stands and present their parents with the rose. It is a great way for the players and the School to show their appreciation for all the help and support given to them by their parents while they have played school sports.