A Milestone Celebration

posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On Monday, May 25, 2015 twenty-two SJR students gathered in the Junior School Parents’ Association Music and Arts Studio to celebrate their achievement of becoming an SJR Lifer. This year was a special year as it was the first year included the girls who entered in Grade 2. Such a fun event!



Tooting Their Own Horns

posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grade 9 musicians Jasmin Tang, Parasar Thulasiram and Tony Zhang were selected to the prestigious Manitoba Band Association’s Intermediate Provincial Honour Band. The students joined forces with 66 other student musicians from across the province for a three-day intensive rehearsal schedule. Guest Director Mr. Andrew Klassen began rehearsing the group on Thursday, April 30, at the University of Manitoba.

The repertoire that the group prepared for their concert Saturday evening was packed with technical, musical, and emotional challenge. All of the participants demonstrated tenacity, drive, and determination as they willingly followed their conductor's directions in the long days and evenings of rehearsals. The gala concert on Saturday, May 2, culminating the Honour Band project, was a spectacular display of musicianship, and a testimonial to the power of collaborative musical effort.

Congratulations to our SJR musicians for being a part of one of Manitoba's most prestigious musical ensembles.



Spotlight on Justice

By: Jasmin, Grade 9 student

posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015

On May 11 and 14 of 2015, the Grade 9 “Canada in the Contemporary World” students had the opportunity to go on a field trip which took place at Manitoba’s Legislative Building and Law Courts. I personally enjoyed the time we spent in these two locations, as everyone managed to learn something new that pertained to the Law unit we recently completed at School.

While at the Legislative Building, we were fortunate enough to be present for Question Period, a daily 40-minute session where the Opposition questions the Government about the choices they have made for the province. It was quite animated with much debate and heckling, and this, along with the tour we were also given, made for a great time.

In addition, we attended a number of trials at the Law Courts and witnessed defense lawyers and Crown attorneys at their best for cases such as second-degree murder and drug trafficking. We observed many things that we previously talked about in class, including cross-examination and a judge’s ruling. It was exhilarating to witness a court in session, and all in all, I can definitely confirm that this particular experience made my classmates and I more well-versed on the subject of Canada’s justice system.




Exam Prep at SJR

By: Ms. Barbara Cahoon, Director of the Centre for Learning

posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May is flying by, and final exams will soon be upon us.  As the exam period approaches, it is important for Middle and Senior School students to manage their time effectively, use active study strategies, and be as prepared as possible in order to reduce the level of stress often associated with taking exams.

On May 4, 2015, Mrs. Pat Adamson (the Grades 3-5 Learning Support Specialist) and Ms. Barbara Cahoon (Director of the Centre for Learning) conducted an exam preparation workshop for approximately 55 parents and students. Topics covered in the workshop  included scheduling time for exam preparation, active study strategies, tips for answering different types of exam questions, and strategies to use on the day of the exam. Feedback regarding the session was very positive.

Exam preparation sessions are currently being conducted with Middle School students. Exam preparation sessions for Senior School students will be offered during lunch recesses and after school. Please encourage your child to check the DIS for details and to attend one of these sessions.

SJR Parents and Students, please visit the Centre for Learning’s website at for more information about study strategies and exam preparation.



How One Young Person Can Change the World

By: Sara and Alice, Grade 12 students and event organizers

posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

The 7th Annual Kendra's Walk was a huge success! As always, students, faculty, staff, families and community members dressed in purple and came out to support a truly amazing event.

At the age of 15, then SJR student, Kendra McBain ’09 was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Kendra spent countless hours of her teen years undergoing treatment in the children’s section of CancerCare Manitoba.  The care was excellent, but as a teenager struggling with a life-threatening disease, Kendra sometimes wished she could get away from the noise and playthings of the younger children. 

So, in 2009, Kendra decided to raise money to create a special place just for teens at CancerCare Manitoba—a welcoming sanctuary for those young people who were no longer children, but were also not yet adults. Despite her terrible illness, Kendra put incredible heart and energy into organizing an event called Kendra’s Walk and raised more than $160,000 for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Kendra’s efforts not only provided a cozy room designed specifically for teens with cancer, but also significant funds for CancerCare Manitoba's Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) support program, and further research into rhabdomyosarcoma.

Unfortunately, Kendra died in December 2009 at the age of 18.  Kendra’s spirit has lived on through the annual Kendra's Walk and she continues to make a difference to the lives of teens with cancer. 

This year, the three Schools decided to take a new approach to the event by asking the students "Who do you walk for?" and "Who inspires you?". We wanted to make the walk more relatable, as many of the younger students never had the opportunity to meet meeting Kendra McBain ’09.

Fundraising this year included a 'Small Change Challenge' in Junior School and 'Change Wars' in Middle School, which raised over $2,500. Again this year, RWH was transformed into the popular Purple Room, which sells all things purple that have been donated and of course the tee-shirts were hit once again. Furthermore, about 30 students and SJR community members had their hair cut to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Locks of Love to make wigs for cancer patients. Ace Burpee, from Virgin Radio, was the event’s emcee and as always got the crowd energized for the walk.

The final amount raised is still being tallied, however to date this year's total is about $19,000 bringing the seven year grand total to $723,000 for CancerCare Manitoba and Teens Living with Cancer. 

It was an amazing sight to see the community come together in a 'sea of purple' for the walk to celebrate Kendra's life and her amazing legacy.


Sharing and Caring

posted: Friday, May 8, 2015

The two Kindergarten classes had the opportunity to share their yearlong learning about trees with their parents/relatives on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Inquiry into trees is one of the learning outcomes of the Kindergarten Science curriculum, so all the Kindergarten students have had the chance to explore, experiment and research about trees. As part of learning about giving back we planted two beautiful mountain ash trees outside the Kindergarten classes for us to watch grow over the years.

Ron Paul Gardening Centre graciously donated the trees. The students were excited to be sharing their learning with their parents. It was a wonderful spring afternoon for sharing and caring!



Author Leaves Young Readers with the Giggles

posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Oscar nominated and Golden Globe Award—winning actress Meg Tilly stopped by SJR on Thursday, May 7, 2015 to read to the Grades 3 -5 students.  She captivated the students as she read from her award winning books, A Taste of Heaven and Behind the Scenes.  She left the students hanging off her every word.

Her most recent book, Behind the Scenes (sequel to Taste of Heaven), is a story of discovery, travel, summertime and best friends. In the book, A Taste of Heaven, Meg takes her readers on a journey of two girls who come from very different backgrounds as they navigate through the trials and tribulations of being preteens.

Her visit is part of the TD Canadian Children's Book Week that aims to bring the magic of books and reading to children all across Canada. Twenty-nine Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across our nation.

Tilly notes, “My hope is that in reading A Taste of Heaven and Behind the Scenes, and through our discussion, perhaps the students will look at their own life with new eyes and see the blessings that are present in their every-day-normal life.”

Once her readings were complete, Meg took questions, instantly hands shot up with inquisitive, thoughtful and funny questions. A mere hour was simply not enough time for the students to spend with such an engaging author!



Vive Le Français!

posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Concours d’art oratoire is a public-speaking competition, which has become an annual event for many French language students across Manitoba. The provincial Concours was held at the Université de Saint-Boniface on May 2, 2015. This year, over 7,000 students participated at the school level, and only 125 made it to the Provincial Finals. The competition is open to students from Grades 3 - 12 and includes the categories of Early Immersion, Late Immersion, Core French, Core Extended French, Français and Impromptu.

Participating students (except Impromptu) choose a topic of interest and prepare a speech which must be committed to memory. They are asked two or three questions related directly to the speech by an impartial questioner, who is not involved in the evaluation of the presentation. Students are judged on vocal expression, coherence of speech, presentation, language, choice of topic and formulation of answers. Prizes including plaques, cash and trophies were awarded to winners in each category. Congratulations to our five participants!

  • First Place winner: Late Immersion Grade 9/10 category – Jasmin Tang

  • Second Place winner Core Extended French Grade 11/12 category – Parsa Mansouri

  • Third Place winner: Français Grade 9/10 category – Emma Borger

  • Third Place winner: Impromptu Grade 9/10 category – Sukhcharhat Dhillon

  • Fourth Place winner:  Early Immersion Grade 9/10 category – Liam Brown


Parsa Mansouri was also awarded a $1000 Scholarship at the Université de Saint-Boniface.  Félicitations à tout le monde!



Good ‘Deeds’ Make Good Neighbors

posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Last month, seven Grade 9 – 12 students from Mr. Robert Ward’s advisory group spent two Saturday mornings cleaning yards for the residents of Wildwood – everything from raking leaves to breaking apart dead trees and cleaning up the bushes.

In exchange for the students’ hard work, the residents were asked to pay a fee which the students then donated to Villa Rosa, a shelter in Winnipeg for young pregnant women. The shelter provides a place to live, education and community follow-up for 300 women every year. A total of $290 was raised to purchase baby food and feminine hygiene products for the residents at the shelter.

What a great community-driven way to spend a Saturday morning!



Earth Day 2015

posted: Friday, May 1, 2015

Junior School students in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 collaborated to create a tree which symbolizes our responsibility to respect and take care of our natural environment. We each have a part to play in the well-being of our world.



Speaking Up

posted: Friday, May 1, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12 impressive Junior School students showcased their public speaking talents for this year’s Primary Speech Day. Four students from each of Grades 1, 2 and 3, who had previously been selected as the finalists for their Grade, took to the stage in front of parents, students, teachers and special guest judges. Each student was given the opportunity to deliver their speeches (up to four minutes long and, in some cases, completely memorised!) and demonstrate their abilities in public speaking to the audience.

With topics ranging from animals, vacations and April Fool’s Day to the extinction of elephants, the importance of being silly and even ketchup, each of the finalists spoke with confidence, engaging the audience and impressing the judges. All of the finalists did a fantastic job, and the judges were faced with the tricky task of narrowing the students down to one winner from each grade. Congratulations to Zac - Grade 1, Micah - Grade 2 and Tanner - Grade 3!

Winners of the Primary Speech Day showing their School spirit during Young House Day.