December News

Bringing Politics to Life

posted: Thursday, December 17,  2015

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Grade 9 students in Mr. Jock Martin '90, Ms. Heather Ragot and Ms. Diane Brueton's classes participated in a Mock Parliament event. Topics that were up for discussion were marijuana legalization and assisted suicide, two bills that have become big discussion points in Canadian politics. Facilitated by recent graduate and current Manitoba Youth Parliament member, Adrienne Tessier '13, the students were confident and had many valuable arguments for and against each topic.


Getting in on the Holiday Cheer!

posted: Thursday, December 17,  2015

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Senior School students were treated to musical performances, hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies by Senior School Principal, Ms. Linda Bulka, and Head of School, Mr. Jim Keefe. To complement this event the students are given a break from tests for the few remaining days of this term which added to a relaxed and jovial atmosphere. Students really settled in to enjoy this annual event created by Ms. Bulka and many donned their holiday gear to celebrate. A big thank you to the student performers and Ms. Bulka for organizing the event.


Debating in Paradise

posted: Monday, December 14,  2015

At the end of November, nine SJR students attended the Pacific Rim International Debate Tournament at Kamehameha School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The tournament featured the World Schools Debate format with a variety of prepared and impromptu motions with debate topics that focused on issues facing the Pacific Rim region.

The students made it to the semifinals, a very impressive feat given that they were competing against university students as well as high school students.

The students found time for some sightseeing, including Pearl Harbour, snorkelling and relaxing at the beach with sea turtles.


Let's Get Coding!

posted: Friday, December 11,  2015

This week, Ms. Windy Preyma's Grade 4 students got an introduction to the world of coding with an 'Hour of Code' session, facilitated by The Hour of Code - a global movement with participants in over 180 countries - gives students the chance to learn the basics of coding with a one-hour introduction to computer science.

The Grade 4s were certainly enthusiastic about this 'fun way to learn', as Kyla (Grade 4) described it. Kyla and Yasmine (Grade 4) explained how, through puzzles and increasingly challenging levels, you can program characters to follow instructions and complete certain tasks (for example, having a conversation or instructing a character to move through a maze in a certain way). Coding - used for designing websites, building apps, creating computer software and video games - is an increasingly useful skill for students to acquire at this early stage. For example, to bold the text in this sentence, the 'code' would be:

<strong>bold the text </strong>

The html tag <strong> begins the bold formatting, and </strong> closes it. Judging by the speed and excitement with which the students tackled the coding challenges and puzzles, it was certainly an hour well spent for the Grade 4s!



Failure is an option!

posted: Wednesday, December 9,  2015

On Monday, December 7, 2015 the Middle School students had the pleasure of listening to SJR alum and Manitoba Moose defensemen, Peter Stoykewych ’10 speak.  Part of this term in Middle School has been spent on character education and Peter was the perfect speaker for this topic: he touched on five points that he wished he had known when he was in Middle School on how to be happy and successful in life.

Having respect for others in business and life can help you go far. Surround yourself with good and caring people and in return be a good and caring person to others.

Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.
Peter explained that in any profession there will be tasks that you love and some that you don’t, but if you love what you are doing it won’t matter.

Work your butt off!
So much in life comes down to working hard: if you want to stand out and succeed you need to work hard and earn your success.

Never stop learning.
If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room!
Regardless of where you are in life, someone can always teach you something. Be receptive.

Failure is an option!
There will always be things in life that you fail at and that is ok as long as you can learn from the failure, regroup and move forward.

Peter’s talk gave the students lots to think about in terms of character education and the idea of happiness. Spending the morning with a professional hockey player was also pretty special!

Peter was a ‘Lifer’ at SJR and after graduating he was selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in the seventh round to the Atlanta Thrashers. He then spent the next four years playing at Colorado College  - upon graduating college he was called up by the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL  (now the Manitoba Moose). Thanks to Peter for a fantastic talk for our Middle School students!




Greening our Environment

By Alison Carrey, Middle School Teacher

posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Green Team in Senior School recently arranged to collect and recycle old or unused cell phones. See the website for more information on this initiative.

The funds collected from this initiative will be donated to the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The phones that were collected were shipped to Greentec ( where they will be refurbished or recycled.

To add some fun, and to encourage students to scour their homes for old phones, the Advisory class to bring in the most phones was rewarded with a delicious homemade coffee cake.

The students in 6AC were driven to win this challenge and to help out with the initiative. Congratulations to 6AC for bringing in twenty used devices!

The win and the coffee cake (Thank you Mr. Bredin!) were thoroughly enjoyed!




They've Got Talent

posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Congratulations to Middle School students Seanne Buenafe and Lauren McIlroy who received gold medal awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year in Levels 1 through 10 who have obtained the highest marks in each level and discipline. To qualify for Gold Medals Awards, candidates must obtain at least 80 percent on their practical examination and complete their academic co-requisites.

Seanne, Grade 6, had the highest mark in the province for Grade 5 piano exam and Lauren, Grade 7, had the highest mark for Grade 1 flute.





Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

By: Alison Carrey, Middle School teacher

posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

This term, Middle School has been focusing on Optimism as part of their Character Education initiatives and the students of 6AC brainstormed a list of words that connect with the idea and meaning of "Optimism".

In our discussions about what optimism is, we discovered many qualities that help to create a clearer picture of optimism.

If you are OPTIMISTIC, you likely have a positive mindset. Your attitude influences your behavior, as well as the people around you. When you think in an open-minded fashion, and smile more often, you motivate and inspire others.

Students worked together to create an acrostic poem as a sign for our classroom door, to remind staff and students to reflect on the importance of optimism.