Insight into Utopian Design

posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Mr. Matt Henderson and Ms. Heather Ragot’s combined Global Issues and 40S English class, Kent Mundle '11 spoke about utopian urban design. Kent has recently graduated from the Faculty of Architecture (Gold Medal 2015) and is working on a variety of design projects in Winnipeg. Grade 12 students in the combined humanities courses are designing and constructing models of utopian cities. Under Kent’s direction, students created GIFs (short animated photo montages) that communicate the design manifesto of their city. Students really appreciated Kent’s knowledge and passion about the theory of utopian design.



Gearing up for Golf

posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Do you have any used junior or intermediate golf clubs? SJR needs you!

Our Junior School has registered to participate in Golf Canada's "Golf in School Program", a program which supports Phys. Ed. teachers in developing character through golf. The program includes an age appropriate developmental approach to teaching the fundamentals of golf from putting to chipping to full swing and includes the language and etiquette of the golf game and practice.

Through a variety of activities, students will learn and practise many of the skills necessary not only to play golf, but to enjoy the game. As a lifelong skill that brings learning and discovery to the outdoors, it is the perfect addition to our program.

We have purchased some "beginner learning" equipment that came with the program but we want to kick it up a notch to create a richer experience. We are looking for donations of used junior and intermediate golf clubs, both left and right handed. This will help us to get appropriate equipment in each student's hand.

If you have any equipment to donate, please drop it off at the Junior School office. For further information, please contact Lisa Calsbeck (

Thank you for your help!


Making the Most of Math

By Joan Banman Cristo '83, Alumni Coordinator

posted: Monday, May  16, 2016

Paige Nuttall '12 joined several advanced Senior School math students at SJR last month to provide more information and awareness about career possibilities using advanced math skills. Paige is working with the University of Manitoba Actuary Club to create awareness. Recognizing that she would have benefited from knowing that there are great math-related careers available, she presented options that may appeal to some of our mathematically inclined students. Thank you Paige, for showing our students opportunities that they may not have been aware of.



Let It Be Resolved…

posted: Monday, May  9, 2016

…SJR debaters are among the top in the world. This year’s World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships were held in Pittsburgh, USA. As always, it was a wonderful event, even though it was in a somewhat less exotic location than in previous years. Four Grade 12 SJR students participated, Alek Ebbeling, Kasra Khadem, Disha Mittal  and Elizabeth Roberts. They made up one third of the entire Canadian delegation who qualified to attend the competition and all did very well.

Three of our students were in the top eight, with Elizabeth finishing 7th, Disha 6th and Kasra 4th. Even more impressively, Elizabeth won the World Championships in Impromptu Speaking, and Disha was second in the World in Persuasive Speaking.

Well done!



Finding Their Voices

posted: Thursday, May 5, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 12 impressive Junior School students showcased their public speaking talents for this year's popular Primary Speech Day. Each year, all students in Grades 1-3 prepare a speech which they present to their classmates; eight semi-finalists from each grade then compete for a place in the finals. On Tuesday, the four finalists in each grade overcame their nerves and took to the stage in front of Junior School students, teachers and parents to give their speeches to the audience.

This year, the speeches were as impressive as ever - and all completely memorised! - with subjects that ranged from 'My Happy Place' to 'YouTube' and a humorous 'News Report from SJR'. Public Speaking and Debating are a key part of the SJR curriculum and traditions - with 14 World Champions and many national award-winning debaters, it is clear to see that the talent and development start in Junior School for many of our students.

Samantha (Grade 1), Zac (Grade 2) and Anika (Grade 3) all impressed the judges enough to be named the winners for each of their grades. All the participating students should feel proud of their achievements and their potential futures as part of SJR's debating legacy!