Introduction to animation in 6th grade media class

In Middle School 6th grade media class, students are introduced to the basics of animation. They practice creating frame-by-frame motion using classic 2D animation techniques to use in flip book-animation. Students also use overhead projectors (“dead media”) as animation light tables for creating their first 2d animations using only a block of paper and a pencil. The 6th grade media class allows students to experience media making by doing. First, we watch animation movies for children and decode the impact they have on us, through analyzing sound, image and story. Second, we experiment with different forms of storytelling through games, such as photo-stories, comics, flip … Continue reading Introduction to animation in 6th grade media class

Students bring joy to refugees

Last week, two High School teachers drove a group of 12th graders to the Red Cross Refugee Center in Alsemberg.  Charlotte, Nigel, Michael, Zoe and Kasper spent an hour and a half playing with refugee children and young adults from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Syria, Iraq, Guinea, and other countries. They played basketball and soccer, colored pictures, shared stories, and just enjoyed getting to know each other. Our students truly put our values into action, and we look forward to more opportunities like this in the future. By Daniel Johnston, HS CAS coordinator and teacher (No photos were allowed to ensure the … Continue reading Students bring joy to refugees

Electronic puppies in robotics class

The future electronic dog breeders are Gabby and Nicole. Gabby and Nicole take 6th grade robotics with Mr. Woods and they think robotics is fun. In robotics Gabby and Nicole finished making their electronic puppy. It took them around 4-5 lessons to finish the puppy. This electronic puppy can do so many just by the press of a button. For example when they clapped the puppy moved his head, when he started to move Gabby said STOP quit loudly and he stopped and moved his head. Some of the sensors are well hidden, such as the puppies nose is a … Continue reading Electronic puppies in robotics class

Pixels, Painting, Pointillism

Photography, pixels, portraits, painting, pointillism… In the Introduction to Art class in High School, we have been problem solving by using observation, imagination and our knowledge and understanding of color theory to create paintings inspired by Chuck Close.  For the final project in this unit, we are using limited colour palettes, only using, for example, red/green/white. Of course, we discovered opposite colours on the color wheel actually complement each other. And, not only are we experimenting like real artists do, we are learning from famous art works and the artists who made them. Some comments from students: “This project is … Continue reading Pixels, Painting, Pointillism

Students aim to be Top of the Bench

Four of Mrs Walsh’s 9th Grade students  will enter the Chemistry competition in the Top of the Bench (TOTB) eliminator on Saturday 23 November. This is a competition, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), where all international school students  in Belgium have the opportunity of competing against each other in Chemistry. The winner of the 23 November competition will represent Belgium at the Royal Society of Chemistry TOTB Finals that will be held on 29 March 2014 in Loughborough, UK. The last time St. John’s entered this competition, we won the Belgian heats and we went forward to represent Belgium in the finals. We wish … Continue reading Students aim to be Top of the Bench

Lifesaving records!

Jerome, one of our 7th grade students, is an experienced lifesaver who regularly competes in competitions at the highest level in his age category in France. This past weekend, he set 3 new National Records of France in his category “Benjamin” in lifesaving swimming: – 50 meters manikin carry => Jerome’s record is 0’45’’16  (previous record was set in 2001: 0’45’71) – 100 meters manikin carry with fins => 1’14”46 (previous one set in 2007: 1’17”65) – 100 meters lifesaver (tow with fins) =>  1’04” (previous one set in 2011: 1’09” Congratulations to Jerome on these great records! Continue reading Lifesaving records!

St. John’s teams achieve great results at the fall ISSTs

There were quite a few medals and trophies on show at the Kings Cross train station in London on Saturday night, as the girls soccer team took home the third place trophy and bronze medals and the cross country team finished second overall, with the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys teams both winning gold, the JV Girls team winning bronze and two runners finishing second and third in their races. The boys soccer team fought until the very end of the championship game, but fell just short of winning and being promoted to division 1. The team played an excellent … Continue reading St. John’s teams achieve great results at the fall ISSTs