Grade 9 students research the ways Scientific Notation is used in the real world

Congratulations to Madeline on achieving top score on her recent mathematics investigation in Grade 9 Core Maths. The brief was: In this Investigation you are asked to research the interesting ways Scientific Notation is used in the real world. Explore for example the biggest number, infinity, the smallest number or what are the special names given to numbers? There is no limit to what you could find out! Job well done! By Mrs. Backhouse, HS math teacher Continue reading Grade 9 students research the ways Scientific Notation is used in the real world

Kindergarten students explore how Earth’s natural cycles influence our lives

The children in Kindergarten have been tuning into their new Unit of Inquiry, exploring how Earth’s natural cycles influence our lives. This week we used the fruits of autumn – apples, pears, pumpkins, carrots, fennel and onions to make a tasty Fall Feast. The children chose to make pumpkin bread and vegetable soup and to round off our yummy snack we ate apple cookies and pear upside-down cake. The children are clearly excellent cooks as the food was delicious! By the Kindergarten team Continue reading Kindergarten students explore how Earth’s natural cycles influence our lives

High School students visit the Venice Biennale art exhibitions

Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Tyson were delighted to be with the students from 10th, 11th and 12th grade on this year’s high school art trip who all behaved excellently and were fully immersed and engaged by the experience both of Venice itself and the 56th international contemporary art exhibition, this year curated by Nigerian born Okwui Enwezor and with over 80 countries participating at various venues including the national pavilions of the  Giardini, the renovated shipyards of the Arsenale and Corderie and at collateral events throughout the city. Students also visited the Academia to see the collection of historical Venetian … Continue reading High School students visit the Venice Biennale art exhibitions

Grade 8 students teach basic volleyball skills to second graders

We are currently in our Volleyball/Newcomb Sports Unit in Physical Education. As part of this unit, our second grade Dual Language Program students enjoyed coaching and expertise from 8th graders about volleyball concepts and basic skills. The 8th graders showed good leadership and displayed great companionship within this unit with the younger students. Both the older and younger St. John’s students enjoyed their PE class. Well done students! By coach Simon, ES PE teacher Continue reading Grade 8 students teach basic volleyball skills to second graders

Students volunteer at refugee center in Brussels

We traveled to Brussels on Sunday to volunteer in the refugee center. First we visited two red cross centers and asked questions, educating ourselves upon how the system works. I learnt that the whole process was very organised, and in the centers they received a place to eat, shower, and sleep. Since the center needed to protect the privacy of the refugees, we were unable to enter, not giving us a chance to look around. After asking the questions to the staff, we left to go to another center, which we learnt was a place where the refugees could go … Continue reading Students volunteer at refugee center in Brussels

Grade 5 students become museum guides for a day

As part of our unit of inquiry on how art communicates about the time in which it was created, the 5th graders researched information about one painting and became the experts. The paintings were displayed in the classrooms. The three classes took a Gallery Walk where the experts took turns to talk about the paintings. It was amazing to hear so much information. We are looking forward to the visit at the museum where the students will be able to share their understanding with their group.     Continue reading Grade 5 students become museum guides for a day

Grade 7 archaeological research projects on display

In grade 7 Social Studies, the students held an exhibition for Middle and High School students on the Bridge, showcasing their recent research projects on archaeological topics. The topics on display included Tutankhamen, Costa Rica’s Diquis Spheres,  The Roman Dodecaedhiron, Pomepeii and many others. Well done to our grade 7 Social Studies students!     Continue reading Grade 7 archaeological research projects on display

Students volunteer for “Focus Day – Serve the City 2015”

“A movement of volunteers serving cities in practical ways & inspiring people to be givers in this world. We believe that many people doing small things together can make a big difference in our world.” On Saturday, October 3, we went to Brussels to attend Focus Day with the “Serve the City” organization for the first time. Serve The City is an organization that helps people see more clearly the needs of people in this world that are homeless, asylum seekers, disabled, elderly, children in needs, victims of abuse, and many more who need a helping hand. This Focus Day … Continue reading Students volunteer for “Focus Day – Serve the City 2015”

St. John’s High School students participate in Model United Nations conference

A group of 15 High School students, representing 9 nationalities, all of whom take part in the Model United Nations (MUN) lunchtime activity, attended the Model United Nations conference in Voorburg, Netherlands. MINIMUN is a one-day conference in which students can gain experience in debating world issues. The main intention of MINIMUN is to give students the opportunity to develop and improve on their debating skills before they face the demands of larger conferences such as “The Hague International Model United Nations” (THIMUN). The St. John’s team represented Panama, Australia, Croatia and Estonia in the committees of Human Rights, Environment, Econimic … Continue reading St. John’s High School students participate in Model United Nations conference

St. John’s student gives lecture on “The Difficulty of Secularization”

The “Speaker of the House” Lecture Series at St. John’s is an initiative promoted and led by Dr. Jesus Castillo Coronado. These Lectures were conceived as a “space” where intellectual discussions can be carried out and where faculty and staff can share expertise and knowledge with one another. After three years of successful lectures, it was decided to open the Speaker of the House to students. To make this change tangible, a 12th grade student was invited to offer the first lecture of this academic year. Hidde, a Dutch national who has been at St. John’s for five years, accepted … Continue reading St. John’s student gives lecture on “The Difficulty of Secularization”

Friday is “Block Day” for our youngest students

Every Friday the Timbertots students experience ‘Block Day’ where they play independently and create structures with large foam blocks in the Timbertops gym. There is no right or wrong. The experience comes from within each child. Occasionally, they also have fun working together and creatively use the blocks the way they would like. This picture captures a moment in time, where play equals a fun cooperative experience. By Ruth Biddell, ES Physical education teacher Continue reading Friday is “Block Day” for our youngest students

Grade 1 students use critical thinking skills at art exhibition

Yesterday, Grade 1 (Mrs. Macpherson/Mme. Shimada’s dual-language class) students visited the current exhibition in the Greene Gallery during art class with Miss B. They were thrilled and impressed to see teachers’ artworks. They met with Alan Mitchell (High School visual arts) and asked many questions about his painting process. They chose their favourite art piece, drew it and thought about the reasons of their liking. They showed very good critical thinking skills! Continue reading Grade 1 students use critical thinking skills at art exhibition

“Parcours d’Artistes” features six St. John’s Artists in Residence

St. John’s Artists in Residence Michelle Cornez, Jean-Louis Cornez, Debbie Corcoran, Alan Mitchell, Alexandra Tyson and Marianne Behaeghel participated in the Waterloo “Parcours d’Artistes” this past weekend. St John’s members of staff and management encouraged them by their presence at the private viewing on Friday at the Cultural Centre of Waterloo. The artists welcomed many visitors in the Greene Gallery over the weekend and presented their artworks to the Waterloo community. The art exhibition in the Greene Gallery (Art building, Champ de Roussart) is open from 8.30 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday until Thursday October 22. All welcome! Continue reading “Parcours d’Artistes” features six St. John’s Artists in Residence