Alumni enjoy return to St. John’s for the annual Christmas reunion

This afternoon, we welcomed more than 40 former students back to campus for the annual Christmas alumni reunion. The students dated as far back as the class of 1988 and as recent as the class of 2012. Teachers enjoyed speaking to their former students and hearing what they have become after leaving St. John’s. As much as the students enjoy their time at college or university, they always remember their days at St. John’s with fondness and realize what a special time they had at school and what strong friendships were developed here, lasting a lifetime in many cases. Continue reading Alumni enjoy return to St. John’s for the annual Christmas reunion

Thank you to the bus drivers for keeping our students safe

This morning, we held our traditional Christmas breakfast for the bus drivers. Every year around Christmas, we invite them to a breakfast to thank each of them for their dedication to the school and for keeping our students safe on the bus throughout the year. Our bus drivers face difficult weather conditions and traffic situations throughout the year, but have an excellent safety record. They are not only responsible for the daily bus service to and from school, but also for the many trips throughout the year for sports teams, various trips in Belgium and also for the Middle School … Continue reading Thank you to the bus drivers for keeping our students safe

Fond farewell for Mrs. Gillman as she retires

Students from grades 3, 4 and 5 found a great way to bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Gillman who retires at the end of the week.  They surprised her this morning by forming a message on the courtyard. Mrs. Gillman was led to the top floor of the building from where she had a beautiful view of the touching tribute. The students and teachers did a great job keeping this a secret! We wish Mrs. Gillman a wonderful retirement and thank her for the many years of teaching and care for our students. Continue reading Fond farewell for Mrs. Gillman as she retires

Our Happy Christmas Hotchpotch

Now that we prepare for Christmas, we see how much color our moves around the world have added to our lives. Our children love opening the drawers of the wooden advent calendars that we have found on a Swiss Christmas market. Though we still struggle with the pronunciation  the Christmas songs in Swiss German have remained part of our repertoire. Since we have lived in the States, red and green stockings hang on our chimney. Santa Claus still comes on Christmas morning and of course, we leave cookies and milk for him. Now that we have moved to Belgium, Saint Nicolas … Continue reading Our Happy Christmas Hotchpotch

Grade 3 learns about electricity from Middle and High School science teachers

Grade 3 had an exciting experience this week for their unit on electricity: they went to both the Middle and High School science labs to learn more about electricity. Mrs. Adams and Dr. Carlin showed the students many intriguing experiments related to electricity. The experiments related mostly to static electricity and how forces attract and repel. It also show how magnets can create movement without actually touching. A big thank you to Mrs. Adams and Dr. Carlin for taking the time to give these third graders a great introduction into the magical world of science! Continue reading Grade 3 learns about electricity from Middle and High School science teachers

St. John’s students make an impact in Japan

When the tsunami hit Japan two years ago, teachers and students at St. John’s tried to find ways to comfort the people of Japan and give them encouragement for the future. One way 7th grade did this was by making beautiful drawings which they sent to the Japanese School in Brussels who would forward them to Japan. Today, we received a surprise visit from a retired Belgian couple, Mr. and Mrs. Charlier from Rixensart. They shared with us that our students’ drawings really did make an impact in Japan. The couple has friends in Japan who noticed drawings made by … Continue reading St. John’s students make an impact in Japan