The St. John’s gala is only two days away!

The sold-out event with a carnival theme will feature a delicious dinner, a live and silent auction with amazing items and Brazilian dancers. The live auction gives the 186 attendees the opportunity to bid on 5 nights at the Sheraton La Caleta in Tenerife, including flights. A wine tasting evening for 20 is also on the list, as is the most exciting item: 6 nights in the exclusive and eco-friendly Inkaterra hotels in 3 different locations! The proceeds from the 2013 Carnival Gala Evening will go toward the funding of several initiatives at St. John’s to add value for students and parents … Continue reading The St. John’s gala is only two days away!

Our guiding statements and their significance

At St. John’s, we are proud of our guiding statements and what they stand for. But what do they mean, to students, teachers, alumni, parents and families looking for a school? Our vision: St. John’s students live our values to impact the world.  Education at St. John’s is not merely a transmission of information or an assimilation of textbook knowledge, but strives to create an existential reality, i.e. the experience of becoming truly human, ready to make a difference to the community and beyond. Our mission: St. John’s International School provides an English-language education based on Christian values, demands personal excellence and stimulates individual responsibility … Continue reading Our guiding statements and their significance

Would you like for your child to become an expat?

St. John’s International School conducted a poll among expat parents and asked “Would you like for your child to become an expat?” The majority of respondents, 66.1%, responded “yes”, 11.3% said “no” and 22.6% said they are not sure if they would like that for their children. For the respondents who prefer not to have their children become expats, it was mostly due to distance and the fact they would not see their children (and potentially grandchildren) very often. “I would miss them too much” was a recurring comment. Those who were not sure had different reasons, including the desire for … Continue reading Would you like for your child to become an expat?

Strange English words and why they are spelled that way

Take a look at the stories behind these English words: Island – “Island” came from the Old English íglund, and was spelled illond, ylonde, or ilande until someone picked up the ‘s’ from Latin insula and stuck it where it had never been meant to be. Most of the words that got Latinized did have some distant connection, through French, with the ancient Latin words that dictated their new spellings. However, sometimes a Latin-inspired letter got stuck into a word that hadn’t even come through Latin. Receipt – When the word came into English from French it had no ‘p’, and no one … Continue reading Strange English words and why they are spelled that way

8th grade students explore strengths of St. John’s

Eight grade students were asked to make a presentation about what they perceive as the strengths of St. John’s. They used the animoto website and came up with some great slideshows, please see some examples below: http://animoto.com/play/7pldO9112st9cWUfz510FA about teamwork, http://animoto.com/play/IADmCie12Q9Ujc1lyFFzOg shows how St. John’s values friendship and http://animoto.com/play/7C165TySpOR9lvoQz20e8w is about being international. It seems the students enjoyed the project and learned some new skills in the process. Well done, 8th graders! Continue reading 8th grade students explore strengths of St. John’s

Atomium chosen as Europe’s most bizarre building

Global news network CNN has selected the Atomium in Brussels as Europe’s most bizarre building. The story states “As one of the only remaining symbols of the 1958 Brussels World Fair, this extraordinary structure, conceptualized by late engineer André Waterkeyn, represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It features nine spheres interconnected by 20 tubes. While three spheres contain either permanent or temporary exhibitions from around the world, it’s the highest, at 92 meters (300 feet), that offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Capturing visitors’ imaginations with its progressive vision of the future, Atomium receives an average … Continue reading Atomium chosen as Europe’s most bizarre building