Ten common words that are probably made up

No authoritarian authority exists that determines whether a given word is valid. In any language, there’s a complex and imperfect vetting procedure; at least in English, most serious writers agree on the correct or preferred form of a word that is one of two or more variants or on whether a word is acceptable at all. Here’s a list of words that have been under scrutiny in this approval process: 1. Administrate: A back-formation of administration and an unnecessary extension of administer 2. Commentate: A back-formation of commentator and an unnecessary extension of comment 3. Firstly: As with secondly and thirdly, erroneous when enumerating points; use first and so on 4. Heighth: Rarely appears in print, … Continue reading Ten common words that are probably made up

“The Tutorial Project” encourages student interaction and peer-to-peer learning

One of the most successful pedagogical decisions this year has been to upgrade our grade 7 media course with the “Tutorial Project”. Our goal was to encourage student interaction and peer-to-peer learning within the classroom. In general we always do our best to make sure that there exists a classroom atmosphere where all sources and forms of knowledge are welcome. What pointed us in the direction of tutorials is the growing presence of video tutorials in online space, and the fact that, in our view, Google searching has practically become a key competence. So we asked students to create video … Continue reading “The Tutorial Project” encourages student interaction and peer-to-peer learning

Exciting collaboration with local school

Friday before winter break, Madame Vinçotte, Charlent and Richard’s French classes welcomed their friends from the French speaking school of Maransart for the first time. After a lunch together where we communicated with each other, St. John’s students taught an English song to their buddies. We then  listened to a great French song written by them. What a great opportunity to become an English teacher! Time flew and after a good snack, it was already time to say good bye…until the next time! By Joy Richard – 6th grade teacher Continue reading Exciting collaboration with local school

More than 15 parents and teacher exhibit their artwork this Friday

Please come and join us in the St. John’s Art Studios on Friday from 18:00-20:00 for a glass of wine, delicious finger food and live music. You can enjoy a wide variety of artwork from a diverse group of St. John’s community artists. They will be offering their work at an affordable price, of which 15% will go to Art Support Group. The exhibition will continue daily until Friday, March 15. See you on Friday! ASP Team Continue reading More than 15 parents and teacher exhibit their artwork this Friday

The Need for Inquiry

Inquiry is an intrinsically motivated, student driven method of learning. It focuses heavily on the use of student questions and involvement to facilitate the learning process. Inquiry uses a collaborative, hands on and socially driven approach that stresses critical thinking. St. John’s adopted the International Baccalaureate’s inquiry based curriculum as a purposeful choice over a more traditional, western style education. The question is then raised, why inquiry? The model of education currently used in the majority of western countries is a remnant from the industrial revolution. It often looks like this – a teacher dispensing the necessary facts for a student to … Continue reading The Need for Inquiry

Winners of Grade 7 animation movie showcase announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Grade 7 Sam C. and Carson M.’s animation movie “Square Eye’s Dream” has won the Middle School Animation movie showcase. The jury’s spokesman Mr. Tom Ryan has announced the vote during lunch recess in the Performing Arts Center to an audience of 80 students, teachers and one parent. Coming in closely to take the second place is the touching and truly inspiring story by Valerie F. entitled “The Miracle“. A total of 9 animation movies were produced in the autumn semester of the Media7 course. The course included a special event titled “Story Bang”, where … Continue reading Winners of Grade 7 animation movie showcase announced!

Today is International Mother Language Day

This Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was created by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation) in order to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national … Continue reading Today is International Mother Language Day