What does chemistry have to do with a pack of playing cards?

So, what does chemistry have to do with a pack of playing cards? Why do we have lots of Lego in our class? Ms. Adams’ 8th grade science students have been studying the structure and composition of different elements in the periodic table, investigating the way that elements are organised  and we have started to look at the way that atoms work. We have been making patterns with atomic structure and are starting to think about how  elements combine to make all the matter in the universe. By Maggie Adams, MS Science teacher Continue reading What does chemistry have to do with a pack of playing cards?

Today is the European Day of Languages!

The European Day of Languages is an opportunity to celebrate the linguistic wealth which is represented within the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. It is an occasion to celebrate all languages present in Europe, also those with non-European origins used on a daily basis  around the continent. With some 225 indigenous languages in Europe and between 6000-7000 languages spoken around the world, the Day is a reminder of the many benefits of language learning, to further develop cognitive competences, break down cultural barriers and open the door to new friendships and professional opportunities. We counted that St. … Continue reading Today is the European Day of Languages!

St. John’s got talent!

Each year, 10th grade theater students are invited to stay in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) all night for a tradition named 24-Hour Theater. The theme for this year’s 24-hour theater, ‘Belgium’s Got Talent,’ had sophomores singing, dancing, and doing magic. Yesterday, this annual event had students, teachers, and parents rolling with laughter. The 10th graders, assisted only by IB theater students, wrote and performed a satirical episode of the popular TV show “Britain’s Got Talent.” Complete with host, judges, and introductory videos, this parody came together in just 24 hours. While very funny, the performance also showcased some of … Continue reading St. John’s got talent!

Belgium scores well on the OECD Better Life index

Belgium performs very well on the latest Better Life Index by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and ranks among the top ten countries in several topics. This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. Having a good education is an important requisite for finding a job. In Belgium, 70% of adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, close to the OECD average of 74%. This is equally true for men and women, as … Continue reading Belgium scores well on the OECD Better Life index

Wheel or Web?

For our first unit in Social Studies, our mission has been to decide and defend the top three most significant events of all time. By reading, comparing, debating and voting, we arrived at #1 Creation of the Universe, #2 Discovery of DNA.  Then when it came time to vote for an invention for the third slot… two classes overwhelmingly voted for the invention of the wheel, while the third 7th grade class voted overwhelmingly for the world wide web!  It caught me by surprise, but it’s great because on Monday when we start working on comparative writing, they’ll be able … Continue reading Wheel or Web?

What is a beautiful image?

Last week in Media 7 we started practicing composition. In the land of photography and cinema, composition describes the process of arranging the world inside a frame. Just like this one: Inspired by last year’s “Shot Treasure Hunt”, where students find cameras and use them to record certain types of shots on video while telling a little fictional story, this time we organized a Frame Hunt. Students used hand-made viewfinders, technically the same device as professional cinematographers have on their iPhones, to re-construct photographs taken in different points of the classroom. An exercise in perception, composition, lens angle and the discovery of space – … Continue reading What is a beautiful image?

Founders Day celebrations

Today, we celebrated Founders Day, the day the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) foundress Marie-Madeleine D’Houet was born in 1781. Marie-Madeleine d’Houët was born in 1781 and grew up in central France in the aftermath of the French Revolution. In 1804 she married Joseph de Bonnault d’Houët and together they would visit the sick. But Joseph died less than a year later and three months after his death Marie-Madeleine gave birth to their son, Eugene. The young widowed mother still found time to continue her visits to the sick. She was aware of a growing desire to dedicate her whole life to God and … Continue reading Founders Day celebrations