Two St. John’s alumni return for lectures and work with students

St. John’s is excited to welcome back to campus Dr. Nora Gietz, art historian (class of 2004), and Dr. Mark Blunk, mathematician, (class of 1999), on October 2 and 3 for legacy lectures and to work with High School students. Dr. Gietz will give a special legacy lecture on Thursday evening at 19:30 to an invited audience of parents, students and VIPs,  diplomats and the general public. This lecture will be specifically about her Doctoral Thesis “The Effects of Napoleonic Rule on Venice’s Artistic Patrimony (1797 – 1806)” in this 200th anniversary year of the battle of Waterloo. Dr. Blunk will be teaching mathematics … Continue reading Two St. John’s alumni return for lectures and work with students

Student sells honey to help homeless center in Greece

St. John’s student Stephane and his brother Alexandre are promoting honey (the nectar of the Gods) from one of their two homelands, the peninsula of Halkidiki-Greece, to help the Association PRAKSIS (http://www.praksis.gr/en/about-praksis), an independent NGO organisation with the goal to eliminate social and economic exclusion of vulnerable social groups and defend their personal and social rights. Stephane, a 10th grade student at St. John’s, volunteered last summer at Praksis, a center for homeless people in Thessaloniki. The product is organic honey from pine forests (rich in minerals and texture – a rare product) prepared by  a small producer who won Silver Medal … Continue reading Student sells honey to help homeless center in Greece

St. John’s welcomes librarians from around the world at ECIS Library Conference

This weekend, St. John’s hosts a major international school event: the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Triennial Library Conference. Over two hundred Librarians from around the world will be attending the conference which takes place at St. John’s from September 25-28. The focus of the conference is on “Librarians Supporting Language, Learning & Literacy”. This event is another example of St. John’s playing an important role in international education developments and is part of our global outreach. Our Middle and High School library staff, Veronica Cunningham and Margaret Richardson, will be presenting at the conference. Our Elementary School librarian Dawn … Continue reading St. John’s welcomes librarians from around the world at ECIS Library Conference

Creating tutorial videos in 7th grade media studies

In our Media Studies curriculum this year, grade 7 students will produce a tutorial video. Tutorial and how-to videos are becoming an important educational tool, because they teach students to solve problems using research skills and by working independently. At the end of the Media Studies rotation, students use a complex set of skills and knowledge to create a video that teaches another student how to learn a skill or create a product. Here is an example of an excellent tutorial made by last year’s media students. Continue reading Creating tutorial videos in 7th grade media studies

Activity fair showcases the many options available to HS students

On Thursday, 11 September, the St. John’s student council held the second annual High School Activity Fair. Representatives from all of the different clubs and activities around the school set up displays on C-level during the high school lunch period and had an opportunity to share what they are all about with the entire student body. The displays were informative, and we had an excellent turnout of students passing through, sharing interests with each other, signing up to get involved in new activities, and even playing darts to test their interest in the new Varsity Darts Team. In a new … Continue reading Activity fair showcases the many options available to HS students

Fun with songs and stories in the ES assembly

What is happening in the Elementary School assembly on Wednesday afternoons in the PAC Theater? This week some Elementary Choir students performed “Duck Dance” and “Wade in the Water” and taught the other students their new songs.  Some Grade 5 students performed in groups to the Welsh folksong “All through the night.” Mrs. Anderson shared her favourite story “You are Special” by Max Lucado. Students you can share the story with your parents at home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15QuHygLwFU Don’t miss the Math Assembly next week with Mr. Motwani 14:45-15:30 in the PAC. By Sarah Knauf, ES music teacher Continue reading Fun with songs and stories in the ES assembly

The “Friendship Bench” at St. John’s

How great would be it be if there was a bench where you could just sit down and a friend would magically appear? Well, there is such a thing… At St. John’s, in the courtyard for the 6 to 8 year old students, there is a so-called “Friendship Bench”. Any child who does not have a friend to play with at a certain moment can sit down on the bench. “Students can sit on the Friendship Bench if they don’t have someone to play with, and so other students can come and ask if they want to play together” says a student. The … Continue reading The “Friendship Bench” at St. John’s