Food science course teaches cooking skills and basics of nutrition

Do you know what capsaicin or malic acid is?  Or how eggs are both an emulsifier and a coagulant in recipes?  The 7th grade Food Science class can tell you!  The students just finished their first rotation in their enrichment courses and a lucky third of them were able to begin with St. John’s new Food Science course. This is where the students learned the basics of nutrition, cooking skills and the critical thinking of making informed consumer decisions. It all came together while also learning why cooking is chemistry and eating is so much more enjoyable with a well … Continue reading Food science course teaches cooking skills and basics of nutrition

St. John’s Movember team organizes delicious breakfast for colleagues

The St. John’s Movember team organized a very well attended breakfast for colleagues this morning. The “Movember Crew of Magnificently Moustachioed Macho Manly Men” as they call themselves, served up a delicious, balanced breakfast that included omelets, fruit, juices, muffins, yogurt, muesli and much more. Movember is an annual event annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancer. The St. John’s team has successfully raised funds through a variety of activities. The men will finally be able to shave off their mustaches … Continue reading St. John’s Movember team organizes delicious breakfast for colleagues

St. John’s Elementary and High School students run “Peacemaker Program”

We are proud to announce that our students from grades 3, 4 and 5 are now fully certified Peacemakers.  In fact, since mid-November they have begun their job patrolling the playgrounds during recess, helping their peers and younger students solve their conflicts in a respectful, non-violent way. This program is in its fourth year and has grown to become an across school endeavor with High School and Elementary School students working together. A team of High School students have taken on the Peacemaker program as their CAS project.  They have taken time out of their busy schedule to come into the … Continue reading St. John’s Elementary and High School students run “Peacemaker Program”

Fifth graders work with handicapped students to produce movie

One of the service learning projects undertaken in the Elementary School was for our students to work with students with a physical handicap who attend a specialized local school. The students from the Institut Royal d’Accueil pour le Handicap Moteur (IRAHM) visited St. John’s on several occasions to work on an animated movie project. The result is this wonderful animated clay movie “Mistery à l’hôtel” which has now been finalized and published: http://youtu.be/25dMNZTH0eI.  Well done to all involved in the project!   Continue reading Fifth graders work with handicapped students to produce movie

Two St. John’s teams advance in European Central Bank competition

St. John’s has just received news that two of its senior economics teams have passed the first round of the European Central Bank (ECB) high school competition for European and International schools in the 18 countries of the Eurozone. The ECB selected the top twenty teams in the Eurozone, and for the second round of the competition our school has two teams in this top twenty. This competition was created in 2012.  St. John’s took second place in the finals in 2012 and first place in the finals in 2013. Good luck to our economics team! Continue reading Two St. John’s teams advance in European Central Bank competition

Anatomy Lesson – Watching an Artist at Work

On Friday, November 7, our art students were able to watch a sculptor at work on creating a portrait in clay. Students from ES, MS and HS could watch Boubaker as he created a realistic portrait of his model Virginie. He started his work during the first period by slabbing the clay and gradually adding it to the armature, building the structure of the head. It was an amazing lesson in understanding the anatomy of the skull.  He frequently pointed out that firstly the basic structure of the human head needs to be in place before the specific details of … Continue reading Anatomy Lesson – Watching an Artist at Work

St. John’s wins unprecedented 3 championships at fall ISSTs!

St. John’s sports teams participated in 5 ISST tournaments this past weekend: boys and girls volleyball, cross country and boys and girls soccer. We won 3 of the  championships – a result never before achieved by St. John’s! St. John’s won the boys volleyball, cross country and boys soccer ISST championships. The boys soccer team won every game they played over the 3-day tournament. Boys volleyball also won every match and did not give up a set the entire tournament. Cross country won the championship by finishing in 1st place in both the JV and Varsity girls team events and claiming individual 1st … Continue reading St. John’s wins unprecedented 3 championships at fall ISSTs!