Genazzano College students from Australia visit St. John’s

St. John’s is hosting the Genazzano FCJ College from Melbourne, Australia this week. Genazzano is a Catholic Day and Boarding College, which was founded in 1889 by the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) – the same founders who founded St. John’s. The girls and their accompanying teachers arrived in Belgium yesterday for a two night stay. During their time at St. John’s, the girls participate in classes, play games with our high school girls volleyball and soccer teams, and lead a netball demonstration. We are very grateful for the high school girls volleyball and soccer teams and their families for … Continue reading Genazzano College students from Australia visit St. John’s

St. John’s dominates annual Alistair Thorpe Memorial cross country meet

The annual Alistair Thorpe Memorial meet was held last Saturday at the Chateau de la Hulpe in memory of alumnus Alistair Thorpe (class of 2002) who died tragically in 2003. Eight schools participated in this edition of the annual cross country meet (Brussels American, Lakenhealth, England, Alcornbury, England, BSB, ISB, Shape, AF north and St. John’s), hosted by St. John’s. The St. John’s runners dominated 3 of the 4 divisions: Kayla finished 1st in Varsity, Sidney 1st in JV (2nd overall), Sofia 2nd Varsity (3rd overall), Hidde came 3rd in Varsity, Isaiah 1st in JV. Well done Lions! Continue reading St. John’s dominates annual Alistair Thorpe Memorial cross country meet

Grade 2 students get to know their classmates better through treasure boxes

The start of the school year is a meaningful time for students and teachers. In the grade two classes, our students got to know each other better by sharing treasure boxes. What is a treasure box? The students were asked to bring in 5 items that tell us something about who they are and their interests. These items included photographs, a special cuddly toy, a certificate of excellence, and other meaningful treasures. The students then presented their treasure boxes to their classmates who got to ask questions and have a closer look at each item. This is a memorable experience … Continue reading Grade 2 students get to know their classmates better through treasure boxes

Making classical music accessible to Elementary School students

Students in our elementary school recently had the opportunity to experience some live classical music in our Performing Arts Center.  Pianist and educator Stephen Baron (UK) accompanied by violinist Hartmut Richter (Germany) performed for two sessions on Friday, 18th of September.  The first session, organized for students from Timbertots to Grade 2, was entitled ‘Beethoven is Cool’ and focused on this German composer, while the second session for the older children had a broader musical range with selections by Bach, Chopin and Debussy. Music by Belgian composer César Franck was also included. ‘400 years in 40 minutes: a potted history … Continue reading Making classical music accessible to Elementary School students

High School Art trip to Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Art

The High School Art trip to Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Art was planned for all students in IB visual art classes and students in 10th grade studio art class – in all 30 students came. The aim of this trip and others is to encourage students to discover and access the rich artistic and cultural resources from around the world which they can encounter in Belgium and further afield and to assist them to develop an understanding of Art through direct investigation of primary sources. By engaging them in a critical dialogue about artistic expression in different historical and contemporary … Continue reading High School Art trip to Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Art

Fun, laughter and outdoor education – Grade 7 Ardèche trip

When students learn to respect one another and others, when they can appreciate the beauty of nature and can say thanks for the gifts of life, and when they can participate in team-building, then they can have fun, lots of fun in a school trip like in Ardèche, France. See how Grade 7 students had fun, laughter and outdoor education in this video clip. Continue reading Fun, laughter and outdoor education – Grade 7 Ardèche trip

High quality writing by St. John’s students recognized

Class of 2015 graduate Samuel entered the prestigious Julia Wood Essay competition, run annually by St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University, this year. The competition judges exclusively History essays. Whilst narrowly missing out on first place, the quality of Samuel’s work has been recognized by St Hugh’s College and they have invited him to the prize giving dinner at St Hugh’s in October. This is a further example of the high quality of work that students at St John’s produce. In addition, Samuel’s IB Extended Essay, along with that of fellow class of 2015 graduate Anna-Livia, both scored the maximum 36 out of 36 in … Continue reading High quality writing by St. John’s students recognized