Friday, December 21, 2012

International & Ambassador Program Holiday Event

The morning of Friday, Dec. 21st was a blur of activity as the students from this joint program participated in the following Holiday activities:  snow structure design and decorating, a quick game of crazy broomball, an unbelievable potluck meal of dishes from around the world and the holiday classic - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  All the Best to everyone in 2013!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

SJC Joins "Stop A Bully!"

As an added initiative from our Safe Schools Committee, St. James Collegiate is now partnering with Stop A Bully, Canada's anti-bully reporting system which allows students to use an anonymous on-line format to report issues.  We hope this added communication tool will take our safe school initiatiaves to a higher level.  We now have the reporting link on our school website.  For more information visit

SJC @ Siloam Mission

For the sixth consecutive year, staff and students from St. James Collegiate offered service with a smile to the patrons of Siloam Mission. On December 19th we prepared and served a holiday meal for over 300 people while Vocal Ascent (a St. James community choir directed by SJC Alumni Debbie McLeod) performed a spectacular selection of Christmas carols for all to enjoy. A second group of SJC volunteers spent the evening in the basement of Siloam sorting through donations of clothing for patrons. The experience was both fun and rewarding for all participants. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SJC Student Receives Award for Aboriginal Art

Congratulations to Cristina M. who has been awarded 100.00 for her piece of aboriginal art work which will be included in the Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation's 2013 calendar.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Community Notice Of Newtown Tragedy Response

Please see the letter below for more information regarding suggestions for how to help your child cope with the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 17th Letter To Parents

International UNESCO Conference

Written by Mason M.

From December 10th-12th, I had the opportunity to participate in the UNESCO conference at the University of Winnipeg.  The main focus of the conference was learning to change the world.  They accomplished this learning by having workshops or "Themes".  The first theme was Identity, Diversity and World View.  The second was Liberty and Equality and the final theme was Freedom of expression of Opinion.  Each workshop had 4 presenters to talk about a specific subject that related to them personally, and each presentation was very enlightening and interesting.  The fact that the topics they spoke about related to them made each one much more interesting.  After the presentations for a theme were made, we would discuss it within our "villages", consisting of other students.  Even though we were a little hesitant about speaking in the beginning, it became very easy once we became comfortable with each other.  I was very happy that I got to meet so many new people, and the relationships I had with my other village members made it that much more enjoyable.  The other activities such as Rwandan dancing also made the experience very memorable.  I would easily consider attending this conference in the future, and I encourage others to do so as well!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SJC/GWMS Winter Concert

Congratulations to the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Grade 12 small ensemble for their fine performance at the Winter Concert last night.  All our focus and preparation paid off and you all did a great job representing our school.  Well done!  Grade 12 Band students will be performing at the Grace Hospital Monday morning.  More details coming soon.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SJC Students Meet With Premier Selinger

On December 11th, 2012, Mr. Thorsteinson and a group of St. James Collegiate students attended the Premier of Manitoba's State of the Province Address hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Along with nearly 1000 members of the business community, they heard how the province is doing so far and how the future is looking. Following the presentation, the students were invited to meet with the Premier, a St. James Collegiate grad, in a small group question and answer period with other high school students from the across the city.

Aboriginal Students' Group Holiday Feast

The library was "abuzz" on Thursday a.m. as 65 George Waters and St. James students participated in the 3rd Annual Aboriginal Holiday Friends Feast.  After smudging, students "crafted" for over an hour creating some beautifully designed mini - ornamental headdresses.  The morning ended on a high note with a potluck feast of Indian tacos, oranges, cookies and yummy homemade shortbread.  It was a great way to share some time with one another.  

SJC Volunteer Readers @ Brooklands

For the third time this year, a group of SJC students who live in the Brooklands area went to Brooklands School to read with kindergarten and grade 1 students and to engage the kids in structured play.  The students will return to Brooklands once more before the winter break to join the staff and students for a holiday dinner.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Exam Schedule - Semester 1

Please download the pdf below for a copy of our Semester 1 Exam Schedule.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Winter Concert - December 11th, 2012

The Winter Concert is only 6 days away!  St. James Collegiate will showcase our Band and Choir students on December 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.  Students should arrive at the school for 6:30 p.m. dressed in their Band shirt and black pants.

In order for the Band to sound its best, everyone needs to prepare properly.  Playing during class time is not enough.  Students should be practicing 20 minutes a day to prepare for the concert.  Even if you know your notes and rhythms, the more you practice at home, the more confidence and endurance you will have for the concert (and the better the Band will sound!).

Students should be practicing the following music:
Senior Band:  Spania; 20 Carols in Two Minutes; Elves Dance from “Nutcracker”
Senior Jazz:  Jumpin' Jellybeans; Into the Sun; A Jazzy Merry Christmas

Check the Band Website for more information.  Thanks for your support!

Finn Johnson, Band Director
George Waters Middle School/St. James Collegiate

Band Website:

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Graduation News - December

The Safe Grad Parent Committee met for the first time in November. Thanks to all the parents who came out. The next SAFE GRAD parent meeting will be held in the middle of January: date to be determined around the exam schedule. If interested, please show your support for your graduating son/daughter by attending this meeting of the parent committee. If you are unable to attend and would like to be added to the parent email list for grad information, please email Mr Sculthorp (

Graduation photos will be taken during exam week. Appointments (on a first come first served basis) must be made with Mr. Sculthorp in the New Year. Sitting fees are paid directly to the photographer. More information will follow in January.  

Grad clothing is now available for order. See Ms Mitchell for details and order forms. All orders and payment are due to Ms. Mitchell on Tuesday, December 18th. Hopefully the clothing will be delivered by the end of January.

Thank you for all the support in our fundraising over the last few months. Students can check their accounts on the grad board across from Room 105. We will do one or two more fundraisers in second semester along with the Car Wash in May or June.

Dates to Remember:

December 18th , 2012 - Grad Clothing Orders are due to Ms. Mitchell
June 26, 2012 – Grad Ceremony, Dinner and Safe Grad

Community Notice of Response To Threat

Please see the letter below for more information regarding the School's response to a recent threat made at SJC/GWMS

December 4th Threat Letter

We have also included the SJASD Student Threat Assessment Process Document for your information.

SJASD Student Threat Assessment Process Information

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Siloam Mission Volunteering

For eight consecutive years, SJC staff and students have volunteered at Siloam Mission. On November 23rd 14 students and 4 staff members worked in the kitchen and clothing drop off to support Winnipeg's homeless population. Over 300 meals were served for this one meal alone. If you're interested in volunteering for our December group, please see Mr. Lister, Mr. McLeod or Mr. Halbert.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

SJC Students Volunteer @ Koats For Kids

On November 8th, nine of SJCI's International students and newly landed immigrants volunteered at Koats for Kids.  We sorted coats, mittens, and hats, filled orders, and mended torn clothing.  It was an eye opening experience for the students to see how many Winnipeg children depend on the kindness of others to stay warm during the winter months.  If you'd like to make a donation, or volunteer, please contact Koats for Kids at 204-586-5628.