Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JV Girls Volleyball Update

After a tough start to the season, the Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Team came together this weekend and played hard to finish first in their pool in the round robin and earned a spot in the finals of the St. Norbert Volleyball Tournament. Between games, the girls found our new mascot "Jim The Pumpkin" at the St Norbert Farmer's Market.

Varsity Boys Volleyball Team Wins Home Tournament

On the weekend of October 21st, the Varsity Boys had an excellent run winning their home tournament for the first time in recent years. The boys only lost one set throughout the entire tournament and ended up winning the finals in 2 sets whilst it was best 2 out of 3. The Varsity Boys are looking good as the team they beat in the finals is the team they're going to have to play in their interzone provincial qualifier.

Grad Information

The first Safe Grad meeting for all parents of graduates will be held on November 7th in the library at 7pm. We hope parents will consider supporting the Class of 2013 by attending a meeting as there will not be a Safe Grad without sufficient parental involvement.

Students should check the grad bulletin board across from Room 105 on a regular basis for news concerning grad and Safe Grad.

Grad Clothing should be on sale later in November please listen to announcements for further details.

Dates to Remember:

November 7th – Safe Grad Meeting @ 7pm in the Library
November 21st – Mom’s Pantry Pick-Up @ 4:00 p.m (date is tentative).
January 2013 – Grad Photos during exam week
June 26, 2013 – Grad Ceremony, Dinner and Safe Grad

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stevenson Mentorship Program

Stevenson Mentorship Program kicked off their 8th year with making friendship bracelets.  Most Wednesdays you'll find 25 St. James students showing up at Stevenson School to hang out and build connections with 25 Stevenson - Grade 4 or 5 students.

Varsity Girls Volleyball Team Update

Varsity girls had a very successful weekend at DMCI's 'Halloween Howler" tournament. They dressed up as pacman for their team costume and won a prize for most Halloween spirit. They also got to carve a pumpkin. The girls won 4 out of their 5 games in the tournament and lost to a strong Steinbach team in the playoffs. They ended up in the top 6 teams out of 10 with mostly AAAA teams in attendance. Check out the Varsity Girls team in action at our home tournament on Saturday, Nov 10th.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mr. Hayward's Class Celebrates Mole Day!

What is Mole Day?

Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.

Take Action! Youth Forum

 On Wednesday October 17th student from the St. James Collegiate Social Justice Group gathered as part of a youth forum called "Take Action" involving students from various middle and high schools across the division to talk about how students can affect change. After some ice-breaker activities and guest speakers from "Free The Children"raised awareness of issues that need attention. Student discussions then moved to a focus on how we can use our talents and passions to make positive changes in our community and around the world.

For more information and to see what was shared, visit


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Comic Teaches Money Math to Gr. 11s and 12s

Thanks to The Investor Education Fund and The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization Of Canada we were treated to a great assembly today.

Today’s guest speaker wanted grade 11 and 12 students to GET SMARTER ABOUT MONEY and make sure WE MANAGE OUR MONEY AND OUR MONEY DOESN’T MANAGE US.

From the TV shows COMICS, COMEDY AT CLUB 54 and COOKING WITH COMICS, we were pleased to welcome … from FUNNY MONEY INC., 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Post Secondary Information Sessions

There will be some opportunities coming up in the next month for students to explore post-secondary education option. The sessions are listed below. Please see Ms. Brophy if you require more information.
  • Thursday, Nov 1st: 9:45-10:45,
  •  U of M: Band Room
  • Who:: All grade 11 students are required to attend.  Grade 12 students interested in U of M are invited to attend.
  • Students will go to second period class to have their attendence taken and then be called down to the Band Room.

  • Thursday, Nov 8th: All Morning
  • University Fair at Sturgeon Heights
  • All university-bound grade 12 students
  • I will visit grade 12 classrooms throughout the day on Monday, Nov. 5th to talk about the event and hand out permission forms.  Students will be meeting me at Sturgeon that morning.

  • Wednesday, Nov 14th 8:35-9:35
  • U of W: Band Room
  • Who:: All grade 11 students are required to attend. Grade 12 students interested in U of W are invited to attend.
  • Students will go to first period class to have their attendence taken and then be called down to the Band Room.

  • Thursday, Nov 22nd 8:35-9:35
  • Red River College: Band Room
  • Who: All grade 11 students are required to attend.  Grade 12 students interested in Red River College are invited to attend.
  • Students will go to first period class to have their attendence taken and then be called down to the Band Room.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Undergrad Awards 2012

This year's awards ceremony was a held on October 10th at St. James Anglican Church and was a great success. We had so many award recipients that we barely had room for everyone to sit! Students received a combination of certificates, prizes and cash awards for their academic and extra-curricular performances from the 2011-2012 school year. The ceremony was followed by a receptions with hors d'oeuvres and dainties where parents, student and staff could mingle and meet.

For a full list of winners click here

Ms. Connor present the Kim Memorial Award to Scott T.

Paula R. accepts the C. H. Sauders Award for Academic Exellence and Citizenship

Monday, October 15, 2012

Free Parenting Today Session - November 13th, 2012

Workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Educational Support Services – Jameswood School, 1 Braintree Crescent (off Olive & Ness).  Free pizza supper will be offered from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and session will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  To register, please call Corinne Baker at 885-9555 or email ptregistrations@sjsd.net

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
School Refusal

Presented by: Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D. is distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before moving to Las Vegas.

Dr. Kearney’s research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, post -traumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents, as well as issues of quality of life in persons with severe handicaps. He has published several books, numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics.  Dr. Kearney also conducts workshops for school districts and mental health and other agencies regarding school refusal behavior and selective mutism.

--> Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Corinne Baker at 885-9555 or ptregistrations@sjsd.net 

-->FREE CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED FOR SESSIONS.  When registering please indicate for how many children and their ages.  Once registered, if you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Corinne Baker at 9885-9555 or email ptregistrations@sjsd.net

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Come Out and Join YIP!

This post was submitted by SJC Graduate Zach M. who took part in YIP over the past few years. If you're interested in having a similar experience, see Ms. Connor, Ms. Kopetsky or Mr. Halbert for more information.

"One of SJCI’s many community involvement programs goes by the name of Youth in Philanthropy or YiP for short. It’s only a small dedication throughout the year but one with the possibility to open up several large doors. Not only had YiP given me some insight on what Winnipeg was doing in order to be a better city, but it had also given me the opportunity to apply for The Winnipeg Foundation’s Summer Internship Program or SiP. Luckily for me I had actually been chosen to participate in the program and along with fellow Jimmie Karlene W.  We were placed in a different sector of the charitable world. Karlene was placed at the Rady Centre and I at the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation. This was an amazing experience for me. Even though I wasn’t making incisions in patients at the hospital, I got to learn what helped keep the building up to date and the staff happy through my charitable work at the Foundation. The whole thing was a learning experience I will not soon forget (and it paid too!). My duties at the Foundation included research for fundraising events, cross referencing donors, and scanning documents as well as many other interesting tasks. As a part of The Winnipeg Foundation, I was also required to create my own site visit for the other interns to come over and check things out at my placement. It was really a huge eye opener as to what Winnipeg can do with the right minds behind the reins. I recommend everyone currently in YiP and everyone who was on the fence on joining YiP to take the plunge. Join YiP and learn about your communities and further your experience by applying for the SiP!"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SJC Welcomes 2012-2013 International Program Students

St. James Collegiate’s International student/landed immigrant student group is comprised of students from Brazil, China, Germany, Nepal, Portugal, the Philippines, and South Korea.  Since arriving in Canada, our students have been enjoying school, exploring Winnipeg, and forming new friendships that are sure to last a life time.  As many students have never experienced snow, everyone is looking forward to the winter season and all the activities that come along with it.  2012-2013 is sure to be a great year for SJCI’s International student/landed immigrant program!

Monday, October 01, 2012

SJC Digital Learning Beginnings ...

Check out this video showcasing Web 2.0 tools in St. James Collegiate classrooms.

Jimmie Midnighter - SJC Community Building

On Friday September 28th, 2012 we welcomed our grade 9's into the SJC Community. Students were led by staff and a group of approximately 20 mentors through a fun-filled evening of teambuilding activities and sessions that emphasized what it means to be a Jimmie!

Sessions included a juggling performance by Robin Chestnut, a magic show by Chris Chimera, an early dinner BBQ dinner, a late dinner of Pizza, motivational video sessions, a gym blast (won by the gold team) and a rock concert performance by staff and students to cap off the night. The evening was filled with smiles, laughs and the result was an improved sense of community among participants.