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.

Friday, November 23, 2012

My Friend's Closet

A HUGE success!  This is St. James Collegiate’s third annual My Friend’s Closet sale.  Clothes have been donated from across the division for this environmental/sustainable event.  Over three thousand items are up for grabs at 25 cents an item.  Special thank you to our angel donators!  Mr. Connolly and Mrs. Brophy would also like to thank the Management class for all their hard work.  It takes a week for the Management class to get this one day sale organized. It also takes a couple of months for various student groups in the school division to collect from the community to make this event happen.  This is a fine example of community partnerships at its finest!

Student Explores Holocaust Literature Through Art

Forged from steel with his mig welder in our autobody shop, this project was created by SJC student Quincy R. as part of an 40SC English class' study of the Elie Wiesel novel, Night - his personal story of his experiences during the Holocaust.

In Quincy's Words...

"When I began the first tack-weld I knew exactly what message I wanted to send through the metal.  I wanted the edges to be sharp and for the upper half of the arm to be scorched from flame.  The sharp edges represent what I feel happens to a human being in a concentration camp.  Their spirit becomes dull and lifeless, no room for emotion 'every man for himself'. The joy and life are gone; there is no smoothness or bright colours, only plain and scorched pieces... I made sure the pieces of metal for the lower portion of my arm were narrow to create an arm which was skinny and frail looking.  I also made sure the hand portion had as much detail as possible to draw the eye upwards so you can see that the hand was reaching out, trying to grasp something."


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jam @ The Junction

On Friday November 19th, 2012 some very talented Jimmies put on a Jam @ The Junction. There was live musical and dancing performances for all to enjoy. With bright lights, heavy sound and a very large crowd of people, the first Jam @ The Junction was a great success!

Surviving Teen Years - Parenting Today Sessions

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

Tuesday, December, 5, 2012  
Strategies for Surviving Teen Years

Presented by:  Hayley Plesh, B.S.W. and Jeff Kerr, B.S.W., Educational Support Services: St. James Assiniboia School Division

·      building healthy connections with your teen
·      dealing with at-risk behaviour
·      Helpful strategies to address technology use by teens (texting, facebook).

Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Corinne Baker at 885-9555 or email at

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 885-9555 or by email at

Celebration of Success Assembly

Our first Celebration of Success Assembly of the year was a great event that featured musical performances by Amanda C, Joey C, and Adam R. After honouring many of our students with certificates for earning a B average last year, Adam S. and Kelsey N. were named Athletes of the Month. 

The assembly ended with Wall of Fame inductions for students who had demonstrated 
accomplishment in at least 2 of the following areas:

Academics, Arts, Athletics, Citizenship or Special Achievement

Back Row: Alex O, Bobbi Y, Kelsey N, Mikhaela G, Adam S, 
Scotty T, Jordanna G, Cameron P, Emmalee M.

Front Row: Simone J, Jamie G, Delaney G, Christian S, Jenna M, Jacob F, Josh V, Lysandra B, 
Autumn B, Harold C, Kelsey N.

Athlete of the Month: Adam S.

Athlete of the Month: Kelsey N.

Amanda C. Performing at the Assembly

Joey C. and Adam R. Performing at the Assembly

Day of Pink - Featuring Jer's Vision

As part of our "Day of Pink" on November 21st,  our GSA group baked and distributed pink cup cakes to anyone wearing pink to support diversity. The GSA also arrange a presentation for the students on this day. 

The presentation featured Jeremy Dias, Director and Founder of Jer's Vision and delivered a strong message about anti-bullying and discrimination.  The Jimmies were an enthusiastic, respectful, and welcoming audience for Jeremy as he discussed his experiences of coming out in high school and the discrimination he faced at the hands of students and school officials.  At 17, he began a legal case against his school and school board and at 21, won Canada's second largest human rights settlement.  Jeremy used the money to found Jer's Vision:  Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative, the International Day of Pink and the Jeremy Dias Scholarship.  His presentation was entertaining, thought provoking and heartwarming.  Thank-you to our school's GSA for bringing Jeremy to St. James Collegiate.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Digital Learning Events

 SJC Students in the Media

 Students from St. James Collegiate and three other schools met at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe to discuss privacy and the internet and digital learning to kick off Media Literacy week earlier in November.  The panel discussion that followed was a rich debate about using technology in the classroom.  Our very own Jesse H, seen below, made us proud with his presentation on the power of the internet and the many positive aspects for kids--when used responsibly.

St. James Collegiate Family of Schools Parent Meeting on Digital Learning 
(Dec 4 @ 7pm Band Room at SJC/GW)

The nature of teaching and learning is changing in our increasingly digital society and knowledge based economy.  Parents and schools need to work together to support our students’ growth as citizens in ways they can be proud of today, and into their future. Our schools are hosting an evening to discuss these and related issues. Lead by our Curriculum Coordinators we will share a short (20-30 min) presentation followed by a question and answer period (20-30 min) to help parents develop an understanding of how they can best support their children’s learning and partner with their school administration and teachers to encourage their students to grow as thoughtful and responsible global citizens. With an eye towards promoting authentic learning experiences for their children, we hope to empower parents to participate as informed partners in their children’s education and engage them as active partners in their children’s school lives as emerging global citizens.