Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Elves Caught on Camera

Holiday elves getting ready to distribute candy canes!

Meeting the Premier

On Thursday, December 12th, 2013, Mr. Thorsteinson, Kelsey N. and Melissa F., two students from St. James Collegiate, attended the Premier's State of the Province Address hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Following the presentation, the students were invited to meet the premier in a small group session and ask him questions related to the future of the province. The two St. James students, along with nearly forty students from schools across the city,  heard the premier answers questions regarding provincial issues on flooding, jobs for the future and heard him describe a "day in the life" of a premier.

Minister of Education Visit

Province of Manitoba | News Releases | Province Announces Upgrades to St. James Collegiate

Province of Manitoba | News Releases | Province Announces Upgrades to St. James Collegiate

Friday, December 13, 2013

Helping Koats for Kids

On Thursday, December 12th, SJCI's Youth in Philantrophy group visited Koats for Kids. The team worked hard sorting coats to be cleaned, putting together coats and outerwear and packing orders to families in need. This was followed by a team building pizza supper. The group hopes to continue to give back to their community in the future.

A Personal Journey Shared in Biology Class

On Wednesday, December 11th, Students in Mrs. Connors grade 11 Biology classes were visited by Mr. Lister, former teacher at SJCI, to speak on his experience with type 1 diabetes as part of their digestive system unit. Mr. Lister shared his ongoing personal journey with his 4 year old son and their experiences with type 1 diabetes. Students were excited to learn about medical diseases from a personal standpoint and were grateful to hear his story. Thanks Mr.Lister!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Students Achieve Social Action

Just over two weeks ago our student council made this statement:

Attention all students – next week student council will be starting a two week food drive between all of the period two classes.  All non-perishable food items will be accepted.  The period two class that has the highest weight of food will win a pizza party.  To make this even more competitive, you will be able to sabotage other classes by putting change in their coin jar.  For every five dollars in coin that class has, they will lose 1 pound of food off their score.  All coin raised is for Philippine Relief.  If you have a period two spare, please sign up in the office and we will assign you to a class.

The grand total from both Philippine Relief efforts was $710 which will be matched by government agencies.  Well done Jimmies! And here are some pics of the food drive results for Winnipeg Harvest.

Lucky Students at Roar of the Rings Last Week

Roar of the Rings -  The Olympic experience has been re-ignited this year when the top 16 teams in the country, eight men’s and eight women’s teams headed to Winnipeg for the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, at the MTS Centre. Jimmies Jasper E. and Blake R. have a passion for curling and were fortunate to attend an early morning draw last week.

SJC Youth in Philanthropy Team

Our good looking Youth in Philanthropy team is off to a great start this year--also  in keeping with the UNESCO values our school represents.  More on Youth in Philanthropy can be found at this link

Hour of Code in Action

Students and staff do "Hour of Code" activities to celebrate Computer Science Week!

Full House at Winter Concert

The St. James Collegiate Band and Choir members joined our school community along with George Waters Middle School for a successful night of music last night.  Thanks music directors and students for your artistic integrity.  Special thanks to Mr. Johnson for his leadership!!!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Computer Science Week: Hour of Code

Dec 9 - 14 is Computer Science Week.  Mr. Robson will be coding in his classes and here is an excerpt of his challenge to other teachers:

There is a movement to get students around the world involved in some basic Computer Science coding activities, called Hour of Code. All of my classes will be getting involved, and I'd like to invite other classes in middle or high school to do the same.

Activities can be done on any computer or device, and they even have activities aimed to be done unplugged, without devices.

Teachers who sign up get 10gb of free storage space in DropBox!

There are activities for all levels and abilities, and there are activities that involve characters from Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies to hook the kids in.

Introductory video

Get involved

Tutorials and information

I'd be glad to help anyone interested in participating. If any of your students express an interest, I have courses that work with a lot of these concepts, and I'd be glad to talk to anyone about the content.

There is a growing shortage of graduates able to fill the growing number of jobs requiring these skills. These skills aren't just for us nerds anymore!

Videos stressing the importance of computer science skills

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Student Initiated Local and Global Action

Message from Student Council:

Attention all students – next week student council will be starting a two week food drive between all of the period two classes.  All non-perishable food items will be accepted.  The period two class that has the highest weight of food will win a pizza party.  To make this even more competitive, you will be able to sabotage other classes by putting change in their coin jar.  For every five dollars in coin that class has, they will lose 1 pound of food off their score.  All coin raised is for Philippine Relief.  If you have a period two spare, please sign up in the office and we will assign you to a class.

EAL Discovery Day Field Trip

Here are some pictures of our International and English as Additional Language students enjoying time exploring the University of Manitoba during the International Discovery Day last week!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sports Calendar QR

Scan this QR Code to go directly to the Jimmie Sports Calendar

Or click this link

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 28, 2013 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Book appointments on-line starting:
Wednesday, November 20th (8 am) until Thursday, November 28th (10 am)

At St. James Collegiate, Parent-Teacher Conferences are a key part of our communication with you concerning your son/daughter’s progress. Please plan on booking and attending a conference with their teachers. We are once again using our web-based scheduling application called the St. James Collegiate Conference Manager that allows you to use the Internet to book appointments quickly and easily.
The first time you use the St. James Collegiate Conference Manager you will be required to register and create a Parent Account. This only takes a minute or two. Remember to record your password in a safe place as this may be used for future Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Steps to register and book conferences:

1. Go to our school’s website then click on the link to Parent-Teacher Conference Registration.

2. Register for a Parent Account. To register, click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration page. Once registered you will be able to log in to the Conference manager right away. An e-mail will also be sent to the address specified. This e-mail restates your user name and password. If you forget your password you can reset it using the FORGOT PASSWORD link under the login button. Once registered you can log in to the Conference Manager any time.

3. Click the BOOK NOW button. Select the conference date from the Date drop-down that appears and then select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with, and then click the NEXT button. To coordinate bookings involving multiple teachers, select all the teachers applicable to your son/daughter with whom you wish to meet.

4. Click on an available time slot for each teacher you selected and complete the booking form that appears. You should see the booking appear in the summary list on the right hand side of the screen. A confirmation e-mail is sent for each booking or cancellation you make. You will also receive a reminder and conference itinerary by e-mail.

5. Confirm your appointments have been booked by looking at the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box on the right side of the screen or click on the MY CONFERENCES tab. Only appointments that appear in the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box or on the MY CONFERENCES page are confirmed bookings.

6. When finished booking, click the log off button located at the top right side of the browser window.
We know that it is not always possible for parents to book their own appointments due to limited computer access or for other reasons. If you require assistance in setting up appointments, please phone the school at 204-888-4867 during regular office hours (8 am to 4 pm). Mrs. Templeton is in charge of booking appointments and would be happy to assist you.

K. Dueck

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

In addition to our business and entrepreneurial studies courses, St. James Collegiate is proud to partner with the National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition to offer several students an opportunity to enrich their studies after school and on their own time.  Teacher facilitators are offering several students time after school to fulfill the requirements of this program.

Benefits for students:
  • Learn about business development and planning
  • Blend traditional teachings with good business practices 
  • Receive special awards and cash prizes
More information is available here

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Post Secondary Presentations

Grade 11's Required to Attend/  Grade 12's Attendance Optional- if Interested 

  • Thursday, Nov 14th, 8:35-9:30 am, Band Room, University of Manitoba
  • Friday, Nov 15th, 8:35-9:30am, Band Room, University of Winnipeg
  • Tuesday, Nov 26th, 8:35-9:30am, Band Room, Red River College
  •  Students will be called down to the Band Room from their classrooms at 8:35.  

Monday, November 04, 2013

Celebration of Success Assembly Highlights

Mr. Sculthorp recognizing student achievement.
We had our first Celebration of Success Assembly of the year this morning.  Many students were recognized for their achievements and all students were encouraged to reach their personal goals.

Athletes of the Month

Mikhaela G. and Jordan M. were the athletes of the month for September.

We Day
WE Day Wowed Winnipeg and St. James Collegiate students. 42 of our students (Grades 9 - 12) joined 16,000 other students from across Manitoba at the MTS Centre.
Students came away inspired and ready to take on social justice issues in our local and global community.
The work has already begun with the Vow of Silence Day and the Division's WE Day Committee.

Blood Bus
We had our first blood donor bus of 2013/14 in October.   12 students donated so much more than their time by giving the gift of life—donating blood.. The next blood bus is December 18.  Please see Mrs. Connor if you are interested (must be 17 or over).

       A number of teachers at St. James Collegiate have nominated the following students for a 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award. 
       Tributes are presented to recognize exceptional achievement of an individual in a variety of areas.
      Breanne M - Culture - a dedication to the preservation and understanding of Aboriginal cultures and languages.
      Tceagan S. and Jessie S. - Academics - achieved and value high academic standing in a secondary institution. 
      Amanda W. - Community/Volunteer - demonstrated community leadership and involvement in a voluntary capacity.
      The Winners have yet to be announced but these young women should be very proud to be nominated.  Congratulations Amanda, Breanne, Jessie and Tceagan.

Student Involvement
Students were congratulated on their successful involvement in
      Jimmie Midnighter
      Siloam Mission
      Europe Trip (HRH)
      YIP (Youth in Philanthropy)
      Stevenson Mentorship Program
      United Way Presentation
      School Dance/Spirit Week

22 Students were added to our Wall of Fame for combined achievements in
Special Achievements

Please let Mr. Sculthorp know of community achievements that might be suitable for school recognition at 
St. James Collegiate’s Celebration of Success.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Acting Locally for Winnipeg Harvest

Inspired by a group of students from Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, St. James Collegiate students went out into the community this Halloween collecting non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest. The event was organized by our school's Youth in Philanthropy Committee and was a huge success. We'd like to thank the St. James Community for their generous contribution.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tell them From Me Survey

What: Tell them From Me Survey
When: November 13th, 2013
Who: All students gr. 9-12 (totally anonymous)

Taking Place on November 13 - Tell Them From Me Survey"
This is a well-known survey tool which gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts on various topics and provides schools with information to improve student learning and foster safe and welcoming environments for all students. 
Click on the link to view detailed description - TTFM

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mr. Chomichuk

Aside from being a popular and effective English, Drama, Psychology and Art teacher at St. James Collegiate, Mr C is also an accomplished artist.  Check out this link:


Halloween came early to St. James this year with the International/EAL party. Pumpkin carving, cupcake decorating and movie watching made for quite the extravaganza! BOO!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is Lacrosse?

Here are a few of our Brazilian international students learning about the crazy Canadian sport of lacrosse.

Mole Day

Mr. Hayward's chemistry class celebrated “Mole Day” -  An unofficial holiday celebrated by chemists and chemistry students on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM.  The time and date are derived from Amedeo Avogadro's number (6.02×1023) which is the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of any substance

Friday, October 18, 2013

Youth United Way Grant Proposal

Paula, Patricia, Chris, and Monica present to the Youth United Way Grant Proposal Committee about Stevenson Mentorship Connection and Brooklands Literacy. Students went to the United Way building on October 16th, to present their projects to the Youth United Way panel. After reviewing their grant proposals, the panel will decide whether the projects will receive funding from the United Way.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Once a Jimmie - Always a Jimmie
Thomas Stuart-Dant      
Thomas played for the SJCI Jimmies for 2 seasons

Now with the Sutton Sting of the NIHL (North Div. 1) in the UK 

Thomas Stuart-Dant signed as an import forward with the Sutton Sting of the NIHL (North Div. 1) in the UK this past summer after stops in the ACHA (Minot State U), KJHL (Selkirk) and the Federal Hockey League’s Danbury Whalers. He played for the SJCI Jimmies for 2 seasons and was selected as the team’s top forward following the 2007/08 season.
While at SJCI he won the 2008 United Way High School Community Service Award and also raised over $2,000 for CancerCare Manitoba.
Thomas made an immediate impact with his new team scoring 9 points (6G, 3A) in their first 2 games.

Way to go Thomas. We're proud that you were a Jimmie and proud of your accomlishments.
You will always be a Jimmie!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unesco Values

This year we want to clearly link all of the social justice initiatives we do (and more) to the values of being part of the Unesco Associated Schools Network.  We have a banner and sticker created to remind staff, students and community of this commitment to promoting social justice, peace, inter-cultural understanding and global citizenship.

Grade 12 Phys Ed Requirement

Grade 12 students, are reminded that you MUST meet with Mr. Robson to get started on your PE40 credit. You need this credit to graduate, and you'll find that it's not that hard to get. There is another information session today (Thursday, Oct. 10) at lunch and more sessions will be announced for next week. If you don't choose one of these, you will have to attend a meeting that will be arranged for you. 

See Mr. Robson in room 213 at lunch or after school for more information. 

You can visit for some information and an important sheet that you have to fill out BEFORE starting your program.

Yearbooks Have Arrived!

The 2012/13 St. James Collegiate Yearbook has arrived and they are available for pick up now!

They can be picked up after 3:40 in room 213 or in front of Jimmies Junction at lunch starting Friday, Oct. 11.

There's still time to order your 2013-14 yearbook. Make sure you don't miss out on the lifetime of memories that this book will provide!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

SJC World Cafe

The World Cafe is a place where international students and new Canadians can practice their English and make friends at lunch.

The World  Cafe rocked today with the newspaper dance. As the newspaper pieces got smaller, students'

problem solving skills were put to the test to somehow be standing on a piece of newspaper when the music stopped! Canadian ambassadors and our international friends had a great time.

The World Cafe is open every second Wednesday!