Friday, March 22, 2013

Fake Mole Day

Grade 11 Chemistry students celebrated "fake" Mole Day on March 21st in honour of Amedeo Avogadro's number "The Mole" which equals 6.02x1023. Mole day is actually celebrated every October 23rd from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Success Assembly - Wall of Fame Recipients

Back: Claudia E, Rayna H, Karlissa L. Brittany K, Emily D, Jasper E, ?,
Middle: Sierra B, Chris L, Rodney B, Nicole P, Monica S, Vanessa M, Zane L, Carly B, Noah C,
Front: Mohammad Z, Hammy Z, Zineb M, Kellie S, Brynn R, Paula R, Danielle B, Patricia B.

We would like to congratulate the newest members of the Wall of Success for their efforts this school year. A student may be nominated by a parent, teacher, classmate, group or organization, or even be self- nominated. To be considered by the committee a student must have achieved success in two or more of the areas listed below:

Honours average or exceptionally positive change in the approach to academics

Sportsmanship or leadership, or effort, or athletic ability or a combination of these characteristics.

Demonstration of dedication to musical, visual or performance arts.

Contributions to the school, the community and its citizens. This may also include the 40 hours of volunteer service required for Graduation.   

Special Achievements
An outstanding achievement in any field that is both positive and beneficial.

Do you know a student who has done well in at least two of the areas mentioned above? Visit the high school office to get your nominations in today!    

Up The Down Stair Case - SJC /GWMS Drama Production

"Hi, Teach!"  are the first words to greet attractive Sylvia Barrett.  There's special happiness in walking into the still-empty classroom and for the first time writing her name on the blackboard.  Students pour into the classroom-cautious, testing, challenging.  Simultaneously, there's a blizzard of paperwork, warnings, contradictory orders, indecipherable instructions.  Frantic, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn't even understand the language.   An experienced teacher translates:  "Keep on file in numerical order" means throw in wastebasket.  "Let it be a challenge" means you're stuck with it.  "Interpersonal relationships" means a fight between kids.  And "It has come to my attention" means you're in trouble.  Soon Sylvia finds herself the most involved person in the school-involved in the start of a romance and in a near war with a discipline over-everything administrator, but, most of all, involved in the unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students.

"Up the Down Staircase is a timeless representation of issues surrounding teenagers."

    Submitted by Mr. Orr

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Varsity Boys Finish 2nd at AAA Provincials

    The Varsity boys basketball team fell short in the finals on Saturday March 16th vs. Westgate in the AAA Provincial Basketball Finals.

    Congratulations to Tournament All-Stars Ali Ahmed and Rodney Brown, and a shout out to Ben Miller from Westgate who was named Tournament MVP.

    Grad News - March

    The final Mom’s Pantry order pick-up is scheduled for Friday, March 22nd at noon in Mr. Sculthorp’s room 102. The school will be closed over the break so please make arrangements to pick up your order that day.

    The Grad Quiz Night is only one month away (April 18th). The Grad Committee is looking for prize donations for the silent auction and baking donations for the snack tables. Tickets will go on sale after Spring Break. More details will follow in April.

    The next SAFE GRAD parent meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 pm in the school library. 

    The Cap and Gown fee of $25.00 (cash or cheque made out to St. James Collegiate) should be paid to Mr. Sculthorp before Spring Break (March 22nd). This fee covers the rental of your gown and the purchase of the memento cap for the ceremony on June 26. If this fee is not paid by the deadline, a gown will not be ordered. Without a gown, a student will not be able to accept their diploma during the formal ceremony in June.

    Grad Picture Retakes on Friday, March 15th were a success. If any grad still requires photos, arrangements must be made with Lifetouch to have them taken at their studios.

    Important Dates:

    March 15 – Grad Picture Retakes
    March 22 – Pick-Up of Mom’s Pantry Products at noon
    March 22 – Final Day to Pay Cap & Gown ($25.00)
    April 9 – Safe Grad Meeting @ 7pm Library
    April 18 – Grad Quiz Night @ 7pm
    June 25 – Grad Rehearsal
    June 26 – Grad Ceremony, Dinner and Safe Grad 

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Parenting Today Workshops

            Parenting Today  2012-13
    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 contact Liz Mattis at 885-9555 or email

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Autism: Working Together: Supporting Inclusive Schools in Manitoba –Appropriate Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

    Presented by Brent Epp - Consultant, Student Services Unit with Manitoba Education

    Schools and families are partners in developing and implementing appropriate educational programming for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Guided by a philosophy of inclusion the heart of this planning is the Individual Education Planning (IEP) process. An IEP is a student-specific plan involving families that determines the direction of programming and sets student-specific outcomes for the student with ASD. This session will provide an overview of what needs to be considered when planning and programming for students with ASD and other exceptional learning needs.
    Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please contact Liz Mattis at 885-9555  or email

    FREE CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED FOR SESSIONS.  When registering please indicate for how many children and their ages.  Once registered, if you cannot attend, please contact  Liz Mattis at 885-9555 or email

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Finals Bound! - SJC Boys Defeat #2 Neelin in Overtime!

    In a game that was close from the outset, your SJC boys found a way to win against yet another higher ranked team in overtime by a score of 87-81.

    Come out to cheer on our boys as they take on #1 Westgate in the AAA Provincial Boys Final on Saturday at 4pm in the SJC Gym.

    AAA Provincials PhotoStream

    All photos taken this weekend will be uploaded to the photo stream below. Check back throughout the day for updates.

    Or visit

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    SJC Varsity Boys Take Down Gray Academy

    Despite being ranked #6 in the province, the varsity boys team defeated the Gray Academy Raiders (ranked #3) in a close game today in front of a rowdy home crowd. The final score was 73-66. The boys play again tomorrow at 2pm in the SJC Gym vs Neelin.

    The varsity girls played a hard fought game vs. #1 Virden and pulled within 3 in the fourth quarter but could not sustain the come-back. They will face Windsor Park in the consolation semi-final Friday at 3:15pm in the GWMS Gym

    Come on out and support your teams. Go Jimmies Go!

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Youth in Philanthropy - Kits with Mitts Project

     In Youth in Philanthropy at St. James Collegiate we are always looking for new ways to better the community we live in.  This year we applied for a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation for 1000.00 to accomplish just that. Once we received this grant we deiced to make kits for the people of Winnipeg who don't have what we would consider the basic hygience products.  We set out and bought items such as shampoo, deoderant,Q-tips, dental floss, water, mittens, socks, etc...  We created individual kits with the intent to donate them to RAY - Resource Assistance for Youth.  RAY is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth.  Making these kits together as a group was fun and heartwarming.  Each of the 50 kits was prepared with love by a YiP Member, with the hope that someone's day would be made because of the project.  We as a committee hope that whoever receives a kit feels the love that was put into them.

    Contributed by Autumn B. - Gr. 12 student

    SJC Students Attend State of the City Address

    On Friday, March 7th, 2013, Mr. Thorsteinson and a group of students from St. James Collegiate attended the Mayor's State of the City Address hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Following the presentation, the students were invited to meet the mayor in a small group session and ask him questions related to the future of the city. The four St. James students, along with nearly thirty students from schools across the city,  heard the mayor talk about the improvements to the city in recent years and plans for the future and asked some challenging questions. 

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    A Feel Good Story

    The young lady above is Sydney Ennis. Sydney was the lucky recipient of a set of Rihanna Tickets from HOT 103. However Sydney did not keep the tickets for herself. She had heard of a young newly married couple that had just been going through a very diifcult time. The wife's name is Alyssa and she was diagnosed with cancer. Alyssa's husband Ryan had emailed HOT 103 to see if he could get her tickets to Rihanna's show. Sydney donated her tickets to the couple so that Alyssa could attend. The audio clip of the HOT 103 interview is below. It's stories like this that keep us all going through the tough times. Bravo Sydney! Enjoy!

    Can't see player? Click Here To Download Audio Clip

    Thursday, March 07, 2013

    Parenting Today Workshop

                Parenting Today    


    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 Liz Mattis at 885-9555  or email

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    The Science of the Developing Brain

    Presented by: Dr. Maria Phelps, School Psychologist, Educational Support Services, St. James-Assiniboia School Division

    In recent years, our understanding of functioning of the brain in children and teens has been helped through the use of brain-imaging technology. Research using brain scans can help parents understand why teenagers behave the way they do, as well as how best to help children with ADHD, depression, and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    Tier 2 Champions 3 Years In A Row!

    The atmosphere in Shaftesbury High School's Gym on the evening of Friday March 1st, 2013 could only be described as electric as over 100 students, staff and alumni of SJC packed the stands to create a home-court advantage for the varsity boys and girls teams as they each battled for the Tier 2 Championship for the third straight year. The girls played Shaftesbury in a tight defensive game, emerging victorious thanks to the efforts of Tournament All-Star Brynn R. and MVP Kelsey N.

    The boys game was also a tight game, but victory was never in question as the boys led from the opening whistle. In a commanding performance, the boys fought through foul trouble to beat Tec Voc for the title led by tournament All-Star Rodney B. and MVP Jordan M.

    With many players returning next year, and a talented group moving up from our JV squad, it is safe to say that both teams will be contenders next year to win the title once again! Go Jimmie Go!

    Download Full Res Pictures at the links below:

    Boys | Girls

    View Slideshow Below!

    Mobile users can access the photo gallery here.

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    Digital Citizenship Sessions

    Darren Kuropatwa presents to the grade 9 students at SJCI on the important topic of Digital Citizenship.

    Returning the next day, the international Day of Pink, the grade 9 English Language Arts classes discussed positive ways to use social media.