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