Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Linwood Readers

Last week four leadership students from St. James went and read to grade 2 - 5 students at Linwood School. They answered questions about playing high school sports and enjoyed spending time with the kids!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Grad Fundraiser: Mr. and Ms. SJCI

A grad fashion and talent show. Hope to see you there.

RAK Wrap Up

Random Acts of Kindness 

For the first time ever, the St. James Collegiate Safe Schools Committee hosted an event called “Random Acts of Kindness” in support of National Random Acts of Kindness Week. 

During the week of February 10th to February 14th, if you were caught in an act of Random Kindness, such as holding the door open for someone, or giving someone a compliment, your name was entered in a daily draw as well as a grand prize draw for Winnipeg Jets tickets.

In addition to the numerous kinds acts that were recognized throughout the school, staff and students participated in Random Acts of Kindness within the community.  They provided a “carry out” service to the customers of Family Foods and have made themselves available help the residents at Colorado Estates.

The grand prize of two tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game went to Nash B. But in the end, everyone was a winner for making St. James Collegiate a better place to be by continuing to create a school culture that cares! 

Check out the Metro article here

YIP Talent Show March 6

St. James Collegiate students are in 5 out of 14 acts in this show so far it's going to be great!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Parenting Today Workshop: March 4, Gangs

Parenting Today
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Facilitated by: School Education Officer, Constable Andrea Cain

Andrea Cain has approximately 18 years of service with the Winnipeg Police Service, where she has worked in general patrol, detective work, long term missing persons, drugs, and most recently has spent 4 years in the Canadian Intelligence Service of Manitoba working on the Gang problem in Manitoba.

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 Arlie Williams-Taylor 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 be sure to cancel by contacting Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or by email at

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Indoor Track!

Pictures below- we are participating in the Athletics Manitoba Track Attack Series at Max Bell Centre. Four meets for Grade 7,8 and 9 students. These are great events that are helping to shape and excite the future of our new track program at George Waters/ St. James. Next meet is Feb 26th.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Another Video

Digital Learning Video

back by popular demand ...

YIP From Vanessa and Emily's Perspective With Photos

Hi! Our names are Vanessa and Emily and we're in Youth in Philanthropy at St. James Collegiate. This is our first year in YiP. On January 30, 2014, our YiP group went to Oak Table.

Oak Table is in Augustine United Church on River Avenue. Whether it's a meal or art class offered, they provide support and care in a safe environment for all people.

During the days leading up to going to Oak Table, we were really looking forward to volunteering, as we thought it would be a worthwhile experience. We weren't disappointed!

Our job was serving soup and sandwiches to the 60 guests there. Other members from our YiP group handed out various food items or socialized with the guests. We had the opportunity to speak with all of the guests while we served them.

Going to Oak Table was such a rewarding experience! It was an excellent way to help out those in need in the community. We met so many great people that were thankful for our work, which was really great! It was really eye opening and we gained more of an open mind through this experience. We had such a great time and we would definitely go back and do it again!!


Vanessa and Emily

Here is a link to some awesome photos here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Band News

Monday's SJC Information Night clinics were very successful.  Students worked hard and were attentive throughout the evening even though they were tired.  Since we only have 3 rehearsals left until our performance next Thursday (more info below), it is very important that all students practice at least 30 minutes a day to ensure we represent our school to the best of our ability.  Practicing at home will not only make us sound better, it will help with our endurance and give us more confidence when it comes time to get on stage.

On Thursday, February 20th the Concert Band will be performing at the Optimist Band Festival at10:50 a.m. at the Convention Centre.  Students will wear their performance clothes (Band shirt, bow tie, cumberbund, black pants) to school that day and be away from school from 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  We will have the opportunity to hear other Bands play and then be adjudicated and given positive and constructive feedback on our performance.  All Concert Band members are required to attend.  A permission form was sent home yesterday but is also attached in case you it didn't make it home.

Relatives and friends are most welcome at the Festival next Thursday so if anyone would like to watch us perform, that would be great.  Have a good day.

Finn Johnson, Band Director
George Waters Middle School/St. James Collegiate

Band Website:

Monday, February 10, 2014


St James Collegiate Humanities Teacher Gregory Chomichuk attempts to answer the question:  While we are teaching provincial curricular outcomes, how do we inspire creative, innovative thinking and how do we prepare our students for a technologically sophisticated future?  Mr. Chomichuk is also a Canadian writer, mixed media artist, graphic novelist and proud Winnipegger. He won the Manitoba Young Writers Award when he was 15. He won the Manitoba Book Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2011 for his graphic novel serial The Imagination Manifesto. 

This is the best time ever to be a classroom teacher.  Never before have there been so many tools available to ask relevant questions, get insightful answers and share those answers with the world.  School must prepare students to take their place in the world.  Once that mandate took a narrow view, today we can leave school a member of one society and a citizen of the world.

I can't say that students leave school with all the answers. What we prepare students for now is the uncertain future.  What we prepare them for is building a skill to find a job and do it it well, but also to think outside the lines about a job no one has created yet and maybe just maybe, create the way we do that.   We teach them that the attempt is the first step to success and that if you want to continue to succeed you must continue to attempt.  Students  can't leave school with all the answers, but they can be taught to ask the right questions and seek the relevant answers from credible sources.

Whether we want it or not humans have successfully created robotic limbs we can control with thought alone, planned a manned Mars mission,  created aircraft that can fly at the speed of Mach 20. Old industries are fading and new ones are emerging.

Everyday I communicate in seconds with experts on the other side of the globe, exchanging ideas and stories and theories and problems and solutions in real time to solve my real problems. Rather than say "This is what the author intended?" We ask him or her directly on twitter and let that lead our exploration of the story. Students watched a TED talk about about gender roles and expectations of society by super model Cameron Russel. To follow up they asked their questions to her directly online which made it a discourse rather than a recitation of facts or perceptions.
Experimentation means taking risks, but it also means learning enough from mistakes to strive for the spaces beyond them.  To do that we must share our mistakes, our attempts and our ideas.  I teach at ST James Collegiate and my student take risks. We fill folders with ideas. We put our bold ideas up on the internet for all to see.

We look for guidance to fix those mistakes and in the end, unafraid of failure, we succeed.  Next door the Physics teacher has pulled her kids into the hall to race machines they built to put into practice theories they have learned.   Down the hall the Chemistry Lab smells funny because those students are learning what happens when we try, observe, record and compare.  A bit further down the hall the Math students are responding to solutions they put up on the classroom weblog the night before. In the art room they wonder 'does art supports life, or is it the other way around?' In the Gym a teacher hangs QR codes on the wall for student to link to videos to precise movements necessary to develop a proper healthy reflexive action.  Every day a teacher tries something new around here.  Everyday a new experiment.
No one is an expert on what the future will look like. No one at St James Collegiate can pretend that their one discipline is above another.  Our job is no longer to be the guardians of knowledge or its gate keepers.  Our job is to curate the enormous volume of information the Digital Age has given us. Our expertise is in evaluation and encouragement, in successes and next steps.  A teacher doesn't have all the answers. We never did.  Now a student has in their pocket the ability to fact check everything, to tweet an expert for their opinion, to watch one of a hundred videos that show a different way to solve the problem we have posed to them.  No one here has all the answers, but I bet with enough experimenting we can ask a few questions the internet hasn't answered yet.

Sixty-years ago the cornerstone of St James Collegiate was set into place. It was put there to build a structure where people would come to learn something they did not yet know how to do.

Only the tools we use to build our futures have changed, the foundation of education has not.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New Technology Video

Check out our new St. James Collegiate Technology department video.

High Expectations for Math Students at St. James Collegiate

High Expectations for Math Students at St. James Collegiate

 In addition to Advanced Placement (AP) English and Psychology classes, St. James Collegiate students now have the opportunity to graduate with a university credit in Calculus by joining the AP program. Students coming out of grade 9 can choose to take an accelerated path that sees them complete the grade 10 to grade 12 Pre-Calculus classes by the end of grade 11, allowing them time in their grade 12 year to take AP Calculus. The AP program has many benefits including the development of a strong work ethic, being challenged academically and gaining an edge in university preparation. This is our second year offering the course and students are very excited about the opportunity.  Noah C., a grade 12 student at the collegiate said, “I’m really glad the course is offered. Although it’s challenging, it’s helping me prepare for university.”

Scan the QR code to learn more about AP Calculus

Students are also excited and motivated by the integrated use of technology in math classes. Teachers use blogs in their classrooms making students contributors of information to the internet and not just consumers of information. In addition to being highly interactive, the blogs create a home for each class that is available twenty-four hours a day; writing their contributions to the blog improves student’s literacy skills within the subject of math.  Here is an example of a blog post for the purpose of reviewing daily instruction:

Teachers have also been experimenting with online assessment tools like Socrative, which requires students to use their personal devices or smart phones to take some assessments online.

Submitted by the St. James Collegiate Math Department

RAK Week Feb 10 to 14 at St. James Collegiate

Because we are a UNESCO school believing in a culture of peace, and because our Safe Schools committee is full of caring, dedicated students we are launching Random Acts of Kindness week at a school assembly Friday Feb 7th.  They will be describing their contest and plans and will be showing the following video ...

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Band News

Dear SJC Band students and parents: January 24, 2014

As first term comes to a close, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the Band program at St. James Collegiate so far this school year. We have made some significant progress musically and I am excited about the upcoming opportunities that we have in the near future:
On Monday, February 10th there will be a special after-school event at St. James Collegiate for Concert Band members. Students will attend a sectional rehearsal from 3:45-5:15 p.m. that will help them become more confident on their instrument and help prepare them for the festival performance the following week (see below). At 5:15 p.m. we will have supper together (provided) and then set up for our open rehearsal that will take place during the St. James Collegiate Open House until 8:00 p.m. All Concert Band members are required to attend.
On Thursday, February 20th the Concert Band will be performing at the Optimist Band Festival at 10:50 a.m. at the Convention Centre. Students will wear their performance clothes (Band shirt, bow tie, cumberbund, black pants) to school that day and be away from school from 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will have the opportunity to hear other Bands play and then be adjudicated and given positive and constructive feedback on our performance. Again, all Concert Band members are required to attend. A permission form will be available after exams.
On Thursday, March 20th the Jazz Band will be attending the Brandon Jazz Festival. Students will perform, listen to other Jazz Bands/Choirs, hear adjudications and attend clinics to help further their knowledge of Jazz music. Students will depart the school at 9:30 a.m., attend performances and clinics during the afternoon and stop at the Brandon Shoppers Mall for supper. The cost of the trip is $25 each and students are required to bring a bag lunch and money for supper at the mall (approximately $10). More information will be available closer to the trip.
April (TBA) As mentioned in an earlier letter, the Concert Band and Jazz Band will be participating in a small performance tour of Manitoba in April that will include one overnight in a hotel. The itinerary and dates have not been set yet but the plan is to perform at two or three schools along the way as well as take part in some cultural and fun activities along the way. The estimated cost of the trip will be around $200.
On Monday, May 5th the Concert Band and the Jazz Band will perform at the Spring Concert. This will be our final performance of the year and will showcase the Band and Choir programs from SJC and GWMS.
Good luck with exams and I’ll look forward to our next class February 4th.
Mr. Johnson, Band Director

Band Website: 

Rock School

Rock School At St. James Collegiate:  Playing to the Beat of Your Own Drummer

Along with concert and jazz bands, St. James Collegiate students can take Rock School at any grade level, a course that follows Manitoba Education guitar curriculum.  This is a unique course that allows for collaborative play but that also  provides students the chance to hone their individual guitar talents as they explore rock  in all of its genres.  Led by teacher Steve Halbert, master of the electric guitar and maverick musicologist, this class challenges students to true artistic expression.   Recognizing that musical artists are not made with a cookie cutter,  Mr. Halbert facilitates projects designed to allow musicians to take the creative, (composition), and technical  steps that are right for them.  Rock School maintains great popularity with students.