Saturday, December 19, 2015

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Happy Holidays from the SJC Curling team! via Instagram

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Close competition today between Team Blue, Yellow, Red and Green! #jimmiepridenationwide @st.james_assiniboiasd via Instagram

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Color Wars at SJC today! #jimmiepridenationwide @st.james_assiniboiasd via Instagram

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Colour Wars at SJC today! #jimmiepridenationwide @st.james_assiniboiasd via Instagram

#SJCwpg Instagram update

via Instagram

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#SJCwpg Instagram update

SJC students ready to hear the Premier of Manitoba (SJC grad!) give his State of the Province address at the Chamber of Commerce lunch. via Instagram

Friday, December 11, 2015

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Incredible to hear "Sadie North" speak today as a Residential School survivor from Portage la Prairie in the 1960's at UNESCO today. #strength via Instagram

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Connecting with our Veterans

Members of the SJC Student Council spent some time with local veterans at 
Deer Lodge Hospital last week.

It was a memorable experience for everyone involved and a wonderful opportunity for 
cross-generational connections.

St. James Collegiate's Future Engineers

Recently, students from St. James Collegiate trekked through the first blizzard of the year to get a taste of what life at the Faculty of Engineering is like at the University of Manitoba.  

The Engineering student council hosted their second of three outreach events to give students from high schools, from all over the city, a chance to explore the Engineering Faculty and its various departments.  

Students attended an information session that outlined the admissions process, the different programs offered in the faculty and their possible career paths, as well as the the requirements for a degree in each of the fields.   

The students were then taken on a tour of the facilities and labs in the areas of Biosystems, Computer, Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering.   

They saw everything from massive bridge construction and testing equipment to formula electric race cars to microscopic circuits.  

After the tours they were treated to lunch, and some words of encouragement and inspiration from the Dean of the Faculty.  Afterwards, they were engaged in an engineering competition in which they designed a sound dampening device given a vast array of materials.  Overall, the students had a great day and were exposed to all sorts of exciting and interesting applications of scientific knowledge.

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Santa Shop is in full swing today! Great work by the staff at #gwmswpg ! Such a wonderful event for this time of the year! via Instagram

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

#SJCwpg Instagram update

SJC first Success Assembly had a great turnout. #jimmiepridenationwide via Instagram

Friday, December 04, 2015

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule

Please have a look at the schedule for Semester 1 final exams. Good luck to all students who are writing!

You may also download a copy here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Strategies for Surviving the Teen Years

An Info Night for Parents

“Strategies for Surviving the Teen Years”

Information on positive parenting and dealing with at-risk behaviour
Tuesday, Dec. 8th 6:00 to 8:00pm
At Educational Support Services (1 Braintree Cr.)

Pizza supper provided

Facilitated by Hayley Plesh and Jeffrey Kerr, social workers with St.James-Assiniboia School Division

To register please call Arlie Williams-Taylor at 204-885-9555.

Childcare can also be made available.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bus Cancellation Procedures

Metro superintendents check the weather in the morning and make a determination as to whether or not buses are cancelled for the day in the Metro area. -45 degrees Celsius or colder (with windchill) and or severe snowstorms are a couple of the determining factors.

Once a decision is made to cancel school buses, a synrevoice message will then be sent out to parents and principals.

The news media is also alerted to cancellations and Division websites are updated to reflect any announcement.

Parents of bussed students can then determine whether or not they want to send/drive their children to school.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Supporting One Man's Fight Against Lyme Disease

Youth in Philanthropy and Student Council worked together this past month to raise funds for 
The Richard Underwood Lyme Committee.

Today, a cheque was presented to Mr. Underwood, on behalf of both groups, 
in the amount of $305.00!

For more information about this cause, please visit 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

The staff and students of St. James Collegiate and George Waters middle school participated in a special Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10th.

This year's ceremony paid special tribute to Mr. George Waters, war veteran and the namesake of George Waters middle school, who recently passed away on October 31st at the age of 96.

More information about Mr. Waters can be found here:

$138 was raised through poppy sales for Veteran's Affairs. 

Special post cards were created for Veterans at Deer Lodge Hospital and in Ste. Anne's, by English and History students at SJCI. 

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Truth and Reconciliation Education Day

SJCI students had the opportunity to participate, along with 1700 Manitoba students, in the Truth and Reconciliation Education Day at the RBC Convention Centre on November 4th. 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


On behalf of the Youth in Philanthropy Team (YIP) at SJCI, we would like to thank the St. James community for their generous donations of non perishable items collected on October 30th.

Winnipeg Harvest picked up all of the food items that were collected today and were very impressed with the amount of food collected in one evening!

Jewelery Making Workshop

We have a great program we have coming up at the St. James-Assiniboia Public Library.

All library programs are free to attend, and all crafting materials are supplied, but registration is required.

Jewelry Making
Come to our jewelry making workshop and learn how to be your own designer. We’ll take you through all the best how-to books and show you great techniques for putting together your own accessories. Take home your own creation!

Grades 7-12
Saturday, December 5: 2-4 pm
Phone 204-986-3424 to register.
St. James- Assiniboia Public Library
1910 Portage Ave

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Lori Sweeting
Assistant Branch Head
St. James-Assiniboia Public Library
Phone: 204-986-3424


Monday, November 02, 2015

Driver's Ed Information

To better support students and host schools, please find registration information for the upcoming Driver Education term included below. We are hoping this will alleviate some of the registration questions your school may encounter and help keep you informed. Please circulate this information to school staff as required.

Where can students go for registration information?
Once Driver Education courses are finalized, they are published on the Driver Education Course Finder on the Manitoba Public Insurance website (

When does registration for the upcoming term begin?
Registration for the Winter/Spring 2016 term (includes courses with a start date between Jan 1 and June 30) will be available at the start of business on November 16, 2015. Courses will be available on Course Finder for students and parents to view on November 12, 2015.

How does reciprocity and the Student Admittance form work?
Students are grouped in one of two registration phases based on their reciprocity (determined by which students a host school allows into their courses):

·         Primary (usually reserved for students attending the host school) - Students in this group may register for courses as soon as registration is available. For the upcoming term, primary registration runs from November 16, 2015 to December 13, 2015.

·         Secondary (open to students from other schools or divisions as determined by the host school) - Students in this group may register for courses four weeks after the course has been available to the primary group. For the upcoming term, secondary registration runs from December 14, 2015 to the course start date.

The Student Admittance Form is only given out by a host school to a student who is not included in the school’s reciprocity (meaning the student is not included in their primary or secondary registration phase). Student Admittance forms cannot be used to bypass primary registration phase. If you choose to issue a form before secondary registration opens, the student must wait until the secondary registration phase begins to register.

For more information
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jodi Winter at 204-985-8770 ext. 8825 (toll free 1-800-261-9928) or email at

Thank you for your support,
High School Driver Education Program
Driver Education and Training | Manitoba Public Insurance
T: (204) 985-7199 or 1(800)261-9928 |F: (204) 953-4977 | W:
510-234 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4

Sunday, November 01, 2015

JV Girls Volleyball Champs!

The JV Girls volleyball team had a very successful Halloween tournament at our very own SJCI Invitational Tournament on Saturday!

The girls were undefeated all day and worked hard as a team.

The highlight of the day was beating Sanford Collegiate in the finals to win first place in the tournament. 

This was the team's last tournament of the season and a great confidence booster going into Wednesday's Zone playoff game versus Stonewall.

Congratulations ladies!  Good luck in the playoffs!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Amazing School Spirit

Congratulations to the staff and students for an amazing 2015 Spirit Week!  This year's Student Council, with support from Ms. Kopetsky, Mr. Halbert and Ms. Wall, planned and organized one of the best Spirt Week's in SJCI history!  Of special note, was the transformation of our school cafeteria into a HAUNTED HOUSE! It was spooktacular!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Congratulations Future Students of Business!

Congratulations to Ashley Taylor and Kaley Symonds!

Both girls were selected for an exciting opportunity by Mr.  Hanwakan Whitecloud, the Central Regional Manager for In.Business: A Business Network for Indigenous Youth. 

In.Business is a mentorship program run by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at Cape Breton University. Ashley and Kaley were two of 60 Aboriginal students from across central Canada selected to participate in this year’s program!

What is In.Business?

  • Links Aboriginal high school students with Aboriginal business mentors
  • Explores business concepts through social media and current technology
  • Facilitates collaborative and interactive learning through in-person conferences
  • Enriches the lives of Aboriginal high school students by helping to manage the transition to post-secondary business education
  • Attracts Aboriginal high school students to the study of business

St. James Student reigns champion in Martial Arts Competition in United States

Erik Larsson is the Iowa state champion for Muay Martial arts in his weight class. He recently came home with the belt. Erik works out at Double Dragon Muay Thai on Portage Ave. Congratulations Erik and best of luck in your future competitions!

MHSAA Captain's Workshop

Earlier this month, five of our student athletes (Tyler Sanderson, Rhofert Castillo, Taylor Duatime, Brandon Arnett, Oliver Bermido) were chosen to participate in the MHSAA Captain's Workshop which is presented by MHSAA and the IMPACT team. 

The students participated in an engaging workshop presented by Keith Nord who is a very accomplished motivational speaker and has spoken to Youth and Corporate groups across the USA and Canada.

Keith is a former player, and Captain with the Minnesota Vikings, and has been recognized with numerous citizenship and leadership awards.  Keith had a fantastic speaking style and was able to relate to and interact with the student leaders.

His presentation pushed students beyond their comfort zones and challenged them to think about how, as leaders, they can have a positive impact on others in the school and community.

Monday, October 26, 2015

United Way Grant Proposal

On Wednesday October 21, Emily Drummond-Truttman, Patricia Panganiban and Sherry Chen presented their proposals for the Youth United Way Grant. Emily and Patricia presented on Stevenson Mentorship and Sherry on World Cafe. The students had to speak in front of the Youth United Way representatives and answer questions about their project ideas. The grants will help fund their projects for the year. All of the girls did a wonderful job presenting! Well done!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Career Expo 2015 for Parents and Students

Opening Doors Parents Career Expo Night -  November 18th

The attached invitation for Opening Doors was given out for distribution to parents by the Government of Manitoba representatives at a recent Career Development Provincial Learning Group meeting. This year, the Opening Doors  Parents' Night is being held on a Thursday evening (Nov. 18th from 2-7 p.m. with free admission) with the hope that it will be a better night of the week for parents and their children to attend. 

The idea is that parents and their children can investigate the future outlook in careers of the future so that they can plan ahead. 

Who will be there?
Arts and Cultural Industries Association of  Manitoba 
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Film Training Manitoba
Information and Communication Technology Association of Manitoba
Life Science Association of Manitoba
Manitoba Aerospace
Manitoba Aviation Council
Manitoba Construction Council of Manitoba
Manitoba Customer Contact Association of Manitoba
Manitoba Environmental Industries Association
Manitoba Association of Non-Profit Organizations Inc.
Manitoba Food Processors Association
Manitoba Music
Manitoba Print Industry Association
Manitoba Tourism Education Council
New Media Manitoba
Northern Manitoba Sector Council
Workplace Education Manitoba

This link explains what each organization does and has links to each webpage:

****Please note that guest speakers, tours and career fair display booths can be booked to come to your school from these organizations as well at via online request form. This website has links for Parents, Students and educators to learn more about jobs in Manitoba in these areas.  Any educator can book this here:

Here is a link to an excellent parent guide pdf that helps guide parents through the steps of how to coach their child in career selection with a ton of links to interesting websites for them and Labour Market information: New Link 

Opening Doors Parents’ Expo:

  • An annual expo for parents to help their kids get a head start on the path to rewarding work
  • Uses interactive displays to engage and inform young people about career opportunities in Manitoba
  • Distributes a free Parents’ Career Planning Tool Kit CD-ROM, which includes information on education and training programs, scholarships and financial aid, and government employment services