Friday, February 27, 2015

Promoting a Culture of Peace

SJCI student involvement was preceded by our Student Council President's inspiring video of last week:

Divisional Cool to Care Safe Schools Forum

Boys Hockey Team News

Boys Hockey Team News
Congrats to Marc Soulodre for winning a pair of tickets to an upcoming Winnipeg Jets game. Thanks go to all those that bought tickets to support the boys hockey team and thanks to Mr. Grunerud for donating the tickets for the raffle.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Grade 12 Global Issues Students Visit CMHR

Last Wednesday, the grade 12 Global Issues class had the opportunity to visit the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. We took part in the Museum Highlights tour and then had some time to explore the tower, the garden and some of the exhibits further. We all agree that it's somewhere we need to return to fully experience all the Museum has to offer. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

St. James Collegiate Representation at the Canada Games!

Jayne Murdy, Grade 12 student at St. James Collegiate will represent Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in target shooting.  In addition, St. James Collegiate teacher Ashley van Aggelen will coach the Manitoba U18 Girls Hockey Team at the Canada Games in Prince George B.C..  Good luck Jimmies!

SJCI Hosts Mental Health Summit Feb 11 and 12

Monday, February 09, 2015

What Gives? SJCI Gives ...

As a UNESCO ASPnet school, St. James Collegiate got into the holiday spirit by giving back to the local and global community during the month of December!
We kicked off the month with the annual "My Friend's Closet" initiative during which business students turned our school store into an awesome pop-up second hand clothing boutique for the students of St. James Collegiate and George Waters Middle School. The event is environmentally and economically friendly and allows students to receive wanted & needed clothing. Some students updated their wardrobe while remaining supportive of environmentally responsible consumerism; others recognized the benefit of getting a great deal on a new-to -them shirt or pair of pants!  My Friend’s Closet helped over 2000 clothing items find new homes with SJCI/GWMS students.  All proceeds were donated to ‘Sam’s Christmas’ and were used to help provide hampers for St. James families.  Clothing items that didn’t sell were donated to St. James elementary schools and ‘Resource Assistance for Youth’, a non-profit organization that supports Winnipeg youth.
Thanks to a generous donation from the ‘Coke’ company, SJCI’s Social Justice, QSA, and Youth in Philanthropy groups were able to hold a joint Jets ticket raffle.  Proceeds were donated to Nor West Co-op, the Rainbow Resource Centre, and the Oak Table.
SJCI’s Social Justice Committee, in conjunction with WE Day, held a “WE Bake For Goats’ fundraiser during which goat shaped cookies were exchanged for generous donations from students and staff.  Proceeds were used to purchase a goat for a family in a developing country, providing not only food, but also economic empowerment.
A week long food drive was held to help fill the pantry at the Nor West Co-op.  Students graciously donated hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items to help support Winnipeg’s less fortunate. 
On December 17th, a number of SJCI students headed to Brooklands Elementary to spend some time making crafts and reading holiday stories.  Those involved enjoyed holiday music and treats, and the students of SJCI had a great time acting as role models for the younger students!
As part of our ‘Colour Wars’ initiative to help build community and healthy competition amongst our student population, ‘Colour’ donations were collected throughout the month of December.  Students earned points for their respective colour groups by donating unused packages of crayons, pencil crayons, or markers.  Combined, SJCI collected 224 packages of ‘colours’ which were then donated to Centro De Ensenanza Coral school in the Dominican Rebublic, a school that provides free education to impoverished children.
St. James Collegiate’s Student Council visited Siloam Mission for the second of five dates planned for the current school year.  Students volunteered their evening to help prepare and cook dinner, as well as sort clothing donations for those in need.
And finally, Santa Claus visited SJCI just before the holiday.  In exchange for a cash donation, students and staff could take a ‘selfie’ with Santa.  Over the course of Santa’s hour long visit we raised $150, which was donated to Siloam Mission to help pay for the holiday meal.

It certainly was a busy month at SJCI!  Check out our blog and website to read about our 2015 initiatives including our UNESCO project to support the Wasichana Fund.

 St. James Collegiate students mentor younger students in our family of schools.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Preparing for University Science

Preparing for University Science at St. James Collegiate

Lab Skills 40S is a course offered to students at St. James Collegiate who are planning to pursue studies in Science at the post-secondary level. Beginning with basic lab skills such as safety, measurement, solution preparation, etc., students work towards completing many of the typical labs performed in first-year Science courses at university. 

Students practice writing formal lab reports primarily in the context of Chemistry and Biology labs following university format and guidelines.  Special attention is given to data analysis, error analysis, as well as proper discussion and conclusion writing. Students also work to improve their writing skills and research methods through completion of a number of formal research papers on topics of their choice.

The primary goal of the course is to reinforce and improve the student's skills and confidence in the lab, with hopes of easing the transition from high school to post-secondary Science courses and labs. 

The following is a perspective from a former SJCI student now studying at the post-secondary level:

Taking Lab Skills 40S helped me easily transition into my first year labs for both Chemistry and Biology. Lab skills gave me an idea what to expect for university labs, which I feel is very important, since many first year students are unaware what labs will be like. I like that our class was treated as a university class, where we got to understand the importance of working both independently and with partners. 

Having taken this class I felt confident going into my labs... (and) I strongly recommend this class to anyone who plans on taking any science courses in university.

Kellie Slobodian (class of 2014)

SJCI students gain extra hands-on lab experience in Lab Skills 40S

Thursday, February 05, 2015

St. James Collegiate Technology!

St. James Collegiate is known as The Academy of Science & Technology for good reason; we are leaders in both areas.

The video below highlights some of the technology-based courses available at our school. We're sure that you'll see that great things happen at St. James!

For more information on these courses and more, visit our upcoming open house on Monday, February 9 at 7 pm!

For more information on technology courses at St. James, visit the websites for our technology teachers:

Mr. Robson:

Mr. Ingram:

Celebrating St. James Band & Music Programs!

One of our grade 11 students completed a great video highlighting our renowned band programs here at St. James. Our teachers and programs are the best, as this video will show you!

Thanks Josh for this excellent video!

Come visit us to find out more at our upcoming open house, Monday, February 9 at 7 pm!

Check out Mr. Johnson's site for Concert, Jazz, and the upcoming Choral program:

and Mr. Halbert's site for information on Rock Band!