Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Graduation Photos

Congratulations to the St. James Collegiate class of 2016!

Photos from the day will be available for download as they're ready to be posted. There was a password given out at the ceremony that you will need in order to access the photos. If you've forgotten it or have any trouble, feel free to contact the school or email misterjrobson at gmail dot com.

View the photos (with the password) here

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#SJCwpg Instagram update

SJCI Class of 2016! via Instagram

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Thanks to the SJCI staff who worked so hard behind the scenes to make today the special day that it was. @avanaggelen via Instagram

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016! πŸŽ‰ via Instagram

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Receiving instructions for tomorrow's graduation proceedings! #graduationcountdown via Instagram

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Grad rehearsal day for the Class of 2016! #onemoredaytogo via Instagram

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Year End BBQ for various school groups. YiP, Student Council and more! #bbqtime via Instagram

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Friday, June 24, 2016

2015-16 Sports Awards Breakfast

Congratulations to all of our student athletes on another incredible year of Jimmies sports, and especially those recognized at today's Sports Awards Breakfast!

In case you missed it or want a copy of our photos, they are posted at the link below.

Kindly remember to only download photos of yourself/your child, and don't share these photos without permission. We share them with you for your own responsible use, so please use them accordingly.

Thanks for another amazing year!

Access photos here

A list of the winners can be found here

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Great turnout today for the Annual Sports Awards Breakfast. Thanks to all of the staff who helped prepare and serve an amazing breakfast! via Instagram

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Great day today for our athletes and Phys Ed department at the Winnipeg West Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Luncheon today! via Instagram

Winnipeg Police Services Tips for Keeping Teens Safe Online

Tips for Keeping Teens/Kids Safe Online:

      Educate yourself and your child about your devices, apps, etc.  Learn how to use your devices and apps and look at the sites your child/teen visits
      Understand the dangers and be motivated to act. Two, start a conversation and keep it going!
      Use Parental Controls: Including limiting software, accountability software and filters on all internet connected devices.
      Do not let your children take their devices to bed and set limits for time allowed on the device
      Talk to your kids about the dangers we have discussed online – talk about anything and everything (pedophiles, bullying, sexting, etc.)
      Get involved/Ask questions about games/apps/sites they like to visit (ie.Minecraft, TFT, etc)
      Be open, approachable and understanding about what kids are up to online. This way it makes it easier for them to come to you with any problems they are experiencing online, and are happy to ask for advice.
      BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL.  Be sure to role model the behaviors you want to see in your kids.  Enjoy the positive aspects of technology with your family and be realistic in your rules and regulations in order to guide and support safe and responsible digital citizens.

Some Helpful Resources:, internet filtering software
      X3watch, an accountability software for all internet capable devices (
      The Screen Time Parental Control App, allows parents to oversee all of the mobile devices within the home, an online resource featuring videos and posts to keep parents in the loop on all the latest tech fads that your children might be into
      SafeEyes, a parental control software (, Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children
      Overnightgeekuniversity (Internet Safety Expert Jesse Weinberger) also on Facebook

Potentially Dangerous Apps
Please see link:  Dangers on Instagram for Kids:

Please see link: The Dangers of SnapChat

Please see link from CBCNEWS:

Yik Yak is a free mobile app that allows anyone to post public anonymous messages — not even a profile or password is required. 
Unlike many similar apps, it's location-based, so the messages are targeted at those within 2.5 kilometres.
Yik Yak bills itself as an app that lets you "get a live feed of what everyone's saying around you."

In some cases, the app has been linked to problems such as threats, pranks and cyberbullying. 
The "anonymous" nature of this app tends to lull teens into thinking that what they say and share won't be connected to them, which makes them more likely to behave inappropriately.
Kids have used this app to spread rumors and harass their peers, thinking that they are anonymous. Of course, this isn't entirely the case, and authorities do have the ability to track users. Other worrisome issues include the prevalence of graphic nudity and sexual content. The app encourages users to share just about anything, and because they think it's private, they often do.

The app lets users stream both audio and video to their audience for an interactive experience that includes feedback and comments. Audiences can not only interact, but watch and replay the video up to 24 hours after the broadcast ends.
·         The potential for real-time cyberbullying.
·         Sexual harassment, requests for teens to stream inappropriate broadcasts and inappropriate broadcasts being streamed to teens.
·         The potential for viewers to uncover the broadcaster’s personal information, such as username or Twitter account.
·         Location services reveal your teen’s physical location. Once the user’s location was identified, the news investigation plugged that information into a free website that allowed them to track the user’s exact location, giving them location updates every time the broadcaster posted something on social media. Even more troubling is that the location marks are timestamped, leaving a “trail of breadcrumbs” to identify the user’s exact movements, allowing the tracker to follow the user’s physical movements as they go. is an anonymous question and answer platform website used regularly by lots of young people in Ireland and around the world. It allows anyone to post anonymous comments and questions to a person's profile and is increasingly being used as a means to communicate abusive, bullying and sexualized content.

Whisper is an app built specifically for spreading rumors and secrets. It lets users post pictures and text anonymously. Apps like Whisper could potentially be a good outlet for teens as anonymous confessions can help people unburden themselves.
Whisper shares the secrets based on geographic location, so the users nearest to you are the ones more likely to see your secret. If your child reveals too much, it can put them in a dangerous situation with friends or adversaries.
The most dangerous apps for teens use GPS tracking to bring people physically together. Cyberbullying is much more hurtful when the person bullying your child moves from online to in-person abuse. In this case, Whisper seems like it could cause teens more harm than good.

Burn Note – This is a messaging app where all messages self-destruct (delete) after reading. This app only uses text messaging. Users cannot send images or videos. Parents would have no evidence that a conversation took place. This can lead to bullying or sexting or any other dangerous practice, and parents would have no idea. – This is an image and video sharing site. Users can upload a video or image to share. Then the videos or images are voted up or down, and users can leave comments. Some posts are cute and fun. But most are not. Users can even browse the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) section. NSFW videos are blacked out until a user clicks the button to play the video. But nothing is stopping anyone, including children and teens, from seeing the inappropriate content.

Flinch is an app by the makers of OoVoo.  The premise of this app sounds fun – it’s basically the digital version of a staring contest.  The first person who smiles, loses the game.  While the technology behind the app is impressive, parents should know that kids using Flinch can stare down with complete strangers.
The main concern here is that when using Flinch you are inviting a stranger into your home through a live video session, similar to Facetime or 
Omegle.  While the interaction time may be short, you are face to face with a complete stranger and anything goes. The app doesn’t provide any recording/saving options but that doesn’t mean the game can’t be recorded or saved by taking a screenshot or using another camera to record the screen.  Evidence of this is easily found on YouTube.

ooVoo is a video chat app. It lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. You can also start a group video chat with up to 12 people. The default privacy settings are set to 'public', so you can talk to people you don't know, but they can be changed so that you can just talk to your friends.
While ooVoo has many great qualities and can be used in a completely innocuous and beneficial way, it’s also home to many adult users and a lot of inappropriate content. A quick search for the #ooVoo hashtag on Instagram or Twitter reveals many images and videos that aren’t appropriate for children and need to be filtered out using privacy settings.

Omeggle has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009. When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger;” the app’s slogan is “Talk to Strangers!” You don't have to register for the App. However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests. When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes. This is not okay for children. This app is the perfect channel for sexual predators. Experts say these predators blackmail young children, by starting inappropriate conversations with them, then threatening to send the messages, photos, or videos to their parents if they tell anybody, therefore trapping the child in a disgusting, dangerous situation. 

‘Vault Apps/Secret Hiding Apps’
Vaulty, Best Secret Folder, Gallery Lock, KYMS (Keep Your Media Safe), Private Photo
These are apps used to hide Media (photos, videos, files, porn) from parents.  some of the hiding Apps look like Calculator Apps and even function the same as a calculator app.  However, once a numeric code is entered it gives the user access to hidden files.
Vaulty will not only store photos and videos away from parental spying eyes, but it also will snap a photo of anyone who tries to access the “vault” with the wrong password. Parents who find it on their teens’ phones can conclude just one thing: Your kid is hiding things from you.
As with all online games, websites and apps, we need to take time to see what our kids are doing Online.  Even apps that look like they are designed for children can have elements that are inappropriate or even dangerous for children. 
For example, Minecraft, a game designed for children, does contain elements that Parents should be concerned about. 

See Link: /

Many of these apps mentioned above are fine when used properly, however, as with anything used online we need to educate ourselves and our kids about the risks involved with these apps.  The list of ‘Potentially Dangerous Apps’ is constantly changing and we need to keep ourselves up to date on what our kids are using.  By simply visiting some of the recommended websites mentioned in Helpful Resources, or by typing ‘online safety’ in a Facebook Search, we can see trending/recent articles regarding what we need to know as Parents/Educators.
Finally, many Parents I have spoken with were not aware of the age requirements to legally have a Social Media Account.  Please ensure that your teen meets these requirements before opening a Social Media Account and be sure you are able to access it.  Know their passwords.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:

Cst. Orlando Buduhan#2249
Winnipeg Police Service
Community Relations Div.51 School Education Section
Cell: 204-794-3277

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SJC/GWMS Drama Production 2016 now online!

At long last, you can see our annual drama production online now at our Youtube channel or below! (Thanks for your patience.)

St. James Collegiate & George Waters Middle School present: Whining 'n' Dining at the Snack 'n' Yak, performed Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Aboriginal School of Dance 2016 Summer Camps

The Aboriginal School of Dance is offering Summer Camps this July and August for ages 5 and up.

For more information, please contact:

Phone - 204-956-2095 
Website -

Looking For a Summer Job?

Youth Employment Services offers free help to students aged 16-29 find summer employment and volunteer placements.

All that is required for free registration is a Social Insurance Number.
(To get a Social Insurance number visit the local Service Canada office).

Youth Employment Services will help with:
Cover Letters
Interview Preparation
Interview skills
Job Search Assistance
Job postings
Volunteer opportunities

Offer Free Computer access to:
Send Emails
Fax Resumes
Look For Jobs
Submit Online Applications
Explore your Career Path

Address: 614 – 294 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  RC3 0B9
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30
Closed on Statutory Holidays
Phone: 204-987-8661
Fax: 204-942-8262
Twitter: YESManitoba

Friday, June 17, 2016

Important Notice to Parents from Winnipeg Transit

Ø  Winnipeg Transit’s new electronic fare card, peggo, which replaces paper tickets and passes, will be available for purchase for the senior passenger fare category starting July 4, 2016.  Full Fare (adult) and Youth fare categories will be available for purchase in August.

Ø  All passengers over the age of 6 require their own card.  Even casual riders are encouraged to get a card so they always get the lowest fare possible – paying cash is less convenient and costs more per ride than using peggo.

Where can I get peggo card(s)?

  1. In Person at all 7-Eleven and Shopper’s Drug Mart stores or at City of Winnipeg Customer Service Centres – see for a complete list of locations.

  1. Online at or by calling 311 – credit card purchase only and allow 2 weeks for processing and mail delivery.

Don’t delay in getting peggo cards for bus riding members of your family and avoid the anticipated line ups. Paper products will be removed from circulation soon and we expect to sell as many as 250,000 cards to Winnipeg bus passengers over the launch period. 

What does it cost?

Each reloadable card costs $5.  A variety of e-cash and e-pass fare product options are available to be loaded onto your peggo card. 

Why register your card(s)?

When sold, all peggo cards are unregistered.  Detailed instructions on how to register cards are provided at the time of purchase.  Registering your card is easy and comes with many benefits such as:

  • Recover the cash value or days remaining on your card at the time you report your card lost and have it transferred to a new peggo card.
  • Set up automated reloading of e-cash value or an e-pass that is regularly charged to your credit card.
  • Easily obtain a record of qualifying purchases/rides taken for the Public Transit Tax Credit.

School age children are eligible for reduced fares until the end of high school but they must register their reduced (youth) fare peggo card to qualify for those reduced fares

Grade 12 students who graduate in June may continue to ride the bus using their reduced (youth) card until it expires September 15th, at which time it will no longer work.  This leaves over two months after graduation to buy a full fare peggo card or a post-secondary peggo card (if continuing their education).

Launch Rebate:

Anyone who registers their card during the launch period and uses it on a bus within 90 days of purchase will be reimbursed the $5 fee paid for the card by an automated loading of a $5 e-cash rebate onto the card.

Visit or call 311 for more details

Thursday, June 16, 2016

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Jimmies enjoying a special day at the Goldeyes Game. via Instagram

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Congrats to Vanessa M. Honored today at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly by MLA Scott Johnston in a Member's Statement. via Instagram

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Global Space Balloon Challenge

The High Altitude Balloon Launch proved to be a huge success for all students and staff involved, as well as a great chance for students to collaborate with other schools in 
Winnipeg and around the world.

We had 22 students from St James Collegiate in different grade levels participate in this year’s Global Space Balloon Challenge. They participated with 406 teams from 54 different countries all around the world to successfully launch a HAB to space and back! The flight reached a maximum altitude of 
32 000 meters above sea level with a 15 km horizontal drift. 

The flight lasted about 2 hours and our 3 HD cameras recorded video footage of the whole thing!
 (see below: photo from our payload, image of our flight path in relation to Winnipeg)

The Arduino on board our payload recorded temperature, pressure, altitude for the duration of the flight. Although we completed the assembly of our radiation detector, we were not able to write the sketch for the Arduino in time, so we used audio to hear the radiation instead, until there was no longer enough air to carry the sound.

Students found the whole process very rewarding, from the preparation to launch to recovery and analysis of data. They also formed connections with the other Winnipeg schools launching their HABs with us – FRC, Garden City, Maples, and Shaftsbury. 

Since all the equipment is reusable except helium and the balloon, we are able to participate in the project every year, making improvements as we go along. Students with experience will be mentoring those who join the group, and we have also acquired the interest of several other schools in the province that would like to form teams and join us as well!

We would like to thank everyone for supporting us and making it possible for our students to do some really cool science!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Thank you to the "Share the Magic" book giveaway initiative which allowed over 500 students to take home free books from 2000 on display. #readingislife #sharethemagic via Instagram

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What everyone looked like BEFORE the trail got muddy. #muddytrailsarefun @avanaggelen via Instagram

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Ms. V-A took the lead in a day of biking. Rumor has it there was some mud on the trail.... 🚴🏼 @avanaggelen via Instagram

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SJCI Wilderness Class had a great day biking through Assiniboine park today! #bikemanitoba via Instagram

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Mrs. Connor's Horticulture Class created an amazing front garden in front of SJCI today! Looks awesome! #flowerpower #horticultureclass via Instagram

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485 SJCI students and all Grade 8 @georgewatersms students had an amazing opportunity to peruse 2000 free books Monday morning in the cafeteria and take home any books they wanted. Thanks to Mr. Sculthorp for organizing and @brooklandselementary for sharing the partnership info. via Instagram

Friday, June 10, 2016

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Nash B finishes 1st in his 200m heat, semi's at 3:20! #mbtrack provincials. #gojimmiesgo via Instagram

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Sean J competing in discus this morning at Track Provincials. #gojimmiesgo via Instagram

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Nash B runs a 11.94 in heats for the 100m dash at provincial. #gojimmiesgo via Instagram

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Science Olympics today at SJCI out in the courtyard. #gosciencego via Instagram

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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Best moment of the day right Ms. K? πŸŠπŸΌπŸ’¦πŸŠπŸΌπŸ’¦ via Instagram

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Beautiful day on the water! #talentonwater @stjamesphysed via Instagram

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Campers getting ready to canoe! #paddlelife via Instagram

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Eating outside tastes better! #campingrocks via Instagram

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First campfire of the Wilderness Trip. #marshmallowsanyone via Instagram

Monday, June 06, 2016

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One of our favorite photos of the year. #picturesque #pride2016 via Instagram

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Ms van A is showing the Wilderness class "how it's done". #fisherwomanoftheday via Instagram

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Day 1 for the Wilderness Class Campers at Rushing River. via Instagram

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Day 1 for the Wilderness Class Campers at Rushing River. via Instagram

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Day 1 for the Wilderness Class Campers at Rushing River. via Instagram

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Day 1 for the Wilderness Class Campers at Rushing River. via Instagram

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Day 1 for the Wilderness Class Campers at Rushing River. via Instagram

SJCI is Featured on Global TV for World Cafe!

Global TV recently visited SJCI as part of their High School Series on the "Class of 2016" to feature some of the exiting cultural activities and initiatives that took place at our school this year.

For for information and to see the TV clip, please visit the link below.

Grad Photo on June 13th!

A Grad photo of all graduates will be taken on Monday, June 13th, weather permitting.

If it is raining that day, we will try the next day on Tuesday, June 14th

All graduates should be in attendance at 12:00 noon sharp on that day if they want to be a part of the photo which will be featured on the front of the Graduation program.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

#SJCwpg Instagram update

Teagan building garden boxes for Discovery Children's Centre. Thanks Mr. Rogers! Funding for materials - from SJCI Youth in Philanthropy Group! via Instagram

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Beautiful day at The Forks for #prideparade2016. via Instagram

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Thanks for all the support today at the 2016 Grad Car Wash! via Instagram

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2016 Safe Grad Car Wash today at Part Source and Moray! 11-4 via Instagram

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Stocking up for the Rushing River Wilderness Class trip this week. #campingsuppliesfordays via Instagram

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That's not a bear Ms. V-A! #widernesstrip campers leave for Rushing River on Monday. via Instagram