Welcome Commitee coffee morning on December 5

St John’s Welcome Committee is calling new and existing volunteers for a Coffee Morning on Monday, 5 December at 8:45 (after drop-off) in the Sports Foyer. Help us welcome new families to St. John’s this January! Learn more about our upcoming events: -New Parent Coffee Morning, Monday 9 January -WC Coffee Mornings, Tuesday & Thursday 10 & 12 January -Winter Welcome Wine & Cheese, Friday 20 January We need all nationalities & languages represented! Incredible opportunity to help a family adjust more easily! If you are unable to join and are interested, please contact: Gretchen Morrison (morrisongp@cox.net) or Colleen Gilbert … Continue reading Welcome Commitee coffee morning on December 5

It’s a life – art exhibition

From October 21 until November 8 this year, I had the pleasure of exhibiting my paintings at the Art Gallery of St. John’s International. The gallery is a beautiful space for exhibitions because of large windows, open spaces, good lighting and white walls. It was great to see my work in this surrounding. The gallery of St. John’s is used throughout the year for all kinds of exhibitions, which are related to the school. It varies from work from Elementary School students, Middle School students, IB students, Community Art Vernissage (work from staff and parents of the school) and work … Continue reading It’s a life – art exhibition

Appointment of three new Advisory Board members

The St. John’s International School Advisory Board is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members: Mr. Geoffrey Furlonger, Dr. Gary Wilton, and Sr. Brenda Wallace. With the retirement from the Advisory Board of Mr. Christian Varin and Mr. Andrew Renshaw after many years of service, the Advisory Board was looking to fill the vacation positions with people that have specific expertise and background relevant to our school. The aim was to bring in one new Board member with extensive educational expertise and another with legal experience and background. In addition, the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) have … Continue reading Appointment of three new Advisory Board members

Why the arts?

We believe that art and design, dance, drama and music are essential components of human life, a doorway to a whole new world of expression. In an international school like St. John’s, with a diverse student body from different cultural backgrounds, the Arts become the language of all students. Most academic classes exercise the left side of the brain and the Arts enable us to have a balance as much of what we do is, in essence, is “right brain” activity. Howard Gardner has been making sound arguments for a broad and balanced curriculum based on the theory of multiple … Continue reading Why the arts?

From the New York Times

How About Better Parents? By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: November 19, 2011 In recent years, we’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public schools and, if only the teachers’ unions would go away, our kids would score like Singapore’s on the big international tests. There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents. Parents more focused on their children’s education can … Continue reading From the New York Times

Athletics at St. John’s

It has been an eventful and positive start of the year for the Athletic Department. One highlight of the past three months was the visit of Genazzano FCJ College from Melbourne, Australia. They stopped by the St. John’s campus for a day as part of a three-week tour of Europe. Genazzano is an all-girls school and our teams played games of soccer and volleyball with our fellow FCJ students from Australia. It was wonderful to welcome the girls to St. John’s and to strengthen our FCJ legacy. Another great moment was hosting the Alistair Thorpe Memorial Cross Country Meet and … Continue reading Athletics at St. John’s

The HS parent coffee morning presentations

Dear parents, Once again thank you for supporting our High School Coffee on the issue of ‘Parenting Teenagers through a rigorous academic programme”. Here are the hand outs which were produced by Mr. Fronk and Mr. Johnston. This event is merely the first of a series we wish to host concerning several aspects of parenting and the partnership between home and school. Please contact us if you would like more information and please send us any ideas for topics for future coffee mornings. Best regards, Deborah Brook – HS principal Continue reading The HS parent coffee morning presentations