The MHS Library theme this year is: ‘The power of books to change lives for the better’. To celebrate World Book Day school staff were asked to share their reading habits and book choices through a short survey, which asked: … Continue reading UNESCO World Book Day
In order to prepare for their latest cooking challenge, the students have been discovering the important role eggs play in food preparation by learning about the inherent properties of eggs, and how they contribute to the structure and texture of … Continue reading Grade 6 & 7 discover the magic properties of eggs
Tomorrow, after months of planning and preparation, the 5th graders will be making their PYP exhibition presentations. It will be a big day for them (and for their parents!). Each student has worked on their own individual projects, but this year there has been a great deal of team work going on in three different settings. You will need to come along to the Opening Ceremony at 12:00 to find the answer to these 3 questions: Why has one group been having fun with cardboard boxes with Mrs. Hicks? Why has another group has been seen practising in the dance … Continue reading The Grade 5 PYP exhibition is one day away!
Grade 1 is wrapping up their Unit of Inquiry entitled “Where We Are In Place and Time.” They have been learning about how children’s lifestyles have changed over time. To find out about a typical school day 100 years ago, … Continue reading Grade 1 goes 100 years back in time
A current buzz word in educational circles is “mindfulness,” being mindful of one’s own well-being and that of others. A strong component of well-being is psychological resilience. I would like to share a small piece of a workshop I attended on the theme of resilience. The workshop referred … Continue reading Becoming psychologically resilient
This week, Dutch 9th grade took a trip to Bruges. The students had to arrange everything by themselves, in Dutch: buy train tickets on a Dutch language website, follow a Dutch map to find specific places in town, order boat tickets, museum tickets and lunch in Dutch. Here are the students’ comments about the trip (in Dutch): Gisteren gaat de Nederlandse klas naar Brugge. Joud Wij vroegen een paar mensen waar het minnewater was en vervolgens eindigden we met het vinden van de tuin waar mevrouw D op ons wacht. De tuin was vol bloemen. De tuin was heel mooi … Continue reading Dutch 9th grade students visit Bruges
It is all about changes in nature, spring, life cycles and sequencing in Kindergarten for Beech and Maple class now! We were out in our beautiful playground observing signs of spring. We saw different types of flowers blossoming like daffodils, blue bells and tulips. We found all sort of unusual sprouts, insects and other elements to make connections with our current unit of inquiry “Changes”. Madame Limbourg let us see the eggs our chickens lay every day and with the bird houses that hang from our trees, we hope birds will find them cosy and safe enough to lay their own eggs in our … Continue reading Kindergarten explores changes in their garden
The Grade 8 students have completed a project in French class. They have written a book for young children and are now sharing their book with our Kindergarten and Grade 1 Dual Language Program students. On Monday morning they visited the … Continue reading Eighth graders write book for younger students
As an extension service project to recycling paper and carton, the Grade 7 Advisory is launching Recycling E-Wastes Service Project. We encourage the St. John’s community – parents, staff, and students – to do “urban mining” for the next two … Continue reading Grade 7 launches recycling e-wastes campaign
Partnership will help students achieve excellence in academics and tennis Waterloo, 18 April 2016 – St. John’s International School and the Justine Henin Academy are proud to announce a partnership to provide a new Tennis & Academics Program. The Tennis & Academics program is designed for players who want to benefit from a complete tennis and physical training, combined with a strong academics program. Players take part in 15 hours of weekly tennis and fitness sessions while attending the academic program at St. John’s International School. The Tennis & Academics program will start on September 1. “St. John’s and our Academy … Continue reading St. John’s and Justine Henin Academy team up
A group of 8 middle school students who went to the Semi-Finals of the Championnat des Jeux Mathématiques et Logiques which was held on March 19th, 2016 in the Institut de l’Angelus in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. Four of them: Yusuke and Theodore, 8th grade, and Ryohei and Hyunjun, 7th grade, qualified for the finals which will be on May 14. Yusuke also qualified for the Final Round of the Olympiade Mathematique Belge on April 20 in Brussels. Congratulations to all! Continue reading Four Middle School students qualify for math competition final
In grade 10 English, students read the Victorian era novel, Frankenstein, often popularized around Halloween-time. Students are usually surprised by the true identity of the creature in the book, and they discover that the novel is more than a horror … Continue reading Letter Writing for Understanding
What if the last moments of Jesus – the Holy Week – were a “breaking news” item in a TV newscast set in the glory days of the Roman Empire in Rome? This was the idea behind the retelling of … Continue reading The Last Days of Jesus as breaking news
Come and join us for the performances of “The Chocolate Factory” with Middle and Elementary School students on Friday 22 April at 19:00 or Saturday 23 April at 15:00 in the theater. Tickets are available in reception and the Middle School office: adults 7 euro and students 5 euro. The students have worked very hard on this production, under the leadership of Mr. Hicks. It is going to be a great show! Continue reading See students perform in “The Chocolate Factory”
St. John’s conducted a survey on the topic of international schools and conflict in the world. The statement was: “Do you believe there would be less conflict in the world if all children would have an international school experience?” The context of the question was whether the world would be a better place if all children could spend time in an international school environment, where they learn to respect other religions, beliefs and opinions while trying to understand each other, growing up friends with children of all different backgrounds and beliefs. The survey drew 162 responses, of which a total … Continue reading Can international schools reduce conflict in the world?