Teaching students about the dangers of drugs

As part of our health education program and commitment to prevention and wellness, we invited the organization Freedom from Chemical Dependy (FCD) Prevention Works to visit our community. A part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools world wide. The FCD speaker addressed the students at St. John’s from 5th grade onwards this week,  with a particular focus on grades 8, 9 and 10, as well as teachers and parents. During their visit, FCD prevention specialists : Promoted awareness of addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and … Continue reading Teaching students about the dangers of drugs

Grade 9 Science Experiments with Hooke’s Law

Grade 9 is spending time experimenting in their lab. Dressed in their pristine white lab coats, the students were ready to test out Hooke’s Law for themselves. The teachers find that rather than just explaining a law, having the students carry out the experiment for themselves, allows the material to be understood far better. Hooke’s Law states that the strain in a solid is proportional to the applied stress within the elastic limit of that solid. To demonstrate this, the students were given different objects such as weights, a thin elastic band, a thick elastic band, a measuring scale, a … Continue reading Grade 9 Science Experiments with Hooke’s Law

Grade 8 Debates Voting in 1848

At the end of the unit “Power and Democracy,” grade 8 Social Studies class held a debate to determine what the best way to win the vote is: peaceful protest, or violent action. We take for granted that the right to vote is already a fact in many democratic countries around the world. This was not the case in England, 1848. The grade 8 students took on the role of industrial workers of England from 1848, and debated the issue from the perspective of the working class during the height of the industrial revolution. These “workers” collected and used arguments … Continue reading Grade 8 Debates Voting in 1848

St. John’s receives glowing report on IB programmes

Recently, St. John’s conducted its International Baccalaureate (IB) self-study for both the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the fall. Last month, a team of visitors conducted the visit that is part of this 5-year evaluation of both programmes. We have now received the report from the visiting teams and the results are outstanding! First of all, the visiting team noted that the school’s Self-Study process in preparation for the visit took place well within the IB’s expectation in terms of duration, involvement of all stakeholders, evidence gathering protocols, collaboration and reflection. Here are some of the commendations that … Continue reading St. John’s receives glowing report on IB programmes

St. John’s dance team impresses in London

The St. John’s dance team competed in its first competition last weekend, in London. On Friday 3 March, they learned a new choreography from coach Damien, the dance coach for the American School in London (ASL). For this choreography, they had 2 hours 30 minutes and collaborated together with the dance students from ASL and the American School from Israel. On Saturday 4 March, they performed this dance together: The dance showcase was over one hour and our STJ Dance team performed 3 routines and the choreography they learned from coach Damien. There was a large audience, very enthusiastic and encouraging all … Continue reading St. John’s dance team impresses in London

Developing leadership skills in Middle School

The Middle School Student Council (MSSC) has fast become the talk of the St. John’s hallways! The structure of the council has allowed some of the students to thrive in leadership positions and taught them what it means to be good in power. The students are chosen based on appointment or election within the advisory, that consists of about 15 representatives from grades 6, 7 and 8. Initially, the students had to be coaxed into becoming a part of the Student Council, however over time and seeing how helpful it is, they have now begun to volunteer themselves! The positions … Continue reading Developing leadership skills in Middle School

Grade 5 student tells about “Inspiration Week”

Grade 5 has been very lucky during the week before the break for they got to enjoy ‘Inspiration Week’. Grade 5 is now in the process of finding a topic for their PYP Exhibition. PYP Exhibition is a very big project which will improve the strategy of 5th graders so they can start Middle school with a whole new set of useful skills. PYP is going to focus on changing the world, the students will be asked to form a team in which they will work together to create presentations, find research and in the end set up a booth. … Continue reading Grade 5 student tells about “Inspiration Week”