Second-hand book sale on October 12

The St. John’s Varsity Darts student team and the vinyl club ‘In the Groove’ are combining forces to run this year’s second-hand book sale on Thursday October 12th. The sale will take place in the sports foyer during the Parent Teacher Conferences. The group will accept any old books, cd’s, vinyls (records) and dvd’s. Items can be left at reception or at HD03. Please contact Mr. Macdonald if you have any further questions. Continue reading Second-hand book sale on October 12

HS art students engage in dialogue about artistic expression

This trip was planned for all the 27 students in IBHL/SL 11th and 12th grade visual art classes to visit the Vanhaerent’s art collection in Brussels and MIMA. The aim of this trip, and others, is to encourage students to discover and access the rich artistic and cultural resources from around the world that they can encounter in Brussels, and to assist them to develop an understanding of Art through direct investigation of primary sources. By engaging them in a critical dialogue about artistic expression in different historical and contemporary contexts, relevant to their own developing research and studio practice, it … Continue reading HS art students engage in dialogue about artistic expression

Come see the IB Summer Show on June 21

The IB Summer Show is the 11th grade IB HL/SL visual arts student’s first major exhibition in the Greene Gallery featuring a selection of their most recent finished work which stays up over the summer for visitors to see. The Summer Show also forms an authentic and integral part of their end of year diagnostic internal assessment with scheduled exam interviews to go over the ‘comparative study’ and ‘process portfolio’ in their art journal and e-portfolios. The opening on Wednesday 21 June from 16:00-18:00 is when staff, parents and students are invited to talk with the students about their work, share ‘afternoon … Continue reading Come see the IB Summer Show on June 21

The Class of 2017 graduates tomorrow!

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2017.  The 50 grade 12 students represent 18 different nationalities, and the group is fairly evenly split, with 26 girls and 24 boys. About one fifth of the seniors started at St. John’s in Elementary School, while two thirds have been at St. John’s since at least 8th grade. After the summer, they will start university in places around the globe but, as with other graduating classes, many will stay in touch for many years to come. We congratulate our seniors and look forward to celebrating with them tomorrow. Continue reading The Class of 2017 graduates tomorrow!

Grade 1 designs a shelter for Lucky the lion

The students in Grade 1 have been extremely busy these last six weeks, learning about materials, their properties and uses. At the beginning of the Inquiry cycle we were “Tuning In” to the students’ prior knowledge.  Their task was to design a shelter for Lucky The Lion!  This week, as part of the summative assessment task, they had the exciting opportunity to test their shelters against the elements of rain, wind and if they chose to be challenged, they designed a shelter that would also float.  The students were using all their science skills as they had made many hypotheses, observed and … Continue reading Grade 1 designs a shelter for Lucky the lion

St. John’s hosts expert panel on international trade

Yesterday evening, St. John’s hosted an expert panel on “International trade in a changing world – How will a rise in nationalism, Brexit and Trump presidence affect global trade. The panelists included representatives from the European Union, Amcham, Price Waterhouse Coopers and European Services Forum. The panel was moderated by a journalist of Wallonia’s biggest broadcaster, RTBF. The panel focused on questions such as : What impact will Brexit have on international trade? What is the role of the European Union on international trade? What do the Trump policies mean for international trade? Can protectionism be successful? The panelists provided valuable … Continue reading St. John’s hosts expert panel on international trade

European Central Bank honors St. John’s economics team

Our senior economics team displayed their expertise in monetary policy to win the prestigious 2017 European Central Bank (ECB) Generation Euro competition. Out of 153 international schools who participated in the first round, 20 in the second and 5 in the final, the St. John’s team (Akari, Casper, Brendan, Justin and Nicholas) was selected as the winner – an amazing achievement. As the ECB commented: “Team “Mario’s Dragons” from St. John’s International School in Waterloo (Belgium) convinced the jury with their originality by combining a solid knowledge of monetary policy and economics with a creative vision in a theatre play.” The team was honored at … Continue reading European Central Bank honors St. John’s economics team

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”

St. John’s example for education in Cyprus

Before the break, a team from the Ministry of Education of Cyprus visited St. John’s to study our Dual Language Program (DLP). Their purpose in coming to Belgium was to work with language specialist Professor Piet Van De Craen. Having visited St. John’s before, Prof. Van De Craen had spent time examining and analysing our program and thought it would be the perfect example to display to the Cyprus delegates. The main aim for the delegates was to find a way to enhance the dual language instruction in the educational system in Cyprus. To ensure they get a 360-degree view … Continue reading St. John’s example for education in Cyprus