Getting to know your multilingual buddy

As you may already know, St. John’s has a Dual Language Program (DLP) from Pre-Kindergarten up to Grade 4. The students are taught material in both French and English, to help strengthen their foundation of both languages. Next school year, the DLP will extend to Grade 5 as well. To promote the interaction in different languages, we “buddy up” children from different grades. On Thursday, we arranged a small ceremony for the buddies to meet and get to know one another. The ceremony started with a multilingual sing-a-long. The children were excited and all participated in singing “Good Afternoon Everybody” … Continue reading Getting to know your multilingual buddy

Middle Schoolers Making the Rules!

Our school does not just impart bookish knowledge. It also helps our students learn life skills that will guide them through life. Our incredible teachers are constantly spearheading ingenious ideas and activities that not only engage the students, but at the same time help them understand and be a part of the bigger picture, while honing leadership skills and purpose. To this effect, the Middle School organizes an exciting activity! Every second week during the school year, the Middle School organizes an assembly for its  students. During this time the students work in multiple smaller advisory groups. They are then … Continue reading Middle Schoolers Making the Rules!

First impressions

It has only been a couple of days since I began working at St. John’s, but I have already determined a few critical attributes regarding affairs ranging from the people, to the smell, and the technology. What I have observed is that you will never find a solemn, ‘strictly business’ face here at St. John’s. During the new staff orientation, when we were introduced to the school and its processes, most importance was given to getting to know one another and striking a rapport. Every person you walk by on this striking campus will greet you! While this might be … Continue reading First impressions

Welcome to our new teachers and staff!

We are excited to welcome and introduce to you our new teachers and staff members who started today: From left to right: Christine, Haley, Pascale, Kathleen, Julia, Betsy, Molly, Christiane, Sarah, Allie, Linus. Not pictured: Indira, Kinga and Karen. Kathleen van Crombrugge –  EAL in the Middle and High School: I am a Belgian national (Flemish) who is also proudly South African. I have over 25 years of teaching experience, and a number of years as a TEFL facilitator in the corporate world and privately. Indira Khara – Community Engagement Coordinator: I was born in Antwerp and moved to India a few years … Continue reading Welcome to our new teachers and staff!

Middle School Liturgy Assembly ritualizes goodbyes and celebrates end of school year

This morning, the Middle School community held its last liturgy assembly by acknowledging those who are moving on to other schools or countries next school year. They addressed some words of gratitude for their wonderful and unforgettable experiences at St. John’s. Those who are staying in school next school year addressed words of farewell as well as gratitude to those who are moving on. The theme of the liturgy assembly was Crossroads and Time. These two themes are central to two video clips shown in the assembly. The first one called “What the world needs now…” is a look back … Continue reading Middle School Liturgy Assembly ritualizes goodbyes and celebrates end of school year

Grade 5 student completes Red Cross food drive

For her PYP Exhibition project, 5th grade student Jyotika studied ‘healthy lifestyles’. After a very engaging Exhibition where she shared a lot of interesting information, she was asked to contribute to Relay Recess and work alongside nurse Caroline to talk about food choices with younger students. With help from her mentor, Mrs. Jo Taylor, Jyotika contacted the Red Cross which suggested ways of supporting people who are not always able eat healthy. Jyotika initiated a food drive. Her collection of non-perishable, healthy food was collected by the Red Cross this week. The Red Cross explained to Jyotika how they will distribute … Continue reading Grade 5 student completes Red Cross food drive

Grade 6 students become medieval characters

Grade 6 students are stepping back in time this week as they celebrate and share their learning of life and happenings in the Middle Ages in Europe. It will be an enjoyable week of color, costumes, events and activities, culminating in the grand banquet in the ‘Great Hall’. It started with a visit on Monday to St. Bavo’s Cathedral and Gravensteen Castle in Ghent. The students have now begun a series of activities leading up to the final banquet. Each student has chosen a character based on their research and what they have learned of life and society in Medieval … Continue reading Grade 6 students become medieval characters

ES students produce animated movies

Grade 3 and grade 5 students are proud to present their stop motion animation movies. For their Unit Of Inquiry on water, grade 3 students imagined a story that involved water and drew it as a story board. They made a diorama in a shoe box and created figures in plasticine. Based on their story board, they produced a stop motion animation movie. Grade 5 students worked on Architecture and Cities. Each student has built their ideal house to add on to their class street which then became the set for their “Urban Stories” stop motion animation movies. Please see … Continue reading ES students produce animated movies

Students join “Choir Day” at BSB

The Elementary Choir and Elementary Orchestra students from grades 1 through 4 attended Choir Day at the British School of Brussels last Thursday. Students from international schools in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg attended as well. Each choir sang two songs and St. John’s students performed “Hitori” and “Sea Shanties” with instruments. Our student did a fantastic job singing and learning 2 group songs with the other choirs. Students enjoyed spending the day with other international musicians.  We are very proud of our Elementary Students! By Mrs. Knauf and Mrs. Rytel Continue reading Students join “Choir Day” at BSB

“Shadowing” day for fifth graders

The Grade 5 students have been shadowing Middle School classes this week in preparation for their move up to MS next year.  The students have had a pre-meeting with the MS guidance counselor, which gave them a chance to get answers to their questions about Middle School and how it differs from Elementary.  They are understandably nervous about the transition from being the most senior group in ES to becoming the youngest group in MS. A lot of the questions center around the day to day routine, with queries about how lunch works and excitement about having their own locker. … Continue reading “Shadowing” day for fifth graders

The Ultimate Summer Reading List

The end of the school year is fast approaching with the promise of new summer adventures. Now is the perfect time to come along to the MHS Library and check out the ‘ultimate summer reading list’ display. Whether you are a fan of romance or science fiction, mysteries or the classics, we have books to suit your reading tastes. Drop by and pick up a summer reading checklist bookmark, and choose the books to take with you on your adventure. Remember: You don’t need to go far, you just need a good book. “Books are the train, the plane and … Continue reading The Ultimate Summer Reading List

Preparing for the transition into Middle School

Nurse Caroline is busy all this week with the grade 5 students. “I’ll be visiting the 3 classrooms each on 3 separate occasions, prior to them moving up to Middle School with all that entails. We are learning all about growing up, with all the excitement and changes that brings. This is also an opportunity to have a two-way conversation with me, and teachers are definitely not allowed! By Nurse Caroline p.s. The buzz word for the week is “Drink plenty of water in this heat!” Continue reading Preparing for the transition into Middle School

Grade 6 prepares for Medieval Week

Grade 6 are busy in the M/HS library researching for Medieval week which will take place from the 13th June. They are finding information to create a medieval character with a life story, family, profession or station, their style of clothes, etc. and will dress as their character during the week. Activities will include shield making, designing for the great hall and creating food for the banquet, medieval games and much more. The library team have been assisting the students with finding resources and have created displays to illustrate fashion of the times, and also  used the illuminated letters created … Continue reading Grade 6 prepares for Medieval Week

Grade 2 visits PASS-Scientific Adventure Park

Our second grade classes enjoyed a day of learning at the PASS science museum. Here are some of the highlights as written by the children: “We saw a movie about miners. This job is really dangerous and hard.” Alexandre “I found out that long ago, the museum was a coal mine…Sometimes the mines would collapse and sometimes there was gas that could explode or suffocate the miner.” Ryan S. “The adventure park was really fun. You had to trust your friends.” Victoria “In the park, we climbed…we helped each other.” Estelle “The acro-bat park was so fun. I even went … Continue reading Grade 2 visits PASS-Scientific Adventure Park

Kindergarten investigates Earth’s natural cycles

Kindergarten have been finishing their yearlong Unit of Inquiry in which they investigated how Earth’s natural cycles affect our lives. As part of the summative assessment, they have made some beautiful gifts for Father’s Day in clay that show how the trees in the garden changed throughout the seasons. They also presented their learning in posters and booklets and could explain their ideas. Yuna and Viktoria explain their poster and booklet: Continue reading Kindergarten investigates Earth’s natural cycles

Middle School Science’s “Rock Collection”

The students have been learning to classify rocks by the main types of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. They have to look at the composition and texture of the rocks very carefully to decide the sub-types within each of these groups and then to identify those rocks by name. We have rock guides to help them do that, but they need to apply all of the vocabulary that they are learning about the texture and composition as each type of rock has a different vocabulary for those concepts. They have to break the rocks with hammers in order to see an … Continue reading Middle School Science’s “Rock Collection”

Grade 5 student Maddie collects books for children in Liberia

For her PYP Exhibition project, grade 5 student Maddie chose to support children’s literacy by collecting books to send to children in Monrovia, Liberia.  “Did you know that over 750 million people in the world can’t read? Having books at home can bring that number down” Maddie. As part of the research for her PYP project, Maddie interviewed Aletha Wallace who works with the “Give a book for Liberia” scheme, which collects books and sends them to the National Library, and to primary, middle and high schools within and around Monrovia. When Aletha explained to Maddie that the education system … Continue reading Grade 5 student Maddie collects books for children in Liberia

“Multilingual Middle School Spelling Bee” a big success

The Middle High School hosted its first-ever ‘Multilingual  Middle School Spelling Bee’ during MS Assembly today. Representatives from Grades 6-8 competed in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch for the winning titles. All students involved demonstrated a high-level of linguistic competence, and engaged in a very friendly, and fun, competition. The words were read by Grade 10 student-volunteers, who were able to share their language as a part of the competition. The winners were John (Grade 6), Jonathan (Grade 7) and Luis (Grade 8). Continue reading “Multilingual Middle School Spelling Bee” a big success

Students participate in Theater Festival in Germany

A group of grade 4 – 6 students attended the ISTA Primary Schools Festival at Wiesbaden on 19-22 May. They were welcomed by host families and followed a full program of drama and music workshops, as well as visits to local cultural and educational sites. The theme for the week was “Castles, Knights, and Magical Tales”, exploring the legends of long ago and what they can tell us about ourselves today. By exploring the past, the students were encouraged to bring the stories to life and make dramatic theatre. The workshops led up to presentations in small ensembles and a … Continue reading Students participate in Theater Festival in Germany

Author shares importance of historical fiction

The seventh grade class has been reading the young adult book The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo in order to study realistic fiction. While studying this genre, we were fortunate to have an author of historical fiction to come to our school to explain the importance and relevance of realistic and historical fiction in today’s world. Paula de Fougerolles has written two historical fiction novels, The Chronicles of Iona: Prophet  and Exile, both of which are in our school library for advanced and high school readers. She took the time to explain to the students the ways in which writers, such as herself and … Continue reading Author shares importance of historical fiction