At the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, the Lower School embarked upon a great adventure of arts and expression as we made preparations for this year’s Lower School musical, Peter Pan. From auditions and set design to singing and choreography, we came together with a common goal: to make this year’s performance a memorable one.
A ‘lifer’ is the term given to a student who has been at SJK from Kindergarten to Grade 12. At graduation, lifers don the title with a certain sense of pride and accomplishment, and are honoured for their commitment and contributions to the school.
Those who have taught lifers look on with nostalgia, having been part of their educational journey from beginning to end.
One of the first things learned in teacher training is that every student has a preferred learning style. Some are visual learners, while others learn best by the physical act of doing. Some students take in auditory information well, while others perform best when they have the information in writing to support their learning.
Youth Science Canada contacted all of the participants SJK had registered for the Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair, inviting them to participate in the first Canada-wide Virtual Science Fair.
Students have registered their projects on makeprojects.com allowing them to exhibit their work to students across the country.
Through the year, SJK's Upper School students complete a range of visual arts assignments that are meant to challenge and stretch students to explore their creativity and expression. Please enjoy this compilation video of Upper School visual artwork, scored by music performed by SJK's DP music students.
Hosted by none other than the world-renowned Stratford Festival each April, the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Drama Festival (CISDF) is a multi-day theatrical experience that makes a lasting impact on aspiring actors, producers and technicians. SJK attends each year, presenting a one-act play for fellow students to enjoy.
Each year in April, SJK gathers as a community to celebrate the arts with an evening of music, drama, dance, and visual art called Arts Around Us. Each arts discipline showcases the work of our talented student-artists, under the direction of our dedicated and talented faculty, in an evening that is always a highlight of the Spring season.
At SJK, we are thankful to our community members who have become directly involved in the frontlines. We had an opportunity to connect with Dr. Francis Reinders, current SJK parent and Critical Care Leader for Waterloo-Wellington Critical Care Local Health Integration Network to learn more about his perspective from the frontlines at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener.
SJK's Grades 9 and 10 Visual Art students were tasked with researching Leonardo Da Vinci's body of work to prepare for an assignment. This was no small feat given that Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, designer, theorist, engineer and scientist.
On May 6-7, 2020, current and incoming Upper School Student Council members, along with Student Council advisors Ms. Glenville and Mrs. George, had the opportunity to attend Global Student Leadership Day (GSLD). The originally-scheduled summit has been postponed until next year, but leaders adapt when faced with adversity!
SJK’s 18th annual PYP Exhibition began as it had in previous years. In the weeks leading up to March Break, we launched Exhibition with an engaging Provocation Week where the Grade 6 students participated in a week-long experience aimed at provoking them to explore and think about local and global issues and opportunities. From here, students used the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a starting point for the idea generation.
Ms. Sarah Regli has been committed to her efforts of carrying over the chemistry lab experience for her DP students. Several of her videos have graced our social media channels in the past weeks. When it came to explaining electrochemistry, Ms. Regli decided to elevate her lab videos to the next level for illustrative purposes.
The SJK Upper School English Department has worked together to create a list of their favourite reads. This list will serve as inspiration for our students and SJK community in search of some enjoyable reading, especially as warmer weather sets in.
On Friday, May 1, 2020, SJK held its first virtual whole-school Chapel service with the themes of hope and resilience. We honoured the Class of 2020 and the frontline workers that have been working to keep us safe and healthy. If you were unable to view the live stream in real time, please continue reading to access the recording.
Our Lower School students collaborated to create a heartfelt message to share with the community in order to express thanks to our frontline workers. These students' smiles and creative expression remind us that brighter days are ahead. Thank you to our frontline workers that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy!
As we made our shift to remote learning, our extended community began to wonder how our friends in Nepal have been managing with the pandemic. Mrs. Tracey Duldhardt and other Trek Nepal alumni have been in touch with our Nepali friends. Read on for Mrs. Duldhardt's update from our Nepali friends.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a company eager to learn more about the fibre of our school; what makes our school different, what is the SJK advantage? I was able to reflect on these fantastic questions and consider my extensive time at SJK before responding.
Hannah is the final of four DP2 Visual Art students that we will be spotlighting this week. Hannah’s body of work explores anxiety and works to destigmatize mental illness. Read on to learn about Hannah’s exhibition curatorial rationale in her own words. View the full DP2 Visual Art Virtual Exhibition here.
Emily is the third of four DP2 Visual Art students that we will be spotlighting this week. Emily's body of work explores mythology through symbolism. Read on to learn about Emily’s exhibition curatorial rationale in her own words. View the full DP2 Visual Art Virtual Exhibition here.
Tina is the second of four DP2 Visual Art students that we will be spotlighting this week. Her body of work focuses on female power and maternal love. Read on to learn about her atwork and exhibition curatorial rationale in her own words. View the full DP2 Visual Art Virtual Exhibition here.
Maddy is the first of four DP2 Visual Art students that we will be spotlighting this week. Her body of work focuses on raising awareness about protecting the environment. Read on to hear about her body of work and exhibition curatorial rationale in her own words. View the full DP2 Visual Art Virtual Exhibition here.
This year marks 50 years of Earth Day! Even though we are not together as a community, there are lots of ways for SJK families to think about the Earth at home. Read on for suggestions from SJK's Environmental Club for you to participate in at home.
Each year, our DP2 Visual Art students create an exhibition of their work for our community to explore in person. This year, our students have collaborated to create a virtual exhibition. We will share highlights from each student artist this week, culminating with the Head of School Choice Award for DP2 Visual Art on Friday, April 24.
“Cooking is passion, and passion is food! I hope this recipe brings a smile to your face!” In this time of being off-campus, Chef Ryan Dona wanted to take a moment to share a recipe with the SJK community. Read on for a fresh, homemade pasta recipe to try in your kitchen at home with your family.
While remote learning in her Junior Kindergarten class has been smooth, Mrs. Mouton wondered how some of her quiet, reserved students would embrace the change. She's been pleasantly surprised to see students come into their own and share a more expressive side with the class.
In her effort to keep connected with her former students, Ms. Gallagher learned that Andrew Belyea '13 had shifted to remote learning as a medical student. Andrew was interested in sharing his experience as a physician in training, as well as his take on what the future of higher education may look like for our students.
Open Classroom Education moved through schools in the 1970s. The logic behind them was to remove walls, merge grades and collaborate. Though the trend passed, some of the pros and cons of this style of education are surfacing as families who have children in multiple grades are all working from home.
If you're getting into the Easter spirit this weekend, consider decorating some Easter eggs! Ms. Beveridge and Frieda shared some egg decorating techniques in this fun video. If you happen to decorate some this weekend, please send your photos to ShareYourStory@sjkschool.org!
Students in the final year of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) identify an area of interest and then craft an inquiry-based project that serves to showcase the skills they have developed over the four years of the MYP. This year, I'll be joining them in the project creation process.
Grade 9 student Matthew B.-M. took some time to reflect on remote learning has felt. He explores the notion of increased autonomy, working at his own pace and how he feels this experience will help prepare him for the post-secondary world.
SJK parent and Associate Professor in the Religion and Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Meena Sharify-Funk, took a moment to reflect on the common elements of remote teaching and remote learning at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Under the coordination of Dr. Chris Cigolea, our beloved SJK Jazz Band illustrates that you don't have to be in the same space to create wonderful, upbeat music that puts a smile on everyone's face that hears it! Please enjoy this compilation video of the SJK Jazz Band performing.
Enjoy a Commit 20 update video from Ms. Dietrich, Ms. Bellamy and Mrs. Drost. They are sharing their thoughts on how Commit 20 is progressing for them, as well as reflecting on this week's themes of movement and stillness. If you're participating in Commit 20, we want to hear from you! Submit your update with photos and/or videos to ShareYourStory@sjkschool.org.
After a March Break spent reading, and planning, and digitally meeting, it has been amazing to get back to ‘the classroom’ and reconnecting with the students. Over the last couple of weeks I have been in awe, watching how hard the faculty and staff of SJK have been working to get ready for SJK's launch of Remote Learning. It's a transition that we didn't anticipate making, but are excited to embark upon.
On March 29, I felt like I do the day before a new school year begins. I looked forward to connecting with students while being a little nervous not knowing how it would go. On March 30, I awoke and made sure I was in the virtual classroom early. I waited patiently for students to arrive. Magically, one by one, students began arriving.
As our students embark on remote learning and parents work from home, taking a few minutes each day to minimize the strain of repetitive desk and online postures is essential. Here are three simple and highly effective stretches that people of all ages should be doing 2-3 times a day.
For the last week the Wellness Team has been working behind the scenes to determine the best way to support the SJK community in their health and wellness practices during our community's launch of remote learning. We wanted a balanced approach that would allow everyone to work different aspects of their health and wellness. We were introduced to a concept called Commit 20.
For the past five days, I have been engaged with 80 other independent school teachers in a “crash course” on remote learning delivered by eLearning Consortium Canada in partnership with CIS Ontario. I entered the course with some trepidation as new tech tools are not always intuitive to me, but ultimately, I need not have worried.
We’re delighted to see our DP2 students leading the way in remote learning efforts! Congratulations to Tina, Maddy and Emily on completing their upload to the IB for Visual Arts. These students created a virtual gallery installation of their works to fulfill an IB course segment. Well done!
When we learned that we would be shifting to remote learning, it was amazing to see how our teachers rose to the challenge. As I walked through the halls of SJK the day after the announcement, I met many teachers with broad smiles on their faces. They spoke to me about their exciting plans to move our teaching and learning to our students’ homes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed everything we do at SJK. Twelve weeks ago, we had never heard of this virus. A few weeks later, it seemed like a distant prospect. And then, I had a conversation with a prospective teacher that changed everything for me.