by Martina Shannon - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Our Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction is almost here! We are still in need of new donations for our Silent Auction, please contact Ms. Shannon at Martina.Shannon@nbed.nb.ca or drop of a donation into our office.
Come on out and enjoy one of Saint John High’s most exciting events of the year!!!
SJHS’s Annual Christmas Bazaar will be taking place on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The following will be taking place on the second floor on Saturday:
• Tables with Crafts • Bake Sale • French Cafe in the Cafeteria • Silent Auction in Room 227 • School Clothing • Draws for Adult and Student Baskets • Varsity Basketball Tournament in the gym.
Jessica LeBlanc photo/SJHS
by Martina Shannon - Monday, December 2, 2013
This Friday, December 6th, is the greatest day of the year; the Pancake Breakfast! $3.00 for just pancakes, $5.00 for pancakes and sausages. Come one! Come all! We like to see old Hounds as well as present Hounds. Come and bring your families.
Peter Larsen photo/SJHS
by C Sullivan - Monday, December 2, 2013
The Greyhound swim teams squared off against provincial powerhouse Fredericton High at the 2013 NBIAA South-West Regionals held in Oromocto Saturday Nov 30th.
Forty athletes left SJHS at 6am for the Bus Ride to the Gagetown Pool. Thirty nine athletes qualified in individual events for the NBIAA championships to be hosted by SJHS at the Canada Games Aquatic Center Saturday December 14th.
FHS accumulated 412 points for top place with SJHS in a close second at 399 points. Leo Hayes placed third with 135 points in the 13 school competition. The top six athletes in each event qualified for the NBIAA championship meet.
The following athletes won their individual races: Isabelle Nickerson (Junior Girls 50 & 100 Breaststroke); Emilee Hoellworth (Junior Girls 50 Backstroke); Gregor Sullivan (Junior Boys 50 Backstroke); Janelle Holt (Junior Girls 100 IM & 50 Free); Morgan Easton (Senior Girls 50 Breaststroke)
Saint John High won gold in the Junior Girls Division 4x50 Medley & 4x50 Free Relays with team members Emily Whitcomb, Isabelle Nickerson, Emilee Hoellworth and Janelle Holt. SJHS Senior Girls and Senior Boys each won their 4x50 Medley, 4x50 Free and 4x100 Free Relays.
NBIAA Provincials: The SJHS team are hosting the provincials. We are looking for 18+ volunteers for timing (10am-4pm), 8 volunteers for admissions + program-sales + hospitality, plus 6-8 Volunteer Parents with SwimCanada certification for officiating. The team is also looking for donations of food and beverages to feed and hydrate our volunteers and visiting coaches.
B Ogden photo/SJHS
by B Ogden - Monday, December 2, 2013
There is a 40 minute video from the Marigold Project Guinness World Record (June, 2013). It was for the largest number of participants planting flowers[marigold] at the same time anywhere in the world .The World Record record is now 5,677 participants [with volunteers included it totaled 9,000 citizens.] The Marigold Project is going into its 17th year(www.marigolds.ca) with over 3 million marigolds planted by tens of thousands of our children.The 54 schools each filmed for one hour but Guinness World Records had to have the 54 hours compressed into 40 minutes. Its a great inspiration and full of hope. The video, children and Marigolds really tells our story and promotes our community.
Click for Video: Youtube Video from Guiness World Records
Maureen Desmond photo/SJHS
by Steven Milley - Saturday, November 30, 2013
The semester is well underway, with the Biology department entering into the dissection stage of the 112 Biology class. Along with the observation of the crayfish and the grasshopper, the students had the opportunity to dissect either frog or a perch. Dissections, while not for everyone, help those that can stomach them get a more realistic idea of the internal workings of a living organism. This 3-dimensional exercise is much more interesting and beneficial than simply looking at the pictures in a textbook!! Next stop Human Physiology…sorry no dissection there.
by Key Club - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Key Club is gathering gently used winter coats for the Teen Resource Center.They can be brought into the conference room next week from December the 2nd to the 6th. The conference room will be open between the hours of 8:25 am and 8:55 am each morning. Bring in a coat and receive some hot chocolate and cookies for your kindness.
Maureen Desmond photo/SJHS
by Webstaff - Saturday, November 23, 2013
This year is the 101th anniversary of the Empty Stocking Fund and Saint John High School was proud to have been able to contribute to this wonderful event. Each year, the SRC during the first 3 months of the school year raises funds to donate to this worthwhile charity.
On Saturday, on behalf of SJHS, our SRC treasurer, Lynn Shi presented a cheque for $4000 to Mr. Cliff Turner and the Empty Stocking fund. It was through the generosity and kindness of our students and staff that we were able to give this donation .
The choir led by Ms. Gallagher, along with 82 wonderful voices, shone on television with their performance of "Hallelujah Amen". One Five O, also performed for the audience and did a fantastic job.
Sharon Peabody photo/SJHS
by Maureen Desmond - Friday, November 22, 2013
“It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Julia Loparco, one of Saint John High School's grade 12 students, was presented by the YMCA-YWCA with a very special award this morning at the annual Peace Breakfast. She received the Youth Peacemaker Award. This award is given to a young person who has demonstrated a committment to peace through special contributions made within locally, nationally and/or globally.
During her tenure at SJHS, Julia has been very involved in numerous activities, including Club Hope, TADD and Beyond the Hurt. Each of these groups contribute to the betterment of society and the world.
We are very proud of Julia. Congratulations!!!!
Below is Julia's speech.
Good morning and thank you so much for coming. I have to tell you that I am feeling so anxious right now. Just imagine yourself at 17 and having someone call and tell you that you’re winning an award that you don’t really feel you deserve. Please don’t misunderstand me. It is not that I think I am the worst person ever, but neither do I think I am the best. I didn’t pull someone out of a burning building or mediate a truce between rival gangs. I have just been busy living my life the way my family taught me. I am the daughter and granddaughter of people who have built their lives around helping others. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the example set by my mother Sue, and by my grandfather Walter Ellis.
My mother showed me at a very early age that helping others is a joy, not a burden. For example, when I was 3, and learned how to skate, my mom was already a learn to skate coach. Although I don’t specifically remember her coaching me, but I do remember her coaching the other little kids though. And now, 14 years later, she’s still doing it, still smiling. I especially like watching her work with the skaters with special needs, because I know she finds joy through that.
For the purpose of this next story, I’m going to call this kid Jeff to protect his privacy. Now Jeff is developmentally delayed and has problems with his speech. His family has very little money, with no access to transportation. A few years ago when Jeff came to Saint John High, my mom wanted him to get involved, so when spring rolled around and he wanted to be part of the rugby team, every Sunday my mom, and often me too would pick up Jeff and take him to the boys rugby practice where he soon became their team manager. After a long season filled with Sunday adventures, Jeff’s speech improved a lot and he was the happiest kid around. My mom didn’t do this just as means of transportation for Jeff, but simply because it made her happy to see that he was helping others too.
My mother came by her generosity honestly. Her father, my grandfather was a track coach in Saint John for 30 years, all the while battling kidney disease. He would go from dialysis straight to the track. He would coach not only his own athletes, but also anybody wanting to learn. He would coach literally everyone, no matter where they come from, whether it be a different school, or even province, no matter what their financial background be, and he would take them under his wing.
My grandfather was my mom’s hero, and my mom is my hero. My accomplishments are not those of a hero, but ones that come from doing what I enjoy. When I am lucky enough to succeed in doing the right thing, I do it because it just feels like the best thing to do. I try to help my friends and people in my community because it feels good to see my efforts make someone else’s life a little better.
But to be completely honest with you, sometimes I don’t think I belong in our wonderful community. Although there are many people in need, sometimes it feels like most people are preoccupied with making their smart phones sync up with their laptops and making that sync up with their busy lives. In the future I would like to make a difference that I can see. I would like to work in the developing world to help people with problems that I can relate to and that I can help resolve.
Last summer I went to Kenya and met people who need help with real issues and who have their focus on perspectives and points of view that I can relate to completely. Safety, health, food, friends, and family. Then way down the list comes everything else.
I’ll never forget Sharon, she’s 13, and in grade 8. I met her while I was in Kenya and I got to ask her about her life, and what a day is like for her. She wakes up at 4:30 and walks to school to get there for 6:30. She is in school until 6:30 that evening, hard all day to try and get into high school. After school, she has to walk home alone in the dark and she doesn’t get home until 8:30, 9 o’clock. Once she gets home she has to help her mother with all the family chores including helping make food for the family, fetching firewood, and doing the laundry. To top it all off after that she needs to do her homework. She doesn’t get much sleep, and she has to do it all over again the next day.
How can I not want to help people like Sharon have a better life when they demonstrate true courage and character everyday that I am in awe of.
So thanks again for this award. I know there are people much more deserving of it than me, but I am glad It gave me the opportunity to thank and appreciate the YMCA, my parents, my grandparents, Sharon, and all the brave souls that get up before everyone else, go to bed after everyone else and live to make the world a better place. For me, I’m just going to keep doing the things I’ve been doing and hope that one day I will make you proud and earn this wonderful recognition. Thank you all again, and have a wonderful day.