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T'is The Season Concert This Sunday

by Maureen Desmond - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Sunday, December 21st, the Saint John High School Concert Choir will be holding their annual Christmas Concert "T'is The Season". The 75 member choir, directed by Ms. Trish Gallagher, will be performing a variety of songs and will also include special performances by a variety of musicians and a few alumni.

Joining the choir, will be the SJHS String Ensemble, directed by Ms. Ali Leonard.

The concert, which will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, on Waterloo St, begins at 2pm, with the String Ensemble playing Christmas music before the concert. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

See you there!!!

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Students eagerly awaiting Winter Cabaret

by Webstaff - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many students are eagerly awaiting this year's Cabaret- a long standing tradition at Saint John High. This semi-formal dance will be held on Thursday, December 18th at the Kent Theatre, on Coburg St. from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Students have been patiently waiting in noon hour line-ups since last week to secure tickets to this event. It promises to be an enchanting evening for all!

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Food Bank Drive, Very Successful!

by Barry Ogden - Monday, December 15, 2014

Thank you for your support! Our 30th Annual Food Bank Drive was very successful. In total, we collected 70 boxes of non perishable food items. Each year, this is worth approximately $2,700 to $3,100 dollars, which amounts to over One Hundred Thousand Dollars in 30 years. Our students learn a lot by helping others. This year the need to support the food banks in Saint John has grown.

We hope you get a chance to show the national documentary on Child Poverty. We sent a link around from Global TV to your students. It showed children of Saint John in their video.

Thanks again, for your support.


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Isabelle Nickerson Strikes Gold & Shines for the Red and Grey at Provincial Swimming Champs

by C Sullivan - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saint John High placed second among the twenty-five teams competing at the NBIAA Swimming Championship. FHS won the Senior Girls, Junior Girls and Senior Boys, while ESN captured the Junior Boys banner. SJHS finished 2nd in both Senior & Junior Girls, 2nd in Senior Boys and 4th in Junior Boys. Saturday's competition was hosted at the Aquatic Center in Saint John.

For the first time in 25 years, a SJHS Senior Girls swimmer led all provincial point-getters at the championship. Isabelle Nickerson won gold in her four disciplines in convincing fashion. She won the 100 and 200 meter Individual Medleys; events that require the athlete to complete all four strokes (Fly, Back, Breast, Free). She also set SJHS records in winning the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke. The senior girls team captained by Allie Ruigrok placed a solid second behind the powerhouse FHS which featured Canadian and World ranked athletes. The Hounds Sr Girls also captured gold in the 4x50 Medley and 4x50 Freestyle relays anchored by 100m Freestyle bronze medalist Emily Whitcomb, and silver in the 4x100 Free. Jill Skerry, Emma Manning, Brooklyn Goucher, Roxane Fruytier, Keeley Shea, Allie Ruigrok, Gillian Davidson were part of those relay teams.

The Junior Girls team led by Janelle Holt, Emilee Hoellwarth and Nicole MacNeil finished second to FHS by just one point (70 to 69). The junior girls won two relay gold and one relay bronze. Nicole picked up silver & bronze in the 100 Fly and 200 Free. Emilee was silver in the 50 back. Captain Janelle scored silver in the 100 free & bronze in the 50 free and the 100 IM. Katherine Keyes, Tori Ruigrok, Katie Shea, Kathleen O'Keefe, and Kailey Breen were part of the relay success.

The Senior Boys grabbed gold in the 4x50 Medlay & 4x50 Free & 4x100 Free; The Jr Boys were silver in the 4x50 Medley & 4x50 Free & 4x100 Free; Senior Captain Sam Irvine was Bronze in Sr 50 Fly; Gregor Sullivan was Bronze in Sr 50 Back. Members of the relay teams included: Will Baxter, Alex Smith, Mitch Lui, Ben Manzer, Greg Whitcomb, Robert Scott, Will Oliver, Will Roderick, Zack Lavigne, Davis Sullivan, Dennis Emerson, Braeden Randell.

All scores & results can be found here: RESULTS

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SJHS Swimming Community Plays Host to a FANTASTIC 2014 NBIAA Swim Championship

by C Sullivan - Sunday, December 14, 2014

24 Volunteer lane timers. 14 Volunteer Swim-NB Officials. 10 hospitality hosts. 50 Coaches. 25 NB High School Teams. Numerous Parents and Friends of SJHS Swimming. Several Corporate Sponsors. 1 Highly Succesful NBIAA Swimming Championship.

Thanks to the efforts of those above, Patti & Bill Macmackin stepped in three weeks ago to save NBIAA swimming from losing its 2014 signature event, the Provincial Championship meet, from cancellation.

The Canada Games Aquatic Center was packed with over 250 student athletes from NB high schools for seven hours of spirited and sportsmanlike competition on Saturday December 13th. Saint John hosted the Provincial Championship meet for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Kudos to all that stepped up to ensure that the event happened; from NBIAA representatives to Regional Conference meet managers. Additional thanks to the Southern Conference schools that provided volunteers. Much appreciation to Vito's and Saputo for their assistance in nourishing those volunteers. And thanks to the student-athletes who put on the weekends Real Show: the Swimming.

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SJHS Improv Team Performs in Sackville

by Joe Boyd - Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Saint John High School Improv Team took part in the Just in Time Cup Challenge this weekend at Tantramar High School in Sackville. The kids had a great time, learned new skills through workshops, and got a lot of laughs with their performances! Special thanks to Katy Warren, who volunteers her time and expertise to coach the Team!

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Empty Stocking Fund

by Trish Gallagher - Monday, December 8, 2014

On November 22, Saint John High School hosted the annual Empty Stocking Fund in the Dennis Knibb Auditorium. Three members of the Student Representative Council- Catherine Kennedy, Shawn Nichols and Ben Peterson presented a whopping oversized cheque of $5600, on behalf of the school! Funds were raised with varying efforts including the annual Haunted House and West Jet tickets. Following this excitement, was a fantastic arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful performed by the SJHS Concert Choir directed by Trish Gallagher and SJHS String Ensemble & Friends directed by Ali Leonard. The ‘friends’ included alumni Stephen Mott ’03 and Benita Turnbull ’75; Vice Principal Maureen Desmond; and the pillars of the string program: Robert McCausland and Helen Gollings. Closing the program for the evening was the SJHS Jazz Choir’s heart-warming a cappella performance of I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The choir and orchestra then proceeded to the gymnasium where they were invited by Coach Grandy to perform for the football fundraising dinner. This beautiful collaboration of strings and choral music was very well received and can be heard again at the SJHS Choir Concert on Dec 21, 2pm, at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on Waterloo St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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Key Club Coat Drive Update!

by R Scott - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

All last week the SJHS Key Club held a coat drive in the conference room, we managed to collect close to 70 adult and children's coats! On the afternoon of December 2, a member of the Clubs Executive dropped off over 50 coats as well as socks, scarves and hats to Romero House. The remaining coats will be distributed to SJHS students in need of a winter coat! The Club would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who brought items out for the drive, Romero House was extremely grateful!

Hound Swimmers Silver at 2014 Regionals

by C Sullivan - Sunday, November 30, 2014

The 2014 South-West Regional swimming championship took place at the Simonds High School pool on Saturday November 29th (7am-6pm). Forty SJHS swimmers were part of the 250 athletes from 15 schools that contested the championship. FHS led all schools winning the Girls and Boys divisions. SJHS placed second with the host school Simonds High placing third.

  • GIRLS SCORES: (1) FHS-278 (2) SJHS-174 (3) WHS-62 (4) OHS-55 (5) KVHS-41 (6) Simonds-38
  • BOYS SCORES: (1) FHS-175 (2) SJHS-170 (3) Simonds-116 (4) LHHS-57 (5) SdeC-55 (6) RHS-37
  • TEAM Score: (1) FHS-453 (2) SJHS-344 (3) Simonds-154

Isabelle Nickerson led all swimmers with victories in the Senior Girls 100 Breast, 100 IM, 200 IM and a second in the 50 breast. Janelle Holt picked up a first in the Junior 100 IM and silvers in the 50 & 100 freestyle. Nicole Macneil was gold in the Junior 100 Fly and silver in the 200 freestyle. Emilee Hoellwarth picked up silver in the Junior 50 & 100 back and bronze in the 50 fly. Katherine Keyes placed third in the junior 200 IM.

Dennis Emerson was second in the junior 100 breast and third in the 50 breast. Zack Lavigne was second in the junior 50 breast and third in the 100 breast. Sam Irvine placed third in the senior 50 fly. Braeden Randell was silver in both the Junior 100 & 200 free. Will Oliver was second in the junior 100 back and third in the 50 back. Mitch Lui placed second in the senior 50 back. Gregor Sullivan placed second in the senior 100 back and third in the 50 back. Davis Sullivan received silver in the Junior 200 IM.

The 2014 NBIAA Provincial Championship will feature over 25 schools at the Canada Games Aquatic Center on Saturday December 13th. Races will begin at 10am and will run until 4pm.

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Club Hope hosts Annual Community Pancake Breakfast

by Emily Atwell - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday November 22nd Club Hope hosted their annual pancake breakfast at Trinity Church. This year was a huge success and brought the community together with tons of holiday spirit! On the cold November morning over 45 people were appreciative of the steaming pancakes and the other yummy treats. A big thank you goes out to all the Club Hope members and Ms Lutz for their time and hard work! Can't wait for next year!

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