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Graduate selected for "Page" program in Ottawa

by Ben Peterson and Ms. Desmond - Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ben Peterson, our school's SRC President and 2015 graduate, was recently selected for the House of Common's Page Programme. This is a highly competitive and prestigious opportunity.

Only 40 students, from all applicants from coast to coast are selected to be Pages. They sign on for a 1-year contract with the House of Commons administration. Pages are required to be bilingual and undergo a second language assessment before they are hired. They are also required to have a thorough knowledge of House procedures and must know, eventually, all 338 MPs by name and face.

Pages are non-partisan representatives of the house and are prided on their professionalism and subtly. They are paid a salary and are required to work in conjunction with university classes. Pages perform a wide variety of tasks, including getting water and making copies to presenting to youth from around the country about parliamentary procedure.

Ben will be attending Carleton University next fall. Congratulations Ben!!

SJHS Community Block Party

by Student Representative Council - Thursday, May 14, 2015

SJHS Community Block Party: Friday, May 29th from 3:20-7:20pm. Admission: Free, Amusements: $5 per book of 10 tickets Where? PRINCE WILLIAM STREET! BBQ, Live Music, Inflatable Games, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Henna, Dunk Tank, Street Vendors and more! Come one come all, any age at all! Come and enjoy a marvelous time on the streets on uptown Saint John and support your own Saint John High School fundraiser for Hounds Helping Hounds. Hounds Helping Hounds is a account within the school, that helps fellow greyhounds when in need.


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"The Write Stuff", Right for the Students!!

by Judith MacMillan - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, twenty-nine students from SJHS went to the Saint John Arts Centre to partake in The Write Stuff workshop, an opportunity to participate in three different writing workshops during the course of the day (over 100 students attended from Anglophone South District). Each workshop is facilitated by a professional writer of the highest caliber, and students get to work on various specific writing skills. Students enjoy the experience of being off campus for the day and the fact that they can participate in sessions designed specifically for them, under the direction of some of the best in the business that New Brunswick has to offer. This mix has made for a day that has been immensely beneficial to hundreds of students in ASDS over its past four years. No student has ever given negative feedback about the content of the workshop experience – in fact, all reviews have been glowing. Students have reviewed the experience in praise ranging from “I found my creative juices again,” through “Brainsplosion!” and, “This experience was informative, but above all – interactive and fun.”

As well, The Write Stuff Literary Arts Magazine, edition four, was released and some of the students whose work was selected for the magazine are featured in the photo. The cover art was designed by Amy Dai. This magazine is available for purchase from either Ms Lutz or Ms MacMillan for ten dollars.


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Volleyball Greyhounds running with the big dogs

by SCOTT BRIGGS - Monday, May 11, 2015

This article is courtesy of TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

Grade 12 students Sam Irvine and Anthony Cormier have memories and friendships that will last a lifetime from their years at Saint John High School.

But before they start planning for their senior prom, they’re hoping to add another milestone to the treasure chest of awesome experiences. The 17-year-old power-hitters helped the SJHS varsity boys volleyball team finish with a 10-0 record in the regular season. The next test is the South West AAA regional tournament, which the Greyhounds are hosting on Saturday.

“I’ve made so many connections and bonds with people here,” Irvine said. “I’m going to be sad to leave. I’m going to miss the swim team and I’m going to miss the volleyball team.

“I’ve had the best times with those teams. I started swimming in Grade 9, and that was my way of meeting people. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to that.”

Cormier, who previously attended Samuel-de-Champlain, had never played high school volleyball when he came to SJHS in Grade 10.

“I was terrified,”he recalled of his first tryout. “Everybody seemed so big. I made the team and then I felt more confident.”

A key part of that process was the influence of Peter Banks, now an assistant coach for the Greyhounds. Banks, this years’ men’s volleyball MVP at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, was a senior at SJHS when Cormier was a rookie.

“He really helped me bond with the team,which was nice,”Cormier said.“He was a role model for me.”

Cormier and Irvine have tried to do the same for their teammates.And those efforts have apparently paid off.

“Our co-operation has been the best this year,” Irvine said. “All the guys are just comfortable with each other.”

That comfort has evidently led to chemistry.

“We’ve had a few injuries, but we’re more tightly knit,” Cormier said.“We’re just tighter (compared to previous years).

“All of us are friends. When I was in Grade 10, it was different people from different groups just kind of playing together. Now it’s all athletes, and it’s really helpful.”

The Greyhounds have also gained size and strength.

“We’ve gotten a lot bigger,” said Cormier, who checks in at about six-foot-one.“We weren’t that tall before,but our average height is a lot bigger.”

Irvine, who’s also around six-foot-one, likes the fact the spikes are coming from different players.

“Pretty much everyone can hit,” he said. “I was pretty sure we were going to have a good year with all the players who were coming up.I’m glad it’s turned out (well) this year.”

The Greyhounds opened some eyes earlier this season with a tournament win over Leo Hayes.

“We know that we can compete with the top teams,” assistant coach Devin O’Brien said.“It’s just (a matter of) who brings it and who crumbles under pressure. I’m excited to see if we rise to the occasion. Our hitting is above and beyond what most of the Southern Conference teams have.”

That said, O’Brien said the Greyhounds have recently placed extra emphasis on passing and defence during practices.The squad is led by head coach Sue Ellis-Loparco.

And aside from their hitting,the coaches like the leadership provided by Irvine and Cormier.

“They’re both very strong volleyball players, even though volleyball wasn’t necessarily their first sport,” O’Brien said.“They’re probably two of the best high school hitters in the province right now. They’ve certainly played crucial roles on the team.”

Irvine is planning to attend Memorial University in St.John’s in the fall.He’s considering trying out for the volleyball team while eyeing the school’s engineering program.

Cormier is planning to study biology at Dalhousie University, where he’ll continue his track and field career. His efforts have helped SJHS win two provincial track titles, with a third hopefully to come.

“I’ve been doing track for 10 years now,” Cormier said.“I do track for nine months of the year and volleyball for three.”

Meanwhile, Saturday’s eight-team regional tournament begins when the Greyhounds face Oromocto High School at 9 a.m. Those two teams are in Pool A, as are Leo Hayes and Kennebecasis Valley.

Pool B includes Fredericton High,Harbour View,Ecole Ste.Anne and Simonds. The top two from each pool advance to semifinal cross-overs.Both finalists qualify for the provincials on May 23 at the University of New Brunswick Saint John.

“Showing that a Saint John team can get this far is the best,” Irvine said.“But I really want that provincial banner this year. It would be a great way to end my Grade 12 year.”


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The Alumnus Returns

by Lindsay Alchorn - Sunday, May 10, 2015

On Friday, May the 8th, the lovely lads and lasses of the theatre arts class had the pleasure of a guest teacher: alumnus Gabe Williams. Williams, back home after a year of studying at Dalhousie, came armed with some new theatre exercises for the class and a keen eye for constructive criticism. The students had a lot of fun and learned about delving a little deeper into their scenes and motivations of their characters. It was lovely to see one of our very own move from student to teacher.


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Peter Fox Memorial Scholarship Fun Run -June 20th

by Mr. Ogden - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Peter Fox Memorial Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Saint Marks United Church in Greendale in West Saint John, turn in just past Barnhill Memorial School. Peter was a graduate of SJHS and attended UNB Saint John. This past winter at the young age of 22 years old, he was taken from us by cancer. Peter and his two brothers,Rob and Chris played for the Saint John High School and the Seawolves Football Teams. The 3 boys attended both UNB Saint John and NBCC Saint John, and before that SJHS. They are a great family. Peter was very humble, genuine and a very good engineering student. He attended games even after he became sick. The scholarship will be awarded to a UNB Saint John student who plays for the Seawolves Football Team. The scholarship fundraising has raised $10,000 so far. This fun run should help us increase it as there are sponsors and pledges being collected. Registration is at 10 am and the 6.6 kilometer run/walk [Peters number was 66 with the Seawolves Football team] starts at 11 and goes to 12:30. The awards will be presented at 1pm. There will be entertainment and a BBQ between 12:15 and 2:30.

To sign up email at foxfunrun@gmail.com

more information at: www.seawolvesfootball.ca


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SJHS Key Club participated in the 28th annual Investors Group Skate to Care

by Fletcher Ritcey - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, four members of our SJHS Key Club participated in the 28th annual Investors Group Skate to Care at the Q plex. This event raises funds in support of mental health programs in New Brunswick. With proceeds from 2 Miracle Minutes and some pledges, we were able to raise $346.28 in only a week! Thanks for your support, Hounds! Along with Mr.Chaisson, we were joined by 2 teachers from other schools who also contributed pledges, bringing our team total to about $500. Besides skating, we had pizza, spent some time in the Arcade Box, got a picture in the photo booth, and spent time talking to other participants. This was a fun event, and maybe one that Key Club can be involved with in a bigger way in the future, with more skaters and money raised.


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Choir has a whirlwind tour of University Workshops

by Trish Gallagher - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On April 10th - 12th, 44 members of the Saint John High School Concert choir travelled to Mount Allison, Acadia, and Dalhousie Universities where they had campus tours and a personal choral workshop with three professors who are experts in their field. The students were complimented countless times for their discipline, their enthusiasm, and the impressive repertoire they have conquered. They are singing pieces in Swahili, Latin, French, Spanish and English. The finale of the weekend was an invitation to sing at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Sackville. Although the choir is comprised of various faith traditions or no traditions, they were very respectful and represented SJHS perfectly. They sang "Elijah Rock", "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" and a piece in Swahili called "Jenga Imani" with accompaniment by Danny Han, Piano and Sadra Sarbazi, cajon.

The choir would like to thank Ms Gallagher, Ms Desmond, Ms Greene-Lui and Mr and Mrs Watt for chaperoning such an amazing weekend.

On April 28th, the Concert, Jazz and Madrigal choirs will compete in the music festival in hope of winning, once again, the coveted "Kiwanis Plaque" for highest ranking high school choir.


CANB

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TRADES CAREER EXPO

by A. Colwell - Monday, April 27, 2015

This article is courtesy of Construction Association of New Brunswick

On Wednesday, May 13, SJHS Grade 9 students will be attending a trades expo that has been organized by the Construction Association of New Brunswick. The event will provide an introduction to a career in the Trades. Many experts of the various fields will have booths set up. Apprentices will be available to dicuss the learning process of getting a trades ticket.

PARENTS: You can visit the expo as well. CANB would love to see you on MAY 12 4:00-6:00 pm. This is a free event that will be held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre in Market Square.

For more information, please visit: http://www.constructnb.ca/


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Prestigious Beaverbrook Scholarship awarded to SJHS student

by Webstaff - Monday, April 27, 2015

The Beaverbrook Scholars Award, created and maintained by Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship recipients, is awarded to three outstanding graduates of New Brunswick high schools who display high academic ability, financial need and contribution to their communities. This year's award, valued at $48,000, has been won by Brandon Richardson. Brandon has volunteered with the following groups, Ghana Child Slave Rescue Center and Ghana Literary Resource Center. His activities include tutoring math and science, tech crew at Saint John High School, computer club, Accros de la Chanson, and the Fluid Audio group.

We would like to congratulate Brandon on being awarded this scholarship and wish him well as he continues to grow and maximize his potential as he pursues a degree in Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering.

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