St. John is a Roman Catholic School that provides education for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight.
We are a Catholic School community dedicated to providing a faith centred school environment that will encourage students to reach their full potential academically and socially and who understand the gospel message of social justice and peace.
Children need a safe, secure environment in which to learn and develop. We strive for a very positive school culture in which students with differing strengths and needs feel comfortable. In our school, on a daily basis, the message of the Gospel is lived out by our Christian values. We do this:
By building our school life on Gospel values and Catholic doctrines.
Through example and the religion, family life and peace education programs.
Through a strong sacramental program and meaningful liturgical celebrations.
By providing opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills.
By providing opportunities for students in higher grades to work with younger students and their teachers, (shared reading programs, for example).
By providing peer mediation, mediation forum and “bully-proofing” programs.
By backing our code of conduct with clearly defined consequences.
By encouraging students to develop strategies for problem-solving, taking responsibility for their own behaviour and by using confident students as role models in pro social skills groups.
Through media literacy and the involvement of public health, police and community service educators to develop in students the awareness of:
The impact and influence exerted on them by others
Responses based on Christian values and informed decision making
By encouraging a response to the needs of others by making fund-raising, food drives and community service part of our school year
By involving parents who, led by the parent teacher community: strongly support our efforts, provide initiatives and share a leadership role in the partnership of educating their children.
Our students bring individual abilities, needs, attitudes, interests and learning styles to the learning process. We provide for these by:
Identifying individual student needs through classroom assessment.
Modifying existing programs to suit individual needs.
Bringing concerns for students' needs to our school-based support team.
Providing individualized programs to respond to student needs.
Identifying students as exceptional through the identification placement and review committee process and establishing special education programs and services for such students.
Formalizing a school plan for the incorporation of technological learning into our school curriculum to give opportunity to students to apply math and science principles to everyday activities.
Expanding our technology-based learning programs and building up our technology resources.
Continuing to extend our school computer literacy plan to take advantage of our existing computers and peripherals, expanded this year with computers acquired through parents in the community.
A significant number of enrichment and extra-curricular activities are offered both inside and outside school. These programs include:
A variety of school excursions and overnight trips.
Vocal and instrumental music concerts and festivals.
Musical and dramatic performances, both in school and in the community.
Academic tournaments and festivals which include chess and the spoken arts.
A very successful program of athletic events and tournaments which include soccer, volleyball, hockey, basketball, cross-country, track and field and softball.