Magnanimous Advocates Generating Mental Awareness
MAGMA stands for Magnanimous Advocates Generating Mental Awareness. Magma strives to build the foundations for a solid, anti-stigma society, one hot surge at a time! The group was created to promote mental health awareness in our school and community, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, to disseminate knowledge about stigma and mental health and to help students build healthy relationships and maintain strong mental health. Magma members not only generate awareness and educate others, they also take action to end the stigma!
Magma meets every Wednesday during lunch (11:40) in Room 6. Come join us and help #endthestigma!
Club Coordinator: Denise Hurley *The first Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 19th.
The Leaving a Legacy Portrait Project was born in 2013, when former Sir John principal, Ed Lippert, approached Senior Art Teacher, Maureen Tonge about creating with her students a display that would highlight the main entrance of the school. In discussion with former administration, Social Studies teachers, Landon Kowlalzik, Scott Willoughby, DiAnn Blesse and counsellor Doreen Cleary, the first phase of “Leaving a Legacy” was born. This first phase, "Northern Aboriginal Leaders" has been on permanent display since spring 2013. The second phase, "Northern Women Educators", completed in 2015 joined the third phase, "Northern Elders & Educators" going on permanent display. In 2017, the fourth phase was begun: "Sir John Alumni", which will be wrapped up in phase five in 2018/19. This project is only open to Senior Art students and is coordinated by Maureen Tonge.
Falcon VoicesThe school choir, Falcon Voices, meets three times a week all year long. The choir takes part in the Yellowknife Music Festival, school assemblies, concerts and performs at various community events. In 2016, the choir performed a Choralfest North and South and received a Gold standing. In 2017, some choir members travelled to Vancouver to perform at various locations and had a workshop at the University of British Columbia.
SJF UnpluggedThe school band meets once a week after school. The band participates in school assemblies, concerts and performs at various community events. In 2018, the band received a Gold standing at the Yellowknife Music Festival and performed at the Festival Showcase. Travelling is an option for members of this group and in 2018, some members visited Vancouver for workshops and performances in the community.
The Combined Arms Club began as the Sir John Archery Club, and was formed back in 2011. In 2014, Fencing equipment was purchased, and both sports were amalgamated into the SJF Combined Arms Club. Since then 100's of students have learnt the basics of the bow and the sword. In 2016, Olympic 10 metre air pistol, and in 2017, Olympic air rifle, were added to our repertoire, and students now enjoy all three disciplines. The club is supervised by Mr. Kennedy, along with Ms. Trimble and Ms. Couture. The past two years SJF students have won 8 Gold medals at the NWT Championships. We will be sending students to Canada Winter Games, Arctic Winter Games, and North American Aboriginal Games in the upcoming months. It could be you!. We generally meet every Friday at 3:30 in the Sir John gym.
The primary objective of the SCUBA CLUB is to educate youth about the beauty and fragility of the marine environment. This club is for students who have an interest in Marine Biology and in learning more about marine environments. There are five main components to the club. They are:
Who can go? Space and equipment is limited. Students must be successful in the Marine Biology component, the PADI course (pass is 80%) and the First Aid/CPR course as well as being in good standing within the club and in all other classes in the school. Club Coordinator: Kim Poitras and Andrea Pellerin
Chef Stewart offers an extension to his Culinary Arts program for students interested in competing in either Cooking or Baking. Students participating in the Skills Clubs practice during the school day for about 12 - 18 hours per week for the Territorial Skills Competition (TSC) that occurs every year in April or May. The winner of the TSC then continues to work with Chef Stewart to prepare for the Canadian Skills National Competition (www.skillscanada.com) which happens in June. Chef Stewart encourages any students interested in developing their cooking and baking skills to come and talk to him directly.
We are an anonymous group of students and staff that meet several times during the school year to listen to concerns and make recommendations to school life as we see need working on. In the past, we have successfully put forward the idea of having gender free washrooms located in the school. We have had a student on the city's Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife group this past year. It's all about making this a better, more caring, and more respectful world to live in. Our first meeting will take place in the Health Haven at 11:30 am, September 26th. Club Coordinator: Paul Bennett