Clubs & Activities

Magnanimous Advocates Generating Mental Awareness

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.


Leaving a Legacy

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. 


Sir John China Trip March 14-26, 2019

A group of students will be traveling to China on a custom-designed tour that includes stops in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Highlights include visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, a tour of the Great Wall, attending the Legend of Kung Fu show, enjoying a traditional meal with a local family, as well as rides in rickshaws and cable cars.
Coordinators: Micheline Ricard, Dean MacInnis, Pam Schlosser, Andre Corbeil,.


Falcon Voices

The 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 Unplugged

The 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.


SJF Combined Arms Club

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.


SJF Scuba Club

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:

  1. Marine Biology Students will participate in a learning opportunity focussed on the marine environment they will be in on our trip. Credits will be awarded for participation.
  2. First Aid/CPR You will complete a St. John Ambulance First Aid and CPR course. Students who already have valid first aid/CPR need not retake the course.
  3. PADI Open Water Diver Certification the Scuba portion of the club is instructed by Colin Baile, a dive instructor with over 25 years of experience. Certification will be obtained after students complete their open water training during the field trip
  4. Field Trip Students will complete the four open water training dives and become certified open water divers. The rest of the time will be spent observing (in the field) what has been studied in the Marine Biology class.
  5. Fundraising in order to fund our trip, members of the Scuba Club will participate in fundraising events

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


SJET 2020 
SJET 2020 is currently in the planning phase, we will start advertising and recruiting in February 2019. Eligible students will be in grades 10, 11, and 12 when we travel, and will be students first- maintaining their academic standing and attending all their classes. The trip is a chance to experience food, customs, and culture in a different country with a super fun group of people. 
Head Chaperone: Kirstin Prescott 


Skills Cooking and Baking Clubs

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 ( which happens in June. Chef Stewart encourages any students interested in developing their cooking and baking skills to come and talk to him directly.


SJF GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) Group:

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


Falcon Friends

Falcon Friends is a community of students that wish to connect with more students throughout the school. It is ideal for students who are new to the school or those who are wanting to meet others in the school. Students are matched with two or three buddies and over the year they build a relationship through weekly meetings. Each month, there is a large group meeting where we share stories, food and play games.  
Club Coordinators: Angela Martin, Cora Brancato, Carrie Lauder, Paul MacDonald, Brad Steyn