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Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta

Memory Monday – Remember the Paint Ball Games

The modern variation of the “war games”, paint ball began to be a mainstay for parliament organized events in the 1990’s. Sometimes the students would plan the paint ball games at an offsite venue, other times the games were held… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Host Families

St. John’s attracted students from all over Canada and all over the world. Some, from Mexico, arrived for Gr. 7 at 12 years old, or from Japan at 15 years old, or Saudi Arabia at 14. All of them a … Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Lampwick verses Harness

We all remember at the beginning of each snowshoe season learning (or re-learning) the art of tying the lampwick on your snowshoes. This had to be done correctly or the discomfort that followed you through the day was guaranteed. In… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Favourite Trail”

Whether you liked snowshoeing or not, the program took the participants through some beautiful Canadian countryside. Perhaps while in the middle of a snowshoe run, you weren’t taking in the vistas – but there was beauty to behold. Do you… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Hitchin’ a Ride…”

There were times on canoes trips when obstacles, time or other unforeseen situations necessitated the brigade being moved along quickly. These photos from three different eras show the various means of alternate transportation used. In 1964 it was a farm… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Casts Etc.”

  In a discussion over the weekend, memories of students on outdoor trips who began the trip wearing a cast – or ended the trip with one came up. One memory was of the Athabasca trip in the late 1990’s… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Coldest Activities

We are currently in a deep freeze all across the country. It brings to mind some of the really cold days being outside participating in outdoor activities or crew work. I remember the 24-hour marathon in Hawrelak Park back in… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Best in Show”

When the dog program was introduced at the St. John’s schools, no one thought  the day would come when we had students learning to show the dogs! These were working animals, brought in to be mushed across the prairies and… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Christmas Dog Run

Many of our alumni and staff will remember dog sledding, and will be able to identify with this portion of a Robert Service poem: “On a Christmas day we were mushing our way Over the Dawson Trail. Talk of your… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – St. John’s Isms…

No matter the community, people develop their own language or “isms” that are unique to them. The St. John’s community was no different. Take the image to the left – “Peter Pan Get Way Boots!”  Who came up with that?… Continue Reading →

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