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Memory Monday – “The Bell”

To bring the students to class, meals, assemblies, study etc; each school had a bell. There will be old school and new school bell memories. The photo show from the early sixties at the Manitoba school shows the old railway… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Were You on One of the “Marquis” Canoe Trips?

Through the years, each of the St. John’s schools offered what were referred to as “marquis” canoe trips. These were planned as a break from the usual fare – the Churchill River or the Methye trips in Alberta; the Grand… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Best “Obstacle” Story

Almost all canoe brigades had to face a battle with some obstacle or another on their trips. There are stories of “beaver bashing” – ridding the route of beaver dams in order to get water flowing so the group could… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Best Book Read During “Study”

OK, we all know you did this. Instead of studying or doing homework during evening study, you were reading a book. Likely not included on the curriculum. What is your favourite book reading while you were supposed to be studying?… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Remember the Special Breakfasts”?

Many of you will remember the “special breakfasts” from years gone by. The staff took turns once a week, to allow the regular cooks a break, to prepare their own specialties for the students. There were the McKay hamburgers and… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Spring Time Ice

A recent visit from an alumnus (his 40th anniversary from graduating is this year), prompted the usual walk down memory lane. Canoe trips inevitably were reminisced about. In 1976, the senior class traveled north to the Lockhart River. They were… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Spring Canoe Races

The topic of Spring canoe races was covered in our memories a few years ago, but it is that time of the year again… I came across some photos from both the Manitoba and Alberta schools that  show the work… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Hold Over Injuries…”

Recently, there was a discussion thread on the SJSA Facebook page about getting older and noticing the aches and pains that could be attributed to the physical natural of the St. John’s programs (As well as their current fitness levels)…. Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – In Memory of …

Over the years at St. John’s, events, trophies, and even canoes have been named for students or staff who have passed away. The best known is the Markus Yannasch trophy – awarded to the winner of the Interschool Snowshoe Race…. Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Greenhouse

For those who don’t remember the school having a greenhouse – well, yes we did. Some will remember building it and others working with the crops grown in the greenhouse. The idea was to have a market garden of sorts… Continue Reading →

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