SJSA Memories

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Memory Monday – The Art of “Cooking in a Bucket”

Is it an “art”? For those who had to eat the food created in a bucket, they would sure hope so. Many who were tasked with cooking for the large groups on the outdoor trips developed real skill at producing… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Creek Crossing Methods

On the Fall hiking trips in Alberta, the routes planned inevitably had many creek crossings. This was just a given. These creeks had varying depths and widths – so methods varied for making the crossing. There was also the individual’s… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Novels on the Lit Course

Who remembers the novels studied in the St. John’s Literature course? No matter which era you attended the school there were some memorable books covered. How many are/were on the banned lists? Which ones were effective having a long term… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Bees

Carrying on with the nature theme and animals from last week…Who was part of the bee program at the school?  Everyone sold honey – but not everyone had the chance to work with the bees. Dave Thompson began the program… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Animal Husbandry” Through Time

Raising animals was part of school life for many years. The Alberta and Manitoba schools had various animals as part of the crew program – cows, horses, pigs, chickens, at one point there were even guinea hens and pheasants. Some… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Birthdays on Canoe Trips

Were you one of those students who had to celebrate your birthday on a canoe trip? Through the years many did, and there were a variety of celebration methods. What are your birthday memories? Send us your story.

Memory Monday – Laundry Numbers (Old School)

This photo was sent to me by the alumnus who has the distinction of being the holder of the very first laundry number issued by the schools – #100 SJCBS. This story line has been covered in an earlier blog,… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Most Interesting Outdoor Meal

In the early years of the outdoor program, there wasn’t much imagination put into the meal planning – weight and space were considered far above a discerning palate. As technology was introduced to the cooking on trips, more advanced meals… Continue Reading →

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 →

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