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Memory Monday – Memories and Memorabilia

  This series has been all about memories and sharing them. When planning of our 50th Anniversary here in Alberta, we decided to share physical memories with our former students and staff. There is an opportunity to own some of… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Can You Still Recite the Poems?

  In the St. John’s Literature curriculum, the memorization of poems was a central component. There were at least 6-7 poems that had to be learned each term. Some of these are likely still ingrained in the minds of our… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Remember the Trails?

  Reminiscing with friends the other night, snowshoe trails around the school came up. With all the development occurring in our area many of these don’t exist anymore.The discussion moved on to favourite and most beautiful trails. One that was… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Call of the North

The call of the Yukon has always been strong for those longing for adventure. Not that many get to experience it though. Over the years there have been a few St. John’s trips in the north. The Yukon River trip… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – A Letter of Appeal

While organizing scanned files in the alumni office, I came across this letter addressed to alumni. It is undated, but the content indicates that it was written in 1989. (The Manitoba school closed in 1990 – so this appeal was… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Exchange” Student

Yes, we actually had an “exchange” student back in the ’90’s. The idea was to have foreign students experience the “St. John’s” life, with a chance for our students to return the favour. I don’t remember any real exchange happening,… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – When All Else Fails

You’ve all been there on canoe trips. You need to get from point A to Point B and the only way through is just to slog it out. A little lining, and little tracking, a little dragging, pushing and likely… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Log Skids” or Rollers

They aren’t found everywhere, but log skids or rollers have been used on the canoe trips for ease of moving the canoes and gear. You may have experienced some on the Churchill River system. So, is this easier than portaging?… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Most Memorable Rapids

For most participants on the canoe trips, rapids were the best part of the trip. They were exciting and broke up the monotony of paddling for miles on end. While the original voyageurs would not likely consider rapids all that… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Unique” Portages

It could be said that using a helicopter to portage canoes is “cheating”. However, when you are trying to portage them over a mountain range – even the oldest of old school guys might agree that a helicopter was a… Continue Reading →

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