Rugby Provincial Finals
Congratulations to the Varsity Rugby team on winning their Division Championship! The team played a solid game on Friday evening defeating Minnedosa in the Provincial semi-final game. The team plays Glenlawn Collegiate for the Provincial title on Saturday, 30 May, at St. Paul's High School at 1:45 pm. Go Crusaders!
Tuesday, 2 June: Exemption Recommendations and Early Dismissal
After period 6, students will go to their mentor group locations and receive an official record of their status in each course with respect to writing exams. Grade 9–11 students with 4 or more exemptions in full credit courses, and Grade 12 students with 3 or more exemptions in full credit courses, are not required to attend review classes on June 3, 4, or 5. These students may choose to come to review classes in courses in which they are writing an exam. Warm Weather Dress Code remains in effect during review days, exams, and our Closing Mass and Assembly on Tuesday, 23 June. Exemption Policy
Wednesday, 3 June: Early Dismissal
Students will be dismissed after period 6 (2:25 pm) to facilitate our end-of-year faculty and staff Mass.
Friday, 5 June: Deadline for Incomplete Assignments
A reminder that students who received an incomplete letter from the Principal's Office must clear incomplete assignments by noon on Friday, 5 June, in order to be eligible to write the exam in a particular course.
June Exam Schedule
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End of Year Information Items
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Music Program Announcement: 2015–2016
Please see the attached letter announcing that Mr. Rob Gardner is taking a leave of absence for the coming school year along with information about his replacement, Mr. Derek Frykas.
National Student Commonwealth Forum Report
Article submitted by: Spencer Katerynuk '16
Between May 10th to 15th of 2015, 86 young Canadians from Coast to Coast converged on Canada’s capital to discuss gender equality and youth in the Commonwealth during the 43rd Annual National Student Commonwealth Forum.
As being one of four students from St. Paul’s chosen to participate in this weeklong unique experience, I was given a Commonwealth country to represent at a model Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Using the commonwealth consensus-based model, I debated resolutions related to the themes Youth in Commonwealth, Gender, and Gender Equality.
Alongside CHOGM, the week was also spent learning about Commonwealth issues, meeting Members of Parliament on the Hill, debating current Canadian issues in the Senate Chamber, meeting Members of the Senate Chamber, and discussing the Forum themes with High Commissioners from the Commonwealth countries who are resident in Ottawa.
In the case of my Commonwealth country to represent, Swaziland, as well as many others whose High Commissioners were not resident in Ottawa, youth were given the opportunity to visit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) to speak with knowledgeable representatives of their respective country and receive a guided tour of the facility.
All youth were given the chance to visit the renowned Victorian manor, Earnscliffe, the home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, and the current home of the British High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Howard Drake. After meeting his Excellency, a small reception with a brief discussion followed to reflect on CHOGM.
In all, the Forum’s activities and the invited speakers and workshops organized by young alumni allowed me to gain further confidence in my leadership skills and seek out all 5 characteristics of a grad at grad at St. Paul’s and improve them. The numerous new friendships that I have gained that span across the country will not be forgotten along with the rich heritage I gained to know that I share in as a Canadian.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr. Boulet on informing me on this awesome opportunity. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for extending their realm of knowledge and social justice.
St. Paul's Participants (All from Class of 2016)
Last weekend, thirteen St. Paul's teams participated in the 2015 Provincial Beach Volleyball Tournament in which over three-hundred teams from across Manitoba competed. On the Junior Varsity side, Darian Pichlyk '17 and Mathieu Lavoie '17 won the final. On the Varsity side, Ben Hooker '16 and Matthew Stasiuk '16 finished in third place with Ryan Bergen '15 and Jackson Potter '15 finishing close behind in fourth place. Congratulations to all of our volleyball athletes and a special thanks to our Team Manager, Matt Ramjiawan '15, for his support and effort during the Beach Volleyball Season. Thanks also to Mr. Voth for his coaching and leadership in our Volleyball Program at St. Paul's.
Winnipeg High School Football League: Senior Bowl
Last Saturday, the Winnipeg High School Football League hosted its annual Senior Bowl. Playing for Team Walter Krochak, a WHSFL Hall Of Fame inductee from Maples Collegiate, St. Paul’s players represented our school very well. Playing in their final high school football game were: Scott Bachus, Brett Roskos, Maxx Toutant, Luke Sperry, Cody Cranston, James Teschuk, Evinn Lyons-Keely, Aaron Noyes, Drake Lesperance, Easton Borsboom & Micah Sommer. All players performed well including Maxx Toutant who was named as the Defensive MVP for his team. The St. Paul’s players were part of the winning team capturing the Senior Bowl with a score of 20-13.
Homeroom Proposal - Student Survey Results
As a follow-up to last week's update, which included a video explaining proposed changes to the current Mentor Group System, feedback from the student survey is linked below for information purposes. Faculty and students have received the same report. The School Administration is discerning next steps and will communicate a decision before the end of June.
Student Survey Report
Thank-you for Supporting Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Thank-you to all members of the St. Paul's High School Community for their generous contributions to the Nepal EarthQuake Relief Fund facilitated by Canadian Jesuits International (CJI). Through contributions from a recent relaxed dress code and student-initiated barbecue, we raised $2,646.00 to contribute to the relief fund.
Monday, 25 May: Modified Class Sequence
On Monday, 25 May, periods 2 and 6 will be swapped to accommodate guest speakers who will be addressing our Grade 11 and 12 classes in the afternoon. The period order is:
As part of the Grade 11 Canadian History curriculum, we have arranged a presentation by Jamie Wilson, Treaty Relations Commissioner of Manitoba and Wab Kinew, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg. They will speak to issues related to the Aboriginal community as well as the broader communities of Winnipeg and Canada.
Attention: Grade 12 Parents
What is “Parents for Others”?
Our mission is to build community by offering opportunities for St. Paul's High School alumni parents (that’s YOU in about a month!) to stay connected with the school and each other. We have planned a dinner/dessert meeting to share information and answer questions about our new group. We welcome you to join us:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Moxie's Grill, 1620 Kenaston Blvd.
6:15 p.m. for dinner & a planning meeting; 7:15 p.m. for dessert & 'getting to know you' time
Please email Kathleen Reid if you would like to attend either or both times. We look forward to sharing the details of our upcoming events and re-connecting with YOU!
Sincerely, the executive team of Parents for Others (PFO):
Mrs Kathleen Reid (Wilson '12), Mrs Juanita Desouza-Huletey (Ronald '11, Ernestho '14, Pete '16), Mrs Joanne Abbott (Samson '14), Mrs Janice Beveridge (Kieran '11) and Mrs Robyn Wolfe (Eric '14)
Proposed Changes to Mentor Group System
Based on feedback from students last June and our conversations as a staff over the course of this school year, we are proposing some changes to the Mentor Group System for the coming school year. The following video, which explains the proposed changes, was sent to all students with a request for their feedback. A summary of students' feedback will be published in next week's update.
Victoria Day: Monday, 18 May
El Salvador Fundraising Dinner
On Monday, 11 May, our school held a fundraising dinner to raise funds for the projects to be completed during the 2015 El Salvador Service Trip. Many thanks to all parents involved in the Organizing Committee and prize sponsors for a great night! Thank-you also to Christian Johnston '15 and his mother, Mrs. Lisa Johnston, for sharing their experiences of El Salvador and to Mr. Dennis Kuzenko for his presentation on the various projects completed during El Salvador service trips over the past several years as well as the plans for the trip this summer.
Spring Music Concert
Congratulation to all of the students involved in our annual Spring Band Concert which was held on Wednesday, 13 May. The performances of all of the various bands and the Choir were exceptional and truly enjoyed by all in attendance. On behalf of our school community, I would like to thank Mr. Robert Gardner and Mrs. Jacquie Jackson for their excellent work in our Music Program at St. Paul's. Thank-you also to Fr. Michel Boutilier Ms. Andrea Marks, and Mr. Denis Costa for their assistance in our Music Program.
Spring Music Concert Program
Congratulations Mr. Havixbeck
Mr. Havixbeck was recognized by his former student, Richard Jung '10, as a teacher who made a positive impact on his learning and decision about studies at University. This June, Richard is graduating from the University of Manitoba with an Honours degree in Biochemistry and credits Mr. Havixbeck for his excellence in teaching biology and for his support and encouragement during his high school years at St. Paul's. Mr. Havixbeck received this recognition at the 23rd Annual Students' Teacher Recognition reception at the University of Manitoba this week. Congratulations to Mr. Havixbeck for receiving this recognition and for his ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching!
Congratulations! SJR Soccer Tournament Champions
The Crusader Soccer Team went undefeated in the SJR Soccer Tournament last weekend. Congratulations to the players and the coaches. Roster
Early Dismissal: Tuesday, 12 May
We are following Schedule 2 on Tuesday to accommodate a staff meeting. Period 6 ends at 2:25pm.
Holocaust Symposium: Tuesday, 12 May
Grade 11 students will attend the morning session of the 14th Annual Holocaust Symposium at the University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre. Students are expected to get to the U of W on their own. Limited bus transportation is available back to St. Paul's, however, students are required to sign up for bus transportation on the permission form for the event. Parent Letter and Consent Form
Grade 9 Bake Sale: Wednesday, 13 May
Grade 9 students are asked to bring baked goods to be sold during the lunch period. Items should be dropped off at the Reception Desk between 8–8:30am.
Spring Music Concert: Wednesday, 13 May
The Spring Music Concert will feature musical performances by the Introductory Band, Grade 9/10 Concert Band, Grade 11/12 Concert Band, Junior and Senior Jazz Bands, and the Choir. The program begins at 7:00 pm and will be held in the Richardson Gym.
Ernie Ostermann Golf Tournament: Thursday, 14 May
Grade 12 students do not have classes on Thursday to allow them to participate in the annual Ernie Ostermann Golf Tournament at Bel Acres Golf Course.
Grade 9 Track Meet: Friday, 15 May
Grade 9 students will be participating in a track meet held at the University of Manitoba. Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the University of Manitoba Pan Am Stadium (outdoor track) as indicated in the Parent Letter and Permission Form.
Early Dismissal: Friday, 15 May
Fr. President's half-day holiday will be granted on Friday afternoon. Students will be dismissed at the end of period 3 at 11:45am. We will order early pickup from Winnipeg Transit for students who rely on bus transportation. Please ensure students are present for morning classes.
Parent Guild Update
The Casino Royale Fashion Show took place at the Victoria Inn on 23 April. What a great night! Due to the efforts of Pamela Clarke, Jodee Stewart, and their committee, thousands of dollars were raised for the Magis Fund. We are extremely grateful for all your hard work.
A Custodial Appreciation Luncheon was put on by Patty Veert and her team of volunteers on 1 May. It was very well received and we were happy to recognize our wonderful St. Paul’s Custodial Staff.
A Grade 10 Bake Sale occurred on 7 May. Organized by Andrea Weber Ethans and run by a dedicated team of ladies, the lunch hour event was popular with the student body. We appreciate all the Grade 10 parents that took the time to create and deliver Rice Krispie Treats and/or cupcakes. A Grade 9 Bake Sale is on the calendar for 13 May.
A reminder of the upcoming Spring Band Concert & Reception on Wednesday, 13 May. Coordinator Ann Downey is still looking for some volunteers to set-up (7:00pm–8:30pm), during the event (8:00pm–9:00pm) and take-down (9:00pm–10:00pm). Please contact Ann Downey if you are available to lend a hand.
Finally, the Guild is in urgent need of 1 person to work a Bingo on 12 May and 3 people 10 June. Both shifts are from 4:30–6:30pm at McPhillips Street Station. St. Paul's High School is at risk of losing its fundraising privileges with the Manitoba Schools Association if we do not supply volunteers. Coordinator Carolyn Pinette would be thrilled to hear from you if you have some time to help. Please email Carolyn if you are available to assist with the Bingo.
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