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Head's Appeal Annual Giving

Give Today!

As an independent school, we rely on the support of our community to provide resources which help make the School an even better place for all students. Your support makes it possible for us to sustain and enhance our facilities and grounds, provide financial support to a greater number of deserving students, and create an environment that inspires and enhances the educational experience.

Thank you. 

Jim Keefe
Head of School

SJR's Funding Priorities

Our giving options focus on the current and strategic priorities of the School as well as encouraging ongoing support for the SJR Foundation and the School's endowment.  By supporting our current needs your gift will create an immediate impact and you will be able to see your gift in action straightaway.  Supporting the endowment creates a lasting legacy that will help to support scholarships, financial aid, innovation and campus renewal on an annual basis.

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  • Supporting Current Needs

    Innovation Fund
    The current need Innovation Fund supports academic programs today with funding for training and classroom enrichment so that we may continue to challenge and inspire our students in ways that will innovate and transform the SJR experience.

    During Summer 2020, we invested significantly in classroom furnishings and technology to ensure students receive equal opportunity for learning whether they are at school in person or learning remotely from home. Your support is an investment in our new learning infrastructure.  

    Tom Bredin Athletic Centre Revitalization

    The Athletic Centre includes the Reimer Gym, the Riley Fitness Centre and the Dutton Memorial Arena. Dutton has been operational since 1967 and requires significant structural work and maintenance. With an urgent need for remedial work, we explored options that would enable us to rejuvenate Dutton and further enhance our athletic offering, making these facilities inclusive and available to all.
  • Supporting Endowment

    Providing an Enduring Legacy
    Innovation, Scholarships, Financial Aid, Campus Sustainability

    Gifts made to the endowment are held by the SJR Foundation and remain at SJR in perpetuity. The SJR Foundation was created in 1962 to manage funds endowed to the School for the provision of scholarships and financial aid, maintaining our beautiful campus and supporting ongoing education and classroom enrichment throughout the School. The Foundation ensures the Capital is preserved and earns investment invoice to provide a reliable and sustainable annual allocation to the School.

    Support for the Innovation Fund can also be directed to the SJR Foundation. This endowment supports academic programs with ongoing funding for training and classroom enrichment so that the School and its faculty may continue to challenge and inspire our students in ways that will innovate and transform the SJR experience.

    On average, the Foundation supports 82 academic scholarships and provides financial aid bursaries to 45 deserving students annually. The School community benefits from the inclusion of a wide diversity of students which financial assistance can help make possible. 

    The Campus Sustainability endowment supports the ongoing needs of our beautiful campus and preserves buildings and trees for generations to follow.
  • Unrestricted/Other

    By selecting "other" you can designate your gift to an area not listed. "Unrestricted" allows the School to use your gift in the area of greatest need.

Endowed Funds Named in Honour of Faculty

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  • Colin B. Kiddell Scholarship Fund

    The Colin B. Kiddell Scholarship is awarded to a Junior School student in honour of former Junior School Principal, Colin B. Kiddell. The recipient is a Grade 5 student who has demonstrated service in the community or school and has worked unselfishly, serving others with humility.
  • Dick Gordon Alumni Memorial Boarding Scholarship Fund

    The Dick Gordon Alumni Memorial Boarding Scholarship is awarded to an all-round Senior School student, new to boarding and to SJR, with a solid academic standing who may contribute to boarding life.
  • Hugh T. McCracken Scholarship Fund

    The Hugh T. McCracken Scholarship is awarded to a Grade 11 student entering Grade 12 in honour of Hugh T. McCracken, former science teacher and headmaster. The student can hold no other academic scholarships and must be active in school activities. The student must submit a piece of creative writing.
  • John A. Messenger Scholarship Fund

    The John A. Messenger Scholarship is awarded in honour of John A. Messenger, former Headmaster, to a Grade 11 student entering Grade 12 with a high level of excellence in  the Humanities.
  • John F. Waudby Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • John Robinson Endowment Fund

    The John Robinson Endowment Fund will support SJR’s public speaking and debating program. 
  • Martin H. Ainley Alumni Boarding Scholarship Fund

    The Martin H. Ainley Alumni Boarding Scholarship is awarded in honour of Martin H. Ainley, former teacher, to a Senior School student who demonstrates academic/athletic skills and a commitment to community and congeniality.
  • Michael Proudfoot Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Michael Proudfoot Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a current student in Grade 5 who demonstrates a high skill level in choral and instrumental music, is an active participant in musical actively in the school, exhibits first-class effort in all musical undertakings, demonstrates a consistently positive attitude toward school work, and models respectful behaviour toward staff and fellow students.
  • Norman & Grace Young Alumni Boarding Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship was created by the SJR Alumi Association in honour of Norman and Grace Young, the founder or Ravenscourt School and his wife.  It is awarded to an all round student with a solid academic standing who contributes to boarding life. 
  • Richard L. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship is awarded in honour of Richard L. Gordon '37, Headmaster from 1952 to 1969.  It is awarded to a student of outstanding academic promise entering Senior School.
  • Térèsa Lee Music Scholarship Fund

    The Térèsa Lee Music Scholarship is awarded to recognize Térèsa's leadership, passion and vision for the SJR Music/Band Program. It is awarded to a graduating student who best personifies her dedication, spirit and love of music.
  • Tom Bredin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Tom Bredin Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honour of Thomas F. Bredin '39, Vice-Principal until 1979 and a former Head of the History Department, teacher, coach and administrator. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates courage and tenacity in athletics and service to the School.
  • Walter Burman Alumni Memorial Boarding Scholarship Fund

    The Walter Burman Alumni Memorial Boarding Scholarship is awarded in honour of Walter Burman 1898, Headmaster of St. John's College School from 1929-1946.

Jim Keefe, Head of School

I invite you to support the Head’s Appeal. The SJR community is strong. Together we realized the dream of providing outstanding facilities and programming for today’s students and future generations. The support from our community allows us to continue to build upon our existing programs and introduce new opportunities that enhance the learning experience for all students.

Thank you.


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    Christina Barwinsky 86

    Director of Advancement

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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.