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1982

Ceremony Celebrating Queen's Patronage
The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Hon. Peral McGonigal, presents the letter from Buckingham Palace announcing the Queen's Patronage to SJR. Her Honour announced the singular distinction at a special assembly on November 30th, 1982. In her speech, Her Honour explained how the Queen;s patronage gives encouragement to institutions and associations whose work and service deserve recognition within the community. She lauded the School's reputation for producing fine students, including 16 Rhodes scholars.
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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.