To coincide with this year's Bell Let's Talk day (with the goal of raising awareness about mental health and improving access to supports and services for people living with mental illness), Grade 8 students participated in a Focus Day geared around mental wellness. They took part in sessions designed to teach them about positive psychology and the benefits of mindfulness, and heard from a guest speaker about his experience with anxiety and panic attacks. The afternoon saw them participate in activities which promote good mental health: yoga, Zumba, engaging in learning and painting. They finished the afternoon by reflecting on their day - thinking about what held them back and what they could take away from the experience.

To learn more about the Bell Let's Talk initiative, visit https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
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.