Champion Debaters

Well done to everyone involved in this year's National Public Speaking Championships. This annual event, hosted by SJR and begun in 1984, was organized by the Grade 10 Debating class, who did a fantastic job over the course of the three days. Competitors from SJR met with great success, with three of the top ten coming from our School. Congratulations to Owen (Grade 12), Maddy (Grade 11) and Lillian (Grade 11)! These students have now qualified to be part of the team representing Canada in the upcoming World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships, to be held in Toronto in April. Lillian was also this year's overall winner of the tournament, and the recipient of The Benny Claman Trophy. Well done Lillian!

Thanks to Mr. John Robinson, Mr. Graeme Berrington '08, Ms. Tina Gordon and all the staff, students and volunteer judges who made this event possible.
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.