Taking Direction

This term, fifty young artists in Senior School have been working together to present ten short plays for the annual 'Student-Directed Plays', performed last week in the Moffat-Richardson Theatre. Grade 11 and 12 students took on the role of directors, with the acting roles assigned to students from Grades 9 and 10.
This year, each show presented unique artistic challenges, tackling subjects such as insomnia, awkward waiting rooms, fairy tale expectations, grieving a loved one, the concept of time, mother/daughter relationships and "prom-posals". These plays are a fantastic way for the students - both directors and actors - to challenge themselves artistically and see their work come to life in front of an audience. Last week's two-night run was a huge success, and audiences were impressed and inspired by the plays presented. Well done to everyone involved!
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.