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Governor General's History Award

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Jock Martin and Heather Ragot, SJR educators, were recognized by Canada’s Governor General for the student-authored book called Reconciling the Past, Finding a New Path. The book is a compilation of student research essays on Canadian Colonialism. The research included conversations with residential school survivors and visits to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

Together, Jock and Heather guided their Grade 11 classes through the project during the 2017-2018 school year and ended up publishing the book at McNally Robinson. There are currently no copies available for purchase, however, they plan a reprint soon.

The award was presented to them in Ottawa at Rideau Hall by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. They were two of nine educators to receive this recognition in 2020. Along with the award, they share a $2,500.00 prize and SJR received $1,000.00.

Photo Source: MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2020
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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.