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En Garde!

Earlier this school year, Grade 9 French classes, focusing on communication and culture, took part in an in-class fencing workshop. Sean Rathwell, Executive Director of the Manitoba Fencing Association, and fencing coach, Xavier Slocombe, hosted the workshop with full gear, equipment, and French instruction! After a warm-up practising some fencing moves and techniques while learning the French words for important fencing terminology along the way, the students put on equipment and had a go at the sport. It was a wonderful way to improve their language skills while engaging in French culture and learning a new skill.
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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.