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CAIS Leadership Conference

SJR was proud to be one of 26 schools, from across Canada and Bermuda, to participate in the CAIS Middle School Leadership conference. This annual conference is designed to bring together leaders from different schools, to explore a particular theme related to issues, trends, challenges and opportunities currently facing independent schools. This year’s theme focused on three “big C’s”, which include Connection, Community and Camp. Keynote speaker, Andy Thibodeau told stories about his leadership journey and the learning opportunities in Middle School. His powerful and authentic stories shed light on the importance of connection and relationship development.   
The student leaders who participated in this event had a unique opportunity to gain skills, strategies and experiences that contribute to their service as student leaders, in the School and within their community. After actively engaging in the conference and listening to presentations made by student representatives from other schools, Middle School Heads of Council, Ayaan, Kate, and McKenna, collaborated, reflected and brainstormed on best practices to serve our Middle School community.
Mr. Steve Landreville, Vice Principal of Middle School, is a part of the CAIS advisory committee that plans and implements the CAIS leadership conferences. This 3-part conference takes place throughout the school year and provides leadership challenges and growth opportunities for students. Following this first part of the conference, the heads of council are preparing, planning and working on the execution of an  experience that promotes connection, community and camp-like experiences for other students.
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.