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On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, grade 8 students at Saint Joseph’s Catholic High School traveled to Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre. They were involved in the “Reach Program” which showed them different leadership and group work skills. They were also involved in a number of activities that helped them with these skills.

When the students got there they were arranged into several equal groups, each had its own colour and each had 2 group leaders. The group leaders were all grade 11 students from SJHS, and they were in charge of showing the grade 8 students where to go, and watched over them. They also helped with the activities and making sure the kids understood what was happening. Continue reading “GRADE 8 REACH PROGRAM”

Renfrew Food Bank Food Drive

Image result for canned goodsOctober 3 to October 12, St. Joseph Catholic High School students once again have done a food drive for the local food bank.  

This had been done by bringing non-perishable food items to the school and giving them to the first period teacher so the teacher could give them into the donation box.  This is done to show the kindness from our school to the community.

I asked guidance counselor Mrs. Pender and principal Mr. Trainor  about what they think the outcome would be on donating all this food to the local food bank would be. Continue reading “Renfrew Food Bank Food Drive”


Former Jaguar Sonya Bergin was back here at St.Joseph’s on September 23 to learn more about the teaching environment. As a part of the Concurrent Education program at Nipissing University, she is required to select a school to spend 30 hours inside a classroom observing classes, learning more about the basics of education, and professionalism.

C66C74BE-3C01-4525-BA4B-7F38F5868A21Bergin spent the day in class with Mr.Jones. This was a great placement for her, as she enjoys classes where you can express creativity. “It was really great having Sonya in the classroom” said Mr.Jones. “She is really a part of the St.Joseph’s family. Continue reading “FORMER STUDENT IS BACK AT ST.JOSEPH’S, BUT FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE”

Senior Boys Volleyball- Jags and Falcons Battle it Out in The Jag Den

Andrew Searson and Bryn O’Neil block a volley from the opposing team.

In support of the SJHS senior boys volleyball team, many students of St. Joe’s High School gathered in the gymnasium Tuesday, September 25th to cheer on the team and enjoy some live sports entertainment. And an entertaining game it was. Starting with a four-point streak, the boys led an intense 3 sets, challenging the opposing Fellowes Falcons, and eventually pulled through to beat the Falcons with a score of 2 sets to 1.

The Jags conquered the opposition in the first set with a score of 25 to 13. Beautifully executed serves and strong spikes led the team to victory over FHS.

Both teams called a time-out at the 24:23 mark in the second set, Jags leading, as the atmosphere in the Den grew heavier and the crowd sat in anticipation. SJHS needed only one more point to pull ahead, and Fellowes needed one to tie the set. The intensity favoured the Jags as the Falcons failed to make the ball over the net, changing the score to a tight 25:23, but nonetheless a victory for the team.

Already having won two sets, the Jags knew they had already conquered the visiting team. However, the Falcons produced a reverse score of set two, winning 25:23 over the Jags in yet again a very tight score, displaying both the teams’ dedication and careful execution of each strategy.

Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support to the team. SJHS hopes to see another great turnout next game, and for a successful season for the boys.

All Dressed Up & Ready To Go

Madison Westlake, Grace Warren, and Megan Winters pause for a photo during House Colours Day

Last week marked the first Spirit Week of the 2018-19 school year for St. Joseph’s High School. Each day of the week was marked with different themes the students dressed up for while Friday was celebrated with daytime activities followed by a school dance in the evening. Spirit Week is focused upon bringing students together as well as helping everyone settle into the new school year. Continue reading “All Dressed Up & Ready To Go”

OnTrac Renfrew Hosts Student Hiring Event


The very first PA day of the 2018/2019 school year provided an excellent opportunity for OnTrac Renfrew to host a “student hiring event”, where professionals showed students how to make an effective resume, along with giving tips and tricks on how to make a good first impression, how to manage both school and home life, among other things that would assist a student in a working environment.

While this event was taking place, Jag Media had a chance to interview Laura Garbuio, a job developer for OnTrac Renfrew. She gave an abundance of helpful advice, including how you can manage your time with the assistance of your workplace.

“Asking if a schedule can be provided maybe a month in advance can be helpful, so you can sit down and see, ‘can I meet these shifts?’ ‘Is there something I need to juggle?’” She advised Friday. “Communication with your employer is always important, especially if you’re handling sports and a social life and anything else that might come up. Communication with the employer in terms of certain days where you know you’ll be gone and they can also provide you with a schedule.”

In addition, Garbuio provided Jag Media with some helpful tips on creating an effective resume. “Making sure that [your resume] is clear, making sure that the font isn’t too big or too small, essentially finding that happy medium, and making sure that there are sections. Often the first section is objectives, so for example, ‘I’m a hard worker ready to commit’ is an objective. This lets the employer know a bit about who you are.” These are all great ways to make an employer consider you as someone worth hiring.

When it comes to finding the first job, many students struggle, frantically searching online job platforms and asking friends and family members if they have suggestions. Applying to a job is no easy task either. But OnTrac, open 8:30am-4pm from Monday to Friday, is here to assist in these difficult tasks. Call 613-432-3424  or visit for more information.

Is Homework a Good Thing?

An Opinion Piece by Blair Nesbitt


According to, working on homework after school helps students can develop a unique study pattern that tailors to their individual needs.

Since school started, homework has been a thing. You go home, do the assigned work. You finish it and get to relax or move on to the next task. There is a bit of a debate as to whether homework is a productive, positive thing for the student, or if it is a waste of time.

My personal opinion may not matter much. It might be biased as well, seeing as I am new to the workload that never leaves you. Though I think that it’s a good thing, I believe that homework helps me progress and is an alternative form of studying.

My second-period French teacher has always had a philosophy. “You need to use the information 5 times to take it in,” she states. “This is not taking a picture and reading off your phone.”  It’s not like she doesn’t like phones, because she does approve of their responsible use. But while she sees the possible merits, she doesn’t believe it’s the right way to go about learning things. In her mind, the best way to learn a topic would be reading about it and taking notes, hearing somebody talking about it, you yourself talking about it, or writing about it. I have to say that I agree completely.

For the sake of argument, let’s say students hear information on a fairly regular basis, say three times before it’s pushed off the front page by something else. Firstly, we hear somebody talk about it. Secondly, we take notes. Finally, we take those notes and do a couple questions. Now, that’s three times, whereas one may need five times, according to my wise French teacher, to process and take in information.

This gives the opportunity for homework to provide the other two times required by this theory, specifically by answering some more content-related questions at home, then studying them throughout the week or two before the test.

I consider myself a prepared person, not organized but prepared. Therefore preparation is something that’s very important and valuable to me. So homework, in my mind, only helps me take in the information that I hear the teacher talk, write, or read about.

That’s my opinion, and I’m sure others have opinions too. I do know this for certain though;  the more time you spend on a topic, however you’re engaging with it, the better degree of understanding that you’ll have for it.


20180911_142609St. Joseph’s High School started the 2018-19 school year off with a new upgrade to the school; a pristine gymnasium floor! The new flooring has the classic look of a hardwood floor, but with a more ergonomic design which will help lessen sport-related injuries on the student’s joints.

“I’m ecstatic to get in there and get going with my gym classes. It won’t just impact Phys Ed classes but it will also benefit the community.” shared Ryan McIntyre, a teacher at SJHS, when asked what his opinion was on the new flooring.

The floor will benefit every student in the school, as well as the community through the numerous clubs and teams that use the space. The improvements don’t stop there though; a new logo will be placed in the centre as well as the bold name, Jaguars, at either end of the gym… a great way to sport St. Joseph’s pride!

Splendid Start to St. Joseph’s Catholic High School 2018/2019 School Year

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Vice Principal Pam Dickerson addresses grade 10 students at a grade group meeting Thursday, September 13th.

If you happened to be looking out a window facing the creek on the third floor of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School last week, you may have spotted every student’s biggest distraction- the annual Renfrew Fair. For the entire first week of school, students braved the first week of classes in hopes of being rewarded with an evening of cotton candy and Fair rides. Luckily, they all made it, and are entering their second and third weeks of school with open hearts and open minds.


“It’s pretty much impossible to concentrate when it’s happening,” mentioned grade 11 student Noah Lee about how the Fair affects students’ academic performance. “But we managed, I mean, I definitely did. And I don’t see anyone too upset to be back (at school), I think we’re all a little excited to be back on a routine with our teachers and friends, whether we want to admit it or not.”


Students of SJHS have been kept busy and on-edge for the past week, with new classes, new teachers, and word of a carnival-themed Friday dance to conclude Spirit Week activities. Extracurricular activities such as Improv Club, Choir, and Jazz Band have been keeping students occupied outside of school as well.


Back-to-school shopping has proven to be quite difficult, as the fluctuating weather has permitted sweaters one day and shorts the next. “I just wear shorts and a sweater,” explains an enthusiastic Faith Lavoy, a 9th-grade, self-proclaimed “fashion icon” at St Joseph’s. “I mean, how can I go wrong!”


Another event on the SJHS calendar to look forward to is Spirit Week. This week-long extravaganza takes over the halls of the school twice a year, where staff and students can be seen parading in costumes pertaining to the day’s theme, which include “Dad Day”, “Hippies vs. Hipsters”, and many others. The celebration of St Joseph’s welcoming its community back ends with Friday’s Spirit Day, where the staff and each grade are assigned a colour to decorate themselves in, and the schedule holds no classes. Enjoyable activities such as minute-to-win-it challenges, inflatable obstacle courses, and much more will be the norm on that day.


Growing closer together each year, SJHS welcomes all new and returning students back for another year of tests, assignments, exams, the legendary cafeteria fries, but most importantly, meeting new people and building up the St Joseph’s community through faith, friendship, education, and acceptance.  We’re looking forward to another terrific year.

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