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A Sleepover At School?


RENFREW- It’s THAT time of year again! St. Joseph’s annual year Fast is coming up on Tuesday March 20th. Everyone is welcome to the overnight fun filled experience. You stay after school on Tuesday and sleepover into Wednesday. All you need to attend is to collect money donations from family and friends to donate to the Renfrew Hospice and bring one snack or beverage.

The boys and girls will be separated by the divider in the gym when time for bed. In the morning everyone is escorted into the chapel for prayer before eating then during period 1 every student that attended the Fast will be welcomed down into the cafeteria to eat all of the snacks and beverages that were brought.  It tends to be very successful every year and loads of fun!

We start off with games of your choice in the gym for a few hours and then leads into a game from student council that involves not only all of the students but also the entire school. Student council hides pieces of a flashlight around the school and everyone runs and tries to find all of the pieces, meanwhile there is 2 people who are ‘it’ and tag people to become ‘it’ as well to make it more difficult to find all of the pieces. This creates a more intense and fun but challenging environment during the game. Then the flashlight is put together the game is over.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and have some fun while making positive contributions to the community. In the past there were tons of memories made and such a positive effect on everyone that they come back every year. Also a little inside scoop from Daniel Cassanto, 

“The activities and games were a lot of fun, and from the time it started until it was over everyone was in a great mood!”.


CO2 Dragsters in Grade 8A

Copy of Copy of IMG_0354On Friday March 23, Grade 8A raced their CO2 Dragsters in the cafeteria at St.Joseph’s High School. Mr.Mulvihill’s grade 8 class has being participating in the tech explore block for the last 6 weeks. They have been creating CO2 drag cars from scratch throughout these weeks.


There was many steps in creating these cars. First, students had to design what they wanted on paper, next they were given a block of wood and had to drill holes with the drill press. Next, they ad to draw the side and front views on the block of wood, carve it out and sand it down for a few days. After it is totally sanded out and completely smooth, you can paint your car. The next step is to create the stickers you want to appear on your car, then you print them and stick them on your car. Finally, you add the wheels and your car is finished.


“Our favourite parts about creating these cars were decorating and racing.” said two students Peyton Gray and Ryan Kelusky.


They did a practice run on Thursday March 22, to test out their cars and prepare for the real race the next day. The cafeteria was full of excitement on Friday. Mrs.Dickerson took the win out of all the grade 8’s, grade 8 teachers and Mr.Trainor. Ryan Kelusky took second place after having to tape his car back together because it didn’t make the practice race.


Tech teacher Mr.Charkavi wanted to do this project with the students because they really get a chance to explore what the tech course is like and it is a fun activity to learn and experience.


New students are entering the tech explore block and are excited to get started.

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Reconciliation Ceremony

IMG_2121On Tuesday March 20th, 2018, five priests came to St. Joseph’s high school to celebrate the gift of reconciliation with the whole school.

During the afternoon, all of the staff members and the entire student body went to the gym to celebrate this sacrament together. After the prayer service the students and teachers were invited to attend confession as we prepare for Holy Week.

After the service Mr. Jones, the media and law class teacher, reflected on what he thought about the prayer service on this day.

“I think it’s a terrific opportunity to get together as a community and celebrate the sacrament. We often go to masses and go to local parishes to be part of those masses. But a prayer service is equally important and I was just happy to be part of that one today. It’s good that we have an opportunity to do something like this.”

Reconciliation is all about getting forgiveness for your sins. Reconciliation is commonly called confession. This sacrament is on of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. By confessing your sins you get the feeling of peace in your mind and soul.

Overall the reconciliation service was a great way to bring the whole school together as a community.  Even though the service lasted twenty minutes it was very educational because the great video that was showed at the end. The video showed why we need reconciliation in our lives and explains the need of this sacrament.

Student Initiative Film Production at St. Joes

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Above: Connor Dowdall films an outdoor scene  with (from left) Kennedy McCallum, Mitchell Hackner, Thomas Cherney, and Jacqueline Thaci.

Mercedes Malone is a grade 11 student at St. Joe’s with a passion. She recently began writing the script for and filming her very own short psychological suspense thriller film, along with the help of her cast and crew, including grade 12 student Connor Dowdall, who is the cameraman and chief editor. The film itself is being entered in the Montreal Film Festival this June.

Weekly meetings were held last November and December at lunch in the Student Lounge for script writing, of which grade 10 student Jorah Stuart-Paull, Connor Dowdall, and Mercedes herself attended.

“The film is about a group of friends who are studying for an exam.” Said Malone, referring to the script of her film. “As exams get closer, one of the friends is a little more stressed and worried than the others. The stressed friend starts to descend into madness and kills two of their friends.”

Malone states that she has wanted to be a part of the film industry since a very young age. She’s taken summer courses at the Little Ottawa Theatre, and Avalon Studios in Ottawa. She looks towards celebrities like Angelina Jolie for inspiration behind her work.

“Angelina Jolie is my role model, and she recently made a short film called The Breadwinner. After I heard about this, I got to thinking about creating my own film. It’ll help get me out there, it’s a great learning experience, and it would just be a fun project.”

The crew is hoping to take a trip to Montreal this summer to see the festival. The project is still in the filming stage, but Malone hopes to start the editing process in April.

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