It Takes All Kinds! An All-Grades GSA Conference

May 4th, 2019: Gay the Force Be With You!

Macdonald Drive Junior High School in St.John’s is proud to host a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Conference for LGBTQ2S+ students and parents, and their friends from grades K to 12.

  • Date: May 4th, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for K-6, and to 7:30 pm for grades 7-12.
  • Place: Macdonald Drive Junior High School (110 Macdonald Dr, St.John’s)
  • Registration: grades K-6: $20; grades 7-12: $40 (including meals and afternoon snack).
  • Conference t-shirts can also be ordered for an extra $12

Age-appropriate programming for all will be offered within the times indicated.
Students groups should be accompanied by a teacher sponsor from their school.

The conference will include a parent support session in the morning co-facilitated by Julie Temple Newhook and Sarah Pickett, both of Memorial University. Parents may attend the morning only (opening session and parent support session) at no cost, or the full day (above registration fee applies).

Registration now open at the following link. All participants, adults as well as students, are asked to register individually and indicate the name and email of their teacher sponsor. An accompanying parent/guardian can take the place of a teacher sponsor. Older students from schools who do not have a teacher able to accompany them may attend the conference unaccompanied, upon recommendation of a teacher.

We ask that registration fees be collected by the teacher sponsor and brought to the Registration Desk on the day of the conference in the form of a cheque to Macdonald Drive Junior High.

For additional information, please speak to Mme Brunet in room 124 or by email at

Places are limited, register early!
Registration closes April 12, 2019

Conference Schedule

  • 10:00-10:30 Arrival and Registration
  • 10:30-11:30 Whole Group Session: Gathering of All (Guest speakers)
  • 11:30-12:30 Small Groups (talking circles, age-appropriate activities, parent support session)
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 Play for All (choice of art/singing/physical activity)
  • 2:30 K-6 Students leave, day continues for grades 7-12
  • 2:30-3:30 Learning Workshops Session I
  • 3:30-4:00 Afternoon snack
  • 4:00-5:00 Learning Workshops Session II
  • 5:00-6:00 Supper
  • 6:00-7:30 Diversity Show

Une conférence pour la diversité de genre et de sexualité pour les élèves, parents, et enseignants de tous les niveaux scolaires.

Le 4 mai 2019

L’école Macdonald Drive Junior High à St.John’s, NL, est fière de présenter une conférence pour la diversité de genre et sexualité, ouverte aux élèves et parents LGBTQ2S+ et à leurs amis et alliés de tous les niveaux scolaires.

Les élèves, parents et enseignants du CSFP sont invités à la fête.  La majorité de la programmation sera malheureusement en anglais, mais nombre d’organisateurs et de participants parlent aussi français et des ateliers en français seront offerts selon la demande.

  • Date: le 4 mai, 2019
  • Heure: 10h00 à 14h30 pour la maternelle à 6e année, et à 19h30 pour 7e à 12e année.
  • Lieu: école intermédiaire Macdonald Drive Junior High (110 Macdonald Dr, St.John’s)
  • Frais d’inscription: maternelle à 6e année: $20; 7e à 12e année: $40 (repas inclus).
  • Des t-shirt de la conférence sont aussi disponibles pour $12 de plus.

Une programmation appropriée à chaque niveau sera offerte selon l’horaire indiqué.

Des groupes d’élèves devraient être accompagnés par un enseignant de leur école.

La conférence comprend une session de soutien mutuel pour parents, co-facilitée par Julie Temple et Sarah Pickett de l’université Memorial. Les parents peuvent assister au matin de la conférence sans frais (plénière et session de soutien mutuel) , ou à la journée entière incluant repas contre frais d’inscription.

L’inscription est ouverte au lien suivant. On demande aux participants de s’inscrire individuellement et d’indiquer le nom et l’adresse courriel de l’adulte responsable de leur école. Les élèves plus âgés peuvent assister à la conférence sur recommandation d’un enseignant, s’il n’y a pas d’adulte disponible pour les accompagner.

On demande à un adulte responsable de réunir les frais d’inscription pour l’école et d’apporter un chèque  adressé à Macdonald Drive Junior High lors de l’inscription le matin de la conférence.
Pour toutes informations s’adresser à Nathalie Brunet à

L’espace est limité, inscrivez-vous le plus tôt possible.

Les inscriptions se terminent le 12 avril 2019.

Horaire de la journée

  • 10h00-10h30 Arrivée et inscription
  • 10h30-11h30 Plénière: Bienvenue à tous (conférenciers invités)
  • 11h30-12h30 Petits groupes  (cercles de parole, activité pour les plus jeunes, groupe de soutien mutuel pour parents)
  • 12h30-13h30 Dîner
  • 13h30-14h30 Jeux pour tous les âges (choix d’activité physique, jeux vidéo, art ou chant)
  • 14h30 Fin de la journée pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année; les plus grands continuent.
  • 14h30-15h30 Ateliers d’apprentissage I
  • 15h30-16h00 Collation
  • 16h00-17h00 Ateliers d’apprentissage II
  • 17h00-18h00 Souper
  • 18h00-19h30 Spectacle diversité


MUN Engineering Summer Camps

Looking for a summer camp experience? MUN Engineering offers summer camps for kids age 9 to 18. The available camps this year are:

  • Girl Quest (Ages 9–12)
  • Robotics and Junior Engineers (Ages 9–12)
  • Teen Circuit (Ages 13–16)
  • Explore Engineering (grades 10-12)

Registration opens today (Thursday, March 28th) at noon. For more information click here. Click through the links for the individual camps for the registration button.

Wear Your Sunglasses – Monday, April 1st

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, Macdonald Drive Junior High will take part in Be Cool for Autism on Monday, April 1. Wear your sunglasses to spread the theme that it’s cool to be accepting of everyone.

On Monday, April 1:

  • Wear your sunglasses
  • Share your best selfie or group photo with us!
  • Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AutismSocietyNL with the hashtag #BeCoolForAutism

For downloadable resources, such as coloring sheets, and information about autism, please visit

Reminder – Parent-Teacher Conference

A reminder that the Term Two Parent-Teacher Conference will take place tomorrow (Thursday, March 28th) from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Classes will be dismissed at 11:21 pm, and buses will make their regular runs at that time.

There is a Professional Development Day scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd. There will be no classes for students on that day.

Baby Pictures Wanted for Grade 9 School Leaving Carnival

One of the highlights of the Grade 9 School Leaving Carnival is the baby picture slideshow. Any Grade 9 student who wants to be included in this slideshow must send their baby picture to Ms. Quann. Please send ONE picture only to or you can drop it off to the school. If dropping off a copy, be sure to put in an envelope and include student name and homeroom on envelope. This will help in returning the photo to the student.

The deadline for submission of photos is Friday, May 10th.

Children’s Wish Milestone – Pie Mr. West

We have reached a milestone on our Children’s Wish Fundraising Campaign! As we have raised over $4500 toward our goal of $10 000, Mr. West has put his face on the line. He graciously agreed to be pied in the face by Student Council President Daniel Blackmore in front of the MDJH student body. The weapon of choice was Lemon Meringue. Keep an eye out for more milestones, as your donations help bring us closer to our goal of making a child’s wish come true.

Mr. West ponders his fate.

The sweet aftermath.