St. John's International School (Belgium)
|St. John's International School|
|Motto||Explore, Enjoy, Excel|
|Number of students||900|
St. John's International School is an international private day school located in Waterloo, Belgium. The school was founded by a group of Catholic nuns belonging to Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) in 1964. The school has a student body from a very international background with 60 different nationalities represented. St. John's (abbrev. STJ) runs from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, the final year of high school. It offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. AP programs are also offered by the school.
Admission to St. John's is based on academic ability. The school is an equal opportunity enroller. In order to be admitted to the school, students must follow these procedures:
- Present a review of students academic records from past three years
- Undertake placement testing
To graduate from St. John's, a student must meet certain requirements. They must complete a base amount of 22 credits (each class, scheduled on an annual basis, generally gives one credit). If they are part of the IB program, they must have at least a passing grade in their IB subjects to be able to graduate with their IB diploma. In the middle school, students graduate after 8th grade.
Along with a prestigious academic program, St. John's also possesses a rigorous and highly successful athletics program. Using the team name "The Lions", the school competes regularly in the ISSTs (International School Sports Tournament), among others. Over the years St. John's has won top honors at the ISSTs for track and field, volleyball and basketball. The school boasts a state of the art gymnasium, as well as a newly refurbished soccer field that now also holds a baseball diamond. Teams usually compete on weekends and St. John's main rival is the International School of Brussels (ISB).
In Elementary school, students are encouraged to participate in numerous sports and can join school teams such as the Track and Field Team. Once in Middle School, the sports program becomes more competitive and the students can participate in all of the sports that the school has to offer. The Middle School teams are divided into the "A team" and the "B team". The High School Sports program is the most competitive and draws the most school spirit. In high school the teams are divided into JV and Varsity, and compete against schools from as far away as Cairo. It is the High School teams that compete in the ISST tournaments.
St. John's possesses a lot of talent in each of the different sports offered. The mascot is the lion, and team names are often abbreviated to SJIS or more often; STJ. St. John's offers a wide range of sports throughout the Autumn/Fall, Winter and Spring seasons: Football (Soccer), Volleyball, Cross Country, Swimming, Basketball, Rugby, Track and Field, Baseball, Softball and Golf. Most sports include Middle School "A" and "B" teams, and High School "Junior Varsity" and "Varsity" teams.
St. John's won 3 consecutive Div. 1 ISST Varsity Boys Basketball Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005.The team is led by coach Dennis Davis, a former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks. Josh Davis, the coach's son, got into Yale University on a basketball scholarship.
In 2004, the Lions Div. 1 girls' varsity volleyball team won the school their first volleyball ISST's in 11 years. On November 13, 2010, the Lions Div. 1 boys' varsity volleyball team finished 3rd in the volleyball ISST's.
Track and Field
In 2004, St. John's secured themselves another ISST win; a boys' varsity track and field ISST win. The scored a first place in the event, making it the school's second ISST win for anything in under a year. In 2008, St. John's won the track and field ISST's which it repeated in 2011.
In 2006 and 2008, the St. John's softball team won the Div. 2 Softball ISST's.
In 2007, the Varsity Girls squad won the Division II Football ISSTs in Vienna, beating Cairo American College 4-1 in the final. In the following years, they have achieved respectable results in Division I, placing 4th place in 2009, and 6th in 2010.
On November 13, 2010, the Varsity Boys squad made St. John's history by becoming the first boys football squad to win the ISSTs since the first team was organized 25 years ago. A remarkable run of 5 wins, no draws, no losses and 17 goals scored, one conceded was enough to crown the boys champions of the 2010 ISST Division II Football Championship. They beat their hosts the British School of Brussels 2-0 in the final, winning each of their four group matches. St. John's beat the International School of the Hague 5-0, the American Community School of Athens 3-1, Cairo American College 2-0 and the American Community School of Hillingdon 5-0. Throughout the entire season, the boys squad showed quality and great footballing technique as they played 28 matches (including the ISSTs); winning 18, drawing seven and losing just three. Along the way, the boys managed to bag in 83 goals, letting in just 38 culminating in an overall goal difference of +45. Memorable moments include beating rivals the International School of Brussels 3-1 at the ISB campus (after losing 1-0 at home,) drawing 5-5 against 2010 Division I runners-up TASIS at home, beating the International School of Luxembourg 2-6 in Luxembourg by scoring four goals in the final 15 minutes of the match, coming back from 1-0 down to beat ACS Athens 3-1 during the group stages of the ISSTs, beating ISST rivals CAC 2-0 and thus securing promotion to Division I and a place in the final with one match to spare, and beating hosts BSB 2-0 in the final after a quick start which resulted in two goals within the opening eight minutes.
The St. John's junior varsity teams also possess strong talent. In 2005, the JV boys' basketball (led by the late Richard Katherman, former player for the Houston Rockets) team won the JV tournament held at St. John's. The Team has also Elvis Presley ment in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Wrestling In 2008 and 2009 Matthew and Christopher Lyon competed in the DODDS- Europe (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) and became two time European Wrestling Champions. Matthew also was voted in 2008 Most Outstanding Wrestler in Europe and was recognized for having the most pins.
Notable former pupils
- Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Belgian Formula One racing driver
- Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este