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École John Henderson Middle School
River East Transcona School Division

Interactive Start
Mid-March 2019, we introduced a new program known as Interactive Start. Interactive Start is a time where students are able to choose an exercise or personal interest to explore without restriction of class or grade.

Interactive Start at École John Henderson Middle School allows each student and staff to begin their day by choosing from a variety of activities classified in one of four categories: Move – Build – Learn – Relax.

We believe in empowering students to choose activities that will help them to self-regulate, build personal responsibility and self-manage, as well as increase motivation and engagement at school.
We believe that starting each day with positive, social and active interactions will provide opportunities to:

  • increase levels of motivation and engagement
  • reduce anxiety and self-regulate
  • grow in imaginative play, creativity and innovation
  • build on our belief of multi-age community and cross-grade connections
  • foster relationships between students and between students and staff

Our vision is for all students to find a sense of belonging, build relationships, self-regulate, learn how to take calculated risks, and grow through experiential opportunities within a safe, inclusive environment.

 Interactive Start Activities – Morning

The following is a list of SOME of the activities we MAY offer:

  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Table Tennis
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Sewing
  • Floor Hockey
  • Chess
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Badminton
  • Pokémon
  • Anime
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • Card Games
  • Homework
  • Baseball
  • Dodgeball
  • Skipping
  • Lego
  • Coding
  • Spike Ball
  • Zen Doodle
  • Board Games
  • Trivia
  • Morning Workouts
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Sports Centre
  • Yu-gi-oh
  • Scrapbooking
  • Morning Meetings
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Music Creation
  • Basketball
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Four Square
  • Colouring
  • Beading
  • Intro to Circuits
  • Volleyball
  • Math Games
  • Community Walk
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • STEM Activities
  • Yoga
  • Movie Making
  • Karaoke
  • Breakfast Club
  • Origami
  • Woodworking
  • Meditation
  • Improv
  • Crafts

CLUBS - Lunch Hours

Artsharks club

Art Sharks is a club for skilled art students in art to take their abilities to the next level. Here they will get a chance to be part of trying out new projects, pushing their knowledge and skills in the arts and experiencing new materials.  Students are selected because of talent and passion, grades 7 and 8 only.


Beading club

Projects include beading and gift bags. The FIRST MEETING will be on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16.


Community Connections club

A club for young people who want to take positive, constructive action to build a better world for themselves and others. Its goal is to develop leadership qualities in young people through experiences in volunteer community service. Community Connections will be running calming activities every day during the first half of lunch only starting February 25 and going until FRIDAY, MARCH 1!  The activities will take place in room 11.  


Chess club

Chess Club is available for all students (and staff) of all abilities.  Please come and join us and enjoy the world of chess.  Bring your lunch.


Coding club

Coming Soon

Culture club

The John Henderson Culture Club is an extracurricular activity that exposes students to the wonderful world of theatre!  As part of the club, Grade 8 students have the opportunity to see all six plays at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Mainstage.


Wonder club

Wonder Club is an opportunity for students to build confidence and connections.  There are a wide range of activities offered through Wonder Club including crafts, games and outings in the community, nutritious cooking and much, much more!


Improv club

During Interactive Start, Improv will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 26.