Current Events

Updated November 17, 2014

Last year, our very own Dr. Jeffrey Lannan submitted a piece of written work to Oxford University. He was shortlisted and has been anxiously waiting for months to hear the final verdict.

We have now found out that his work has been accepted and will be published in the anthology, featuring international contributors, called How Higher Education Feels: Poetry that Illuminates the Experiences of Learning, Teaching and Transformation.

Way to go, Dr. Lannan!

Previously Updated October 29, 2014

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October 23, 2014 marked the first anniversary of the death of St. John Brebeuf High School student, Josh Ismirniglou. Josh, a grade 10 student, battled most of his life with a rare form of cancer. However, even with his lot in life, his love of God and his faith in the Lord’s great plan for us all was evident and unwavering.  He brought the already close community SJB school and parish communities even closer and taught us the values of friendship, perseverance and acceptance.

The anniversary was marked with a school Mass followed by a video slideshow depicting his courageous journey in life that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. As the school exited church, they continued through the beautiful neighbourhood of Abbotsford with a picture of Josh on their lapels walking and talking and remembering their good friend and fallen classmate.

Students, staff and parents donated money to begin a Memorial Fund in Josh’s honour, to assist other families in our parishes that are being affected by childhood cancer.

Previously Updated October 21, 2014

Four SJB students participated in the math enrichment program, “A Taste of Pi”, at Simon Fraser University on October 18.

SAM_44154webKyrin Feng, Cristina Wang, Colin Ellis-Sarauer, and Catherine Ellis-Sarauer were among 72 gifted math students from Lower Mainland to part take this unique learning experience.

Professor, Dr. Leah Edelstein, started the first session with her new research, “Swarms, Flocks, and School”, to introduce attraction force and repulsion force with algebra equations. Students learned how the rates of change of distance between individuals (birds, ducks, bees, etc.) reflect their velocity of movements.

A-Taste-of-Pi is a mathematics enrichment program offered by SFU Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. It is one of prominent programs offering high school students a unique opportunity to explore mathematical and scientific applications in real world. This program challenges students to excel and transforms them into critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Through participating in this enrichment program, many students developed a strong passion for seeking advanced mathematical knowledge. Some even discovered that they could achieve much more than they ever thought possible in their journey of learning mathematics.



Math 9 - Home Depot Project4webOn October 10, 2014 – Grade 9 Math students went on a trip
to Home Depot Abbotsford, Students gathered all the information they need to be able to complete their Geometry Project, this project incorporates Math theory with real life practice.





Previously Updated October 14, 2014

We congratulate the Senior Boys Soccer Team who traveled to Campbell River to compete at the Carihi Invitational Soccer Tournament.  The boys represented our school well and fought hard to finish 4th overall.  Well Done!

Congratulation to Kyrin Feng! He scored 100% on the first USA math contest (senior team) yesterday.

Congratulation to the SJB Cross Country Team for another successful race today at the Bear Creek Park, Surrey.

Peter Vanleeuwen won seventh place among 40 senior competitors.
Lucas Smith claimed top 14th among 73 grade eight runners.

Updated October 8, 2014

Our volleyball coaches, aloIMG_20214webng with some senior volleyball team members went to visit our three feeder elementary schools (St. Catherine’s, St. James and St. Mary’s) to lead in-school volleyball clinics for the grades 4-7 students.  This 4 week workshop will culminate at the end of this month with a fun and friendly volleyball tournament at SJB at the end of the month to show off their new skills!



Updated September 26, 2014

Chemistry is FUN!



Previously Updated September 16 , 2014

Our grade 8 students were whisked away to camp on the second week of school.  New friendships were formed and old ones solidified, as the students participated in the numerous activities to get to know each other.


Previously Updated September 3, 2014

Welcome back to a brand new school year!  We welcome two new members to our staff this year.  Mr. Matt Sweeney and Ms. Therese Byrne  have joined the team and are bringing their talents and skills to share with our community.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome them to our SJB family.

Previously Updated June 13, 2014

Grade 9 student, Stephanie Yang, was awarded Best Instrumentalist in the Concert Band Category at the Fraser Valley Kiwanis Music Festival in May. Congratulations go out to her for outstanding talent and recognition at this prestigious festival.

Previously Updated June 11, 2014

Last night was a beautiful evening to celebrate the tremendous successes of our graduating class of 2014.  The list of achievements are too many to list, but rest assured, these graduates are primed and ready for the next chapter of their lives.  See more pictures from the evening.

Previously Updated June 3, 2014

Our school is celebrating the success of some very talented athletes!

Zach Choboter won GOLD for SJB  in the Decathlon at the BC Provincial Track and Field Championships.  Mitchell Wolfe won SILVER at the National Judo Championships in the under 60kg category, and Alana Stobbe won GOLD at the National Synchronized Swimming Championships.

We congratulate their tremendous drive, dedication to training, determination in their respective disciplines, and celebrate with virtual high fives all around!

In Memory of Josh Ismirnioglou

Monica Ismirnioglou, Chantelle Bracken and Sophie Slomski participated this weekend in the 29th annual Child Run.  Team Josh Ughchicken (continuing on Josh’s extreme love of chicken) ran the 5km route around Queen Elizabeth Park and raised over $14,000.00 to help fight childhood cancer!  The entire event raised over 1.1 million dollars.

Previously Updated May 27, 2014

Congratulation to SJB Math competition teams!

The “American Scholastic Mathematics Association” has presented the SJB Math teams with FIRST PLACE Awards for both junior and senior teams this week.

Furthermore, both Stephanie Yang  (junior team) and Thomas Krammer (senior team) received the “HIGHEST SCORING STUDENT AWARD”. The awards will be given to these students during the award ceremony in June.

Previously Updated May 20, 2014

SJB students Nick Jenne and Karl  Capizo were featured in the Abby Newspaper regarding their work in the Junior Achievement Titan Program as a part of their Business 10 class.  Nick and Karl had to to compete to be the first on the consumer market, using skills and tactics to to find a balance between their perfect market price and their unit production.  Read the entire article.

Previously Updated April 29, 2014

Congratulations go to Mr. Calzavara, who displayed some of his talents outside of the computer lab this weekend.  Our very own IT guru took home first place at the Rodeo and Hoedown this weekend for both the best homemade pie and best preserves!

To see more pictures from the evening:


Previously Updated April 22, 2014

SJB had one of its very own alumni, Stephanie Gray visit our school this morning. We were thrilled to welcome back such an inspiring speaker to our school! She delivered a beautiful message of how we can defend the morals of Pro-Life within a world which often challenges our beliefs. Her courage and wisdom has empowered us all!

 Previously Updated April 8, 2014

SJB students act socially and give back to the local community.

Previously Updated April 1, 2014

St. John Brebeuf Secondary School Student Wins Gold at Synchro Canada’s National Qualifier Championships in Montreal, QC


In Montreal, QC, March 11-16th, 2014 – While at Synchro Canada’s largest National Competition, the BC Aquasonics Senior team (St. John Brebeuf Secondary student Alanna Stobbe) posted a score of 71.3333 to capture the gold with their Atlantis routine, ahead of silver medalists Synchro Elite and Les Vestales who placed third.




Team Members: Erin Williams, Mackenzy Higgins, Madyson Stickley, Alexia Iten, Emilie Sadler,  Anna Seiler, Alanna Stobbe, and Amy Whitton


“The BC Aquasonics are becoming a force at the National level,” says Head Coach Susan Kemper. “I am so proud of our accomplishments this week. Our athletes brought their best to the competition and the results show it.”

Science Olympics

St. John Brebeuf held its inaugural Science Olympics for the Elementary feeder schools of St. Catherine’s, St. James and St. Mary’s school.  The day was a huge success as the kids loved working in teams to best solve the challenges that were laid before them.

Previously Updated February 19, 2014

St. John Brebeuf Secondary Student Wins Gold at Synchronized Swimming Provincial Championships


Surrey, BC, February 15-16th, 2014 – The BC Aquasonics had a powerhouse performance at this weekend’s National Stream BC Provincial Synchronized Swimming Championships in Surrey, taking home gold in 5 of 6 events. St. John Brebeuf Secondary student Alanna Stobbe won gold in the Senior Team Routine.



Team Members: Erin Williams, Mackenzy Higgins, Madyson Stickley, Alexia Iten, Emilie Sadler,  Anna Seiler, Alanna Stobbe, and Amy Whitton


This provincial meet was the team’s final opportunity to compete in British Columbia before heading to compete with Canada’s top athletes at the National Qualifier in Montreal, March 11-16, 2014.


“This competition had the largest number of National Stream synchronized swimmers that BC has seen in a long time,” says Head Coach Susan Kemper. “Our competition is tougher but our BC Aquasonics’ coaches and athletes proved once again that they are still the best in the province. We have a legacy to carry and we do that by excelling in conditioning, mental focus, routine skills, and unparalleled creativity. That’s what makes us stand out.”

Previously Updated Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This week is the anticipated Big Bear Classic Basketball Tournament.  The tournament starts this Thursday and will see 16 teams compete in friendly competition and fair play.  For the complete schedule, click here.

We congratulate our own Mrs. Samantha Legal on the birth of her first child.  Emery Joyce Legal was born Saturday morning weighing 7lbs 12 oz.  New mom and baby girl, Emery are both well and healthy.  We congratulate the new parents on their beautiful daughter!

Previously Updated Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our very own Dr. Jeffrey Lannan has had his work shortlisted for an International Anthology at Oxford University.  The book, Poetry that Illuminates the Experiences of Learning, Teaching and Transformation will showcase authors from around the world.  We congratulate Dr. Lannan for being shortlisted by such a prestigious editorial body and wish him luck in the final selection process!

Previously Updated Wednesday, January 15, 2014

St. John Brebeuf welcomes two new staff members. 

Brock Bevan grew up in Langley.  He is currently attending UFV and is majoring in English Literature and with a minor in Philosophy.  He has been an intricate part of the St. Joseph’s Langley Youth Group for many years and was one of the leaders who accompanied the group to World Youth Day in Australia.  He enjoys watching sports and movies and coaching basketball.

Carrie Helter is a SJB alumnus who has returned to become a member of staff!  She graduated from SFU with a degree in French and First Nations Studies.  She is extremely passionate about the Aboriginal culture and hopes to explore more in this domain in the future.  She enjoys nature and the outdoors and loves art.

We are lucky to have Brock and Carrie join the team.  Please take a moment to welcome these two staff members to the SJB family.


Previously  Monday, December 16, 2013

We are happy to share with you some photos from the Fine Arts Department’s production of The King and I.  It was a great collaboration of staff, students and parent helpers.  What a great display of talent and hard work! King and I photos

Previously Updated Thursday, November 28, 2013

Two months ago, we invited the professional production company, Basetwo Media, to come to our school and create a promotional video about our school.  It highlights the many programs and opportunities available here at our school.  It is our pleasure to share the final cut of the video with you:


Previously Updated Friday, November 8, 2013

We congratulate our senior boys soccer team on their 4th place finish at the BC Soccer Championships.  For the complete details and final standings of the tournament, click here.

Previously Updated Monday, October 28, 2013

We congratulate our own Christine Tsou on completing her PhD in Education Leadership.  A total of 8 years of hard work and dedicated studies came to a conclusion on Friday when she was presented to the University of Idaho’s faculty as Dr. Tsou.  We rejoice for her success.

Dr. Tsou was welcomed back and congratulated by the SJB staff with a surprise party.




Previously Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing Josh.  After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Josh has been called back to our Lord.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Prayers for Josh will be held Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00pm.  The funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, October 30 at  10:00am.  Both services will be held at the school.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Previously Updated Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Guest Speaker, Heidi Cave, grew up in Abbotsford.  15 years ago, the car that she was driving was hit by a reckless driver.  Her best friend, who was the passenger in the car, was killed instantly.  Trapped in the burning car, Heidi suffered burns to more than half of her body and as a result had both her legs amputated.

Her message for the students at SJB.  Be the hero in your own story.  Do you want to be a victim or a survivor in life?  You cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you respond.  Write your own story.  Face your fears, big and small and make peace with your imperfections.  Find your beauty, your strengths and the courage to let your inner light shine.













Previously Updated Thursday October 10, 2013

Six math whiz kids, Matthew McGregor, Karl Carpizo, Vincent DiTomaso, Shayne Oberhoffner, Alex Lee, and Irene Lee, experienced A-Taste-of-Pi at Simon Fraser University on October 5, 2013. Along with other 50 BC gifted students, they enjoyed Dr. Wittenberg’s presentation — Functions and Chaos, a contemporary application of mathematics. From exploring iteration of functions to implication for predictions, these gifted students learned to use a simple rule to calculate complex functions.

A-Taste-of-Pi is a mathematics enrichment program offered by SFU Department of MathematicsFaculty of Science, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. It is one of prominent programs offering high school students a unique opportunity to explore mathematical and scientific applications in real world. This program challenges gifted students to excel and transforms them into critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Through participating in such an enrichment program, many students developed a strong passion for seeking advanced mathematical knowledge. Some even discovered that they could achieve much more than they ever thought possible in their journey of learning mathematics.

Previously Updated Friday October 4, 2013







Cops for Cancer is a cause St. John Brebeuf High School holds near and dear to its heart.  Yesterday the school greeted and cheered on our brave heroes fighting to make a difference in the battle against cancer.

Previously Updated September 9, 2013

SJB alumni, Alex Gulka, on a scholarship to the University of Toronto, was featured on the front page of the BC Catholic this week.  Read his story about combining academics and athletics and enriching his life with both worlds.

Previously Updated September 3, 2013

We congratulate Alex Brent, who competed at the Canada Summer Games held in Sherbrooke, Quebec two weeks ago.  Alex placed 6th in the U16 1000 meter final and 7th in the U17 6000 meters which is a mass start race.