Jump Start Program

Summer 2021

When: Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 16, from 9 am to 2 pm each day
Where: St Thomas More Collegiate.

Who We Are:

Our Jump Start teachers are experienced educators from STMC. Our teachers can not wait to welcome all the incoming STMC Knights to our Faith and Learning Community.

Our Jump Start 2021 instructors are:

Hank Bouwman – 
I am a Senior Academic Counsellor and Religion teacher at STMC.  I am proud to say that I have been part of the Jump Start Program for more than 30 years.  I look forward to meeting the Grad class of 2026.

Dave Dawson – 
I have been a Science, Math, and Life Sciences teacher since 1996. In September, I will be teaching Science 10, and Life Sciences 11. I am looking forward to helping our new Grade 8 Knights feel comfortable at STMC.

Erica Cameron – 
I have taught in the Math Department at STMC for the last 2 years. I have taught Math and Science at the junior and senior levels in Montreal, Gatineau, and in Vancouver. I am excited to meet all the new Knights.

Joe Adams – 
I have taught English and Fine Arts at STMC for 12 years, and I have been the Junior School Vice-Principal for the past 3 years. I can’t wait to teach our incoming Grade 8 Knights all about Servant-Leadership and about what it means to me a Knight.

What We Do:

STMC Jump Start program is a 2 week long summer day camp for incoming STMC Grade 8 students. Jump Start is only open to students who are registered at STMC for Grade 8, Fall 2021.

The goals of the program are:

  • Primarily serves as an introduction to life as a STMC Knight.
  • Introduces students to the Grade 8 curriculum which includes, but is not limited to, English, Mathematics, Science, Design Thinking, Social Emotional Learning, and Physical and Health Education.
  • A way to get familiar with the physical campus.
  • Helps students build relationships with teachers and student counsellors.
  • Introduces students to academic expectations in Grade 8 and to the increased level of autonomy they will experience in high school.
  • Provides students with opportunities to meet new classmates from different elementary schools.
  • Familiarizes students with the concept of Servant-Leadership and introduces students to the Knights’ Cross.
  • Helps students make a smooth transition from elementary school to STMC.

COVID-19 Information:

The safety of our students and our staff is of the utmost importance.
On campus, we will comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by WorkSafe BC, by the BC Ministry of Education, by the BC Ministry of Health, and as indicated in the STMC School Safety Plan.

  • Students and staff will comply with all government recommended hand sanitizing, physical distancing, and mask-wearing mandates.
  • Students will be divided into designated learning groups. Each learning group will have designated check-in and drop off procedures each day and learning groups will remain together and will not co-mingle with other groups during the day.
  • Students will complete a daily health check before arriving on campus.
  • All hard surfaces and high touch areas will be disinfected regularly and extra janitorial staff will be on site to perform daily deep cleaning of the campus.

Cost: $475

How to Register: Jump Start Registration Guide for 2021

Program Cancellations: Full Refund

• The safety of your children is your primary concern. Therefore we are very conscious of class sizes. Space could be limited.
• Should our Summer Jump Start 2021 camp be cancelled due to COVID-19, there will be a full refund.
• Should our Summer Jump Start 2021 camp run as planned and you choose to withdraw your child from the camp, fees will not be refunded unless for medical reasons with an accompanying physician’s note.