Mission Statement

Our purpose is to actively promote justice, peace, and stewardship through service to our local and global communities.


JAC is a student group that actively promotes justice, peace, and stewardship in our school, local and global communities.  We organize event, fund raise, and help to raise awareness for important social justice causes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Join the Justice Action Committee! 

How to join! Contact Mrs. Walford, Mr. MacDuff or Mr. Forbes for more information.

JAC meets every Tuesday during Lunch Room 256


First Meeting September 11th 2018 at 11:30 AM in Ms. Walford’s Room 256




Earth Month April 

Welcome toEarth Month! This year, JAC and our EcoClub have made plans to celebrate with a variety of activities aimed at reducing our school’s overall consumption of energy and our overall generation of waste. These activities include:

SCHOOL-WIDE CONSERVATION CHALLENGE (APRIL 9 – 30) – Random classroom visits will check on energy consumption (ie. Are electronics off when not in use?, Are lights out when classes are gone?, etc.) and waste production (ex. are any recyclables in the garbage?, Is any garbage in the recycling bin?, Do your students use GOOS paper?, etc.). We will report on our progress throughout April and give tips for ways to conserve more.

LITTERLESS LUNCH WEEK (APRIL 16 – 20)– Next week we will encourage students to have litterless lunches each day. There will be small prizes handed out when people are caught being environmentally responsible.

EARTH HOUR (APRIL 23) – We will be conducting an Earth Hour where we encourage you and your students to not use electronic devices or lights for at least an hour.  The start and end time will be determined closer to the date.

PITCH-IN SCHOOL GROUNDS CLEAN UP (APRIL 26) – You are invited take your class out to help clean up the school grounds.  There will be a sign-up list in the staff room closer to the date.

Classes can get involved directly by contributing to our EcoSchool application! Here are some ways to do so (especially if you have a geography, math or science class!!):

  • Waste Audit – have your class conduct a waste audit 

  • Classroom Lighting Assessment 

  • School Energy Consumption Assessment 

  • School Appliance Audit 

  • Butterfly garden clean up and planting

St. John CHS Angel Tree campaign

It is that time of year again when we get a little more into the giving spirit of the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons.  So once again our JAC team is spearheading the Angle Tree campain

The campaign will begin next Monday, Nov. 27th and end on Friday, Dec. 8th. 

Write 4 Rights campaign

week Dec. 11 – 15th, with the letter writing day to be held on Friday, Dec 15th . 


2017 Write for Rights is this Friday, December 16! 

JAC’s annual Write for Rights event is back!  This year we have focused on four human rights cases that need urgent attention:


Madagascar Download case              Canada Download case

Case (Ages 9+) Watch the vide        Watch the video  Paper petition


Turkey  Download case                      Jamaica  Download case

Watch the video  Online action         Watch the video   Online action

Please follow the links above to find fact sheets and videos to help you to learn more about each case.

Teachers are invited to bring students to the atrium at any time throughout the day on Friday to write their own letters. We will provide sample letters, paper, and envelopes.  Please encourage your students to bring their own pens or pencils.  Additional cases will also be available to complete online.  The entire list of cases can be found at: http://www.writeathon.ca/materials

If teachers prefer, students may write their letters in theclassroom.  Just let us know, and we will bring the stationary and sample letters to your classroom and pick up the completed letters later.

 For more information, speak to Suzanne Walford or Pat Forbes.

 Thanks for your support!



The Justice Action Committee and Mr. Jeff Peter’s Grade 12 Religion ClasS  organized this years annual Food Drive from October 30th to November 3rd. $1008.05 was raised and 243 food items were collected from the high school. The Intermediates brought in an additional $200. 

Food items will be sent to the Smiths Falls Food Bank and divide the money between the Perth and Smiths Falls food banks.  The Intermediates have sent their donation to The Table in Perth. Thanks for all your support!



The Justice Action Committee is hosting ThinkFast in support of Development and Peace on March 24, 2017, from 3 – 9 pm.  This year’s theme is, “Women at the Heart of Change.” We will be doing activities to learn more about development issues, we will have a guest speaker from Development and Peace, and we will be breaking our 25-hour fast with a pizza supper.  Students are encouraged to sign up next week and raise a minimum of $25 dollars in pledges to participate.