November 2014

Nov 2014
St John’s College School has recently become involved with the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), last year’s offering of The Tempest marking the first year of participation, but it has become a highlight of the school calendar. Months of rehearsal went into this year’s Macbeth, which a selection of St John’s Sixth Formers performed to a packed Mumford Theatre on 13 November. The result was an undeniably ‘spellbinding’ piece of theatre which ‘captivated the audience throughout’, described by parents as ‘powerful and tremendously exciting’ and a ‘tour de force’, and which prompted SSF
Nov 2014
Pupils of St John’s won a clean sweep of the top prizes at third annual Creative Writing Competition this year hosted by St Mary’s School, Cambridge. The children were encouraged to write up to 500 words in response to a choice of keywords such as ‘Hope’ and ‘Battle’, along with artworks produced by St Mary’s Senior School students. In the Year 7 & 8 category, four of the six shortlisted finalists were St John’s pupils: Rupert Gardiner (F6), Rosie Knighton (F6), Ella Schumann (F6) and Taku Gomera (F5). Of these, Rupert and Taku were named the joint winners, the judges from the
Nov 2014
Parents and pupils alike were treated to a thoroughly entertaining spectacle in the shape of this year’s Fourth Form production, Love Against the Odds, three fairy tales from across the world that depict the triumph of love over adversity. Opening proceedings, The Five Swans tells the story of the young princess, Lili, who must free her brothers from a dreadful curse placed upon them by the wicked Queen, their stepmother. In The Great Flying Ship of Ivan the Impossible, the eponymous hero finds himself at the mercy of the Tsar after he turns up at the imperial palace in Moscow and demands