April 2016

Apr 2016
St John’s College Choir’s latest tour saw the Choristers embark upon a fifteen day trip across America, performing in concerts in six cities. The Choir received numerous standing ovations and praise for each concert. The Choristers also had the chance to sightsee with trips to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk theme park, a Science Museum and seal watching and boat trips around the San Francisco Golden Gate harbour, amongst many other excursions. The tour’s concerts presented a programme of music by English composers with works by William Byrd, written at the time of the College's founding in
Apr 2016
This year’s House Debating competition was awaited with great eagerness by all of the Sixth Form, amongst whom competition was fierce to earn the honour of representing their house. In the semi-finals, which took place just before Easter, Fisher were required to argue that "This House believes that single-sex schools are good for education" with Gunning forming their opposition.  Sandys meanwhile, were arguing against Beaufort that "This House believes that social media do more harm than good”. Two hard-fought semi-finals with rhetorical flair in evidence on all sides resulted in
Apr 2016
25 excited children and 4 eager staff packed their ski gear and headed to La Thuile in Italy for the St John’s 2016 ski trip. The group arrived at the resort to find beautiful views of the Aosta Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif and, from the top of the ski area, of the Tarantaise Mountains in France and the Matterhorn on the Italian/Swiss border. Skis and boots were fitted, ready to test the pistes the following day, and the remainder of the afternoon was spent getting to know the resort. The first day on the slopes arrived quickly and the instructors ensured that the children had the
Apr 2016
During the Easter break, St John’s paid its first visit to Wick Court Farm on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, which is owned and run by the charity ‘Farms for City Children’. The aim of the trip was to trial a five-day programme of arts activities within the context of a working farm, which might be used as a model to enable other schools to operate a similar residential week as part of their own arts curriculum. Each day of the trip was structured around the daily activities of the farm, with hour-long farming activities taking place before breakfast and supper. The