June 2019

Jun 2019
Another beautiful sunny day heralded the start of this year’s hugely successful Byron House Summer Fair. A staggering £1,249 was raised and has been split between two charities: www.humanitascharity.org and www.bridgestobelarus.org.uk. ‘Bridges to Belarus’ is a Cambridge charity run by Dr Rachel Furley, who regularly visits the school to explain her work with children and their families who are continuing to suffer the effects of the Chernobyl disaster. St John’s has continued its collaboration with ‘Humanitas’ and the school that was built in Ayensuako, Ghana. The charity believes
Jun 2019
St John’s has had several successful years of entering candidates for the Bronze Arts Award, which invites children in Forms 5 and 6 to submit a portfolio of work for accreditation in this nationally recognised qualification. The award involves participating in an art form, sharing knowledge with younger pupils, researching the work of an artist and reviewing an arts event.  The Arts Award is run by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England and sees thousands of students taking part annually across five levels. Students can build up from a Bronze and Silver to a
Jun 2019
T2s had a day out in nature’s outdoor classroom when they visited Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, the National Trust's oldest nature reserve, and England's most famous fen. The children discovered the relationships between the habitats and the animals and plants within and how to identify and classify simple plants and animals with activities including pond dipping, net sweeping and wild art. Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire is a corner of England that has more species of plants and wildlife than anywhere in the UK is celebrating its 120th anniversary with the arrival of never seen
Jun 2019
The ‘Grow Your Money’ initiative, now in its seventh year, has raised nearly £2,000 for Humanitias charity. The initiative is designed to encourage each child to discover and develop their entrepreneurial skills, by converting the £1 they are each given into more money for charity.  Over the Easter holidays, the children brought home their £1 and they had until Summer half term to grow this pound into more money, through whichever way the children decided.  This is an ongoing project which the school will continue to be involved with throughout its development and we are excited about
Jun 2019
This year the school has developed a new link with the deaf health charity SignHealth. The charity works to ensure that deaf people have the same access to healthcare and health information. The theme for this year’s Form 1 and 2 massed choir at the Summer Concert at West Road was inspired by SignHealth’s annual fundraising event called sign2sing, which helps to raise awareness and to bring in much needed funds for the charity. SignHealth works to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are deaf. They provide some services directly in British Sign Language (BSL) and work in
Jun 2019
Fortunately, the weather gods were kind and yet again, the sun shone for the Parents’ Association Charity Fun Day in May. A big crowd of staff, parents and pupils made it to the playing fields to take part in a host of different activities from an assault course to plate smashing! The traditional Fun Run was the centrepiece of the day. After a vigorous warm up and some inspiring music most participants opted for the one lap option but, for those with more gas in the tank, the full three lap distance was keenly contested, producing a close finish. New stalls this year included a