February 2020

Child led learning at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Feb 2020
As part of our Child-led learning programme, children in each year group from T2 to Form 2 choose their own topic for one term per year. This term Form 2K chose 'South America' and visited the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge to explore the subject further. The children took part in a multisensory handling session inspired by objects from the Amazon and discussed points such as how the ancient Maya expressed their identities, what objects they used to show their power and what archaeology can tell us about South American ancient civilisations. One child commented, “
Feb 2020
The U11 Boys’ Colts’ VII team showed skill and commitment to finish in second place at the recent County Hockey Tournament held at the Perse Prep. As a result they will be travelling to Gresham's School in Norfolk for the Regional Finals on 6 March. Inspired by the recent success of the 1st VII hockey team, the boys’ Colts VII headed to the County Tournament full of optimism. A round robin tournament was the order of the day and the team got off to a strong start with a 1-0 win. They finished the tournament on an impressive 10 points, having won 3 times, drawn once and lost once. It was
Pupils building two-legged walking robots in STEM activity
Feb 2020
Form 4 took part in a STEM Faculty workshop as part of our Thursday afternoon enrichment programme and had the chance to create a walking ‘Robot Duck’ from a Mindsets Kit. They had a set time to assemble a pack of parts, or basic components, for the basic two-legged (bipedal) walker. Despite having all the basic components, including pre-cut plates, they did not have all the final answers and their creative involvement ranged from investigation of mechanical variables to a re-think of geometry. The children investigated simple and compound machines and assembled their Robot Duck kits
Choir Tour to Aix-en-Provence and the Netherlands
Feb 2020
The Choristers embarked on two festive tours with the St John’s College Choir prior to Christmas, the first to Aix-en-Provence in France and the second to the Netherlands. During their trip to the Netherlands, the Choristers also enjoyed some time sightseeing in Rotterdam at the Maritime Museum, as well as a stadium tour of Feyenoord FC. The Choir returned to the grand setting of Grand Théâtre de Provence and performed a programme of English and French music including Byrd and Poulenc with Director of Music Andrew Nethsingha, James Anderson-Besant and George Herbert on the piano and
Feb 2020
Form 1 gave heartfelt performances of songs, dances and poetry all based on the enchanting book, The Lost Words by Dr Robert Macfarlane. The children became ‘shapeshifters’ and ‘fluttering goldfinches’ as they breathed life back into many forgotten words. Head of Drama, Mr Tim Clarke, explained, “The children spoke, acted and moved powerfully with one voice and were poised and elegant. It was about children excelling at being children…” The Lost Words is a ‘book of spells’ that seeks to conjure up the near-lost magic and strangeness of nature. It transcends age barriers inspiring
Feb 2020
The children in Form 4 visited Stibbington Village near Peterborough and travelled back in time to the year 1896. Dressed in Victorian skirts and mop caps, or breeches and cloth caps, the young Victorians were given identities of children who actually went to Stibbington School during Queen Victoria’s era. The visit included a taste of Victorian school life. The children discovered that Victorian teachers were very strict; every time a child answered a question, they had to stand up to speak and woe betide anyone who tried to write with their left hand or ended up with ink on their
Feb 2020
Following the success of last year’s Scheherazade, the Fourth Form put on a stellar performance with their Three Folk Tales which contained moments of terror and gore, paired with hilarity, as well as spectacular dances in between the individual plays. One of the performers described the experience, “It was really fun pretending to be a grumpy cowboy because I could make silly cowboy accents and exciting being in such a great production.”  The use of movement and dance were also pivotal in making this evening both visually stunning and at many times, incredibly funny. A Form 4 child