March 2020

SJCS Half Marathon staff team came first in the mixed category
Mar 2020
The 11 members of St John's College School staff who competed in the mixed category at the Cambridge Half Marathon have recently been informed by the organisers that they came first with a fantastic time of 05:59.19. The staff entered and ran to raise money for the school's current charity, Humanitas. For more information about this charity: https://www.humanitascharity.org/  
Under 13 1st Boys' VII Hockey Team at the Eastern Regional Finals
Mar 2020
The Under 13 1st Boys’ VII hockey team performed brilliantly at the Under 13 Eastern Regionals last week. As Cambridgeshire County Champions, the team qualified for the regionals, held at an Olympic training ground in Redbridge. Assistant Director of Sport, Mr David Millward, commented, "In windy conditions the standard of hockey did not disappoint and the group stages were fiercely contested. This team have been working particularly hard on converting goal scoring opportunities and this proved to be very useful in the shortened tournament matches." The boys beat Norwich, Robert
Mar 2020
International Development Manager at Humanitas Charity, Ms Genevieve Jones-Hernandez, delivered a talk for children in Forms 4 and 6 about the work the charity is doing in Ghana and, in particular, at Ayensuako School in southern Ghana for which St John's has been raising money. This is as part of a larger humanitarian project by the charity to help provide much needed resources for the school and to help it continue to succeed. Humanitas Charity believes that, “Everyone is entitled to healthcare, an education and a family. We strive to provide these 3 keys rights in countries and areas
Form 3 visit St Giles Church in Cambridge
Mar 2020
Form 3 visited St Giles’ Church in Cambridge as part of their Religious Studies focus on Christianity this term. The main aim of the visit was to witness the different aspects that make up an Anglican church, such as the font, nave, pew, lectern, chancel and pulpit amongst others and learn why they are important to Christian worship. In school, Form 3 have discussed the different forms worship can take and identified that it is an external expression of Christians' faith, demonstrates their respect and brings a sense of togetherness as a community, making them feel closer to God and 
SJCS pupils calculating their total virtual distance travelled in a week for Sport Relief
Mar 2020
St John’s pupils have supported Sport Relief charity this week by rising to the challenge set by Director of Sport, Mr McComb, and Head of Charities Committee, Miss Anne Orange, to total the distance travelled in all the sports activities during lessons and to work out how far can St John’s can 'travel' virtually in the space of a week. The children found out that when you donate to Comic Relief or Sport Relief you are supporting people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world. Whether it is mental health, homelessness, domestic abuse or children struggling to survive,
Kindergarten children visiting Hamerton Zoo
Mar 2020
On 6 March the whole of Kindergarten visited Hamerton Zoo near Sawtry. The zoo stretches over 20 acres so there were many different wild and domestic animals for our youngest children to explore, from looking into the eye of a tiger to venturing into cheetah country, as well as giant anteaters, wallabies, Corsac foxes and the more familiar donkeys, rabbits, sheep and alpacas. The children were lucky enough to all receive an animal talk from zoo experts where they could handle different animals, feel their skins and learn how to group animals into categories: mammals, birds or reptiles
Under 11s Colts VII Boys' Team at Gresham's for the East Round Tournament Finals
Mar 2020
The U11 Colts VII Boys' team had a fantastic day at the East Round Hockey Tournament Finals on 6 March. The team travelled to Gresham's School and played 6 group games with the winner of the group then playing the winner of the other group in a Final. The boys faced Barnadiston Hall first and got off to a flying start in 15 minute games each way and won 2-0. With a speedy break in between, the boys' following match was against Stamford School and they worked well collaboratively to win 2-0. After a well-deserved rest our U11s played Chigwell, winning 2-1 before a tough contest
Mar 2020
Eleven members of staff completed the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 8 March. Headmaster, Mr Neil Chippington, explained, “This was an amazing feat and the team effort, as well as individual successes, are part of what make working at St John's College School such a joy and privilege.” This is the second year in a row that the school staff have taken part and raised money for Humanitas and the school in Ayensuako, Ghana. There is still time to donate (https://www.justgiving.com/SJCSHumanitas). Form 1 teacher, Miss Dempster, said, “Running the Cambridge Half Marathon with the St John’s
Form 6 Large Landscapes Project
Mar 2020
The art department at Senior House is a lively place where the children experience a wide range of media and materials through a stimulating curriculum. Housed in a spacious room with ample natural light, the children gain experience in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics through the study of both historic and contemporary art practice. Each child keeps a sketchbook which is used to record observations and to research and plan project work. Weekly lessons last for an hour and different topics and processes are studied each term. Some projects use digital media both in
Beatbox artist Faz Shah delivering a workshop to children in Form 4
Mar 2020
Each Form 4 class was fortunate to have an hour and a half long workshop with actor, composer, writer and beatboxing violinist Faz Shah on 3 March. Form 4 gained a new insight into creating music, one that was instant and absolutely unique. The beatboxing violinist led each class through an engaging session exploring vocal percussion and beatboxing and how to layer sections, develop basic core rhythms in various musical genres and explore techniques to nurture musical creativity. After watching Faz perform his electric violin along to pop songs, the year group were able to learn

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