November 2021

SJCS pupils painting Christmas cards to raise money for Castle School
Nov 2021
Children throughout St John’s have worked hard to produce individual Christmas card designs during their lessons as part of our annual Festive art project. Any profits from the cards go to the Parents’ Association’s chosen charity Castle School which is a Special school in the centre of Cambridge which caters for pupils with a range of learning needs from aged 2-19 years. Castle School is an all-area Special school based in Cambridge with provision for 200 students up to 19 years of age. Each of the students has an Education Health and Care Plan. The school provides for an extensive
SJCS pupils supporting 'Love in Box' to provide gifts for those who are disadvantaged
Nov 2021
The children at St John's showed they had big hearts by giving Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children and young people in Eastern Europe as they took part in the ‘Love in a Box’ project organised by the Mustard Seed Relief Mission. The children take part every year and this year 200 boxes were collected, decorated and filled with various goodies which will be sent to children who would otherwise not receive a Christmas present. The charity, which has been in operation since 1992, continues to spread joy, love and happiness to many thousands of disadvantaged children who feel truly
Pupils marking the start of Anti-Bullying week with 'Silly Sock Day'
Nov 2021
On 15 November 2021, St John’s joined schools across Britain to embrace the message of ‘One Kind Word’, the theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week campaign created by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) which works to raise awareness of bullying and bring lasting change to children’s lives. The isolation of various pandemic lockdowns has emphasised the negative impact people’s words and actions can have on each other. One kind word can provide a moment of positivity to another. It can change the outcome of an argument or discussion. It can change someone’s perspective and alter the
Remembrance Day Commemorations at SJCS 2021
Nov 2021
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”  Extract from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon Remembrance Day falls every year on the 11th of November, the date in which the armistice was signed in 1918 to signify the end of World War One. This year, we have been able to mark this important day in person at both Byron House and Senior House and commemorate those who have fallen and mark this occasion with sincerity and respect. The children stood
Roman Day for Form 1 pupils at SJCS
Nov 2021
Form 1 experienced the world of ancient Rome with a Roman Day workshop. The children were transported back to Roman Britain with a recreation of life in the past including role-play, practical activities and hands-on experiences with Roman replica artefacts. The children were aptly dressed as Roman citizens, slaves or even barbarians. Cockroft Place became the villa near a Roman occupied town during the 60 AD Boudican revolt where the children were busy working as apprentices, learning, making and trading crafts whilst sharing all the latest gossip as Romano-Britons. The children all
Nov 2021
St John’s College School is celebrating after achieving the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s (ISI) highest grading of excellent. The rigorous four-day inspection included interviews with pupils and staff; lesson observations; parent, pupil and staff questionnaires; an examination of pupils’ work; and a scrutiny of all policies to enable the inspectors to assess the school’s compliance as well as the educational quality in all areas of school life. In particular, the inspection focused on the outcomes of pupils in terms of their personal development, as well as their academic and other
Form 4 pupils at SJCS learning about Hinduism
Nov 2021
Current parent, Mrs Patel, gave an insightful talk to Form 4 pupils about the customs and traditions of Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest surviving religions and the religion the children are currently studying in class. The children found out about the Hindu belief that life is a cycle of birth, death and rebirth and that the actions in this life, or ‘karma’, have an effect on the future. Mrs Patel explained that Hinduism is over 4,000 years old and is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices. It originated near the Indus River in India. The name 'Hindu'
Form 2 pupils from SJCS visiting Lackford Lakes
Nov 2021
Form 2 enjoyed an Eco-action day to Lackford Lakes, part of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which was designed to empower and inspire the children to take action for environmental sustainability. The three main activities focused on water conservation, food miles and reducing plastic usage. It was linked to the sustainability work the children have undertaken on Wangari Maathai. Maathai was a Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She achieved the Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace
St John's College School Parents' Association Fireworks Night 2021
Nov 2021
Despite the very rainy afternoon, the weather held and the 2021 SJCS Parents' Association fireworks were back with a bang on 3 November 2021. After having to cancel last year due to Covid, it was wonderful to see so many parents, children and staff out and enjoying the spectacular display with up to 900 enjoying the much anticipated event. The school Maintenance and Catering teams were on hand early to smooth the way, setting up tables, ropes, lights and more. Working behind the scenes, their hard work often goes unnoticed but is always much appreciated as they brought out everything
Young Shakespeare Company Workshop on Romeo and Juliet
Nov 2021
The children in Forms 4 and 5 were treated to a captivating and often humorous adaptation of the Young Shakespeare Company’s touring production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The Young Shakespeare Company specialise in introducing Shakespeare's plays to a younger audience. They skilfully involve the children by stopping at crucial points in the play, explaining the key plot lines and seeking audience participation. An informative and thought-provoking interactive workshop was followed by a fully-staged hour-long adaptation of the play including all the main characters and scenes. The Young

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