March 2022

Mar 2022
St John’s children and their families recently celebrated Red Nose Day to raise money and awareness for Comic Relief – a charity that brings hope in the face of injustice and poverty. The children were encouraged to make their own Happy Hats to help celebrate Comic Relief fundraising day on 18 March. In total, £1,026 was raised by St John’s families for the charity.  Anyone wishing to contribute can do so via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/st-john-s-college-school3 or direct to Comic Relief. This year, £42,790,147 was raised (and still counting) for Comic Relief and, since its
SJCS children in Form 3 visiting St Giles' Church in Cambridge as part of the Religious Studies topic on Christianity
Mar 2022
Pupils in Form 3 visited St Giles’ Church in Cambridge as part of their Religious Studies focus on Christianity this term. The main purpose was to identify the different aspects that make up an Anglican church, such as the font, nave, pew, lectern, chancel and pulpit amongst others and to find out more about why they are important to Christian worship. In school, the children have discussed why Christians worship God and the different forms this may take. As well as being an external expression of their faith the discussed the reasons for the different forms of worship including:
SJCS pupils taking part in Fieldrun on the St John's College Playing Fields
Mar 2022
The introduction of the SJCS Fieldrun has been a great success over the past two terms, with a steadily increasing number of Senior House children committing to walk, run or jog the event on a weekly basis. It was superb to see the Senior House Fieldrun community coming together on 11 March to organise the inaugural Byron House Fieldrun on the St John's Playing Fields. There was a warm-up led by three members of the Form 5, with tail and lead runners as well as plenty of supportive marshals spread out around the course. In total 36 children, with all Byron House Year groups represented
SJCS pupils taking part in a cross country run with a moving finish line
Mar 2022
The annual House Cross Country Run for Forms 4 to 6 is a sporting event the children train for in their Games and PE lessons and combines the excitement of competing for their House, as well as the chance to run around the beautiful St John’s Playing Fields. This year, Deputy Director of Sport, Mr David Millward, changed the format with a moving finishing line, meaning the fastest runners ran the furthest and were the last ones to finish. This enabled others who had already been ‘caught’ by the moving red flag to support those still running from the sidelines. Director of Sport, Mr
Solo Channel swimmer Ed Williams speaking to pupils at St John's College School
Mar 2022
English and Irish solo marathon swimmer and public speaker, Mr Ed Williams, gave an inspirational talk to Forms 3 and 6 as part of our Thursday afternoon Enrichment Programme. His main message for the children was about having a dream and doing everything you can to achieve it with a heavy focus on the importance of trying hard and having the determination to succeed. Mr Williams is also the founder of the Elite Swimming Academy. Mr Williams based his talk around his solo English Channel swim and his recent completion of his North Channel swim between Ireland and Scotland. His
St John's pupils learning about schooling in Victorian times at Stibbington Village
Mar 2022
The children in Form 4 visited Stibbington Village and Education Centre 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
SJCS pupils visiting the Cambridge Zoology Museum
Mar 2022
2K visited the Cambridge Zoology Museum as part of their child-led learning topic this term. The session focused on exploring animal skeletons: what they are, how they work and why they are important. This reiterates part of the topic they are studying in school about adaptation, evolution and the work of evolutionary British biologist and naturalist, Charles Darwin and his theory of natural selection. In the museum-led part, the children learned about the skeleton and spent some time comparing the skeletons of various animals, especially the skulls. The session began with a
Book Week activities at St John's College School in 2022
Mar 2022
Coinciding with World Book Day on 3rd March, every child at St John's took part in our Book Week activities, celebrating the joy of language and reading. Five authors gave talks and workshops across the week, including: Simon Mole, Ross Welford, Elle McNicoll, Mini Grey and Kevin Crossley-Holland. Younger children at Byron House donned their pyjamas and returned to school for hot chocolate and snacks beside the 'fire' with teachers reading and sharing some of the children's favourite stories. Another highlight was the ever popular Extreme Reading Competition which saw children reading down