May 2022

St John's College School Classicists win the 2022 Perse Latin Play Competition
May 2022
The Perse Upper School hosted the annual ‘Ludi Scaenici’ Latin Drama Competition on 24th May. A number of schools took part, each entering their own specially-created play, written and performed in Latin. Our talented St John’s Classicists won the whole competition with their self-written play entitled, ‘It’s a Matter of Life and Death’. The pupils involved are in the fourth year of learning Latin and the plays have to be crafted from language and situations that they have encountered while studying Cambridge Latin Course Book 1. The St John’s entry imagines the gods becoming bored
Year 2 SJCS pupils performing Ginger Man 2022
May 2022
Children in T2 (Year 2) performed their own unique version of the famous tale of The Gingerbread Man – or as their version is known – Ginger Man! A fast-paced, action-packed adventure following the plight of a poor Ginger Man with a happy ending. The play was originally written by Head of Drama, Mr Tim Clarke, 30 years ago and the catchy songs, such as ‘Run Ginger, Run’ and ‘Happy’ were composed by former Gap Student, Mr Robin Horgan. The King and Queen of Gondal have no idea how to make their petulant daughter, Princess Buttercup, happy and she detests all the presents they give her
SJCS pupils take part in the 2022 Stowe Athletics Competition
May 2022
29 Senior House children represented St John’s at the annual Stowe School Athletics Tournament in May 2022, with both track and field events.  On the track, the children competed in: 75m, 100m, 150m, 200m, 300m, 600m, 800m and 1500m races and the field events included long jump, high jump, discus, shot, javelin and ball throw. The relays marked the finale to this successful event where many SJCS athletes took the chance to shine. Director of Sport, Mr Gareth McComb, commented, ‘We have many good athletes across the school with plenty of potential and it is terrific to see them get the
St John's College School pupils posing for the whole school photograph 2022
May 2022
St John’s had its whole school photograph on 12 May and this is the first time the School has been able to come together as a whole school community since the pandemic. The 'blaze' of red all coming together was a sight to behold. Children in Kindergarten right the way through to Form 6, nearly 470 young people and many for the first time, joined forces on the St John’s College Playing Fields for the event, on this sunny afternoon. The youngest pupils sat on the floor at the front and the rest of the school were positioned in height order on the stands. (Above photo courtesy of
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2022
May 2022
In 2022 Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, with 70 years of service. To commemorate this occasion and to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign in the run up to the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend in June, the School held an afternoon tea complete with two enormous Union Jack Victoria sponges. Colourful crowns were created, Union Jack flags were coloured and 'God Save the Queen' was sung in fine spirit before children and staff tucked into afternoon tea, provided by our Catering staff. Our afternoon Jubilee celebrations provided
Year 9 and 10 pupils from Bedford School giving at concert at St John's College School
May 2022
Ten talented young musicians from Bedford School gave a Lunchtime Concert at Senior House on 9 May, including two former SJCS pupils who are now enjoying their first year at Bedford. Strings, woodwind, brass, piano and voice were all represented and our past pupils also had time for a question and answer session about their musical highlights in Year 9, as well as aspects they miss about St John’s. St John's Director of Music, Mr Simon Kirk, remarked, ‘As far as the origins of the concert go, the Head of Woodwind and Brass at Bedford - a former pupil of mine from a previous school -
St John's College School Year 4 pupils taking part in a 1940s evacuees recreation day
May 2022
Form 2 took a step back in time and experienced what life was like for evacuees in the 1940s. Through the immersive ‘History Off the Page’ school experience, the children spent the morning in a 1940’s school setting, writing with ink pens and, among other things, learning what to do during an air raid. In the afternoon, the children took part in a shopping task and were given ‘old’ money, a ration book and an ID card; they then had to purchase items from a shopping list, managing their money and their rationing stamps. As the children entered the Hall they were transported back to
Senior Schools Evenings at St John's College School
May 2022
SJCS welcomed 20 Senior Schools on 5th May to take part in a Future Schools evening. This included local day schools such as The Perse, St Mary’s, The Leys, King’s Ely and Stephen Perse Foundation as well as several boarding schools such as Eton, Kimbolton, Oundle, Gresham’s and Stoke College amongst many others. These Senior Schools’ Evenings have been highly successful in the the past here at St John’s, allowing senior schools to talk to prospective parents in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  Senior Schools Liaison Officer, Mrs Leisle Chippinton, explained, ‘This has proved
Form 3 SJCS pupils performing Roald Dahl's Cinderella
May 2022
Form 3 made their debut on the Hinsley Hall stage and performed their rendition of Cinderella. This production was based on the Revolting Rhymes poem by Roald Dahl, featuring wonderful highlights of music and choreographed dancing. The audience rolled with laughter as they were treated to a remarkable performance from the young thespians. For those unfamiliar with the Roald Dahl version, the show provided some funny and eye-opening departures from the usual story, including the Ugly Sister slipping her enormous, corn-laden toes into a perfectly fitting, smelly old shoe and becoming
Year 1 pupils from St John's College School at Silverstone
May 2022
T1 visited the Silverstone Interactive Museum as part of their topic on transport. The museum is a thrilling journey through the past, present and future of British motor sport. The children climbed into a racing car, learned to be a commentator and had a go at building a racing bike. The Interactive Museum brought the science behind the sport to life - and the children touched and tested, as well as heard from engineers themselves. They were also able to learn about dampers, count up the number of buttons on a modern steering wheel and explore why there are different tyre compounds