November 2022

Nov 2022
A group of Sixth Form children took part in this year's Shakespeare Schools Festival with their adaptation of 'A Winter's Tale' which was created and directed by Ms Harris and Mr Hawkins and was performed, alongside several other schools' productions, towards the end of November. The Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a cultural education charity that gives young people across the UK the confidence to succeed in life. Since 2000, SSF has transformed the lives of over 300,000 young people and their teachers with the aim of promoting life skill, social cohesion and ambition, educational
St John's 'Piazza Brass' concert with Christmas music 2022
Nov 2022
St John's has hosted a wealth of informal lunchtime and evening concerts this term and the whole school community is looking forward to the two Services in Preparation for Christmas at St John's College Chapel next week. In the week prior to these Services talented musicians across Senior House and a few from Byron House performed this year's Piazza Brass concert. Our musicians and music teachers alike donned festive jumpers, hats and sparkling tinsel to create a festive atmosphere with some even draping the instruments themselves! Big Band performed 'Can you feel the love tonight'
Year 8 pupils at St John's visiting the Cambridge University Library
Nov 2022
Form 6 visited the Cambridge University Library (CUL) as part of their Thursday afternoon Enrichment Programme. They had a tour of the library and were also lucky enough to visit the Darwin in Conversation exhibition as well. The exhibition comes at the completion of the Darwin Correspondence Project, a 40-year endeavour to publish all of Darwin’s correspondence; research is at the exhibition’s heart. As the Cambridge University Library states, ‘This is the rarest of chances to be with Darwin as he actually was, in his own words, with his own letters, and not as others would have him
SJCS Year 1 pupils performing their Nativity Play 2022
Nov 2022
Parents and children alike were enchanted by T1’s rendition of their Christmas nativity story, Babushka. Babushka lived in the countryside and opened her door, one snowy night, to find three men standing before her. She wanted to join them in giving gifts to the King of Kings but had too much cleaning to do.  The title character, Babushka, is an old lady who lives in a far away country. She cleans her house all day long to stop herself noticing how lonely and sad she is. She is so busy brushing away the spider, the mouse and the fly that she fails to notice beautiful things around her
SJCS pupils in Form 3 learning about Tudor times
Nov 2022
Form 3 turned back the clock to 1536 and lived a day in the life of the Tudors, in the reign of King Henry VIII. The life and times of this period, including the worry of being caught up in a plot or being treated by the best in medical expertise at the time (i.e. being given very bad medicine and being given a hole in the head!) was brought to life for Form 3 with a ‘History Off the Page’ Tudor Workshop. In the morning Form 3 became members of King Henry VIII’s household, performing a variety of everyday 16th century tasks. They had fun being ‘Scholars’ mixing inks together to use
St John's pupils playing the last post on Remembrance Day 2022
Nov 2022
“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
Nov 2022
Form 1 experienced the world of ancient Rome with a Roman Day workshop. The children were transported back to a Roman fort occupied by the Roman IX Legion with a recreation of life in the past including role-play, practical activities and hands-on experiences with Roman replica artefacts and a ‘suitcase’ investigation. The children were aptly dressed as Roman citizens, slaves or even barbarians and, as they worked, news arrived that Boudica was winning important battles including destroying Colchester, London, St Albans and the IX Legion’s infantry. The young Romans were encouraged to
SJCS pupils donating Christmas shoeboxes of gifts for the charity Link to Hope
Nov 2022
The children at St John's showed they had big hearts by giving Christmas gifts to disadvantaged people in Eastern Europe as they took part in the ‘Link to Hope’. The children take part every year and this year 160 boxes were collected, decorated and filled with various goodies which will be sent to those who would otherwise not receive a Christmas present. Link to Hope's aim is to combat poverty and give humanitarian aid and has special concern for the most disadvantaged and the poorest especially people struggling to survive in poor villages that lack basic amenities. Link to Hope
Nov 2022
Current parent, Mrs Patel, gave an insightful talk to Form 4 about the customs and traditions of Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest religions and the religion they 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 in India, near the Indus River, from which the name 'Hindu' is derived.
Nov 2022
Odd Socks Day on 14th November was a show of solidarity against bullying as children and staff at St John’s joined schools across Britain to raise awareness of bullying and to bring lasting change to children’s lives.  Odd Socks Day provides an opportunity for the children to have fun, be themselves, and spread awareness of the core values Anti-Bullying Week promotes. Anti-Bullying Alliance states that this day is, ‘A great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying week with the message to reach out.' In support of this important message, Assemblies and activities

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