February 2023

Feb 2023
Book Week at St John's celebrates the joy of reading and the inspiration you can get from listening to authors recounting their literary journeys and what motivated them to want to write. We were fortunate to welcome the following authors this year: Hannah Gold, Matty Long, M.G.Leonard, Christopher Edge, Anthony McGowan, Ellie Sandall and Serena Patel. St John's librarians, Mrs Julia Clarke at Byron House, and Mrs Kelly Johnson at Senior House, also organised Book at Bedtime, Dress as a Book Character Day, Book Fairs and literary competitions as part of Book Week. Over £1,000 was raised
Feb 2023
The Fourth Form had a wonderful opportunity to enhance their understanding of Buddhism with a trip to the Cambridge Buddhist Centre before half term.  In the Michaelmas term, the children had an introduction to the key Buddhist concepts and practices. The Buddhist hosts at the Centre built on this by answering the children’s questions and putting across the ‘flavour’ of a modern Buddhist life. The children were fascinated to see the beautiful shrine and to feel the sense of calm in the shrine rooms. The children examined different Buddhist artefacts and learnt about the significance
SJCS team qualifies to reach the national Science Quiz finals 2023
Feb 2023
The Quiz Club Science National Championships, for Years 5 and 6, are the largest inter-school competitions in the country. They are an exciting and challenging way to broaden our children’s scientific knowledge and they also offer a platform for our most able young scientists to showcase their abilities as part of a team representing St John’s. From the solar system to the smallest creatures on earth, from inventions that transform the world to the science of everyday lives, the Quiz encourages participants to explore the subject in a fascinating, engrossing and educational way. Three SJCS
Form 5 pupils learning to follow culinary recipes in French
Feb 2023
Form 5 were set the task of creating their own traditional French dish as part of their studies into eating out in France. This cultural cooking challenge involved the children choosing a recipe from a set list and then following the instructions which were either written in French or delivered in French in video format before making their dish. Recipes included well-known dishes such as: mousse au chocolat, tarte aux pommes, gâteau au chocolat fondant, croque madame and croque monsieur, salade niçoise, îlle flottant au micro-onde, clafoutis aux cerises and Tartiflette. As well as
Form 2 children from St John's College School learning about Oceans
Feb 2023
The children in Form 2K (Year 4) voted on ‘Oceans’ for their child-led learning project this term and they recently spent the day at the Sea Life Centre in Hunstanton to further their knowledge of this expansive topic. This trip encouraged a more in-depth curiosity about marine phenomena in the natural world and, as newly named 'Sea Defenders', the children found out just how important it is for us all to protect our oceans. The children became more aware of their own relationship with the ocean and were encouraged to consider how their daily actions can positively or negatively affect the
Beatboxing star Faz Shah visiting pupils in Form 4 at SJCS
Feb 2023
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 2nd February as part of their Music curriculum. The pupils 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. Beatboxing is the art of vocal percussion. The term beatbox
Form 1 pupils at St John's College School perform their 'Roman Britain Rewritten' drama production
Feb 2023
The pupils in Form 1 performed ‘Roman Britain Rewritten’, which was written by Form 1 class and drama teacher, Miss Kimberley Dempster. Their production links directly to their studies of Romans and Celts in class and built on their hands-on Roman Day workshop last term. Each class performed their own section of the production and, as well as acting, the children also sang a class song with moves choreographed by music teacher, Mrs Jan Fletcher. ‘Roman Britain Rewritten’ was performed 'in the round', with the audience seated on all sides of the stage. The children entered and exited