October 2023

3 children sitting at a small table eating soup
Oct 2023
Before half term our two Kindergarten classes took a trip to Cambridge market in the centre of the city to buy some vegetables to make soup with back at School. Getting to the market involved a trip on our school minibus as well as a short walk past historic Colleges and well-known sites to reach the market stall. The cross-curricular trip was a real-life lesson in managing money, an adventure out of the School grounds, and a chance to learn about seasonal vegetables and cooking.  Each child had 50p to pay for a vegetable of their choice but had the chance to look carefully at the
A man and woman facing each other, dancing and holding hands in front of an audience of children sitting on the floor
Oct 2023
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
children sitting at a picnic table
Oct 2023
Form 4 visited Wandlebury Country Park, a 110-acre estate in the Gog Magog hills, just south of Cambridge. The children spent a whole day’s learning about the life of the inhabitants of the Iron Age. They had a guided tour of the site, learnt all about Wandlebury's past and what evidence has been found to show what it would have looked like in the Iron Age, including the hill fort complete with circular ditch. At its heart is the historic Wandlebury Ring - the remains of an iron age hill fort and 18th century stables and gardens. "The emphasis of the trip is on practical, hands-on
Boys playing rugby
Oct 2023
St John’s joined fellow schools to play in bicentenary celebration rugby matches at the birthplace of the sport - Rugby School. Two hundred years ago, in 1823, William Webb Ellis took the ball in his arms and ran with it on The Close at Rugby School; the game known as football subsequently became named rugby football and is now known globally as rugby.  The St John’s U11A rugby team was invited to join in a bicentenary celebration rugby match against Winchester House U11A.  “The boys maintained a positive attitude throughout the day and were determined to utilise the skills we had
People standing around a table of cakes
Oct 2023
Last week our Parents' Association hosted their first event of the year in aid of Macmillan. Many parents and staff enjoyed a coffee, a cake and a chance to chat with other parents in the homely environment of the Boarding House. As well as hotly-anticipated raffle, there were whole cakes for sale & smaller treats to take home or to be enjoyed at the Coffee Morning. £585 was raised at the event in the Boarding House and a further £65 was raised in our staff rooms throughout the week. All money raised will support Macmillan’s vital work & will help fund the charity's amazing
Children standing side by side performing a poem with actions
Oct 2023
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends. Each year St John’s pupils and staff come together to mark this day because we believe exploring topics through vehicle of poetry helps to broaden perspectives, see things from a different point of view and encourage empathy and compassion. This year the theme was ‘Refuge’ and many children wrote their own poems based on this, including poems written in French and collum lune poems (5, then 3, then 5 words), amongst other types
Children in a gymnasium sitting on the floor playing floor basketball
Oct 2023
Last week a group of our Year 8 children took part in the PowerHouse Games at the Cambridge University Sports Centre, which was organised and run by the charity Power2Inspire (Inclusion through Sport) with its founder, Mr John Willis. The morning focused on taking part in adapted games and sports. After the welcoming ceremony, the participants took part in a rota of inclusive sports including: boccia, touch rugby, new age curling, goalball, walking football and sitting netball - all different examples as to how sports can be made accessible. “The PowerHouseGames is an incredible