December 2023

Four children sitting in front of chromebooks celebrating their win in a science quiz
Dec 2023
Three St John's Science Quiz teams competed in the Area Heats of the Quiz Club National Inter-School Science Championships. As always, the questions were beyond the knowledge of the National Curriculum but the children took the challenge in their stride and battled it out for a 3rd place and only 100 points behind the leaders, 18th place and 22nd place respectively. We are delighted that all three teams have now qualified for the Semi-Finals which will also take place online in the New Year. The Quiz Club National Championships, for Years 5 and 6, are the largest inter-school
Two children standing playing the trumpet
Dec 2023
“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. We commemorated the Act of Remembrance at both Byron House and Senior House in respect and honour for those who have fallen and to mark this occasion with sincerity and admiration. The children and staff stood
Three children sitting on the floor with legs stretched out to show their mismatching socks
Dec 2023
Odd Socks Day on 13th 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. This day also provided another opportunity for the children to have fun, be themselves, and spread awareness of the core values Anti-Bullying Week promotes in connection with Anti-Bullying Alliance. "Odd Socks 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
Children dressed in Victorian costumes standing behind their fair stalls
Dec 2023
Form 4 finished off their topic on Victorian life by inviting St John's families and friends into school on 24th November to purchase their wares at a special Victorian-themed Fayre, with the added aim of raising money for charity. Dressed head to toe in authentic outfits, the children recreated a bustling authentic Victorian Fair and transformed Hinsley Hall into a hub of activity with traditional stalls, live musical entertainment and games. £346 was raised for the new Cambridge Children's Hospital and Jimmy's Cambridge. We will also be raising more money for Jimmy's on our Christmas
A child greeting two elderly visitors who are seated at a table
Dec 2023
St John’s Charities Committee children and staff hosted its annual Christmas party for elderly residents living in Care Homes in the Cambridge area to bring on the festive cheer. Committee members from both Byron House and Senior House provided merriment, conversation and entertainment for the guests. The Christmas party is part of a rich and cherished tradition St John’s has of helping the local community. Guests and their carers enjoyed mince pies, cakes, sandwiches and drinks, as well as a programme of varied entertainment provided by the children. The Committee members helped
Three children dressed in Tudor costume sitting at a table
Dec 2023
Form 3 turned back the clock to 1536 and lived a day in the life of Tudor times 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