January 2024

woman standing at the front of a room, in front of a screen, delivering a presentation to children
Jan 2024
‘How do you view stressful situations, as a challenge or a threat?’ Cambridge-based Sports Psychologist, Helen Davis, posed this question to our Form 6 during her inspirational ‘Think Believe Perform’ talk about how to become a more positive and effective thinker, in sports and beyond. Helen Davis provides Sport Psychology consultancy to help people of any age achieve their goals and sporting ambitions. She spoke to Form 6 about learning to focus on what you know to be true about you and your team in order to achieve success, as an individual or as a team, your confidence comes from
Three children standing in front of a man with all four facing the camera
Jan 2024
We were delighted to welcome Barry Griffiths from Jimmy's Cambridge to talk to Senior House about what the charity is all about and how the money the school raised last term might be spent. Some of the money resulting from Form 4's Victorian Fayre, as well as the total amount from our whole school Christmas Jumper Day helped raise £541 for Jimmy's. Barry also spoke from first-hand experience about what was like sleeping rough and how Jimmy's helped give him hope for a different, more hopeful, future for himself. Jimmy's, established in 1995, started as Cambridge's first year-round
Jan 2024
Our annual festive Service in Preparation for Christmas was once again held over two days in the magnificent Chapel of St John’s College. A range of carols, poems and readings were presented by St John’s children. The carols and readings were interspersed with five congregational hymns, including O come, all ye faithful, Hark! the herald-angels sing, O little town of Bethlehem, Lo! He comes with clouds descending and O come, O come, Emmanuel!. The Services provided a sense of calm away from the bustle that the festive time of the year brings and gave those watching a chance to stop and
2 children sitting on the ground and one leaning against a stone in a greenhouse drawing
Jan 2024
Form 1 visited Cambridge University Botanical Gardens to find out more about plants from all over the world as part of their current Rainforest topic in school. In the glasshouses the children travelled the world via hot and humid jungles, dry desert lands and even to the top of the highest mountains. In each different part of the world they learnt about how plants grow and survive in all sorts of climates. The children also used their senses to study some very interesting carnivorous ‘plants that bite’ before choosing which plant they would focus on in detail and draw. Cambridge
Four children sitting at a group of desks with their laptops open
Jan 2024
Three SJCS teams took part in the Semi-Final and our Team 1 came 7th which qualified them to go through to the Final, joining the other teams in the top 20. The National Finals of the Championships will take place in the Summer Term and teams have the option to go and take part in person in London or, alternatively, online. 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
Children kneeling on mats in a buddhist centre
Jan 2024
The Fourth Form had a wonderful opportunity to enhance their understanding of Buddhism with a trip to the Cambridge Buddhist Centre.  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. They examined different Buddhist artefacts and learnt about the significance of each element of the
children dressed in roman costumes, holding protective shields, re-enacting an ancient battle
Jan 2024
Form 1 performed ‘Roman Britain Rewritten’, which was written by our Form 1 class and drama teacher with music by our Byron House music teacher. The children's production linked 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 our specialist dance teacher.. ‘Roman Britain Rewritten’ was performed 'in the round', with the audience seated on all sides of the stage. The children
children wading in a shallow stream to measure its depth
Jan 2024
Our Sixth Form pupils were eager to get their hands dirty and wade into the river, when they visited FSC Epping Forest a Special Area of Conservation. Our geographers enjoyed getting thoroughly muddy as they studied Loughton Brook which is a tributary of the River Roding. The purpose of the trip to Epping Forest Field Centre was for the children to investigate the downstream changes in the characteristics of Loughton Brook and also to assess whether it conforms to the Bradshaw Model. They also had the chance to explore how the geological makeup of the area influences the drainage basin
Jan 2024
'What does thinking look like?' Form 2 engaged in a thought-provoking exercise during their weekly Philosophy session. Commencing the lesson with a mindful moment, they embarked on a 'think-pair-share' activity before contemplating, 'If you were green what would you be and why?' which generated some interesting and varied responses. The children then had a set time to use any resources to create a visual model of what they felt thinking actually looked like. The objective behind this endeavour was to enhance the children's focus and concentration, while also encouraging metacognition
children dressed in coats and hats walking along the backs in Cambridge on a cold winter's day
Jan 2024
Our commitment to pupil autonomy builds upon the foundation laid in our Pre-Prep curriculum, which emphasises independent, play-based learning. In Year 1 and KG, children have the freedom to explore both outdoor areas and classrooms, with teachers providing accessible resources, introducing learning opportunities, offering challenges, and actively participating in play alongside the children. Through this guidance, we aim to direct, support, engage, and nurture their interests. The recent idea of a winter walk to the Cambridge Backs emerged from the genuine curiosity of one of our Year 4

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