St John’s pupils have supported Sport Relief charity this week by rising to the challenge set by Director of Sport, Mr McComb, and Head of Charities Committee, Miss Anne Orange, to total the distance travelled in all the sports activities during lessons and to work out how far can St John’s can 'travel' virtually in the space of a week. The children found out that when you donate to Comic Relief or Sport Relief you are supporting people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world. Whether it is mental health, homelessness, domestic abuse or children struggling to survive, Sport Relief’s aim is to reach people who need help the most. All pupils have been encouraged to bring in a small donation to support the work of Sport Relief.
Mr McComb explained, “We have set the pupils the challenge of seeing the virtual distance St John’s pupils can travel by estimating the number of kilometres covered in PE and Games lessons across the whole school each day and coming up with a daily total which, at the time of writing, stands at 2000 km (Thursday). It has been great to see the pupils put extra effort into lessons this week along with doing activities related to the challenge in academic subjects across the curriculum.” Children in Forms 4 to 6 all ran 2km around the Playing Fields at the start of the week which increased the virtual mileage covered significantly and Headmaster, Mr Chippington, challenged the Senior House children to work out how many miles the intrepid 11 members of staff who completed the Cambridge Half Marathon recently would work out at to add to our total. Children across both sites have swum, jumped, run, rolled, jogged and taken part in matches this week, as per normal, but have pushed themselves to go the extra distance to make our virtual total a huge 2,300km. In Mr Taylor's maths lessons the children calculated that this would have got St John's as far as Finland by day 5!