St Johnâ€™s Beaumont SPRING/SUMMER 2018
Contents S.T.E.M. Week
4, 6 & 8
Science Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Upper Elements Bushcraft Weekend
Fun in the snow! Middle School Music
Ancient Technology Centre Trip Sport
38 & 40
Rudiments Leavers Trip
Religious Education Staff News
Shrove Tide Celebrations
28 & 30
Royal Wedding Celebrations
18, 20, 22, 24 & 26
The Art School
Friends of St Johnâ€™s
Headmaster’s Introduction Dear Parents, Staff, Boys and Old Boys of St John’s It is a pleasure to introduce our magazine covering the second half of this academic year. This period is traditionally even busier than normal as our older boys begin to make final preparations for their secondary school entrance examinations and the summer term witnesses the culmination of so many projects and events in drama, art, music, sport and academia. I must say once again how proud I have been of the boys this year: through their open-mindedness, generosity and sense of community, they have created so many warm and long-lasting memories in the minds of others: their selflessness in hosting grandparents’ tea parties, supporting the work of our own SJHCT during Easter week, the reading mentoring programmes set up by Rudiments boys and the enormous amount of work that went into this year’s Day of Service are merely a few examples of what makes our boys different and so special. They have, of course, also kept their eyes firmly peeled on the day to day business of school and achieved many remarkable successes academically (UK Maths Challenge results and an outstanding Verse Speaking competition and Science Week) and across the wider curriculum in; music (the Queen’s Six concert), art (summer term exhibition and scholarships), drama (excellent LAMDA results and production of Treasure Island) and sport (Rowing championships medals, IAPS athletics, IAPS swimming finals and inter-school gala successes) and the following pages pay testament to some of these. The curriculum has, as always, been further enhanced with a very wide range of trips to; the First World War battlefields in Belgium and France, the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset, a Bushcraft weekend, Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, and trips to the ballet, opera and theatre as well as Twickenham, Lords, Odds Farm Park the Roald Dahl Museum to name but just a few. Never let it be said however that it is just work but no play at St John’s. We also know how to let our
hair down and no more so than when we celebrated the royal wedding in style with a school banquet outside. The boys’ character has continued to shine through in so many ways but impressively so in their willingness to take on challenge and risk. Their commitment and energy to achieve so many ‘personal bests’ in this term’s Mile Challenge was extraordinary and I was in awe of their courage and support for each other as the boarders completed their PADI SCUBA diving course in cold and challenging conditions. Their continued ability to acknowledge and take on these challenges and opportunities will define them as much in the years to come as any curricular success. Thank you for your continued support for St John’s. We value your contributions to the life of the school greatly and much of what we achieve could not be done without your trust and support for your sons’ teachers and the encouragement you offer so generously. I hope, whatever your plans over the summer that you have a wonderful holiday and to our Rudiments boys and families can we wish you all the very best for September.
Giles Delaney Headmaster
Lower Figures Trip to Kew Gardens
What a wonderful day it proved to be although the sun shined the morning was a little chilly as we drove up to the Victoria Gate. After disembarking we headed for the Educational Centre to be greeted by our guides.
delicate orchids provided a fascinating backdrop and the boys listened carefully to the intriguing stories and explanations about the plants.
After a brief introduction, off we headed to the Princess Diana Centre where we were grateful for the warmth. Working our way through the various collections of flowers and fauna we stopped at times so that the guide could explain the various facts behind the displays.
After lunch we set off for the Treewalk a structure high up in the tree tops which beckoned to be climbed. Perhaps not by all!
Huge plants and
The inevitable questions such as ‘When are we having lunch?’ and ‘Do we have to walk?’ were swiftly dealt with as we eventually walked towards the ‘Climbers and Creepers’ the ‘watering hole’ for the boys. Miss Dos Santos wisely staked her claim at the foot of the structure so as to ensure safety ‘on the ground’ while the other teachers led the group up the many stairs to the very top! As we climbed the chattering appeared to disappear
as minds ‘and mouths’ became more and more unsure. Finally we reached the top and the views were stunning. The day was so clear we could see for miles and everyone enjoyed the adventure. Finally having climbed down it was time to return to our coach and head home. Everyone thought the day had been a great success.
Upper Elements Visited the Winchester Science Museum This was a really fun day, there is so much to do and see at the museum. The best bit is that you can touch and interact with the displays, itâ€™s not just looking. We learned about the environment, forces, rocks & fossils. Then it was time to leave and get back on the coach and head back to school. Thank you to Ms Murphy & Ms Dos Santos for arranging this trip.
5 Physics workshop On Tuesday March 20th, for most of the morning and afternoon, all of Upper Figures joined staff and students from Royal Holloway Physics Department for a Physics workshop. We started off with a few activities to warm up. At first, we brainstormed about what physics is, and some bright ideas came out, like quantum physics and physics is how things work. Then, we had a 'word match' where we had a sheet of paper, and 12 words, 4 of those words were linked, and we had to explain why. We had a small break, then we had an exercise where we had to link a chain of words using physics. We had some good links for words like cow, atmosphere, aliens, photons
etc. We had interesting discussions and some odd ideas. We had another short break to socialize, and then had (my favorite activity) the 'job apprenticeship'. Each group were acting as a company, where we would discuss whether an employee would be suitable for a certain job that is recruiting. Each group had 5 employees with certain stats, like creativity, or how many GCSEs the employee has. We only had one employee make the job, as other teams were extremely competitive. This exercise was to see how logical you were, as you can analyze and see what fits best. After break, we had our final exercise. We were shown a
'tube' that had cords that were seemingly attached to each other, and we had to recreate what was inside without seeing what was inside. This exercise was to
see how good we were at solving problems. We did not finish, but had a good time doing it. By Charlie Ni
Bellarmine visit to the Science Museum Everyone from Bellarmine and Lower Elements had heaps of fun at the museum. We began by listening to a talk from Michael Faraday and his discoveries of electricity and magnetism...he really knows his stuff! This was followed by a viewing on the top floor. Here, there was the aeroplane exhibition. We really enjoyed imagining what it would be like to fly them and how exhilarating it would be to fly in the open air and high above the ground. There were quite a few boys all competing for TYES all day. The aim of the TYE game was to find as many new facts and ideas in each exhibition; it made the tour of things even more exciting. We worked as a team and hunted for answers to trickier questions. It was a Bellarmine battle. On
some of the floors there were fun games with lots of buttons and knobs to push, twist or turn. One of the favourites was the Build your Space Rover and the Drive it in Space game. We even got to see what Miss Carver looked like as a grandma, that was a treat. It was such a memorable experience and we saw so many things from lessons but in real life. Everyone very much enjoyed the day, even the long wait for our coach turned into a fun adventure of its own. We would like to thank our school chefs for providing us with delicious sandwiches and snacks for our lunch, Miss Carver and Mr Thompson for the giggles and bringing the museum to life and Miss Dos Santos and Mrs Murphy for organising the trip.
On the 22nd of March, all of Rudiments participated in a forensic sciences workshop offered by “Pulse CSI” as part of S.T.E.M week, we all engaged in several activities which taught us the credibility of forensic evidence, as well as how hard it is for a criminal to cover their tracks. We started the day by learning about fingerprints, we used two methods to examine them. First, we rubbed our hands together and placed one on a piece of paper, we then used a magnetic “wand”
to brush iron filings over the hand print. Whilst this gave us a clear image of our hand, the second method was even better. Here we pressed our fingers on a sheet of black ink and transferred them to a small card, following this we could categorise our fingerprints into one of several groups, one group being so rare that only 23 people out of 9,000 surveyed had it! We concluded this activity and moved onto footprint analysis. We were amazed by how much information could be discovered by looking at a footprint, weight, disability and possible height. We looked at our footprints again and learned about footprint plaster casting. The penultimate activity was hair and fibre analysis, where we took a clear, sticky sheet and placed it on our jumpers several times. We used a “pocket microscope” to look at the hairs and many of us found that our jumpers had three or four different types and colours of hair on them, these being human hair and pet fur.
The final activity required all the previously learned skills; a man had been killed and we had to find the culprit from a list of possible suspects, we had a booklet containing the
with our chosen culprit’s name and were given the answer. The day was an amazing opportunity and it was interesting to see the science that catches criminals. However,
fingerprints, occupation and description of each of the suspects. We were provided with C.S.I suits and glasses before setting about to find the killer! After an hour of investigation, we came back
seeing that most of us did not find the culprit, I don’t think that we will be receiving a call from CSI Miami! By Huw Edwards
Colin Stuart On Thursday 22nd of March Colin Stuart came to give us a very interesting talk on space. The talk started with the idea of dark matter we were told how galaxies are moving away from us faster than the speed of light which shouldn’t be possible based on the theory's that most of us call facts. And if galaxies are moving away from us faster than the speed of light our perceivable universe is getting smaller and smaller as messages being sent to our eyes can only travel to us at the speed of light. We also found out we’re not actually sure what dark matter is we just know it's there. There are many labs that have set up many very sophisticated tests to prove what dark matter is or get a better understanding of it.
Colin started by explaining how dark matter was first discovered which was when galaxies which were so large with a gravitational field that was too weak to hold all the matter in the galaxy cluster called the Coma cluster. This was when Fritz
Zwicky (February 14, 1898 – February 8, 1974) worked out that the matter present was only about 1% of the required matter to stop the Coma cluster being separated by the incredible speeds by which the galaxies are moving. The now so-called "dark matter" was originally known as "missing mass". Colin then went onto explaining what the XENON Project was. He said that it was a project that is in operation today to try and detect dark matter particles called WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles). The members of the XENON Project have created sensors that are part liquid xenon and then part gaseous xenon on top of that. The theory behind this is that the WIMPs cannot be directly detected and so scientists must use indirect methods of detection which includes detecting gamma-rays, neutrinos or cosmic rays from the
annihilation of the WIMPs. Every particle has an anti-particle which is why these WIMPs annihilate each other. Gamma-rays and cosmic rays can come from various sources in the universe. Solar neutrinos however come from sources like the sun and so far, we have not found any known material that can stop these particles, pretty much everything is transparent to them, but xenon does have a slight interaction with these solar neutrinos. Imagine it as if you had a uniform, flat bed of atoms and then suddenly a particle hits one of the atoms and a quick electric charge is sent through the material, this is what is happening approximately 1,510 meters underground. The earth is bombarded with many types of particles and waves every day so many in fact that if this xenon
detector were to be on the surface all of this "noise" would block out any neutrinos that are detected, that is why it is placed 1.5 km underground. Colin was talking about this and how about 65 million neutrinos were passing through the tip of your finger every second and many other things to do with dark matter most of which are mentioned above. His presentation, talk and explanations were great, and I hope to see him again next year.
Written by Edri Kaleshi and Simran Athwal
Visit to London Zoo The Pre-prep boys excitedly arrived at London Zoo, ready to see all their favourite animals up close. We began by trekking through the rainforest and were lucky enough to see the newborn baby sloth right above our heads. We then moved to the plains of Africa where we enjoyed seeing the giraffes and zebras having lunch. Along the way we also managed to see the lemurs playing in the trees, the huge gorillas and the sleepy Siberian tigers. We also enjoyed our workshop where we learnt more about the different animal types and even managed to look at some real animal artefacts.
The highlight of the trip were the playful macaque monkeys who entertained us with their play fighting and humorous expressions.
Science Club Science Club is a brilliant activity with new, interesting lessons each week. Miss Dos Santos owns all sorts of fascinating equipment, such as a set of incredible indoor fireworks, and each week she gives us a chance to use the equipment to see what we can do. Once we used a fabulous electronics set: we had buzzers buzzing, spinners spinning and a whole lot of fun to boot! Another time we had an iron filing art competition.
The pictures were created by moving iron filings across the paper using magnets. The winner of the competition was an image of a monkey face/baby face. It was very interesting and lots of fun! Miss Dos Santos shows how to be safe in the science lab. We were taught how to use a Bunsen
Burner safely to make sure we donâ€™t burn ourselves. She also showed us the carbon dioxide meter. It shows us how much carbon dioxide is in the air. If it finds too much an alarm will ring and the office will be alerted. Too much carbon dioxide in the air is danger-
ous because it takes up space, meaning there is not enough space for oxygen, making it difficult to breath. If you enjoy fun, engaging experiments then come and join us on Wednesdays from 4pm until 5pm! Marcus Day
Upper Elements Bushcraft Weekend Beaumont survival Several Year 5 boys from St John’s Beaumont School camped in the school’s woods with their fathers to spend some time together, but with no knowing of what was in there… THE TEAM The boss (fondly known as Nigel) led the expedition with his two mates, Jamie and James. THE BIG FIRE The team taught the boys how to make a fire and they
each made one. They also made a really big fire to cook their food on. MAKING SHELTER Nigel took the boys to a dry place and set a task for them to do with their parents. The task was to build a fully waterproof shelter. All the groups did exceptionally well with the shelters but pretty much all of them were not waterproof! by Lucas Newman
Bushes, Brambles and Bannock Bread On Friday, 5th May - Saturday 6th May, the Year 5 boys from St John’s Beaumont School went into the woods for a twoday bush craft camping trip. The boys finished school an hour early and were brought down to the woods, introduced to the leaders and
shown around the camp. Their first activity was to light fires with the leader’s flints and steels. The fires were successful and they were all added to the main fire. The boys had to make their dinner. They put carrots, peppers, mincemeat and gravy
granules on a bed of potatoes. Pupil Lucas Newman said ‘The food was really nice!’
instead of meat and cheese. Here is what Thanuj Patel had to say ‘It was really good!’
In the afternoon the next day, the boys made bannock bread, originally an Aboriginal dish made for long hikes in the Outback. The boys filled it with chocolate and sprinkles
by Marcus Day
Fun in the snow!
Snowballs and Sledging It’s been a long time since we’ve seen so much snow at St John’s so when it came this year we were certainly ready to enjoy it. Mrs MacPhee took Nursery to the Beaumont Flats for a “snowy PE lesson” which was lots of fun. It was then time for our older boys to play, lots of snowball fights with each other and the teachers and sledging too. Unfortunately the snow went as quickly as it came but we made the most of it.
It’s been a busy time for Middle School boys since the start of 2018. Lots of trips for the boys which have incorporated many new challenges and experiences: a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum for Bellarmine (Y3) where they created their own characters and had fun writing stories about them.
A first residential trip for Lower Elements (Y4) who visited the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset, teddies were packed and they all enjoyed their first night away with their school friends and finally Upper Elements had some fabulous weather for the traditional “Fathers & Sons Bush Craft Weekend”, learning how to build shelters and make fire were just two of the many activities they experienced. Mr Snell was even in the firing line of home-made catapults and tomatoes!
their instruments. Middle School has a strong representation on the Food Committee too and were heavily involved in the planning and preparation for the Royal Wedding Celebration lunch which was a fantastic success. They really did play a leading role in the celebrations.
The boys managed to find time to rehearse for their LAMDA exams, the performances have been very good
and if effort and enthusiasm count too then we should see some outstanding results! Bellarmine 1 performed the story of Persephone in their assembly to much acclaim – the boys put a lot of effort into this and it really showed.
So many of the boys have taken part in Music concerts building their confidence and making great progress on
There has been lots of action & success on the sports field with both the U9B Rugby team and the U8A Football team unbeaten during the seasons. The U8A Football team also won the St John’s Beaumont tournament in
February so it has been a great year for them. Many of the boys have represented the School for the first time at swimming galas this year and they have gone from strength to strength. We’ve made a strong start to the Cricket season, as we go to press, the U9B, U9C and U10D teams are all unbeaten!
We will miss the Upper Elements boys as they move on to Upper School next year but we look forward to welcoming the current Berchmans boys into Middle School. There are some new developments for Middle School next year such as the Outdoor Curriculum but more news to follow.
The Queen’s Six and St John's Chapel Choir The Queen’s Six are half of the professional singers, or Lay Clerks, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. They last did a concert at SJB two years ago, so it was with a great sense of excitement that we welcomed them back. The Chapel Choir and the Schola Cantorum had been working very hard towards the concert and it was an incredible experience. This opportunity was great for us all, as we had the chance to perform with this wonderful choir and improve our own singing at the same time. The group gave us vocal support and the combined sound was absolutely wonderful, putting a smile on the face of everyone in Chapel.
The concert was almost a Queen’s Five because Simon Whiteley, their usual bass, had lost his voice on the day, but Andrew Mahon, a Canadian bass who sings with them occasionally, stepped in and did a flawless job. We sang Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks by Herbert Howells and Lord thou hast been our refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams (and also RVW’s beautiful arrangement of The Turtle Dove): both these pieces were extraordinary and were challenging to perform. The Schola sang an astonishing piece in eight parts O clap your hands by the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons, and Poulenc’s dramatic Vinea mea electa. The Queen’s Six
alone sang a huge range of pieces, including the premiere of a piece by Alessandro Patel, a lovely folksong arranged by Dr Plant and some pop pieces such as Hide and seek and Thriller (including beatboxing from the baritone!). This concert was just so enjoyable. Being able to sing with the best singers in the UK was absolutely amazing and it was fantastic to be a part of it. Special thanks to Mr Spencer our organist, Mr Blakey (trumpet) and of course a massive thanks to Dr Plant our Director of Music, for training us and arranging it all. Ian van Rooyen (UFA)
One of the things that I have most enjoyed this year has been singing with The Queen’s Six from St George’s Windsor Castle. It was really pretty awesome. The Chapel Choir and the Schola Cantorum joined with them for some beautiful music, which I
really enjoyed. I liked doing The Turtle Dove, it made me quite shivery with the wonderful solo, and I loved the high lines of Vinea mea electa with Harry, Zachary, Nathaniel and the other Schola. It was great to see The Queen’s Six do Thriller by Michael Jackson with beatboxing: everyone really enjoyed it. This wouldn’t have been possible without Dr Plant who organised the concert: thank you Dr Plant. Juan Pablo Cantero Riesgo (UFB)
All The King’s Men – Bray Church, 18 March 2018 All The King’s Men Is an opera by Richard Rodney Bennett, set in 1643 during the English Civil War. The Royalists have taken Bristol, and march on Gloucester, preparing to take this town as well. The generals have a couple of ideas for achieving it: a violent surge through sheer force of numbers, or just blowing up the walls. These plans are rejected, and mass confusion results, until a military tactician, Dr Chillingworth, proposes the construction of a Roman-style siege engine. On its completion, the Royalists prepare to invade immediately but fail to notice that the Roundheads, led by Colonel Massey, have widened the River Severn in the middle of the night: as a result, the engine or ‘tortoise’, christened Humpty Dumpty, is unable to span it, and collapses. Chillingworth’s reputation is ruined, and the war lost. The work was mounted by Music at Bray, with a highly experienced production team, and an orchestra led by professional musicians. Twelve SJB Chapel choristers were invited to take part, with Zachary Thornton in the lead role of the Drummer Boy. Rehearsals were a thrilling experience especially with the props, costumes and hubbub of the full cast. Despite having just the piano rather than a whole orchestra until the final weekend, we managed to identify what the real thing would roughly sound like, and matched our voices to the sounds required. The first rehearsals were done at St John’s, where we were introduced to the script but not to our roles: we eventually learned every piece for the choruses, not knowing how we would be divided. It was fun to sing, and full of great tunes. After some rehearsals in the Michaelmas Term, we headed for the first time to Bray church in January, a perfect venue. By then the SJB cast
were split into Roundheads and Royalists, and were making acquaintances and friends with other children from Bray and surrounding areas. It was a bit awkward at first, but we soon got used to seeing the same, familiar faces every Sunday. We started working through the gruelling rehearsals doing similar things
butterflies appeared in our stomachs; a steady six hours were worked through by our talented crew, demolishing squash, biscuits and our own treats and snacks. The first show ran very smoothly, and thankfully no one forgot lines or stumbled on any words. The audience was bursting with parents and friends and
performance. This time the cast was tired, but confidence and spirits both grew, and in fact the final show was even better. We finished on a high; and still thirsty for more, we said a final goodbye to new friends, and headed home for a last week of school. More early rises followed immediately for more
every week but developing further each time. The scale of complexity grew along with the new things being added. The performances grew nearer and nearer, and we had less time to polish up the little scratches and flaws in our already satisfactory acting. All the hard work built up to the penultimate day of the performance. We took our finished costumes and props, ran through the opera two or three times and finally, we were ready. The day had come, nerves were wrenching up and
siblings, all eager to spot their friend, child or relation singing out strongly. The mighty Humpty Dumpty (basically depicted as wooden horse) made a majestic entrance to the stage, creaking under purple lights, and belching steam. Gasps from open mouths were heard, and the cast all felt full of achievement. Following this initial success, we were awarded a well-deserved rest, and conversations followed about our nervous but exciting experiences in the first show. Two hours later we were ready for the second
singing: welcome to the SJB Chapel Choir, business as usual! Thank you very much to Dr Plant for getting us all involved and rehearsing us, to the conductor Mr Ollie Gooch, the producer, costume designers, scenery makers, and everyone involved in this wonderful and memorable event.
Dawei Sun, GFB
Our trip to the Globe Theatre On the 12th of June year 7 assembled on the playground before jumping onto the coach for the seemingly short journey to London. Games of Top Trumps and UNO helped to keep boredom to a minimum. When we jumped off the bus it was straight to the Globe where Lauren showed us around the theatre grounds including the area where the poor groundlings would've stood. Then we had
sessions on costumes, the printing press and the sword fighting where two skilled fighters carried out duels. To clear everything up, it wasnâ€™t to the death. Later we went to The British Library where we delved into the Windrush Exhibition. There we heard some of the inspirational speeches and talks of the first West Indians in England or "Inglan" as one
man said. Then we looked at the Treasures section. This section was very informative and it displayed the literature and art of some of the greatest minds in History.
All in all this trip was a great experience and the only shame was that we couldnâ€™t stay longer! by Alessandro Patel
Ancient Technology Centre Trip Lower Elements become Vikings On the 13th June 2018 Lower Elements set off on an exciting Viking Trip to the Ancient Technology Centre. We had an amazing time playing Viking games and completing Viking jobs. During our visit we wore Viking era clothes and took on tasks as if we were truly living during the era. It was very exciting. When we arrived we had the opportunity to learn lots from an engaging talk given by the staff at the centre.
When this was completed, it was time to get to work. One group got to work providing out fuel for the fire by chopping wood whilst others carried out vital farming tasks and had the opportunity to do chalk mining. Whilst one group did these tasks, the rest of us started preparing and cooking our food for the evening. One of the best parts of this experience was grinding the grains in large Viking era contraptions which allowed us to make bread.
After swapping tasks, it was finally time to eat. We ate in a large Viking long house where we had cooked our food. For dinner we had the food we prepared which was chicken and vegetable stew. It was an interesting experience and maybe some of us have a little work to do on our cooking skills! After this tiring day we were able to get a fairly good sleep in the evening. In the morning, we played Authentic Viking games. One
was a bit like French cricket but with a shield instead of a bat, we all loved it! The other involved throwing sticks at large wooden blocks so naturally we enjoyed it. It was a great experience and we had lots of fun and there is no doubt that we all wish we could go back! By James Tompkins
A busy year It’s been a busy year of Sport at St John’s this year with our usual fixtures in Rugby, Football & Cricket but with new sports in the calendar of Table Tennis and Basketball. We’ve also seen our swimming team go from strength to strength with many boys qualifying for the IAPs Final and it’s great to see the rowing squad out on the water each week with Mr Dodds. At the St John’s Indoor Rowing Championships four school records were set and lots of personal bests achieved. We’ve had a strong start to the Athletics season in the Summer Term with Tom winning the 800m at Epsom College and breaking the school record that has stood since 1995! Over the course of the year all of our boys from Year 3 through to Year 8 have had the opportunity to represent St John’s in at least one of the twelve sports we
compete in, an experience they have enjoyed and learned from whatever the result! It’s always good to learn of St John’s boys successes outside of school too and we were delighted to hear Zachary (U12) and Karl (U13) have both been selected for the Berkshire County Cricket Squads and Tom (U10), Aarush (U10), Jacob (U9), George (U9) and Harrison (U9) have been selected for the Surrey County Cricket Squads. Likewise we’re always interested to hear how our Old Boys are getting on and were pleased to hear Hugo McPherson was selected for the Oxford University Rugby Varsity Squad and Charlie Jupp is representing Scotland in the U20 World Rugby Championship.
Cross Country It was Thursday, time for Games. All of Bellarmine were very excited because we thought we had football and a chance to work on our skills, instead we had cross country. Mr Hennessy said "On your marks...get set...go! Mr Dodds was in front in case we got lost. It was an incredibly good race. I came in 1st Place and set a new Year 3 record. All of us tried really hard and we should all be proud of ourselves. Luke Barry
On 25th January the boys set out for the Inter-animal cross country. The route had changed enabling the boys to weave their way through the woods on a more challenging and exciting course. Not only that, the weather had been pretty horrible so there were lots of muddy puddles!
The results for each Year were: Year 3: Luke Barry Year 4: Joaquin Borekull Urrutia Year 5: Tom Williams Year 6: Charlie Burton Year 7:Julian Abass Year 8: Tom Coomber Overall Winners were Yaks
In all the races, some boys exploded off the starting line and sprinted to the front holding their places firmly. The races were all run well and team spirit really came into hand as the boys cheered the last people on.
This year was one of our warmer Sports Days for both Pre Prep and the older boys on Saturday. On Friday our Pre Prep boys marched up to the Beaumont Flats ready for action welcomed by their families who were waiting excitedly. They competed as Roman Soldiers, Masai Warriors, Frogs and Sunflowers in some hotly contested races. A special mention to the Rudiments boys who were
there to help out and encourage the younger boys and after many races it was the Yaks who were victorious and took home Nicholas the Bear. After the parents â€˜Up and Over Raceâ€™ it was time to head to the front field for a picnic and some more fun!
On Saturday it was the annual Sports Day for Year 3 to 8 boys. The sun was shining and the conditions perfect for a morning of action of track and field events. The competition was fierce and all of the boys performed well. We saw four school records broken: Edima (Set One Shot Put), Samuel (Set Two High Jump), Joseph (Set Three High Jump) and Harrison (Set One 300m). Once again there was
a titanic battle in the Tug of War with Emus finally victorious. After some excellent performances the Victor Ludorum Winners were Edima, Samuel and Dylan in Set One, Two and Three respectively. Overall it was a very tight competition but when all of the scores were calculated it was the Yaks who were crowned victorious.
Catholic Schools Athletics In the blistering heat the boys did marvelouslly coming 3rd overall. Christian Cairns broke the Catholic record in the 80m hurdle and Samuel Tabares broke the 200m school record. Special mention to Emilio who tried Javelin and won!! We bought home: 4 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals.
IAPS Basketball Mr Manning & Mr Dodds Having dropped ourselves into the deep end after just one practice game, St John's pulled up to ACS Cobham with mixed feelings of how we would fair. Although off the back of a convincing win against Caldicott, the boys knew that they had a strong chance of making it to the latter stages of the competition. In our first match against Edge Grove the boys started off tentatively, with matches only eight minutes a half scoring when you had possession would end up being the turning point. After a back and forth first half our boys started to take the game by the scruff of the neck and we started to convert our chances in front of the basket.
In our first real test we were caught out on the defence a couple of times, but some stellar defensive work form Jaime Morata kept Edge Grove to a low total. At the end of the first game St John’s came away as comfortable victors, with many other teams taking note of just how formidable this new team looked.
Game 2 against Solefield was as one sided as could be. St John's racked up points against a lesser experienced side and it was clear that the next round was in our hands with one game left to play in the groups. Our next opponents; Kings College Madrid watched us from the side-lines, no doubt thinking of ways to stifle our menacing attacking. At the end of game 2 St John's once again comfortable in their win, with sights firmly set on taking on last year’s finalists. Game 3: Our biggest game of the tournament so far and from the off Kings College Madrid showed they were no pushovers, passing the ball with purpose and shielding players to allow them to score easy baskets. St John’s seemed flustered by this mixed and exotic play but they kept in reach of King’s thanks to some fine work by Edima Umoren and Harrison Zhao, the latter posting up rebounds thanks to his significant height advantage. The Final eight minutes was a tense affair, Kings College ahead by a few for most of the half with St John’s unable to convert their possession into points. Unfortunately,
that was how it would end as Kings College Madrid saw out the final 30 secs in their own half with control of the ball. St John’s rightfully annoyed at not being able to post more
points due to some unlucky bounces of the ball. The group stages over and lying in 2nd place St John’s had a place in the cup semis against Millfield, last year’s winners.
After a hardy pep talk from Mr Manning and Mr Dodds the boys stepped onto the court ready for the predicted onslaught ahead of them. As the game began it was easy to see why Millfield were hyped up so much, slick passing and plays meant getting on the ball was hard for our boys. As the game seemed to be getting away from us Callum Griffith emerged from the shadows and scored us some much needed points. In a game of such magnitude we needed some magic and Bill Chen was on hand to deliver some well-deserved points to bring the scores closer than before. Halfway through and only a few points could separate the teams. Second half in and Millfield once again attacked with purpose, hitting our basket with shots and piercing dribbles. It could be seen that having played so much intense basketball was influencing us, as we began to give away shooting fouls and
gifting Millfield attempts at our basket. Unfortunately this would ultimately be our downfall, with every basket we made, Millfield would come at us again and again, their vast experience overpowering us. At the end of the game the score was tight, but ultimately perhaps correct in terms of how both teams played. I would like to congratulate the boys on getting to the Semi Finals on the first attempt, they showed a lot of character against experienced and well drilled opposition and I hope the boys who are leaving in Year 8 go on and continue to play at their next school and for the Year 7’s who are staying I hope you are ready to go again next year, ever hungrier to show just how good you are. Team: Bill Chen, Harrison Zhao, Edmia Umoren, Jaime Morata, Bobby Luke Dunne, Callum Griffith and Rajan Chokkar
Diving at SJB
It has been another busy season for the Scuba Diving Club with three courses running throughout the year. Two Open Water Courses and one Advanced Course have resulted in more than 20 boys taking their diving qualification examinations and practicals. This year we have joined forces with Wraysbury Diving School which is situated nearby to the school and
thanks to Ms LindsayMacLeod we were able to have plenty of pool time so that the boys could develop and improve their skills. The Advanced Divers undertook their four specialty dives, navigation under water, wreck dive, peak buoyancy and deep dive and all passed very confidently allowing them to take part in more adventurous recreational diving across the globe.
The Open Water Divers had their first experience of diving in the training lake at Wraysbury where there are plenty of wrecks and fish to be encountered. The sport, now in its third year at SJB, provides the boys with the opportunity to learn more about the underwater
world and also helps in developing their confidence and organisational skills. Once qualified they are then able to enjoy the oceans of the world and all they have to offer in the company of experienced divemasters and instructors. By Mr McKillop
Swimming There has been a lot of hard work by all of the boys at St John’s in the pool this year, with lots of noticeable improvements and some excellent achievements. We have competed in eight galas, although we may have only won two of them there were some fantastic swims and the improvements throughout the season were significant finishing off with a win against Eagle House in February. We were extremely proud of those who competed in the IAPS Swimming Finals in June. The venue couldn’t have been better: the London Olympics Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Park. A chilly pool but a very warm welcome from the supporters. Our team achieved a magnificent 8th place out of 250 schools competing, with two silver medals: U11 Medley Relay Team and Jude in U11
Backstroke – congratulations to everyone who took part, what an achievement! A special mention for Thomas Williams, Jude Borg-Cardona, Michael Yan and Joshua Willwong who qualified for the Berkshire & South Buckinghamshire County Championships. Thomas achieved two bronze medals in 50m & 100m Breaststroke while Jude achieved a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley.
Football â€“ A Match Report St Johns Beaumont 4 Dragon 1. The Firsts produced their best performance this year to overcome the strongest side we have faced all season. Edima performed a stupendous man to man marking job on an opponent who is the UK Under 13 100 metres champion. Edima, assisted brilliantly by Arthur, simply refused to allow the boy to play and enabled our own
creative players to express themselves. Jamie had little to do in goal, so well was he protected by Ronan, JP and above all by Emilio who put his body on the line for his school. In midfield, the powerhouse of Tom, Rajan, Callum and Jaime made sure that Will and Sam were able to create and convert plenty of chances. Samuel scored a hat trick whilst Tom set the ball rolling with the opening goal.
The SJB Firsts came of age in this match as their resilience, tenacity, team spirit and courage were matched by no little skill and artistry.
Our Golf team were triumphant at The Oratory tournament, Leo came in first place and won the longest drive. Will came second and a special mention for Joshua, Max and Lucas who played for the team for the first time.
St. Johnâ€™s Beaumont have two tennis teams that represent the school all year round and compete against other schools during the summer term. The Junior team have had a difficult start to the summer term, losing one match and drawing another. We have been rather unlucky with the weather and have had two matches cancelled.
The Senior tennis team have only had two matches so far one of which they won and one they lost to a strong opposition.
The boys show great dedication and motivation when playing tennis for the school. Lastly some boys from the senior team took part in a real tennis tournament which they thoroughly enjoyed at the Oratory School.
IAPs Table Tennis On the 28th of April a few boys were selected to participate in the table tennis tournament against 15 schools, held at Edge Grove School. It was the first IAPS table tennis tournament that SJB had ever played. At first, we were all a bit nervous - except for Mike Li! When we started practicing, we felt ready for the match and the challenge that we were about to face. After Mr Dodds and Mr Kyriacou gave us an inspiring speech, we were ready to go. The juniors were to play first, then the seniors would play after us.
Each person played 3 matches in the group stage, and we all managed to play very well; Mike Li's aggressive play, Firas' lobs, Max's quick returns, and Lucus' serves, we were able to win a few matches. Mike Li and I got to the knock out stages, but sadly I lost my match 2-1, on the other hand Mike Li won his match 2-0, at the end we were all in the top five. The seniors had a strong and motivated team, and seemed ready for the challenge. They all played well and picked up some wins. At the end of the
day, we were all happy that we had the chance to compete, and have a fun day
with our friends and coaches By Firas Fakhera
Rugby 7’s – A Match Report game send their big boys into contact. We struggled to cope with this and they scored some late tries to give them a 30-20 win. Nevertheless this was a performance to be proud of.
1st VII @ Rosslyn Park Rosslyn Park 7s is the biggest school boy tournament in the world. Whilst everyone was enjoying the last day of the school term the 1st VII made the early journey across to Rosslyn Park. We knew it would be a tough afternoon in a group containing rugby powerhouses Clifton, Sherbourne and Brighton College as well as top Scottish school Merchiston Castle. We started well with a convincing win over Merchiston Castle. Despite not having much possession we pushed them back and forced them into errors. When we got the ball we used it smartly and were able to exploit mismatches in the defence. A final score of 25-10 was a promising start to the day. Next was St.John’s Northwood. We were a little complacent in this game after our
Lastly we played Brighton College. This was the last game for all of the Rudiments boys. Despite a nervous first half, we played well and finished with a 30-20 win.
early win and fell behind early on thanks to some uncharacteristic errors. We fought our way back in the second half to win 25-20, but in truth it wasn’t the best game we have played. Sherbourne had looked impressive in their early games so we knew it would be a challenging game. Both sides kept the ball well and it became a battle with neither side wanting to give an inch. The score finished 15-15. An
excellent game and a fair result at the end. We then had Clifton who were by far the biggest and most confident of the teams in the group. We played our best 7s of the year in the first half. Keeping possession, we managed to starve them of the ball and make sure they became frustrated. Some huge hits went in and it was clear we rattled them. Clifton resorted to a more direct
Playing in such a large and prestigious tournament was a great learning curve for all of us. It was a great way to test ourselves and a fitting end to our rugby careers at SJB. Particular thanks must go to Mr Stait who accompanied on the day and especially to Mr Hennessy who patience helped us to progress as a team.
UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge In February sixteen Year 7 and 8 boys took part in the 2018 UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is a national competition designed for Year 9-11 students (GCSE candidates), we had our most successful year to date with 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 12 Bronze certificates awarded. In May once again the challenge was on, this time boys from Year 4 to Year 8 took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge and once again we had some amazing results with 36 certificates awarded: 11 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze. In addition 5 boys got through to the Junior Kangaroo round and one to the Olympiad. Congratulations to everyone who took part in these events!
Busy evenings and weekends What a fantastic start to 2018 the boarders have had! The ‘big Lego build’ proved a popular evening activity with the boys rising to the weekly challenges to build some great models. The snow brought us much fun sledging and having snowball fights. As the year has progressed, the warm weather has enabled us to be out in the woods building campfires and dens in the evenings. Such glorious weather has also given our new vegetable beds in the “self-built” Boarders’ Garden the perfect start to the growing season (we are looking forward to our tomatoes).
The boys have tested out their skills in the water at Liquid Leisure (some have even partaken in Advanced and Open Water diving – well done!); taken in the sights of London from the ground and the London Eye; enjoyed a journey through British history at “Horrible Histories” and munched their way through Pizza Hut’s stock of pizza during a trip to the cinema. Our boarding community are also very proud of their new tuck shop, set up & run by the boarders themselves, an opportunity to learn about running an enterprise whilst providing some treats!
The Art School In the Studio Another busy year for the Art School and a considerable amount of work completed at Exhibition level. Throughout the year the two weekly art clubs have been full encouraging those who are keen to pursue their art and produce additional work. Yat Fei Lang was awarded a Top Art Scholarship at Oakham and both Ceasar Mulenga and Timur Filyk presented their portfolios at Wellington. The Art School is viewed by many students as a very special place where art history is taught alongside the fundamental skills and techniques involved in the practical aspects of the subject. One of the most pleasant highlights for me personally has been the Wednesday Senior Scholars Group when the art scholars were joined by Tin Chan, an able artist in his own right, who tried tirelessly to maintain order and
discipline! To watch and listen to the banter of these young committed artists as they work through the problems involved in creating their own individual pieces has been fascinating. To watch their friendship develop within the various groups in the studio has often been utterly heartwarming. The regular visits by my dear friend Dr Plant, himself a connoisseur of the Arts, has also been an enormous pleasure for both myself and the boys who have always responded to his kind, thoughtful and enthusiastic advice and guidance when working on their various pieces.
very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. It has been a great pleasure and an honour to oversee the success and development of the Art School at SJB and I shall miss my art students very much. I wish my successor all the very best and sincerely hope that the reputation of the arts at St John's continues to flourish. By Mr McKillop
To watch these young artists over the years developing and using their skills and increasing their confidence and ability while tackling new and experimental subjects has always been exciting and this year, in particular, it has been
Royal Wedding Lunch
Food Committee This year the boys in the Food Committee teamed up with Lynne to give the school a ‘taste’ of the Royal Wedding. The team worked on a fine cuisine of tasty treats and really nice decorations. The boys in the food committee lent a helping hand to Lynne and the team, and they were Jacob Andrews, Alexander McNish, Saif Hussain, Thanuj Patel, Thilak Patel, Aksel Hanson, Arjan Walia, Thomas Williams and Tom Barnes. On the day it was so cool because all the decorations were hung up or on the tables, including a cardboard cut out of Harry and Meghan which was placed on Mr Delaney’s balcony. For lunch,
we enjoyed chicken burgers with chips and corn on the cob, and the vegetarian option was hot dogs and carrot. For pudding, it was Eton Mess. It was quite funny because most of the boys and staff wore little red white and blue hats which were really small and cute. After the meal, there was a Royal Wedding themed quiz about America and England. Everyone involved had a great day and lots of fun, especially when pulling their party poppers, and we would like to thank Lynne and her team for putting together a fantastic lunch for such a special occasion. By Jacob Andrews
Visiting Belgium The Year 6 Belgium trip is considered, by many, as the best school trip we ever have had. We first boarded our bus and met our driver Jim, we then drove to Folkstone, where many found it “a scary first trip on the Euro Tunnel”. After a long drive passing by many famous sights we finally arrived at our first destination. Notre Dame de Lorette was truly a flabbergasting first site, and that was only the start of it. We then visited the grand solidified trenches of Vimy ridge, it was quite an adventure for most of us. The grand Vimy Ridge memorial was next which left us astonished. After a tiring day we finally arrived at Hotel Pax had dinner and a fun time at the park. After a satisfying sleep next morning we drove off to the Ulster Tower (a strong reminder of Ireland’s role in WW1).
The Thiepval wood was next, which was a fantastic reconstruction of a trench. We then drove off to the Somme where we saw a very unique underground museum. We arrived at a site that would be burnt into our memory: the Lochnagar Crater, an incredible mine explosion of WW1. The sheer size of WW1 caused many of the countries be forgotten to people, which is why we visited the Newfoundlanders trenches and memorial. The Thiepval memorial shocked us all, with its impressive scale and important reminder to never forget the soldiers who fought in the war. After a tiring day we finally went to the hotel, where after dinner most boys collapsed but only after some fresh air at the park. In the morning the staff were using “cheeky methods” to get Miguel to iron their clothes!!!! Another war grave site was next, Essex Farm, which was a big reminder of
the scale of the war as one of Jimâ€™s relatives was buried there. The creepy trench hospitals were next as they still felt cold and small. We then visited the Beautiful town of Ypres where we visited the cathedral museum and BIG BERTHAS SHELL!!!!!! And German trenches at Bayerwald. Most of us found the hill 62 cafĂŠ and museum the best, with a beautiful trench network and tunnel. The largest WW1 cemetery was next, Tyne Cot, an enormous area of dead Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the great war. Our next destination was to Langemark which is the largest WW1 German cemetery with only simple squares for each soldier. Next was the Belgian cemetery with a few Italians who were captured and forced to build
the German trenches. Next was a quick dinner at a restaurant and the big event was next, two scared and excited boys myself and Aarush laid down a wreath at the Menin Gate ceremony to commemorate the fallen of the war. We then returned to the hotel where we all fell right to sleep. The next morning, we visited a shop which was quite a personal favorite to many, the chocolate shop!!!!!!!! People came out with stacks. We then finally left Belgium into France, then we passed through border control and ventured back home. It was overall a fascinating and fantastic trip for all who went. By Amir Pedersoli
Shrove Tide Celebrations
Whole School Dressing Up As is tradition each year at St Johnâ€™s, we celebrate Shrove Tide with a whole school dressing up day. This time each year group was given a theme based on the letters making up the host city of the Winter Olympics, Pyeonchang. The boys had lots of
fun with the themes: planets, eco system, horror and Yoda and friends to name but a few. The Ruds (Year 8) boys particularly enjoyed their theme of Guys and Dolls, it was lovely to see some girls at St Johnâ€™s for the day!!
Pre Prep have had a great Spring and Summer term with many activities for all the boys to take part in. Although the weather may not have seemed very nice the boys had a great time in Reception class making their own ice outside! They then acted out being Paleontologists to discover if there were any Dinosaur bones in the ice.
As the weather warmed up we ventured down to the Forest School pond to see the Spring bugs and bees come to life and do a little Pond Dipping. During Creative Art and Science boys experimented by making their own Frog Spawn to extend with their learning of the topic Life Cycles. The ingredients were slightly more palatable than the real thing! Reception class also had a great time creating their own Forest School clocks out of natural materials in the sunshine.
All the boys enjoyed taking part in our S.T.E.M day in our S.T.E.M classroom.
The boys had the opportunity to participate in a 'Team Work' PSHE Day. All the boys paired up, older with younger and made their own sandwiches and packed lunch, designed their own lunch bags and then all walked to the woods to find bugs and bees as well as have a team picnic.
Activities day was welcomed with great enthusiasm by learning new skipping and swimming skills as well as pottering skills. Even Mrs PowellHarper showed off her skipping talent! Each class thoroughly enjoyed their termly trips, which included visits to Odds Farm, The Lookout, Brockets Farm and Butser Farm. The boys joined in all the fun at the Mission Fair and showed great sportsmanship and enthusiasm during Sports Day.
Weâ€™re sure the cheers could be heard at Windsor Castle! An unmissable music concert showcased the talents of the boys in the Nicholas Owen Block. It was wonderful to watch and was enjoyed by pupils, staff and parents. There was great excitement with the arrival of eight chicken eggs and an incubator. All the boys from big to small were fascinated and enthralled to watch the eggs hatch and welcome eight little chicks into the world.
Berchmans (Year2) Trip to Butser Farm I was so excited to visit Butser Farm. First we went to the roundhouse. It was comfortable because there was animal skin to sit on. I sat close to the fire to get warm. Secondly, we did some archaeology. It was so fun because we felt like mad scientists! Then we made pottery. It was really mucky! We went into a large roman villa and I got to sit on an ancient roman toilet! By Aaron Gill
Blandyke’s Trip to Bocketts Farm Blandyke had a particularly fabulous day visiting the beautiful Bocketts Farm. Tucked away in the lovely Surrey countryside, the boys relished the opportunity of seeing a variety of farm animals and learning about how a working farm operates. They saw goat milking demonstrations, were very keen to stroke rabbits and guinea pigs and explored the well-kept Kitchen Garden. The animal barn was a particular highlight too – where the boys could get up close and
personal with alpacas, goats, sheep and cows. A tractor trailer ride gave the boys a fantastic perspective of the size of the farm and provided a fun mode of transport – one I very much think the boys would happily adopt for the school run. The pièce de résistance however had to be the pig race. It was a close call between Uswine Bolt, Beyoinkcè and Voldesnort – but Justin Bieboar came round the outside securing the highly coveted gold medal!
Nurseryâ€™s trip to Odds Farm Park Nursery had a wonderful day out at Odds Farm Park. 14 very excited boys got into the mini bus wearing their wellies and clutching their bright orange hats!
We all had so much fun taking part in activities such as feeding the baby goats with bottles of milk, riding on a tractor as well as spotting all of our favourite farm animals and
their young. The boys absolutely loved having a delicious picnic too! We had some very tired boys on the way back!
St John’s Beaumont Activity Day 2018 The annual Activity Day took place at St John’s Beaumont on 15th June, and boys from Nursery to Year 7 enjoyed a huge variety of activities throughout their day. In what is school tradition, the Upper Figures (Year 7) boys visited Datchet Sailing Club to learn about sailing, boat rigging and water safety on the Queen Mother Reservoir. During this all day activity, the boys worked in pairs in gentle breeze to develop their skills, race to certain points and most importantly score the fewest capsizes (despite Mr Williams’ efforts).
Lower Elements (Year 4) took part in an activity that is becoming tradition, and spent all day in and around Windsor Great Park. Working with Green Outdoors, and basing themselves at a local cub hut, the boys were led
through Savill Garden, spotting wildlife, learning how to skim stones and overcoming small challenges, such as getting over waterways without getting wet. At lunchtime, the boys returned to their cub hut base, and cooked their lunch over an open fire. With full stomachs, they then returned to St John’s Beaumont on foot, via Runnymede; this is approximately a 5-mile hike through some stunning and historic landscapes that we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep. Pre-prep enjoyed a morning of activities, and spent time designing and decorating pottery, items of which would be taken away to be fired, before being returned to the children before the end of term. Blandyke and Berchmans (Year 1 and 2) also spent time in the swimming pool, having time to play, splash and explore their own waterbased abilities.
Activity day for the older boys, specifically Upper Elements (Year 5) and Lower Figures (Year 6), saw a varied programme, which included a visit to the Aqua Park at Liquid Leisure in Datchet. This water course with inflatable slides, platforms and jumps enables the children to play in the largest Aqua Park in Europe. Mixed in with this staggered programme of trips to Liquid Leisure, these boys took part in Laser Tag in the woods at school and they received professional Table Tennis coaching from a team of coaches
from Cippenham Table Tennis Club. Interest in this sport at St John’s Beaumont has grown massively in the last 12-months, and it is our hope that in engaging with a local club will enable many of our boy to develop their enthusiasm for this Olympic sport in their own time.
Lower Elements (Year 4) also joined together during Activity Day, and spent time creating their own stop-motion films, working with professionals from Chocolate Films. The boys learnt that you can animate nearly any object
storyboards, which helps them to visualise their story before beginning the animation process.
some eggs did break, the boys explored how to make the strongest and most secure parachute.
As well as Animation, Bellarmine’s Activity Day consisted of Laser Tag, Cookery and Science sessions. Their day started in the Refectory with the kitchen staff, and each boy made their own Pizza, which would be cooked later and served to the boys for their lunch. Each boy
The Science Department ran workshops for both Bellarmine, and Upper Elements. These workshops involved smoke, fire and pops, with the brief to “inspire and motivate” the children’s interest in Science being well and truly followed.
and with patience, they saw their work put together into a short film that everyone should be proud of. Bellarmine (Year 3) also took part in an animation workshop, and worked with their class teachers to create
kneaded and rolled their dough, creating a base that they could then top with choices of cheese, tomato, ham and a plethora of other toppings. Bellarmine had two science activities during their day too. During their STEM workshop, the boys worked together to build parachutes that would safely deliver a raw egg from the Sports Centre balcony to the floor. Although
By the end of the day, it was clear that all of the boys had enjoyed their activities, and it is our absolute hope that some, if not all, will explore further involvement in Table Tennis, Animation, Pottery or Open Water Swimming in the future.
Rudiments Leavers' Trip Poole June 2018
On the 11th of June 2018 the Rudiments left for the annual leavers trip. The coach journey was rather uneventful apart from the occasional Mr Pearce pun. We arrived at Poole just after lunchtime and then made our way down to the beach. After lunch we commenced our first activity. We were split into three groups, each doing a different activity. Group 1 started with pico sailing, group 2 with windsurfing and group 3 with
kayaking. The instructors were all really nice and were happy to help if we were struggling. After the first day’s activities it was clear to see that Vincenzo was a cut above the rest. The evening’s activities consisted of a rotation of archery, volleyball and cricket. Franz “Everdeen” was quick to show that he was the best archer in the group, and Bobby was excited to show his hunter gatherer side. After some quick showers we all got into bed, at least most of us. On the second day we woke up early and left our cabins for breakfast. After some windsurfing, I went sailing in the afternoon, I had a lot of fun as I really enjoy sailing and the instructors made everything even more fun. After we all got changed and
hung our wetsuits up we made our way up to our caravans for a bit of free time before dinner. After this we had some evening entertainment in the form of a competition. Some of the rounds were very funny, especially Yat Fei’s chat up line (not sure how effective it was) and some instructor impressions. Sadly there were no teacher impressions, although I think that was a good thing for Mr Pearce. In the morning there were only two teachers brave enough to join us in the water, Mr O’Sullivan and a slightly wary Mr Stait. The other staff were in boats and Mr Pearce was on the shore. Most of us started the day in the little picos and a few were on a slightly larger Drascombe Lugger. The sail there was very good for most of us and a few were even told to go back as we were too quick but Mr O’Sullivan did not have too much fun as he capsized a number of times, in total 6 times... he even blamed it on Yat Fei! That evening my caravan held a private viewing of Blue Planet for the caravans around us accompanied by Doritos & Starbursts. We all got scared when Mr Pearce's head popped through the window, luckily he was there to give us a controller for the TV and not to tell us off' In the morning we had a rotation of 1 hour sessions: kayaking, catamaran sailing and raft building. All of these activities were very fun but my favourite was the catamaran sailing as we went very fast
due to strong winds. That afternoon half of the group went up from the beach to play some mini-golf and some basketball and the other half stayed on the beach for some team building activities. These activities consisted of untangling a human knot, crossing a river with planks and removing a “bomb” with ropes. Also we did my favourite activity where you had to get into a “pen” but you weren’t allowed to touch it.
That evening we got onto the beach and we could already smell the hog roasting. After we all inhaled our pulled pork sandwiches with truck loads of BBQ sauce on them we made our way up to the arcade. The highlights of the night were Tim winning several times on the ticket machine and Franz and Yuki gathering enough tickets to buy Mr Jackson a mug as a thank you. Another funny moment was Karl trying to use his entry card to pay for ice cream. After we had all splashed the cash on the various games we ordered
some pizzas and went back to our rooms. In the morning we woke up and made our way down to breakfast. After a few morning activities we collected all of our bags and got on the coach, after a 2 hour coach drive we arrived back at SJB. I would just like to thank all of the staff members who helped make the trip possible and all of the Rockley staff members. A special thank you must go to Mr Pearce for organising the trip at such short notice but not the bad jokes which came with it. By Oscar Eddis
Easter and Ascension at St John's! With the Head of R.E., Kamila Katnik away celebrating the birth of her child Ezekiel, the R.E. department and chaplaincy have been working in her stead, following her inspirational resources. On one of the hottest days of the year, when the boys returned to school after the Easter break, the school celebrated its Easter Mass. A fire was lit in the school playground and Fr Porter used it to light the Easter candle. The boys then processed into the Sports Hall with the candle to celebrate the Easter Mass. On the 9th May, the school celebrated Ascension Day. For the Gospel reading, instead of Fr Porter reading it, seven boys from Great Figures B did a dramatic reading. Each reading aloud in front of
the whole school the parts of a narrator and Jesus. Baptisms for some of the pupils in the First Communion group were celebrated on 4th March. The chapel was absolutely full, with standing room only and the choir in full voice. On 18 March, the school had its family retreat day. Mr Snell took a group of lower school children and helped them pretend to be blind and learn to trust others to get about. In addition, a guest speaker, Maria Neal, came from another Jesuit school, Barlborough Hall School in Derbyshire, and showed the pupils and parents Godly Play. Godly Play invites listeners into stories and encourages them to wonder and connect the stories with personal experience.
Staff News New Arrival
We are delighted to introduce the newest member of our St John's family, congratulations to Mrs Katnik on the birth of son number 4, Ezekiel.
Congratulations to Ms Dos Santos on her engagement to her fiancee Nicolas, lots of wedding planning underway!
Friends of St Johnâ€™s
Picnics, parties, pyrotechnics and philanthropy it's been a wonderful year and we've thoroughly enjoyed watching the whole school community come together for our chosen charities. Together, we raised over ÂŁ40,000 money that will make a significant difference to the people our charities support.
This term has been so chock full of fun that we had to cram all of our fundraising into three weeks. First up was the Pre Prep picnic after sports day. The front field was turned into a fabulous tapestry of blankets and hampers (a couple of jumpers for goalposts were also spotted), as the boys from pre-prep and their families refueled after a most enthusiastic morning. Then, on the heels of the Royal Wedding, came the discos. Tickets to the hottest after-party in Windsor sold out in a flash, cementing Windsor's reputation for knowing how to throw a good party! And, finally, on 15 June Happy's Circus rolled in to
So, finally, thank you, thank you, thank you. You have been on fire, and we are in awe. Have a fabulous summer!
town and what an evening! The acrobats were awesome, the clowns very comical and the escapologist.....evasive! It was a fantastic evening and one we'll struggle to forget.
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