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The Eaglet 2019


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Front cover: Nella Porritt (aged 12) Back cover: Amelia Hughes (aged 10) Design Technology, pages: 56 Henrietta Newble, Amy Rigby, Charlie Butler and Alec Gordon-Smith (all aged 12) 57 Joshua Davidson (aged 9) 58 Seb Newitt (aged 12) 59 Florence Parker, Eleanor Pottle, Jesse Rainey and Isla Thompson (all aged 11) 60 Jemima Wells and Priyanna Morrill (both aged 11) 62 Aline Halban-Taylor and EugĂŠnie Tucker (both aged 6) Art, pages: 72 Caitlin Blakesley and Henrietta Allpress (both aged 10) 73 Angus Macdonald and Jesse Rainey (both aged 11) 74 Alexandra Dunton (aged 12) 75 Scarlett El Refaie (aged 12) Inspiration, pages: 76 Polly Casey (aged 11) 78 Lorenzo Granado (aged 9) 79 Ella Davidson (aged 11) 80 Lucas Nair-Grepinet (aged 9) and Flora Smith (aged 12) 81 Lucas Hobson (aged 9) 82 Fergal Cochrane (aged 12) 83 Rufus Hodge (aged 8)

84 Hugo McGurk, Henrietta Allpress, Amelia Hughes and Sam Clarke (all aged 10) 85 Freya Cameron (aged 11) 86 Isabelle Egerton (aged 10) 87 Zackary Crosbie (aged 7) 88 Will David and Alec Gordon-Smith (both aged 12) 89 Matei Micu (aged 12) 90 Rosie Stevenson (aged 11) 91 Jesse Rainey (aged 11) 92 Isla Thompson and Caspar Emerson (both aged 11) 93 Inigo Cunningham-Reid (aged 11) 94 Sebastian Parkinson (aged 9) 95 Audrey Galbraith (aged 12) and Isla Cochrane (aged 10) 96 Sacha Mackenzie (aged 11) 97 Sam Blakesley (aged 12) 98 Audrey Galbraith (aged 12) and Sacha Mackenzie (aged 11) 99 Polly Casey (aged 11) 100 Eleanor Pottle and Tess Woodhull (both aged 11) and Flora Smith (aged 12) 101 Jessica Neville and Audrey Galbraith (both aged 12) and James Chesterfield (aged 11) 102 Alexa White (aged 9) 103 Johanna Hindmarsh (aged 9) and Tess Woodhull (aged 11) 104 Ella Davidson (aged 11) 105 Alexandra Dunton (aged 12) 106 Kitty Shepherd (aged 9) 107 Joseph Srouji (aged 12)

Artwork photography by Josh Murfitt, www.joshmurfitt.co.uk

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The Eaglet 2019 Headmaster’s Introduction 2 SJCS International 4 Parents’ Association 6 Action Against Climate Change 8 Outreach Projects 10 Emotions for Learning (E4L) 12 Mindfulness 14 Mindset for Learning 15 Tai Chi 16 Philosophy 17 Child-Led Learning 18 English 22 Humanities 28 Pupil Responsibilities & Pupil Forum 35 Charities & Community Links 36 Enrichment Afternoons 40 Extra-Curricular Activities 42 Computing 44

Digitally Enhanced Learning 46 Maths 48 Science & STEM 50 Design Technology 56 Classics 64 Modern Foreign Languages 65 Boarders 66 Choristers 68 Art & Arts Award 72 Inspiration 76 Music 108 Drama 120 Activity Week 136 Sport 140 Kindergarten 158 New Faces 160 Awards 164 Leavers 166

© St John’s College School 2019


Headmaster’s Introduction 2018 – 2019 had been another eventful and successful year for the school and each individual child had made progress and grown in many ways. The staff had worked extremely hard to ensure this happened and it was wonderful to celebrate several members of staff who had worked at St John’s for over 20 years. We sadly had to say goodbye to a few colleagues and you can read more about them in the following pages. On a personal note, it was particularly sad to say farewell to Ruth O’Sullivan who had been an excellent Deputy Head for many years. She was a huge support to me in my first few years as Head of St John’s and she will be sorely missed by the whole community which she served with such distinction. She has gone on to be Head of South Lee School in Suffolk where I have no doubt she will be a great success. One important development over the 2018 – 2019 academic year had been growing our links in the community including partnerships with other schools. Some of this is mentioned in the pages of this magazine but the next academic year will bring further developments as we work closely with some of the local primary schools in Cambridge.

At Speech Day on 6 July 2019 were honoured to welcome Professor Sir Christopher Dobson, Master of St John’s College, to be our guest of honour and hand out prizes to a large number of children. We were delighted that Sir Christopher was accompanied by his wife, Lady Mary, and their dog Jimbo. The Master and Lady Dobson have been such wonderful supporters of the school and so kindly regularly hosted events in the Master’s Lodge such as the Parents’ Association’s (PA) MacMillan Coffee Morning and the annual PA Evensong. They were also huge supporters of the choristers, travelling on tour with the Chapel Choir on many occasions, and singing their praises whenever they had the opportunity. The Master was also very complimentary about the school in private and public. It was therefore with great sadness that we heard he had passed away soon after we returned from the summer holiday. The tributes to him quite rightly flowed for many weeks after and those printed locally and in the national press gave an insight into his extraordinary career as a scientist as well as his humility and humanity which many of us were privevleged to experience on a regular basis. Our deepest sympathy went out to Lady Mary and her two sons. None of us at Speech Day could emulate the magnificent achievements of The Master, but it was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of the academic year and those of the children in particular. The Master was extremely generous in his comments to each child who had won a prize and took his time to speak to them. I know that they will remember the occasion for a long time to come. This magazine will highlight the huge variety of activities that go on during the year and give an insight into some of the amazing work the children and staff do.

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Part of our development of being an outward looking school has been the opening of our nursery, St John’s College School Nanjing. This opened successfully in November 2018 with a small group of children and I was delighted to visit in May 2019 to see how successfully our ethos had been transported half way around the world. The feedback from the staff and parents out there has been so positive. There is so much potential with this initiative for our school and children here and in China and we intend to make the most of it over the coming years. At the Parents’ Association Garden Party in June, Ruth O’Sullivan and David Palmer, who retires along with his wife Amanda in December 2019, articulated the School’s ethos particularly vividly. At the centre of what we do and want to achieve as a school is each individual child and their well-being. When things go wrong, as they do from time to time, the starting point of our thoughts and decisions has been what we genuinely believe to be in the best interest of the children. When so much technology is at our finger tips to do things for us and do them faster, it seems that we ought to be able to sit back and relax. But the opposite appears to be the case; the faster that technology drives us the more impatient we are. The difficulty for those of us in the business of educating children is that education is a life-long journey – more a marathon than a sprint – and not a series of destinations which we should try and get children, or ourselves, to arrive at more and more quickly. It can therefore feel at times that as we, as a school, try to slow things down and give children space to be children we are swimming against a tide. But we are sticking to our guns and the emphasis we place on the well-being of each child will continue to be at the top of our agenda. It is our mission to give the children the skills and confidence to go wherever their passions and interests take them, to be their best selves and know that anything is possible. Last year, the Byron House teachers undertook training in Creativity as Practice, to bring creativity into the classroom in order to engage and inspire the children. In the Michaelmas term 2019 at Senior House, we are engaging with the Philosophy Foundation to give


teachers some new perspectives on how to bring a philosophical approach into their teaching across the curriculum. We want our children to be inquisitive and curious, to ask questions and seek answers for themselves and I am convinced about how important modelling ways of doing things is for them and for their futures. The less we intervene as adults in simply telling children what to do and how to do it (and even worse, do it for them), the better equipped and the more confident they will be to face the challenges of this fast changing world. As well as articulating the School’s ethos so well in his speech at the PA Garden Party, David Palmer also mentioned a book: The Gardener and the Carpenter by Dr Alison Gopnik who is an American developmental psychologist. In the book she explains that in 2011 a team of psychologists did an experiment with some pre-school children. The scientists gave the children a toy made of many plastic tubes, each with a different function: one squeaked, one lit up, one made music and the final tube had a hidden mirror. With half the children, an experimenter came into the room and bumped – apparently accidentally – into the tube that squeaked. “Oops!” she said. With the other children, the scientist acted more deliberately, like a teacher. “Oh look at my neat toy! Let me show you how it works,” she said while purposely pressing the beeper. The children were then left alone to play with the toy.

In the “accidental” group, the children freely played with the toy in various random ways. Through experimenting, they discovered all the different functions of the tubes: the light, the music, the mirror. The other group, the children who had been deliberately taught how to use the toy by the teacher, played with it in a much more limited and repetitive way. They squeaked the beeper over and over again, never discovering all the other things the toy could do. For Alison Gopnik, this experiment revealed some of the deep flaws in modern parenting. Parents try to help their children win at a succession of tasks in life, from Duplo towers to GCSEs. But in the process, Gopnik argues, we may end up limiting the very potential we are trying to foster. She criticises parents “who want to shape their three-year-olds into Harvard freshmen”. On Gopnik’s reading, children flourish the most – like the preschoolers in the accidental group – when they are left free to explore. They also learn as much from our mistakes as they do from our instructions. She says, “Our job is not to shape our children’s minds; it’s to let those minds explore all the possibilities that the world allows.” To use the title of Dr Gopnik’s book, at St John’s we are not carpenters who shape our children into what we want them to be with clean, sanded edges and varnished exteriors. We are gardeners who work hard to ensure the soil in which our children grow is fertile and full of nourishment so that they can grow as individuals into their very best selves. Neil Chippington Headmaster

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SJCS Nanjing A new nursery to share the St John’s ethos abroad The first St John’s College School in China, a nursery school for children as young as two years old who will move on to a Chinese primary school when they are six, was officially opened in November 2018 with a soft launch of a class of approximately twenty children. This continues the School’s international outreach programme which aims to share the St John’s philosophy with others. The income generated will go towards financing bursary support for children in the UK and will also help to fund the extension of the School’s outreach programme in this country. The School will now gradually increase the number of pupils year on year until it reaches a capacity of approximately 200. This exciting project has come to fruition thanks to the hard work and commitment of the team in China who have fully adopted the St John’s ethos and are determined to give young Chinese children the educationally positive start in life of which our School in Cambridge is so passionate. Several of the Chinese teachers have been welcomed at Byron House for training and St John’s staff have also visited Nanjing to ensure the St John’s ethos and Emotions for Learning curriculum are fully embedded. The architect designed building and landscaping has been created very much with the St John’s ethos in mind, linking in the indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a vegetable growing area and a forest garden for the children to learn and explore their outside environment. In May 2019, the Headmaster conducted the first of a schedule of regular site visits. He met with staff, children and their parents and heard from so many about how the St John’s education the children are receiving is having a positive impact. One parent remarked that her 4-year-old daughter, thanks to the E4L programme, was now offering proactive advice to her grandmother about how to deal with strong emotions: “Take a deep breath and, when you are ready, talk about it”.

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The Eaglet 2019 ~ SJCS International


“The respect and equality between the teachers and the children really touched me during my training at St John’s and, having returned to China, using E4L in my teaching has proven really effective and I see the children improving day by day!” “Learning about E4L helped me to understand and help our children, as well as helping me develop a new way of going about my daily life. Although I was training at St John’s in Cambridge for just two weeks, I really got an understanding of what E4L is about and how to implement it.”

“We have started to embed the E4L curriculum’s elements such as active listening, complimenting, emotional vocabulary and attention to pastoral care throughout our teaching. We have been thrilled at our children’s level of wellbeing and their enjoyment in learning.” “I have worked for a few schools in the past but none of them compare to the ethos of St John’s in Cambridge.”

All quotes by SJCS Nanjing teachers

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The Parents’ Association Year The Parents’ Association calendar of events continues to be a very popular part of life at St John’s and 2018/19 was no exception. The year began with the Macmillan Coffee Morning held, by kind permission of Sir Christopher and Lady Dobson, in the Master’s Lodge. It is an early opportunity for parents to get together as the new school year begins and it was very well attended as usual. The remarkable home baking skills of the parent body were on show as sales of cakes and raffle tickets were brisk! The chance to stay out late on a school night was part of the fun of a spectacular fireworks night on the playing fields. With hot chocolate on tap, hot dogs, doughnuts and a beautifully clear night, all the elements were there for a great event and so it was as the display lit up central Cambridge. Many thanks go to the many volunteers who stoically cleared up on the morning after. St John’s parents clearly love a dressing up party as the Lent term’s The Great Gatsby Ball sold out of tickets within a week of them going on offer. The setting was the wonderful hall at St John’s College who also provided the food and drink. A silent disco offered the chance to cut some moves on the dance floor without disturbing the learned atmosphere of the College and proved very popular. Tim Clarke masterfully conducted the auction to raise a fantastic £4,700 for our chosen charity of the year, Winter Comfort. All was wrapped up around midnight with a few incorrigibles heading for a nightcap in the student bar!

Summer is a busy time for the PA with three events to organise. The Fun Day is a big operation requiring a lot of volunteers but, despite an earlier date, we were once again lucky with the weather and consequently a large attendance. Fuelled by ice cream, cakes and even a hot food van the children bounced, jumped and slid joyously throughout the afternoon at a variety of stalls. For those keen to vent their frustrations there was even a plate smashing stand which proved extremely popular and very therapeutic! Once again lots of money was raised for a variety of good causes. By contrast, Evensong is a more cerebral and contemplative event. Once again the event was sold out. The service itself is a reminder of the good fortune we have as St John’s parents to be able to listen to world class musical performances on our doorstep. Sadly inclement weather prevented us using the Master’s Garden but refreshments were still popular in a rather blustery cloisters. The final event of the year was the Summer Garden Party which was very well attended with a record amount of tickets sold. It is traditionally the time for the parents to thank departing staff for their contribution over the years and for new parents to get a taste of what’s to come next term. The utterly brilliant Rednotes band entertained everyone with an array of show-stopping tunes. Richard Goldby and his catering team also produced a wonderful selection of canapés. Sadly there were a few goodbyes to be said to Garance Montfort, Gill Johnson, Suzanna D’Oyly, David and Amanda Palmer and of course, Ruth O’Sullivan. Each treated the audience to some fantastic anecdotes and reminiscences from their time at St John’s before the now traditional musical climax to the night. It was Ruth’s turn to bring the house down with a barnstorming ABBA duet alongside chef Mark. After all the events were concluded we were able to raise over £7,000 for various Cambridge charities including our main choice for the year, Winter Comfort, who provide help and support for the city’s homeless population. It takes a lot of work and commitment to put together these events and we are fortunate to have a very proactive PA committee at St John’s and a parent body keen to be part of the events. Long may this last so thank you to all who have attended, organised and volunteered during a very enjoyable and successful year. PA Chair - Alex Wright

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The Eaglet 2019 ~ The Parents’ Association Year


Opposite page: Summer Garden Party; this page top left, right & middle Fun Run; bottom right, Macmillan Coffee Morning & bottom left: Fireworks Night (Thanks to Lucie Milton for providing many of the PA photos)

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Action Against Climate Change Form 6 Climate Action Group After going on a climate change schools strike, my friends and I felt inspired to do more for our planet. One of my friends came up with an idea where we do different climate change weeks, where we focus on different aspects of the climate change issue and what we can do to make a difference. For instance, for the first week we gave an Assembly to all of Senior House about what they could do to reduce their carbon footprint, such as going vegetarian, even if only for a week, or cycling to school. We have also taught PSHEE lessons to explain how climate change works which will hopefully help Form 3 understand the issue better. We will continue doing these climate change weeks and will hopefully be able to pass the job on to younger students once we leave the school. Flora Smith (aged 12)

“Learning about water sustainability was shocking. It takes 7,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans - this is how much a human drinks in around five years!” Eliza Robson Brown (aged 9)

“As part of our Global Goals sessions we researched sustainability issues. It is crucial for our generation to focus on these because it has been predicted that Cambridge will be by the sea in 2050 if we don’t stop global warming.” James Gleadle (aged 9)

Green Fingers Looking after our ‘Kitchen Garden’, we learnt about different types of plants and how you take care of them and plant them. It is nice to see the plants growing up and last week the sugar snap peas were ready and they tasted sweet. I love eating tomatoes so I have loved growing these plants! Miss Kohler found some plants in a herb centre for 20p each and bought them back and we started growing them and I planted a courgette. It used to be really dead and eaten by caterpillars but now it is strong, really green and thick. To plant, nurture and eat what we have grown is an incredible part of our sustainable future within our school. Lottie Dely (aged 9)

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The Eaglet 2019 ~ Action Against Climate Change


Bird feeders in the Forest Garden

Plastics ‘Beach Clean’ Our focus for our class Assembly was about various sustainability topics and one that made me really think was about the damage plastic is having on oceans around the world. My sister and I decided to do a ‘beach clean’ in Southwold in Suffolk to help protect the environment on that coastline. I was happy we could help. Evie Oates (aged 7)

Global Goals - UNESCO Rights of the Child Convention I had the incredible experience of going to Parliament this year to share ideas about the Global Goals for sustainable development. We sat at a round table and discussed world issues such as climate change, poverty, safer cities, gender equality and more. We were lucky enough to be in the House of Commons when an MP brought her baby into the building. This was a powerful example of gender equality in action. Vivian Knight (aged 9) Four St John’s children had the chance to take part in an important UNESCO convention about Global Goals, children’s rights and sustainable development. We discussed how damaging fashion is, especially cotton and we made a presentation to our class about it afterwards. Hugo Lauze (aged 9)

“I went to the House of Lords to discuss Global Goals. I believe we should focus on these issues because if we carry on polluting the earth, when this generation is older, we might not have an earth to live on.” Clover Cockburn (aged 10)

Environmental Awareness in the Forest Garden In the Forest Garden there was a table set up and we all sat on benches made from tree stumps to make bird feeders. It was amazing because I love being outside and I like making things, especially to help the environment. The next day at break time a lot of the cereal hoops had gone because the birds had eaten them all! Georgina Clode-Baker (aged 7)

“We are lucky enough to have a Forest Garden right in the middle of Cambridge and it is our job to protect and nurture the wildlife.” Edie Ayliffe (aged 9) The Eaglet 2019 ~ Action Against Climate Change

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Outreach Projects Compassionate Outreach

Sports Outreach

I went to Barrington school and taught some children different types of mindfulness and yoga. We taught them various mindfulness techniques which was fun because we did activities such as passing a cup full to the brim with water around a circle and the children had to be very mindful not to spill any. We gave them each a chocolate button and they had to hold it in their hands and examine what the piece of chocolate is like, smell it, melt it and then, their favourite part, put the chocolate in their mouths and savour the taste. It is important to help others because it makes the person you’re helping feel good but it actually makes you feel good and accomplished too. Amy Rigby (aged 12)

We visited Linton Infants school to teach sport as we wanted to introduce the children to varying sports. We taught touch rugby, cricket and basketball to the youngest children and they seemed to really enjoy it. We described how to do certain aspects of each game, prepared drills to help them develop these aspects and then went on to play some mini games. They seemed to really enjoy this but enjoyed throwing balls at us at the end of each session even more!

“Seeing people with differing stages of memory loss due to dementia was hard to cope with at first but we tried our best to get to know them and, after those three weeks, it felt good to know we had helped, even for a small amount of time.”

Sam Blakesley (aged 12)

“I taught cricket to Form 2 in a way that would be fun and easy to understand. It is important to do these sessions because, as well as teaching the Form 2 cricket, we learnt skills and teaching techniques too.” Seb Newitt (aged 12)

Alec Gordon-Smith (aged 12)

International Outreach, Ayensuako School, Ghana During the Humanitas workshop we had the chance to design a plan for a toy that could be used again but it had to be made from recyclable materials. We thought that it would add another dimension if our toy could also move, as well as being able to be played with and we added the element of fire to drive the motion. We also thought, in a crowded space, it would be safer to make the rocket shoot up rather than along the ground. It would be great if our recycled toys could be used in Ghana to help the children living there. George Leslie and Cosimo Cavaleri (both aged 9)

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‘Dancing with Dementia’ Outreach We wrote cards for the dementia patients that we were dancing with. It’s important because it helps them feel less lonely. It makes me feel good doing things for other people! I thought it was a great chance to experience what it was like to dance and chat with people with dementia. Thomas Rowstron & Olivia Inglis (both aged 8) I probably wouldn’t have chosen to go if I had the choice before because I was a bit nervous but, once you get there, it’s really fun and just like dancing with anyone. It was easy to forget that these people have dementia. Sebastian Parkinson (aged 9)

“The dancing with dementia patients project was a real feeling of freedom. It made me feel so relaxed and so blessed. This was a chance to do things I haven’t done before.” Kangqi Gong (aged 8)

“It was very special and I thought it was quite a big opportunity. It isn’t something that you would normally do so if you have the chance to help people you should always fully grasp it.” Chloe Ridley (aged 8)

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Emotions for Learning (E4L) When we do ‘stilling’ we put our hands on our tummies and we feel our breathing in an out. We can also breathe in and notice how our tummies feel. If thoughts come into our minds we just try and go back to thinking about how our tummies feel and you can focus again. At the end we wriggle our fingers and toes. Tilly Denman (aged 5)

“We have been thinking about why it is important to feel happy in school and who we feel is there to support and care for us. It helps us to feel safe, secure and listened to.” Leah Schut (aged 7)

“When you get a compliment, it makes you feel happy inside and warm and fuzzy.” Max Crosbie (aged 4)

“We have thought about the difference between short term and long term consequences and the best personal solution for a particular problem.” Alice Allpress (aged 7)

“Reflection is what we do when we think about an idea, a feeling or a picture in our minds. We do this with our eyes closed because we can concentrate better on what is happening in our minds.” Bertie Banks (aged 7)

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I like it when we have ‘stilling’ because it’s fun and it helps me feel calm. It is like an exercise for your mind! When you have been racing around the playground you can then take time to relax and focus your brain back to the next lesson. E4L is good because it helps you feel happy if you’re feeling sad and it can help you if you’re worried or angry. It gives you the help to figure out how to work out problems yourself which is a nice feeling. Alex Kuppen (aged 7)

“A compliment is a nice thing we say to each other. It makes you feel loved inside.” Cara Brown (aged 4)

“You stop, take a deep calm breath and say the problem and how you are feeling. It is called ‘turtle’.” Heyan Patel (aged 4)

In ‘stilling’ we do finger breathing and flower breathing which helps me to stop feeling excited and fizzy. In E4L lessons we’ve been learning about emotions; last lesson we looked at the triangle of emotions. I think it’s good because it means you can help others when they’re feeling sad. Aniket Sinha (aged 4) I really like doing action stories because they help me feel relaxed, my favourite one we’ve done was the ‘bear crawl’. We take it in turns with our partner so we both feel the massages and there are lots of different types. We do ‘stilling’ too because it makes us feel calm and relaxed. Aline Halban-Taylor (aged 6)

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Mindfulness & ‘My Mind’ In mindfulness we sometimes do a ‘body scan’ which is when you go through focusing on each muscle one at a time. It takes a few minutes and you think about your breathing and different sounds that you can here. Afterwards I feel really relaxed. In our mindfulness lessons we’ve been learning about our thinking. It’s helpful to learn about how we think and how our brains work because then I know when and why my brain is jumping with thoughts and that makes it easier to stop that and try and do something different. Zoe Loose & Amelie Griffiths (both aged 8) There is one mindfulness session that I will remember for quite a while. We learned that most people go through their days not actually aware of what is happening around them. For instance, do you remember the details of your walk to school? Do you actually notice what your food tastes like? To find this out, we were each given a sweet and were asked to look at it, smell it, feel it. We then savoured it for as long as possible. This was interesting because usually I don’t pay so much attention to what I eat, now I think about that lesson when I’m eating. Ben Wigan (aged 11)

“Mindfulness is helpful because when I’m in the playground or at home and I feel annoyed I can recognise what’s happening and try and calm myself down.” Emre Tunc (aged 8)

“Learning mindful techniques has helped me get into the right frame of mind when facing exams.” Rosie Stevenson (aged 11)

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“Mindfulness stops my brain running off like a puppy and keeps it focused.”

“We reflected on our relationship with nature within us and around us.”

Phoebe Goodale (aged 9)

Alex Beardsworth (aged 12)

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Mindset for Learning

I used ‘focusing’ in DT when I was threading the needle to make my toy. I think the learning dispositions are important because you can pick out ones you have used before as they are all good. If something goes wrong, it might end up with you having to restart your project so you need to be flexible to think of other options when at first you wanted to do something else. Kate David & Clover Cockburn (both aged 10) Perseverance has really helped me when I am given a task which I struggle with but I have learnt to keep focused and keep trying even when it is easier to give up. For example, sometimes in maths when I am struggling with a question it is tempting to give up and go on to the next one but with the skills I have learnt I now take a deep breath and keep trying. Emily Lindsay Clark (aged 10)

“I use rigour in art because things often don’t go my way to start with but get better towards the end with determination and positivity.” “I try to be a ‘curious dolphin’ in all of my lessons especially topic because I want to learn lots of interesting new things.”

“There have been many times I have persevered in school, whether it’s a difficult maths problem to getting stuck in a DT project. Mindsets are important because they teach us how to try and be better at things and focus more.”

Hector Douglas (aged 7)

Jack Warder (aged 12)

Peter Neville (aged 11)

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Tai Chi In Tai Chi we do the ‘stumble dodge’ which is a sequence of movements we’ve developed over the last few lessons. We also do different poses, which help us to strengthen our arms and to concentrate. I think Tai Chi is helpful for lessons because it teaches us to maintain focus. In our last lesson we were doing exercises that elongate your spine. The games and Tai Chi poses capture your imagination and help develop both your mind and your body. These are good skills for life. Bron Sims & Jimmy Diggle (both aged 8)

“It helps to teach us the significance of awareness, resilience, focus and integration. Resilience is a bit like perseverance, it means that if you find something hard, you keep going.” Vita Rainey (aged 8)

“I really like learning Tai Chi. It helps to train your mind and learn to focus.” Emre Tunc (aged 8)

“Tai Chi is excellent at calming me down and focusing fully. Sometimes if we get two ‘excellent’ points (when we’re doing something very well) we get to celebrate and do a dance. It’s excellent!” Anna Tomkinson (aged 9)

“Tai Chi helps us to feel all the parts of our body and be the best we can be.” Jonathan Mews (aged 10)

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Philosophy I have always loved philosophy and debating and this year has not changed that. I think these lessons are important because they are encouraging key life skills. They teach about flexibility, you often might have to argue a point you don’t believe in but you still have to make the case. They teach you how to think on your feet, often you won’t have plenty of time to construct a long fancy answer meaning that you have to be listening, thinking and reflecting constantly. They encourage creativity, when constructing an argument you have to be creative and think of points that are not initially obvious. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

I find philosophy very interesting because you don’t only get one side of the story, you get different perspective of things. There’s no right or wrong answer in questions, ‘what is beauty?’ for example, you justify your answer and make a valid point. I like to listen to others and see what they think and then sometimes my perspective changes and I see everything in a different way.

The most memorable philosophy lesson was when we got to drink the huel, a powder that is intended to provide all of the human body’s nutritional needs. This was very memorable as it is designed as the food of the next generation and what we should drink to help our planet. This lesson was important because it is our future and if we eat all the food in excess whilst others starve then we are not considerate, both to other humans and to the planet as a whole.

“My favourite discussions are philosophical ones. The fact that this is really a matter of our base values, what we believe in, makes it really interesting and compelling to take part in.”

Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

“The most memorable philosophical debate was when we discussed if you really know anything for sure because to know something is to exist.”

Lydia Kopanou (aged 10)

Jaylen Cheng (aged 12)

James Gleadle (aged 9)

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Child-Led Learning I think child-led topics are fun and important. You can have more interest learning if you are learning about something you are initially interested in. When we do a child-led topic you get to choose what the topic is. In art we are studying nature and have been drawing and painting different things like skulls and plants. In art I like learning about nature and going into lots of detail in my drawings. Johanna Hindmarsh (aged 9)

I enjoyed sitting in the bamboo with my two best friends chatting whilst sketching what we could see in nature. Childled topics are always very interesting and varied and I think it is important to introduce to children the fact that their idea does not always get picked or voted for. Cosimo Cavaleri (aged 9) I am really enjoying learning about art all over the world. It is fascinating looking at different styles of art. It is good for us to have a say in our learning and the direction it is going otherwise we will not learn decision making for ourselves. Lucas Hobson (aged 9) This term my child-led topic in art is city life. We visited Cambridge market where we sketched shop fronts and stalls which we are now turning into big pieces of art. This topic is broad enough so everyone has something that they will be happy to make. I am painting the different foods we saw that day, including fruit. Ella Wigan (aged 9)

“We got to wear a real beekeeping suit to protect us when we were holding the honeycomb. It was an amazing experience!” Alice Manning (aged 6)

“Letting children have a say in their learning means you can do something that truly interests you.” Top: 3M painting on the Playing Fields as part of their ‘Natural World’ topic; Bottom: T2B studying honeycomb for their ‘Bees’ topic

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Top: 1S studying skulls on loan from the University Museum of Zoology and drawing insects, bottom: T1G dissecting dinosaur ‘remnants’

“We dissected dinosaur ‘poo’ to see what they’d been eating. We learnt about what the different dinosaurs ate. I love this topic!”

“I think that children should choose their own topic so they can progress in the direction they prefer.”

Imogen O’Reilly (aged 5)

Jack Borno (aged 9)

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Top left: Form 2 tempering chocolate as part of their ‘Creating Structures’ topic, top right: Form 1 English stimuli based around the Flotsam book linked to their Assembly about oceans and plastic and bottom: T1s investigating light and reflections using mirrors in their ‘Space’ topic

It’s really good that we get to choose our child-led topic because it means that we’re all really interested in what we are learning. Everyone is researching different rainforest animals and we’re making posters with lots of facts about them. You get to find out so much more information as you have real interest! Bertie Banks (aged 7)

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We’ve been using our child-led topic in art and drawing lots of different animals. We were looking closely at fish scales and using that to try to draw pictures that showed the texture and patterns. We did black pen drawings of different bugs using a continuous line without taking our pens off the paper. It was tricky at first but they ended up looking really impressive and detailed. May Guttridge (aged 7)

“I really love the freedom of our childled nature topic as we are outside lots.”

“I enjoyed going on the art trip into Cambridge because there were lots of buildings to choose from to draw.”

Issy Drokov (aged 9)

Noah Roach (aged 9)

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1H creating a dough relief map for their ‘Mexico’ topic

Making our fish scales in art was really fun because I like to be creative and learn new skills. I liked using the pastels because they give it an interesting texture. It was really fun because we got to choose what materials we wanted to use. Hattie Milton (aged 7) We’re learning all about dinosaurs this term. We looked inside dinosaur ‘poo’ to see what they had eaten and there were different things in there like bones and bits of grass. I found a little bone in mine which means it was a carnivore or an omnivore. I love learning lots of facts about dinosaurs; we were learning about why brontosauruses had really long necks! I’ve learnt that crocodiles are really closely related to dinosaurs. Dhruv Deshpande & Farid Emam (both aged 5)

I enjoy drawing the Eiffel Tower and experimenting with different colours. I’m also enjoying learning about the abstract expressionist Frank Bowling who, in one of his paintings, hid his own child’s artwork. I like expressing myself in art by using bright colours. Federico Di Franco (aged 9) At the moment we’re preparing for our class assembly which is all about our child-led topic. As a class we’ve written a rainforest rap to perform, we’re making sure it has lots of facts we’ve researched so that everyone learns something new. This also includes deforestation and how we can help to protect the wildlife in rainforests. Leah Schut (aged 7)

“For our child-led topic we went to Spy Missions. It was fun because we were dodging lasers! The best bit was when we were on a (pretend) boat and had to think strategically and work together.”

“The best bit about studying spies is that it’s a topic that we all chose and we all like. It’s really exciting, we learn about the history of spies and about different secret codes.”

Will Dely (aged 8)

Jessica Tayabali (aged 8)

“Learning about Mexico is really interesting because it is a county that lots of us haven’t been to and we’re finding out about their culture. We’re going to Nanna Mexico to learn how to cook Mexican food. I can’t wait!”

“We showed the school the different 3D constructions we have been working on. We were ‘reflecting monkeys’ because we looked back at what we’ve learnt. I loved building our sustainable city!”

Harry Sadler (aged 7)

Lucy Keightley (aged 8)

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English Poetry Evening Each poem brings out a different spirit into the room. All sorts of moods are set and they are never boring. There is everything from hilarious poems about stealing chocolate cake to poems with memories from the war. It is an amazing night filled with wonderful poetry, mostly written by Sixth Form. Poetry Evening defines each person’s personality and is an opportunity to show off independence. The staging is all planned in two hours and each second is well used. Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui (aged 12) For my individual poem I wrote one inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem, The Mirror. I wrote one about a shadow and how people treat and perceive it in different ways. What interests me about poetry is how your writing will almost always reflect yourself and your feelings. When I was learning and writing that poem I feel like I learnt a lot about myself too. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

“It was an enriching experience as it was the first time I presented any of my own work on stage. This gave me lots of confidence in my own work and helped boost the moral of the entire year.” Jamo Morrill (aged 12)

“It was incredible to see everyone so concentrated and excited to read our words aloud to our parents and the audience.” Amelie Matthews (aged 12)

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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with The Young Shakespeare Company The YSC enthralled the crowd and they acted so well, they might as well have been sleeping, and Puck seemed as though he was actually out of breath from running around the world. They also directed it superbly as they put it in a modern world where the actors were competing in ‘Athen’s Got Talent’. The actor who played Puck was so funny and got waves of laughter from the audience. Their workshop also made the Shakespeare make much more sense. I suddenly realised why they were in the forest and what they were shaking flowers in people’s faces for and why Bottom had a donkey’s head. They also got everyone involved, people would play roles and you would have to make noises after certain words, which kept everyone engaged and interested. Caspar Emerson (aged 11)

“It was weird that people loved others who didn’t love them in return. Pyramus kept on getting hit by the wall and this will stick in my memory!” Archie McEwan & Oliver Sawtell (both aged 11)

“Everyone wanted lunch to be over so they could find out what was going to happen after the cliffhanger.....” Harry Winn (aged 11)

“They used Shakespearean language but they modernised the play amazingly so that we could relate to it in real life.” Myles O’Reilly (aged 11)

“The actors changed the hall into a world of Shakespeare...” Sacha Mackenzie (aged 11)

“They made Shakespeare funnier by using modern actions.” Laura Altmann (aged 11)

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Book Buddies Having a buddy in KG is great because then they’ve got a friend to look out for them in the playground. We do lessons with our buddies where we read to them and help them learn. There are times in the week when we share stories we love with them and they pick out ones too, we help them to learn to read and recognise tricky words. I love these times. It is easy to forget that we learnt to read at their age, so it is extra special to be able to be part of their learning and to see how they get better each week. Edie Ayliffe (aged 9)

Poetry Collaboration We have worked on our poetry skills with some Form 1 and used personification to describe the objects from nature we found in the Forest Garden. We used personification to think about what it would be like to be a twig and to give it a life of its own. Sharing ideas has made our poetry really come alive and be more unique. Caspar Johnson (aged 8) We performed our own Poetry Show with the children we have been working with in Form 2 to show our parents everything we’ve developed over our poetry sessions. It was fun working with another class because we could share ideas and include things in our poems that we wouldn’t have come up with on our own. Performing our poetry was exciting as the audience loved the funny moments and it was a different experience than reading them to your friends. Hector Douglas (aged 7)

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“I like the time every week when my buddy comes to KG and we sit on comfy cushions and share books. It is special.” Sophie Holmes (aged 4)

“I love it when my buddy reads with me as we have lots of fun looking at the words and pictures together.” Zebbie Halban-Taylor (aged 4)


The Power of Debating The Final of the House debating was between Beaufort and Fisher. The motion was that “This House believes that examinations should be abolished at SJCS.” Beaufort was the government and Fisher the opposition. I am in Fisher and we had an hour in our Houses to work out who was saying what. Cordelia was our first speaker, Iestyn was our second, and I was the rebutter. Sandys versus Gunning was the first debate with Sandys winning. The debating was on the stage with lights and was being judged by Mr Chippington and watched by the whole year, so there was a lot of pressure. Both teams worked very hard and made some valid points. There were stages throughout the debate when I thought I had broken my hand because of how much writing I was having to do in such a short space of time as I jotted down the points that I was going to rebut! I really enjoy speaking and debating has helped immensely in building my confidence, I tried to put in as many techniques that I knew, that was a struggle because we had only two minutes to speak. Fisher ended up winning, and I strongly believe that the right team won, obviously. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

“Debating allows you to express your opinions in a safe environment. It is challenging being on the side of the argument you don’t agree with as you have to dig deep to find strong points.” Abby Orchard (aged 12)

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BBC 500 Words Story Competition

Having my poem being shortlisted was quite a shock; I thought I had no chance whatsoever because in class I had read the poems published last year. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I’ll never be near this kind of stuff!’. So when Mrs D’Oyly told me I was quite excited. This poem was actually set as my Prep to write a ‘Golden Shovel’ poem based on The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats. A ‘Golden Shovel’ poem is a normal poem, apart from the last word in each line forms a part another poem (in this case a line from the poem by Yeats). The Lake Isle of Innisfree is a beautiful poem, it gives a sense of calmness and peace, so I thought that I would try to capture that in my own poem. It turned out pretty well! Having my poem published was great, although seeing it next to all those incredible poems still shocks me.

“It was cold and the wind was howling in the trees as the sun started its rise from nightly sleep. I waited impatiently until the bus came rattling around the corner, flooding the street with its orangey glow. My ride came to an abrupt stop at the corner and the door swung open with a loud hiss. I took a tentative step towards the door that would take me to her....”

Jaylen Cheng (aged 12)

St Mary’s Creative Writing Competition In Michaelmas term we all entered the St Mary’s writing competition. The theme was detective mystery. Having always enjoyed reading this genre, I liked the theme. Early on I decided just to write the ending of the story. I was happy with how my story turned out. I have taken part in this competition four times and this year I went to their presentation evening as usual. I always enjoy this evening as it is a great opportunity to see how others have written their stories. I had never been shortlisted and though I was happy with my story I wasn’t expecting to be mentioned. As they announced the shortlisted entries I was really happy that Susanna was shortlisted. To my amazement I was also shortlisted! They announced the runner-up whose story I thought was amazing. When they announced that I was the winner, I was inundated with shock as there were roughly 150 entries! It was an amazing experience to be a part of. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

Tamsin Loose (aged 11) Extract from ‘Selkie’

“Dainty snowflakes fell from the sky; a white blanket lay over the world and icicles hung like bunting on the trees. This was all normal for winter. Except it was summer....” Polly Casey (aged 11) Extract from ‘Lost’

“All the masts reached up to the sky like giant spikes. Then the sailors unfurled the sails into the extremely windy blow. I could feel the wind rushing through the air and hear the flap of the sails and all the flags fluttering in pride....” Bertie Denison-Smith (aged 9) Extract from ‘The Mary Rose’

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Byron House Book Week & Senior House Literary Festival “It was really inspiring listening to so many incredible authors explaining how they had started their writing journeys.” Cassien Cameron (aged 10)

“I didn’t really like reading until I read Tracey Corderoy’s books. I’ve now read all her books and I love her characters.” Nilan Huria (aged 7)

“The parts where the authors played games with us were really fun. It made everyone interested in the books.” Milan Patel (aged 8)

“Chris Priestley asked us what the school would be like if the teachers were all pirates!” Theo Scoffings (aged 8)

“Jennifer Bell asked for lots of volunteers and got us moving and she really inspired me to read ‘The Crooked Sixpence’.” Sophia Wickham (aged 7)

“When Jennifer Bell told me about her books she really inspired me in my imagination.” Olly Crossley (aged 7)

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Charities & Community Links Charities Fair “All the Sixth Form organised a Charities Morning where we set up stalls and raised money for the charity Humanitas. During our Leavers’ Programme we had an African Day and we learnt how to make our own tie-dye T-shirts which were sold at Charities Fair to raise money.” Edward Allpress (aged 12)

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Harvest Festival & Eco Competition I think it’s important that we bring in food to give to the Food Bank because it makes sure that people don’t go hungry when they are in desperate need. It was exciting to look at all of the Harvest Eco Competition entries out on in the playground at break time, my favourite was the massive pumpkin which was hiding under the table......it was huge! Vita Rainey (aged 8)

“I’m on the Charities Committee and, for the Harvest Festival, we gathered food to donate to local food banks. It’s important so that people who don’t have money for food will have something to eat. We need to think of others.”

“The Eco Harvest competitions are really fun each year. In Form 1 I entered the Lego model competition and I won first prize, which gave me so much more confidence to enter more categories this year!”

Isabella Bishop (aged 8)

Isabella Dixon (aged 8)

‘Grow Your Pound’ for Humanitas For the ‘Grow a Pound’ project over the Easter holidays, we baked lots of different cakes and sausage rolls to sell at our cake shop. We set up the shop at my daddy’s racing stables. Everybody was keen to buy and donate to raise money. We were very happy to raise money to help make the school in Ghana better for the children there. Eiji Varian & Momoka Varian (aged 4 & 6)

“I loved making jam for Humanitas. My brother Thomas made some strawberry jam for the same project a few years ago and I wanted to have a go, so I chose raspberry jam.” Grace Watkin (aged 8)

“I bought a big sponge and then I washed two cars for the ‘Grow a Pound’ project and made £10! It was fun getting wet.” Reuben Bennett (aged 5)

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Senior Citizens’ Parties The Senior Citizens’ party was great fun because we got to meet and talk to the elderly that had come from care homes nearby. At first we served the guests with refreshments and mince pies. After that we got to talk and get to know a lot about them. I spent time with a lovely lady who I talked to a lot. They loved pulling party crackers! Soon after we sang Christmas carols before we read out T’was the Night before Christmas to the guests. One of the most important parts was giving out presents to the elderly as they smiled and looked so delighted. Lottie Dely (aged 9)

“The senior citizens were really grateful and friendly and you felt good for helping and having time to chat to them.” Mark Chesterfield (aged 9)

“It made me feel really good to help out and stop the elderly people from feeling lonely at such a special time of the year.” Mason Mayfield (aged 7)

“My favourite bit was singing carols altogether. It made us all feel like Christmas was coming soon!” Yasmin Hindmarsh (aged 6)

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“I went to lots of stalls, bought a balloon and had ice cream! I loved it all.” Ani Redy (aged 5)

Byron House Fairs To plan our stall for the summer fair we had to learn some budgeting skills and think about what we could afford to buy. We also had to be resourceful and think about what we could use that we already have around school. Louisa Egerton (aged 8) It was really fun performing our country dancing at the summer fair. We were about nervous about it beforehand but actually there was nothing to worry about. It didn’t matter when some people went a bit out of time because we were having fun and our parents loved it. Everybody was clapping along and we all had lots of fun. It was a tricky routine to learn because we swap places with different partners so we had to keep focused! Alyse Baines & Megan Munro (both aged 7)

“I loved getting my nails painted. They looked really pretty and it made me feel good that the money raised was going to charity.” London El Refaie (aged 7)

“I liked when I won the Scalextric trophy at the summer fair. It made me happy.” Edward Rowstron (aged 4)

“I played a game where you had to guess how many balloons were in a car. I’ve never seen a car full of balloons in my life!” Ethan Liu (aged 6)


Humanities Wartime Evacuees We thought about what it would have been like to have been evacuated as a wartime child. I wouldn’t have liked it because I’d miss my family far too much! We went into a bunker and sang wartime songs. We were given a wartime name and a family that we would be evacuated with and we were told what that family were like and how many children there were. It was quite scary because they were all names of real people so it felt realistic! Tighe Westfall (aged 9)

“We tried on gas masks which weren’t comfortable but were realistic. It was worrying to think that you might have had to wear one to be able to breathe properly and survive a gas attack.” Hugo Wells (aged 8)

“We hid in the blackout tunnel, it was easy to forget that it wasn’t real. It made me think that we’re lucky that we have somewhere safe to live and go to school without fear for our lives.” Isabella Bishop (aged 8)

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Tudor Times We lived the lives of Tudors for a day in the time of King Henry VIII and, as part of his household, we performed different 16th century tasks; including inking names, soap ball and scent bag making, headache soothing, miniature portrait painting and leather bookmark making. We also had the chance to visit the Barber-surgeon and the apothecary. We ate at our own royal banquet with bread, cheese and gingerbread and ‘wine’, plus entertainment of dancing, acting and singing. It gave us all a real insight into what Tudor life would have been like for both rich and the poor too. Poppy McEwan & Isobel Davies (both aged 9)

“We all became members of King Henry VIII’s household and spread news about Anne Boleyn.” Toby Read (aged 9)

“We learnt so much about the jobs people would have had during the Tudor era. I enjoyed the candle-making as you had to dip the wick into the wax lots of times.” Bel Vandermeer (aged 9)

Roman Invasion “I loved the marching, the tactics, getting into formation and using the shields. The Romans loved entertainment, it was just like the Colosseum sitting in a huge circle. We learnt about Boudicca and the tribes fighting against the Romans.”

“My favourite bits of Roman Day were making the replica mosaic and learning how to be a Roman warrior!”

Nilan Huria & Mason Mayfield (both aged 7)

Jasper Fox Watson (aged 7)

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Form 2 Egyptians “Egyptians didn’t have any proper toilets! They washed with buckets of water outside market squares.” Isobel Morbey (aged 8)

“Egyptians put perfumed wax and animal fats on their heads so that it would melt and they would smell nice.” Louisa Egerton (aged 8)

Stowe Humanities Competition Going to Stowe was such an amazing experience. The topic of the day was ‘The Middle East’. Our first subject was History. We were all shown a clip of the wars between the Arabs and the Jews in Palestine. Then we had to come up with an answer of how to make peace in Palestine, we were only given three minutes! It was really hard but fun because each solution we thought of had a consequence. After that we then did some debating about whether smoking should be banned. The teacher we were doing this with made it really realistic, as if we were really in the House of Commons! It was really enjoyable because we had to come up with lots of answers and downsides to their ideas. The last subject of the morning was religion. Both schools had to come up with a short presentation on a religion. Our school was given Judaism and the other school was given Christianity. In our presentation we talked about how the Jews believe the world was made. One theory was it was made by God creating new things every day. The other was that the world was made by the remains of a dead monster. After lunch we had History of Art. The teacher showed us a presentation about the styles of art there were in the Middle East. Some older pupils helped us in the groups. Our task was to describe Middle Eastern art and architecture. Our last subject was Geography. We had to name all the different flags from the Middle East. I felt that we did well at this. We also had to come up with lots of ideas of how we can save water. Finally it was time to hear the results. I was very excited. The people who came second got Stowe notebooks and the school that won got a Stowe Monopoly set each and the Winton Cup. Even though we didn’t get placed it was a very memorable day out. Amelia Hughes (aged 10)

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T2 & Form 4 Victorians Sparkling frost covered Stibbington as we stepped back into the Victorian era. I was cold and the air was sharp. We were all given a name and I was George Eassom, aged ten years old. I was from a family of seven. It was so interesting learning and trying out all the old playground games that Victorian children played with, my favourite was the skipping rope and the stilts but the other games looked good as well. Afterwards, we handled artefacts, my favourite was the copper jelly mould. William MacLean (aged 10)

“I found out that post boxes, flushing toilets, stamps and Christmas cards were all invented by clever Victorians.”

At the Victorian Fayre our stall was full of scented things like lavender bags, candles, toffee apples and oranges studded with cloves. The smell was stunning, scents of cakes, gingerbreads, fudge and toffee apples. I felt like I actually helped the children who the money went to for Humanitas. All the stalls were linked to the Victorians too.

“The London tube was the first underground railway to be invented during Victorian times.”

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Hector Borno (aged 6)

Azaria Ajao (aged 6)

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Epping Forest Field Trip I learnt about the river and how to properly measure velocity in the river. You drop a cork in the river and measure how long it takes to travel a metre. I learnt a lot from this trip particularly that the river does not always follow the path that we expect it should do for reasons like different types of hard or soft rocks. I enjoyed learning about the different layers and types of soil around the source of Loughton Brook drainage basin. It was very interesting as it changes dramatically between different places. Henrietta Newble (aged 12)

“At site three the velocity was a lot faster and it was better to investigate as a meander changed a few factors. I liked walking between sites because of the mud and how challenging it was. Luckily I didn’t fall over but sometimes it was quite close!” Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

Wandlebury Park The first activity we did was my favourite as we had to orientate a map. We were each given different numbered cards. The numbers on the card and the numbers on the map were the same. We had to walk around the property stamping or marking the numbers on the card. The second activity we did was compass skills. I really enjoyed this Geography trip. Aubrey El Refaie (aged 10)

“I especially enjoyed finding different locations using a map and running around in their big field!” Misha Kaminskiy (aged 10)

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Water Cycle Dioramas I made my water cycle model using modelling clay, resin, blue dye, sand, earth, cling film, cotton wool and an acrylic box. I even got real condensation when transporting it in my mum’s car! I used transparent labels to show the water cycle steps and the represented materials, such as oil, clay and rock. Modified silicone was used to bond materials together. The resin represented the ocean surrounding the mountain. Paint showed the blue run-off. It was challenging making the water cycle model and super fun too. Tintin Lamb (aged 9) To make the cloud drip, I punched holes in the plastic pot so that when it was filled with water it would rain. For the sea, I lined a lid with bubble wrap and, to create the evaporating effect, I wrapped pieces of wire around a pencil. I think my water cycle is unique because it actually uses water which flows around the system. Poppy Marr (aged 9)

Shimpling Park Farm We visited an organic cereal and arable farm. Firstly, we studied the varying machinery that is used on the farm, such as combines and drills. The combine cuts the corn and harvests it to the ground. In the soil field we studied ‘good’ soil and found out that there were microscopic bugs eating up all the not so good soil so the new and fresh soil could help the plants grow more quickly. We learnt about coppicing. On this farm young shoots from 200 year old hazel tree stumps are chopped down. Isobel Davies (aged 9)

“In the sheep field there were 900 ewes and 9 rams. Many ewes were pregnant and the lambs will be born in April. Farmers make more profit from twins, rather than singles.” Nico Clarke (aged 9)

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Chinese New Year My mum came in for Chinese New Year to talk to the class about our traditions and how we celebrate at home. It was funny to see everyone else try Chinese writing. My favourite bit of Chinese New Year is making and hanging up all the decorations. We all got to make our own red decorations to hang up. I love Chinese New Year because it’s a big fun celebration with lots of food! Ruihan Li & Kangqi Gong (both aged 8)

Heyan Patel (aged 4)

Cambridge Synagogue

Cambridge Gurdwara

My favourite trip was to the Synagogue where we learnt a lot about the Jewish faith from Samuel. He is a young man so he made it more interesting and relevant for us. You could ask him any questions about him and his faith. He taught us that they had to fast for a day and not do anything such as turn on electricity. It was a fascinating trip. Matthew Chippington (aged 10)

I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Gurdwara because it was incredibly informative and we learnt about the main Sikh traditions and festivals. The Sikh hosts treated us all equally and I found out that there was a golden Gurdwara in India called the Harmandir Sahib, which is the main pilgrimage site of Sikhism. It is usually called the Golden Temple in English, because it is plated with gold.

“The Synagogue was quite different from the other places of worship. The men sit separately from the women, and instead of having a holy book, they use a Torah scroll.” Silas Smith (aged 10)

Cambridge Buddhist Centre This was a fascinating trip. It was so interesting to see other religions in practice and see how Buddhism differs to other world religions. It was also interesting to see its unexpected similarities to Christianity, such as seeing everything as a gift and sacred and seeing how it matters how you live your life. When we arrived, we took off our shoes and proceeded to a room that used to be a theatre. We listened to some people chanting which, in Christianity, we don’t experience much - as our hymns are more like a song or melody. Listening to the chanting was really interesting and I loved it. We saw the shrine and studied some Buddhist artefacts, such as mini models of Buddha and a gong. The last thing we did was meditation which started with the gong being sounded. There were three parts of the meditation and they were all different breathing exercises, every time another part of the meditation started, the gong would sound again. We kept our eyes closed and thought about how our body felt and how our feet felt against the floor, whether we were warm or cold and what noises we could hear. We were encouraged to just let thoughts float away and get back to our breathing. When I opened my eyes I felt incredible and I felt a sudden sense of peace. It was probably my favourite school trip I’ve ever been on. Flora Harrison (aged 10)

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“For Chinese New Year everything is red to scare away the monster Nian. We learnt how to write Chinese letters, it was quite tricky!”

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“It was interesting that the Guru Granth Sahib, the main scripture of Sikhism, has its own room and a full sized bed. Sikhs treat it like a real person.” Caitlin Blakesley (aged 10)

St Giles’ Church It was interesting learning about where and how Christians pray and getting to know our way around this type of church. It was an unusual church because it doesn’t have a bell tower as they ran out of money when it was being built. We also learnt about the different sections of the church too. Lucas Hobson & Maxim Pullan (both aged 9)


Pupil Responsibilities & Pupil Forum Form 2 Responsibilities Having a buddy in KG is great because then they’ve got a friend to look out for them in the playground. We do lessons with our buddies where we read to them and help them learn and we play together at break times too. Edie Ayliffe (aged 9)

“Pupil Forum introduced ‘Helping Hands’ at lunchtimes so Form 2 hand out water and a range of fresh fruit to encourage healthy eating and it encourages us to take on more responsibilities.” Charlie Wiles (aged 8)

“At lunch I’ve been handing out fruit to the younger children. It’s fun because we get to wear a special apron and hat. It feels good to be able to help.” Isabella Bishop (aged 8)

“I’m the door monitor so I hold open the doors in the mornings. It makes me feel really good because there are always lots of people saying thank you.” Alice Lindsay Clark (aged 8)

Pupil Forum Pupil Forum is an amazing committee to be on. It is a great way to express different skills that you may have not known you had already. Encompassing leadership skills to find a creative and satisfactory answer to the pupils of SJCS is very worthwhile. Whilst expressing your own views you have to take into account the views of your classmates and the rest of the school. We debate important issues and many ideas from our discussions have been put into active use in and around the school. An example of this is the SJCS Talent Show which was extremely successful and fun. Pupil Forum even created a sub-committee to run and oversee this massive and popular event. Pupil Forum ensures everyone’s voices are heard no matter who they are. Trust me, it’s very enjoyable. Charlie Hall (aged 11)

“Pupil Forum is important as children everywhere are listened to in school because we are the future generation.” Emily Lindsay Clark (aged 10)

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Enrichment Afternoons My favourite talk was when a lady from the RSPB came in to talk to us about the decline of vultures in Asia. It was fascinating because it was like a mystery, finding the cause of the decline and then having to find a solution to the problem. The problem was that farmers were using a medicine on their cattle and when the vultures came to pick on the carcasses then they were digesting the medicine. It was really amazing to see how they protected the vultures and how the percentages of vultures poisoned has dropped. Amelia Hughes (aged 10)

“The best Thursday Afternoon talk was probably when the ‘Dragon Patchers’ came to show us how they fixed potholes with fire and stone. It was magical!” Issy Drokov (aged 9)

“My favourite talk has been the human rights talk. It was really interesting and inspiring. I wish I could do it again because it was so amazing.” Amelie Brown (aged 9)

“I think the Godolphin talk inspired lots of people in our year to take up horse racing.” Silas Smith (aged 10)

“The Sustainable Development talk was fascinating. It made me think more about human rights.” Lucas Nair-Grepinet (aged 9)

Top: The Big Draw Festival; Bottom: Mr Hugh Anderson’s Godolphin talk about thoroughbred horse racing and breeding

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“The Dragon Patchers talk about pothole filling was the only talk that had a flamethrower!” George Tansley (aged 10) Above: ‘Dragon Patchers’ pothole filling & below: Dr Bruna’s talk about DNA

The best talk was from Dr Bruna on DNA as she was really interactive and this made the talk interesting. I enjoyed the two activities we did. The first one was to prove that people are different we had paper with a chemical on it, I hated the taste so I was a ‘super taster’ but others didn’t taste it. The second was making part of a DNA structure out of sweets (we then ate it). Ella Wigan (aged 9) The discussion about human rights was excellent because I think it is very important and it was interesting hearing about things that happen around the world and why these rights are important. It was very inspiring. Emily Grant (aged 9) I found the Plastic Reduction talk fascinating. I think it’s really important we cut down on single use plastic by going to the market to get fresh fruit and vegetables or bringing reusable fabric bags to go shopping with. The other talk we had was a talk about vultures which was cool. The RSPB lady explained that, in some countries, they were using a medicine for their cows when they were dying, that medicine is poisonous to vultures but when the cows died, the vultures scavenged on their carcasses which caused the medicine to get into the vultures’ stomachs. They managed to ban that medicine and take some young vultures into sanctuaries. Clover Cockburn (aged 10)

Sustainable development talk by Human Rights lawyer Ms Vuyelwa Kuuya about the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’

“I really enjoyed the RSPB talk about vultures because I love animals and I love knowing how people are trying to help them as they are in danger. I loved how she showed videos and pictures of her and her team helping them.” Eve Wells (aged 10)

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Extra-Curricular I have enjoyed DT club because I really loved making the sweet dispensers, especially as you could eat the sweets when you finished. I also liked overcoming my problems like the tongue of the sweet dispenser kept on getting stuck and I managed to fix it. Pedro Fernandez Bruna (aged 9) Football club was really fun because the coaches were really nice and I got to do it with my friends, I also really enjoy football and I play it with my brother a lot at home. We got to play matches and do varied activities and the coaches made it really fun. Amy Rigby (aged 12)

“I absolutely love Grade 5 Theory club. The teacher is always there to help me improve my music knowledge.” Archie Goodale (aged 9)

“I love cricket club as I was not very good at bowling before I went but now I am not such a bad shot.” George Leslie (aged 9) I’ve been doing softball club since Form Four; at first I only wanted to go because my friends were going but the game is actually really fun. It’s basically baseball with a big metal bat and soft balls. We split into two teams and just play a game each lesson. Although softball club is quite laid back and social it can get very competitive. Audrey Galbraith (aged 12) I did Greek club this year. There are only a few people in the club, so it’s a very relaxed and attentive atmosphere, which makes it easier to learn. The club is very enjoyable, because there is a good balance between learning Greek and having fun, for instance, we did a game of charades based on Greek mythology, including the gods and the heroes. Susanna Millhouse (aged 12)

“Italian and German clubs are great because there are fewer children than in lessons so you get more individual help.” Daniel Wicks (aged 9)

“Even though I have just started it I have loved Art club this year. We have used clay to mold wildlife bowls and sketch leaves and trees outside.” Lucas Hobson (aged 9)

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“In Model UN club the debating has been challenging as I have had to stand up for things that I don’t always believe in.” Henrietta Newble (aged 12)

“In Programming club you get to use micro:bits to run vehicles in a battle arena, there can be a few teams competing.” Tintin Lamb (aged 9)

“In Mini Tennis club I like running around and getting lots of exercise.” Antigone Axon (aged 8)

“Warhammer club allows you to be very creative and it is fun to paint and play with your miniatures.” Harley Parvin-Chambers (aged 9)

“We had a different sport each week and prizes for player of the week. I enjoyed multisports.” Rafic Chebli (aged 5)

“I like Kung Fu because of the games and the nice instructor. We learn different moves.” Gabriel Ng (aged 9)

“We made so many different dishes which we could eat and make again at home.” Jasper Fox Watson (aged 8)

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Computing We used certain items to instruct a ‘teabot’ how to make a cup of tea. One person had to be the computer. You had to read the instructions exactly as they were written which made you realise how precise you need to be when sequencing algorithms. Jamie Kruppa (aged 10) My favourite computing project was making games on Scratch. We started by answering questions about various things that related to making a game, then we were designing the actual game. It was very enjoyable watching my game come to life and I learned lots of things on the way such as how to make every sprite hide and how to make them move with the arrow keys. Woody Diggle (aged 10) We learnt how to use WeVideo to create videos about the ear and how it works. Now I use WeVideo all the time and not just at school. It was fun to see what I had made on screen and not just on paper. Since we had learnt about it in science it was easy to think of the facts but we learnt how to find backgrounds, pictures, music and you can upload videos on it and you can add your voice onto it. Isabel Keightley & Johanna Hindmarsh (both aged 9)

“The future generation will be centred around computers and digital understanding, so these lessons are essential.” Louis Wright (aged 10)

“In computing we have been learning how to use the network. We also learn how to use the internet safely by keeping personal information to ourselves and practising safe browsing.” Daniel Pretorius (aged 7)

“The iPad apps really help us learn our phonics and we play fun maths games on them too!” Poppy Nichols (aged 4)

“We made our very own app on Scratch. I have learned how to use and understand more advanced code.” Sutao Qiao (aged 10)

Top: Form 4s giving algorithm instructions for making a cup of tea Bottom: Beebot instructions in T1

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“Computing is important because it means you learn to program, understand algorithms and coding. I like using Beebots because it’s exciting watching them move like you’ve programmed them to.” Oliver Kuppen (aged 6)


We started to learn about algorithms and how they work with our computing ‘unplugged’ sessions. We ventured outside and I put a blindfold on while my partner directed me around with instructions. You had to trust that your partner was leading you the right way. When using the computers, it made us think about how you have to give clear instructions when programming. They are explained as instructions that are split into little steps so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done. We know that algorithms are something seemingly simple but important in computing. Hector Douglas & Alyse Baines (both aged 7) I think computing lessons are so important for the future because most of the jobs you go to use computers and it is good to know how to use them and how they work. That is good because we learn many things in our computing lessons like databases, typing and other things like that. Aubrey El Refaie (aged 10)

“Making ear videos was fun (my mum is an ear doctor) as I learnt how to use WeVideo, we used our Screencastify from science!” Alicia McDonnell (aged 9)

“My ball maze turned out better than I expected. I found it fun because it helped me expand my imagination and programming it was fun.” Pedro Fernandez Bruna (aged 9)

Top: Form 1 computing ‘unplugged’ & bottom: Form 3 designing computer ball mazes

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Digitally Enhanced Learning Digital games Quizlet Live and Kahoot are helpful because they are interactive, fun and you also learn things. They are both games where you have to answer quicker than you other classmates, in Kahoot you are on your own but in Quizlet Live you are working as a team which also helps with your collaboration and working together. Ollie Brown (aged 12) Chromebooks allow you to be able to research facts you aren’t confident about. They are also useful for creating Quizlet sets so you can revise. Google Classroom helps you organise the subjects and preps you have. In science we have a ‘Topic File’ for the current topic we are doing. It is very easy to find everything because it is all organised. Alfie Cockburn (aged 12) In science we work on documents and assigned work on Chromebooks. They help us learn because, if we have a question about a word on the document, we can just Google it and we’ll find the answer in seconds. We can also watch educational topicrelated videos which might help us understand the current topic we’re studying. They enhance our vocabulary as we’d come across new words and expand our knowledge. Lydia Kopanou (aged 10)

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“Working digitally can help your learning because work gets saved automatically and won’t get ripped, crumpled, or lost. You can add comments too.” Silas Smith (aged 10)

“Chromebooks are helpful because instead of always asking a teacher a question, you can use the wonders of modern technology.” Isla Cochrane (aged 10)


We use Chromebooks in geography almost every lesson, I like using them because you can just backspace anything that you did wrong, also typing it is a lot quicker than writing it by hand. You can research facts immediately and knowledge is at your fingertips. Kate David (aged 10)

“We used Zu3D on the iPads to make stop motion animations about life cycles of bees and butterflies.”

“In STEM we use the Raspberry Pi to programme a traffic light sequence. It’s good to learn programming because it uses our maths skills and we might need to use programming when we’re older.”

“We used Beebots to measure how big a pillow was. We measured each length by programming the Beebot to go around the edges.”

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Etienne Lamb (aged 6)

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Maths I have found the approach given to maths this year very helpful and enriching. As we prepared for exams, we had a lot of work to do in and out of school but maths lessons were still engaging and we never felt massively overworked in this area. We always had a good balance between pressure and enjoyment. I find maths helpful in areas such as art, and the subject broadens my knowledge and perspective of why we need these skills in life. I have particularly enjoyed some of the linking work we have done between maths and other subjects such as art and history as homework this year. A particular highlight was one prep where we had to create a piece of artwork linked to circle theorems - it helped to combine my maths knowledge and creativity and it was a very enjoyable project. Another example of this was an extended project that we did in extra time linking history and maths, for example one on the topic of the Dunkirk evacuations in WW2, which involved our reasoning skills, historical research and applying our maths skills. Vera Edgington (aged 12)

“We calculated the floor space of one of the floors in our house and learnt how to square measurements in the process.” Maxim Pullan (aged 9)

“When making the geodesic dome we had to be careful to get the angles right in each triangle so we wouldn’t have a weak point and the structure would hold firm.” Lucy Keightley (aged 8)

We were making geodesic domes in maths using newspaper. We learnt all about Walther Bauersfeld who originally designed an icosahedron structure. Geodesic domes are really strong because they have lots of triangles which can hold a lot of weight. Under weight pressure, triangles prove to be twice as strong as rectangles as they stay rigid while rectangles collapse. Toby McGurk (aged 8)

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“We studied Mayan numbers, they were used to represent numbers and calendar dates in the Maya civilisation.” We created our own clinometers. A clinometer is a tool that is used to measure the angle from the ground in a right-angled triangle. You can use a clinometer to measure the height of tall things that you couldn’t ever reach to the top of, like buildings, trees and the top of the climbing frame at school. You need to add a weight to keep the string tight and to help you to read the angle while you are using the clinometer. Arthur Toner & Charlie Smith (both aged 7) I’ve really enjoyed the maths games and investigations this year but my favourite was our work on rotational symmetry. We created eight figures around a square shaped piece of paper so that when you turned the paper you would see the same exact thing. It start off seeming complicated but it was actually simple once you got the hang of it. The forms were all of sports players, mine were hockey players. Ella Wigan (aged 9)

Esme Hall & Lorcan Hamilton (both aged 7)

“We made life size skeletons by measuring different lengths all over one person’s body using paper and a ruler. I was being measured!” Cecilia Forsberg (aged 7)

“I enjoyed measuring angles with the other maths group because it gave us a chance to work with other people.” Noah Roach (aged 9)

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Science & STEM Earth Sciences Trip to Iceland My favourite trip this year has been the school trip at Easter to Iceland. Iceland was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very grateful for the school for taking me there. The whole trip was amazing and very diverse and we crammed everything in and made sure we had the best time possible and it was truly memorable. One of my favourites so far. Charlie Harlow (aged 12) I really enjoyed going on the Iceland trip because I had never been in another country without family before. The best experiences we had were the lava show and the geysers because it was unique, different and something you don’t get to see every day. When the lava entered the room from the lava chamber the whole room started to rustle and we had to take off our coats, it was so hot. The geyser was awesome, everybody got drenched from the aftermath of the explosion. I am definitely going back to Iceland again. Eleanor Pottle (aged 11)

“We saw many of the main attractions in Iceland, my favourite being the Blue Lagoon. The trip was amazing from start to finish and one of the most exciting holidays that I’ve been on yet.” James Chesterfield (aged 11)

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The Iceland trip was fascinating. We saw and visited so many different places and I learnt massive amounts of new facts and saw many new things. One of my most memorable moments was seeing real lava and climbing through the glacier. I enjoyed the glacier because it was so breathtakingly beautiful to see the power of nature, the amazing sculptures of ice and cool streams of water that trickled down the glacier. The glacier was getting steadily smaller, we had to walk 15 minutes from the car park, which used to be at the foot of the glacier. It was amazing to see real flowing lava because we could feel the heat of the lava. The Iceland trip was breathtaking, interesting and so much fun. Priyanna Morrill (aged 11)

The first attraction we went to was a place where you could stand on the North American and European plates at the same time. I was amazed by how warm and deep the Blue Lagoon was. Part of the second day was visiting a stunning, huge glacier, we learnt that it is melting rapidly at 3cm per day. We climbed past water and ice, wearing crampons and harnesses. At the top we were allowed to eat the snow because of how pure it is. I was particularly excited to go to the lava show because we got to see real running lava. After we drove through beautiful scenery to a huge waterfall. The views were amazing. It was cascading very fast with all of the ice and snow that had melted. Amazingly, half the year it is frozen. It was an incredible trip. Rohan Kainth (aged 11)

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Science in Action I love learning about different types of rocks in science. It’s fun because we learn by feeling the texture and smelling the rocks instead of just learning from a book. It’s beneficial because when I’m outside, I normally don’t look at the ground and don’t know what’s underneath my feet, but I like finding out about the world around us. Last lesson we were learning about how sedimentary rocks are formed. George Bowsher & Mason Mayfield (both aged 7) The most inspiring science lesson I have had was when we got to dissect a pig’s heart. Even though it was truly disgusting it was very interesting. This has got to be my favourite lesson of the year because it was something different from the normal practical we do. This was fascinating because the pig’s heart is very similar to a human’s heart and we got to chop the heart in half looking at it. Hugh Aubrey (aged 12) I liked doing sound and light topic in science. It has been so interesting to learn about how light can travel through a vacuum but sound cannot. We learnt that sound is a vibration passing through objects but light is its own thing. This topic made me think about the question about the tree falling in the forest. Does it make a sound or not? Arabella Fox Watson (aged 11) The thing that fascinates me most about science is the level of detail to which you can pursue everything. Everything around us is happening because of something else. The most inspiring science lesson this year for me has probably been when we used the Van der Graaf generator. Firstly, we put our hands on the generator and watched as the static electricity lifted up our hair. Having done this, we were able to set a Bunsen burner on fire by pointing at the top of the chimney of the Bunsen burner. Sparks flew from the tip of our fingers and lit the flame. Finally, we passed the charge through a link of people, holding hands. It really inspired and amazed me. Vera Edgington (aged 12)

“My favourite science moment was when we burnt magnesium because, after it burns, it forms a white powder of the magnesium oxide.” David Edgington (aged 10)

“We’ve been finding out about sandstones, minerals and dinosaur bones. It’s so interesting learning about dinosaur bones and how old they are.”

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Wandlebury & Wicken Fen We went to Wicken Fen and our first activity was pond dipping. We had to kneel on the kneeling pad by the pond and use a white tray. We dipped our nets into the water and we learnt that you have to gently swing it from side to side to catch the minibeasts without hurting them. Then you add them to the water and you can look at them and try and identify them all. Lanxi Li (aged 6)

“I liked when we caught the minibeasts with the sweep nets. I caught a giant green beetle.” Lukas Knowles (aged 4)

“I liked catching the bugs in the grass with the net. I found grasshoppers too!” Cormac Hamilton (aged 4)

Second Place Success in National Science Quiz I have absolutely loved the Science Quiz from start to finish. Everyone in the team has been so enthusiastic and so focused on every question. The St John’s quiz teams went to weekly meetings to discuss tactics and make ourselves brainier. At the Area Heat it was my first time competing in Quiz Club so I was very nervous and excited for what was going to happen. In just the first questions I already started to enjoy it. Everyone was contributing, working as a team, using the tactics we discussed at our meetings and team 1 was in the lead! After 40 questions, team 1 came 1st and got a team badge each and team 2 came 4th. Later we found out that team 1 had a high enough score to reach the Semi-Finals! We worked and studied hard and finally, we set off for the local Semi-Final. We were overtaken on some of the last questions so we upped our game and managed to finish 1st again. We competed against eleven teams in the National Final at The Oxford University Museum. I felt very excited going to Oxford for the first time and I hoped that we would get a good score in the Quiz. Once I entered the Finals room, I knew that when I left, the whole thing would be over. We were on top form and for many of the first questions we were tied 1st along with 2 other schools until they got a question wrong and we were leading! We were closely trailed by Westminster, but unfortunately two wrong 100 point questions proved fatal. So we ended up...2nd in Britain! I have never felt so proud of a competition. We had broken the St John’s record and got a very good place nationally. Lorenzo Granado (aged 9)

“I was happy that we did this well in such a big competition, this is the best the school has ever done and I am very proud. As captain I was final decision maker for each question and I enjoyed the responsibility. The chemistry of the team was important to be able to work out the answers to the questions.” Felix Forsberg (aged 10) The Eaglet 2019 ~ Science & STEM

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“I loved designing and making an object that travelled down a piece of string the fastest. The surface area had to be small so that air resistance wouldn’t stop it from going fast.” Zahaan Socha (aged 8)

STEM Investigations In STEM we were using a square to count the number of weeds in the field. We counted how many weeds were in our square and then tried to work out how many squares would fit in the field. I had to be a ‘rigorous octopus’, making sure I counted every weed there was. It was fun because we got to work like real scientists. Kangqi Gong (aged 8) In our crash test forces project we had the challenge of designing a force absorbing system for our vehicles. We had to decide which materials were a priority and weigh this against the cost from the ‘shop’ as items such as foam cylinders cost 5 coins whereas splints, thread and rubber bands were 1 coin. You had to consider materials, cost, design and engineering and time limits. Caspar Johnson (aged 8)

“Making paper planes was tricky at first because my plane didn’t fly well but I persevered, changed the shape of it and I managed to get it to fly a long way.” Finn Maclennan (aged 8)

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“STEM is far more than learning how to do investigations. We have researched, designed, created, tested and become engineers.” Ophelia Wright (aged 8)

We researched famous lighthouses and chose a good shape and structure that would work for our own designs. I had to overcome a challenge on this project when I couldn’t get the coding to work. I kept going and eventually I got it right. Ruihan Li (aged 8) In STEM we were working on making the paper plane that could fly the furthest distance. We had to think about how big the wings should be to make it fly. I really enjoyed it because I like making things and being experimental and because it’s an exciting action-packed lesson. Theo Whiting (aged 8) We used the Raspberry Pi to programe a traffic light sequence for our lighthouses. It is crucial to learn programming because it uses our maths skills and we might need to use programming and coding when we’re older. Coding will be in all of our futures. Hugo Wells (aged 8)

“It was fun watching where the iodine in the bean would turn blue when we tested for starch.” Melissa French (aged 8)

“We had a competition of who could build the tallest tower using straws and pipe cleaners. It was really tricky so we had to think really hard and work together” Louisa Egerton (aged 8)

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Design Technology Acrylic Pen Tidies We got to do many different aspects of DT which we’ve never done before, like using the strip heater and learning to draw accurately. My first piece of plastic snapped so I had to start again but it helped me learn and make a better one next time. DT has helped us develop our skills in drawing and being precise and those skills will be greatly appreciated later on in life. Nella Porritt (aged 12) I made a star shaped pen tidy with red acrylic. I faced some problems, it was hard getting the right angle for the points of the star. I learnt how to use a strip heater and a pillar drill and also how to plan well and make a good product. DT helps us to develop focus, linking of ideas, hand-eye coordination, creativity, accuracy, use of complex machinery and intellect. Joseph Srouji (aged 12)

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“I was very pleased with the end result, both of the drawing and the actual pen tidy, which I’m definitely going to use at home.”

“Learning how to design and create a pen tidy was really enjoyable. I was proud at the end because it was a challenge to make. DT teaches a lot of skills like problem solving and perseverance.”

Flora Smith (aged 12)

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Ball Mazes My favourite project was the ball maze, I really enjoyed making them on the computer for a change as you don’t usually make your project on the computer. I particularly enjoyed decorating them. The problem that I faced was putting the screws on at the end as they were very fiddly for me. I had to ask friends for help and, luckily, I got there! Eleanor Anderson (aged 9)

“The ball mazes were great as you could play each other’s and they were all different. I learnt not to drill a hole unless you have left an accurate mark.” Elliot Munro (aged 9)

Bloodhound Vehicle Racers My favourite DT project was the racing vehicle that we made. I found it fun because I liked overcoming my problems and sticking the wood together accurately. My problems were my car kept falling apart such as when I was testing my vehicle and one of the wheels fell off because it went too fast. The skills that I learnt were to be patient because every time my car broke I got cross at first. Another lesson was to be careful, measure and cut as carefully as you can. Pedro Fernandez Bruna (aged 9)

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Clocks I have enjoyed lots of DT projects throughout the year but have especially enjoyed making my very own clock. We first of all got to create our very own design on the computer. The project didn’t face any problems and ran very smoothly. In this project I learnt how to use the computer to create our very own designs. This is a very important skill to know. Edward Allpress (aged 12)

“I made the England rugby logo with my name in the middle. I liked it because we used the laser cutter to shape our clocks.” Seb Newitt (aged 12)

“I learnt a lot of new skills and enjoyed using the laser cutter.” Lewis Cobb (aged 12)

Electronic Circuit Quiz Games I enjoyed the electronic matching game project because I loved designing and decorating mine and also they were fun to do and a little tricky. Also, I faced problems and overcame them in a good way, for example, when my board would not stick down we turned it upside down and put weights on it and the problem was solved! Isabel Keightley (aged 9)

“It was a good feeling when the electric circuit worked on our games and you could choose a topic you enjoy or know lots about.” Hugo Rudd (aged 9)

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Polystyrene ‘Puzzle’ Creatures I liked the foam flat-pack creations because we got to make our own shapes and decide what animal we would make. I am making a peacock, I have gone through some challenges with the shape of the tail fan and the legs of the peacock that make it stand up but I managed to resolve these problems by modifying my work. I have learnt to reflect more, it has been a good experience for me. Catriona Beaton (aged 11)

“My favourite DT project was the one were you had to make a slot together animal. I found this challenging because everything kept on breaking and not slotting together. ” Rosie Stevenson (aged 11)

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Fluffy LED Toys I enjoyed making the cuddly toys because it has made a big improvement to my DT skills and helped me a lot. I had accidentally cut a hole in my toy so I had to sew on other pieces of felt so it would stay together. The main skills I learned along the way were to persevere and just to enjoy myself. Otis Healy (aged 10)

“It is really fun to learn to sew onto felt and fur and see my white piglet come to life.” Kezia Fieth (aged 10)

Wooden Jewellery Boxes I loved how we got to have a really wide variety on how we decorated our boxes and that they were something we could use. I learned how to cut out and shape finger joints which made your box come together and I learned how to the pyrograph pen, which burns into the wood to make a lovely pattern. I designed a rose which is my favourite part of the whole box. However, I did face some problems such as my watercolour paint blending but I was able to overcome that. Marennah Prempeh (aged 11)

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“It was a real test of our woodwork skills and a chance to use a proper drill. I learnt to put in effort and still have fun.” Jesse Rainey (aged 11)


Fairground Rides My friend and I found many problems along the way when creating our fairground ride but we kept trying new things to see what worked. We designed chairs that spun around and around. There was a big sturdy base, a long tube to the roof and chairs on the top and a ticket booth that would light up. When you would spring the gear the chairs would spin. I really enjoyed this DT project. Aubrey El Refaie (aged 10)

“This has been the most challenging and rewarding project. My best friend and I found some difficulties doing the electronics, one of our friends helped us and we did it!” Ilya Higginson (aged 10)

“I loved making the fairground rides because there were lots of challenges we had to conquer and the end result was amazing, as every single ride was great. Some were big and some were small it didn’t matter.” Jonathan Mews (aged 10)

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Decorative Storage Boxes

“We learnt to think freely with our designs and to make our containers individual.”

“Even though they were created the same way they had their own personalities.”

Lucy Sawtell (aged 6)

Hugh Watkin (aged 6)

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“The tricky part was attaching the dowel and creating the wind up mechanism but we persevered and they all worked!”

“The most rewarding part was creating the story, selecting the materials, making the scene and characters.”

Violet Egerton (aged 6)

Yasmin Hindmarsh (aged 6)

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‘STEAM’ Technology Museum Trip The DT trip to the Technology Museum was absolutely great, especially the printing and crane building. I think they were the highlights. We learnt lots about printing in the printing room, and we got to make our own piece of paper with a printed picture on it. The crane building was also great, where we used materials to make a mini crane with pulleys and we could see how much it could hold. Flora Harrison (aged 10) One of four activities was printing, one of them was drawing, one of them was building a miniature crane and one of them was having a tour around the museum. I loved building a miniature crane the best because our group had to improvise a bit when we found that there were no more corner joins left for us to use, so we had to strap up the pipes we were using with masking tape instead, and that was very satisfying. Paloma Bargh (aged 10)

“I really enjoyed the crane building challenge as we had to use our brains and our engineering skills. My group had a good crane as we had several pulleys and my team mate designed the chassis and I designed the mechanism to lift it so the structure was super stable.” Rohan Sheikh (aged 10)

“I liked the print shop because they let us take old ink sets with letters on them.” Aidan Schut (aged 10)

“My favourite part was printing the lino cuts using a special machine designed to print. I also liked drawing the pictures in the pumping station.” Kate David (aged 10)

“There was a lot of collaboration involved when we worked out how to build the cranes.” Luca Harris (aged 10)

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Classics

Latin Play Competition We had an hour a week to talk about potential ideas and started with the idea of curses and it kept recurring throughout the project. We settled on an idea about Metella finding a ring that changed everything from normal to abnormal. The experience of travelling to the Perse to perform our play was really enjoyable. We also got to watch other fantastic plays from various schools across East Anglia. The winning school was Ipswich Girls who performed a fantastic play with a very original theme. Freddie Harrison (aged 12)

“The Latin play was great because we got to come up with the story and write it ourselves in Latin! The fact that we did not win really did not matter as it was an amazing experience to be a part of and we will always remember it.” Flora Smith (aged 12)

Greek I have loved Greek club over this year for many reasons, the foremost being the mix of language learning and fun, Greek based quizzes or puzzles sometimes even hand-drawn by our teacher, Mr Hawkins. From this club, I have become able to read and write the alphabet, read passages in Greek and even translate Greek sentences, and have thoroughly enjoyed it along the way. Sam Blakesley (aged 12)

“There is a good balance between learning Greek and having fun. We played charades based on Greek mythology, including the gods and the heroes.” Susanna Millhouse (aged 12)

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Modern Foreign Languages French

Spanish & German

I am so pleased with myself for coming in third place for the Vocab Express Challenge. My strategy was I would write down the words and then after every block, my mum would test me on the words. It sounds like hard work but it helps you with your spelling. I really enjoyed the Challenge it was the most fun French thing I have done this year in Form 4.

I like Spanish club because everything we learn has a catchy song that is really fun. I joined Spanish club because I really like learning new languages and it has been a good opportunity to improve my language skills. I could hold a short conversation with someone from Spain. This has inspired me to pursue Spanish as a hobby. Leo Moore (aged 11)

Nicholas Whitehouse (aged 10) This year I had the chance to take part in the Vocab Express Championship. I enjoy learning different languages and am also very competitive so I enjoy doing Vocab Express. I enjoy thinking about vocabulary in particular as I am interested in etymology and the fact that you are competing against others works well for me. I think it is a good learning resource and the sense of scoring for your school gives you pride and honour.

I have been inspired to learn more about this language and the various types of Spanish food, describe tenses and useful phrases too. I can probably have a conversation, which is something I couldn’t have done before. I have been inspired greatly by Spanish club and I am enjoying speaking Spanish. Sean Wang (aged 9)

“We read ‘The Hungry Caterpillar Book’ in French. La chenille is caterpillar!”

“I found German club interesting because I like learning new languages. The teacher’s explanation was very clear and I can now speak to my German friends!”

Cara Brown & Arabella Tennant (both aged 4)

Vincent Sprik (aged 9)

“The best part of the French Fair was the atmosphere and being a real French shopkeeper!”

“I feel confident to have a conversation with a native speaker. I would definitely carry on speaking and learning Spanish.”

Sam Clarke (aged 10)

Tabitha Pearson (aged 11)

Vera Edgington (aged 12)

“I like learning languages because of the prospect of being able to communicate in many different ways around the world.” Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

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Boarders

“I enjoy the freedom and responsibility of being a senior boarder.” Philip Tomkinson (aged 12)

“I like being a boarder as we get to do really fun activities after school like making our own pizzas and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit.” George Ducker (aged 9)

“I am a boarder and I sing six services a week in the College Chapel as part of being a Chorister so it is always fun to spend time in the House with friends.” Thomas Watkin (aged 11)

“I love boarding because you get to do loads of fun things and the staff always give you so much choice and you have different activities in the House.” Adam Ahmad (aged 9)

“I love spending time relaxing with my friends in the House after school.” Ella Wigan (aged 9)

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“I love being around so many people and having fun with them.” Lorenzo Granado (aged 9)

“I love all the fun activities that we do like playing different sports in Hinsley Hall, there is something to suit everyone.”

“I like the social elements as you get to know your friends really well and they become like your other family.”

William Buttery (aged 11)

Toby L’Estrange (aged 12)

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Choristers

Netherlands Tour December 2018 - performing at the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw

This year, we have been delighted to welcome our new Dean, The Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley, who joins the College from St Paul’s Cathedral. The 2018/19 academic year saw the Choir commission new music from emerging and established composers with financial support from the College Annual Fund and individual donors. Composers we worked with this year include Cecilia McDowall, former Cambridge student Anna Semple and Julian Anderson, whose St John’s Service was written to mark the 150th anniversary of the College Chapel’s Consecration. The year also marked the premiere of Michael Finnissy’s complete Pious Anthems & Voluntaries cycle, the result of his three-year collaboration with the Choir as Composer In Residence. We also premiered an anthem by tenyear-old chorister, Harry L’Estrange. The breadth of the Choir’s repertoire continues to expand quickly. This has included early music by Hildegard and Fayrfax, as well as works by women composers such as Rolande Facinelli, Abbie Betinis, Nadia Boulanger and Judith Weir. The Choir continues its tradition of inviting leading period-instrument players to perform at its termly Cantata Evensongs. The Choir was also delighted to collaborate with many student instrumentalists, including Johnians Leo Appel (violin), Laura van der Heijden (cello), Alex Jones (double bass) and Ignacio Mañá Mesas (saxophone). In December, the annual Advent Carol Services brought together hundreds of College members in the Chapel. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide joined them via a BBC radio broadcast of the service. The services included a broad range of repertoire, including Hugo Wolf and an aria by Telemann with lute. The importance of these services was further realised with the Choir’s next recording, Advent Live, a compilation of past BBC broadcasts of music sung at these Advent services. The Ash Wednesday broadcast service by the BBC was another big occasion for the Choir, with repertoire including Allegri’s Miserere mei and Byrd’s Ne irascaris Domine. International concert tours give the Choir an opportunity to share the British choral tradition more widely. The Choir gave concerts in the Netherlands in December, including an appearance at The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam that was broadcast live on the radio and internet. Repertoire included Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. A tour to Sweden in 2019 saw the Choir perform to capacity crowds in Örebro, Stockholm and Västerås, performing a programme of English music that included Byrd’s Mass for four voices, Howell’s Take him, earth, for cherishing and Walton’s The Twelve. The tour received nationwide press attention and a visit from the British Ambassador to Sweden. The 150th anniversary of the Chapel’s Consecration was highlighted in April and May. Late April saw the release of the Choir’s ‘Locus iste’ recording, which featured fifteen pieces from each ten-year period since the Consecration in 1869, including works by former student Alex Woolf and former Director of Music Christopher Robinson. Notes on the history and significance of the Chapel were provided by Dr Frank Salmon, President of the College. This was the Choir’s 100th commercial recording.

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Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Chapel’s Consecration continued with a Cantata Evensong and a Choir Reunion Evensong conducted by Dr Christopher Robinson, featuring over 100 former members of the Choir. A celebratory series of organ recitals by former organ students at the College lasts from January 2019 until March 2020. The Choir collaborated on a second live-video broadcast of a Chapel service in association with Classic FM, the UK’s largest classical music radio station. 50,000 people from over thirty countries tuned in via Facebook to experience choral singing and liturgy in the Chapel. The Choir’s weekly audio webcasts of Chapel services continue to enjoy international popularity through its website. We strengthened our links with the children’s choirs of St John the Divine, Kennington by singing a joint Evensong with them. Since 2014, they have enjoyed annual week-long residential courses at the College. The Choir sang joint Evensongs with its sister choir, St John’s Voices, and college choirs from Gonville & Caius, Clare and King’s. ‘Come and Sing’ events provided opportunities for members of the College community to sing alongside the Choir in services and workshops. The Chapel also looks forward to hosting this year’s Cambridge Choral Course, an annual residency that supports the development of future choral musicians in association with the Rodolfus Foundation. The reputation of the Choir’s musical education leads many professors and students from around the world to visit the College to observe rehearsals, learn and discuss choir-training techniques and the psychology of musical leadership. This year has included visitors from the US, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Argentina. We are delighted that two former members of the Choir were knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List – Sir Stephen Cleobury (organ student 1967–71) and Sir David Pountney (chorister 1956–61). At the year’s end, we said farewell to some of our members: Choristers Jaylen Cheng, Lewis Cobb, Freddie Harrison, Toby L’Estrange and Philip Tomkinson; and Gents James Adams, Jack Bazalgette, Hugh Cutting, Benedict Flinn and Tom Watts. We also said farewell to our Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey, who will take up his new post as Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. We wish all our leaving members every success in the future. James Proctor (Choir Marketing & Communications Officer)

“I was very happy to be made joint Head Chorister as it means you have to take on a lot of responsibility in the choir stalls and especially out of them too. You have to set an example in behaviour, which sometimes feels odd because it only seems like last week I was made up as a Chorister!” Jaylen Cheng (aged 12)

“It is a great privilege to be joint Head Chorister, when I found out I was overjoyed! It is a massive step up from being in the Fifth Form and then suddenly being bumped up to Head Chorister in such a fantastic Choir. I love wearing the Head Chorister medal, it is a real honour.” Lewis Cobb (aged 12)

“I auditioned for the Choir when I was eight and now I am joint Head Chorister. Over many years I have had the chance to sing solos on radio and recordings and have been on amazing tours to places such as Hong Kong, America, the Netherlands, Singapore and Germany.” Freddie Harrison (aged 12)

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“As a Chorister, we sing six services in St John’s Chapel each week and rehearse for ten hours. I love music and have taken my Grade 8 piano exam and have had the chance to play the organ during the Christmas Services, as well as at an organ recital in London.” Thomas Watkin (aged 11)

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The Netherlands Tour Once again, the Choristers have sung at many incredible places and venues. On our choir tour to Holland we sang at the famous Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. We sang lots of incredible pieces, for example, I am the Day, by Jonathan Dove. The concert was also filmed and broadcast live on Dutch television. On the same tour we visited a television studio to film a clip for their show which, alongside us, were showing pigs sitting in a pen! Freddie Harrison (aged 12)

“The tour was a beautiful experience to add to our collective knowledge of being a Chorister. It has given us a real idea of what it would be like to live in Holland.� George Ducker (aged 9)

Sweden Tour Visiting the Maritime Vasa Museum in Stockholm was a fantastic experience and it was one of the highlights of the Sweden tour for me. The Vasa is a Swedish warship built in the seventeenth century and it was humongous in comparison to a rowing boat! The tour was so memorable with great music and singing at great places, great hosts, great hotels and most importantly great breakfasts! Joshua Davidson (aged 9)

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Art

Treasure Caskets I really enjoyed the treasure casket project as we got to build our own little clay treasure box that we had designed and created with our own hands but the school’s clay modelling tools helped a lot with getting it all smooth. There was a huge variety between every treasure casket as some were round and some were boxes and they all were glazed and painted completely differently which made them all unique. The hardest part was the lid because you had to make it fit the treasure casket! Rohan Sheikh & Ewan Tatnell (both aged 10)

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“ My favourite art project has been the treasure caskets because I made mine a cylinder which looked like a watermelon and the handle to lift it of was a llama.” Kezia Fieth (aged 10)


Alfred Wallace The trip we went on this year was to an art gallery in Cambridge, named Kettle’s Yard. There, we looked at the art collection belonging to the man who lived inside Kettle’s Yard. In particular, we were focusing on an artist called Alfred Wallace, because firstly, our art project was making pictures and sculptures in the style of Alfred Wallace, and secondly because there were lots of his pictures at Kettle’s Yard. Alfred Wallace was so poor that he couldn’t afford canvases or paper, so he painted his pictures on pieces of driftwood that he had found washed up on the beach. Jesse Rainey (aged 11)

This year I really enjoyed doing the art project on Alfred Wallace because it was all about the sea and boats which related to our play, The Pirates of Penzance. I really like the style that he painted in so it was really fun to do some artwork inspired by him ourselves. Later in the term we were able to visit Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge where thirty or so of his paintings are kept. They were all really small, intricate and very beautiful so later on in the year we created a set for our performance using his technique and style. Ella Davidson (aged 11)

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‘Dazzle’ Ships & World Wars I have loved the ‘Dazzle’ ships project. Dazzle was a way of disguising ships during WW2 but it also became a form of art, as well as inspiring buildings and clothes. It was fun experimenting with bright colours and bold patterns. We even made our own boats to float on the pond, and decorated them with funky designs. I think it was a good project because as well as being fun it helped us think about WW2, both what was bad about it and how it inspired people later on. Every class did a project to do with WW2 and they were all displayed around the Piazza. Flora Smith (aged 12) We went to Duxford to do some charcoal drawings of all the displays of war scenes. I drew a little blossom tree that was in one of the displays. I was asked why I would draw a tree when I am in a war museum and I said because it showed hope and I wanted it to be noticed. Joseph Srouji (aged 12)

“We learned so much about the War and we got to project our ideas about it into our art.” Jack Warder (aged 12)

Dragon Fruit We looked as carefully as we could at the unusual dragon fruit and studied every detail, the patterns and bright colours and their form. We also looked inside because it is really unusual! We used pastels to create our observational drawings. As part of our dragon project, we have also created some amazing clay dragon eyes too. This has been such a great art project. Zackary Crosbie & Elias Brown (both aged 7)

“The outside of the dragon fruit looked like sparks of fire when you looked closely.” Olly Crossley (aged 7)

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Nature Faces “I liked the challenge of only being able to use my hands and what I could find outside in nature.” Hannah Gibson (aged 7)

“We used the Forest Garden trees as a base to create our clay faces and added twigs, leaves and nuts and made them even more unique with different marks and patterns.” Hattie Milton (aged 7)

Arts Award “My aim is to show anyone who sees my portrait photography the reality of being a teen in 2019 and how it feels, and simply showing personality.” Lottie Gardner (aged 12) I decided to do my arts inspiration on Roman Vishniac. He was an American-Russian photographer who was best known for his photos which capture the culture in Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Romania, Russia and Hungary). He also took photos during the two world wars and before and after the holocaust. He was born on 19 August 1897 in Pavlovsk, Russia and died on 22 January 1990 in New York, New York, United States. I enjoy his pieces most because to me his photos have story-like qualities to them. His images are also really good at expressing emotion and reality, as at the time when he took his photos, there wasn’t much editing technology so there weren’t any fabricated photos, so what you saw, is what was there. His photos especially stand out to me because of that quality. In most of his pieces, the subjects in the photo don’t seem to be in unnatural positions (this further enhances the ‘real’ feel to them). Scarlett El Refaie (aged 12)

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Inspiration Extinguish Feather drifting over the river. When it falls, It will never fly again For the devouring river will swallow it Into the past, where It will lie ‘in the better place’ That is what they said: ‘...in the better place’. I said, ‘what better place?’ Nowhere could be better than my den, then. They told me never to go there. I told them to say ‘please’ when they asked a question. I didn’t get pudding that day. My feather will soon hit the river, Soaking, helpless. Agility is the past, Futility the moment. Useless, unbearably useless. Memories swarm, Glow-worms, lights in a forest Of darkness. A drop of water Touches me. I know now that The end will come. A tunnel of darkness around me. Next to me, thousands of glow-worms Are biting me. A white shape, drifting over the river Is descending. Silently, unnoticed, It sways there, buoyant, Until it breaks the Surface, sinking like a deflated balloon Into the mud. Mourning is only a concept. In the distance, in another world, A cuckoo calls its lament. Vera Edgington (aged 12)

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Procrastination

From a Bird’s Eye View

This cursor blinks at me expectantly, Unimpressed, impatient and judgingly. But still the cursor blinks at me, Its empty page a bleak white sea. Procrastination is frustration.

As the owl flew silently above the misty fields he saw A shimmering pond shining like the morning sun A lonely old man walking with his old brown dog A snow-white seagull landing on an old snowy branch A horse galloping in the dark gloomy forest An old woman coming back from shopping A long flowing river happily gliding away into the hazy distance.

Still nothing comes to mind, But I just can’t get the words in line. Stanzas and sonnets would flow from my keyboard. If only I could strike the chord That brings together the whole storyline, The magic rhyme that will redefine My writing; it’s so unexciting. Hmm, bit dark in here. I’ll just adjust the lighting. Fergal Cochrane (aged 12)

Lola Masanes Kaoukji (aged 7)

As the owl flew silently above the stormy night he saw The world turning as round as a lemon As it got bigger and bigger by the second He saw mountains sobbing As the water scuttled down their sides Second by second the world got stormier and stormier He could see the lightning Ferociously shooting its bright yellow light at the dull dark floor. Ethan Hayes-Fernandez (aged 7)

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Sunset

Sun

The sun sets on the seashore. I lie, looking at the orange banner Hanging across the horizon. Birds soar across the sea, merely skimming the water. The sand is like sugar under my toes. Waves lapping, loud enough to hear but quiet enough to rest.

Across the open space Lies a silent sun, Orange, open, alone.

The sun sets on the sea shore. I lie there, looking at the red banner Hanging across the horizon. The bird lands on her nest, nurturing her young. The sand grows cold, chilling my bones. Waves lapping, loud enough to hear but quiet enough to sleep. Jasper Macdonald (aged 11)

Stars dance and stamp, While the whispering sun Lies low, across the open. Planets spin and sing, Planets sleep with dream-sheep, While the sun sighs. Across the open space Lies a crying sun, Orange, open, alone. Tomas Fernandez Bruna (aged 11)

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Night The night’s cloak is covering the sky. Eyes are as dark as the bottom of the big blue sea. Smell of sharp mint from her breath. She smoothly moves through the air. She feels frigid, freezing you in a second. The night carries a spearing dagger, The voice of a whisper, Telling you you shouldn’t be here out at this time. Isla Thompson (aged 11)

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(But only God can make a tree)

Tree

I am a tree from the outside, a normal tree, but‌ I am the one, the one and only. I have been made different by God. Yes, he can do that, oh yes he can. No one ever thought that he could make A tree so different from all the others, A tree with feelings, a special, special tree.

Every day I stand, digging into the earth, Thinking, thinking of autumn, when My friends and I will shine, Shine with colour and life, All the colours from red to gold, crimson to lime. The people will smile when they see. They will dance under me As my leaves fall, Fall in a shower of golden leaves In autumn.

Ollie Brown (aged 12)

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Sadness Dark blue rain Thunder shouts from black clouds Like coal burning in a fire The sound of a violin out of tune Filling my ears, piercing my eardrums The squeak of the car and the burning rubber The feeling of sandpaper rubbing my hands Ice like flames burning holes through my skin I feel a drop of freezing cold water Dribbling down my face like a tear I had to hide my feelings inside a little box At the back of my mind and tie a ribbon So that no feelings could get out But they could still get in. Isabel Senior (aged 11)

Anger A clenched fist pounding. Drums. Loud and inconsistent sound. Sizzling, smoky aroma. As rough as sandpaper, grinding down. It tastes spicy, thick as dirt, Singes my tongue until I can taste it no more. Angry knocking on a closed door. Flora Smith (aged 12)

Loneliness The last brown leaf on a single bare tree. A frozen lake hidden by mountains, cold and numb. A stuffy room smell, gorging your nose. A double bass droning in the background, can’t see it but it’s there. Like cold tea left by the decaying ashes of a fire. An empty picture frame slumped alone on a mantelpiece. Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

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Frustration grey dark smoke drifting out of chimney tops rain showering down the grey clouds cruise across the sky midnight lies beyond the moonlight tiles whistle in the crystal night shining bright in the distance out of sight James Chesterfield (aged 11)

Frustration I’m so soft, I cover the contours And the wrinkles. I cover reality. I know your secrets And all of your lies, Your ins and outs. I hold the key to your life. You use me, But when you look in the mirror, Your reflection, everything you hate, Stares you in the face, Mocking your efforts To cover them up, To cover your flaws. You fool your friends, But I know who you are. All you want is to be accepted, So scared of being rejected. Take off your mask. Let them see you for who you are. You don’t need me. Alfie Cockburn (aged 12)

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My First Shoes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

They are nothing fancy, but have a stable sole. They are proud of their red smooth surface. They helped me hold my balance but still I could not walk. When will I walk? I’d ask. I was proud when I took a few short steps. When I fell over they’d smile and then I’d stand. They watch me make progress and never say a word. They miss being walked in and they are happy that I remember.

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Five Things About Tiree 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I love him, I love him just like my own best friend. He’s wonderful for his white sandy beaches and his familiar green colour. I have always wanted to ask him, “Why do you have such good surf?” His normal reply is: “Crash, Smash, Whistle.” He is never very warm. He is windswept like my hair when I wake up. He seems to cry a lot and I see he is sad. The spray from his tears soaks me from head to toe. He is always waiting for me every year to come back.

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Dragonia

Dragonia

The pure beautiful sea, twisting and curling its arms around animals to whisper secrets. This is my world. A furious raging volcano ordering flames and spiteful sparks to go down upon the calm and surprised river below. Flowers red as rubies, sprouting emerald leaves. This is my world. Mountains big as the sea, Towering above the peaceful villages and towns below. Mountains covered by thick snow like hail falling without care. This is my world. Blazing glimmering sunsets smiling with generosity, shining like ambers. The gigantic towns as noisy as a pack of bulls snorting and stamping away, with anger in their bones. This is my world. Castles colourful as rainbows, joined together, seen far ahead in the valley, telling faraway stories. This is my world. Towns big as volcanoes and icy mountains joined. Clouds as pink as a rose and as pale as a sheet but blazing with love. This is my world. The cold white ice rink as fun as a party and as big as an oversized bull. Beaches full of decorative pretty shells and golden sand throwing its arms to squeeze and hug. This is my world. Tree trunks as crusty as dragon pudding. Delicious nuts buried in the deep bright forest. Boats bouncing upon waves as they sail freely out to sea. This is my world.

The frozen fountain spitting out glimmering water The whistling wind whirling around the flying flowers The bright red rose petals floating away Leaving a sweet smell in the air Come drift with me… The candyfloss clouds twirling gracefully The frosty snowflakes drift swiftly down the beautiful Water slide that comes off the rosy pink rainbow Blossom coloured balloons bobbing up and down like rubber ducks Come drift with me… The tiny fairy house scattered with glittering fairy dust A shining red sleigh moving joyfully leaving a trail of pure white snow The slippery slidy ice rink Sparkling like a diamond in the morning sunlight Come drift with me… Alice Ayliffe (aged 7)

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The Sea She wrapped her cold fingers Around my small body And pulled me under Into a different world, A place Where monsters hide, A place Where angels sleep. The colours are different Down here. She makes me feel at home Even if she is angry. Under here is a world of its own. Up to the surface I float, For she is now calm And asleep. Now the silver moon has risen, And the storms will Come back tomorrow. I will have to wait until then To see this again. Catriona Beaton (aged 11)

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The Sea

Kos

Soft, confused brown eyes stare into the lapping water. The swimmer glides along in the calm, The only movement in the whole scene. The surface of the water sparkles in the mid-afternoon light, Glistening and twinkling, A chandelier caught in the sun’s harsh glare. Occasionally, a head breaking the surface, But the relaxed motion seems like a dream. Dunes of blue, disappearing and reappearing, The casual, fluid motion of the swimmer, Mesmerising.

Dawn silence, forest-thick, Is broken by a rainbow of bird song, Indigo showers of joy. The morning is pierced with arrow cries Of children longing for the beach. Unbreakfasted, I pop and sizzle down to the beach. Across the soft, sugar sand, my feet scuttle, Like crabs, to meet the crystal smooth sea. The day expands to an orange throb of heat. Far off mountains, forests, all ripple like silk. Around the bay, bouzouki music streams dark as wine, Bubbling and thrumming from the cafes. At ground level, lemon sharp lizards dart, strike a statue pose, Till a transparent blue breeze Sends them scurrying back to the underworld. The same transparent breeze cools me, And when I rush into the water, I become Vibrant turquoise, Part of my lovely island, Kos

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Concert

Circle

The trumpets start off the piece. Each note wraps me in red. As it enters my head, It triggers the simple colour: red.

I am a never-ending line I can wrap round the world if that’s fine. I am a ripple growing each day, Or I’m the raindrop falling on the hay, Or I’m the ring that makes the bells chime, For I am the best shape of all time.

Next the trombones come in. They make me shudder every time. Trombones reach out and envelop me In complete and utter darkness. I drop further into the pool. No way to get out. The trumpets try to fight back. But the trombones persist and I stay in my thoughts. Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui (aged 12)

My Voice My voice can melt ice. It can brighten shadows. My voice can start a storm Or stop one in its tracks. My voice can turn heads. My voice can raise questions. My voice is from the tumbling waves That wash methodically across the warm sand. My voice hails from the top of the highest mountain. It is calling out to all of the world To make my point. Matilda Parsonson (aged 12)

Florence Parker (aged 11)

The Reader of this Poem is... As angry as a nuclear bomb As cheeky as a sneaky thief As mean as a scowling teacher As filthy as an aged sewer As adorable as a sleeping baby As strong as a forceful typhoon As adventurous as an enthusiastic hedgehog As quiet as an instinctive fox As boring as a dull Maths teacher As talented as a thoughtful monkey As collaborative as a pack of vicious wolves As soft as a snow white wolf As gentle as a baby ladybird As filthy as a pongy pig As jolly as a wibbly wobbly jelly As adventurous as a tiger cub As clumsy as a newborn pup As strong as the mighty Thanos As cheerful as a laughing hyena As silly as a cute, fluffy puppy As grumpy as a grandpa snail As loud as a grandfather clock As jolly as a falling, diving jester. 2K Class poem, based on an idea by Roger McGough

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Transformation Shaded by a canopy of green, Hot sticky wind hit my face. My body became clear. The radiant sun pushed against me. It began to fade away every time it hit me. My skin cracked. A misty fog hit my thigh. Something grew in me, A speckled, reflecting wing. A ray of sunlight emerged. I couldn’t believe it. I felt new. I could fly high and low. But what was I? I swayed through the air. A flickering light came to me. It told me something. I could not understand what he was saying. But as the glinting object faded away, I flew home, A glaring contentment inside me. Isobel Morbey (aged 8)

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Transformation I was alive. A lightning bolt of realisation shot down my spine. I was warm. Groping around lush warm grass Tickling me with its long leafy fingers, Reaching out I felt a long thin stem. Plucking it from the ground, pushing it under my nose, A beautiful scent drifted upwards, A dizzying feeling rushing through me, A rush of cold like diving into a freezing river. Nothing else… I woke. POP! POP! I could see! Dazzled by bright colours: Confusion, tug, pinch, pull like a tug of war, An urge to flap and stretch. FLAP! FLAP! I rose, bobbing in the warm air, gliding across the sky. Rolling hills, calm blue seas… Suddenly I plunged towards the earth. I blacked out… I woke, throbbing. I lay taking in my surroundings. Dark, camouflage, then SCREECH! YOWL! Booming in my ears nearly deafening me. My body was overwhelmed with emotion. Sadness, fear, worry rushing through my body. I was afraid. Longing tugging at my heart, I understood my purpose: To care for the place I was born. FLAP! FLUTTER! A happiness in this treacherous place. I was escaping, gliding through the cool air. The temperature changed as did my surroundings. I was home… The most beautiful place in the world. Edie Ayliffe (aged 9)

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War Unkind Dark blue sea Death running in our veins Sleeping feet as bullets run at them Flying pieces of metal Soldiers racing Dodging to avoid the bullets Terrified soldiers Bullets strike As soldiers roll their eyes They fall Die Riddles run through the soldiers’ minds BANG! CRASH! Another bullet slams. Done. May Guttridge (aged 7)

Beyond the Lines Drumming thunder Horrified men Scared men Terrified men Brave men Stampede of elephants Bombs booming Guns roaring BANG BANG BANG Explosives exploding Hearts pumping with fear Beyond the lines Frozen souls Sad memories Letters’ wishes switching Slate coal colours Beyond the lines. Dev Patel (aged 7)

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The Hardships of War I hear the deafening gunshot echoing in my ears, I see the blinding lights scorching my eyes, I feel the sorrow of my friends, I taste bitterness in the air. My feelings are mixed, My senses are jumbled, My tastes are numb. My eyes are shrouded in a cloud of tiredness. The lights sweep out of the trenches, Penetrating the black night sky. The mud seeps into my boots, The blood coats my calves, The smell of gunpowder fills my nose, The metal helmet casts a black shadow over my eyes.

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The plane’s drone overhead startles me, Then I come to my senses, Flattening myself into a hole. The shattering explosion threatens to tear me apart, But my temporary den protects me. I drag my dead weight body through the thick mud. Eventually I reach the safety of the trench. I think of my lost friends, The things I saw, The black of night. And I remember. I can never forget... Hugh Chippington (aged 12)


War

Mud

Waves crashing against the huge tilting sky Frightened gasping An angry sky turning dark grey Feeling the person next to you shaking Clumping of footsteps Sound of the banging guns Smell of smoke Burned letters lying flat, buried in the mud Never to be read Roaring of the bombs as they fall from the sky Barbed wire wrapping itself around you Thumping heart Soldiers starting to collapse War has begun‌.

Isn’t it funny that mud is such a killer? It swamps, it swallows, it subdues. All vanishes under the consuming embrace of mud.

Clara Lynn (aged 7)

Rats scuttle through this blanket of brown And red flecks flick across a grisly sea. It seeps and slinks through leather leggings. Once these mudded madlands Had been rolling plains of harmonious life. Scarred trunks silently scream, crying, begging For some sanity to grip a broken world. Lice lurk in boots. Liquid life floods foully from many wounds. Love has no place in this carnival of chaos. From today men suffer. Today suffers from men. Ben Smith (aged 12)

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Red Wobbly Hearts I knew you were suffering, So I made you a card after school. I drew wobbly hearts, And I coloured them wobbly red. I wished you would get well soon. But my mother was busy; I couldn’t talk to her Or post you the card. And then I forgot about the wobbly hearts, And my wish for you. We were reading When we got the call That you were no longer suffering, No longer with us, And I cried. I was confused, angry, and I cried. You never received my card, Never saw my wobbly hearts, Or got my wish. Six years later, I still remember, Still cry, Thinking of the card With the wobbly hearts That never reached you. I hope you know, Wherever you are now, That I have always loved you, Granny. Hannah Wicks (aged 12)

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My Apple My apple tastes juicy like an orange. It is red like a crab. My apple smells like flowers. It feels curly. Imogen O’Reilly (aged 4)

Clockwork I count your life away. Look at me. You’ll see it tick Away in front of you. My hands direct you, Show you, slow you, Speed you, kill you. You’re late, on time, early... The responsibility is mine. I’m sorry I don’t stop. But every few years, My hands will slow, Deceiving you. Face to wall opposing me, My insides swinging, Knocking left and right. I’m the beating heart Of the household, see. You all rely on me. Nella Porritt (aged 12)

They flash upon that inward eye After William Wordsworth They flash upon that inward eye. At the bottom of the brandy bottle And the quiet of the night, They lie, and I still echo the thought - the flash Of a grin with too much wolf to be sheepish - upon The mind and pen nearly drained. Thoughts are clouds, vanishing without notice, inward, Though they still stray from the head, And escape through the eye. Audrey Galbraith (aged 12)

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Fallen Leaves The avenue lies in the dappled sunlight, Dripping through the leaves, Making abstract shapes. The leaves having fallen, Tthe shapes start to change, Dispersing like a crowd to a new place. The leaves Flutter down on the easy wind And settle on the better path. They obscure its damp earth And make their claim. Bitter cold rushes in, Freezing wind blowing dead leaves Inside; they stray into the hallway. No one notices, Until a wrong step Produces a crunch And I wish I had Taken heed of the space Previously trodden And cleaned up the leaves That have now turned black. George Fell (aged 12)

The Scarecrow Heroic hat surviving Battling against the rain Spooky fingers reaching Stretching towards the horizon Knobbly face smiling Grinning like a Cheshire cat Shabby scarf sitting Crawling round his neck Inquisitive little stones Gleaming like the moon Noah Roach (aged 9)

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The Coming and Going of Winter The shadow lingers on the sparkling snow. The blinding sun peeps through the cold bare trees. The frozen stream slowly ceases to flow. The mouth of winter heaves out a strong breeze. The branches glisten in the morning sun. The whitened hares lollop in the garden. The children on ice having much fun. The crumbly soil is starting to harden. BUT when the snow turns into wet, grey slush, The cold of winter says to me ‘farewell’. The ice melts as the stream begins to rush. The cheerfulness that comes from the bluebell. And now the only thing that’s left to say, Is Winter’s disappearing day by day. Poppy Marr (aged 9)

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Winter Stooping branches laden with frosty snow. An opaque sky blots out the feeble sun. The magic crystals through the wind does blow And soon the lifting snow will start to run. This snow as blank as salt then falls to ground. The children watch in awe as up they look. A blue tit whistles with a sparkling sound. Children make snowballs with the snow they took. BUT soon, ice on the lake shall start to melt. The glitt’ring snow will turn to boring sludge. The snow is no more like a sheet of felt. The summer’s asking winter now to budge. Soon winter’s icy chill shall go away And later Spring will bring a glorious day. Lorenzo Granado (aged 9)

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Winter Haiku the pale silk sky is a wash of water colours dark into light blue Eliza Robson Brown (aged 9)


Winter

Winter

Ice crystals crack and crunch beneath my boots. The cold bites my lips, covers me. Snowflakes sprinkle themselves through the saplings. A flash of coloured sunset And then the dark.

The icicles that gripped onto the edges of trees Screamed out at the world in a diamond-like lustre. The cool smooth taste of the frozen silence Washed over me in an invisible fog.

“Come in, come in out of the cold!� The fire embraces me in warm protection. The cookies and crackling scent the room, And curious colours of the Christmas tree. This is the snowy, slippery, sliding season Of happiness.

Shy snow lay in front of my feet. It sat there still, uncommunicative and quiet. The snow removed the punctuation from the air, And instead Let the winds of winter gently sigh overhead. Scarlett El Refaie (aged 12)

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Donkey

The Day That Changed Everything

The endless plodding draws to a halt. My hooves encased in dust, I am led into an enclosing Space.

We left the sheep to follow the star. We crossed deserts to find him. We left our house to follow the light. We crossed whole seas to see him.

My tail droops with fatigue. My head feels like it’s floating. I’m not asked how I am. All I receive is a fleeting glance from Kings and shepherds.

At last we got there. In the stable he lay. And there he was asleep on the bundle of hay. At last we saw them: Mary and Joseph and the sweet small child. And there they were, the three kings Admiring their soon-to-be king.

They all hurry to the main attraction: The baby. They all present gifts, Not that it can change the child’s destiny. They rush now, Then they will scatter, Ashamed of their knowledge. I know what will happen. He won’t be the first to be loved, And followed, And then Abandoned. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

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And there it was, the giving of gifts, Which went down in history. Gold, frankincense, and not least, myrrh: Presents that belong to the King of Kings. John Standley (aged 11)


Christmas Tucked up in bed; stocking by my side, Hoping for gifts and much more besides. Teddy to my left and a clock by my right, Timed to wake me up in the middle of the night.

He waits not a second; gets straight to his work. As he fills up my stocking, I can see a slight smirk. He catches my eye and gives me a wink, Then steps through the door and is off in a blink.

When I hear on the landing a tip and a toe And a foot on the lawn... a crunch in the snow! The door slowly opens, I am under my sheet. Who could it be? Am I in for a treat?

I looked through the window to the dark of the night, But the sky was lit up with a blazing gold light. As I settled to sleep, I heard on the roof The jumping and scraping of each Christmas hoof.

A fat jolly figure dressed all in red, His trousers, his jacket and the hat on his head, A small round pink face and a nose like a berry, And twinkly eyes which are happy and merry.

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Music Services in Preparation for Christmas This is my final Chapel Service at St John’s and this will be the best. Ever since I joined I have been in Chapel to either watch or sing in the Services and this is the final year our family is going to be taking part and I hope to go out with a bang! I sang In The Bleak Midwinter with only the organ for accompaniment. Since this was my last service I was sad before I sang remembering the many years of carol services I had done since Form 1. Before I sang I can still remember the nerves of performing in front of over seven hundred people and how I was thinking that I might never get to sing a solo in the Chapel again. I have also been singing baritone in the choir to support the higher parts and have used my lower range in some of our performances to help the choir flourish in harmony. George Travis (aged 12)

“I can’t explain the feeling of pride when the sounds of our voices echo around the College Chapel. The feeling exhilarates you, empowers you, unites you.” Nella Porritt (aged 12)

“I loved it when we got to perform with the Senior House Choirs. Our voices floated around the Chapel and sounded powerful.” Persephone Trippett (aged 7)

“I loved performing in such an incredibly beautiful building. It makes me feel really happy when other people enjoy our singing.” Sophia Wickham (aged 7)

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Piazza Christmas Brass The most special part of performing in Piazza Brass is how this musical event makes everybody get in the Christmas spirit and everyone enjoys it, even if it is freezing cold. We played O Come, All Ye Faithful, Who Built the Ark, Ode to Joy, Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. We got to decorate our instruments in tinsel and wear Santa hats. All the parents were there to support all the performers and so many Senior House children watched too. My friends were watching as well which was kind. Daniel Wicks (aged 9) Playing in Piazza Brass was great fun and I played the trombone as part of the Massed Brass Ensemble and Big Band. The atmosphere was amazing and it really put you into the Christmas mood. The programme was light-hearted and everyone played Jingle Bells and all of Senior House played O Come, All Ye Faithful Byron House band also played a sweet little festive tune. It was such a memorable experience and I’m sure everyone loved it. Hugo McGurk (aged 10)

“Playing the drums on the Piazza was great because it made me feel very Christmassy! It was fun to perform with the Senior House band because we saw how well they can play.” Rollo Szembel (aged 8)

“I got to perform to lots of new people. It was really fun because we got to play outside and everyone had Santa hats on!” Vita Rainey (aged 8)

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Summer Jazz I loved Jazz in the Piazza because the music was really great, the singers were especially amazing. It was also really fun to eat outside and the weather was perfect. Rednotes were fantastic and everyone though it was a memorable event. I also loved it because everyone was able to listen to and see the effort that was put in and parents could come and watch and support as well. Amelia Hughes (aged 10)

“I liked this event because the music was so uplifting and it gave me an urge to tap my foot, and the singers were very good and they had obviously put a lot of work, time and effort into their pieces.” Ilya Higginson (aged 10)

“I really enjoyed the music in Jazz in the Piazza because the musicians showed great skill and it made my mood lift because of the energy.”

“Jazz in the Piazza was great. I love how Mr Lepage got all the best musicians together to make a brilliant band! We had a BBQ then we listened to Rednotes perform, it was really chilled.”

Issy Drokov (aged 9)

George Leslie (aged 9)


Cambridge Jazz Festival I have been part of Jazz Ensemble and Big Band this year and we have had our first out of school gig in the Cambridge Jazz Festival. This year has been one of the best in terms of repertoire with our band taking on Queen and Steely Dan songs along with other good songs that we have been able to perform. George Travis (aged 12)

“This year in Rednotes we travelled to Eddington to perform at the Cambridge Jazz Festival. I especially enjoyed playing a whole range of music to a large audience in a great venue. There was a really good, energetic and lively atmosphere throughout our performance and it was also really fun listening to lots of professional bands playing before and after us. It was an incredible experience.� Freddie Harrison (aged 12)

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The Cathedral Choristers of Britain in Concert It was such a brilliant experience to be part of. A concert performed by choristers from cathedrals all over Britain. I felt really proud to be there representing St John’s. On the first day we all arrived at the Roman Catholic Cathedral (Liverpool has two!) so we could meet each other and decide who was going to sing decani and who was going to sing cantoris. We spent the first rehearsal going through the pieces with our conductors Lee Ward and Christopher McElroy who was really funny because he told us that he was hearing impaired which meant that he was brilliant at lip reading so he could tell by watching our mouths who was following his beat and who wasn’t! The next morning we rehearsed in the other cathedral which was absolutely amazing with a massive globe hanging down which revolved slowly and was lit up from the inside. We sang through all the music again and my favourite piece was Rutter’s ‘Garlic Dressing’ (Gaelic Blessing). That evening it was the concert and all the choristers wore their cassocks from their own cathedrals so we had a mix of colours which was nice. Afterwards I met John Rutter who signed my programme and was very funny. The best thing about Liverpool is that everyone is so friendly! Toby L’Estrange (aged 12)

Steinway Piano Masterclass Lewis and I went to Steinway Hall for a Masterclass. One thing that caught my eye was the new Steinway ‘Spirio’ piano, which is a self-playing piano which could play famous recordings live. We visited the factory to learn how the Steinway piano was made or ‘the secrets of Steinway’. Then we tried some pianos, one of which was used at the Leeds International Piano Competition. After having our (second) lunch, we went into the Masterclass room. I played a piece which Charles Owen had lots to say about, one of which was to bring more imagination to my piece. That really helped my playing and it was a brilliant and fun time which could have only been made better by Mr Kirk letting me play Skyfall on the Spirio! Jaylen Cheng (aged 12)

“The best experience of the day was playing on the marvellous Spirio piano and it was amazing to know so many professional piano players have also played on it.” Lewis Cobb (aged 12)

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Concerts & Recitals I have done many Senior House Informal Lunchtime Concerts over the four years I have been here. However, this year, I did two recitals of my own - one was an organ recital at St Lawrence Jewry in London and another only five days later as a solo lunchtime concert on my violin. At the recital Thomas and I played pieces by J S Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Grayston Ives, Kenneth Leighton, Herbert Murrill, Hubert Parry and Percy Whitlock. Writing this the day after my violin concert, I am already starting to miss it. Performing in front of others I believe is a life skill, which we all have to use at some point. Doing these concerts is a great way to do that because everyone is really supportive and also because it is something that I personally enjoy. Jaylen Cheng (aged 12) I had the opportunity to have my own recorder recital. One of my favourites pieces involved playing two recorders at the same. My family came to watch and so did a few teachers but I was really pleased that lots of my friends came too and it was a big confidence boost having them there. It was a exciting, fun and nerve racking experience which I hope to do again. Polly Casey (aged 11)

“It’s important to do performances when you’re learning to play an instrument because then you get more confident at playing.” Emily Behjati Tate (aged 8)

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Musical Theatre We have been learning different songs each term and we started with Naughty from ‘Matilda’ which was really fun to perform and we all had lines for each row. The dance moves and the dance was great to learn. The next term we did a song from the Lion King, we learnt the whole song and we had to sing loudly. We picked groups and had a verse each in five groups, create our own dance moves and showed to the group to see if they could suggest any changes. I felt more confident as it was our second show with an audience. Angelica Honey-Ward (aged 9)

“This club gives you the confidence to improve your singing in front of others and to believe in your acting skills on stage.” Mercy Milton (aged 9)

Compositions I was really excited when we started making our own compositions because I love making up songs. I was in a group with my friends, one of them can play the piano, the other can play the recorder and the french horn and the other can sin and play the piano, and I can sing. We ended up with three of us singing and one playing the piano. Once we had come up with the words it was easy to come up with the tune. Our song was called Ocean Blues and it was about sea creatures living with plastic pollution. When it came to performing I was a little bit nervous but more excited and I had lots of fun performing it to the audience. I really liked doing the topic and I would definitely do it again. Tabitha Pearson (aged 11) Leading up to this year’s Fifth Form music composition concert was really fun because my group worked together to make a song that we could sing from memory and we even added props for the rap! We got inspiration for the lyrics from the sustainability theme of ‘plastic’ but every group chose a relevant theme that meant something to them. Performing was fun but I was a bit nervous when they called our name out! Catriona Beaton (aged 11)

SignHealth - ‘sign2sing’ For our Forms 1 and 2 choir we learned sign language and we had a great signing workshop with a representative from the charity SignHealth called Moona. We sang some of our songs such as Can you hear me and A million dreams and then we worked on making our signing more precise. It was a real challenge singing and signing on stage but a real achievement too. Zoe Loose (aged 8)

“We learnt to be even more expressive with our faces when singing our songs so the feelings were more obvious.” Milan Patel (aged 8)

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Summer Concert at West Road In the Summer Concert I was in Symphony Orchestra, Big Band and the Recorders, I absolutely loved the buzz of performing on such a big stage in front of so many people. Beforehand I was really nervous because there was so much that could go wrong. In Symphony Orchestra it was amazing as there were so many of us playing. In the Recorders the piece we were playing was quite complex and there were lots of different timings where it could go wrong but it went amazingly well and we even added in two violas! Big Band was great because I loved the pieces we were playing and they sounded brilliant. Amelia Hughes (aged 10)

“I performed in Symphony Orchestra. It went really well and the sound echoed around the concert hall. It felt like a memorable moment playing with the whole orchestra.” Sutao Qiao (aged 10)

“The programme was rich and varied and the integration with SignHealth a great partnership for many reasons. Both our girls have loved learning the sign language to accompany the words and we’ve had weeks of shows and songs at home.” Current parent

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“‘Largo’ was my favourite because it was smooth and slow. Watching others perform was satisfying because you could find the beat of the piece and follow along.” Toby Read (aged 9)

“I played Symphony Orchestra as well as in String Orchestra. The music was great because it was flamboyant and joyful.” Adriano Leucci (aged 10)

“I am playing the timpanis in the ‘Largo’. In ‘The Raiders March’ I am playing the crash cymbals which are very heavy and very fun to play but it will be very obvious if I make a mistake!” Theo Scoffings (aged 11)

“I loved the atmosphere, the variation in the music and the audience’s appreciation.” Zebedee Blackburn (aged 10)

“I was so excited to sing and sign ‘Friends Forever’ and to show such a large audience the signing we had learnt!” Una Churchward (aged 7)

“We choreographed action with bamboo sticks while we were singing! It was such a memorable and large occasion.” Ethan Hayes-Fernandez (aged 7)


Music Examination Results Michaelmas Term Felix Bamford Catriona Beaton Caitlin Blakesley Polly Casey Hugh Chippington Lewis Cobb Isla Cochrane Will David Isobel Davies Ozzie Denman

1 Flute 1* Alto Saxophone 4 Violin 7 Recorder 5* Singing 5 Theory 1 Drum Kit 3 Trumpet 2 Flute 1 Violin

Arabella Fox Watson Flora Harrison Toby Howard Jones Emmett Kirkpatrick Marennah Prempeh Sutao Qiao Electra Reeves Electra Reeves Eliza Robson Brown Theo Scoffings

1 Piano 7* Recorder 1 Alto Saxophone 1 Piano 2 Alto Saxophone 3 Violin 3 Flute 5 Piano 4* Violin 1* Timpani

Vera Edgington Jack Shaw Anna Tomkinson Anna Tomkinson Thomas Watkin Jemima Wells Alexa White Hannah Wicks Harry Winn

7 Piano 3 Trumpet 5* Piano 4* Violin 6* Piano 1* Alto Saxophone 1 Violin 3 Cello 3 Alto Saxophone

Lorenzo Granado 4 Piano Phoebe Grant 4 Flute Flora Harrison 5* Singing Lucas Hobson 2 Piano Angelica Honey-Ward 1* Piano Misha Kaminskiy 1 Piano Harry L’Estrange 8* Violin Iestyn Lachmann 3 Piano Alice Lindsay Clark P Piano Thomas Liu 2* Drum Kit Gus Macpherson 4 Singing Will MacLean 2 Drum Kit Archie McEwan 3 Trumpet Susanna Millhouse 5 Harp (non pedal) Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui 3 Trumpet Jamo Morrill 5 Theory Amelie Nair-Grepinet 2 Piano Lucas Nair-Grepinet 1* Piano Ellie Newitt 3* Singing Seb Newitt 4 Singing Adekoya Okusaga 5 Theory

Myles O’Reilly Sebastian Parkinson Madeleine Phelps Henry Roach Noah Roach Isabel Senior Kitty Shepherd Kitty Shepherd Elizabeth Simpson Ben Smith Maya Soufani Joseph Srouji Jessica Tayabali Philip Tomkinson George Travis Emre Tunc Grace Watkin Eve Wells Jemima Wells Ella Wigan

5 Piano 1 B Flat Cornet 2 B Flat Cornet 1* B Flat Cornet 4* Oboe 4 Singing 2 Singing 1 Piano 3 Singing 2 Trumpet 2 Clarinet 3 Piano P Piano 7 Soprano Saxophone 5 Theory 1 Piano 1 Piano 2 Cello 3 Singing 2 Flute

Archie Goodale 1 Piano Archie Goodale 5* Singing Phoebe Goodale 1* Piano Lorenzo Granado 2 Violin Amelie Griffiths 1 Violin Freddie Harrison 8 Trumpet Johanna Hindmarsh 1 Piano Caspar Johnson 1 Piano Kevin Ke 5 Piano Thomas Kokelaar 1 B Flat Cornet Alex Kuppen P Piano Harry L’Estrange 8* Piano Toby L’Estrange 7* Double Bass Iestyn Lachmann 4 Trombone David Low 6* Piano Coco Lynn-Brown 1 Flute Jasper Macdonald 3 Tenor Saxophone Poppy Marr 2* Piano Hugo McGurk 3* Trombone Susanna Millhouse 7 Piano Jamo Morrill 7 Cello Beatrice Moshtagh-Kahnamoui 1 Flute Elliot Munro 2 Trumpet Jessica Neville 1* Bassoon Jessica Neville 3 Recorder Riley Neville P Piano

Adrian Ng Gabriel Ng Adekoya Okusaga Alexander Parkinson Levin Rainey Levin Rainey Hugo Rudd Lucy Sawtell Jack Shaw Emily Shrimpton Rollo Szembel Philip Tomkinson Persephone Trippett Bel Vandermeer Momoka Varian Jemima Wells Alexa White Max Wickham Daniel Wicks Arthur Woodhull Tess Woodhull Imogen Youngman

1 Piano 2 Piano 5* Singing 3 Trumpet 3* Orchestral Percussion 3 Trombone 1 Alto Saxophone 1 Flute 4 Piano 4 Trombone 1 B Flat Cornet 8 Piano 1 Piano 1 Violin P Piano 2* Alto Saxophone 2 Singing 1* Piano 2 B Flat Cornet P Piano 3 Bassoon 1 Flute

Lent Term Eleanor Anderson 2 Violin Paloma Bargh 3 Piano Emily Behaji Tate 1 Piano Isabella Bishop 1 Piano Sam Blakesley 5 Cello Jack Borno 2 Trumpet William Buttery 5 Theory James Chesterfield 5 Violin Hugh Chippington 5 Theory Nico Clarke 2 B Flat Cornet Antonia Clode-Baker P Piano Georgina Clode-Baker P Piano Kate David 2 Singing Kate David 1 Piano Isobel Davies 3 Flute George Ducker 2 Piano Anna Dunton 2* Orchestral Percussion David Edgington 5 Singing Kezia Fieth 2* Violin Melissa French 1 Violin Archie Goodale 4* Singing

Summer Term Safiyya Ahmad 1 Flute Laura Altmann 4 Singing Eleanor Anderson 2* Piano Antigone Axon 1 B Flat Cornet Edie Ayliffe 2* Piano Cordelia Bargh 8* Cello Catriona Beaton 2* Alto Saxophone Cosmo Benyan 5* Trumpet Elyas Borno 2 Guitar Hector Borno P Piano Alice Burbridge 3 Trumpet William Buttery 5 Violin Cassien Cameron 3 Double Bass Freya Cameron 3 Flute Polly Casey 5 Theory Cosimo Cavaleri 2* Alto Saxophone Hugh Chippington 4 Trombone Inigo Cunningham-Reid 3 Alto Saxophone Daniel Davies 4 Trumpet Isobel Davies 1* Piano Bertie Denison-Smith 1 Horn Vera Edgington 8* Violin Isabelle Egerton 4 Piano Felix Emerson 1 Violin Tomas Fernandez Bruna 3* Piano Hannah Gibson 1 Piano

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Sixth Form: Performing The Tempest as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival


Kindergarten: Not Such A Silent Night “I was brave when I sang all by myself on the stage. I played a puppy who followed a star because I was lost.”

“I felt so happy and proud when the mummies and daddies were watching and they gave us a huge clap and were smiling at us all.”

Maya Drokov (aged 4)

“I loved it when I saw my mummy watching me. I felt so happy.”

“My job as Mrs Innkeeper was to keep everyone quiet and make them go back to their stalls. It was tough because they made so much noise!”

Fergus Douglas (aged 4)

Naiara Hayes-Fernandez (aged 4)

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“I played an alien who came to earth and learned all about what happens at Christmas.” Lev Higginson (aged 5)

T1: Christmas with the Aliens “I loved being a teacher and I really liked getting to boss everyone around! It was funny.” Poppy Slater (aged 5)

“I was an angel and my favourite bit was giving Mary the little baby Jesus.” Amber Oates (aged 5)

“I was a silly innkeeper who kept saying ‘only joking’ when Mary and Joseph were trying to find somewhere to stay. I loved my lines.” Reuben Bennett (aged 5)

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T2: The Faraway Tree

“I loved being a Mummy Rabbit and I had a rabbit costume! I liked telling the bunnies that we were having roasted carrots and carrot cake for dinner.”

“As the Wise Old Owl I told the children about the Merry-Go-Round land. We learnt to be expressive to tell the story.”

Cicely Mcdonnell (aged 6)

Aline Halban-Taylor (aged 6)

“I was on the stage on my own and I had to grow as a seed. I learnt to believe I could be confident and use actions to show the audience what was happening.”

“I learnt that everyone’s role in the play is important, you work as a team from beginning to end.”

Alice Labruyère (aged 6)

Davi Saibrosa (aged 6)

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“I know now that it is a good thing to be bonkers at times.” Ethan Hayes-Fernandez (aged 7)

First Form: An Afternoon of Nonsense Poetry “I learnt to use different facial expressions and voice projection when delivering my lines.” Persephone Trippett (aged 7)

“You can use the audience’s energy in your own performance and build this into your character.” James Whitehouse (aged 7)

“I loved how it came to life when we added actions.” Clara Lynn (aged 7)

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Second Form: This Play is Top Secret I really enjoyed being part of the play as it was fun to act with the whole year group. I learnt how to use facial expressions during scenes and my favourite part was dodging the lasers in the Spy Dance and pretending to be the Enigma machine to crack the code. The whole play was great and I can’t wait for the Form 3 play next year! Isabella Bishop (aged 8)

“I really enjoyed the part in the play when it was dark and we had to dodge the lasers.” Thomas Rowstron (aged 8)

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Third Form: Scheherazade In the play I was a fisherman and I really liked it when I got to catch the genie pot and I flung the other fisherman all over the place. The genie told the fisherman that if they let him out he would make them rich men. Federico was the king with an Italian accent. There was a big fight between Prince George and three wicked witches. It was funny when the executioner’s cut off the girls’ heads because Nico’s head was a football, Ben’s a ping-pong ball and Mark’s a space-hopper! Daniel Wicks (aged 9) I thought the audience was really intrigued to know what happened next. When I did my evil laugh the audience chuckled! My favourite part was when one of the thieves gave the chief a smack because he misheard him and then when the thieves were making a plan he fell off the stage. Charlie Froggett (aged 9)

“I loved seeing the other classes putting their play together and then seeing it being performed on stage.” Isobel Davies (aged 9)

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“I was so nervous beforehand but, on the stage, all the emotions turned into happiness. At the end my mum and dad made me feel so proud of myself!” Felix Emerson (aged 9)


Fourth Form: Fantastic Mr Fox The lights went dim and the nerves started to build. Adrenalin started rushing through my veins. The lights went on and I crept into the ‘round’. All the practice was about to go into this one moment. I was so excited for the play. I loved making the dance it was so fun because almost all of the dance was our idea which was really cool. I learnt that it is not about how big your part may be it is about how big you make it. Louis Wright (aged 10)

“Being part of the team that created the production was wonderful and we all got our ideas together so we felt like we owned our play.”

I played a role as a child which I enjoyed because I just had to be myself but knew my lines which was easy; I wore a red top and jeans. After our scene Toto, Nick and I went up to the lighting box to do the lighting for the rest of our class and some of another class, this was my favourite moment because I love doing the lighting and It was my second time doing it and it is really fun to do. I think that the funniest moment of the play when Bean kicked the goat instead of a coat ‘to scare the fox out’. I felt proud and happy and I wished we could do it again.

“I loved every moment of being one of the three Mr Fox characters, from the costume and makeup to actually being on stage and acting.”

Silas Smith (aged 10)

Clover Cockburn (aged 10)

Zebedee Blackburn (aged 10)

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Fifth Form: Pirates of Penzance In drama lessons we started talking about the play and doing melodrama in groups. I love acting and singing! When I am on stage there is this buzz all around and I know everyone else is loving performing too. We learnt ballroom dancing choreographed by Mr Hawkins. By the end of all the rehearsals the day of the show had finally arrived and everyone was so excited they knew this was it: no more rehearsals, no more messing up. This was it! By the evening there was makeup and costumes on everyone and we got into our positions, the nerves were not there anymore just pure excitement. After two incredible performances there was a strong feeling of sadness in the air that it was all over but the memory of performing the Pirates of Penzance would be with us forever. Isabel Senior (aged 11) The Pirates of Penzance was very exciting and was one of the best performances that I have ever taken part in because I was lighting the play. I have never done the lighting before but after experiencing it I would certainly do it again as I have found it very fun but rather nerve racking because some of the cues were pages apart! The technology side of the lighting was fascinating, seeing all of the different lights and understanding how they work, programming the lights was also very fun and challenging and it was thanks to Paul who helped us and taught us all we needed to know about the lights. James Chesterfield (aged 11)

“This was definitely the best play I have ever done. There were lots of actions to do on stage whatever the size of your part. I loved the excitement and energy on stage.” Ollie Mills (aged 11)

“As a policeman, we had to wear silly hats and make weird faces and walk like we were in an army training camp. I really liked being part of a team to make and produce this wonderful production.” Jasper Macdonald (aged 11)

“When you get onto the stage you just have an amazing dilemma to act, pull funny faces and react to speech and narration. I loved being a policeman and getting to use really low voices and have a northern accent. Many people said it was the best Fifth Form production they could remember.” Marennah Prempeh (aged 11)

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Sixth Form: The Tempest at the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) Early in the academic year, I was involved in The Tempest, a Shakespearean play which we performed at the Mumford Theatre for the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF). Coming to the end of our time at St John’s, we spent time reworking the play, enjoying every moment of it as we neared the end of our drama at St John’s. I think that the difference between the Leavers’ plays to other plays performed at St John’s is the marking of an ending and, as of all St John’s plays but especially the Leavers’ ones, they will be deeply integrated into our memory of the school. Vera Edgington (aged 12)

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“I enjoyed taking part in the School Shakespeare Festival with ‘The Tempest’ production. There were sixteen of us playing Ariel and we had weird blank faces with torches and flowing black robes.”

“I had the chance to play Caliban in ‘The Tempest’ which was fun as he is Prospero’s ‘slave’. He is rebellious and is only controlled through the use of magic which was a great character to get to perform as.”

George Fell (aged 12)

Lucas Mackenzie (aged 12)

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Sixth Form: Passion Play The Passion Play really taught me the responsibility of having to stay mature throughout the seriousness that this play expected from us. I had the chance to play the role of Sidrach, a slave to Annas along with Esdras and we were all members of the High Council. I did not have a hugely crucial part in the play but I enjoyed the journey of the play nevertheless.

“Taking part in the ‘Passion Play’ this year was a great experience. It showed us how serious we had to be in terms of respecting the silence.” George Travis (aged 12)

“The play was excellent at getting the story of Jesus across and it taught me how to emote my feelings. I feel I have connected with Jesus through this play.” Alfie Cockburn (aged 12)

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“These are emotional and special because they are the last thing you are going to do with your year. They mean a lot to every Sixth Former.” Matilda Parsonson (aged 12)

“I have never performed Shakespeare. I can’t wait to feel the passion we bring to each play.” Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

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Sixth Form: Leavers’ Plays Twelfth Night is probably the most fun and joyful play I have performed in and it has been made better as we are encouraged to make lots of suggestions and it all works well together. Nearly all of the music in this play has been suggested by lots of different people. I am excited to perform this play and make the audience laugh; it is a truly hilarious play. Malek Soufani (aged 12) The Tempest was really fun to be a part of as it was one of our last plays ever at St John’s, so we went all out! Everyone gave ideas and accepted others. The Leavers’ plays are special because it is your final performance and your lasting impression after all the different plays at school. I am looking forward to being able to perform them alongside my friends, many of whom I have been performing with for nine years, for one last time. Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

“It’s interesting to look at Shakespeare’s plays and interpret them in our own way.” Susanna Millhouse (aged 12)

“The Leavers’ plays are unlike any other plays that I’ve been in. We have such fun just being silly and dancing around the room!” Abby Orchard (aged 12)

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Activity Week Second Form Hilltop Trip In the woods there was a big zip wire called the Big Zipper. You were attached to a harness on a zip line. The Air Jump was fun, you jumped off a wooden platform and landed on your back on a massive air bag and crawled to the exit. I was an ‘enjoying elephant’! My favourite activity was the orienteering and you were given a map of where to go around the park. The Tree Top Trail was so much fun, Louisa helped me when I got stuck with the keys. I loved my dorm, I had a great time with everybody and we got the tidiest dorm certificate, we really tried hard to get that prize. I loved Hilltop, it was the best trip ever! Isabella Bishop (aged 8) The Big Zipper was super fun, I was not used to being in a harness. The meals were so tasty. The Team Tasks were very hard but I got across 60 bridges in the Agility Course. I really liked it in the Obstacle Course when we had to swing over a smelly pit of water. When I went on level 7 on the Air Jump I got a weird feeling in my tummy when I was falling. On the high Tree Top Trail I felt as though I was going to fall but I also enjoyed it so much. I loved sleeping with my friends because we could chat in the morning. Olivia Inglis (aged 8)

“I pushed myself to go on the level 8 platform on the Air Jump. I just decided to jump and it was actually really exciting.” Kangqi Gong (aged 8)

“We were doing the zip wire, I felt I was flying like a hawk. I was super sad when we left.” Wenqi Cui (aged 8)

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Third Form Edale Trip Edale was fantastic! My main highlights were abseiling, canoeing and caving. I enjoyed abseiling most because I got to do something I never thought I could do and when your feet touch the ground you feel so good about yourself! I enjoyed canoeing because my canoe managed to do something others couldn’t do! One by one all the canoes started to head for the middle of the lake while ours kept on rocking into a tree and again and again it was quite embarrassing but we achieved the ‘tree bumper’ award! I found caving a challenging but awesome activity because, no matter how scared I was going through the tight spots, something was always there to show the enjoyable side of caving. There were dew drops growing on stalagmites and calm ripples in the dips as they dropped. My best memory was when my feet finally gripped the earth after abseiling. After shivering multiple times whilst setting off, it felt incredible to have done something I never thought I could do! Issy Drokov (aged 9)

“We all turned off our head lamps and it was pitch black, it was the weirdest feeling because your eyes started playing tricks on you so suddenly you would see a flash of colour or patches of light. At the deepest point in the cave, water came up to your waist!” George Fox (aged 9)

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Fourth Form Rockley Trip I loved the pico sailing because you always had to be very alert and watch the boom and steer at the same time. It was my favourite activity even though I was not all that good at it! Crabbing was so much fun because we caught a lot of crabs and we caught a big one that weighed seventy five grams! The windsurfing was a real highlight because we got really wet and it was such a challenge to pick up the sail because it was so heavy. Henrietta Allpress (aged 10) My three favourite things were pico sailing, meeting new people and playing games on the beach. My best memory is playing on the beach with my friends under the sunset, that was a special moment. The pico sailing was so much fun although the waves were huge. I was in a boat with Louis and we won a race! I met lots of new people but not just new people, people that I hadn’t been particularly close to before but are now my friends! This happened because I was around them much more during the activities and saw a different side of them. Silas Smith (aged 10)

“I liked Drascombe sailing because I felt a bit like a pirate! I loved it when the boat tipped over.” Maya Soufani (aged 10)

“My best memory was catching two of the top ten heaviest crabs and earning my crabbing colours.” Ilya Higginson (aged 10)

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Fifth Form Jurassic Coast Trip In the water park there was this air pillow and people would sit on one end then some other people (lots of the time it was the teachers) would sit on the other end and make the child go flying! We were also pushed each other off the sides of the water float which was really fun. When I did bouldering I was shaking because I had to cling on and not fall off, at one point I was reaching really far with my leg and was clinging on like a starfish. In the end I got quite a long way. My hands were really red but it was worth it. I learnt that the more you put in the more that you get out. Catriona Beaton (aged 11) The trip was amazing, there was always something to do. The staff were always trying to make us as happy as they could. Rock climbing was great fun if you put a lot of effort into it. We even learned survival skills for example how to make a shelter, how to find food and water which involved the amazing fishing activity that we had. Enis Allajbeu (aged 11)

“When we were climbing you could see right down to the waterline and when a big wave came it smashed against the wall and sent spray everywhere!” Tabitha Pearson (aged 11)

“I ate a fish eye and it was disgusting.” Archie McEwan (aged 11)

Ski Trip to Italy The ski trip is one of the best trips. Skiing is one of my favourite sports but the different groups of all abilities learn at the rate they’re comfortable with. We ski from 9am until 4.30pm with many a spectacular wipeout and sometimes we skied into France. Throughout the week our instructors graded us on our skiing, having completed certain skills to get a certain grade. We were encouraged to become more independent as we walked around on our own when there’s free time and we could handle money. I think everyone liked going on the race pistes the most because we were able to try and catch up with the person or overtake, to see who was the fastest; unfortunately these pistes are where everyone falls over and, as the pistes are so narrow, there can be a slight domino effect! Audrey Galbraith (aged 12)

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Sport Sport

Rugby Framlingham Rugby Festival Framlingham Rugby Festival was great fun. I enjoyed it immensely. We played Langley first and we managed some great defensive work. The pitches were so wide we had to pass the ball to the winger. Then we played Colchester who subbed their whole team of at half time. They beat us 3-1 in the end. We followed that by playing St Faith’s and they picked up our biggest player and dropped him! We scored three tries. At last play Harry Doggett tried to kick the ball into touch, another player caught the ball and kicked it out. It was a fantastic festival. George Fell (aged 12)

The Framlingham Rugby Festival was great because it was an opportunity to show competitively how well we can play rugby as a strong team. We worked very hard and we won four out of five games. The games were really fun because they were only 15 minutes long so were played at a high intensity. Overall, from the tackling to the try scoring and finally the rushing to the bus with half an eaten hot dog, we had a really fun time. Jack Warder (aged 12)

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Leicester Tigers Rugby Football Club Trip Some of the boys from Forms 4 to 6 had the chance to watch a rugby game in Leicester. The team that we watched was called Leicester Tigers. The trip was really fun because we met a player called Fred Tuilagi. We got to ask some questions and at the end we had our shirts signed. That was really fun because we got to see what it would be like in a professional player’s life. Before we met the player we had a training session with a Tigers coach where we did a practice game and different drills. Later in the trip we went to the stadium which was absolutely huge. Unfortunately, Leicester Tigers lost but it was still fun cheering them on and watching the game. The whole experience was amazing and every single person who went loved it. We also really appreciate the fact that all the teachers went on their day off to drive us all the way to Leicester and we also are really grateful for the people who ran the training session for us. Jonathan Mews & Silas Smith (both aged 10)

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House Matches

Our first game was against the Perse. It was a very physical game with some amazing tries. We tried our hardest only just missing out in the second half, ending the game 2-4 to the Perse. We had an amazing game against St Faith’s and remain unbeaten against them at rugby. Our blitz defence was unbelievable. Seb marshalled the attack, scoring most of the tries, Ed led by example in defence. We worked like a well-oiled machine with fantastic teamwork. We won 6-2 and all went home for a rest and a hot bath. Edward Allpress (aged 12)

Our first rugby house match for Sandys was against Gunning. Sandys started off the match going down 3 tries to nil but in the second half we came back and got 2 tries but unfortunately for us Gunning got 1 more the score was 4-2. In our second match we played Beaufort, Silas scored two tries to start the match and then followed two from Harry and two from George. It was a positive level of healthy competition!

“We went into our first match with confidence but lost by a small margin. That didn’t stop us as we almost won against St Faith’s, the reigning champs! It was a great experience and beneficial for our rugby.”

Under 9s

Matthew Chippington (aged 10)

Cassien Cameron (aged 10)

In our first Rugby match our team drew 8-8. I loved playing with my team, I scored two tries which made me feel really good! I really like our games lessons because I love running around and playing rugby, this term we have been learning about tackling and the offside line. Jimmy Diggle (aged 8)

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Boys’ Hockey “My favourite sport in school is hockey where I am a goalkeeper. I particularly enjoy this sport because, for me, it is all about quick reaction times. I play for the school hockey 1st team which is very exhilarating as you get to play with very high level athletes.” George Travis (aged 12)

“Hockey helps you to think strategically and quickly.” Gabriel Ng (aged 9)

IAPS Tournament “The part I enjoyed most about hockey this year is that we went into our first IAPS tournament. It was really fun and we came 3rd overall which was great.” Matthew Chippington (aged 10)

Club Champions win the Hockey Nationals Winning the Nationals was awesome. We won all our games from the County tournament to the finals in the National tournament. In the Nationals we did not concede a goal in any of our matches. The coaches were amazing. There was a great team spirit, everyone got along well with each other. We all really wanted to win. We did lots of extra training which helped enormously. I really enjoyed it and it felt amazing winning. Oliver Sawtell (aged 11)

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Boys’ Cricket “I enjoy the nature of cricket because it gets you on the run trying to catch and throw the ball. It is very active and challenging as it is a complex game and you need to develop good hand eye coordination.” Sutao Qiao (aged 10)

“I like doing cricket because I like working on batting skills. I’ve been working hard to learn the right technique. We do lots of different activities so we can improve our bowling, batting and catching.” Reda Chebli (aged 8)

County Cricket In county cricket I am eagerly anticipating going on tour to Taunton. In the past this has always been the best destination for playing cricket with stunning views in the background. Some people would say the best part about the free time you get is going to the tuck shop where they sell lots of sweets for low prices. Actually, the best part is playing cricket with your team and beating other counties. This is why I am really looking forward to going on tour. Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

Boys’ Football Under 9s In the football match against St Faith’s I saved lots of shots and we all played really well together as a team. It made me feel really happy to save goals and feel that we worked as a team to win. It was really nice to be told that I played well and had helped us reach success. Zahaan Socha (aged 8)

Premier League Norwich City Football Norwich asked me to join after seeing me play in a match for my village team, Haslingfield. Their training really helps me improve my football skills. It is very competitive and you learn a lot from that, especially about yourself and that you cannot stop trying and must not give up. Rollo Szembel (aged 8)

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Girls’ Hockey Cambridge County Tournament While watching the girls play, I learned what the other schools did against each position. I also got to improve playing my position (RW) and see different ways to keep the other team from getting the ball. Overall the girls played really well and they fought hard against that tiring afternoon. I am especially proud of Isla Ridley for being the youngest person throughout all the schools. Tess Warder (aged 10)

Playing for the County I play with girls who are a couple of years older so it challenges me to play my best around players who are faster and more agile than me. It’s teaching me to stretch myself and believe that I can do more, as a hockey player and as part of my team. Tamsin Loose (aged 11)

“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting to make the team but I tried my hardest and it paid off. I just proved that things are possible if you put your heart to it.” Nella Porritt (aged 12)

“I really like being able to play with friends from other schools who I would usually be playing against.” Audrey Galbraith (aged 12)

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The Last Season at St John’s

IAPS Tournament

Our season got better from the Old Buckenham Hall tournament. We were playing some good hockey, got past most teams and played ourselves into third place. Next was IAPS which is my favourite time for playing sport. In our pool, we had a good outcome qualifying for the Final round. We entered that, our heads held high, squirming with excitement. We fought hard, had a few shots on goal but never managed to get past their keeper. We went home knowing we had played some great hockey. After half-term we found ourselves coming up against teams we had lost to in tournaments earlier in the season. Sometimes drawing and sometimes winning. The As finished their season by winning 6-1. The final time walking onto the St John’s College astro was quite emotional for some. It was the House matches. They were unpredictable, the first four matches were all draws then Fisher managed to scrape a win. This season has been my favourite at St John’s and I am sure not to forget it.

I really enjoyed playing hockey at the IAPS as it was our first proper tournament since Form 2. IAPS took place in Haileybury School where they had two big astroturfs with two pitches on each. Every team got put into a pool from A to E and in each pool there were four or five teams and only the top two would get through to the Cup Competition and the 3rd and 4th teams would be put through the Plate. Unfortunately we didn’t get through to the Cup but it was still very fun playing in the matches and getting such valuable experience. Ellie Newitt (aged 10)

Nella Porritt (aged 12)

Under 9s I was scared about playing our first proper match but by the second match it was getting easier and we played better! One of my favourite things about hockey is the sound of my hockey stick hitting the ball. It was a bit scary because everyone kept talking about how good King’s were at hockey! I love encouraging my classmates and working together as a team.

Old Buckenham Hall Tournament I am so grateful to have been able as a keeper to play in this tournament and to have captained such an amazing team. We came together as a team and even when we had some difficult penalty shuffles against Barnardiston and sudden death three times we had the upper hand. It was a good learning experience to have played clubs as well as other schools as this made us aware of how other teams played. The matches were short so we could put everything into them and play our best. It was hard to play but we won some very close matches. It is an experience that I will never forget. Catriona Beaton (aged 11)

Lucy Keightley & Vita Rainey (both aged 8)

“I enjoy hockey because it is such a brilliant team sport. One of the challenges for me was when we were trying to flick the ball into the goal and it got easier when we did it over and over again. I think hockey is a great sport because it is a team sport and you can play with your friends and it involves fun skills.” Phoebe Goodale (aged 9)

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Netball IAPS Tournament In the netball season we played some really good matches throughout the term. We had the chance to play at the IAPS and our first match went well and we managed to get through to the knockout stages. We were up against King’s Ely who happened to be our first match of the season, which we lost 19-17, so we were excited to see the result of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t pull through but we worked well as a team and took away some valuable skills to develop. It was a great experience. Nella Porritt (aged 12)

County Tournament I have really enjoyed playing netball because it is such an interesting sport. This season, the team I play for in school took part in the County tournament. We used good tactics and tried our hardest and the coaches all provided uplifting support and kept us feeling positive and in the right mindset and we communicated well as a team. Tess Warder (aged 10)

“Netball gives us the skill of teamwork because if there was only one person trying, we wouldn’t get very far. In sport we have to use lots of our learning dispositions such as perseverance and good sportsmanship.” Ella Wigan (aged 9)

“I loved the House matches where I got to play my two favourite positions, GA and GS. I love shooting because it includes jumping to throw the ball in the net, being as precise as you can, and scoring!” Florrie Douglas (aged 10)

“Netball clears my thoughts and relaxes me. I loved playing in matches and both winning and losing was fun, losing told us what we had to work on and winning told us that our skills are secure.” Lydia Kopanou (aged 10)

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Girls’ Cricket “I loved cricket because you can really project your power into batting the ball and you can definitely show that it is a girls’ sport just as much as it is a boys’.” Issy Drokov (aged 9)

Cricket Tournament We went to a cricket tournament early in the season and I really enjoyed it. We won our first match against King’s which meant we would play the winner of the other match going on. Whilst we were playing it suddenly decided to pour with rain. You could barely see through it! The winner of the other match was Perse Upper so we played them next. Once we had started playing, it retained even harder than it did the first time! When you were on you had to peer into the air to see properly. Despite the weather it was a great experience and we came second in the whole tournament and I was very happy I got to be a part of it. Tabitha Pearson (aged 11)

County Tournament Cricket this year was great. Our team was amazing and playing hardball again was exciting. We took part in the County tournament and came fourth by two runs which but meant we focused on the skills we could improve upon, like overthrows. I was wicket keeper which was terrifying but you also get that sense of achievement when you catch someone out or just stop the ball. I liked that feeling of ‘anything can happen’ you get when the ball is mid-air when it has just left the bowler’s hand. Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

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Cross Country House Cross Country Taking part in the cross country was fun as I didn’t do it last year because I have had a knee injury for a while and it was really exciting to be back with the year and supporting my House. The aspect I value the most about playing sport the team spirit and how people want others to do well and the determination that everyone has to cross the finish line. Isabel Senior (aged 11)

“I really enjoyed the cross country this year. It was so fun but also exhausting. I loved it because we all got to go out together and run for our house. Even if we didn’t come first we still get points!” Aubrey El Refaie (aged 10)

Anglian Schools Cross Country Competition Last season was one of my favourites and I enjoyed every second of it. The worse the conditions, the better for me, I love getting muddy and cold - it is the best time of year! I started the season doing league races for Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club in places such as Essex. This was a good start to the season, especially being bottom year, competing against older people and still having a good result. All I remember was being numb all over! Then it was my first year doing Cambridgeshire Schools Cross Country and running at Netherhall School in the Districts where I came first and qualified for the next round. In the County Schools I came 3rd, this got me my Cambridgeshire Schools Vest and now I was representing Cambridgeshire in the final round. At the Anglian Schools XC at Northampton it was a very cold, frosty, windy day. I finished 6th and our team won the Gold Trophy for Cambridgeshire for the first time! Next was one of my most memorable races at Parliament Hill in the Southern XC Championships. This was my best race as it was really muddy and I was placed 48th out of 330. I remember being lined up in the cold with my vest on and all 330 of us running up the first hill, coming down the last hill I slipped over and luckily didn’t get spiked! My team won Silver for this race. My last major race of the Season was National XC Champs at Harewood House near Leeds. We won team bronze which was an amazing result! Overall I loved the season and can’t wait for the next. Cosmo Benyan (aged 11)

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Swimming The Leys Swimming Gala A group of swimmers from St John’s went to The Leys to take part in a swimming gala against St Faith’s. There were quite a few of us ranging from Form 3 to Form 6. Although we didn’t win, it didn’t really matter because we were there to take part, try our best and have fun. Despite not coming first overall we did win some of our races and we came second out of four in most of our events. It was a great experience to compete in a pool that size so I am very lucky to have gone. Matilda Parsonson (aged 12)

City of Cambridge Swimming Club Outside of school I swim for the City of Cambridge swimming team. The best bit about swimming for a club is taking part in all kinds of different competitions. My favourite competition so far was the National Arena League B final in Cardiff where different clubs raced each other to try and win the competition. It was really fun racing against the top clubs in the country and, at the end, we were delighted to find that we came in sixth place. Leo Moore (aged 11)

IAPS Regional & National Competition I swam in the Regional round of the IAPS and managed to finish 10th. My brother also did well in the 50m Breastroke. After the Regional round, I am looking forward to going to the London Olympic Pool to race in the National IAPS final in June in the 25m Butterfly. Priyanna Morrill (aged 11)

“I love swimming club as it is an extra chance to swim in the week and I worked on improving my backstroke whilst being surrounded by my friends.” Isabel Keightley (aged 9)

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“I’m looking forward to competing in the 800m in the National Finals in Birmingham.” William MacLean (aged 10)

Athletics Stowe Athletics Competition& National Prep Schools Athletics Championship This year was my fourth and final time at the Stowe Athletics competition. This event is good because it is against schools that we don’t usually compete against. Having run 100m and 200m in the past, this year I competed in the 300m and the long jump. It was only my second time running the 300m and I was against some insanely quick people so I came 7th. However, I did beat my personal best by five seconds with a time of 47.65. In the long jump I got a final jump of 4m 40 cm. I also did the 4x100m relay in which we came 3rd. Seb Newitt (aged 12) Stowe was such a fun experience and I loved taking part in it. I did the ball throw which was very fun and overall I came second, which I was very happy about! The junior girls’ relay was the best part of the whole thing because we won. Anna gave us a brilliant head start, carried on by the other two, and then I finished it. We were all thrilled and overall the junior girls came second which was great and I’d really love to do it again next year! Eleanor Anderson (aged 9)

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“I was entered into the U13 high jump at Stowe and it was great fun. I jumped 1.55 metres which is my new personal best. I came second in the end but it was a brilliant day of athletics and I really enjoyed it.” Edward MacLean (aged 12)

“At Stowe I competed in the 400m relay, the javelin and discus. I was really pleased with my javelin result as I came first with a distance of 34.17m. There were lots of people competing against me for first place! I have qualified for the National Finals for the third year in a row.” Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

“When we got to Stowe School it was really massive! They had music playing throughout all of the events. I was excited before my event, which was the long jump. It was a great experience to compete against so many other schools.” Aubrey El Refaie (aged 10)

Athletics Club I have really enjoyed taking part in Athletics Club in the summer term as it has given me the chance to focus on certain areas of athletics and I really value the extra time to do this. Every session we are given a choice as to which sort of event we would like to focus on that session and there are usually three different sessions going on at once. These usually include throwing, jumping and track. Though we do spend time doing athletics throughout the week, I value very much this extra time for it. Vera Edgington (aged 12)

“Athletics club gives you freedom because we decide between track or field and we work to improve on our favourite race. We always get a time to try and improve on.” Hugo Ware (aged 9)

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Rowing

Squash & Fives

My favourite club this year has definitely been rowing because I feel like I have progressed so much. One of the highlights of rowing club for me was when Thomas fell into the river while in the white boat. The best boat I have been in so far is the Fine, which is really unbalanced but really fast! I find rowing especially fun in summer because it is so nice and warm.

I have been doing squash in and outside of school for many years now. I have loved playing squash and it has been one of my favourite sports since I started at the age of 7. I have taken part in various tournaments and have played other schools and other squash clubs. It is a very happy environment and a great place to be. I have been proud to represent my county club as one of the main members as squash has meant a lot to me since I was very young. I am very lucky to live right next to one of the best facilities for squash in the world.

William Buttery (aged 11) As well as improving our technique on the rowing machines, we also got to go in the rowing boats along the river. I loved this because the river was really beautiful during the summer and it was so nice to feel the wind in your hair. I particularly enjoyed going in the quads, which are four-person boats. We went so much faster and practiced lots for a race against some other schools which we are doing in the next half of term. Flora Smith (aged 12)

“I managed to capsize on my first session but I gradually worked my confidence skill up to the point when, last term, I went in the fastest boat in the boathouse and managed to stay dry!” Sam Blakesley (aged 12)

“I enjoy rowing because it gives you a chance to try something new and we got to also take part in several competitions too.”

James Chesterfield (aged 11)

“Fives is a very tactical sport and is very hard to win. How fives works is that the opponent is trying to get the ball to a place where the other player cannot get to it but what makes it hard is that the other person is trying to do that as well. Fives is very competitive but it is extremely fun.” Ethan Martin (aged 10)

Jessica Neville (aged 12)

“I love the feeling of rowing in a quad because it is extremely satisfying to row in time together and feel part of a team.” Flora Smith (aged 12)

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RYA Regional Junior Championship at Grafham Water

Sailing IAPS Regatta I was really excited to be representing the school at the IAPS sailing in Weymouth. My crew mate and I were competing in the Under 12’s competition. We were sailing in a boat named Zest. I was helming the boat. It was a beautiful day but the wind was very light and we could not move that quickly. It was very nerve racking because there were so many rules to remember and so many competitors and, because the wind was so bad, we could not move very fast which was really frustrating. We were both relieved at the end of our last race. It was like a nervous joy. We made a brilliant score considering it was both of our first time racing. We came 19th out of 27 and Mrs Taylor seemed very happy with our performance! Matthew Chippington (aged 10)

We had a very exciting trip down to Weymouth harbour to take part in sailing IAPS. I was sailing with Poppy McEwan in an RS Feva. It was a sunny day with not much wind and it was exciting to be sailing on the sea. We did three races and came 8th out of 16 boats. It was a very exciting day but was also quite tiring! Hugo Rudd (aged 9)

“IAPS sailing was an amazing experience and I am very glad that I was given the chance to attend this event and compete for SJCS. We were delighted to come 9th out of 22 fevas.” Electra Reeves (aged 12)

Golf Golf Day at Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club I really enjoyed golf day because it gave me a chance to really learn about the great sport. I was in Mr Clarke’s group and we played Texas Scramble which is a variation of stroke play golf where you play off the best ball. The Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club is an incredible historical place and I am very grateful for the staff there accepting us so we could have a good time at a professional golf club. Hugh Chippington (aged 12)

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Pre-Prep Sports Day “We won the KG relay race and I felt so happy inside! We all ran and ran when we had the baton.”

“I ran as fast as my legs could run in the straight race.”

Ophelia Goodale (aged 4)

Babak Mohaddes (aged 4)

“The trick is to jump high and also go a long way too in the sack race.” Barnaby Hill (aged 5)

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“I raced fast and keep passing the clothes and silly hat to my partner as quickly as I could, then we looked at the finish line and ran together.”

“You had a lot to concentrate on in the obstacle race, throwing, racing and jumping! It was fun with my friends.”

Imogen O’Reilly (aged 5)

William Collins (aged 6)

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Sports Day “I am excited to see all the work we have done to prepare and to race for my House for the last time.” Amy Rigby (aged 12)

“I am looking forward to my last sports day because it will fun running with my friends and I will take away some great memories.” Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

“I am looking forward to just being on the field with my friends and having some last rivalry!” Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

“Sports Day is great because the whole school comes together. As this is my last one, it will be an emotional day.” Charlie Harlow (aged 12)

“I am looking forward to Sports Day because I have been entered into the maximum events for the day and I can’t wait to take part.” Isobel Salmon (aged 12)

“I love the feeling you get of excitement before a race and putting all your energy into it.” London El Refaie (aged 7)

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“I can’t wait to experience the excitement and anticipation before a St John’s race for one last time...” Joseph Hill (aged 12)

“Sports Day is a fun but competitive experience and everyone enjoys it.”

“I love the 100m because you are pumping your arms from the word go!”

Tighe Westfall (aged 8)

Harry L’Estrange (aged 10)

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Kindergarten “I love junk modelling because I love making things and you can build anything you want!” Samuel Ji (aged 4)

“Being in our own nativity play was really fun.” Jasmine Francis (aged 4)

“Father Christmas came to our school!” Fergus Douglas (aged 4)

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“Our class Assembly was brilliant because my daddy came and watched me.” Aniket Sinha (aged 4)

“I liked being with all of my friends building blocks outside.” Eiji Varian (aged 4)

“My best time in KG was when we read my story about the dragon eating the words.” Magnus Moore (aged 4)

“I love using the tracing paper because you can see things when you draw something. It helps me draw really awesome, really cool things.” Zebbie Halban-Taylor (aged 4)

“I like playing with the puppets and making stories with my friends.” Cirse MacSwiney (aged 4)

“I love the role play area – I love cooking and ironing with my friends.” Naiara Hayes-Fernandez (aged 4)

“I like our writing area because you get to write whatever you want. We are authors!” Max Crosbie (aged 4)

“I like being in the reading area because it has the big net over it and it is so comfy.” Florrie Toner (aged 4)

“I loved the Form 2 book buddies because they read to us. They have lunch with us too!” Ranvir Tammineni (aged 4)

“I like the monitor line and being the monitor – it’s good to have jobs!” Theo Redpath (aged 4)

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Tara Bevan

Lydia Burnet

Hugh Cutting

Sophia Duckworth

Resident Gap Student

Gap Student

Gap Student

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Caroline Fawcus

Sarah Feely

Jules Hannaford

Jack Hawkins

Maths Teacher

Sports Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Classics Teacher

Kelly Johnson

Andrea Kendall

George Marlin

Brae Mason

Librarian

Cover & Activities Administrator

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Andrew McDermott Jane Milnes

Stephanie Ness

Minibus Driver

Class Teacher

Nurse

Deborah Phillips

Lyndsey Sadler

Thomas Seal

Boarding House Matron

Teaching Assistant

Gardener

Ashleigh Thompson Charlie Thompson Teaching Assistant

Head of Science

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Awards The Wilsher Art Prize The Sally Dumville Art Prize The Dominic Walsh Art Prize The York-Moore Art Prizes The Lisa Cunnison Junior Art Prize The Annabel Sadler Art Prize The Junior Design Technology Prize The Intermediate Design Technology Prize The Nicholas Clark Design Technology Prizes The Gambier Prize for Information Technology The Junior Sports Prizes The Russell Sports Prizes The Senior Sports Prizes The Kenya Rugger Prize The Stammers Hockey Prize The de Uphaugh Athletics Prize The Endowed Senior Cricket Prize The Endowed Prize for the Best All-Round Sportsman The Chandler Hockey Prize The Girls’ Netball Prize The Girls’ Cricket Prize The Bailey Prize for the Best All-Round Sportswoman

Chloe Ridley, Charlie Wiles William MacLean, Tess Warder Charlie Butler, Alfie Cockburn Seb Newitt Hugh Aubrey Hugh Aubrey Ollie Brown Edward MacLean Elizabeth Simpson Audrey Galbraith Abby Orchard Nella Porritt

The Junior Drama Prize The Nourse/Pearson Drama Prize The Tom Curran Technical Drama Prizes The North Wall Drama Award The McIntyre Drama Prize The Griffiths-Elsden Cup for Drama The Davies Poetry Prize The Bond and Wright Reading Prizes

Imogen Youngman Noah Moshtagh-Kahnamoui Michael Altmann, George Robson Abby Orchard Lucy Pettifer Seb Newitt Matilda Parsonson Hugh Chippington, Abby Orchard

The Junior Music Prizes The Cyril Bradley Rootham Music Prizes

Melissa French, Milo White Paloma Bargh, Matthew Chippington, Flora Harrison Harry L’Estrange Harry L’Estrange

The Braithwaite Music Shield The Organist’s Junior Prize The Cecilia Prize for Music The Mayo Keyboard Cup The Parker String Prize The Sarah Saunders Music Prize The Rowley Brass Prize The Richard Perry Soloist Prize The Cyril Bradley Rootham Music Prizes (Senior) The School Choir Prize The Organist’s Senior Prizes

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The Anne Keast-Butler Mathematics Prize The Michael Cullen Mathematics Prize The Maddocks Science Prize The Michael Cullen Science Prize

Isabelle Egerton Jaylen Cheng Rohan Sheikh Hannah Wicks

The Endowed English Prize The Hugh Chamberlin English Prize The Hugh Chamberlin Classics Prize The Daniel Dyson Prize for Greek The Horbury French Prize The John Saunders French Prize

Ellie Newitt Innes Lapraik Innes Lapraik Susanna Millhouse Lydia Kopanou Lucy Pettifer

The Collis History Prize The Gavin Isle History Prize The Endowed Geography Prize The Blantyre Geography Prize The Benedict Clark Prize for Divinity

Florrie Douglas George Fell Aubrey El Refaie Jessica Neville Matilda Parsonson

The Maureen Elcock Memorial 1st Form Prizes 2nd Form Prizes 3rd Form Prizes The Elizabeth Maxim 4th Form Prize The 4th Form Endowed Prize 5th Form Prizes 6th Form Prizes

Esme Hall, Ethan Hayes-Fernandez Jimmy Diggle, Vita Rainey Lorenzo Granado, Milton Saibrosa Caitlin Blakesley Felix Forsberg Arabella Fox Watson, Sacha Mackenzie Sam Blakesley, Jaylen Cheng, Alexandra Dunton, Innes Lapraik, Toby L’Estrange, Susanna Millhouse, Flora Smith

The Endowed Prize for Initiative The Baker Prizes for Environmental Awareness

Henrietta Newble Cordelia Bargh, Jessica Neville, Henrietta Newble, Flora Smith, Hannah Wicks The Prizes for contributions to charities and the wider community Duncan Anderson, Alex Beardsworth, Alec Gordon-Smith, Iestyn Lachmann, Tamim Rezek, Malek Soufani, Edward Sutcliffe The 6th Form Prizes for Buddying Scarlett El Refaie, Lottie Gardner, Joseph Hill, Amelie Matthews, Jamo Morrill, George Robson, Ben Smith, Joseph Srouji, Jack Warder The Maureen Elcock Prize for Care and Consideration for Others The Alice Taylor Prize for Care and Consideration for Others The Gibbins and Tate Memorial Prizes for Care and Consideration for Others

Antigone Axon Florrie Douglas Will David, Freddie Harrison, Lucas Mackenzie, Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui, Emily Shrimpton

The Gray Prize (for good influence) The Joyce Macdonald and Sally Dumville Memorial Prizes (for good influence)

Hugo McGurk Edward Allpress, Hugh Chippington, Lucas Mackenzie Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui, Nella Porritt, George Travis, Hannah Wicks

The Saunders Prizes (for good influence) The Wakefield/Visman Prize (for the greatest all-round contribution to school life) The Emily Cornish Prizes (for all-round contribution to school life) The Morton Prize and The George Guest Memorial Prize (shared between the Joint Deputy Head Choristers) The Harold Woolfendon Prize for the Head Chorister The Lance Ellison Prize for the Head Boy The Zoë Jagelman Prize for the Head Girl

Adekoya Okusaga Lucy Pettifer, George Travis Toby L’Estrange, Philip Tomkinson Jaylen Cheng, Lewis Cobb, Freddie Harrison Seb Newitt Vera Edgington

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Leavers’ Trip to the Ardèche, France I loved all the activities in France, especially the climbing and the canoeing. The first two days we went on an amazing descent down the Ardèche river, which was beautiful. In the middle of the descent we stopped and jumped off a very high ledge which was quite scary but I managed to do it! Amy Rigby (aged 12) This trip was incredible and the whole experience was a delightful way to tackle new and varied activities with your friends right by your side. My personal favourite was the night line activity. You were basically blindfolded and had to walk on a path following a rope while the teachers dump water all over you! Scarlett El Refaie (aged 12)

“The Ardèche was a stunning trip and nothing like I had ever done before.” Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui (aged 12)

“Raft building involved lots of teamwork and, if one of the team wasn’t pulling their weight, then the whole thing would collapse...quite literally!” Ollie Brown (aged 12)

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“Every second was incredible.” Matilda Parsonson (aged 12)


Many of the Ardèche activities were new experiences for me. The two day descent was, by far, the best part though. The memories of tumbling down rapids and splashing, capsizing and hijacking other boats will stick with me forever. Even sleeping in a tent with thirty or so other girls was enjoyable! Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

“After the descent we did raft building, high ropes, rock jumping and a river swim. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it!” Edward Allpress (aged 12) From day one onwards this trip was a blast, from canoeing down the river, ‘bivvy’ sleeping overnight, stone skipping, wall climbing and ice cream eating! We delved deep into the earth and waged war on literally thousands of caterpillars. But the one memory that will stay with me is Matei capsizing Mr Harding in the Ardèche! Ben Smith (aged 12)

“Visiting Vallon, paddling and climbing were my highlights. Some of the best memories were just chilling in the beautiful scenery with my friends.” Malek Soufani (aged 12)

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The best part was canoeing down rapids with my friends! We learnt that there were three jobs involved with climbing, mainly connected with belaying and keeping safe. Bouldering was similar but you climb horizontally rather than vertically. The cave tour was an incredible experience and was very interesting, it was amazing to observe and learn about. The night line was another memorable activity as you had to trust each other as you were blindfolded and you held onto a rope to guide you around different activities, getting wet being one of them! Emily Shrimpton (aged 12) One evening we visited a local town and we all had delicious ice creams. For another part of the trip we visited a larger town called Vallon and we had the chance to manage our time and money whilst we were there. It was a great day of relaxation and a chance to have fun with friends and see a new place too. Charlie Harlow (aged 12) One of my favourite activities was when we visited the caves. We went down around 700 steps with a guide showing us the various formations of the rock, including naturally occurring shapes in the rock that looked like faces or animals. When we reached the end of our visit, we were shown a light show with music composed based on how the cave made you feel and different parts of the cave lit up showing only scenery of the cave at a time. It was really interesting and beautiful. Susanna Millhouse (aged 12) The food was very good and I was passionate about the volleyball, there were two courts we could play on. We did a two day descent on a beautiful river that was a wonder to swim in. Rock jumping was also a delightful experience. The rapids were a bit scary just before you set off but exciting once you were on the canoe. We did so many activities in or through the air and I got so used to this that it soon became amazing fun! Joseph Srouji (aged 12)

“One of the activities was like a climbing wall but with tyres and rope ladders. I was so scared but I conquered my fears with the help from my friend who also climbed up with me.” Elizabeth Simpson (aged 12)

“The best memories were going down the river and a feeling of wonder looking at the huge gorge around us.” George Robson (aged 12)

“The sights on this trip were out of this earth.” Harry Doggett (aged 12)

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The Ardèche is a place that will stick with me forever. There are so many highlights that I will remember for life. The best memories were sharing the trip with friends. We all made new friends and definitely strengthened our current ones. We bonded as a year group as we spent so much time together and it was such a fun trip, filled with funny memories. It was probably one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Nella Porritt & Vera Edgington (both aged 12)

“I loved putting my life into other people’s hands when belaying. You had to trust your partner.” Joseph Hill (aged 12)

“Relationships with friends were made stronger and all the activities helped us overcome fears and challenge ourselves.” Jamo Morrill (aged 12)

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Leavers’ Programme The whole Programme was such a great experience as I learnt so many life skills, such as first aid and self defence. As well as this, I found that our year group bonded over the experiences we have had and I’ve talked to people I never would have before and also it was a lot of fun. Growing up now there is a lot of pressure for our generation to solve world problems, take advantage of the digital age but not to be addicted to screens and to be the best we can be. Having a break is always wonderful and I think the Leavers’ Programme has left me refreshed for my next school. Hannah Wicks (aged 12) I remember being a small Third Former and watching the Six Formers drumming and it looked so much fun! Richard brought in sixty drums for African Drumming day and we started by making different beats and rhythms and by the end we did a performance. It was an amazing experience. Edward Allpress (aged 12)

“Africa Drumming was great fun as we all learnt how to play a new instrument in only three hours! The sound we made was incredible.” Harry Doggett (aged 12)

“I loved Clip ‘n Climb because we all got to face our fears and have fun together.” Holly Topham (aged 12)

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“I enjoyed handling the animals and watching the armadillo skidding and sliding all over the place”

“Circus skills were such fun as juggling and plate throwing isn’t something you get to do that much, I especially liked the tightrope.”

Joseph Hill (aged 12)

Alex Beardsworth (aged 12)

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The Leavers’ Programme went so quickly and was so surreal, I couldn’t even remember which day it was as we had so many fantastic activities! One of the highlights was the tennis tournament as I’m not that good but I had so much fun and ended up coming fourth in the girls’ singles. My best part was playing doubles with Jaylen as he is absolutely amazing at tennis and our celebrations were so funny! Audrey Galbraith (aged 12)

“I loved going to Grantchester meadows and playing rounders with everyone.” Lottie Gardner (aged 12)

“On Africa Day we met two ladies who had originated from a remote place in Benin in West Africa. We made clay masks and tribal dancing was a nice taste of a different culture. I loved making a tie-dyed top, which I have already worn lots.” Duncan Anderson (aged 12)

“Ten pin bowling was a really good start to our Programme. All the activities were worth doing because they were educational as well as fun.” Oscar Hughes (aged 12)

“The Shakespeare play in London got crazier and crazier as the play went on and colours just exploded everywhere!” Joseph Srouji (aged 12)

“Learning how to make healthy energy balls was a good part of the Programme.” Michael Altmann (aged 13)


“Tai Chi stood out as an activity as it was so different. Playing squash and fives was extremely fun as I had never played these sports before.” Hugh Aubrey (aged 12)

“Cookie decorating was great because there was a lot of laughing at the spilt icing!” Lucy Pettifer (aged 12)

“Visiting The Bridge Theatre was such a memorable experience with its electric atmosphere within such a stunning theatre with a performance to match.” Innes Lapraik (aged 12)

“I stood across the meridian line which is a reference point for Greenwich Mean Time.” Hugh Chippington (aged 12)

“My favourite moment was seeing us all have fun as a year group dancing the ‘Crab Rave’ for our Leavers’ Play.” Will David (aged 12)

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13+ Leavers’ Destination Schools Bedford School Charlie Butler Toby L’Estrange Ben Smith Birkdale School George Robson Eton College Jaylen Cheng Chesterton Community College Vera Edgington Gresham’s Edward Allpress Levin Rainey King’s School, Ely Hugh Chippington Alec Gordon-Smith Matei Micu Tamim Rezek

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Oakham School Edward Sutcliffe Oundle School Innes Lapraik Lucas Mackenzie Amelie Matthews Jamo Morrill Henrietta Newble Philip Tomkinson Rugby School Ollie Brown Alfie Cockburn Charlie Harlow Edward MacLean St Christopher Michael Altmann Alex Beardsworth St Mary’s School, Cambridge Amy Rigby Isobel Salmon Holly Topham

Stephen Perse Foundation Freddie Harrison Electra Reeves Malek Soufani Swavesey Village College Joseph Srouji The Leys School Hugh Aubrey Will David Harry Doggett Scarlett El Refaie George Fell Lottie Gardner Joseph Hill Iestyn Lachmann Joseph Moshtagh-Kahnamoui Jessica Neville Abby Orchard Lucy Pettifer Nella Porritt Emily Shrimpton Jack Warder

The Perse Upper School Cordelia Bargh Sam Blakesley Fergal Cochrane Alexandra Dunton Oscar Hughes Susanna Millhouse Seb Newitt Flora Smith Hannah Wicks Uppingham School Duncan Anderson Lewis Cobb Audrey Galbraith Matilda Parsonson Elizabeth Simpson Winchester College George Travis


Leavers’ Awards 62 Form 6 boys and girls are leaving for Senior Schools. 21 awards were achieved as follows: Hugh Aubrey Sport Scholarship The Leys Cordelia Bargh Music Scholarship The Perse Upper Ollie Brown Sport Scholarship Rugby Jaylen Cheng Music Scholarship Eton College Hugh Chippington Music Scholarship King’s Ely Lewis Cobb Music Scholarship Uppingham Fergal Cochrane Art Scholarship King’s Ely Harry Doggett Drama Scholarship The Leys Alexandra Dunton Academic Scholarship The Perse Upper Freddie Harrison Music Scholarship Stephen Perse Foundation Innes Lapraik General Scholarship Oundle Toby L’Estrange Academic and Music Scholarships Bedford Edward MacLean Sport Scholarship Rugby Susanna Millhouse Academic Scholarship The Perse Upper Henrietta Newble Design Technology Scholarship Oundle Lucy Pettifer Drama Exhibition The Leys Nella Porritt Sport Scholarship The Leys Isobel Salmon Drama and Creative Writing Scholarship St Mary’s, Cambridge Edward Sutcliffe Design Technology Exhibition Oakham Philip Tomkinson Music Scholarship Oundle Where a child has gained an award in the same discipline for more than one school, only the award for the destination school is recorded.

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Head Girl’s Address on Speech Day - Vera Edgington I would like to start by expressing how very much St John’s has shaped me as a person. The prospect of leaving in less than a week now has crept up on me, I guess I have been putting off the thought, and now, I will be leaving behind a place that has played such a key part to my growing up. I have been part of the school for five years now, and I can say quite truthfully that there has not been a single hour when I have felt out of place or unwelcome here. For this, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, on behalf of everyone, to our teachers for supporting us no matter what and putting up with our definite craziness (which of course I will miss immensely). Even Colin the Caterpillars, which for those of you who don’t know are a species of big black furry caterpillars dwelling in France and showing up just where they are most unwelcome. Even these caterpillars, whom many of Sixth Form have encountered all too closely on the Ardèche, were received with grace by the teachers, who had to put up with our screaming and antics as they were found in some extremely unexpected places such as our mouths. Our experience wouldn’t have been the same without you, so thank you for always being there even when you didn’t have to be. Though I only knew them for a year of my time at St John’s, all of the Byron House staff also helped me immensely in settling in and I cannot think of a single time when they were not kind and did not care for everyone to the best of their ability, so thank you to all the teachers for making our time at St John’s as special as it was. I would like to also thank, more specifically, the teaching assistants and Gap students, as they have worked so hard over this year to make sure every element of St John’s runs smoothly, and I know that they have enriched many people’s experience of the school and made it a much more enjoyable place throughout the year. One phenomenon which I’m sure scarred the whole year enough for them to remember for a lifetime was Mr Clarke’s dancing at the Ardèche disco, which was bad enough without the fact that another school were there too and I’m sure judging us immensely. However, I use this memory to emphasise that the key to enjoying and making the most of opportunities is simply going for things, even when it means, in my case, jumping across the school pond, and inevitably, getting soaked - in my defence, it was at the very beginning of Third Form. St John’s is unique in the incredible amount and variety of opportunities which are given, so my advice to everyone is just go for it, no matter what it is, it will enrich you in some way or another. I’m sure everyone has heard it too many times for it to be of any interest, but I think I can at least state for a fact that mistakes have definitely shaped my personality. One event I can remember very clearly comes from a Greek Club last year, when we were given the task of making films to demonstrate different events taking place in the Ancient Greek Olympics. I was given the task of using a dictionary to pretend to throw as a discus. The book was never supposed to leave my hands, however, it somehow managed to slip out of my grip and fly at the window smashing it and bending the frame. Well, I left my mark, as you will now see every time you look at the irregular window panels of Room 3. I know that I am not alone in feeling immensely privileged to be a part of such an amazing and enriching journey through St John’s, and I cannot possibly say everything I would have liked to in such a small amount of time, but I would like to thank everybody who has made St John’s such an amazing place: as Winnie the Pooh says, ‘How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’

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Head Boy’s Address on Speech Day - Seb Newitt There are many people I would like to thank personally for making my time at St Johns so fulfilling. Vera has already thanked the teaching staff, however, there are a few other people without whom the school simply could not function and who I would like to give a special mention to now, on behalf of all of us here. It is said that an army marches on its stomach and St Johns is no different. Every day the kitchen staff provide us with a wide range of excellent food to prepare teachers and pupils for the daily assault on afternoon lessons. Thank you. And I can reassure them that the dining establishment run by Mr Carter, known by some as “Carter’s Café”, is no competition. His complicated pricing structure makes it very difficult to work out the bill and the food never comes before the end of the lesson. If I didn’t know better I would think it was an elaborate hoax to get us to do some maths. Next I would like to thank the maintenance staff. They help fix everything be it jammed lockers, broken benches or more jammed lockers. The good news is that I understand that the lockers are going on a specially designed “mindfulness course” over the summer and will return more resilient than ever. However, this will still leave, to my mind, perhaps the most important job. When we are down to the last deflated footballs to use during break, they kindly scale the roof of the Green Court changing rooms and retrieve a cupboard full of over optimistic shots which have sailed up and over the fence. Thank you. I would also like to thank the cleaning staff. “No eating in the locker rooms.” That little rule that is repeated around school, in assemblies and in break times. We have even equipped CCTV in these areas of crime to catch these crooks. Despite this, the locker rooms finish the day looking nothing less than bedraggled- I am beginning to wonder whether “Carter’s Café” could be to blame and that those locker mindfulness courses are a good idea. Yet when I arrive at school in the morning not only the locker rooms but the whole school is spotless and that is all down to the cleaners. So thank you. A similar miracle also currently occurs to my bedroom at the weekend but I am told that it will stop this summer. Lastly, I would like to thank the administrative staff. I sometimes hear my parents’ comment that it is like a part-time job keeping up with who is doing what club or lesson when and that is only when they are three of us and we all have the same surname. Imagine coordinating 400 children all doing different instruments, all unwell on different days and most having different surnames. Thank you for ensuring everything runs so smoothly. For those of us leaving school this summer it is a time of looking backwards and remembering what we have enjoyed and looking forwards to new schools and what is to come. Today is Speech and Sports Day, two themes which will drive many of my memories and the opportunities I have been given at St John’s. The speech part makes me instantly think of Mr Clarke, his advice for the Christmas readings where he had his strict policy of no practising at home in case your parents lead you astray. I was lucky enough to be one of the Clarke’s commandos, his fifth form tutor group. It was really just a secret eating club. Staying on the topic of food there was also Mr Clarke’s squirty cream and meringue ritual that followed the Latin play last May - the exact details of which remain a secret but it made a year of top set Latin 100% worth while.

As to sport, when we leave the tent shortly for “showtime”, I will gaze once again at the amazing setting of St John’s pitches, remembering my first Sports Day when I witnessed the rather scary sight of Mrs D’Oyly spurring on the Gunning tug of war team. I cannot recall whether Gunning won the tug of war that day and, although “winning isn’t everything” it was a very happy moment for the 1st rugby team when we beat our arch-rivals - St Faith’s - for the last time, to remain unbeaten against them since we were in Form 2. Perhaps my only regret is that the blazer my dad optimistically bought me when I first started in second form still has some room to grow into. As to the future my youngest sister has a book called “Women in Science.” Well it’s not actually hers. She appears to have permanently borrowed it from my other sister. In the book there is a short profile on 50 different scientists and their lives. The other night she was reading about Rita Levi-Montalcini a Neurologist who said. “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” There will be many difficult moments as we leave the protection of Grange Road but they are moments for which we have been wonderfully prepared. As another great scientist, Dr Edwards, would say at the end of every lesson, whilst pointing to the door - “The future is that way.”

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Amanda Palmer

David Palmer

My St John’s life started supporting one little character in T2s (now a barrister). So began a long career surrounded by wonderful teachers (my friends) whose love and care for pupils is paramount. I soon found myself exploring jungles and canoeing the Amazon during KG PE. Fast forward a few years from the gym floor to the Cam where the ‘I am not sporty’ children realise that they are. Rowing for Great Britain or in the Boat Race are two of the happy endings that make me proud. Virtually unrecognisable ex-pupils gliding past a class in an eight waving frantically at their former selves, when at one time they rowed round in circles as a novice, is heart-warming.

As I write, I am in my first week of my term’s tenure as Deputy Head (a great honour to be asked), a warm southerly breeze and blue sky has just been noted by two passing colleagues and we enjoyed a mindful moment together- all very St John’s!

St John’s allowed me to build my philosophy of the importance of mental and physical well-being. As a Sixth Form tutor and Mindfulness teacher, I valued the opportunity to give them the tools to deal with the hurly burly of now and the uncertainties of the future. For two decades, David and I spent early June on a large family holiday in the Ardèche and Italy accompanied by sixty Sixth Formers and close colleague friends! We shared happy times falling out on rapids and sleeping under the stars. The St John’s family is so close; we often bump into groups of these Sixth Formers – many years older – and their greeting and confident smiles are much treasured. From small acorns, sturdy oaks grow! A special place is created by special people – the teachers I have worked with have been the very best of teachers and the very best of people. Any parent would want their child to benefit from St John’s love and care; my heartfelt wish is that one day all children might have such an education.

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We know that the places in our lives draw us back and that we return again and again to the woods, the beaches, the buildings that made us who and what we are. The memory of place is built into our genetic makeup. Because you are reading The Johnian you will know what I mean; I suspect that you have or will return to St John’s and feel and breathe that connection with your past. When I return, my memories of place will involve feelings of happiness, of fulfilment and of contentment. Professionally, St John’s gave me permission to pursue my own educational philosophy, a philosophy founded on the centrality of happiness, respectful relationships and a commitment to the capacity of humanity to do good. Personally, the school embraced my family, and my children spent many happy hours here with their new playmates. Crucially I had the great honour of working with my wife, Amanda, whose great good sense, intuition and interest in people made my job all the more enjoyable. Lastly, I had the privilege of being surrounded by some of the most outstanding colleagues, whose friendship, guidance and professionalism was, more often than not, humbling – teachers should be treasured. Come back to St John’s, touch the buildings, listen for the joyful chatter…. remember. I know I will.


Ruth O’Sullivan I spent an amazing 14 years at St John’s, first as the Deputy Pastoral and then as the Deputy Head. I would describe my time at St John’s as a true learning journey, on which I gained great knowledge and insight into how young children learn and thrive. This is because St John’s is truly unique in its approach to teaching and learning. It is a school that is constantly reflecting on and researching about the ways in which children learn best. The pupils are encouraged to ask questions about their learning and to challenge what they think they already know. Curiosity is fostered in the child centred approaches and this results in a really rich, diverse, exciting and fun learning environment. The children at St John’s are amazing and I loved spending time with them. The best thing about working with children is their honesty! They will always innocently tell you what they think about you and parents beware- they tell us everything about what goes on at home too! Valuing emotional wellbeing as much as academic success is the thing I will carry most with me to my new school. The Emotions for Learning and Mindfulness curriculums are such a fundamental part of the life of the school and they teach the children to confront their emotions and pay attention to their mental health. In such a stressful and exam driven society, this can only be a good thing. St John’s is a top class school on the forefront of current educational thinking with a philosophy that puts the children firmly at the centre. Working with a top class and very dedicated team and the wonderful student body, was a true privilege and I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity. I will miss it dearly.

Gill Johnson Looking back over your own time at St John’s, you might never have encountered the IN rooms. There you will find industrious pupils and staff, beavering away at a huge variety of tasks. The over arching aim is “to teach the way they learn”, which is to underpin the learning strengths and difficulties that some of our pupils experience. Together, through a problem-solving approach, strategies are developed which become integrated into their classroom learning. Others will be making rapid progress with English as an Additional Language. Having taught all the way through the school, I hold a remarkable, longitudinal perspective. Pupils have endless opportunities to pursue their interests and gifts here, with the encouragement and confidence to fulfil their undoubted potential. I have had the joy of seeing pupils through from pre-reading and emergent writing to eventual success in their final examinations. As I pack away my wooden alphabet for the final time, I think about the small fingers which have used these letters to learn to spell. I shall take with me the enriching, supportive atmosphere, in which knowledge is shared and we are kept updated on fields of research. In short, our focus is on the ability to grow in mind as well as body. Should you be looking for a school for your children, I could not recommend a more wonderful place.

Suzanna D’Oyly My first encounter with St John’s was eleven years ago, as a potential parent, dropping off my 8 year old twins for their assessment day. What struck me then, as it has every day since, was the warmth and interest shown in us by all the adults we encountered. Joining the teaching staff a year later, I was challenged to consider how I would make a difference for each and every child in my care. This was a big ask, but an important one and it is, I believe, one of the fundamental principles upon which the school rests. In 10 years of teaching at St John’s, there has been no shortage of intellectual challenges. The ever changing face of education has kept us all on our toes and the school has been in the vanguard of promoting the teaching of philosophy, mindfulness and STEM, all of which are now becoming more mainstream. As a parent and a teacher, it has been both interesting and exciting to belong to a community that pushes boundaries and extends the thinking of both the adults and the pupils. I have taught a variety of subjects, held a variety of roles, pursued my professional interests and worked with an incredibly dedicated and professional staff. I count myself extremely lucky to have had these opportunities. This is a school where no matter how old you are, great thought and care goes into the shepherding of each individual, to allow them to flourish and to find their ‘best selves’.

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“Spending quality moments with my friends for one of the last times at St John’s will be something that I’ll never forget.” Jack Warder (aged 12)

I am and have been looking forward to the Leavers’ Programme and the Ardèche trip since I joined St John’s and heard about it. It is going to be the trip that everyone will remember forever and it’ll be the trip the pulls everyone together and then lets everyone say goodbyes. It will be full of mixed emotions and memories of all our times at St John’s. I’m looking forward to all these amazing adventures and last memories with some of these people but at the same time dreading the fact that I’ll leave St John’s and all these people that are almost like a massive family and move on to a new school and chapter of my life. Although I’m really looking forward to going to my new school I will miss St John’s and everyone there. Matilda Parsonson (aged 12) I will miss so much about St John’s. So many of my childhood memories are from here, as I have literally been going to this school since I was four years old. I have made so many friends here and I shall keep in contact them when we move on to our next schools. I have also learnt so much about so many topics because of the wonderful teachers here. I will thoroughly miss St John’s. Malek Soufani (aged 12)

“I will miss being able to chat to all of my friends together as I don’t think my entire year group will ever be together in one place again.” George Travis (aged 12)

“It’s been an amazing journey and I wouldn’t trade any of it. But really, it’s the people you’re with that make it so special.” Abby Orchard (aged 12)

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