Concert Orchestra to appear on S4C - December 2013.
Earlier this term, the Concert Orchestra had the honour of performing works by Handel and Tchaikovsky for the S4C programme, Dona Dereidi, which will be broadcast during the week commencing Monday 16 December.
Art & Design A level group visit the National Museum of Wales and the Martin Tinney Gallery Cardiff - Fri 6 December 2013.
On Friday 6th December the Art & Design A level group travelled to the National Museum of Wales and the Martin Tinney Gallery Cardiff. The students were able to see a range of contemporary Welsh artists as well as the fantastic historical, Impressionist and modern collections.
As well as being a very enjoyable experience, the students were able to study a range of artworks and can include evidence of this in their sketchbooks.
Mr Moody & Mrs Armour.
Sixth Formers Win Regional Round of Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition - Fri 6 December 2013.
Four teams of our Sixth Form Debaters took part in the regional round of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition hosted by Ysgol Glantaf. William Thomas and Shaun Malloy deserve particular congratulations for their victory which sees them progress through to the next stage of the competition.
Mr J. Neville.
Public Speaking Success - Tues 3 December 2013.
Congratulations to our three R16 debaters who took part in the ESU Public Speaking Competition yesterday, hosted by Bishop of Llandaff School. Dominie P. (Speaker) gave a challenging speech to a receptive audience on the topic 'Freedom of speech is an absolute and inviolable right', while Ryan M. (Chairman) was entertaining as host to the proceedings. Bethan T. (Questioner) offered provocative questions to the guest speaker. Dominie, Ryan and Bethan can be proud of their confident and intelligent contributions and of their consistency as a team, all of which was commended by the judges.
Mr J. Neville.
Junior Book Club News - 28 November 2013.
The latest Book Club text, 'Twist of Gold' by Michael Morpurgo, was warmly received by Book Club members. All quiz teams were able to demonstrate a great empathy for the characters and an impressive knowledge of the setting, mid 19th century Ireland and America. Their depth of understanding provoked an insightful and interesting discussion. Congratulations to all who read the book and took part in the quiz, especially to the winning team, Mostyn 1.
The next Book Club will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2014. Many pupils are already busy reading the proposed text, 'The One Hundred and One Dalmatians', by Dodie Smith. Walt Disney based his 1961 film of the same name on this text and it therefore needs no introduction. It is intended to be a fun, mid-winter adventure to curl up with by the fire this Christmas. As always, those who have read the text or had it read to them are welcome to attend.
Yousuf A R14E wins Welsh Karting Championship 2013 - November 2013.
Many congratulations to Yousuf (R14E) who has been crowned Welsh Karting Champion 2013. He has also won the Llandow Kart Club karting championship for 2013. Yousuf races in Junior TKM. Well done, Yousuf!
Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert- Tues 26 November 2013.
The Cathedral Choristers can be very proud of their concert performance today to a large and appreciative audience at St David's Hall. The annual lunchtime concert featured a wide range of Christmas carols and music for Advent, as well as works by Schubert and Fauré performed by U6th pianist, Ethan Harris, and the Sixth Form Instrumental Ensemble respectively. Many congratulations to all involved for music making of the highest calibre.
R12 'Horrible Science' Trip - Fri 22 November 2013.
On the 22 November R12 went to see Horrible Science at the New Theatre. We were shown around Horrible Science world where we learnt new facts (sometime yucky ones) about Chemistry, Biology and Physics. We learnt all about bacteria, circuits, electricity and body bits. All pupils enjoyed the 3D boggle vision where we got to see body parts and planets flying their way towards us in second half of the show. Other schools present commented on the impeccable behaviour of our pupils.
R12 must be commended on their excellent behaviour. Well done R12!
The UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge - 18 November 2013.
The regional round was held in Cardiff University on the 18th November 2013, and our team won an admirable third place. The Sixth Form team worked very hard and can be very proud of their achievement. Congratulations to the team:
Morgan Foley, Song Zheng, Abhinaba Guha, Amreet Tripathy.
A big thank you to our Junior School pupils who raised approximately £310 for Children in Need. Our normally sociable R9 pupils were able to keep silent during their lunch break by using their mini boards to communicate. R10 ran two of the Pudsey Bear fundraising games and some enterprising individuals created their own fundraising competitions. Thank you to Ben D, Alex W, Katie W, Elizabeth L, Isabelle O, Ella H, Llyr B and Owen W for their ingenuity and donation of their own prizes.
Senior Maths Challenge 2013-14 - 7 November 2013.
Many congratulations to all Sixth Formers who took part:
1 British Mathematical Olympiad 1 Qualifier
6 Senior Kangaroo Qualifiers
The British Mathematical Olympiad 1 and Senior Kangaroo exams will take place on the 29 November 2013.
Na Jiaming did extremely well and scored a very high mark of 121 (out of 125).
Congratulations to all the students involved.
R10 Trip to Cog Waterworks - November 2013.
On a blustery morning R10 set off to the waterworks where they participated in a workshop about the water cycle. In groups the class carried out several experiments to increase their understanding of the processes of evaporation and condensation. Matthew, the course leader, was very impressed by the knowledge the pupils demonstrated during these activities.
Following lunch, the pupils were asked to consider what items we should and should not flush down our toilets and they had to group materials accordingly. This led to some heated discussions! Kavin and Srinetra became scientists and had the dubious task of adding a variety of substances to the water supply, including toothpaste, kitchen roll, wet wipes, shampoo, cleaners and things best left unnamed. We then had a tour of the waterworks and the pupils were able to see the various processes involved in cleaning our dirty water so it can eventually returned to the sea. Everyone agreed that it was very smelly, especially, during the screening process where larger items are removed. The depth of the filter beds was also a surprise to many pupils. All of the pupils said that they had learnt a lot from the visit and would be able to tell their parents how important it is to save water.
Top School in Wales again in The Sunday Times 'Parent Power'- November 2013.
R13-R16 Tennis Success – AEGON LTA Tennis Tournament, Bath University - Thurs 14 November 2013.
Joe W (R13), Callum F (R14), Kai B (R15) and Owen J (R16) started this tennis competition in April and had played at least 7 matches just to get to this tournament. We were already Welsh Champions and therefore had done extremely well to get to this stage. We left school at 7.15am to get the Bath in time for our semi-final encounter with QEH Bristol at 9.30am. All four boys put on a very good display but unfortunately we lost the match 6-0 in sets. However, the score does not reflect each set as they were close. The tennis on display was a pleasure to see and even the opponents’ teacher commented on actually how close this match was. Unfortunately, this loss meant we could not make it to the last 4 in the UK. However, we then had a 3/4th place play-off to determine whether we came 3rd or 4th in the South West competition and effectively 9th or 13th in the UK. The match was against St Peter’s (Bournmouth) who had lost heavily against an outstanding Millfield outfit in their earlier semi-final. This match was of great quality and St John’s ran out 5-1 winners! Every player won their singles matches and Kai B and Owen J collaborated well to win their doubles. Unfortunately, Callum F and Joe W lost the battle in their doubles match but it did not matter as St John’s College had secured out best ever finish in this tournament by far.
A special mention must go to Robbie G (R16) who played in the first four matches of the competition and helped us get to this particular tournament. A place in the last 4 in the UK at Bolton Arena unfortunately did not happen for us but to finish 1st in Wales, 3rd in the South West and 9th in the UK is an outstanding achievement for all the pupils involved. Congratulations for your effort, commitment and enthusiasm in getting so far in the competition. We as a PE department and school are extremely proud of our school competing in sport with the likes of St Peter’s and Millfield! Well done!
Lower 6th DNA Photocopying Workshop at Techniquest - November 2013.
AS Biology Students attended a half day workshop in the laboratories at Techniquest. They had to extract their own mitochondrial DNA from cheek cells (not painful at all!). As this DNA is maternal, there is no danger of these samples ever being used as a DNA profile! These samples were then subjected to amplification on a PCR machine and analysed by the students using electrophoresis. It was an early experience of working in a laboratory outside of St John’s College and the sixth formers can be commended on their enthusiasm.
Debating Matters Competition - Wed 13 November 2013.
Four colleges and schools, including our debating teams, were up for the Qualifying Round in this prestigious debating competition in Cardiff. Natalie Lloyd-Gale and Victor Alexa proposed that 'social media improves our understanding of major world events.' They were opposed by debaters from Cardiff Sixth Form College. Both Natalie and Victor gave clear and cogent arguments for the motion.
After their presentations, both teams were rigorously questioned by three eminent judges who 'took no prisoners' when challenging them. The teams were then subjected to further questioning from their rivals and the audience before summing up their arguments. The whole process, including deliberative time for the judges, took over an hour. Both teams sweated on the outcome and, after a unanimous declaration that there were adjudged neck-and-neck, the honours were narrowly awarded to our opponents.
The pointed, almost hostile, cross-questioning of both teams by the judges and audience gave that added frisson to the occasion, but Natalie and Victor acquitted themselves with aplomb.
All in all this event was a highly educational experience and a memorable baptism of fire in the cauldron of competitive debate.
R12 Educational Visit to Llangrannog - Fri 8 November 2013.
We have just returned from a fantastic residential educational visit to Llangrannog with R12.
All pupils were engaged in a range of activities including team building, orienteering, horseriding, skiing and even toboganning! We were relieved to have packed our waterproofs! Luckily the sun managed to make an appearance on Thursday!
We were pleased to hear many positive comments regarding our pupils' attitude and behaviour from the residential staff as well as staff from other schools.
We look forward now to hearing the new Welsh phrases they learnt around the school.
Diolch am ddod!
Mrs Emms, Mrs Lawrie, Miss McManus and Mr Jay.
Debating Masterclass for Seniors & Sixth Form - Wed 6 November 2013.
On Wednesday afternoon, our Senior and Sixth Form Debating Societies were delighted to welcome Miss Sarah Ingram for an entertaining masterclass on debating and public speaking skills. It also provided an excellent opportunity for some of the Senior School debaters to witness our more seasoned Sixth Form debaters in action. Our sincere thanks to Miss Ingram for such an enjoyable and informative event.
Mr J. Neville.
Joe R (R14) has passed his martial arts exam in kinetic self defence and is now working towards his brown belt - November 2013.
Readathon 2013 - November 2013.
Readathon is an event that helps three charities for seriously ill children: CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Together for Short Lives.
Our annual Readathon took place the week before and during October half term. R12-R14 pupils were set the onerous challenge of reading as many books as possible and gaining sponsorship for their efforts.
The amount of money raised varied considerably amongst our pupils. There were a few high earners, in particular, who shone with their valiant efforts. The largest amount risen was £111 by Chloe Borek in R14, the second highest was Richard Discombe-Short in R13 who raised £60 and in third place was Isabelle Lugsdin in R12, who raised £39.50. There were also numerous pupils who had raised varying amounts between £20-40 – well done to you all.
Our total amount overtook last year’s remarkable efforts, an impressive £667.70. Well done to all R12-R14 pupils who took part!
R11 Enterprise Week - October 2013.
In October, R11 experienced the world of work for a week. They used their English, Maths, ICT and creative skills to run
their own businesses, taking on roles such as financial director, marketing manager etc. For four days, room 3.1 became a hub of creative ideas which transformed art and craft materials into Christmas cards, door hangars, puppets, pompom pets (a firm favourite with our Infant Department) and so much more. On Friday, R11 held a Trade Fair with a cafe and invited staff, pupils from across the school and parents to purchase the merchandise. The winning team was ‘Mini Makers’ who made a profit of £137. Thank you to all our volunteer parents and to pupils in R11 who worked very hard during the week. Monies raised will be donated to charity.
R9 Trip to Cardiff Library - October 2013.
At the beginning of October, R9 enjoyed a successful and informative visit to Cardiff Central Library. There were two main purposes to the visit. First, being able to look at the vast number of books available and secondly to learn about the library building and how it links to our geography topic. The children enjoyed a tour of each floor and learnt about the colour coded system for each one. They saw the silent piano on the music floor and at the very top of the building they found out about the materials used to build the library.
They also learnt that the library has no light switches and that the lights are operated by sensors to save the problem of lights being left on or used when they are not needed. The windows are special because they keep the heat out in the summer and the warmth in during the winter. The roof of the building is covered in grass and a bird of prey visits every day to ensure that the seagulls don’t eat it.
The children then spent some time exploring the children’s section of the library, learning about how to borrow books, sitting on the unusual book shelf seats and finally getting to choose a book to borrow! R9 really enjoyed their experience at Cardiff Central Library.
Nursery Allotment News- October 2013.
We have now made a scarecrow who is living on the allotment! His name is Mr Petals, chosen by the children. This is proving to be a great success and we have planted vegetables, herbs, flowers and daffodil bulbs ready for the spring. We are turning into Percy Thrower!
Welsh Department A level Theatre Visit - Mon 14 October 2013.
On Monday 14th October, the pupils studying the Welsh A level course visited the Millennium Centre along with their teachers to watch a Welsh language production called Wyneb Dros Dro. We met beforehand to converse and practise our Welsh in a different learning environment. The play dealt with modern family life and current issues and had a very interesting twist at the end to say the least! Eleanor, Elise, Sian and Sophie thoroughly enjoyed the evening and did very well conversing in Welsh throughout the night.
Da iawn, ferched!
Middle School Enterprise Activities - October 2013.
Middle School pupils yet again this year have been given the opportunity to participate in exciting enterprise activities to develop their key skills.
R12 had to demonstrate creativity and the ability to work as a team to design outfits out of raw materials such as newspaper and card, which were then presented by the team and judged by various teachers.
R13 took part in The Building Game, which looks at people involved in the building industry and how these people work together as a team to complete a building job successfully. Each team had a mini building company made up of:
• Project manager
• Site engineer
• Quantity surveyor
• General foreman
R14 had to work for a chocolate manufacturer called Valetinos Ltd. As groups, the pupils had to solve an over-production problem of one of the ranges called Strawberry Creams. It was decided that these chocolates would have to be sold as a special offer and each group would have to decide how best to tackle the problem. The groups were required to:
- Decide a new name for the chocolates
- Design, produce and decorate a suitable container, which held at least 20 chocolates
- Produce a sales logo and slogan
- Design an attractive poster, which tried to highlight the special attractions of the product as well as the brand name, slogan, price etc.
- Write and deliver a three minute presentation to explain their ideas.
All teachers present were very impressed by the standard in each year group. Well done everyone for putting in so much effort.
Middle School Book Club (R12-R13) - October 2013.
This half-term, members of Middle School Book Club are reading ‘The Wells Bequest’ by Polly Shulman.
It was an evening like any other for Leo Novikov. That is until a miniature version of himself appears before his eyes ...from the future! Not only that, he's riding on some kind of weird machine, with his arms wrapped around the most beautiful girl he's ever laid eyes on! He heads off to the New York Circulating Material Repository to do some research and meets Jaya, the girl from the future. Together they embark on a dangerous mission to save New York City ...a mission that will take them to the other side of the world, and to the other side of time.
A thrilling time-travel adventure that takes readers from modern-day Manhattan, across the world, and back to the time of Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain in the nineteenth century.
Wales Schools Debating Championships - Fri 11 October 2013.
Congratulations to Ross Lisney-Wilson and Abhinaba Guha (both of L6th) who performed very well indeed at the Wales Schools Debating Championships on Friday, combining compelling arguments and self-assured delivery. Although our team did not win the competition overall, Ross was awarded a certificate for 'Outstanding Debater'.
Mr J. Neville.
Senior Tennis Team through to Final 16 in UK Tennis Championships - October 2013.
Congratulations to Joe W (R13), Callum F (R14), Kai B (R15) and Owen J (R16) for an impressive win in the last 32 of the UK Tennis Championships V The Chase, Malvern. The four pupils are now through to the last 16 schools in the UK!
Chess Success - October 2013.
Congratulations to Daniel Siromani, Richard Discombe-Short, Aron Calist (all of R13) and Ethan Chung (R12) for winning their match against Howell's School (Llandaff) last Wednesday (9-10-13) with a score of 3-1! Meanwhile, Nithin Michael also won his first league game in division 4 against a very strong team from Barry on 23 September.
Daniel Siromani (R13) has recently played in division 1 for the St John’s College Senior Team. He has gained an amazing draw against a very strong opponent at Barry (23/10/13). Daniel also won his last game at St John’s helping the team to victory against Cardiff YMCA. These games are in preparation for Daniel’s World Chess Championship Games in November.
Many congratulations to all of our chess players on such impressive achievements.
Charles Williams (R12) is selected for Cardiff City Academy Development Team 2013-14 - October 2013.
Congratulations to Charles who is one of only 20 boys selected for the squad out of the more than 200 who trialled from across South Wales.
Charles will have a busy training schedule each week at the House of Sport next to the Cardiff City Stadium and at the Academy in Treforest and play regular matches. So far this season Charles has played friendly matches away at West Bromwich Albion, Hereford United and Weston Super Mare Town, and has up and coming fixtures over the October half-term holiday against Manchester City and Swindon Town both away from home. Charles can be very proud of this outstanding achievement!
Junior Book Week - September 2013.
The Junior Book Week took place from the 30 September to the 4 October. All pupils designed a front cover from a book and we had some outstanding entries, with well deserved vouchers going to the winning pupils to spend at the Book Fair. At the latter end of the week the Book Fair was open to all after school and it was well stocked with a variety of books for all ages along with fun stationery!
Jeffrey wrote ‘I enjoyed the Book Fair because there were loads of books to choose from.’ Ella E wrote ‘I enjoyed going to the Book Fair because there is lots of choice and they are all fun.’ Millie wrote ‘I liked the book fair because you were able to find a perfect book and there was stationery available for people who were running short.’
For a fantastic end to book week on Friday 4 October the Junior School welcomed back Enid, the Welsh Storyteller. Enid tells each year group original and captivating stories - all pupils were thoroughly entertained.
Eleri wrote ‘I thought Enid's story was spooky and exciting. It was very interesting and I would love her to come back next year.’ Theo wrote ‘It was a great story that I had never heard before. I would love to hear one again.’ Oscar H wrote ‘I thought that Enid's story was awesome!’
Thank you for supporting the Book Fair and happy reading!
Nursery News - September 2013.
The new children in the nursery department are really enjoying our new venture - an allotment - near forest school, where we plan to grow vegetables and flowers. We have had lots of fun weeding all the beds and we are going to make a scarecrow to make sure that the cheeky squirrels do not eat our crops!
Junior Book Club News - September 2013.
At the end of last term, Book Club members voted to read 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', as a summer read. J K Rowling obviously had them spellbound during the long summer holiday and the location of this half-term's Book Club, deep in Forest School, added a further touch of magic to the first meeting of the year.
As usual, pupils were divided into teams to be quizzed on their understanding and recall of the text. Their comprehension of the twists and turns of this complex plot proved to be outstanding. Congratulations to Gryffindor (aka De la Salle) for an impressive, winning performance.
The next Book Club text, 'Twist of Gold', by Michael Morpurgo, was also chosen by Book Club members. Set against the backdrop of Ireland gripped by famine in 1847, it follows Sean and Annie's struggle for survival as it takes them on a daring journey across America against all the odds.
Junior Book Club will next be held on Wednesday 6th November, in Circle Time. As always, all those who have read the book or had it read to them are welcome to attend.
St John's College - 'Academically hot and going from strength to strength, it had the top A-level results in Wales for the 13th successive year' - Country Life Magazine - September 2013.
Physics for a Brighter Future Conference, Cardiff University (Sixth Form) - Fri 20 September 2013.
Debate Training Day, Swansea Metropolitan University - Mon 16 September 2013.
On Monday, four pupils from R16 and L6th enjoyed an informative Debate Training Day at Swansea Metropolitan University ahead of the Welsh Schools Debating Championships this October.
Joe R Wins Battle of the Bands - September 2013.
As well as gaining a distinction in his electric guitar exam, Joe R (R14) recently won Cardiff Battle of the Bands 2013 for the second consecutive year. Many congratulations to Joe who is also making excellent progress in his classical guitar and piano studies.
Victories all round in Welsh and UK Tennis Championships - September 2013.
Many congratulations to Joe White (R13) and Callum Findlay (R14) on their successes in Welsh Junior Tennis Championships which took place in Cardiff at the end of the summer holidays. Callum won the U14’s singles and the U14’s doubles (with his partner Tom Thelwall-Jones from North Wales). Equally impressive were Joe's victories in the U12’s singles and the U12’s doubles (with his partner James Story from Cardiff).
Joe and Callum have since been selected to represent Wales in the under 14 and under 12 categories respectively at the Tennis Tri Nations event in Cardiff. Matches were played against Scotland and Ireland over the 2 days. Each country won an age group and Scotland were the overall winners. Many congratulations to Joe and Callum.
R12 and R13 Summer Reading Challenge
“In 1940, on average, boys from every background were reading six books a month and girls seven.” (Alex Quigley, NATE)
With this striking research in mind, our new R12 pupils and current R13 were set the challenge of reading at least three books over the eight-week summer holiday, to try and match boys' and girls' reading habits of the 1940s.
A website was created where pupils could record what books they had read and write a recommendation for other pupils. The challenge was met with great enthusiasm as 29 pupils took part, from both R12 and R13, and in total, they read 112 books over the summer.
A varied repertoire of literature was devoured during the course of the challenge: modern favourites like Harry Potter and contemporary fiction such as Wonder. Whilst some valiantly conquered classics Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.
There were three pupils, in particular, who shone brightly. Harry Jones in R12, who read a total of six books, came in third place. In second place was Rowan Downie, in R13, who read a total of eight books over the course of the challenge. But, in the lead by far, was first place winner Holly Jones in R12, who read an astonishing 11 books! Holly, Rowan and Harry were given prizes and certificates for their gallant efforts; Holly, being an avid reader, was given Charles Lamb’s Shakespeare for Children, which is a brilliant and inspiring re-telling of Shakespeare’s much-loved, classic plays.
Well done to all of R12 and R13 who made this such a success! The English Department hope to run this challenge again next summer.
Reading is the staple of English as it enables us to develop our vocabulary, comprehension skills and our writing as well as develop insight into other worlds. For fervent readers, look out for our next literacy challenge: Readathon. More details will be given out in your English lessons.
GCSE Results 2013
These excellent results include several students with 10 A* grades and 10 A*/A grades.
Dr Neville (Head & Principal St John's College) commented: "Students, staff and parents are absolutely thrilled with these outstanding results combined with top A level results in The Times last week. They are all to be warmly congratulated."
* Top School in Wales at A Level for the 14th Successive Year - Fri 16 August 2013.
*(Registered with WAG, inspected by ESTYN, accredited by ISC)
St John's College is ranked No. 1 in The Sunday Times list of Top Schools in Wales recently published on Aug 4th 2013.
Medicine destinations include Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, King's College London & Liverpool and includes students gaining at least 3A* grades. Russell Group university degrees in Accounting and Finance are a popular choice with both girls and boys gaining A*/A in Maths and Further Maths combined with other subjects. Also popular are Civil and other branches of Engineering, and Law with other sought-after courses, including English at Cambridge University.
With such a high A*/A figure, many students destined for a wide range of top university subjects achieved A*A A, A*A*A, A*A*A* and even four top grade A levels.
ESTYN pointed out (Crown Copyright 2012) that:
"Throughout the school, there is a very strong sense of purpose, and a collective ownership and commitment to shared values and aims. The relentless emphasis on high expectations, particularly in the quality of teaching and learning has led to exceptional outcomes for pupils of all abilities."
We are absolutely delighted with these achievements and I wish to congratulate all our students, colleagues and parents most warmly.
The Sunday Times lists St John's College as Wales' No. 1 - Sun 4 August 2013.
Please click below to read the full article (St John's College is discussed in detail in the right-hand column):
On a sunny last day of term, R11, Mrs Kloosterman, Miss Sayce and Mrs Thompson, visited Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. It is a hands-on zoo, and working farm, just outside Bristol set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside. R11 enjoyed a packed day getting close to many zoo animals like giraffes and lions, as well as feeding animals such as camels and llamas. Neil M, Sanay G and Shyon K were particularly taken with feeding the hens until the hens decided to chase them around their large aviary. Sid M bravely petted a very grumpy goat after much encouragement – well done, Sid. Some of the group went to an educational talk where they learnt about animals from other continents by handling jaw bones, teeth and animal hides and then came face to face with an enthusiastic Leopard tortoise called Terry and a python.
Mrs Thompson faced her fear and stroked the snake – how amazing! Finn M and Morgan O did us proud and were able to answer most of the questions posed. Many of R11, however, would also say that a highlight was getting lost in the maze (soon ably rescued by Mrs Kloosterman and Miss Sayce) as well as playing in the adventure playground where there were two very fast zip wires. And for those of us who are partial to homemade cake and ice creams – they had those too!
R8/R9 Trip to Bristol Zoo - July 2013.
To close the academic year the R8 and R9 classes embarked on a wonderful trip to Bristol Zoo. A fun time was had by all and the spectacle of the animals provided a great day out. For some pupils it was their first visit to the zoo, which gave them the opportunity to see animals that they had never seen before.
Elizabeth said ‘When we went under the bridge, the seals were going over our heads doing swimming tricks. It was really cool.’ Harshita described them as ‘very talented seals.’ Crina enjoyed the experience so much that she ‘wishes that she could have touched them.’ Another hot favourite was the butterfly enclosure where we were able to capture some fantastic photographs. ‘One of my favourite parts was in the butterfly enclosure as one butterfly landed on my nose!’ says a giggly Ella. Miss Knight and Elizabeth also experienced a landing from a butterfly too! Sayaam enjoyed the bats and was amazed to see them sleeping upside-down. The park and play area was another big hit with many of the children, where they had lots of fun swinging, jumping and climbing. The maze caused a lot of excitement too, although Matthew says at one point he got lost and had to be guided out by a friend. It was a fun-filled day for all involved.
R8/R9 Lego City - July 2013.
By popular demand, Electro-city workshop returned in July. The children from R7 to R11 were shown how to construct a model building by a real architect. This time they placed the buildings along a main road. The lights were turned off in the hall as the children switched on the circuits they had created to light up the model town. The teachers were very impressed by the space centre created by one group. Great fun was had by everyone.
Induction Week- July 2013.
R7 and R8 worked on a joint project about Space for the induction week. The children researched facts on our solar system and made models of the planets. Their imaginations were inspired by the idea of alien life forms. They made and painted clay aliens, as well as sewing puppets. One session involved the children making sandwiches or ‘alien fingers’. The taste testing session involved some interesting reactions to some of the flavours! The week ended with a games session on the front lawn which had to include space hoppers.
R10 trip to the International Centre for Birds of Prey - July 2013.
R10 ended the year by visiting the bird of prey centre in Newent. The trip began with an informative talk about the characteristics of some of the birds which the children were able to view at close quarters. During the visit the pupils were able to see two flying demonstrations each lasting 45 minutes. The exceptionally warm, thermal conditions allowed some of the birds to gain great height before they dived majestically to the ground to pick up their food. The children were also shown how the birds are trained to to fly off the leash and they realised how patient the trainers need to be to achieve success with the birds. The burrowing owls were very cute! Between the demonstrations there was time to visit the playground and the shop. The day ended with a well-deserved ice-cream. Everyone agreed it was a great day out.
R11 End of Year Assembly - July 2013.
R11 worked very hard to prepare for their end of year assembly which included a performance of 'The Undertaker's Apprentice' (based on the early life of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens). Lines were learnt extremely well and the acting was excellent. R11 also performed some musical pieces - all of which were of a high standard. Oliver Lau performed a recitation of the poem 'Overheard on a Saltmarsh.' Mrs Thompson, Mrs Kloosterman and the parents were very proud of them and wish them every success in R12.
R14 Biology Trip to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales - Fri 12 July 2013.
R14 enjoyed an interesting field trip to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire to collect data from natural sources of the pollution in the area. The pupils used natural indicators such as lichen and pond species to determine the air and water quality.
Pupils found many varied species in the ponds such as Bloodworms, Caddis Fly larvae and Efts (baby newts!). They also became experts on crusty, shrubby and leafy lichen as air pollution indicators. Much data was collected regarding the water quality in the Gardens. Pupils measured the temperature, dissolved solids, acidity, and oxygen availability of the water.
Following a very busy and productive day, pupils returned to Cardiff with enough data for many hours of analysis. Well done, R14.
R12/R13 Trip to Wookey Hole - Fri 12 July 2013.
Pirate Day - Fri 12 July 2013.
On the last day of term the nursery children had a pirate day. We made a pirate ship on the front lawn, went on a treasure hunt, played treasure rounders and made a pirate den in forest school. We all dressed up and had a fantasic time!
Beach Trip 2013
The children in the nursery really enjoyed our trip to Port Eynon in the Gower. We went looking for crabs and shells and had great fun in the rock pool. There were lots of very wet wellies on our walk back to the bus! A wonderful day was had by all.
2014 Drama Production Announced - Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore
Rehearsals have already begun for the Senior School production of HMS Pinafore on 10th / 11th July 2014 (final date TBC).
A2 History Conference, University of South Wales - Tues 9 July 2013.
L6th historians enjoyed an excellent conference hosted by University of South Wales at the Treforest campus. A series of talks by members of the History faculty gave invaluable advice on what to expect from a History degree at University, advice on the application process and a range of suggested web-based research resources. We are very grateful to the University of South Wales for hosting us for a thoroughly informative day.
Mr J. Neville.
Staff V Sixth Form Cricket Match - Mon 8 July 2013.
St John's College staff and sixth formers enjoyed glorious weather for their annual Cricket Match at our nearby playing fields on Monday afternoon. This fiercely contested match resulted in a Sixth Form victory by 14 runs. Great fun was had by all.
R15 Work Experience Week- Mon 8 - Fri 12 July 2013.
R15 Work Experience Week is well underway with a wide variety of work placements for our students. Mrs Wood will be visiting a number of students in their places of work during the course of the week. Pictured here is R15 pupil, Lily E, who is working at Powell Dobson Architects this week. Good luck to all R15 pupils.
Sports Days 2013
Parents who wish to view all photographs from the Infant, Junior & Senior Sports Days 2013 and of our Sports Teams 2013 may do so by contactingMr J Davies directly:email@example.com
Junior Sports Day
On Wednesday 3rd July 2013 the Juniors attended their annual Sports Day at NIAC. The day was a huge success with all students participating in at least three events each. We saw some outstanding performances from indviduals as well as some excellent team performences in the relays and novelty races. The day came to a conclusion when L. Franklin, G. Wink and J. Morris raised the winners cup for Mostyn house. Congratulations to all involved.
House Winners 2013 – Mostyn
2nd Position – De la Salle
3rd Position – St David’s
4th Position – Bute
Senior Sports Day
A great day was had by athletes, staff and parents at this year's Senior Sports Day on Friday 5 July. Track and Field records were broken and all the athletes can be proud of their efforts! A full list of results can be seen via the link below:
Senior Sports Day 2013 was a great success and ran smoothly as always with both staff and pupils contributing to a wonderful day. Many records were broken as can be seen by the highlighted names above. All 60 metre hurdle and sprint times are records as this is the first year these events have been over 60 metres. This was to ensure all pupils, staff and parents could observe the whole race and this worked superbly as the atmosphere for these events was wonderful. A special mention must go to the U15 Boys 4 x 100m relay team from St David’s who were all outstanding in the final race of the day.
There were brilliant performances throughout the day including B. Leaman, B. Dimond, S. Wink, C. Findlay, J. Hill and G. Hall. However, the Champion Athletes of the Day 2013 went to J. Payne (R15) and A. Obuobie who were both outstanding. J. Payne won both the 60m sprint and the 200m sprint as well as contributing a huge effort to his team in the 4 x100m. A. Obuobie won the U15 girls javelin, high jump as well as the 60m hurdles, the 60m sprint and the 800m and therefore thoroughly deserved her award.
The competition between houses was extremely close throughout the day and it showed just how close it was at the end of the competition with only 60 points separating first and fourth position.
House Winners 2013 – Bute
2nd Position – St David’s
3rd Position – Mostyn
4th Position – De La Salle
There are many talented and skilful pupils within St John’s College and it was a pleasure to see the quality of competition and desire to not only win, but take part and contribute points for each house. The attitude, behaviour and commitment from all pupils present were fantastic. We are looking forward to next year’s competition already to see more records be broken and to see if a new house can become champions once again.
Junior Book Club - July 2013.
The final Book Club of the academic year, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', was held in the sunshine, in Forest School. Members were grouped into their St John's houses and each house was then assigned a Hogwart's house to represent.
The competition was fierce and all teams were able to demonstrate a very mature understanding of a complex plot. Congratulations to Slytherin (aka De la Salle) on an excellent, winning performance.
Book Club members have subsequently been invited to suggest a title to be read during the summer for September's Book Club. The top suggestions were put to the vote and Harry Potter won the day...again! 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' is the challenging and exciting next instalment in the series. As always, those who have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audio book will be welcome to attend the September 2013 Book Club.
Happy summer reading!
Matthew Barbato (R16) wins RWCMD Junior Conservatoire Chamber Music Prize - Wed 3 July 2013.
Many congratulations to Matthew Barbato (R16 Choral Scholar & Concert Orchestra clarinetist), who has been awarded the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire Chamber Music Prize. Matthew will be presented with his prize at a reception in the Seligman Studio following the Advanced Course Summer Concert this Saturday (6th July).
St John's College R15 Debating Competition with Ysgol Glantaf- Wed 3 July 2013.
St John's College was delighted to host our first Year 10 Debating Competition with Ysgol Glantaf on Wednesday. There were some excellent debating skills on display in each of the competitions, and both schools enjoyed the experience immensely. Our pupils were able to reflect on the debate over a refreshment break in the foyer of our new Sixth Form Study Centre, before the judges awarded certificates to each participant. We are very grateful to Mrs Katherine Kettle and Mr Steve Jenkins for their valuable feedback. We hope that this summer debating competition will become an annual fixture.
R10 Trip to Port Eynon- June 2013.
In June pupils of R10 enjoyed a ‘Pirate Activity Day’ at Port Eynon. Many came dressed as pirates with high hopes of finding treasure at the end of the day. First, though, pupils had to practise using grid references, map symbols and compasses. Soon the class felt confident about using maps and, once split into groups, they set off in search of the treasure. At each grid post they found a hidden stamp to complete their quest cards and a further clue as to the location of the treasure.
Lotte said that she had lots of fun collecting the stamps. Everyone found the treasure which included a teapot, a bottle of rum, tobacco and cigars! Fortunately, the children were keen to exchange their finds for a gold coin, which they were able to do so by answering a question about the day's activities. R10 were very enthusiastic with their responses. Besides finding treasure, the pupils played a human version of battle ships which allowed them to practise using grid references. Everyone was keen to ‘bomb’ their classmates in an effort to be the last person in the grid!
Finally the class had to make their own island in the sand and hide their gold coin. They had to use anything on the beach to add features to their island before drawing a map and marking the location of the treasure with an X. Their partner then had to use the map to locate the treasure. Only 2 gold coins were lost! Well done R10 you made excellent pirates and everyone agreed it was a great day out.
L6th English trip to Stratford to see Hamlet- Thurs 27 June 2013.
‘The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark’ by William Shakespeare
Undaunted by one of Shakespeare’s lengthier plays Sixth form students spent a day in Stratford. They visited Shakespeare’s birthplace and lunched in the picturesque centre of Stratford before attending the matinee performance at the Royal Shakespeare theatre.
The production was thrilling, inventive and deftly directed by David Farr with a compelling performance of Prince ‘Hamlet’ played by Jonathan Slinger and a wonderfully touching Ophelia played by Pippa Nixon. Despite the contemporary costumes this production proved: ‘the play’s the thing’ as the audience was moved to compassion, pity and even laughter.
A memorable day out and a valuable experience for all!
Sixth Form Reviews (Theresa Roberts, Joe Evans, Connie Sishton, Heather Courtney):
‘A magnificent modern take on this timeless tragic tale.’
‘Not a bad seat in the house!’
Mrs M. Bridge.
R16/L6th Cathedral Choir Concert in Bath Abbey - Fri 21 June 2013.
On Friday 21 June, the choristers of R16 and Lower enjoyed a post-exam celebration and trip to the beautiful city of Bath, and sang in concert in the picturesque Bath Abbey. Joseph Evans played a splendid piano solo by the Spanish composer Albéniz, and the choristers sang an impressive programme including Pearsall's Lay a Garland, Stanford Beati Quorum Via, and music for double choir by Schütz, amongst many others. The choristers were joined by three university choral scholars from the cathedral choir, and Robin Price, who was a cathedral chorister and pupil of St John's College before obtaining a place to study PPE at Oxford University, and a Choral Scholarship in the choir of Merton College.
Mr D. Neville.
R13 Latin Trip to Caerleon- Fri 21 June 2013.
R13 enjoyed an immensely informative trip to Caerleon Roman town. The trip began with a visit to the the Roman Amphitheatre where the pupils were encouraged to spot particular architectural features and use their imaginations to recreate the amphitheatre's impressive scale.
We then walked a short distance to the Roman Baths, which have been enhanced by state-of-the-art 3D projectors and sound effects to recreate an authentic atmosphere. Our informative guide directed us through the various stages of the bathing experience and demonstrated the ingenious methods used by the Romans to provide underfloor heating. The boys and girls enjoyed the interactive elements of the baths, in particular writing on a wax tablet, handling a strigil and especially trying on the gladiators' helmets and armour. R13 should be commended for their enthusiasm and attentive approach throughout the day.
R14 History Trip to the Somme - Wed 12 - Fri 14 June 2013.
On 12th June 2013 a party of 23 R14 pupils and 3 staff left St John’s College bound for the battlefields of the First World War. After a comfortable drive to the port of Dover and a smooth channel crossing, we arrived in the Belgian town of Ypres, the scene of fierce fighting throughout the conflict.
Our first stop was the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot, which contains the graves of 12,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the Ypres salient. This was followed by the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate which has taken place every day since 1926. Four pupils, George, Gabby, Daisy and Kai laid a poppy wreath on behalf of St John’s College in front of hundreds of people.
Our second day took us south into France and the Somme region, most famous for the battles of 1916. We visited a variety of battlefields and monuments including Vimy Ridge, Wellington Quarry at Arras and the Thiepval Memorial. Our final stop was the Welsh Regiment memorial at Mametz Wood where we laid another poppy wreath and held a minute’s silence. Despite the pouring rain this was a very moving occasion for all involved.
Our final day began with breakfast at our accommodation near St Omer and then a drive back to Ypres in Belgium. On the way we visited a small cemetery on the outskirts of the town to lay a wreath at the grave of Private George Parker, the great-great grandfather of Daisy T in R14. He was killed in action in the final months of the war during the German Spring Offensive of 1918.
Visits to the Flanders Fields Museum and Hill 60 were followed by our final stop at the grave of Ellis Humphrey Evans, Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet killed in action on the first day of the battle of Passchendaele, 31st July 1917. This was another very poignant occasion where we laid our final wreath.
The trip would not have been the success it was without our guide, Keith Mallinson and our travel company, NST. I also wish to thank Mrs Evans and Mr Goode for accompanying us. Finally, our pupils behaved impeccably and were a true credit to St John’s College and their own families. As a school we are very much looking forward to visiting these places again next year and being part of the centenary commemorations.
R7 Castle Day - June 2013.
Following on from their exciting History trip to Cardiff Castle in May, R7 completed their study of castles by holding a Castle Day. All the children came to school dressed as a castle character whichincluded a king, a prince, a servant, several princesses and knights, and even a jester! A tournament was held in the morning with archery, aiming and stick horse riding competitions. The Royal Banquet was held in the afternoon when we ate decorated cakes and biscuits and honey sandwiches which the children had made in the morning. Medieval music and dancing followed, ending with the jester telling some jokes. A memorable day for everyone. R6 Forest School & Gardening - June 2013.
R6 have been busy with outdoor activities in recent months. During our Forest School sessions we have been bird watching, built our own birds nests and collected and pressed wild flowers. We have also drawn observational drawings of our garden in full bloom! We have recently planted sunflower seeds which have sprouted quite quickly, no doubt because of our ‘green fingers’! R6 have been enjoying the topic of water and the seaside and have made a very busy interest table. The children’s lovely artwork has made the classroom very colourful. We are looking forward to our future trips to the beach with the Nursery and to Newport Wetlands with R7.
Chess Club News
St John's College hosts East Glamorgan Mega Final
St John’s College Chess Club continues to flourish with 20-25 club members attending after school from 4-6 pm every Monday in room 0.1, led by Dr Howells and Tim Kett (Professional chess tutor and Welsh chess champion). All St John's College pupils aged 5-18 are very welcome to attend Chess Club. The best performing pupils from this year will be selected to play in the East Glamorgan chess league next year. These games are timed and take place at 7.30pm on Mondays, with home games at St John’s and away games at various locations around East Glamorgan.
Recently, the club had an internal chess competition to decide which pupils could be entered for the regional Mega finals to be hosted by St John’s College. From the internal competition Daniel S received first prize, whilst Aron C gained second prize with a remarkable third prize won by our youngest player, Ethan C, who is in our infant department! Furthermore, during the Mega finals at St John’s Ethan C and Daniel S won their age group, and will now proceed on to the highly coveted Giga final in the summer. Well done to all who participated!
The club has had many successes this year and gained numerous trophies, with impressive individual performances from many of our pupils in the East Glamorgan chess league, Vale of Glamorgan tournament and many other chess events. Our current Junior chess squad in Division 4 includes Daniel S, Karthik K, Edward W, Aron C, Nithin M, Praneet B. St John’s College also has a senior team which has been promoted to division 1 this year. This offers an opportunity for very good Junior players such as Daniel S to extend their play to the highest level in East Glamorgan.
Super Seven Book Club - June 2013.
Our R7 book club has had another successful term, with 18 members attending for an hour a week after school. The children have enjoyed reading The Chocolate Monster by Jan Page. We have discussed the plot and the characters and designed our own Chocolate Monsters. Our next book is Space Race by Marjorie Blackman.
R8 History Trip to Caerleon - May 2013.
R8 visited the Roman Legionary Museum at Caerleon in May. The pupils became museum detectives, discovering many Roman artefacts. They also visited the remains of the barracks and the replica barrack room where they tried on the armour. Later, they learnt Roman drill in the amphitheatre. The workshop session had the children acting as masters and slaves at a banquet.
R12 Gamelan Taster Sessions at St David's Hall - Fri 24 May 2013.
R12 visited St David's Hall last week for a taster workshop on the gamelan which introduced pupils to the music of Java. Pupils played a variety of instruments made from bronze, with traditional hand-finished wood carvings. They were actively and creatively involved throughout and were able to perform a piece together by the end of the session. It was a very enjoyable trip and certainly added another dimension to our current topic of 'World Music'.
R13 Civil War History Trip to Raglan Castle - Fri 24 May 2013.
As part of their study of 17th century Britain, R13 travelled to the imposing Raglan Castle - site of one of the last major battles of the English Civil War. Its majestic ruins were the perfect setting for the boys and girls to take part in a military drill, ably led by our authentically dressed (and former soldier) guide. Much fun was had exploring the many nooks and crannies of the castle's expansive remains, leaving our imaginations to reconstruct the full grandeur of this once lavish estate. David Griffith (R13W) wrote: 'I very much enjoyed our trip to Raglan Castle in the Welsh countryside. There we were introduced to authentic Civil War costume and weaponry, and we looked at the castle structure. I found handling the pikes most fun, as we were taught different commands and held the weapons and marched as if at the battle front. I also liked looking at the magnificent stone work, especially the fireplaces. All in all, I found it a very interesting trip.'
Mr J. Neville.
Junior Multi-Sports Tournament - Thursday 23rd May 2013.
This was our first Multi-Sports Tournament. It consisted of 8 a-side Football, Tag Rugby, Rounders and Cricket. Apart from a few showers, the weather held off, and it was an amazing day with all pupils thoroughly enjoying themselves. Each half or innings was 8 minutes in length with a half-time of 1 minute. The tournament started at 10.30am and finished at 3.00pm. There were four mixed teams for R8/R9 who played Tag Rugby and Football for the morning session with the four mixed R10/R11 teams playing Rounders and Cricket. These then changed over for the afternoon session. Each team had three matches in each sport and it was a pleasure to see over 80 pupils playing a variety of sports and enjoying themselves so much. There are so many talented pupils in the Junior Department and it was brilliant to see different pupils stand out in different sports. The teams were split into four equal teams for each age group.
The winners of the R8/R9 team were the Red team and the winners of the R10/R11 competition were the Blue team. Boys’ player of the tournament for R8/R9 was Matthew L. with the girls’ award going to Dior W. In the R10/R11 tournament, Niamh F. won the girls’ award and Rijul J. won the boys’ trophy. An extra mention must go to Rijul J. who was fantastic. His attitude throughout the whole tournament was exemplary, even when his team were losing or down in a match, his attitude to others was excellent. The final award was given to the winning house. This was calculated by giving each individual in the winning team 4 points towards their house, 3 points to the team who came second and so on. The winning house was Mostyn and Lloyd F. and Georgia W. (the Mostyn team captains) were awarded the first Junior Multi-Sports trophy.
Mostyn (2013) will now be engraved on to the trophy and put up in the school for all to see. The day was a great success and as a PE department we would like to thank all pupils, staff and parents for their help prior to the day and throughout. The GCSE pupils who officiated and refereed throughout the day were also excellent. We hope that this is the first of many Multi Sports tournaments here at St John’s College and that each and every pupil who participated enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to next year!
Mr Jay and Mr Tertois.
R10 Trip to Big Pit - Tues 21 May 2013.
R10 visited Big Pit in Blaenavon on Tuesday 21st May. This was an Art and History trip and pupils found out about working in coal mines from Victorian times up to the closure of Big Pit in the twentieth century. They also looked at the scenery, the Pit Head and the miners and other people who work at the mine and attempted to draw them in the style of Josef Herman, the Polish-born artist who lived in South Wales and became famous for his paintings of the miners. Pupils went on an underground tour with David Williams, an ex-miner and visited the museum and galleries. They also met the large family of canaries that still lives in the lamp room.
Confirmation (Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral) - Sun 19 May 2013.
Engineering Team Challenge - Fri 17 May 2013.
R14 pupils from St John’s were invited to participate in the Engineering Team Challenge, organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities. They built a water filter and a rope washer pump. Most of the water spilt over the pupils rather than into the bucket though! The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, local civil engineers and civil engineering students were on hand to answer any questions about civil engineering as a career. This was an excellent opportunity for St John’s pupils to link directly with industry, integrate with Civil Engineering professionals and have fun!
Congratulations to Queena Lee and Michael Lingham, who were part of the winning Engineering team. They received a trophy and vouchers from the Institution of Civil Engineering.
R11 Residential Trip to Llansteffan - Wed 15 - Fri 17 May 2013.
On Wednesday 15th May R11 went on a residential trip to Llansteffan for three days where they enjoyed a variety of activities. On the first day, they went rock pooling at the local beach. Jasmine said, ‘We walked quite a long way, but it was definitely worth it! After a short talk from Chris, we set off looking for crabs, fish and shrimps .’ Georgia said, ‘When we got to the beach, we went rock-pooling to see if we could catch any crabs. I caught a small crab and a massive crab!’
Whilst at the beach, the pupils also explored a cave. Sid said, ‘Our tour guide, Chris told us about the erosion of the rocks producing caverns and caves. We went inside the cave, where he told us more about how it was formed. I found it very spooky and dark!’
In the evening, we walked to a castle where Chris told the children about how the castle was invaded. Sanay said, ‘We went to Llansteffan Castle which was in ruins. We saw the Murder Room within the castle, which I found really interesting. We then went to the first floor, where Chris told us two stories containing dragons and a really old Welsh legend. These stories were intriguing and fascinating to me.’
The next day was all about survival in the wild. The pupils built shelters in the morning and learnt about edible plants. In the afternoon, they learnt all about bush tucker and cooked food, prepared by the children, over a camp fire. They also learnt a variety of bush craft skills. Suyash said, ‘On Thursday, we made shelters in the forest, only using some tarpaulin and what sticks we could find on the ground. I enjoyed it very much. Just before lunch, we ate some chicken, rabbit and fish that Chris cooked over a fire. I liked my first rabbit. After lunch, we learned to light fires and weave clothes. I enjoyed lighting fires but weaving the cloth was hard.’ Gwennan said, ‘It was a really nice sunny day and the view of the beach and hills were beautiful. There were lots of horses and ponies in the fields around us.’
In the evening R11 took part in team-building games. On the final day R11 returned to the beach to learn about coastal erosion. They also played games on the beach. It was an excellent trip and everyone really enjoyed it.
Junior Book Club - May 2013.
'Lionboy', by Zizou Corder, provoked a fascinating discussion at this half term's Book Club. Members were able to articulate their opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the text, debate the author's interpretation of a future without fossil fuels and demonstrate a mature understanding of this complex plot. Congratulations to all who took part in the quiz, especially the winning teams, 'Charlie' and 'Magdalen'.
For the final Junior Book Club of the academic year, members have requested a return to an old favourite, 'Harry Potter'. Having read book one and two in the series for previous Book Clubs, next half term's text will be 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', by J K Rowling.
Book Club will be held on Wednesday 5th June, all those who have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audio book are welcome to attend.
A Series of Talks on the Catholic Faith at the Cornerstone in June & July
Please visit the website http://www.cardiffcatholic.com for details of a series of talks on the Catholic Faith to be held at the Cornerstone, opposite St David's Metropolitan Cathedral and Marks & Spencer in Charles Street, Cardiff City Centre CF10 2SF.
R7 History trip to Cardiff Castle- Tues 14th May 2013.
The children enjoyed a morning session in the Education Centre dressing up as castle servants and exploring and identifying Victorian artefacts. After lunch a guide showed us around the castle telling us lots of interesting facts and stories about the castle’s history. We ended the day with a climb up to the keep exploring the rooms and enjoying the view of Cardiff.
R7 Violinist Pablo L-S performs in South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians- May 2013.
Junior World Maths Day - May 2013.
Many congratulations to Adi, Joshua & Sannay of the Junior School who have been presented with certificates for attaining the highest scores for World Maths Day. Also pictured are those who made the greatest improvement across the practice days. Well done!
Nursery News- May 2013.
The children in the nursery department are really enjoying their new topic 'The Beach'. We have been exploring different sea creatures and had lots of fun looking at real mackerel fish using a magnifying glass.
We have been on adventures in Forest School and enjoyed our camp food day.
We have also been on a trip to the New Theatre to see Spot the Dog and our nursery bear 'Norman' came too!
In a few weeks' time we are going to The Gower to explore a real beach ... let's hope the sun shines!
Music Department Spring Concert, School Concert Hall, 7pm - Tues 30 April 2013.
Congratulations to the many musicians across the school who contributed to a stunning programme of solo and ensemble items on Tuesday. Please click on the following link to view the programme:
Junior Mathematical Challenge Results - April 2013
Several pupils did very well in the recent Maths Challenge. Congratulations!
Gold and Best in School Praneet Bolusani.
Silver David Griffith, Ben Rawi, Yousuf Ashraf, Sam Wink, Lily Morris.
Bronze Ben Dimond.
Gold Daniel Siromani.
Silver Marco Aldridge, Aron Amal Calist, Harini Somasekar, Rowan Downie, Mehak Sakhuja.
Bronze Alif Aziz.
Junior School Detectives for the Day - Tues 30 April 2013.
On Tuesday, 30th April, Techniquest visited the Junior School. They needed our help in solving a most heinous crime. The belovèd and extremely valuable teddy bear belonging to Lord Llandaff had been stolen.
Who could the culprit be? Was it Lee Biro, the accountant; Peter Platter, the butler; Heather Duster, the maid; Daisy Lawn, the gardener; or Lady Llandaff, his wife? There was evidence aplenty which we had to examine. Which pen wrote the ransom note? Chromatography helped us there. The fibres from which fabrics were left at the crime scene? Whose fingerprints were there, and could we follow and identify the footprints to find the thief? Close scrutiny was required. Finally, a secret message was found. Would this reveal the culprit?
Great fun was had by all as the identity of the thief was discovered by team work, logic and the process of elimination.
Gabriel R.: “When Techniquest came we did experiments. My favourite experiment was the finger print identification, because it made me feel like a real detective.”
Eleri R. : “My favourite part of Techniquest was when we did the box. The box had an ultraviolet torch, glow sticks and a piece of paper. When we put the blank piece of paper in the box and shone the torch on it, a note appeared.”
Alex W.: “I can’t wait till next year!”
R12 Geography trip to Ryers Down in the Gower - Thurs 25 April 2013.
R12 enjoyed a trip to Ryers Down, and with the help of our leader Dawn, R12 carried out an environmental impact study to investigate whether the location of Ryers Down would be suitable for wind turbines to produce renewable energy. R12 were brilliant in the way they carried out pond dipping, tree beating and were able to locate medieval ruins of a longhouse to assess whether the site would be suitable or not. After collecting the information, R12 ended the day with a debate about the suitability of wind turbines on Ryers Down. R12 must be commended for their excellent behaviour and effort throughout the day.
Junior Maths Challenge (R12, R13) - Thur 25 April 2013.
Welsh Schools Circuit Competition 2013 - Mon 22 April 2013.
Dylan J (R7) has achieved 2nd place in the Under 7 Boys cycling competition.
He had to cycle 3 laps to qualify and then race just over 1 lap to gain his place.
Well done Dylan!
Art & DT Trip to Bristol Zoo - Mon 22 April 2013.
Art and DT pupils in R14 enjoyed a trip to Bristol Zoo. We covered sustainability and were able to draw animals/insects from first hand experience. The pupils behaved impeccably and certainly did the school proud. Bristol Zoo praised staff and pupils on their approach, efforts and overall behaviour.
Success for two R16 Mathematicians! Well done to Jack Israel and Abhinaba Guha for being awarded a Merit in the recent UKMT Pink Kangaroo Mathematical Challenge.
Junior School Disco- Thurs 18 April 2013.
The children arrived in eager anticipation to the sounds of the latest dance music. Fashionably dressed and keen to demonstrate their high energy moves the school hall soon became a dance studio. DJ Sterling lived up to all expectations as music and bubbles filtered through the air. Refreshments were served at short intervals but the children were eager to dance the night away. A fun time was had by all.
Maddison Bullen R9, ”My band performed at this year’s disco. I was so excited that I was the lead singer! Later on in the evening there was a bubble machine. The day after I could hardly move as I danced so much. I had lots of fun; it was the best one yet!"
Ella Evans R9, “My favourite parts were when the teachers joined in dancing and DJ Sterling showed us all how to street dance. I had a great time at this year’s school disco".
Kavin Durai R9, "The Junior disco was a very fun event. There were bubbles, sweets and drinks".
Important Note to Parents:
Measles is one of a number of notifiable diseases in the UK. Any doctor who suspects that a patient has measles is required by law to report it to Public Health Measles infection can be prevented by a highly effective and safe vaccine which is part of the measles-mump-rubella (MMR) immunisation. The illness is spreading through the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Llanelli area. Schools have been affected as many of the pupils have not been protected by having two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) injections. There have been 48 children admitted to hospital during this outbreak as a result of their measles infection. If your child/teenager has not had MMR vaccine/s or you think they might have missed a vaccination you should contact your GP, health visitor or practice nurse as soon as possible to get them protected. Measles is highly infectious and is spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes. Early symptoms include a high temperature, cough, cold and conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes). A red, blotchy rash appears 3 to 7 days later which usually begins on the face and spreads down over the rest of the body. Any child who develops symptoms of measles should not attend school for four days after the start of the rash. Please see the website http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43749for further information and NHS Wales sites for the latest information and guidance.
Best of luck to Larkin Cen in BBC's MasterChef 2013
Many congratulations to former St John's College student, Larkin Cen, who has won a place in the final of this year's BBC MasterChef Competition. Larkin completed his A levels at St John's College in 2002 and went on to study Law at Cardiff University. He is currently a solicitor at Morgan Cole. The College wishes Larkin every success in the competition!
'Happy Easter' from the Nursery!
Junior Book Club - March 2013.
All Junior pupils read the latest Book Club text, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela and consequently Book Club was a lively affair this half term. Pupils were divided into 10 teams for the quiz. Each team was named after a South African animal. All teams were able to demonstrate a mature grasp of the challenging issues raised in this text. Congratulations to all who contributed to the quiz and the subsequent discussion and especially to teams Lion, Elephant, Penguin and Zebra, who shared first place honours.
The next Book Club text is Lionboy by Zizou Corder, winner of the Blue Peter Book Club award. Set in the future, it is the tale of Charlie Ashanti, a young boy who speaks cat. Charlie's unusual talent helps him on his quest to find his kidnapped parents who have discovered a cure for asthma. He teams up with a pride of lions on a circus ship bound for Paris and the scene is set for an inspired and imaginative adventure.
The Lionboy Book Club will be held on Wednesday 24th April. All those who have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audio book are welcome.
R9 Mother's Day - March 2013.
R9 celebrated Mother’s Day with a wonderful assembly this term. Parents were invited to join in with the special occasion and were ‘wowed’ by the children’s spectacular performances of music, singing and poetry. During the assembly we learnt about all the busy jobs that our mothers do, mother’s day in other countries and even had a game of the strongest link! There were many tears shed as the children shared their beautiful portraits of their mums, along with their heart felt words of love.
Oscar said ‘When it actually came to the day of the assembly I felt very happy with myself. I enjoyed learning the actions to the poems too. My mum was even crying a bit!'
Namitha added 'I really enjoyed the assembly and I hope we do another one in R10.’
David Griffith (R13) Performs Tosca at St David's Hall, Cardiff - Mon 25 March 2013.
On 25th March David Griffith sang in an Ellen Kent Production featuring the Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the Shepherd boy and opened the third act, singing ' Io de Sospiri'. Many congratulations to David.
R10 Millennium Centre Residential Field Trip - Tourists in their own City - Thur 21 - Fri 22 March 2013.
The torrential rain and cold wind did not prevent R10 from enjoying their overnight stay at the Millennium Centre. The trip began with a tour of the Millennium Stadium where pupils particularly enjoyed lifting a trophy and sitting in the Royal Box. Following this, the pupils met up with three AMs and learnt about the workings of the Welsh Assembly. The tour manager was so impressed by the quality of the children's questions and their excellent behaviour that he extended the tour by an hour, allowing the pupils into one of the conference rooms. There they were able to discuss future changes they would like to make in Wales. The day was rounded off with a quiz and talent show which had everyone laughing.
The next day the wind died down sufficiently to allow the boat trip around Cardiff Bay to go ahead and the pupils learnt a lot about the history of Cardiff and the docks. This was followed by some very competitive bowling with Joshua Wright coming out on top - well done. There was just time for a tour of the Millennium Centre. The highlight was being allowed to stand on the stage and seeing how enormous the auditorium appears. Finally it was time to return to school and to have some well earned sleep!
Cathedral Choir Easter Concert at St David's Hall, 1pm - Tues 19 March 2013.
The Cathedral Choir performed a varied programme of Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Vivaldi Gloria with chamber orchestra, as well as a selection of Lenten motets, to an appreciative audience in this ever-popular lunchtime concert. Many congratulations to our boy and girl Cathedral Choristers on their uplifting and polished performance, and also to Lower 6th pianist, Ethan Harris, who accompanied the Choir in the Vaughan Williams.
Seniors / L6th Cardiff Schools Shelter Cymru Golf Tournament, 9am-4.30pm - Tues 19 March 2013.
Sixth Form Rotary Quiz, Ysgol Glantaf- Fri 15 March 2013.
The school was well represented at the Rotary Club Quiz on Friday 15th March. Three teams of Lower 6th students entered from St John's College and the quizmaster for the evening was Mark Labbett - a.k.a. 'The Beast' - from ITV's 'The Chase'. With a total score of 61/80, one St John's team came a creditable fourth. Although we weren't overall winners, a great night was had by all. (Max Price, L6th Student).
Comic Relief Cake Sale & Raffle - Fri 15 March 2013.
Junior Comic Relief - Fri 15 March 2013.
I would like to thank the pupils of the Junior School for their generosity and enthusiasm in raising money towards our nominated charities. The Junior pupils brought in their ‘loose change’ and managed to create a line of coins around our Sports Hall with enough coins left over to create a huge smiley face. In all, these coins added up to approximately £125 ... although we are still counting all the pennies! It was delightful to see all the pupils from R8 to R11 working together to achieve this task. There were some individual sponsored activities by Ben Wieser, Alex Widnall, Maddy Bullen, Gabriel Robinson, Ben Davies, Dior Wood, Eleri Robinson and Katie Wright, and they raised £51 between them. Well Done!
We also held a Merit Award Assembly where our pupils were also presented with their swimming certificates. This follows our Junior School Swimming Gala last week. Many congratulations for all individual progress made over the last two terms.
Junior Swimming Gala Results - Tues 12 March 2013.
1st 232 points De la Salle
2nd 220 points Mostyn
3rd 158 points St David's
4th 146 points Bute
UKMT Team Challenge (R13-R14)- Tues 12 March 2013.
Nila Jambulingham, David Tong, Nudhara Yusuf and Praneet Bolusani from R14 and R13 competed in the day-long regional finals of the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge at Whitchurch High School. They all thoroughly enjoyed it, and they each returned with a certificate, a Mathematical puzzle and a great deal of excitement about their day.
R12 History Trip to Cardiff Castle - Fri 8 March 2013.
R12 Historians enjoyed a fascinating trip to Cardiff Castle on Friday, which brought to life many of the aspects of Norman life that we have studied in class. Our visit began with a informative guided tour of the Georgian and Victorian parts of the castle, including architect William Burges's masterpiece, the 'Arab Room', with its Moorish gilded ceiling. The boys and girls were particularly enamored with the imposing Banqueting Hall and the secluded Roof Garden.
We then made our way across the bailey to the echoing air-raid shelter hidden within the walls of the castle. Visual and audio effects accompanied the long walk through the tunnels and helped to recreate the experiences of Cardiff residents who took refuge here during the WW2 bombing raids.
Our next challenge was to climb the steep steps of the Norman Keep whose commanding view over Cardiff and beyond reinforced the strategic importance of this imposing castle. The boys and girls were particularly excited to imagine the archers firing their arrows through the slit windows and to observe the many architectural features that made this keep so impenetrable to enemy forces.
The final destination of our trip was the Steward's Room, which was lined with an array of helmets, body armour and weapons from the Romans through to the Civil War. Here the children learnt about developments in weaponry and armour across the centuries, with an interactive display of the mechanics of a model trebuchet which fired across the room. Especially enjoyable was the chance for the children to try on the chain mail and various helmets at the end of the demonstration. The boys and girls should be commended on their impeccable behaviour throughout the trip, and we are particularly grateful to Cardiff Castle for a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
Mr J. Neville.
R12 and R14 English Trips Cardiff University- Thurs 7 & Fri 8 March 2013.
Both R12 and R14 enjoyed days at Cardiff University where they got to meet authors and listen to them talk about their craft, as well as participating in workshops centred on journalism.
R12 started their day with a talk from leading children’s author Ellie Irving who has written ‘For the Record’, a funny and touching book about a town banding together in a time of need. The pupils then took part in the creation of their own magazine front page and ended the day with a presentation from Damien Dibben, the writer of ‘The Secret Keepers’ which is about to be made into a major film franchise; it is a thrilling story of a family lost in time and a boy’s quest to save them. As it was World Book day many of our pupils won book vouchers too!
R14 began their day with a talk from Phil Earle, author of ‘Being Billy’ and ‘Saving Daisy’, who drew inspiration from his days working in children’s homes and the tragic stories he encountered there. This was followed by a presentation from Amy McCulloch whose first novel is about to be published and is called ‘The Oathbreaker’s Shadow’, a fantasy tale of broken promises and guilt. She gave pupils a valuable insight into the whole publishing business and the process it involves. The day ended with a workshop about feature article writing and a chance to get books signed.
R10-R13 Cathedral Choristers' sport and evensong day at Salisbury Cathedral - Wed 6 March 2013.
On Wednesday our R10 to R13 choristers performed alongside the 120 choristers from the cathedral choirs at Wells, Gloucester, Exeter, Bristol, Llandaff, Truro, and Salisbury, at the Choir Schools Association Evensong at the magnificent cathedral of Salisbury. Our choristers had several victories in the sports fixtures, thanks to great team performances all round, and we are extremely proud of the way that our choristers conducted themselves throughout the day. We can always rely on our choristers to behave superbly, and several visitors to the cathedral said how impressed they were by our pupils' impeccable manners.
Mr D. Neville.
World Maths Day - 6 March 2013.
Pupils from R12 to R15 enjoyed pitting their mathematical ability against pupils from around the whole world. Lucy Blyth and Kane Teear-Bourge (both R14) showed the greatest improvement to their mental arithmetic skills over the event. Matthew Chung (R14), Dylan Edwards (R13), Daniel Siromani and Edward Williams (both R12) each answered well over one thousand questions correctly. What an achievement!
GCSE / 6th Form Choristers & Instrumentalists Praised for Outstanding Performance at SHMIS Conference (Vale Hotel) -Mon 4 March 2013.
Many congratulations to our GCSE and Sixth Form choristers and instrumentalists who performed superbly last night at the SHMIS Conference hosted at The Vale Hotel. The evening commenced with a sublime rendition of Gabriel Fauré's Sicilienne performed by 13 of our instrumentalists, before the GCSE choristers sang William Byrd's rhythmically complex six-part motet, Sing Joyfully, followed by lighter close harmony arrangements of Yesterday by the Beatles and The Jackson 5's I Want You Back.
Success for St David's at the Middle School Eisteddfod
Llwyddiant i St David's yn Eisteddfod yr Ysgol
On St David's Day, our middle school pupils gathered together in the school hall for an afternoon of music, literary performances, celebration and friendly competition as we held our annual Eisteddfod. The pupils eagerly await this time of year when they can celebrate and embrace Welsh culture. Pupils competed in numerous competitions, ranging from stage competitions, including Welsh and English recitation and solo instrumental competitions, to homework competitions across the subject range. Homework competitions included designing a 3D card promoting Wales and a poster on a Welsh scientist, to name only a few. It was a close competition this year, but the winning shield stays with the house of St David's, after winning two years consecutively. Winners include Bute and St Davids for the R12 Welsh Choir Competition, David Griffith in R13 for his captivating recitation of a Welsh poem, Queena Lee in R14 and Robert Field in R13 for their magnificent instrumental pieces, on the piano and ‘cello respectively. Congratulations also to Harini Somasekar for winning the R12 music solo competition.
The main award of the ceremony was awarded to Daniel S in R12 as he was crowned Bard of the Eisteddfod. Daniel was accompanied by older GCSE Welsh students to his chair on the stage, where he was draped in our national Welsh flag and presented with his certificate and prize before Welsh sixth form students read him a congratulatory poem. Llongyfarchiadau Daniel! Congratulations Daniel!
Junior Eisteddfod 2013
The Junior department celebrated St David’s Day with a packed programme of music, recitations and competitions from across the curriculum. Competitions included for example, handwriting, musical soloists, Celtic Knot drawing, Art work depicting famous Welsh people, postcards of favourite places in Wales etc. R10 entertained us with a humorous rendition of the Hare and the Tortoise, R8 sang a delightful welsh song and our R11 finalists recited ‘On a Saltmarsh’ by Harold Monroe. The winning house was Mostyn with 282 points and congratulations go to Finn M who was crowned the Bard. Well done to all pupils for their considerable efforts and for making the day so enjoyable.
Mrs R. Thompson.
Team Slipstream Wins 'Best Engineered Car' at Formula 1 Regional Finals - Thurs 28 February 2013.
Team Slipstream, represented by Abhinaba G, Jack I, Ross L, Natasha S, Natalie L and Tom M, won first prize for the 'Best Engineered Car' in the Formula 1 Regional Finals held at Swansea Maritime Museum on Thursday. The team received a fantastic trophy sponsored by Jaguar and each received certificates awarded by the F1 in Schools organisers.
The team were also commended for their presentation and exhibition at the Pit Display.
We are extremely thankful to Morgan Cole Solicitors and Belief Sports who generously sponsored the team. We intend to build on this success and develop a an even faster car for next year's finals. Many congratulations to Team Slipstream.
Hana E (R7) Wins Competition at Sherman Theatre - Mon 25 February 2013.
Hana E in R7 has won a competition at the Sherman Theatre to design a Christmas-themed snowflake.
Many schools in Cardiff and Newport entered and Hana was selected as the winner. Very well done to Hana who has received a letter from the Sherman Theatre and a book about the Baba Yaga.
New House Captains Elected - Mon 25 February 2013.
Many congratulations to the following pupils who have been elected House Captains:
Mostyn- Harry E
De La Salle- Samuel D
Bute- Frank M
St Davids- Nadia A
R11 Visit to Crucial Crew - Mon 25 February 2013.
As part of PSE curriculum, R11 visited South Wales Police mock-up of a town on 25th February where they learnt about the dangers of everyday life. Georgia Wink wrote:
“We went to a mini shop where the lady showed us what they can sell an 11 year old. They showed us the cigarettes, fireworks and drugs and how dangerous they are. We then went outside and into a bus to learn about the top 10 safety rules of bus travel. We split into two teams to guess these rules and had to shout out our answers. It was really fun!”
Siddharth Mohanty wrote:
“I really enjoyed it, especially when we went through the smoke-filled room.”
Singing their way to marital bliss- Thurs 21 and Fri 22 February 2013.
A dubious judge, a jilted bride, a dapper defendant and a whole chorus of meddling jurors starred in St John’s College’s sell-out performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury last month. Performed with panache, musicality and professionalism that could have graced any West End Stage, this sparkling production entertained from start to finish. Accompanied by the College’s own polished Concert Orchestra this rollicking farce was sung to perfection by the cast of beautifully costumed Senior and Sixth Form pupils who delighted the audience with a feast of witty and good humoured lampooning of the many ‘breach of promise’ judgements played out in the litigious courtrooms of the nineteenth century.
Mr Malcolm Harding, a distinguished conductor and former public school director of music, commented 'The production of Trial by Jury at St John's is one of the happiest I have been associated with and I have been delighted that the results have been accomplished in so short a time - evidence of talent and industry both on the part of the students and highly committed teaching staff.'
Meanwhile, with their dazzling costumes and well-rehearsed routines the Junior School presented Terry Pratchett’s beguiling tale of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents with a cast and numerous supporting roles which gave every Junior pupil an opportunity to contribute to the success of this highly entertaining saga. The sets, costumes, characterisation and clear diction of these young thespians captivated the audience, reflecting great credit on the preparation and effectuation of their highly entertaining roles.
All in all, this double bill gave the appreciative audiences an evening of fine theatre to savour. We all look back to our school days and experiences, and nothing outshines the happy memory of playing a part in a highly successful and technically demanding school production. Knowing that we have taken part in a show - frequently given by professional actors and singers - brings home the scale of the achievement of all involved.
Super Seven Book Club (R7) recommences from Wednesday 20 February 3.30 - 4.30(Mrs Isaac's Room)
Joseff M, Lloyd F and Charles W play for Cardiff & Vale Development Squad
Congratulations to the three R11 boys who proudly represent the Cardiff & Vale team in Football.
Intermediate Mathematical Challenge 2013 Results - 7 February 2013.
Jack Israel, Abhinaba Guha, Yuchen Zhu, Natasha Sturrock.
Andee Liu, James Ball, Ali Jaffar, Namitha Michael, Hannah Son, Soraya Alburquerque, Sophie Taylor, Ross Lisney-Wilson.
Daniel Cullen, Robbie Griffith, Dominie Patel.
Tanya Chiganze, Faye Wang, Joshua Chang.
Jack and Abhinaba (R16) did so well that they have been invited to take part in the next round on the 15th March. Good luck, both!
Ski Trip to Bansko, Bulgaria - 6-13 February 2013.
Our Senior pupils were on the ski slopes for 5 days with 4 hours of lessons a day in the world cup resort of Bansko and stayed for 6 nights full board in the 4* Perun Lodge. As well as excellent skiing there were enjoyable evening activities such as bowling, ice skating, disco, karaoke, and a traditional Bulgarian evening!
Joseph W (R12) Plays Tennis for Great Britain and is selected to attend LTA Training Camp in Barcelona - Tues 5-Fri 8 February 2013.
Many congratulations to Joseph, who has not only represented Great Britain in a 4-nation tennis tournament at the Belgian National Tennis Centre (Antwerp), but also won all of his 8 matches (6 singles and 2 doubles) against the best players in Belgium and Holland.
Joseph has now been selected to attend an LTA Training Camp in Barcelona this Easter at which a select GB team will be training and competing on European clay against Spanish players. Joseph can be very proud of this outstanding achievement.
Gilbert & Sullivan Masterclass with Malcolm Harding for Senior production of Trial by Jury, 11am - 5pm - Thurs 7 February 2013.
Ethan Harris (L6th) Achieves Highest Mark in ABRSM Grade 8 Piano - Tues 5 February 2013.
Many congratulations to Ethan, who has been awarded the 'Dorothy Grace Atkinson Memorial Prize for Pianoforte', given each year to the candidate with the highest mark in ABRSM Grade 8 Piano. Ethan has been awarded a cash prize and his name will appear in the ABRSM's 2012 Annual Review. Ethan can be very proud of this great honour.
Senior Maths Team Challenge Final (Sixth Form), London - Tues 5 February 2013.
Congratulations to our team of 4 Further Maths students who represented South Wales at the National Finals of this year's Senior Team Maths Challenge on Tuesday 5 February. Having already beaten more than 20 schools from South Wales to win the Regional Finals in November at Cardiff University, the St John's team was one of only 62 school from across the UK to reach the National Final held in the Camden Centre, London.
In the short time after completing January exams, our team put considerable effort and hard work into preparing for the event. Our students were delighted to be with some of the most talented young mathematicians in the country and to compete in solving complex problems. We all enjoyed every minute of the event.
This is the third year that our Sixth Form mathematicians have reached the National Finals, and this year's team can all be very proud of its achievements. Many congratulations to Jamie and Eric (L6th) and Joe and Peyton (U6th).
'Teaching is good or better in three of the schools inspected. In one school, where teaching was judged to be excellent, this is because of teachers’ broad subject knowledge, the particularly high expectations of pupils and the rigorous level of challenge.' (ESTYN Crown Copyright - Annual Report 2012).
Only St John's College achieved 'EXCELLENT' for Teaching.
Aashika Luintel (R16) wins 'Best Speaker Award' at Rotary Public Speaking Competition - Mon 28 January 2013.
Congratulations to Aashika Luintel, Ross Lisney-Wilson and Matthew Barbato of R16 who competed in last night's Rotary Public Speaking Competition at Llanishen High School. Ross (Chairperson) and Matthew (who gave the vote of thanks) were both entertaining and informative, and Aashika's speech - Should Alcohol be Banned - was compelling and expertly delivered. The standard of public speaking was very high, with several teams of senior pupils and sixth formers from Howell's School, Llandaff Cathedral School and Bishop of Llandaff. Aashika is to be especially commended for winning 'Best Speaker Award'.
Mr J. Neville.
All round success for St John's Gymnastics Team- Fri 25 January 2013.
The Welsh Schools Floor and Vault Championships were a great success last Friday with 3 seniors and 3 juniors competing for St John's in total. Sam W came first and got a gold medal with Sam R coming second (silver medal) in the U14's competition. Rachel E (R13), Ella E (R9), Gabrielle R (R9) and Eleri R (R9) all competed extremely well.
Many congratulations to all of the gymnasts involved.
Cathedral Choir live broadcast to an estimated 1.8 million listeners on BBC Radio 4, Sunday 27th January 2013, 8.10am.
Cathedral Choristers perform in live BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Britten Spring Symphony, St David's Hall, 7.30pm- Fri 25 January 2013.
Our boy and girl Cathedral Choristers joined choirs from Brecon Cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral and St David's Cathedral, the BBC National Chorus of Wales and Cardiff Polyphonic Choir in a magnificent performance of Britten's Spring Symphony conducted by David Atherton at St David's Hall.
Oxford Union Debating Regional Round (L6th), Ysgol Glantaf, 4pm - Fri 25 January 2013.
Our Lower 6th Form students performed very well indeed in last night's regional round of the Oxford Union Schools Debating Competition against schools from across South Wales. Congratulations to Max, Roisin, Karthik, Sam, Jahna and Louis on their fine debating which was particularly commended by the judges.
Mr J. Neville.
Junior Book Club News- January 2013.
The recent ‘Christmas Carol’ Book Club quiz was keenly fought. All participants were able to demonstrate an impressive knowledge of a challenging text. Congratulations to all those who took part, especially to team ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ who narrowly won.
The next Junior Book Club will be held on Wednesday 13th March. The text is the official picture-book edition of Nelson Mandela’s best selling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
All are welcome to attend Junior Book Club if they have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audio book.