A leading independent day school for boys & girls age 3-18

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General News

  • Headmasters’ Lunch

    4 December 2018

    Well done to all pupils invited to lunch with Mr Moody last week. Your contribution to the life of St John’s is highly commended.…

  • Success at ESU Churchill Public Speaking!

    23 November 2018

    St John’s College hosted this year’s first stage of the ESU Churchill Public Speaking competition in our library on Wednesday, 21st November. We were joined by Year 11 teams from Howell’s School and Cardiff Sixth Form College. All teams were highly polished and performed extremely well: I definitely didn’t envy the judges who had to make a decision!…

  • Estyn Awards Ceremony 2018

    27 October 2018

    Congratulations to all staff for being recognised by ESTYN for our excellence in the following categories: 1) Standards; 2) Wellbeing and attitudes to learning; 3) Care, support and guidance. Mrs Thompson and Mrs Jo Gordon-Smith attended the ceremony and proudly accepted this prestigious award on all our behalf from Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector of Estyn and Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Education Secretary…

  • Opening of the new Sixth Form Centre

    30 September 2018

    Our new Sixth Form Centre was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Rees, on Friday 28th September 2018. This new facility is part of the school’s aim to provide the very best sixth form education and equip our students for the demands of the modern world. Established in 1987,  St John’s College has gained an enviable reputation over 30 years for its outstanding academic results, both at GCSE and A Level.…

  • New Sixth Form Centre

    28 September 2018

    At 2.00pm on Friday, 28th September 2018 our new Sixth Form Centre was officially opened by the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Rees.  This new development is a realisation of our long-term vision that education should prepare students for University and the world of work.…

  • Religious Studies Department Trip to Adoremus

    9 September 2018

    St John’s College Religious Studies (RS) department was delighted that pupils Jacob V, Catrin D (both R16) and Alessia M (L6) were able to attend the Catholic Church in England and Wales “Adoremus: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress” on the 8th September in Liverpool. Alongside His Grace, the Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff and Canon Peter Collins, the Dean of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral; plus over a hundred local Catholics, representing schools and parishes throughout the Cardiff Diocese, the students set off on a very early start to the Liverpool Echo Arena.  …

  • Summer Concert – 11th July 2018

    29 June 2018

    The 2018 St John’s College, Cardiff ‘Summer Concert’ will take place on 11th July in the School Hall starting at 7pm. The pupils will be performing selected highlights from this year’s concerts alongside material prepared during the Trinity term. The Cathedral Choir and Concert Orchestra will perform alongside instrumental and vocal soloists from St John’s College in a variety of pieces including: Danzon No.2 by Arturo Marquez, Dvorak’s exciting Slovonic Dance, a medley of Hollywood hits, Music Theatre songs including extracts from Beauty and the Beast and choral classics such as I Was Glad by Hubert Parry, completing a programme for a wonderful summer’s night of music.…

  • New Partnership Helping to Unlock Pupil Potential at St John’s College

    22 June 2018

    St John’s College and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) are entering into a new partnership. The DofE is the nationally and internationally recognised Award favoured by employers and universities alike. The partnership aims to build confidence, dedication and commitment, attributes which are highly valued at St John’s. The partnership already has 81 pupils across R14 and R15 working towards their Bronze DofE Awards, which reflects a staggering 76% of the year groups.…

  • Nursery and Infant Royal Wedding Gallery

    19 May 2018

  • ‘Good Eggs’ Afternoon Tea

    18 May 2018

    The Headmaster’s Afternoon Tea for ‘good eggs’ is for pupils who have been nominated by their teachers for acts of kindness and good behaviour. Yesterday, Mr Moody was joined by Anlan, Nadia, Dilusha, Tomos, India, Christina, Arjun and Ashok. Well done for being such exemplary pupils.…

  • Junior Production – Alice: The Musical

    18 March 2018

    Congratulations to all our actors and actresses for a fantastic production of Alice the Musical.  The cast of 125 pupils, aged from 7 to 11, performed with such aplomb.  The acting, singing and dances were executed with so much enthusiasm and joy.  Thank you to the pupils for working so hard and for being such super performers on the two nights.…

  • F1 in Schools Success

    12 March 2018

    On Friday, 9th March 2018, St John’s College attended the regional final of F1 in Schools at Cardiff City Stadium. Three teams were entered; Infinity – Entry Class, Stormbreakers – Development Class and The Exception – Professional Class. Each team worked incredibly hard in the run up to the competition and displayed excellent team work, we are so proud of each and everyone of them.…

  • R12 Race Day – Monday 22nd January

    26 January 2018

    On Monday 22nd January, nine R12 teams competed against each other in order to achieve first place overall. Due to the extremely high standards of all the teams, we had two teams that came joint first; Team Infinity and Evolution. Team Infinity came first in the car scrutineering, achieving 130 out of 140 and their pit display demonstrated a professional and informative approach.…

  • R5 Visit to the National Museum of Wales

    24 January 2018

    R5 visited The National Museum of Wales where they learnt about dinosaur sounds, taking part in a musical workshop. The children also compared their teeth and feet size to those of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Yezen had a close encounter with a meat eater! The children discovered lots of fossils and dinosaur bones and they also learnt about volcanoes and earthquakes.…

  • The Gold Crest Award

    23 January 2018

    The Gold Crest Award group have decided on a project and have started their practical work this week. Pupils have been researching the effect of carbonated energy drinks on teeth.  The group carried out preliminary trials this week, submerging marble chips and egg shells (tooth substitutes), into Red Bull, Red Bull Zero, Coke Zero, Classic Coke and Diet Coke.…

  • Wind Turbine Challenge

    21 January 2018

    R13 pupils built and tested a working wind turbine which generated enough energy to light an LED.  Pupils were then challenged to improve their model in order to reach the maximum output voltage. The pupils displayed an enthusiastic approach as well as a healthy competitive drive throughout the workshop. Well done to Ffion and Luisa who achieved the highest output voltage of 7.07v.…

  • R14 & R15 BBC Microbit Challenge

    21 January 2018

    R14 and R15 DT pupils were introduced to simple coding techniques and logic by programming motors on a buggy. Through a series of increasingly complex challenges, pupils were able to remotely control their buggy.   Pupils worked in pairs, continually evaluating and designing their code to solve the challenges set. Finally, they raced their cars in an arena.…

  • Latest from R6 and R7

    20 January 2018

    R6 brought in a favourite toy to present to the class. We had some cuddly bears, plastic figures and a large remote controlled car from Ava that could do some sharp turns! All the children spoke beautifully and answered questions from their peers. R6 have also been learning about The Arctic, the animals that live there and the lives of The Inuits.…

  • ‘Fabulous Food’ in the Nursery!

    19 January 2018

    The nursery children are enjoying reading Oliver’s vegetables written by Vivian French in Language and Literacy this week. We have been listening to the story, painting pictures for our new frieze and made carrot soup in cooking on Friday. Mrs A Banks…

  • Latest news from R5

    13 January 2018

    R5 have had a lovely first week, learning about reflections and light source. The children looked closely at their faces in our giant mirror and created a self portrait using pastels. We have read the story of “The Gingerbread Man” and the children described the crafty Fox! The children also enjoyed making ginger biscuits.…

  • Thomas T at the Investec International Rugby Academy

    15 December 2017

    Tom had another busy day at the Investec International Rugby Academy in South Africa. Working with Andre Pretorius and Michael Horak on attacking play and changing the attack to the speed of a defensive line. He is training hard on the pitch and learning some Afrikaans along the way.…

  • A Snowman at Sunset – Nursery and Infants Production – Dress Rehearsal

    13 December 2017

  • Mathematics Success!

    11 December 2017

    Three R16 pupils did exceptionally well in the recent UKMT Senior maths challenge – (this challenge is generally aimed at pupils studying lower 6 maths). Will W and Neil M qualified for the follow on senior Kangaroo round and Suyash A went one step further by achieving a score which meant he took part in the Olympiad round.…

  • Latest news from R6

    6 December 2017

    R6 have been learning the value of coins. We ordered the coins practically and used the interactive whiteboard to play a coin recognition game.  The children then used what they had learned to order coins up to £2. We practiced writing the pound sign in front of the number.…

  • Nursery visits Thornhill Farm to buy a Christmas tree

    6 December 2017

    The Nursery children had a very special trip to the Thornhill Farm to buy their Christmas tree. We really enjoyed visiting all the animals and the children especially enjoyed the Alpacas joining in with our singing. The children chose a beautiful tree and watched  as the farmer prepared the tree to take back to school .…

  • The latest news from R7

    3 December 2017

    R7 created a display of Christmas jumpers along the washing line. The jumpers had to have a Christmas theme and the image had to be symmetrical! The children have been looking at the different continents and oceans in Geography lessons using globes and atlases. They enjoyed colouring in the countries. This week R7 have been learning about poetry with the children experimenting with alliteration when writing their own poems.…

  • Latest news from R5

    3 December 2017

    The children have had enormous fun this week making wooden spoon puppets as part of our work on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. They tasted different flavoured porridges, some even liked the salty Scottish porridge! We made a graph of our choices too.…

  • Wales Independent Secondary School of the Year

    1 December 2017

    “St John’s College, Cardiff is used to the celestial as choir school to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral. However, this year it was not just the school’s music that was out of this world. Anyone obtaining a C grade on A-level results day in August will have felt a little lonely, as 98.1% of all outcomes secured A*, A or B grades, putting Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s et al into the shade.…

  • Nursery News

    1 December 2017

    The nursery children are getting very excited preparing for Christmas. We took part in the annual Christmas Tableau and we all sang beautifully. In our Welsh lessons with Mrs Burleton we have been making Christmas cards and learning lots of new Welsh words; Baby Jesus – Baban Iesu, Mary – Mair, Joseph- Josef, manger- preseb, Shepherd – Bugeiliaid.…

  • Welsh Schools Trampolining Competition

    1 December 2017

    Many congratulations to Ella E who competed for St John’s College on 26th November in the U14 Elite level at the Welsh Schools Trampolining Competition. She was very pleased to win the Silver trophy. Ella will now go on to represent the school at the Zonal competition in the North of England in January.…

  • R13/14 Netball v Bro Edern

    30 November 2017

    Congratulations to R13/14 pupils who played an outstanding 40 mins of Netball on Tuesday v Bro Edern.  The team demonstrated true grit throughout the match to withstand the opposition’s fresh cycle of players; we had no substitutes! An excellent win 18-4 to SJC. Congratulations to Estee C who received player of the match (POM).…

  • Congratulations to our U11 Chess Team!

    30 November 2017

    Read all about the amazing exploits of our U11 Chess players via the Welsh Chess Union website. A full report will feature in our forthcoming newsletter. St John’s dethrone The Dell at Cardiff Stadium

  • Latest news from R7

    28 November 2017

    R7 have been looking at animals and plants in the local environment and have discussed camouflage. They had to look for toy animals that were hidden in Forest School and to discuss why some were easier to find than others. They have also been growing cress, lettuce and daffodils and watching the roots of a bulb as they grow down into the bottle.…

  • Junior Book Club

    27 November 2017

    Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week In what must be one of our most popular choices so far (enjoyed by our older pupils just as much as the young), Junior Book Club members once again did unbelievably well, keenly showing off their in depth-knowledge of Andrew Norriss’ wickedly funny Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week.…

  • This week in Nursery

    27 November 2017

    The nursery children have been learning all about coins in Abacus maths this week. We have been counting and matching coins and  using the laptops to solve problems. We looked at the coins to find different numbers and were all very surprised to find the Queen on the back of each coin!…

  • Junior Achievers’ Lunch

    25 November 2017

    Mr Lloyd and Mrs Thompson are hosting three lunches, throughout the year, for Junior School pupils who have achieved academic success, show fantastic effort in their lessons or who shine in their approach to the ethos of the school. This term Hugh W, Calum L and Ada M from R8; Alexandra D, Rhys M and Leila J from R9; Selina HE, Siyona N and James C from R10; Hiya R, Sean G and Alma S from R11 enjoyed a buffet lunch and conversation about school, wildlife and running marathons.…

  • Kids’ Lit Quiz

    23 November 2017

    On 22nd November two teams took part in the International Kids’ Lit Quiz. Pupils involved were Crina C, Carys R, Ji-Eun K, Chuka I, Ojas M, Rhea I, Krishna L and Kate F.  Both teams finished with very respectable scores and both won a round and received a book prize. Our team of R13 pupils: Carys, Ji-Eun, Chuka and Crina did particularly well, finishing 3rd overall and were only a point behind 2nd place.…

  • A Level Welsh – Jonathan, S4C

    22 November 2017

    On Tuesday 21st November, our Sixth Form students had the exciting opportunity to be part of the audience for the popular Welsh language television programme, ‘Jonathan’, hosted by former professional rugby player Jonathan Davies OBE, alongside international rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE, and Rugby commentator Sarra Elgan. The students, Rachel E, Morgan G, Fflur P, Emma B, and teachers, Miss McManus and Mrs Emms, all thoroughly enjoyed the evening!…

  • A Level Welsh – Residential Trip to Glan-llyn

    22 November 2017

    On Wednesday 15th November, our three Upper Sixth students, Rachel E, Morgan G and Fflur P, along with Miss McManus made the four hour journey to North Wales, ready for an intensive 3 days of lectures and revision seminars at the Urdd Centre in Glan-Llyn, near Bala. Despite the early start of 6:45am, the girls were ready for an afternoon of seminars where they had the privilege of listening to the playwright of the drama studied at A Level, and asking her many questions already discussed in lessons.…

  • Visiting History Speaker

    21 November 2017

    Louis Friedman was part of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa during the 60s and 70s. He shared his experiences with R16 who are currently completing their GCSE Controlled Assessment on this subject. Several students had contacted Mr Friedman beforehand with specific questions about apartheid and were delighted to get detailed hand written replies.…

  • Latest Charity News

    21 November 2017

    Operation Christmas Child Thank you to everyone who participated in this years “Shoe Box” appeal. Over 60 parcels are on their way to Albania. I will keep you updated with any photographs Samaritans Purse send to us over the coming months. Children In Need We had a fantastic day on Friday, raising money for Children In Need.…

  • St David’s Hall Concert

    19 November 2017

    Our annual Christmas Concert at St David’s Hall is just over a week away. Details of rehearsal times and a medical consent form for your child(ren) are available via the links below. Many thanks for your continued support of music at St John’s College and the Cathedral. The Music Department. Letter and Consent Form Medical Form

  • R6 Months of the Year game

    19 November 2017

    R6 have been learning about days of the week, months of the year and seasons and enjoyed a fun circle time game. We also helped raise funds for Children in Need and Pudsey Bear with a cake sale and raffle.…

  • Children in Need

    18 November 2017

    The Nursery and Infant children have held a cake sale and raffle today for Children in Need The children said the cakes were delicious!…

  • Nursery Mathematics

    18 November 2017

    The Nursery children have been learning about the letter sound ‘C’ this week and their Abacus Maths topic has been 3D shapes. We have been making Mr Carrot and we had to use our thinking skills to follow instructions on how to make him.…

  • R9 trip to Wastesavers

    17 November 2017

    On Thursday R9 went on their Geography trip to Wastesavers in Newport to learn about what happens to our recycling and how we can save our environment. The children enjoyed seeing the machine that sorts our recycling with different magnets. Mrs R Howells…

  • Nursery and Infant Children in Need Cake Sale

    17 November 2017

    Many congratulations to our Nursery and Infants who have raised a wonderful £138.16 from their BBC Children in Need Cake Sale!  …

  • Weekly Sports Report – 13th November 2017

    17 November 2017

    Tennis Congratulations to the St John’s college tennis team who played in the senior schools team tennis competition.  St John’s were drawn against St Cyres, Stanwell and Caerleon comprehensive.  The mixed, girls and boys teams all played extremely well.  Congratulations to Kasim A who played such a tight match versus Caerleon, the psychology of both players was fascinating to watch.  …

  • Some of our Lower Sixth Biologists at a DNA workshop at Techniquest

    16 November 2017

  • Junior Enterprise Week

    15 November 2017

    Our Junior Enterprise began earlier in the term with an inspirational talk from Mr Gooding and learning about the impact of logos and slogans with Mrs Crowley-Davies. R11 also learnt about the importance of team work when tasked with building a metre-high spaghetti tower. Fresh from half-term, R11 launched into a busy week of production, costing, marketing and advertising their fantastic products.…

  • Latest news from R7

    15 November 2017

    Using the PC to create a Nativity scene in an IT lesson. Making amounts up to £1 using different combinations of coins. Using the laptops for Maths…

  • R12 Residential Trip to Llangrannog

    14 November 2017

    On Wednesday morning, forty-nine R12 pupils departed St John’s for an exciting three days at Llangrannog. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities including skiing, tobogganing, bingo, quads, high ropes, trampolining, horse riding and the eagerly awaited disco! They immersed themselves in the Welsh language and got to know one another that little bit better by developing their teamwork and communicating skills.…

  • Lee Bromley Golf Academy of Excellence Launch Event

    10 November 2017

    Golf Launch This week we launched the SJC Lee Bromley Golf Academy. Pupils tried out a range of SNAG (Starting New At Golf) golf equipment and expressed their interest.   Our vision is now to establish our golf academy in partnership with Began Road Golf Centre and St Mellons Golf Club.   Lee will next be delivering further taster sessions in lessons and on Friday, 17th and 24th November from 4.00pm – 4.45pm.  …

  • Nursery News

    10 November 2017

    The Nursery children have been very busy this week reading The Gruffalo’s child by Julia Donaldson. We have been dressing up and making our new winter frieze using the story. We made a large Gruffalo who was taller than us!…

  • R5 News

    10 November 2017

    This week R5 were introduced to money. In addition to cutting and sticking the correct number of coins in the purse, the children played a counting game with real pennies. The children greatly enjoyed participating in the telling of the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They even wrote some sentences using the laptops.…

  • R11 Enterprise Week 2017

    8 November 2017

    R11 are nearly halfway through their Enterprise Week.  They are working in business teams to create products to sell at the Enterprise Fair on Friday. Pupils are competing  to see who can earn the most profit as well as developing team building skills and understanding how a business is run. A big thank you to Mrs Cooke, who returned to St John’s today, to talk to the children abut the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. …

  • The launch of our new Golf Academy!

    6 November 2017

  • Lily M and Rachel E Expedition to Ghana

    24 October 2017

    Lily M and Rachel E (U6) left Wales on Sunday for 9 days volunteering in Ghana. They will be working in local villages and schools, helping with outreach clinics and on building projects in the area. Many thanks to the teachers who have provided donations for them to take for the local children.…

  • R11 History Trip to Cardiff Castle

    23 October 2017

    On the 18th of October, R11 visited Cardiff Castle, and all of us had a wonderful time. We arrived at the majestic castle at about 10am in the morning, where we visited the Medieval undercroft. This was one of the most important rooms in the castle, as all the important functions were held here.…

  • 6th Form students learning about the Apartheid Regime

    21 October 2017

    In honour of Black History Month, our Upper Sixth students studying Welsh A Level have been reading one of the short stories on the WJEC specification, ‘Angladd yn y Wlad’ (Funeral in the Country). The short story, written by Ioan Kidd, tells the story of a black family affected by the tragedies of the Apartheid regime in South Africa during the latter part of the 20th century.…

  • Welsh Chess Championships

    21 October 2017

    Many congratulations to our Senior Chess team who came joint 1st with Howell’s School at today’s event. In the Junior congress: Premier section Ben finished 2nd and Krishna finished 3rd.There was also good performance from Krithik who just missed out on the top 3. In the major section Rishi finished 1st.…

  • Latest news from R7

    21 October 2017

    Kyran and Iwan have started guitar lessons and wanted to play to us. R6 and R7 had a great time at NIAC learning new tennis skills. R7 went to Forest School to collect four things, all different lengths. They then had to measure them and put them in order.…

  • Nursery News

    21 October 2017

    This week the nursery children have been learning the features of Autumn. The children had great fun in forest school making Leaf man using twigs and leaves, we even gave him some ears and beautiful hair. We have been printing using Autumn leaves, making Leaf soup in the water play and we have made food for the birds  which we hung on the trees in forest school.…

  • This week in R5

    21 October 2017

    The children of R5 have been looking at People Who Help Us this half term. This week we learnt all about the post man, ending with a trip to the local post box on Friday to post letters to our friends.    …

  • R6 Visit to St Fagans

    20 October 2017

    Tegan using the dolly to rinse the clothes. Megan turning the handle on the mangle…

  • The week in R7

    15 October 2017

    R7 pupils are measuring their arms, feet and hands using standard units of measurement. The children are following written instructions to make an octopus using a paper plate. They were very proud of the final products! Mrs R Cooper…

  • R10 Cog Waterworks Trip

    15 October 2017

    R10 went to the Cog Waterworks on 12th October as part of their Geography topic about water.  We were very impressed  and proud with the pupils exceptional behaviour which was commented on by The Cog Waterworks team.  They enthusiastically answered questions and showed their prior knowledge of the topic of water and water treatment.…

  • Nursery News

    14 October 2017

    The Nursery had lots of fun this week. We have been learning all about the sound I, tall and short, The Leaf man story, Autumn fun, making bread in cooking and celebrating a fourth birthday! What a very busy week! Mrs A Banks…

  • Latest News from R5

    14 October 2017

    The infants have been helping to raise money for charity this week by wearing our ‘Casuals for CAFOD’. In R5 we have been reading “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” and had such fun finding our class bear in forest school on Friday afternoon. R5 have also made bread by shaping their roll into the first letter of their name.…

  • Junior Book Club

    13 October 2017

    Frozen in Time Junior Book Club members were enthralled by Ali Sparkes’ heart-stopping adventure about two twenty-first century children who discover the cryogenically suspended bodies of Freddie, Polly and puppy Bess, from the 1950s. This text provoked a lively debate about the differences between growing up in the 1950s and the modern day.…

  • R11 River Trip

    13 October 2017

    R11 had a fantastic trip to the Gower following the River Ilston, learning about how it changes over its journey from its source to the sea. We started 7km from the beach at Three Cliffs Bay and finished overlooking the truly spectacular view of the bay, from the height of the beautiful ruins of Pennard castle.…

  • Hiya R at the European Chess Championships – September 2017

    10 October 2017

    Many congratulations to our young Chess superstar, Hiya R on taking part in the European Youth Chess Championships in Romania this September. You can read all about Hiya’s experiences in her diary.…

  • R8 St Fagans trip 9th October

    9 October 2017

    R8 went back in time on Monday 9th to an ancient Celtic roundhouse. They met a lady who explained and showed them similarities and differences between modern life and that of an ancient Celt. The children held spear heads, pick axes made from antlers, flints and glass beads. The furniture and artefacts that were in the house were fascinating and they were intrigued to hear about the primitive bathroom arrangements!…

  • Iwan C wins Silver at Welsh Schools Ski Championship

    9 October 2017

    Many congratulations to Iwan C who came second in the U14 unregistered category representing St John’s College!  Overall time of 26.32 seconds over two runs (13.28 first run, 13.04 second run). What a wonderful achievement!…

  • Latest News from the Nursery

    8 October 2017

    Nursery have had a very busy week! We completed our Hungry Caterpillar topic making Caterpillar hoops, and Caterpillar hats. The children thought it was very funny at home time surprising their mummies wearing their hats. We have been busy learning our letter sounds and on Friday had a fabulous time taking part in Dictionary day.…

  • Dictionary Day in the Nursery and Infants

    8 October 2017

    On Friday 6th October the children in the Infant & Nursery Department enjoyed dressing up for Dictionary Day. Nursery dressed as their favourite colour.         R5 as food. R6 as traditional toys. R7 as animals   Everyone made such an effort and a great day was had by all!…

  • R10 – Kensuke’s Kingdom Trip Report

    8 October 2017

    R10s travelled to Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular to learn all about survival skills. Pupils are reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ where the main character, a young boy called Michael, ends up shipwrecked on an island. To begin pupils sat alone on the beach to contemplate the fate of being shipwrecked before climbing the highest sand dune to survey the resources available to them.…

  • Latest news from the Nursery

    2 October 2017

      The children in R5 enjoyed playing in the water and matching people to boats!         On Friday afternoon R5 enjoyed using the laptops and practising their word processing skills!  …

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg MP at the Cornerstone

    30 September 2017

    Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher Rees-Mogg. These are the names given by Jacob and Helena Rees-Mogg to their sixth child born recently.  Sixtus V was the last Pope of this name, elected in 1567. As a well known Member of Parliament for Somerset North and broadcaster (Have I Got news for You), Jacob Rees-Mogg MP is recognised as one of the finest orators in parliament.  …

  • Nursery and Infant Macmillan coffee morning

    30 September 2017

    We would like to say a huge thank you to staff and sixth form pupils for supporting our charity coffee morning. The money raised so far is £260. Well done everyone!…

  • Maths fun in the Nursery

    29 September 2017

    During Abacus practical maths the Nursery have been learning all about 2d shapes including circles, squares and triangles, We  had fun in outside learning finding shapes and shape patterns. The children also made shape collages and worked as a team to make a big circle. Well done! Super maths!…

  • Upper Sixth Geography Trip

    27 September 2017

    Our Upper Sixth geography group spent the day at Oxwich Bay collecting data for their A2 individual investigation. Students have devised their own investigation title and methods, looking at both human and physical processes operating on the dunes. It was a successful day and students working really hard to collect all the data they needed.…

  • This week in R5

    24 September 2017

    R5 have been learning about the work of the emergency services. They learnt about all the different jobs the police do and made a police warrant card. On Wednesday they made stethoscopes and pretended to listen to each other’s heart beats. Mrs G Firth  …

  • This week in R7

    24 September 2017

    R7 are counting large numbers of conkers by grouping in 10s. (There are over 600 conkers altogether.) For Geography they are carrying out a traffic survey from the front grass to compare with the traffic outside their homes at the weekend. Mrs R Cooper…

  • This week in Nursery

    24 September 2017

    Nursery had a lovely time in forest school this week collecting Autumn leaves and making journey sticks. The children found an Oak tree and enjoyed looking at the shape of the leaves. The squirrels had collected all the acorns ready for the Winter. Mrs A Banks…

  • Latest news from R6

    21 September 2017

      Tegan was very excited to receive a letter from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Tegan had sent the Queen a lovely drawing and an invitation.           R6 visited Forest School to identify and collect signs of the approaching autumn.…

  • R16 Geography River Trip

    20 September 2017

    R16 undertook an investigation into how the River Ilston discharge varies from source to mouth. The glorious weather allowed the students to collect the necessary data required for their analysis back in class, which will hopefully prove or disprove their hypothesis. All in all it was a great day to be a Geographer.…

  • Enterprise Activities for R12-R14

    19 September 2017

    In the Autumn term at St John’s College, enterprise activities are organised for pupils in R12-14. These activities are held with the view of developing communicating, creative, problem solving and team working skills for the future. These skills are essential in any profession and developing these at a young age only develops them further.…

  • Late Summer sunshine

    19 September 2017

    R6 enjoying the late summer sunshine as they worked outdoors. Miss S Davies  …

  • Nursery PE 

    15 September 2017

    The nursery children are learning all about Megan and the baby dragon in PE The children have been crawling  through boxes, along benches and under flags just like Megan. We  had to collect some blue eggs. We are very excited to find out what is inside the eggs next week! Could it be a baby dragon?…

  • Former pupil, Mary W, at Balliol College, Oxford

    15 September 2017

    Congratulations to Mary W, ex-pupil of St John’s, who was invited by the UKMT to attend summer school at Balliol College, Oxford. Mary travelled all the way from China especially to attend. Mary says: “I very much enjoyed the summer school, we did a lot of Maths! It is quite different from normal school because we focus more on the ways to consider a problem rather than solving it, and we normally focus on one question and explore it in depth for a session, which is 90 minutes long.…

  • R7’s Weekly Roundup

    15 September 2017

    This week in R7… The children identified where they had been on holiday using a map of the world which is now on display in the classroom. R7 identified the trees in Forest School using their ‘Leafidials’. To promote quick fire mental skills R7 made a rainbow of hands showing the number bonds.…

  • R8 Brecon Beacons visit

    13 September 2017

    R8 discovered the wonders of one of Wales’ 3 National Parks on Tuesday 12th September when they visited the Brecon Beacons. Not only did they see the incredible mountains, but have started to appreciate what a huge park it is, why it exists as a park and some of the reasons why it attracts so many visitors each year.…

  • Nursery Class Captains

    6 September 2017

    This year our nursery class captains are Joseph and Hohoko. Mrs Jones Assistant Head came to visit nursery and present the children with their special badges. Well done to you both! Mrs A Banks…

  • Junior Maths Challenge

    6 September 2017

    Many congratulations to our pupils Ji-Eun K, Luke V and Harshita A who took part in the Junior Maths Challenge. Luke V achieved a gold certificate along with Best in Class, Best in Year and Best in School. This wonderful achievement meant that Luke was the only pupil in R13 that was invited to sit the follow-up ‘Kangaroo’ paper, which is a far more mathematically rigorous challenge.…

  • Junior School Merit Awards

    19 July 2017

    In our final Junior assembly on Tuesday 11th July, Alexandra D and Gala S received the award for achieving the highest number of merits throughout the year. Congratulations girls. Mrs Thompson…

  • R8 and R9 Trip to Folly Farm.

    18 July 2017

    R8 and R9 thoroughly enjoyed their last day of term visit to Folly Farm. They toured the zoo area and particularly enjoyed seeing the penguins and the giraffes. After a picnic lunch they then enjoyed an ice cream treat and a play in the Jolly Roger play area. Mrs C Clint.…

  • R10 trip to the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent

    18 July 2017

    What a wonderful trip! The R10 pupils enjoyed a fantastic day at the International Centre for Birds of Prey. We started the day with a guided tour of the centre and were introduced to the birds. Pupils had plenty of opportunities to ask questions about their favourite birds. We were then treated to fantastic displays by several magnificent birds, including kites, owls and falcons.…

  • St John’s pupil talks to the BBC about SnapChat concerns

    11 July 2017

    Last Thursday schools in the UK warned about the dangers of the new SnapChat Maps feature which allows users to track one another using GPS. The BBC World Service asked one of our pupils, Owen S in R14, to be interviewed on the subject. Please follow the link below to hear the interview.…

  • R14 Shakespearean Workshop

    6 July 2017

    On Wednesday, 5th July, our R14 pupils were treated to an exciting morning of Drama with an experienced actor, Simon Riordan. Pupils performed either ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘Henry V’ to follow on from their Literature studies of the plays this term. Pupils participated in some fun Drama warm-up exercises, which was promptly followed by some close language study of the Bard.…

  • SnapChat Warning for Parents

    6 July 2017

    SnapChat Maps The social networking app SnapChat recently introduced a new feature allowing people to locate fellow users using GPS. This feature is called SnapChat Maps and schools across the UK are concerned about the potentially huge safety implications for young people. The BBC article below outlines some of the issues.…

  • New School Twitter Feeds

    4 July 2017

    We are pleased to announce that St John’s has joined Twitter. For all the latest news from school please follow @SJCCardiff and for updates from the PE and Sports department please follow @SJCCardiffSport.…