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Junior School News

  • 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…

  • R11 Trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

    19 July 2017

    R11 celebrated their last day in the Junior School with a visit to 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 elephants, giraffes and lions.  …

  • 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.…

  • Cathedral Choir Trip to Cambridge

    6 July 2017

    On Thursday 6 July, our Cathedral Choristers and music students enjoyed a trip to Cambridge in glorious sunshine. Our Cathedral Choir had the privilege of singing Evensong at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  It was an honour for our choristers to be guests at the annual Evensong sung by the combined forces of King’s and St John’s (Cambridge) in the world famous chapel of King’s College Chapel.…

  • 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.…

  • Sports News

    30 June 2017

    Week Beginning 26th June 2017 Swimming News On Friday, eleven pupils from R10/11 represented St John’s College in the Sport Cardiff Swimming Gala Finals at the Cardiff International Pool. All pupils competed in the individual races which included 25 Front Crawl, 25m Backstroke and 25m Breaststroke. Nadia competed in the 25m Front Crawl final, Sam and Lucas competed in the 25m Breaststroke final and a huge congratulations to Harry who gained a bronze medal in the boys 25m Front Crawl final.…

  • R8 History Trip to Caerleon

    30 June 2017

    This term R8 have been studying the Romans, and as part of their history studies they were able to visit the Roman ruins at Caerleon. There we were introduced to Alias the Roman soldier who showed us the amphitheatre, the barracks, the museum where we saw lots of artefacts that were found at the site.…

  • Transition Week

    28 June 2017

    ‘G’day mates’ was ringing out between the members of R7 and R8 last week in a very successful and enjoyable Transition week when they learnt about Australia and made lots of amazing creations with an Australian flavour! Amongst the activities enjoyed by all the children were cork hat making, glittery Australian flags, Barrier Reef mobiles, Fairy Penguins, fact files on the country and famous Australian landmarks and to round up the week, the children sang two well known Australian songs together and R8s played a fun game of ‘G’day Bob!’ A wonderful week and a great time was had by all.…

  • Stormbreaker Junior Book Club

    27 June 2017

    Book Club members were gripped by Anthony Horowitz’s action packed adventure about teenage spy, Alex Rider. Many members went on to read other texts in the popular Alex Rider series. Congratulations to all who took part in a closely contested quiz and especially to the winners, team Mostyn 2. Mrs Cooney Next Junior book Club The next Book Club texts, both set in the summer holidays, are written by award winning authors: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes (aimed at older readers) or The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer (suitable for all) Both texts provide unexpected summer adventures, humour and touching insights.…

  • Sports News

    23 June 2017

    Week Beginning 19th June 2017 Seren yr Wythnos/Star of the Week Our star of the week goes to Katie O’F of R9 who competed in an Irish dance competition at the weekend. Katie performed a total of six dances throughout the day resulting in her gaining a second place, four third places and came eighth overall out of thirty children.…

  • Spy Dog Book Club

    23 June 2017

    At this month’s Book Club, the Juniors impressed with their excellent knowledge of Andy Cope’s Spy Dog, ably answering some particularly fiendish questions. Mostyn 2 were the overall winners in a very closely contested quiz. Well done all, Mr Dennis…

  • First Holy Communion

    18 June 2017

    Congratulations to Matilda D, Noah D, Olivia E, Leila J, Darcey J, Joseph M, Reece M, Gala S, Robert S, Joanne S, and Kofi W. They attended Mass at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral, in glorious sunshine, on Sunday, 18th June, 2017, for their First Holy Communion. The children have been preparing in school over the course of this year and this day was the culmination of all their hard work.…

  • Cathedral Choir Sings Live on BBC Radio 4

    18 June 2017

    Click here to listen to the Sunday Worship broadcast on BBC iPlayer. Mr Dominic Neville: “Many congratulations to all our choristers and colleagues for their magnificent singing in the live broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 18 June 2017.  Our boys and girls sang a beautiful selection of music before an audience of 1.6 million and the repertoire for this special service on Father’s Day included music by William Byrd, the Magdalen Nuptial Mass by Dr David Neville and the premiere of a newly composed anthem by Director of Music, Mr Dominic Neville.” …

  • R11 Recapping Maths Facts

    16 June 2017

    R11 recapped maths facts from the year using maths dominoes. Mrs Thompson was impressed by their recall. Well done R11. Mrs Thompson…

  • Action Against Hunger

    16 June 2017

    Miss Thompson visited the Juniors during the R11 Enterprise Week. She explained, to each year group, how the charity supports those suffering from malnutrition across the world. She is part of a group of students from Exeter University, who will be climbing Machu Picchu to raise funds and awareness for this charity.…

  • Sports News

    11 June 2017

    Week Beginning 5th June 2017 Netball Congratulations to the R10/11 pupils who achieved second place in the Sport Cardiff netball tournament. A fantastic achievement for the pupils of St John’s College. Miss Thomas Seren yr Wythnos/Star of the Week Our star of the week goes to Lilah Rafiq of R10 who competed in a street dance competition on Sunday with her dance group ‘space jam’.…

  • R10 Trip to Port Eynon

    8 June 2017

    R10 pupils recently visited Port Eynon in The Gower to take part in ‘Pirate Day’. After an initial slight drizzle the weather brightened to allow pupils to demonstrate their map reading and grid reference skills. Pupils then learned about the history of smuggling in past times and the involvement of the notorious Lucas family.…

  • Sports News

    26 May 2017

    Tennis News On Monday, six R9 and two R10 pupils represented St John’s College at the Cardiff Games Orange Tennis Tournament. The boys’ team played against Whitchurch, Treganna and Rhydypennau. The girls’ team played against Whitchurch, Treganna and Howell’s. Both teams won all their games against Treganna Primary School. All pupils displayed excellent team within their doubles matches.…

  • Cathedral Choristers take part in CSA Sports and Evensong Day at Salisbury Cathedral

    26 May 2017

    On Wednesday 24 May, the boy and girl cathedral choristers enjoyed the annual Choir Schools Association Sports and Evensong Day hosted by Salisbury Cathedral. The boys and girls had a wonderful day and played valiantly against teams representing the cathedrals of Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Llandaff, Truro, Wells, Winchester and Tewkesbury Abbey.…

  • Junior Multi-Sports Tournament

    25 May 2017

    On Thursday 25th May the Junior Department had its annual Multi-Sports Tournament at Began Road playing fields. The tournament was a huge success with over 130 pupils taking part in and enjoying 6 different sporting activities which included: Korfball, Football, Rounders, Rugby, Inflateable assault course and a Surf simulator. The aim of the day was for all pupils to gain a positive sporting experience and to reinforce healthy life choices.…

  • Sports News

    19 May 2017

    Week Beginning 15th May 2017 Swimming News On Thursday afternoon, ten R10/11 pupils represented St John’s College in the Cardiff Games Swimming competition. The school were competing against a number of schools in Cardiff and ended the competition in third place. All pupils displayed excellent teamwork during the relays and offered excellent support to the swimmers when racing.…

  • R11 Trip to Hooke Court

    15 May 2017

    We have spent our first day at Hooke Court orienteering and learning map reading skills. This has been followed by some sleuthing in a search and rescue which ended up in a Saxon longhouse. The rain has not dampened any spirits. Mrs Thompson…

  • R11 Trip to Hooke Court

    15 May 2017

    On 15th May, R11 went on a residential trip to Hooke Court in Dorset.  I think we picked the rainiest three days of May.   R11 were tasked with various challenges throughout the three days, starting with learning how to put a duvet cover on a duvet. Some pupils had practised at home!…

  • Evelyn T Success in Bedford Aquathon

    15 May 2017

    Congratulations to Evelyn T (R10) who competed in the Bedford Aquathlon (swimming and running) event on Sunday afternoon. Evelyn did fantastically well and managed to finish second in her age category which is an outstanding achievement.  Congratulations on your success from everyone at St John’s.  Mr Tertois …

  • Sports News

    12 May 2017

    Welsh Baseball News On Tuesday afternoon the R13 girls competed in a Welsh Baseball fixture against Eastern. All of the girls loved playing the game and learnt new skills. The final score was 76-67 to Eastern. The opposing team had some very strong players. Ella and Lily had special mentions for displaying excellent fielding skills.…

  • Junior Enterprise Week

    12 May 2017

    This year our budding entrepreneurs experienced a new style Enterprise Week. R11 spent their first day learning about the benefit of working in teams, by making metre high spaghetti towers and listening to first-hand experience of running companies, from two of our parents. Mrs Crowley-Davies also taught them about the impact of creative logos and slogans.…

  • R10 Residential Trip to Cardiff Bay

    11 May 2017

    R10B and R10T thoroughly enjoyed their two day residential trip at the Urdd Centre in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Setting off with bags and day packs on Thursday morning (4th May), pupils toured the Principality Stadium in the centre of Cardiff on their way to the Bay. After experiencing the atmosphere of the changing room and the noise of the crowd in the tunnel, the pupils learnt about the history and running of the stadium.…

  • Spring Concert

    8 May 2017

    On Friday 5 May, St John’s College Concert Orchestra and The Cathedral Choir were joined by Belgian choir, Musart, at The Metropolitan Cathedral and Cornerstone for the annual Spring Concert. In the first half, audiences enjoyed a programme of choral music from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring joint and individual performances by The Cathedral Choir and the visiting choir, Musart.…

  • Thief! Junior Book Club

    5 May 2017

    Book Club members were gripped by the twists and turns in Malorie Blackman’s strikingly original text, Thief! Congratulations to team Mostyn for coming out on top at this half term’s Book Club quiz. Mrs Cooney                                        Next Junior Book Clubs The final Book Clubs of the academic year will explore the spy genre.…

  • Sports News

    5 May 2017

    Week Beginning 1st May 2017 Rounders News On Tuesday afternoon six pupils represented St John’s College at the Welsh Rounders Trials. The pupils selected were Maddy, Eilidh, Anais, Charlotte, Emily and Prarthana. All pupils played extremely well. Congratulations to Eilidh who was selected for the Welsh Rounders team. Seren yr Wythnos/Star of the Week Congratulations to Eilidh who has been selected for the Welsh rounders team.…

  • R9 History Visit to Llancaiach Fawr Manor

    5 May 2017

    R9 enthusiastically dressed up as Tudors for our trip to Llancaich Fawr Manor. We had many servants with us for the day, not to mention a few ladies and a couple of King Henry VIIIs! The visit comprised guided tours round the manor house led by ladies and men who were also not only dressed as Tudors but who spoke like them too.…

  • Sports News

    28 April 2017

    Week Beginning 24th April 2017 Netball News On Thursday afternoon the R12 Netball team were involved in a netball fixture against Whitchurch. All players played fantastically well and produced some excellent passages of play. Excellent goals were scored by Harshita and Carys. St John’s won the game seven goals to six.…

  • Junior Disco

    27 April 2017

    On Thursday evening the Junior pupils arrived back at school dressed to impress in their best party outfits. The pupils all enjoyed the disco with DJ Deano. Oliver G said ‘it was fun and I really enjoyed my sweets!’ Rohan G said ‘I really enjoyed the disco, I thought the music was brilliant!’ The children impressed us with their polite behaviour and super dance moves.…

  • Junior Techniquest Visit

    26 April 2017

    On Wednesday, 26th April, Kevin from Techniquest came to the school to teach KS2 all about the human body. He was extremely enthusiastic and was soon engaged in telling the pupils all about the different organs. They were amazed to learn that the skin was their largest organ and could not quite believe that their digestive system was really that long, as Kevin pulled it organ by organ from a bag.…

  • Anish C achieves Gold in Primary Mathematics Challenge Bonus Round

    12 April 2017

    The Junior department is proud to celebrate the achievement of Anish, who achieved an impressive gold award in the bonus round of the Primary Mathematics Challenge. Junior school aged children must reach a very high score in the initial challenge to receive an invitation to the bonus round. Anish did himself proud with yet another impressive score.…

  • Sports News

    7 April 2017

    Week Beginning 3rd April 2017 Hockey News Squad 1  V Squad 2 The action-packed Inter Hockey match on Monday night kicked off with an excellent showdown between both games.  Right from the start, it was clear that this was not going to be an easy game for either side. A spell of possession for the SJC squad 1, Tara broke away from the squad 2 defence, only to fire the shot wide.  …

  • R11 Enterprise Update

    6 April 2017

    R11 Enterprise is nearing an end.  The pupils have been busy making products, advertising their goods and running sales pitches to the Infants and Junior pupils.  We wish them every success for tomorrow’s Enterprise Fair. Mrs Thompson…

  • R11 Enterprise

    5 April 2017

    The R11 Enterprise is well underway.  The week commenced with pupils being put into teams and participating in some team role play activities.  The afternoon was spent understanding how businesses are run with guest speakers from within our parent community and a representative from the charity Action Against Hunger and our ‘in-house’ advertising guru, Mrs Crowley-Davies. …

  • Cog Moors Waterworks

    5 April 2017

    As part of their Geography topic ‘Feeding the World’ R9 visited Cog Moors Waterworks where they experienced living in an African village. They experienced having to carry out typical chores, and experienced the long journey that some African children have to walk to collect safe water. The children were also able to carry out experiments such as evaporating salt water and took part in a competition to see which group could successfully filter water using a variety of materials.…

  • Comic Relief 2017

    31 March 2017

    Thank you to all Junior pupils who bought red noses or tried to Guess the Teacher to raise money for Comic Relief. We raised a super £140. A number of pupils proved to be very observant and guessed the disguised teachers correctly. Congratulations to Sofia A, Poppy M and Jack P who were the lucky winners.…

  • Sports News

    31 March 2017

    Week Beginning 27th March 2017 Netball News On Tuesday afternoon the R13 netball team were involved in an exciting match against Kings Monkton. St John’s won both games with an 8-4 win and a 1-0 win. Congratulations to Charlotte and Nithya who were both chosen as player of the matches. Well done to all involved.…

  • R11 Trip to Techniquest

    30 March 2017

    R11 visited Techniquest in Cardiff Bay.  They spent a morning solving puzzles to help Dr Isosceles find the missing Professor Monty in deepest Peru. They used mathematical skills learnt in the classroom to solve the many clues.  In the afternoon, they were able to explore the interactive exhibits.  We were impressed with their recall of mathematical facts and mental calculations. …

  • Team VORTEX_ Live at Silverstone 29th & 30th March

    29 March 2017

    St John’s College Team Vortex_ are representing South Wales at the National Finals of F1 in Schools at Silverstone over the next two days. Their races are being streamed live: Pit interviews from 10am Knockout Stages from 11:30am Team updates are also available via their Twitter feed: @Vortex_F1School…

  • Comic Relief Bake Sale

    26 March 2017

    Another fantastic response from SJC at our Comic Relief Bake Sale and Bake Off fundraising day! I’d like to thank everyone for their kind donations and generous support.  We raised in excess of £400 on the cake sale alone. Well done to all our “Bake Off” Winners, your cakes were fabulous!…

  • Sports News

    24 March 2017

    Week Beginning 20th March 2017 Netball News On Monday afternoon eighteen R12 pupils played against Plasmawr. St John’s took the lead in the first quarter five goals to nil. The game was full of exciting interceptions and excellent passing. St John’s won the match fourteen goals to five. There were some excellent goals scored by Harshita, Elizabeth, Daniela and Carys.…

  • Cathedral Choir Concert – Handel Messiah

    23 March 2017

    Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir gave an outstanding performance of Parts 2 and 3 of Handel Messiah under the direction of Dominic Neville, with soloists from the choir and members of the St John’s College Concert Orchestra. Please click here to view the concert programme.…

  • Wonder Junior Book Club

    20 March 2017

    R. J. Palacio’s Wonder has confirmed its place as a Junior Book Club favourite, receiving a standing ovation from Book Club members, just like its central character, Auggie. Quiz winners, St David’s 1, also deserve a round of applause for winning a closely fought contest. Mrs J. Cooney Next Junior Book Club The next Book Club texts are both written by the multi award winner and former Children’s Laureate (2013 – 2015), Malorie Blackman.…

  • Sports News

    17 March 2017

    Week beginning 13th March 2017 Netball News On Friday afternoon the R10/11 pupils competed in the Sport Cardiff East Netball Tournament. Harriet and Annabelle were chosen captain for the afternoon. Both teams played six matches against each other, St John Lloyd, Oakfield, Bro Eirwg A and B and Bryn Hafod. All players played extremely well.…

  • Junior Aqua Games

    17 March 2017

    Yesterday morning at Pentwyn Leisure Centre St John’s College hosted the Junior Aqua Games. The event was a huge success with all the juniors participating in a wide variety of fun Aquatic activities. St David’s were the eventual winners producing some outstanding performances in the four disciplines. I would like to thank all the spectators for their tremendous support and all colleagues for helping to organisie such a fantastic event. …

  • Sports News

    10 March 2017

    Week Beginning Monday 6 March 2017 Netball News On Thursday afternoon the R12 pupils played in the Year 7 County tournament. Harshita was the chosen captain for the afternoon and provided excellent motivation and encouragement prior to the start of each game. The girls competed against Whitchurch, Glantaf and St Teilo’s.…

  • R10 History Trip to Tredegar House

    10 March 2017

    R10 had a fantastic time in Tredegar House! They all looked amazing dressed as Victorian children and tried to be seen and not heard! Indeed, they were complimented throughout the day for their lovely manners and excellent behaviour.  They learnt about the Morgan family and Tredegar House’s history. They were also able to sample some of the ‘below stairs’ chores and hear about life as a servant in the Morgan household.  …

  • Forthcoming Production of Twelfth Night – 8th & 9th March 2017

    7 March 2017

    For further details about Twelfth Night and to book tickets, please click here. Mr Goode…

  • World Book Day

    3 March 2017

    Thank you to all pupils, and staff, who supported World Book day on Friday 3rd March.  Not only did pupils enjoy dressing up as a character from a book, it also prompted many impressive literary conversations about their characters.  We raised over £100 for Book Aid International. Mrs Thompson…

  • Junior Eisteddfod

    3 March 2017

    Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Bute! Congratulations to Bute, the winning house of St John’s College’s Junior Eisteddfod 2017. The Junior School enjoyed a day full of music, dance and recitation. The competitions were all of an extremely high standard and provided an excellent opportunity for the pupils to demonstrate their talents both on stage and in the homework competitions.…

  • Ash Wednesday Junior Assembly

    1 March 2017

    On Ash Wednesday the Junior Department had a visit from Mr John Burns, a representative from the Mission Together charity.  He spoke to us about the work of Mission Together and introduced us to this years project in Kenya.  He told us how a small amount of money could help so much.…

  • Sports News

    10 February 2017

    Week beginning 6th February 2017 Netball News On the 7th February 2017, twenty eight pupils attended the Swansea University International Netball Test Series: Wales Vs New Zealand Netball match. It was a truly historic event as Wales last played New Zealand twenty years ago. New Zealand underlined their status as one of the world’s top netball nations as they beat Wales 27-92 in the first two tests in Cardiff.…

  • Hockey Partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University

    10 February 2017

    Please click here to read more about the Hockey partnership between St John’s College and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Mrs Wood…

  • Sports News

    3 February 2017

    Week beginning 30th January 2017 Football News The R11/12 Football team produced an outstanding performance this afternoon in challenging weather conditions at the Leckwith Stadium against Fitzalan High. St John’s took an early lead through Rohan O and doubled their lead within two minutes with a neat finish from Adi S.…

  • R10 Parents’ Assembly

    3 February 2017

    On Friday 3rd February R10 welcomed family and friends to their Parents’ Assembly. R10’s assembly was based on the phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, using David and Goliath and the book Wonder by R.J Palacio as examples. R10 also sang the Toy Story classic song You’ve got a friend in me and performed a recitation of the Centipede’s Song by Roald Dahl.…

  • Safer Internet Day – 7th February 2017

    2 February 2017

    On Tuesday 7th February the staff and pupils of St John’s College will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. We will be one of thousands of schools across the UK and Europe helping to promote responsible internet use by young people. All pupils will attend special assemblies and design rows of bunting to hang in form rooms, each pennant displaying an internet safety message.…

  • Peer to Peer Reading

    31 January 2017

    On 31st January the Juniors took part in peer to peer reading, where the R10 and R11 pupils were paired up with the younger R8 and R9 pupils to hear them read. The younger pupils enthusiastically told their partner about their books before reading to them. In R9, James Chalk said that he really enjoyed the activity and asked if we could do it again.…

  • Sports News

    28 January 2017

    Week Beginning 23rd January 2017 Hockey News 32 Junior and Senior squad hockey players, played two inter-school matches on Monday night.  There were some fantastic goals and positional play across both matches.  The main focus within the matches was “width in play”.  Pupils really did understand the concept.  Well done to all involved.  …

  • Paralympian Jordan Howe Visits Juniors

    24 January 2017

    St John’s College were delighted to welcome paralympian, Jordan Howe, to the school today to speak to our Junior pupils. Jordan competed in the London and Rio Paralympic Games in the 100m and 200m events. Jordan gave the pupils a fantastic insight into elite sport before holding a brief question and answer session.…

  • Sports News

    20 January 2017

    Week Beginning 16th January 2017 Hockey News Well done to all 30 hockey players who attended their second training session this week.  The training match focus was based on;  tackling and keeping possession.  Well done to all involved.  We are hoping our 6th formers will attend next Monday night too! Get Active R15 pupils have been working in partnership with Greenwich Leisure LTD, Eastern/Pentwyn Leisure Centre and Cardiff City Council to achieve their Get Active Qualification.…

  • The One Hundred and One Dalmatians Junior Book Club

    13 January 2017

    Dodie Smith’s 1956 classic tale of loveable Dalmatians appears to have charmed another generation of young readers and has inspired a beautiful dalmatian puppy display in the Junior corridor. Congratulations to teams Mostyn and Bute for jointly winning this half term’s Book Club quiz. Mrs J Cooney Next Junior Book Club Pupils can choose between the following texts: Wonder by R J Palacio (aimed at older readers) Or The Angel of Nitshill Road by Anne Fine (suitable for all) Malorie Blackman, the former Children’s Laureate, said of Wonder, “What a gem of a story.…

  • Sports News

    13 January 2017

    Week Beginning 9th January 2017 Football News St John’s College hosted its annual R8 and R9 Football Festival on Thursday afternoon at Began Road Playing Fields. The Festival was a huge success despite the challenging weather conditions and over 50 pupils took part. Congratulations to all involved and a big thank you to all parents for your support.…

  • Primary Maths Challenge

    4 January 2017

    Congratulations to our R10 and R11 pupils who took part in Primary Maths Challenge. The test lived up to its name and was very challenging, however, the children enjoyed puzzling over the problem-solving questions. Anish C was awarded a Gold certificate, Hiya R and Yash V were awarded a Silver certificate and Krishna L, Luke S, Ashlin J and Dylan were awarded a Bronze certificate.…

  • Cathedral Choir Sings for HRH Prince Charles

    17 December 2016

    On Friday 16 December, it was a great honour for the Cathedral Choir to sing a selection of carols for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, at the official opening of The Cornerstone. Prince Charles was remarkably warm in his praise of the Cathedral Choir and all that has been achieved at St John’s College. …

  • Christmas Lunch for the Juniors

    15 December 2016

    Amongst the many festive activities at the end of term, our Junior pupils and staff enjoyed a full Christmas lunch, with crackers and festive music.  This event proved to be very popular and one which we intend to add to our annual calendar.…

  • Junior College Council

    14 December 2016

    The Junior College Council met for their first meeting during lunchtime on Wednesday 14th December. A male and female representative from each form, voted in by their peers attended the meeting where many important matters were discussed. The Council got to know one another by taking part in some ice breaker activities and chatting about their ideas over a fantastic lunch provided by the canteen.…

  • R8 Parents’ Assembly

    10 December 2016

    R8 produced a delightful Christmas story for their assembly using John Burningham’s book, ‘Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present.’ It took the excited audience through the trials and tribulations of Father Christmas’ efforts to deliver his final present to a little boy, living in poverty. The children thoroughly enjoyed their performance and gave the message of hope, perseverance and care brilliantly throughout the story.…

  • R9 Wastesavers Trip

    10 December 2016

    During the Autumn term R9 learnt all about our environment. A large part of their learning was about recycling.  To see this in action R9 visited Wastesavers, a working recycling plant. They were able to see in real time how the recycling process works and how it benefits our environment. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and are now excited to start saving the environment at school and at home! …

  • Junior Trip to Sherman Theatre

    9 December 2016

    The Junior Department thoroughly enjoyed their school trip this afternoon to watch the Sherman Theatre’s production of ‘The Borrowers’. All the pupils were enthralled by the adventures of Arrietty Clock and her family as they endeavoured to maintain their secret lives. Amongst the many highlights the pupils loved the musically talented cricket in the garden and also the nasty cook being told that her ‘brain was missing’.…

  • Sports News

    2 December 2016

    Week Beginning 28th November 2016 Football News St John’s College R11/12 Football team played Fitzalan High on Monday afternoon in what turned out to be an excellent game. The game was played at Leckwith Stadium on 3G. Both teams started brightly with both sides creating some good goal scoring opportunities. Fitzalan took the lead after 15 minutes with a well executed shot from close range.…

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

    29 November 2016

    The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra of St John’s College commenced the Christmas season with a superb concert at St David’s Hall today.  A large and appreciative audience was treated to a delightful selection of music for Advent and Christmas culminating in three carols by John Rutter with orchestral accompaniment. Mr J.…

  • Twist of Gold Junior Book Club

    28 November 2016

    Congratulations to team Mostyn for coming out on top in this half term’s closely fought Book Club quiz. Twist of Gold, written by Michael Morpurgo, set against the backdrop of the Irish famine, was very well received by all. Mrs J Cooney Next Junior Book Club The Book Club texts to curl up with by the fireside this festive season are: The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (aimed at older readers) or Christmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo (aimed at younger readers).…

  • Kids’ Lit Quiz

    28 November 2016

    On 22nd November two teams from St John’s College took part in the International Kids’ Lit Quiz to test their knowledge on children’s literature.  The children who took part were: Carys R, Ansha K, Crina C, Ji-Eun K, Lewis W, Chukwaka I, Katie W and Harshita A.  Both teams did very well, winning books for individual rounds.…

  • Top School in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’

    26 November 2016

    St John’s College is delighted to have been ranked top school in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ again this year based on combined GCSE and A Level performance (No. 57 in the whole of the UK): Parent Power 2016

  • Sports News

    25 November 2016

    Week Beginning 22nd  November 2016 Hockey News The Junior and Senior hockey squad developed their match play preparation last night at Cardiff Met. Ieuan and Tom, Welsh hockey coaches helped our squad members in their positional play.  The fixture will be on: Monday 28th November 2016.  Players will be introduced to the 7-a-side game initially with two games being played at the same time.  …

  • R10 Trip to @Bristol

    21 November 2016

    On Monday 21st November, R10 headed to At-Bristol. Our morning passed quickly investigating the many hands on exhibits and the amazing 3D planetarium where we discovered lots of facts about our Solar System. After lunch we went to a workshop based on how the body works, we even got to look at a real animal heart and lungs!…

  • Sports News

    18 November 2016

    Week Beginning 14th November 2016 Hockey News There were over 26 pupils at hockey training on Monday night, which is fantastic.  The players have one more training session before they play Rhymney Valley Comprehensive School at Cardiff Met.  The Fixture will be on Monday 28th November 2016.  Players will be introduced to the 7-a-side game initially with two games being played at the same time.  …

  • Children in Need

    18 November 2016

    Today our whole school worked together to raise money for Children in Need. The Infants wore their ‘Silly Socks’ and the Juniors and Seniors wore spotty socks and Pudsey ears alongside our usual money raising cake sale. The cake sale was again a sign of the generosity of our pupils, parents and staff, with every table covered with cakes to sell at morning break.…

  • Remembrance Day Assembly

    11 November 2016

    On Friday 11 November, the whole school gathered for our annual Remembrance Day Assembly, in which prayers, poems and music were offered to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom and to remember recently departed members of the school community. The assembly was set in the context of the Catholic Year of Mercy, with reflection on the Welsh Assembly Centenary Lecture attended by our sixth formers, which described the remarkable story of the Christmas truce of 1914.…

  • Sports News

    11 November 2016

    Week Beginning 7th November 2016 Hockey News There were 24 players in training this week which is outstanding.  The young players are beginning to demonstrate their learning through effective match play.  There was a fantastic atmosphere at Cardiff Met.  The players, coaches and teachers were training to music which had them all really enthused.…

  • Sixth Form Enrichment WW1 Centenary Lecture at The Pierhead

    8 November 2016

    On Tuesday 8 November, our sixth formers attended the Welsh Assembly’s centenary lecture to commemorate the First World War, hosted at The Pierhead. This year’s lecture was offered by former British Army field commander, the Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, and was entitled ‘The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the great Christmas truce, 1914 – 1915’.…

  • R8 & R9 Visit Roald Dahl’s Wondercrump Exhibition

    8 November 2016

    On Tuesday 8th November all of R8 and R9 had a great day in Cardiff. First they visited Cardiff Library to listen to some stories, to join the library and to choose some books. Following that they went to the Millennium Centre where they took part in two excellent workshops and had a tour of Roald Dahl’s Wondercrump Exhibition.…

  • High Profile Civic Service

    6 November 2016

    On Sunday 6 November, the Cathedral, Choir and the Archbishop of Cardiff hosted a civic service for Councillor Monica Walsh, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff. It was a pleasure to welcome representatives from a number of local organisations including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, the President of the Consular Association, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council for Wales, the Naval Regional Commander of Wales and Western England, the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, representatives of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cancer Research Wales, and representatives of the Lord Mayor’s Council. …

  • Sports News

    4 November 2016

    Week Beginning 31st October 2016 Hockey News Well done to all hockey players who made the 1st training back tonight after half-term break. Hockey training was held at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  It was fantastic to receive such high quality coaching from Welsh Hockey.  Could all players please be reminded that hockey training will be every Monday night 16:00 -17:00 at Cardiff Met from now on.  …

  • European Table Tennis Championships

    4 November 2016

    R11 had a fantastic enrichment opportunity this afternoon to be spectators at the European Table Tennis Championships held at Sophia Gardens. The pupils watched on as Wales beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in the opening game of the championship. The pupils also got to witness Norway, Ireland and Iceland play competitive fixtures. After the game, pupils were able to meet and chat to all the players and even took the opportunity to get some autographs.…

  • Cathedral Choir Outreach Project

    4 November 2016

    It was a pleasure to welcome pupils from Corpus Christi High School for a joint workshop at St John’s College in preparation for the high profile Civic Service at the Cathedral on Sunday 6 November. Mr D. Neville said, “The choristers of the two choirs sang so well together, and many congratulations to all our visitors from Corpus Christi for their beautiful and impressive singing.”…

  • R11 History Trip to Cardiff Castle

    18 October 2016

    Shortly before the half-term break R11 enjoyed a visit to Cardiff Castle to enrich their History studies of the Second World War.  They started the experience with a wartime sing-song during which they learnt two songs of the time, “We’ll meet again..” and “Hey little hen..”  Following that they were met by an ARP warden who set the scene and guided them through the wartime shelters in the banks to the side of the castle grounds.…

  • Harvest Festival

    17 October 2016

    Today, pupils from Nursery to R14 came together to celebrate our Harvest Festival, and what a splendid celebration it was! We were joined by special guests from St Cadoc’s Parish, Fr Brian, Mr Thomas and Mr Madge.  They were delighted to hear about how the harvest started from a tiny seed courtesy of our Infants, who sang with real enthusiasm.…

  • Grandparents’ Week

    17 October 2016

    At the end of last half-term, the Junior Department celebrated Grandparents’ Week. Over the course of the week the pupils completed various tasks to recognise the importance of the roles of our grandparents in our lives today. These activities included writing prayers, interviewing grandparents, researching the family tree, writing poems and even recipes for perfect grandparents!…

  • Sports News

    17 October 2016

    Week Beginning 10th October 2016 Hockey Hockey players focused on effective passing within zones work in today’s session 10/10/16. Lewis, Estee, Nadiyah and Maddy created some outstanding passes.  Effective shielding was demonstrated by Nadia too, which prevented a defender tackling and gaining possession.  Ella made a fantastic tackle and set Lewis up nicely for a goal.  …

  • R10 Geography Trip to Cog Moor Waterworks

    13 October 2016

    R10 went to Cog Moor Waterworks to learn about water efficiency and how our sewage water is cleaned. Pupils were extremely enthusiastic in answering questions and taking part in practicals. They particularly enjoyed the site tour. Mr Turner…

  • R8 Celtic History Trip to St Fagans

    10 October 2016

    On Monday 10th October, R8 had a fantastic visit to St Fagans to see the Celtic Round Houses this afternoon. The children were extremely attentive and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing many different Celtic artefacts, handling each one and even grinding grain for flour by hand. They all asked some very probing and interesting questions to gain a better understanding of what life must have been like as a Celt in Wales and now have more tangible information to bring to their History work.…

  • Seren yr Wythnos / Star of the Week

    7 October 2016

    Congratulations to the R15 boys’ rugby team who won the Cardiff and the Vale Rugby Sevens Plate.  This is an outstanding achievement: Joshua J, Luke M, Brandon M, Otis S, James L, Alex C, Niel M, Allan M and Lloyd F.…

  • Sports News

    7 October 2016

    Week Beginning 3rd October 2016 Hockey There were 17 pupils in training tonight, which is an impressive turnout after 3 weeks! The pupils played a friendly training match. Goals were set up and scored by Genevieve/Elys and Holly and Ellie.  The final score was 1-1. Well done to all. Mrs Wood Congratulations to all R8/R9 pupils who played in the hockey fixture vs Rougemont.…

  • Gala Concert

    2 October 2016

    On Sunday 2 October, members of the Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, Brass Ensemble and soloists offered a stunning array of music that delighted a capacity audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Please click here to view the concert programme.…

  • Sports News

    1 October 2016

    Week Beginning 26th Sept 2016 Hockey Well done to all 16 pupils who played outstandingly well last night on the ATP pitch at Talybont. On Monday 3rd there will be a 33 seater bus due to the growing success of hockey numbers! I would like to see at least 11 male players attending next week!…

  • R11 Geography Trip

    29 September 2016

    R11 investigated how a river changes from source to mouth in the Swansea Gower. They collected river width, depth and velocity readings at 3 different sites. Despite the rain, R11 were very enthusiastic to share their knowledge and get into the river! Mr Turner…

  • Sports News

    23 September 2016

    Week Beginning 19th September 2016 Cardiff Blues Trip Pupils and staff had an outstanding opportunity to experience an evening of live professional rugby last Friday (16th Sept).  The atmosphere was outstanding throughout.  Pupils met the players before the match and were able to celebrate the success of the Blues win with the players at the end of the match.…

  • R10 Kensuke’s Kingdom Trip

    19 September 2016

    On 19th September, R10 went on a trip to the Gower to learn about how to survive on a desert island. In English they have been reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo where the main character, Michael, is ship-wrecked onto a deserted island without any belongings.  R10 learnt about the importance of shelter and water, then in groups built shelters and a solar still. …

  • Hiya Leads European Youth Chess Championship

    14 September 2016

    Many congratulations to Hiya (R10) who took this year’s European Youth Chess Championship by storm in the historic city of Prague. The following extract is taken from the Welsh Chess Union: ‘There are a lot of adult chess players in Wales that become quivering wrecks when they have to play against Junior Chess players.…

  • Roald Dahl 100th Anniversary Junior Book Club

    13 September 2016

    September 13th 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth, in Cardiff, of the much loved children’s author, Roald Dahl. To celebrate this anniversary, Junior Book Club members read a range of Dahl classics, Danny the Champion of the World, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and then pitted their wits against each other in the Book Club quiz.…

  • Outstanding A Level Results

    18 August 2016

    A Level Results 2016:  A*   /  A     –  81.9% A* / A / B  –  96.6% Pass rate    100% Our A Level students are celebrating another year of superb exam results. Most of our students, including a significant number with 4 A*/A grades, are proceeding to Oxbridge and top Russell Group Universities, including Medical and Dental schools.…

  • The Sound of Music

    11 July 2016

    On Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July St John’s College played host to three outstanding performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic, The Sound of Music.   Please click here to view the programme.…

  • R11 Trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

    7 July 2016

    R11 celebrated their last day in the Junior School with a visit to 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 rhinos, chimpanzees and giraffes. …

  • R10 Trip to the International Centre for Birds of Prey

    7 July 2016

    For their end of year trip, R10 set out for Newent to visit the International Centre for Birds of Prey. We started off the day with an informative tour around the centre where the children were able to learn about the different birds of prey. They were lucky enough to get up close to a variety of birds, including eagles and burrowing owls.…

  • R11 Parent Assembly

    5 July 2016

    On Tuesday 5th July, the R11 pupils said their goodbyes to the Junior School in an assembly to their parents.  The theme was ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and pupils talked about what they enjoyed about the Juniors and what they would miss, followed by what they were looking forward to next year in the Seniors. …

  • Junior Latin Club News

    5 July 2016

    In Junior Latin Club this year we have been exploring daily life for Roman citizens. We have learned about Roman bath buildings and bathing rituals, gladiatorial shows, the layout of a Roman house, shopping in the Roman market, dinner parties, the army, weapons and military tactics.  We have also learned a few simple Latin words and phrases to help us prepare for Latin lessons in senior school.…

  • Junior Sports Day

    4 July 2016

    This year saw a fantastic annual Junior Sports Day, which was held on the 4th July 2016. All pupils greatly enjoyed themselves and worked so hard to win their house points. This year the pupils were introduced to high jump and long jump master classes. Sinead commented “this year’s sports day was so much fun as we had so many activities to do”.  …

  • R8 & R9 Maths Trip to Parc

    28 June 2016

    On Tuesday 28th June, R8 and R9 pupils visited Parc in Grangetown. The children worked in groups to complete a series of Maths challenges. They used stopwatches to time themselves on the different activities and measured their strides in the sand. They made estimations and compared these with their actual results.…

  • Joint Concert with the Choir of Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge

    24 June 2016

    On Saturday 25 June, our Cathedral Choir offered a joint concert with the Choir of Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge at St Mary’s Church, Whitchurch at 7.30pm. The concert featured music by Rheinberger, Parry, Vaughan Williams and Holst, as well as the world premiere of Cantata – Stuart MacRae for choir & lyre.…

  • Tangerine Dream Machine Visits St John’s College

    22 June 2016

    On Wednesday 22 June, pupils from R8 to Sixth Form came to see the inspirational innovator Andrew Jenkins and the amazing velomobile he has built with the help of Swansea University in order to achieve two ambitious goals: firstly to tour the UK in this remarkable vehicle, visiting Maggie’s Cancer Trust Centres stretching across England, Wales and Scotland, and secondly to smash the world landspeed record. …

  • H​arry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Junior Book Club

    22 June 2016

    Junior Book Club members continue to be enchanted by the magical world of Harry Potter. They were keen to discuss its universal and enduring appeal. St John’s house teams were “sorted” into Hogwarts houses to compete in the Book Club quiz. Congratulations to all who took part, especially Mostyn (aka Ravenclaw) who narrowly won the quiz.…

  • Centenary Celebration

    20 June 2016

    Monday 20th June 2016 gave witness to the main Centenary celebration for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, when Archbishop George Stack offered a Mass of Thanksgiving in the presence of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Antonio Mennini and 19 Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.  …

  • First Holy Communion

    12 June 2016

    Congratulations to Selina H-E,  Niamh H-B, Harri P, Aoife P, Dylan S, Jolinaa S and Imogen W who attended the service at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday 12th June for their First Holy Communion. The children have been preparing in school over the course of the year and this day was a culmination of all their hard work.…

  • R10 Pirate Day

    9 June 2016

    R10 enjoyed a day at Port Eynon Beach where they practised using grid references and compasses. The skills learnt enabled them to follow a series of clues to discover where the pirate treasure was buried.  Further exploration of the Salt House revealed the pirates’ hidden stash.  Once the goods had been exchanged for gold coins the pupils set about building their own islands in the sand.…

  • Archbishop George Stack Pays Tribute to Dr David Neville on BBC Radio 4

    8 June 2016

    In May 2016, Archbishop George Stack led a service of Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4 in which he paid tribute to Dr David Neville: “Earlier this month I was privileged to conduct the funeral of an extraordinary man.  For 27 years Dr David Neville was the hugely inspiring and well-loved head teacher of St John’s College in Cardiff. …

  • R10 Football Tournament V St Philip Evans Primary

    8 June 2016

    This afternoon, the R10 pupils were involved in a football tournament against St Philip Evans RC Primary School. Over 50 pupils played in the tournament, and the tournament was played in a fantastic spirit. Congratulations to all involved. Mr Tertois…

  • R8 History Trip to Caerleon

    7 June 2016

    R8 pupils have been finding out about the Romans in History lessons this year and their studies culminated in a trip to the Roman Legionary Museum, Baths and Amphitheatre in Caerleon on Tuesday 7th June. Pupils had the opportunity to dress as soldiers and civilians and enjoyed some role­-playing activities. They looked at the many interesting artefacts in the museums and tried to imagine gladiator and animal fights in the now peaceful amphitheatre.…

  • R10/R11 Rounders Victory

    7 June 2016

    Congratulations to all the R10/R11 girls who participated in the Rounders fixture Vs Rougemont. The girls won seven and a half rounders to three and a half rounders. Well done to Harshita and Sara who received players of the matches. All pupils demonstrated excellent batting and fielding skills. Da Iawn, Miss Thomas…

  • Chess Mega Final

    28 May 2016

    St John’s College pupils had some great successes on the 28th May in The South Wales Mega Final held at St John’s College.  The following children won the overall titles with 100% scores (6 out of 6): u13 Boys:  Anlan Q u9 Girls:  Hiya R u8 Girls:  Ashika S The following pupils also qualified for the Northern Giga Final with scores of 4/6 or better: u13 Boys:  Daniel J u10 Boys:  Anish C u8 Boys:  Sridatta D u7 Boys:  Ben J The following pupils were also very worthy participants in this year’s Mega Final: Dominic O Krishna L Rishi P Ananyaa Y Isabella L Oliver S Aryan M Kiki B-F Ben J Everybody who represented the school played some very good chess, won games and behaved superbly, reflecting great credit on themselves and on the school.…

  • Triumph at South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians

    20 May 2016

    The Music Department would like to congratulate all our pupils following their tremendous successes at the SGFYM Festival.  It is a great honour for St John’s College that Hiya, Pablo, Ben A. and Menglin were selected by the SGFYM panel of judges to perform at the wonderful SGFYM Gala Concert. Menglin won three gold medals for her triumphs in the Senior String trophy, Concerto Class trophy, and Unaccompanied Baroque shield.…

  • Choristers Perform with Tennessee Tech University Chorale

    16 May 2016

    It was a great pleasure for our choristers to join forces with Tennessee Tech University Chorale and Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society for an evening of wonderful music on Sunday 15 June at St Martin’s Church in Roath.   The selection of music also made the most of the notable acoustics, particularly with music from Rachmaninov Vespers and Tavener’s Song for Athene (made famous at the funeral of Princess Diana). …

  • R11 Trip to Llansteffan

    11 May 2016

    On 11th May, R11 went on a residential trip to Llansteffan for three days. After arriving at the idyllic country house and unpacking, they hiked to a nearby wood where they were put into teams with a challenge to build shelters which could provide them with all their basic needs. In the evening the pupils walked to a castle where Chris (our facilitator for the three days) told the children about how the castle was constructed to avoid possible invasion.…

  • R10 & R11 Cricket V Marlborough

    10 May 2016

    Today the R10 and R11 Cricket team played host to Marlborough Primary School in what was a thrilling game. Due to the inclement weather we were unable to use our playing fields so the game was held in our school sports hall. All players performed brilliantly in their first competitive fixture.…

  • R8 Geography Trip to Oxwich Bay

    10 May 2016

    On Tuesday 10th May, R8 braved the elements at Oxwich Bay, Swansea to study the weather. They used various weather instruments to make recordings across the beach and sand dunes. The pupils were very enthusiastic, despite the rain, and built sand castles and collected rocks, shells and seaweed. One of the pupils said, “This is the best trip ever!”…

  • R10 Millennium Trip

    6 May 2016

    R10 had a fun packed two day adventure based at the Urdd in Cardiff Bay. The trip began with a tour of the Principality Stadium where the main highlights for the pupils was running down the players’ tunnel onto the pitch and sitting in the Royal Box whilst having their photos taken by Mrs Taylor as they lifted the cup.…

  • Junior Book Club: The Jungle Book

    4 May 2016

    The Jungle Book Book Club Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, seems to have captured the imagination of another generation of young readers, over a century after it was first written. Book Club members were able to make connections between Kipling’s original (1894) and our last Book Club text, The Graveyard Book.

  • Spring Concert at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

    1 May 2016

    On Monday 18 April, the annual Spring Concert was dedicated to the memory of Dr David Neville.  A packed Dora Stoutzker Hall played host to a very moving concert featuring the Concert Orchestra and the Cathedral Choir.  Please click on the link below to read a review of the concert in The Catholic People newspaper: Spring Concert Review

  • Dylan Sings at St Paul’s Cathedral and Meets HRH Duchess of Gloucester

    30 April 2016

    Cathedral Chorister, Dylan O (R13) was selected to travel to St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this week to join other leading choristers from across the United Kingdom in a celebration of Britain’s sacred choral tradition. Dylan had the honour of being selected as one of only four choristers to meet HRH Duchess of Gloucester.…

  • Junior Disco

    28 April 2016

    On Thursday evening we welcomed back Junior pupils for our annual disco. The children arrived dressed to impress and were excited to be back with friends. All of the pupils had an enjoyable time. Poppy M said ‘the disco was fun and exciting’ whilst Ashlin said ‘he really enjoyed the disco-especially the sweets and dancing’.…

  • Sheep Pig Junior Book Club

    27 April 2016

    Our book club for this half term was The Sheep Pig. This children’s classic is an enchanting story about a polite little pig that learns how to look after sheep, and his determination to become a ‘Sheep Pig’. Reuben said he ‘absolutely loved the story’. All the children involved tried very hard, with Mostyn as overall winners.  …

  • PC Pope Visits Juniors

    20 April 2016

    R10 – PC Pope: ‘I didn’t think’ First of all, PC Pope helped the children to understand what anti-social behaviour is and the children quickly came up with lots of ideas. The children watched a short clip showing how a young boy experienced peer pressure which caused him to take part in anti-social behaviour.…

  • Techniquest Visits Juniors

    13 April 2016

    It was with much excitement that the pupils filed into the Hall, removed their shoes and sat down, eager to see what “The Techniquest Man” was going to do this year. They were not disappointed. The topic for this year’s visit was “Forces”. Pupils were given an informative introduction to this diverse subject, and were entertained by many demonstrations.…

  • R11 Trip to @Bristol

    18 March 2016

    On Friday 18th March, R11 headed to At-Bristol to celebrate Science Week. Our morning passed quickly as we investigated At-Bristol’s many interactive visits.  Favourites included animation and green screen volleyball. After lunch we went to our workshop where we made puppets using pulleys, cams and levers which was great fun for all.…

  • Sports Relief ‘Bake Off’ & Cake Sale

    18 March 2016

    What a fantastic effort yet again from parents and pupils of St John’s College! We managed to raise approximately £200 for the Sports Relief Charity from our cake sale alone. Our ‘Bake Off’ Competition was judged by the canteen staff who said the standard was excellent. Congratulations to Lily, James & Ella from the Juniors and Jack K, Charlotte and Thamizhni from Middle School and a huge thank you to the 6th form and R15 Graphics Group who helped to sell our cakes.…

  • Cathedral Choir Easter Concert, St David’s Hall

    15 March 2016

    On Tuesday 15 March, the girl and boy choristers and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir performed their annual Easter Concert at St David’s Hall with string orchestra and piano solos performed by Menglin L (R13) and Ashley P (U6).  A rich and varied programme of Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine, Bach Cantata BWV 4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden and Mozart Pastoral Mass K140 was very well received by a large and appreciative audience.…

  • The Graveyard Book Junior Book Club

    13 March 2016

    Neil Gaiman’s stunningly original novel, T​he Graveyard Book, k​ept Junior Book Club members guessing throughout. Members contributed enthusiastically to a Book Club debate on the appeal of the horror genre for children. All teams confidently answered questions on this challenging plot and its complex characters, congratulations to the winning team, St David’s 2, on an impressive performance.…

  • R8 & R9 Netball

    11 March 2016

    Congratulations to all players who played against Howell’s. The R8s drew their match 2-2. Well done to Katie who was awarded player of the match. The R9s lost their match but played very well as a team. Well done to Kiki who was received player of the match. Miss Thomas…

  • R11 Enterprise Week

    11 March 2016

    On 7th -11th March the R11 pupils participated in Enterprise Week, where they were put into mixed groups of 6 or 7 children in order to run a mini business. After some team building activities, they had to decide on roles within their group and on the products they wished to make.…

  • R10 History Trip to Tredegar House

    10 March 2016

    On Thursday 10th March, our R10 pupils enjoyed stepping back in time to the Victorian era as we spent a day at the impressive Tredegar House. Pupils have been studying the daily life of this period, including the differences in social class. Pupils thoroughly embraced the day, dressed as Victorian children with Miss McManus, Mrs Burleton, Miss Thornton and Mr Dennis also dressed in suitable attire!…

  • CSA Chorister Sports Competition & Evensong at Wells Cathedral

    9 March 2016

    On Wednesday 9 March, the boy and girl cathedral choristers enjoyed the annual Choir Schools Association Sports and Evensong Day, this year generously hosted by Wells Cathedral. The boys and girls finished a respectable 3rd in the Football and 5th in the Netball competitions against teams representing the cathedrals of Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Llandaff, Truro, Wells, Winchester and Tewkesbury Abbey.…

  • R9 Mother’s Day Assembly

    4 March 2016

    On Friday 4 March, R9 performed their Mother’s Day class assembly to their parents. R9 had been rehearsing in class and presented a short play, performed in a musical showcase and made promises to their mums as well as singing a beautiful song that caused a few proud tears. Mrs Howells…

  • R9 Cog Waterworks Trip

    3 March 2016

    R9 visited Cog Waterworks with the aim of learning about water efficiency and variations in water consumption across the world. They took part in numerous activities in the “African village” such as collecting water and cleaning households items. The pupils really enjoyed this hands on approach.  James P said ” this is the best trip ever”. …

  • Football & Table Tennis Victories

    2 March 2016

    The R14 Football team were in action this afternoon and secured an emphatic 6-0 victory against Kings Monkton. Congratulations to all involved.  In other news, Jack P was involved in the Cardiff City Table Tennis Club Tournament on Sunday 28th February which was a fiercely competitive competition, with many matches reaching five sets.…

  • Junior Eisteddfod

    2 March 2016

    Llongyfarchiadau/ congratulations to our Juniors who all participated in this year’s successful Eisteddfod. The day was a feast of dance, musical and recitation delights. Carys R. was this year’s Bard for her exceptional contribution in all R11 competitions. The children were delighted that Mr Dominic Neville judged the House Choir competition.…

  • Welsh Chess Champions

    22 February 2016

    St John’s Chess players did extremely well at the Welsh Chess Championships. The club now has three Welsh champions. The children worked very hard and can be proud of their achievements. Ethan C won the u9 section, Hiya R won the u10 section and Daniel J was the joint winner in the u13 section.…

  • Cardiff & the Vale Chess Championships

    8 February 2016

    St John’s College Chess players did extremely well in the Cardiff and the Vale Junior Championships at the County Hall this weekend. Ethan C came first in the U8 category, Hiya came first in the U9 category, Anlan Q came joint first in the U13 section and Anish was third in the U10 section.…

  • R10 Assembly

    5 February 2016

    On Friday 5th February R10 welcomed family and friends to their Parents’ Assembly. The R10 assembly was based on the upcoming season of Lent and how it signifies a time to be still and appreciate life. R10 also performed two recitations, Hiawatha and a modern version of The Tortoise and The Hare – both were exceptionally performed.…

  • R8-R10 Football Festival

    29 January 2016

    This afternoon St John’s College organised a football festival for R8, R9 and R10 pupils at Cardiff University Sports Campus with Llandaff Cathedral School. The current R16 GCSE pupils were involved in the organisation and running of the festival which was a huge success. Over 90 pupils were involved in the festival and all involved were a credit to the school.…

  • Dance Club

    28 January 2016

    Junior and Senior girls have enjoyed practising Riverdance in Dance Club. Particularly well done to Rose who shared some excellent ideas. Mrs Wood …

  • R10 Trip to @Bristol

    20 January 2016

    On Wednesday 20th January, R10 headed to @Bristol. Our first activity was an interactive show based on how our bodies work; the children were very impressed with our presenter burning sugar to represent how our body makes energy. After lunch we learnt all about our Solar System in the 3D planetarium.…

  • R11 Cyber Bullying Talk with PC Pope

    18 January 2016

    On Monday 18th January PC Pope showed a short clip about a girl called Megan.  Sadly Megan was led on by girls posing as friends who recorded her online and then posted the video on the Internet. The children discussed this scene and decided that being cruel in any way, behind people’s backs or on the internet is very bad.…

  • Cathedral Choir BBC Radio 4 Broadcast

    10 January 2016

    On Sunday 10 January our boy and girl choristers and gentlemen of the choir offered a superb live broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to an estimated audience of 1.6 million.  The highlight of the service was Bruckner’s sublime motet, Os Justi. We are very proud of our choristers.  A great team effort from everyone brought about a wonderful performance: thank you.  …

  • R11 History Trip

    6 January 2016

    Last term, R11 enjoyed stepping back in time to the Victorian era, as they visited Maestir School in St Fagans. Pupils started their day in true Victorian fashion, wearing clothes typical of the historical period. Pupils were accompanied by Mr Taylor, the school master, and Miss McManus, the pupil-teacher as they made their way to the school where they took part in a drill, and a number of Victorian school activities, such as handwriting, arithmetic, reading and singing.…

  • Primary Maths Challenge

    6 January 2016

    Congratulations to our R10 and R11 pupils who took part in this year’s Primary Maths Challenge, provided by the Mathematical Association. As the name implies, the 25 questions are very challenging and I am always pleased by our pupils’ enthusiasm to tackle these problem solving style questions. In R10, Dylan J was awarded a Bronze certificate and Anish C was awarded a Silver certificate.…

  • Headmaster Appointed a Papal Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory

    21 December 2015

    At the Cathedral Carol Service on Sunday 20th December, Dr David Neville was honoured to be appointed a Papal Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory. Canon Peter Collins, Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral, announced: ‘On behalf of the Cathedral Community I extend our warmest congratulations to Dr David Neville KSG upon receiving a Papal Knighthood within the Order of St Gregory from His Holiness Pope Francis.…

  • A​ Christmas Carol B​ook Club​ (​Charles Dickens, abridged)

    15 December 2015

    ​A Christmas Carol s​eems to have inspired another generation, 173 years after it was first written. For Junior pupils to have read this classic tale in Dickens’ own words, albeit abridged and then to be able to discuss it with such confidence and enthusiasm was impressive, congratulations to all. Special congratulations go to teams Bute 1 and Mostyn 1, the joint winners of the quiz.…

  • A​ Christmas Carol B​ook Club (Gill Tavner, retold)

    15 December 2015

    A ​large number of Junior pupils read this retelling of the seasonal favourite, A​ Christmas Carol (​retold by Gill Tavner) and were eager to answer Book Club quiz questions on the text. Congratulations to quiz winners, team Bute. Mrs D Criddle N​ext Junior Book Club The next Book Club texts are both written by the bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award winning Chris Riddell, the current Children’s Laureate.…

  • Junior Trip to The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

    11 December 2015

    On Friday, 11th December, the Junior Department visited the Sherman Theatre to see ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Both pupils and staff enjoyed this well-loved tale by C. S. Lewis which was brought to life in a magical musical production. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy sang their way through the wardrobe into the enchanted world of Narnia where they met speaking animals, an evil queen and the mighty lion, Aslan.…

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    4 December 2015

    This term saw our Junior School pupils venture into the writings of William Shakespeare. The Book Club text, an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, captured their imagination. A full scale production of this confusing but magical tale of love and mischief was then played out to packed audiences across two nights.…

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

    1 December 2015

    This December, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir performed its 33rd annual Christmas concert at St David’s Hall, joined by two outstanding pianists and a chamber orchestra of 18 instrumentalists from St John’s College. The choir performed a lovely programme of well-known favourites such as The Holly and the Ivy and Dr David Neville’s sophisticated arrangement of Silent Night alongside an equally joyful selection of less familiar repertoire.…

  • R8 & R9 Netball V Kings Monkton

    30 November 2015

    Congratulations to all the R8 and R9 pupils who displayed terrific netball skills in their matches V Kings Monkton.  All girls came away with a win which was fantastic! Well done to all involved.  Miss Thomas and Mrs Wood will hand out performance merits tomorrow. Mrs Wood…

  • R10/R11 Netball V Kings Monkton

    26 November 2015

    Congratulations to the R10 and R11 who won their first Netball match against Kings Monkton. All pupils played exceptionally well. A big thank you to the R12 pupils who helped coach the pupils. Miss Thomas Announcement from Mrs Wood (Head of PE): Congratulations to our dedicated pupils, PE Department and Non-PE staff as our extra-curricular participation rates are fantastic, with between 50-80 pupils participating on a regular basis.…

  • R11 Victorian Day History Trip

    25 November 2015

    R11 enjoyed stepping back in time to the Victorian era, as they visited Maestir School in St Fagans. Pupils started their day in true Victorian fashion, wearing clothes typical of the historical period. Pupils were accompanied by Mr Taylor, the school master, and Miss McManus, the pupil-teacher as they made their way to the school where they took part in a drill, and a number of Victorian school activities, such as handwriting, arithmetic, reading and singing.…

  • Junior Book Club Winners

    24 November 2015

    There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom Junior Book Book Club members showed empathy and affection for the characters in this unusual text by Louis Sachar. The central character’s journey of discovery provoked a thoughtful discussion about, friendship, growing up and learning to think independently. Congratulations to quiz winners, Mostyn 2.…

  • Top School in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’

    22 November 2015

    St John’s College is once more delighted to sustain its record as top school in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ based on combined GCSE and A Level performance. Please click here for further information.…

  • Junior Football Festival

    21 November 2015

    On Friday afternoon St John’s College hosted a Junior Football Festival. The event was a huge success with over 160 pupils from St John’s College, Rougemont and Kings Monkton taking part. The aim of the festival was to provide pupils with a positive footballing experience, encouraging good sportsmanship, learning of the rules and for pupils to enjoy themselves.…

  • Junior & Senior Success at Kids’ Lit Quiz

    19 November 2015

    Two teams of 4 pupils (in R11 and R13) took part in ‘The Kids’ Lit Quiz’ tonight. Both teams finished with very respectable scores in a competition in which the standard was very high. Our best team finished with a score of 71/100 compared to the winners who had a score of 81.…

  • R9 Wastesavers Trip

    18 November 2015

    R9 went to Wastesavers in Newport as part of their Geography study of the environment. They were kept very busy with various workshops and activities that focused upon different aspects of recycling. They particularly enjoyed watching the workers sort through the rubbish; even if it was a bit smelly! Mr Turner…

  • Children In Need Cake Sale and Bake Off

    13 November 2015

    On Friday 13th November, we held our annual Children In Need Cake Sale and Bake Off. We were absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity and the fantastic response from our pupils. The “Bake Off” was a great success with winning entries from Elys R12 and Ollie and Lily R15 & R16 – well done!…

  • World Youth Chess Championships (Greece 2015)

    8 November 2015

    To represent your country at this event is one of the greatest achievements to which young players can aspire. This year, no fewer than twenty children from all over Wales made the trip to Halkidiki. Among them were two St John’s pupils: Ethan C (Under 8 Open) and Hiya R (Under 10 Girls).…

  • R12 Llangrannog Educational Visit

    6 November 2015

    The R12 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Llangrannog. All pupils fully participated in a range of activities developing their teamworking skills, communication and Welsh language. The pupils deserve recognition for their outstanding behaviour and attitude towards learning. St John’s teachers received great feedback from the staff at Llangrannog throughout the visit. …

  • Orchestral & Choral Music Collaboration Day

    22 October 2015

    On Thursday 22 October, our Music Department welcomed pupils from across Cardiff to join our pupils in an orchestral and choral music collaboration day.  The afternoon’s performances featured the Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, Training Orchestra and Junior Girls’ Choir.  The Concert Orchestra performed Walton’s Crown Imperial and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and members of the orchestra gave lively demonstrations of instruments to introduce the pupils to the orchestra.  …

  • Harvest Festival

    20 October 2015

    On Tuesday 20th October, children from the Infant and Junior departments joined with the Middle School for our annual Harvest Festival.  The service included lovely hymns by the infants and the Girls’ Choir, who were accompanied superbly by Menglin on the violin.  The students contributed with readings, poetry and a short reflection on the importance of giving thanks and sharing with others.  …

  • Mathletics

    18 October 2015

    All pupils from R5 to R11 have Mathletics ID’s provided by the school.  Mathletics is available online and facilitates learning, enjoyment and improved results in Mathematics. Two weeks ago, Ashlin J (R10) became 3rd in the World for his score on that day.  Congratulations, Ashlin. Mrs Thompson…

  • R10 Trip to Cog Moors

    14 October 2015

    On Wednesday 14th October, R10 visited Cog Moors where we learnt more about the water cycle. R10 carried out lots of fun activities; highlights included making rain and a challenge to see which group could produce the cleanest water through filtering. After lunch the pupils learnt about what goes into waste water, we even got to make our own batch of waste water using household products.…

  • R8 & R9 Tag Rugby

    9 October 2015

    Congratulations to the R8 & R9 tag Rugby teams who performed outstandingly at today’s Llandaff Cathedral School tournament. The pupils were a credit to the school. Mr Williams …

  • R8/R9 Rugby

    6 October 2015

    This afternoon the St John’s R8/R9 Rugby teams played in a Tag Rugby Tournament at Rougemont School. St John’s had three teams in the competition which all did fantastically well. A special mention to the man of the tournament, James P, who was outstanding throughout. Congratulations to all involved. Mr Tertois & Mr Fowler…

  • R12 Trail Run & 90 Attend Football & Netball Club

    6 October 2015

    Congratulations to all R12 pupils who performed outstandingly well in the St John’s College trail run yesterday.  Pupils were empowered to trail their own run with pupils reaching as far as 6Km.  Congratulations to all the R12 boys and girls. Mrs Wood and Mrs Thomas are very impressed with your efforts.…

  • Welsh Story-teller Visits Juniors

    1 October 2015

    On 1 October the children were lucky enough to welcome Enid to our junior school for the day. She came to tell the children traditional Welsh folk stories. These exciting stories, including some time-honoured Welsh myths and legends, had the children gripped from start to finish. Imogen said that she ‘loved the stories’ and Ved ‘did not want the story to end’.…

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream J​unior Book Club

    24 September 2015

    An unprecedented number of pupils read A​ Midsummer Night’s Dream (​retold by Caroline Plaisted) ​a​nd took part in the latest Junior Book Club quiz. Congratulations to De La Salle (team 1) for narrowly winning a closely fought contest and to everyone who took part. All teams were able to demonstrate an outstanding knowledge of a challenging text in advance of the Junior School’s own upcoming production of Shakespeare’s famous play.…

  • RWCMD Gala Concert

    15 September 2015

    Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural annual Gala Concert, our award-winning Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, soloists and ensembles offered a stunning performance to a packed audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on Tuesday 15 September, at 7.30pm.  The superb evening featured performances of the highest calibre, including music by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and movements from Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor and Stravinsky Pulcinella.…

  • The Best A Level Record in Wales over 16 Years

    20 August 2015

    A Level Results 2015 A*/A: 76.6%, A*/A/B: 96.8%, Pass rate: 100%. Our students, including a significant number with 4 A*/A grades, are proceeding to top Russell Group Universities, including Oxbridge and Medical and Dental schools. Top Academic School in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ 2014 – 2015 GCSE Result 2015 Dr David Neville: ‘Our GCSE candidates have achieved an outstanding foundation on which to continue to study A Levels and to be guided by our expert advice towards top ranking universities in highly competitive subjects.…

  • Cathedral Choir Sings at Westminster Abbey

    22 July 2015

    As a fitting end to the academic year, on Tuesday 21 July, our Cathedral Choir travelled to London to sing evensong in the wondrous setting of Westminster Abbey.  The service began with the Director of Music and Organist Dr David Neville’s I give you a new Commandment as the introit, followed by Gibbons’ Second Service and Mendelssohn’s Blessed are the men who fear Him.…

  • Distinction for Cathedral Choristers in Grade 5 Singing

    16 July 2015

    Many congratulations to leading cathedral choristers, Dylan O and Daniel P (R12), who recently passed ABRSM Grade 5 Singing with distinction, both achieving amongst the highest marks possible.  The boys can be very proud of their achievements and will look forward to singing with our Cathedral Choir in Westminster Abbey later this month.…

  • R10 Trip to the International Centre for Birds of Prey

    10 July 2015

    For their end of year trip, R10 set out for Newent to visit the International Centre for Birds of Prey. We started off the day with a tour around the centre where the children were able to learn about the different birds of prey. They were lucky enough to get up close to a baby owl named Squidgit, a Peregrine Falcon, White­Tailed Sea Eagle, Kestrels and Merlins!…

  • R11 Trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

    10 July 2015

    R11 celebrated their last day in the Junior School with a visit to 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 rhinos, giraffes and elephants, feeding less exotic animals, playing in indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds and getting lost (on purpose) in the Monster Maze. …

  • R8 & R9 Trip to Bristol Zoo

    9 July 2015

    R8 and R9 pupils visited Bristol Zoo at the end of the summer term. The weather was good and the children had a picnic in the sunshine. They enjoyed looking at the animals in the Nocturnal House and were particularly interested in the crocodile in the Reptile House and the gorilla who was fast asleep on the floor of his enclosure.…

  • Lego & Activity Day

    3 July 2015

    For half the day the juniors met with Mr Pilling and participated in a Lego Workshop creating a Lego city with hotels, hospitals, parks and even functioning lights and sounds. The city looked particularly good when we turned out the lights in the hall. The other half of the day saw the children learning about the habitats of woodland animals by designing and creating bird houses and bug hotels.…

  • EPSCA Chess Final

    1 July 2015

    Many congratulations to the St John’s Chess Team who competed in the English Primary Schools Chess Association national final in Birmingham on Wednesday 1 July. A nail biting tournament culminated in a superb overall performance from the St John’s team which achieved 5th position overall, and was just 0.5 points away from being in 4th place and only two points away from 3rd place.  …

  • R8 Harry Potter Induction Week

    26 June 2015

    From 22nd – 26th June, R7 pupils joined R8 and spent the week investigating the world of Harry Potter and J K Rowling. They made wizard hats, cloaks and wands and wrote spells using ink and feather quills. The pupils had fun making coloured potions and writing secret messages with invisible ink.…

  • Greek Myths Junior Book Club

    25 June 2015

    Judging by the turn out to the Greek Myths Book Club, it would appear that 2000-3000 years after they were first told, Greek myths are as popular as ever. All quiz teams were able to demonstrate an outstanding knowledge of Greek mythology. Congratulations to all who took part, especially to team Bute for a winning performance.…

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Junior Book Club

    25 June 2015

    Book Club members were enthralled by Rick Riordan’s mix of myth and modern in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. In a closely fought contest they displayed not only that they understood the twists and turns in this fast moving plot, but that they had picked up an impressive knowledge of Greek Mythology along the way.…

  • R9 Llancaiach Fawr History Trip

    10 June 2015

    On June 10th, R9 visited the Tudor House of Llancaiach Fawr. The pupils were able to take a tour of the house, led by a Tudor servant. The children visited each room of the house, learning about their purpose as they passed through. Aryan said he ‘enjoyed seeing how Tudor people lived’ and Kelsie added that ‘it’s just what we learnt about in school’.…

  • Great Golf Challenge 2015

    10 June 2015

    Congratulations to all promising SJC golf stars who ended their 6 golf sessions with the Great Golf Challenge 2015. Golf Club Winners: Joshua J – Putting challenge & tyre challenge Annalisa A – closest to the flag challenge  Emily J – Most improved player & longest drive challenge Kelly Y – Best swing & through the poles challenge Consistent players: Holly J, Ellie W & Nicky N Well done all and good luck with your forthcoming exams.…

  • R10 Pirate Day at Port Eynon

    10 June 2015

    On 9th June R10 travelled to Port Eynon where they learnt how pirates had used the area to bring ashore their contraband.  The pupils were able to develop their mapping skills to discover Luca’s hidden treasure.  The children had lots of fun as they practised using compasses, following different directions and bearings, as well as using 4 and 6 figure grid references. …

  • Summer School Uniform Sale

    9 June 2015

    Notice to parents: Please note that the Summer School Uniform Sale will be held on Thursday 25 June, 2.30-4pm in the School Dining Room.  Please click on the following link for further details about the sale: School Uniform Sale Summer 2015  …

  • R11/12 Cricket Vs Bro Morgannwg

    9 June 2015

    The R11/12 Cricket team played their first league of the season yesterday afternoon against Bro Morgannwg (Barry). All the boys involved played fantastically well.  Special mentions to Tom C-B and Akash N for an outstanding batting partnership. The boys have their next league fixture vs. Fitzalan High on Monday 15th June.…

  • R8 History Trip to Caerleon

    8 June 2015

    On 8 June, R8 visited the Roman remains at Caerleon. The pupils were able to take a tour of the museum, where they learnt about life as a Roman soldier, and saw a lot of very interesting Roman artefacts. James has said that he ‘really enjoyed dressing up in Roman armour’ and Tanisha was very impressed with the staff who were dressed as Roman people, saying that ‘it made the history seem real’. …

  • Chess Team Through to EPSCA Final in Birmingham

    8 June 2015

    The St John’s Chess Team made the long journey to North Wales this weekend to compete in the prestigious EPSCA Semi-Final held at Prestatyn.  Our team scored an impressive 22 out of a possible 30 and is now through to the English Primary Schools Chess Association Final in Birmingham on 30 June and 1 July 2015.   …

  • First Holy Communion

    7 June 2015

    Congratulations to Sofia A, Max G, James P, Alma S and Harriet W who attended the service at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday 7th June for their First Holy Communion. The children have been preparing in school over the course of the year with Miss Teideman (and Mr Morgan in recent weeks) and presented all their hard work to Canon Collins during the service.…

  • R11 Llansteffan Trip

    28 May 2015

    R11, together with Mrs Kloosterman, Mrs Thompson and Mr Williams, went on a residential trip to Llansteffan for three days.  After arriving at the idyllic country house and unpacking, R11 hiked to a nearby wood where they were put into teams with a challenge to build shelters which could provide them with all their basic needs.…

  • R10 Cog Moors Trip

    22 May 2015

    On Friday 22nd May, R10 visited Cog Moors where we learnt more about the water cycle. R10 carried out lots of fun activities; favourites included making our own mini water cycle and making our own reservoirs. After lunch we learnt all about what goes into waste water, we even got to make our own using various household products.…

  • Junior Multi-Sports Tournament

    21 May 2015

    Well done to all pupils who were involved in the Junior Multi-Sports Tournament on Thursday 21st May. The tournament was a huge success, all pupils showed fantastic levels of enthusiasm and commitment. The R14 and R15 GCSE PE pupils deserve a special mention for all their help; they were all excellent role models to the younger pupils.…

  • R8 ‘Wonderful Weather’ Geography trip to Oxwich Bay

    18 May 2015

    Krishna L in R8 writes about the ‘Wonderful Weather’ Geography trip to Oxwich Bay ‘When we arrived at Oxwich Bay, Dawn, our tour guide showed us a water rocket, an air rocket, a wind sock and how to use a maple branch to get a rough idea of how humid the air is and the same thing with a pine cone.…

  • Record Success at Chess Mega Final

    14 May 2015

    The Chess Mega Final on Saturday was a massive success, with over 220 pupils and 100 parents attending. St John’s pupils outperformed all other schools involved, with a record 8 pupils qualifying for the Giga Final! Many congratulations, Dr Howells…

  • R10 Residential Trip to Cardiff Bay

    11 May 2015

    On Thursday 7th May an excited R10 headed to Cardiff Bay for their annual overnight stay at the Urdd. Our first stop was the Millennium Stadium where the pupils had a guided tour. Highlights included holding the Dove Trophy and running out through the players’ tunnel to applause over the stadium speakers.…

  • Cool! Book Club

    10 May 2015

    The modern classic text, Cool! by Michael Morpurgo, appealed to a range of ages and to both boys and girls alike, provoking a lively discussion at this half-term’s Book Club. Congratulations to team St David’s for winning a closely fought quiz. Next Junior Book Club The theme of the next Book Club is, Greek Mythology.…

  • Journey to the River Sea Book Club 

    10 May 2015

    Junior Book Club members were unanimous in their praise for the modern classic Book Club text, Journey to the River Sea. Congratulations to team Mostyn for an impressive winning performance at the Book Club quiz. The author, Eva Ibbotson, is an acclaimed writer of classic children’s literature and those looking for further reading would be advised to seek out books by this talented storyteller.…

  • GTHC Onesie Walk

    10 May 2015

    Although I had vowed to never wear a Onesie, a windy Saturday morning in April saw myself, Ms Teideman and some of R11 join Nicky Piper to parade around Cardiff city centre raising money for GTHC who have supported two of our R11 pupils, Eleri and Gabriel Robinson.  Sponsorship monies are still being counted however we did raise £640 in our collecting buckets. …

  • Success at South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians

    6 May 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that Menglin Li (R12) has been appointed Leader of the National Children’s Orchestra, and we would like to extend our congratulations to all our pupils who took part in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians at St John’s College during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.…

  • Spring Concert

    30 April 2015

    Congratulations to all the many pupils involved in the annual Spring Concert on Tuesday 28 April which welcomed its largest audience to date.  The evening was a feast of musical delights, featuring the Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, Training Orchestra, Girls’ Choir, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, ensembles and outstanding soloists, including music by Byrd, Vivaldi, Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Gershwin and movements from Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Stavinsky Pulcinella, Weber Clarinet Concerto, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.…

  • Junior Fire Service Visit

    26 April 2015

    The fire service visited R7 and R10 this week.  The firemen initially taught the R10 pupils what to do in the event of a fire in their house and the benefits of proper precautions which they and their parents could take to avoid this happening in the first place.  Then pupils were taken for a tour of the fire engine and Jamie L demonstrated how to use fire beaters. …

  • Junior Disco

    23 April 2015

    On Thursday evening the Junior pupils arrived back at school dressed to impress in their best party outfits. The pupils all enjoyed the disco with DJ Deano, Isabelle O-S said ‘it was fantastic, everyone had a lovely time’. Jake K said ‘I enjoyed dancing and the sweets’. The children impressed us with their polite behaviour and super dance moves.…

  • Science Club Parachutes

    23 April 2015

    Both Science Club groups have been busy creating their parachutes ready to see who designed and created the best one. Group A had a super time testing their parachutes and Tom K-B was our winner – well done! Mrs Taylor…

  • Eleri & Gabriel (R11) Raise Money for George Thomas Hospice with ‘Onesie Walk’

    3 April 2015

    Please click here to view the full article on Wales Online and to see further details about how you can make a donation.…

  • R10 Visit to Tredegar House

    30 March 2015

    At the end of March, R10 pupils enjoyed stepping back in time to the Victorian era as they spent a day at the impressive Tredegar House. Pupils have been studying day to day life and the differences in social class during this historical era and thoroughly embraced the day. Dressed as Victorian children, pupils had a tour of the house and learned all about the Morgans of Tredegar and their influential role in the development of industry and commerce in South Wales, particularly within the city of Newport.…

  • Early Morning Table Tennis

    24 March 2015

    Pupils participated in their first ever early morning Table Tennis Club on Tuesday. The club is being run by myself and Mr Simon Oyler who is currently working as the Welsh international Table Tennis coach. This club will continue after the Easter holidays and we hope to build on the success of the first session.…

  • Junior Talent Show

    24 March 2015

    The finals of the Junior Talent Show took place on 24th March.  The competition began with year group auditions where a variety of entertaining acts were performed throughout the Juniors.   Two acts from each year group were then chosen to perform in the finals.  Here, pupils demonstrated their talents with well-rehearsed performances. …

  • Solar Eclipse

    20 March 2015

    Friday 20th March, saw pupils in the Junior School excitedly experience the Solar Eclipse.  Pupils were able to watch the live feed on the interactive whiteboards.  They were then taken to a safe area outside where they could not directly view the eclipse but could experience other changes such as the darker sky, the colder temperature and the eerie quiet due to the lack of birdsong. …

  •  Charlotte’s Web Junior Book Club

    18 March 2015

    Congratulations to all pupils who read this half-term’s classic text, Charlotte’s Web. Book Club members were captivated by E B White’s classic text. Team Bute won a closely fought contest. Mrs Criddle The next Junior Book Clubs will be held on Tuesday 28 April The authors of the next Book Club texts are acclaimed for writing modern classics.…

  • Tom’s Midnight Garden Junior Book Club

    18 March 2015

    Congratulations to all pupils who read this half-term’s classic text, Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce. Teams Bute and St David’s narrowly won a lively Book Club quiz where a range of views were expressed and debated. Mrs Cooney The next Junior Book Clubs will be held on Tuesday 28 April The authors of the next Book Club texts are acclaimed for writing modern classics.…

  • Cathedral Choir Easter Concert, St David’s Hall

    17 March 2015

    On Tuesday 17 March, the girl and boy choristers and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir performed their annual Easter Concert at St David’s Hall – Faire is the Heaven: Music of the Cathedral Choral Tradition – including music ranging from the Renaissance through to the present day.…

  • EPSCA Under 9s: St John’s Chess ‘Masters’ Help Glamorgan to the Final

    14 March 2015

    Congratulations to the Glamorgan Chess squad (which includes five St John’s players) which has qualified for the finals of the Under 9 Inter-Association Championship in Northampton on 25 April. At the qualifier for the south zone, held at The Dell, Chepstow, on Saturday 14 March, Glamorgan finished the three-round competition on 22.5 points and qualified for the finals.  …

  • Comic Relief

    14 March 2015

    Mrs Thompson would like to say a big thank you to the many resourceful pupils in the Junior School who managed to raise a total of £210 for Comic Relief through a variety of activities.  The pupils particularly enjoyed ‘guess the teacher’ which they found more difficult than they had imagined. …

  • Charity Cake Sale & Bake Off

    13 March 2015

    On Friday 13th March we celebrated Comic Relief with a Cake Sale and Bake Off to raise funds for both Comic Relief and Cafod’s ‘send a child to school appeal’. We were absolutely overwhelmed again by your generous donations of cakes and biscuits – thank you! The children who entered the ‘Bake Off’ should be commended on their excellent efforts.  …

  • Welsh Primary Schools Table Tennis Tournament

    11 March 2015

    Pupils’ hard work in training in the past couple of months led to the A-squad achieving third place in the recent Welsh Primary Schools Table Tennis Tournament. This is an impressive achievement, particularly given that a total of 37 teams took part in the tournament.  The pupils can be very proud of their performances.…

  • R9 Mother’s Day Assembly

    10 March 2015

    R9 celebrated a wonderful Mother’s Day assembly towards the end of last term. The children all worked tremendously hard and performed a variety of items including a play about new inventions to help the busy mum, individual musical performances, poems, songs, prayers and promises to help out at home. I was so proud of their efforts and had many positive comments from parents.…

  • Enterprising Pupils Raise Money for George Thomas Hospice Care

    9 March 2015

    Former Commonwealth Light-heavyweight champion, Nicky Piper, writes about St John’s Junior pupils’ fundraising efforts: ‘George Thomas Hospice Care recently received a cheque for £500 from leading independent day school, St John’s College, thanks to a group of its enterprising year 6 pupils.’ ‘As part of the school’s annual Enterprise Week, the boys and girls were tasked with forming a business idea, deciding on a company name and producing items to sell to make a profit.…

  • Commanding Performance in U10s Welsh Junior Championships

    9 March 2015

    This year’s Welsh Junior Championships were held on 8th and 9th March at St John’s College. Akshara N won the under 10s major championship, followed by fellow St John’s pupil, Rishi P in joint 2nd!  Akshara fought amazingly, with immense determination over the chessboard, gaining 5/6 points over a gruelling two day tournament! …

  • R8-R14 Junior & Senior Cross Country Relay at Tockington Manor

    6 March 2015

    Pupils from R8 through to R14 travelled to Tockington Manor set in the Gloucestershire countryside on Friday 6 March.  The boys and girls greatly enjoyed the cross country relay event and the senior boys’ team finished 4th overall which was a fantastic achievement. Mr Tertois…

  • R10 Visit from PC Nigel Pope

    5 March 2015

    On 5 March, PC Pope involved the children in a lively discussion about what anti-social behaviour involves and the pupils were able to give many examples. Next they viewed three short videos where two incidents, in a park and a nearby street, were seen through the eyes of different people. Pupils answered questions about the videos enthusiastically and this led pupils to think about the consequences of the people’s actions.…

  • R9 Visit to Cog Moors Water Works

    5 March 2015

    On 5th March R9 enjoyed a fun day out at Cog Moors Water Works. In the morning they attended a session on water efficiency and learnt about the different jobs that the water works does for us so that we receive clean water. It was very educational. During the afternoon we went on a journey to an African Village called Kayabwe, where we experienced what it would be like to live in a real African Village.…

  • Cathedral Choristers Win Choir Schools Association Football Tournament

    4 March 2015

    On Wednesday 4 March, our boy and girl choristers attended the annual Choir Schools Association Sports and Evensong Day, this year generously hosted by Hereford Cathedral.   In the Netball Tournament, our girl choristers battled valiantly to come third, while in the hotly contested Football Tournament, our boy choristers were crowned overall winners, seeing off competition from the Cathedrals of Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Llandaff, Truro, Wells, Winchester and Tewkesbury Abbey.…

  • Eisteddfod Ysgol Iau / Junior Eisteddfod

    3 March 2015

    On Monday March 2nd, our Junior pupils gathered together in the school hall for our annual celebration of Welsh culture. I would like to take this time to commend both pupils and teachers for their continuous hard work over many months in preparation of our much loved day of music, literary performances, celebration and friendly competition.…

  • Chess Triumph at Wales & West of England Championship

    28 February 2015

    Many congratulations to the following St John’s pupils who helped the Glamorgan team win all three of the age categories at the Wales & West of England Championships held in Tiverton, Devon, on Saturday 28 February: Juniors – Hiya R, Ethan C, Anish C, Akshara N, Rishi P. Seniors – Aaron C, Amin G, Daniel J, Edward X, Callum M-J Congratulations to all the pupils who took part.…

  • Junior Girls’ Choir Concert at Nazareth House

    26 February 2015

    On Thursday 26th February the Junior Girls’ Choir and R15 musicians throughly enjoyed performing for the residents of Nazareth House. We would like to thank the staff and residents for always making us feel so welcome and also the parents who kindly supported us at the concert. We look forward to arranging our next visit in the near future.…

  • Victory in East Glamorgan Minor Chess League

    23 February 2015

    On the 23rd February, the St John’s Chess Team beat Chepstow 4-0 in the East Glamorgan Minor Chess League. Our players were; Aron C, Hiya R, Ethan C and Daniel J. We currently lead the minor chess league table, closely followed by our fellow chess players from Chepstow. Congratulations to all those who played! …

  • Junior Chess Team Qualifies for EPSCA National Primary Schools Championships

    20 February 2015

    Congratulations to the St John’s Junior team who have qualified for the semi-finals of the EPSCA National Primary Schools Chess Championships. In the under 9s, out of a possible 25 points, St John’s College won with a score of 21, narrowly beating The Dell A on 20.5. Congratulations to Rishi P, Akshara N, Onish C, Hiya R and Ethan C – an excellent effort by all our R9 pupils!…

  • Chess Victories at Cardiff & The Vale Schools Championships

    14 February 2015

    On 14 February, three St John’s pupils travelled to Cardiff City Council’s offices at Atlantic Wharf to participated in a competition involving over 200 chess players. Aron C (R14) gained joint third place in a very difficult competition – a solid effort from Aron who gained 4/6 points.  Meanwhile in the Under 8’s category, Ethan C (R7) came first with 6/6 points followed closely by Akshara N (also in R7), who came second with 5/6 points!…

  • Music Collaboration Project

    13 February 2015

    On Friday 13 February, pupils from three local primary schools joined St John’s College pupils for a musical collaboration project. Boys and girls from Christ the King, Rhydypenau and Glasllwch primary schools joined our Concert Orchestra and Cathedral Choir for an afternoon of music workshops, culminating in a joint performance of Haydn ‘Gloria’ from the Nelson Mass, Rutter’s The Lord bless you and keep you, the Finale from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony (No.…

  • Cathedral Choir Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral

    10 February 2015

    On Tuesday 10 February the boys, girls and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir travelled to London to perform a lunchtime concert in the magnificent setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.  The concert was very well-received and featured a programme of music from the British choral tradition, including some of Britain’s finest repertoire from the Tudor period through to the present day: Tallis Te lucis ante terminum Byrd Haec Dies Purcell Hear my Prayer Wood Hail Gladdening Light Harris Faire is the Heaven Britten Hymn to the Virgin Tavener As one who has slept David Neville I give you a new commandment It was wonderful to see so many parents, past students and friends of the choir attend the concert.  …

  • R10 & R11 Mixed Football Tournament

    9 February 2015

    St John’s R10 and R11 mixed football squad participated in an 8-a-side football tournament this afternoon. All involved showed fantastic levels of enthusiasm and commitment and there was some fantastic football on display. Congratulations to all involved. Mr Tertois.…

  • R10 Assembly

    6 February 2015

    On Friday 6th February, R10 invited family and friends to their class assembly. As it was close to St Valentine’s Day, we performed an assembly based on St Valentine. Highlights included going back in time to Ancient Rome where we found out about the origins of St Valentine and Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world.…

  • PC Pope Visits R9

    5 February 2015

    On Thursday afternoon, PC Pope came to discuss Stranger Danger with R9. R9 showed off their excellent knowledge on the people who can help us and we learnt about Stranger Danger. R9 especially enjoyed role-plays where they acted out what they would do if they encountered a stranger. Well done R9!…

  • Junior Peer Reading

    24 January 2015

    On 24th January the Junior pupils all participated in peer reading for the second time this academic year. The R8 pupils were paired with R10 pupils and the R9 pupils were paired with R11 pupils. The younger pupils read to the older pupils who gave them guidance and encouragement. In some cases, the reading was shared. …

  • January Fitness Challenge

    20 January 2015

    Congratulations to all pupils who have been actively involved in the January Fitness Challenge every lunchtime. Keep up the good work. P.E. Department.…

  • R10/R11 Table Tennis Squad prepare for South Wales League match

    20 January 2015

    The St John’s College Junior Table Tennis Squad are working hard in preparation for their forthcoming South Wales League match and Primary Tournament.  They train on Monday and Thursday lunch times each week in the sports hall.  All abilities are welcome to have a go against the robot or participate in match play and tournaments.…

  • Junior Book Club

    16 January 2015

    The magic of C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe appears to have enchanted another generation of children, 65 years on. Book Club members were passionate about this text and were keen to discuss and answer quiz questions on it. Congratulations to all who took part, especially to the Bute and De La Salle teams, the joint winners of the unabridged text quiz and to the St David’s team for winning the abridged text quiz.…