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Nursery & Infants News

  • Children in Need

    18 November 2017

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

  • Nursery Mathematics

    18 November 2017

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

  • Nursery and Infant Children in Need Cake Sale

    17 November 2017

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

  • Latest news from R7

    15 November 2017

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

  • Nursery News

    10 November 2017

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

  • R5 News

    10 November 2017

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

  • Latest news from R7

    21 October 2017

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

  • Nursery News

    21 October 2017

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

  • This week in R5

    21 October 2017

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

  • R6 Visit to St Fagans

    20 October 2017

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

  • The week in R7

    15 October 2017

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

  • Nursery News

    14 October 2017

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

  • Latest News from R5

    14 October 2017

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

  • Latest News from R7

    8 October 2017

    Here are photos of the children measuring their hand spans in cm for Science, making a timeline of the Great Fire of London, visiting the Book Fair and Natasha and Ieuan on Dictionary Day with their matching letters. Mrs R Cooper…

  • Latest News from the Nursery

    8 October 2017

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

  • Dictionary Day in the Nursery and Infants

    8 October 2017

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

  • Latest news from the Nursery

    2 October 2017

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

  • Nursery and Infant Macmillan coffee morning

    30 September 2017

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

  • Maths fun in the Nursery

    29 September 2017

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

  • This week in R5

    24 September 2017

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

  • This week in R7

    24 September 2017

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

  • This week in Nursery

    24 September 2017

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

  • Latest news from R6

    21 September 2017

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

  • Late Summer sunshine

    19 September 2017

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

  • This week in R5

    18 September 2017

    This week, the reception class solved clues and found the tiger as part of their literacy work on “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”, recorded their voices on the Talking Tins and made jam sandwiches! Mrs G Firth…

  • Nursery PE 

    15 September 2017

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

  • R7’s Weekly Roundup

    15 September 2017

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

  • R5 Planting, Building and Sorting!

    8 September 2017

    R5 planted tulip bulbs which we hope will flower in the springtime. They enjoyed building vehicles with our new construction set. The children have been sorting and ordering numbers on our washing line! Mrs Firth…

  • Nursery Language and Literacy

    6 September 2017

    The Nursery are enjoying their language and literacy book called Chester and the kissing hand. We have been making pictures, hats, hand prints and a Chester cake in cooking on Friday. We are having lots of fun!…

  • Nursery Class Captains

    6 September 2017

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

  • 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.…

  • R5 Visit to Bristol Zoo

    29 June 2017

    On Wednesday 28th June pupils from R5 paid a visit Bristol Zoo. It was a very wet day, but that did not prevent the children from being excited. We were lucky enough to see the seals being fed and showing off their latest tricks. We had an African workshop and Ava was very pleased that  she was brave enough to touch a snake.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery Lunch at St Cadoc’s

    27 June 2017

    The nursery joined the Catholic mothers at St Cadoc’s RC Church for lunch. We were treated to delicious sandwiches, strawberries and ice cream and cakes. The children had learnt a few songs which we thought we would make everyone sing along to – ‘Daisy, Daisy’, ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘If I were a butterfly’.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.” …

  • 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’.…

  • Nursery Trip to the Beach

    8 June 2017

    The nursery children had a wonderful trip to the beach yesterday. We went to Barry Island where we played with buckets and spades and made amazing sand castles, we went on a treasure hunt and looked in the rock pools looking for crabs. We finished the day with a delicious ice lolly.  …

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • News from the Nursery

    19 May 2017

    The nursery children were thrilled to continue their topic ‘The Beach’ in forest school this week.  They collected lots of items and made a Rainbow Fish from twigs, leaves and stones, even adding buttercups to make his shiny scales.  The children were jumping for joy as the rain had stopped and they even had a game of hide and seek finding lots of fun places to hide.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery Learn About ‘The Beach’

    11 May 2017

    The Nursery children are enjoying this term’s topic, The Beach. We have been learning about crabs, jelly fish, and sea creatures. This week in our PE lesson we had lots and lots of fun listening to under the sea music and using the parachute. Mrs Banks…

  • R5 Trip to Porthkerry Country Park

    10 May 2017

    R5 had an amazing day pond dipping and building shelters at Porthkerry Country Park. They found lots of tadpoles and caddisflies. The children were very excited by their discoveries. They enjoyed their adventures in the woods making a shelter to keep out any rain. Most of the children fell asleep on the way back, a sign of a very successful and busy day.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery celebrate Easter with an Easter parade

    7 April 2017

    The nursery children really enjoyed taking part in the annual Nursery and Infant Easter parade. All the children looked very smart in their bonnets and were very excited to find that the Easter bunny had arrived and put eggs in their baskets which they had made. They also made Easter cards and lots of creative crafts, including Easter cooking and we even  went on an egg hunt in forest school.…

  • Nursery Children take part in RHS Flower Show Wheelbarrow Competition

    7 April 2017

    The nursery children have taken part in the Cardiff annual RHS Flower Show Wheelbarrow Competition. This year the theme was Welsh myths and legends. The nursery children produced their wheelbarrow on the theme of the Welsh flag. They made  a large white dragon and red dragon using   clothes  pegs. The children were very excited to plant red and white flowers in the wheelbarrow and were thrilled with the final result.…

  • 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.  …

  • 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.…

  • Nursery Assembly

    30 March 2017

    The Nursery took part in their first assembly to celebrate Mother’s day. They sang songs; read prayers, painted pictures of their mummies, and told stories about spending time with mummy. Mrs Banks was very proud of all the children.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • R7 Assembly

    12 March 2017

    R7 gave an assembly on the SEAL topic of bullying. They created posters and then spelled a message. We encourage all our children to talk about their little worries and they know we are here to help. Mrs Firth…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Nursery News

    2 March 2017

    The Nursery have been listening to lots of stories and dressing up as the characters. Mrs Firth…

  • R6 Visit Techniquest

    1 March 2017

    R6 learnt about toys from the past on a recent visit to Techniquest. Catching the ball in the cup wasn’t easy! Mrs Firth…

  • Nursery and Infants Eisteddfod

    1 March 2017

    The Nursery children look amazing in their Welsh costumes.  Meanwhile, R7 gave a very animated poetry recitation as part of our Eisteddfod celebrations. Mrs Firth…

  • 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.…

  • R5 Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes

    9 February 2017

    As part of their topic on ‘Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes’, the children in R5 investigated building materials and made houses for the three little pigs. Mrs Firth…

  • R7 Assembly

    9 February 2017

    Congratulations to R7 on their assembly. R7 children told the Nursery & Infant children what to do if they were unhappy. They painted colourful pictures on the theme ‘Say no to bullying’ which is part of our Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. Mrs Firth…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Infants Learn About Hinduism and Sikhism

    31 January 2017

    Thank you to the Kamath family for visiting our department. We had two very interesting presentations on Hinduism and Sikhism. The children asked lots of questions and were able to relate the talks to their own experiences. Mrs Firth…

  • Nursery Bird Feeders

    20 January 2017

    The nursery children have been discussing what happens to birds in wintertime. We thought that it would very kind to the birds if we made some bird feeders. This week we took the bird food into Forest School and put them on the trees. The children thought that they heard the birds singing in the sunshine, all very happy with the bird food the children had made.…

  • 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.…

  • 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. …

  • Father Christmas Visits Reception Class

    15 December 2016

    The Reception Class enjoyed their Christmas party with a visit from Father Christmas. Mrs Firth…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery Christmas Tree

    2 December 2016

    The nursery children went on their annual trip to the Thornhill farm shop to visit the farm animals and buy their Christmas tree. We had a fantastic time! Mr Fowler drove the bus and we all sang Christmas songs. We saw Farmer Phillips and he showed us the animals. We all thought the stable with Baby Jesus looked beautiful.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.  …

  • 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.…

  • R7 Memorial Visit

    14 November 2016

    On Monday, 14th November, R7 pupils visited the War Memorial in St Mellons. They looked at the wreaths from  Remembrance Sunday and listened to readings and prayers. Earlier in the week the pupils had made giant poppies in class which they took to the Memorial and which are now hanging in the Infant Playground.…

  • 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’.…

  • 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.  …

  • 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.”…

  • Nursery Autumn Planting

    20 October 2016

    The Nursery children have had fun today in the Autumn sunshine planting some winter flowers. We had to be careful not to disturb our spring bulbs that are fast asleep. Mrs Banks…

  • 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.…

  • R5 Story Boards

    12 October 2016

    The reception class have been looking at the book ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. They have enjoyed learning the words and actions. The children used the sensory bottles to help them create their own story boards as they are developing their writing skills. Mrs Firth…

  • 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!…

  • R7 Learn About Autumn

    30 September 2016

    R7 pupils have been finding out about Autumn. They have looked at the trees, berries and changing leaves in Forest School and have strung and counted 415 conkers. Well done to Manu, Nazneen and Thusanth who did all the counting! Mrs Cooper…

  • Nursery Children Make Elmer the Elephant Hats

    30 September 2016

    This week and last week we have been working on our topic ‘Colours’, using Elmer the Elephant. The children have completed their mini topic on Elmer the patchwork elephant, making Elmer hats. We really thought that the real Elmer had arrived at nursery! Mrs Banks…

  • Nursery Celebrate Elmer the Elephant Week

    19 September 2016

    The nursery children are settling well into the new school year. Our new topic is colours and this week we are learning about Elmer the Elephant. We are making Elmer biscuits; an Elmer display, Elmer milk bottles and Elmer hats. We have also begun cooking and have harvested our carrots from our allotment and made carrot cake.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery & Infants Sports Day

    27 June 2016

    This year’s Infants Sports Day was a great success. The children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and all performed to their very best achieving outstanding results. It was lovely to see the children smiling, cheering each other on and being fully supportive of one another. It was fantastic to see the younger siblings take part in the toddler race and the children particularly enjoyed watching their Mums and Dads taking part in the tug of war competition.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.  …

  • R5 Visit to Bristol Zoo

    20 June 2016

    On Monday 20 June, R5 pupils greatly enjoyed a visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens. The children enjoyed watching the gorillas and the penguins being fed. When they had their picnic lunch the children were keen to have a photograph with the model gorilla. Mrs Firth…

  • Nursery Trip to Walnut Tree Farm

    17 June 2016

    The Nursery children have been to Walnut Tree Farm today. We wore our wellies and waterproofs as the weather didn’t look good! But the rain clouds were kind and stayed away from the farm. We all had a fantastic time feeding the baby animals, going on a real tractor ride, and playing in the adventure playground.…

  • Nursery Celebrates Queen’s 90th Birthday

    10 June 2016

    The children in the nursery department had a fantastic time celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a royal banquet. The children came to school in very smart dress, wearing red, white and blue. We played party games and enjoyed our delicious food! Mrs Banks…

  • 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. …

  • 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). …

  • 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.…

  • Nursery RHS Wheelbarrow Competition

    15 April 2016

    The nursery children are busy this term working on their allotment. We have been planting carrots, potatoes, beetroot, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes to name a few. We have also entered this year’s RHS Wheelbarrow Competition entitled ‘The wonderful world of Roald Dahl’. We decided to make our wheelbarrow on the topic of Charlie and the Chocolate factory and each child made a wooden spoon Oompa Loompa!…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery News

    4 December 2015

    The nursery children recently went to The Thornhill farm shop to visit the animals and buy their Christmas tree for outside their classroom. We all had a lovely time and enjoyed visiting the cows, pigs, sheep and donkeys and we even saw Baby Jesus asleep in the manger. Farmer Phillips helped us choose our Christmas tree and it looks beautiful, full of lights and decorations!…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery & Infants Raise Money for Children in Need

    13 November 2015

    The children in the Infants and Nursery department have had lots of fun today raising money for Children In Need. We have worn super hero capes to school, had a cake sale, and have played ‘guess the name of the bear’ and ‘how many sweets in the jar’? We have had lots of fun and raised £238.72.…

  • 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.  …

  • News from the Nursery

    18 October 2015

    The nursery children have settled very well into their first few weeks of school. Our new topic is ‘All about me’ and we have been making hand prints and foot prints and have started enjoying Forest School, cooking, outside learning, PE, Welsh and RE.  We are all having lots and lots of fun.…

  • 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.…

  • A Royal ‘Thank You’

    7 September 2015

    The Nursery children sent a card to Prince George to celebrate the birth of his baby sister, Princess Charlotte. The children made the card by hand and all wrote their names inside. The boys and girls are delighted to have received a reply from the royal couple. Each child in the class will receive a copy of the card as a special memento.…

  • 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.…

  • End of term Pirate Day in the Nursery

    10 July 2015

    The children had lots of fun on ‘Pirate Day’. All the children dressed up as pirates and a day full of fun was had by all. The children took part in many adventures.  We walked the plank and hunted for treasure in PE.  We made pirate biscuits, Captain Hook’s hook, a telescope to look for pirate ships and we made a pirate ship in Forest School. …

  • 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.  …

  • 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  …

  • 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.   …

  • 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…

  • R5 Welcome Nurse Neate and PC Pope

    9 May 2015

    This week we have had a visit from Nurse Neate and PC Pope. R5 thoroughly enjoyed learning about their work. Nazneen even tried on a real police hat! Mrs Firth…

  • New Nursery & Infant Touchscreen Laptops

    4 May 2015

    R7 pupils have been enjoying using the new Nursery & Infant Department Touchscreen Laptops. A particular highlight has been the paint package which the pupils have used to create castles and experiment with lots of their newly learnt ICT skills.   Miss Nirenberg…

  • Ethan C Wins U8 Cardiff & the Vale Chess Championship

    4 May 2015

    Congratulations to Ethan C in R7 who has won the Under 8 Cardiff & the Vale Chess Championship. This is the second time Ethan has achieved this amazing victory.  Ethan was presented with his trophy at our most recent assembly. Mrs Firth…

  • R5 Post Special Letters

    2 May 2015

    As part of our topic ‘People Who Help Us’ R5 have been learning about the work of the post office. On Friday they posted a letter home having written their address. Inside the envelope was a letter from someone in their class. Mrs Firth…

  • 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. …

  • New Nursery & Infants Sun Hats

    24 April 2015

    The new school sun hat, as modelled by R6 in the photograph, is now available from John Lewis. During the summer weather, please also remember to put sun cream on your child in the morning. Mrs Firth…

  • R5 Learn About ‘People Who Help Us’

    24 April 2015

    R5 are learning about ‘People who help us’. They are enjoying role playing activities. This week we have looked at the work of the emergency services. The children have enjoyed using bandages and slings. We also had a visit from two fire officers who allowed Johnny to try on a real fireman’s outfit.…

  • Nursery Easter Activities

    27 March 2015

    The Nursery have had lots of fun preparing for Easter. We have made Easter cards, finger puppets, rabbit masks and baskets, and have cooked Easter cakes and rabbit shaped bread. Today we all took part our annual Easter Bonnet Competition. All the bonnets looked amazing and it was really hard to choose a winner. …

  • R7 Easter Bonnets

    27 March 2015

    Well done to all the parents and children for their hard work creating these imaginative Easter Bonnets.  R7 are pictured here wearing their fabulous Easter Bonnets.  Miss Niremburg…

  • R7 History Trip to Egypt Centre

    27 March 2015

    R7 visited the Egypt Centre in Swansea to further enhance there learning of our topic of the Ancient Egyptians. It was an inspirational, entertaining, interactive and educational school trip.  Miss Niremburg…

  • 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.…

  • 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.  …

  • Mother’s Day Celebrations in the Nursery

    13 March 2015

    The Nursery children took this morning’s assembly on Mother’s Day. They sang two songs, painted pictures of their mummies and showed some lovely photographs. Everybody really enjoyed taking part. Well done children! Mrs Banks…

  • Happy St David’s Day from the Nursery

    28 February 2015

    The Nursery took part in the annual St David’s Day Eisteddfod, during which we sang a Welsh song on the stage and entered two competitions – the Dragon Creative Competition and Painting a Daffodil Competition. We had a wonderful morning and really enjoyed our celebratory Welsh cakes. Mrs Banks.…

  • Infants Eisteddfod

    27 February 2015

    On Friday, all the children of the Infant Department participated in a celebration of Saint David’s Day and Welsh culture. The children were awarded certificates for handwriting, photography, painting and drawing competitions. Each class performed a Welsh song or recited a poem. We also enjoyed solo performances from Arya in R5 and Alexandra in R6, with recitals on the piano, guitar, harp and violin from the many talented children in R6 and R7.…

  • R7 Celebrate Chinese New Year

    23 February 2015

    R7 performed a fabulous, entertaining and energetic assembly about the Chinese New Year.  They first explained to the infant department all about Chinese New year which involved them learning lines and using the interactive whiteboard.  R7 then sang a Chinese New Year song which they helped teach to the infant department.…

  • R6 Assembly

    9 February 2015

    R6 have been learning about polar regions and winter. They presented a class assembly for the Infant and Nursery Department. The assembly was based on the Disney film Frozen and taught everyone about morals. The children in R6 decided that the story taught us: To stay together. To love one another.…

  • Nursery Dressing Up Fun

    5 February 2015

    The nursery children had a fun afternoon of dressing up as Princesses, monkeys and paramedics! Mrs Banks.…

  • Nursery ‘Experiment Week’

    29 January 2015

    This week, the Nursery are enjoying ‘Experiment Week.’ We have been making volcanoes using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, magic rain using shaving foam, water and food colouring and magic floating raisins, cola explosions using cola and mentos, and lots more! The children said this week was ‘amazing’! Mrs Banks.…

  • Nursery Magic Moments

    16 January 2015

    The Nursery are very excited about this term’s topic, ‘Magic Moments’. This week we are having a painting week. We have been painting with ice, plastic bag paint fun, smelly paintings using different herbs and herb painting using rosemary. We are having lots of fun! Next week is Experiment week! Mrs Banks.…

  • Christmas Assembly

    17 December 2014

    On Wednesday 17 December, the whole school gathered for its annual Christmas Assembly.   The Concert Orchestra and Sixth Form Ensemble performed a selection of Christmas music and led the congregational carols. At the heart of the assembly was the Nursery & Infant Department Christmas Tableau which, as always, was very well-received and poignantly reminded us of the true message of Christmas.…

  • 2014 Welsh Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships

    13 December 2014

    Of the eighty-three children who took part in the 2014 Welsh Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships held at St John’s College on Saturday 13 December, twelve came from St John’s College. It was a classic ‘small fish in a big pond’ scenario, as many of the strongest juniors in Wales were taking part.…

  • Awards Ceremony & Christmas Concert

    12 December 2014

    On Friday 12 December, the school hosted its annual Awards Ceremony & Christmas Concert.  It was a wonderful opportunity for staff, pupils and parents to celebrate the achievements of R16, L6th and U6th students, as well as former sixth formers who have begun their university studies this year. Congratulations to the Cathedral Choir, Junior Girls’ Choir, Concert Orchestra, Training Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Flute Choir and soloists for some beautiful musical offerings that evening.  …

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert at St David’s Hall

    25 November 2014

    The Cathedral Choir performed a sublime selection of music for Advent and Christmas today to a very large audience at St David’s Hall.  The boy and girl choristers and gentlemen of the choir can be very proud of their exquisite performances of carols such as Silent Night and Away in Manger, as well as music by composers such as Poulenc, Grieg and Howells.  …

  • National Schools Chess Tournament Semi-Final

    23 November 2014

    On Sunday St John’s pupils took part in the National Schools Chess Tournament Semi-Final at the Grange in Monmouth. Our players included Soraya W, Zara R,  Akshara N, Ayush S, and Ethan C. Our pupils performed amazingly well, against very tough opposition, and finished forth ahead of five schools including Cathedral and Rougemont schools.  …

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

    23 November 2014

    St John’s College is again delighted to be ranked top school in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ based on combined GCSE and A Level performance:  Parent Power 2014

  • Operation Christmas Child

    18 November 2014

    We were again overwhelmed by our St John’s College families’ generosity and response to our Operation Christmas Child appeal.  The foyer has been filled with brightly-wrapped boxes of goodies destined to travel the world.  Thank you to everyone involved.  We hope to raise a smile from children less fortunate than us and let them know they are in our thoughts this Christmas.…

  • Children in Need 2014

    14 November 2014

    Children in Need was celebrated at St John’s College with our usual enthusiasm.  Many events were organised in the Infant & Junior departments, ‘pennies for pudsey’ being a particular success – Mr Johnson will be spending hours counting the small change in buckets in his office! Our tradition of a first break and lunchtime cake sale saw the Sixth Formers turn out in droves to help, and their enthusiasm should be commended – thank you.…

  • Remembrance Service 2014

    11 November 2014

    On Tuesday 11th November the pupils and staff of St John’s College gathered in the school hall for our annual Remembrance Service.  Our commemorations featured performances by the Concert Orchestra of William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Eric Coates’ Dambusters March, as well as readings and prayers from pupils. A particular thanks goes to our Middle School cadets Thomas Taunton and Harini Somasekar who helped to make this such a memorable occasion.…

  • Harvest Festival

    9 November 2014

    On Monday 3 November, Nursery to R13 gathered to celebrate our Harvest Festival.  We were treated to music from the Concert Orchestra, the R14 music ensemble and the Junior Girls’ Choir. All year groups were involved and worked hard to ensure its success – the Infants sang about the farmer scattering his seeds (complete with actions) to ensure we had a harvest to collect, while the Juniors explained what happened when the farmers collect the crops and why we celebrate. …

  • St John’s Vs. North Cardiff Chess Club

    5 November 2014

    Both St John’s chess teams, Neutrinos and Positrons in division 4, competed in a very difficult chess match on Tuesday 4th November against North Cardiff Chess Club. An amazing performance was given by Callum M-J who drew with a very highly rated adult player! Very good performances were also given by the rest of the team against much more experienced opposition; Aron C, Hiya R, Daniel J, Ethan C, Ed X, Amin G, Thurin V and Leon C.…

  • Chess Swiss Tournament

    31 October 2014

    The two day, five round, Chess Swiss Tournament running on Thursday and Friday of half-term was a very successful event with 18 participants. The prizes were split into two groups – Over 11 and Under 12 boys and girls.  The results have been submitted to the live rating centre, www.liveratingcentre.com, where pupils can see their chess rating performance.…

  • Chess Club News

    24 October 2014

    Many congratulations to Hiya R and Ethan C of R7 who were two of only five Welsh Juniors to compete in the Terafinal and Challengers competitions in August.  Hiya and Ethan picked up several points and gained very valuable experience.  They should be particularly applauded for their courage in participating in such a tough competition alongside other players up to age 18, including several with very high ratings.…

  • R7 learn about Katie Morag’s adventures on the Isle of Struay

    3 October 2014

    This term, R7 have been learning about the adventures of Katie Morag on the magical Isle of Struay (of CBeebies fame).  The R7 pupils have really enjoyed reading about Katie Morag’s different adventures, and have studied the differences between an island and the mainland.…

  • Nursery iPads

    23 September 2014

    The nursery and infants continue to enjoy exploring and developing their ICT skills using the class iPads and interactive whiteboard.…

  • Autumn Project

    20 September 2014

    The Nursery children have been learning all about the features of autumn. During our Forest School visit this week we made autumn crowns. The children really enjoyed looking at different autumn leaves and making them into king and queen crowns.…

  • Nursery Class Captains

    15 September 2014

    This year’s Nursery Class Captains are Nia S and John H-B. They are going to have lots of jobs to do, including helping the new children settle in, taking messages and making sure our Nursery is neat and tidy!…

  • Gala Concert, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, RWCMD

    10 September 2014

    Following on from the success of their Oxford concert on Monday, our Concert Orchestra and Cathedral Choir performed a stunning Gala Concert to a packed audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on Wednesday 10 September, 7.30pm.  The superb evening featured performances of the highest calibre and received a standing ovation from the audience.  …

  • News from the Nursery

    8 September 2014

    The new Nursery children have settled well into school life. They have enjoyed cooking, planting, creative work and P.E lessons as well as their first trip to Forest School.  We are all having a wonderful first week!…

  • The Best A Level Record in Wales Over 15 Years

    14 August 2014

    A Level Results 2014 A*/A: 81% A*/A/B: 94.4% Pass rate: 100% Of our 100% successful applicants, 90% are proceeding to top Russell Group Universities. Highest achieving Morgan Foley gained 5 A* grades and will read Natural Sciences [Physics] at Trinity College Cambridge. He is also a diploma standard oboist in our Concert Orchestra.…

  • The Sunday Times lists St John’s College as Wales’ No. 1

    3 August 2014

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  • Nursery Pirate Day

    11 July 2014

    The nursery children took part in Pirate Day on the last day of term. They dressed up as pirates and all had a fabulous day . We made a pirate ship on the front lawn and travelled to Treasure Island in forest school to find treasure. It was a very hot day and the pirates cooled off with nice ice lollies!…

  • Nursery Visit to Walnut Tree Farm

    7 July 2014

    We had a wonderful morning visiting all the animals. We especially enjoyed feeding the animals and the baby lambs with a bottle of milk. We also went on a real tractor ride. One of the children said, “This is the best day ever!”.…

  • Nursery Assembly – ‘Friends’

    6 July 2014

    The nursery children led this week’s Monday morning assembly and the topic was ‘friends’. We sang lots of songs, said prayers and showed the pictures we had painted of our friends. Mrs Banks was very proud of the children and Mrs Walton congratulated the children on an excellent assembly. Mrs Banks.…

  • Ethan & Hiya win 2014 Delancey UK Schools Chess Giga Final

    5 July 2014

    Many congratulations to Ethan and Hiya of R7 who have achieved 1st place in the Under 7 boys’ and girls’ categories of the Delancey UK Chess Giga Final 2014, held in Manchester this weekend.  This is a most coveted accolade, and the children can be very proud of their outstanding achievements.…

  • Second-hand Uniform Sale Raises £705

    23 June 2014

    Many thanks to all parents who helped to make the most recent second-hand uniform sale such a success.  The event raised an impressive total of £705, which will now be used for the benefit of the school.…

  • Nursery & R5 Visit from PC Pope

    10 June 2014

    The children in Nursery and R5 enjoyed a visit from PC Nigel Pope this week. He came to talk to the children about the work that a policeman does. The children in R5 were very good at answering all of PC Popes questions, as they have been learning all about people who help us in this term’s topic.…

  • Cathedral Choir Royal Charter Service

    6 June 2014

    On 6 June, the Cathedral Choir had the honour of singing for the service at which the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales received its Royal Charter, at St John’s Church in the city centre. A leading member of the National Livery Guild wrote: ”May I congratulate the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir for a superb choral event.” The choristers are also looking forward to performing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir at Hoddinott Hall, on Tuesday 15 July at 7.30pm.…

  • Nursery Easi Ears

    1 June 2014

    The children in the Nursery have a new listening system, called Easi Ears. The  children have been listening through the ear phones to our week’s special story, Mrs Wishy Washy, read by Mrs Banks.  They have also enjoyed listening to classical music whilst they are playing. We are going to listen to lots of different pieces of music and new stories over the coming weeks.…

  • ‘Spring has Sprung’ in Nursery Allotment

    20 May 2014

    The nursery children have been planting tomato plants, strawberry plants. parsnip, pumpkin, peas, and beans on our allotment. We were surprised to see how many weeds had grown over the last few weeks and have been busy digging them all up.  We look forward to enjoying the fruits of our labours in the coming months.…

  • Chess Mega Final

    10 May 2014

    St John’s College Chess Club continues to flourish, with a host of nationally-ranked players across the age range.  On Saturday 10 May, St John’s College welcomed 150 pupils from across South Wales for the annual Mega Final.  Its pupils won trophies for coming first in the boys’ and girls’ under 7 category and the boys’ under 13 category.…

  • RHS Wheelbarrow Competition

    15 April 2014

    The Nursery children were thrilled to take part in this year’s 10th Anniversary Cardiff RHS Flower Show Schools Wheelbarrow Competition.  Our entry was an Alice in Wonderland themed wheelbarrow. The children had a very messy time making the modroc teacup and saucer and even wore their wellies to avoid getting their feet wet!…

  • Success in East Glamorgan Minor Chess League

    30 March 2014

    The Chess Club has been competing in the East Glamorgan Minor Chess League since September with Aron Calist as the present captain.  Between the schools entered in the league, St John’s College came second, ahead of Howell’s School in third.  The pupils are determined to build on this valuable experience and aim to finish at the top next year! …

  • Sport Relief Fundraising

    26 March 2014

    Multi-sports activities will be held in the School Hall during first break and lunchtime, with a 50p donation for each activity.  Raffle tickets will also be on sale from Monday 24 March at 20p each.  Thank you for your support of this worthy charitable cause. Mrs Brown.…

  • Music Department Spring Concert

    21 March 2014

    Tonight’s performance was a resounding success, with an incredibly high standard of music making.  Many congratulations to all the performers involved in tonight’s concert which ended in a standing ovation! Spring_Concert_2014

  • Cathedral Choir Easter Concert, St David’s Hall

    11 March 2014

    On Tuesday 11 March, the girl and boy choristers and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir performed their annual Easter Concert at St David’s Hall, including highlights from Monteverdi Vespers with orchestra.…

  • Happy St David’s Day from the Nursery

    5 March 2014

  • Cathedral Choir Live Broadcast on BBC Radio 4

    2 March 2014

    On Sunday 2 March, the Cathedral Choir performed a broadcast of Sunday Worship live on BBC Radio 4 to an estimated audience of 1.8 million.  Many congratulations to the Choir on a fine performance.…

  • News from the Nursery

    26 February 2014

    Mr Petals The Nursery children were pleased to go and visit Mr Petals and their allotment to check on their plants after all the bad weather. Mr Petals was in fine form and the children were thrilled to see all their plants and vegetables starting to grow. Fabulous Food Our new topic this term is ‘Fabulous Food’ and we are learning about healthy eating.…

  • Welsh Secondary School Catering Team of the Year Award

    20 February 2014

    Many congratultions to the Cardiff Council Catering Team at St John’s College who have been awarded the Welsh Secondary School Catering Team of the Year award, at the Vale Hotel on Thursday 20 February.  Karen and Gillian (catering staff) attended the awards ceremony and had an enjoyable evening. We congratulate the Catering Team on their success.…

  • Cardiff and the Vale Junior Chess Championships Results

    9 February 2014

    Of the 250 children who took part in the Cardiff & Vale Schools Chess Championships at Cardiff City Council Offices in Atlantic Wharf, Daniel S was Champion of the Under 15 category and Ethan C was Champion of the Under 8 category.  Ethan C has also been selected for the top sections of the Welsh Junior Championships in March 2014. …

  • Concert Orchestra performs on S4C

    16 December 2013

    Earlier this term, the Concert Orchestra had the honour of performing works by Handel and Tchaikovsky for the S4C programme, Dona Dereidi, which was broadcast during the week commencing Monday 16 December.…

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

    26 November 2013

    The Cathedral Choristers can be very proud of their concert performance today to a large and appreciative audience at St David’s Hall.  The annual lunchtime concert featured a wide range of Christmas carols and music for Advent, as well as works by Schubert and Fauré performed by U6th pianist, Ethan Harris, and the Sixth Form Instrumental Ensemble respectively. …

  • Top School in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’

    17 November 2013

    The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ lists St John’s College as top school in Wales based on combined GCSE and A level performance. The_Sunday_Times_Parent_Power_2013.…

  • ‘Mr Petals’ joins Nursery Allotment

    15 October 2013

    We have now made a scarecrow who is living on the allotment! His name is Mr Petals, chosen by the children. This is proving to be a great success and we have planted vegetables, herbs, flowers and daffodil bulbs ready for the spring. We are turning into Percy Thrower! Mrs Banks.…

  • Chess Success

    9 October 2013

    Congratulations to Daniel Siromani, Richard Discombe-Short, Aron Calist (R13) and Ethan (R7) for winning their match against Howell’s School (Llandaff) last Wednesday (9/10/13) with a score of 3-1!  Meanwhile, Nithin M also won his first league game in division 4 against a very strong team from Barry on 23 September. Daniel S (R13) has recently played in division 1 for the St John’s College Senior Team. …

  • Nursery Allotment

    11 September 2013

    The new children in the nursery department are really enjoying our new venture – an allotment – near forest school, where we plan to grow vegetables and flowers. We have had lots of fun weeding all the beds and we are going to make a scarecrow to make sure that the cheeky squirrels do not eat our crops!…