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News from March 2017

  • 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.…

  • Team Vortex_ Wins Research and Development Award at F1 in Schools National Final

    31 March 2017

    Over the last two days at Silverstone race circuit, Team Vortex_ competed with 29 other F1 in schools teams at the National Final.  The competition was fierce with the chance to compete at the World finals for the top three teams. All teams were expected to perform in a variety of different tasks, made even more tense by the realisation that they were being scrutinised by a team of judges from World finals. …

  • 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. …

  • 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.…

  • Sixth Form Gold in UK Chemistry Olympiad

    30 March 2017

    Steven Zihan has achieved a gold award in the recent Chemistry Olympiad held here last term (only 7.8% of students achieved this award nationally this year). Sara Jane and Nila Jambulingham gained silver awards (25.5 nationally) and Ahmed Kambal achieved bronze (30% nationally). The Chemistry Olympiad is set at degree level, and the students can be very proud indeed of their achievements.…

  • 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…

  • Mary to attend UK Mathematics Trust Summer School at Oxford University

    28 March 2017

    The Mathematics Department is thrilled to announce that Mary W, R15, has received an invitation from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) to attend their Summer School for Girls at Balliol College, Oxford. This is a huge honour; only students among the top 1.5% of scorers in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are invited, by lottery.…

  • Team VORTEX_ to appear on Radio Wales with Wynne Evans

    27 March 2017

    Members of our F1 in Schools Team VORTEX_ were privileged to be interviewed by Wynne Evans at school today.  The interview will be broadcast at 11.30am on Wednesday 29th March.…

  • Matthew L wins Welsh Badminton Nationals

    27 March 2017

    Matthew L R12 won the Welsh Badminton Nationals under 12 category  at Sophia Gardens.  The top Welsh players  compete in their respective age categories in a one-day event which is a knock-out format. Matthew is currently part of the Welsh Badminton Development squad and trains 5 times per week.  Mr Tertois…

  • 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.…

  • VORTEX_ Win The Regional Finals of F1 in Schools

    20 March 2017

    Congratulations to our R16 Professional Class F1 in Schools Team VORTEX_ who not only won awards for Research & Development and Innovative Thinking but are the outright winners of the Region! VORTEX_ will now represent South Wales at Silverstone at the National Finals on the 29th and 30th of this month.…

  • 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. …

  • F1 in Schools

    16 March 2017

    The culmination of a very exciting term’s work reached a climax for two of our middle school teams in the Liberty Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Our teams, STORMBREAKERS and THE EXCEPTION, won our in house F1 day to represent St John’s College at Entry and Development class at the Liberty Stadium Swansea, alongside our professional team VORTEX_.…

  • R14 & L6 History Trip to The Imperial War Museum

    15 March 2017

    On 15th March, 40 pupils from R14 and the Lower Sixth visited the Imperial War Museum in London to consolidate and enhance their learning on the effect of the Second Word War on the lives of the people of Britain. In spite of the very early start, pupils and staff found the visit to be both informative and enjoyable.…

  • Daniel Wins ‘Best Questioner’ at ESU Churchill Public Speaking Welsh Final

    14 March 2017

    Congratulations to Alessia (R15), Daniel and Benjamin (R16) who competed in this year’s ESU Churchill Public Speaking Welsh Final at Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 14 March.  A total of 7 teams competed from across Wales at this prestigious event.  Benjamin’s main speech focused on the need to preserve British values, while Alessia and Daniel gave assured performances as Chairperson and Questioner respectively.  …

  • Young Enterprise

    14 March 2017

    This year our Lower Sixth form students have successfully set up and run exciting and innovative companies – ‘Fifty50’, ‘Summit’ (trading as ‘Student City’) and ‘Neptune’ (trading as ‘Zulu Party Planners’). The students have, over the course of the academic year, gained “hands-on” experience of business life – raising and managing their finances; developing and marketing their product ranges and selling to the general public.…

  • 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…

  • Performance of Twelfth Night at St John’s College 8th & 9th March 2017

    11 March 2017

    There was a palpable air of expectancy and curiosity when it was announced in September 2016 that the next and ambitious stage performance in the school hall would be Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night.  The auditions attracted a large number of budding actors as well as some seasoned players from past productions.…

  • 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.…

  • Cerys Wins 200m Breast Stroke Bronze Medal at Marseilles

    10 March 2017

    Congratulations to our A level Physical Education student, Cerys Coley, who received a bronze medal for the 200m breast stroke in Marseilles.  We are very proud of your achievement.  It has been fantastic to hear the physiology and psychology aspects involved in the preparation for such a prestigious event.  The whole of the school are behind you Cerys!…

  • R15 Tenner Challenge

    10 March 2017

    R15 pupils have been working hard on the Tenner Challenge.  The challenge provides a highly interactive way for students to develop key skills including creativity, resilience, and problem-solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business. Students are pledged £10 and have one month to set up a business – coming up with an idea of a product or service they can sell and gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  …

  • 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.  …

  • R13 Geography Trip to Ryer’s Down

    10 March 2017

    R13 took part in an environmental survey to assess whether a wind farm should be built. In the glorious sunshine the pupils surveyed the local wildlife as well as taking wind speeds to look at Ryer’s Down suitability. It was decided that offshore wind farms would be the best option. Mr Turner…

  • R13 Art Eisteddfod Winners

    7 March 2017

    Congratulations to the R13 winners of this year’s Eisteddfod Art Competition. 1st place – Ella E 2nd place – Rose M 3rd place (joint) Srinetra B, Estee C, Kavin D, Anais F. Mrs Armour…

  • Art Competition Eisteddfod Winners

    7 March 2017

    Winning entries for the R12 Art Competition this year are as follows: R12  1st place – Carys R. 2nd place – (joint) Jemima B and Luisa H. 3rd place (joint) Ella H & India H and Matthew L. Innovative materials – Ji-Eun K, Lewis W. Highly commended – Sinead H-B and Isabelle O’S.…

  • Ski Trip to Andorra

    7 March 2017

    The R13, R14 and R15 pupils deserve special recognition for their outstanding progress, effort and behaviour on our recent Ski Trip to Andorra. All pupils managed to ski a wide variety of challenging slopes with the advanced group tackling the most challenging black run in Andorra. Throughout the trip myself and colleagues received several compliments for the pupils’ manners, attitude and behaviour.…

  • 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.…

  • Nursery News

    2 March 2017

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

  • Menglin and Benedict gain places in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales

    2 March 2017

    Congratulations to Menglin and Benedict for being offered places to join the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.…

  • Middle School Eisteddfod

    1 March 2017

    Da iawn, Mostyn! This month, all Middle School pupils gathered together in the school hall for a feast of both literary and musical performances at our annual Middle School Eisteddfod. Pupils competed in numerous competitions, ranging from stage competitions to homework competitions across the subject range. Winners include Christina Logan in R13D for her imaginative interpretation of a Welsh poem, Tom T (R13B) playing a captivating piece on the guitar, Carys R (R12M), Harshita A (R12T) and Ashok A (R12M) for their English creative writing entries, Gokul R (R14) for his IT entry and Ben A (R14) for his interesting Astronomy homework!…

  • 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…

  • 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.…