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News from June 2018

  • R5 visit to Bristol Zoo

    30 June 2018

    R5 had a fabulous time at Bristol zoo. They visited the butterfly house and saw some butterflies emerging from their cocoon. Bethan was very pleased when a butterfly landed on her. In the Africa workshop, the children held mealworms which were very wriggly. Oscar was very brave and stroked the snake.…

  • Nursery and Infants ‘Good Eggs’ tea

    30 June 2018

    Some of the Nursery and Infant children had afternoon tea with the Headmaster. The children had been nominated by staff for this special treat in recognition of their all-round effort and kindness to others. They enjoyed the sandwiches and thought the chocolate cake was delicious. The children liked the artwork in Mr Moody’s study which was created by some of the older pupils.…

  • Summer Concert – 11th July 2018

    29 June 2018

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

  • R7 Leavers’ Service at St Cadoc’s Church

    26 June 2018

    Today we had a celebratory service for another happy and successful year in the Nursery and Infant school. R7 shared their memories of their first day. They read beautifully and we were very proud of all their achievements. Thank you to Mrs Rees, Mayor of Cardiff who presented the R7 children with their certificates.…

  • Junior Book Club (June)

    25 June 2018

    The Orchard Book of Greek Myths Junior Book Club members loved dipping into the 3000-year-old stories that make up The Orchard Book of Greek Myths. Some of the children commented on how familiar the content of the stories was and yet most were encountering these myths for the very first time.…

  • First Holy Communion 2018

    25 June 2018

    Congratulations to Ada M, Aimee R, Charles S, Charlotte S, Emma K and Johnny’s who attended Mass at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 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.  …

  • Sunny Mondays in R5

    25 June 2018

    R5 enjoying sand and water play, making the most of the sunshine.…

  • R5 News

    25 June 2018

    R5 have been learning about their senses. They identified sounds using their listening skills and played games such as Wake up Mr Bear and sleeping lions. The children painted a scene from ‘Handa’s Surprise’. They enjoyed tasting fruits from our basket which included figs and pineapples. We also spoke about our sense of touch and the children found materials to match the descriptions.…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 5

    25 June 2018

    To complete their Transition Week, pupils in R7 and R8 made dens in Forest School and held a wonderful barbeque for parents!…

  • R7/R8 Transition Week

    23 June 2018

    What a fantastic week R7s and R8s had from 18th -22nd June. Our ‘Festivals’ theme was enjoyed by all – friendship bracelets, decorated ceramic wellies, homemade material bunting, musical instruments, funky sunglasses, dream catchers and an exciting day of Circus skills were created. The children had a ball! We were incredibly lucky to have fabulous weather all week and it culminated in a ‘Festival day’ on Friday 22nd, on the lawn with parents, staff and children enjoying den building and a super BBQ-picnic!…

  • R6 News

    22 June 2018

    The R6 children have been looking through holiday brochures and discussing where they would like to go. We chatted about how we book a holiday and made our own holiday posters. On Friday, we visited Barry Island beach with Nursery and had a wonderful time taking part in a treasure hunt, looking in rock pools and building sand castles.…

  • Nursery trip to Barry Island

    22 June 2018

    The nursery children went to the beach today with R6. The sun shone all morning and we all had a fantastic time. We went on a beach treasure hunt, explored in the rock pools, made sandcastles and watch the tide come in. We had the best time in the rock pools and even though we had our wellies on we got suitably wet!…

  • Nursery children learn about 3D shapes

    22 June 2018

    The nursery children have been exploring 3D shapes in Abacus maths this week. We made large cubes out of waffles in outdoor learning and made spheres using smaller blocks. The children worked as a team to make the large cubes. Great teamwork!  …

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

    22 June 2018

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

  • Lower Sixth Biology Field Trip

    21 June 2018

    L6 Biologists carrying out fieldwork at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire.…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 4

    21 June 2018

    Today, R7 and R8 pupils made colourful sunglasses during Transition Week.…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 3, part 2

    21 June 2018

    In addition to learning circus skills, R7 children also tie-dyed cloths!…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 3, part 1

    21 June 2018

    As part of their Transition Week, R7 have been learning circus skills on the front lawn with pupils from R8.…

  • R10 Pirate Day

    20 June 2018

    Ahoy there me hearties! In their Geography lessons, R10 have been learning how to read, write and interpret 4 and 6 figure grid references. On 7th June, R10 visited Port Eynon for their Pirate Day.  The pupils completed the various fun and exciting activities to reinforce their understanding of how to use a compass and read grid references, while in search of Pirate John Lucas’ s lost trove of hidden treasure.…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 2

    19 June 2018

    The children have been making musical instruments in Transition Week. They used lentils, rice, kidney beans and corn to make maracas and different sized rubber bands for different pitched strings on guitars. Mrs R Cooper…

  • R7 Transition Week – Day 1

    19 June 2018

    The children tied elastic bands around the sheets, then measured 500ml of warm water and 250g of salt. They added more warm water and packets of dye. They mixed everything together before adding the sheets. Then they used fabric pens and crayons to decorate some more sheets. They tried really hard working in pairs to fold the sheets.…

  • R6 News

    19 June 2018

    It has been a wonderful week for R6 who have been rehearsing for their Father’s Day Assembly. Their performance was a credit to our wonderful children and their hard work. Meanwhile, in Forest School, we have looked at plants and looked at the trunk of the old beech tree.…

  • Choristers perform at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

    19 June 2018

    On Sunday 17th June, 25 choristers from the Cathedral Choir sang at the performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony at St David’s Hall.  We were invited to sing by Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and were joined by the ladies of Welsh National Community Chorus and soloist, Kate Woolveridge. The symphony itself is the best part of 1hr 40 minutes long and there was nothing else in the programme, not even an interval. …

  • Judo success!

    18 June 2018

    Many congratulations to Iwan M from R7. Last week, after much hard work, he was awarded his purple belt in Judo. We look forward to one day seeing you at the Olympics!…

  • Nursery News

    17 June 2018

    The nursery children have had a very busy two weeks. We have been learning the sound z, making zigzag patterns in the playground and zig zag pictures. During language and literacy, we are reading The Enormous Turnip. We had fun rolling turnips in mathematics to see whose turnip reached the highest number.…

  • R7 News

    16 June 2018

    The R7s have been working on capacity. They enjoyed using the different containers to measure the water in litres and millilitres. In Science, they have been finding out about electricity and were able to make a complete circuit which made buzzers and bulbs work.…

  • R8G visit to Bryn Ivor Care Home

    16 June 2018

    R8G visited Bryn Ivor care home on 15th June. The pupils took turns to participate in a poetry workshop with two of the residents, one of whom has published some children’s poetry books. We also played board games with some of the other residents and we mustn’t forget the biscuits and cake!…

  • R5 News

    16 June 2018

    R5 have been adding and subtracting with multiples of ten this week. They all worked very hard and their counting really improved. In Geography, we looked at pictures of Cardiff to discover what people need in a city. Later Connor and Bethan made a skyscraper, they realised that the base needed to be larger to stop it falling over.…

  • R6 Assembly

    16 June 2018

    On Friday morning R6 held a very special assembly for Father’s Day. They told us all about their Superhero daddies.…

  • R11 Parents’ Assembly

    12 June 2018

    On 24th May, R11 pupils performed ‘The Undertaker’s Apprentice’ in their final Junior parent assembly. They had spent previous weeks learning their lines and practising. Their efforts paid off with impressive acting skills displayed on the day and fantastic costumes too. R11 really made their parents and teachers proud.…

  • R6 News

    9 June 2018

    Our first week back has been busy. To secure subtraction and addition we have been counting forwards and backwards in 5s. In English, the children designed a bicycle based on the poem “The Best Bike”. To expand our topic on Water, the children painted and named sailing ships. We hope you liked our rainbow hands which helped us celebrate Rainbow Day.…

  • R7 News

    9 June 2018

    The R7 children have been looking at ourselves in mirrors and drawing self portraits. They have also been looking at alphabetical texts and writing their own glossaries, along with looking at Ancient Egyptian writing and have used the online hieroglyphic typewriter to write their names.…

  • R7 Woodwind Demonstration with Miss Tanner

    9 June 2018

    Miss Tanner visited our assembly on Thursday. She showed the children the flute, the clarinet and the saxophone. The children had to guess if the instruments could play a higher or lower note. They learnt how the reed makes the sound and one child from each class had a try at blowing.…

  • R5 News

    9 June 2018

    R5 listened to the story of ‘Hairy Maclary’ this week. They each painted a new dog character and gave it a name. The children also had a set of rhyming words which they had to match up. This involved listening skills and spelling patterns. On Friday R5 wrote their own animal riddles and had fun trying to solve each other’s.…

  • Nursery and Infants Rainbow Day

    9 June 2018

    The Nursery and Infants enjoyed raising money towards the purchase of a wheelchair by dressing in the colours of the rainbow. The children made a rainbow of their handprints. Nursery made rainbow fruits and R5 painted rainbow pictures giving each colour a word associated with being happy. Thank you to everyone for their generosity, the children were very keen to shake the collection bucket!…

  • R11 Reading Group

    9 June 2018

    Our keen and committed older readers once again tackled a very challenging and thought-provoking text ready for discussion at our latest meeting of the R11 Reading Group; this time choosing to look at Sally Nicholls’ multiple award-winning debut Ways to Live Forever. Presented as a scrapbook from the perspective of Sam, an 11-year-old suffering from a serious illness, the children found that, despite its subject, the novel’s warmth and humour stood out. …

  • R8 Walking with Romans

    7 June 2018

    Salve from R8 at Caerleon! We had an amazing day marching like Romans, charging like ferocious soldiers and cheering out the Gladiators in the amphitheatre. It was such an exciting day seeing the old Roman barracks, including their ‘latrines’, the baths where the soldiers and their families relaxed, swam and bathed and loads of real Roman artefacts in the Museum.…

  • R8 – Wonderful Weather

    5 June 2018

    As part of their Geography lessons, R8 have been learning about the weather and have recently visited Oxwich Bay, Swansea. The children were able to gain a first-hand experience of using weather instruments, predicting weather and carrying out several weather-related experiments. Charlotte particularly ‘enjoyed the water rockets’, which measured air pressure.…