Besides the exciting sports programme, there is also ample opportunity for drama, performance and public speaking. The most recent Senior School drama productions, Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, were performed with panache, musicality and professionalism that could have graced any West End Stage. Pupils enjoy regular public speaking coaching and have recently represented Wales at the ESU Public Speaking Final in London and at the Rotary Youth Speaks Regional Final. Careers activities days are provided throughout the year in collaboration with Careers Wales, enabling pupils to demonstrate creativity, communication, problem solving and team work to design outfits from raw materials. The annual options evening allows students to research the subjects in which they have a keen interest.
The College also offers an extensive and varied programme of external educational visits, including the annual History trip to the battlefields of the First World War and Biology field trips to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Weekly clubs such as Young Engineers, Chess Club and the Debating & Public Speaking Societies have had outstanding success in national and international competitions, as have our mathematics students. The annual Middle School Eisteddfod celebrates the talents and efforts of pupils across a host of disciplines, and allows our pupils to explore their Welsh heritage in the context of this national festival. The elected School Council gives pupils the chance to influence decision-making and campaign on issues that are important to the school community.
St John’s College is immensely proud of its outstanding musical reputation and strongly believes in music’s ability to enrich academic learning. The College’s many instrumental ensembles include its award winning Concert Orchestra, which has been a finalist in the Welsh Proms Schools Competition. The Concert Orchestra gives three very popular evening concerts a year to packed audiences, has toured Bruges and Ghent, performs in St David’s Hall, and most recently appeared on S4C.
At the heart of St John’s College is the Cathedral Choral Foundation. As the choir school to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral, St John’s College provides the boy and girl choristers (ages 8-18) for weekly services, two annual concerts at St David’s Hall, and concert tours across continental Europe. In recent years our Cathedral Choir has appeared in a major Hollywood film, has performed with the world-renowned consort The Tallis Scholars, has sung at Nôtre Dame (Paris) to an audience of over 1000, and sings annual broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.
The choir has recently given performances in Madrid, El Escorial, the cathedrals of Bruges and Ghent, St David’s Hall, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Please click here to view the Cathedral Choir website. For more details about joining the choir, please email Mr Dominic Neville, Director of Music: firstname.lastname@example.org