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News from January 2014

  • F1 in Schools Success for St John’s College Teams

    29 January 2014

    On Wednesday 29th January St John’s College entered two teams for the regional finals of the F1 in Schools competition at Swansea Waterfront Museum. The members of team Stratos and team Velocity worked very hard over several months to prepare an exhibition, twenty page portfolio, a five minute presentation and the all important model F1 car for racing. …

  • R16 Team Wins Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

    23 January 2014

    Many congratulations to our teams from R16 who competed in Thursday night’s Rotary Youth Speaks Competition at Howell’s School, Llandaff. Team 1 consisted of Ryan M (Chair), Dominie P (Speaker) and Bethan T (Vote of Thanks), while Team 2 comprised Gwyn P (Chair), Tom M (Speaker) and Aditya N (Vote of Thanks). …

  • R13 Team Wins Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

    21 January 2014

    We are delighted that a group from R13, who were entered for the Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ Intermediate Competition held at Howell’s school Tuesday, 21st January 2014, won 1st place! They skilfully beat off stiff competition from The Cathedral School and Howell’s to win this prestigious award. They delivered their Team Topic: Nuclear is the future of energy with confidence, skill and demonstrated an ability to think on their feet and were highly praised by the judges for their polished performances.…

  • R11 Clarice Cliff Designs

    21 January 2014

    R11 started the new term learning about colour.  We started out making a colour wheel and blending our own primary, secondary and tertiary shades before talking about colour association and how some colours are hot and some cold.  After we had exhausted our experimentation we began researching a lady called Clarice Cliff.…

  • Primary Maths Challenge

    21 January 2014

    Some of our pupils in R10 and R11 took part in this year’s Primary Maths Challenge, run by the Mathematical Association (MA).  This year over 77,000 pupils in 2100 schools took part in the challenge.  The questions posed involve problem solving and are quite challenging.  Feedback on the MA website suggests that this was the toughest paper for about 5 years, so well done to all our pupils who sat the challenge. …

  • Royal Institution Masterclasses

    20 January 2014

    Two groups of talented young mathematicians from R14 and R15 have started an eight-week series of Saturday morning Mathematics masterclasses at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd.  The pupils involved in the Key Stage 4 classes are Nila Jambulingam, Queena Lee, Tanya Chiganze, Michael Lingham, Matthew Chung and Joshua Chang.  The Key Stage 3 pupils are Richard Discombe-Short, Emma Discombe-Short, Aliza Khan and Dan Josty.…

  • Junior Book Club

    16 January 2014

    It would appear that Dodie Smith’s classic tale of loveable Dalmatians, ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’, has charmed another generation of young readers. Congratulations to The Sheepdog team (aka St. David’s) for winning a closely fought Book Club quiz this half-term. The next Book Club text is ‘Wonder’, a debut novel by R J Palacio, published in 2012.…

  • Oxford Union Schools Debating Competition

    15 January 2014

    On Wednesday 15 January, Victor, Abhinaba, Matthew, Amreet, Anikit and Sian of Lower 6th competed in the prestigious Oxford Union Schools Debating Competition, this year hosted by Howell’s School, Llandaff.  After each motion was announced, the teams were assigned different roles within the debate and given 15 minutes to prepare for each motion. …

  • Cathy Farr Creative Writing Workshop

    14 January 2014

    On 14th January R10 and R11 pupils enjoyed a visit from a local author, Cathy Farr.  She led a creative writing workshop for each year group where they were encouraged to create their own imaginary pet.  Cathy Farr talked about her own books and what inspired her to write fiction.  Pupils were also given the opportunity to purchase signed copies of her books.…