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News from November 2017

  • R13/14 Netball v Bro Edern

    30 November 2017

    Congratulations to R13/14 pupils who played an outstanding 40 mins of Netball on Tuesday v Bro Edern.  The team demonstrated true grit throughout the match to withstand the opposition’s fresh cycle of players; we had no substitutes! An excellent win 18-4 to SJC. Congratulations to Estee C who received player of the match (POM).…

  • Congratulations to our U11 Chess Team!

    30 November 2017

    Read all about the amazing exploits of our U11 Chess players via the Welsh Chess Union website. A full report will feature in our forthcoming newsletter. St John’s dethrone The Dell at Cardiff Stadium

  • Latest news from R7

    28 November 2017

    R7 have been looking at animals and plants in the local environment and have discussed camouflage. They had to look for toy animals that were hidden in Forest School and to discuss why some were easier to find than others. They have also been growing cress, lettuce and daffodils and watching the roots of a bulb as they grow down into the bottle.…

  • Junior Book Club

    27 November 2017

    Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week In what must be one of our most popular choices so far (enjoyed by our older pupils just as much as the young), Junior Book Club members once again did unbelievably well, keenly showing off their in depth-knowledge of Andrew Norriss’ wickedly funny Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week.…

  • This week in Nursery

    27 November 2017

    The nursery children have been learning all about coins in Abacus maths this week. We have been counting and matching coins and  using the laptops to solve problems. We looked at the coins to find different numbers and were all very surprised to find the Queen on the back of each coin!…

  • Junior Achievers’ Lunch

    25 November 2017

    Mr Lloyd and Mrs Thompson are hosting three lunches, throughout the year, for Junior School pupils who have achieved academic success, show fantastic effort in their lessons or who shine in their approach to the ethos of the school. This term Hugh W, Calum L and Ada M from R8; Alexandra D, Rhys M and Leila J from R9; Selina HE, Siyona N and James C from R10; Hiya R, Sean G and Alma S from R11 enjoyed a buffet lunch and conversation about school, wildlife and running marathons.…

  • R10 Parents’ Assembly

    24 November 2017

    This was our first ‘new style’ parents’ assembly.  We have moved them to the morning so that parents can enjoy refreshments, meet Mrs Thompson and mingle with the R11 and sixth Form Prefects.  R10 performed an informative and entertaining assembly about ‘Water’, combining information about their recent trip to the Cog Waste Water Treatment Centre with survival skills learnt from an earlier trip to Oxwich Bay. …

  • Kids’ Lit Quiz

    23 November 2017

    On 22nd November two teams took part in the International Kids’ Lit Quiz. Pupils involved were Crina C, Carys R, Ji-Eun K, Chuka I, Ojas M, Rhea I, Krishna L and Kate F.  Both teams finished with very respectable scores and both won a round and received a book prize. Our team of R13 pupils: Carys, Ji-Eun, Chuka and Crina did particularly well, finishing 3rd overall and were only a point behind 2nd place.…

  • A Level Welsh – Jonathan, S4C

    22 November 2017

    On Tuesday 21st November, our Sixth Form students had the exciting opportunity to be part of the audience for the popular Welsh language television programme, ‘Jonathan’, hosted by former professional rugby player Jonathan Davies OBE, alongside international rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE, and Rugby commentator Sarra Elgan. The students, Rachel E, Morgan G, Fflur P, Emma B, and teachers, Miss McManus and Mrs Emms, all thoroughly enjoyed the evening!…

  • A Level Welsh – Residential Trip to Glan-llyn

    22 November 2017

    On Wednesday 15th November, our three Upper Sixth students, Rachel E, Morgan G and Fflur P, along with Miss McManus made the four hour journey to North Wales, ready for an intensive 3 days of lectures and revision seminars at the Urdd Centre in Glan-Llyn, near Bala. Despite the early start of 6:45am, the girls were ready for an afternoon of seminars where they had the privilege of listening to the playwright of the drama studied at A Level, and asking her many questions already discussed in lessons.…

  • Visiting History Speaker

    21 November 2017

    Louis Friedman was part of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa during the 60s and 70s. He shared his experiences with R16 who are currently completing their GCSE Controlled Assessment on this subject. Several students had contacted Mr Friedman beforehand with specific questions about apartheid and were delighted to get detailed hand written replies.…

  • Latest Charity News

    21 November 2017

    Operation Christmas Child Thank you to everyone who participated in this years “Shoe Box” appeal. Over 60 parcels are on their way to Albania. I will keep you updated with any photographs Samaritans Purse send to us over the coming months. Children In Need We had a fantastic day on Friday, raising money for Children In Need.…

  • St David’s Hall Concert

    19 November 2017

    Our annual Christmas Concert at St David’s Hall is just over a week away. Details of rehearsal times and a medical consent form for your child(ren) are available via the links below. Many thanks for your continued support of music at St John’s College and the Cathedral. The Music Department. Letter and Consent Form Medical Form

  • R6 Months of the Year game

    19 November 2017

    R6 have been learning about days of the week, months of the year and seasons and enjoyed a fun circle time game. We also helped raise funds for Children in Need and Pudsey Bear with a cake sale and raffle.…

  • 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.…

  • R9 trip to Wastesavers

    17 November 2017

    On Thursday R9 went on their Geography trip to Wastesavers in Newport to learn about what happens to our recycling and how we can save our environment. The children enjoyed seeing the machine that sorts our recycling with different magnets. Mrs R Howells…

  • 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!  …

  • Weekly Sports Report – 13th November 2017

    17 November 2017

    Tennis Congratulations to the St John’s college tennis team who played in the senior schools team tennis competition.  St John’s were drawn against St Cyres, Stanwell and Caerleon comprehensive.  The mixed, girls and boys teams all played extremely well.  Congratulations to Kasim A who played such a tight match versus Caerleon, the psychology of both players was fascinating to watch.  …

  • Some of our Lower Sixth Biologists at a DNA workshop at Techniquest

    16 November 2017

  • Junior Enterprise Week

    15 November 2017

    Our Junior Enterprise began earlier in the term with an inspirational talk from Mr Gooding and learning about the impact of logos and slogans with Mrs Crowley-Davies. R11 also learnt about the importance of team work when tasked with building a metre-high spaghetti tower. Fresh from half-term, R11 launched into a busy week of production, costing, marketing and advertising their fantastic products.…

  • 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…

  • R12 Residential Trip to Llangrannog

    14 November 2017

    On Wednesday morning, forty-nine R12 pupils departed St John’s for an exciting three days at Llangrannog. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities including skiing, tobogganing, bingo, quads, high ropes, trampolining, horse riding and the eagerly awaited disco! They immersed themselves in the Welsh language and got to know one another that little bit better by developing their teamwork and communicating skills.…

  • Lee Bromley Golf Academy of Excellence Launch Event

    10 November 2017

    Golf Launch This week we launched the SJC Lee Bromley Golf Academy. Pupils tried out a range of SNAG (Starting New At Golf) golf equipment and expressed their interest.   Our vision is now to establish our golf academy in partnership with Began Road Golf Centre and St Mellons Golf Club.   Lee will next be delivering further taster sessions in lessons and on Friday, 17th and 24th November from 4.00pm – 4.45pm.  …

  • 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.…

  • R11 Enterprise Week 2017

    8 November 2017

    R11 are nearly halfway through their Enterprise Week.  They are working in business teams to create products to sell at the Enterprise Fair on Friday. Pupils are competing  to see who can earn the most profit as well as developing team building skills and understanding how a business is run. A big thank you to Mrs Cooke, who returned to St John’s today, to talk to the children abut the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. …

  • The launch of our new Golf Academy!

    6 November 2017