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  • 06/06/22

    Highs And Lows

    We’re back in school today after our half term break and my week off has been a memorable one.
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  • 23/05/22

    The Jubilee

    Last Wednesday was more memorable than most for me as I had the novel experience of spending it at Buckingham Palace. I’d been lucky enough to receive an invitation to one of three garden parties being hosted to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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  • 21/03/22

    Guest Blog: From Vulnerability Comes Strength ​​​​​​​

    St John’s is a flourishing community, where pupils are encouraged to be courageous. And it is the warmth of our community that often springs to mind when I mention our school to anyone outside the St John’s network. 
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  • 07/02/22

    Open To Change

    Earlier this term, Dan and Amelia, our school captains, joined me to host dinner for some of our alumni, the Old Johnian’s.  All our pupils become OJs and, to a greater or lesser degree, being part of this community will always be a part of their identity. 
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  • 26/01/22

    Seeing The Best In People

    Does how we think about other people have an effect on them? Do our views, whether expressed out loud to those individuals or not, have an impact?  Is it possible that we have the power to make people kinder or less kind, more or less trustworthy, more or less likely to achieve academic success...
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  • 13/01/22

    New Year, New Shoots

    I’ve said before that I’m not really a fan of the hype which inevitably accompanies the start of a new year. But as we returned to school this week and I prepared for our first assembly of 2022, I did pause to think about the year we’ve said goodbye to and the one which lies ahead...
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  • 06/12/21

    Welcome?

    In a chapel address last week, our School Chaplain Reverend Moloney spoke about the tragic recent drowning of migrants in the English Channel.  He quoted Michael Morpurgo’s imagined tale of a migrant child rescued from a dinghy, and left us with the question on his mind: are we a welcomin...
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  • 22/11/21

    Belonging

    We began this week together again in Chapel – pleased that our Covid numbers are low enough that we’ve been able to reduce the control measures which have kept us in smaller groups for so long. When I’m not the person addressing our pupils and staff in Chapel, I’m usually sit...
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  • 20/10/21

    What Geese Know About Teamwork

    At a recent assembly for our Lower School pupils, I asked them to ponder a couple of questions.  I wanted to know who they consider the most important person in Lower School to be, and who the most important person in the whole school might be. 
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  • 20/09/21

    Good or Bad

    What would your response be if I asked you whether humans are intrinsically bad or intrinsically good? Hold that thought.  
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  • 07/09/21

    High Hopes

    With much excitement, we have returned to school to begin a new academic year.  The start of a new school year always fills us with a sense of optimism and anticipation – so much to look forward to and so much promise ahead.
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  • 10/06/21

    Introvert & Extrovert

    In recent weeks, a story about Naomi Osaka, the women’s number two tennis player, has been making headlines after she withdrew from the French Open following her decision not to participate in the tournament’s media obligations. 
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