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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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  • 20/05/21

    Laughter

    Last week (10-16 May 2021) was mental health awareness week. It is an annual event that creates an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks, across the UK and globally, and it aims to highlight the...
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  • 22/04/21

    The Value of Service

    We have returned to St John’s this week after an Easter holiday that combined both a sense of celebration when lockdown eased and a period of national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. The union flag flew at half-mast over school, as it did on buildings across the UK, until th...
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  • 10/03/21

    Bright Futures

    Last week was National Careers Week and it is also a time of year when many pupils are looking ahead and thinking about their futures – GCSE and A level options have recently been submitted by Fourth Form and Upper Fifth pupils, and university offers are imminent for our oldest pupils.  D...
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  • 10/02/21

    Celebrating Science

    As someone who loves science - and passing that love onto the young people I teach - the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) is a good excuse to celebrate a topic close to my heart. I’ll say right from the start that I believe we should be striving for the day when th...
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  • 19/01/21

    Unpredictability

    We’re only a couple of weeks into the new term - and not much further into the New Year – but I have to say that it feels like longer. On Monday 4 January, our whole staff team were meeting (virtually) for an INSET day. We knew it’d be a slightly strange start to the term, we were...
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  • 04/12/20

    Be a Light in the Darkness

    This week saw the start of Advent, a time of hope for Christians as the Church moves towards Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ.  At services across the world in December, that hope is expressed when the reading from John 1 is heard.
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  • 11/11/20

    Why We Remember

    On Remembrance Sunday this year many households stood silently on their doorsteps at 11.00am to remember those who have died in war and today – 11 November 2020 - we came together as a school community at St John’s to remember all who have been lost or affected by conflict through the ye...
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  • 16/10/20

    No Progress Without Challenge

    On Friday 16 October at St John’s we’re wearing red to mark Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Wear Red Day. This national day of action encourages schools, businesses and individuals to support antiracism education for young people and adults across the UK. In anticipation of this...
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  • 30/09/20

    What does success look like?

    At a recent school assembly, I asked our pupils what they would want to have happened in their lives by the age of 25 for them to view it a ‘success’. As a headteacher I probably spend more time than most thinking about the importance of aspiration and working hard to achieve goals. We w...
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  • 16/09/20

    Tribalism

    What springs to mind when you read the word ‘tribe’? Do you think about groups of people living in remote areas of the world who, by choice or by chance, have remained dislocated from much of the rest of human society? Or do you recognise that although that definition is one anthropologi...
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  • 02/09/20

    Disrupting or a Disruptor?

    At the start of every school year, I talk to our pupils on a topic that feels relevant to our community but that also has a wider resonance. This year my start of year assembly was a little different from normal. For a start, I was even more excited than usual to be welcoming pupils to the new acade...
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