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A Christmas Cracker

St John’s School enjoyed a joyful close to the Autumn Term, adorned with the best Christmas jumpers and an eventful week of festive fun. As we bid a fond farewell to a busy term, we reflect on an outstanding variety of school life over the course of the term. There has been a wonderful array of moments to be proud of including talented performances, sporting triumphs, and perhaps most importantly the kindness that has been shown across the School, alongside the unwavering enthusiasm of the pupils.

Artwork by Alexandra Pearce, Upper Third

As December approached, the SJPA made sure we were all getting ready for Christmas with a fantastic Christmas Fair. It was truly bigger and better than ever before – with lots stunning stalls and scrumptious treats aplenty.

Throughout Advent, a number of Carol Services were held in the Chapel for houses and families. Soloists, choirs and readers excelled in their charming performances.

Across the last week of term, pupils took part in Mock Debates, hearing from Upper Sixth pupil candidates.  On Thursday, pupils were given the opportunity to vote for their chosen candidate in the St John's Mock Election, and we were delighted to see the interest and excitement within the pupil body culminating in a fantastic 88% turnout.

The Performing Arts Centre was full of festive cheer at the Christmas Rock Concert on Tuesday. An eclectic range of music, from power ballads to Christmas classics was performed by a host of soloists and bands, showcasing the vocal and instrumental talents of our pupils and staff.

Thursday’s lunchtime recital 'A Christmas Cracker' saw a fantastic variety of performances from pupils across the School. Festive songs including 'Let It Snow!', 'White Christmas' and 'Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer' delighted the audience.

Throughout December, the Houses enjoyed events such as pizza nights, quizzes, gingerbread house competitions, karaoke and ice skating trips. House rugby and hockey took place over a number of days, with well fought matches and strong support.

On the last day of term, pupils and staff were encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper, to raise money for Save the Children. Lower School pupils enjoyed a trip to Hampton Court Palace to ice skate! The Dining Hall was full of festivity, music and twinkling lights, as pupils and staff enjoyed a traditional Christmas.

North and Monty House were delighted to have the opportunity to hand deliver the huge number of toys and gifts their families donated to children at The Royal Marsden.

As the School closes its doors on the Autumn Term, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.