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OJ Events

The Development Office hosts a number of events over the year for the St John’s community and the OJs in particular.  In Autumn Term, the annual OJ Dinner is always a lovely occasion when we have chance to hear from an interesting guest speaker and catch up over a drinks and dinner.  Throughout the year, we have smaller events including professional networking groups and a popular series of London Walks and Summer Term sees the unmissable OJ Day which is a fantastic chance to relax in the sunshine (we hope!) with family and friends for an informal day of fun and great food. 

Make sure we have your contact details so that we can stay in touch and keep you informed about OJ events and email us at if you would like any further information about any forthcoming events.  We also often host other events at St John’s to which OJs would be very welcome so keep an eye on our events page for details of these.

Guided tour of Highgate Cemetery West

Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ

Thursday 19 September

2.00 – 3.15pm

One of England’s greatest treasures, Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. We will be taking a tour of the West Cemetery, home to the most impressive architectural features of Highgate Cemetery – the Chapel, Colonnade, Egyptian Avenue, Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum of Julius Beer.

The tour ticket also gives you free access to Highgate Cemetery East across the road where, amongst many other notable people, Karl Marx is buried.  If you don’t have enough time on the day of the tour, your West tour ticket will give you one free entry to the East Cemetery within a month.

As well as the burial place for 170,000 people including the war graves of servicemen from the First and Second World War, the cemetery's grounds are full of trees, shrubbery and wildflowers. The grounds are a haven for birds and small animals such as foxes and is renowned as a place of peace and contemplation.

Visitors to the West cemetery should be aware that the paths are steep, and the tour route also includes two flights of stairs.

Nearest tube:  Archway tube, Northern line.  From there allow 30 minutes.
Meet at Entrance to Highgate Cemetery West, Swain’s Lane at 1.45pm.

Tickets: £15

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OJ Dinner 2019

Friday 18 October

7.00pm The Dining Hall

The OJ Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to meet up with friends and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at the School. This year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of girls joining the School, so we are particularly pleased that Mary Arnal has agreed to be our guest speaker.

Mary first arrived at St John’s in 1993 when she was appointed head of ESL, leaving in 1996.  She returned in 2002 when she took up the post of teacher in English and Psychology, but will perhaps best be remembered as Housemistress of South from 2005 until 2010. Mary went on to become Headmistress of several leading girls schools and is now working from London with international stakeholders and governments setting up  Secondary  and Prep British and International curriculum Schools worldwide. 

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £40 (£20 concession price for leavers from 2013 onwards) and include a drinks reception and three-course meal with wine and coffee. Tables seat up to 10 so if you want to reserve a table for you and your contemporaries, do let us know.     

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