We are proud of the resilience and adaptability our pupils have shown amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The strength of our community has been incredible, and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and vigour with which our pupils have approached their learning and further activities.
Whether it be on the sports field, during extra-curricular activities or hobbies outside of school, we are delighted to share and celebrate the hard work of the St John’s community. Congratulations to the following pupils, who are recognised for their success over the recent months:
- Over the summer, Oliver Smith entered the Historical Association’s ‘Young Historian Competition’. This is a national competition and Oliver came second in the modern world category. His project on the legacies of French colonialism in South East Asia and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was very impressive.
- Harry Threapleton has published his first book, and is in the final stages of writing his second. Pupils in the Fourth Form creative writing group were delighted to welcome Harry to present a Q&A session about the writing and publishing process. The book is a wonderful read and a fantastic achievement for a Sixth Form pupil! Please click here to find out more about his book, ‘Circle of Saints’.
- We are delighted to announce that the St John’s U15 boys’ 2019-20 rugby team have recently been awarded a joint winners’ trophy, alongside Northampton School for Boys in the England Rugby National Vase Competition.
- Issy Baileff and Molly Warner were nominated for national age group trials for England Hockey and both completed three-day trial over the October half term, gaining valuable experience of training at a top level.
- Congratulations to the following pupils who achieved hockey representation honours:
Surrey Hockey: Tallulah Thompson, Petra Barr, Cooper Munro, Lauren Ingles, Madi Fewings, Hattie Coughlan, Florine Den Hoedt, Ella Bailey, Jess Hyde, Sophie Hutchison and Joseph Lee.
Middlesex Hockey: Phoebe George and Kyarra Steele.
Performance Centre: Lauren Ingles, Issy Baileff, Jorja Chadwick, Naomi George, Molly Wolff, Eloise Jansa, Sophie Thompson, Jaimee Burrage and Ailsa Malcolm.
- Alex Corbett has been working with a local school, and has produced some very impressive videos of the school that they will be using in their marketing.
- Pupils enjoyed taking part in a Duolingo competition to celebrate European Day of Languages. Well done to the winners Francesca Marais, Leah Fitzpatrick, Sophia Austin-Foss, Matilda Clark, Jacob Smith, Alessandra Carello, Lucie Tinkler, Samuel Gordon-Powell, Rhianna Douglas and Lucy Warburton for their superb efforts.
- Super sailors Annie Hammett and Freddie Lonsdale took part in Allen 29er GP1 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. Both pupils saw a thrilling return to racing – Annie and her crewmate placed first girls, and Freddie’s crew took third boys place.
- This year, The Bowker Hope Essay Competition was introduced at St John’s. The following pupils were successful in the opening round and will be taken forward into round two. The standard of competition in this round was very high and the judging process was hugely challenging. Most of all, we were delighted that so many pupils took the initiative to enter what is, and will be, a rigorous and time-consuming academic competition. Congratulations to: Charles Bishop, Ben Webb, Francesca Beech, Grace Kielstra, Amelia Feltham, Gwilym Davies, Ollie Smith, Hannah Sheppard, Safoah Ntiamoah, Alex Corbett, Jess Hall and Annabel Greenbury.
- Congratulations to all pupils who have been cast in the School musical for 2021 – Miss Saigon! If the high calibre of talent shown at auditions and in the inaugural rehearsals is anything to go by, the School community are in for a real treat when the musical takes to the stage in 2021. We are very much looking forward to the biannual event.
- Art scholars Matilda Laidlaw, Freya Locke and Yasmin Ozderici produced excellent instructional PowerPoint Presentation on how to use certain art apps, which has been incredibly helpful as we navigate the virtual technology required to keep our community educated and engaged.