The details of most of our events can be found on our weekly Newsletters and via Social Media, but to summarise the most important activities of the past term:
After three weeks of summer camp, SJS has converted into the HQ of Sidmouth Folk Festival! The melodious sound of bagpipes, guitar, violins and drums permeates the normal campus tranquillity and is a pleasure to be part of. As promoters of the Arts, St John's wishes the organisers, volunteers and performers a wonderful week, while we are proud to support the local community.
St John's is pleased to announce continued support for the local community, with its Junior Camp from Monday 12th July until Friday 30th July (woodland activities, crafts, sports, music and of course daily swimming in our heated pool).
Sporty Stars will then run the major camp from Monday 9th August until Friday 27th August. Their programme also includes Archery, Zorbs, Inflatable games as well their unique sports hall activities.
Our end of term was greeted with a year 6 pool, pizza and ice cream party, taking the place of a typical prom! Year 6 loved it, and all Covid distanced and friendly! Our PTFA supported our many new families with their new and nearly new uniform, while we announced House winners after a very long year of competition - St Catherine's! We also enjoyed "Step Up Day" on Tuesday and were delighted that our many new students could join us, before the visit of Olympic Gymnast Jade Faulkner, on Wednesday. We are still aching from her workshops and trying to emulate some of her (easier) moves and sequences.
Finally, it was time for Mr Hurrell to thank Parents, children, staff and IES for a memorable year where we have grown in numbers, and transformed many areas of the school, while fortunately keeping Covid largely at bay. St John's now looks forward to many years of further growth, prosperity and success under the wonderful and highly experienced incoming Head Teacher, Mr Bryan Kane.
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A Japanese poem which is, from line 1-5 in order: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 7 syllables.
My beautiful cat,
So amazing and hungry,
A furry feline,
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She is my funny black cat.
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Inspiring, exciting, challenging,
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It was a pleasure to welcome Jade Faulkner to St John’s on Wednesday 7th July. As the former British Gymnastics Champion, as well as Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympian Rhythmic Gymnast, Jade delighted students with a talk about the journey to the London Olympics, highlighting determination, perseverance and passion; as well as providing demonstrations and workshops to the younger children.
The St John's School community would like to wish last year's Head Student, Simon Law, every success in the Sailing World Championships in Pwllheli, North Wales, commencing on the 30th June. Simon has already beaten the world champion once this season, sailing from Lyme Regis, so we have our fingers crossed and hope that the experience has him "on the crest of a wave!" Whatever the result, we are so proud of you, Simon.
Looking forward to our Musical Serenade this evening (socially distanced but still amazing). It will be a musical week with the visit of Monmouth school choir and then our Zoom Summer concert on Thursday. A week of many high notes! Thank you to choir conductors, Mr Steer and Mr Titchin.
With so much woodland on campus, Mr Ed Dolphin of the local Arboretum Society has set up a night camera to track some of our evening visitors. So far we have seen badgers and foxes, but we know we have newts, frogs, field mice, deer and a weasel who also consider it home! The next ecological survey will be a bat identification.
St John's School would like to show appreciation for all our families who are currently serving, or who have retired from, the Armed Forces. Thank you for your service and helping to maintain the quality of life and freedoms that we very much take for granted. Armed Forces Day will be tomorrow, Saturday 26th June and is annually the last Saturday in June. Mrs Larby's Tuesday assembly this week commemorated this important day.
St John's welcomed the Honiton Arts Society today for a visit to our historic chapel, grounds and Nuns' cemetery. It was a true pleasure to listen to Malcolm Foster playing the organ which he personally installed, and to listen to anecdotes from across the ages, often featuring Malcolm himself! Thanks also to our Catering Manager, Matt Wallis, for his superb carrot cake and welcoming, much-needed Saturday morning strong coffee. Greatest thanks of all to Elizabeth Gray of the Arts Society and indeed Sampson Society, for organising the visit for such a charming, interested and enthusiastic group. A great cultural and social morning, and we are always proud to welcome visitors to our historical gem.
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