Sparrow SChool THE ENGLISH - St John's

Sparrow SChool THE ENGLISH - St John's

In October, the School played host to

choir members from the Sparrow School,

Johannesburg who were on their UK tour.

Sparrow pupils and teachers stayed with

St John’s families and became part of the School

community during their time in Leatherhead.

They performed in the Headmaster’s Assembly

and ran workshops for St John’s pupils and

they also enjoyed some much needed rest and

relaxation, playing football and visiting Brighton.

The highlight of the visit was their concert to

a packed Chapel, where they gave a diverse

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performance of song and dance. The ‘gum

boot’ dance was particularly popular, especially

as many St John’s pupils had been taught it in

workshops previously.

Nicholas Smith, Director of Music, said: “They

perform with such energy and enthusiasm

that it is impossible not to be drawn into their

performances. Some of our pupils have had

the good fortune to perform in workshops with

them, witnessing first-hand the beauty and

simplicity of their culture and I was especially

proud that members of our Chapel Choir were

able to sing with them during their concert.”

Jackie Gallagher, the founder of

the Sparrow School Foundation,

said: “What a life changing

experience for every Sparrow

pupil and teacher. We have had

the most incredible three days

and cannot thank St John’s

enough for their kindness

and hospitality. The Sparrow

pupils have benefitted from the

interaction with pupils and staff

and, of course, the wonderful

trip to the seaside!”



The first issue of The English Magazine was

produced during the Christmas holiday. It has

been created to showcase some of the excellent

writing produced by pupils in the course of

their English studies, and to offer reflections on

departmental trips and events.

Head of English, Nick Johnston-Jones said:

“The power of words on a page to kindle our

imaginations is one of the most accessible and

dependable pleasures we have. I never cease to be

delighted by the best writing our pupils produce

and am sure others will derive great pleasure

from this too.”

The magazine will be produced each term by a

small editorial team drawn from the Lower Sixth

Form working with Nick Johnston-Jones.



Allen in the


Arts Centre

Two Woody Allen one-act comedies, Death and

God, were performed by senior pupils in the

Performing Arts Centre, to critical acclaim.

Death is a Kafka-esque black comedy, which

follows the central protagonist, Kleinman, as

he is roused from his bed in the dead of night

and is forced to join a vigilante group who are

roaming the streets trying to catch an elusive

mass murderer. Richard Carey as the central

protagonist was superb, playing paranoia,

uncertainty, fear and frustration with humanity


and subtle humour. As well

as excellent performances

from the rest of the cast, the

production was enhanced

by the “moving set” which

saw the Lower Fifth stage

crew constantly rearranging

moving screens to represent

the maze of city streets that

the character finds himself

lost in.

God is a play within a play within a play.

The story revolves around the Ancient Greek

actor, Diabetes, and writer, Hepatitis, who are

struggling to come up with a satisfactory ending

to their play. They are interrupted by members of

the audience, and characters who wander in from

other shows. The pair steadily lose their tenuous

grip on reality as events spiral out of control and

end in a mass pillow fight where the feathers really begin to fly. There

were some pitch-perfect comic performances from Robbie Ventham

and Andrew Chalmers; Henry Strudwick as the massive, but massively

camp, palace guard and George Young as the hapless Bursitis, the

actor who is forced to play God and is accidentally hanged for his

trouble. However, major plaudits belong to Imogen Mahon as Doris

Levine. With less than two weeks to go, the actress who was originally

cast to play the part had to withdraw and Imogen stepped up to take

on this major role. So professional was she, that the audience had

no idea that she had only had a matter of days to create such an

accomplished performance.

Mark Probert, Head of Drama,

said: “I was delighted with the

performances of everyone involved

in these two productions and with

the reaction of the audience. Comedy

is always risky: get it wrong and

there is an embarrassing silence;

get it right and you are instantly

rewarded with laughter. Last night

there was a lot of laughter.”


��Prep School Debating

St John’s Sixth Form pupils acted as judges in

a Prep School debating competition, which saw

Broomwood Hall emerge as the winners. In the

final, against Twickenham Prep, Broomwood

Hall proposed the motion: “This House believes

children should be seen and not heard”.

In earlier debates, pupils from the six competing

schools concerned themselves with issues that

included: banning smoking, abolishing the

Monarchy and Premiership footballers’ pay.


The St John’s Parents’ Association (SJPA)

held three events during the Autumn term. In

September, a New Parents’ Evening provided

an opportunity for parents to meet and this was

followed by two Christmas events.

A Christmas Fayre in November provided an

opportunity for early Christmas shopping with

over thirty stalls filling the dining hall. The

“shoppers” enjoyed mulled wine and mince

pies while listening to Christmas carols sung

by St John’s Choral Society.

The Christmas Ball was the final event of the

term where parents enjoyed the meal, dancing

and socialising.

The teams were evenly matched which made

life difficult for the judges.

Headmaster Martin Collier, who presented the

winners with their medals said, “The quality of

debating throughout the day has been especially

high. Congratulations go to Broomwood Hall

who are worthy winners of the competition. To

be able to communicate well through debate is

an important skill for any child to learn. At St

John’s there is a strong tradition of debating and

the participation of every pupil is encouraged.”

��Oxbridge Master Class

Oxbridge candidates took part in an advanced

master class run by Emily Wiser from the

Oxford based consultancy, Wiser Words, which

specialises in helping pupils develop their

thinking skills. The master class was for boys

and girls who want to study Medicine or Law

and was designed to help them perform well at

Oxbridge interviews.

The pupils from St John’s were joined by pupils

from Therfield School, for a day of discussion

and skills-based workshops exploring how they

can prepare for interviews and show originality

in answering questions.


Lower Fifth Form pupil Edward Hedger, has

completed his Advanced PADI Open Water Dive

Certification, which required him to complete a

deep dive to 28 metres as well as navigation,

photographic, wreck and night dives. He now

hopes to complete his Dive Master qualification

with a view to later becoming a Dive Instructor.

��Arkwright Awards

Lower Sixth Form pupils Matthew Colvin,

George Stewart and Ciaran Woodward,

have been awarded Arkwright Scholarships

from the Arkwright Scholarship Trust which

is an independent charity whose aim is

to encourage and stimulate high ability

students to consider careers in engineering

or technology. Since 2007, eleven St John’s

pupils have been awarded this prestigious

scholarship. The boys took part in a highly

competitive application process which

included presenting their Design and

Technology work, completing a two-hour

aptitude paper and attending an interview by

a panel of professionals at Imperial College,




This has been a tremendous term for our

musicians and we have held an impressive

number and variety of concerts. One of the

highlights came early in the term at St John’s

Church, Windlesham, where the Wind Band,

Choral Society and a selection of soloists

performed in aid of the Royal British Legion.

We played host to the Sparrow School from

South Africa and were inspired by their

fantastic concert, in which members of our

own Chapel Choir were able to participate. We

have also held a Singers’ Concert, a Scholars’

Concert, the Mole Valley Arts Alive Recital,

a Music Guest Night, the Autumn Concert

and a Rock Concert. In addition to all of this,

the Chapel Choir performed magnificently

in a whole multitude of services, ranging

from Remembrance to Choral Evensong. The

highlight was undoubtedly the Festival of Nine

Lessons and Carols, performed on four nights

in the final week. The Choir’s commitment and

the standard of singing were impressive and

they sang their hearts out, over and over again.


St John’s Combined Cadet Force was inspected

on Thursday 22 September, by Major General

Murray L Wildman, CBE, Chairman of the

Combined Cadet Force Association. He told

the cadets that they displayed “a real sense of

cohesion and excitement” and complimented

them on their appearance, as well as

encouraging them to continue to enjoy their

time in the CCF.

Cadets carried out various exercises

demonstrating many of the key areas of cadet

training, including: field craft, shooting on


the School’s Indoor Range, basic drills and

practical leadership tasks. They then competed

in the traditional Field Gun Competition, which

was won by the Army section.

The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force

sections are all thriving and have a total of 273

cadets meeting each week. The RAF section

has been busy and Lower Fifth Form cadets

enjoyed a day of outdoor activities that included

orienteering, mountain biking and canoeing

on the reservoir at Bewl Water. The RN section

went out sailing in spectacular weather and

even those not keen on sailing came back with

great stories and big smiles. The Army section

proved their hardiness and survived

a night out in freezing temperatures

in shelters they built themselves.

The Mess Dinner was reinstated

very successfully on Armistice Day

and the Corps of Drums from the

Coldstream Guards performed

before dinner. The event provided

an opportunity to thank the

NCOs, who have really stepped

up and taken on the leadership

of the Thursday Parades. Several

promotions were made and all were

fully deserved.


From the very start of this academic year,

Chapel life has been rich and varied and has

had excellent parental support. Our first

Sunday service was on the 10th anniversary

of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the

United States, and this created a reflective

mood for the Sung Eucharist. Since then

the School has celebrated Harvest Festival

and the sanctuary was once again full with

harvest produce which was later donated

to ‘Pit-Stop’, the local drop-in centre for

the homeless and unemployed. A few days

later, the community gathered around the

War Memorial to remember those who had

fallen in past and present conflicts and on

the following Sunday, the Revd. Phil Parker,

Chaplain of Cranleigh School, preached at

our Service of Remembrance. The Choir were

in excellent voice at our Christmas carol

services and these services were a beautiful

conclusion to a busy and rich year for the



Over £23,000 was raised for QEF, the School’s

charity for 2010/11 and Jonathan Powell,

QEF’s Chief Executive, visited the School in

September to thank everyone involved in the

many fundraising efforts that raised such an

impressive amount. He said: “This has been a

wonderful fundraising effort by the pupils and

staff at St John’s School over the past year; it

has been an outstanding example of a school

supporting a local charity, and of young people

digging deep to help others.”

This year, Street Child Africa is the School charity

and we are directly supporting their partner

project, ‘Friends of the Street Children’ which

is based in Kitwe, Zambia. To get this year’s

fundraising off to an excellent start, events

such as: a mufti-day, Krispy Kreme sales, a

sponsored swim and individual initiatives such

as Ben Whybrow’s sponsored

silence, have been held.

The School Charity fundraising

group have also been busy

selling Street Child Africa

Christmas cards and key rings

at the SJPA Christmas Fayre and

they are beginning to prepare

for a sponsored ‘Sleep Rough’

on the Quad which will take

place on 8 March 2012.


� Chelsea Walk

This term, our Friends of St John’s group were

taken on a tour of the sights, sounds and smells of

Chelsea. On a two-hour long walk that zigzagged

up and down the King’s Road, the group learnt

about one of London’s most fashionable and

expensive areas from its Anglo-Saxon origins, to

its sixties heyday and beyond.

� Christmas Carols

Nearly 300 OJs and Friends came back to

St John’s for our traditional Christmas carol

service, which was followed by mulled wine and

mince pies in the dining hall. Special thanks

to Peter Lutton for stepping in and playing

the organ so beautifully, and also to everyone

who supported the retiring collection for the

St John’s Foundation.


OJs and Friends

� OJs Lunch with Foundationers

In September, we welcomed nine old boys back to St John’s for the last in a series of three events for OJs

who left between 1956 and 1960. Our guests enjoyed an authentic St John’s lunch where they were joined

by the Chaplain and two of our Foundationers, and this was followed by a tour of the School.



25 January

Westminster Abbey Tour

We invite you to join our guided tour of

Westminster Abbey, led by Blue Badge

Guide Viv Haxby. This enlightening and indepth

look at the Coronation Church will

conjure up all the pomp and majesty of the

events that have taken place here; from the

Benedictine monks who worshipped on the site

one thousand years ago to the wedding of the

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last spring.

10 February

OJ Dinner

Tickets for the 2012 OJ Dinner are going fast

so reserve your places now! This year we are

celebrating all the teams, clubs and societies

that have run, and are still running, at

St John’s. It’s a great opportunity to reunite

that celebrated 1st XV, Glee Club or School

Choir and everyone is welcome (even if you’re

not coming as part of a team, club or society).

It promises to be a great night, so book your

tickets now via the Development Office -

£30 per head (£20 for OJs who left after 2007).

3 March

OJ Lodge Meeting/Ladies Night

7 March

Choral Evensong, Southwark


London Drinks – Barrowboy and


Come and see the School Choir perform a

Choral Evensong in Southwark Cathedral and

join us afterwards for drinks in the Barrowboy

and Banker over the road.

29 March

In Memoriam – a fundraising concert

for the War Memorial and Old Chapel.

30 March

‘School lunch’ event for 1960-65


By invitation.

24-27 April

Battlefields Tour of Northern Europe

with Richard Hughes, former Head of


The Development Office

(01372) 385450

Thank you to everyone who has supported

the work of the Foundation this term. Your

generosity is hugely appreciated and really does

make a difference. One of the Foundation’s

recent priorities has been to fund bursarial

places for young people from low-income

backgrounds. To this end, we were delighted to

welcome our third Albany Award pupil to the

School in September and have had considerable

demand for places in 2012 and 2013.


� Wedding Day Skype

OJ Zoe Laughton (née Munro) remembered

regularly visiting The Red House Care Home

during her time as part of the St John’s CSU

team. She approached the School to see if they

could help make her wedding day special for

her grandfather, who is currently a resident at

The Red House.

Zoe wanted her grandfather to be part of her

wedding, but she knew he was too frail to attend in

person. The solution was to set up a Skype video

link to the wedding from The Red House. Lower

Sixth Form pupils, Robbie Ventham and Fred Bliss,

visited Zoe’s grandfather for a trial run and were

also with him as he watched the wedding using

the Skype video link they had set up.


A Date for your Diary: 29 March 2012

In Memoriam. This will be a concert to raise funds to restore the War Memorial and memorial aspects of the Old Chapel.

� Thank you!

Some of our donors like to support specific areas of life at the School

and we’re delighted to help find projects to accommodate their wishes.

This term a generous donation from parents has enabled us to purchase

a 3D printer for the Design and Technology Department and a weather

station for the Geography Department.

In 2012, we will be embarking on two exciting

new fundraising projects. The first project is

to restore the Old Chapel at the front of the

School and create a multipurpose venue that

can be used by the local community as well as

St John’s.

�Annual Fund

Thanks to all of the

parents who have made

a gift to the new School

Annual Fund. This will

be spent on projects

that have been chosen

in conjunction with the

SJPA, to really enhance

the experience of pupils

at St John’s. There is

still time to make a

donation, so please give


Zoe said: “It meant such a lot to me that,

although not there in person, we could see

Grandpa on the screen in the front row

throughout the ceremony. I am so grateful to

the boys – a great Community Service success!”

The second is to restore the War Memorial

in the centre of the Quad, which is badly

deteriorating and in need of specialist repair.

Look out for more information on both of these

projects later in the year.



Another exciting Senior House debating

competition ended this year with Churchill and

East meeting in the final. Debating on whether

or not ‘The West should look to the East for

inspiration’, the main speakers had researched

their arguments well and delivered a variety

of cogent points in support of their case. In

addition, a number of floor speakers impressed

everyone by their understanding of the issues

at stake and developed and widened the remit

of the initial debate. It was a close fight and a

split vote, but in the end, East’s Josh Bates and

Tom Goldsmith (pictured above) were deemed

to have nudged the victory.


The House singing competition was judged by

Christopher Tambling, Director of Music from

Downside School, and in a highly contested

competition, Churchill won both the Unison

and the Part-song competitions.


1st Churchill

2nd Haslewood

3rd West


1st Churchill

2nd = South and West


Churchill … East … HASLEWOOD … Monty … North … South … Surrey … West …

Colts Quiz

A fiercely contested Colts House Quiz was

eventually won by Churchill (pictured right),

who beat West in the final by 150 points to 80



Junior A: Haslewood 1 South 0

Junior B: Haslewood 1 South 0

Senior: Haslewood 0 South 0

The Junior competition was closely-fought and

eventually ended with Haslewood winning by a

single goal in both matches. The support from

the sidelines was deafening. It was the blues

who were left singing when Ellie Punshon

capitalised on a rare defensive lapse to bear

down on goal and slot home the winning

strike in the A game. Another early goal from

Haslewood was enough to win the B game and

to secure the cup.

The Senior game told a different tale, as

hot favourites South romped home 9-0. For

thirteen gutsy minutes, Haslewood held out


Churchill and West each won two of the five

rugby finals, with North winning the Junior B

final. Throughout the pool games and in the

knockout stages, some excellent rugby was

played in front of enthusiastic supporters. The

keenly contested finals of the Fourth, Lower

Fifth A and Senior A competitions, which were

played on the 1st XV pitch in front of the whole

School, were a fitting end to the competition.

against the might of South’s ten 1st XI players

but eventually the flood gates opened. Despite

Zoe Rendell’s valiant efforts in goal, Captain

of Hockey, Kate Scott managed to escape her

markers on too many occasions and scored

an impressive seven goals. Alice Lines and Tali

Anderson then added another goal each for

good measure, and the trophy returned to the

Fairfield cabinet.

Fourth Form: West 14 East 12

Lower Fifth A: Churchill 12 East 5

Senior A: West 10 East 5

Junior B: North 5 West 0

Senior B: East 5 Churchill 10

TRIPS Duke of


Battlefields Awards

The English Department’s Battlefields Trip gave

A level English pupils a unique insight into the

literature of the Great War.

Starting at the Somme, we first visited the

underground network of tunnels at Vimy

Ridge, which brought home the claustrophobic

reality of the underground fighting described

in Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong. The still heavily

cratered landscape outside, reminded us of

the intensity of the bombardment the troops

suffered, at a point where the opposing trenches

were just metres apart. The tour took in further

battlefields, cemeteries and monuments where

the poetry of the conflict was read and discussed,

often at or near the places where it was written.

At Auchonvilliers Cemetery, Ben Bradbury

laid a wreath in honour of Charles Fouracres

Greenlees, a former St John’s pupil who lost his

life in the indescribable carnage of the first day of

The Somme offensive in 1916. Laurence Binyon’s

For the Fallen was read by members of our party

at the graveside, and was followed by Charles

Sorley’s moving sonnet, Such, such is Death.

From there we travelled to Ypres to visit such

iconic memorials as Tyne Cot and the Menin

Gate, where four members of our party

participated in the wreath-laying ceremony that

takes place every evening in honour of those

who died. This was a fitting tribute to the 154

OJs who gave their lives in World War One.

The visit brought home most vividly the

realities of the First World War, and gave us

an opportunity to honour those who fought

and died. Reflecting upon and discussing the

human catastrophe that was the Great War,

was an invaluable experience for the pupils, and

enabled them to gain a deeper insight into the

wonderfully varied and moving body of literature

inspired by the conflict.

Silver – South Downs

Sixty-two Upper Fifth boys completed their

practice silver expedition in the South Downs

starting just north of Brighton. Over the

course of three days they walked up hill and

down dale, camped overnight and learned the

key skills that they would need to complete their

assessed expedition. The mountain leaders

that accompanied them had nothing but praise

for all the young men, with one saying that

his group “were polite, friendly, articulate, and

worked so well together; they were a credit to

their parents and their school.”

Gold – Brecon Beacons

During half term, 24 Upper Sixth Form pupils

completed their gold assessed expedition during

five days in the Brecon Beacons. Although there

was plenty of rain to make the going under foot

boggy and difficult, they did enjoy one beautiful

day with extensive views from the peaks. The

examiner was very complimentary about all

aspects of the group’s performances.

Fourth Form

Fourth Form pupils had the opportunity to

“fly” a Vickers VC 10, and were able to ride in

a Formula 1 simulator, tour Concorde and sit

in a variety of high performance and vintage

vehicles, at Mercedes-Benz World and the

Brooklands Museum.

During their Science Museum visit, pupils

explored more aeroplanes, and learnt about

space travel and some of the earliest methods

of transport.

One of the highlights of the History

Department’s trip to the Imperial War Museum,

was seeing a section of the Berlin Wall, that has

been transported to the museum.

Hindleap Warren

St John’s new Fourth Formers spent an

enjoyable two days at Hindleap Warren, where

they completed a variety of team building


The boys and girls had a challenging two days

that saw them undertake a night navigation

exercise, tackle the climbing wall and conquer

any fear of heights that they had, on the high


They also enjoyed an evening around the camp

fire, where they got to know their new House

groups as well as their Tutors.

This was a challenging, rewarding and enjoyable

two days for the girls and boys and it helped

them all to settle into life at St John’s.

The Canterbury Tales were the focus of a joint

English and Religious Studies trip and the pupils

listened to Chaucer’s tales and visited Beckett’s

tomb and Canterbury Cathedral. The tour

brought alive the history of the Cathedral and its

significance as a continuing place of worship.




The standard of rugby at St John’s continues to

go from strength to strength, with eight of the

sixteen teams recording ‘winning seasons’ and

as a School, St John’s was unbeaten in 57% of

its fixtures. This is an improvement on last year,

despite the fixture list becoming even more

challenging with St Paul’s, RGS Guildford and

Haileybury being added this season.

The 1st XV had an impressive season, playing

some exciting rugby and claiming victories

against St Paul’s (19-10), RGS Guildford (17-

15) and KCS Wimbledon (an emphatic 53-12).

The 2nd and 3rd XVs also produced winning

seasons (the 3rd XV only lost 2 games). The

U16 age group struggled against some good

opposition but the 52-5 win over Merchant


Girls’ hockey at St John’s gathers momentum

as numbers continue to grow. The girls

have shown talent and camaraderie in equal

measure, in what has been an enjoyable and

successful season.

The enthusiasm for the sport has been

epitomised by the B teams, who have produced

some fine results and, more importantly, have

given their all to representing the School. The

2nd XI deserves special mention for their

spirit, as their team includes five girls who

had never played hockey before, but who have

competed tirelessly and stoically against the

odds. The School prides itself on the pupils’


Taylors’ by the U16A team was certainly their

highlight. The U15A team did not have the

season they had hoped for, but still managed

some good wins (including against Epsom

College). The U15B and C teams both impressed

and only lost 3 games each. However, it was the

U14s who hit the headlines, with the A, B and

C teams not losing a game between them in

the first seven fixtures. The U14B team ended

up with the best record in the School

winning all bar one of their matches. As

a year group the U14s were unbeaten in

75% of their games and yet again the

School was able to put out an U14E side.

A number of pupils have gained

individual success with Premiership club

academies and at representative level,

and details can be found in the Individual

Sporting Achievements table (page 11).

In addition, Old Johnian George Kruis,

has been making regular appearances for

Saracens 1st XV.

willingness to be involved

and the girls should take

much credit for continuing

this tradition.

The A teams have improved

immensely and the talented

U14 team shows real

promise for the future.

They secured a medal in

the county tournament and

their success this season was a just reward for

their endeavour and excellent attitude towards

training. The U15A team were deprived of their

talisman, Cassie Hughes, who was busy playing

a pivotal role for the 1st XI, but this allowed

others to come to the fore. Results may not

always have gone their way, but many of these

girls will be pushing to join

Cassie in the 1st XI next year.

The 1st XI, enjoyed three

emphatic victories to end

the season, which reversed

what was otherwise a

frustrating campaign. The

team eventually showed their

true colours and their ability

to record some fine results,

led spectacularly by Kate Scott (pictured below)

who rounded off her St John’s career with a

remarkable hat-trick of hat-tricks. Her individual

brilliance cannot be ignored, but the latter wins

were testament to a strong team effort. With

many of the girls remaining next year, we will

look forward to another successful year.


In the first round of the Staniforth Challenge

Cup, the St John’s team of eight shooters scored

755 out of a possible 800 to finish fourth. There

were top scores from Freddie Becker (98 out

of 100) and Tom Whitworth (97), but in the

final, the team unfortunately slipped to ninth

place, scoring 737 with Alex Morgan and Mark

Woodrow both scoring 96.

The team are coached by OJ Jon Tapster and

the competition is run by the School’s Head of

Shooting, WO2 Stephen Vine who said: “I am

delighted with the significant improvement the

team has made. Our fourth place finish in the

first round is an excellent achievement.”




Iain Sexton Surrey U18

Laurence Cook Harlequins Academy

Sam Cordery Harlequins Academy & Surrey U16

Cameron Cowell Wasps Academy & Middlesex U16

Niall Saunders Harlequins Academy


Georgie Cripps Surrey Storm U19 & South-East Squad

Alice Lines Surrey Storm U19 & South-East Squad

Charlotte Thompson Surrey Elite Satellite Academy


Adam Dyson Surrey – Academy & County 2nd XI

Dimil Patel Surrey – Elite Player Programme

Jenny Gluckman Surrey


Jamie Kiff Aldershot Academy


Anna Lawson U18 South-East Regional


Sophie Cordery Junior Ladies Wakeboard Champion

Selected for European Championships


The swimming team have enjoyed a successful

start to the year, led by captains Hugo Gale

and Phoebe Fielding. The season started with

the Surrey Schools’ Relay Championships for

both the Girls’ and Boys’ teams, in which it was

clear that St John’s had a very promising group

of Fourth Form swimmers. The Girls’ Junior

team in particular had some excellent swims

and achieved second place in each of their

relay heats. The Boys’ team also competed in

a home gala against Wimbledon College, where

they won all but one of their races, culminating

in a clear victory with impressive wins for Ben

Wadsted and Iain Alexander.

However, the highlight of the term was perhaps

the sponsored ‘channel swim’ effort for School

charity Street Child Africa where, between them,

the swimming team swam the distance of the

English Channel in the School’s swimming

pool. Special recognition must go to Daniel

Burnham who swam three miles, and Stephen

Roberts (pictured left), whose determination

led him to complete an impressive five miles.


Congratulations to the U15 and 1st Netball

teams who have found time to train and prepare

for the Surrey County Netball Championships

during a busy hockey term. In October, the

1st team secured their place in the finals by

winning all their group matches, including an

impressive 9 – 8 win over Caterham. The team,

a mix of Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth girls, have

trained well and the newly formed attacking and

defensive formations have combined effectively

to produce some excellent levels of play.

In November, the U15 team managed to

emulate the 1st team by securing their place

in the final. They only lost one of their group

matches and finished second in their group.

This will be the first Junior team and only the

fourth Senior side to represent St John’s at this

stage of the tournament.


Cameron Cowell

Sophie Cordery

During the Autumn Term, the Badminton teams

have continued to thrive with a number of

players making impressive progress. The U18

Girls’ team performed especially well and each

player has contributed to the improved quality of

play at St John’s. In November, the team narrowly

lost to Epsom College on two occasions.

The U16 Boys’ Badminton team have shown

real commitment and enthusiasm and have

developed into a strong team, showing good

potential in games against Epsom College

and Glyn Technology School. The U15 team

is still developing and they are also extremely

committed. They have faced strong competition

this term which has helped them improve the

technical side of their game.




Richard Allan, Housemaster of North House, represented

Great Britain in the Age Group (50-54) Sprint Distance

World Triathlon Championship in Beijing, China in early

September. He recorded a time of 1h 16m 58sec and he

was placed eleventh out of forty-four. He was the fourth

GB triathlete to cross the finish line.

Richard said: “Beijing was a great experience, whilst the

race itself was intense; the conditions were appalling

because of the heavy rain throughout. It was an honour

and privilege to wear a GB tri suit; a memory for life.”

��Les Petits Mouchoirs

French Sixth Form pupils visited Leatherhead

Theatre to see the French film Les Petits

Mouchoirs (Little White Lies in English). The

film begins with one of a group of close friends

(a Parisian night clubber), being involved in a

motorbike crash and ending up in hospital. The

incident brings the whole group together and they

decide that despite the trauma they will still go

on their annual summer holiday. The film helped

us to learn more about French culture and to

understand that French really does exist outside

of the classroom.

Lula Parris and Harrison Bricker (Upper Sixth)

� Open Events

Visitors to St John’s Open Events had the

opportunity to meet and talk to both teachers

and pupils in all Departments. The Chemistry

Department demonstrated experiments which

generated lots of explosions and visitors were able

to make personalised key rings on the Design and

Technology Department’s laser cutter.

Headmaster Martin Collier, together with

School Captain, Jonathan Dudeney, and Deputy

School Captain, Natalia Anderson, gave brief

presentations to visitors in the Dining Hall and

the School’s Jazz Band performed on the Quad.


��Library Talks

There were two lunchtime Library talks during

the Autumn Term. Richard Allan talked about

his experiences in Beijing (see above) in a talk

entitled The Silk Route and Beyond and Cathy

Brett, who works in the Art Department at

St John’s, provided an insight into the world

of children’s books. Her talk, My Other Job,

was based on her experiences as an illustrator

and author.

��Christmas Tea and


Every week, a group of Sixth Form pupils

visit The Beeches care home as part of an

extensive Community Service programme

and at the start of December, they invited

the people they see there, to a concert and

Christmas tea at St John’s.

The group that visit The Beeches

are just some of over a hundred

boys and girls from St John’s who

voluntarily attend Community

Service placements in 25 different


Judith Fowler, Head of the

School’s Community Service

Unit said: “St John’s daily life

instils a real sense of community

in our boys and girls and this is

reflected in their enthusiasm to

help others. I never cease to be

touched by the spirit, kindness

and passion demonstrated by

these young people.”



Diary Dates 2012

Sun 15 7.15pm Epiphany Service (E,W,C,S)

Mon 16 7.30pm Choral Society starts - PAC Foyer

Fri 20 7.00pm Scholars’ Concert - Chapel

Fri 27 7.30pm L5 Parents’ Evening - PAC

Sun 29 7.15pm Candlemas Service (N,Sy,M,H)


Fri 3 7.00pm North/South Charity Evening -

Dining Hall

Wed 8 7.30pm 4th Form Parents’ Evening - PAC

Fri 10 7.30pm OJ Drinks and Dinner - PAC,

Dining Hall

Fri 24 7.00pm Piano and String Recital -


Sun 26 7.15pm Sung Eucharist (E,W,C,S)

Wed 29 6.00pm Individual Singing

Competition - Chapel


Fri 2 7.00pm East House Charity Event -


Wed 7 5.30pm Choral Evensong at Southwark


Fri 9 7.00pm West House Charity Event -

Dining Hall

Sun 11 7.15pm Sung Eucharist (N,Sy,M,H)

Tue 13 6.30pm Staff and Pupils’ Concert - PAC

7.30pm Music Department Parents’

Evening - PAC

Thur 15 7.30pm L6 UCAS Parents’ Evening -


Fri 16 5.30pm 6th Form Consultation

Evening (by invitation only) - PAC

Sat 24 7.30pm SJPA Quiz Night - Dining Hall

Sun 25 7.15pm Choral Evensong (E,W,C,S)

Thur 29 7.30pm In Memoriam, an evening

in support of St John’s Foundation -


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