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The School has unveiled the newly carved St John’s eagle, a long-time emblem of the School, in a short ceremony on Monday 28 April.
The eagle has long been a feature of St John’s, having been included in early architectural drawings and highlighted on postcards and Council annual reports dating back as far as 1880.
Originally standing on the apex of the roof above West House - formerly the Headmaster’s house - until the School fire in 1913, the eagle could be admired by all those who entered the grounds of St John’s. In pupil photographs taken after the fire, the eagle can be seen, still standing proudly above the gable over the Headmaster’s house. It was, however, damaged during the rebuilding process and was not replaced.
The new eagle now stands in the gardens below, pride of place at the front of the School, and an ongoing symbol of strength and tradition.
Old Johnian and Vice President of the Governors, Peter Thorne, cut the ribbon in the short ceremony, and the Headmaster thanked the donor and paid tribute to stonemasons Antsey and Stone for their fine masonry efforts.
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