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The Celebration of St John’s 2017

Proud parents and grandparents thronged to St John’s on the 1 July to celebrate the past year and the achievements of the pupils. It was a poignant occasion as the School said goodbye to Martin Collier, who has ended his tenure of six years of exceptional service as Headmaster.

Our guest speaker was an Old Johnian Richard Fentiman, who is Professor of Private International Law at Cambridge University and Head of the Faculty of Law. Professor Fentiman was a member of Churchill House from 1969 - 1973. In his speech, he spoke eloquently about the continuity of the School’s ethos and values. He also related happy memories of being a pupil at St John's and how the confidence instilled in him during his time at the School set him up very well for the future.

There were themes that ran through all of the speeches with one speaker after another reiterating the distinct ethos of St John’s. Both the Chairman of Governors, Mr John Willis, and the Headmaster highlighted the unqualified success of the Lower School. The School Captain, Lauryn Cloughley, gave an outstanding speech thanking Professor Fentiman for his address and for presenting the prizes. She also thanked the Headmaster, parents and staff for their support.

After prize-giving, the School reconvened in Chapel for the final service of the year; Jerusalem and two other hymns were beautifully sung by the whole school. Meanwhile, celebratory House receptions took place on the Quad in glorious sunshine.

Festivities also took place in the evening with the Upper Sixth Form leavers taking a trip through the wardrobe to Narnia for their Leavers’ Ball. It was a magical way to wrap up a day of celebration.

Published on 05/07/2017

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