The King John School

King John Poppy Tree

Rylea (Y8), Harrison (Y8), Billie (Y8) and Teegan (Y7) came up with the idea of creating a poppy tree to honour the fallen soldiers of WW1 and WW2 as we approach Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November. Rylea, Harrison, Billie and Teegan made poppies at the craft club and then asked students and staff to choose a poem, quotation or personal thought about WW1 and WW2, write it on the poppy and display it on the Poppy Tree.

Both teachers and students have contributed and it has been incredibly effective and emotive, with students and staff pausing and taking time to read what everybody has written.

An Evening with History

On Tuesday our Year 13 history students planned and presented a series of arguments to over 40 history students from King John, Castle View and James Hornsby.

The evening focused on the question: ‘The Supreme Court was the main reason for the worsening lives of black Americans by 1900’ How far do you agree. Year 11 students were presented with 3 different factors and took part in interactive workshops to challenge their thinking and reach their own judgement on the question.

It was an enjoyable evening and great to see the Year 13 and Year 11 students working together. We are very proud of our Year 13 students who organised and presented the entire evening to a high standard.

We also had a special guest from Warwick University, a former student of King John, who has gone on to study law after gaining A* A* A A in our 6th form, who spoke to the students about history A-level and the teaching at King John.

A huge thankyou to all the Year 13 students and the staff who helped support to make this such a successful evening.

King John Design Museum Visit

A group of year 9 King John students visited to the Design Museum in London, students explored the museum and took part in workshops for the Design Ventura competition. Students are ready to develop their design ideas when they get back to school and are excited about the pitching event in school on 8th November. Last year King John were finalists in this competition so we are hoping for similar success this year!

Youth Voice Conference

On Wednesday 10 October, year 10 King John students attended Chelmsford City Racecourse for the annual Youth Voice Conference. They took part in debates and budget decisions and got to interview local councillors. All of the students really enjoyed the day and behaved impeccably. They voiced their opinions and held their own in each debate. Well done girls!

Celebrating Black History Month

Students from King John are celebrating Black History Month this week with Chloe and Chi (year 10) spending the morning in the school canteen cooking traditional African cuisine for the staff and students. The girls dressed in traditional African dress to serve their delicious, home cooked dishes. On the menu was: jollof rice, spicy chicken and plantain rice. Please, sir can I have some more?

Student Brand Ambassador

Molly, Year 10, was recently successful in applying for a Student Brand Ambassador role within Paul Robinson Solicitors. Molly is delighted to have been given this opportunity as she would like to embark in a career in law in the future.   The other student brand ambassadors range in ages from GCSE students to last year university students, with Molly being the youngest ambassador.

Here is Molly pictured with the other student ambassadors at the launch event.

National Multi Events Athletics Champion!

MASSIVE congratulations to Sam (year 10) who was crowned National Multi Events Athletics Champion on Saturday 15 September in Bedford. He achieved 4 personal bests out of his 5 events. He has now been selected to represent England in an international athletics match in Glasgow and here he wearing his England vest with pride. Toby (year 10) also competed in the competition and came a very honourable 9th. Both boys’ scores contributed to a national team victory for Essex….. amazing achievements.