Year 7 visits to Beauvale Priory


On January 7th 2015 Saint John Houghton will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the School. We are busy planning a series of events throughout 2015 to celebrate our history and our future. In order to prepare for these celebrations we are bringing all our Year 7 students to Beauvale Priory to learn about the history of Saint John Houghton and Saint Robert Lawrence. We are very grateful for the support of Ann and Tony Whyte who have so generously given their time to ensure our students learn about our Saints.

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We Will Remember Them


On Remembrance Sunday morning, Mr Wain and Mr Riley took a group of students to the Remembrance Day parade on Ilkeston market place.  It was a lovely event and a great time to reflect and pay tribute to those who have died whilst fighting for our country. The sun shone down on those who marched and attended and the service was very moving.  There were many students representing Saint  John Houghton and they were a credit to the school.  Some students were in school uniform and others were taking part in the march in their own uniform.  Anny Riley from Year 7 and Fiona Murphy from St. Thomas School laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of the schools.  Well done to all who took part.

On Tuesday I accompanied Merrin Shelton, Luke Moore, Amelia Hurst and Joe Biles attended the short service led by the British Legion. It was a very moving ceremony and one that we were privileged to attend.

Act of Worship on Tuesday was led by Mr McNally who shared his experiences of the recent trip to the Battlefields. The two minute silence was impeccably observed by the whole of the school community.

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Year 7 Briars


Can you think of the most wonderful place on Earth? Where you can laugh, play, learn more about your friends, pray and have fun. I’ve got an answer for you – it’s the Briars!

The team which were with us for the week were: Charity, Ruth, Joe, Katy, Hannah, Jay, Elise, Bea and Caroline. Eleanor was the head and she was very bubbly. They were all funny, awesome, amazing, fun and absolutely cool. We wish we could be there now to see them again and play fun and games like: Have you seen the Muffin Man?

On the last night you get to dress up to party and pray because you have a disco and a mass on the same night. You also get to go on a tranquil walk throughout the countryside on that same day. If it is raining, you still go on the walk but you do get hot chocolate at the end of it all.

The FOOD is absolutely Swagilicious: at lunch there was a buffet, which had curly fries; at dinner we had a hot meal with pudding; and then breakfast was hot-pot and more. At every meal we sang a song. There was also a tuck shop (it’s where you get souvenirs). It is the best place on Earth and we could go any time.

By Amy Wren 7KF & Savannah Jackson 7KF



Year 11 Girls into Physics visit to Cambridge University


A group of fifteen year 11 girls were given the opportunity to visit Cambridge University on Tuesday 4th November this week, along with three Year 11 students from the King David High School, a Jewish school in Manchester.

We started the day with a tour of Cambridge University and its grounds visiting the Murray Edwards College where people such as Mishal Hussein, Tilda Swinton, Sue Perkins, Claudia Winkleman and Jocelyn Bell Burnell (a famous astrophysicist) had studied. We stopped at the Maths department where Stephen Hawkin has an office, and copyright libraries around the Campus. We walked to Newnham College where people such as Rosalind Franklin who was part of the discovery of DNA had studied, along with Sylvia Plath, Emma Thomson, Mary Beard and Clare Balding.

We then had a talk on the advantages and disadvantages of University life and how applications and the Natural Sciences course works at Cambridge University and what Cambridge does differently to other Universities, making its Science course quite unique and one of the best in the country.

Then we walked to the Cavendish Laboratory, where we had a short lecture on the properties of light from Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright and then completed an experiment on the focal point of light and lenses, creating a telescope which we then test using a variety of different strength lenses.

Finally we finished on a lecture about Astronomy and how red-shift effects the colours of different galaxies as well as how the red-shift effects how we see certain objects.


-Imogen Lambert and Niamh Rogers 11PB

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