50th Celebration – Rome Bike Ride update 2


The team captains had their first ride on the spin bikes we are using kindly sponsored by DE7 Fitness. Tactics are starting to be formulated and teams organised for the challenge on the 9 and 10 July.

Team captains will be calling team meetings over the next week to give the riders their time slots etc. There is starting to be real competition between the team captains and students alike.

During the next few week the cycle teams will be bringing sponsorship forms home so please support us to raise as much money as possible. Just a reminder:- These teams will be riding the 1280 miles over the 2 day school mission on the 9 and 10 July for charity. The groups target is to raise £1 for every mile cycled.

I would like to thank DE7 Fitness for their continued support for this event.

Pictured below: Mr Ritchie (Team Captain) and Hannah Watling (Year 10).

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RE day


On Tuesday 9 June Saint John Houghton played host to a joint project day involving year 6 students and teachers from our feeder primary schools.

The focus of the day was the question “how can we work together for a fairer and more just world?” We were extremely fortunate to have representatives from CAFOD here as well who opened the day with a powerful and thought provoking presentation and then ran workshops which encouraged the students to think about ways in which they can challenge injustice in the world. 7KF were off timetable for the day and joined the year 6 students. Everyone was split into different groups and then spent the day participating in 4 different workshops – each with a particular theme.

The day culminated in a liturgy, led by Rachel. It was a very powerful and moving liturgy. Students from St Thomas’ performed a beautiful dance accompanied by year 8 students Olivia Priestley who sang and Finn Boddice who played the guitar. The Priory led the mission and everyone present in the liturgy was challenged to “make the change” by collecting pledges and ensuring they will carry them out in the forthcoming weeks. I want to say a very special thank you to all the staff and students in Saint John Houghton who enabled such a wonderful and memorable day to take place. 7KF were exceptional – a credit to our school. Thank you very much indeed for your outstanding contribution to the joint project day.

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Visit of Olympic Gold Medallist Lizzy Yarnold


On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome Lizzy Yarnold to the Academy along with Lorna Taylor our Governor and Tom Wates from dlb.

Lizzy spoke to the whole school community in a packed hall about her career and success. She told the students that she went to Loughborough for a Women for Gold scheme and was told she was successful for the skeleton event. Lizzy told us that she had no idea what the skeleton event was.

She talked about her training and preparation for the Winter Olympics. Lizzy gave wonderful advice to our young people about how she embraces failure as it helps her enjoy success even more. Lizzy then showed her gold medal to all and students were allowed to break the rule about mobile phones and have “selfies” taken.

Our Sports Leaders Stephanie Siara and Erin Bowmar showed Lizzy our school and she met with the Year 10 students who had taken part in the survey regarding the chairs. Lizzy is ambassador for dlb and works with Tom Wates who have designed the chairs that we are trialling in Room 13. She then went to Year 10 PE lesson and spoke to the students in more depth about her sport. Andy Potter from Radio Derby joined us and interviewed Lizzy and some of our students about the visit. It was a real honour to have someone like Lizzy in our school and I think she left everyone feeling inspired. We wish her well in her sporting career.