Talented teen chosen for top gaming awards



A Kirk Hallam teenager’s creative skills have earned him a place in the prestigious finals of a BAFTA-run video game competition.

Adam Kavanagh, 13, is a finalist in the 2014 BAFTA Young Game Designers competition, for 11-to-16-year-olds.

The contest aims to inspire the game designers and game-makers of the future by giving young people the chance to design and create their own video game and develop it with industry professionals.

Adam has been included in the shortlist for the Game Concept Award for his game ‘Incandescent’. He entered the competition under team name Lodestar Entertainments.

Adam, a pupil at st John Houghton Catholic School, described his game as: “The game where you play a light bulb. Yes, a light bulb.”

He will attend a special award ceremony in London on July 12.

The winners will be announced once decisions are made by a final ‘super jury’ of games industry professionals and celebrity gamers.

Prince William, who is the president of BAFTA, said: “BAFTA Young Game Designers is a brilliant scheme to get young people started in games”.

Source: Ilkeston Advertiser (http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/talented-teen-chosen-for-top-gaming-awards-1-6704140)

Chezney Till wins prestigious College award


Year 11 student  Chezney Till beat hundreds of other students to win the Peak Award from Derby College for the best pre 16 learner 2014. Chezney attended college one day a week for the last two years, completing a Health and Beauty course. Her college lecturers were absolutely full of praise for her attitude, approach, efforts and achievements. Chezney and her parents and one teacher from the school were invited to attend the prize giving evening held at the Derby Roundhouse site last Thursday 26th June. Mr McNally represented Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy at this evening. The group were treated to a three course meal and live entertainment before the prizes were presented. All the top employers from across the region were present and the prizes were presented to the students by representatives from these companies. Chezney has already been scooped up by Keith Hall in Ilkeston, where she starts in September, while continuing her college studies. We are immensely proud of Chezney in winning this award and we wish her all the best, she clearly has a very bright future ahead of her.

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Saint John Houghton students at CERN



Students from Saint John Houghton are visiting the CERN institute on Wednesday 25th of June. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is a European research organisation whose purpose is to operate the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Established in 1954, the organisation is based in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border,

The group of mainly Year 9 and Year 10 students is being accompanied by Mrs Jinks, Mr Nash and Mrs Adams.

Sports Day


Thank you to the Year 10 Sports Leaders who led these events. It was very competitive day with the scores staying close all day. In the end the results were as follows:

1st Place – Farah

2nd Place – Simmonds

3rd Place – Ennis

4th Place – Wiggins

Well done to everyone involved in the day!

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Sports Day


Saint John Houghton held its annual Sports Day last Tuesday. The morning was a traditional sports day with students representing the school houses in running races from 100m to 1500m and a range of field events. There was a wonderful atmosphere around the school on this day with every student encouraging their fellow students in the events. The afternoon saw all years playing in an inter-tutor competitions.  Year 7 played rounders, Year 8 Hockey, Year 9 Volleyball and Year 10 Netball.

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Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham


On Sunday 15th of June  Mrs McCarthy, Rachel Rose, Merrin Shelton, Luke Moore and Martin Rose represented Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy on the Nottingham Diocesean pilgrimage to the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham. Luke and Martin were given the honour of carrying the statue of our Lady during the procession. Merrin was asked to do the first reading at the Mass celebrated by Monsignor McGovern the diocesan administrator.

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St John Houghton R.C. School Class Reunion after 32 Years!


I was delighted to receive the following from Susanna Lobina with an update on the successful Saint John Houghton School reunion held recently.


She writes “On the 17th May 2014 at the Larklands Hotel Ilkeston a wonderful event took place. 32 years after leaving School, 40 pupils of the Class of 82 Reunited! The preparation of the reunion began with a Facebook Group created in January 2014. Since then, all members have pulled together to trace as many Classmates as possible. The Class of “82” had 95 pupils of which 79 have been traced, even to the other side of the world as far as Australia, Dubai and Europe. The evening was a remarkable and memorable evening for all!Two of the pupils decided to surprise the rest of the group by dressing in full School Uniform and going back to School to replicate history! The Class of “82” are still on their quest for searching the remaining 16 pupils.”

Thank you to Susanna Lobina, Margaret Sisson, Darren Melbourne and Trish Evans for organising this event.