Our return from the Easter break has been a real stop-start affair, with the 1st May holiday sandwiched in the middle of the week – Tuesday felt like Friday, Thursday like Monday, so all in all, just a little disorientating! It is good to be back for the summer term with Annie rehearsals and preparations in full flow and the Grade 12 students settling into their exam schedule. The cooler than usual weather has most likely been a bonus to our exam students, enabling greater focus and better sleep than a balmier May could have delivered.

It is most definitely the shortest summer term that I have ever experienced, but already I can see that a great deal can and will be packed in. This week alone there have been a plethora of trips and activities as well as exciting learning opportunities – the Middle School Theatre students to the Eden Project biodomes in Southwest England, our Grade 5 to Antwerp International School to share their PYP personal projects and Grade 11 to northern Spain for a challenging International Gold Award Expedition. And there is much more to follow!

Over the weekend, St John’s hosted a wonderful event, the Waterloo & International Community Relay for Life. Our very own Marie-Cécile masterminded the whole event, very ably assisted by her organising committee and supported by the amazing St John’s groundsmen and estates team. The weather was hideous – windy, intermittently wet and bitterly cold. Yet the spirit around this international cancer battling fundraiser and awareness raiser was phenomenal. Each time I returned to the windy field over the weekend, an extra layer or two added for warmth, there was laughter, smiles and togetherness to be seen in every team, in every tent, in every lap of the relay and in every group huddled round a fire pit. That spirit was also there at the very moving lumière ceremony where we decorated paper bags with the names of loved ones who had battled and had overcome cancer. Personal laughter and smiles in the darkness as so many special people were honoured and remembered.


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