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St John's College, Portsmouth

St John's College
Motto Per Laborem Ad Honorem
(Through work to honour)
Established 1908
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Christianity
Principal Mr. Graham Best BA (Hons)
Chairman of Governors Mr. Timothy Forer BA (Hons)
Location Grove Road South
Southsea
Hampshire
PO5 3QW
England
DfE number 851/6001
Students 630
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–18
Houses      Edwin      Damian
     Leo      Alan
Colours Gold and Blue         
Former pupils Old Johannians
Affiliation The Society of Heads, Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and La Sallian educational institutions
Publications Cover to Cover; Inform
Website .uk.co.stjohnscollegewww

St John's College, sometimes referred to simply as St John's or SJC, is an independent day and boarding school located in Southsea, Hampshire, England. It was founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1908[1] and it continues to retain their Christian values. St John's provides a Senior School, incorporating a sixth form college, with usual entry at 11+ ;13+; and 16 +; a preparatory Junior School for children between the ages of 5 and 11; and ‘Little St John’s’ for children aged 2 to 5. All sections of the College share the same campus.

The Principal of St John's College is Mr. Graham Best. The Headmaster of the Junior School is Mr. Tony Shrubsall BA, MA and the Headmaster of the Senior School is Mr. Tim Bayley, BSc, MA.

St John's College - the Scholes building

Contents

  • History 1
  • Structure 2
  • Co-curricular activities 3
    • The Politics Society 3.1
    • The Chapel Choir 3.2
  • Sport 4
  • Alumni 5
  • Notable former pupils 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

St John's College was founded in Southsea, Portsmouth in 1908 by the De La Salle Brothers as an independent boys' school. The founding headmaster was Brother Firme of Quiévy.[2] The Catholic De La Salle Brothers supported the ethos and ideals of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, and the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

St John's moved to its current site in 1912. On 28 May 1912 Edmond Brunher, Superior General of the Order, countersigned the conveyance of Grove House (known today as the Castle) and Warleigh House.[3] The College has subsequently purchased other properties in its vicinity, settling the entire urban campus. There has been a School Chapel on the site since 1913. St John's Gazette was founded in 1915 (known today as Cover to Cover).

During World War One 119 pupils joined the Armed Forces to defend their country. Twelve did not return. Between 1928 and 1929 the WW1 memorial and St John Baptist De La Salle statue were both unveiled in the College grounds.[4]

An application to the College of Arms for the school crest was granted in the early 1930s. The five pointed star represents the Lasallian Order, the position of St John's by the sea is affirmed by the six waves.[5]

Portsmouth was subjected to many enemy air-raids in World War Two and the College suffered extensive damage. During the war years the College established a sister school in Hassocks, Sussex, where boarders were evacuated away from the bombing in Southsea.[6] Some 53 Johannians lost their lives in the service of their country, including 1940-41 School Captain and Captain of Cricket, Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald.[7] The Roll of Honour of 1914-1918 had a much lengthier list added to it, and a further memorial board to the Old Johannians who lost their lives is now maintained by the school. Every Remembrance Day the names on the memorial are read out by the staff and pupils.[8]

Shortly after the war the College began to rebuild itself, and in 1945 St John's College Sixth Form was founded. The site continued to advance from 1958 to 1968 with the opening of the Jubilee block on the College's 50th anniversary. A parent-teacher association was formed in 1962.[9]

Following a trend set by many independent boys' schools, girls were admitted into the sixth form in 1971. The College did not became fully coeducational until 1996. In 2008 St John's celebrated its Centenary.

On 1 September 2015 the College attained full Independent Charitable Status and decoupled itself from the De la Salle Trust, while re-affirming its commitment to observe Christian and Lasallian principles and traditions.[10]

Structure

St John's is split into four sections: a Junior School (with Little St John's Nursery) for children aged between 2 and 11; a Senior School for children 11 to 16; a Sixth Form College for students studying for their A-Levels; and a Boarding School for children aged 9 to 18 from the UK and overseas.

St John's structures its years into a House system. For the Senior School currently there are four houses: Leo, Edwin, Alan and Damian all named after notable Brothers who have served as Headmaster over the years. In the Junior School they have different names for the houses including: Castle, Woodleigh, St Anne's and School. The College fosters this system by encouraging inter-house activities such as house 5-a-side matches, house music, house drama and other house based competitions. Points from each of these are tallied and at the end of each academic year a trophy is awarded to the house with the highest score. A similar system exists on the academic side with the Warren Trophy. Conduct card points can also be gained for good behaviour, uniform and manners. An annual speech night and prize giving ceremony takes place each summer. A Founders Day service is held each November at St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth.

St John's College is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and the The Society of Heads. Following its November 2014 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Little St John's provision in Early Years was judged to be Outstanding in all areas.[11]

Co-curricular activities

Both the junior and senior schools offer a variety of extra-curricular activities and after-school clubs. These include: a string ensemble and wind band; Girls' Choir; Drama Club; Science Club; Design and Tech Club; and Art Club; together with Scrabble and Chess Clubs. Some of these clubs can date their history at the College back to the 1920s and 1930s.[12]

Annual foreign exchange trips take place with schools in Paris and Spain, and each year the College organises a ski-trip for students.

SJC is also an active participant in the inter-schools Rock Challenge, for which in 2015 it won 6 awards.[13] The College also has a Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, organising an annual expedition for participating students.

The Politics Society

The Politics Society at SJC was founded in 1977. The founder, Mr Bernard Black (1934–2013),[14] was Head of Political Studies from 1977 to 1999. Speakers have included Baroness Thatcher Harold Wilson (former President of the Society), Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Rowan Williams – former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Douglas Hurd (a President of the Society), Nigel Farage MEP, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former Green Party leader – Caroline Lucas MP, Theresa May MP – Home Secretary; and the Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti CBE.

The Chapel Choir

The St John's College choir can date its roots back to the 1940s when the choir was said to be 50 strong and performed in local churches and Hampshire music festivals, under first the musical direction of Mr John Deegan until 1948 and then Mrs Helen Dyer, who remained choir mistress for the next 25 years.[15] By the 1950s it had attracted national recognition and had performed both at the Weslyan Central Hall and also the BBC's Lime Grove studios.

SJC's traditional robed Chapel Choir was reformed in September 2009. Provision is made for 24 choristers for boys aged between 8 and 14 years old. The Choristers are led by a Head and Deputy Head Chorister and six Senior Choristers. In addition there are 18 Choral Scholars aged 15–18 who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts.

The Choir has been on some 26 tours to over ten countries and performed in around 60 different cathedrals worldwide. As well as giving many performances at St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, the St John's Chapel Choir has been "choir-in-residence" at St Paul's Cathedral and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. In 2011 the choristers toured France singing at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In 2012 the choir toured Italy, leading the Pontifical Sunday morning Mass in the Vatican as well as singing at an Audience with the Pope. In 2013 the choir sang at the National Basilica of Belgium and in 2014 sang at St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna.[16] In 2015 the choir toured Europe again, visiting both the Czech Republic and Poland.

Sport

Within the College grounds there is a sports centre containing a multi-purpose hall for badminton, basketball, volleyball and cricket nets, together with squash courts and a climbing wall. Outside there is an all-weather astro-turf pitch.

The school also owns some 40 acres of sports grounds at Farlington (known as "Fields"), which include tennis courts, cricket, football and rugby pitches, as well as a pavilion. The school sometimes uses the HMS Temeraire grounds, and sports facilities offered by the University of Portsmouth. A number of pupils who are county level, equivalent or higher are currently part of the student body.

Each school term focuses on a different sport. The boys compete in rugby union, field hockey and cricket, whilst the girls play netball, field hockey and rounders. St John's College has a long-standing rivalry on the sports pitch with Portsmouth Grammar School.

There has been an annual sports day at St John's College since 1918.[17]

Alumni

St John's ex-students formed the Old Johannians in 1919, first as an Old Boys' Club, then in 1925 as the Old Johannian Association.[18]

In 1927 St. John's Gazette published St John's first school song, which later provided a resonance at Old Johannian Annual Dinners:

The School! The School! The School! And all who love its story! The School! The School! The School! Its name – its fame – its glory! O'er land and sea, Right royally, We'll bear its golden rule – And now with me give – THREE TIMES THREE! The School! The School! The School![19]

After World War 2, on 12 January 1946, the Association held a Victory Reunion Dinner, attended by some 100 Old Johannians, the majority still in uniform.[20]

Sir Alec Rose accepted honorary membership of the Old Johannian Association before his single-handed circumnavigation of the globe in 1967-8 and attended the OJ golden jubilee dinner and dance upon his return.[21]

The Association continues to run several gatherings each year, notably the AGM and Dinner held on the first Saturday after Easter, and a golf tournament.

The College operates a Facebook page for alumni[22] as well as a Twitter feed.[23]

Notable former pupils

Arts and media

Professions

  • The Rt Hon Sir Ian Burnett (Lord Justice Burnett), School Captain 1975-6, called to the Bar in 1980, appointed to the High Court in 2008 and promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2014
  • His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke, honorary recorder of Chelmsford 2013[24]
  • Kevin Fitzgerald CMG, MA (Oxon) Head Boy 1978, honoured for ‘services to British economic interests’ in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List. Chief Executive of the Copyright Licensing Agency[25]
  • Former Black Rod, Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks
  • Professor Timothy C. Lethbridge, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Ottawa.
  • Professor William Swadling, MA (Oxon), LLM (Lond), Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford University and Reader in the Law of Property.[26]
  • Dr. Andy Herries, Associate Professor of Palaeoanthropology La Trobe University, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Geochronology of Human Origins in Africa
  • Michael Hosking British educated entrepreneur and Far East concert promoter
  • Gerald Gregory-Jones, former CEO at British Universities Sports Association, OJ 1954 – 1963, Rowing (School Colours), Rugby (House Colours), Chairman Debating Society
  • Professor Brian Burley B.Sc. (London), M.Sc. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (McGill) former Professor of Mineralogy McMaster University Ontario[27][28]
  • Eric Taplin, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth 1975, OJ 1914-1920, Freeman of the City of London
  • A. Hugh Olson Sheriff of the City of London 1974[29]
  • Sean Hughes (politician) former MP, a British history teacher and Labour politician (d. 1990)
  • Norman Cole (politician), RN, MP, entered Parliament in 1951 as Liberal and Conservative member for the South Division of Bedfordshire (d.1979)[30]
  • Dr Desmond Mulvany KStG; KM, FRCS, British physician, Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory; Knight of Malta.[31]
  • Dr James "Tommy" Oliver, research scientist, ichthyologist, Hydrologist to the Royal Zoological Society, Chairman, Old Johannians, 1927 (d. 1962)[32]
  • Tom McDonald OBE, First Johannian to be admitted to the Order of the British Empire (OJ 1911), former Diplomatic Corps career: British Embassy, Nanking, China

Sports

Forces

  • Brigadier Anthony Cleland Welch, OBE, UK-based former soldier, UN official, politician and academic, Deputy Chief of Staff of the 3rd (UK) Armoured Division, Deputy Chief of Staff (Land) during the first Gulf War
  • Col. Sir Ronald Gardner-Thorpe, GBE TD JP (1917 –1991), Lord Mayor of London 1980, was a British company director, Liberal Party politician and treasurer. Chairman, Old Johannians, 1961[35]
  • Commander Rodney Flynn, RN, former sub treasurer of the Inner Temple, 1978[36][37]
  • Lt Commander Monty Carss, DSC, RN[38]
  • Group Captain Hugh 'Peggy' O'Neill, DFC (with a rare Second Award Bar), Atlantic Star Medal, Africa Star Medal, RAF.[39] Brother of:
  • Group Captain Tony O'Neill, DFC, RAF, first British air attaché to the state of Israel (d.2008)[40]
  • Lt Colonel Dr Harry Mulvany RAMC, medical officer in charge of RMS Queen Mary during her service as a troopship in the North Atlantic.
  • Colonel Jean Demozay, DSO, Commandeur de la legion d'honneur, compagnon de la liberation (1915-1945), OJ -1931[41][42]
  • Colonel Raymond Powell, OBE, MC, Old Johannian vice-chairman, d.2000[43]
  • Lieutenant (A) J Pratt, MBE, RN, La Croix de Guerre
  • Colonel Steve Wood, Director of Military Intelligence, India 1947[44]
  • Brigadier Denis O'Flaherty CBE, DSO, Bronze Cross (USA), High Commission Canada (OJ 1933-1939) d.1980[45][46]
  • Captain Francis Downer DSC, RD, RN, HMS Monserrat[47]
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Paddy Doyle MC[48]
  • Commander J Golby, OBE, RN
  • Squadron-Leader T E Cooke, DFC, Air Force Cross, DFM
  • Squadron-Leader D H Beckett, OBE, RAF
  • Lt Colonel Donald Campling, RA, Member of the British Military Mission, Paris
  • Lt Colonel J Colquhoun, MBE
  • Major-General William Ritchie, CB, CBE, Legion of Merit (US), Chairman, Old Johannians, 1922 and 1930[49]

For more information on St John's College Alumni, please see: [2]

References

  1. ^ A Christian School
  2. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.26
  3. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, page 23
  4. ^ http://www.stjohnscollege.co.uk/History-of-St-Johns.htm
  5. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.76
  6. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, Ch.9 p.114
  7. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.111
  8. ^ http://www.memorials.inportsmouth.co.uk/others/st-johns-college/old-johannians.htm
  9. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.175
  10. ^ http://www.stjohnscollege.co.uk/Independent-Charitable-Status-A-new-chapter-for-St-Johns-College
  11. ^ https://fluencycontent-schoolwebsite.netdna-ssl.com/FileCluster/StJohnsCollege/Mainfolder/1_About_us/Principals-welcome/St-Johns-College-ISI-EYFS.pdf
  12. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.73
  13. ^ http://www.stjohnscollege.co.uk/Senior-Co-Curricular-Activities
  14. ^ http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/obituary-bernard-black-1-5796450
  15. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.202
  16. ^ http://www.stjohnscollege.co.uk/chapel-choir
  17. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.43
  18. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.59
  19. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.69
  20. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.133
  21. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.198
  22. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Johns-College-Alumni-Southsea/266136556759189
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/sjcsouthsea
  24. ^ http://www.debretts.com/people-of-today/profile/17632/Charles-James-Phillip-GRATWICKE
  25. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/brits-honoured-for-excellent-work-for-uk-abroad
  26. ^ https://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/about-brasenose/academic-staff/337-prof-william-swadling
  27. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.141
  28. ^ http://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=3&navoid=119
  29. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.57, 172
  30. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.59
  31. ^ http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E007537b.htm
  32. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.30, 172
  33. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/9327884/Euro-2012-Englands-Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain-shows-he-has-comes-of-age-after-impressive-tournament-debut.html
  34. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/57454607/
  35. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.90, 181
  36. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.53
  37. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/47723/supplement/10/data.pdf
  38. ^ All Forces ref: Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974
  39. ^ http://www.onderscheidingenforum.nl/viewtopic.php?t=355
  40. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/2135203/Group-Captain-Tony-ONeill.html
  41. ^ Jean Demozay
  42. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p. 111
  43. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1375886/Colonel-Raymond-Powell.html
  44. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.57
  45. ^ http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/3/dennis+oflaherty/
  46. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.106, 244
  47. ^ http://www.axfordsabode.org.uk/rn-ships/rnmonts1.htm
  48. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1370089/Lieutenant-Colonel-Paddy-Doyle.html
  49. ^ Cradled In History: the History of St John's College by Michael Magan, 1974, p.27, 105

External links

  • Official website
  • Profile on the ISC website
  • ISI Inspection Reports
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