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Hear from the Principal 13.10.23

The unexpected late summer weather has brought with it another week of College highlights, which I am pleased to share with you below.

Year 7 students learn a Lat-in trip to Verulamium Museum

While students have previously been able to study Latin as part of their weekly iCAS activities, this year, students can choose it as a curriculum subject! Earlier this week, some of our Year 7 Latin students enjoyed an educational trip to the St Albans Museum and the Verulamium Museum to explore life in Roman Britain; around 2,000 years ago, the Roman town of Verulamium existed just southwest of St Albans. Our Latin students enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of the differences between life in a Roman town in Britain and urban life in Rome, which forms the main focus of Unit 1 in the Year 7 Latin curriculum. They have returned to the College with greater knowledge and appreciation of Roman heritage in the UK and have been speaking of how much they enjoyed the trip. Keep an eye on our Instagram page for highlights.

We’re number scrum!

I would like to say a huge congratulations to our outstanding Year 10 Rugby players, who recently excelled in a local Rugby 7s competition. Not only did the team achieve first place, but they also didn’t lose a single game! As well as their achievements on the field, the students conducted themselves with maturity and displayed true sportsmanship throughout.


I look forward to many of them continuing to develop their rugby skills at our Sixth Form, which provides the opportunity to combine professional coaching and regular competitive fixtures with a well-rounded education. Students interested in enrolling in our Sixth Form rugby programme in 2024 can learn more at our Rugby Open Day on 27 October.

Fostering a love of Maths – it’s as easy as Pi

All of our International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), students study Maths until the age of 18. Earlier this week, a cohort of our Year 12 and 13 mathematicians enjoyed a talk delivered by world-renowned statistician, Professor David Spiegelhalter, at St John’s College. The lecture, titled ‘Using Maths and statistics to explain COVID, get on game shows, and catch serial murderers,’ was informative, thought-provoking and, at times, hilarious! The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive and they have returned to the College with a greater understanding of the relevance of their studies and how to apply these to real-world scenarios.

Sixth Form Open Evening – final reminder

On 27 September, I was delighted to welcome over 800 attendees to our main College Open Evening. Families travelled from as far afield as Indonesia to experience the Open Evening, highlighting the international esteem of both the College and our International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes.


Next Wednesday (18 October), I am looking forward to welcoming over 500 registered attendees to our Sixth Form Open Day to learn more about our IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme, and to ask current students and staff about life at the College. Attendees will also be able to take part in interactive subject sessions, tour the College facilities and view a number of student performances and showcases. If you want to register your place, there is still time!

October 13, 2023