From the 10th – 14th February 2020 Team JMS hosted a school ‘Race for Life week’, to raise funds for charity, Cancer Research. Student Ace Manthey wanted to continue to support the charity after being diagnosed, and battling leukaemia as a child.More than 900 students, and a number of staff, participated in the 5km race, with different year group taking part each day. Pupils who took part in the Race for Life runs were able to wear signs on their back with the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer. As a school we have had an amazing response to this project, raising £8,379.79 in aid of Cancer Research.
The school choir from John Mason, one of Abingdon’s three secondary schools, has been selected to get a chance in a million to be soloists on stage at Wembley Arena this March.Auditions took place in December. Students from Year 7 to Year 12 came for rehearsals nearly every day in the run-up to the audition day, and put in their best ever performance during the 2 hour selection process. They were really determined to show off their skills at their best, in the hope of being included in the on-stage choir for part of the show. All their efforts were rewarded with a fantastic surprise just before Christmas, when Claire Naylor, Head of Music, at the school, received an email which went beyond everyone’s hopes and dreams. The choir had performed so impressively that they had been selected to be on stage for the entire concert, and also to sing their own solo item in front of the packed arena.