SJSS Events

Sir John Staples Society Inaugural Launch

On 28th February 2017 the Inaugural launch of the Sir John Staples Society took place at Prendergast School on the occasion of the Leathersellers' Court Visitation. We were delighted to welcome Lord David Blunkett who gave a wise, witty and compelling speech to an invited audience of the federation schools' pupils, teachers, parents and guests. He was introduced by student speeches. The launch was a great success.

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Prendergast School Annual PrizeGiving (October 2017)

Prendergast School's annual PrizeGiving took place on Thursday 12th October at Goldsmiths College. Professor Mark d’Inverno, the Pro-Warden and a patron of the Sir John Staples Society, gave an inspiring talk as Principal Speaker and a performance on the piano. It was a fantastic evening of celebration of the achievements of students who were joined by proud parents, governors and guests. Professor Mark d’Inverno was very impressed as were many parents and the school received lots of good feedback.

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A Trip to the Royal Ballet (September 2017)


With students of London Russian Ballet School



Students from all 3 Federation schools had the wonderful opportunity of a trip on 18th September 2017 to The London Palladium to enjoy a superb performance of the 'Romantic Revolution' by the London Russian Ballet School.

LRBS is a vocational charity which teaches ballet to and educates young people from widely diverse backgrounds. Its outreach performance work reaches over 3000 children from unprivileged backgrounds each year. LRBS is proud that leading Bolshoi principals will present an outstanding programme with its pupils. This is an incredible opportunity to see world class artists and for LRBS students to perform with them, accompanied by award winning musicians. LRBS is continuing its collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre to bring ballet and classical music to young people.

The trip was initiated by the Sir John Staples Society. The students from all the schools had a fantastic time.

A Visit from The Lord Mayor of London (June 2017)

Andrew Parmley, the 689th Lord Mayor of London attended a wonderful concert of music at Prendergast School on 8th June 2017. There was Gospel and choral singing, classical duets and solos, singer songwriters, pop, soul and blues performed by students from all 3 federation schools.  All the performers were under 15 and displayed an impressive level of talent. The Lord Mayor, himself a practicing musician, former Director of Music, patron of the London Symphony Orchestra and Head Master warmly congratulated the students. The performance was watched by Governors, parents and students from all of the schools in the Federation. The visit had been organised by the Leathersellers’ Company and its Master Mr Ian Russell. The visit was a further development of the Sir John Staples Society which supports interest in the arts, music, commerce, politics, religion and science amongst the students.

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speakers4schools programme (March 2017)

As part of the speakers4schools programme, British Journalist and BBC Presenter Justin Webb visited Prendergast Ladywell School and spoke with Y10 students focusing on:

  • his career and experience – how he became a Journalist
  • his experience of working in the media, particularly radio and TV
  • the importance of effective communication – written and spoken – with consideration of audience
  • his time in the US, including questions about his reporting of the Obama years and the Trump presidency

Justin Webb made a big impression with the students who enjoyed the experience. Many were considering a career in Journalism because it sounded so exciting and varied. We are confident that he brought new directions and impetus to many.

“Niall it was a real pleasure and I thought the kids were brilliant - bright and funny and full of questions. Did you all a great credit. The Inspectors should note! Stay in touch”  Justin Webb.

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England Rugby Open Training - Twickenham (February 2017)

On Friday 17th February, Ross McManus, Head of PE Prendergast Ladywell School, took a group of students from the Year 8/9 rugby team to Twickenham Stadium to watch the England Men’s team in an open training session. None of the students he took had ever been to Twickenham before so they were all very excited about the opportunity. They had photos taken with mascots and the famous statues before taking their seats and watching the England team in action. There was a welcome from the Head Couch, Eddie Jones, who was about to lead the England team to a record 17 victories (and counting). The training session as you would expect was fast, furious and highly technical. The skills on display were very impressive and a great lesson to young players. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot. They will be better players for the experience and one day, you never know, it may have been the seed that grew into a future England player.

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