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Children’s Author Enthralls JOG students

One of Britain’s best authors of children’s books has enthralled students at JOG this week. Peter J Murray inspired hundreds of students during a two-day workshop, talk and book signing.
Peter, author of the popular Mokee Joeseries and the chilling Bonebreaker trilogy, also took time out to share his own story of growing up on a council estate to becoming head teacher at the prestigious Cheam School – where Prince Charles was a student.

It is the latest in a long line of brilliant authors to visit JOG in recent months including Bear Grylls, Piers Torday, Jo Cotterill and Gill Hornby.

JOG believes in inspiring every child to have a love of reading and literacy. School librarian Nicola Chester said: “Peter literally had the students on the edge of their seats! His talk and readings were full of author tricks and tips to create suspense and atmosphere that our students our studying.

“He had audience members up on stage, acting parts in Bonebreaker and then left us on some chilling cliffhangers with his spooky short stories fromTen O’Clock Caller.

“The following day, he was swamped with students buying books and wanting them signed! One Year 7 boy said ‘I thought an author talk would be boring, but this was fantastic!’”


John O’ Gaunt school students become West Berkshire’s Rounder’s Champions

John O’ Gaunt school students become West Berkshire’s Rounder’s Champions in their last ever game.

The high-achieving Year 11 Hungerford school students won the accolade in their last match of their school days in incredible fashion.

The players who again excelled themselves are Molly Terry, Maddie Robinson, Reese Matthews-Hewer, Finley Lawson-Sanchez, Chase Dundas, Charlotte Bright, Lucy Purnell, Courtney Hillier, along with the help of Molly Skipworth and Tayler Reynders.

Their success was made all the more impressive with most teams entering their sixth-formers – whereas JOG had only Year 10 and 11 students.

PE teacher Katie Eggbeer said: “The students were again outstanding in every way. We are so proud of them. A massive well done. We were competing against students much older and yet still won.

“It has been an absolute pleasure taking these students on their fixtures, they will be missed, but what a high to end on.”
In the final JOG beat St Gabriel’s Sixth form team.
JOG is a high-achieving school inspiring students to be exceptional in studies, performing arts, music, sports and a whole host of other areas.


JOG English teacher launches ‘Colour Mile’ event

A JOG English teacher inspired hundreds of students, staff and the wider community to raise money for great causes by launching the area’s first ever ‘Colour Mile’ at her old school.

Amid a riot of neon paint showers, 260 people took part in Hungerford’s first Colour Mile fun run – a spectacular event hosted by John O’Gaunt School and organised by English teacher Kelly Delaney.

Kelly hosted the event to raise money for Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where her mother was cared for before passing away in 2015.

The rest of the money raised went to JOG’s Parents and Students Association.

During the run, participants of all ages were showered with neon paint powder, making the rainbow dash a brilliant spectacle. There was a also a barbecue, bouncy castle and refreshments, plus other fun and attractions.

Ms Delaney said afterwards: “I feel it went really well. Everyone had a great day and I heard nothing but good things about the whole event.

“We ended up with 260 entries, which was amazing, and they were all ages, which was great to see.”

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