The ‘Magis’ programme at St. John’s was inspired by the Jesuits’ use of the word as both a beacon and a challenge: What more can I do for God? What more can I do for others? The Magis programme has become a vehicle for championing some of the most important aspects of our being a Jesuit school; a community interested in sharing and learning and putting those lessons to good use.
Each week a visiting speaker talks to the boys about the world outside St John’s and areas in which they play a leading role.
We have welcomed leaders from many professional fields including: the future of IT, driverless cars, politics (Chancellor of the Exchequor, Phillip Hammond MP, Lord Alton, Baroness Cox, Lord Rosser), sport (2016 Olympian and Paralympian), mountain climbing, aerospace, inter-religious dialogue and women's role in society (Princess Basma of Jordan), oil exploration and refining (Tullow Oil), charity, world poverty, pathology, inventing, disability awareness and support, British army, British Navy, wildlife photography, mobile communications, television and radio (Sarah Montague) and many other subjects besides.
Each of the above talks offers our boys an invaluable perspective on their curriculum and by encouraging them to see their learning outside of the classroom, fosters and continues engagement outside of school and therefore a deeper understanding.