Gifted and Talented... at St John's

Spot Light on....Drew Pattinson

This term we celebrate our second child in our Gifted and Talented Showcase – Drew from Year 6.

Drew started grassroots football at Under 7s, playing for Pelsall Villa and enjoying interacting with friends. During this time, he was scouted for trials with Aston Villa, WBA, Wolves, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City. Drew then had to make a decision to either carry on playing grassroots football or testing himself at the next level and going into academy football. After getting a few contract offers from different clubs, he decided on joining Aston Villa (the club he supports). Drew has been at Aston Villa since he was six and is now into his sixth year there.

By training four times a week, playing games all over the country against top academies, and challenging himself against elite players nationwide, he aims to continue developing and improving as a player while still enjoying himself. Alongside this, Drew has also traveled to Poland taking part in football tournaments and winning tournaments versus teams such as Juventus and PSV.

We are all very proud of Drew and his journey so far and we are really looking forward to seeing where his footballing talents take him.

Well done, Drew!

football spinning

Spot Light on....Ronni Bournes

This is the start of the St John’s Gifted and Talented Showcase. This is where we aim to showcase specific pupils over the year, sharing their outstanding achievements.

Our first showcase, is Ronni Bournes of Year 6 for her achievements in Dance.

Ronni is a Regional and National champion at 4 separate competitions in 2023 for Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Open Character and Tap categories across a range of solo, duets and troupe dances. She has also performed at Chance to Dance Alton Towers in 2023 and in 2022 at Disneyland Paris both on stage as well as part of the character parade. Also in 2022, Ronni danced as a World Cup Finalist in Acro and Contemporary events. She is also now part of the St. John’s Super Dance Group, currently rehearsing a piece to perform at The Great Big Dance Event. Ronni has also been given the opportunity in February of 2024 to perform in the West End at the Shaftesbury theatre.

We hope you enjoy our showcase of the unbelievably, talented Ronni and take time to watch her dance videos and take a look at her photos and medals.

We are all so so proud of you Ronni! You’re Amazing!