Quick Cricket. Wednesday 15th May at the Vine

One of the great strengths of the pupils at St. John’s is the way in which they want to learn from their mistakes and so correct them, and here was another example of this.

We lost the first two matches against Sevenoaks Primary and Anthony Roper, but the team’s concentration on getting better resulted in wins against Seal and Halstead.

So very well done to Megan, Harry, Emilio, Ben, Jacob, Adam, Georgia and Joe who went home feeling proud of all they had achieved.

I was not able to be there for every match but those I saw were great examples of St. John’s determination – a sporting spirit to run that extra mile to complete the job and the end result was that they remained unbeaten, won the competition and will now represent the area in the Kent Finals.

The players know the game, know the tactics and all in all are a very talented squad. With a young team doing so well, Kath Bailache has to be congratulated on the advice and  encouragement she gives before, during and after the matches – to keep their feet on ground  and to take each match as a fresh challenge and concentrate. A great start to the St Johns sporting season.

The Squad.  Amber, Georgia, Sebastisan, Elizabeth, Mackenzie and Harvey.

Results:

v Amherst     0-0

v Otford 2     7-0

vSeal            4-0

V L. Boswells 2  4-0

v Anthony Roper    3-0

v Chevening    0-0

v Shoreham     1-0

Final v Lady Boswells 1       4-0

 

Most of the team took turns in the scoring with Mackenzie scoring all 4 in the Final!

Easter Service, 4th April

The Easter Service is always a special way to end the term with each class making their contribution to the Easter story.  The Year 3 recorder group and Easter drama; Year 4 prayers; Year 6 Bible Reading in addition to the choir and Mrs Henry’s singers and finally Year 1 and 2’s Easter songs rounding off the service with a full congregation joining in.  A great family occasion.

Back at school Siaron Moore’s outstanding dancers performed the dance routine they had performed at the Stag Theatre last week.  An inspirational performance in the playground from the 29 strong group was watched by all the school with an encore to finish.  On a cold morning even the sun came out for them!

Mothers’ Day Celebration

This is always such an inspiring family occasion at the Church.  Each year group put together a thank you to Mum either by song, verse or prayer in front of a large congregation, ending with the school song which is the voice of all St John’s stands for.

 

Class Presentations

Class 6: All about Mother’s Day

Classes R, 1 & 2: My Mum

Class 3: Poem – Recipes of Love

Choir: I’m Still Singing

Class 4 & 5: Poem – A Mother’s Love

Class 6: Prayers

 

St John’s School Song

Imagine a place, a place full of happiness

Everyone equal, and never the same

Imagine a place where we live with compassion

Learning together, achieving our aims.

 

Imagine a place, a place full of challenges

Everyone striving and finding their way

Imagine a place, understanding and tolerant

Full of resilience, embracing each day.

 

St John’s is the place where we all make a difference

Positive actions and making things right

St John’s is our place in God’s wonderful world

We can stand strong in His glorious light.

 

Key Stage 1 Inter House Sports Afternoon

Danielle Parfett, with the help of all Key Stage 1 staff organised an Inter House Competition this afternoon.  Six sports were the order of the day: football, catching, running over floor ladders, speed bounce, hurdles and skipping.  The stars of the afternoon were Yr 6 who all took part in running the event, with the teachers enjoying watching. Again this is St. John’s at its best as it is such a great way to teach, at ground level, leadership, organisation skills and  sportsmanship.  Also, how to cope with discipline and working under pressure etc.

All the races went smoothly and were on time with the competitors having fun but with a sporting will to win.  I hope the members of Year 6 were pleased with the way in which they ran the show.  It was a very successful and enjoyable afternoon.

The winners were: Football, Red.  Catching, Blue.  Ladders, Red.  Speed Bounce, Blue.  Hurdles, Green.  Skipping, Yellow.

Sport this Week

A great few days of sport this week.  On Thursday Leonardo, Edward, Emily, Sebastian, Madeleine, Grayson, Theodore and Erin (the Key Stage 1 team) represented St John’s in a Rapid Cricket tournament at Knole Academy.  This entailed each member of the team hitting three balls from cones placed the length and breadth of the hall and then running between wickets whilst the opposition retrieved the balls and cones to replace them on their original spots.  The team beat Otford and Sevenoaks CP to reach the final and then triumphed over St Lawrence and Anthony Roper to win the competition.  Tactics won the day handsomely for St John’s.

On Saturday Knole again hosted a Key Stage 2 football and netball competition.  Dante, Madison, Ethan, Ben, Sebastian and Griff represented the school in the football.  With only 10 minutes for each match concentration and an ability to take that one chance are vital.  Although they played well at times, losing to Shoreham 1-0, Chevening 2-0 and then drawing with Sevenoaks CP meant we did not make the finals.

However the netball was a different matter and in the six matches in our group we were unbeaten thanks to a great squad of players: Rebecca, Caitlyn, Isabelle, Laura, Amy, Ben, Przemyslaw,  and Archie who just gave their all and showed such promising talent and potential. They beat St Thomas’ 2-1, St Katherine’s 4-0, St Lawrence 2-0, Halstead 1-0, drawing 1-1 with Lady Boswells and 0-0 with Amherst.  This meant we were in the Plate Final having come second to Amherst in our group, so we played Anthony Roper.  We certainly had the better of the match but, as we know, it is about scoring goals and unfortunately although both teams missed many chances Anthony Roper came out on top scoring just once.  This meant we came fourth overall.

A great week and how proud we all were seeing St John’s leading the way in all aspects of school sport.

I am sure you have all seen the letters sent to the school complimenting the behaviour of the children at Gatwick Airport during their six hour wait before eventually catching their flight to Seville.  Those two members of the public were just so impressed with the way in which the St John’s team, children and adults alike, handled the situation and took it all in their stride that they felt they had to write to express this to the school.

This sums up why St John’s is such an outstanding school where the ethos is about developing the whole child, giving each one self-confidence and a code of conduct where manners, trust, honesty and hard work are in the DNA of everyone connected to the school.

For me it is a real honour and a pleasure to be part of St John’s.

Table Tennis Challenge. Tuesday 29th January

Jane Gillhouley is making huge progress with her Table Tennis club and today we took Finlay,Ethan,Georgia,Mackenzie and Alexander over to the Howard School in Rainham to play in their Table Tennis Hall.

The beauty of this morning from a St. John’s point of view is that our players had plenty of game time in ideal surroundings against better players. I was really proud of the way they approached each game, and showed real determination to get the best possible result they could – never did any heads drop.Some games even went to 3 sets showing that determination, with a few wins.Georgia actually came away with the Under 11 Bronze Medal!

 

Traffic and air pollution around the school

At a recent PTA meeting the problem of traffic and air pollution around the school was discussed.

Sally arranged for Merilyn Canet, a Sevenoaks District and Town Councillor, to come to school to discuss ways of making our point to the powers that be.  Merilyn has been a councillor for many years, greatly supporting all we are doing and her help in putting forward our concerns is much appreciated.   Three families, the Winkworths, Oxlaids and Annables have kindly taken on board the arranging of meetings in which to put forward a campaign to introduce various schemes to help improve the roads around the school. Such as 20mph limits and pedestrian crossings and with Merilyn’s encouragement the school is now ready to “make a difference”.  So watch this space…

Sevenoaks Schools Football League

A really impressive start to the season because it was so obvious from

the start that the team had taken on board all that they had been taught

by the coaches – real footballing talent with an understanding of what

the game is all about. They kept to their places, their movement was spot

on for the through passes and they have so much potential in their

dribbling and general control of the ball.  They won 1-0 against a

strong St. Katherines side but were always in control of the match.

Against a young Brasted & Sundridge side they played some really

delightful football to win 8-0. All looks good for the following

players- Harry, Dante, Madison, Ethan, Ben, Sebastian, Griff and Finley.