Primary School Rugby Training

A few of St John’s Key Stage 2 pupils took part in a rugby training session organised by Sevenoaks Rugby Club yesterday afternoon on their ground. 50 pupils from a variety of local primary schools were there. They were split into 4 groups and then had 4 20 min training sessions with each of the 4 trained team coaches on different aspects of the game. This will go on for the next 3 weeks leading up to the Primary School Rugby Festival towards the end of the Rugby World Cup, which starts tomorrow.

The pupils had certainly been put through their paces and were all the fitter for it . Sevenoaks Rugby Club took the lead many years ago in going into the schools and St John’s takes full advantage of all they do. However it is not only the Rugby Club that helps at St John’s and we take full advantage of all the training that the Athletics, Hockey, Football, Boxing and Tennis clubs do at the school. Danielle Parfett leads a strong group of St John’s sports teachers and they work closely with the clubs to make sure not only that all the children have a lasting love of the sport, but those that do want to push themselves make the necessary progress at school and with the clubs.

We all know that taking part in sport is vital for our health, our general well being and gives us so much more self confidence and we can all feel proud of the way the schools and clubs work together in this area to make this so successful .

End of Term

I have the very privileged position of being a Governor here and in the present times when we badly need Leadership and the right examples to be set it, gives me great confidence that with the Leadership we have at St John’s from Sally and her entire team; together with the co-operation, help and support the school has from the parents and grandparents (as shown with such great strength in all that took place this morning) then every word of our great School Song Year 6 will activate not only in setting those examples but leading others to do the same.

Words can be just words, but here at St John’s we know they mean Action.

A truly great school.

The 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.

End OF Term Plays and Service

The plays are always highlights of the school year and this years’ were indeed something special.  The Directors, Sophie Allen (who also wrote the Key Stage 1 play “Cock-A-Doodle-Don’t), Jane Gillhouley (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) and the Musical Director Lizzie Hughes are the hugely talented leaders.  However they will be the first to admit that their teams of staff and a significant army of parents who organise costumes, props etc, make it possible for them to take all they do to the highest level.

The Key Stage 1 play was a joy to watch, the children were enjoying themselves and all the songs were so well learnt and rehearsed with Sophie as the master inspiration.

This year the Key Stage 2 play was always going to be a challenge with a double form (64 pupils) taking part.  Jane and her team surpassed themselves by successfully including all the children, with the main parts being taken by 6M on the Wednesday evening and by 6W on the Thursday with the actors swapping to become the choir on the other evening.  This meant training all 64 pupils into serious acting and singing roles so that everyone had a part to play, enabling 16 children to have solo singing parts.  Jane, Lizzie and their team must take great credit for achieving such a high standard from all the children and this just proved once more the importance of the St John’s spirit and “Way of Life”.  The acting and singing from both Year 6’s was outstanding along with the enthusiastic singing and dancing from Years 3, 4 and 5; all the parents must have been so proud of their children, and the school, as they cheered and applauded at the end of the play.

To me it shows the tremendous strength of St John’s in seeing the self-confidence the children have to be themselves and to enjoy what they are doing.  I have great confidence in their ability to become leaders in their new schools.

I am looking forward to next Tuesday when we will have what is in effect the Year 6 leavers’ service at the church with the whole school there along with the Year 6 parents and grandparents.  This is followed by a leavers’ assembly back at school with a well-organised party in their classrooms.  Again, always a great occasion with hardly a dry eye in the church with everyone wishing the pupils all the very best as they move on to their future schools.  We thank them for the leadership they have shown and all they have contributed to the running of St John’s.

I had to miss the tea because I was with Key Stage 2 ‘B’ cricket team at a Primary School’s Cricket Festival. However I hear the the tea was a great success.

We have about 50 volunteers working really well with the children in so many varied roles. The tea is the ‘icing’ on an excellent school assembly they attend which had, as it’s theme ‘helping others’. The choir added their talents to the service.

The school are indebted to these volunteers who add so much to the St John’s “Way of Life” and especially helping the children in gaining that self confidence that is at the heart of their development. As for the cricket the team – improved from game to game, all of which were close contests. They enjoyed themselves and the St John’s sporting spirit was very much on show.

 

 

Summer Fete, Saturday 29th June.

Always an inspiring family school event, and this was helped by being the hottest day of the year( in fact a 24 hour mini heat wave –  33 degrees!) and so with blue skies it made the whole occasion, on the school fields, extra special. Mind you, the moving of all the equipment needed from school to the field and back was a challenge but Naomi Ball and her extensive team together with the staff made it a real laugh and so worthwhile.
Everyone busy setting up in the morning and then from 12 to 3 a steady stream of family and friends enjoyed the many stalls, games and the food and drink provided (the BBQ  went to sleep 30 mins from the end due to sunstroke). However many came with picnics and with some shade to be found a,round the perimeter of the fields it was just a great sight seeing everybody enjoying chatting with each other. 3pm came and “all hands on deck” and by 4pm the field was back to normal.

A really enjoyable day.

Sports Day, Wednesday 26th June

This, to me, is one of the Highlights of the school year.

The scene is set at daybreak with as near perfect  grass Athletics Track as you will ever get. Grass almost like Wimbledon and white lines spot on. This is all thanks to David Shrubb who is total master of all the “behind the scenes”  activities that make St John’s.

At 9.10 exactly  all 240 pupils then march onto the playing fields and sit in their year groups under tents. The field is now full of all the pupils families ready for the races and with plenty of food and drink for the morning and a family picnic lunch at the end. So starts Sports Day masterminded by Danielle and helped to perfection by the all the staff.

All the children took part in several races with the House Relay always a favourite at the end. To save parents from injury they took part in an egg and spoon race! (about 40 mums and Dads in total. The teachers had a handball team race. Sally ended it all with the presentation of the House Cup and and a thank you to all concerned for a great morning. The Family picnic then started.

Weather ok, but some sun would have been a bonus.

Just such a wonderful St John’s Family Day.

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.