Year 4 Cricket

A great day at Sevenoaks Prep who hosted a six-school cricket festival for years 3 and 4.  It is a real pleasure and inspiration for me to be with eight children who are so willing to learn, to enjoy all they are doing and to just go on improving throughout each match.

It was great to hear that cricket coaches who were helping them in the nets were taken aback by their keenness, determination and general attitude.

The St. John’s cricketers were: Harry, Harrison, Dante, Bailey, Lexie, Tia, Mia and Iona.

Well done all!


Last week there were two afternoons of Key Stage 2 cricket tournaments.  With Yr 6 being away in Seville it gave some of the younger pupils a chance to have a go.

On Wednesday we took part in the Kwik Cricket tournament against five other primary schools.  In front of tremendous family support the squad immediately realised that they had a lot to learn, the best way being to learn from their mistakes. They took on board that they had to concentrate on all they were told and show real determination to improve with each match – and this they did!  There were smiles, hugs and laughter at the end to celebrate a really enjoyable afternoon with the children realising what great fun there was to be had from the game of cricket.

We were all proud of the team: Sonny, Luke, Sam, Erin, Adele, Sebastian, Benjamin, Finley, Oliver, Caitlyn, Edie, and Hannah-Rose.

Friday’s competition followed normal cricket rules and was held at Sevenoaks School.  Again with no Yr 6, St John’s had a young side and the challenge for the team was to learn.  In the first match against Amherst we showed we had the ability, but bowled too many wides, made a few fielding mistakes and did not hit the bad balls often enough, so we lost.  The second match saw a real improvement in bowling and fielding but not in the batting and this resulted in a win for Sevenoaks County Primary by 10 runs. We managed to bring it all together in the last match but sadly had a disastrous one and a half overs when Ide Hill scored nearly all their runs. As hard as we tried we were unable to reach their total.

It was a learning process for everyone and it was so gratifying to see how enthusiastic all the children were to learn; so well done to the following for a great afternoon in the sun: Jamie, Finlay, Griff, Benjamin, Isaac, Georgia, Laura and Rebecca.

Yrs 3 to 6 Half Term House Sports competition

A perfect warm afternoon saw over 120 children take part in the House multi-sports competition. Each pupil played for their House in one sport, so everyone was occupied all afternoon.

The sports on offer were Tennis, Table Tennis, Rugby, Quik Cricket, Multi-Skills and Mini Golf. It’s great to see that sportsmanship is now just an everyday part of life in the school. The huge number of red faces in the Hall at the end when we were announcing the results proved how hard they had been trying.

All the games were competitive, yes, but it was self competition, a genuine appreciation of how the opposition were playing and at the end, a friendly chat about the game and in many cases an ability to laugh at oneself when he/she had been at fault in that “ dropped catch “!!

A relaxed friendly, best team won competition. Everyone watching had a great afternoon supporting.

Blue House won the Tennis, Quik Cricket and Mini-Golf
Yellow House won the Multi-Skills
Green House won the Rugby
Red House won the Table Tennis
The two winners in each individual sports ( The first one for skills the second for sportsmanship) were:
Table Tennis: Alexander & Lewis.
Tennis: Elliot & Archie
Rugby: Harry & Rebecca
Quik Cricket: Oliver & Ollie
Multi- Skills: Lois & Danny
Mini-Golf: Matthew & Lexi

Music Concert and Tennis Matches

I was up at Hollybush Lane yesterday to see another example of the help local clubs give to the Primary Schools.
The John Heuerman Tennis Academy organised, with Clare Strange, the Primary Schools Tennis Competition.
Carrie; Eloise; Emilio; Andrew; Megan; Tilly; Aishvene and Georgia represented St. John’s in what was essentially a learning and training day, with a large number of beginners gaining valuable experience and enjoying the whole afternoon. I’m now looking forward to Wednesday, when we have the Tag Rugby Festival organised by the Sevenoaks Rugby Club.

We headed back to school to see the School Music Concert. A full hall saw 40 mins of inspirational music performed with great determination. Real talent with exciting potential, everyone smiling and enjoying themselves. Here for all to see, was the 22 strong Woodwind Orchestra; 7 members of the elite Recorder Club; Year 3 playing their recorders with 4 Percussion instruments accompanying; the 40 pupils of the Key Stage 2 Choir and to finish, the School Orchestra – comprising 16 pupils and 3 members of staff. Lizzie Hughes who has settled in as our Music Teacher with such speed, and her team of individual instrumental teachers and helpers must be congratulated on developing all our musical talent to achieve the high standards we all saw today.

Another great day in the life of St. John’s.

Local Champion Triathlete

We are constantly praising the pupils in all their achievements but this time let’s congratulate St John’s Mum Helen Copp who yesterday won the ‘First Local Female Triathlete 2018’ Trophy in the Sevenoaks Triathlon.
On a very cold and windy day she achieved an outstanding time of under 1 hour 50 mins to complete the course: 400m swim (7.28 mins); 28Km cycle (60.01 mins) and an 8Km run (39 mins). The St. John’s spirit and smile was very much on show yesterday!

Hockey Yrs 5 & 6

We were so near to reaching the Kent Games Finals, but just pipped at the post!

St John’s 1’s started out with good wins against St Johns 2’s, Sevenoaks C.P. 1’s and Chevening but were now to face two excellent Amherst sides. The first match against their 2’s proved our downfall, and then to make life totally frustrating the St John’s 1’s produced their best performance 15 mins later against a strong Amherst 1st to draw nil/nil in a match that they very nearly won.
Meanwhile, the St John’s 2’s put in good performances in all their matches and saved their best performance for the match v Amherst 2’s and were just beaten in the last minute.

The standard of Hockey in Sevenoaks is really impressive, and this is due to Sevenoaks Hockey Club, who coach in the primary schools and help their PE staff to continue that coaching. Out of the 96 children who played yesterday, just over 30 are now members of the club and playing in their junior teams.

Well played to the following: Mackenzie; Harvey; George; Rebecca; Elizabeth; Grace; Caitlin; Reuben; Tia; Oliver; Daniel; Amber; Jamie; Kayla; Ketan; Xavier

Lizzie Yarnolds Bus Parade – with pictures

St John’s School certainly made the right impression on behalf of Sevenoaks Town this morning in honor of Lizzie’s 2 gold Olympic Skeleton Medals.

The Vine,one of the oldest cricket grounds in the UK, was the first port of call in her Open  Top Bus Parade around the area from Sevenoaks to West Kingsdown via Swanley.

There, lining the the whole length of the ground were all 250 children,staff and a few parents all waving their flags and Lizzie Yarnold badges as she slowly passed at 9.40am on the hottest day of the year.

What a great way to start a school day, a relaxing sunny 15 min walk from the school to the Vine and back and making sure Lizzie’s day had the best possible start!

Memorable Last Day

The Easter service is always a great event – even for 246 children and staff walking down to the Church in the rain.

The service always has it”s “moments” and the first of these was at the start when Class 3 did a well rehearsed mini costumed playlett of the Last Journey of Jesus to the Cross, with the story being told as the actors walked up the isle to the stage. That was followed by the choir singing a 2 part “All Things Bright & Beautiful” and here again that extra mile was evident, not only in the singing, but in the left to right rhythm action movement which was performed to  perfection with every child together the entire time.

Year 6 sang “Oh Happy Day ” so well, and again in 2 parts. One always wonders what Fr Robin is going to come up with in his sermons, but he put his message across  very successfully by getting the congregation very worried – and the children very excited, about  his threat to soak Fr Matthew (dressed in full Skiing rain gear with an umbrella) with a full bottle of Pepsi Cola he was shaking, I will leave it up to your child to tell you the outcome!

Prayers were said by Class 4 followed by  Key Stage 1 singing “Oh Happy Day ”  again with perfect rhythm movement.

Sally was spot on when, after thanking everyone, she asked Year 6 to sing “Oh Happy Day” again and by the end of the service the sun was shining, and the walk back to school a pleasure.

The Church was, as usual, fit to bursting with all of our children and their very supportive families – a Joy to see!

Have a great holiday, and get ready for another busy and enjoyable Summer Term.

What an evening where once against St John’s showed itself to the town 
as precisely what a school can be and what it is achieving!
Tonight a 28 strong dance team put on a truly top class performance. They showed great skills of timing, precise movement, and were always totally together showing impressive self-confidence. For all that to happen you need the natural inspirational teaching from Mrs Siaron Moore and children who are totally committed to the cause and prepared to work until they drop! 
It was obvious that all our dancers were enjoying every moment.It reallywas something very special. The audience and especially all those connected to St John’s left at the end just so proud of the school and of the children.

What an evening where once again St Johns showed itself to the town as precisely what a school can and is achieving. Tonight a 28 strong Dance Team put on a truly top class performance showing great skills of timing, precise movement, always totally together and with an impressive self-confidence of just individually knowing what to do and when. For all that to happen you need natural inspirational teaching and children who are totally committed to the cause, prepared to work until they drop and with a high level of concentration both in training and the final performance. It WAs obvious that they are enjoying every moment and it is then that you have something very special. We had all that tonight and the audience and especially all those connected to St John’s left at the end just so proud of the school and their children.