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.

 

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.