This week, the final one before half term, has certainly been full-on.
Monday saw the second Open Morning for prospective new families. Approximately 20 families were taken round the school by Year 6 pupils to meet all the staff and experience the atmosphere of St John’s. Once again the children were the stars, impressing everyone with their PR skills.
On Wednesday evening there was a social evening for staff and governors to discuss their roles in the school. Governors of a school obviously have important responsibilities, but I know all the St John’s governors will agree with me when I say how privileged we feel to work with such outstanding and talented professionals, teaching at the top of their game. For me, I just so enjoy seeing how the children are developing on all fronts; the staff are so determined and enthusiastic in all they do, with the parents embracing the teamwork that makes the school so successful.
Thursday proved how adaptable the staff can be. With the weather forecast predicting rain in the afternoon, after a short discussion it was decided to bring forward the House Games Competition to the morning, so in sunshine and blue skies Years 3-6 took part in Rugby, Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Hockey and Cup Stacking. Half an hour after the final results were declared the rain came down. Year 3 who had come dressed up to take part in a Stone Age History Day had time to change into their PE kit and then back again! All great fun in the usual sporting atmosphere.
It is worth mentioning that today I read in the Sevenoaks Chronicle that Jean Hart had died aged 83. She taught at St John’s from 1968-1982 and was Deputy Head during her final years. None of us here at school now remember her but those 14 years are worth remembering and paying tribute to.