Yr 4 Orchestra Concert

What a great finale to Sarah Marsh’s career at St Johns.  Together with the peripatetic music team the 55 strong Year 4 orchestra were ready to perform some well known and pretty complicated pieces and this they did with maturity and a real sense of fun and pleasure in front of their families.
Music has come a long way in a short time under the guidance of Sarah and the legacy she leaves is that music is now very much part of the DNA of St John’s.  So many children now learn individual instruments and the school orchestra and choirs are performing to a high standard.  The self confidence this generates in each pupil is of immense value to their future success in life.

Kent Cup Hockey Final

Unfortunately I could not be at Ashford yesterday to see the Teams.

However having seen them all season and been so impressed with their improvement,concentration and just their will to win I was hoping for the best and that”s just what I got.

The senior team are now proud runners-up in Kent having lost to Dover in the Final and the Junior team came fourth. Believe me that is a truly tremendous achievement and puts St John’s right up there with the best.

They  were well supported by their parents and we are all so proud of all of them.Congratulations to Sheralyn and her team at school and to Sevenoaks Hockey Club for their excellent coaching.

Parents Open Afternoon

Parents’ Open Afternoon
This is one of the events in the school diary which defines how successful St Johns is in promoting the importance of the school and parents working together. On the hottest day of the year so far many parents came to school to see and discuss their work with their children. The teachers were in the classroom, where some families chose to stay in the shade, but outside in every corner and spare space in the garden and playground families could be seen talking together. Just such a great afternoon.
It has been a busy week for the 14 hockey players who will be playing in the Kent Cup Final today and excitement is building. There is also the Primary School Sports to look forward to at Knole Academy, starting at 5.00pm.

Fly the Flag Armed Forces Celebration Day

This is always an  important ceremony at the  Sevenoaks Council Offices.  Year 3 walked up to take part arriving just before the start at 10.30a.m.  They joined members of the armed forces, local dignitaries and Church representatives.  The ceremony started with prayers and messages of thanks to the armed forces both here and around the world for their dedicated work.  Following the raising of the flag we went into the public gallery for talks from a war veteran aged 96 who had been awarded the French Legion of Honour decoration along with members of the British Legion and the Armed Forces youth section.  At 11.00am there was a minute’s silence for the Grenfell tower block disaster in Kensington.

After a drink and a biscuit we all walked back to school.  A great experience for the children.

Sevenoaks Primary School Tag Rugby Festival


This is one of the best examples of the way in which our local sports clubs have helped to improve  primary school sport in a really impressive way over the past few years, and it is an ongoing process.

All the local primary schools were there and St Johns is so lucky to have two parents, Justine Houchin and Iain Anderson, who are Sevenoaks Rugby Club coaches committed to coming in to school each week to coach the children.  They are to be thanked and congratulated on the huge progress the children are making.

The Rugby Club can indeed feel very proud of all they are achieving as we see the standard rising each year.

With Year 6  away in Barcelona our two teams were playing against children a year older.  The A side did so well in beating all three teams in the first round, therefore moving into the winners’ 4 Team Challenge where they  narrowly lost in the final matches.

The B team were really up against it in their age and size but they proved how much they are learning and did themselves proud.

As always the sportsmanship, the determination to give their all and the obviously joy in playing are the children’s great strengths.  The mass turn-out of parents enjoying the afternoon and encouraging their children was the icing on the cake.


Team A Gerran Team B Ethan
Ketan Olan
Daniel Grace
Oliver Caitlyn
Tia Ethan
Lily Isaac
Rebecca Amy

One of the many strengths St Johns pupils have is the mind set to concentrate to improve on a given instant subject. They beat a very limited Sevenoaks School side ( put in because a primary school dropped out ). learnt a lot from that in the hours practice we had before the next match. They then beat Seal St Lawrence to reach the final. Again tea helped with time to learn more ready for taking on a very talented Ide Hill side with 2 county players. They exceeded all expectations by firstly showing they all knew what the game was all about & so gave  Ide Hill a real challenge which  Ide Hill won by 71 runs to 55 in a thrilling nail biting final. To push them so close just made us all feel so proud of the Team. Although we had the obvious sportspeople in the team the reason we did so well is because all 8 of them rose to the challenge, made huge progress & so made possible real all round strength.  We have now been promoted to the First Division.

The team:

Alfie Chloe Nathan Harrison
Tegan Oliver Ketan Nicky

Infant Agility

12 pupils from Forms 1/2 were competing against 14 Primary Schools in the Knole Academy Hall for the right to take part in the Kent Schools final later in the Term.
Each child had to do 7 Floor exercises which follow the pattern of any normal adult Keep Fit Gym Routine. One has to say the pupils level of fitness & the level of concentration to do their very best in each exercise was very impressive . (Most adults would have found this a challenge )
We will know the final result in a few days time. Sheralyn & I were a little put out at the end of the 2 hour session at how tired we felt just watching them !!!



This was open to all Primary Schools in the area. Any child could enter their own Decorated Victoria Sponge that they had cooked themselves.

Another great example of children “having a go” and it was impressive to see 11 children from St Johns entering their cakes. The Kitchen staff were asked to come in to judge the anonymised entries. They all agreed that the entries were a good standard & all showed potential for future “Bake Off” TV stars. The winner was Ruby  & she now goes through to the semi-final in the Knole Food Technology Kitchens where she will be on her own in another cake challenge on the day (with the support of a year 9 pupil to help with the ovens) We wish her all the best for that event on April 20th. Her cake today was delicious!

Not only for the mums but for everybody this was an inspiring and well prepared service. The staff at St Johns, to me, are just so special and each class had obviously taken real quality time in thinking of all the ways their mothers play such a vital, loving and important part of their lives. Every word spoken or sung had real meaning and was said from the “heart”. The church was packed full and the family atmosphere and all that was said set many heart strings going. At the end we sang the school song which was written by our very talented Sarah Marsh. The words play such an important part of the Way of Life at St Johns and certainly in the preparation for this service. – Happiness, Compassion, Tolerance, Understanding, Resilience, Positive Action and making things right.

The school song just says it all and it is worth having a copy at home – on the back of your service sheet!


Hello. I’m Dennis Ward and the Governor attached to the science team lead by Mrs Casewell.

As I’m sure you know Mrs Casewell is an extremely dedicated and imaginative science teacher.  She sees a science application wherever she is and in whatever she is does, from making toast in the morning to driving the car home at night and everything in between.  She has an outstanding ability to inspire the children with her ideas and make science an everyday part their lives.  In fact she is so enthusiastic that, together with Miss Parfett, she is working extremely hard to attain a Gold Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for the school.  This will give St John’s an excellent reputation for science teaching.

PSQM is an outstanding support tool for developing science in any school.  It improves scientific experiences and outcomes for all children and teachers.  It does, though, entail a lot of dedicated work including sharing experience with other schools and fulfilling the considerable demands of a mentor – and they are considerable at the Gold Mark level!

Currently we hear a lot about the need to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the media and are encouraged to start this early in a child’s education.  In St John’s we embrace this and the recent STEM week was an excellent example.  The school is buzzing with its success and there is almost constant chatter amongst the children about the programme Mrs Casewell devised.  As you can see from the Science Blogs it was an exciting, interesting and well organised week with presentations, workshops, a KNEX competition and much else besides – lots of variety for all ages from Reception to Y6.  The week was an excellent illustration of Mrs Casewell’s organising ability and her and her colleagues’ presentation and communication skills.

Clearly the children thoroughly enjoyed the week and long may the children grow from strength to strength in these subjects, not only in St John’s but throughout the rest of their schooldays and, indeed, lives.