Primary Schools Cross Country

Another highly successful event organised by Clare Strange. Around 2pm
16 Schools start arriving at Ratnor House School with 400 children in 2
Age Groups ready for 4 Races.( Forms 3/4 Boys and Girls—– Forms 5/6
Boys and Girls ) Each team has 6 children, the 1st 3 count for scoring. It was a perfect
afternoon for the races in front of a large number of spectators. St.
John’s give their all and the outstanding team were the Boys 3/4 who came
2nd in the team event with Bailey coming 3rd in the race.

Always great to see everyone encouraging eachother and enjoying the afternoon.

Harvest Festival

What a truly memorable service.

This year’s Harvest Festival raised money for the Send a Cow Charity and honoured all the good work that it does for the poor in Africa. However there was a surprise at the start of the service as Sally’s farmer brother, Tim Kemp, had brought along a 3 day old calf to set the scene in the Church. So here we have the stage set for a 9.15 start with Patrick lying in a pen of straw at the back of the Church, a congregation of 130 plus but no children! Fortunately as it turned out the excellent time keeping of the staff made for a perfect entrance as it was a joy to see the expressions of amazement on the 220 children’s faces as they entered the Church.

In his sermon Fr Norman, the Bishop of Richborough who kindly came to take the service, explained to the children how a cow is given to families to help them understand the food process and so put this knowledge into practise when cooking.
The service had been brilliantly thought out by the form teachers and their helpers. In between hymns Form 6 told us all about the Charity, followed by a video, Form 2 recited a great Milk Chocolate poem, Form 5 acted out their food sketches highlighting the food a cow helps to produce: cheese, butter, yogurt, burgers together with all the vegetables and fruits which make healthy meals and Form 1 made us all want to get up and dance to their harvest Rock and Roll song. The 30 strong choir had learnt to perfection two traditional folk songs which they sang in the native Zulu and Xosa language. Form 4 read bible readings and Form 3 ended with prayers.
The sun shone through the stained glass windows and Patrick lay peacefully through the service and Tim has decided he would like a CD of the singing to help all his cows to relax.

PGL – Day TWO

Good evening from PGL.

Once again an incredibly busy day for Class 5 here at Marchants Hall, as we completed our full day of PGL activities.

I’m very pleased to say that all of us went to sleep without any major hiccups, only the occasional rabble from other schools disturbing us but that all quietened down soon enough as we were able to get a decent amount of sleep. Some of the rooms claim they were awake long before the arranged 7 o’clock wake up call….however, I beg to differ.

We all attacked breakfast knowing that we needed serious amounts of fuel for our incredibly busy day ahead. Various cooked foods, cereals, fruits, juices, yoghurts and a vast amount of toast were all willingly consumed to bolster our energy supplies. Later in the day we returned for a lunch of jacket potato or rice, meat and vegetarian chilli, vegetables, tuna, cheese, open salad bar and enough bread rolls to feed an army! Our final venture to the Dinner Hall saw us conquering beef stroganoff, chicken nuggets, chips or rice, sweetcorn, carrots and peas, open salad bar and (once again) enough bread rolls to feed an army! If there’s one thing I can assure you about this trip, it’s that your children have eaten incredibly well – especially salad and bread rolls!

Similarly to yesterday, depending on our group numbers slightly altered the activities that we completed. However, as a class today we braved the Giant Swing, bounced manically in Aeroball, abseiled down a wall, hurtled down the zip wire and all transformed in to Robin Hood with our incredible archery skills. Please see our pictures at the end of the blog to witness our impressive skills and truly incredible bravery!

Tomorrow, Mrs.Grimble and my group are to tackle the Trapeze and aim well for Rifle Shooting. Mr Brand’s group are also tackling the trapeze, however, they will finish with exercising of their minds with the Problem Solving.

By lunchtime tomorrow, all children will have had the opportunity to complete the following eight activities:

  • Zip Wire
  • Problem Solving
  • Abseiling
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Giant Swing
  • Aeroball
  • Archery
  • Trapeze

As well as this they have had plenty of time to play with classmates in free time, whether that be in our rooms or running out in the large playing field (most of us punting a football). We’ve also had evening entertainment both nights – tonight is the mysterious “Splash” event of which they are currently partaking. I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you all about it on their return.

Mrs. Grimble, Mr. Brand and I have all commented on how brilliant the staff have been with all the children. Encouraging and motivating, challenging and supporting, they have made your children’s experience so enjoyable and successful that as the groups politely say a huge thank you after every single activity we would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you too!

Although the biggest thank you must go to the children themselves for representing St. John’s and their families so brilliantly whilst they’ve been away. So many children have conquered so many fears in such a short space of time, however, most pleasing for us to see is the encouraging, supporting nature amongst the groups and class as a whole to help those of our friends who may be having a slight wobble at the scariest moments of challenges. There have been no arguments or squabbles and they have all respected and obeyed the strict safety rules from the PGL activity leaders – all in all we are very impressed Class 5, really well done!

Now that I’ve praised them all, they can only have a good amount of sleep tonight ready for final activities and travels tomorrow….surely?

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OH! I know you’re all desperate to know, Mr. Brand reckons he couldn’t hear me snoring – so he’s either incredibly polite or an impressively heavy sleeper.

PGL – DAY ONE

Hello here from PGL!

Class 5, Mrs. Grimble, Mr. Brand and I have all arrived safely, unpacked in our bedrooms, completed our first two activities, stuffed ourselves with delicious food, had a game of football or quieter games in our rooms and as I sit here and type they are off  for a game of “Ambush” (hide and seek in the woods). So I think you’d agree it’s been a jam-packed first day and we will all certainly be ready for a bed in an hour or so…….we hope.

Depending on the children’s group number, the activities today have been either Zip Wire and Problem Solving, or Abseiling and Rifle Shooting. However, we are all lucky enough to be offered the chance for all the same activities across the week – so those of us desperate to shoot a rifle and those of us desperate to jump from a tree on a zip wire, we will all get our chance.

Everyone’s bravery has been incredible to see – even the adults – and although some of us haven’t quite been able to complete the entire challenge, we’ve definitely given it our best effort. So a huge well done to everyone so far!

Also, all of us had a hearty dinner (after our hearty lunch from mums and dads at home) no complaints of menu choice or fussy eating options at all! To be honest, there’s such a range on the menu and willingness to cater for all needs, that I can’t see any “I don’t like those”  in the slightest. The majority of us even made it to the salad bar without any prompting – fantastic training from parents at home, well done!

All in all, a really successful first day full of fun, laughs and happy children. A good night’s sleep for us all (except Mr.Brand who has to suffer my snoring) and we will be ready for breakfast and round 2 of our PGL adventure.

Tomorrow consists of “Giant Swings”, “Aeroball” and many more exciting adventures.

 

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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

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!

Discovery Zone

Have you ever delved yourself into the enchanting world of science? The Discovery Zone was just the beginning.

Year 6: engaged, educated and beguiled the pupils and parents of St. John’s Primary School. We (Class 6) were split into many groups of two – except for the Static Station who were in a four – and prepared our investigation.

After practising, we set up our interesting station and let the children swarm into the hall and capture their scientific imagination. They experimented with: Oobleck, giant bubbles, laughing buckets and optical illusions.

In conclusion, the Discovery Zone was a great scientific success and STEM week hopefully will carry on like this.

 

Freya Williams, Class 6.

Static Science

On Tuesday 14th March, the Discovery Zone came to St. John’s. Have you ever wanted to step inside a giant bubble? To make a bucket laugh? To make metal balls bounce without touching them? Well then, the Discovery Zone is for you!

For Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics week (STEM week) Year 6: engaged, educated and enthused the pupils of St. John’s CEP school with their science experiments. We – Class 6 – beguiled people with our fun and interesting science experiments.

I was placed in a group with three potential scientists: Jessica, Paddy and Olivia. After previously practising, we were ready to perform our experiments to the classes as they entered the mystical Discovery Zone. Floods of energetic people came over to our table, thrilled by the prospect of making objects move without touching them. The air was damp and because lots of people were crammed into one hall, our Static Station was quite temperamental.

All around the hall, people were learning about science and discovering different stations that held an equal amount of excitement as the last. St. John’s pupils loved the Discovery Zone in STEM week and this will hopefully lead them to pursue a career in science.

Grace Anderson, Class 6.