This really does show the St. John’s spirit at its very best.

The volunteers at the school number 46, covering a wide range of activities and general help: reading; writing; Maths; school plays; costume making; sport; music and school visits, not forgetting all the fund-raising events the PTA organise.  What gives the volunteers so much pleasure is the joy of working within the school’s relaxed but concentrated work ethos. This results in the pupils being able to talk freely with everybody and so friendship and trust is fostered which enables the volunteers to make their own contribution to the well being of all at St. John’s.

The whole school attended the Assembly, the 43 strong Key Stage 2 choir sang a superb rendition of “Count on Me” and Sally thanked the volunteers and brought home to everyone the importance of their role in so many different spheres.  Each year group then stood up, one after another to applaud, and pupils presented every volunteer with the gift of a notebook and a beautifully hand written “thank you” card on behalf of all the school.  This was followed by a lovely tea.

46 volunteers is a truly amazing number to have in a school and there were smiles all round from everybody in the hall.

Sports day

What a perfect summers day for our school sports day.

Sheralyn Silvester along with the rest of the staff staged a well organised sports day that all pupils took part in. Our school Athletics field was looking it’s best thanks to Dave’s efforts.

It was a day that says so much about the school’s team work, parenting at its very best, the sporting atmosphere where it is so obvious every child is trying her/his best but the sincere encouragement everyone was giving to each other made this a living Olympic experience.

A memorable St John’s day and one not to be forgotten.

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.

Success!

The challenge has been a great success and although it has been tough at times that’s what challenges are all about.

It has been an enormous privilege to have been able to take part in this event and an even bigger privilege to have done it for the pupils, staff, governors and parents that make up St. John’s school community. Thank you to all the pupils for their encouragement through their cycling and to everyone for the sponsorship for our new school bus.

Today we made it to Angkor Wat which is enormous and has a 35Km circumference. Pictures are of me and the group there at the finish. I have also included pictures of our 4 hour  journey across the Tonya Sap lake, the largest inland lake in SE Asia. There we are on top of the boat, or on the side, travelling at 44Km an hour—you don’t get that sense of freedom and common sense in GB !! Now happy to have a rest from Chinese, Vietnam, Cambodian Food and a decent cup of coffee would be great.

So lots to tell you next Monday but meanwhile continue to have a restful half term. I will be off to the town (Siem Reap ) this evening to have a celebration meal and then tomorrow will go round the shops in the morning before we fly home in the afternoon. No more cycling just Tuk Tuk’s at 3 Dollers a journey.

Almost there..

Almost there.Traffic held us up to the start yesterday and so we were running behind time to reach hotel by nightfall 75 Km away. It’s now 35 degrees and humid, rough hard sandy roads but we did it with 10 mins to spare.

Today we have a 4 hour river crossing across the largest lake in SE Asia and then a 40 Km cycle to Siam Reap with Angkor Wat close by.

Edward

News from Edward..

You will all have started half term just as I am finishing Friday’s cycling.

I have now completed 340Km with 130 to go. I have seen a tremendous way of life that the people live as I have travelled through Vietnam and as we have entered Cambodia today the weather is much more humid.

I am so grateful for all the money that has been raised and more than grateful to all of the pupils who have also been cycling, because some of this cycling has been hard and when it has become ‘mind over matter’ I have been inspired by all that you are doing.

Have a great half term and I will send you a few photos of life on the road..

Edward.

A message from Edward..

We have now completed 225 Km and hope the school are keeping up with me.

Because we have only 14 in the group we have to keep together  – but you will not be surprised that I am flying the flag of St. John’s very much in last place!

It is certainly very testing and feel I am earning any money raised. I’m so privileged to be seeing how life is here. It’s very much a family life with parents, children and grandchildren all together. Family are buried in the garden.

Primary school children go to school from 7 to 11 in the morning and then the secondary children go from 1 to 5 in the afternoon. (No school lunches!).

There are very few cars here (much to expensive) everyone rides mopeds. Also, there are no traffic lights – so traffic is crossing over from left to right, or straight on with pedestrians walking in between. This would be crazy in Sevenoaks, but is totally safe in Vietnam and I have achieved it safely.  We are going to the Killing fields tomorrow and then to the border with Cambodia, another 100 Km.

Chinese food for breakfast lunch and supper is very testing and I am not coping with the breakfast and lunch (so pinch as much bread as I can for lunch!).

Thinking of all of you is keeping my spirits up. Just finished supper, a quick walk around the town and then off to bed.