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.

 

Team sport in primary schools has made huge progress over these past few years due to excellent co-operation between schools and local clubs. Sevenoaks Rugby, Hockey and Football clubs along with the Vine and Holmesdale Cricket clubs are now actively involved in coaching in the schools and this certainly shone through this afternoon.

St Johns took part  in the Key Stage 2 Hockey Competition at Hollybush to find the school to represent the Sevenoaks area in the Kent School Games final this summer.  The standard of hockey was so impressive and Sevenoaks Hockey Club are to be congratulated and thanked for all they do to constantly raise the bar in the progress the children make.  There were many close matches but St Johns was the outstanding team, winning all their matches convincingly and the team work between Sheralyn Silvester, Kath Baillache and the hockey club is now well cemented in the life of the school.  All members of the team are to be congratulated on their levels of concentration and their sportsmanship in every match.

The Team

Jamie Sargeant, Alfie Chart, Gracie Cawfield, Chloe Robinson Nicky Mundy, Melisande Scordel.

Results

v Amherst                   won 5-2 (Alfie 3, Jamie, o.g.)

v Seal St Lawrence     won 3-0 (Alfie 3)

v Chevening                won 4-0 (Alfie 2, Jamie, Nicky)

v Sevenoaks CP          won 3-0 (Alfie, Nicky, Chloe)

v Lady Boswell           won 3-1 (Alfie 2, Chloe)

v Anthony Roper        won 3-0 (Alfie 2, Chloe)

v Churchill                  won 3-0 (Alfie 2, Chloe)

v Otford                      won 1-0 (Alfie)

Inter-House Hockey Tournament

YELLOWS BECOME THE SUPREME STICKS

Gerran become Green’s top scorer

Greens finish 3rd

Yellows win the tournament

@ St John’s| 8th December 2016

GREENS VERSUS YELLOWS

After rigorous training sessions from all teams, each house’s hockey squad prepared to play in the school’s Inter-House Hockey tournament. The first match, which was between the Reds and the Blues, had finished a draw. As the two teams lined up, a continuous buzz filled the atmosphere, with each team chanting, in the hope that they would triumph in their individual matches and, eventually, win the competition.

Mrs Silvester, the PE teacher and referee, blew her whistle and then the two teams began their duel. A series of exhilarating box-to-box play saw Green House take the first corner, which was cleared by the Yellows.  After some incredible midfield play from Sophie  and Alfie  (who are in Class 6) the Yellows exploited the weakness of Green House’s defence, attacking ferociously, tearing away, driving the ball out to the right wing. Alfie took a powerful shot at goal. Ilyas , who had been drafted into the team earlier in the day, made a diving save, sending the ball out for a corner. The Yellows readied themselves for the second corner of the game. The ball came in. Alfie’s incredible reaction, which was superior to that of Green House’s defence, lead to a powerful shot, which could have easily been his first goal of the tournament. After a ball in Green possession, the Yellow attack capitalised on a passage of inconsistent Green house play.

After Lily’s struggle in outside the “D” area, she passed to Alfie who, calm and collected, shot the ball towards goal: 1-0.

The remainder of the first half saw the tension soar and the atmosphere intensify, as Yellow House scored their second goal, leaving Green House disappointed and frustrated at their performance.

At half-time, the two teams huddled together, with Yellow House’s team talk being lively and celebratory, in contrast to the wave of frustration that Green House were drowned in. Seconds later, play resumed with Alfie scoring the first goal of the second half, speeding away on the break, with the Greens failing in their attempt to stop him. Minutes later, it seemed as if Green House spirit had left them with the chants of the beginning of the game becoming merely history. The Yellows scored again with Alfie substituting off the pitch. At this moment, I interviewed Gerran , a member of Green House and Class 5. Seeming infuriated, he said, “Unfortunately, there has been no reaction from our defenders; Alfie has been running rings around us!”

The Yellows scored their fifth and sixth goals, with the Greens giving an almost unconditional surrender. In the game’s final moments Gerran, of Green House, scored Green House’s solitary goal, a form of consolation perhaps.

Final Result:

GREEN HOUSE    1

YELLOW HOUSE 6

 

GREENS VERSUS BLUES

“There is always hope.” Those were the words of Ilyas  after Green House’s shocking performance against the Yellows. Heading into their second game, captain Paddy seemed to have succeeded in his attempts to rouse his team, as they went into their second fixture of the tournament confident, hoping to bounce back from their dire defeat to the Yellows. The Blues started their game strong, with captains Chloe and Harrison  starring in their valiant attempt to jeopardise Green House’s title hopes. Finley, who proved to be a hat-trick hero in their previous game against the Reds, was gifted with many opportunities and was able to convert one of those opportunities into a goal, putting the Blues 1-0 into the lead.

Although they were losing, the Greens, unlike in their last match, never seemed to surrender, with Paddy and Gerran both dribbling down the flanks at multiple times. Then it was Harrison’s moments of stardom. After a few accurate passes from Chloe , Harrison attempted the impossible. Tried the unthinkable. He, quickly, switched his stick round leaving Green House’s defenders confused, before swiping at the ball…………GOAL!!!!!

At the end of the first half, I interviewed the young man; he responded, “I was thinking `I’ve got to score. My team needs it.’”

The match soon recommenced, with the Blues quickly clinching their third and fourth goals not long after half-time. Green House did, in fact, score twice courtesy of Gerran  (he was involved in both goals). However, it seemed to be too little, too late, meaning that the Blues were guaranteed a place in the Finals.

RESULT:

BLUE HOUSE 4

GREEN HOUSE 2

 

GREENS VERSUS REDS

The two teams ranked third and fourth, the Reds and the Greens respectively, played their final matches. Despite neither team qualifying for the Final, the continuous buzz in the atmosphere still seemed to remain. Towards the beginning of the match, I spoke to Mrs Quirk, the Headteacher. I asked her, “What do you think of the matches that you have seen so far?”

She replied, “There seems to be a lot of fair play, and a large support from each House team.”

The game began quickly with the Reds storming ahead. Ilyas  knocked the ball out of play, ensuring that the Reds did not take the lead. Moments later, at the other end of the pitch, a passage of fantastic Green House play, lead to the first

goal. After a few minutes of box-to-box play, the half ended with the two teams swapping sides. At half-time, I spoke to Ketan , of the Reds and of Class 5, who was incredibly disappointed at his team’s first-half display. Moments into the second half, the Reds gained possession of the ball and then Ketan  made a powerful shot at goal with Luke, of the Greens, saving it. Then at the other end of the pitch Gerran, scored the second goal for Green House with supporters, that were not only from Green House began to chant for the Greens spurring them on for a victory. The match soon ended 3-0 to the Greens and with the match, the tournament ended as well – for the Greens, at least.

 

By Nathan Yr 6

Leading Sports Reporter

Football Report – ST JOHN’S MARCH ON UNDEFEATED

ST JOHN’S MARCH ON UNDEFEATED

St John’s 2| Sundbridge and Brasted 1

Strong, skilful and simply superior – the St John’s squad that played Sundbridge and Brasted displayed all of these qualities. The starting lineup consisted of: Harrison, the goalkeeper; Dawid, the left-back; Nathan, the right-back; Gerran, the left midfielder; Alfie, the captain and right winger and Lewis. Charlie and Paddy started on the bench.

Quickly, the opposition kicked off, the audacious front three charging forwards with persistent pressure.  The ball was eventually won by Alfie ( who scored two goals in their previous game). He, eager to hit a powerful shot, dashed towards the touchline before shooting and  unfortunately missed the goal by inches.

Despite not scoring, the superb St John’s battled on linking up proficiently in midfield. The captain of the side, who wore the number 7 shirt, found the ball again. However, this time he carefully, hit the ball into the goal’s right-hand top corner.

Upon scoring the first goal, the pace of the game radically quickened: Sundbrige and Brasted found a way out of midfield and out onto the left flank. They tussled they fought, but still, they could not reap the rewards of their hard work.

With the prospect of half-time looming , the opposition received the ball from a throw-on before they forced the marksman away and struck the ball into the roof of the net: 1-1.

Play continued, with shots raining down onto the Sundbridge and Brasted net: there were so many shots taken from the midfield area, most of them from the masterly front three.

The half-time whistle soon arrived; the piercing shriek signalled a pause in play and a short break.

A loss? For this St John’s team, that would be unprecedented. Losing would be plunging into unchartered waters. Fearless and ferocious, agile and adroit, the determined St John’s team kicked off tearing forwards, submerged in a wave of aggression. Sundbridge and Brasted proved stubborn in giving in to the St John’s attack; with Lewis, number 9, leading from the front as centre forward.

Fighting vehemently, St John’s, as a result of some impressive wing-play, found Alfie on the right wing, who delivered a world-class ball to the audacious striker Lewis. He simply converted the opportunity to a goal making it 2-1.

Although, they had almost secured victory, St John’s did not cease to pressurise Sundbridge and Brasted. Every player in the squad displayed their unique skills, twisting and turning, running and racing for every lost ball. The final whistle signified the game’s end and amongst the St John’s squad was a sense of triumph and joy.

FINAL SCORE:

ST JOHN’S                                 2

SUNDBRIDGE AND BRASTED   1

 

Football Report – St John’s 3 St Katharine’s 0

St John’s 3

St Katharine’s 0

@Knole Academy| 6th December 2016

  • Alfie scores two

  • Clean sheet for Harrison

  • St John’s remain undefeated

Last week, the St John’s team outclassed opponents St Katharine’s as they cruised to a 3-0 victory, courtesy of goals from Alfie and Lewis. Fresh from a 4-0 victory over Plaxtol Primary School, the undefeated St John’s Football squad headed to Knole Academy’s state-of-the-art pitch to play their second league match against Seal. The team consisted of Harrison, Dawid, Charlie, Paddy, Alfie, Gerran and Lewis, most of whom had retained their places in the match day squad. Calm and confident, the team arrived at the venue, Knole Academy’s 3G pitch, with enough time to practise a simple training drill.

St John’s (who had been scheduled to play Seal), were unable to because of Seal’s non-arrival. Therefore, they played St Katharine’s Knockholt in a friendly match.

The game soon commenced, with St Katharine’s Knockholt kicking-off and attacking from right-to-left. However, the relentless pressure of the St John’s attack proved too much for St Katharine’s and they soon slipped up, leaving St John’s to capitalise on their unfortunate mistakes. The ball fell to Gerran, who skied the ball well over the bar. Later, he joked, “I’m not afraid to take a shot!”

The game continued, with St John’s never ceasing to attack. However, St Katharine’s continued to attack freely, ensuring that if St John’s did clinch a goal, it would be well and truly deserved.

At half-time, with still no goals scored, I interviewed St John’s coach, Mr Still, who replied, “I’m very impressed. There has been a lot of fun, a lot of teamwork, so I’m very impressed.”

The game quickly resumed, with the two teams swapping ends. Lewis, the St John’s forward kicked off, passing backwards to Gerran. Charlie, who was playing in defence, substituted off the pitch for Paddy.

Alfie, the number seven, received a high-quality pass from Gerran and then stroked the ball into the top of the net: 1-0.

St Katharine’s regained possession of the ball and kicked off again, passing backwards. They had a few opportunities of their own; however, the intelligent St John’s defence (Dawid and Paddy) cleared the ball away into safety. Because of some superb-wing play from Gerran, the ball fell again, at Alfie’s feet. The number seven back-heeled a pass to the striker (Lewis), before Lewis chipped the ball over the diving goalkeeper: 2-0

After a lengthy passage of midfield play, St John’s again, proved to have an attack superior to St Katharine’s defence. Soon after the second goal of the game, Alfie Chart collected the ball in midfield and sprinted past two defenders. Using his sublime agility and stunning pace, he abruptly changed direction before striking the ball and following its arc towards goal: 3-0.

Despite St John’s being almost guaranteed victory, they did not fail to pause their relentless attack. Late in the game, Gerran swung in a corner, which the opposition defence successfully cleared. This left defender Paddy isolated at the back. The opposition’s winger carefully used his skill to take the ball around Paddy. However, his desire to retrieve the ball ultimately lead to St.Katherine’s failure to strike the ball on-target; therefore goalkeeper, Harrison, had not conceded in that game and that St John’s had secured a win.

At the end of the game, I spoke to Gerran, who simply stated, “In the end, it’s a win, and that’s what we needed.”

St John’s had out-classed and out-fought their opponents in all areas, continuing their unbeaten streak and clinching a clean sheet.

In summary, a sublime performance from St John’s and an outstanding victory.

 

From Nathan Osafo Omane

Sports Reporter