Inter-House Hockey Tournament


Gerran become Green’s top scorer

Greens finish 3rd

Yellows win the tournament

@ St John’s| 8th December 2016


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 Edwards and Alfie Chart (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 Chart took a powerful shot at goal. Ilyas McKenna, 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 Ridler’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 Prescott, 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:





“There is always hope.” Those were the words of Ilyas McKenna after Green House’s shocking performance against the Yellows. Heading into their second game, captain Paddy Beary 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 Robinson and Harrison Kemsley 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 Robinson, 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 Prescott (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.






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 McKenna 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 Vimalanathan, 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 Vimalanathan made a powerful shot at goal with Luke Boyce, of the Greens, saving it. Then at the other end of the pitch Gerran Prescott, 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 Osafo Omane

Leading Sports Reporter



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.


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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

St John’s News

An interesting start to half term with some of us starting the first weekend listening to Heart Radio and reading the Independent to find Sally being interviewed  and a photograph of her plus an article in the Supplement on the benefits of magic skills being integrated into the school curriculum. One of the ways of helping with the vital issue of self confidence and public speaking is through these learning these skills,  which the children perform firstly to their own class and then to others.  This also improves their speaking, listening and concentration skills.  This publicity certainly put St Johns on the radar of all those listening to the programme or reading the article.


On the first Monday after half term parents of children in Forms 5 and 6 came to a meeting to be introduced to the Curiosity Curriculum which Form 6 will be taking part in this term.  This was started last year with great success  with Sally being one of the pioneers of the idea which has now been taken up by many other schools.  This learning platform offers an excellent opportunity for pupils to develop their study skills and encourage self-motivation.  The input of parents is essential in this curriculum and so valuable as it is an ideal way of forming a joint partnership in a particular aspect of their child’s education and we are indeed fortunate in have Sharon Moore to lead these classes.  I hope I have wetted your appetite enough for you to log onto where you will find all the details.


Sevenoaks Rotary 10K Run

For the interest of all keen runners this will take place in Knole Park on Sunday 2nd April.

10.15am          1.5k Fun Run Age 9-14

11.00am          10k  Run         Age 15 plus

You can enter on line at or enter on the day.


Hollybush Residents’ Association

This week I was elected at the AGM to be Chairman of the Residents’ Association  It is very encouraging for us all to realise that St Johns is held in such high regard in the area.

The Romans, the Great Plaque and the Fire of London!

I have always believed that teaching is an extension of entertainment and whilst I am pleased to say that is the norm at St Johns it was certainly very much on show when Chloe of Crew UK came into school today. In the morning she ran a Roman workshop for Form 4 and in the afternoon a workshop on the Great Plague and the Fire of London.
The secret success of these days is in the preparation by the teachers beforehand and this was done to perfection by Judy, Danielle and Bev. Consequently the children were all well versed in the topics and were able to understand all that Chloe was saying. Form 4 were all impressively dressed as Roman men and women and took part in role play on life as lived by a Roman family as well as life as soldiers. During the afternoon the children discussed the morning’s activities and made mosaics and drew pictures.
After a lunch break Chloe changed into a 17thC costume and it was Form 2’s turn to experience by role play what it was like during the Plague and the Fire and Chloe explained to the children the reason for and the consequence of both events.

All in all a brilliant day of practical learning with periods of history being brought to life in a meaningful way.

Happy New Year

Welcome back everyone after our lovely Christmas break. We are rested and ready to embrace the learning and life of school again.

Straight after registration this morning we gathered in the hall to hear about this morning’s whole school SCIENCE INVESTIGATION.

As I write every child is working with a 30cm square piece of tin foil and aiming to design the boat that holds the greatest number of 1p coins. The buzz in the school is wonderful – the tension is mounting as we near finding our winning designs.

Thank you Mrs Casewell for leading science at St John’s so well and inspiring us to think like scientists.

Watch our website to see exactly what we learnt and see our class boat winners.

‘Born in a Barn’ Bonanza!


What a wonderful finale to a busy Christmas term! The children have all worked exceptionally hard; learning lines, songs and dances. They have impressed us all with their performance and star quality! Our show certainly dazzled and shone with plenty of gold medallions and neon glowing halos. We could have given every child a halo for their outstanding efforts individually. We are sure that you enjoyed it as much as we did too!


Reception have completed our Space topic and I wonder how many of the children are now aspiring astronauts?

In Year 1 we are now expert puppet-makers, having completed finger, hand and sock puppets. We have had great fun writing scripts for our puppet shows and performing them to be recorded on iPads.

In Year 2 we finished learning how to write a set of instructions effectively. The highlight of our learning was writing instructions for how to make jelly, making it and then finally eating it! Wobble wobble!

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Miss A, Mrs T and Miss P.





Happy Christmas

We have had such a splendid end of term filled with wonderful entertainment. Our excellent Nativity and carol service were the result of huge dedication and hard work on the part of the children and their teachers. Thank you to all of you at home for the great support you’ve been giving to the learning of lines and song words.

I was horrified when I realised, at the end of the carols, that I’d failed to thank Fiona Henry for her magnificent singing. Her rendition of O Holy Night accompanied by Sarah Marsh was breath taking and reduced a good number of us to tears. I have since spoken to Fiona and thanked her. I am delighted that she and Sarah are hatching a plan for a musical soiree in the spring.

So, as I write, KS1 are at the Stag watching the panto while KS2 enjoy Christmas fun in their classrooms. What a lovely week it’s been! I wish you all a happy Christmas, a restful holiday with plenty of special family fun, I look forward to seeing everyone rested and ready for Term 3 on Tuesday January 3rd.