All the Fun of the Last Day!

While KS1 are up at the top of town – “Oh no they’re not”…”Oh yes they are! enjoying the pantomime, KS2 have all been active and loving a bright chilly morning’s sport together.

Our inter-house competitions have just finished. Hugely dedicated staff froze either on the side lines or timing events. We have all agreed we have had the best fun though!

Awards were given to the winning houses in each sporting discipline. The results are as follows:

Football – RED

Dodge ball – YELLOW

Netball- BLUE

Multi-skills – YELLOW

Stacking cups – RED

Hockey – BLUE

Although Green House didn’t win an event they were nominated in Multi-skills as having the most supportive team.

Individual awards were made for sportsmanship and skill in each event. Congratulations to the following pupils

Sportsmanship Grace T (Y5) Harry A (Y6) Oli M (Y3) Mackenzie C (Y5) Ben C (Y5)

Georgia P (Y3) Ethan R (Y6)

Skilled Play Caitlyn S (Y5) Xavier W (Y6) Finley C (Y5) Daniel I (Y6) Isabelle T (Y5)

Grace W (Y4) Amy V (Y5) Violet M (Y4)

What a lovely way to end the term. Thank you to the amazing staff at St John’s who throw themselves into all activities for the best for our splendid pupils. Special thanks to Mrs Silvester for organising such a great event which involved every child in KS2 – wow!

Happy Christmas to you all. See you on Thursday 5th January, rested and ready to learn and enjoy each other’s company again.



Christmas is coming!

So, as December approaches pupils and staff are busy preparing for Christmas. The singing for both the Nativity and the Carol Service is sounding spectacular. Mrs Shrubb is, as every year,  stock-piling mince pies in readiness for refreshments at both these events!

Working in a primary school at this time of year is both gorgeous and stressful – in almost equal measure! Last week the choir sang beautifully at the turning on of the lights at Alice’s tea shop and next week they are singing to entertain the residents of Gloucester House. This weekend we have our Christmas fair and then the excitement of Christmas lunch next Wednesday. We pace ourselves to be ready for Miss Allen’s team to thrill us with the KS1 nativity and then be put into the Christmas mood with our Carol Service where the orchestra, choir and each class have their special moments to shine and entertain.

A Christmas disco in the church hall on the 15th  and on the 19th the KS1 trip to the pantomime and KS2’s inter-house games competitions fill the last 2 days before we set about all thinking about Christmas with our families.

I wish you all a peaceful and fun-filled holiday when it arrives…maybe even a little snow, let’s hope!

Week 1 Term 2

How smart everyone looked when they returned to school in their winter uniform! A reminder that children are still asked to wear their house t-shirt on Fridays. Some simply choose to wear the t-shirt instead of their white shirt while others have worn their t-shirt over their white shirt – either works well.

This week I’ve witnessed outstanding work in every class. Writing has been a main school focus for over a year and standards have improved to impressive levels. I joined Year 5J when they were sharing their group debates on the merits of every St John’s child being given a ball. Their ability both to write and deliver their speeches was exceptional.

Which brings me on to playground equipment. Our playtimes are certainly happier for our investment in new equipment. New balls, skipping ropes, hoops, space hoppers,  giant jenga and connect 4 have definitely enhanced our enjoyment while improving our co-ordination and PE skills. It’s now 4.15pm and the playground is still buzzing with families enjoying each other’s company and this lovely equipment. Please ensure your children treat our school play equipment respectfully and that they return it to the storage points in the playground.






The fastest term ever!

I cannot believe that we are really just 2 weeks away form the half term holiday – it seems no time ago that we returned to school after the summer!

However, when I think of our Reception class and how familiar they are with us and school routines I realise they must feel it’s been a long time.

Over the last 4 weeks pupils have settled so well in their new classes and been working really hard, They have enjoyed learning outside the classroom in a range of ways. They have…

sung at Wally Hall, learnt karate at the Olympic Park, listened to Michael Rosen, visited Knole House, studied rivers at Horton Kirby, cycled, lit fires from on our playing field and won football matches.

There’s so much more planned for the coming weeks to contextualise the learning in class.

A number of Inter-House competitions are now planned for the year,  the first of which will be sports based early in Term 2. Year 6 have been enlightening us on the lives and works of our  House figureheads scientists. On Fridays we have, so far, learnt about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Ada Lovelace, Edward Jenner and Florence Nightingale. Speak to your child/ren and see what they can tell you.

Our House scientists, for your information.

Lovelace/Brunel – Red

Jenner/Nightingale – Green

Goodall/Darwin – Blue

Newton/Curie – Yellow House


Hot Days

It’s lovely to be enjoying such glorious weather …not a jumper in sight at playtime and Year 6 cooking food over an pen fire in the forest today!

Please remember to protect your child ensuring that they have sun cream on and a sun hat every day as we play outside for an hour in the middle of the day. Sun hats and caps are available from the school office at £4 each. These must be clearly named.

Let’s hope the weather holds for our Sports Day next week, a little cooler would be good! Go at drop off to the filed and enjoy a ‘proper coffee’ from Bojangles and then sit back and enjoy the races and picnic together. We hope to welcome many of our new Reception class for September to this event.

The summer fair on Saturday 1st July promises to be quiet an event. I am so pleased that each class, guided by their reps, are managing their own stalls.For all the details of the day, check out the posters up around school. Be sure to remember to send your child to school in their own clothes on Friday 30th, with their donation of a tombola prize.

Every child in the school has an important role in our summer productions, either The Minibeast Talent Show for KS1 or Noah for KS2.  Classes are busy rehearsing their parts to ensure that theses shows are the usual highlight of our school year.

There’s never a quiet moment in primary school and this is never more true than in the summer term!

Carroty Wood

I visited Year 4 at Carroty Wood today at midday. Although they had only been there for 2 hours they had already unpacked and made themselves at home. All pupils and staff were very happy despite earlier tears and slight sickness on the coach!

The 58 children were working in their class groups – 4P were enjoying rounders organised by Mr Stringer while 4C were devouring packed lunches with their leaders

They were counting down the minutes until their high and low rope challenges which were due to begin at 1.00pm. Mrs Smith, Buzz and I were sad to leave the tranquility of this wonderful venue.

Here’s hoping everyone enjoys a good night’s sleep after all the fantastic activities they have experienced today

Bake Off

Our 11 entrants all received high praise and admiration for their Victoria sponge cakes. It was a huge relief to me that Kardine and Shelly, from our kitchen, agreed to judge the entries. What a lot of work had gone in to these creations! Mr Oatley and Mr Brand were soon to be found in the hall only too willing to complete the taste test!

Our winner was announced in assembly – Ruby was visibly shocked and delighted. She now represents St John’s in the semi-finals at Knole Academy in April. Ruby assures me she is going to be practising in the holidays to be best prepared- Good Luck Ruby!


Well done to all who took part:

Elliot, Elodie, Elsebeth, Lily and Ruby from Year 5

Hannah R, Amber, Isabelle, Lucy and Edie from Year 4

Elspeth form Year 2

STEM week

We’re just over half way through our exciting Science week and I am amazed at the vast range of activities offered to all our lovely children.  Mrs Casewell and Miss Parfett have masterminded the most special learning opportunities. For daily details please read Mrs Casewell’s Science blog. It’s impossible to pick my highlight so far. John Gordon Reid’s magic, bangs and flames or reception exploding Coke with mints? I think seeing Year 6 leading the Discovery Zone experiments for the whole school has to be the moment for me. It’s not often one is reduced to tears at children’s learning …this proved one of those moments. Well done Year 6, every one of you did a great job!

End of Term 3

Today the school is full of book characters and plenty of excitement! In all my years of teaching and the many book character days, never have I been so impressed with the effort and ingenuity in costumes. This surely correlates with the passion for reading we have here at St John’s.

We have had a morning of awards and celebration. As well as recognising the two winning pupils in each class, we also awarded every child with a book as prize for their efforts with our “Book in a Week” challenge. The standard of writing and effort invested was remarkable. Sevenoaks Bookshop have been most generous to us donating 250 books and we are hugely grateful to them. We have also recognised the Reader of the Term in each class and the teacher nomination for the class Excellence Award. It is characteristic of the pupils here that, at break, I overheard so many class mates congratulating their class winner. Our winners are displayed in the school corridors.

Now, many children are counting down the minutes until the school discos after school while teachers continue to ensure some valuable last day learning continues in class.

When we return on Monday 20th both Year 4 classes will be pleased to have new, bump and squeak-free floors and shiny new carpets. Thank you to the team of volunteers who responded to Mr Brand’s request for help emptying these rooms this evening.

Happy half term everyone – rest, enjoy and please try and return bug-free for term 4!