Hockey Yrs 5 & 6

We were so near to reaching the Kent Games Finals, but just pipped at the post!

St John’s 1’s started out with good wins against St Johns 2’s, Sevenoaks C.P. 1’s and Chevening but were now to face two excellent Amherst sides. The first match against their 2’s proved our downfall, and then to make life totally frustrating the St John’s 1’s produced their best performance 15 mins later against a strong Amherst 1st to draw nil/nil in a match that they very nearly won.
Meanwhile, the St John’s 2’s put in good performances in all their matches and saved their best performance for the match v Amherst 2’s and were just beaten in the last minute.

The standard of Hockey in Sevenoaks is really impressive, and this is due to Sevenoaks Hockey Club, who coach in the primary schools and help their PE staff to continue that coaching. Out of the 96 children who played yesterday, just over 30 are now members of the club and playing in their junior teams.

Well played to the following: Mackenzie; Harvey; George; Rebecca; Elizabeth; Grace; Caitlin; Reuben; Tia; Oliver; Daniel; Amber; Jamie; Kayla; Ketan; Xavier

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.

Sevenoaks Primary School Tag Rugby Festival

 

This is one of the best examples of the way in which our local sports clubs have helped to improve  primary school sport in a really impressive way over the past few years, and it is an ongoing process.

All the local primary schools were there and St Johns is so lucky to have two parents, Justine Houchin and Iain Anderson, who are Sevenoaks Rugby Club coaches committed to coming in to school each week to coach the children.  They are to be thanked and congratulated on the huge progress the children are making.

The Rugby Club can indeed feel very proud of all they are achieving as we see the standard rising each year.

With Year 6  away in Barcelona our two teams were playing against children a year older.  The A side did so well in beating all three teams in the first round, therefore moving into the winners’ 4 Team Challenge where they  narrowly lost in the final matches.

The B team were really up against it in their age and size but they proved how much they are learning and did themselves proud.

As always the sportsmanship, the determination to give their all and the obviously joy in playing are the children’s great strengths.  The mass turn-out of parents enjoying the afternoon and encouraging their children was the icing on the cake.

 

Team A Gerran Team B Ethan
Ketan Olan
Daniel Grace
Oliver Caitlyn
Tia Ethan
Lily Isaac
Rebecca Amy
Ben
Georgia

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

Another Hockey Success!

We really are making our mark on the Primary School Hockey Scene.
Yesterday teams from forms 3/4 had their competition to find the winners to play the Malling winners for a place in the Kent School Games. Just as last week the “A” team won all their games with the “B” team putting on a promising performance mostly against “A” teams. Everything I said about Sevenoaks Hockey Club and the association it has with the Primary schools and St Johns was proved here again and again St Johns were very impressive with a mature understanding of the tactics in any given match and go through to the play-off.. What has really made both these competitions a joy to take part in is the help and encouragement each school gives to each other to get the best out all the participants. Yes competition but great sportsmanship.

Team ATeam B
Finley Dylan
Mackenzie Mia
Rebecca Ted
Caitlyn Grace
Georgia Amber
Reuben Harvey
v St Johns "B" : won 2-0v St Johns "A" : lost 0-2
v Churchill : won 6-0v St Lawrence "A" : won 2-0
v Lady Boswell : won 1-0v Lady Boswell "A" : lost 0-2
v St Lawrence : won 5-0v Churchill "A" : lost 0-3
v Amherst : won 3-2