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

 

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