Edward Oatley – Report on the End of Term

St John’s always arranges an entertaining and thought provoking last few days of term.

The first event was Easter Service at the Church on Thursday morning for the whole school to which parents were invited. Year 3 performed a mini play telling us the Easter story in clear and well learned words. The 50 strong choir sang beautifully “For the Beauty of the Earth” and the excellent 20 strong recorder group played and sang “Hot Cross Buns”.  A reading by Lucas from Year 6 and a talk from Fr Robin completed the service.

This was followed by the Inter-House sports in the afternoon. It just happened to be the hottest day of the year so far and for one and a half hours the children in Years 3-6 were locked in friendly sporting competition in netball, football and rugby with the whole school there supporting.  The fields now look like Wembley Stadium thanks to Dave and it was very special to be with the children and staff soaking up the St John’s family atmosphere. We all assembled back on the playground for the results, which I am ashamed to say I have forgotten!, but a different House won each event so honours were spread and it was the importance of taking part which was the aim of the afternoon and in that everyone was a winner.

(Mrs Quirk adds…Yellow Newton won the football, Green Nightingale won the rugby and Red Brunel won the netball. I love it that Edward was the official scorer and can’t remember!)

The end of term Assembly started with the excitement of the result of the House Competition. Yellow were the winners on 599 points with Red second just 20 points behind.  We then had the results of the “Wild About Words” competition which Tracey Thompson and Fiona Innes have been organizing.  The school has been having a real push to encourage reading and writing with great success.  The children were asked to write any story of their choice of 500 words maximum and it was open to all ages (4-11).  44 children entered which shows just how successful this has been.

Results: Age 4-6        lst Florence, 2nd Torben and 3rd Isabella

Age 7-9        1st Edie , 2nd Eloise  and 3rd Laura

Age 10-11    1st Gracie , 2nd Grace  and 3rd Elekwachi


The winners’ stories were all read out with Edie and Grace reading their own stories. Obviously Tracey and Fiona are to be congratulated but again, as is normal at St John’s, this was a great team effort by all the staff and the end result has been a really tremendous and genuine realization of the value in reading and writing throughout the school.

A great end of term!

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