The challenge has been a great success and although it has been tough at times that’s what challenges are all about.

It has been an enormous privilege to have been able to take part in this event and an even bigger privilege to have done it for the pupils, staff, governors and parents that make up St. John’s school community. Thank you to all the pupils for their encouragement through their cycling and to everyone for the sponsorship for our new school bus.

Today we made it to Angkor Wat which is enormous and has a 35Km circumference. Pictures are of me and the group there at the finish. I have also included pictures of our 4 hour  journey across the Tonya Sap lake, the largest inland lake in SE Asia. There we are on top of the boat, or on the side, travelling at 44Km an hour—you don’t get that sense of freedom and common sense in GB !! Now happy to have a rest from Chinese, Vietnam, Cambodian Food and a decent cup of coffee would be great.

So lots to tell you next Monday but meanwhile continue to have a restful half term. I will be off to the town (Siem Reap ) this evening to have a celebration meal and then tomorrow will go round the shops in the morning before we fly home in the afternoon. No more cycling just Tuk Tuk’s at 3 Dollers a journey.

Edward’s Cycling Challenge – February 2018

In February, Edward Oatley, our governor, has set himself a gruelling but thrilling 500km cycle ride in Vietnam and Cambodia. This is a challenging 8 day cycle with plenty of early morning starts. Challenging for any of us but please remember Edward is a sprightly 73 years old! He is raising money for the new St John’s minibus. This is an outstanding test and one I’m pleased to say Edward does with his wife Jane’s blessing!! We plan lots of learning and in school challenges to run alongside Edward’s, all of which we will launch at the start of Term 3. In the meantime anyone wishing to donate please follow the link below.

Hever Triathlon

Congratulations to our Triathlon squad who showed superb stamina and sporting ability at the Hever Triathlon at the weekend.

Well done all!

Fly a flag for Armed Forces Day

That was an interesting, if very wet, morning. 30 children from Form 3 represented the children of the town at the Sevenoaks District Council offices to help celebrate “Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day” around the flag pole. A short seven minute celebration in the rain saw Cllr. Peter Fleming, Leader of the Council, welcome everybody. Prayers were said by Fr. Robin followed by the Royal British Legion exhortation, the Last Post was played, and a two minutes silence was followed by the Reveille when the flag was raised. We all returned to the council offices for drinks and biscuits, photographs were taken and some of the civic leaders and members of the armed forces talked to the children. I was impressed by the way in which the St John’s pupils engaged confidently in conversation with the adults and asked meaningful questions.

Presentations for Parent Support for Children in Phonics, Grammar and Maths

A number of parents have asked for direction in supporting their children with the learning of phonics, grammar and maths. I am pleased that staff have kindly agreed to share our teaching methods and resources to assist parents with this. I hope by giving plenty of warning parents will be able to take time from work to attend the meetings that are appropriate for them. If you are unable to attend, notes covering the material will be sent home.


Please indicate in home school contact book which session you wish to attend

Mrs Temp and Miss Allen will model a 20 minute phonics session with their classes for Reception and Year 1 parents. This will be followed by a question and answer session in the school hall.

9.15-10.00am Friday 13th November 

9.15- 10.00am Friday 20th November


Meeting in the school hall led by literacy leaders Mrs Grimble and Mrs Clark  – suitable for parents of children in Years 2-6

9.15-10.00am Friday 27th November 


Meetings in school hall led by maths leaders Jane Gillhouley and Sam Temp

Wednesday 13th January

9.15-10.00am – suitable for parents of children in Reception Year 1 and Year 2

10.15-11.00am – suitable for parents of children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Charitable Giving

Our Christian value for the term is generosity and St John’s are certainly showing their generosity! Our Jeans for Genes day raised £387.34 and the Macmillan coffee morning was well attended and raised £92.01. I hear of many families who are preparing Christmas shoe boxes for underprivileged children as well as bringing in gifts to the collection box outside the office.

Thank you all for your kindness.

Harvest Festival

We like to link our Harvest Festival to events that have occurred at St John’s during the year.

This year we have been privileged to have a new non-fiction library and therefore we are linking our harvest Celebrations to Oxfam’s exciting ‘Message in a Book’ project, designed to raise awareness about global poverty.

We are really looking forward to getting involved and think the pupils will find the associated activities very enjoyable. It’s a brilliant way to boost their learning about world issues and will also raise money to help Oxfam fight poverty worldwide.

How your child can take part in Message in a book:

As part of the project, and following relevant lessons, pupils will be asked to share their knowledge on Oxfam’s work and why it’s so important that we all play a part to tackle global poverty.

Copies of letters written by our students will be used by the local Oxfam shop to raise awareness about global poverty and Oxfam’s work. Each letter will be anonymous; it will list only the name of the school and your child’s age.

Additionally, we will also be asking children to help us collect unwanted books for donation to our local Oxfam shop. If you do have any books you would be willing to donate, please do send them in to school for us to pass on. Any good quality paperback fiction, literature, non-fiction, children’s books and recent academic textbooks would be particularly welcome.

What we need from you:

We would really appreciate your help with this project. Please give your unwanted books to your children to bring to our Harvest Festival on Thursday 15th October

We do hope you will support us and look forward to making good use of your unwanted books.

Supporting the Armed Forces

Pupils in Year 3 took part in in a special event to commemorate the efforts of our armed forces both at home and overseas. They met war hero Harry bearing his glittering collection of medals and watched as a specially adapted Union flag was raised.



Armed forces day occurs on Saturday 27 June.


Book Week Photos

Life at St John’s school is always busy and full of hands on learning. This is particularly true this week which is our book week.

The whole school enjoyed taking part in a variety of events and activities celebrating the love of reading.

Guess my Favourite Book

On Monday the staff dressed up and illustrated book genres; Mr Still as the princess with a beard was possibly the highlight!



Author Visit

On Tuesday we thoroughly enjoyed a visit from the author Gareth P Jones. He entertained all year groups and one year 2 described him as “hilarious”

Gareth Jones, an author, visited our school. He told us all about his stories and sung many songs about his books. He was funny, talented and full of energy. He also could play piano and ukulele.
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Treasure Island

On Wednesday Years 5 and 6 went to London to watch Treasure Island at National Theatre.  It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see a professional production.


The show was amazing and the set was incredible. It was so clever the way it moved around. The acting was very good and the songs were beautifully sung and really catchy. It felt as if you were right there with the pirates on stage. It was a real treat!
By Beatriz and Emilia

Community visit

During Wednesday afternoon Years 3 and 4 visited Rockdale and Gloucester House to perform poetry and share their love of reading with the elderly residents.

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Fancy Dress,  Author visit and Spelling Bee

At the end of the week the whole school celebrated book characters, by taking part in a fancy dress day.

On Thursday, all pupils dressed up in costumes of their favourite book characters or wore their own clothes, it was interesting to see all of the different outfits and book characters. They then had a book author/artist come in to talk about what life is like in an author’s point of view which the children enjoyed very much.
By Siena and Amelia

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Spelling Bee

We tested our skills at an inter-house Spelling Bee where Red house narrowly beat the Greens.

Different Houses competed against each other in the exciting Spelling Bee competition. The winning House was Red House with only a two points lead.”
By Georgia and Aria



A huge thank you and well done to all pupils, staff, parents and visitors who supported our book week.

Keep on Reading!

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Book Clubs

The pupil book club will meet on Monday 2nd February (3:15 pm – 4:15 pm) to discuss their latest book ‘Listen to the Moon’ by Michael Morpurgo. If your child is interested in joining this club, they are welcome to do so. The requirement, in order for them to gain best from the club, is that they are on years 4 – 6. If you have any questions regarding this please speak to Mrs Shelly Goldring or the school office.


The parent book club will meet on Tuesday 3rd February at The White Hart when Liane Moriaty’s book ‘The Husband’s Secret’ will be discussed. The group are always really pleased to welcome new readers to these relaxed and interesting evenings – just turn up!