Sports Day, Wednesday 26th June

This, to me, is one of the Highlights of the school year.

The scene is set at daybreak with as near perfect  grass Athletics Track as you will ever get. Grass almost like Wimbledon and white lines spot on. This is all thanks to David Shrubb who is total master of all the “behind the scenes”  activities that make St John’s.

At 9.10 exactly  all 240 pupils then march onto the playing fields and sit in their year groups under tents. The field is now full of all the pupils families ready for the races and with plenty of food and drink for the morning and a family picnic lunch at the end. So starts Sports Day masterminded by Danielle and helped to perfection by the all the staff.

All the children took part in several races with the House Relay always a favourite at the end. To save parents from injury they took part in an egg and spoon race! (about 40 mums and Dads in total. The teachers had a handball team race. Sally ended it all with the presentation of the House Cup and and a thank you to all concerned for a great morning. The Family picnic then started.

Weather ok, but some sun would have been a bonus.

Just such a wonderful St John’s Family Day.

Sport this Week

A great few days of sport this week.  On Thursday Leonardo, Edward, Emily, Sebastian, Madeleine, Grayson, Theodore and Erin (the Key Stage 1 team) represented St John’s in a Rapid Cricket tournament at Knole Academy.  This entailed each member of the team hitting three balls from cones placed the length and breadth of the hall and then running between wickets whilst the opposition retrieved the balls and cones to replace them on their original spots.  The team beat Otford and Sevenoaks CP to reach the final and then triumphed over St Lawrence and Anthony Roper to win the competition.  Tactics won the day handsomely for St John’s.

On Saturday Knole again hosted a Key Stage 2 football and netball competition.  Dante, Madison, Ethan, Ben, Sebastian and Griff represented the school in the football.  With only 10 minutes for each match concentration and an ability to take that one chance are vital.  Although they played well at times, losing to Shoreham 1-0, Chevening 2-0 and then drawing with Sevenoaks CP meant we did not make the finals.

However the netball was a different matter and in the six matches in our group we were unbeaten thanks to a great squad of players: Rebecca, Caitlyn, Isabelle, Laura, Amy, Ben, Przemyslaw,  and Archie who just gave their all and showed such promising talent and potential. They beat St Thomas’ 2-1, St Katherine’s 4-0, St Lawrence 2-0, Halstead 1-0, drawing 1-1 with Lady Boswells and 0-0 with Amherst.  This meant we were in the Plate Final having come second to Amherst in our group, so we played Anthony Roper.  We certainly had the better of the match but, as we know, it is about scoring goals and unfortunately although both teams missed many chances Anthony Roper came out on top scoring just once.  This meant we came fourth overall.

A great week and how proud we all were seeing St John’s leading the way in all aspects of school sport.

Sports day

What a perfect summers day for our school sports day.

Sheralyn Silvester along with the rest of the staff staged a well organised sports day that all pupils took part in. Our school Athletics field was looking it’s best thanks to Dave’s efforts.

It was a day that says so much about the school’s team work, parenting at its very best, the sporting atmosphere where it is so obvious every child is trying her/his best but the sincere encouragement everyone was giving to each other made this a living Olympic experience.

A memorable St John’s day and one not to be forgotten.

Year 4 Cricket

A great day at Sevenoaks Prep who hosted a six-school cricket festival for years 3 and 4.  It is a real pleasure and inspiration for me to be with eight children who are so willing to learn, to enjoy all they are doing and to just go on improving throughout each match.

It was great to hear that cricket coaches who were helping them in the nets were taken aback by their keenness, determination and general attitude.

The St. John’s cricketers were: Harry, Harrison, Dante, Bailey, Lexie, Tia, Mia and Iona.

Well done all!

Anyone for a spot of cricket?

St. John’s were certainly up for a little bit of cricket today! With the sun shining down on us and with not a cloud in the sky – yes very hot actually- we gathered at Otford to play in the annual Sevenoaks cricket festival.

Twelve keen cricketers supported each other throughout the whole competition, encouraging team mates and playing to the best of their ability. The competition was tough and we certainly had some challenging matches. Despite not coming away with a win, we were victorious in our spirit, enthusiasm and approach to the game. I am so truly proud of our fabulous Year 5s. I can honestly say that I have never seen such a lovely group of resilient pupils who persevered and remained positive to the very end. Well done to all.

Thank you too to Mr Oatley who supported us, giving the children coaching tips and encouragement throughout. Also to Mrs Loftin who brought along the choc ices – so very needed – and to all our amazing parents, brothers and sisters (and new puppy) who came to support us all.

We really are a great school with such a wonderful community. Thank you again.

More cricket this Friday!

 

 

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.