School Club News

Chess Club

Since last writing to you we have had our Christmas Simultaneous Display (SD)/ Festive Food and Drink – many thanks for your contributions!! The children thoroughly enjoyed it all which was obviously the main aim, but yes I conceded more losses and draws than in normal…. As well as the 20 or so children who played in the SD, some played against other teachers who were on hand to help and play, so thanks to them.

Since January we have been playing the seven school rounds of the UK Chess Challenge. The children have enjoyed playing and winning badges, gold spots, mascots and scorebooks for their efforts. The Club Champion, for the third time, was Patrick who has qualified to play against children from other schools in the Kent Mega final. To achieve a hat-trick of victories is quite some achievement, and has only happened once before so a huge round of applause is in order!  Also joining him as Mega final qualifiers are Charlotte, Amar, Owen, Ciaron.

Earlier this month we competed in zone 25 of the English Primary Schools Tournament. Although it is a small zone we were very pleased that our Under 11 team were runners up to Sevenoaks and our Under 9’s came first in their event. Congratulations to the eleven players who represented our school so well. We also had a match against a team from Years Seven and Eight of St John’s Comprehensive. The match was eight aside and our players managed to win 7 1/2 – 1/2 (so 7 wins and 1 draw!).

The club will continue to meet on Thursdays in April and May after which we break until September. Please note that on 11th May we have the annual staff v Children match when there will be a 5pm finish.

Please feel free to ask me about anything chess related.

Mr Fowler

Gardening Club

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Last term was a very busy one for gardening club. We took part in the Gravesham in bloom completion, where we had to create a scarecrow based on the royal family, we decided to make the Queen, and after lots of ideas and designs from the children, we based our idea on the Queen ready to do some gardening, wellies and all! After lots of hard work our entry was submitted and we are very happy to say that we came 2nd place! The scarecrow is exhibited outside the Woodvilles halls and will then be moved to the Clarendon hotel. Well done garden club!
This term we welcome some new gardeners and our looking forward to getting our hands muddy!


St John’s Chess Club News – May 2016

Having started back in September,  another year of Chess Club draws to a conclusion, our last meeting (until September) being next week – Thursday 26th May.

One of the highlights of this year was undoubtedly the annual Staff v Children Match last week which finished as a resounding 16 – 8 victory for the children!  This was a great result and experience, for all involved.

Earlier this term we had a match against a Year 7 team from the Comprehensive School, coming out on top by 4.5 – 1.5, a very satisfying performance score.

Five of our members  will be playing in the next stage of the UK Chess Challenge, the Kent Megafinal, on 4th June and we wish them good luck and trust they will enjoy themselves.

I have been particularly pleased this year with the regular attendance of the 25+ children, many from Years 3 and 4 joining for the first time, and have seen them enjoy the challenge of facing different opponents whilst improving their standard of play.

We have to say farewell to our Year 6 members, wish them well, and hope that they continue to play.

As always, please feel free to ask me about anything chess related.

Mr Fowler


Gymnastic Club

On Tuesday 30th July, our St John’s Gymnastics Team competed in the Key Steps Kent Final, representing Gravesham, at Pegasus Gymnastics Club.  The 4 children , Elliott, Ruby, Keira and Olivia had to compete three routines.  The Body Management routine tests the children’s strength and flexibility, the floor routines shows off their skill and agility, and the Vault tests the children’s power.  As always, the children were beautifully behaved and represented St John’s brilliantly.  The children performed all their routines with confidence and pride and received many positive comments from the judges and other school teachers!  The children finished in 1st place, crowning them Kent Champions!!  The school  and I are incredibly proud of their achievement!

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The gymnasts took part in the Key Steps Gymnastics Competition on Friday 27th March  and all performed so well!  Both teams competed a floor routine, a body management routine and also performed on the vault. The children achieved fantastic results for St John’s finishing in 4th and 1st, bringing home 4 shiny gold medals!  St John’s will now be competing in the Gymnastics Kent Final on Tuesday 30th June.  All the children behaved well and tried their hardest, representing St John’s beautifully!

Well done to Elliott who also came 1st individually and achieved the highest score of the day!