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Year 6 Science

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Dr Diane Davis visits Year 5

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Maya Specialist visits Year 5 to share her expertise about the Maya Civilisation

Music Prize Giving

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Photographs from the evening.

Year 5 Tudors

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Sports Day 2017

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Arts Week Day 3

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Arts Week Day 2

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Arts Week Day 1

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Boccia and New Age Kurling Festival – 2nd October 2015

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On 2nd October 2015 we took a group of nine pupils to a Boccia and New Age Kurling Competition at Debden Park High School. Boccia is a target ball sport which is similar in principle to Bowles, but is played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a game of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension: A Jack (white) Ball is thrown out onto the pitch and then the two opposing teams take it in turns to pitch their red or blue balls as near to the Jack Ball as possible. The nearest ball to the Jack is the winning ball. Points are added together to give a total for each team. New Age Kurling is also a target game using kettles on wheels. As with Boccia, this also requires a great deal of skill, control and tactics to get your kettle as near to the target centre as possible, whilst either blocking out your opponent or knocking their kettle off of the target. The children really picked up on the skills and tactics of the games and had a great afternoon of sport.

Year 5 - West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

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Year 5 had a fantastic day out exploring West Stow Anglo-Saxon village. We explored various artifacts found at the site in their stunning museum, listened to live music played on a replica stringed instrument and investigated what life might be like by looking at the village layout and set up. The children learnt about experimental architecture and how this helps historians envisage how they lived.

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Year 2 Multisports

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Year 2 had a fantastic sporting experience at Multisports on Friday. Mrs Khachy, Mrs Adamson and Mrs Sami took 29 children to Debden Park High School to take part in a wide range of sporting activities with four other local schools. The event was extremely well organised by the West Essex School Sport Partnership and consisted of 10 athletic challenges including standing long jump, triple jump, target ball and relays. Each activity was explained and then supervised by a Sports Leader from Davenant. Every child completed each activity and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to the parents who dropped off and picked up today - the children would not have been able to have this opportunity without your support.

Reception Post Office visit

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At the end of November, the children from both reception classes walked down to the post office in Buckhurst Hill. Prior to this trip, every child had written a letter to father Christmas to inform him about what they would like for Christmas. The children then put their letters into envelopes, put a stamp on and then walked down to the post box to post their letters, making a wish as they did it!

Christmas Fete

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Science Week Assembly

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Science Week Assembly 20th October 2016 The whole school gathered together to celebrate Science Week in Thursday’s Assembly. Each Year Group gave presentations on their Nature Watch findings and about the experiments they carried out in class. The assembly concluded with the prize giving for the Habitat Hat Competition Winners. Mrs Khachy, the Science Leader, was delighted to be presented with flowers for her role in organising the week by the Head Girl and Boy, Ruby Coyte and Henry Hammerston.

Science Week Experiments

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Experiments All classes carried out experiments in class. Reception found out what it was like to look through the eyes of insects, sharks and flies. Years 1 and 2 learnt about germs using glow gel, a uv lamp and a dark den. Years 3 and 4 created their own experiments using a variety of new equipment including pulse meters, timers and a resistance parachute. Year 5 carried out a STEM experiment using spaghetti and marshmallows and Year 6 investigated finger prints. The rules were as follows: Experiments should be fun! All you need to do is: • Ask a question (e.g. will my heart beat faster when I have done 5 star jumps?) • Make a prediction (e.g. yes) • Run the experiment. • What did you find out? (Why that happened might be a home challenge for those who want to know why exactly as the concept might be too advanced for your year group e.g. wind resistance!) • Was this a fair test? • What did you wonder? • How would you change your experiment if you were to do it again? • What further experiments could you do based on your findings?

Habitat Hat Competition

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All children were invited to create a Habitat Hat. A Habitat Hat is any kind of headwear which has been decorated in the style of a habitat from anywhere in the world and St. John’s children created all kinds of Habitat Hats! The display was very impressive and the PTA had a hard task in choosing the winners as there could only be one prize winner in each class. The Hats were judged on Monday and the prizes given in the assembly on Thursday. Thank you to all the people who came to view the hats in the Barn on Monday 17th October and to all the children who made the hats. The winners were: R1 Charlie Paulin R2 Leo Boudakian 1B Clement Adams 1H Jasmine Mehta 2K Mila Auplish 2T Chigozie Ude 3G Avni Sangwan 3H Vladimir Dergachev 4D Erin McLoughlin 4L Tylan Sami 5E Isabella Fielder 5M Jemima Purser 5T Ayla Edmonds 6C Ruby Clark 6J Millie Nusrat

Year 4 Symmetry

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2K MoL

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Gardening Club

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St John's Cake Sale

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We did a cake sale for charity and raised a lot of money! Well done year 4!

Year 3 Tag Rugby 23rd September

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On Friday 23rd September 30 Year 3 pupils took part in a tag rugby festival at Epping Upland Rugby club. It was, for many of these children their first opportunity to take part in competitive matches. The morning was spent learning the skills necessary for playing the games and in the afternoon our pupils were divided into three teams and we were impressed with all of their progress over the day and their ability to show great team spirit and determination against mainly year 4 children. We were delighted that one of the teams managed to make it through to the semi- finals. They should all feel very proud of their achievement and we look forward to seeing many of them in the teams in Years 5 and 6. It was great to see a former St John’s pupil, Holly Hembury, who is now at Davenant, coaching the children and refereeing later on in the day.

Year 4 Tennis County Final – 30th June 2016

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Having previously qualified by winning our school partnership round, the Year 4 Tennis Team progressed to the Essex County Final, which was held in Childerditch, on 30th June 2016. They all played brilliantly and managed to finish in a creditable 8th position out of 12; this is excellent when you consider that there are over 600 schools in Essex! Maybe some future Andy Murrays of Heather Watsons there!

Y6 Trip to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford – 16th June 2016

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The Year 6 trip to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire On the 16th of June 2016, Year 6 went on a school trip to The Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The whole year group, including the adults, had to dress up as evacuees or teachers. Mr Jarmain’s class went into a replica 1930s classroom first; the “classroom” was actually previously been used as a room for women to make the wings of airplanes during WWI! First, the lady teacher, who was called Holly and was acting as a teacher from WWII, led the girls into the classroom first and said they had to stand behind their chairs on the left hand side; then she led the boys in afterwards and they stood behind their chairs on the right hand side. Before we sat down, we had to take off any hats that we were wearing, as this was the polite thing to do. We could only take a seat when she had instructed us to. After we sat down she explained the rules – which were that we had to keep our elbows and arms off the table as it was rude also. Another rule, was that when someone had finished their work everyone else, had stop and put their pens down on some paper, as we had clearly had enough time to complete the given task. Next, we had to recite our eight times table from our booklet, which we were pretty good at. After that, we had to write out “Make do and mend” we used an ink well and a dip pen which were not easy to use, as the nibs were very delicate. We had many other activities in the hour we had in the classroom, like a gas mask drill, learning to put out an Incendiary bomb, reading a poem, learning the Kings language using a tongue twister, listening to an air raid siren and learning what to do if an evacuee heard one and finally, we had to write out five different spellings and their meanings. When we had completed all of these activities in the school room, Holly came out of her role as teacher and apologised for having been so strict to us. She even said that we had been the best behaved class that she’

Y4 Visit London Zoo – 14th June 2016

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Year 4 went to the zoo on Tuesday 14th June to learn more about endangered animals and what the zoo was doing to look after them. Raine Clark (4K) writes: I went to the zoo with Year 4. We went there to see the endangered animals. I enjoyed looking at the Asian lions – the male was resting and the females were walking around. Another of my favourites was Into Africa where I saw my favourite animal, a zebra. I also loved watching the Giraffes eat. It was very strange because the Giraffe’s tongue was blue! The penguins were amazing too – one of them was looking at me! I really enjoyed seeing them swim. At Meet the Monkeys I really enjoyed seeing the monkeys – they were so small and cute and they were running all over the ropes in the trees. One of the scariest animals were the tigers. Ayla and I were standing on some rocks where we couldn’t see the tiger, so weren’t expecting it to come. Suddenly the tiger appeared and I got a big fright and fell off the rock I was standing on! It was a really lovely day and I did not want it to end. Ayla said, “I did not want to leave because it was so lovely.” I miss the zoo – it was the best trip ever. Everybody enjoyed this Science trip and learned a great deal. Furthermore, the children behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school!

Cross Country County Final 26th May 2016

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After the original race was cancelled, the cross country county final finally went ahead on 26th May 2016. Having qualified first in our partnership event back in February, Kezia Beeton took to the track with great expectations; She started well and soon got into her stride gradually moving her way up the field, getting herself into a good position for a sprint finish. Striding on fast along the home straight she tried to pass the girl in 3rd position; unfortunately she got a knock which put her off her stride and was unable to pass that girl. In the end she finished in a creditable 4th position overall which is fantastic considering the are over 600 schools in Essex. Well done Kezia!!

Year 4 Athletics Festival – Friday 20th May 2016

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On Friday 20th May 2016 we took a group of 30 children from year 4 to Debden Park High School for an athletics festival. To begin with all the children took part in a sprint race, and although this event was run as a fun event, the children were very competitive and gave their all. They were then taken as a group to try their hand at five different field events which involved throwing and jumping. They all performed brilliantly and a thoroughly good time was had by all.

Y4 Are visited by the ordained Buddhist Upekshadhi – 10th May 2016

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Upekshadhi visits Year 4 Today, all three Year 4 classes extended their knowledge of Buddhism today when they met Upekshadhi, an ordained Buddhist from Essex. Upekshadhi is a very special Buddhist name and she is the only person to be given this name. It means “She who has wisdom and equanimity.” The children, who have been learning about Buddhism in RE, asked Upekshadhi lots of very interesting questions. She told them that Buddha means “he who is awake” and that Buddhism is a way of life. Buddhists think carefully about the effect on others well-being and think with kindness. The children also learned about symbols which are important to Buddhists. For example, that flowers symbolise impermanence and that everything changes and that candles symbolise enlightenment. She explained the importance of the Three Jewels and also showed the children her necklace of beads called Mala (which are used during meditation) and told them that there were 108 beads, a significant number in Buddhism. Tomorrow (May 11th) is Buddha Day (also known as Wesak) and Upekshadhi will be celebrating it with other Buddhists at her temple in Essex.

Y6 SAT’s Breakfast – Week Commencing Monday 9th May 2016

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SAT’s Breakfast. Over the course of this week, Year 6 have been working incredibly hard, completing their SATs examinations. In order to prepare them for each day, we decided to provide them with breakfast each morning – the opportunity to eat together as a year group, as well as participating in some last minute revision sessions with Mr Jarmain and Mrs Clarke, related to the corresponding test that day. Each morning, the children were greeted by the smiling faces of Miss Hilder and Mrs Johnson, as well as a selection of croissants, fruit, pain au chocolat, fruit juice and even warm crumpets – which some children were unsure about at the beginning of the week, but proved an exceedingly popular option by Thursday morning! It was a really lovely opportunity to start each day together as a year group. As a Year 6 team, we are so proud of the effort the children have put into preparing for their SATs, and the way they have risen to every challenge during SATs week.

Y6 Spelling Bee – 5th May 2016

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On Thursday 5th May 2016, our wonderful Year 6 children took part in a thrilling Spelling Bee in the Church. Having been given the ‘National Curriculum Year 5 and 6 Spelling List’ back in September, the children have been working hard throughout the year to learn those somewhat tricky spellings; this definitely showed in their particularly successful Spelling Bee. The children were split into seven teams and after entering the church to uplifting music, they were tasked with the job of making their spelling-themed team alliterative. Before you knew it we had: ‘The Powerful Plurals’, ‘The Heroic Homonyms’, ‘The Primetime Prefixes’, ‘The Victorious Vowels’, ‘The Accurate Antonyms’, ‘The Crazy Consonants’ and ‘The Super Spelling Suffixes’ all ready and raring to go… Round One consisted of the ‘Can you Spell’ challenge, where each team was given a word to spell; the team captain had to ‘say the word, spell the word and then say the word’ after conferring with their team mates. Wrong spelling and the word was passed to another team. Round Two brought the Spelling Bee to a rather noisy level of excitement where children were given a definition of a word and using their specially chosen instrument, they had to ‘buzz in’ to guess and spell the word correctly. Round 3: ‘What’s the word?’ involved the children guessing and spelling a word from a hangman style selection of letters- this proved rather challenging but the ‘Powerful Plurals’ really shone in this round, winning the most points. Round 4 was one of the most exhilarating rounds of the afternoon. The teams were presented with a selection of scrambled letters and they had the task of unscrambling them to form the correct spelling. But that wasn’t all- once they had spelt the word correctly, the team captain from each team was then sent on a mission to find Mrs Clarke who was hiding in various places around the church. It was most amusing to watch the team captains sprinting around, frantically trying to gain tha

Netball Rally 20th April 2016

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St. John’s netball teams took to the courts at Alderton Primary School with great enthusiasm and determination. Unfortunately they lost their first match to Whitebridge 2-0, but then managed a draw with St John Fisher. When they next took to the courts they came out all guns blazing, and came out with a masterful victory (5-3) over Theydon Bois – who they had lost to in the league. Going from strength to strength they then won their next two matches without conceding any goals. At the end of the first round St. John’s had finished in the top group and so where playing for the trophy. Unfortunately, Whitebridge were their first match in this round and, disappointingly, they lost once again. Not being ones to give up, they came out fighting and won against Buckhurst Hill and then Hereward; finally finishing 2nd overall to Whitebridge who won. I am extremely proud of all the girls who took part in the rally and the league this year – the improvement has been amazing!

Y2 Fossil & Dinosaur Workshop – 20th April 2016

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Today year 2 had some rather exciting visitors from way back in time! Dinosaurs. We invited a company called Portals to the Past into school to deliver their workshop on dinosaurs to the children. Graham, a real life palaeontologist brought the extinct creatures back to life. He has been on a number of digs and discovered fossils for himself and in fact some of the dinosaur skeletons that he has found are displayed in The British Museum. He was a fascinating speaker and the children were able to ask him a variety of questions that deepened their understanding of the way they lived their lives. He brought with him scaled down replicas of the most popular dinosaurs and various fossils which included an egg, teeth and of course poo! It really was a terrific day that inspired us all to learn more.

The Gunpowder Mills

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On Tuesday 29th March year 2 visited The Gunpowder Mills. This was an excellent field trip which helped to consolidate our learning on different habitats. There were two habitats that the children were able to explore, ponds and woodland. To visit the pond we had to travel there on the land tractor which was exciting and we spotted deer hiding in the shadows of the trees on the way! When we arrived at the pond the children each took turns to dip for pond life which we then took back to the classroom to identify. We found dragonfly larvae, water snails, water boatmen and beetles. Woodland was the next habitat and whilst here we checked for mini-beasts under logs and in soil, we were surprised at what we saw… centipedes, woodlice, spiders, giant worms and slugs. We saw bird and bat boxes and looked at a large badger’s sett. It was a fascinating day and well worth a visit during the school holidays.

Tag Rugby County Final Champions – Thursday 17th March 2016

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Tag Rugby County Final – 17th March 2016 For a second day in a row a St. John’s School team headed off to Southend-On-Sea for a county final; this time for Tag Rugby. There were fifteen teams competing in three different groups. The team didn’t start well going down one try within the first minute. However, this only made them more determined and they came back fighting and as clear winners of the first match. They then carried on in the same manner, displaying some of the best Tag Rugby that we have ever witnessed a team play. They finished the first round top of their group without conceding a match (winning 3 and drawing 1). The next round consisted of some of the top teams from all three groups. Again, they didn’t start this round well, going down by three tries early on. They then performed the comeback of the day and won by 1 try; giving a gutsy determined performance. St. John’s remained undefeated at the end of this round and progressed to the semi-final where they beat Greta Totham to gain a place in the final versus West Leigh. It was a very exciting game with both teams defending well and gaining many turnovers without score. Finally, St. John’s broke through and gained an important try, which gave them an important psychological advantage and spurred them on to victory. This is the first time that the Tag Rugby team has won a county final. We are extremely proud of all the children, no matter whether they played in one match or all of the matches; they all had a role to play. The thing that won us the tournament (apart from all of the hours of practice that the children put in beforehand) was the determination to keep going and never give up even when going down by a few tries. This is a value that we regard very highly at St. John’s and this victory shows why this is so. Well Done!!! Team: Joel Fielder (captain), Charlie Dobinson, Harry Nyman, Charlie Ruse, Tion Ntow, Ben Sutton, Calum Bristow, Jesse Friend, Isabella Ruse, Kezia Beeto

Sportshall Athletics County Final 16th March 2016

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Sportshall Athletics County Final – 16th March 2016 After qualifying in the second round of the partnership competition, on 26th February 2016, the St. John’s Team progressed to the county final for a ninth consecutive year. Spirits were high, as we set off on the coach at 7.30am, on route to Garons Park Leisure Centre in Sounthend. Thankfully, this year the journey went without hitch and we arrived at the venue in good time; very excited and with great expectations. The competition was exceedingly strong; all the 16 schools present had also progressed through their partnership rounds to reach this stage. St. John’s pupils did not waver in their determination to perform to their best ability; they showed their superb speed and agility through all elements of the competition. Some children achieving their best jumping and throwing results ever. As this is a real team event with points being added to the overall score for every child’s event, there is no way of knowing how well the team is doing until the very end. It was a really nail biting finish and we eagerly awaited the results with the announcer counting down from 16th to 4th place. Finally he announced the top 3 schools, and then gave the finishing positions. It was extremely close with only 26 points separating the top 3. St. John’s gained victory, finishing 24 points ahead, and are once again County Champions for a fourth consecutive year, and a fifth year out of six!

Y4 Visit The Verulamium Museum – 10th March 2016

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Year 4 had a fun, yet educational, day visiting Roman Britain’s third largest city, Verulamium as part of their History Topic. The Verulamium Museum is known as the Museum of Everyday Life in Roman Britain and the children spent an interesting time learning researching and extending their knowledge of Roman Britain in the museum’s galleries. In addition to this, they visited a mosaic and hypercaust system in the grounds of the museum as well as dressing as either Romans or members of the Catuvellauni tribe to visit the Roman market. There they learned all about the food, jewellery, clothes, pottery and metal goods people could buy in Roman times. The trip was rounded off with a visit to the gift shop which all the children enjoyed! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

EY Chick Hatching – 29th February to 10th March 2016

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The Chicks On Monday 29th February, The Happy Egg Company delivered ten fertilised eggs to the early years classrooms. Over the following week the children were able to observe the eggs hatch and, due to a web cam being used, were even able to watch from home. All ten eggs hatched and the children were able to observe the chicks as they grew. They learnt how to care for them and were given the chance to stroke and hold them, if they wished to. The children wrote fantastic chick diaries and drew pictures of the chicks at the different stages of development.

Early Years Visit Hayes Hill Farm – 25th February 2016

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On Thursday 25th February both reception classes visited Hayes Hill Farm in Waltham Abbey. The children enjoyed a tractor ride to see the cows and learnt about milking. We watched a flying show with the birds of prey. The children enjoyed looking at the different animals including; goats, turkeys, rabbits, llamas and mere cats. In the afternoon we listened to a talk about ‘Little Critters’ and had the opportunity to touch a tortoise, a chinchilla and those children brave enough even stroked a snake! Despite the cold weather the children didn’t complain and were very well behaved all day. The following day at school the children wrote recounts about their trip to the farm and had obviously learnt a lot from the experience.

Y5 Visit Roding Valley Meadows – 23rd February 2016

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On Tuesday 23rd February, Year 5 had a fantastic day at Roding Valley Nature Reserve to support our Science topic on life cycles. The day was filled with really interesting activities. The children took part in a mini beast hunt and had the opportunity to go bird watching. They also spent half of the day pond dipping which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Early Years Celebrate Chinese New Year – Monday 8th February 2016

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Early years celebrated the Chinese New Year today and took part in a traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance.

Y5 Mayan Civilisation Workshop – Monday 1st February 2016

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Year 5 were visited by the Freshwater theatre company on Monday morning. They were given the opportunity to learn lots of new and fascinating facts about their history topic this term; the Mayan Civilization. During the drama workshop they learnt all about the hierarchy of the Mayan people, met a Mayan king and even acted out a battle scene. A fun filled morning was had by everyone.

Charity Donation of St John’s School Uniform – January 2016

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Enkosi Place Childrens Home, Cape Town, South Africa. Celebrating the delivery of their St John’s uniform kindly donated by parents whose children have grown out of it or have left school. Thank you.

Sportshall Athletics Tournament Friday 29th January 2016

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Sportshall Athletics Competition – 29th January 2016 St John’s secured two victories in one day, when they attended the first round of the annual Sportshall Athletics Competition. In the morning we took a team of year 4 children to Debden Park High School, where they took part in a wide range of activities; obstacle relay, over and under relay, straight running relays and field events, including long jump, triple jump, speed bounce and chest push. All children performed brilliantly winning many events to gain points for the team. In the end only one point separated the 1st and 2nd places, but that was enough to secure the victory for St John’s. (Team: Agnes Briscoe, Amber Crawford, Amber Scatchard, Eliza Kelly, Hannah Carter, Isabel Nyman, Janna Barlas, Jasmine Dolan, Lyla Thompson, Rebecca Heal, Rihanna Finnimore, Sienna Statham, Tara Gabhari, Arthur Maskell, Chayan Joly, Devan Mahalingham, Fraser Hedger, George Koskinas, Jaeden Twaites. Jensen Margetts, Joseph Coyte, Luca Mckie, Mason Allen, Seth Lyons, Sonny Royce, Toby Smith-Shaw) In the afternoon it was a chance for the older children to regain their title for a ninth consecutive year, and they didn’t disappoint. Ably led by team captains Amy Chinweze and Micah Newton, they powered their way through, securing victories in all of their races; showing fantastic footwork skill through the high steppers and speed-bounces, and super agility when flying over hurdles and using the reverser boards. This team now progress to the next round to be held on Friday 26th Frbruary, at Roding Valley High School. (Team: Kezia Beeton, Ruby Curtis, Erin Falshaw, Erin Francis, Olivia Nagy (Captain), Agnessa Pavlova, Isabella Ruse, Esther Richards, Alice Richards, Maddie Smith, Haval Yalcin, Kian Steward, Aston Watson-Weaver, Jesse Friend, Roman Hall, Harry Hopkins, Gregie Thompson, Noel Togara Calum Bristow, Joel Fielder, Ben Sutton, Charlie Dobinson (Captain), Ralph Marks, Harry Nyman, Char

Year 4 Football tournament 20th January 2016

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After a false start the previous week, it was with great excitement that nine children from year 4 attended a football tournament at Roding Valley High School. It was a frosty start but, with the sun shining, it soon melted and after a quick warm up the children took to the pitch. They really enjoyed the morning, played some great football, showed good sportsmanship throughout and finished 3rd in the tournament.

Y4 Quantum Theatre perform “The Writing on the Wall” – Monday 18th January 2016

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Today Year 4 had a slightly different English lesson when Quantum Theatre visited the school to perform their new production “The Writing on the Wall.” Using J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as inspiration, the children explored how to creating settings, build character and plot, organise paragraphs, punctuate direct speech and how to use conjunctions, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs as well as enjoy the drama of the theatre!

Y2 Bird of Prey Academy visit St John’s – Tuesday 12th January 2016

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The Owl Visit. On Tuesday 12th January The Imperial Birds of Prey Academy visited Year 2 at St John’s. They brought with them four different types of owls to show us. First of all we went to the Barn to watch the owls flying. The first owl that we saw was the Tawny Owl which kept making little noises. After that we were shown a Barn Owl which flew silently because it has fringes on it’s wings. Harry and Mrs Tinker had to hold their arms out so that the owl could fly to them. Finally the man got out a Burrowing Owl which was tiny but had really long legs which meant that it could run really fast! After playtime they brought an African Owl around to the class to show us. It had grey wings and a black stripe on it’s face, it was beautiful. The last thing they told us about was owl pellets which have all the bits of an animal that the owls can’t digest, like bones and fur. It was a really interesting morning and I learnt that not all owls are nocturnal which surprised me. Only owls with black eyes are nocturnal.

Dodge Ball Final 8th January 2016

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On Friday 8th January 2016 we took a group of eight pupils from year 5 to the Essex Primary Schools’ Dodge Ball Final in Southend; it is a fast moving game in which players on two teams try to throw balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves. There are many variations of the game, but generally the main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them. During the last half term we had a Dodge Ball Coach visit the school for four afternoons of coaching with year 5; he taught them the general techniques for throwing and catching and the rules of the game which enabled us to select a team to take to the competition. This is the first time we have entered a dodge ball competition and unfortunately, on the day we did not manage to win any of our matches, but the children had a great time taking part and also learned some valuable lessons – one of them being, to avoid being hit you must keep your eyes on the balls!!!

Y1 Aladdin Pantomime – Thursday 7th January 2016

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Year 1 Pantomime Trip On Thursday 7th January Year one went to the theatre in Hornchurch to watch Aladdin. We took the coach there and all the children were very excited. We sat and watched the pantomime and loved all the characters. First we were introduced to Abanazer the wicked wizard, whenever he came on stage we had to shout ‘Boo!’ There was also ‘Wishy Washy’ who was very funny – he was Aladdin’s brother. Aladdin’s mother was very funny and wore lots of different, colourful dresses. Our favourite character was Betty the Yeti; she had a very high pitched voice that only Wishy Washy could understand! We liked the part where Aladdin flew on a carpet and he came right out into the audience, it was magical! We really enjoyed ourselves and on the way back some of the children fell asleep on the coach!

Staff Pantomime – Tuesday 16th December 2015

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The children watched the staff at St John’s perform an outstanding Christmas Pantomime titled ‘Strictly Sleeping Beauty’.

Y3 Egyptian Day – 7th December 2015

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In support of their History curriculum, the Freshwater Theatre Company visited Year 3 today and gave them an Ancient Egyptian History Day. ‘Year 3 travelled back in time with the Freshwater Theatre to solve the curse of the mummy’s tomb. We met lots of different characters, examined artefacts and listened to stories’

Tag Rugby Final 4th December 2015

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Tag Rugby Festival report: On Friday 4th of December, 31 St John’s children from Years 5 and 6 arrived at Davenant Foundation secondary school feeling excited, nervous and eager to impress. After nearly 3 months of weekly practise on the school field, everyone felt confident and ready to take on the cream of the local schools. 19 different schools would be taking part during the day, comprising 440 children from 47 teams. St John’s were represented by 3 teams; the Black team would be taking part in the Partnership ‘Cup’ final, having qualified in 1st position in the previous round, where they’d won every game they’d played; the White team would be playing in the ‘Plate’ competition and the Blue team would be taking part in the ‘Bowl’ competition. After a brief opening ceremony, a Haka dance, all of the children dispersed to their relevant competitions. Following a warm-up and tactical talk all three teams began their games, showing early dominance, particularly in the skills of tagging and defending space – which is vitally important for gaining turnovers in tag-rugby games. We are proud to announce that all three teams performed extremely well; the Blue team finishing third in their Bowl competition, remaining undefeated until the very end. The White team finished as Runners-up in the Plate competition, remaining undefeated right up to the final, losing 5-4 in the final to a ‘Golden Try’. Pleasingly, the Black team won 5 out of 6 games, including a fascinating 8-7 victory over Stapleford Abbotts, which was an incredibly nail-biting affair! The final, against Hereward school, produced a 4-0 winning scoreline, meaning that St John’s had won the competition and now progress through to the Essex County Final, at Southend-on-Sea, on Thursday March 17th. Wish us luck!

Tag Rugby Team set of for Tournament – 4th December 2015

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The St John’s Tag Rugby Team left school this afternoon to compete in a Tag Rugby Tournament at Davenant School. Good Luck to them all.

Interhouse Tag Rugby – November 2015

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During November children from year 2 through to 6 took part in our annual inter-house tag rugby competition. All the events were highly competitive and enjoyed by all. The last year group to take part were year 4 who had to contend with very muddy conditions on the field; even though it was very slippery they showed great strength and agility to keep upright and scored plenty of tries. During the matches children were encouraged to analyse their team’s performance and work as a team, through discussion, to improve. It was also a good opportunity for the house captains to demonstrate their leadership skills when organising rotas of play.

Y4 Visit The Museum of London – 24th November 2015

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At the Museum of London, we met Mr Charles Dickens who told us about the many books he wrote in the Georgian and Victorian times. In particular, he spoke about the inspiration for the child characters such as Little Nell, Oliver Twist and Ignorance and Want, which came from seeing unfortunate, starving children who lived in an extremely poor area of London called Saffron Hill. He read extracts from his tales while children role-played characters. Becky gave an outstanding performance as Little Nell, while Hannah, Amber and Yuvraj played characters from Oliver Twist. Mr Carter played the Ghost of Christmas Present with co-stars Ciaran and Anna. Although not a child, Mr Dickens explained how the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge came from a grave stone he saw in Edinburgh which read “Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie: A mean man.” He changed this into the miserly character we all know (or will know) from A Christmas Carol. He also explained some of the words he used such as diminutive and circumference. In conclusion, it was thoroughly enjoyable and exciting to watch and we all learnt a lot.

Year 6 Drug Awareness Talk – 23rd November 2015

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An Important Lesson On Monday 23rd November 2015, the Year 6 children were lucky enough to have a visit from Paul Hannaford. Paul is an award winning lecturer who travels around the country visiting schools, prisons and many football clubs to educate others about the dangers of drugs. Paul spoke to the children about his life thus far, explaining how he had made some unfortunate choices, resulting in his life being tragically affected by drug addiction. Although fairly hard hitting, his story was invaluable in ensuring that children were fully aware of the consequences of taking drugs, not only physically but mentally too. Children walked away with some important messages, but the ones most relevant to children at this time were to “choose your friends wisely” and “say no to drugs.” The children really enjoyed the afternoon and many thought that it was the most “important lesson” they had ever had. We are looking forward to inviting Paul back next year.

Tag Rugby Competition – 18th November 2015

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St John’s CE School Tag-Rugby Family Festival Report: On Wednesday the 18th November St. John’s visited Davenant Foundation school for our Family Tag Rugby Festival. Entering two teams of well-drilled boys and girls, and with fair weather conditions for the time of year, there was a great deal of excitement as everyone was eager to play and have fun. The two A teams were mainly made up of Year 6 children – one sporting the black kit and the other the white and black design, and many of them had not attended last years’ tournament but were extremely eager to do well. Beforehand, during late September and October, both sets of teams had spent a lot of time practising their passing, catching and tagging skills on St. John’s school field during the after-school Tag-Rugby club, where Mrs Watkins, Miss Gibbs and occasionally Mr Jarmain put them through their paces. Once again, this proved to be a very successful tournament for St. John’s – with both of the Year 6 A Teams showing off all of the skills that they had learnt during practice. The tournament was organised using a ‘Round Robin’ style, meaning everyone would end up playing everyone else. Amusingly, both A teams had to play each other in one of their last games—with the black team narrowly beating the whites in a game full of skill! As usual, all the teams showed impressive rugby skills, allied with a good spirit of competition and sportsmanship and impeccable behaviour. It was a really enjoyable day, and thanks go to Davenant Foundation School for hosting the competition and their students for refereeing the games so confidently. Once again it was good to see both girls and boys working together and having fun! Finally, we are pleased to say that the black team have made it through to the next round – the Partnership final, as they won every single game that they played. This will be held at Davenant school in two weeks’ time, on Friday the 4th of December, where they will get the opportunity to pit them

The National Young Mathematician’s Awards – 12 November 2015

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On Thursday 12th November 2015 four Year 6 children, accompanied by Mrs. Shawyer, took part in the initial round of The National Young Mathematician’s Awards in Woodford Green. The team included; Harry Nyman, Fred Johnson, Melody Dawson and Catherine Rabu. They had some tricky problems to solve, based on centred squares. It was challenging but, all the team agreed they had fun and enjoyed the experience. A few days later, we were contacted by the Awards team who said “St John’s demonstrated great teamwork. Each member of the group were able to explain and clarify what they had found and their answers to the assessors. They equally divided the tasks needed to complete a number of challenges. They listened to each other’s justifications.” As a result, the children made it through to the Regional Final (Stage 2), which they are very excited about! Well done team! Below is a paragraph received from the team at Explore Learning Centre in Woodford: I am just writing to let you know St John’s C of E has been selected as our Regional Winner for NYMA 2015! Huge congratulations to all the children that took part, we were particularly impressed with the team’s systematic approach to problem solving and effective delegation of roles within the group. Unfortunately, the team did not qualify for the next stage of the competition at the Grand Final at the University of Cambridge. As you are aware, hundreds of schools took part in the competition and St John’s should be very proud of their achievement as Regional Winners. The children were Catherine Rabu, Melody Dawson, Fred Johnson and Harry Nyman. They competed in Round 1 initially where they won that phase, then were asked to go back to the Regional Final where they were they against the top schools from the region. As you can see from the paragraph above, they then won that which meant that they achieved the highest score from all the schools in the region that entered (a first for St. John’s). This competition is actua

The School Council visit Westminster – 11th November 2015

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On Wednesday 11th November, the newly elected school council visited the Downing Street, The Cenotaph and the Palace of Westminster.

St John’s School Remembrance Service & Laying of Poppy’s on War Graves – 11th November 2015

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On Wednesday 11th November 2015 St John’s School and Loyola Prep School held a joint Remembrance Service at St John’s Church Buckhurst Hill. The pupils and staff observed the two minute silence and laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance. Year Six pupils laid poppy’s and said poems at the War Graves of St John’s Church. Laying of Poppy’s written by Persia Bellamy and Charlie Ruse

Freshwater Theatre Company visit year 1 for the ‘Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot’ Production – 5th November 2015

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The Freshwater Theatre Company visited Year 1 on 5th November to re-enact the events of the gunpowder plot of 1605. The children enjoyed being involved in the drama and learning about Guy Fawkes and his plan.

Y5 Visit the Docklands Museum – 4th November 2015

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To support their History and Geography projects this term, year 5 travelled by tube to visit the Docklands Museum. As part of the trip the children took park in a ‘History of the Thames’ workshop.

Freshwater Theatre Company visit year 2 for the Great Fire of London workshop – 4th November 2015

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Year 2 had a very exciting morning on Wednesday 5th November. Freshwater Theatre came in and helped us recreate the events of the Great Fire of London using our own bodies. We made tableaux of the people who lived and worked in 1666 and then shared them with the rest of the class. We learnt about significant people at the time, The Lord Mayor of London, King Charles II and of course Samuel Pepys. Finally we formed a human fire using ribbon and sound. It was an exciting morning and a very different way to learn.

Year 6 at Epping Forest Field Centre – 2nd November 2015

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To support their Geography studies this term, Year 6 visited the Epping Forest Field Centre.

4K Forest Walk – 20th October 2015

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Today 4K went for their Autumn forest walk. While you may not think that this fits with our book week, we did use Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ as inspiration for writing our own poems, ‘We’re Going On A Tree Hunt’ and ‘We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt’.

Forest Netball Tournament – Friday 16th October 2015

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On Friday 16th October 2015 we took a team of 8 girls to Redbridge Sports Centre for the annual Forest School Netball Tournament. It was a superb afternoon of very competitive netball with about 25 schools taking part. The girls competed fiercely in the first round gaining wins in few matches. They were then reshuffled into new groups for the afternoon session. At the end of the day the team finished somewhere near to the middle of the table; most importantly though, they gained some valuable match play experience.

Year 3 Visit The British Museum – 15th October 2015

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Year 3 travelled by coach to visit The British Museum to support our Amazing Egyptians topic. We visited the Egyptian Galleries and saw the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Statues and Mummies. We were surprised to see mummies of animals eg. kittens, crocodiles and even a fish! The children took part in a Egyptian After Life Workshop which was very interesting and lively.

Year 1 Visit Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood – 15th October 2015

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On Thursday 15th October Year1 went on a school trip to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The children enjoyed looking at toys of the past and seeing how they have changed over time. The children also had a talk about the history of toys and put some toys on a timeline. They then were able to play some of the games from the past, such as Tiddly Winks, Magnetic Fish and Snap. The children really enjoyed the day and were so well behaved that the train driver made a point of saying how good they had been and awarded them a badge!

Year 2 Visit Southwark Cathedral – 13th October 2015

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On Tuesday 13th October, Year 2 very lucky to have the chance to visit Southwark Cathedral. They had been learning about Special Places in RE and so it was exciting to have the opportunity to visit this very old building although it has only been a cathedral for just over 100 years. The children took part in two very different workshops. The first was a senses trail around the cathedral with stopping places to learn more about what they could see, hear, touch, smell and finally taste! All of the children experienced dressing up; we had a few very young bishops, nuns and monks! The second workshop was to make a clay tile based on the symbols that the children had seen around the cathedral. This was extremely well taught and the children produced some excellent pieces of work that they later painted in school. The day was a huge success as the children were able to experience so much which has deepened their understanding of special places, particularly churches and cathedrals.

Year 2 Capture the Flag Event – 2nd October 2015

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On Friday 2th October 30 children from year 2 were able to attend a Capture the Flag event at Debden Park High School. This is based on tag rugby and all the children were involved in running, dodging and capturing members from the opposing teams. There was no winner at this event it was a friendly set of games between six schools. It was amazing to watch the children play and use the skills that they have been taught during their rugby lessons here at St Johns. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves on what was a beautifully sunny day. When we returned to school they were glad of a rest and their lunch!

Harvest Festival & Official Opening of the New Church Entrance – 2nd October 2015

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Our school harvest festival service took place on Thursday 1st October and was attended by the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford. We had a wonderful display of food thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated. 1B did a short drama of ‘The Sower’ which was read beautifully by Zac Sapiro and Ruby Coyte. Bishop Stephen gave an engaging talk on Jesus being the bread of life and then officially opened the new church door which allows the children direct access to the church from school. Thank you to all who contributed to the harvest collection which went to the Christian Kitchen in Walthamstow.

Year 6 Visit The Royal Courts of Justice – 1st October 2015

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On the 1st October, Year 6 went on trial at the Royal Courts of Justice. Each class were lucky to have a member of the staff lead the children to a working court room where they discovered the different levels of the court and the professional roles of a court scenario. The children were set the challenge of delving into the court system by adopting the characters of the trial of John Henry Wainman, a child suspected of burglary. They prepared speeches and developed their knowledge of their individual court role, such as the prosecution barrister, through background research. We had fun dressing up and taking our positions as the case unfolded. To reach their final verdict, the members of the jury left the courtroom to have an in depth debate on the fate of the young defendant, and later returned to feedback their decision. To our surprise, 6C and 6J reached contrasting verdicts – with Felix found guilty and sent to a reformative school, and Harry released with a ‘not guilty’ verdict!

Year 4 Visit the British Schools Museum – 23rd September 2015

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Year four travelled back in time and became Victorian school children at The British Schools Museum in Hitchin. They were treated to and 1840’s Monitorial lesson, where they used slates, quills and learnt how to spell civil and diligent! In addition to this they learnt several Victorian sayings eg. ‘you must not think for yourselves’. Some children were rewarded with tickets or tokens, while others were give badges of shame which said ‘unwashed hands’. We learnt that the dunces hat and the cane were not introduced until later in the century. The children also visited the Headmasters house and handled objects such as cherry stones and irons in the People and Places session. Since the visit, as well as building on their historical knowledge and understanding, year 4 have used this experience as a source of inspiration for writing an historical story.

Year 5 Visit The Science Museum – 22nd September 2015

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On Tuesday 22nd September, year five travelled by tube to visit the Science Museum to support their ‘Space’ topic for this half term. We were lucky enough to visit the ‘Cosmonaut’ exhibition which was fascinating. We were given the opportunity to learn all about various aspects of the Space race, including the first dog in space and the success of Yuri Gagarin. The space exhibition was also a highlight of the day! To finish our visit year 5 got the chance to visit the ‘Launchpad’ room where all of the children thoroughly enjoyed all of the interactive activities and games. A hugely educational and enjoyable day was had by all!

White Water Centre – 17th September 2015

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On 17th September 10 very lucky Year 6 children were selected to visit the White Water Centre in Waltham Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning Monarch – 9th September 2015

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St. John’s paid tribute to the Queen today for becoming the longest serving monarch of all time. The St. John’s History Ambassadors, Maya Baptiste-Acteson, Andre Micallef and Harriet McIlwaine, announced the news in KS1 and KS2 Singing Assemblies today. The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months (or 23,226 days,16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 5.30pm today. Until today, Queen Victoria held the record for the longest reigning monarch.

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