Events and Competitions

St. John's Making a Splash

On Friday 8th February, children from Y5/6 and a special guest (Olivia Heckford) graced Horfield Leisure Centre with their swimming talents whilst competing in the BSSA Primary Schools Swimming Gala. Every child competed in either 25m or 50m races (Fly, back, breast and crawl) against some tough competition from neighboring schools. Some highlights were Olivia Heckford coming 1st in 25m fly, Freddie Davis 2nd in 25m back, Imogen Hardy 2nd in 25m breaststroke, Hannah Ashworth 2nd in 50m free and John- Joe 2nd in 25m free (in their heats) .There was some superb swimming in a fantastic atmosphere enjoyed by swimmers and parents alike

The eight fastest swimmers in each age group in each event from across the heats will qualify for the Bristol Schools’ Swimming Association Primary Schools’ Final on Saturday 30th March 2019- fingers crossed St John's will make an appearance- results to be confirmed soon. 

Year 5/6 Football Team 
 
Yet again, there was another magnificent display from the year 5/6 football team on Monday 10th December. The boys played their 5th and 6th matches in the league this season and managed to win 5-0 against Bank Leaze school and 3-1 against Westbury Park. This means they have now won 4 matches in a row in the league and are now near the top of the table!
 
I was exceptionally proud to see both the Y5's and 6's showing excellent teamwork by displaying some excellent passing football and encouraging each other. I can't wait till the next fixtures, well done football team!
 
 

Year 3/4 Cricket Team

 

On Tuesday, 27th November, a fantastic group of Year 3&4 children took part in a cricket skills tournament at St. Bede’s school. The children acquitted themselves really well in skills such as catching, bowling and batting. In a tournament that included the likes of Bishop Road, Elmlea and Westbury-on-Trymm, they came a very creditable 6th out of 10.

 

The children showed many of our school values during the tournament, not least positivity, determination and collaboration. They also showed remarkable flexibility because, before they arrived, they had been expecting to take part in full matches rather than just skills! Well done to all these potential Ashes winners of the future!

 

Success for our Rugby Team!
 
Wow, what a fantastic afternoon we had on Wednesday at Redland Green school. These wonderful Y5/6's took part in their first tag rugby tournament and ended up as winners! The team played 3 matches. In the first match, they played Colstons school and won 5 - 0. Particular mentions in this match go to Kevin Mechmeti, Lucy Scott and Ava Birakos, who have only been coming to training for a couple of weeks but played fantastically well. The second match saw St John's beat Elmlea School 7 - 0. Isaac Rooke scored a magnificent hat-trick with other tries coming from Joe Cuthbertson, Henry Hill and Freddie Davies. Our final game was a superb 2-1 victory vs Bishop Road where Reuben Pirani showed some excellent defensive skills. I was so proud of the team for playing so well but also enjoying themselves and showing great sportsmanship to both the other teams and the referees. Well done rugby team, I look forward to our next tournament.
Year 5/6 Athletics Team
 
Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 athletes who took part in the North Bristol Athletics competition at St Bede's School on Tuesday afternoon.  Our fantastic competitors took part in many events including, different types of relay races, standing triple jump, long jump, high jump, speed bounce and chest pass. We faced strong opposition from 8 other primary schools and came an amazing second place ! Many thanks to our inspiring Coach Heather Price who brought the very best out of this Year 5 and 6 Team.
Year 5/6 Football
 
This week (18/11/18) the Y5/6 Football Team went to St Bede's School, for the second time, to compete in their 3rd and 4th league fixtures. 
Although it was very cold, the boys and I were delighted at gaining our first two wins for St John's. Throughout the evening, the Y5/6 boys showed that 'hard work pays off' as they began to gel together as a team with some lovely passing moves.
 
In the first match, St Johns had a tricky fixture against Littlemead School. Two superb strikes from Leo Duncan and a goal for Freddie Davies and Jacob Sellers ensured St Johns won 4-1. Man of the match was awarded to Jimmy Fellows for some excellent and brave goal-keeping. 
 
The second fixture was a grudge match against Westbury School. St Johns started the game determined to win and a goal from Evan Clarke and a superb hat-trick from our striker, Jacob Sellers, ensured we once again won 4-1. The man of the match on this occasion was Jacob Sellers for his exceptional finishing. The football team are very excited for their next fixtures in December, where they look to move further up the league table! Well done Y5/6 Football Team!
Year 5/6 Football
 
On Monday 8th October the Y5/6 Football Team went to St Bead's School for their first 2 league fixtures. This is the first time the team had all played together and they all had a fantastic time, as well as doing an excellent job on the pitch. Both games were very close, with the team losing 1 - 0 in the first fixture, to a last minute goal, and 2-1 in the second fixture, despite having most of the possession. The Y5/6 football team still have many more league matches to play over the next 8 months. They cannot wait for these fixtures where they aim to win and have fun!
Cross Country 
 
Beautiful autumnal sunshine, six great races and a healthy medal haul with a range of top 20 places made for a delightful afternoon at St. Bede's on Tuesday. St John's Cross Country team were taken to this exciting team event which saw 13 schools compete in year groups around a 1.2 and 1.6km course. We had 41 pupils participating with almost 8 runners in each race. There was great team spirit and real excitement at the finish line. Year 3/4 boys and girls team gained a top 20 place from Ross Duncan (10th) and Y5/6 boys and girls had 4 qualifiers, who will now go through to represent North Bristol at the County Finals against Central Bristol, South Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset. Huge well done to those children:  Annabelle Jullier (7th); Lily Tait Jones(17th); Leo Duncan (2nd) Taylor Hodgson (16th) and Jack Delahoy (15th)- We look forward to supporting you in the Finals in November! 
 
St. John's Dance Team
 
On Monday 25th June the Year 5/6 dance team traveled to compete against school dance teams from all over the country. It was an extremely competitive competition with the top two dance teams from each region dancing. St. John's was up against 29 other schools. They danced with passion, skill and determination. We didn't mange top 10 this year but it is a massive achievement to compete nationally and Miss Scarborough is very proud of not only how well you danced, but your impeccable behavior. Well done!
Year 5/6 Tennis Tournament. 
 
On Wednesday 20th June, 8 children took part in the Year 5/6 tennis tournament at Coombe Dingle. Everyone played very well, often playing against older, more experienced players. The teams were placed 8th and 9th overall.  Like the year 3/4 team on Monday, they were a delightful team and credit to St John's School. Well done.  Mrs Barnard was very proud to have so many enthusiastic, talented tennis players at our school. 
Year 3 and 4 Tennis Tournament
 
On Monday 18th June, two teams of four from across Year 3 and 4 took part in a tennis tournament at Coombe Dingle. For many, it was their first tennis tournament. Everyone played well and enjoyed their matches. The teams were placed 14th and 11th but it's the taking part that counts! Well done everyone. 
Year 5 Celebration of Sport
 
30 Year 5 children were chosen to take part in a Sporting Event at Ashton Gate Arena, the home of Bristol Bears and Bristol City Football Club! The children were chosen by Miss Scarborough and their teacher's because of their determination and positivity in sport and PE all year.
 
The children were exceptional. They were fun, hard-working and a pleasure to spend the day with. They took part in 10 sports including badminton, football, basketball, netball, gymnastics, tennis, handball, tag rugby and even got to try out dancing in front of a green screen!
 
Miss Scarborough and Miss Jenkin were very proud of you!
 
 
St. John's Chess Team
 
Earlier this year St Johns Under 11 Chess Team gained 2nd place in the quarter final stage of the National Primary School Chess Team Championship.
 
On Saturday 12th May the Team took part in the Semi Final stage at Bristol Grammar School. The team was :-
 Jack Delahoy, (Year 5)  
Hal Critchett (Year 6)
Oli Price ( Year 6)
Louis Watson-Roper (Year 6)  
Milo Griffiths ( Year 5)
Will Rosborough ( Year 6)
 
They played 5 rounds against schools from Oxford, Richmond, Fleet ( x2) & Nottingham.
 
All the Team played extremely well against tough opposition.
 
The Team ended with a very credible 9.5 points out of 25 with all players contributing to the score.
 
A fantastic achievement by the Magnificent 6 !! 
St. John's Girls Football Team take 3rd place
 
On 23rd April, Year 5 girls went to St. Bede's Secondary to take part in a football tournament with 10 other schools from all over Bristol. Taylor, Lily, Neve, Sky, Lucy, Frannie, Eloise, Megan and Isla Crocker all took part in the competition and came 3rd. Taylor and Frannie took it in turns to be in goal. We lost one match 1-0 but the second match we won 2-0. We all enjoyed it and we would like to play again soon. 
 
Written by Taylor and Lily
 
Well Done Girls!
Gymnastic Success!
 
Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 gymnastics team have been training hard over the last 2 terms. They have just got back from a competition against lots of other school from Bristol. They performed a floor routine and a vault routine. Year 3/4 beat all of their competitors and rolled away with 1st place! Year 5/6 had tough competition but placed 2nd. This means that both teams have been invited to the South West County Finals in Bath. Well done Amaiya, Evan Clarke, Rosie, Lucy Grant, Bella Grant, Ching-Ching, martha, Ohsha and Loreen! We look forward to celebrating your success at the county finals!
 
Dancing Success
 
Last week the Year 5/6 dance team took to the stage at the Colston Hall for  'STAGES 2018'. They danced beautifully and with lots of expression. They were one of lots of schools from in and around Bristol to showcase their dances. 
 
After this success, the dance team took part in a South West regional dance competition 'The Great Big Dance Off'. They had already submitted a video to get to this stage of the competition which was a great achievement. The team took 2nd place and were invited to the NATIONAL competition in Oxford on the 25th June. What a fantastic achievement for all of the dancers. Miss Scarborough is a very proud teacher! Well done. 
Year 5/6 Rugby Tournament 
 
A huge congratulations to the Year 5./6 rugby team who played again 11 other local schools in a rugby tournament. The weather was terrible but they were enthusiastic and tried their best. The competition was tough but they were determined to do their best. Well done on coming 7th boys! 

Bristol School's Swimming Gala

On the 20th March, a group of Year 5/6 swimmers attended to Horfield Swimming Pool to take part in the Bristol School's Swimming Gala. For some of these children it was their first experience of swimming competitively and so they naturally felt a bit apprehensive! They overcame their nerves and all swam brilliantly, as well as behaving impeccably and proving to be fantastic role models for the school.

Ohsha Smith came 1st  the 100m Individual medley!

The Girl’s Relay Team (Esme, Ohsha, Lucy and Frannie) swam brilliantly in the 25m Freestyle Relay and 25m Mixed Stroke Relay!

Emily Jenkin 

Year 5/6 Teacher 

 
Year 5/6 Netball Team
 
A big well done to the girls for their efforts yesterday. We thought they were all incredibly enthusiastic and very determined. Considering they have only been training for a couple of terms, we were so impressed with how they're gelling together as a team, and showing support and encouragement towards each other. 
Primary Schools’ Swimming Heats
 
St. John's Primary have entered the Bristol Swimming Championships. The first heat will take place at Easton Leisure Centre from 1:30pm-3:00pm Tuesday13th March.  This is an exciting opportunity for the children of St. John's to showcase their talent and represent the school.
 
 
Here is a guideline of times (seconds) for each event to see if the competition would be appropriate for your child. 
 
 

Stroke

Distance

Boys

Girls

Butterfly

25m

28

28

50m

58

58

Backstroke

25m

29

29

50m

60

60

Breaststroke

25m

31

31

50m

63

63

Freestyle

25m

26

26

50m

55

55

Individual Medley

100m

2 mins

2 mins

If your child is an experienced swimmer and would like to compete please e-mail Sarah-Jo Scarborough on scarboroughs@stjohnsprimary.org.uk
 
Swimmers may enter a maximum of 3 INDIVIDUAL and 3 TEAM events but may not enter both 25m and 50m races for any one stroke. Please state up to 3 individual and team events that they would like to take part in. 
 
Individual Events:
 
25 m Freestyle
50 m Freestyle
 
25 m breaststroke
50 m Breaststroke
 
25 m backstroke
50 m Backstroke
 
25 m Butterfly
50 m Butterfly
 
 Team Events:

i) One freestyle team of four boys;                                          ii) One freestyle team of four girls;

iii) One medley team of four boys;                                           iv) One medley team of four girls;

v) One cannon team of eight swimmers of any gender. 

Netball for Term 3
 
Miss Pearson and Heather Price are kindly running a netball club for Year 5 and 6 during Term 3. The club is open to all but you must register through  https://stjohnsp.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ There are only a few spaces left.
 
Session dates: 

Monday 8th January

Monday 15th January

Monday 22nd Jan

Monday 29th Jan

Monday 5th March: 4 o’clock netball competition

 
 From this class, some children will be selected to take part in a netball competition on the 5th March.
Student of the Year
 
Sentenashi Karate has over 250 school students in the Bristol area and every year they award a “Student of the Year” trophy.
 
This year the recipient was Ava Jamieson from St Johns School. The award is decided jointly by the Instructors at the clubs and is based on not who is the best at Karate but for the person who has been constantly through the year the student who;
 
Shown the best etiquette during the lessons
Tries to the best of their ability
Is attentive during the sessions
Is helpful to other students who struggle with techniques
 
Ava has shown all of these qualities and more in 2017, I hope that she will continue to enjoy her Karate as much in 2018
 
Year 5/6 Tag Rugby
 
On the 30th of November 2017 our talented Year 5/6 sportsmen from St John's Primary went to RGS to play some good old touch rugby. The captain of the team (Jacob Lewis) said the team played wonderfully. We still won two matches at 1-0 and one at 4-0 but sadly lost 3-1 in the l;ast match. The other team played with 8 players and we only had 7.
 
Report written by, Jacob Lewis, Leo Duncun, Neve Marsden, George Christacos. 
 
 
Well done Team, Sammy from Bristol Sport said you were amazing and a pleasure to coach. 
Cross Country Finals
 
On Saturday 25th November, Harry Adams, Jack Delahoy, Leo Duncun and Finaly White took part in the finals of the cross country teams. It was the first time our St. John's team wore our new kit and they looked fantastic. It was a great achievement to get to the finals, and then to run so well was fantastic to see. Leo Duncun came 12th, Jack D came 24th and Harry Adams came 44th out of over 80 finalist runners in the Year 5 boys race. Finlay came 52nd out of over 70 boys in the Year 6 boys race. 
 
The Year 5 boys also won the North Bristol 1st place team award! 
 
Congratulations boys, you ran your socks off!
Indoor Athletics Tournament
 
On Tuesday 21st November, a mixed group of Yr 5&6 pupils attended a local Indoor Athletics Tournament at St Bede’s School. St John’s was represented by 18 pupils who competed against 5 other schools in a range of field and track events such as:
 
Standing Triple Jump
Standing Long Jump
Vertical Jump
Chest Pass
Soft Javelin
Speed Bounce 
Obstacle Races
Relays
 
Every pupil took part in both track and field events, with a number of the activities being new to the pupils. All pupils worked really hard to produced their best performances, as a result St John’s finished with a well deserved 3rd place. 
 
Well done to all pupils who took part, you were fantastic ambassadors for St John’s. 
Year 3/4 Gymnastics Team 
 
On Wednesday, Rosie, Lucy, Ching-Ching, Evan and Amaiah in Year 3/4 donned their (very professional!) St John's leotards to perform their gymnastics routine at Bath University. The children absolutely wowed the judges with the precision of their routines, the positive and determined attitude that they displayed, and the encouragement and support that they gave to one another. All five children had put huge amounts of effort into learning their routine and this was clear in the quality of their judged performance. The children also amazed the adults with their spring board efforts. I think all will agree that the  'air track' was the most fun; this involved cartwheeling, spinning and hand standing down an inflatable track. A huge well done to Rosie, Lucy, Ching-Ching, Evan and Amaiah for achieving an incredible 5th place in the competition. 
Year 5/6 Football Team Success...again!
 

I am running out of words to describe how well the y5/6 football team are playing during their Monday night league fixtures. On Monday 21st January St John's played two more football matches.

 

During the first match, although the other teams keeper had a superb game, we finally managed to break through (winning 2-1) thanks to some excellent determination. The second match got even better as St John's won 6-0.
I look forward to our next fixtures in February.

 

Well done y5/6 football team!