This year has been another fantastic year for sport at St. John's and I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all of our wonderful children for their effort, enthusiasm, dedication and teamwork. Each and every child who has participated in a club or competition this year has done so with superb behaviour and has represented our school in fine fashion.
This year we entered a total of 37 competitions from September to June and managed to successfully win 20 of them, which is an amazing feat! More importantly, by entering more competitions and having more clubs running we now have more children participating in extra-curricular sport than ever before. 72% of the children at St. John's have done some form of extra-curricular sporting activity this year. Well done to all!
One of our biggest successes this year and one we are all very proud of is the Derby City Schools QUADRUPLE!
Our tag rugby team played lots of matches throughout the year and won the Derby City Schools Tag Rugby Red League, becoming champions before the season had finished and not losing a match all year. An outstanding achievement. Thank you and well done to Tom Cope, Rohan Hobday, Daisy Dann, Francesca Tatham, Elisha Billyeald, Belle Needham, Alfie Kelly, Archie Miller, Josh Locke-Greaves, Owen Siddall and Marius Dixon.
Our school football have had a fantastic season only losing one match all year and forming a brilliant team with a great bond. The boys managed to reach both the 7 aside and 9 aside cup finals this year at Derby County's training ground, Moor Farm. The 7 aside cup final saw the boys up against St. Werburgh's (the only team who had beat us all year!) Some fast, controlled football led our team to a strong win, with two superb free kicks from Rohan Hobday and a 3-0 win to take the trophy. The following night saw us play the 9 aside cup final against Cavendish Close and take home a second trophy with another 3-0 win and all three goals coming in the first half. A huge week for the boys!
Next up, we had two league games left and had to win them all the claim top spot. The boys did just that, beating Gayton Junior school in their last fixture and completing the football treble and the Derby City Schools Quadruple. Thank you and well done to all the boys who played football for us this year, including Rohan Hobday, Harry Tonks, Teo Penfold, Oliver Cope, Archie Miller, Tom Cope, Zach Brown, Jacob Siddons, Charlie Price, Alfie Kelly, Harvey Blount, Finley Gunn, Charlie Kobylarz and Jak Falconbridge.
Lately we have entered several competitions during the summer term, giving lots of children the opportunity to represent our school. Mrs Taylor very kindly worked with these children and went to the events over the summer months:
- Team Cycling
- Individual Cycling
- Tough Runner
All of our children represented the school fantastically well and some of the children got the chance to go to their very first competition and wear the school colours, especially some of our Year 4 cyclists. In the individual cycling we had 8 children in the top 10 from across Amber Valley, with Matthew Roberts finishing second in the borough overall. Our orienteering team won the competition they entered in fantastic style completing the course in a record 29 minutes. Superb effort from all the children across all of these events and a huge thank you to Mrs Taylor too!
Over the past two weeks we have entered some cricket competitions with the AVSSP and we have taken lots of children to represent our school. All of the children represented our school superbly with fantastic behaviour, great effort and brilliant sportsmanship.
First up were our boys team, made up of 7 Year 6 children and one outstanding Year 4! The boys played in group games against Curzon and Little Eaton at Eyes Meadow Cricket Ground, winning both matches, taking top spot in the group and progressing to the Amber Valley Borough Finals. The following week the boys played in the borough finals at Quardon Cricket Club and played some more super cricket. Winning their back-to-back group games against Ambergate, Codnor and Lees, the boys made it to the final. The match was a tense and exciting game against Swanwick and the St. John's played with great discipline and teamwork, winning the Amber Valley Borough Kwik Cricket title. Well done to all eight of the boys on winning this title two years in a row! Thank you and well done to Alfie Kelly, Oliver Cope, Teo Penfold, Tom Cope, Rohan Hobday, Finley Gunn, Archie Miller and Elliott Brown.
Unfortunately, as we were away at PGL at the time, we were unable to enter and participate in the County Finals later in the month.
On the same night at the Boys Borough finals, also at Quardon, we entered two girls teams into the girls only cricket competition. All 16 girls played with great effort and enthusiasm and for some it was there very first competition for the school. Well done on a superb evening of cricket with Mrs Allen and congratulations to our A team who won the Amber Valley Girls Kwik Cricket title for the first time for St. John's!
During the summer term, we have been putting some of the children through their paces and practicing for some athletics competitions. The Quad Kids athletics competitions (for both Y5/6 and Y2) allow the children to compete in four events: long distance run, sprint, standing long jump and vortex javelin throw. Both of our teams practiced lots at school with Mr Hallam and Mr White, becoming really good at all four events and preparing well for the competitions.
First up was our Y5/6 team who represented the school brilliantly. They performed very well in all four events and two of our boys recorded record scores in the javelin throw. The teams points in all four events get added together to determine their final position. Our team performed superbly well and managed to take first place out of the 15 schools that were there. Amazing athletics from them all!
Next up were our awesome Year 2 athletes who showed that, even at the age of 6 or 7, you can run like the wind! Our team performed brilliantly and represented the school with great behaviour and effort. The Year 2 came runners-up on the night and had a fantastic evening at Belper School. Well done and thank you to all!
Over the past month, we have been practicing and training hard at playing netball. Lots of children participated in a 10 week netball club with Mr White from the AVSSP after school and some of these children, plus others, were chosen to represent the school in a competition. Our team played superbly well and won the Belper Cluster event at Belper Secondary School, moving to the borough finals at Alfreton Leisure Centre later in the month.
At the borough finals, we had a shaky start but pulled some great results back and managed to reach the semi-finals. Our team represented the school fantastically well, just missing out on the final and coming third in Amber Valley! Well done to the whole team and all the children at St. John's who showed an interest in netball this year.
We entered another AVSSP competition and took lots of enthusiastic Year 5 and Year 6 children to Belper Leisure Centre to play some fantastic table tennis. Our four teams all played brilliantly and represented the school with great behaviour and sportsmanship. With some tremendous results one of our teams managed to secure first place and bring home the trophy! Well done to all and thank you for all the hard work and dedication in practicing at lunchtimes.
St. John's school were very proud to be representing Amber Valley at the County Basketball Finals at Alfreton Leisure Centre. The team represented our school and the borough brilliantly, playing some superb basketball and winning their group in a strong and confident fashion. Afterwards, the team moved into the knockout phase of the tournament, winning their semi-final and making it to the final two in the whole of Derbyshire.
The final was a closely fought battle and both teams scored brilliant baskets and played some fantastic team basketball. Unfortunately, St. John's were just tipped to the title in the final seconds of extra time. Second in the whole of the county is a wonderful achievement and the team should be very proud! Well done and thank you to Jessica Tattershaw, Rohan Hobday, Tom Cope, Charlie Price, Charlie Kobylarz, Daisy Dann, Alfie Kelly and Owen Siddall.
On Wednesday 17th January, 16 of our Y5/6 boys had an exciting day out of school and visited the
Power League Soccer Dome in Derby, near Pride Park. The boys had the opportunity to participate in the EFL Kids Cup football competition, the prize being a chance to play in the local finals at Moor Farm next week.
Both of our teams played some fantastic football with our B team finishing 3rd in their group and just missing out on the knockout rounds, and our A team smashing the group stage and finishing top with four wins out of four, the highlight being a 12-0 win!
Unfortunately, the A team were pipped by Walter Evans in the quarter-finals, losing 4-3 after extra time. However, despite the result, all the boys had a brilliant day, represented our school fantastically well and played great football. Well done and thank you to Harvey Blount, Rohan Hobday, Oli Cope, Teo Penfold, Tom Cope, Archie Miller, Zach Brown, Jacob Siddons, Harry Tonks, Jake Brassington, Rhys Bestwick, Charlie Price, Charlie Kobylarz, Alfie Kelly, Finley Gunn and Logan Lambert.
On Tuesday 9th January, our Y5/6 Basketball team took part in the Amber Valley Basketball Borough Finals at Aldercar High School. After winning the cluster event before Christmas, the team had the tough task of playing against all the other winning schools from around Amber Valley.
The team played some fantastic basketball and won all four of their group games, moving on to the knockout stages of the competition. St. John's then had to play Riddings Junior School in a tense semi-final clash. At first we were losing 6-0, but with a few quick baskets and great team spirit we made it through to the final with an 8-6 win.
The final came and our boys and girls played superbly winning 6-2 against Smalley Richardson and becoming Borough Champions! The team now progress to the county finals in March. Well done and thank you to Jessica Tattershaw, Daisy Dann, Owen Siddall, Alfie Kelly, Tom Cope, Rohan Hobday, Charlie Price and Charlie Kobylarz.
We have recently entered two basketball competitions and 15 of our Y5/6 children have represented the school in fine form, playing some outstanding basketball. First up were our A team who played in the Belper cluster tournament at Belper Leisure Centre. Two teams would progress to the borough finals from this competition, one from each mini-league on the night. Our team played some fast, exciting basketball with some brilliant shouting. The team managed to win all 5 of their group games, finishing top and moving on to the borough finals after Christmas. Well done and thank you to Tom Cope, Rohan Hobday, Charlie Price, Daisy Dann, Jessica Tattershaw, Alfie Kelly and Charlie Kobylarz.
Second up was our B team who played in the Heanor cluster tournament at Aldercar High School. The team began to play some really strong basketball and enjoyed a fantastic night with great team. Unfortunately, the team just missed out on a chance to progress to the borough finals but they did exceptionally well winning two, drawing one and losing two. Well done and thank you to Elisha Billyeald, Francesca Tatham, Zane Reeve, Josh Manley, Scott Gregson, Owen Siddall, Josh Locke-Greaves and Tom Cope (who played in both tournaments! Hero!)
During November we have entered two handball competitions and have been practicing lots on the playground with our sports coach, Mr White. First up were our Year 2 handball teams. Three teams took part on behalf of St. John's and Mr Hallam and Mrs Smith had a fantastic evening watching the children play some brilliant handball and representing our school well. Our A team managed to get all the way to the KS1 Handball final after a man of the tournament performance from Oli Unsworth. Pottery played brilliantly and took home the trophy after a tense 10-9 win after extra-time!
Next up were our Y4 Handball teams. We took two teams to the tournament at Belper Leisure Centre and Mr Hallam and Mrs McConnachie saw some more wonderful handball and the Y4's were impeccably well behaved and sportsmanlike. Both teams played well winning and losing some games. Our A team managed to make it all the way to the grand final against Curzon. The tense game went all the way to extra time and, in the final minute of play, young Harry Cope launched a sensational shot from the half way which flew in the top corner winning the tournament for St. John's! Well done to all who participated and had a great evening!
Our the past two days we have been lucky enough to enter three tag rugby teams into tournaments at Belper Rugby Club. All of the children from Y5/6 who took part played some brilliant rugby and represented the school brilliantly.
First up was our Tag Rugby Development Team who played some brilliant rugby winning some of their matches and finishing 3rd in their group. Well done to the team and bring on some more rugby, especially for you Year 5's!
On Thursday our Tag Rugby Elite team battled their way to the final after winning all of their group games. The final came against Duffield Meadows and a strong Duffield side managed to take home the trophy after a last minute winning try! Also, on the same night our Girls Only Tag Rugby team, made up of all Y5's, played some superb rugby and played lots of matches against the teams from Mundy Junior School. Well done to all the children who participated, fantastic rugby!
This half term has seen 40 of our children enter Amber Valley Athletics competitions and compete against lots of other schools in some intense races and field events. Our children were chosen to represent the school by Mr Hallam after they expressed an interest in athletics, they all then had the opportunity to train with our new sports coach, Mr White.
First up were our Year 2 athletes, who took part in the competition at Belper Leisure Centre. The children all represented the school very well and worked hard to win on the night and bring home the trophy! Well done and thank you to Oliver Waite, Aiden Mitchell, Jacob Hurtman, Tom Siddall, Elena Bonner-Gonzalez, Emily Adebayo, Kaitlyn Clarke and Zara McPhillips.
Next up were out Year 5 and 6 athletes who practiced lots during their lunchtimes and headed to the competition at Alfreton Leisure Centre. With some fantastic standing long jump scores and some amazing races, the team very proudly finished in Second Place and represented St. John's brilliantly. Well done and thank you to Archie Miller, Teo Penfold, Rohan Hobday, Owen Siddall, Zach Brown, Rhys Bestwick, Tom Cope, Josh Locke-Greaves, Summer Richards, Daisy Dann, Belle Needham, Francesca Tatham, Millie Mackney, Sophie Foulke, Sophie Gent and Elisha Billyeald.
Finally, it was the turn of our Year 3/4 athletics team. The youngsters were very successful and crowned champions after some impressive long jumping and our highest ever speed bounce score from Faith Swift. The girls team were very impressive and won all of their races too! Well done and thank you to Tilly Creelman, Lauren Booth, Holly Moorhouse, Emilia Webster, Faith Swift, Cherry Jackson, Rosie Rhodes-Thomas, Megan Kime, Harry Cope, Jack Craig, Harrison Ashby, Ryan Ghai, Elliott Brown, Finley Gregory, Bailey Day and Johan Haddon.
We have played our first tag rugby league match of the season against Chellaston Junior, an away match which is always and exciting event. Our team have trained hard and have put in lots of preparation ready to begin our league matches and compete in an elite competition after half term.
The team played two 20 minute games and played some fantastic rugby, displaying brilliant passing and teamwork. St. John's won both matches and set the season off to a great start. Well done and thank you to Francesca Tatham, Daisy Dann, Elisha Billyeald, Owen Siddall, Marius Dixon, Archie Miller, Alfie Kelly, Josh Locke-Greaves, Rohan Hobday and Tom Cope.
28 of our Year 5/6 children were very privileged to have the opportunity to attend a triathlon at Woodlands School in Allestree. The event was organised by the Brownlee Foundation and Alistair and Jonny Brownlee - Olympic Gold Medallist athletes. The children got to take part in three events (swim, cycle and run), enjoy the lovely weather and were even lucky enough to meet both of the Brownlee Brothers and have photos with them. It was a fantastic experience for all of the children and it was even a dream come true for some who got to meet their heroes!
We started the year of sport with a bang! Our girls Y5/6 football team headed to Eyes Meadow in Duffield to compete against lots of other schools from around Amber Valley. The girls worked brilliantly together to win all of their group games without conceding a goal. They then headed into to some tense knockout rounds and made their way to the final to face Mundy Junior School's A team. The close fought match resulted in a penalty shootout! Our fantastic goalkeeper, Emily Waite, saved a penalty and left it up to super striker, Zoe Watson, to finish her penalty in cool style and win the tournament for St. John's. Well done and thank you to Daisy Dann, Belle Needham, Francesa Tatham, Elisha Billyeald, Emmie Moore, Emily Waite, Zoe Watson, Esme Baker, Sophie Whysall and Holly Cockayne. Bring on the County Finals!
The following day saw our boys football team compete in a similar tournament at Eyes Meadow and begin working well together and playing some great football. Unfortunately, the boys were very unlucky to have lots of their shots blocked and cleared off the line. They made their way into the knockout rounds - finishing 5th overall.
Our boys team also played their first league games of the season against St. Werburgh's this half term. The results didn't quite go the way we had hoped, however, they are beginning to play well together and have represented the school outstandingly well. The results will come! Well done and thank you to Ollie Cope, Tom Cope, Harvey Blount, Zach Brown, Alfie Kelly, Archie Miller, Harry Tonks, Teo Penfold, Charlie Price and Rohan Hobday.
Thank you to all the wonderful children who have participated in competitions this year or taken part in any clubs. This year has been a huge year for sport at St. John's, entering over 40 competitions, having more children taking part and over 60% of the whole school joining in with extra-curricular PE/Sport. Thank you to all the children for their hard work, for representing the school brilliantly and for keeping healthy and active.
Bring on next year!
Happy Summer :) From Mr Hallam
Our brilliant children have entered lots of competitions during the last few weeks of the year, the highlight being the new AVSSP Tough Runner Competition. Our three teams had to complete team challenges, problem solving activities, water races and a brutal obstacle course to be crowned this year's winners. Our winning team, made up of Year 5's Daisy Dann, Belle Needham, Tom Cope and Rohan Hobday, just beat our Year 6 boys to the title, who were also closely followed by our Year 6 girl's team. Well done to all! A great event.
Over the past few weeks, our school has also been represented brilliantly by our children in cycling competitions and orienteering. With lots of children showing great enthusiasm and completing training sessions with Mrs Taylor, we entered three cycling competitions and the orienteering at Eyes Meadow, Duffield. Well done to all the children who participated.
Lastly, after the roaring success of our boys cricket team, the lads had the privilege of representing Amber Valley at the Derbyshire County Cricket Finals at Denby Cricket Club. The boys were very excited to have the day off school and to play lots of cricket. The boys JUST missed out on the semi-finals after losing their final match by one run! However, they came 5th in the whole of Derbyshire and won the Spirit of the Games Award for the best attitude. Outstanding year! Well done and thank you :)
From Mr Hallam!
This week we hosted our second successful girl's football tournament, supported by the AVSSP. 10 teams from around Derbyshire entered with over 100 girls getting the opportunity to showcase their talents and play some brilliant football! Our three St. John's teams, made up of girls from years 3 to 6, all represented the school fantastically well and helped host a great tournament. Also, our St. John's A team managed to make it all the way through to the final, after winning their semi-final on penalties. The final, against Gayton B, was very tense and went right down to the wire. A last gasp shot from Daisy Dann saw the girls win the competition! Well done to all 26 St. John's girls who played.
From Mr Hallam :)
What a year it has been for our cricket teams! This week our boys team got the chance to play in the Amber Valley borough finals at Quardon Cricket Club and so did our girls team! The girls, who had never played together before, coached by Mrs Allen, played some great cricket, hitting their way to the girls final! Unfortunately, they were just pipped to the title by some great batting from Herbert Strutt's girls. Well done on being runners-up, Francesca Tatham, Olivia Marshall, Isabella Unsworth, Zoe Watson, Belle Needham, Elisha Billyeald, Daisy Dann and Tallulah John.
On the other side of Quardon Cricket Club, our boys team were trying to bat their way to the county finals. After winning both of their league games, the boys progressed to the final against Waingroves Primary. The match was very tense with some superb bowling from both teams. However, our boys managed to come away victorious and will be representing Amber Valley at the County finals in a few weeks. Well done and thank you to Alfie Kelly, Oliver Cope, Tom Cope, Archie Miller, Max Brown, Rohan Hobday, Harry Chadwick and Teo Penfold.
This week, we took two teams of cricketers to the cluster Kwik Cricket tournament at Eyes Meadow in Duffield. Both teams played some fantastic cricket and represented the school brilliantly. Our B team finished second in their group, just losing out on the top spot to Curzon Primary School. Our A team won all of their games, topping their group and progressing to the borough finals next week. Well done and thank you to all the boys who practiced really hard and played really well!
From Mr Hallam :)
Today some of children had the opportunity to represent the school in a fantastic Sports Plus Festival at Alfreton Leisure Centre. The children got to try their hand at wheelchair basketball, goalball, fencing and volleyball, showcasing some great new sporting talent!
Well done and thank you for representing the school so well, Josh Manley, Lauren Falconbridge, Freya Marshall, Harry T. Smith, Finley Eaton, Finley Gregory, Connor Cooper, Olivia Smithurst, Harriet Hardy, Archie Mills, George Richmond, Jack Gardler and Macauley Byrne.
The final weeks of the half term have been a fantastic couple of weeks for sport at St. John's and it is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our brilliant children!
Firstly, our Year 6 9 a-side football team played a tense cup final match at Moor Farm, Derby County's training ground. After going 1-0 down in the first few minutes, our boys rallied together and put on an impressive performance winning 4-1 (goals from Harry C, Thomas and two from Lewis) and lifting the trophy for the 2016-17 season. It was an honour to be a part of such a special day for our boys. Well done and congratulations to Ed Hewitt, Fran Town, Jake Bartram, Euan Waterfall, Evan Dugdale, Kieran Gratton, Harrison Beardsley, Lewis Austin, Max Brown, Thomas Walker, Harry Chadwick and Harris Mizon.
The following week saw our tag rugby team play their final league fixture away at Oakwood Junior School. The team played superbly, winning both matches and being crowned Tag Rugby League Champions 2017. A huge achievement, bringing the trophy back to St. John's after four years! Thank you to the whole team throughout the year, including: Daisy Dann, Libby Bolsover, Emily Wallwin, Edie Bellamy, Harry Chadwick, Fran Town, Edward Hewitt, Max Brown, Lewis Austin, Rohan Hobday, Euan Waterfall and Jake Bartram.
Lastly, our 7 a-side football team played their last fixture of the season against Gayton Junior School. A tense evening would see the league champions crowned, us or Gayton. Our team played with brilliant effort, determination and fantastic attitudes, proudly representing the school but unfortunately losing out on the top spot and finishing league runners-up this year. Huge congratulations to Gayton and a massive thank you to our boys for playing with such pride and sportsmanship all year. Well done and thank you to all the team!
From Mr Hallam :)
This week our brilliant tag rugby team took part in a fantastic event to raise money for the Edward Green Memorial Fund and to raise the profile of tag rugby in the Amber Valley region. The Edward Green Memorial Fund raises money to invest in local sport and music and encourage children to get involved and get active.
Our team played in the elite competition against the top teams from around Amber Valley and with 5 wins out of 6, the children finished runners-up and played lots of high level tag rugby. Well done and thank you to Harry Chadwick, Fran Town, Emily Wallwin, Edie Bellamy, Daisy Dann, Rohan Hobday, Edward Hewitt, Max Brown, Lewis Austin, Euan Waterfall and Thomas Walker.
This week also saw our 7 a-side football team play a vital fixture against St. Alban's, winning both matches 2-0 and 2-1. This means we go down to the final match of the season against Gayton to see who wins the league. Tense!
Our first week back after the Easter holidays saw lots of our KS2 children competing in the Amber Valley Cross Country competition at Eyes Meadow, Duffield. Lots of schools entered and four races occurred; Y3/4 Girls, Y3/4 Boys, Y5/6 Girls and Y5/6 Boys.
Our team included 32 children from across all four KS2 year groups who all represented the school fantastically and ran brilliant races. Their effort, enthusiasm and determination did the school proud and was enough to see us retain the title of Cross Country Champions! Notably, Tom Cope came third overall in Y5/6 Boys race, Belle Needham came 2nd in the Y5/6 Girls race and Jake Bartram won the Y5/6 Boys race. Well done to all the children and thank you to all the parents for supporting us at a wonderful event put on by the AVSSP.
This week also saw our Tag Rugby team play a crucial league match against Dale Primary. The team played two fixtures, winning both matches and moving up the league. Bring on the final came of the season!
The final week of the term saw our Y5/6 teams very busy. Firstly, on the Monday our Y6 Netball team did a fantastic job at Belper School, competing against lots of other local teams and finishing third in the competition. Well done and thank you to Edie Bellamy, Libby Bolsover, Shannon Elmore, Ella Daubney, Emily Wallwin, Ella Tomlinson, Max Brown, Jake Bartram and Fran Town.
Later in the week, our tag rugby team fought hard against Duffield Meadows in a double-header league meeting. The level of tag rugby was very high and all of the children played brilliantly. The first match finished 16-16 and the second game finished to 17-14 to us. A big 5 points in the league!
To round off the term, our Y6 9 a-side football team visited Cavendish Close Junior School to play in the semi-final of the cup. A composed start saw the boys head into half time 1-0 up thanks to a fantastic free kick from Harris Mizon but soon after half time they found themselves very much in control. A quickfire hattrick from Lewis Austin and one more from Harrison Beardsley saw St. John's win 5-1 and move into the final. The final will be held in May at Moor Farm, DCFC training ground. Good luck to the team! :)
Over the past two weeks, lots of girl's across KS2 have had the opportunity to represent the school in two football tournaments at the Powerleague Soccerdome organised by Derby County Ladies. Firstly, our Y4 team, accompanied by Mrs Allen, did a fantastic job of representing the school and played some brilliant football, winning their group and reaching the quarter finals. Well done and thank you to Mrs Allen, Zoe Watson, Colette Johnson, Holly Cockayne, Esme Baker, Emily Waite, Emmie Moore, Phoebe Worgan and Sophie Whysall.
The following week saw our Y5/6 team enter the DCFC Ladies tournament and play some brilliant football and representing the school with great respect and teamwork, finishing fourth in their group. Well done and thank you to Elisha Billyeald, Francesca Tatham, Daisy Dann, Isabella Unsworth, Grace Gratton, Grace Glenie, Edie Bellamy, Lara Husselbee, Tallulah John and Emily Wallwin.
Over the past few weeks lots of children have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of tennis related competitions with the AVSSP. Firstly, our Y5/6 children played some fantastic table tennis at Belper Leisure Centre and competed against other local school to become cluster champions. Our three teams finished 1st, 3rd and 4th and all the children represented St. John's fantastically well. Well done and thank you to Thomas Walker, Toby Tomlinson, Shannon Elmore, Tallulah John, Fran Town, Max Brown, Belle Needham, Daisy Dann, Edward Hewitt, Harrison Beardsley, Edie Bellamy and Ella Tomlinson.
The following week saw some of our talented Y2 students visit the leisure centre to learn the ins and outs of playing tennis. The six children learnt how to play tennis with some fantastic training and thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Well done to Ryan Ghai, Bobby Price, Oliver Wadsworth, Ruby Mills, Isabelle Miller and Bethany Barnes.
Then, our Y4 tennis team entered the local mini-tennis tournament playing against lots of other teams and representing the school with fantastic sportsmanship and playing some fantastic tennis, finishing runners-up. Well done and thank you to Jake Brassington, Jack Hawley, Ryan Deans, Theo McIlwrick-Baldwin, Esme Baker, Myah McPhillips, Megan Wagstaff and Colette Johnson.
We were very lucky and honoured to welcome a very special visitor to our school for the afternoon. Olympic Gold Medallist and GB Hockey player kindly visited our school and answered questions in assembly. Hollie even brought in her gold medal for the children to see and it was a pleasure and very inspiring to have Hollie pay us a visit during her GB training for the 2020 Olympics.
Hopefully this visit will inspire the children to keep working hard with all of their sporting endeavours and shows them just what hard work and perseverance can help you achieve.
At the end of the first spring half term, St. John's were very privileged to receive two awards from the Amber Valley School Sports Partnership. The first of our awards was for our 10 year affiliation with the partnership. Phil, Mark and their team have helped our school and thousands of children achieve wonderful things in sport and have hosted many fantastic competitions and events. This partnerships between our school and Amber Valley sports is something we hope to continue in the future and we may even get another visit from Ozzy the Octopus!
Our second award was our Gold PE Kite Mark, an award that shows our school is working very hard to achieve the best standards possible through PE lessons, clubs, competitions and including all children in physical activity. Well done to all the children and staff and thank you for your continued support.
Get ready for a very busy half term...6 football matches, 5 tag rugby matches and 6 other competitions all in 7 weeks! Wish us luck :)
Another busy week for our Year 5 and 6 children with two high level competitions taking place. On Tuesday night, our Girls Football team entered the Amber Valley Girls Futsal competition. After playing 8 games, the girls very proudly came home with another trophy for our table and got 8 straight wins. Our super striker Daisy scored over 20 goals!! Well done, thank you and congratulations to Daisy Dann, Elisha Billyeald, Francesca Tatham, Isabella Unsworth, Grace Glenie, Tallulah John, Ella Daubney and Emily Wallwin.
Friday afternoon saw our boys football team enter the county stage of the EFL Kids Cup. After successfully winning the local stage last week, St. John's were matched up against the best in Derbyshire (Mundy Junior, Melbourne, Gayton, Mickleover and Etwall). After playing each team, we found ourselves in fourth place which meant we were heading in to the semi-finals. A tense semi-final against Mickleover Primary saw the game finish at 0-0 and go to penalties after extra-time. Fran Town coolly finished his sudden death penalty and Jake Bartram made a smart save to see us through to the final. In the final the boys met tough opposition, Etwall Primary, who deserve huge congratulations for winning the tournament and now moving on to the Northern stage to represent Derby County.
Our boys did a fantastic job, played some truly amazing football and represented our school with maturity, grace and sportsmanship. Finishing 2nd in Derbyshire out of 62 schools isn't bad boys! Well done and congratulations to Harris Mizon, Lewis Austin, Fran Town, Edward Hewitt, Harry Chadwick, Rohan Hobday, Thomas Walker and Jake Bartram.
The new year has begun in spectacular fashion for sport at St. John's and the children have been very busy competing in a variety of sports.
Last week, our Year 5/6 Basketball team competed in the Regional Finals against all of the other schools that had won their cluster tournaments before Christmas. The competition and pace of play was fierce and the level of basketball from our children and the other schools was outstanding. We very proudly finished 6th in Derbyshire and played some brilliant basketball. Congratulations to Mundy Junior who won and well done/thank you to our team; Fran Town, Evan Dugdale, Max Brown, Jake Bartram, Edward Hewitt, Shannon Elmore, Belle Needham and Rohan Hobday.
This week has seen us enter two tournaments with our Year 5/6 football team. On Tuesday, we entered the Amber Valley Large Schools Futsal Tournament finishing in second place to Kilburn Junior School. Thursday saw the boys take part in the EFL Kids Cup Local Rounds at the Power League Soccer Dome at Pride Park.
St. John's were in a five team group to start the day and came out group winners, with an impressive four wins out of four, including a 7-0 win. Moving on to the knockout rounds, St. John's played Firfield in the quarter final and then moved through to the semi-final beating Derwent 1-0. The two successful teams, St. John's and Melbourne, move through to the Regional finals at Moor Farm, Derby County Training Ground, next week.
The six teams competing next week will be battling it out to become Derby County's representatives in a National competition, playing against teams from all over the country, with the grand final of the EFL Kids Cup taking place at Wembley Stadium before the Championship playoff final.
On Monday night, our Y5/6 basketball team played in the Belper Cluster Basketball tournament at Belper Leisure Centre. Starting in a group of four with William Gilbert, Little Eaton and Kilburn, three games and three wins later, the team made it to the final group stage.
With a tense draw with Duffield Meadows and an enthralling match against William Gilbert, St. John's topped the group and won the tournament to go through to the Amber Valley finals in January. Well done and congratulations to the team!
Another week and another win! Well done to our Year 2 End Ball team who played in a tournament at Belper Leisure Centre on Monday night. End Ball is a game similar to netball but without a net! Our youngsters played in competitive matches against other schools and of our four teams, the red team came out joint winners with Little Eaton. Well done to all the children involved and our winners, Ryan Ghai, Bobby Price, Oliver Wadsworth, Ruby Mills and Joe Israel-Dean,
On Wednesday night, St. John's took part in the AVSSP 2016-17 Tag Rugby competition at Belper Rugby Club. 32 schools entered the tournament and we entered two teams with 22 children from Years 5 and 6 competing in some fantastic, high energy tag rugby games.
Mrs Allen kindly volunteered to coach St. John's B team, who played some outstanding tag rugby to finish third in their qualifying group. Well done to Evan Dugdale, Joe Sadler, Archie Miller, Tom Cope, Euan Waterfall, Reece Knowles, Harrison Beardsley, Ella Daubney, Hannah Siddall, Belle Needham and Daisy Dann.
St. John's A finished top of their qualifying group with five wins from five matches and made it to the quarter-finals. After beating Codnor in the quarter-final, they played a close match against Mundy in the semi-final and won 6-5. Then came the final!
Under the floodlights, St. John's A played Swanwick A and battled their way to extra time. After extra time the score was still tied at 7-7, so it went to a 'golden try', first team to score wins! With an outstanding piece of rugby, our captain, Fran Town, scored the winning try and the children we crowned Tag Rugby Champions!
Well done and congratulations to Fran Town, Ed Hewitt, Harry Chadwick, Thomas Walker, Lewis Austin, Max Brown, Jake Bartram, Rohan Hobday, Edie Bellamy, Libby Bolsover and Emily Wallwin.
:) Mr Hallam :)
We had one last competition this week before breaking up for half term and the Y4 Athletics team did a fantastic job competing against 8 other schools at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Thursday evening. With great performances in the field events (speed bounce, standing long jump and chest push), the children set themselves up for a tight race for first place. Some of the races were that close that the AVSSP judges couldn't even see who had won, the children were that fast! St. John's were proud runners-up on the night and were just pipped to the post by Riddings Junior School. Congratulations to them!
With the clocks set to go back soon, the next half term won't see many football matches or tag rugby fixtures, but there will still be lots of indoor events taking place. Watch this space :)
Hello and welcome to 2016-2017 of sport at St. John's. We have had a busy first half term, with children of every age taking part in sport at school. PE lessons commenced and all teaching staff took part in a PE Health & Safety training course to further support our teaching of the subject.
Our new Y6 mini-leaders (all 30 of them!) started running lunchtime sports and fun clubs for children from Reception to Y4. They are doing a fantastic job and I am very grateful for their support.
Our new look football team kicked off the season by reaching the final of the Amber Valley SSP Football tournament and just missing out on penalties. We have also played four league fixtures, picking up 7 points along the way and we were very unlucky to be knocked out of the 7-aside cup 1-0 against Chellaston. Thank you to the team for their hard work already this year. Edward Hewitt (c), Jake Bartram, Fran Town, Rohan Hobday, Harry Chadwick, Thomas Walker, Max Brown, Harvey Blount, Lewis Austin and Harris Mizon.
Our tag rugby team has started training on a weekly basis in preparation for our matches in 2017. The team are very lucky to have been bought a new kit in memory of the late Edward Green, an ex-student and rugby enthusiast.
Lastly, we have had some fantastic athletics success this half term. Our Year 2 athletes became Amber Valley Champions and won the competition at Belper School. Well done to Xanthie McAughtrie, Bethany Barnes, Annabel Van Wyk, Ruby Mills, Jack Pace, Bobby Price, Ryan Ghai and Aaron Kozimer-Godling.
Our Year 5/6 athletics squad proudly came second in the Amber Valley Championships and were just pipped to the post by Mundy Junior School. Well done and fantastic effort from Edward Hewitt, Fran Town, Lewis Austin, Harris Mizon, Harvey Blount, Rohan Hobday, Oliver Cope, Teo Penfold, Emily Wallwin, Isabella Unsworth, Lara Husselbee, Lauren Tomlinson, Belle Needham, Daisy Dann, Francesca Tatham and Mae Paine.
Y4 athletics to follow! Fingers crossed :)
Thanks for your continued support, Mr Hallam.
They did it! The boys 7 a-side football team have won the league! An absolutely wonderful achievement and brilliant effort by all who have played, trained, encouraged and supported. Thank you and well done!
Presentation evening will take place on Thursday 26th May.
Well done and congratulations to our very talented football team who played in the Derbyshire Primary Schools 7 a-side Cup Final yesterday at Derby County Training Ground, Moor Farm. All of the boys played a brilliant match, the best they have played this year and came up against tough opposition, St. Albans.
After two quick goals from St. Albans, the St. John's boys kept their heads up, kept their cool and clawed two goals back to set up the final for a nail biting finish. Unluckily, St. Albans scored and 3rd and the game finished 3-2.
Out of 32 teams our determined, talented bunch finished runners-up and showed great sportsmanship and drive. What a brilliant evening for all. Thank you to all of the parents and teachers who came to support and thank you to Ben Ollett, Harris Mizon, Joe Kobylarz, Connor Chadwick, Callum Buxton, Liam Smith, Harvey Green, Thomas Adams, Lucas Hopkins and Oliver Boulton. Well done fellas!
Oh and we got a selfie with Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant!
Our tag rugby season came to an end last week and our team finished a brilliant season in 2nd place in their league, just one point off the top spot! All of the children that have played for the tag rugby team this year have put in lots of effort and have done a wonderful job of representing our school, well done to you all!
Thursday night saw our football team travel to Ravensdale Junior School to play in the 7 a-side cup semi-final. With a strong performance and two bullet finishes from captain Ben Ollett, the team have secured a place in the Derbyshire Schools 7 a-side cup final at Derby County's Training Ground, Moor Farm on Friday 6th May. Best of luck boys!
Sport is back under way after the Easter holidays and we have a very busy calendar jam packed with events for children across the whole school. Premier Sport have begun their new morning sports club, helping to keep the children active right from the start of the day. If you are interested please see the school office for more information.
Our football team are almost at the end of their season with only a few games left to play. Hopefully, with a few more wins, we can celebrate a successful season in a few weeks time. Cup and league games are soon. Unfortunately, our team just missed out on a place in the 9 a-side cup final after losing on penalties (so cruel!) to Dale Primary. The team played brilliant football and will take that into their next games.
Our Tag Rugby team played against Oakwood just before the Easter break and came away with two brilliant performances and wins on the board. It will be a very tight contest at the end of the season to win the league, with only one game left to play and only 1 point in it at the top of the table!
Last week, 32 children from across KS2 attended the annual Cross Country competition at Eyes Meadow in Duffield. The team performed outstandingly well with a member of each race finishing either 1st or 2nd every time. Ben Ollett won the Year 5/6 boys race, Maddie Tatham won the Year 5/6 girls race, Rohan Hobday won the Year 3/4 boys race and Belle Needham finished 2nd in the Year 3/4 girls race. Our final points score meant that we became overall winners and Cross Country champions. Well done to all involved and thank you to the parents for their continued sporting support.
PE lessons and sports clubs have been in full flow over the past few weeks and we have been dodging the bad weather as much as we can here at St. John's.
Before the half term holiday we had two dodgeball events take place, one for the infants and one for the juniors. Our KS1 team went to Riddings Infant School and played some fantastic dodgeball against other schools. Well done to all the children involved! Our KS2 teams battled hard against Long Row and Ambergate in our first home-hosted tournament in the school hall. A fantastic effort by all the children.
Lunchtime and afterschool clubs are in full swing again, with football, girls football, tag rugby, hockey, gymnastics and paceball all taking place. Well done and thank you to all of the sporty children make these clubs great!
On Friday 4th March, the St. John's football team continued to fight tooth and nail to try and win the 7 a-side league by playing on a mud-covered field in the rain and cold against Walter Evans. With a 3-0 and 4-0 win, the team showed fantastic teamwork and sportsmanship representing our school brilliantly. Goals from Liam Smith, Connor Chadwick and Ben Ollett secured victory. Well done to the whole team, also including Lucas Hopkins, Joe Kobylarz, Thomas Adams, Ollie Boulton, Harry Wright and Harris Mizon.
Check out the fixtures and events page on the PE and Sport webpage for what's coming up!
Thanks, Mr Hallam
Welcome back to a new year and a new term! Sport is well and truly back under way at St. John's with clubs starting again and some new experiences happening too.
We are very happy to welcome back Tom Ellison after his knee operation, gymnastics club is up and running again and the children are enjoying having Tom back. Soccerstars are also back and Paceball club continues to attract a lot of interest. Please see the school office or Mr Hallam for any information on the clubs mentioned.
Girls football will begin again this week (Friday 22nd January) and other lunchtime clubs, such as football and tag rugby will continue weather permitting.
Year 5 and 6 children are currently experiencing a new sport and trying their hand at Fencing over the coming weeks thanks to Premier Sport joining us at St. John's.
Also, on Thursday evening, 16 children got the chance to play futsal at Belper Leisure Centre with Mr Hallam and Miss Dallison, in preparation for two tournaments this week. Thank you to all the children and parents for attending.
Please feel free to speak to me at any point should you have any questions regarding clubs, teams or anything sport related.
Over the last two weeks, over 50 children in the juniors have tried their hand at basketball during lunchtimes with Mr Hallam. This led to St. John's taking part in two basketball tournaments at Belper Leisure Centre with our Year 6 team going first and our Year 4's second.
On Monday 23rd November, the Year 6 team played against lots of local schools making their way to the semi-final and brutally losing out in a penalty shoot-out! The 8 children represented the school in fine form, playing exceptionally well and finishing third overall. Well done to Harry Wright, Ben Ollett, Harvey Green, Charlie Brassington, Liam Smith, Lucas Hopkins, Zarah Hobday and Amy Horder.
A week later, on Monday 30th November, our Year 4 team took to the court and played fantastically well making it all the way to the finals against Kilburn. With an abundance of baskets from Scott Gregson and Rohan Hobday, St. John's brought home the Amber Valley SSP Basketball Championship. The team represented the school outstandingly well, with wonderful sportsmanship and should be very proud of themselves. Well done to Rohan Hobday, Scott Gregson, Josh Locke-Greaves, Charlie Price, Oliver Cope, Maddie Falleth, Daisy Dann and Abbie Duro.
That is it for sporting fixtures and tournaments until 2016. Thank you once again to all the parents for their help with transportation and for cheering the children on. A well earned rest is needed until the next tournament in mid-January.
This week has been another great week for sport at St. John's and two of our teams were in action in competitive fixtures.
On Tuesday evening, our Tag Rugby team travelled to Parkview Primary School in Oakwood. Both teams played really well showcasing some brilliant young rugby talent. After battling hard, St. Johns won both matches 13-10 and 8-7 with all 10 players playing brilliantly and working really hard. Thank you and well done to Katie Potts, Anya Swift, Tilly Shakespeare, Harvey Green, Josh Gascoyne, Oliver Boulton, Fran Town, Joe Kobylarz, Harry and Connor Chadwick.
Thursday night saw one of our toughest and most dramatic matches of the season so far! Our 7 a-side football team travelled to Oakwood Junior School to play a cup match. After trailing 2-0 for most of the match, captain Ben Ollett rallied his team and they really began to fight back. Suddenly, a quick and dramatic turn around began and Harris Mizon scored a fantastic hat-trick to win the game in the last minute! St. John's will now proceed to the cup quarter final. Well done to Ben Ollett, Harris Mizon, Connor Chadwick, Thomas Adams, Joe Kobylarz, Lucas Hopkins, Liam Smith, Oliver Boulton and Harvey Green.
Well done and a huge congratulations to our Y3/4 Athletics team who won the Amber Valley Large Schools athletics competition on Thursday night. Competing against 9 other schools and taking part in lots of events, including; speed bounce, long jump, chest push, relay races, obstacle races and hurdles, the team performed brilliantly and represented our school fantastically well and winning the title!! Well done to Harvey Blount, Rohan Hobday, Archie Miller, Oliver Cope, Tom Cope, Teo Penfold, Belle Needham, Mae Paine, Francesca Tatham, Sophie Foulke, Maddie Falleth and Daisy Dann.
Thank you to the parents for your support.
Once again, the children of St. John's have been busy taking part in lots of sport this week and with great success.
With lunch time and after school clubs, including; football, girls only football, tag rugby, soccerstars, gymnastics and much more, there has been chances for lots of children to get involved.
Our Year 3 children have been especially busy taking part in Soccerstars coaching and Bikeability this week and enjoying every minute of it!
On Thursday evening, 12 Year 5/6 children headed up to Alfreton Leisure Centre with Mr Hallam to compete in the large schools AVSSP Athletics competition. Winning all 8 running races, the team narrowly missed out on the title, finishing in a fantastic second place and having an outstanding evening, representing the school with maturity, talent and sportsmanship. Well done to Anya Swift, Maddie Tatham, Katie Potts, Mia Mizon, Lara Husselbee, Phoebe Jennison, Connor Chadwick, Harry Chadwick, Harris Mizon, Edward Hewitt, Liam Smith and Ben Ollett.
Friday evening saw our 7 a-side football team match up against Ravensdale Junior School and play two twenty minute matches. With goals from Connor Chadwick and Harris Mizon, St. John's remained unbeaten so far, winning the first match 1-0 and drawing the second 1-1. Thank you to all of the teachers and parents who came down to watch and once again, thank you to the team and all the support we are receiving.
Thank you, Mr Hallam.
This week our football teams have been very busy and played two fixtures on consecutive evenings. On Thursday our 9 a-side team began their cup campaign against Cavendish Close Junior School, winning 2-1 with a last minute winning goal from Oliver Boulton. We are now in the semi-final later this academic year.
Friday night and two home matches against strong opposition, William Gilbert. St. John's 7 a-side boys played their socks off and won both fantastic battles (2-1 and 2-0) with goals from Harris Mizon and Liam Smith.
Thank you to all footballers this week, including; Ben Ollett, Thomas Adams, Liam Smith, Connor Chadwick, Oliver Boulton, Harvey Green, Joe Kobylarz, Harris Mizon, Josh Phillips, Toby Waugh and Callum Buxton. Once again, thank you to all teachers, parents, families and friends for their continued support and encouragement.
St. John's has been a hive of sporting activity this week, with clubs, tournaments and matches on everyday of the week!
On Wednesday 30th September, our tag rugby team took a short trip to Belper Rugby Club to play in the Amber Valley SSP Tag Rugby competition. After being placed in a very difficult group, St. John's won every game they played apart from one, only losing to the champions, Breadsall Primary! After entering the second place league, captain Harvey Green led his team to 3 more wins and a fifth place finish out of 19 schools. A fantastic effort from all the children, a huge thank you to the team; Harvey Green, Joe Kobylarz, Tilly Shakespeare, Anya Swift, Maddie Tatham, Katie Potts, Ben Ollett, Conor Murphy, Oliver Boulton, Lucas Hopkins, Connor Chadwick and Fran Town.
Thursday 1st October and another tournament, this time football! St. John's took two teams to Charles Hill in Loscoe and found some fantastic success. Our all girls team played fantastically well, led by captain Katie Potts, reaching the final of the competition and just losing out to Mundy Primary after star striker Mia Mizon scored 7 goals throughout the tournament, a wonderful effort by the team that included; Katie Potts, Mia Mizon, Zarah Hobday, Tilly Shakespeare, Scarlett Turner, Jocelyn Johnson, Lilly Groom, Isabel Moss, Isabel Hawley and Tess Gregson.
The boys team found similar success, reaching the semi-final and cruelly losing out at a chance in the final in extra time, once again, to Mundy Primary. The whole team played brilliantly, with Harris Mizon scoring goals galore, and worked so hard with captain Ben Ollett even playing on after picking up an injury! Well done to the boys team; Ben Ollett, Lucas Hopkins, Liam Smith, Lewis Austin, Harris Mizon, Connor Chadwick, Oliver Boulton, Joe Kobylarz and Thomas Adams.
Friday night and one more fixture! This match saw our boys football team play Chellaston Juniors in two 20 minute matches here at St. John's with our new team winning both matches (2-0 and 2-1), a fantastic effort by all the children. Well done and thank you!
A huge thank you to Miss Dallison for managing the girls football team and all of the children, parents, grandparents, families and everyone involved this week, your help and support is greatly appreciated and apologies for this congested time of fixtures.
On Thursday 24th September we played our first tag rugby fixtures of the season against fierce rivals Duffield Meadows. With a strong interest in rugby this year at St. John's, we had a big squad including; Joe Kobylarz, Connor Chadwick, Fran Town, Lucas Hopkins, Liam Smith, Toby Waugh, Conor Murphy, Ben Ollett, Tilly Shakespeare and Katie Potts. The team fought tooth and nail to get off to a winning start, drawing the first game 9-9, a fantastic result for all! The second match saw Duffield Meadows edge to a win by one try with the match finishing at 8-7.
Thank you very much to all of the parents and teachers for coming to watch and support our team and we are looking forward to next weeks tournament at Belper Rugby Club.