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P.E. & Sports News 2016/2017 - A Year of Pride & Achievement!

What a year it was!

Silver CAPS accredited netball club.  A number of Y5/6 children have attended Harriers netball sessions held at Moorside High School.  Club welcomes children from Y4-6.

P.E. & Sports News Updates

Monday 17th July 2017 - CADSSA Y5/6 Athletics Squad Triumph at Northwood Stadium



This morning, our fantastic Y5/6 Athletics Squad pushed themselves to their limits to achieve a wonderful overall first placed finish in the annual CADSSA Y5/6 Athletics Events.  Cheered on by a fantastic crowd of St John's parents and their enthusiastic team mates, both our Boys and Girls teams finished in first position and there was an abundance of fantastic performances on display.  It really is a privilege to work with children who always strive to make the most of their talent and perform not only for themselves but for their team mates too.


Massive thanks to all parents for your fantastic support, to Mrs Rowe and Mrs Swift-Holdcroft for their trackside work and to Mrs Simcock for organising the children and being on hand to lend an encouraging word whenever it was needed.


What a way to cap off a truly outstanding sporting year for our school.  Well done Team St John's

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - CADSSA Y3/4 Athletics Overall Champions!



This morning, our Y3/4 Athletics Squad ran, skipped, jumped, threw and relayed their way to the finish line to become CADSSA Y3/4 Athletics Overall Champions.  It's an honour that our school hasn't won in recent history and the children truly deserved their success!  In the gender categories, our Girls claimed first place and our Boys finished in second position.  It really was fantastic to see the team enjoying themselves and not letting the poor weather dampen their spirits. 


Massive thanks to all parents who supported the children, to Mrs Rowe for her assistance and to St Thomas' school for organising.



Thursday 22nd June CADSSA Rounders Tournament 

What an absolute pleasure it was spending the afternoon with the rounders team. Everyone played well, had great fun and gave their all. Really proud of you! A huge, huge thank you to parents for coming along to support us and arranging transport.

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Wednesday 24th May - CADSSA Girls Football League - Round 2

This afternoon, our KS2 Girls Football squad travelled to William Amory to tackle two more fixtures in the 2017 CADSSA Girls Football League.  Only eight players were available for this round, so all of our team knew that they had two, back-to-back fixtures to contend with in warm conditions without chance of a break.  This clearly didn't concern any of the squad, as their excitement and positivity was infectious from the outset!


The first game saw St John's take on St Giles'.  The team went ahead early on thanks to two well-taken strikes from speedy striker Molly.  The moment of the game came late in the second half when, after months of encouragement, Hattie decided to unleash a shot from just inside the St Giles' half.  The ball flew towards goal and into the bottom corner to place the cherry on top of a confident 3-0 win.  


There was only time to have a quick word or two from parents and to take on much needed water and jelly babies before the team had to take to the pitch for their second match- this time against hosts William Amory.  Immediately it was clear that William Amory had some impressive players and St John's took on board pre-match advice to go a little more defensive.  The tactics worked a treat (for once!) when Maisie broke up a William Amory attack on the half-way line and played a great through-ball to Molly who raced through on goal and finished well to put the team 1-0 up.  The St John's crowd went wild as the girls on the pitch celebrated an excellent finish.  Within seconds of the re-start, Molly was again racing through on goal and was extremely unlucky to see her excellent effort bounce off the post.  The girls were now well into their stride and grew further in confidence as the game wore on.  However, there was still a lot of defending to do as William Amory pushed for an equaliser and forced two goal-mouth scrambles.  Thankfully, goals were avoided due to the quick hands and thinking of 'keeper Lily as she stopped the ball right on the line during the first scramble and the team defended bravely during the second.  Eventually, a 1-0 victory was added to the previous 3-0 to cap off a fantastic afternoon of football!


It was great to see so many parents and family members in support of the team in the 'away stand' over on the hill.  On we go St John's!


Team: Lily, Lillie, Jessica, Hattie, Maisie, Emily, Millie, Molly.



Tuesday 25th May - CADSSA Year 3/4 Football Tournament


On Thursday 24th May 2017, our Y3/4 Football squad took part in the annual CADSSA Y3/4 Football Tournament.  With energy-sapping weather and tough opposition to contend with, the team still managed to blaze a trail through Group A to qualify for the semi-finals for the second year in a row!  Highlights of the group stage games were two stunning free-kicks from Sam K that both nestled into the top-corner of the net.  It was great to see all players fully-involved and enjoying playing football.


The semi-final saw us take on regular opponents St Thomas'.  In the first-half, the team truly came alive in terms of the quality of their football! There was some slick passing moves, tricky inter-play, rasping long range shots and tenacious tackling.  Even though we had the bulk of the play, the score remained 0-0.  In the second-half, the game evened out as we struggled to get back into the same flow as the first-half.  The decisive moment came from a corner, as St Thomas' were first to the second ball and managed to fire a well-struck shot through a crowded penalty area leaving Charlie with no chance whatsoever.  The game ended 0-1 to St Thomas' and whilst it was a tough result to finish with, the team can be proud of the performances they put in throughout the entire afternoon.


Thank-you to all parents for your constant support and transporting the children.  I hope you all managed to gain a healthy tan!


Team: Charlie, Harvey, Zach, Sam B, Mckenzie, Sam K, Lily, Evie, Tom, Isaac, Jabez



Thursday 18th May - St John's Get Down to Some Serious Cross Country Business!



This afternoon, 40 runners from across our KS2 classes entered into the annual SSSP Cross Country Event.  Teams of boys and girls from Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 all challenged themselves over varying distances to achieve not only a great personal position but also the best team score that they possibly could.  In addition to the 40 children, it must be mentioned that it was absolutely wonderful to see an army of parents and family members as well as a number of teaching staff; it truly was "Team St John's"!


We kicked things off with a highly competitive Y6 race in which we had some stunning performances in challenging a gruelling 1400m course. The Y4, Y5 and Y3 races that followed all contained great shows of skill, talent, commitment, courage and determination from our runners.  There was also brilliant determination and skill on show from Mr Clarke, who had the challenging task of organising all placing information to determine team scores and did so superbly!  


In the end, we had a total of 4 individual race winners (congratulations to Isaac, Georgie, Nathaniel and Niamh) and a whole host of top 5 finishes!  In terms of team success, our Y3 & Y4 girls teams achieved 2nd place whilst our Y5 boys and Y6 girls teams achieved 1st position!  As a result, all four of those teams have qualified to compete in the regional Staffordshire School Games at Keele University on Friday 23rd June- how amazing! This will be the third consecutive year that teams from St John's have represented our district and school at such a prestigious event.


Well done to ALL of our runners!  A special thank-you must go to the parents and family members who offered great support and were always available to offer encouragement, hugs and praise in abundance.  Thanks also to Miss Rushton, Mr Price and Mr Clarke for their great support.


Check out some of the fantastic images from today's event below!

Cheerleading Success 9th May 2017


This afternoon, the St. John's cheerleading squad took park in the 2017 SSP cheerleading competition. The squad performed amazing well and ended up finishing in 2nd place. What a great result. Well done!

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CADSSA Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Tournament @ Greatwood Primary School 11th May


This afternoon 11 boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 took to the field at Greatwood Primary School on a gloriously sunny May afternoon.


The tournament would prove to be somewhat of a marathon, as each team played all 8 other schools in attendance but  St. John's have certainly been putting the miles for the last few terms and were ready to take on all comers.

St. John's the tournament with a game against the home team of Greatwood primary. It is always hard to play against a team with home school advantage and to have to step up against the hosts in our first match would certainly be a tricky fixture to begin with. Both teams started the game with excellent attack but were lacking and little intensity in defence which allowed for a great number of tries to be scored by both sides. S
Thankfully, St. John's were slightly superior in attack and were able to edge the game 6-5.


Next up, St. John's faced St. Joseph's of Uttoxeter who were more than a match in attack of the St. John's flyers. Both teams up their level of defence and the game was a comparatively low scoring following the previous fixture and it looked as if St. John's would scrape a closely fought victory. However, St. Joseph's scored a superb try with the last place of the game to grab a 2-2 draw which unfortunately did not reflect St. John's performance.


Our third fixture was against The Valley and finally St. John's were able to combine both excellent attack with superb defence and were able to turn over possession on several occasions. More importantly, St. John's were able to convert this possession into tries and were able to run away with a fantastic 6-1 victory as they ran strong support lines which provided little chance for the opposition to stop St. John's speedsters!


St. John's were clearly into their stride now and took on Dilhorne in their fourth match during which they continued to up the level of intensity and commitment. The team continued to run hard in possession and swamp the opposition in defence but it was the support they offered each other that really stood them apart from their well organised opponents. St. John's running out 5-3 winners!

In the next fixture, St. John's overcame Bishop Rawle 4-2 in a game where St. John's were really beginning to show their full potential. And it was the next fixture where the team really did perform to their best in a game where they simply dominated William Amory of Blythe Bridge in every aspect. Strong running lines from Centre Joshua and Winger Lewis cut through the oppositions defence, like a knife through butter, and superbly timed supporting runs from their team mates created numerous two-on-ones and overlaps across the field.  St. John's managed to finish the match with a 6-2 victory but it was the manner in which the team won rather than the scoreline that was most impressive!


And with only two games left, St. John's were well within a chance of taking home the CADSSA Tag Rugby title and with their fate in their own hands. St. John's next opponents were reigning champions St. Werburgh's of Kingsley who had recently beaten the St. John's 4-1 in the  Semi-Final of SSSP School Games Tag Rugby tournament at Leek Rugby club not 2 weeks ago. And it truly was a game that lived up to it's billing as two titans of CADSSA rugby clashed. St. John's enjoyed early possession and both teams were clearly up for the occasion, as they showed a great  deal of intensity, determination, skill and rugby nous. Even though St. John's were dominating possession, through great support lines which allowed St. John's to recycle the ball over and over again, St. Werburgh's were defending resolutely and it was they who took the lead - clinically breaking away to score against the run of the play. St. John's again attacked like a swarm of wasps attacking a picnic and they were able to draw level. However, St. Werburgh's again demonstrated how to attack in a quick and incisive manner and took the lead again before quickly adding to it to take a 3-1 lead. However, St. John's would not roll over and it was evident that the team had raised their intensity and level of performance from the game 2 weeks ago. St. John's attacked and attacked and were determined to break through the superb defensive line of St. Werburgh's and another try for the team in red appeared inevitable and thankfully it came just before the final whistle. Sadly, despite dominating possession and territory St. John's were to fall short in their efforts. However, the efforts had demonstrated that the team had greatly improved upon their defeat of 2 weeks ago.



St. Werburgh's were clearly still a force in CADSSA rugby and would go on to win all 8 of their games on the way to retaining their title this year.


Their is not doubt that the team were a little deflated, following their narrow defeat, during their final game against another CADSSA rival in St. Thomas' of Tean. St. John's took a 2-0 lead early on through superb team play before the efforts made during the previous game appeared to take their toll and St. John's let their opponents back into the game as silly mistakes and handling errors returned possession to St. Thomas' and allowed them to claw the scores level as we went into the last minute of our final game. Sadly the long day in the sun took it's toll on St. John's and a lapse in concentration turned a certain try for St. John's into a chance for St. Thomas' to snatch an undeserved victory against the run of play and they duly obliged. St. John's 2-3 St. Thomas' - a result which would drop St. John's from a deserved 2nd into 3rd place.


However, the team had performed fantastically and out shone all expectations, as they scored a whopping 34 tries in 8 games. They did themselves, each other and the school proud and I can not wait until 8 of the players return to avenge this years result at next years tournament. 


Thank you to all the parents, family and friends who came along to support - I know they impressed you too! Well done Team!


The team were:

Hattie (Scrum-Half/Fly-Half & Captain)

Lillie (Centre/Wing & Captain)

Thomas (Fly-Half/Centre & Captain)

Millie (Centre)

Jedd (Wing)

Shaun (Centre/Wing)

Joshua (Fly-Half/Centre)

Isobel (Scrum-Half/Centre)

Lewis (Wing/Full-Back)

Nathaniel (Full-Back)

Jack (Wing)


The tournament finished:

1. St. Werburgh's

2. St. Joseph's

3. St. John's

4. St. Thomas'

5. Greatwood

6. Williams Amory

7. The Valley

8. Bishop Rawle

9. Dilhorne.




CADSSA Year 3/4 Tag Rugby @ Picknalls First School.


This afternoon 12 boys and girls from Years 3 and 4 took to the field at Picknalls first school on a gloriously sunny May afternoon.


St. John's were drawn in a difficult group along with Bishop Rawle, William Amory, St. Thomas and Greatwood but we were confident going into the tournament, as the team had trained hard over the previous term, and were ready and raring to grab some tags and score some tries.



St. John's began with against Greatwood in what would turn out to be a very topsy turvy game where both teams would trade a number of tries before St. John's grabbed a last minute winning try to take the victory 5-4.


Our next opponents were Bishop Rawle who got off to a blistering start and took a 2-0 lead before St. John's knew anything about it. It took a while for St. John's to get a firm foothold in the game and clawed their way back even at 2-2. Some uncharacteristic handling errors held St. John's back but at times the team were showing real signs of their potential. However, it was Bishop Rawle took the lead again before St John's were able to draw the game level 3-3.


Next up were St. Thomas' who played a very fluid and open style much like St. John's and the two sides put on a superb and intense display of Tag Rugby. Both teams defended resolutely with such endeavour and intensity that neither was really able to make much progress towards the other's try line. The teams were able to sneak through on a few occasions and score 2  tries a piece for a final score of 2-2.


St. John's final group game was against William Amory of Blythe Bridge who had won all of their previous games. St. John's needed a victory to guarantee  progression through to the Semi-Finals and clearly upped their performance and intensity to match the importance of the game. St. John's were every where in defence and pushed their opposition backwards whilst in position on several occasions and were duly rewarded with their first try. William Amory quickly replied before St. John's scored another excellent try and so the game continued in this fashion until the last few minutes where a knock on from St. John's gave William Amory possession who quickly took advantage of the opportunity to grab all 4 points. Final score of William Amory 5 v 4 St John's. A scoreline that left our players feeling dejected and disappointed but the team had put in a performance that they should be proud of and which reflected their skills and ability.


Sadly that result would leave St. John's in 3rd place in their group and as a result, they would not progress through to the semi-finals of the tournament. However, the team performed excellently, with great passion, pride and effort. They all clearly enjoyed themselves and I can not wait to see how they step their game up when next year's Tag Rugby tournaments come around.


The team were:


Maisie (Fly Half & Captain)

Lily (Centre/Wing & Captain)

Thomas (Fly Half)

Charlie (Full back)

Mckenzie (Centre)

Sam (Wing/Full Back)

Isaac (Wing)

Evie (Wing)

Jess (Scrum Half)

Jamie (Scrum Half)

Leyton (Centre)

Ben (Centre/Wing)



I would also like to thank all the parents, grandparents and friends who came along to watch and support the team all afternoon.


Thursday 4th May - Girls Football League Begins!


This afternoon, our Girls Football squad took part in the opening round of fixtures of this year's CADSSA Girls Football League.  The squad have been training regularly throughout the year but have recently been bolstered by new members, so there's a real mix of experience levels.  The team did really well in their opening game against St Thomas', getting to grips with a physical approach that comes with competitive sport.  One moment of excitement saw Molly played in on goal by a great pass from winger Libby.  Racing in on goal, Molly's excellent first time drive just crept the wrong side of the post to deny her what would have been an outstanding goal.  Whilst we created other good chances, neither team was able to break the deadlock and we shared the points with a 0-0 draw.


Our second game saw us face Cheadle Primary School.  Unfortunately, more squad members than we would have liked had to act as substitutes due to Cheadle only having 6 players.  This created more space on the pitch but also reduced each teams' attacking threat and continuity.  Even with a last minute rasping drive from Hattie that flew at great pace over the bar, chances were few and far between.  Another 0-0 draw was played out with the game being more of a scrappy affair than the previous one.


Well done to all squad members who acquitted themselves excellently against some tough opposition.  Two clean sheets, 4 points gained and we're unbeaten!  The next round of fixtures will take place on Wednesday 24th May at William Amory Primary School, Blythe Bridge.


Team: Lily; Maisie, Lillie, Jessica (c), Hattie; Libby, Emily (c), Millie; Molly.

Thursday 27th April - Girls Football Training at Moorside

Thursday 6th April - CADSSA Y5/6 Mixed High 5 Netball Champions


Congratulations to our Y5/6 Mixed High 5 Netball team, who have been crowned as this year's A League Netball champions! They competed over two weeks, playing 6 games in total, and managed to remain unbeaten.  Well done to all involved.


Team: Niamh, Eden, Hattie, Emily, Joshua, Charlie, Taylor.

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April - CADSSA Swimming Galas

On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April, our Y3/4 and Y5/6 swimming teams entered the annual CADSSA Swimming Galas.  All involved gave their all and performed very well against some fantastic swimmers from 7 other schools.  Mrs Higton was full of praise for our Y3/4 swimmers and Mrs Swift-Holdcroft and Mr Redfern were both mightily impressed by our Y5/6 team. It really is fantastic to see our children give their all in sporting competition.  Both teams managed to achieve the same pos- well done everybody!


Thursday 30th March - CADSSA High 5 Netball Boys Tournament Joint Winners

Congratulations to our Y5/6 Boys Netball team, who performed really well to finish as joint winners of the CADSSA High 5 Netball Boys.  We're really proud of you all.

Team: Charlie D, Christian A, Joshua F-F, Taylor M, Thomas, Sam K, Charlie J

Tuesday 28th March - CADSSA Cross Country Boys, Girls and Overall Winners 2017!

Tuesday 28th March - CADSSA Cross Country Boys, Girls and Overall Winners 2017! 1
Tuesday 28th March - CADSSA Cross Country Boys, Girls and Overall Winners 2017! 2

The recent good weather held on just long enough to enable the final round of a shortened CADSSA Cross Country league to take place at the picturesque setting of Oakamoor Cricket Club.  Both our boys and girls teams had enjoyed a terrific opening round and performed excellently again to clinch 1st place in the Boys Team category, 1st place in the Girls Team category and an overall 1st place in the combined standings.  Mrs Higton was extremely proud to see all of our team members not only give their all, but also support runners from other schools.  Congratulations must also go to Nathaniel and Niamh, winners of the Boys standings and Girls standings respectively.  Superstars in the making!


Congratulations to all team members- we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves!

Thur 23rd March - Girls Netball Team Claim 3rd Place!

Thur 23rd March - Girls Netball Team Claim 3rd Place! 1

On Thursday evening, our Y5/6 Girls Netball squad competed in the CADSSA High 5 Netball Girls Tournament.  It was great to see a number of the team competing in their first competitive netball action.  The team worked together well to finish in 3rd position!  Well done to everybody involved!


Team: Molly W, Jessica B, Emily B, Eden T-B, Sienna R, Hattie H, Niamh B.

Thur 23rd March - Premier Sport Y3/4 High 5 Netball Tournament Winners!

Thur 23rd March - Premier Sport Y3/4 High 5 Netball Tournament Winners! 1
Thur 23rd March - Premier Sport Y3/4 High 5 Netball Tournament Winners! 2

This morning, members from our Y3/4 Netball squad took part in their second tournament of the week- this time at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.  Fresh off their second placed finish in Monday's CADSSA tournament, all involved were keen to get involved in more competitive netball!


The tournament, which was organised and run by Premier Sports, involved 6 other schools from the Stoke area, meaning that the team were able to challenge themselves against schools that they wouldn't normally take on.  All involved performed excellently, defending superbly and playing the game in the right spirit.  Impressively, the team didn't concede a single goal as they ran out as the tournament winners!  Miss Goodwin was really impressed by the effort put in during a marathon 10minute final and with the excellent marking on display throughout!  Well done team!


Thanks to Miss Goodwin and Mrs James for transporting the team to and from the venue- we wouldn't have been able to participate without them!

Tuesday 21st March - A taster of 'Netball Club'...

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Monday 20th March - CADSSA Y3/4 Netball Tournament Runners-Up!




This afternoon, our Y3/4 High 5 Netball team took part in the annual CADSSA Y3/4 High 5 Netball Tournament at South Moorlands Leisure Centre.  Only two team members had ever played competitive netball before but they shrugged aside their inexperience to perform really well in reaching the final of the tournament! There they faced the consistently excellent St Thomas', who managed to come out on top with a 2-0 win.  To finish as runners-up is a superb achievement! Well done to you all, we're really proud of you!


Thanks to Miss Goodwin for her excellent coaching and advice and to all parents who arranged transport or stayed to support the team.


Team: Abbie R, Libby P, Maisie F, Evie C, Thomas H, Mckenzie M, Sam K, Charlie J.

Monday 20th March - Former St John's Pupils Continue to Experience Sporting Success!

At St John's, we always like to stay up-to-date with how our former pupils are doing as they continue their education journey in their secondary schools.  This year, this has been much easier to do as Miss Edgley keeps us well informed on how former St John's pupils are faring at Moorside High School.  


Last week, Moorside's Y7 Girls Netball team were crowned county tournament and league champions.  Three members of their team are former St John's pupils who represented our own netball teams during their time with us.  Congratulations to Dayna, Heidi and Millie!  In addition, Moorside's Y8 Girls Netball team, containing FIVE former St John's pupils, finished their county competition as runners-up.  Well done to Nicole, Daisy, Ellie-Mai, Lauren and Mollie.  


It has also been great to hear of how Dayna and Millie, who are both former St John's Sports Leaders, have become integral parts of the successful, School Games Regional Competition winning Y7 Moorside Girls Football team.  In addition, Millie has also represented the Moorside Cross Country team excellently this year too, qualifying for county events.  As a fantastic sporting role model and 2016 'Pride of St John's' Sporting Achievement Award winner, it is great to hear of Millie continuing to make her mark in the school sports environment.


We're incredibly proud of all of our former pupils' continued sporting involvement and achievement- keep up the activity!

Tuesday 14th March - CADSSA Cross Country League Begins


Congratulations to all runners on your results during round 1 of the league. We're really proud of your commitment to staying fit, active and understanding how to 'pace a race'.  Our focus now turns to next week's round on Wednesday 22nd March - let's keep it going!



Thanks to all parents and carers for the excellent support and passion that enables our children to take part and attend sporting events.  It really is appreciated.  Below is a run-down of the scores achieved in round 1:

Thursday 9th March - CADSSA Netball League


On the 9th March, the netball team played their first netball tournamant of the season. The team played fantastically well and managed to win all 3 of their games. What a great result! The netball team have three matches left. Good luck team!


Week 1 Results:

St.John's Vs Bishop Rawle: 4-1


St.John's Vs St. Werburgh's: 2-1


St.Johns Vs St.Thomas': 2-0


Monday 6th March - Cross Country Update


We are very lucky here at St John's that we have tradition of having a large number of children who are really keen to challenge themselves in cross-country.  Unfortunately, we have been extremely unlucky to have received a deluge of rain over these past few weeks. This has made conditions at Oakamoor Cricket Club treacherous and extremely slippery underfoot.  Whilst cross-country should really involve a bit of mud and lots of fun, the officials at the club have decided that their surface is just too wet for nigh on 100 children to run on.  As soon as we know the structure of the cross-country league going forward, we'll let you all know!


Mr Redfern

Thursday 9th February / KS2 Gymnastics Competition


It was like watching the Olympics all over again this morning at Uttoxeter Gymnastics Club when our Key Stage 2 team competed in this year's gym competition - an outstanding performance by all of our gymnasts. We were over the moon when 5 of our gymnasts won individual medals for their performance, but the cherry on the cake was the whole team taking first place and winning the overall competition. 

We are so very proud of everyone who took part - your training paid off! A very big thank you to St. John's family members who transported and supported our team, and a big thank you to Miss Goodwin for coming along to support. 

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Tuesday 7th February - Netball Club Begins!

Our first after-school netball club began this afternoon, with Miss Edgley welcoming 15 children to the first session.  The children all worked on their passing skills before entering into short games.  


Our existing KS2 Sports Club is still running alongside but it was brilliant to see that the introduction of a netball club encouraged 13 extra children to stay behind to take part in after-school sport.


Well done to all involved- you all really impressed Miss Edgley with your skills!

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School Games Netball Report

by Eden


After competing (and winning!) the School Games Netball competition at South Moorlands Leisure Centre last week, Eden has written a report about the event and how it felt to take part.


On Tuesday 17th January, Y5/6 took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands School Sports Partnership netball tournament.  It was very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time because there was some tough competition amongst the other schools.  The results were announced that St John's were in the semi-finals against St Thomas'- we won!  The pressure then grew as we were in the final against St. Anne's who appeared to be a really strong team but not strong enough! St John's won - yay!  We were then presented with our medals and received a big round of applause from everybody who took part.  Our teachers - Miss Goodwin and Mr Redfern - were immensely proud of our achievement.


By Eden.



Thursday 26th January. Year 5 compete in the 'Sportshall Athletics Awards'.

Thursday 26th January. Year 5 compete in the 'Sportshall Athletics Awards'. 1
Thursday 26th January. Year 5 compete in the 'Sportshall Athletics Awards'. 2

Year 5 took part in the British Athletics Sportshall Athletics Award.  They had a series of challenges to participate in with children competing against themselves to set, and then try to beat, their own personal score.  The aim of the circuit was to try to gain as many points as possible in order to qualify for a British Athletics Award!  


It was great to see the WHOLE of Year 5 participating in competitive action in a friendly and encouraging environment.  A massive thank-you to Moorside High School's Ms. Harp and her Sports Leaders who led the session brilliantly alongside Mrs Stone (who also competed alongside the children- what a role model!) 


Those children (and teachers) who wish to know their scores will be able to as soon as the working out has been completed! Well done Year 5!

Thursday 19th January 2017 - Cheer leading Squad training session!

Thursday 19th January 2017 - Cheer leading Squad training session! 1
Thursday 19th January 2017 - Cheer leading Squad training session! 2
Thursday 19th January 2017 - Cheer leading Squad training session! 3

Tuesday 17th January - Y5/6 Netball team win the SSSP School Games Netball Tournament!

Tuesday 17th January - Y5/6 Netball team win the SSSP School Games Netball Tournament! 1
Tuesday 17th January - Y5/6 Netball team win the SSSP School Games Netball Tournament! 2

This evening, our Y5/6 netballers played brilliantly to win the School Games Netball Tournament at South Moorlands Leisure Centre!  All of those involved put in maximum effort, played with great commitment and improved with each game.  Some of the shooting on display was outrageously good and the team spirit was brilliant to see.  What makes the performances even more impressive is that the team had only a limited number of lunchtimes in which to train as a result of the poor weather we've experienced recently.  Additionally, a couple of members of the team were getting their first taste of competitive 'team sports' activity and grew in confidence throughout.  The whole team should be very proud of themselves!


Thank-you to Miss Goodwin for her commitment to training whenever possible (even in the rain!) and to all parents and school staff in attendance. Your support and encouragement is very much appreciated.

Thursday 12th January - Y3/4 Football Club Begins!

Thursday 12th January - Y3/4 Football Club Begins! 1
Thursday 12th January - Y3/4 Football Club Begins! 2

Our Y3/4 Football Club, led by Mr Fenton, has started today. Great to see those involved enjoying themselves!


If you'd like your child to join this club, please contact the school office. We'd be delighted for your child to join us!

Thursday 1st December 2016 - Year 5 Take on the School Games Sportshall Athletics Event!

The School Games Sportshall Athletics Competition is one that is open to all schools in the Staffordshire area and is targeted mainly towards a combined Y5/6 team for each participating at school.  The most common approach is to select those who excel during sporting activities.  It is a competition that we at St John's have never participated in.  For our first entry, we decided to enter our entire Y5 class!  Children were encouraged to participate for enjoyment and the competition element was only really emphasised to those who truly desired it.  Each member of Y5 participated in at least one event and gave it their all (even though the competition was extremely tough).  Plenty of challenges were tackled head on and the entire class really came to understand the importance of understanding all advice and communication during an event.


Well done Y5 - you kept going and competed with smiles on your faces!

Monday 1st November 2016 - CADSSA Cross Country Relay Champions!


On Tuesday 1st November, our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed at the annual CADSSA Cross Country Relay event.  Both teams ran superbly to finish in first place in their respective races.


Congratulations to all of those involved and thanks to Mrs Higton and Mrs Rowe for their superb coaching during the event!


Boys Team: Charlie, Nathaniel, Taylor and Lewis.

Girls Team: Niamh, Jessica, Emily and Molly.

October 2016 - CADSSA Football Success!

October 2016 - CADSSA Football Success! 1
October 2016 - CADSSA Football Success! 2
In October 2016, both of our school football teams played superbly well to win their respective leagues with 100% records.  Well done to all of those involved; what a great start to the St John's 2016/2017 sporting year!  The success that both teams have experienced resulted in a report in the Leek Post & Times: