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Angels at Burrswood

 Angels at Burrswood - November 2015

On Tuesday 24th November 2015 the artist Jane Churchill came to work with some Year 3 children at St James'. They created some stunning angels in a range of media - collage, paint and LOTS of glitter! During the week children in the rest of the school will be invited to make their own, smaller angels.

All the artwork will be on public display from December 1st - 31st or display at Burrswood to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

Parents and friends are welcome to see the artworks in situ by popping along Burrswood. You could also join in the Family Carols at 5pm on Tuesday 1st December. The service is FREE but you will need to contact Burrswood to book tickets. See the leaflets in the entrance or contact Burrswood direct.
 

JS - 30 November 2015 11:57 - GeneralSponsored Walk 2015

 Sponsored Walk - 23.10.15.

The sponsored walk was a resounding success again this year. The weather held, and all the children looked fantastic in their costumes. The atmosphere was amazing, with singing, dancing and sprinting around the track. The children walked an exhausting 10km, supporting each other and keeping spirits high.

The class with the best fancy dress went to 3I, who had an inspired 'Coastline' theme, complete with lighthouses, jelly fish and sharks. The class with the most sponsors was 4I. Congratulations to both classes, they will receive £100 each to spend in their classrooms.

A huge thank you to all families and friends of the children. Together, we raised a whopping £5295.13. And many thanks also to Fidelity employees, Sioban Adams, Bridget Radley and Nandeesh Dharwan, who worked tirelessly to help organise the event, and make sure it ran smoothly. As a result, Fidelity have agreed to match fund our sponsorship money, making the grand total £10,590.26. We will soon be rivaling the British Library!

St. James’ PTA

JS - 19 November 2015 15:19 - GeneralWaterstones Visit September 2015

 Waterstones Visit.

On Thursday 24th September, 6 members of year 5 went to Waterstones with Mrs Shortland and Mrs Lewis. When we got there a member of staff who worked there showed us where all the children’s books were. Then we looked for books we liked while Mrs Shortland went to get a basket. When we had found some books we liked we put them in the basket. Mrs Shortland told us to read a few pages of a book or read the blurb of the book. We were there for 2 hours. We bought lots of different kinds of books. Most of the time we bought 2 or 3 books if they were in a series. We looked for books that we don’t have or don’t have many of. We bought two books for year six called Maze Runner and Scorch Trials. We were mainly looking for books for 5O because they don’t have many books on their shelves. After we got all our books, we found out that we had bought over 50 books! Mrs Lewis calculated that we had spent over two hundred pounds! We were supposed to have them delivered to us, but we carried them back to school. We were slower walking back because the teachers were carrying the heavy books which were in boxes. When we got back to school we found out that the books were muddled up, so we sorted them out. In the end we had a great time there and we hope we get to go again.
Report by, Sooraj and Erica Year 5.

JS - 1 October 2015 13:55 - GeneralWelcome new teachers

 Welcome new teachers.

We are delighted to welcome four new teachers to St. James’ this term: Michael Hodges, Anna Holland, Anna Williams and Cathy Spoor. We are fortunate to have them join the team. Michael and Anna H are both teaching in Year 5, Anna W is teaching in Year 4 and Cathy is working with pupils in years 5 & 6 and also teaching science. They have all settled in very well.

JS - 17 September 2015 14:05 - GeneralMiss Mallion, Miss Spoor & Miss Butler

Miss Mallion is getting married & Miss Spoor & Miss Butler are leaving.

Miss Mallion, currently teaching in year 5, is getting married in the summer holidays; she will return to the school next term as Mrs Shortland. She was presented with a bouquet flowers.

Miss Spoor and Miss Butler, are both leaving the school. Miss Spoor is going to teach in Qatar and Miss Butler will be teaching in London. They both had to complete a sporting challenge, set by the Head Teacher, before being presented with flowers and a bottle of wine. Everyone is sad to see them leave, but wish them well in their new jobs. They will be missed by pupils and staff.

JS - 23 July 2015 14:06 - GeneralBig Little Award 2015

 The Big Little Award – 2015.


Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school, many years ago, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. The award is for consistently showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration as well as working really hard during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher to Edward in 5H, who has done lots of work and research over the year, with great results. He shares the Award with Amelia in 5M, who is ‘always’ smiling, is a lovely friend and has also worked really hard all year. Congratulations to both Amelia & Edward who were delighted to receive their award. They will share the shield over the year.

JS - 23 July 2015 14:01 - GeneralLangton Green Giants Football

 Langton Green Giants - Football Team.

Langton Green Giants Football Team, have just completed the summer season of tournaments. They were unbeaten in 52 matches, and won 4 tournaments along the way. 5 of the 7 team members James, Tom V, Bertie, Dan J & Brodie are St James’ boys.

JS - 20 July 2015 14:23 - GeneralPorridge - Year 6 Panto

 Porridge! The Year 6 pantomime was a whirlwind of nursery rhyme characters involved a twisted tale of crime and deception and, of course, rib-tickling puns, roof-raising songs and dazzling dances. The story is narrated by Jack Spratt, Private Detective, as he follows the lives of the folks of Happy Valley (not so happy anymore). As a crime wave sweeps over the land, the nutty Policemen, led by Chief Inspector Drain, comically struggle to keep up…

All eyes are on Papa Bear and his family as they open The Porridge Pot Diner for another season. If you want some yummy in your tummy, then there’s only one place to go! The staff are over-joyed as Dwayne Pipe from Nursery News interviews them live on television - the Bears seem like one big, happy family. But, the scowl on Junior Bear’s face, tells us otherwise… 
Forgetful Old Mother Hubbard has lost her precious recipe book and just can’t keep track of Marigold the cow. Is it possible she is more than just forgetful?
Humpty Dumpty, fell off the wall, again… or did he!?
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them! The police suspect sleep rustlers, but is there more to that story than meets the eye? 
…Junior Bear suspects that his dad and his crew of Billy Goats, and lumbering Lumberjacks are behind it. After he walks in on a secret meeting in the woods (where bears always do their business) He confides in Goldie and together they hatch a plot to find the culprit! 
The Porridge Pot diner becomes a hive of activity and confusion as suitcases containing: nuts (just in case) cash, secret plans, a recipe book and some rather large briefs, switch hands!
Jack Spratt, of course, has the answer, the police finally get the poetic justice they were looking for and Happy Valley is Happy once again, after all it is a Happily Ever After kind of place. 
 
‘Porridge’ was directed by Miss Baker, with Mr Smith playing piano to accompany all the songs and during scene changes.  Props and scenery were created by Mrs Simkins and Mrs Crane with the help of Mrs Vernon and some of the year 6 pupils.  Many thanks to Kenny Hickey for the fabulous photos.  
 
Js - 17 July 2015 18:26 - GeneralYear 3 Recorder Concert

 Year 3 Recorder Concert - July 2015.

The whole of Year 3 entertained parents, friends and staff with their amazing recorder ensemble.

During Year 3 all the children learn to play the recorder and begin to read music. This concert celebrated all their hard work. They began with a two part harmony, Tank Top, followed by Wet and Windy. Clear favourite was Shrimps on Tour and you could see the blend of sheer concentration mixed with enjoyment shining on all their faces! Mrs ingman congratulated the children, and Mrs Harris for teaching them, and they finished off with an encore of 'EBGB's'.

 

JS - 17 July 2015 13:59 - GeneralInstrumental Concert July 2015

Instrumental Concert - July 2015.

On Wednesday 13th July 2015, St James’ school organized an Instrumental Concert. There were lots of instruments played.

Our first piece was First Symphony V, 1st movement, composed by Beethoven. Next, Thomas, Scarlet, Sophie, Ariella and Cerys all performed solos, on the piano and flute. The next pieces played were by top recorder group. Then Katie and Madeline performed solos, on the flute and guitar, while Emily and Kitty played a flute duet. The next performance was by flute group, who played Mexican Madness, Lets Beguine, Fanfare and Flintstones. Then, Hannah, Freya W, Freya B, Yasmin and Ruthie all performed solos on piano, violin and flute. Arabella and Amelie performed a duet on their flutes. The next piece was the Floral Dance by the orchestra. Then, Charlie, Eva, Hannah, Joel and Daniel all did solos on violin, flute and piano. The final performance was, In the Hall of the Mountain King, which everyone played. Thank you to Mr Smith and Mrs Harris and all of the music teachers for helping to arrange this Instrumental concert.

Report by Katie, year 6. Photos by www.kentweddingphotographer-kennyhickey.co.uk

JS - 16 July 2015 13:45 - GeneralEnd of Year Music Concert

 Music Concert July 2015

On Tuesday 7th July, children from all years took part in the End of Music Concert. Parents filled the hall to watch a concert of singing and solo musical performances from many children. The choir opened the concert with ‘YMCA’ followed by piano solos by Daisy and Callum. Tanya & Imogen T played flute solos, followed by Katie who sang, Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Nathan and Anna both played piano solos, then Daisy and Matilda sang their solos, Electricity & Happy Memories. There was another piano solo from George, after which the Lower Recorder Group played several pieces. Violin solos from Georgina, Lily and Eve were played before George H and Phoebe both played solo piano pieces. Matilda C sang, The Bare Necessities after which the whole choir sang Greased Lightnin’. It was then time for guitar solos from George M & Maddie, then a violin trio from Lola, Emilia & Matilda. Faith & Scarlett played a violin duet. Flute solos from Tess and Khalisha were followed by Clarinet solos from Molly W and Erica. The Choir sang before Frank sang ‘Little People’. The final piano solo came from Bella before Hattie sang ‘Naughty’ from the musical Matilda. The choir ended the concert with the conga. Performances were supported by Mr Smith on the piano. Mrs Harris led the recorder group.

JS - 10 July 2015 15:20 - GeneralSports Day 2015

 Sports Day 2015.


After the heat wave of the last few days, Sports day took place in the rain!! The morning started off overcast as the whole school gathered on the field to watch a gymnastics display by Rosie & Charlotte, followed by the year 4 gymnastics team (Daniel T, Kitty, Liv and Isla, also Jacob, year 6 & Maddie, year 4) showing their winning routine. Field events followed with pupils dividing into groups with two or three pupils from each year group making up team to represent their ‘house’: Wellington wearing red bands, Scott wearing yellow bands, Livingstone wearing green bands and Nelson wearing blue. Teams rotated round the eight activities: Javelin throwing; bouncing a basketball; football; shooting at goal; obstacle relay; bean bag and throw; hop, step and jump; hockey and golf. After four activities, everyone stopped for break-time before continuing until lunch. Sadly it rained on and off in the morning, however, this did not appear to dampen spirits. After lunch, preparations were made for the track events; unfortunately, when the parents arrived at 1.30 the rain started again so they sat under umbrellas for the first part of the afternoon until the sun came out!! The first few races - bean bag and tin, skipping and some of the obstacle races - took place in the rain; then the sun came out and it was a beautiful afternoon for the rest of the races and relays.

The Sportsmanship Trophy this year was won by Livingstone, the Field Events were won by Scott and Wellington won the Track Events. Trophies were presented to the teams by the Head Teacher, Mr Tutt.

Thank you to the PTA, who provided all the pupils and staff with ice lollies at the end of the races.

JS - 3 July 2015 10:19 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2015

 Isle of Wight 15th – 19th June 2015

 
On Monday 15th June year 6 set off, very early at 6.45am, for five days at PGL Little Canada on the Isle of Wight.  Children were split into six groups, each with an adult group leader and shared cabins in groups of 4, 6 or 7.  The weather was very kind, and the sun shone and there was no rain.  On arrival at Little Canada everyone had lunch on the field before going on a tour of the site.  At 2pm all groups started their first activity, followed by another one at 3.50.  We all had dinner at 5.40 and were then able to get into the cabins.  In the evening all the groups took part in a camp fire, singing songs and telling stories.  Lights went out at 10pm.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw all groups taking part in two activities in the morning and two in the afternoon and a further activity, all together, in the evening.  Everyone took part in: Cat Walk, Aeroball, Archery, Canoeing & Kayaking, Dragon Boating, Sensory Trail, Orienteering, Indoor Climbing, Quad Biking, Problem Solving, Low Ropes & Fencing.  On Friday morning the coaches arrived to take everyone to Osborne House were we spent the morning before getting the ferry back to school. Everyone had a fantastic week, our PGL Groupies; Debs & Mitch were amazing and made the week a very memorable one – thank you.  
 
Awards went to:
Group 1, Mr Smithers, Bertie, Alex, Tom V, Brodie, Felix, Hal, Seb, Daniel M, Daisy, Megan, Lucy & Amélie, for being the Most Punctual for meals and activities all week.
 
Group 3, Mrs Simkins, Omar, Anuj, Tom L, Daniel G, Sam, Courtice, James, Brooklyn, Anna, Eden & Heidi, for the Best Team Spirit; always supporting each other and being very supportive.
 
Group 5, Mrs Vernon, Oliver, Lucek, Amelia, Emelia, Dilly, Tanya, Gabby, Dhruva, Neve & Emma, won the award for the Sensory Trail Challenge.
 
Manitoba 4: Omar, Anuj, Sam & Courtice, won the award for Best Cabin. This was the fourth year running that a cabin of boys has won the award!
 
Individual Awards went to: Tom V & Lucy from Group 1, Jacob & Hannah in Group 2, Omar & Eden in Group 3, George & Matilda C in Group 4, Gabby & Dilly in Group 5 and Billy & Scarlett in Group 6.
 
Best Diary Awards went to Bella & Jazzy. 
 
JS - 27 June 2015 08:39 - GeneralMrs Burke retires after 25 years at the school

Kathy Burke retires after 25 years with the school.

The school said farewell to Mrs Burke who retires at the end of next week; she has been with the school for 25 years. Mr Tutt, Head Teacher, quizzed her on her time at St. James and all the changes which have taken place over that time. She was presented with flowers and a certificate; staff will be saying their farewells next week. Mrs Burke is looking forward to spending time at home with her family and garden.

JS - 7 May 2015 14:50 - GeneralRoman Day Year 4

Year 4 Roman Day - May 2015

On Roman Day, all the students from Year 4 went to the hall with their amazing Roman costumes. We all had Roman names like Claudia and Claudius. The hall looked like a market because it had lots of different stalls.
We were all Roman slaves. There were all sorts of stalls in the hall. There were mistresses at each stall and we went to their stalls as apprentices and worked for them so we could buy our freedom. Some children got picked to work with the merchant. They would sell slaves and sell the materials for each stall.
There was one workshop where we had to make our own perfume and there was another where we had to be a doctor. We had to make pots and ink at the workshops. Also there was a workshop where we made real Roman mosaics with real ancient, Roman blocks!
Whilst we were helping the mistresses, we were all waiting for news about Boudicca. The stalls were really fun and the merchant judged our work. She would pay us a lot of money if our work was good and a low price if it wasn’t very good.
When we heard that Boudicca has killed herself, we celebrated with a banquet. We were split into groups to rehearse a dance, play, soldier formation and a mime. Some people were trained to be slaves and they had to serve us food.
We had grapes, bread and cheese, it was delicious. We also had a drink of black current (wine). We saw a dance that represented how the Romans fought and there were two plays, the first was The Hare and the Tortoise and the second was Pandora’s Box.
By Keira, Lawrence, Jess, Sooraj, Daisy and Joshua (4B)

JS - 7 May 2015 13:48 - GeneralAuthor David Fuller Visits

Author David Fuller Visits the School.

On Friday 27th of March an author called David Fuller came to St. James School and talked about his childhood and his thoughts on story telling. He said that you tell stories with toys when you are little. Then he read a chapter from his first story, ‘Alfie Jones and the change of fortune.’ We also got to do some acting.

David Fuller has written four books for children in the Alfie Jones series. When he was little he told us he found it really hard to write neatly and sometimes found it difficult to start stories. He really inspired us to write our own stories and the boys loved it because it was about football!

By Izabela and Louis, 5M

JS - 31 March 2015 12:12 - GeneralWorld Book Day 2015

 World Book Day – March 2015
On Thursday 5th March, to celebrate World Book day children (& adults) dressed as book characters. After registration and Celebration Assembly pupils divided into twelve groups, each lead by a class teacher. The groups were made up of 3 to 4 children from each class across the school so that within each book group there were children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each group took part in a variety of activities relating to the book they had selected. Below are some extracts from children in each group.


The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.
We went to the classroom for The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. First we read some of the book and watched part of the video and then we drew what we would find behind the wardrobe. We created all sorts of different worlds. We then read more of the book and finished the video, whilst eating Turkish Delight.
The Rascally Cake.
Tanya and Gabby really enjoyed the morning of World Book Day; their book was The Rascally Cake. They divided into groups and did various activities, such as writing poems about disgusting cakes. Then they made rice-crispy cakes with delicious sweets on the top. Finally they created props about the poem and make a disgusting mouldy sandwich. They had great fun.
George’s Marvellous Medicine.
We read a few extracts from the book and also watched two short clips. Then we made press print medicine jars and posters advertising our medicine as well as rhymes about what it would do and then acted some scenes from the book. Then we went outside and put Mentos into a bottle of coke and watched it explode! All in all we had a great time.
The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
We did lots of activities such as reading, drawing a ‘wanted’ poster, freeze frame and an interview about the book. It was also fun when we won the prize for the best table! The book was really good.
Stormbreaker
We read a few chapters and watched part of the film and then acted a scene, it was really good fun.
The Day the Crayons Quit
First we read the book, there were lots of different letters from the crayons complaining about what Dylan was doing with them. Then Dylan drew a big picture using all of the colours in the wrong places. Then we painted a picture of a crayon and named it, we also wrote a poem including similes, metaphors and personification or an acrostic poem. We enjoyed painting the crayons. Then we did a big picture, just like Dylan did in the book jumbling all the colours up. Overall we really enjoyed it.
Giraffes Can’t Dance
We read Giraffes Can’t Dance, then got into pairs or groups of three and read a few pages before acting them out. After that we played a board/memory/bingo game; it was really good fun. At the end we had seven activities, they were all really exciting! We had a great time.
Nothing
We read the story and then designed our own ‘nothing toy’ and made our ‘nothing toy’ with a ‘before’ and ‘after’ version. Then we made front covers for another book by the same author. It was fun and we enjoyed it.
Mr Men
We looked at the Mr Men and Little Miss series; we listened to some of the stories and listened to some of the Mr Men songs and then created our own Mr Man or Little Miss and made a book. Later we read our stories to some of the children in reception from the infant school.
Mr Gum
We read the first chapter of You Are a Bad Man Mr Gum. Then we got into groups and were told to make characters from the book to make a stop-motion animation. Also we had to make the backdrop for it. Once we had finished, we uploaded then onto the computer and watched them.
Bootleg
Firstly we read some of the story, then we went outside to chant how bad chocolate was! We made up our own chant to say how good chocolate was. Then we read some more of the story and made a really nice chocolate drink with lots of ice-cream and chocolate milk. We acted out parts of the book. We really enjoyed it.
The Little Princess
We read the book and acted out some scenes, as well as making our very own current buns. We really enjoyed it.

JS - 27 March 2015 13:51 - GeneralThank You PTA for Cake Sale

Books purchased with money raised from PTA cake salesThank you PTA for Cake Sales

Year 5 & 6 recently made and sold cakes after school with the help of the PTA.  Funds raised from the sale of cakes has now been spent on new reading books for their classes.  Over 100 new books are now on their book shelves and the children are enjoying the new titles.

JS - 6 March 2015 10:27 - GeneralForest School Trip 3I

Forest School 3I Trip

On Thursday 5th February 3I went to Langton Green Forest School. We all had to squelch through the mud to reach the forest. I didn’t know what would be there but I guessed that there was going to be a fire. I managed to guess that because I could smell smoke and my eyes had started to water.

When we got to the forest I was so amazed at how many trees there were. In the middle of all the trees there was a strange looking canopy. As I looked harder I could see a fire. Our teacher for the morning, Mr G, told us to walk around the benches surrounding the campfire and step over them to sit down. We had two challenges to do....

Our second challenge was to make an animal home. I made a home for a mouse. My mouse house was made of moss, twigs and leaves. The moss was for the bed and the sticks and leaves for the roof. By the time everyone had finished their houses Mr G let us go and have a look at all the others. I liked Erin’s because she had done it by herself and it was huge!

Eventually it was time to go home. We just missed the hailstones crashing down onto the muddy floor. We got back to school all cold, tired and hungry. We all had a great time even though I felt I was about to get frost bite!

By Eva

JS - 27 February 2015 14:10 - GeneralSwimming Gala 2015

Swimming Gala 2015

On the 4th of February 2015 the St James’ swimming team went to St Johns Pool for a Swimming Gala. First the diving started, which went really well for both Hal and Bella. Hal qualified for the final; unfortunately Bella didn’t quite qualify but was very close.
The first race was called up to the whipping area, it was Lara; she was doing 25m freestyle for y5, she came 2nd. Next Alex G; he came 1st in y5 freestyle. Then Harriet and Jacob were called up for y6 freestyle; Harriet came 3rd and Jacob came 1st. After those successful races Amelia and Dan went up for their events; the y5 breaststroke, Amelia won and Dan came 4th. Then we had the first point’s announcements of the night. We were in 1st with Pembury close behind. Next Toby and Saskia where called up for y6 breaststroke. Saskia swam amazingly and got 3rd place although she was against the national champion. Toby won his event, but it was a very tight finish with a boy from Pembury really closes behind. Next up was Hannah and Max. Hannah came 2nd and Max did incredibly well for a y4, coming 2nd as well. Then Dilly and Alex where called up for their races; Dilly came 4th. While Alex was waiting to go the next scores were announced, we were still in the lead with a 13 point difference between us and Pembury. Then Alex began his race winning it by quite a margin. The solo races were up for the actual competition. After that Harriet and Emelia were called up for the 50m heats. Amelia didn’t qualify but Harriet was amazing and qualified. Then Alex and Toby went for their qualifying heats. They both qualified Toby getting a time of 38.58, Alex got 36.16. Before the relays and the open final we watched the diving final. Hal did amazing and came 4th. Then it was the relay. The girls went first; Harriet swam first then, Hannah, then Amelia and finally Lara. It was close between 1st and 3rd, and they came 3rd. Next the boys relay and they didn’t want a repeat of last year where they won but then got disqualified. Alex went first, then Toby, then Bertie and finally Jacob. We won by about half a length, not getting disqualified this time! Next was the mixed medley relay. Dilly went first getting us into 4th, then Alex who got us into 1st, then Saskia, finally Toby; after they raced we were in 2nd place, it came up to the final two… Amelia and Bertie: Unfortunately Pembury held on to the end and we came 2nd. Next were the open finals. The girl race went first, with Harriet competing for St James. She swam amazingly and as a result came 6th. Next and the final race of the evening, the boys open final; Alex and Toby had both got through to the final and after a close race Alex came 1st and Toby came 4th. Next it was the awards. Alex won the Boys Open so he got a trophy. The year 6 boy’s front crawl relay team also got a trophy. After that it was the final score, Langton Green won the B league. Finally, it was the A league; 4th was Claremont, 3rd was St Johns, 2nd was Pembury and 1st was St James. Toby and Harriet went up to collect the trophy. But unfortunately there was no trophy for either the Boys Open or the year 6 boys Front Crawl Relay Team.
Thank you for Simon for coaching us and Mr. Smith, Mrs. Ingman, Mrs. Waller and the parents for supporting us.

JS - 12 February 2015 15:15 - General
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