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Isle of Wight 2017

 Isle of Wight June 2017.

Early on Monday the 26th June, Year 6 boarded their coaches and headed for the Isle of Wight. There was a huge sense of excitement and everybody was thrilled when we finally arrived on the island.


Our first stop was Osborne House and the sun was shining down. In their groups the children explored Queen Victoria's house and grounds and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Our next stop was PGL Little Canada.


The children lined up in anticipation to finally find out who their chalet companions would be and to finally step foot in their homes for the week. They all settled in well and enjoyed an evening activity and a good meal.


The rest of the week was spent doing a wide range of activities; some which required a head for heights like abseiling, climbing, Jacob's ladder, zip wire and Catwalk; buggy building, problems solving, dragon boating, challenge course and the dreaded sensory trail required good team work skills; and other activities included fencing, archery and aeroball which were also really fun!


The weather was not always on our side and some evening activities were changed because of this but the children were very creative and came up with some fun games that could be played in the chalets.


All too soon it was time to leave. We had all had an amazing time but were definitely ready for a good sleep in our own beds. The children had grown up so much in such a short space of time; they were all incredibly well behaved and really did make us all very proud. Well done St James' Year 6 2017!


Some comments from the children:

"I had a great time! It was the best week of my life!"

"It was great fun, we laughed everyday and the group leaders were so supportive."

"Even though it was raining, the activities were still really fun."

"It is a week none of us will forget - a memory to treasure!"

JS - 20 July 2017 10:52 - GeneralYear 6 Production A Blast from the Past

A Blast from the Past

Year 6 worked hard to put on an amazing performance of 'Blast from the Past' on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July. We saw how schools have changed since Victorian times, with humorous scenes to show us: wacky school photographers; the dreaded trip to the nit nurse; wonderfully nasty, navy blue knickers and much more. The children enjoyed singing, playing their musical instruments and some exceptional acting. There wasn't a dry eye in the house for the final song 'Wonder', which the Year 6s sang out beautifully!

Thanks again to all the parents who let us borrow lots of the props that were used.

JS - 20 July 2017 10:52 - GeneralSports Day Track Events 2017

Sports Day - Track Events 20th July 2017

Everyone went up onto the field at 10am to join the parents who had assembled by the track.  Pupils cheered their 'houses' on and took part in a variety of track races such as bean bag race, obstacle race, skipping.  All was going well until the rain came!!  Unfortunately what started off as a shower developed into very heavy rain, see photos, and the event sadly had to be abandoned as everyone got soaked!!  Everyone was having a good time as was disappointed the event had to be abandoned, but this year the rain got the better of us.

JS - 20 July 2017 10:52 - GeneralHandball County Finals

 Handball County Finals at Canterbury

On Wednesday 12th July, the St. James’ Handball and the St. James’ Cricket teams went to Canterbury to play in the county finals, representing Tunbridge Wells as they had one their respective local competitions. Unfortunately, the weather meant that half way to Canterbury we had a phone call to say the cricket was cancelled! So we now had a rather large squad for a 5-a-side handball team!

All the players rotated for each match and we managed to win 3 of our 4 group games with some spectacular play from all the players and scoring some excellent goals. This meant we had finished 2nd in our group, a remarkable achievement. We then had a play-off with the 2nd place finishers, winning our first 7-4 after being 4-1 down, and then losing our final game 7-6 in a very tense match. Overall we finished 5th out of 15 teams which we were delighted with as this was the whole of Kent! We also won the Fair Play Award, a really lovely gesture made by the organisers. What a fantastic day we had. Big thanks to Mrs Moriarty for driving and Mr Hodges for coaching and organising.

Team: Duffy, Ben, Sooraj, Orla, Amelie C, Maddie, Bella, Charlotte, Leonardo, Sam, George H and Evan.

JS - 18 July 2017 15:27 - GeneralKwik Cricket July 2017

 Kwik Cricket Tournament

On Wednesday 7th July, the Cricket A and B teams went to the Tonbridge and Malling Festival at Kings Hill. Both teams played exceptionally well in the scorching heat, the A team winning all of their group games finishing 1st, and the B team only losing two of their games finishing third. The A team, who were playing out of their district competition, played Marden in the 'Out of Area' Final. St James bowled first, with some really tight bowling from all the bowlers, but Harry, Duffy and Amelie particularly shined. Marden reached 213 from their 8 overs thanks to some brilliant catches taking vital wickets at the end. St James batted really sensibly, knocking the ball into the gaps and only losing a couple of wickets. In the final over, Duffy and Sooraj just needed to keep their wickets intact and batted maturely and conservatively to see the game home, eventually winning by 15 runs. 

A brilliant day all around and huge congratulations to both teams for their performances on the day.
JS - 13 July 2017 13:07 - GeneralSports Morning - Field Events

 Sports Morning – Field Events 

On Wednesday 12th July, the whole school went out to take part in sports events on the field & playground.  Pupils worked in house teams of eight, two from each year group.  There were twelve activities to complete: Curling, netball, the obstacle course, hockey skills, over and under, shot putt, 5 strides, the penalty shootout, bean bag target, javelin, golf and speed bounce.  Staff noted the scores and also awarded additional points for sportsmanship.  All children enjoyed each individual event, (6 minutes per activity) and supported each other enthusiastically, despite the rain which didn’t manage to dampen their spirits.
JS - 12 July 2017 13:13 - General
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