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Mrs Diplock retires

Mrs Diplock retires Mrs Diplock retires - April 2019

It is with great sadness that we have this said a final goodbye to dear Mrs Diplock, who has been a dinner lady here at St. James for fifty years!  She has been connected to the school for over 70 years, having attended the school herself.  She will be fondly remembered by so many staff and children alike.  We all wish her a very happy retirement. 

JS - 9 May 2019 13:29 - GeneralDance Fest 2019

Dance Fest April 2019

On Friday 5th April, the very last day of the spring term, the Dance Fest team of 2019 competed at The Assembly Hall theatre in Tunbridge Wells against eleven other local schools. Our first performance was absolutely amazing and one of the judges said “You certainly saved the best till last.” After a rather nail biting wait we found out that this incredible performance had taken us into the final! We competed in the final against Southborough and Bidborough. We did another amazing performance. Overall, we came second but it was the closest decision in Dance Fest history, with the judges split over the final decision, in the end Southborough won, with St. James’ runners-up.

Thank you so much to Mrs Raistrick and Miss Stock for all their hard work in choreographing the dance. Also thank you to Mrs Holland for all her amazing make up artistry, Mrs Oakley, Miss Hayward and Mrs Piper for their support and popping the confetti cannons. Mrs Crane for the amazing plaits and Mrs Simkins for all the fabulous support on the night. Finally, we would like to thank all our parents for their support and the standing ovation they gave us on the night. Report by Ella, Darcy & Emily.

Mrs Raistrick reported the group had been amazing to work with and put on a fantastic performance which gained terrific comments from the judges. Everyone agreed it had been great fun and a fantastic evening of dance.


JS - 25 April 2019 13:31 - GeneralWorld Book Day 2019

World Book Day - 7th March 2019

To celebrate World Book Day all pupils and staff were invited to dress up as book characters.  There were plenty of brightly coloured costumes.  Pupils took part in lots of different activities throughout the day.



JS - 7 March 2019 14:52 - GeneralProposed Amalgamation Consultation Meeting

Proposed Amalgamation Consultation Meeting 

On Monday 25th February, a meeting was held for parents as part of the Proposed Amalgamation Consultation process.  Minutes of the meeting.

JS - 28 February 2019 14:37 - GeneralTunbridge Wells Swimming Gala 2019

Tunbridge Wells & District Swimming Gala 2019

On Wednesday 27th February, the schools Swimming Team competed in the Tunbridge Wells Annual Swimming Gala. Claremont, Bidborough, St. Augustine's, Langton Green, St. John's and St. James', St. Peter's, St Matthew's, The Wells Free School, Pembury, Bishops Down and Speldhurst all took part.

There were races for front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke, with St. James' doing exceptionally well, winning lots of the races. The team also did very well in both the boys and girls relay races, before winning the mixed medley race, by 0.04 seconds! AJ & Jasmine, won the boys and girls diving trophies. St. James' were the overall winners of the gala, winning 4 trophies.

Gala Team: Jasmine, AJ, Fran, Byron, Grace, Dan, Eleanor, George, Evie, Zach, Kitty, Archie, Rachel & Zeb.

JS - 28 February 2019 14:26 - GeneralForest School December 2018

Forest School - December 2018

We’ve had a wonderful start to the new school year at Forest School and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children take enthusiastic ownership of the site.
They have hammered and sawn and whittled with increasing skill, creating bird tables, hedgehog houses, trapezes, tree houses, chairs, dens, crazy golf and cricket sets. They have learnt to make and manage a fire and have toasted marshmallows, popcorn, fruit glazed with sugar and cinnamon, campfire pizzas and made Roman honey biscuits.

With the abundance of Autumn, they have made ink from both oak galls and from the inkcap mushrooms and discovered many other fungi inhabiting the site. They have swung from every possible branch, made slides and tyre swings and even found time to occasionally relax in the hammocks. They have also been visited by squirrels, foxes, badgers and many birds, as well as a few brave governors!

Next term we will have a weekend to take down the old shed, should anyone like to help and be looking for donations of old pans for the mud kitchen. Thanks goes out to the PTA for sourcing logs for seating and to West Kent College, Tonbridge for keeping us supplied with offcuts for firewood.

Finally, it has been an absolute delight to see the children grow in confidence, resilience, strength and belief in the value of their own ideas and creativity. We look forward to seeing what we’ll be blessed with in the New Year, whether wildlife, weather or lots of mud!

JS - 17 December 2018 15:07 - GeneralYear 4 Christmas Production

The Inn Spectors

Year 4 have had a great time rehearsing for their school production of 'The Inn Spectors'. From scarily serious inspectors that have come to inspect all the inns in Bethlehem, to a really rather hilarious donkey who would like nothing more than a foot spa after his treacherous journey - this play has it all! We hope that you had as much fun watching as we had performing! 

Year 4 Team.

JS - 13 December 2018 14:45 - GeneralEnd of Year Assembly

 End of Year Assembly - Tuesday 24th July 2018

After lunch the whole school gathered in the hall for the final assembly of the year.  It was a time to celebrate and also to say goodbye.

Mr Tutt presented the Big Little Award.  The Award is presented to a pupil from each year 5 class at the end of the year for working hard, gaining confidence, being a good friend, being kind to others and making great progress. : Congratulations to Rachel, Lorenzo and Zoruv, this years winners of the Award.

Next it was time to thank the School Council for all they have done for the school this year, attending meetings in their lunch times .

During the summer holidays, Miss Lascelles is getting married, she will return in September as Mrs Piper.  She was challenged to complete a task - 'hoop that man!', she managed to get a hoop over Mr Hodges 3 times!!  She was wished good luck for her big day.

Miss Spoor is leaving us today, she is an amazing teacher and will be greatly missed.  She has led science, not only in St. James, but across Tunbridge Wells; she also likes to attend yoga classes, so Mr Tutt thought she could complete a yoga move, the 'downdog', whilst reciting the elements!!  She managed to successfully complete the task.  Holmewood House, you are very lucky.  

We also wished Mrs Shortland well as she prepares for the birth of her baby in the next couple of weeks.   Her challenge was to, balance on the bump!  She successfully managed to balance a tennis ball, football, glass of water and finally a jug of water on her bump, to the delight of everyone!!  

Year 6 ended the assembly with their version of 'This is Me' from the Greatest Showman.

Mr Tutt thanked everyone, all the pupils and all the staff for an amazing year and wished everyone a happy summer holiday. 

JS - 24 July 2018 13:02 - GeneralRobin and the Sherwood Hoodies

Robin & The Sherwood Hoodies

Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing for and performing this year's Year 6 panto. The fun-filled 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies' tells the story of how Robin got his group of entertainers, the skunks and his local villagers to defeat the evil King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

It has had audiences laughing out loud throughout and the children have loved singing out all of the sings from the top of their lungs.

Thanks to all of those who came to watch and joined in with the booing, clapping and laughing.

JS - 19 July 2018 14:21 - GeneralKent Cricket Finals

Kent Cricket Finals July 2018

Runners-Up at the Kent County Cricket FinalsOn Wednesday 11th July the Cricket A team went to play in the County Finals at Canterbury. We had a quick warm up before playing our first match, which was against Wincheap; we won by 15 runs. Our second match was even closer, but we won by 1 run. Ben bowled a great ball and Ollie caught it on the last ball. Thankfully we didn't have to play one of other teams in our group, because they didn't turn up, giving us an automatic win, so we had won all three of our games. We were through to the knockout stages. We won the knockout stages and avoided elimination, as we won by the largest margin of runs. We were through to the semi-final play off. We came out victorious in the semis and won comfortably. In the final we lost wickets early as most of their team played for Kent U11's and we only had Ben who plays for Kent. They were now comfortably winning as tactic was to play defensive until the end of the game, as they were batting second. Somehow, they still conceded 4 wickets in a tight game, as well as a low scoring one. In the end they won by 7 runs and we finished runners-up in Kent. Thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving and supporting us and to Mr Hodges for coaching and supporting us. We all had a great time.

Mr Hodges reported the team had been 'amazingly sporting' in all their games and had been congratulated on this by other spectators. It was a great achievement to reach the finals and to finish runners-up was amazing.

Team: Harry, Ben, Raghav, Ollie, Lenny, Danyal, Polly & Olive.

Report by: Ben, Lenny, Ollie, Raghav, Harry & Danyal.


JS - 19 July 2018 13:57 - GeneralSports Day 2018

Sports Day 2018

Sports Day morning began with everyone gathering on the field for the twelve events.  Teams were made up of two pupils from each house and year group.  Events were curling, netball shooting, hockey, obstacle course, over & under, shot putt, javelin, 5 strides, penalty shootout, bean bag throw, golf & speed bounce. Year 6 pupils took score cards to each event, which lasted for 6 minutes, points were given for sportsmanship and for achievement in each event.  After a picnic lunch, with parents, on the field the  track events took place. The first race was the bean bag & tin, followed by skipping, obstacle course, hurdles.  After these pupils gathered their younger brothers and sisters, so many three races took place, for the toddlers race to the delight of the crowd of parents.  The mums and dads races were very well supported as well.  It was then time for the egg and spoon race, the sprints and finally the relays.  While the scores for all the races were added up, several of the teachers took part in a race.  The final scores for the afternoon were announced and were very close with only 2 points between first and second place, Dunorlan were the winners of the track events.  The field events and overall winners will be announced in assembly.  Dunorlan won the field and track trophy and Hilbert won the Sportsmanship trophy. 

JS - 12 July 2018 10:55 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2018

Isle of Wight 2018

Monday - Lovely afternoon in the sunshine, climbing, problem solving, on the sensory trail, abseiling, Jacobs ladder & challenge course everyone ate well before heading out to the evening activity. All now settled in bed, looking forward to a busy day tomorrow.

Tuesday morning - All groups out on activities, orienteering, climbing, problem solving, archery, buggy building, sensory trail & abseiling. I’ll try & post some photos, but tricky to get connected to laptop will do updates throughout the day from phone.

After a good afternoon in the sunshine, all groups had dinner and then headed out to the camp fire. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Everyone having a great time.

Chalet inspection taking place before lunch, sun is still shining, another busy afternoon busy afternoon with 2 activities.

Wednesday - All groups left after breakfast to go to Alun Bay and The Needles. Spent a lovely day watching glass being made, taking a boat trip round the Needles, ate our packed lunch on the beach and visited the sand shop and souvenir shop before heading back to PGL. After dinner everyone will be heading down to the local beach to play some games before bed. The sun continues to shine brightly! Just added more photos.

Thursday - Woke to another beautiful morning, after a good breakfast all groups headed out to activities, Jacobs ladder, challenge course, fencing, sensory trail & buggy building. Will try & add more photos later.

Friday morning - everyone up early to finish packing & clear out of cabins before breakfast All groups then set off to their final session in the glorious sunshine. Lunch will be at the ferry crossing before we do the final coach journey home. See you all later this afternoon.

All fabulous week in the sunshine of the Isle of Wight, enjoyed by everyone.

JS - 11 July 2018 10:56 - GeneralSussex Book Club Awards 2018

Sussex Book Club Awards 2018.

On Wednesday 13th June 2018 the St James’s Book Club went to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to attend the East Sussex Children’s Book Awards. We presented The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart, which is a book that we all enjoyed reading. The other presentations were brilliant, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

Later on we talked to authors Rob Lloyd Jones and Helen Peters. We liked asking questions about their life and books. Finally, we found out who won. It was Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters! She said that she was surprised at winning, as this was her first award. After that, we got some books signed and spoke to the authors. They were really nice to talk to.

Saranna, Ella, Freya, Sophia, Imogen, Esme, Anja, Michela, Khadijah, Stanley and Oli won some book awards.

We thank Mrs Dennet and Mrs Thomas for organizing book club, Mrs. Simkins and Mrs. Oakley for driving us there, Mr Harrop for making a prop that we couldn’t do without, and last of all, thank you for the parents who supported us endlessly throughout the day. We all had a fantastic time.

Book Club members: Mia, Rachel, Saranna, Alohi, Jemima, Zoe, William, Lorenzo, Stanley, Oli, Louis, Lenny, Michela, Anja, Esme, Imogen, Sophia, Freya, Ella, Khadijah, Isabella, Maria, Sariah & George.

Report by: Mia, Saranna & Rachel.

Report to follow, thanks to Mrs Dennett for organising the wonderful performance on The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, and the photos. 

JS - 21 June 2018 12:45 - GeneralGirls Football

Girls Football, Year 3/4

On Friday the 27th of April 2018 the Year 3 and 4 Girls Football team went to Hayesbrook to play in a football tournament.  We got off to a flying start, winning our first game we won 6-0 against Speldhurst. Our second match was against against Claremont B and we won 4-0.  After that, we had our final group game against St Augustines. We won 2-0 and were through to the semi-finals. Wow! 
In the semi final we played Claremont A and won 4-0. That meant we had got into the final! We had to play against Hildenborough who had also won all of their games. Within seconds, Sophie tackled their forwards and dribbled past everyone and scored. Straight from the restart, Sophie did exactly the same thing and scored again! We continued to play exceptionally well and scored 3 more goals. The final score was 5-0. We had won! 
The goals were shared between most of the team: Fran top scored with 9, Sophie scored 7, Deryn 2 and Lydia, Charlotte and Emily each scoring 1. Most importantly, Hollie in goal did not concede a single goal in the whole tournament. 
Thank you Mrs Simkins for driving us there, Mr Hodges for coaching us and the parents for supporting us we all had a great (but wet) time!!!!
Team: Fran, Emily, Lydia, Sophie, Deryn, Hollie, Ember, Ella & Charlotte.  Report by: Fran, Emily & Lydia. 
Mr Hodges reported that the girls ‘played brilliantly’ and that he was ‘very proud of them’, they didn’t let a single goal in.
JS - 3 May 2018 13:15 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing 2018

Strictly Cool Dancing 2018

On Friday 20th April, the school dance team went to the Assembly Halls to compete in the annual primary school dance competition, Dance Fest. Stocks Green opened the night by performing at a high standard. Five more performances later, we made our way down into the dressing room where we spent the remaining time until our big moment came. From warming up in the corridors, to waiting apprehensively in the wings, it was time to dance! Through extending our movements, pointing our toes and smiling radiantly we danced our way into the finals for the third year in a row. We then waited downstairs in our dressing room until we were told that it was our turn to shine [dance]. Performing our dance a second time gave us the opportunity to improve our previous performance, and that’s just what we did – we did improve our performance by performing it again in the finals! After our performance, we were then called back on stage, with Speldhurst Primary School and Stocks Green. Everything was tense, a golden envelope was brought onstage and handed over to one of the presenters – everybody knew what was being kept inside the envelope, it was the name of the winning school! The Dance Fest champions of 2018 were Stocks Green. Even though we hadn’t won we still had a great time and we became runner’s up with Speldhurst.

Thank you to Mrs Raistrick and Miss Stock for choreographing our dance. Miss Hayward and Mrs Holland for their fantastic make –up skills, Mrs Featherstone for her great gemming of dancer’s faces, Mr Hodges for his support and being a great carrier of our dance mat, Mrs Waller for warming up the dancers and Mr Tutt for being there and supporting his amazing school. Thank you to the parents who came to cheer us on .We all had a great time.

Report by: Darcey, Imogen, Ruby and Jessie

JS - 26 April 2018 13:06 - GeneralEaster Egg Hunt 2018

 Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Due to the continuous rain and wet weather at the end of last term, the Easter Egg Hunt had to be postponed, what a difference a couple of weeks makes with the weather.  On a glorious sunny day all pupils went out onto the field in year groups to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt. Working in pairs the children looked for and plotted, with coloured stickers, the position of the eggs on a map.  Once back in class they used their times tables and addition knowledge to work out the points they had managed to locate.  The winners of each class will receive a certificate and prize.  

Many thanks to Jo Smith, who organised the event, on behalf of the PTA, all the children had a great time in the sunshine.

JS - 19 April 2018 13:45 - GeneralDreams Can Come True - Permanent Play Equipment

 Permanent Play Equipment – Dreams Can Come True!

Dreams really can come true!  After many requests by the children, and thanks to the generosity of the PFA, we have watched with excitement as a new climbing frame has been installed at the wooded area end of the field. More than one school council has canvassed opinion from their classmates, discussed, pored over play equipment catalogues and made site visits with company representatives. Before Christmas the final go ahead to order permanent play equipment was given by Mr Tutt and Miss Hayward. A slide was requested by the children and is part of the installation, as are a climbing wall and a place to sit and chat. The equipment is designed for more than 25 children to play on at a time, and the plan is that one class at a time will have it to themselves. A huge thank you to our generous parents, our hard working school councils and everyone else who has made this possible. Also many thanks to Mrs Featherstone who has worked with the School Council on this.


JS - 1 March 2018 14:24 - GeneralThe Magical Christmas Jigsaw

The Magical Christmas Jigsaw

Year 4 Christmas Production 2017.

The school was alive with the sound of music and the voices of Year 4 as they performed their production 'The Magic Jigsaw Puzzle' last week. The show was enjoyed by the school on Tuesday morning and by parents on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Each and every child sang their hearts out and spoke very clearly to make it one of the best Year 4 Christmas productions so far!

JS - 18 December 2017 11:37 - GeneralTea & Talk - Anxiety in Children

Tea & Talk Session with Clinical Psychologist, Fiona Snyder.

Penny Wardell organised a 'Tea and Talk' session on Friday 24th November.

One of our parents, Fiona Snyder, Clinical Psychologist gave a talk entitled Anxiety in Children. The presentation was well received by parents and we hope to organise other useful talks for parents in the future.

Download the Power Point presentation (4Mb) as a PDF here.

JS - 7 December 2017 15:00 - GeneralBig Little Award

 Big Little Award

Big Little Award WinnersDonated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to a pupil from each of the year 5 classes at the end of each year; unfortunately the award wasn’t able to be presented at the end of last summer term, but now the shield has been presented.  The award is for consistently showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness, consideration & made progress during the year.  The award was presented by the Deputy Headteacher to Suki, Aaron & Krishna.  Congratulations to all the children who had big smiles and were delighted to receive their award. They will share the shield over the year.

JS - 9 November 2017 15:01 - GeneralNational Poetry Day with Brian Moses

National Poetry Day

On Tuesday 28th September we were lucky to be joined by the poet Brian Moses. He led a whole school assembly where the children got to listen to a number of his poems which he performed in an incredibly engaging way using instruments and getting the children to join in. Lots of laughter could be heard when he shared some of his more embarrassing poems about the lives of teachers!
Brian then led two workshops, one for Year 3 and 4 where the children wrote an alien love letter, and one for Year 5 and 6 which was inspired by the children's own special memories. He was particularly impressed with the children and even posted one of the poems on his blog. The library was packed at the end of the day with the children buying copies of his books and getting them signed. Brian also kindly donated copies of his books to our school library. 
Throughout the week the children have been enjoying learning about different types of poetry and writing their own poems. Some of the best examples are already on display and being enjoyed by the children and staff. 
JS - 28 September 2017 14:15 - GeneralOfsted Report July 2017

Ofsted Report - July 2017

We have received our Ofsted report for the inspection which was carried out in July (in the last week of the school term).  Thank you all to all those parents who took the time to speak to the inspector or complete Ofsted's parent view.  

As you will see the report is extremely positive and highlights the many strengths of the school.  It reflects the fantastic teachers, TAs and office staff we have at St James' who work their socks off every day for the children.  It also, of course, reflects the amazing children we are lucky to have at our school and the incredibly supportive parent community. 
The report will be uploaded to the Ofsted website within the next week.
John Tutt
Executive Headteacher
JS - 14 September 2017 13:50 - GeneralWelcome New Teacher & Support Assistant

Welcome new teacher and support assistant, September 2017.

We are delighted to welcome our new teacher, Miss Sophie Stock, who is teaching in Year 5 and Mrs Sarah Baker, who will be supporting children in Year 4.  Both are settling into the school well.

JS - 7 September 2017 13:44 - 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 - GeneralIsle 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 - 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 - GeneralGymnastics - Kent Finals

 Gymnastics - Kent County Finals.

On Tuesday 20th June the Gymnastics teams from Year 5/6 and 3/4 went to Maidstone to compete in the Kent County Finals.  It was a very hot day.  When we arrived we ate out lunch and prepared for the competition.  Warm up exercises were in a very hot gymnasium, with over 550 children from all over Kent taking part.  All those taking part had already won their local area competitions.  We did Body Management, Vault and Floor excercises.  The scores for all the schools were added together and schools notified of the results.  Mrs Crane, who has been coaching the children, announced the results in Celebration Assembly; the Year 5/6 team won the finals and are the Kent Champions; the Year 3/4 team narrowly missed out on third place, by 0.7 points, and finished in 4th place overall.  Both teams did amazingly well and Mrs Crane is very proud of them.  Year 5/6 Team: Kitty, Daniel, Eva & Cerys.  Year 3/4 Team: Tippi-Rose, Ella, Kia & Aayanan.

JS - 24 June 2017 10:58 - GeneralOrchestra June 2017

 Orchestra – June 2017

On Thursday 8th June 2017, 15 children went to St Johns primary school for an orchestra workshop afternoon. There were lots of different instruments there, including trumpets, trombones, French horns, violins, cellos, flutes, recorders, clarinets and a bassoon. There were over 100 children playing the different instruments.

We played three different pieces which were Night on a Bare Mountain, the William Tell Overture and the James Bond theme. First of all we split into sections to rehearse. The sections were strings, woodwind, percussion and brass. Then we came together to practise the pieces all the way through before finally we performed the pieces to an audience of our family and friends.

We all had a great time playing with such a large orchestra and learning the music.

The adults were all so immensely proud of the children’s hard work practising the songs and of their impeccable behaviour throughout the afternoon.

All of the performances were recorded and Night on a Bare Mountain will hopefully appear on the BBC website as a part of their Ten Pieces project which aims to expose primary children to classical music.

JS - 23 June 2017 11:14 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing 2017

Strictly Cool Dancing 2017

On the last day of the term The Strictly Cool Dancing Team went to the Assembly Hall after school to perform their dance. We performed amazingly and looked really good on stage. We got really good comments from the judges and we got through into the finals along with Southborough and Stocks Green. Once again we performed incredibly and loved every moment of it. When all of the 3 dances had been performed the finalists sat down on the stage to hear the results. We came in joint 2nd with Stocks Green but were still happy with where we came. Southborough won Strictly Cool Dancing 2017 and we were all happy for them. Thank you to Mrs Raistrick, Miss Snell, Miss Haywood and Miss Gibson for teaching us and for all the parents and teachers that came and supported us! Thank you to Mrs Williams, Mrs Shortland, Mrs Holland, Mr Hodges and Mr Tutt for supporting us on the evening. Report by Freya M and Ella.

JS - 25 May 2017 13:41 - GeneralBook Club May 2017

 Book Club Celebrations - May 2017

As part of the final Book Club celebrations the children met and took part in a number of lovely activities to explore the books in more detail and share what they have learnt. They are all now looking forward to the award ceremony in June to find out who the winning author is.

JS - 11 May 2017 12:57 - GeneralYear 5 & 6 Book Club News

  Year 5 & 6 Book Club Awards News

Some pupils in Year 5 and 6 have been lucky enough to participate in Book Club this year, which focussed on the East Sussex Book Awards and a series of shortlisted books. The children thoroughly enjoyed the club and even got to to visit one of the authors, Chris Edge. A big thank you to Mrs Dennett and Mrs Sleep-Thomas, as well as some other volunteers for all their efforts in running the club. The children now look forward to attending the awards ceremony to find out how the winning author will be.  

Link to Book Club Newsletter April 2017

JS - 25 April 2017 14:42 - GeneralSwimming Gala 2017

 Tunbridge Wells District Swimming Gala

On Wednesday 22nd February, the Swimming team took part in the Swimming Gala at St John’s.  All the swimmers did fantastically and we won several of the races.  Emily, Isla, Lily and Beth all won their individual events for the girls and Theo, Max and George H all won events for the boys.  In the relays, the girls team won their race, the boys finished second and the mixed team were victorious in the medley.  Lily and Isla both competed in the girl’s open event and finished 1st and 2nd respectively. All these fantastic results meant that St James finished the gala 1st overall, several points ahead of the school in second. An amazing achievement by our amazing swimmers!
Team: Amelie, Aayanan, Emily, Theo, Polly, George L, Harry, Erin, Isla, George H, Lily, Max, Finn, Beth.
JS - 24 March 2017 10:03 - GeneralExecutive Headteacher

John Tutt appointed Executive Headteacher of both the Junior & Infant Schools.

Mrs Shackleton, the Headteacher of the Infants’ School recently announced that she will retire at the end of the summer term.  The Governing Body of both the Infants’ and the Junior Schools have agreed it will be in the interests of both Schools to cooperate more closely, where practicable.  
The Governing Boards of both schools have agreed to appoint an Executive Headteacher.  The decision has been approved by Kent County Council and by the Diocese of Rochester.  The foundation status of each school will remain unchanged, as will the distinctive ethos of each of them.  Each school will also retain its Governing Board. 
Following an interview, the Governing Boards invited John Tutt, Headteacher at the Junior School, to take up the post of Executive Headteacher with effect from 1st September 2017 and he accepted the post.  The two Deputy Headteacher’s will have additional responsibilities for the day to day oversight and management of their respective schools.
The Governors congratulated Mr Tutt on his appointment and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with him as he prepares to lead both schools in September.
JS - 17 March 2017 10:25 - GeneralYear 6 Sponsored Walk March 2017

 Year 6 Sponsored Walk 15th March 2017

On Wednesday 15th March Year 6 took part in a sponsored walk linked to Fairtrade, with all donations going to Oxfam.  The walk took them round Dunorlan, Grosvenor & Hilbert Parks.  Everyone managed to walk an amazing 10.6km in the lovely spring sunshine.  Thanks to all the parents who joined the walk. 
JS - 16 March 2017 09:52 - GeneralBig Spring Clean March 2017

 Big Spring Clean

On Thursday 9th March School Council Members and some other willing volunteers took part in the Big Spring Clean! They kitted themselves up with hi-vis jackets, safety gloves and litter pickers and gave the school and surrounding grounds a really good clean.  We were all surprised by how much litter we collected and hope that everybody can work together to keep our school tidy.

JS - 15 March 2017 11:57 - GeneralWorld Book Day 2017

World Book Day 2017

Everyone in the school celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite character from a book, including the staff.  

Classes took part and completed activities relating to a book chosen by the class teacher.

Everyone enjoyed working out which character people were dressed as and had a great day.

JS - 15 March 2017 11:56 - GeneralWelcome new Deputy Headteacher

Miss Hayward Welcome new Deputy Headteacher

St. James' are delighted to welcome Miss Lucy Hayward as Deputy Headteacher to the school.

JS - 5 January 2017 13:34 - GeneralYear 4 Christmas Production 2016

 Year 4 Production – Rock Around Christmas

This year, rock and roll came to St James’ Junior with a nativity involving lots of lively singing and dancing, a transit van and a rapping angel Gabriel. The scenes were split between the three Year 4 classes, with each and every child learning their lines for their roles and confidently acting their parts. The children sang their hearts out were extremely happy when they saw their families in the audience at the performances.

Thank you for all your support and enthusiastic encouragement!

JS - 20 December 2016 09:20 - GeneralMaths Day November 2016

 Maths Day

On Wednesday 23rd November we all had a fun day filled with maths activities. We were lucky enough to have Mr. Hall in to challenge each year group with maths puzzles. In our classes we drew tessellated patterns; created parabolic curves; found out about Fibonacci’s circles; invented times tables songs and lots more! We all had a great time and we all thought about the part of Maths that we love the most.

JS - 24 November 2016 15:43 - GeneralExtra Books from the Book Fair

 Book Fair 

Following the success of the book fair last week, the school has been able to purchase 34 additional new books with the commission gained.   Thank you to all the parents and children who supported the fair and purchased books. 

JS - 24 November 2016 15:16 - GeneralSophia - Art Exhibition

Sophia's Art Exhibition

St James' has been working in a collaboration with Trinity Theatre and other local schools to increase the participation of West Kent children in the arts. As part of the project, the children have been finding out what art inspires them and creating their own artwork through doing an Explore Arts Award.

Sophia, Year 5, took her Arts Award to the extreme with an incredible portfolio of photographs, experimenting with different perspectives and effects. The photographs include some really stunning portraits of people and animals. Such was the quality of Sophia's artwork, that the Royal Victoria Centre invited her to exhibit her photographs in the shopping centre.

Last week Mrs Williams, Sophia's teacher last year and Art Subject Leader, Mr Stevens, Sophia's current teacher and Mr Tutt Headteacher, attended the opening of Sophia's exhibition and were all extremely impressed by Sophia's achievements in the arts at such a young age.

JS - 13 November 2016 12:30 - GeneralLots of new books

Lots of new Accelerated Reading Books - November 2016.

WOW! Mrs Simkins and I thoroughly enjoyed ‘shopping’ on behalf of all the classes for new Accelerated Reader books. Each class has been given a wide selection of books to add to their existing class libraries. We hope all the children enjoy reading them and are successful in their quizzes. Huge thanks to the PTA for the funds to purchase all these amazing new books.

Mrs Shortland
Assistant Head Teacher & Literacy Leader

JS - 10 November 2016 15:13 - GeneralSponsored Walk 2016

 Sponsored Walk October 21st 2016

The sponsored walk was a great success. The sun shone and the children sang as they walked. It was such an enjoyable morning. We raised over £8000 in donations and match funding, which will be spent on science equipment. Many thanks go to all the parents who helped on the morning and also to Sioban Adams and Bridget Radley for all their help and for organising the match funding from their employer, Fidelity. Also, thanks to Phil Booker for his match funding from his employer, Barclays.

JS - 7 November 2016 09:53 - GeneralYear 6 Robots

Year 6 Robots

Year 6 have been reading a wonderful book over the past few months called 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' about a little boy who fixed a automaton. Linked to this on 20th November, Mr. Robot came in to demonstrate lots of automatons he had made and found over the years. We had lots of fun experimenting with them and then had the chance to design and create our own. We used Cams to create our automatons which allowed the heads to move up and down.

JS - 7 November 2016 09:05 - GeneralPort Lympne 2016

 Port Lympne 2016

We went to Po rt Lympne on the 13th October (which was a Thursday). The whole of Year 4 had to fit on one double-decker bus! When we arrived we all split up into our classes.

Firstly we went to the toilets in the shop. Next we all had our snacks and some of our drinks outside the shop (I didn’t eat my apple because it didn’t taste very nice!).

A few minutes later, we got on a Safari truck and went through the Asian and African experience. While we were on the African experience we saw some absolutely, astonishingly massive giraffes, which were as big as about 20 humans (children) stacked on top of each other! After that, we got off the Safari truck and ate our lunch.

All of Year 4 ate lunch quickly and happily played on the playground for around ten minutes. Then we walked past some monkey enclosures and also saw the gorilla palace and then we got went back to the coach. On the way back we made paper airplanes and wrote messages on them, then sent them along the coach. I was quite bored on both the coach rides, because it was a long way, but I had fun.

My day overall was exciting and I would go again, but would like it to be closer to the school.

Recount by Sam M. Year 4.


On the 13th October, the whole of year 4 went on a trip to Port Lympne.  We went there by bus and it took AGES!

When we finally got there we separated into our groups.  (I was with Mr Tutt) and we went on a safari.  We saw lots of giraffe, wildebeast, deer, rhino, zebra and lots more.  

After lunch we walked round and looked at all the monkeys, on our walk we saw apes, baboons and gorillas.

Finally we had to leave.  I had a great day.

My favourite animal was the baby zebra, as he was very small and cute. 

Hannah Year 4

JS - 6 November 2016 14:22 - GeneralWelcome new teachers

New Teachers September 2016


We are delighted to welcome two new teachers to St. James’ this term: Jeremy Stevens and Rachel Lascelles.  Also joining the team are three new Teaching Assistants: Barbara Hobot, Claire Snell and Linda Jarvis.  We are fortunate to have them join the team.  Jeremy is teaching in year 5, and Rachel year 3.  Barbara will be working with children in year 4, Linda, year 5 and Claire, year 3.

They have all settled in very well.


JS - 8 September 2016 14:05 - GeneralGoodbye Mr Smith

Goodbye Mr Smith

The whole school said an emotional goodbye to Mr Smith, Deputy Headteacher, after 21 years at the school. Everyone gathered in the hall for assembly which began with an adaptation of the song ‘So Long Farewell’ which Mrs Walker had worked on with the choir and soloists. Mr Smith was then challenged to play a hymn on the piano, but to sing the words of another hymn, he managed this admirably! He was then challenged to play along to YMCA, and then keep playing, while the backing music was cut, to see he could keep time, the backing track was then reintroduced; again he passed the challenge (just!). Mr Tutt presented him with gifts from the school, before everyone sang ‘Thank you for the Music’ with words adapted to say a final farewell. He will be sadly missed by everyone, past and present.

JS - 22 July 2016 10:50 - GeneralForensic Scientists

Forensic Day at Skinners 

On Wednesday 13th July 2016 8 children from year 5 took part in a Forensics day at Skinners Grammar School. Mark Moody (a teacher at the school) told us that someone had stolen a file of his laptop, and we had to find who the culprit was. We first did Chromatography to find out which pen was used to write a threat found at the crime scene. The threat said ‘Next time it’ll be your i-phone’. 
Next we put hairs and types of clothing underneath a microscope. We had some hairs and material that was found at the crime scene and we had to match it to the hairs and clothing from the suspects. 
Following that we did the finger printing so we went around the school and got the suspects fingerprints.
Forensic Scientists: Liv, Luke, Isla, Elinor, Zac, Ritesh, Joshua & Daisy.
Report by Elinor
JS - 21 July 2016 12:30 - GeneralBig Little Award 2016

Big Little Award July 2016.

Big Little Award Winners 2016.Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school; this shield is now awarded to three children in year 5, one member of each class, at the end of each year. The award is for consistently showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness, working hard with little or no fuss and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher to Flo A from 5O, Tavia in 5H and Beth from 5S. Congratulations to all the girls who had big smiles and were delighted to receive their award. They will share the shield over the year.

JS - 19 July 2016 14:03 - GeneralSports Day 2016

 Sports Day 2016

On Friday 9th July, all pupils and staff, with parents eagerly watching on, gathered on the field after a picnic lunch for the Sports Track Events, Field Events will take place on Thursday 14th. Pupils gathered in their sports day houses; Nelson, Wellington, Scott and Livingstone. Races included: Bean Bag and Hoop, Skipping, the Obstacle Race and Hurdles. It was then time for the Toddlers Race, which was followed by the Mums & Dads races. Then it was then back to the children to take part in the Egg and Spoon Race, followed by the Sprints and finally the Relays. Once all the points had been added up, the winning team of the track events was announced, Nelson had won the cup.

Field Events Thursday 14th July
Pupils and staff gathered on the field and playground, in the sunshine, to take part in cricket, netball, obstacle race, over and under, shot putt, 5 strides, penalty shooting, bean bag target and golf. Each activity was for 6 minutes with teams rotating round all the activities. Points were awarded for each activity and extra points were available for good sportsmanship. All teams were congratulated on their great teamwork and sportsmanship.  The final result will be announced, when all the scores have been added together, on Monday.

JS - 14 July 2016 13:38 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2016

 Isle of Wight 2016.  20th – 24th June

Last week Year 6 travelled to the Isle of Wight and stayed at PGL's Little Canada.  Two coaches left the school early on Monday morning and took the ferry from Southampton to Cowes and arrived at Little Canada at around 1.15 and began to take part in activities at 2.10.  Activities took place all day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Activities this year included: Abseiling, aeroball, archer, challenge course, climbing, dragon boating, Jacobs ladder, low ropes, orienteering, trapeze, problem solving, quad biking and team games.  On Friday morning everyone was up bright and early and left the site after breakfast and took the short journey to Osbourne House.  This year several of the groups managed to get down to Swiss Cottage, which was great.  It was then back on the coaches to Cowes and the ferry, this time it was a lovely sunny crossing, then the journey back to school.  
Our Groupies taught everyone 'Break It Down' a clapping rhythm and several songs, which were sung going around the site.  
The Following Awards were presented: Most Punctual Group, this award went to Group 1: Zara, Lola, Lara, Alexandra, Isis, Georgie, Izzy, Hannah, Khalisha, Riya, Faith & Scarlett. Group 3 won the Sensory Trail Award; Luke, George, Ben, Michael, Fred, Harry, Alex J, Matilda, Dan J, Emilia, Molly & Freya.  The tidiest cabin went to boys, for the fourth year running, Harry, Mack, Akshayan & Edward, although the overall standard was very high this year.  The Best Team Spirit went to Group 2: Edward, Mack, Xander, Alex J, Akshayan, Rosie, Tess, Susie, Freya & Tilly.  
Individual Awards went to the following; Izzy, Riya, Susie, Mack, Matilda, Alex J, Amelia, Oscar, Ariella, Nicole, Imogen & Ruthie.  
Mr Smith thanked all the adults who went on the journey, Miss Spoor, Mr Tutt, Mrs Simkins, Mrs Crane, Mrs Watson and the three dads, Mr Forte, Mr Benton and Mr Dolman.   Mr Tutt thanked Mr Smith for organising and leading the very successful journey.
JS - 1 July 2016 13:58 - GeneralShakespeare Week 20th-24th June

Everything was about Shakespeare last week with St James' Junior School celebrating the 400 years anniversary since the bard's death with a week of exciting Shakespeare themed learning.

The children took part in acting, costume making, script writing, mask making, theatre designing and lots of other activities as well as watching an excellent performance of three Shakespeare plays updated for your people by the Cat's Grin Theatre Company.

Children had the opportunity to work very independently on their own projects and showed lots of enthusiasm and creative flair throughout the week!

JS - 30 June 2016 09:00 - GeneralYear 4 Roman Day 2016

 Year 4 Roman Day May 2016.

My name is Rosy. Last week I had the worst day of my ghostly life. By the way, I’m an invisible dog. I wasn’t always like that. But I guess if I’m writing a doggy diary, I shouldn’t include my life before I died. I should go on.

So anyway, there I was, at St James’ school, spying on children, minding my own business, when loads of children came down the steps and stood on me like I was invisible (which I am). I followed them into the hall. Just my luck that I’d picked Roman day to go to the school. I watched in horror as two adults explained what they were going to do. They made a child dress in this horrible heavy stuff called armour. Then they painted another child’s face with blue stuff. They gave the child with the blue face a sword. I couldn’t bear to watch.

When I took another look at them, I almost died of fright. Not that I could die as a ghost. The children had been captured by a horrible screaming mass of barbarians, all with blue faces! They let out a bloodthirsty war cry that echoed through the building. Then a small group of people in armour came out. They formed some sort protective barrier with their shields, like a tortoise. The barbarians hurled stones, which bounced off the shields, but some found gaps and fell in. I watched as the barbarians stoned the man who was not protected. The ones with the shields then raised their spears and lots of barbarians died horrible deaths. They looked strangely like children…

The next time I looked, the blue-faced barbarians were disguised as romans. Some women pretended to be men. Seriously! I watched as they did a series of different activities. I watched as they made protective amulets. They scratched like cats!

In the afternoon I watched as they ate some really weird food. Cucumber in honey… YUCK! At any rate, it was a weird afternoon. I’m sure the children loved it! But seriously… I’m not coming again!

Report by Sophia

JS - 19 May 2016 14:03 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing 2016

 Strictly Cool Dancing 2016.

On Thursday 14th April 2016, St James’ Strictly Cool Dancing Team went to a dance competition at Tonbridge Boys School against nine other schools from Kent. Eight school teams performed their dances and then it was time for us to go on stage. We started dancing; everybody was enjoying themselves and performing the best they could. After we had finished our dance, we were all very relieved and happy with the performance. The last school (Claremont) did their dance and then it was time to find out who had got into the dance off. All the schools went on to the stage and it was very tense. The first school that was called was Claremont, then it was us and the final school was Hadlow. We had got into the dance off! We were second on and we did a better performance than the first. When the third school had finished their dance, we all went on to the stage to find out who had won. It was extremely tense, we were all holding hands and had our fingers crossed. The lady who was going to announce the winner took ages but then she finally announced it. She announced our school and we had won! We were no longer the Anton Dubek of the competition.

Thank you for Mrs. Raistrick for choreographing our winning routine and all the parents for driving us there and supporting us.

JS - 21 April 2016 15:10 - GeneralWhole School Photo April 2016

 Whole School Photo 2016

On 13th April, a lovely sunny morning, the stage was set for a photo of the whole school. Staging was set up on the playground before classes lined up in year groups and height order. Lots of organisation was required to get over 350 people in the right place. Once everyone was assembled on the playground, pupils filled the stage and before staff took their places and the photo was taken.

We look forward to seeing the final photo.

JS - 14 April 2016 14:28 - GeneralMusic Concert March 2016

 Music Concert March 2016

The theme for this year’s choir concert was, American Legends. On Monday 21st and Wednesday 23rd March the choir performed songs to a packed hall of parents. Mr Smith introduced the choir and the theme for the evening and the concert began with Puttin’on the Ritz, with solo’s from Molly W and Edward, dancers Eleanor, Olive, Emily, Erica & Hannah accompanied the song. Then Eva & Khalisha danced while the choir sang Top Hat, White Tie & Tails. George performed a solo, On the Sunny Side of the Street, followed with Liv, Emily & Charlotte dancing to Blue Suede Shoes. The top recorder group then played, That’s Life. The choir sang Let’s Face the Music & Dance, with solo performances from: Freya W, Lola, Faith, Eva & Sophie. Leonardo & Edward followed, singing Hard Knocks. The Choir then all sang, Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning & A Couple of Swells. Blue Skies was performed by Khalisha, Maddie, Tilly & Eve and accompanied by the recorder group. Alexander’s Ragtime Band followed. Mia, Saranna & Ella sang High Hopes with the choir singing the chorus. The audience was then encouraged to join in and sing with the choir. Harry, Mack, Duffy & Daniel then sang Hound Dog, with dancing from Zara, Lola & Hannah. Finally the choir sang Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun.

JS - 24 March 2016 15:20 - GeneralMrs Ingman leaves.

Mrs Ingman leaves the school.

Mrs Ingman, Assistant Deputy Headteacher, is leaving the school, she is going on to be the Headteacher at Crockenhill Primary School.  Mrs Ingman has been at the school since January 2006, working first in Year 6, before moving to Year 3, then Year 4 and back to Year 3, where she has been teaching this year.  Everyone wished her well, and she received a Special Golden Award for her outstanding contributions to the school over the last ten years.  Mr Tutt asked challenged Mrs Ingman with some questions about the Year 2006, she did need some help from some of the children to answer some of them! She was then presented with flowers, champagne and a framed picture which the children in her class had made.  Mrs Ingman then thanked Mr Tutt, all the staff and pupils for her time at St. James and donated a trophy which she requested be awarded to an 'outstanding writer' each term.  

JS - 24 March 2016 15:18 - GeneralWorld Book Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

Last Thursday the whole of St James’ along with many other schools throughout the UK dressed up for World Book Day which consisted of learning about brilliant books and celebrating the wonderful stories around us.

In school we learnt about a book called Free Fall by David Wiesner, the book was about a boy’s who fell asleep and all the objects in his room became objects in his dream. The boy’s pillow slowly changed into fog, his checkered blanket turned into fields and the fields drifted into a chess board. When the boy awoke from his dream, he saw objects in his room that sparked his brain to come up with such an amazing story.

At the end of World Book Day we met as a school in the hall and shared some of the work we had done which included writing about the boy’s dream, creating art work linked to the story, writing haikus and narrative poems and making our own dream worlds.

It was great to see everybody dressed up including the teachers and teaching assistants. Mr Tutt was The Demon Headmaster, Mrs Shortland struggled to fit through doors as Mr Bump, Miss Spoor made an excellent Borrower and we all had fun spotting Mrs Holland as ‘Where’s Wanda’.

By Orla and Amelie 5S


JS - 11 March 2016 11:46 - GeneralPTA provide new books February 2016

PTA provide new Books - February 2016

We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA for all their hard work in raising funds for new books for our school. We have been able to purchase many wonderful new books for the children and intend to keep spending!

Our reading scheme books are now displayed in colourful boxes on the shelves.

JS - 2 March 2016 12:03 - GeneralInternational Book Afternoon

International Book Afternoon 25th February 2016

The whole school enjoyed stories in a foreign language this week when parents and friends from all over the world came to visit. Afrikaans, Chinese, Farsi, French and Finnish were only a few of the languages heard in classrooms on our new International Story Day, when we were able to celebrate the increasingly rich mix of nationalities we enjoy here. Our visitors brought a wide range of stories, sharing a taste of their culture and the sound of their homeland - and some even brought edible treats.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to St James and shared their time and knowledge so generously.

JS - 2 March 2016 11:52 - GeneralGreg Clark MP visit to Year 6 February 2016

Greg Clark MP visits Year 6

On the 12th February 2016, year six gathered into the hall to meet Greg Clarke and to talk about parliament and government.

Firstly, we discussed about the layout of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We then talked about how the debates work and how they were handled.

Secondly, we arranged ourselves as if we were in the House of Commons so we could do our own debate together. The debate we came up with was if we should have homework in the half term or not. Each side had very good reasons on the topic.

Lastly, after the debate, we voted if we should have homework or shouldn’t have homework. In the end the results came out that 7 pupils voted we should have homework and 50 pupils voted we shouldn’t. There was a clear winner! We came to the conclusion that we shouldn’t have homework in half term.

Thank you to Greg Clarke for coming in and teaching year six all about Parliament. We are very grateful.

Report by Tess.

JS - 2 March 2016 11:37 - GeneralSports Kit Donated to Uganda

St. James donates sports kits to Africa Educational Trust

The school has received a letter from Africa Educational Trust to thank the school for donating of three sets of sports kits. These have now been distributed in Uganda and gratefully received.

One set was given to Child Restoration Outreach, which supports street children in Mbale town in Eastern Uganda to resettle with their families and get back into school. Recreation activities are a key part of their programme to build confidence in the children and alongside counselling these activities help the children to drop street habits. They have successful boys and girls football teams.

The second set was given to Mount Elgon Primary School in Mbale. Africa Educational Trust works with Mount Elgon as part of their school libraries project and awarded the kit to the school in appreciation of the good work in lending books and using them in class. From the use of the books, the school has reached the national finals of a general knowledge quiz.

The third set was given to Acokora Primary School in Northern Uganda. The school is part of Africa Educational Trust’s Primary School Mother project, where locally nominated women act as role models for girls. The kit was given in appreciation for the good work in supporting girls to enrol and stay in school.

JS - 28 January 2016 14:23 - GeneralAngels 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

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.
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.
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.
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 - GeneralMaidstone Museum 2014

 Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

On Friday the 5th of December 2014, year 5 went to Maidstone Museum to learn more about the Ancient Egyptians and to do workshops. The first workshop was to make a film either about a day in the life of a nobleman or a farmer (in Ancient Egypt). The second workshop was to identify if the objects to see if they were an artifact, a replica or a representative. Most of the objects were replicas but some were real artifacts they had in Ancient Egypt! After that we had some yummy lunch. Next, we had a look at a real mummy that came from Ancient Egypt, she died when she was 12 years old. She had a hole in the side of her hip because when the sarcophagus was moved she was so fragile she broke! Then we went back to do another workshop, which was learning how to mummify someone or something. We got some cards with steps of how to mummify someone, which we had to put in the right order. After that it started to get even more fun. We got to mummify oranges and even draw death masks on them! We also got to take them home at the end. We really enjoyed ourselves at Maidstone Museum.

Report by Tess and Rosie.

JS - 11 December 2014 14:56 - GeneralReading with Infants November 2014

Reading with the Infants.  November 2014

Recently children from year 5 went over to the Infant School to read to, and share books with some of the younger children. Then some of the infant children read to the older children and talked about the books.  Next term children from a different year groups will share books.  All the children enjoyed the experience.  

JS - 11 December 2014 13:44 - GeneralLetter from new Chair of Governors

Letter from new Chair of Governors to parents.  December 2014.

Dear Parents,

I am delighted that my fellow Governors have asked me to chair the Governing Body. All four of my children were educated at St James's Schools, and I have been a Governor at the Junior School for over 20 years. I am most grateful to my predecessor, Stephen Francis, for his leadership over the past few years; he will be a hard act to follow.

It is an exciting and challenging time for St James's. The school is expanding; we have a brand-new classroom block; and we are introducing a new curriculum to meet Government requirements. We have an enthusiastic and committed Headteacher and staff, and it is a great pleasure for all Governors to be working with them in the interests of the whole school.

I know that the Headteacher and all classroom teachers are always happy to meet parents to discuss pupil progress or other issues of concern. But if there is anything you want to talk to a Governor about, then please do get in touch. We have five excellent parent governors, elected partly because of the skills they bring as well as to act as the representatives of parents on the Governing Body; or I would be happy to be contacted direct if I can help (Email:

On behalf of all Governors, may I wish children and parents a peaceful Christmas, and a very happy New Year.

Stephen Pollard

JS - 4 December 2014 14:23 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon

Victorian Afternoon - November 2014.

On Thursday the 27th November 2014 year 6 had a Victorian school afternoon. We all had to dress up in a Victorian school outfit. First of all we had drill, the girls and boys got split up into separate groups. The boys learnt how to march and the girls learnt how to walk with their backs straight and to curtsey.

Secondly the girls and boys went through separate doors into the “classroom” to start lessons. First we practised our handwriting in our copybooks (our hands hurt badly afterwards).

Next the headmaster came in and we all had to stand up. He told us that an inspector was coming in tomorrow. We then did our times tables and our teacher asked us hard maths questions. The first people wore a dunce’s hat! A boy got a caning for not bringing in his pennies. Finally we had poetry and had to describe it. The teacher asked people what each line meant.

All in all we had a brilliant time.

Report by Anna & Matilda

JS - 27 November 2014 13:47 - GeneralSponsored Walk October 2014

Sponsored Walk ~ October 2014

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the sponsored walk on 24th October. The children looked fantastic and there was a great atmosphere on the field.

Also, a massive thank you to the wider school community, all the parents, grandparents, friends, family and neighbours for all your support. Together, we raised just over £6500 to be spent on the new library.

There were also prizes of £100 given to 5M for best fancy dress and 3I for the class with the most sponsors. This money will be spent in the classroom.

Thanks again to everyone who took part and all the parents who helped to run the event.

Report & photos; Elaine and the PTA

JS - 6 November 2014 16:01 - GeneralDrusillas Zoo

Year 4 Visit Drusillas Zoo October 2014.

Stepping off the coach was one of most magical feelings I have ever felt. When we got off we went in the queue to get in. Once we got in we went to get our self weighed, to see if we weighed as much as a porcupine or something else. (Freya)

My favourite animal was the penguins. They got fed by the zoo keepers. Next the lady said there sound didn't work. after we saw the penguins they had a rock hopper penguins they only had one. There was lots of penguins swimming. (Nikolai)


My favourite animal was the swinging monkey that kept hitting the glass. There were 3 monkeys and a cute baby monkey which was the monkey who kept swinging. I decided that was my favourite animal because the monkey was a nice cream colour. (Finlay)

Reports from Year 4 following their trip.

JS - 16 October 2014 14:12 - GeneralPoet Paul Cookson visits

Poet Paul Cookson visits the school.

On Thursday 18th September we were lucky enough to meet the hilarious Paul Cookson. He is a brilliant poet; one of the poems he told us was very, very funny! We loved him playing the electric ukele and we joined in with the energetic actions doing the air ukele. There was a book he wrote called ‘How to Embarass your Teacher’. He explained his books in a very funny way.

He came a very long way to come to St. James School, he was very multi-talented. He was just like a comedian but he was 10 times funnier. He wanted to name a book, ‘It’s none of your Business’, so that when a teacher asks, ‘what are you reading?’ you can say, ‘it’s none of your business’, and the teacher thinks you are very rude!!

We all loved him!
Report by Tess & George. Year 5.

JS - 2 October 2014 15:35 - GeneralMP Opens new Chandler Building

Greg Clark MP opens new Chandler Building

Our new classroom block, The Chandler Building, was formally opened on Thursday 25 September by the Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells. The building has been named after Mr Paul Chandler, Headteacher of the School between 1995 and 2010. Paul and his wife June were of course our chief guests for the day; other guests included Michael Harrison, Vice-Chair of Kent County Council; Paula Malpeli, the KCC Project Manager for the expansion; representatives of gdmarchitects, who designed the building, Coombs of Canterbury, who built it, and others associated with the construction; and a number of current and former Governors.

We were fortunate to enjoy a lovely sunny day for this ceremony. The children were all lined up on the playground, and listened attentively as John Tutt welcomed the guests and described how the building work had been going on over the past eight months. Our Vice-Chair of Governors, Stephen Pollard, then reminded everybody of all the achievements of the School under Paul Chandler’s leadership, including the construction of the music room, library, small group rooms, ICT room and science room; being one of the first schools in Kent to be connected to the Internet; becoming a Beacon School and obtaining our Activemark and Artsmark Gold awards; and being assessed as Outstanding in our 2008 Ofsted inspection. Stephen concluded by saying that we could think of no better way of marking the achievements of the past, and looking forward to more in the future, than to name the building for Paul in celebration of all that he had done for the School.

Greg Clark MP then cut the ribbon to open the new building, assisted by members of the School Council, before congratulating Paul and expressing his thanks to all the pupils for his warm welcome. Mr Clark and Paul then unveiled the plaque on the front of the building, before touring the new classrooms to talk to Year 4 children, and finally gathering for refreshments in one of the new Year 6 classrooms.

It was a memorable day for all who attended, and we hope that future generations of pupils at St James’s will be as delighted with the new building as we are!

In assembly, staff and pupils thanked Mr Tutt very much for all his hard work during the building work and all the recent changes which have taken place at the school recently.

JS - 28 September 2014 10:40 - GeneralBig Little Award

Big Little Award 2014.

Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. The award is for their fantastic attitude to learning, being a good friend, kind and considerate to others and trying hard at everything. They both get on without any fuss and always do their best. The award was presented by the Head Teacher to Anna, currently in 5H and Joel, currently in 5M. Congratulations to both children who had big smiles and were delighted to receive their award. They will share the shield over the year.

JS - 23 July 2014 13:07 - GeneralKent Gymnastics Final - Winners

Kent Gymnastic Finals July 2014

At the beginning of July 2014 the year 5/6 gymnastics team and the year 3/4 gymnastics team, who had competed in the local competition before Easter and qualified for the Kent final, competed in the final. Over 400 gymnasts competed in the final; all had previously been local winners. The results have only just been received as the finals took place over several sessions due to the number of gymnasts taking part. St James year 5/6 team won the Kent Final and the year 3/4 team were runners-up and only 0.1 of a mark behind the winners. Both teams did incredibly well and were coached by Mrs Crane, who was very proud of them. They all received certificates, and medals.
Year 5/6 team; Maisie, Bethan, Clemmie and Jacob. Year 3/4 team; Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia and Lola.

JS - 18 July 2014 14:09 - GeneralWhat A Knight - Panto

What A Knight - Year 6 Panto 2014

On Thursday 17th July 2014 Year 6 performed their pantomime, What a Knight! We did three performances all together. It was really good fun and everyone enjoyed it. There were plenty of jokes to laugh at and baddies to boo at. It was jam packed with entertainment; with nine scenes and six songs. A total of 46 characters and 20 backstage crew members including sound, lighting, OHP, scene changers, props and dancers made up the cast. The story focused on the characters Watt Cobblers played by Poppy, Merlin the Magician played by Aidan, the Black Knight played by Max, Princess Alice played by Sasha and finally Dusty the Dragon played by Shreya, but it really was a team effort. The play wouldn’t have come together if us, the children, hadn’t cooperated and worked together. Many thanks too to Mr Smith who played the piano and directed the play with Miss Baker. Also Mrs Crane, Miss Gibson, Mrs Woolgar, Mrs Dowdy & Shaun who all helped with props, scenery and back stage; finally a big thank you to all the parents who came along on a very hot day (and evening) to watch the pantomime. Report by Lucy & Ollie

JS - 18 July 2014 13:30 - GeneralSports Morning 2014

Sports Day 2014

‘Sports Morning’ took place on Thursday 16th July; it was a hot, sunny morning as the school gathered on the field for a morning of sport. To begin the Strictly Cool Dancers performed their award winning performance, followed by the year 5/6 gymnastics team who have just won the Kent finals and finally the year 3/4 gymnastics team who were runners-up in the Kent finals. Then pupils got into their groups, which were made up of a boy and a girl from each year group in the sports houses of Scott, Wellington, Nelson & Livingstone making up teams of eight and moved to their first activity. Activities such as javelin, bat and ball, hockey, hop step & jump, shot put, golf, bean bag & hoop and an obstacle course were set up around the field and groups moved around completing all the activities. Points were awarded for sportsmanship & encouraging others and for completing tasks. Parents arrived after break and watched the activities taking place. Unfortunately the usual track events were unable to take place this year due to the building work and so not enough room on the field.
The results were announced in Celebration Assembly on 17th. Scott won the ‘Sportsmanship’ Trophy, Izzy and Adam received the trophy on behalf of the team. Wellington won the Field Events trophy, which was received by Dan & Jess, both trophies were presented by Mr Tutt.

JS - 17 July 2014 14:13 - GeneralNew PE Kit

New PE Kit is now available.

Please contact the office for the new kit. The price is the same for all sizes

PE. T-shirts - £8
PE. Shorts - £3.25
Tracksuit Tops - £12.75
Tracksuit Trousers - £7.25
Sports Socks - £2.50
Swimming Hats with the school logo - £3.65

JS - 27 June 2014 05:19 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2014

Monday; good journey and groups enjoyed activities in the afternoon. In the evening everyone walked to the beach for a camp fire. Lots of tired but happy children. 

Tuesday; began overcast but sun now making an appearance while the children canoe & Mrs Holdstock flies her kite on the beach. Tide coming in & everyone having fun. After a good lunch, it's hot and sunny. Lots of different activities such as fencing, archery, climbing, Jacobs ladder and orienteering. 

Wednesday; dull & overcast this morning, but Joe & Mrs Holdstock are having happy birthdays. Heading off to sensory trail, quad bikes, aeroball this morning.

Lookingforward to dragon boating this afternoon. Red squirrels have been spotted on site.

JS - 16 June 2014 20:02 - GeneralRoman Day

Roman Day April 2014

On Year 4 Roman Day everybody rushed into the classroom with excitement! After we had all admired each other’s Roman costumes, we went into the hall. We all sat down and the lady in charge (Mistress Helena) told us that we were all slaves!
We had to be apprentices and some of the activities were charm making, fresco painting, making oil lamps, making wax tablets and creating mosaics. After a few activities Mistress Helena announced that Boudica, the Celtic Queen, had burnt down Colchester and London! We had to go outside to build up our strength and get some fresh air!

When we came back in, we were told that we had won a great victory against the Celts and that Boudica had killed herself. We had a feast of wine (blackcurrent squash), cheese, bread and grapes to celebrate. We also provided some entertainment such as a Roman play, mime, dance and solider routine. Finally, one of the slaves had to be whipped because she had stolen from her master, ouch!

It was a really fun day and a great end to our Roman topic.
By Susie 4B

JS - 9 May 2014 13:30 - GeneralGymnastics 2014

Gymnastics Competition 2014

At the end of the spring term; 3 girls and a boy from years 5 and 6 and 3 girls and a boy from years 3 and 4 went to compete in a local gymnastics competition at NDGA.

After a warm up, the year 3&4 team performed their solo routines, while the year 5&6 team waited to do their vault. Then the year 3 and 4 team did their vaults. While they were doing that the years 5 and 6 team had a break. They had to wait for a while until they could do the next rotation which was body management; this involves lots of control and balance. After the year 5 and 6 team had performed their solos, it was the year 3 and 4 teams turn to do body management.

The results from the schools competing in the morning where added to those that competed in the afternoon and in the year 5 and 6 competition St. James came first. In the year 3 and 4 competition St. James finished in second place. Both teams will now go through to the Kent finals in July.

Year 5/6 Team; Beth, Maisie, Jacob & Poppy.
Year 3/4 Team; Daniel T, Charlotte, Ariella & Charlotte.

JS - 1 May 2014 15:52 - GeneralNew Classroom Walls

New Classroom Walls ~ April 2014

After years of being open plan, new classroom walls were built in the Easter holidays.  Now classrooms in years 3, 4 & 5 all have classroom walls and doors.  Staff and pupils have very quickly got used to less background noise and the new layout.

JS - 24 April 2014 14:55 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing

Strictly Cool Dancing 2014.

On Wednesday 2nd April a team of 34 agile dancers performed in the musicals themed dance evening at the E M Forster Theatre at Tonbridge School. They performed a dance called ‘The Cabaret of Life’ which told the story of life through the musicals. The children did a fantastic dance and the presenter was so touched by it she was lost for words. The judges thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was smooth and sleek. One said that it was like a show in itself. For the first time in three years it was announced that we were in the final. We were so excited there were screams of joy from the children and the adults. The children then performed their dance again for the final. They were amazing! Unfortunately we just missed out to Stocks Green School. However, both the winners and St James' will perform their dance again at another dancing event in June as a reward for doing so well.

Thank you to Miss Gibson, Mrs Waller, Miss Butler and of course Mr Tutt for coming to support the dancers. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch and support. Most importantly, thank you to all the dancers who took part. You were all fabulous and brilliant runners up.

Report from Mrs Raistick.

The biggest thank you goes to Mrs Raistrick, for her amazing choreography, time and patience to put together the wonderful dance!

JS - 4 April 2014 13:36 - GeneralNetball High 5 Winners

Netball High 5's Tournament

On the 20th March the Netball A Team played in a tournament at TWGGS. They played six matches, four in the group stages and two in the semi-final and final. In the group stages they won two matches and drew two, which got them through to the semi-finals against Claremont A. They drew 2-2, but as they scored the first goal they made it through to the final against Bishops Down. St. James won 2-1, with Claudia scoring both goals. The team now qualify for the county championships.
Team; Phoebe C, Claudia, Ollie, Isabelle HG, Lucy, Jasper & Hannah B.

JS - 1 April 2014 11:44 - GeneralHistoric Football Win

 Historic win for St. James Football A & B Teams

Congratulations to both the Football A and B teams who both won their leagues for the second consecutive year.  

Last year was the first time that a school won both the A and B league, and the boys have done it again this year.

Team members; Dan, Oscar, Max, Bertie, Jasper, Olloe, Jim, Alex, Omar, Tom V, Daniel, Owan, Adam, Brodie & Joel.

JS - 31 March 2014 17:10 - GeneralMusic Concert, Hollywood & Broadway

Music Concert There’s No Business Like Show Business

On Wednesday 26th March the choir put on a show for our parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles. The theme was Hollywood and Broadway and featured lots of songs from various musicals. Everyone came in bright colorful clothes for the evening and we all looked fantastic. The entrance hall was decorated with a red carpet and streamers while the hall was decorated as the Oscars.

The evening kicked off with ‘Another Openin’, Another Show from the musical Kiss Me Kate with a dance by Sophie, Eva and Jasmine. Then we sang ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from Gypsy the Musical. After that we sang ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ from Song Of The South. Next was ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ from Cinderella and there was a dance by Emma, Eva and Jasmine. Then we had a Matilda medley. We started with ‘Naughty’; Sasha sang the first two verses solo. Year six then came in and joined in for the rest of the song. Secondly, Year Six sang ‘Revolting Children’ (what a coincidence!). Finally, we sang ‘When I Grow Up’. Isobel; Isabelle; Maisie and Bethan sang the first two verses together. When it was the instrumental Sasha and India joined them for an amazing dance.

After the Matilda fest, we sang ‘The Candy Man’ from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Next was ‘Seventy-six Trombones’ from The Music Man. In the middle of the song the Hollywood sign fell down and, being the pros we were, everyone carried on singing. We then sung ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’ from Hello Dolly, followed by ‘Over The Rainbow’ with solos from Izzy, Jessica, India and Ella. Following on from the Wizard Of Oz theme, we then sang ‘We’re Off To See The Wizard’.Next we had Poppy singing ‘Memory’ from the musical Cats. She sang the whole song very, very well sending some of the adults to tears! After, we had Shreya and Emilie singing a couple of verses from ‘This Is The Moment’ from Jeckyll and Hyde Then was ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, Shreya and Emily did a very fast dance! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is from the very popular musical Mary Poppins. After we sang ‘The Rhythm of Life’ from Sweet Charity. Our final song of the night was ‘There’s No Business Like Showbusiness’.

It was a very, very fun night, we can’t wait to do it again on Monday!

Thank you to the wonderful Mr. Smith who runs choir and played the piano, the paparazzi (Mrs Simkins), the PTA for decorating the hall and the mums and dads for coming to watch!

Report by: Isobel and Isabelle


JS - 31 March 2014 14:50 - GeneralYr 5 visit Penshurst Place

Year 5 Visit to Penshurst Place

On Tuesday 18th March year 5 had massive smiles on their faces as they got off the coach.
‘We saw the sight of an aged but grand building standing strongly. It was Penshurst Place. Then we were split into three groups and had the time of our lives walking around this majestic building to learn about the Tudors. There was an extremely famous picture of Queen Elizabeth 1st. We danced around an amber glowing fire in the great hall to soothing Tudor music and learnt how to curtsey and bow. We saw razor sharp swords sparkling in the sun light, the armour was very strong and didn’t dent when it was hit. We listened and watched as the barber surgeon described gory details about how he used his instruments to make people better. He talked about blood oozing everywhere! Then we went on to hear about how people were punished; there were many horrible ways people were treated if they did something wrong and people would gather to watch the punishments. In the dressing room a lady’s maid showed us some clothes worn by the rich and the plain clothes worn by the poor. The kitchen was full of food that would have been eaten and we were told they drank beer from the age of 5! Out in the grounds, there was a moaning Spanish prisoner who told us his tale of woe about the Spanish Armada. We all had lunch together and then went out to explore the vast gardens. We then enjoyed some time on the adventure playground next to a field of canary daffodils. We all had a sensational time'.

Report by Bella

JS - 20 March 2014 15:14 - GeneralWorld War II. Yr 3 trip

Year 3's World War II Visit to Kent Life Museum, ~ 6th March 2014

Extract from Freya’s report.

On 6th March 2014 the whole of year 3 went to the Kent Life Museum on a school trip. When we got there we went to the Lemham Cottages. Next door to the cottages on the left was the shop. In the shop we got lollipops & a stamp. Next we went to the play park and we had our snacks. After that we went to the rag rug lady in the Oast house room. We made our own mini rag rugs and really enjoyed it and are now inspired to make them at home. Next we went to the air raid warden in the cellar. In the cellar we heard all the warnings if a bomb was coming. It was really loud. Then we had lunch

Extract from Zach’s report.

After lunch we went to the wartime food activity in the lower wagon store and we learnt about rations and vegetables. Then we learnt about what you need to evacuate. We went to the home guard and learnt to march and we learnt the history of the Home Guard. After that we learnt about jobs for women. Then we left and went home.


JS - 13 March 2014 14:39 - GeneralWorld Book Day

World Book Day

On Wednesday 5th March 2014 it was International World Book Day. Everyone in the school dressed up as characters from their favorite book. It was great fun! Lessons were as normal, but we did have a Literacy lesson to do with World Book Day.

In assembly, Mr. Smith got each row in the hall to stand up and show the rest of the school their outfits. We then had to guess which character they were. There was a lot of Where’s Wallies, quite a few Cat in the Hats, and two pairs of Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Next we went out to play in our costumes, and everyone complimented everyone else on them. World Book day was brilliant and we can’t wait to do it all again! Thank you to Miss Mallion for organizing it all, we had a great day.

JS - 10 March 2014 13:42 - GeneralTudor Day 2014

Tudor Day 27.2.14

On the 27th February year 5 had a Tudor Day. We had it because our topic this term has been the Tudors. In the morning 5M made Tudor houses, we all loved it although some peoples broke, it was very fun! In the afternoon it got even better.
Firstly we got introduced to Peter a Tudor expert who had brought in lots of artefacts, some real and some copies. Once he had introduced himself he asked for people to come up to the front. I was one of them. I can remember a lawyer, a blacksmith (me), a peasant, a merchant, a monk, a farmer, soldiers & an executioner. I had to wear a leather coat – it stank!
After that I went and spun some wool, it was very hard, but in the end I got it. Next I went to Peter who was doing the coin making. You had to put a piece of silver on one side of the engraving, then put a tube over the top of it, put a big thing that had another engraving on it in the tube and whack the hammer on it! I was quite annoyed I didn’t get to whack the hammer! Once I had done that I went and tried on the armour. There was a chain mail head piece, chain mail body piece, gloves with hard metal coating & a helmet.
Finally we got to hold the guns and weapons. I held the war hammer, aka ‘the red fountain’ and a Tudor sword. The hammer was heavy, but the sword was surprisingly light. Then Peter got us all to sit on the floor & ask questions. I asked did the Tudors invent card games.
Overall my favourite thing was holding the weapons. I enjoyed it and so did everyone else. Would you have?
Report by Alex

On 27th February Peter the Peddler came to 5H’s classroom to talk about the Tudors.
First Peter talked us through lots of interesting objects (even some deadly ones!). One of the most dangerous was called a ‘red fountain’. This was made to go through peoples helmets. He also showed us one of the most important weapons in England – the English Long Bow.
After that Peter the Peddler let us do what we wanted. Some of us made things, we were allowed to dress up, play with Tudor toys, spin wool and look at artefacts. One of the best though was making our own coin.
A little later Peter stopped us to talk about dangerous weapons a bit more. The main one he was talking about was a musket. It was a big gun, which had problems. The musket couldn’t go out in the rain, so they had to cancel wars if it was raining. The only reason they made it instead of bows & arrows was because it was easy to train someone to use a musket.
We also had a table where we could do rubbings and the best rubbing won a prize (a leather Tudor bracelet). There was also two mystery items which in the end we had to guess what they were. We also go to try on some chain mail, but it was so hard to put on because it was really heavy.
All in all we had a really good time learning everything. We would love to do it again.
Report by Tom V.

JS - 28 February 2014 10:36 - GeneralSwimming Gala Report

Swimming Gala ~ February 5th 2014.

On the 5th February some children from years 4, 5 & 6 went to St. Johns swimming pool for a swimming gala. There were lots of schools competing.

First there were the single races, which all of us competed in and did very well in. Before the girls open heats, they announced the position of every school; we were joint first with St. Johns. Then Izzy & Harriet competed in the girls open heats, both doing well. Bella & Max both did very well in the diving competition with Max getting through to the final. Shortly after they announced the scores again, we were first. After that we had the boys open heats that Alex & Jacob both did and did great in. Next we had the girl’s freestyle relay, which Izzy B, Izzy HG, Olivia & Harriet did. Then it was the boys turn to race and they did so well coming first, but unfortunately they got disqualified. Finally it was the mixed medley, which Alex, Toby, Jacob, Harriet, Saskia & Izzy B competed in. They did really well. Jacob & Alex both qualified for the boys open heats final; they came second & third.

Then it was the results. They announced the B league first, then they moved on to the A league, which we were competing in. In first place was St. Augustine’s, second was St. John’s, there was only two points between them. We came third, with only one point between us and St. John’s. We had a great time. Thank you to Simon for coaching us, Mrs Waller, Mr Tutt & Mr Smith & all the parents & our team mates for supporting us.

Team; Isabelle HG, Isabelle B, Olivia, Dan, Max, Alex T, Bertie, Jacob, Harriet, Bella, Saskia, Toby Y, Amelia & Tom L.
Report by Isabelle HG.

- 6 February 2014 14:41 - GeneralExpansion Update

We are pleased to be able to let you know that work on the School expansion project should begin on Monday 3rd February as anticipated.

During the first two weeks the contractors will be carrying out preparatory work, including erecting hoardings and fences, placing a protective cover on the playground, removing a tree and some of the fencing between the playground and the drive, and taking delivery of plant and materials. They hope to start removing soil from the bank where the new block will be situated on Friday 14th February (which is an INSET day), and to complete as much of this work as possible during the half-term break. We expect this work will still be going on when the children return, so there may be some noise and disruption for a few days afterwards.

The preparation and construction phases are scheduled to take 28 weeks, so if all goes well the building will be complete by mid-August, ready for occupation in the autumn term.

The School and the contractors have some exciting ideas for involving the children during the course of the project, and the Head Teacher will give more details shortly. Obviously, health and safety are of the highest importance on a construction site, and the Construction Director will be making a presentation about the project, including a safety briefing, to the whole School in the near future.

We hope you are as excited as we are that the expansion project is at last about to get under way. We will continue to keep you abreast of progress over the months to come.

JS - 1 February 2014 16:44 - GeneralCreepy Crawly Christmas

Cracking Creepy Crawly Christmas

The brilliant year 4 play was in the St. James Junior School hall. This wonderful play was on 10th December 2013. This is a play about a young caterpillar on a quest to return a star in the sky. All of year 4 were in it. If you weren’t there shame on you! Because it was epic.

The fleas were amazing with their gymnastics performance and so were the flies with their violins. We also had a surprise in the last scene. There was lots of fantastic dancing and lots of brave solo’s and duet singing. It was very funny and Mr. Smith said our singing was fantastic! Also Mr. Tutt said it was one of the best plays ever.

Report by Scarlett, year 4.

JS - 12 December 2013 14:56 - GeneralTrinity Theatre Puppeteers

Trinity Theatre Puppeteers Perform Hansel & Gretel.

On Tuesday the 26th November, puppeteers came from the Trinity Theatre to perform the tale of Hansel & Gretel at St. James Junior School. After lunch the two puppets and puppeteers came and introduced themselves. Hansel was good at chess and mathematics and Gretel was good at Karate. Trinity changed the story a bit by adding Waitrose in Ashdown Forest and they added a crow as a narrator. Once the puppet show was over the actors came out and answered questions. One of the puppeteers asked if anyone wanted to be an actor, there were quite a few people who raised their hand. The puppeteer said you have to work really hard to be an actor and have to keep on trying. My favorite part in the show was when the crow was in Waitrose. I thought the play was really good and it was very funny.

Report by Eden, year 5.

JS - 28 November 2013 14:23 - GeneralMaidstone Museum

Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

On Wednesday 6th November, the whole of Year 5 went to Maidstone Museum to learn about the Ancient Egyptians. The first thing we did was to split into groups. The first group went to learn about mummification in the Great Hall while the second group went to round the museum to look at the artifacts; the third group went to mummify an orange! The group in the Great Hall organized the stages of mummification then looked at some artifacts that were 3000 years old and some that were just replicas on the different stages. After that they went into a circle again and observed some real parts of Egyptian mummies such as two hands, one belonging to a boy and the other to a girl, a foot & a cats head.

The second group went to see Egyptian exhibits. There were lots of interesting objects, such as real canopic jars and a mummified bird and cat’s head. Strangely there was some Victorian pottery there as well! At the end of the corridor was a little chapel with a real dead body. Her name was Ta-Kesh and she was the daughter of the doorkeeper of Osiris. We predicted she was about sixteen years old. There was also some real hieroglyphics on a piece of Ancient Egyptian papyrus. The museum thought it was from the Book of the Dead which helped a dead person get into the afterlife. We also saw the Victorian clothes section, (which was full of interesting and funny clothes), the dinosaur section (that roared!) a wildlife section full of dead and stuffed creatures, and a section on World Wars which was stuffed with medals and achievements.

The third group went to a room to mummify oranges. The first stage was to make a hole in the top of the orange and then hollow out the inside. The next stage was to fill the orange with cloth, bicarbonate of soda and salt. The last stage was to wrap the orange neatly with bandages. Then we were told to take them home and put them in a warm and dry place for 2 weeks.

All the groups got to take part in all the activities and have lunch.
All in all we had an excellent day out and would love to go again. Thank you to Miss Mallion and Mrs Holwell for organizing it.

Report by Sophie & Tilly

JS - 14 November 2013 15:25 - GeneralExpansion Plans Update

During last term, the Governing Body set up a School Expansion Working Group comprising the Head Teacher, the Chairman of the Governors and four other governors, including two parent governors. The Group met with the Kent County Council (KCC) Project Manager and the Architect on 9 and 21 October and will continue to meet on a regular basis until the expansion has been completed.

Formal planning consent for the building works, which include a new four classroom block, was granted on 17 October. Six contractors have been invited to tender for the works; two will be selected for interview before Christmas and the successful contractor will be appointed in early January. KCC anticipate that work will begin during the February half term holiday with the new classroom block ready for use by the start of the Autumn Term.

Additional information on the expansion plans can be seen in our Expansion Plan Pages

- 8 November 2013 11:45 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon

Our Victorian School Afternoon

Firstly we got changed into our Victorian outfits. Lots of us had lovely outfits that actually looked real! After we got changed we got told that we were going to be having a Victorian playtime. Mr. Smith told us how the children would have played and that a lot of the games included skipping, hoop games and other various old fashioned games. I played Granny’s footstep with my friends. After playtime we had a small drill. The girls had to walk whilst balancing books on their heads, while the boys had to march in rows.

We got into the hall and said a prayer and then said the Lord’s Prayer altogether.
Afterwards, we started our first lesson: Handwriting. We wrote in our copy books and just had to copy letters, not write sentences or anything like that. I did well with my handwriting. My letters were neat and looked quite identical to the printed letters at the top of the page. All the left handed people had to write right handed. I enjoyed our handwriting very much even though I was quite worried I did not do it right.

Everyone did ok on their handwriting but only two people got told that they had to write either neater or right handed.  

We then did math’s work. We had to say our times tables out loud, but you were not the only one, everyone did it at the same time. Mr. Smith asked me what 11 x 12 is and I really muddled my words up. Firstly I said that the answer was 121 but then I knew I got that very wrong so I changed my mind. I then said 131 and I chose that as my answer.

My brain got muddled up and I got worried. Mr. Smith asked Emily what 11 x 12 was and she said 132. I then knew I was one number out. I got told I had to wear the dunce’s hat. I started to have a tear in my eye but I never cried because otherwise I would look silly in front of everyone. Mr. Smith sounded really angry and everyone could probably agree with me.

I walked over to the front of the hall to put the dunce’s hat on. I started to laugh a little bit but luckily I did not laugh loudly! I put on the white dunce’s hat that I could not feel when it was on my head. The black dunce’s hat looked much better than the white one but who cares!!

After the math’s we had a reading lesson. A few people got called out to the front but no one knew what it was for. My name did not get called out so I could stay safe in my seat. We then found out that the people who were out the front had to say a sentence from a piece of paper how many times Mr. Smith and Miss. Baker told them to. After every one had said their sentence they had to say a row of words that were at the top of their sheet. They had to say about three to four words. Then after they all said their words they had to sit down.  When they sat down a few more children got called out to the front to read out a sentence and a few words. This time I hoped I would not get called out just in case I did not say something correct. Then again I did not get called out to the front.

We started to do some word problems. Mr. Smith called out some math word problems. I could only work out two answers because the rest were hard. If you asked everyone if the word problems were hard they probably would say yes. Most of us said “I don’t know sir” if they did not know the answer. Only a few people had to be the dunce’s hat, so in the end I was not the only one!

Soon after, Mr. Smith read out a poem to us that we could follow along with, because it said it on paper on the board. We read out the poem altogether and then some children’s names got called out to answer a question about the poem. I did not get called to answer a question this time either.

I had a good afternoon and enjoyed it very much. I found out that there is a difference between Victorian times and now days.
Written by Emilie, Year 6.

JS - 7 November 2013 14:07 - GeneralYear 4 Visit Drusillas

Our Trip to Drusillas

Year 4 visited Drusillas as part of their African Topic; Report by Tess.

We went onto the coach at about 9:30am and everyone was buzzing with excitement. After that everyone started to sing songs. Eventually we got to the zoo and everyone was shouting ‘Drusillas!’ The first thing that my group saw was mice living in a painted house. Each group were given three things: a stamp book, a Zoolympics book and an information sheet. The second animal that I saw was a python and it was really big! Next to his case I saw a chameleon which was bigger than I thought. After, we went into a room and learnt about the Maasai tribe who live in Africa. The best bit was when I got to dress up infront of the class. Also, we got to feel animal skins. After our snack we had a look at the Fennec Foxes and they were so cute! Then we had lunch with all the other groups and afterwards we got to go in the maze and on the adventure playground.

JS - 7 November 2013 14:00 - GeneralWelcome to our new teachers

Welcome to our new teachers.

We are delighted to welcome three new teachers to St James’ Junior School. Harriet Butler, Holly Mallion and Vicky Baker all started with us at the beginning of term and we feel very lucky to have them as a part of our team. Vicky is teaching in Year 6, Holly in Year 5 and Harriet in Year 4. They have made a great start to the term and look forward to working together in the weeks and months to come.


JS - 19 September 2013 14:37 - GeneralBig Little Award

Big Little Award July 2013.

Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. The award is for constantly looking on the bright side and for showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Head teacher to Ollie B and Olivia C. Congratulations to both children who had big smiles and were delighted to receive their award. They were awarded certificates, and will share the shield over the year.

JS - 24 July 2013 11:19 - GeneralPirates of the Curry Bean

Pirates of the Curry Bean - Year 6 Panto 2013. 

This summer’s Year 6 production was a swashbuckling adventure starting in Old London Docks and ending on the tropical island of Lumbago in the Sea of Sciatica.  We are guided through a plethora of puns by the mischievous pirate Deadeye who has a taste for stirring things up.  He introduces us to the local landlady Pearl Periwinkle and her children who find a treasure map.  They encounter Captain Redbeard (don’t call it pink) and the smelly pirates of The Curry Bean - the ship which always has the wind behind it!   After insults from the cheeky parrot Squawk, the safe is blown and the map and Pearl (’Grab the bag!’) are taken.  Jack, Liza and their rat-catching cat Fiddlesticks persuade Captain Cod of HMS Crunchy Frog to help them in the pursuit.   We meet the hilarious Scuttle and Slack, the delightful Admiral Hornhonker, the chaotic crew, the short-sighted lookout, Lofty, and the ship’s barber-surgeon Cutthroat Clegg.  Thanks to some meddling by Deadeye, the two ships meet and a battle ensues.  A storm washes everyone ashore on Lumbago and they meet monkeys, natives and their chief Wonga.  After a fishy blow to the head (administered by Pearl) Wonga’s memory returns and the Periwinkle family is reunited; Stanley Periwinkle (Wonga) is none other than the infamous pirate Swaggersword.  Scuttle and Slack arrive with the treasure chest and it only remains to punish Redbeard with a close shave.


‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’ was greatly enhanced by the fantastic piano-playing of Mr Smith, the new coloured lights, and the terrific props assembled by Mrs Gilman, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Simkins and the brilliant direction by Mrs Holwell.


Congratulations Year 6!  You performed wonderfully – with ‘piratical style’!


JS - 19 July 2013 11:52 - GeneralHever Castle

On 11th July year 5 went on a school trip to Hever Castle.


We had a tour of the castle and the tour guides were very nice. They showed us around the castle thoroughly and we learnt a lot about it. Most of us liked the instruments of torture, especially the masks. The statues of Henry VIII and his wives were amazing. We learnt a lot.


After the tour we had lunch by the lake and were invaded by ducks wanting to be fed! They were as hungry as us.


Eventually we went to the water maze. Most of us got completely soaked, but it was great fun! Then we needed a warm place to dry off, although on a scorching hot day like that one, it was easy to find. Soon we were relaxing by a fountain and were reluctant to get up to leave.


In a short time we had devoured ice-creams and were playing in the adventure playground, where there was a big wooden adventure maze.


It was a great school trip.


JS - 18 July 2013 11:21 - General End of Year Music Concert

End of Year Music Concert July 2013.

On Tuesday 9th July, parents were invited to an afternoon of music and singing.
The choir began the afternoon singing ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ and ‘My Way’. Then followed violins, solos on piano, flute, saxophone & drums. Some children were brave enough to sing solo. Many varied pieces of music were played ranging from, ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ & ‘Shine Bright Like A Diamond’. The choir joined the top recorder group with a rendition of ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’. The concert ended with the choir singing ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, which has become their favourite piece of this year.

JS - 16 July 2013 13:49 - GeneralSports Day

Sports Day - 4th July 2013.

The day started with the Strictly Cool Dancers performing their dance to everyone. Children then got into their teams; Wellington in red, Livingstone in green, Nelson in blue and Scott in yellow.  The groups for the field events, which took place in the morning, were made up with a boy and girl from each year group.  Each group rotated round the 8 field events; Bean bag target, hockey, hop, step & jump, 5 strides (which had to be changed to a relay when the grass became slippery due to the heavy drizzle!) golf, shotput, over & under ball relay and netball shooting.  Each group collected their scores and points awarded for sportsmanship.  At the end of the morning all score cards were collected in.  Everyone then had lunch and although the morning had been dull, overcast with some heavy drizzle the sun came out in the afternoon in time for the parents to arrive to watch the track events which started at 1.15pm.  The PTA were on hand with refreshments for parents and also provided all the children with ice lollies at the end of the afternoon.  The track events started with the Bean Bag & Hoop race followed by, skipping, egg & spoon, bowl a hoop, the toddlers race, the Mums race, lots of Dads took part in their race.  It was then the distance race & sprints before the final relay races.  Mr Tutt then announced the results.  The winners of the Field Events were Nelson, they were presented with the cup.  The winners of the Track Events were Livingstone, who were also the winners of the Sportsmanship, they were presented with both cups. 

JS - 7 July 2013 10:52 - GeneralIsle of Wight

Isle of Wight 2013.


After an early start, we got stuck in traffic on M25, but then had a super crossing and arrived in time for lunch.  All groups did 2 activities in the afternoon, including problem solving, jacobs ladder, aeroball, cat walk, quad biking & archery.  Children now taking part in evening activities. Very weak internet signal, so apologies for lack of photos.


After a good nights sleep, we woke to see the sun trying to break through, however, at lunchtime we were still waiting for it!  Activities including archery, quad biking, sensory trail, Jacobs Ladder & climbing have taken place and chalet inspection took place before lunch. 

The sun shone in the afternoon, some great outdoor climbing, problem solving & lots of bouncing in aeroball was done.  The day ended with tales and songs round the camp fire.  Looking forward to canoeing in the morning.


A great morning with all groups out at sea canoeing and kayaking, the sun shone and everyone had a good time. After lunch, with the sun still shining, fencing, low ropes, abseiling, cat walk, quad bikes & sensory trail.  In the evening everyone took part in The Great Egg Race, which was great fun.


The sun continues to shine on us, all groups had a good morning in the sunshine.  Activities included abseiling, archery, sensory trail, cat walk, fencing & low ropes.  All groups looking forward to dragon boating after lunch. A good afternoon of activities.  Sadly the rain arrived late afternoon, but group photos still took place prior to the disco. 


Everyone packed and cleared their cabins and had breakfast before leaving Little Canada at 9.15am, in the rain.  We headed to Osbourne House and spent the morning there before getting the ferry back to Portsmouth and heading home.  Everyone had a great week.

JS - 24 June 2013 20:07 - GeneralLetter from Governors re Ofsted

Dear Parents,

You are aware that the school was inspected by Ofsted last week. We'd like to thank those of you who took the time to answer the Parent View questionnaire or wrote to the inspection team. We'd also like to say a big thank you to your children who showed off their school at its best.

Mr Tutt and some of the governors received immediate feedback from the inspectors at the end of the two day inspection. All teachers and governors are now aware of the outcome.

Regrettably, we are unable to share this with you at this time. We have been strongly warned by the Lead Inspector that all feedback should remain confidential until the results have been quality assured. We have been told that this process is likely to take at least two weeks and that the report itself will most likely be published in about four to six weeks' time. We will have the opportunity to comment on any points of factual accuracy before publication.

As soon as we are able to share the outcomes with you we shall. In the meantime we would be very grateful if you didn't approach governors or teachers to ask about the outcome.

Thank you once again for your support during the last week.

Yours faithfully

The Governing Body

JS - 19 June 2013 15:34 - GeneralExpansion Update May 23rd

Expansion update from The Governors 23.05.13

Dear Parents,

We now have some more information about the school expansion which we are able to share with you.

As you are aware we are moving to a three form entry of 90 children in total from September 2013. It is not possible to have a satisfactory new build in place before then and so as an interim measure the school will be using the current science room as an additional classroom. The school has been given a small sum of money to improve the room for this use and this will be spent on furniture and sound-proofing.

The use of the science room is temporary - for one academic year only. We have made it clear to KCC that we expect this room to be returned to its original use as soon as the new facilities are completed. KCC have agreed to this and we are completely confident that we will permanently retain this room for its original function.

Today the governors received a presentation from KCC and GDM architects. GDM architects have been selected through a tendering process to supply proposals for the new build. They presented to us some outline proposals for a four-classroom, two-storey building (with ancillary features such as lavatories and cloakrooms) which would be located in the bank between the current school building and the playing field. Their plans are still subject to some considerable change and propose to include increased staff accommodation and improved access to the current building as well. Much of this building work could take place off-site as the construction, although substantial, is modular in design.

We are impressed with the design. We are pleased with its aesthetic and practical considerations and we support the initial plans that have been shown to us. However, there are still several hurdles to jump and we will not have detailed and definitely feasible plans until towards the end of June. At this stage KCC and GDM architects have said that they will be pleased to meet with parents with the plans that will be submitted to KCC Planning Committee for consideration in July 2013.

Should planning permission be granted in July/August it is anticipated that work will begin in September 2013. We will have more details about the project plan in June.

We will make sure that we give you as much notice as possible of when the meeting with KCC and GDM will be, although we anticipate that this will be in the last week of June.

Yours faithfully

Governing Body, St James' Junior School

JS - 23 May 2013 13:35 - GeneralPresentation of Football League Trophy & Shield

St James 'A' & 'B' Football Teams both win their Leagues.

Carl Roberts & Glyn Hayward from MSporti attended Celebration Assembly to present the ‘A’ League Football Trophy. Carl is the West Kent Schools Football Manager and runs all the football leagues. He presented St. James 'A' Team with a fantastic trophy for winning the ‘A’ Team League, which they won on goal difference. Thomas M was the top scorer with 7 goals. The team played against some very tough teams; St. Johns, Southborough, Pembury, Paddock Wood and Claremont who were last years winners, but St. James managed to win the match against them.

Team; Jamie H, John C, Thomas M, Archie B, Thomas K, Martin, Raf & Jamie RW.

Glyn Hayward was present to represent NLCA who sponsored the league and announced that each member the winning team would receive a free Champions Pass, worth £60, to attend a holiday course in May half term to play football at Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School.

For more information you can follow these links to Msporti and NLCA

St. James 'B' Team win the 'B' League

St. James' 'B' Team won the final match of the season on Friday 3rd May.  They played in the final against Paddock Wood and won 4-0.  The shield was presented to the Captain, Jasper in Celebration Assembly. 

Team; Meet, Dominic, george E, Ollie, Jasper, Cyrus, Dan, Charlie, Max, Owan & Oscar.

Both teams had a fantastic season.

- 9 May 2013 10:12 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing

Strictly Cool Dancing 2013. - 27th March at Tonbridge School.

Children from every year group performed a fantastic group dance entitled ‘Globe Trotters’ at the annual Strictly Cool Dancing Festival. The judges were very impressed and said ‘who needs a geography lesson when you can have that’ and ‘wow’. Unfortunately we did not get through to the dance off. Hopefully next year will be third time lucky!

Thank you to Mrs Raistrick who choreographed and coached the dancers.

JS - 18 April 2013 15:00 - GeneralGoodbye Mrs Eriksen & Miss Church

The school had to say goodbye to two of our teachers this week.

Lizzie Eriksen, who teaches class 3A, left this week after nearly 17 years at our school. Throughout that time Mrs Eriksen has taught in Year 3 and given children the best possible start to their time at St James'. She was a hugely positive presense within the school, working hard for the children and the staff for whom she cared very deeply. She will be sadly missed by us all.

Sarah Church who teaches class 4A also left this week, as she is moving to Cambridge with her fiance. She has worked at the school for the last 8 years. Sarah has been a fantastic asset to our school, both in the classroom as an outstanding teacher and in the wider life of the school by running various after school activities. Her constant positvity and cheerful good humour will be missed by all of us at the school when we return after the Easter break.

We thank both teachers for their years of dedicated service to our school and wish them well for their future lives after St James'

J. Tutt, Head Teacher



JS - 28 March 2013 12:49 - GeneralWorld Book Day Celebrations

World Bood Day Celebrations at Waterstones with Mara Bergman.

As part of our World Book Day celebrations Year 4 went to Waterstones' book shop in Tunbridge Wells on Friday 8th March.

The author and book editor, Mara Bergman, read some of her stories to the children and also explained how she goes about writing her books. She showed us her first non-fiction book about seahorses which took her more than ten years to get published from her initial idea!  We also looked at all the differnt stages her books go through.  Everyone loved the tiny paper version of the book which the illustrator made!

JS - 13 March 2013 14:39 - GeneralOlympic Legacy Day Feb

Olympic Legacy Day February 2013

A group of children from year 5 were lucky enough to be chosen to take part in an Olympic style taster day as part of the Kent Schools Sports Legacy scheme.
We spent the day at Tonbridge Angel Centre taking part in activities as diverse as sitting volleyball, handball, fencing and Judo and were coached by highly qualified coaches who really put us through our paces.

“The Judo was great fun because we were able to throw ourselves and our friends about without getting told off!”

In Handball we practised the skills and learnt how to play the game before having a go. It was really fast and fun.

Most people enjoyed the fencing. We had to put on lots of protection before we were allowed to get anywhere near the foils. The coach made sure we knew how to move and it is very technical, but I loved it when we were finally allowed to go up against my friends. On guard!

The sitting volleyball was an exciting game too. We had to keep our bottoms on the floor and move around like crabs! We learned how to play the game, how to serve and then how to play as a team. We then had a great time playing with a balloon although we did get to try with a real volleyball.

Overall it was a fantastic day and all of us came back to school very tired but enthusiastic about the things that we had done and would love to have another go.

Taking part; Aidan, Hannah, Fin, Euan, Millie, Nathan, Lauren, James, Jessica & Ollie.

Thank you to Miss Gibson and Mrs Dick-Cleland for taking us. Mrs Waller for organising the day and both Mrs Waller and Mrs Lewis for driving the mini-bus.

JS - 28 February 2013 14:43 - GeneralNigel Hinton opens library

Author, Nigel Hinton opens refurbished School Library

On Thursday 31st January 2013, author Nigel Hinton, visited the school and joined in our Celebration Assembly, before officially opening the newly refurbished library. After receiving a Head Teachers sticker, to the amusement of everyone, he read Beaver Towers Mission to Kent, a book he wrote for Kent schools a few years ago. Following the assembly Nigel Hinton, with the help of some pupils, cut the ribbon to the library. He then spent time looking at books with children, and signed copies of his Beaver Towers books which will be in the library.

The PTA raised money to cover the costs of the exciting transformation and have also donated £2,000 for new books. Designed by Jo Smith, the library is a modern and fun haven with brightly coloured walls and furniture, stylised graffiti, giant scrabble letters and inspiring quotations. Other parents lent a hand to bring the concept to life by putting bookshelves together.

Head teacher Mr Tutt explained "We have moved from 'magnolia-land' to the 21st century and made our library a place the children will want to be. Reading is one of our key focuses and this year we aim to develop the children's love of books and reading. We involve the children in making decisions about their school and choosing which books go in their library seemed an obvious project. After all, they are the experts about what children enjoy."

The refurbishment also includes updating the book stock. A group of children took a trip to Waterstones Book shop in Tunbridge Wells to choose new fiction and non-fiction titles and families have been invited to donate a new copy of a favourite book.

JS - 31 January 2013 14:30 - GeneralYear 4 Christmas Production

The Christmas Story by Year 4.

Year 4 performed their own version of the Christmas Story on Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th December. The atmosphere was made extra special by the lighting provided by the PTA.

We heard how Mary was so excited to have been picked by God to gave birth to his son. The shepherds saved a lamb from being hurt and later that evening, after a few games of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ decided to take ‘Lamby’ as a gift to the new born King. Finally the Kings found their way to Bethlehem with help from their Tom-Tom and gifts from Amazon!

The children acted, danced and sang beautifully. Well done to all those involved.

Thank you also to Kenny Hickey for the terrific photos.

JS - 13 December 2012 14:01 - GeneralExpansion Meeting Postponed

Message to St James’s Junior Parents

Dear Parents,

I am writing on behalf of the School Governors to let you know that we have decided to postpone the consultation meeting planned for Monday 26th November.

You will remember that we promised to set up this meeting at the Public Consultation Meeting on 13 October, in order to give you further details about the plans for the expansion of the School. On 9th November we received the results of the Feasibility Study (FS), which we hoped would give us some clear and realistic options for the way ahead that we could present to you next Monday. The drawings of the three options set out in the FS were placed here on the website.

Governors discussed these options at the meeting of the full Governing Body on 14th November, and in more detail at an Additional Governors’ meeting on 21st November. At this second meeting we had the benefit of advice from parents with extensive professional experience of planning, building and expanding schools. We were also pleased to welcome representatives of the Infants’ Governors, with whom we have worked closely on this issue over recent months. We share a commitment to ensuring that the expansion plans for each school should work for the benefit of both.

After a detailed discussion at this meeting, we felt strongly that none of the options offered a solution that would meet the future needs and aspirations of the school and its pupils. In particular, none of them effectively addressed a number of our key concerns, such as:

  • the need to retain the functions of our specialised teaching spaces such as the Science, Music and ICT rooms;
  • the need to increase the size of non-teaching rooms (hall, staff room, library, offices) in line with the additional numbers;
  • the importance of not encroaching on the School’s recreation areas;
  • the importance of minimising disturbance to existing pupils during the building process.

In addition, it has now become clear that the options set out in the FS do not even satisfy the brief that was given to the consultants by the LEA, although we do not have full details of what this contained.

In the circumstances, Governors felt that there would be little purpose in going ahead with Monday’s meeting, since we would be unable to give you a clear picture of what the expansion of the School would mean in practice. We will be re-engaging with the LEA as a matter of urgency to clarify the details of the brief that should have been followed by the consultants, with the aim of ensuring that our own concerns are better reflected in any revision of the FS that now takes place. We will be happy to arrange a further meeting once we have some clearer and better plans to present to you. I (and maybe one or two other Governors) will be around after school on Monday to try to answer any further questions you may have for the time being.

In the meantime, the period of consultation over whether the School should expand permanently concludes on 3rd December. The Governors’ position remains that we support the proposal to expand the School in the interests of children and parents alike, but that we would wish to see our concerns properly reflected in the detailed plans that are drawn up for the way ahead. We would encourage all of you to make your individual views known, if you have not already done so. You can pass them to the Clerk to the Governors either via the office or at; alternatively, you can send an email to our Chair, Steve Francis, on or to me at; or direct to the LEA at

Finally, I should just add that in the forefront of our minds is the importance of having satisfactory facilities in place for September 2013, when the first of the enlarged entries from the Infants’ School will be arriving. This is one of the key areas under discussion with the LEA, and we will keep you informed of progress.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Pollard
Vice-Chair of Governors


JS - 22 November 2012 15:38 - GeneralEgyptian Day ~ Year 5

Egyptian Day ~ Year 5.  15th November 2012

On 15th November year 5 went to the Kent Life Museum in Maidstone to learn about the Egyptians. First we got on the coach; we were on the top deck on the way there. It took about an hour to get there but it felt like twenty minutes. When we got there we went to the talk about tombs & mummies. We were told that is depended on whether you were wealthy or not that you got a good treatment. At one point the man started taking Raf’s insides out – not really! Next we went on to medicine & magic and were told what cures they used and that they believed that when you were ill or sick that it was the evil spirits and said that honey was the best because evil spirits didn’t like honey. After that we saw city & home, there were different activities for us to do like making mud bricks or taking straw apart and pretending to stamp the mud, while dancing! Then we learnt about dress and jewellery. The lady who was teaching us made Edward wear a wig and pretend to dig for the whole lesson. She told us that if you were a slave you would have to work naked! We stopped for lunch and then had a quiz. We had to answer some questions and then find the answers in a word search. It was quite easy. Next we went to sports and games and were told that sport helped with strength, like fencing helped with hunting. We played board games that the Egyptians liked, called sennit. It is really good fun and easy to play. Finally we went to Gods and worship. She chose people from the class, first she wanted someone who looked handsome and wise – she picked me! After that we were on our way home again. It was one of my best school trips ever.

Report by Jamie.

JS - 22 November 2012 15:02 - GeneralFeasibility Drawings November 2012

The link below will take you to the feasibility plans for the proposed expansion of the school.  Please be aware that these are in the very early stages of development and are to give you a rough idea of how the school buildings could be changed to accommodate the additional pupils.

Feasibility Plans

JS - 19 November 2012 14:04 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2012

Victorian Afternoon 2012.

On Wednesday 7th November year 6 had their Victorian School Afternoon, we all dressed up as Victorian children and had lots of fun.
We had to recite our times tables and do handwriting in a copy book. Afterwards we did drill, which is Victorian PE. The boys did marching and the girls had to walk with a book balanced on their heads. The Nit Nurse then inspected our hands and hair for nits and dirt! Thank you to the teachers who organised it, we all had loads of fun.
Report by Cece.

It was very hard and strict, but also good fun. We did poetry, times tables and maths problems. You also had to write with your right hand. If you were naughty you had to wear the Dunces hat and stand in the corner. Some people even got caned!!Thank you, Mr Smith, Mrs Holwell, Mrs Simkins & Mrs Gilman.
An extract from Julia & Yasmin

For our first lesson we were indoors, but the boys & girls ahd to use separate doors to enter the hall.  Our first subject was mathematics & we did our times tables.  Mr Smith had to call us by our surname, we had to stand up to answer him.  Very few had to wear the dunces hat for getting their times tables wrong.  We then did Victorian money & measures.  Only a few children managed to answer the questions because we knew nothing about Victorian money.  Then we marched outside to play.  We played with hoops and marbles before doing something called drill.  The girls had to balance books on their heads & the boys had to pretend they had swords and do lunges.  Then we went inside for more lessons.  We did handwriting & poetry.  We had to recite a poem off by heart & then got checked by the nit nurse.  Overall it was a great afternoon. Extract from Kaavya.  

JS - 15 November 2012 14:03 - GeneralPort Lympne 2012

Port Lympne Zoo 2012

On 19th September year 4 went to Port Lympne Zoo and had an incredible time! There was so much to see and experience.

First we saw a baboon, then hunting dogs. We went on the Safari Lorry and found a black rhino. Along the way we saw giraffes, antelopes and zebras. We stopped half way round and got off the truck to see the meerkats. Then we went into the reptile house and saw lizards, snakes and a tarantula. A huge cricket had escaped and was sitting on the heater.

Just before lunch we went back on the Safari truck and saw black rhino and three giraffes they were very, very tall.

We got back on the truck to go and see the carnivores. There were lots of different types of cat, but a lot of them were hiding away, then we went to see the tigers, which were being fed. We had lunch and then went to the lions, more tigers and wolves.

One of the tigers jumped up at us when we where not looking, then we saw the scary lions – that was the best part.

I had a great day at Port Lympne.

Extracts from pupils writing in year 4.

JS - 4 October 2012 13:32 - General40 years a Lunchtime Supervisor!

Lunchtime supervisor for 40 years!!

Mrs Diplock our lunchtime supervisor celebrated an amazing 40 years at St. James’ Junior School on Thursday 6th September.

Pupils and staff acknowledged this achievement by presenting her with a surprise bouquet of flowers and card. She was delighted with both and plans to continue her role in the years to come.

She first started working for the school when it was based in Quarry Road and then moved with it when the school relocated to it’s current site in Sandrock Road.

JS - 20 September 2012 13:53 - GeneralCinderella Rockerfella

Cinderella Rockerfella ~ Year 6 Panto, July 2012

This year’s Panto was a rousing rendition of ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ complete with all the traditional audience participation – ‘He’s behind you!’ ‘Oh no he isn’t!’ ‘Boo!’ ‘Hiss!’ ‘Aaah! etc. Sweet, hard-done-by Cinders gazes wistfully at posters of Rockerfella (the artist formerly known as Prince Charming) while her hilarious Ugly Sisters pile on the chores. An adoring Buttons does his best to help her, but it is the Fairy Brigade (in their wellies, trying to earn their wings) who find her Fairy Godmother. With the help of a ‘Fairytale Make-over Kit’ a transformation is achieved, and a glamorous Cinders is driven to the ball in her own stretch limo. The love-struck pair manage to withstand the wicked wiles of Fairy Nastyboots and Naughty Kitty, and the indignant protestations of the Offstage Inspector. Rockerfella gives up show business and Dan Deeny finds his NBT (Next Best Thing) – the limerick-reciting Buttons and his amazing talking dog Teaser. A moustachioed French baker makes the wedding cake and left-over fairy dust is used to turn all the baddies into goodies!

‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ is full of great songs (like the waltz ‘Your Feet Are Too Big’) which were brilliantly accompanied by Mr Smith on the piano. The acting and singing (including several solos) were wonderful and all of the children – both on and off stage - performed exceptionally well. There were also several marvellous dance sequences, choreographed by different children, which greatly enhanced the show. Together with great scenery and props (thank you Mrs Simkins) this was a fantastic end-of-year production, directed by Mrs Holwell.  Well done Year 6!

Special thanks to Kenny Hickey, a parent who took the amazing photos during one of the performances.

JS - 22 July 2012 14:05 - GeneralBig Little Award 2012

Big Little Award 2012.

Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school in 2005, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. The award is for consitantly showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher, Mr Tutt to Molly, and Finlay. Congratulations to both children who had big smiles and were surprised and delighted to receive the award. They were awarded certificates, and will share the shield over the year.

JS - 22 July 2012 12:52 - GeneralMrs Gasson Retires

Mrs Gasson retires ~ July 2012.

After 48 years at the school as a lunchtime supervisor, Mrs Gasson said farewell to the school on the last day of term.  Mrs Gasson who first started working at the school when it was located in Quarry Road, prior to moving to the current site in Sandrock Road 48 years ago.  She has seen generations of families come and go through the school.  Mr Tutt, the Head Teacher took her round to all the classes to say 'goodbye' to all the children and staff, before the red carpet was laid out to her car and she waved 'farewell' to staff and the school.

JS - 20 July 2012 13:07 - GeneralOlympic Torch July 2012

Olympic Torch ~ 9th July 2012.

On Monday 9th July, pupils from St. James eagerly waited for the arrival of the local primary schools Olympic Torch, which was arriving from St. Barnabas School. Children and staff lined the drive to welcome the torch runners and applauded their arrival. Their torch was then handed over to St. James, who then ran the next leg to St. Peters School and handed over the torch to them.

JS - 13 July 2012 14:49 - GeneralEnd of Year Music Concert

End of Year Music Concert July 2012.

On Friday 6th July, the St. James’ End of Year Music Concert took place. With pupils performing to parents.

The choir opened the concert with Obwisana, followed by Sansa Kroma accompanied by the top recorder group. Then followed various solo and duet pieces. Annabel played ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on the piano, Jemma sang ‘Run’, Jessica & Isabelle sang ‘Firework’, Abbie sang ‘Lazerlight’ followed by Tom & Beatrice playing piano solo’s. The Choir then sang ‘Reach Up for the Stars’, while the top recorder group played ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Then more brave solos from Shreya, Elliot and Anais, before a violin solo from Bella. Piano solo’s from Poppy, Matilda & Mary followed. George & Thomas then played a piano and kit duet of ‘I Need a Dollar’. Jay played Jamaican Rumba on saxophone. The choir sang the Bruno Mars song, You Can Count on Me, before performances from year 3, who sang in groups.

Everyone enjoyed the afternoon, and special thanks were given to Mr Smith, who put the concert together and encouraged all those who took part.


JS - 13 July 2012 14:28 - GeneralReading Challenge

Reading Challenge at Tunbridge Wells Library ~ It's called StoryLab

The 2012 theme is Story Lab – the adults have forgotten how to tell tales to the children; it’s up to the Story Lab kids to save the city by seeking out stories for everyone to share!

The Challenge is simple – children help the Story Lab kids by reading any books they like - fact books, stories, joke books, picture books - during the holidays and can keep track of the fun in their very own Story Lab model. There are great scratch and sniff stickers to collect along the way and a certificate and medal for every child who completes the Challenge by reading 6 books. Audio books count too!

Children can join at any Kent Library from 14th July to 15th September & it's FREE!

JS - 5 July 2012 15:54 - GeneralSports Day 2012

Sports Day 29th June 2012.

On an overcast June morning, pupils and staff assembled on the field for Sports Day.

Field events took place in the morning with; Bean bag and hoop, Hockey, Throwing bean bags into the basket, Basketball, Throwing, Hop, step & jump, Standing jump and finally Shot put. Two pupils from each year group made up teams of eight in their houses, Wellington (red), Livingstone (green), Scott (yellow) and Nelson (blue). Each team had a score card to record their results and any additional points scored for sportsmanship and teamwork. Teams rotated round all the activities.

After lunch parents joined pupils and staff on the field for the track events; Roll a Hoop, Sprints, Egg & Spoon, Mums Race, Dads Race, Toddlers Race, Skipping, Distance and finally the relays.

A brief shower of rain did not dampen spirits as everyone cheered all the competitors on. Points were awarded for first, second and third places. At the end of the races Mr Tutt, Head Teacher announced the results. Wellington were very excited to win both the track and field events, with Scott winning the Teamwork & Sportsmanship Trophy. All the trophies will be presented in Celebrations Assembly next week on Thursday 4th July.

Mr Tutt thanked everyone who took part, both pupils and the staff who had recorded results. Mrs Waller received a big thank you for planning and organising the whole day.

JS - 1 July 2012 09:59 - GeneralPentathlon

Pentathlon ~ 27th June 2012.

On 27th June, 20 children went to compete against 18 other schools in a Pentathlon at Claremont. Afer the first round St. James' were first after Pip & Oscar came first in the 60m sprint. After the second round we slipped to fourth. On the third round Martin broke the year 5 sprint record for 60m in a time of 8.01 seconds. Then we moved up to third. At the end we finished third, everyone received a medal and certificate and the team won the third place shield. Thank you Mrs Waller for coaching, driving and supporting us. Mrs Waller reported that all the children did very well and were brilliant a running and throwing. Lannie and Harley received the shield on behalf of the team.

Special Standard 5 certificates were awarded to; Martin & Pip for 60m sprint, Faris, Harley & Alfie for javelin.

Team; Abbie, Oscar RW, Lannie, Thomas K, George E, Harley, Abi, Julia, Georgie, Alfie, Faris, Ben A, Annabel, Martin, India, Connie, Pip, Jake, Jess B, Luca, Isobel and Molly V.

Report by; Isobel, Molly, Abi and Julia.

JS - 28 June 2012 14:24 - GeneralIsle of Wight

Isle of Wight 2012


We set of from Tunbridge Wells in the rain, rather too early for some. Had a super crossing from Southampton and arrived in sunshine.Enjoyed a variety of afternoon activities and settled in.


In the morning we all headed for the beach for a morning of canoeing and kayaking. We all got wet and had fun. After lunch we all had another afternoon packed with fun activities. The children all headed for bed tired and happy after a day in the sunshine and fresh air. Apologies for no photos yet, they are ready to be posted but problems with intenet connection at PGL today means many thanks to Mr Corbett and his tablet which has enabled us to post this. Keep checking, we'll keep trying.


Mr Tutt joined us for breakfast and spent the day with all the groups. Another action packed day, quad biking, jacobs ladder, archery, fencing and low ropes. lovely hot sunny day, but heavy rain forecast. Internet still difficult, so again a big thank you to Mr Corbett and his tablet,the wonders of modern technology!! Will add photos as soon as possible. All scheduled to go dragon boating in the morning. 10.45 pm and all children in bed and quiet.


Heavy rain overnight, but this did not dampen our spirits as all groups set off for activities.  Everyone did Dragon Boat Racing before lunch, in the pouring rain, but it was great fun.  The afternoon saw sunshine and heavy showers with groups abseiling, fencing, Jacobs ladder and the very muddy sensory trail.  After packing and the evening meal group photo's were taken in the drizzle before heading off to the disco.


An early start for everyone as they packed and prepared to leave after an early breakfast.  Unfortunately due to the bad weather the day previous day there was traffic chaos on the Island with the additional traffic for the Isle of Wight Festival, this delayed our journey to Osbourne House, but we still had time to have a good look around the house before a picnic in the grounds.  It was then back to the coaches and the journey home.  East Cowes ferry terminal was busy, but our ferry was only a few minutes late leaving and in very windy, but sunny conditions we sailed back to Southampton.  Unfortunately hitting the busy M25 and congestion with an accident.  Everyone was happy to be home after a great week.

Apologies for the lack of photo's while we were away.  The centres WiFi did not reach our cabin this year and so internet access was tricky.  A big thank you to Mr Corbett, who tried hard to gain access and for the use of his tablet to bring you some of the news.  Hope you can now enjoy the photo's.



JS - 16 June 2012 16:49 - GeneralGymnastic Gold

Gymnasts win Gold Medals at the Kent Finals.

On Friday 1st June, two teams of gymnasts travelled to Moat Park, Maidstone to take part in the Kent Gymnastic Finals, having previously won the Tunbridge Wells District qualifying competition.

The teams; Abi, Mel, Lucy & Jarrar and Florrie, Lottie, Ben & Annie competed in the vault, floor routine and body balance.  Everyone did really well and enjoyed the afternoon.  Then came the anxious wait while the judges worked out the scores and announced the results.  Everyone was very excited when it was announced that the St. James Team of Florrie, Lottie, Ben & Annie had won gold in their section.  The other team waited nervously for their result - it was then announced they too had finished first and won gold medals.  

Everyone had a great time and the teams thanked Mrs Crane who had coached and supported them. 

JS - 16 June 2012 16:39 - GeneralJubilee Celebrations

Jubilee Celebrations

On Thursday 31st May, pupils and staff dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The day began with Celebrations Assembly; Mr Tutt, Head Teacher discussed with pupils what the Jubilee is about. At lunch time, all pupils and staff headed up onto the field to have a picnic, before and extended playtime. In the afternoon everyone went across to the Infant field to join pupils, many of their parents and staff, for a balloon launch. Just before the launch some of the infants sang a special Jubilee song. Everyone cheered as the red, white and blue balloons were launched into the sky. There was a balloon for each pupil, which had all been personalised with pictures of their interpretation of the Queens Jubilee. Mr Smith playing the trumpet, accompanied everyone singing the National Anthem. The afternoon ended with pupils receiving Jubilee coins to commemorate the event.

JS - 3 June 2012 10:56 - GeneralFred's Flying Circus

Fred's Flying Circus.

On Monday 28th May, Fred’s Flying Circus arrived at St. James. Fred, has a daughter ChiChi, who has been learning circus tricks since the age of 3 and now works with him. They had workshops with each year group and taught pupils the art of juggling and performance. Fred performed a magic trick with three pieces of rope, which was amazing and kept everyone guessing as to how he did it! They talked to pupils about circus life, their travels all over the world to perform and the famous people they have performed to.

Performances in the ‘Big Top’ take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, for which there are a few tickets left.

JS - 29 May 2012 13:33 - GeneralCulture Morning

Culture Day ~ Thursday 24th May 2012.

Pupils enjoyed a morning of culture, travelling from China to Portugal in 30 minutes! The children enjoyed workshops set up by willing parents who shared their experiences and knowledge, offering the children exciting activities as well as some delicious food tasting.

The following countries were represented:
• Barbados, in the Caribbean; where children learnt about the size and location of the country, fruits, and animals. Then on to,
• Poland to learn about the language, food, flag, culture and traditions.
• China, to learn how symbols make words and how to add symbols together
• Italy, a favourite with lots of delicious foods to taste, such as Arancini, a deep fried rice ball, Calsoni, with ham, tomato and mozzarella, sfinge, filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate.
• Wales, to learn how to speak the language and make a daffodil - the national symbol.
• Portugal, to find out about the country, language, famous people and how cork is made.
• India, to look at jewellery, currency and to learn about traditions.
• Switzerland, to try speaking Swiss German, try cheeses, chocolate and sweets and make flags.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to help.

JS - 24 May 2012 14:21 - GeneralSchools Olympic Torch Relay

Tunbridge Wells District Schools Olymmpic Torch Relay.

The Tunbridge Wells District Schools Olympic Torch arrived at St. James Junior School from the Infant School on Monday 21st May 2012 during morning assembly. 

On Tuesday 22nd May, four children from year 6 together with Mrs Simkins & Mrs Lee ran the next leg of the torch's route to St. Barnabas School in Quarry Road.  We received a fantastic welcome at St. Barnabas with the whole school turning out to receive the torch.  They will take it on its next leg to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys on Thursday.

JS - 24 May 2012 13:33 - GeneralWhole School Photo 2012

Whole School Photo ~ 23rd May 2012.

On a lovely sunny morning, the whole school went up onto the field to have their photo taken. The last time this happened was in June 2008, and it rained, this time we were lucky with the weather .

Staging was set up on the field and pupils lined up on the field in height order. Then starting with year 6 pupils began to fill up the staging, followed by the staff, before all smiling for the camera!

The photo will be available to parents soon.

JS - 24 May 2012 13:31 - GeneralBe the Best you can Be! launch with Ian Rose

Be the Best you can Be! launch, with Paralympian Ian Rose

On Monday 21st May, we launched our Olympic inspired programme, Be the Best you can Be! The programme has been developed to inspire, engage and empower young people to recognise and fulfil their potential and to support the quest that the London 2012 Olympic Games be an inspiration to the youth of Britain and the rest of the world.

The day started with St. James’ Infant School passing on the Tunbridge Wells District Schools Olympic Torch to Mr Tutt, the Head Teacher, in assembly.

Ian Rose, Paralympic silver medallist and former World and European Champion in judo, was warmly welcomed to the school and gave an incredibly entertaining and inspirational talk to the pupils and staff about his life and ambitions following childhood eye cancer which left him disabled.

Each class then had the opportunity to meet Ian, discuss their plan A and plan B with him, ask questions and have a class photo taken with Ian and wear his medals.

It is hoped that by completing the Be the Best you can Be! Programme, our pupils will have raised their self-confidence, self-esteem and have a clearer idea of how they can achieve their dreams.

Have you been the Best you can Be? Is a question we should all ask ourselves.

JS - 24 May 2012 12:41 - GeneralGymnastics Competition

Gymnastics Competition April 2012.

On 23rd April, three gymnastics teams from St. James went to NDGA gymnastics facility in Tunbridge Wells to compete in a competition. Team A was; Ben, Annie, Lottie and Florrie. Team B was; Abi, Lucy, Elliot and Mel. Team C was; Oscar, Bea, Shreya and Lucjan. We had to do three routines, solo, floor, vault and a group routine. We also met an Olympian, Christopher Cook, that was exciting. It was great fun and we all had a good time.

Thank you Mrs Moriarty for driving us there and to Mrs Crane for coaching and supporting us.

Report by Abi.

JS - 26 April 2012 13:39 - GeneralSwimming Gala

Tunbridge Wells Schools Swimming Gala.

On Wednesday 25th April 2012, pupils from St. James went to St. John’s pool to compete in the Tunbridge Wells Schools Swimming Gala. Everyone tried their best and 2 people came first; George B and Jessica, who won the diving. We all had a lot of fun and finished third overall with 49 points. Everyone swam one individual race and some children also swam in the relays.

Thank you Mrs Waller and Mr Killick for coaching and supporting us.

Squad; Jessica B, Georgie, George E, Emily, Elliot, Abi, Joe, Jemma, Ben, Becky, George B, Connie & Zach.

Report by; Elliot, Joe & George B.

JS - 26 April 2012 13:01 - GeneralWelcome New Head Teacher

Welcome to new Head Teacher, Mr Tutt.

I would like to thank the staff, children and parents for such a warm welcome to St James' Junior. I am struggling to learn a large number of names at the moment, but the children have been very patient and understanding with being asked "what's your name?" repeatedly.

I also feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead St James Junior school into the future, and I look forward to working with all of the school's stakeholders over the coming months and years.


Js - 19 April 2012 13:42 - GeneralHead Teacher Leaves

At the last assembly of the term, the Deputy Head Teacher Mr Smith, thanked Mrs McGlew and wished her well in her new school.  She has been Head Teacher at St. James' for the past two years.

All the children had signed large cards, one from all the A classes and one from all the Alpha classes, they had been put together and decorated by pupils in year 6.

Mrs McGlew said it had been a privilege to be Head Teacher at the school and hoped everyone would go on to great things in the future and continue to do the best at whatever they chose to do.

- 30 March 2012 13:36 - GeneralStrictly Cool Dancing

Strictly Cool Dancing ~ March 2012.

On Thursday 29th March, St. James’ Junior School took two teams of dancers to E.M. Foster Theatre at Tonbridge School for the Strictly Cool Dancing Competition.

All the dances entered were choreographed on an Olympic theme. Year 4 and a pupil from year 5, performed London’s Calling a narrative dance which told the story of the Olympics coming to London. In the dance there were many Olympic sports including swimming, archery and gymnastics. There was also a London bus and a rowing boat created with umbrellas and Union Jack flags! Big Ben also featured.

Year 6 choreographed their own dance called Olympic Groves based on different types of Olympic sports.

At 7.30 the show began. London Calling were third to perform. Everyone did a fantastic job and the commentator said that the dance had ‘raised the bar!’ Two of the judges thoroughly enjoyed the musicality, floor sequence and use of props.

Olympic Groves were last to perform and they also performed their dance well. The judges were complimentary and were impressed that the year 6 girls had choreographed it themselves.

Unfortunately neither of the St. James’ dances won. The dance that did win was called ‘Inspiration’. Even though we didn’t win, all those who performed should be thoroughly proud of themselves. They were all amazing dancers.

JS - 30 March 2012 12:59 - GeneralMusic Concert

Music Concert ~ Generations.

On the evening of Tuesday 27th March, St. James' Choir, top recorder group, flute group and orchestra performed music and songs in a concert titled 'Generations' to parents.

Commencing with a 'shaky' start, but ending with everyone 'reaching for the stars' the concert was a great success.

The choir sang Shake Rattle and Roll, followed by Daisy Bell by the flute group, led by Mrs Harris; to the choir singing songs such as Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Yellow Submarine, All You Need is Love. The orchestra led by Mrs Lyons on piano and Mr Lyons on guitar, played When I'm 64 and Nellie the Elephant. The choir then sang, Ain't No Sunshine, Rock Around The Clock, Let's Dance, Dancing Queen. The top recorder group performed The Name of the Game and What Makes You Beautiful. The choir closed the concert with Take That songs, Shine, Never Forget and S Club 7's Reach Up For The Stars.

It was a fantastic evenings entertainment, with parents joining in with some of the songs.

Thank you to Mr Smith who put the concert together and accompanied the choir on piano.

JS - 29 March 2012 15:00 - GeneralRoman Day

Roman Day in year 4 ~ March 2012.

On Monday 26th April Year 4 brought learning about Romans to life! The children worked as apprentices in a number of Roman workshops, learning how to make ink and scribe for their 'mistress'; how to make olive oil for lamps by squahing olives; and they also made a range of clay pots, frescoes and mosaics.

The day ended with a banquet to celebrate the Roman army's successful battle with Queen Boudicca. As we lay on our mats, slaves served us food and 'wine' whilst we were entertained with plays, a mine and a spectacular show from the Roman soldiers.

JS - 29 March 2012 13:38 - GeneralAllotment Club; cheque from AXA PPP

Allotment Club News ~ February 23rd 2012

A cheque for £300 was donated to the St. James’ Junior School Allotment Club by a local Tunbridge Wells business – AXA PPP Healthcare.

Neve brought her Mum to a ‘Dig in’ during the Autumn when we were clearing and digging over the allotment garden. Neve’s Mum then asked her employer, AXA PPP Healthcare, to support this local project. The result was that Neve was able to present the Allotment club with a cheque for £300!
We would like to thank both Neve, her Mum and Graham Thomas at AXA PPP Healthcare for their generosity.


JS - 24 February 2012 12:06 - GeneralRoman Towns by 4A

Roman Towns by Year 4

Year 4 have been building Roman Towns. Groups were given the challenge by Emperor McGlew. It took two days to complete the challenge.

JS - 23 February 2012 15:32 - GeneralSwimming Gala

Swimming Gala ~ 11th February 2012.

On Saturday 11th February swimmers from St. James’ & Pembury Schools combined to swim as team as they had finished joint second in the Tunbridge Wells Gala last year. Swimming with pupils from another school was a great experience and some great friendships were formed over the afternoon. St. Johns won the best school and St. James’ & Pembury were third, but with their points added together they won the district shield. The shield will be shared between the three schools over the year and will arrive in the St. James’ trophy cabinet later on in the year.

St. James’ swimmers; Ben, Gemma, Connie, Elliott, Georgie, Becky & George.
St. James’ Team coached by Mr Killick.

JS - 23 February 2012 15:12 - GeneralBasketball

Basketball Tournament - 8th February

A Team Report.

On Wednesday 8th February St. James' A Basketball team played in a tournament at Bennett.  The first match was against Bishops Down, we all played well and won 14-0.  Our second match was against Sherwood Park, again the team played very well and won 10-0.  Our last match of our group stage, was against St. Augustines A team.  It was our toughest match, but we won 4-0.  This put us in the final against St. Peters.  St. James won the match 12-2, which meant we won the tournament and now go through to play against the winners of the Weald area.  The winners of that match will go through to the Kent Schools Games.  Report by Daniel.

B Team report.

The B teams first match was against St. Marks, which we lost 2-4.  In our second match, we played St. Augustines and played much better and therefore won 2-0.  The last match was against St. Johns, which we also won 6-2.  This meant we finished second with 8 points.  Report by Sam & Archie.

Thank you Mrs Waller and Mr Cliff for coaching and supporting us.  Mrs Waller said both teams were 'amazing'.

The following received a certificate for showing great Olympic & Paralympic Values; Archie from the B team and all of the A team.

A Team; Daniel, Oscar, Zach, Kate & Jessica.

B Team; Abi, Niamh, Hayley, Sam, Jake & Archie.






JS - 10 February 2012 10:13 - GeneralFreddy Fit

Freddy Fit - January 2012

Carl from Freddy Fit came to the school and had a lovely time. He spent an hour with each year group exercising to music in the hall. Healthy tips included; eating 5 a day, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, getting 8 hours sleep a night and taking at least an hour of exercise a day.

The children had a great time exercising to music, skipping, speed bouncing and moving with hoops.

For healthy tips and exercises

JS - 19 January 2012 14:32 - GeneralSt. James' Olympic Logo

St. James' Olympic Logo Competition

St. JamesCongratulations to Jake, William both year 6 and Sophie in year 5, whose designs have been put together to form the St. James' Olympic Logo for 2012.

The design includes the Olympic rings and torches, the St. James' shell, also sporting equipment; googles to show swimming and tennis rackets.

The design will be used next year for the Olympic celebrations in 2012.

JS - 15 December 2011 12:03 - GeneralThe Peace Child

The Peace Child

On Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December Year 4 brought their study of Africa to a close by performing The Peace Child - a story of two warring tribes united in peace when the Wanakeekee chief is told in a dream to give his new born son to the warrior like Sotongi chief. Add to this an ace TV reporter and camera crew and a hoard of grizzly, rapping bears and we had a real hit!

The children designed their own masks which brought a stunning array of colour to the set.

All the children performed superbly with some notable performances from Archie and Innes as the narrators and Isabelle and Poppy as soloists. Well done Year 4!

JS - 8 December 2011 15:04 - GeneralMaths Challenge Day November 2011

Maths Challenge Day ~ November 2011.

Holiday in Tobago ~ …Tobago or not Tobago…….

Everyone gathered in the hall and Mr Smith introduced the day. The general theme was; wouldn’t it be much nicer to be in Tobago right now?!

Would pupils prefer to be in Tunbridge Wells or Tobago? Photo’s were shown from around the town now, with it being cold, wet, windy and even snowy and also images of Tobago with hot sandy beaches to help everyone decide.

In the morning each year group had a variety of challenges;
• Year 6 worked out the best way to get 272 pupils and 28 adults to the airport, would it be taxis, minibus’, coaches or Ferrari’s, or maybe a combination? They also had to ensure the plane headed off in the right direction with the correct amount of fuel, as no-one wanted to end up at the North Pole or in the middle of the ocean!! They then had to work out the best ratio of sand to water to make the perfect sandcastle.
• Year 5 worked out the ratio of ingredients to make fruit cocktails, which they were then able to drink. They also had a spending budget and decided which was the best combination of souvenirs they could buy.
• Year 4 had a map of Tobago and using co-ordinates worked out the best route around the island to get to see all the tourist attractions. They also had suitcases and lots of different tangrams of luggage and had to work out the best way to pack their bags.
• Year 3 worked out how many different ways they could make flags using the colours of the Tobago flag, and then they made flags to scale to go on year 6’s sandcastles.

After lunch the whole school took part in a money making challenge. The aim of the task was for children, collectively as a class, to earn the most money in 20 minutes by making different items to “sell”.
Year 6 made sun hats, year 5-cocktail umbrellas, year 4-ice cream cones and year 3 made souvenir bags. Pupils had 20 minutes to make as many accurate models as possible, at the end of 20 minutes they counted up the number of models made. Each item earnt £2, they then had to work out the equivalent amount in Tobago dollars.

At the end of the afternoon everyone gathered in the hall, with representatives from each class showing their models and explaining what they had been doing. They handed over their cheque for the amount they made from making their models.

Was the final amount enough to send everyone to Tobago?...

Thank you to Mr Smith and the maths team for all their hard work to make the day so enjoyable and to everyone who took part.

JS - 18 November 2011 10:41 - GeneralAfrican Singing & Dancing

Black Umfolosi - African Singing & Dancing.

This afternoon we were joined by Black Umfolosi – a Zimbabwean Music & Dance group. With their voices alone they had us captivated. They sang a number of traditional songs and used simple dance moves and clapping to add to the stories the songs told. The “Gum Boot” dance of the miners was one of the many highlights, the music created by the synchronised slapping of boots, stamping of feet and hard hats was incredible. A number of children were taught some simple moves and performed exceptionally well – almost as well as the staff who were dragged up on stage for the final Celebration Dance!

Many thanks to Debbie from the PFA for arranging this fantastic opportunity.

10th November 2011.

JS - 10 November 2011 16:12 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2011

Victorian Afternoon 2011.

Our day started normally with reading, assembly and lessons, but after lunch we changed into our costumes for our Victorian afternoon. We began by having games outside and this involved playing games that Victorian children would have enjoyed. The boys played chase, whilst the girls played with hoops – rolling them up and down. When the bell rang we had to stand really straight and still, until we were told what to do. Mr Smith said that the boys would have to participate in drills to practise skills that soldiers would need in the Crimean war, whilst the girls had to practise their walking. The boys marched into three straight lines and pretended to lunge forward with swords at the enemy, at the same time the girls elegantly walked over to the other side of the playground.

We then went indoors, but the girls and boys were separated and had to use different entrances to the hall. Our first Victorian lesson was times tables, when Mr Smith said our surnames we had to call out the right answer or we would have to wear the dunces’ hat. Our second lesson was handwriting. Victorian handwriting is exceedingly hard because of all the curly letters and constant changing of lines. Our third lesson (poetry) was very hard because we had to memorise a poem. A few people were called up to the stage to read out the poem without the sheet in front of them, and didn’t do very well!!

At the end of the day we thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you Mr Smith, Mrs Holwell and everyone else that was involved in organising our day.

PS – we are all very glad that we do not live in Victorian times.

Report by Kate, 6 Alpha.

JS - 3 November 2011 15:29 - GeneralParent Governor Election Results

Parent Governor Election Results - October 2011

Congratulations to Sally Boorman and Sally Chandler, who have both been elected as Parent Governors. 

Thank you to all the candidates for the interest they have shown in the school.

J. Simkins.  Clerk to the Governing Body.

JS - 21 October 2011 14:12 - GeneralFootball v St. Johns

St. James' 'A' Team v St. Johns 'A' 3rd October

On Monday 3rd October St. James’ A team played against St. Johns’ A team. I the first half, St. Johns played really well and scored two amazing goals. We had a corner and Oscar crossed it in and Zach scored. In the second half, St. Johns’ scored another goal to make the final score 3-1 to them

Thank you Mrs Simkins for driving us there and to; Carl (mSPORTi) for coaching us and Mrs Waller for supporting us.

Report by Oscar

Team; Oscar, Zach, Harley, Pip, Dan, Rikishi and Archie.


B Team report

We played really well as a team and ten minutes in Jake got a good corner in and Edward got a left foot volley in the bottom right corner. In the second half Ben crossed the ball in and Edward got the second goal. William and Ralph were superb. Aidan was a great attacker and Edward was immense up front.

Thank you, to Miss Regan and all the supporters and Carl, (mSPORTi) for coaching us.

Team; Edward, Harry, Aidan, William, Ralph, Jake and Ben

Report by Edward.

- 7 October 2011 16:51 - GeneralHarvest Festival

Harvest Festival 6th October 2011.

The whole school gathered in the hall for a Harvest Festival.  The Head Teacher welcomed everyone and thanked those children who had bought in tins and packets of food, which had been displayed at the front of the hall and would later be distributed at the Age Concern centre in Wood Steet and to the Soup Bowl in Cresent Road. The first hymn, Autumn Days was accompanied by the recorder group.  Then year 5 performed a play to explain 'Where Food Comes From'.  This was followed by 3A's harvest poem.  Autumn Song, which was sung in rounds was fun. Year 4 then did a piece on an African Harvest and how charity work helps to improve the harvest for future years.  The Vicar, Jim Stewart from St. James' church read a harvest story, followed by prayers, some written by 3 Alpha. The final hymn was Easy Peasy, which everyone enjoyed.  The assembly closed with a blessing.

Later in the morning 12 children from year 6, accompanied by Mrs McGlew and Mrs Simkins, went to Age Concern in Wood Street and delivered the some of the food parcels to the people gathered there.  The children enjoyed chatting and distributing the goodies to the delight of everyone before returning to school for lunch.

JS - 6 October 2011 12:11 - GeneralPort Lympne Zoo

Port Lympne Zoo ~ Year 4 trip, September 2011

On Wednesday 21st September Year 4 went on safari to Port Lympne Zoo. Some of us even went as explorers!

First we set off for Basecamp. En route we saw a snow leopard and two lionesses. Then we walked sensibly down and climbed into the jeep. Then we plugged our belts in and we were off! We didn’t really see anything but then the truck stopped and everyone started taking photos (there was a lot of commotion!) I looked up and saw a massive rhino and it kept on pushing itself over!

It took a while but soon we set off again. After that we saw a cheetah running around, it was amazing! Once we had done that we set off again and went to the African Experience where we saw giraffes and there was an ostrich in our path. Then we went out of it and went to see the meerkats who were adorable.

We got off the safari van and had lunch. On the way back we saw a gorilla. We were really close. A big gorilla had all the hay and two little ones stole the hay and used it to make their own bed!

The last animals we saw were the baboons. They were really fast and very interested in Year 4! And then it was time to go. We climbed on the coach and chatted until we were back at school. We really enjoyed our Safari.

By Sasha and Raf.

JS - 2 October 2011 09:39 - GeneralBoys Football A Team v Southborough

St. James' Football A Team v Southborough ~ Wednesday 29th September 2011.

Football A Team September 2011On Wednesday 29th September, St. James' Football A Team, played their first match of the season, against Southborough. We started well and within the first few minutes Oscar scored a great goal. After that we played really well and after ten more minutes Zach did a great pass to Oscar, who scored to make it 2-0. the defenders and the midfielders played really well and stopped the other team from scoring. It was almost the end of the game when Tom crossed the ball into the penalty area and a Southborough player accidentally kicked the ball into his own net. The final score was 3-0 to us.

Thank you Mrs Waller and the parents for cheering and supporting us, Mrs Simkins for driving us and Carl from Msporti for coaching our team.

Team; Zach, Oscar, Pip, Daniel, Harry, Harley & Thomas.

JS - 29 September 2011 13:34 - GeneralGirls Football v Bidborough

Girls Football v Bidborough ~ 26th September 2011.

On Monday 26th September, St. James' Girls Football Team played against Bidborough. In the first half Bidborough were on a winning streak and scored three goals, but Ruby came back with a super goal, making the score at half time 3-1 to Bidborough. In the second half they scored two more goals and Kate & India scored one each to make the final score 5-3 to Bidborough. After the match, we were given yummy drinks & biscuits. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and the rest of the football club who supported us.

Team; Kate, Abbie, Annie, Abi, India, Freya, Sophia & Ruby.

JS - 29 September 2011 13:16 - GeneralThank you PFA

Thank you PFA!

A HUGE BIG thank you to the PFA for all their fund raising.  The total amount raised recently is as follows;

  • On Friday a amazing sum in excess of £1090.
  • Summer Disco's £645.  Total for the year £1500.+
  • Infants Sports Day £304.
  • Year 3 Cake Sale £140.
  • The Summer Festival raised £7,435. and a good time was had by all!

The PFA would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising, running and helping out at events over the past year.  Both the Infant & Junior Schools are very grateful for the additional funds.

JS - 21 July 2011 14:58 - GeneralBig Little Award 2011

The Big Little Award 2011

Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. The award is for consitantly showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher to Abbie, currently in 5A and Ben, currently in 5Alpha. Congratulations to both children who had big smiles and were delighted to receive their award. They were awarded certificates, and will share the shield over the year.

JS - 21 July 2011 13:50 - GeneralAli Baba - Year 6 Panto

Ali Baba.  Year 6 Summer Panto 2011

After an exciting (and exhausting) week in the Isle of Wight, the Year 6's have worked really hard to perfect their performance of this year’s production entitled ‘Ali Baba’. The amazing scenery and props (thank you Mrs Simkins and Mr. Littlechild!) helped transport the audience to the backstreets of Baghdad and the desert.

The play is an updated version of the original fairy tale, complete with thieves and a treasure trove which opens to the command of ‘Open Sesame!’ This musical extravaganza includes our hero Ali Baba, his quiet and unassuming wife (Oh no she’s not!), their son Hamid, (the Tarzan of Baghdad!) rich brother-in-law Cassim, and the dastardly villain, ‘Mustafa Shower’. These characters are aided and abetted by a friendly comic duo – Slap and Tickle, and their dancing camel Flash. The citizens of Baghdad enjoy every opportunity to boogie while the menacing thieves glare at the audience, pick pocketing as they go! The story features a talking snake, too many gold bars to count, plentiful pizzas, secret ingredients and painful punishment (and that’s just the jokes!) It is all interspersed with wonderful music – great songs and energetic piano playing from our very own musical maestro – Mr. Smith.

The Year 6’s have really excelled themselves – a terrific production – well done everyone!  The panto was brilllinatly directed by Mrs Holwell

JS - 20 July 2011 11:49 - GeneralSummer Music Concert 2011

On Tuesday 12th July, the choir and some brave soloists sang and played in a concert for parents.  With recorders and ukuleles from year 3, through to flute, saxaphone, clarinet and guitar playing from year 6.  Drums were also played by Jamie and George from year 4.  A wide variety of music was played and sung.  The choir was accompanied by some dancers.

Congratulations to all those who took part and to those brave enough to perform solo's.

Thank you to Mr Smith and to Mrs Harris for organising the concert.

JS - 14 July 2011 16:16 - GeneralTudor Day 2011

Tudor Day 2011.

Year 5 had a Tudor Day on 24th June. The children all became apprentices and learnt different trades.  They all then had a grand banquet whilst watching some tudor entertainment.

- 1 July 2011 11:45 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2011

The weather forecast didn't look promising for the week ahead, everyone had fingers crossed there was no more rain.

Monday 20th June:  Arrived in light rain, but spirits high.  After a packed lunch and tour of the sight, groups headed off to activities.  High ropes being very popular and some great achievements.  Low ropes and archery also went down well. 

Tuesday 21st June:  Hurrah, although very damp, the sun is trying to break through.  All had a good breakfast, chalet inspections are currently taking place before the first activity of the day.  Evening; another busy day for all groups. Activities included quad biking, zip wire, abseiling, problem solving, fencing with aeroball being a favourite again this year. All groups working really well together, even the staff are still smiling!!  Fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow, we'll settle for it being dry! More photos being added.

Wednesday 22nd June;  The weather looked promising with some blue sky, but sadly it quickly became overcast with light rain in the air and windy.  All groups were in good spirits and set off for activities, some to the beach to canoe and kayak, others to fencing, abseiling, solve problems and climb Jacobs ladder.  Weather at lunchtime was not looking good and alternative arrangements were made as Dragon Boating looked unlikely due to the wind.  However at the last minute the wind changed direction and dropped and the sun came out and all groups went Dragon Boating.

Everyone had a brilliant day on Thursday, the Head Teacher, Mrs McGlew visited with one of the schools Governors, Mrs Stewart.  The skies cleared and the sun broke through and groups had  great activities, 4 groups went down to the beach in the afternoon to canoe & kayaking, while others tackled Jacobs Ladder.  Mr Smith decided to join Group 2 and he and Mrs Crane teamed up to have a go, the result was very funny!!  In the evening everyone went down to the creek for group photo's and then went up to the Activity Zone for the disco, which went down very well.  It was then back to cabins to pack ready for an early start on Friday.   On Friday the coaches left the site at 8.30, somehow everyone had managed to get packed up and cleared the cabins and also had breakfast.  It was then back to Portsmouth on the ferry, with the sun shining.  Everyone then divided into four groups and went round HMS Warrior with guides, which was very interesting.  After a packed lunch by HMS Victory it was back on the coaches for the journey home.  Parents, brothers and sisters were all waiting the coaches arrival back at the school.  Everyone had a fantastic week and many children (& adults) overcame fears, encouraged team mates and had worked well as a team.

Celebrations & Awards; The Most Punctual Group Award was won by Group 2; they were consistently ready for meals and activities first. Well done to; Maddy, Sanjana, Ella, Ella, Grace, Ruby, Martha, Emily, Dylan, Matthew & Taylor.

Nathan received a Bravery Award.

The Best Team Spirit Award went to Group 5; Scarlett, Neve, Maisie, Kornelija, Sammy, Matthew, Marc, Oliver, Tom & Lewis.
For the first time ever a boys cabin won the award for Best Cabin, well done to Matthew, Marc & Oliver. Their cabin was incredibly clean & tidy all week.

JS - 30 June 2011 08:11 - GeneralSports Day 2011

Monday 13th June began gloomy and damp, not the sort of weather you would want for sports day!  But not to be put off everyone headed outside to the field and playgrounds for the mornings field events.  Events included, golf, shot putt, javelin, hockey, standing long jump, under & over, netball goals and the bean bag challenge.  Each 'house' team was made up of a child from each class, so there were 8 in each team.  The older children helping and encouraging the younger children.  Staff monitored the events set out around the school. Points were awarded for sportsmanship and team achievement.   After lunch, amazingly, the sun came out and parents arrived to witness a fabulous afternoon of track events, culminating in Livingstone winning, the trophy for track events, field events and also the sportsmanship trophy.  This was quite an achievement, especially as they have not won any trophy for the last 16 years!!!   Well done Livingstone. Thanks to Mrs Waller who organised everyone and our volunteer parents, who helped in the morning and finally Msporti for their help on the day.

- 16 June 2011 15:14 - GeneralGymnastics Competition

Gymnastics Report 17th May 2011.

On Tuesday 17th May, the Gymnastics Teams went to Cranbrook to take part in a competition. It was great fun and very exciting. The year 3/4 team of Bethan, Ben, Freja & Maddy came first and received a trophy. The year 5/6 team of Chantelle, Charlotte, Harley & Annie also won first place and received a trophy. The second year 5/6 team, Abi, Isobel, Florrie & Pip finished third. The teams all did really well.

The winning teams now go through to the Kent Finals in Sittingbourne next month.

Abi and Bethan both won individual medals for the highest scores in the floor and vault.

Thank you Mrs Crane for coaching us and to Mrs Simkins for driving & supporting us.

Report by Abi and Maddy

- 19 May 2011 15:43 - GeneralEaster Egg Boxes Yr 6

Easter Egg Container Challenge 2011

Over the Easter holidays year 6 were to create a strong and attractive egg container.  We brought in all sorts of things from boats to beach huts to canons and airports and even an egg laying chicken!!

We had great fun building our projects and additional fun eating the eggs inside!!

Report by; Neve & Olivia

- 8 May 2011 09:58 - GeneralRoyal Wedding Celebrations

Children & staff gathered on the field in the afternoon to sign a hymn and the National Anthem, accompanied by Mr Smith on the trumpet (is there no end to his talents?!). 

Children then enjoyed jelly and ice-cream and wore the crowns and tiaras they had made, some had also made flags and some bunting which was hung from the trees.

- 8 May 2011 09:32 - GeneralRoman Day

On Thursday 28th April 2011,Year 4 had a Roman Day.

It all started with us coming into school wearing Roman clothes. There were soldiers, gladiators, and normal Roman citizens. We had to pretend to be slaves and make different Roman objects like oil lamps, mosaics, perfumes and charms. We even had to make cures. The spices smelt wonderful! We then had to collect money for our products which were paid for by the merchants. It was extremely good fun.

One of our favorite parts of the day was the Roman Banquet. We had to lie on a mat and eat with our fingers. It was delicious. We ate cheese, bread and fruit. We were even served wine by the slaves!

It was a brilliant day.

Thank you to all the year 4 staff and the parents who came into help with the day.

Report by; Thomas, Yasmin and Kaavya.

- 5 May 2011 15:15 - GeneralSwimming Gala

Swimming Gala – April 2011

On Wednesday 5th April St. James’ Swimming Team went to the Tunbridge Wells Swimming Gala at St. Johns Sports Centre. In the first race was Emily, she did 25m front crawl, and while she raced, the divers - Elliott and Jessica - practiced. Emily finished third. The next race was George in the 25m front crawl and he also finished third. The girls and boys 50m open race came next. In the first heat was Charlotte; she came first and went through to the finals. Alice was in the next heat and she also came first, so also went through to the final.
In the diving competition Jessica and Elliott were both amazing, but unfortunately only Jessica got through to the next round with a high score of 8½.
Next it was the girls 25m relay; we were fantastic and won the shield for the third year in a row!
Then it was back to the 50m open final. Charlotte and Alice both swam, Charlotte finished first for the third year running and Alice finished second, which was really good as she had never swam that race before. In the boys 50m open, Anthony finished third.
Overall we finished joint second and retained four of the trophies won last year.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and well done to Connie and Olivia who swam for another school who were short of swimmers!

A big thank you to Simon Killick for coaching and supporting us.

Swimming Squad; Charlotte, Alice, Chantelle, Olivia, Issy, Jessica, Emily, Connie, Gemma. Ben, Anthony, Torin, Elliott, Zak, Matthew, Elliott J & George.

Report by Charlotte, Alice and Issy.

- 8 April 2011 10:14 - GeneralEaster afternoon at Bennett

Easter posterEaster Activities at Bennett

On Thursday 31st March, six children from year 4 went to Bennett Memorial School to take part in Easter activities.

We had to set up a stall to make decorative crosses and had to tell the other children there how to make them. Three children helped on the stall, while the other three went to explore other schools stalls. Upstairs there was a special hunt to try and get the letters in the right spaces and the girls completed it and won a mini egg. In between activities parts of the Easter story were told by some pupils from Bennett. The infant children had a stall and you could hold a child as a sign of new life & there were different chairs that had things on them about the Easter Story. On another stall it was possible to make an Easter garden to represent how it was in Gethsemane; we put a cross in the corner and a tomb diagonally opposite.

At the end of the afternoon we had to choose which crosses we put on our big poster. We hope you like the picture of it.

Report by the children who took part; Molly, Isobel, Julia, Max, Ben & Jamie, all year

- 7 April 2011 14:39 - GeneralTW Library visit with WW2 artefacts

TW Library visits with World War II Artefacts.

On Thursday 31st March Katrina from Tunbridge Wells Library and Museum visited Year 3 to show them some World War II artefacts. These included a bomb that fell on Tunbridge Wells common, a ration book belonging to a lady who lived in Forest Road, an air raid warden’s helmet and a teddy bear that could have belonged to an evacuee.

The children enjoyed looking at the objects and sharing their family experiences of World War II.

- 1 April 2011 13:46 - GeneralScience Week

Science Week, March 2011.

The whole school spent the week doing lots of science experiments. Each year group had a theme for the week and different experiments were carried out each day & results recorded.

Year 3: The Little Pigs’ & Who Dun It? Children discovered from the footprints that it was the bear who had demolished the little pig’s house. The homeless pig’s now need a new abode! Year 3 came to the rescue and made them all new houses.

Year 4: Mission Incredible. The mission was to rescue the secret formula from Dr Dread on Doom Island. The children made rocket flares to enable them to sent directions to the rest of the team. Catapults were made to distract the guards who protected the ‘secret formula’! They then had to design & make parachutes to aid the recovery of the formula.

Year 5: Help Seth & Tucker Survive. They need water. Not any old water, but clean water to survive on the island near Alaska, where they are stranded. Children gave instructions on how to cleanse the murky water they had found in a rock pool.

Year 6: Survival on a Desert Island. Children had to discover what would make the strongest, most waterproof and provide the most shade for the roof of their hut. They also had to make a machine to measure the wind and then make the most effective sail to get them off the island. They raced their boats to see which sail was the best design.


- 18 March 2011 10:41 - GeneralRed Nose Day

St. James' Got Talent 2011.  Red Nose Day Special

St. James’ had Red Nose Day on Friday 11th March, due to an Inset Day on Comic Relief Day 18th March. Children and some staff arrived in school in their pj’s and donated money to Comic Relief. In the afternoon the children hosted a Talent Show, organized and hosted by Grace & Ella in 6 Alpha.

Ella & Grace’s report.

A Red Nose Day special of St. James' Got Talent, to raise money for Comic Relief.

We had auditioned three acts from each class and with the Head Teacher, Mrs. McGlew's help; we chose the best act from each class and then one extra one from the year group. We then had our twelve finalists. We had a great range of talent in our school, from drumming to comedy acts!

After all the acts had performed, all the classes voted as they went out of the hall, by putting 5p - £1 in their favorite acts money box.

The winners, announced on Thursday 17th, were Harry & Bruno who were the comedy act in year 5. In second place was Joe, yr 4, who did some amazing magic tricks and third were the Weirdo’s who were a very, very funny dance act from yr 6.

The show raised £125.66 for Comic Relief.

Overall the school raised £615.41 for Comic Relief.


- 18 March 2011 09:20 - GeneralGreg Clark, guest judge in Global Warming debate

Yr 5 debate on Global Warming with Greg Clark MP.

Pupils in year 5 took part in a debating competition on global warming. The finalists presented compelling arguments to guest judge, local MP Greg Clark.

They had some very persuasive arguments and Mr Clark was amazed by the amount of knowledge and information the children had found out.

Abbie & Will’s report on the day.

On Friday 11th March Year 5 had a debate on global warming and how to stop it.

We had a guest appearance from Greg Clark our local MP. There were 12 children chosen to present their work to Greg Clark. Only one thing went wrong - Sebbie sat on his red nose and it started laughing!

Everyone chosen to present their speech was very brave and did their speech perfectly. Also we made it more fun by dressing up in role.

After the debate, Greg Clark gave a speech and said how impressed he was with our speeches.

Thank you Miss Regan and Mrs Ingman for arranging it.


- 17 March 2011 17:45 - GeneralPrayer Tree in St. James

St. James' Church Prayer Tree

St. James' Junior School has been asked to create a termly display in St. James' Church.

Children in all years were asked to create a prayer leaf about home, others or the world. They then decorated them with spring flowers made with tissue paper.

All are welcome to go and visit the church and see the beautiful display of blossoming prayers.

- 17 March 2011 16:50 - GeneralDrama Club Performance

Drama Club Performance

Congratulations to all the children who performed the Drama Club’s production of ‘A Story Book Disaster’ to the whole school last Thursday. Cinderella, Captain Hook, Aladdin and Snow White escape from a Story Book which has been found in St James’ library. They part take of some school coffee which has an unusual effect! The story book characters change their personalities and decide to take over the school and put all the school children under their spells so they will do their bidding.

Shaun, the heroic caretaker, watches carefully from behind his hoover as the events unfold and finally works out what is going on. Together with the Genie of the lamp he enlists the help of the pupils to save the day.

The play was created by the children through a series of improvisation workshops and then small groups worked together to develop specific scenes. It was fantastic to see the bare bones develop and come to life with costumes and props.

Drama Club will start again for Year 4 and Year 5 after half term. Forms will be available from Monday 14th February but there are a limited number of places so please return the completed request as soon as possible to Mrs Ingman.

- 17 February 2011 14:27 - GeneralCross Country at Pembury

Cross Country at Pembury on 7th February 2011.

Year 4 Race Report

On Monday7th February, 13 children from yr 4 went to Pembury School to take part in a Cross Country Meet. Overall the St. James' Girls Team came in second and the Boys Team finished third. Abi came in 4th place, with Georgie in 6th place and Freya in 10th. We all had lots of fun and enjoyed it. We raced against lots of schools.

Thank you Mrs Waller and Mrs McGlew for taking us.

Mrs Waller reported the children did really well on a very tough course and finished 2nd overall.
Report by Cece and Freya



Year 5/6 Race Report

On 7th February the Cross Country Team went to Pembury to race against several other schools, including, Claremont, St. Augustines, Pembury. The girls yr 5/6 race was first. It was a long course with a steep hill and we had to do three laps of the track. Issy came in 7th, Katy finished 22nd and Amy & Megan 25th & 26th. It was then the boys turn on the same track. Paul came 6th, Josh 28th. Sadly James had to drop out with a sore ankle. We all tried really hard, it was very funny when Josh & Sam fell over!

Thank you Mrs Waller for arranging it and thank you Mrs McGlew for supporting us.
Report by Sam, Josh and Paul.

- 13 February 2011 12:34 - GeneralDragon Boat Race / PFA

2011 Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water

Would you like to be part of a St James’ team?
Our aim is to raise money for Demelza Hospice Care for children and school equipment.
We need: Crews of 16 paddlers (plus a drummer) race in Chinese-style Dragon Boats over a 250 metre course. Crews do not need to be super fit or skilled to be successful - all that's required is teamwork and a good sense of fun!

Each crew will race with 16 paddlers plus the drummer. However, we encourage teams to involve a few extra team members and to make available roughly 20 people on the day. Each team needs to raise sponsorship of at least £2000 for their chosen charity... any prize money you may win on the day will be a bonus. The entry fee per team is £300 for Saturday which is, of necessity, non-refundable.

The winner of the race will pick up a cheque for £450 for their chosen charity. There are prizes for 2nd and 3rd places of £300 and £150 respectively. The team that raises the most sponsorship wins £450, and the best-dressed team will receive another £150 for its charity. Additional prizes will also be presented on the day, especially for good costume themes and well-decorated plot.

Team names need to be in by end of February latest.

 Full details and entry form

- 8 February 2011 17:56 - GeneralYr 4 Football v Bidborough

St. James' Yr 4 Football Team v Bidborough.

On Monday 31st January St. James year 4 football team played against Bidborough at home.
Bidborough took a centre and we got the ball. Immediately Tom sped up the left and scored to make us 1-0 up. They took another centre and shot, but Nathan booted it to Tom, Tom had a shot but the keeper made a good save but Jamie got it back and scored a wicked goal. About 3 minutes later he scored again to make it 3-0. A couple of minutes later the whistle blew for half time, we switched ends and were confident about our lead.
For our centre Tom took a shot, but it got blocked by the defender and Archie got the ball and sprinted towards the goal. He left it too late and got slide tacked. The ball fell to Nathan who passed it to Dominic who tool a whooping shot and scored to make it 4-0 to us. They took a centre shot and Archie took a definitive header to clear it away. A couple of minutes later Tom got the ball and crossed it to John who dinged it over the keeper to make it 5-0.

Thank you Mrs Waller for organising and supporting us and to Mr Waterman for being a great referee and coach.

Team; Tom, Thomas, John, Jamie, Archie, Nathan and Charlie

Report by Jamie

- 6 February 2011 12:39 - GeneralFootball v Bidborough

St. JamesFootball v Bidborough 24th January 2011.

On Monday 24th January St. James’ A Team played against Bidborough. In the first half, we were the better team. Otto and Rikishi were defending really well and Paul, Marc, Joel, Amir and Lewis were putting pressure on Bidborough. Towards the end of the first half there was a scramble in the Bidborough box and Paul scored. Soon after the beginning of the second half they had a goal kick, with the goal kick they got the ball theo their striker, who scored. They then scored again. The final score was 2-1 to Bidborough.
Thank you, Mrs Waller for organizing the match and supporting us. Also to Carl for coaching us.

Team; Oscar, Otto, Rikishi, Paul, Marc, Joel, Amir and Lewis.

Report by Lewis.

B Team report;

On Monday 24th January St. James’ B team played at home against Bidborough. In the first half we had many chances but unfortunately didn’t score. In the second half Bidborough scored. We fought back hard but time ran out and the final whistle blew. The final score was 1-0 to Bidborough.
Thank you, Mrs Waller for organizing the match and to all the parents who came along to cheer us on.

Team; Nathan, Matthew, Aidan, Pip, Elliott, Max, Archie, Harry, Jake and Daniel.

Report by Matthew & Nathan.

- 27 January 2011 14:54 - GeneralChristmas Music Concert

Christmas Music Concert 2010.

The choir sang various Christmas songs to parents and the recorder groups played Away in a Manger and Jingle Bells.

Violins, saxophones and the piano were also played by various soloists.

The flute group played Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Silent Night and the beautiful Snowman Theme - Christmas must be coming............

- 16 December 2010 10:03 - GeneralA Creepy Crawly Christmas

A Creepy Crawly Christmas

Year 4 were involved in putting together a production of 'A Creepy Crawly Christmas'

A very special star has fallen from the sky. Wilfred - a caterpillar, determined to prove he's not as hopeless as everyone thinks he is, tries to put it back.
Will he do it? Only with the help of his creepy crawly friends and LOTS of perseverance. Along the way Wilfred learns about the importance of the star in pointing to Jesus, the 'King of Creation'.

Year 4 worked hard and had lots of fun singing and acting to put this production together.

We hope it is enjoyed by all who came to see it!

The Year 4 Team

- 7 December 2010 10:35 - GeneralArchery in year 5

Archery - Year 5 Robin Hood Project

One Tuesday 16th November all Year 5 did archery on the field. We were learning archery because our topic is Robin Hood and to become one of his recruits we need to learn archery. We learnt that its not like how they shoot arrows in the movies. They shoot arrows up in any direction but we learnt that you have to pull the string back to your cheekbone and fire it straight. It is really hard to pull it back with three fingers.

Overall it was so much fun and I wish to do it again.

By Lottie 5 Alpha

- 18 November 2010 15:12 - GeneralTunbridge Wells Junior Sports Achievement Awards 2009/2010.

Tunbridge Wells Junior Sports Achievement Awards 2009/2010.
Sponsored by Grays International.

The School won the Primary School Team Award, for 100% attendance at the School Sports Partnerships competition, winning half of the competitions. These included hockey, sportshall athletics, tri golf, football, orienteering, gymnastics and the Kent Schools Games Key Steps Gold Medal.  The school congratulated Mrs Waller for organising all the teams.

Report on the evening:

On Wednesday 17th November, 11 children from our school went to the Royal Victoria Hall for an Award Ceremony. Once we were in the hall there were several awards before ours, but when it got to ours we won three shields; a very large one, a medium sized one and then we all got a small one each. We were really lucky to win and thank you to everyone who helped, supported and took us to all the events.
Children who attended the ceremony; Ben, Lewis, Nathan, Charlotte, Abi, Katie, Hope, Annie, Joel, Pip, Zak and Chloe, all had taken part in some of the events.

- 18 November 2010 14:14 - GeneralRemembrance Day 2010

Remembrance Day 2010

Here at St. James’ CE Junior School we celebrated Remembrance Day with a “Challenge Day.” The day began with a special assembly where their children were given a quick history of the day….

It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.

For the Fallen – this was read to the children following our 2 minutes silence.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Fourth stanza of 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943)

Flanders Field
The western part of Belgium, Flanders saw some of the most concentrated fighting in WW1. The place was devastated – buildings, roads, trees & natural life simply disappeared. The children learnt that only one other living thing survived… The POPPY! Hence the significance of the poppy on Remembrance Day!

Once armed with this information the children went off into their groups (one pupil from each year group in each group) – the aims of challenge day being:
• To have fun
• To work as a team
• To get to know other children in the school
• To learn about Remembrance Day

The children were given a number of tasks, some optional and others compulsory. The children, in their groups, had to create a poster to share the information they had learnt about Remembrance Day, write a poem and then each make an individual poppy that would be added to a central display.


Poppy Poem

Poppies, poppies everywhere,
But no-one cares to point and stare,
Because the 11th November is Poppy Day,
And at 11o'clock everyone stops to pray.

Poppies, poppies are a sign,
Of all those men who marched in line,
Never to come back, condemned to die,
So all their families have a right to cry.

Poppies, poppies said goodbye,
To all those men who did not die,
They sprang from empty, barren earth,
So the dead are remembered to this day.

- 11 November 2010 14:18 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2010

Grace’s Victorian Afternoon

To start the afternoon we went outside to play. The boys and the girls played separately and all the girls that dressed as boys played with them. Mr. Smith, Mrs. Holwell and Mrs. Woolgar were all dressed up. Mrs. Woolgar dressed up as the school nurse and Mr. Smith and Mrs. Holwell as teachers. We had to call them Sir and Ma’am. When the bell rang for the end of play, we split up for drill, girls on one side of the playground and boys on the other. We started with marching. We marched up and down in three rows. Then we did lunging, the girls did shorter steps than the boys. After that the girls marched with books on their heads and the boys did star jumps.
We then marched into the hall, with the girls and boys using different entrances and we sat on different sides of the room. We all had to stand for assembly and recited the Lords Prayer and sang a song. Following that we then had a hand inspection, people with dirty hands had to go and wash them. After assembly we did handwriting and we had copy books to copy from. The first page was capital letters and the second page was the alphabet in joined up writing and we wrote out the numbers 1-9 and England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We wrote out everything three times. Then it was Maths and we did mental arithmetic and recited the 2, 4 and 6 times tables.
After lessons Mr. Smith revealed that two boys had been caught stealing apples from the vicarage orchard. I was one of them and we got caned! (Mr. Smith hit his own hand, not ours!).
At the end of the afternoon we said a prayer and were dismissed, we all marched back to our normal classrooms.

Report by Grace, 6 Alpha

Extracts from 6A’s reports;

First we used our copy books to write out the English alphabet three times, people who were left handed had to write with their right hand. Just then Mrs. Woolgar (the nit nurse) came to check our heads and nails. She would make up that children had nits and had to sit on the dunce’s chair!!

Mrs. McGlew walked in and we all stood up; she took Taylor outside and gave him a good whip (he screamed like a girl!).

In the hall the boys and the girls sat on separate sides of the room, then we started our first Victorian lesson of the day which was Literacy.  We practiced the alphabet in lowercase letters and capital letters and then we did Maths. Soon afterwards we did reading and we had to memorize a poem; it went something like this," The feathers of the willow turned yellow over the widening river, the rushes are rusty and the clouds that are glinting are wild." Mr. Smith soon discovered that Anthony had forgotten his penny he was meant to bring for his payment for today.

We all really enjoyed our afternoon, thank you Mrs. Holwell and Mr. Smith for making our afternoon as Victorian as it could be.


- 22 October 2010 10:05 - GeneralFootball Tournament at Hawkenbury

Football Reports – Hawkenbury Tournament Boys A Team

On 14th October, the boy’s football A team went to Hawkenbury to play in a tournament. Our first match was against St. Augustines, both teams came very close to scoring, but the final score was 0-0.
We then had an hour to wait and so did they, so we played a friendly match on the grass by the Astroturf, but we lost 1-3.
After that we went back to the Astroturf and played against St. Marks. It was 1-1 with minutes to spare and then unfortunately for us, they scored.
Our next match was against St. Johns’, they played very well and we lost 0-2.
We went back to the grass to play a friendly match against Pembury; they had not had a good morning either! We won 4-0.
Thank you to Mrs Waller for organizing the matches, to Jay for coaching us and Mrs Simkins for driving us.

Team; Oscar, Lewis, Otto, Rikishi, Joel, Amir and Marc.
Report by Lewis.

B Team report

On Thursday 14th October the boys football B team went to Hawkenbury Astroturf to play in a tournament. We had our first match against Pembury and we drew 1-1. Our second match was against St. Margarets and we won 1-0. Then we played Bidborough and lost 0-2, unfortunately we lost 0-3. Thank you to Mrs Waller for organizing us and to Jason and Toby for coaching us and all our supporters.

Team; Matthew, Paul, Dan, Jake, Nathan, Archie, Pip and Josh

Girls report

On 14th October the girls football A team went to Hawkenbury to play in a tournament. First we played against Claremont, they won 2-0. We then played Bidborough and lost 0-1. Lastly we played Paddock Wood and we lost 1-2. Maddy almost scored, but it ended up as an own goal!

Thank you Mrs Waller for organizing us and to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Moriarty for driving us.

Team; Olivia, Maddy, Issy, Amy, Megan, Chantelle, Eleanor all from year 6 and Katy from year 5.

Report by Olivia and Amy

- 21 October 2010 15:20 - GeneralKent Wildlife Gardening Competition

Kent Wildlife Trust Gardening Competition.

In the spring term Mrs Watson entered St. James’ into the Kent Wildlife Trusts’ Wildlife Gardening Competition. She showed off our school premises, the pond area with the wildlife habitats built in the summer term by year 4, the bird boxes we have put up, the allotments plants attracting wildlife and log piles for bugs to live in. The inspector was shown the notice board with pictures of the school bug spotters and our various allotment club projects. As a result, we were awarded a Silver Award Certificate. Mrs Watson and Mrs Woolgar attended the presentation on Wednesday 21st October at Oakley School to receive the certificate on behalf of the school.

- 21 October 2010 14:59 - GeneralYear 4 Trip to London

Year 4 Trip to London to the National Museum to see the African Exhibition, September 2010.

Our Trip to London. Report by Joe H, 4 Alpha

The Train to London - we could see lots of people out of the windows. We had reserved seats. The train journey was an hour long so everyone got out their sketch books.

The Underground - The underground was very busy. The train was very noisy and it was a very short journey.

The African Landscape - had lots of trees and different plants all different shapes and sizes. There were edible plants and poisonous plants and even helpful plants!

The African Gallery - there was a tree and a chair made of weapons, models made of ivory and really strange masks.

- 7 October 2010 15:09 - GeneralFootball Reports v St. Johns

St. James' Football A Team v St. Johns

On Monday 4th October, St. James' A Football Team had a match against St. Johns'. We kicked off and St. Johns' got an early goal. About 5 minutes later, Marc crossed the ball and Zack headed it in to make it 1-1. After half time they got a great goal, and then another. We put pressure on them and Marc scored a great goal. The final whistle went, with the score 3-2 to them.
Thank you to Carl, for coaching us and Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Team; Joel, Amir, Marc and Lewis from year 6 and Pip, Zack, Oscar and Rikishi all from year 5.

Report by Joel.

St. James' B Team v St. Johns'

On Monday 4th October, we played against St. Johns' B Team. We had a few chances, but they scored just before half time. In the second half Paul had an amazing effort blocked by the keeper to give us a corner and in the last minute St. Johns' scored an unlucky own goal. The final score was 1-1.

Thank you Mrs Waller for organising the match, the Carl for coaching us and to Mrs Simkins for driving us.

Team; Archie, Matt, Otto, Paul, Dan, Nathan and Jake.

Report by Paul and Matt.

- 7 October 2010 15:02 - GeneralHarvest Prayers by Year 3

Harvest Prayers by Year 3

Thank you for the farmers that grow the crops and vegetables. Thank you Lord for your creation of the world and the weather as well. Please help the people in the Pakistan whose crops have been destroyed.
In the holy name we pray, Amen.

By Ollie 3 Alpha

Dear God

Thank you for the farmers who sow the seeds, water the seeds and harvest all the crops. Thank you for the farmers who collect the eggs, shear the sheep and milk the cows. Thank you for creating the world and all the plants. Please help the elderly, the homeless and the people who are not as lucky as us.
In your name we pray, Amen.
By Jessy H, 3 Alpha

Dear God,

Thank you for the farmers for sowing the seeds and for watering the crops. Thank you for your creation and the world you have made. Please help the homeless and the old people.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

By Nathan 3, Alpha

- 7 October 2010 14:30 - GeneralWilderness Woods Year 5 Trip

Wilderness Woods

On Thursday 30th September Year 5 went to Wilderness Woods in Hadlow Down. When we arrived we were welcomed by a park ranger who told us the woodland rules. We listened carefully and then we were ready to go.

We got given activities to complete in our groups. We spent the whole morning following a map and looking at different trees and collecting leaves. We saw lots of leaves and quite a few mushrooms. We took many photos of the woodland and each other.

When we had finished we all legged it to the adventure playground. We sat on the zip wire and pretended to be Tarzan, weeeeeee! Lots of us climbed on the big climbing frame and we played a game of catch where the boys had to catch the ‘Merry Girls’. Then it was time for lunch. Everyone gobbled up their lunch because we were starving.

After lunch the time had come for us to learn how to survive in the woods! Everyone was bursting with excitement. We got split into two groups and then we followed our ranger into the woods…

As we walked into the woods everyone was smiling, giggling and staring at the surroundings. Our ranger instructed us to go and find things that were edible and then bring them back to the clearing and put them on a cloth. After five minutes we looked at the blackberries, fern roots, nettles and sweet chestnuts that we had found and realised we would be a bit hungry! We learnt that you could also eat acorns and some leaves if you were desperate.

We moved to a different part of the wood and discovered how to make a fire by striking steel and flint together and making tiny bright whizzing sparks which, after many attempts, set the cotton wool alight. We fed our fire with thin sticks and roasted marshmallows for about seven seconds before shoving them into our mouths. They were delicious!

Next we learnt how to build a den. We worked hard and collected lots of Y-shaped sticks to make a frame. We needed lots of fern and branches with leaves on to cover the frame and keep us dry and warm. Each group got under their shelter and the park ranger poured water over it to see how good a den they had built.

We shall never forget Wilderness Woods. It was the best school trip!

By Anna Cutler Methven with added comments from 5A.


5 Alpha report by Florrie.

On Thursday 30th September year 5 went to Wilderness Wood. We split into two separate groups and went off to do some activities. First of all we decided which food was edible and which food was not. Then we thought of different ways of cleaning dirty water. One of the ways was putting a plastic bag round a leaf and leaving it for a few days. Next we learnt how to build a comfy dry shelter, the ranger threw water over us to see if the shelters were well built – most of them weren’t!! After that we made fires out of timber and kindling, steel and flint, and then we toasted marshmallows on them. We all went back on the coach wanting to do some more, but sadly the day was over after a lot of fun.



- 7 October 2010 14:10 - GeneralNetball Tournament Sept 2010

Netball Tournament at Skinners Kent Academy - 23rd September 2010

On Thursday 23rd September the Netball A team went to Skinners Kent Academy to play in a tournament. We played six matches altogether and got 12 points. Emma scored 5 goals and Charlotte scored 7 goals. We all played well and did some good passing and came 3rd overall out of 16 schools.

Thank you to Mrs Moriarty for coaching and supporting us, and thank you to all the other adults for supporting us.

Well done to all in the team; Issy, Ella, Emma, Chrlotte, Jennie, Martha, Emily and Eleanor.

Report by Charlotte, Issy and Ella.

- 30 September 2010 14:17 - GeneralFootball Tournament September 2010

Football Tournament at Skinners Kent Academy 23rd September

In the first game we lost to St. Johns', 2-0. We then played Sherwood Park B and won 5-0. After that we played St. Marks and won 4-0. Our next match was against Horsmonden and we won 3-0. In our last group game, against St. Matthews, it was very close, but we won 1-0. Our final game was against Paddock Wood, in the final. It was a very tight game, but they put one goal in and we lost 0-1. We came a close second. Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising the team and games, also to Mrs McGlew and Jason for coaching and supporting us at the event.

Team; Lewis, Marc, Joel, Amir and Nathan from year 6, Oscar, Rikishi and Pip from year 5.

Report by Lewis and Joel.

- 30 September 2010 14:03 - GeneralFootball v Southborough

Football 'A' Team v Southborough

On Wednesday 22nd September, St. James' football A team had a football match against Southborough, played at home. We started off well and Amir scored a cracking goal. We dominated the game for the next 5 minutes and Marc scored a fantastic goal. After half time it was coming towards the end and Amir had a 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper, the ball hit the goalies arm and went in. The final score was 3-0 to St. James'.
Thank you Mrs Waller for organising the match and thank you to Marc's Dad for coaching us on the day.

Team; Amir, Joel, Otto, Lewis, Marc, all year 6 and Oscar and Zack from year 5.

It was agreed all the team deserved to be 'Man of the Match' and that it was a great start to the season.

Report by Joel.

- 23 September 2010 14:47 - GeneralAllotment

This growing season has been a short one, however, the school allotment has produced plenty of fruit, vegetables and flowers for everyone to enjoy.

So far the children (and adults) have had the opportunity to taste various home grown produce during their the lunchtimes. These have included:- lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes and courgette. Some children have realised a new liking from these tasting sessions which is especially fun when experienced with friends. The Allotment club members have been very proud to taste the produce of their own success.
Still to come are:- aubergines, artichokes, pumpkins, cabbages, carrots, beetroots and Brussels sprouts! We are hoping that in the future the recently started ‘cookery club’ will be able to incorporate the allotment produce in their recipe choice.

In addition to our potting Shed, polytunnel, and raised growing beds we have installed guttering and water butts on the site. We now need to extend the growing areas for next year and begin our autumn ground preparation. I am, therefore, proposing some dates for future ‘Dig Ins’ where we rely on your support to carry out some tasks that are too big for the children. All parents, carers, grandparents and friends of the School children are welcome to come along for as much time as they can spare on these dates. We need digging, weeding and some construction work (raised beds, furnishing shed etc.) so there are jobs for everyone whatever your ability. You do not have to be knowledgeable or experienced, just enthusiastic. Of course, children welcome!

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 25TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 17TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 13TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 5TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday

Our current projects are:-
Raised bed building, compost heap construction, painting outside of potting shed, shelf building, glazing the shed.

Please contact Mrs Watson with any queries and offer of help or donations of materials.

- 16 September 2010 13:44 - GeneralThe Big Little Award. 2010

The Big Little Award 2010

Donated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year.  The award is for consitantly showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher to Neve, currently in 6α and Nathan, currently in 6A. Both children were awarded certificates, book tokens and a book plate to go in their new book and will share the shield over the year.


- 9 September 2010 13:44 - GeneralYear 6 Panto

Hoodwinked - Year 6 Panto

After their exciting week in the Isle of Wight, the Year 6's have been working hard to learn their lines and make scenery and props for this year’s production entitled ‘Hoodwinked’.

The play is based on the story of Robin Hood complete with a love-struck Maid Marian and villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.  This swashbuckling adventure includes a band of marching Merry Men, singing Ladies-in-Waiting, greedy Friars, disgruntled villagers (the peasants are revolting) and a host of other delightful characters.  The tale features wicked taxes, cunning plans, an archery tournament, heroic deeds and outrageous lines! It is all interspersed with wonderful music and dance, not forgetting the comic talents of the two Narrators.

A fantastic showpiece to display the talents of this outstanding year group!

Pictures taken at dress rehersal to the staff and school.

Performances to parents on Tuesday 20th July at 2pm and 7pm

- 18 July 2010 14:46 - GeneralMusic Concert

End of Year Music Concert July 2010.

Parents were invited to an afternoon of music and singing. The concert consisted of year 3 recorder groups, choirs, recorder quartets and trios, piano solos, violin solos, guitars, trumpets, saxophones and drums.

Many varied pieces of music were played ranging from The Grand Old Duke of York and Pink Panther to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Viva la Vida and Somewhere.

Thank you to Mr Smith and Mrs Harris for putting the concert together and accompanying some of the soloists.

- 17 July 2010 17:55 - GeneralGymnastics Winners

Gymnastics - Kent Finals.

On May 20th 2010, 12 children from St. James’ went to the regional gymnastics competition at Cranbrook. After a very exciting morning with some complex routines, came the results. Our year 3/4 and year 5/6 team both came first. This meant we would be going to the finals which would be held at Moat Park in Maidstone.

The finals took place on June 24th.

In our year 3/4 team were Abi, Annie, Hope and Pip. The year 5/6 team was Chloe, Mia, Emily and Aidan. We had a fantastic day with lots of stiff competition from many other schools, all of whom had won their areas in Kent.
Finally it was presentation time. Our year 3/4 team came 5th overall. While our year 5/6 team were awarded gold.

Congratulations to Mia, who won an individual bronze medal and Chloe who won an individual gold medal.

All our gymnasts were amazing and a credit to the school, and very deserving winners after all their hard work and dedication.

Thank you Mrs Crane for training them.

- 17 July 2010 17:26 - GeneralScience Day at Skinners Kent Academy

Science Day at Skinners Kent Academy.

On Wednesday 14th July, four year 5 pupils went to Skinners Kent Academy for a science day to make glue out of milk powder, vinegar, water (which we boiled on a Bunsen burner) and baking soda.

When we got there all the schools sat in the hall and were then split into two groups and then into groups of four. We had a talk and the teacher explained the competition involved making a poster about our experiment with glue and a poster showing what we learnt. We also had to do a presentation at the end of the day.
We then made the glue and tested it to see how strong it was. Then we did our presentation to the other groups.

We learnt lots about science and about presenting our findings. We had a great day.

- 17 July 2010 17:15 - GeneralFlute Group play at Charity Concert

Flute group play at Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity Concert

On Saturday 10th July, 7 members of the flute group went to Hawkhurst Baptist Church for a music concert to raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Scarlett & Emily played Mexican Madness, followed by Emily and Mrs Harris playing No Matter What. Eleanor played March Militaire; Annie played Lets Beguine & The Whole Day Long. Isabella played Andante Alla Siciliana. The group played pieces from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oompah Loompah, The Flintstones, Edelweiss, Star Wars, Pachabells Canon and Lum bah Yah. The concert finished with Sing a Rainbow.

We all had a great time and raised £292.86.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and to Mrs Harris who organised the event.

Report by Isabella.

- 17 July 2010 17:09 - GeneralSports Day

Sports Day 12th July 2010.

On a dull and overcast morning, all the children went onto the field in teams of 8. One child from each class in their houses; Wellington in red, Livingstone green, Nelson blue and Scott in yellow. There were eight events; golf, cricket bowling, target bean bag, standing soccer throw, standing jump, hop, step & jump, hockey and football – sponsored penalty kick.
Points were awarded for each event and the teams rotated round the field, with four events before break and four after break. Teams were able to gain extra points for good sportsmanship.

After lunch, the sun came out and parents took up their seats at the side of the track for the track events. The first race was the bean bag and tin, followed by the sack races and then the sprints, and the bat and ball race. It was then the turn of the toddlers, the Mums and the Dads to race. These were followed by the skipping races and lastly the relays.

Wellington won the Sportsmanship Cup.
Livingstone won the Field Events Cup.
Wellington won the Track Events Cup.

Everyone had a great day and thank you Mrs Waller for organising and running the day.


- 12 July 2010 19:54 - GeneralIsle of Wight

Isle of Wight 2010

Greeting from the Isle of Wight!

Having a great time, beautiful sunny day yesterday and great activities.

Tuesday morning a little overcast but still warm and now after a good lunch the sun has come out in time for all of us to go Dragon Boating together - lots of fun and everyone looking forward to it.  Other activities this afternoon are quad biking. cat walk, problem solving, abseiling, sensory trail and fencing.

On Wednesday we had visitors, Mrs McGlew and Mr Chandler came for the day and spent time watching the children do activities and had lunch with us.  Everyone had a good day.

Thursday saw everyone canoeing and kayaking down at the beach, on another beautiful sunny day.  In the evening everyone went to the disco.

On Friday we left Little Canada and headed for the historic dockyard at Portsmouth and had guided tours round HMS Warrior which was very interesting, before heading home.

Hope you enjoy the photos - there are lots!!

- 4 July 2010 09:37 - GeneralWriting with Roy Apps

Tuesday 15th June, pupils from year 5 joined in an  Able Writers Session with author Roy Apps.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the day and gained lots of experience.

Below are some extracts from their work.

I was okay. I felt along my cheek and felt blood coming out like tears from a baby. I looked in front of me. I saw people on bikes just like before, but it was as though they could sense something because they all stoppped by me. Everyone was now crawling scared towards me, quickly but steathily. It was as if they were attacking me. I tried to run away but they were faster. I could smell the ghastly smell of blood.
By Otto

I lay there for a moment, just resting and getting my breath back. But when I opened my eyes I realised the terrible truth!! I had fallen into the circle of sand that had cones all the way around it saying DANGER KEEP OUT. I didn't know what to do as something was pulling my leg down, down and further down. I tried to pull it out, but that just made it worse. There was nothing I could do but wait, wait for someone to help me, wait for whatever was out there, wait for a surprise.
Meanwhile the other riders and the instructor had all hurried over. They knew what I didn't - this was known as the swallowing sand!
By Martha

When I rode a horse for the first time, I could smell the unmistakable smell of dusty stables and the grass pollen floating around in the air. I could taste the fresh clean air and I instantly felt at home, there at the stables.
Suddenly I heard my name being called and saw this angelic creature walk slowly towards me, like a swan gliding on a lake.
The horse had reached me. So I reached up and felt his silky nose and scratched his shaggy black mane. When a girl told me his name was Cossack I felt warm inside.
By Emily

Lives inside, waiting to jump out,
Ugly to touch,
Smells like rotten fish,
Looks like a monster,
Sounds like a baby screaming,
Fear likes to eat happiness,
Dreads a world of happiness,
Like danger lurking in the air.
By Sanjana.

Surprise is jump up shouting. S
Surprise is like the crashing of fireworks in the deep black sky.
It lives inside the colourful wrapping paper of a present.
It sound loud, happy, joyful, it sounds like anything you like.
Surprise can be hard, soft, heavy or light or even big or small.
A surprise is your dream coming true.
By Mollie

- 24 June 2010 13:54 - GeneralCricket v St. Johns


On Tuesday 22nd June the St. James' Cricket Team went to St. Johns to play their cricket team. First St. Johns' batted and there was good bowling by Joel, Amir, Torin, Elliot, Gabriel and Matthew. We started to get on a roll and to get the St. Johns players out. Next we were batting. Joel and Amir got 13 runs, then it was Gabriel and Elliot, they were great and scored 12 runs, which meant we were in the lead. Next it was Mollie and Jessica, they scored 5 runs but were then out. However it did not make any difference to the score. Next it was Matthew and Torin who scored 9 runs. We all tried our hardest and won 239 to 219.

Thank you Mrs Ingman for organising it and to Mrs Waller for driving us there.

Report by Gabriel.

2nd Match - report by Ben K.

On Tuesday 22nd June St. James' Cricket Team went to St. Johns to play a match. We were batting first, we got some great hits and scored 203. St. Johns also got some great hits, but with only one catch out the final score was St. James 203 and St. Johns 222. Even though we lost we had a great time.

Thank you Mrs Waller for driving us there and to Mrs Ingman for supporting us.

- 24 June 2010 13:47 - GeneralKwik Cricket

Kwik Cricket

On 16th June St. James A & B Teams went to play Kwik Cricket at St. Marks Recreation Ground. We won three out of five matches with only small mistakes letting us lose. Our two best matches were against Sherwood Park, which we won by 68 runs. We also had a good match against Speldhurst which we won. We also played against St. Matthews, Matfield & Brenchly and St. Peters. Overall we came 9th and we all had a really enjoyable time.

Thank you Mrs Ingman and Mrs Waller for organising it, driving and supporting us.

Children were congratulated on their great attitude and for being very supportive to each other. Harry was named as Player of the Team.

- 18 June 2010 17:09 - GeneralCross Country at St. Johns

Cross Country

On Tuesday 15th June, St. James' Cross Country team went to St. Johns' to do a long distance race.

We had to run around their field twice, which is twice the size of our field, it also had a hill sprint to the finish line. The first race was year 4 boys, which St. Johns won. Then it was year 4 girls, Connie just missed out on first place. Next was year 5 boys and Amir sprinted up to the finish first. Then it was the year 5 girls, which was won by St. Johns. Then the year 6 boys raced, Kyle led all the way but was overtaken on the sprint finish by St. Johns. Next it was the year 6 girls, and Alice won the race for us.
We all tried our best but lost overall and St. Johns had a better team.
Thank you Mrs Waller and Mrs McGlew for driving us there and supporting us.

Year 4 Team; Edward, Miian, Zach, Ben, Archie, Harry, Pip, Phoebe, Connnie, Kate and Abbie.
Year 5 Team; Torin, Paul, Joel, Amir, Charlotte, Grace, Issy, Mai, Chantelle and Megan.
Year 6 Team; Dean, Joe B, Aidan, Jonny, Kyle, Francesca, Jessica M, Sophie R and Alice.

Report by Charlotte and Grace.

- 18 June 2010 16:40 - GeneralBig Book Bank

Big Book Bank.  Sponsored by Waterstones.

Pupils are encouraged to bring in a favourite book from home, which is in good condition, but no longer wanted. They should take the book to Mrs Ingman in 5A who will give them a recommendation plate which they complete and stick in the front of the book which will then go to the school library.  Mrs Ingman will also give the pupil a voucher for Waterstones, where they can select a free book from the nine tittles on offer, they will also receive a 10% voucher to be spent on other books. 

It is hoped the school can benefit from lots of favourite books.

- 18 June 2010 09:00 - GeneralAllotment News

THE NEXT ALLOTMENT ‘DIG IN’ – 26th June 2010

A big ‘Thank you’ for the many donations of seedlings and offers of help at the School Fayre. The Plant Stall was an enormous success and raised £205 for allotment equipment. We now need to concentrate on further garden improvement using some of the funds.

The next ‘DIG IN’ will be on Saturday 26th June between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Jobs to do are;-

  • making potting shed secure and organised
  • constructing more raised beds
  • weeding
  • planting of beds around the grounds.

No experience necessary!  Tools provided.  However, donations of screws and nails would be appreciated.

Looking forward to working with you

Please contact Mrs. Beverley Watson at school or just turn up on the day.

JS - 16 June 2010 18:10 - GeneralAthletics Festival Cranbrook, May 2010

Athletics Festival at Angley Sports Hall, Cranbrook.  May 2010.

On 20th May, 12 children from all years went to Cranbrook to compete in a Gymnastics Festival. We had three teams. We went through many difficult events, including trampolining and the beam, which were not part of the competition. The competition was an individual floor routine, a group floor routine and the vault.
At the end of the morning there was a trampoline display by two teenage boys who were doing some very scarey, but brilliant moves.

After the display it was time for the presentations. The year 3 & 4 team came first in their league. Our year 5 & 6 team was third and our Year 6 team came first. We all really enjoyed taking part and came home with big smiley faces. At the end of June the winning teams go through to the Kent Finals.

Year 3/4 Team; Abi, Pip, Hope and Annie.

Year 5/6 Team; Vicky, Aidan, Chloe and Charlotte.  Year 6 Team; Mia, Emily, Alice and Mungo.

Thank you Mrs Crane, our Team Leader and excellent coach and to Mrs Simkins, for driving us there in the minibus.

- 2 June 2010 15:26 - GeneralChallenge Day, May 2010

Challenge Day May 27th 2010.

To celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, children were set the challenge to build a bridge, that was strong, attractive and which would span a road or river 20cm wide. The bridge needed to be strong enough to allow a toy car to travel over and under the bridge. The design of the bridge was left to the children who were given newspaper and materials provided in a tray; white card, roll of masking tape, small roll of sellotape, 12 paper cups, 4 cotton reels, 12 straws, 6 lolly sticks, 6 split pins, 6 rubber bands, 6 paper clips, 2 rulers, a protractor and 2 pairs of scissors.

Each team was able to score points for teamwork, the design and the strength, extra bonus points were awarded for clearing up and listening.

Working in teams of four, with a pupil from each year group they set to work. A wide variety of bridges were built.

Comments from the children on the day; enjoyed making new friends and working as a team, we have all enjoyed making the bridge and putting different materials together for the final result, how to mix ideas together to come up with one final solution. The children unanimously agreed they would like another Challenge Day in the future.

The winning bridge from each classroom went through to the hall to be shown to the rest of the school. Winning Teams were; The Strawberries, Harry, Olivia, Jessica and Clement.
The Best Bridge; Joe W, Nathan, Luca and Ben
The Wonderful Winners; Joe T, Scarlett, Imogen and Nathan.
Suspension Team; Harrison, Mollie and Sophia.
Team Disco; Max, Ollie, Isabel and Kaavya.
The Bridgemakers; Vicky, James, Gary and William.
The Bridgebuilders 1; Hannah, Matthew, Lauren and George.
The Bridgebuilders 2; Francesca, Nathan, Sasha and Maddy.
The Energetic Elephants; Ben V, Martha, Emily and Alfie.

More photo’s to follow soon.

- 27 May 2010 15:58 - GeneralTag Rugby Festival May 2010

Tag Rugby 5th May 2010.

‘A’ Team Report

On Wednesday 5th May, the Tag Rugby Team played in a tournament at St. Marks Sports Ground. Our first match was against Wadhurst. In the first half we went 3-1 up with two tries from Oscar and one from Spencer. In the second half we scored again to make the final score 4-3 to us.
The next game was against Broadwater, we went down 0-1, but came back to win 6-3, with great running and off loading.
The third match was against Claremont. Both teams played fantastically, but we couldn’t defend them and we lost 3-6.
Our last match was against St. Johns’. We had to win to get through. They were a great side but we lost 4-5. Spencer & Oscar scored 6 tries each, Josh M, 4 tries, Max, 3 tries and Maddy scored 1.
Thank you Mrs Waller for driving us there and Mrs Ingman and Mr Booth for coaching and supporting us.

A Team; Spencer, Oscar, Max, Josh M, Joanna, Madelaine, Charlotte and Grace.

Report by Spencer & Josh

‘B’ Team Report

On Wednesday 5th May, St. James’ ‘B’ team went to play in a Tag Rugby Festival.

Our first game was against St. Johns’, although Ben and Francesca scored brilliant tries, we lost 2-8.
Our second game was against St. Matthews’. Jonny scored from a great off load and Francesca scored from a long play, but the final score was 2-3.
The third game was against St. Marks. We had good tries from Alex and Mia to leave the final score 3-3.
The last game was against Claremont B. Elliot and Jonny both scored twice, but the final score was 4-5.

Thank you, Mrs Ingman and Mr Booth for supporting us and Mrs Waller for driving us.

B Team; Ben K, Dean, Jonny, Elliot, Alex, Autumn, Mia, Emily and Francesca J.

Report by Ben.

- 7 May 2010 09:42 - GeneralRing Pulls for Manila

Collect Ring Pulls for tondo Dumpsite in Manila Philippines.

Tondo Dumpsite area in Manila in the Philippines is home to over 40,000 scavengers. They make their living and homes out of the rubbish they find. Children have to scavenge to make money to buy food.

Philippine Christian Foundation provide food, education, healthcare and love to some 600 children. They train the children's Mums to make beautiful bags out of ring pulls. They get paid £5. a day for making the bags, this feeds a family of 8.

All the profits from the bags fund more of PCF's work on the dumpsite and in the school including; a major project to build new homes for 3,000 dumpsite families.

It costs £180. to build a new home for a family of 8.

7,200 ring pulls = 2kg. 2kg makes approx 12 bags which earns a profit of around £180 which is enough to build 1 family home.

Please collect ring pulls from tins of soup, soft drinks, beer cans etc. Ring pulls can be placed in the container in the entrance hall on the Lost Property Cupboard.

If each child at St. James' manages to collect 7 ring pulls a week, that would be enough at the end of the month to build a new family home. It would be great if the school could provide a home a month.

- 6 May 2010 15:07 - GeneralSwimming Gala

Swimming Gala April 2010.

On Wednesday 29th April, St. James’ Swimming Team went to St. John’s swimming pool to take part in the Tunbridge Wells & District Primary Schools’ Sports Association Swimming Gala.

In the 50m Girls Open Event, Charlotte and Hannah both won their heats. Charlotte went on to win the event and trophy, with Hannah finishing a close second.
In the 50m Boys Open Event, Jonny won his heat and Max was second. In the final of the event, Jonny finished a very close second and Max was third.
The Mixed Medley Team; Hannah, Simon, Isobel, Zach, Charlotte and Max won the trophy and broke the record set by St. James’ last year and so won the Muffet Cup which is awarded for speed. Their winning time was 2 minutes and six seconds.
The Girls Relay Team; Charlotte, Alice, Francesca and Hannah came first and won the Shield.
The Boys Relay Team; Max, Simon, Sam J and Jonny came first and won the Shield.
Both our divers got through to the finals. Francesca went on to win the Girls Diving Trophy.

St. James’ Swimming Team were overall winners of League A and won the King Charles Cup.  We all had a fantastic evening.

Thank you, to Simon Killick for coaching us and Mrs Waller, Mr Smith and Mrs McGlew and all the parents who supported us.

Team; Max, Hannah, Sophie, Simon, Isobel, Zach, Francesca S, Ben V, Jonny and Sam J all from year 6. Charlotte, Mathew S, Alice, Paul and Lottie from year 5 and Ben from year 4.

More photos to follow

- 29 April 2010 16:07 - GeneralNetball Tournament

Netball Tournament 24th April 2010.

St. James’ ‘A’ Netball Team Report

St. JamesOn Saturday 24th April, St. James’ A Netball Team went to play in a tournament at Bennett Memorial School. First we played against Bishops Down and we drew 2-2. Then we played against St. Augustine's, but we lost this match. We played a friendly match against Pembury because the other school didn’t turn up, and we won this 7-1, but unfortunately this match didn’t count. This was the end of the first half of the tournament. In the second half we played two matches. The first was against Horsmonden, but we lost. Finally we played Speldhurst and won.

‘B’ Team report.

On Saturday 24th April, St. James’ ‘B’ Netball Team played five matches. Our first match was against Horsmonden, but despite our best efforts we lost 0-5. Our second match was against St. Augustine's; we all played our best and won 3-1. We won our third match against Pembury 3-0. Then we all went into the hall and found out that we had enough points to play in the second half.
We started the second half against Paddock Wood, but unfortunately lost the match 0-4. Finally we played St. Marks’, everyone played really well as a team, but we lost the match 0-1. This meant we didn’t get placed, but we still had lots of fun.

Thank you Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Waller for coaching us and Mr Smith and Mrs McGlew who, with the parents, supported us.

Team members; Isobel, Lucy, Hannah, Shevelle, Coral, Sophie, Alice, Joanna, all from year 6. Martha, Eleanor S, Issy, Emma and Jennie from year 5.


- 29 April 2010 15:11 - GeneralKent Schools Swimming Finals

Kent Schools Swimming Finals at Gillingham 24th April 2010.

On 24th April, seven swimmers from years 5 & 6 went to the Black Lion Swimming Pool in Gillingham, to compete in the second part of the Kent Schools Swimming Finals. We all swam brilliantly and Max was the second reserve for the big final, with Simon as first reserve. Charlotte got into the finals and came fourth with an amazing swim. Sadly you had to finish in the top three to swim for Kent.
We all had great spirits and a great time.

Thank you to Simon Killick our coach and Mrs Waller and parents for supporting us.

Team; Max, Simon, Francesca, Charlotte, Zach, Hannah, Alice, Sam J and Jonny.

- 29 April 2010 14:24 - GeneralYear 6 DT Easter Egg Project 2010.

Year 6, Easter Egg DT Project.

Over the Easter holidays, year 6 were given a task to create an Easter egg holder that protected the egg.  We all got to work with some fanastic idea's.  On the first day back after the Easter break the room was buzzing with chatter about our vibrant finished projects. 

Then came the prize giving....

First the Runners Up were announced; Fran S, Melissa, Max, Sophie, Alice, Dean and Oscar.  The overall winners in 6A were Aidan with his beautiful penguin, with a clever mechanism inside and Isabella for the girls, who did a pig, with springy eyes and a cute curly tail.

The Runners Up in 6 Alpha were; Daniel, Josh A, James F, Sophie, Isobel and Shevelle. The winners were; Emily with her beautiful garden and Euan A's very clever birdcage.

We all loved taking part and ended up with some outstanding results.

Report by Alice 6A


- 26 April 2010 14:49 - GeneralRoman Day

Roman Day Tuesday 30th March 2010.

We were told all about what life was like for the Romans.

We then had the opportunity to take part in the different activities like wax writing, bread making, clay pot and jewellery making for a while, which was great fun.

We also did a Roman drama with everyone taking part and which included dancing and acting.

Everyone looked amazing in their Roman costumes.


- 2 April 2010 16:10 - GeneralMusic Concert

Music Concert – March 2010.

On the evenings of Monday and Tuesday 29th / 30th March, the School Choir, School Band with Mrs Lyons and Mrs Harris’s Flute Group put on a Music Concert in the School Hall.

It went very well and we sang lots of songs from Cats, Oliver, The Jungle Book, and Gilbert & Sullivan and did lots of dances. There were also solo’s from Emily and Beth.

The flute group played music from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wallace & Gromit and the Flintstones.

The School Band played a piece from Les Misérables.

The concert ended with Mr Mistoffelees, the audience all joined in with the chorus.

Report by Emily and Mia.


- 2 April 2010 15:56 - GeneralSt. James

CSI Court Room Trip

On Thursday 25th March, ten children from year 5 went to the Police Station/Court.

We saw a CCTV video of a bank robbery; surprisingly the two men who were in the video were in the court room. We went in the minibus and met up with Detective Chief Champion and PC Wady. Then we went upstairs, James had to hop on his crutches! We went through the first door and put our bags down, then went on into the court room and sat in the jury.
The Judge knocked on the door. Mrs Ingman said “All rise” so we all stood up and the judge came in through the said and told us to be seated. PC Wady called the defence up. First up was James, he went into the witness box which is a little bit like a pulpit. With a seat and microphone, James went up and read his witness statement. Luca was next to read his witness statement, another great statement. Dylan went after Luca. Next was Matthew. All of were excellent, with good detail. During some of the statements the robbers would stare at us or drag their fingers across their throats. One time the Judge slammed his hammer down on the desk and frightened us. Items from the crime scene were shown; they were a pistol, knife and rucksack. Last, but not least, Matthew S went and gave a great report. Finally the Judge gave a 20 year prison sentence. At the end everyone clapped.
The massive shock was when the defence was Mrs Ingman Husband!
We all got certificates.

Thank you Mr Chandler for driving us there and Mrs Ingman for organising the trip.

Taking part; Luca, Dylan, Sam, Nathan, Paul, Torin, Matthew S, James and Adrian.

Report by Matthew and Adrian.

- 2 April 2010 15:28 - GeneralKent Athletics Finals

Kent Primary Athletics Finals in Maidstone.

On Friday 26th March, 18 children from years 5 & 6 went to Maidstone to take part in the Primary County Athletics Finals. The competition was tough, but lots of fun. All the team members took part in two track and two field events. There were some outstanding performances. We came 5th out of the 15 teams which took part from all over Kent.

Thank you to Mrs Waller, Mr Chandler and Mrs Simkins for driving and supporting us and Mrs Woolgar for supporting us.

Team; Joe T, Joe B, Spencer, Mungo, Miller, Oscar, Isabel, Sophie R, Sophie H, Alice, Emily and Jessica M, all year 6. Amir, Luca, Lewis, Issy, Charlotte and Maddy, all year 5.

Report by Emily.

- 2 April 2010 14:53 - GeneralSt. James A Team win league

St. James' A Team win the Tunbridge Wells Football League.

St. JamesCongratulations to the boys in the A Team; Joe B, Joe T, Joe W, Josh, Miller, Jordan, Dean, Amir, Lewis and Joel, who have had a great season and have won the Tunbridge Wells A League for the first time. 

Thanks to Carl, from Msporti, who coaches the team and all the parents who have been brilliant supporters all season.

- 1 April 2010 13:26 - GeneralTudor Day

Tudor Day - year 5.

On Wednesday the 24th of March, Tudor day commenced.
We started off in a Tudor Market place. There were 12 stalls each holding a different activity. There was a candle making workshop, two surgeon workshops including drilling holes through people’s heads, and lots more. Anthony had to be punished for stealing charcoal from the school mistress. Also Maddy had to eat maggot infested meat for leaving the ice house door open.

In the afternoon there was a banquet. Some people were chosen to sit at the top table and eat from silver plates. Everyone got to drink from goblets but we had to share plates. We also had lots of entertainment from two plays, singing, dancing and jesters and jugglers.

A big thank you to all the parents who helped in this fabulous occasion.

By Martha and Eleanor S.

- 25 March 2010 14:13 - GeneralAllotment Club

Allotment Club News - March 2010.

On Thurday 18th March, Daniel, Euan, Josh, Aidan, Alice, Sammy, Oliver and Callum planted our first crop for the St. James' Allotment Club.  They were potatoes called Vales Emerald and Rocket.  This is how we did it.  First we went up on the field to gather some twigs, then we put some in the bottom of each bag.  We then put some soil in out potato bags, placed the potatoes in the bag and then added a bit more soil.  We will enter the crop in a competition to see who can grow the best potatoes.  The competition winners will receive equipment for the allotment.  We are also going to plant some flowers to attract wildlife.


- 25 March 2010 14:08 - GeneralKent Schools Swimming at Gillingham

Kent Schools Swimming at Gillingham, 20th March 2010.

On Saturday 20th March St. James’ swimming team went to Gillingham to swim for Kent schools. We had a practice before the races began.

We qualified for 8 events out of 13 in the final on the 24th April. We enjoyed thoroughly ourselves even though it was quite a long time to wait for each event.

The mixed medley team; Max, Charlotte, Francesca and Hannah, came 2nd and won medals. It was a very, very close race.
Others who qualified were Simon, Max, Hannah, Zach, Jessica and Charlotte they all got through to the final.

Thank you to Simon our swimming coach, Mrs Waller, Dan and our parents for supporting us.

Team; Max, Sam J, Hannah, Jonny, Simon, Zach, Jessica M, Francesca S and Charlotte.


- 25 March 2010 13:43 - GeneralAllotment News

St. James’ Allotment Update, March 2010.

The St. James’ school allotment club sprang into action on the 4th March 2010 with 8 budding new members from years 5 & 6.

The members were introduced to the uncultivated plot and the plans that we have to develop it. They prepared the first vegetable to be grown on the plot by ‘chitting’ the potatoes and will plant and monitor the progress. When the potatoes are harvested we will entre the weight of the crop into a competition to win more gardening equipment.

The members also ran a survey to find out what the pupils of St. James’ would like the allotment club to grow. Strawberries were the clear winners with oranges and kiwi fruit being the most challenging requests!

During future meetings we will be planting potatoes, composting leaves collected on the playground and soil testing. Years 3 & 4 will begin with identifying materials we can recycle at the allotment, planting our first seeds and producing notices for our Eco-Schools notice board.

All volunteers welcome to prepare raised bed frames and move top soil. Please bring own spades and forks, hammers, gloves etc.  We would welcome your help at this crucial time.

Beverley Watson

- 18 March 2010 14:55 - GeneralHockey Festival

Hockey Festival - 17th March 2010.

On The 17th of March St. James’ A team went to the Hawkesbury AstroTurf to take part in a hockey tournament. We had never played before together.

Our first game was against St. Johns’ ‘B’, we dominated the game and with a disallowed goal the final score was 0-0.

The next game was against St. Marks’, again we dominated the game and with lots of chances we won 3-0. Our third game was against Speldhurst ‘B’, for the second game in a row we won 3-0. We then had an important game against St. James’ ‘B’ team. It was a close game going from end to end, but the final score was 1-0 to the ‘A’ team.

Next we had Speldhurst ‘A’; we crushed them 3-0 with all the possession to us. Then we played St. Johns’ ‘A’ and again we had a disallowed goal so the final score was 0-0.

In the end we won the whole tournament of years 5 and 6 by 2 clear points, with a massive trophy in our hands!!!

Goalkeeper; Josh
Defence; Alice, Max and Joe B.
Mid; Bethany and Isobel.
Strike; Joe T.

Our top scorers were Isobel and Joe. T with 4 goals each. Max with 1 goal and a disallowed goal. Bethany got 1 goal too.

The year 5 team; Maddy, Charlotte, Grant, Elliott, Amir, Amy, Marc and Lewis.

Mrs Waller reported; The team played really well and Elliott was ‘fearless’ in goal, preventing lots of goals.

Katie and Abbie's Report on the Year 3/4 matches.

On Wednesday 17th March some children from year 3 and 4 went to a hockey festival in Hawkenbury. Before the games began we were practising when Katie fell over and cut her elbow.

Our first match was against St. Marks’. We all played well, but unfortunately St. Marks’ won 1-0. Our second game was against St. James’ ‘B’ team. The ‘B’ team had good players but they still lost to us 1-0.
Our last game was against St. Barnabus, they put up a good game but we won 1-0.
Archie was the Man of the Match.

Team; Nathan, India, Jamie, Becky, Thomas, Freya, all from year 3. From year 4, Abbie, Archie, Katie, Oscar, Connie and Ethan.

Thank you Mrs Waller and all the Mum’s and Dad’s for supporting us.

Report by Abbie and Katie.

- 18 March 2010 14:41 - GeneralCourier report on Chris Burkes Mural & head teachers retirement

Courier on 5th March 2010.

Article on Chris Burkes fabulous artwork and head teachers retirement.

A top cartoonist, Chris Burke, has created a 17 foot mural to mark the retirement of St. James’ Junior School head teacher Paul Chandler this term. 

Chris said
“I decided to show a child’s progression through the school, from the first day through to the last, with some of the regular events of the school year in between”.

The result is a vivid journey leaping from annual Book Week- with a nod to Harry Potter – Greek Day and the Christmas pantomime, with the artist’s own two sons, Nat and Ben, both of whom were pupils at the school, making a guest appearance too.

The article then went on to pay tribute to the “Head who took school to top did it all his way”.
Head teacher Paul Chandler is retiring from the school at Easter after 15 years.

Full report can be seen in the Courier

- 11 March 2010 16:13 - GeneralSt. James

St. James' A Team v Langton Green.

The match kicked off well we had a great chance by Joe T, but the defenders dealt with it well and cleared the ball to midfield. The midfielder lost control and their striker collected the ball and took the ball round Josh, then using his skill he crossed it in and unfortunately found a man to tap it in. 1-0 to them.

St. James kept their heads held high and Miller Joel, Amir and Joe. B worked the wings very well to put in some deadly crosses. Joe T crossed a good ball into the box and it was a massive scramble in the box and it kingly fell to Joe W for the third shot, he scored to make it 1-1. After Langton Greens kick off Joe T caught the keeper off his line but it fell and hit the cross bar. Then Dean and Jordan came on and Dean put in a through ball to Joe. T, who took it round three people and put the ball in the back of the net, with one minute left of the game and it was a corner to us, Miller had a rocket shot on goal but it was saved. Joe W put the ball in very well and it fell to Joe T who headed it home so the final score was 3-1 to us.

Thank you Mrs Waller for driving us and supporting us and thank you Keith for coaching us. The whole team played very well and we deserved that win.

Man of the Match was Miller.

Team: Josh, Joe T, Joe B, Joe W, Miller, Dean, Jordan, Lewis, Joel and Amir.

Report by Joe T.

- 11 March 2010 15:51 - GeneralSt. James A Football v Bidborough

St. James' A Team v Bidborough - Football 9th March 2010.

The game started and we took a break with Joe B, who passed it to Joe W, he took a swirling shot, which the keeper spilled and it went in. 1-0 to St. James.
They kept a strong defence till half time. Amir, Joe and Lewis played some lovely passes though to Joe T, he took it round a player and hit a great shot to the top corner, 2-0 to us.
Amir passed a great through ball to Joe W and shot but it only found its way to the keeper’s arms. Joe T took a great volley which zoomed into the bottom corner - what a goal!
The final score was 3-0 to St. James’.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising it, Mrs Simkins for supporting us and Keith who coached us.

Team: Josh, Joe T, Joe B, Joe W, Miller, Dean, Jordan, Lewis, Joel and Amir.

Report by Joe W.

- 11 March 2010 15:45 - GeneralFootball A Team at Dover Finals

Football at Dover – Saturday 6th March 2010.

On Saturday 6th March St. James’ ‘A’ team played in the Kent Schools Football Association under 11’s Tournament in Dover.

Our first match was against Pickhurst. In the first few minutes we won a free kick in their half. Joe T took it and it just hit the bar, but went over. At half time the score was 0-0. In the second half, both keepers were troubled many times, but held strong and still didn’t concede. The final score was 0-0.

Our next match was against Upton. As Joe B had taken an injury Harrison, Millers brother, made a surprise appearance. In the first half an Upton player slipped through and his shot was just out of reach for Josh to save. At half time the score was 1-0. It stayed that way to full time.

Our third match was against Regis Manor, the reigning champions. The game was very quick and we had the best chance of the game, but the Regis Manor keeper held strong. The final score was 0-0.

Our last game was against Lympne. This was our best game and we all played fantastically. In the second half Jonny had a shot that was spilled by the keeper, but disallowed. Our forwards battered the keeper but he didn’t break. The final score was 0-0.

We came fourth in our group, so didn’t make it through to the final

Thank you to Carl for coaching us, Mrs Simkins for driving us there and back in the minibus, Mrs Waller for supporting us and the parents who came to watch. I think we all did a great job to get this far in the tournament.

Men of the Matches were Josh and Joe T.

Team: Josh, Joe T, Joe B, Joe W, Miller, Lewis, Joel, Amir and Harrison.

Report by Josh.

- 11 March 2010 15:33 - GeneralThomas with his Dinosaur.

Thomas makes a Dinosaur

Thomas with his DinosaurThomas got inspired by a book called Dinosaur Robots and decided to make a dinosaur.  So with the help of his Dad, he got together a squirty bottle, a coathanger, some plastic forks, an air freshner carton and some wheels from his model set.  They made a fantastic model dinosaur which Thomas very proudly showed the school.  Thomas now wants to buy a copy of the book and make some more dinosaurs.

- 4 March 2010 13:59 - GeneralSt. James

Football Report - 'A' team v Claremont. 3rd March 2010.

On Tuesday 2nd March, St. James’ ‘A’ Team went to Claremont to play a football match. This was a cup match played all over Kent and which St. James’ have never entered before.

We all started off well and tackled hard, but unfortunately by the end of the first half the score was 0-0.

Then we began the second half, eager to get a win. We had many chances but were not able to get the goal. Josh in goal as usual was pulling off some great saves. At the end of the second half it was still 0-0.So, if the score was still a draw by the end of extra time the game would go to penalties.

Extra time started and everyone wanted the goal. It was hard tackling and good attacking, but right at the end Joe T got the winning goal, just as the whistle blew. 1-0 to us, so that meant that we had won the game.

Thank you to Mrs Waller and Carl for organising the match and to Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Josh M got Man of the Match.

Team; Joe T, Joe W, Joe B, Miller, Spencer, Miller, Josh M, Joel and Lewis.

Report by Miller, 6 Alpha.


- 4 March 2010 13:44 - GeneralNetball v Bishops Down & Claremont

Netball v Bishops Down & Claremont -3rd March 2010.

On 3rd March St. James’ netball 'A' team, went to Skinners Kent Academy to play two matches. Our first match was against Bishops Down; we had a good defence and won 5-4. The next match was against Claremont. This was a tough game and we tried really hard, but unfortunately we lost.

Isobel was girl of the match because of her excellent play.

Thank you to Mrs Moriarty for supporting us, Mrs Mesher for umpiring and Mrs Waller for driving us there.

Team; Vicky, Alice, Sophie, Hannah, Isobel, Joanna, Jessica M and Shevelle.

Report by Hannah.

- 4 March 2010 13:41 - GeneralChris Burkes Picture - Life at St. James

Chris Burke’s Picture - Life at St. James' Junior School.

Chris Burke, our artist in residence and internationally renowned illustrator unveiled a wonderful painting of Life at St. James’ Junior School. The painting depicts the school life of a child from the day they arrive at St. James’ to the day they fondly wave goodbye. It covers a whole range of activities, including special days, clubs and school journeys.

The picture is designed to be a timeless memory of St. James’ and will be a permanent display for all to enjoy for many years to come.

We would like to express our gratitude to Chris for his inspiration, and for the time he has given to bring our vision to life.

Please do take time to look at the gallery of pictures. Chris took photos of his work through the various stages and it is wonderful to see the initial sketches come to life when colour is added.


- 28 February 2010 11:20 - GeneralBeginner Recorder Festival at TWGGS

Beginner Recorder Festival at TWGGS.

On Friday 12th February, St. James’ beginner recorder group went to Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School, where we took part in a big recorder festival. We played a few games and played some songs like Mile Oliver’s Tank Top, Chilled and lots more.

Thank you to Mr Chandler for driving us there and also to Mrs Harris and Mrs Woolgar for supporting us.

There was an orchestra with lots of different instruments like flutes, recorders, trumpets, saxophones and other musical instruments, all played by the girls. There were lots of different schools from all over Tunbridge Wells.

We had lots of fun!

Thomas, Freya, Chloe, Maddy, Oscar and Isobel, all from 3A. Cecelia, Sophia, Louis, Elliott, Freya, Emelia, Molly, Annie and Ruby, all from 3 Alpha.

Report by Cece.

- 25 February 2010 13:52 - GeneralDistrict Swimming Gala

District Swimming Gala, 7th February.

On Saturday 7th February, St. James’ Swimming Team went to St. Johns swimming pool to take part in the District Swimming Gala. Schools from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks took part.

We did very well and won out of the six schools which took part.

Four swimmers from St. James’ got into the girls open final. Charlotte came first.

Three boys got into the boys open final, but unfortunately none of them won, but they all did very well.

We won a very big cup. Thank you Mrs Waller for supporting us and Mr Killick for coaching us.

Team; Max, Simon, Zach, Jessica, Hannah, Isobel, Jonny, Francesca S, Matthew S, Paul, Elliot J, Charlotte, Alice and Lottie.

Report by Charlotte.

- 11 February 2010 14:51 - GeneralDance Festival at Skinners Kent Academy, February 2010

Dance Festival at Skinners Kent Academy, 10th February 2010.

On Wednesday 10th February, year 4 went to a Dance Festival at Skinners Kent Academy, Sasha, Sam, Anna, Isobel, Jessica, Georgia, Lottie, Zoe and Gemma all took part.

We were split into two teams of six, unfortunately we were not all together, some teams had one or two instructors and after five minutes some dance teachers came over and picked teams and gave us an animal to pretend to be in the final. Someone came in and said we were going to perform to the Mum’s and Dad’s, which we all enjoyed. Some of us were characters from the Lion King, while the others were characters from Hairspray.

Thank you, Mrs Lewis for driving us there, in the new minibus and to Mrs Holwell for supporting us.

Report by Georgia.

- 11 February 2010 14:36 - GeneralFundraising for Haiti - Ralph & Gary

Fundraising for Haiti - Gary and Ralph.

Ralph and Gary have continued to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake.  They have completed a sponsored walk, sat in a bath of gunge and have also been interviewed on Radio Kent.  So far they have raised over £500.

- 11 February 2010 14:23 - GeneralNetball B Team against St. Peters and Bishops Down

St. James' B Team v St. Peters and Bishops Down on 10th February 2010.

On Wednesday 10th February, St. James’ Netball B Team played two matches at the Skinners Kent Academy.

Our first match was against St. Peters. We had lots of fun, but unfortunately we lost 3-0.

Our second match was against Bishops Down. We tried as hard as we could but we lost this game 2-0. Despite the arctic weather the whole team played as hard as we could and didn’t give up.

Thank you to Mrs Lewis for driving us in our new minibus, and to Mrs Mesher and Mrs Moriarty for coaching and supporting us.

Team; Charlotte, Emily, Martha, Issy, Emma and Eleanor, all year 5 and Amy, year 6.

Report by Eleanor and Amy.

- 11 February 2010 14:17 - GeneralNetball v Pembury & Langton Green

Netball Matches against Pembury and Langton Green on 3rd February 2010.

On the 3rd February St. James’ A team went to Skinners Kent Academy to play two matches. The first was against Pembury, who had a strong defence, but in the end we beat them with the score 7-3 to us.

The next game was against Langton Green, we really wanted to beat them. In the first half we scored 3 goals and Langton Green scored 1. In the second half nobody scored. So the final score was 3-1 to us.

We all played excellently, but Hannah was the girl of the match because she scored so many times.

Thank you to Mr Chandler for driving us there and to Mrs Waller for supporting us and umpiring.

Team; Hannah, Victoria, Isobel, Alice, Joanna, Lucy, Shevelle and Sophie.

Report by Joanna, year 6

- 4 February 2010 14:31 - GeneralAthletics Festival January 2010

Athletics – January 27th 2010.

On Wednesday 27th January 24 children from St. James’ juniors went to Skinners Kent Academy. We competed against three other schools, Horsmonden, St. John’s and Broadwater Down. We took part in lots of events including, speed bounce, standing long jump, soft javelin, relay and over and under relay.

We had loads of fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. At the end the scores between the ‘B’ teams of Horsmonden and Broadwater Down were quite close, but not as close as between St. James’ B and St. Johns’ B. As the final results were read out, we got very excited as it was between St. Johns’ and St. James’ now. As it was announced that St. James’ A team had won, we all cheered. St. Johns’ came second and St. James’ B team came third.

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Waller, who cheered us on and supported us all the time and to Mrs Simkins for driving us there in our great new minibus.

‘A’ Team: Mungo, Joe T, Spencer, Sophie R, Sophie H, Alice R, Isobel F, Joe B all year 6 and Amir, Luca, Charlotte W and Issy all from year 5.

‘B’ Team: Jessica M, Shevelle, Victoria, Hannah J, Josh M, Joe W, Kyle, Jonny and Oscar from year 6 and Maddy, Emily and Nathan from year 5.

Report by Joe B and Issy.

JS - 28 January 2010 15:01 - GeneralFundraising for Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Fundraising for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal

The earthquake that has so disastrously struck Haiti bought an immediate response from the children of St. James’ Junior School. The children organised and ran a magnificent cake sale and many smaller sponsored events. A total of £1050.37 has been raised, due to the generosity of parents, children and staff.

The money is being combined with similar collections from other Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools to enable us to purchase and distribute Shelter boxes. A Shelter box was bought into school by Mr and Mrs Cornish on behalf of the Rotary Club. The children were shown the contents, designed to provide immediate relief for an extended family, a tent, cooking equipment, water purifiers etc. Each box costs £450, and distribution to Haiti is being organised by Rotary International.

Paul Chandler

JS - 28 January 2010 14:33 - GeneralRoaring Success!

Roaring Success!  - Msporti Girls Only Multi Skill Club

Msporti have just started a year 3 & 4 girls only, multi-skill club on Mondays. The first week of the club was a huge success. Over the next few weeks the girls will be covering a wide range of sports including netball, table tennis, new age curling, tennis, speed stacking and dance.

If you are interested in joining the club or would like more information on the Girls Only – Multi Skills Club during February half term, please contact Glyn Hayward on 07917 417 712 or via their web site,

- 22 January 2010 15:56 - GeneralNew Age Curling

New Age Curling Festival - 20th January 2010.

On Wednesday 21st January, St. James' school took part in the curling festival at Skinners Kent Academy.  It was a competition between schools in Tunbridge Wells.  St. James' entered two teams, from years 3 & 4.

For team A we had Zoe, Kate, Dan and Annabel.  On team B we had Anais, Archie, Tom and Elliot. 

Team A came 3rd, but team B did not get a place.  Pembury School won the game and St. Marks came 2nd.

It was great fun and something we will not forget! 

A big thank you to Mrs Waller and everyone who supported us.

Report by Anais and Archie, both year 4.

- 21 January 2010 14:58 - GeneralCash for Schools - New Minibus

A reporter and photographer from the Courier visited the school on Thursday 21st  January. They presented a cheque for £1,000 and a trophy to the school as runners up in the recent Cash for Schools Competition run by the Courier Newspaper.  With the help of parents and friends the school managed to collect 1000 vouchersand text votes.  This made us runners-up in the middle size schools section.  Mrs Crane, who entered the school in the competition to received the cheque and trophy on behalf of the school. The money has already gone towards the cost of the new minibus. 

Mr Chandler then told the school the exciting news that the new minibus was to be delivered later that morning, everyone cheered and was very excited.  Thank you very much to everyone who collected the vouchers and voted by text.  The report and photo's will be in the Courier newspaper in the next couple of weeks. 

- 21 January 2010 14:40 - GeneralChess match against St. Peters.

Chess Match against St. Peters.  11th January 2010.

On the 11th January St. James’ Chess Team played against St. Peter’s chess team. Despite the snowy weather we were able to get there in the old minibus. Anthony, Lewis, Matthew, Adrian and Luke were the players form year 5. There were also some children from year 4, Sebbie, Sasha, Ivor, Nishi and Anna. Our opponents were mainly from year 6, so it was a difficult match. Unfortunately, we lost to St. Peters, although Lewis was the star player.

Thank you Mr Chandler for driving us there and thank you Mrs Waller for supporting us.

Report by Matthew.

- 14 January 2010 14:26 - GeneralSpeed Stacking Tournament

Speed Stacking Tournament run by Tunbridge Wells Schools Sports Partnership.


On Wednesday 9th December, St James took 6 teams to St Johns to take part in a Speed Stacking competition.

We won all 3 trophies and loads of medals for fastest individual for the stages of the cycle and fastest individual for the cycle.  We also retained the overall winners trophy which we won last year.

Max won the year 5/6 cycle, Isabel won the 3/4 cycle.

Thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us there, Mrs Waters for coaching us and Mrs Waller & Mrs Woolgar for supporting us.

Report by Max and Amy

Year 5 & 6
Team A; Sam, Sanjana, Amy and Max
Team B; Ben V, Simon N, Joanna and Isabella.
Team C; Alex, Aidan, Yasmin and Olivia.


Year 3 & 4
Team A; Mia, Ben, Gary and Isabel
Team B; Finn, Joe, Yasmin and Becky
Team C; Max, Andrew, Georgia and Julia.

- 11 December 2009 16:35 - GeneralJesus

Jesus' Christmas Party - performed by Year 3.  December 2009


Year 3 performed their own version of Jesus' Christmas Party as their joint assembly. 

The children worked very hard practising dance routines, singing and all managed to learn their lines.


The rest of the school had big smiles on their faces and thoroughly enjoyed the performance, especially the part of the grumpy inn-keeper!!


The Year 3 Team

- 11 December 2009 11:53 - GeneralChristmas Music Concert

Christmas Music Concert, performed by the School Bands.


On Wednesday 9th December 2009 the School Bands played in a concert to their parents.  Instruments played included recorders, flutes, violins, saxophones, drums trumpets.  They played some wonderful pieces of music, the theme from Titanic with a haunting recorder solo by Amy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The House of The Rising Sun and many others. 


The Bands and Groups were led by Carrie Lyons and Mrs Harris. Mr Smith accompanied some of the groups on the piano.

- 11 December 2009 11:40 - GeneralA Christmas Carol by Year 4

A Christmas Carol

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of December in 2009 Year 4 performed a Christmas production of ‘A Christmas Carol. It was the musical story of Ebenezer Scrooge a man who hates Christmas. He lives a really selfish life until he is visited by 3 ghosts who help him to change his ways by showing him scenes from his life in the past, present and what it will be like in the future. They showed him where he went wrong and how he could have a happy future. It’s a good story for making you think about your life.

There were four different Scrooges played by Archie and William from 4A and Megan and Connie from 4 Alpha. There were some very scary spirits too! Seven children played the spirits too. We enjoyed the songs, especially “Charity” which is about the charity collectors asking Scrooge for some money. Year 4 Alpha performed a great dance and Year 4A danced to ‘Let`s have a party’ which was a song from the scene ‘Fezziwig`s Warehouse’

Everyone in Year 4 really enjoyed the play and had an important part to play. Thank you to all the children and teaching staff who helped make it a success and for our families and friends who came to watch. We hope you enjoy seeing the photos!

The Year 4 Team.

- 11 December 2009 11:31 - General5A Assembly

5A Assembly on Water.


On Thursday 3rd November 5A presented an assembly based around their topic, water.

After sharing some water facts, part of the class became water molecules to demonstrate the water cycle. Grace then recited her water poem and Eleanor described the class trip to Horton Kirby. Gabriel and Taylor carried out an experiment – LIVE! - resulting in a very frothy cappuccino! We then heard three of our water poems which were accompanied by original music. A factual account of an African girl’s struggle to collect enough water for her family was acted out by Madeleine, Paul and Sam. This topic has made us think about how we take water for granted and how we need to protect this valuable resource.

The assembly closed with a performance of “I turn on the tap/I walk to the stream” followed by prayers written by Charlotte, Yasmin and Ella W. It’s amazing to realise how much we have learned about water this term!

Report by Martha.

- 11 December 2009 11:05 - GeneralCash for Schools

Cash for Schools - The Courier Newspaper

The sad news is that our school minibus is 17 years old and dying! However, the school has just heard the exciting news that we have been selected to take part in Cash for Schools, run by the local Courier newspaper.

We would really like to get funds to buy a lovely new Ford Transit with 15/17 seats. The Governors have said some funds can be used from the budget, and the PFA have said they will raise as much as possible at the Christmas Fair, but we are still short. We need as many votes as possible to gain funds from Cash for Schools.

Everyone was asked to bring in the coupons which will appear in the Courier, over the next three weeks; there will be a box in the entrance hall.

It is also possible to text your vote, simply text 'SU Cash M8' to 65100. Texts cost 50p + your standard network rate.

So please bring your votes in and ask friends and neighbours for their Courier coupons as well. Every vote counts.

- 26 November 2009 15:18 - GeneralBook Fair - Mask Competition

Congratulations to Alex, Issy, Guy and Freya, who were the year group winners in the Mask Competition.  They each received a voucher to spend on books at next weeks Book Fair.

 Winners of the Mask Competition

Don't forget the Book Fair will be in school next Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December after school.




Runners Up in the Mask Competition




Up included; Isobel whose mask was of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mollie - Wilma Flintstone, Olivia - Paddington, Will - Frankinstein, Ruby - The Bed & Breakfast Star, Eleanor - The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, Cece - Horrid Henry, Alfie - Spongebob Square Pants and Hugh - Cat in the Hat.  They each receive a voucher to go towards a book.

- 26 November 2009 14:38 - GeneralFootball B Team v St. Matthews

St. James' B Team v St. Matthews

On Monday 16th November St. James’ B team played against St. Matthews B team. The games started well until they took an unlucky goal kick which went straight to Kyle who scored to make the score 1-0. After a while Jonny scored with his weaker foot, 2-0. Jonny scored again to make the score 3-0 at half time. After the break Jonny scored again with his head to make it 4-0. Then a couple of minutes later Shakane scored. They got a goal back before we scored again to leave the final score 6-1.

B Team; Max, Kyle, Jonny, Dean, Shakane, Tommy, Jordan and Harry.

Report by Tommy and Jordan.

- 19 November 2009 15:00 - GeneralFootball A Team v St. Matthews

Football ‘A’ Team v St. Matthews.

On Monday 16th November St. James’ A team went to play against St. Matthews. We had a quick attack, but the keeper pulled off an amazing save, luckily for us he threw it straight to Joe T, who put a through ball to Miller and he scored a great goal. After half time, they scored and towards the end we got a penalty, from which Miller scored to make it 2-1 to us.

Thank you Mrs Waller and Carl for supporting us and to Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

A Team; Joe T, Miller, Joe W, Josh, Joe B, Joel and Amir.

Report by Miller and Joe T.

- 19 November 2009 14:58 - GeneralNetball v Horsmonden

Netball B Team v Horsmonden.

On Wednesday 18th November, St. James’ Netball B team played a match against Horsmonden.

They had some excellent shooters and unfortunately we lost 9-1, Lottie our goal attack scored our goal.

Issy and Vicky were girls of the match. Although we lost we all had a lot of fun and we tried really hard.

Thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us there, Mrs Waller for escorting us, Mrs Mesher for coaching us. Mrs Moriarty for coaching us and for being a super referee, and to Mrs Schone who came to support and helped the team

B Team; Madeleine, Amy, Victoria, Eleanor, Lucy, Lottie and Issy.

Report by Eleanor. Yr 5.

- 19 November 2009 14:57 - GeneralThe Library

The Library

The year 6 Librarians talked to the school about plans for the library.

Our first job is to sort and catalogue all the books so you can find what you’re looking for.

The school has just been donated lots of new books to the library. There is the whole series of the Unfortunate Events and the series of Just William books and all the Roald Dahl books. Also some of the Astrosaur books and other new fiction books.

We recommend the William books to all fluent readers. Just William is a hilarious collection of stories from the classic Just William series. The spy books are about a boy called Jack Stalwart who travels around the world to find his missing brother.

Don’t forget about the book fair coming up from the 30th November until 2nd December. The more books you buy, the more books we get for our school.

We will soon be sending round a questionnaire to all classes to find out how you think we can improve the library.

Librarians; Yasmine, Coral, Isobel, Jessica M, Bethany H.

- 19 November 2009 14:55 - GeneralSwitch off Fortnight

Switch off Fortnight

Switch off fortnight was a great success. Thanks to everyone who remembered to switch off lights and computers when they were not being used.

During last week we saved 90 units of electricity, even though we had some indoor playtimes.

We will continue to look at ways to save energy in our school. As a school we saved £9 without really trying.

To thank you all, we will be handing out stickers at break-time today.

Report by Lucy and Autumn.

- 19 November 2009 14:54 - GeneralThe Eco-Team


You may have noticed the three of us, including Anna but she is ill today, go round the school every Friday picking up litter.

We have made various posters to help you realise what you are doing to our school. Mrs Watson helped us to prepare our big tidy up, it has taken many weeks and we don’t want it to go wrong. The tidy up will take place over the lunch hour and we will be trying to collect as much rubbish as we possibly can. We will be wearing green tabards. You can help by putting your litter in the bins. We hope to see some of you helping and thank you for listening.

Report by Eve, Francesca and Francesca. 6A

- 19 November 2009 14:52 - GeneralSchool Allotment Project

St. James Junior School Allotment

The St. James Junior School Allotment Project has started. An area of unused ground, behind the school playing field was identified and planning began during the summer break.

Sponsorship came from a landscaping company, ‘Ground Control Ltd’ from Essex, who kindly pledged £500 to get the operation started. This generous gift was partially spent on clearing the ground and erecting a poly tunnel frame. The rest of the donation will be spent on creating raised growing beds.

An existing shed is being relocated and will be used as the allotment potting shed. Materials requested from the builders at the Infant School are being used to construct compost heaps.

Various schemes have been registered with which will offer support and advice on managing the allotment and provide materials that may be used in a classroom situation.
The Eco-Schools Scheme status will be progressed with the development of the allotment project, and we expect to raise awareness of wildlife in the area and the importance of caring for the environment.

We hope that the allotment will give the pupils an insight into where our food comes from, the processes of food production and environmental issues.

It is hoped that the whole school will have an opportunity to participate in growing harvesting and eventually tasting the produce.

- 13 November 2009 11:52 - GeneralYear 3 Junk Model Orchestra

Junk Model Orchestra, Year 3


On Wednesday 11th November, Year 3 made a junk orchestra. We made some drums and put beans in them to change the sound. Some people made horns that made the sound of ships. There were shakers made from chickpeas and lentils in balloons, cans and plastic bottles. We had a fantastic day!

Report by 3 Alpha

- 13 November 2009 10:09 - GeneralCross Country Festival November 2009

On Wednesday 4th November, 4 children from year 5&6 went to a Cross Country Festival at Skinners playing fields.  The race was about a mile long and very muddy and tough.  There were 134 people in the race, Kyle came 7th, Spencer came in 14th, Mungo 11th and Alice 16.  Alice was the second girl to finish. 

We ended up finishing in second place as a team.  We all did really well.

In the year 3/4 race Zach was the third place boy, congratulations to him.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising it and to Miss Church for supporting us and Mr Chandler for driving us there.

Runners; Spencer, Alice, Mungo and Kyle from year 6.  Katie, Archie, Pip and Zach from year 4.  Elliot J, Nathan, Dominic and Martin from year3.

- 5 November 2009 15:08 - GeneralNetball A Team 4th November.

On Wednesday 4th November the A Team went to the Skinners Academy to play three matches.  The first match was against Southborough and we lost.  The second match was against St. Augustines and we lost again.   The final match was against St. Matthews and we lost that too!

Thank you Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Mesher for training and supporting us, and to Mrs Waller for organising and supporting us.

Mrs Moriarty was very pleased with the way the team played and said they improved with each game they played.

Team: Isobel, Alice, Shevelle, Joanna, Francesca, Hannah, Eve and Sophie.

Report by Eve. 

- 5 November 2009 14:29 - GeneralFootball Tournament 16th October 2009. A Team Report

Football A TeamOn the Friday 16th October 2009 St. James’ School A and B team played a tournament at the Hawkenbury Astroturf. The games were 10 minutes long with no half time.

Our first game was against St. Peters, we played well and we won 2-0 with goals by Joel and Lewis. Then, we had a rest and played St. Matthews it was a fair game and we drew 0-0. Our next game was against Pembury, we won 1-0 with a goal by Miller. We then had a rest but went on to play Southborough, we both played well and Joe T had a good shot but it got saved and we drew 0-0. Then, we played our B team! The game was quite equal but near the end Joe B scored a cracking goal that Max from the B team couldn’t do anything about it.

At that point we had played all our games and had got 11 points and we had just beaten Pembury by one point, but still that was enough to get through to the play-offs.

There were three teams in the finals, us, Amhurst and Antony Roper. The first game was Antony Roper vs. Amhurst and Antony Roper won 1-0. Then it was St. James A vs. Amhurst. Josh made a few great saves with Joe B kicking the ball off the line twice. Miller had lots of shots and in the end he scored two great goals with them being great through balls by Joel and Joe W. Then, without a break we went and played Antony Roper who we had to either draw with or beat. The game started with a great shot from Amir but it got saved on the line also with Joe T making a great tackle and a save off the line. Then Joe W came off for Lewis and unluckily Antony Roper scored in the last two minutes.

We then got told that Antony Roper went through to represent the Dartford area and we went through to represent West Kent. So now we are playing in Dover in the next round!

Team: Joe T, Joe B, Joe W, Miller, James F, Amir, Joel and Lewis.

Men of the Matches: Miller and Joe B.

Report by Miller.

- 23 October 2009 15:42 - GeneralDowningbury Farm 4 Alpha

My School Trip 14th October 2009.

We went to Downingbury Farm. I saw a peach there, purple and squidgy. It took ages to get there. We picked raspberries and got to eat them. The farmer was called Peter, he was a great guide. On the way there we stopped at a dairy farm and stroked calves, they were so cute. At the end of the trip Peter gave us all an apple to eat. Mrs Simkins came to the rescue, so that children that were slow on the way there got to ride back in the minibus. At lunch time Mrs Waller gave us ice lollies, the ice cream was gooey and runny. Mr lolly broke and I looked all messy like my cousin Catherine, she’s only two, (I think!).

Thank you to everyone who helped us.

Report by Lottie 4 Alpha.

On Wednesday the 14th October 4 Alpha went to Downingbury Farm, how we got there is another story! It took 4 miles; we started off on the pavement, before long we got our feet wet by walking through the grass at Dunorlan Park. Finally we reached the top, but next we had to walk in single file along the edge of the road, fortunately it wasn’t that busy, but UNFORTUNATELY it took forever. Soon we got to go through the woods and that was very fun. Eventually, we stopped off a different farm, it was a dairy farm, it had calves, I fed and stroked one and it sniffed and licked me. Unfortunately we had to leave. But soon we got the Downingbury Farm, we got to pick raspberries, they were delicious. I found a baby apple. After an hour and a half we had to leave, so we set off.

Report by Florrie, 4 Alpha.

- 23 October 2009 15:28 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2009

On Friday 16th October, Year 6 had a normal morning at school but then at lunch, went back in time to The Victorian era. First of all, we had drill outside where we marched up and down the playground; it was a bit like old-fashioned PE. After that we marched into the hall for afternoon lessons - boys and girls through different doors. Once a week, we had to bring in a penny but unfortunately, Euan forgot his and got the Dunce’s cap. Our first lesson was writing practice where we were given copybooks to copy out the alphabet underneath the correct letters. If you were left-handed you had to write with your right hand as they thought it was improper for people to write with your left hand; if your writing wasn’t neat enough you got given the Dunce’s hat which is a cone shaped hat with a D on the front.

Our next lesson was mathematics where we had to solve problems with money and chant our times tables. In the middle of our lesson, the headmaster, Mr Chandler, entered the room and we all had to stand up out of respect. Jarrod forgot to put the coal on the fire in the staff room so he was sent out to relight it.

The nurse Mrs Woolgar, came to inspect our hands and face and our hair for nits. Several people had to go out and clean their hands and then come back in for reading out some sounds and short sentences off a sheet.

We then had to recite a poem about a willow tree in autumn. Several people were picked on and had to say it from memory. Then we had to decipher what the poem actually meant- it was the colours and the wind blowing the leaves of the tree. After that we were dismissed and we went home. The afternoon was extremely fun, we all enjoyed it immensely but it was even worse than school is today, as the teachers were very strict.

Thank you very much too all the teachers for making it a very enjoyable afternoon.

- 23 October 2009 15:10 - GeneralFootball Tournment 16th October B Team Report

The B teamOn Friday 16th October St. James' B Team went to Hawkenbury Astroturf to play five matches.  The first match was against Pembury and we lost 2-1.  Shakane scored by kicking the ball through the keepers legs.  The next game was against Southborough, which ended 0-0.  We then played St. Matthews and Max made an amazing save and the final score was 0-0.  Afterwards we played St. Peters, but lost 0-1.  In the final game we played against our A team and if the A team won they would go through to play in the final. We kicked off and the ball was at each end , but just before the end we lost 0-1.

Men of the Matches were Spencer and Max.

Team: Shakane, Max, Spencer, Dean, Kyle, Jonny, Harry, Tommy and Jordan.

JS - 22 October 2009 15:12 - GeneralNetball - B Team v Bidborough

On Wednesday 21st October St. James' B Netball Team went to Skinners Academy to play a match against Bidborough B Team. 

The first half was 1-0 to us, but we had a lot of tries to get the ball in the hoop.

In the second half, again we had lots of tries at getting the ball in the hoop and scored again.  At the end of the match the score was 2-0.

Our Captain was Joanna, and our Player of the Match was Eleanor.

Team: Joanna, Amy, Shevelle all year 6, Eleanor, Maddie, Lottie and Emma from year 5.

Thank you to Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Mesher for coaching and supporting us.

Report by Amy and Joanna

JS - 22 October 2009 14:57 - GeneralNetball v Bidborough & St Johns


On Wednesday 14th October, St. James' A team went to Skinners Academy to play matches against Bidborough and St. Johns.


Our first match was against Bidborough, we played well but unfortunately lost 3-1.

Our second match was against St. Johns', unfortunately we also lost this match.

St. Johns' were a very strong team and they had a very tall goal shooter. Bidborough too were a good team, with a very strong defence.

We all had a great time and thank you Mr Chandler for driving us there, and to Mrs Waller, for organising the matches. Thank you Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Mesher for coaching and supporting us.

Team; Eve, Francesca S, Sophie, Alice, Hannah, Vicky and Isobel.

Report by Francesca S.


- 14 October 2009 00:59 - GeneralFootball v Claremont

A Team

On Wednesday 7th October St. James’ A Football team went to Claremont to play a match. The game kicked off and we had possession. We had lots of shots and so did Claremont, but both keepers kept strong. Then late into the first half we had an attack. Joe B put through a ball, Joe T chased it and he was one on one with the keeper, before calmly putting it past him. It was then half time. Claremont had a quick break and had a shot from long range, Josh pulled off an amazing save! They took the corner quickly and Joe T headed it clear. There was a break and Joe B smashed it up the pitch, Claremont’s keeper came out and miss kicked the ball, Joe then took it round the keeper and scored a great goal the final score was 2-0 to St. James’. We all played very well.

Thank you Mrs Waller and Keith for taking and supporting us.

Joe T and Josh were named ‘Men of the Match’.

Team: Josh, Joe W, Joe B, Joe T, Amir, Lewis, Joel and Miller.


B Team

On Wednesday 7th October St. James’ B Football team went to play Claremont B team. The match kicked off and we had a dodgy start. But before half time Spencer ran through the defence and scored. In the second half we started well and Spencer scored another goal to make it 2-0 to us. Towards the end of the match Shakane shot and hit the keeper. After that they had a great attack, but a great save by Max denied them the goal. The whistle blew and we had won 3-0.

Thank you Mrs Waller for organising it and Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Team: Max, Tommy, Harry, Jordan, Dean, Shakane, Jonny, Spencer and Kyle.

Report by Dean 6A.

- 7 October 2009 00:59 - GeneralHorton Kirby 2009

On Monday 28th September 5 alpha went to Horton Kirby to see the river Darent, for our topic on Rivers.

When we got to Horton Kirby Education Centre, it was an old Victorian school.

We put on our wellies and went in to our classroom. We met our teacher Mr. Cliffe and then walked down the hill to Westminster Bridge where we played Pooh sticks.

Afterwards we all went into the river and did an experiment with three balls to see how fast the river was going, we repeated that two more times. A little while later we measured the width and depth of the river. We found out that the depth of the river was affected by the weir and the bridge.

Then we walked along to a meander and we could see the bend and how it had eroded. We got the three balls out again at Franks Bridge. The river flowed fastest on the far side. We found out that where the twigs and sand went the river didn’t flow very fast.

When we got back to the centre we had lunch in the playground with the Victorian toys. After that we went to the classroom.

We had a brilliant day. Thank you Mr. Cliffe.


Report by Neve, 5 Alpha
Photo's by 5A.

- 5 October 2009 13:04 - GeneralTri-Golf Festival

The winning TeamOn Wednesday 30th September children from year 3 & year 4 went to play in a Tri-Golf Festival, at the Boys Grammar School.

We played against lots of other schools.

The year 4 team finished winners and won a trophy.

Thank you, Mrs Waller and Miss Davison for organising and taking us.

Year 3 Team: Molly, Andrew, Hugh, Annie, Joe, Brandon, Jamie, Isobel, Julia and Millie.
Year 4 Team: Emily, Maya, Guy, Aidan, Hayley, Phoebe, Zach, Jay, Jessica and Ben.

- 30 September 2009 01:43 - General

On Monday 28th September St. James’ A team had our first game of the season, at home against Paddock Wood. The games started off a bit tricky, but in the first five minutes we got a corner. Miller took it and delivered a great cross, but Joe T put in an even better header and put the ball in the back of the net. 1-0 to St. James’. The match continued well to half time. We then started again and Joe scored another great goal, 2-0. The game went on well, in the last five minutes Joe W won a penalty. Joe T took the penalty, but their keeper made a great dive and saved it! They were great opposition and we all had a great game. The final score was 2-0 to us.

Joe T and Josh M were named Men of the Match.

Thank you Mrs Waller for cheering us on, also the year 6 girls netball team who cheered the team on and to Carl for coaching, organising and being the ref.

Team; Josh M, Joe B, Joe T, Joe W, Miller, James F all from year 6, Joel, Lewis and Amir from year 5.

- 28 September 2009 00:57 - GeneralTimes Books for Schools

 Mrs Ingman would like to thank everyone who collected the Times Books for Schools tokens, the school has 'won' over 70 new books.

The new scheme has just started again, so please do keep saving the tokens and bring them into school.  A box will be placed in the entrance hall.

These are some of the new books the school has won and will be on the book shelves for children to enjoy.

- 17 September 2009 15:21 - GeneralCarol Bagshaw, Special Educational Needs Consultant Retires.

Many will have been in touch with Carol over the years. She’s been our Special Needs Consultant for the last 8 years and before that she was our Special Needs Co-ordinator. In total she has been with the school for 17 years.

Carol will be greatly missed especially, by staff and by those whose children have been helped through their school life at St. James’.

Staff wished her well with a retirement tea and presented her with gifts, a pen and case and a recipe book with the staff each providing a page with their favourite recipe for her.

We all wish her a long and happy retirement.

- 21 July 2009 15:37 - GeneralAdiemus - Year 5 Concert

Adiemus at the Assembly Hall.

On Monday 6th July, Year 5 joined Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School in a stunning concert at the Assembly Halls.

They sang a range of works by Karl Jenkins accompanied by TWGGS orchestra.

Several members of the audience commented that it was great to see the children enjoying themselves so much up on stage.

The St. James' Swing Band also performed. Children from Claremont and Bishops Down also took part.

- 12 July 2009 23:59 - GeneralEnd of Year Music Concert

The end of year Music Concert took place on Tuesday 7th July 2009 in the main hall with parents and friends watching on. Many pupils took part.

The year 3 Recorder Players opened the concert with BB Blues and Wet and Windy. They were followed by the Choirs, both junior and senior, singing Abba songs. Then the Beginner Recorders, Recorder Duets, Flute Duets, Violins, Piano players, Middle Recorder Group, Top Recorder Group and some Soloists and a Vocal Group performed.

- 9 July 2009 00:04 - GeneralWorld Day at St. James' - 8th July 2009

The whole school spent the day participating in various activities to learn about different counties from all around the world, from Wales to Kuwait and China.

The main hall became a marketplace where children tried different foods, crafts and languages, the music room became a French Cafe. On the field and playground children took part in various games and dance from all around the world.

Each child had a passport and collected stickers from all the countries they visited.

An enormous thank you to all the parents and friends of the school who put so much time and effort into the day. All of your preparation and hard work helped to make the day a fabulous success.

- 9 July 2009 00:02 - GeneralComputer Room is Updated

The Governing Body has agreed to undertake a complete upgrading of our computing facilities.

The ICT room, one of the first specifically designed for a primary school, has been getting very slow and tired. It has been redesigned so that we can now accomodate 35 computers, enough for one per child. This will allow the children to further develop their computing skills and to undertake a wide range of additional research.

In addition to this superb new facility, we will also be upgrading all of the classroom computers to allow children additional access to ICT.

- 30 June 2009 00:20 - GeneralNetball Tournament

A Team

On Sunday 28th June the Netball A team went to Tunbridge Wells High School to play a netball tournament for the Cardiomiopathy Charity. All the money that would be raised would go to that Charity.

We started off playing against Horsmonden. Despite our continuous efforts we lost 4-5.

Our second match was against Southborough. They were very strong players, but we tried really hard to get the ball up in our end of the court. We drew the game 3-3.

Just after our second match we all did the shooting competition. Afterwards we went to our third match against Pembury. But when we got to the court we found out that they hadn't showed up and so we won by forfeit.

After, we played against Langton. They were really good and we played our best but unfortunately we lost 3-5. We then played against St.Augustines, who won 6-4.

Finally our last match was against Speldhurst. They were really good and we lost 4-5.

As is was a very, very hot day we came 6th out of 6 schools! But it was all for Charity so we didn't mind as we raised over £2,200 and it was great fun. In the middle of the day an RAF fighter plane did a special fly over for us, but unfortunately they went a bit off course and instead of going over Tunbridge Wells High School, they went over Beechwood!!

Thank you to Mrs Waller, Mrs Mesher and Mrs Schone for supporting us, and well done to everyone who helped to raise all the money.

Report by Sasha and Nadine.

'A' Team; Sasha, Nadine, Maddy, Megan, Lauren, Suzan and Emily.

B Team Report

The B TeamOn Sunday 27th June, St James B Netball team, along with two year 5’s, Isabel and Hannah, went to Tunbridge Wells High School to play five matches for charity.

Our first match was against St Matthew’s School. They play very well but thanks to our excellent shooters, Olivia and Zoë, we won the match 5-2.

Our second match was against Speldhurst School. Again, our shooters were excellent. They were a bit better than St Matthew’s but everyone in our team played excellently again and we won 4-2.

Next we played Langton Green. All of our team were playing so well despite the heat and so were Langton. The final score was 5-2 to us.

Then we played Horsmonden. If we won this match, we were in the final. Their centre was very fast so it was hard to catch up with her. The final score was 2-1 to us so that meant we were in the final so we had one more match to play.

Our final match was against St John’s School. We were all very tired and were suffering with the heat however they played brilliantly. The final score was 5-2 to them. We came third overall in the league.

Thank you to Mrs Mesher for coaching us and Mrs Waller for organising it.

Report by Jessica H and Eloise P

B Team: Jessica H, Eloise P, Zoë B, Jodie S, Hannah J, Isabel F, Francesca D and Olivia L.

- 27 June 2009 01:22 - GeneralSpeedstacking

On Friday 27th June, Yasmin, Olivia, Sam, Max and Oscar went to Canterbury High School to take part in the Kent School Games.

We were selected for Speedstacking.

Everyone there had already won a competition so it was very hard. Everyone in our team tried their hardest, but sadly didn’t win, but we all really enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you to Mrs Hemsley for organising a great day.

- 27 June 2009 00:55 - GeneralSports Day 2009

Thank you to everyone who helped at our Sports Day. Thank you too, to all the supporters – our biggest crowd ever.

In the morning the children went around in mixed age group teams, taking part in 8 different activities. There were throwing, jumping and team relay events. The final scores were remarkably close with all houses scoring over 6000 points. Scott House were the winners with 6,860 points. Congratulations to them.

The teams scored for good sportsmanship and politeness as well, which we believe is very important and the results of this were close too. The winning house was Livingstone. Congratulations.

In the afternoon we ran an amazing 88 races, plus the toddlers and parents races. Apologies for over-running, but we hope you enjoyed it. It was a very hot day and the children were really grateful for the ice-lollies from the PFA afterwards, so thank you to them. The winners in the afternoon were Wellington House. Congratulations.

Well done to all the children. There is a year to recover, before we do it again!

- 26 June 2009 00:39 - GeneralYear 5 Tudor Day

In the morning we did some workshops including barber-surgeons, chandlers (candle makers), perfume making and lots of others. We had sudden interferences of news flashes on the way Anne Boleyn would be executed. We were also told the maid had left the ice house door open and maggots had crawled in and eaten the meat and fish! She would be punished at the banquet! At break, our person running the day said 'no playing in the haystacks', but two boys went and did just that! Then we went and practiced our banquet entertainment. After lunch we had our banquet, the moment we had been waiting for! We ate bread, cheese, gingerbread and biscuits. Our entertainment was; singing, acting, jesters, jugglers and dancing. We had the maid and the boys who rolled in the haystacks punished.

We all had a great day and thanks to Liz, the Lady of the Manor, for running the day.

Report by Josh M and Harrison. 5 Alpha

It really felt that I was a Tudor, with everyone around me looking Tudor and stalls where we could make candles and leather book marks. We enjoyed making things and learning to speak quite 'posh' like a Tudor. Everyone looked stunning and you could tell who was poor and who was rich.

By Alex 5A

It was really fun dressing up and doing the exciting workshops. I really liked the gossip too. We learnt about how the Tudors thought and how they felt about Anne Boleyn. It was really like we had gone back to the Tudor times in a Tudor Manor house.

By Hannah 5A

I didn't know what to expect when I first come into school, but the day turned out to be really fun and exciting.
My favourite part of the day was the feast. It was funny because of the different acts, acrobats, dancers, singers and the players.

by Autumn, 5A


My Tudor Day by Amy 5A

My Tudor day was so much fun. I loved playing my part as a Tudor girl in a Tudor world. It felt so real because of all the people dressing up as fun people from the past. I was a dancer in the Tudor Day Feast, there will never be a better day than the day I had on Tudor Day.

- 26 June 2009 00:36 - GeneralPentathalon

Pentathalon TeamOn Wednesday 24th June, some year 5 and 6 children went to Southborough School to participate in the Pentathalon.

The Pentathalon consisted of five events; Long Jump; Hop Step and Jump; Shuttle Run; Football Throw and Tennis Ball Throw.

Everyone played consistantly well in their events and with everyone's help we managed to earn a great number of points.

With all our efforts, we built up 148 points. Unfortunately, with one point in it, we came second to Southborough. All of our team played exceedingly well and displayed some fantastic sportsmanship.

Thank you to Mrs Lewis, Mrs Ingman and Mrs Woolgar for driving us there and thank you to Mrs Waller for organising and supporting us.

Report by Matilda and Toby W.

Team; Toby W, Toby R, Ollie H, Max O, Alice W, Jodie S, Olivia L, Matilda S, Mungo R, Max L, Spencer C, Joe T, Joe B, Alice R, Sophie R and Isobel F.

- 24 June 2009 01:34 - GeneralKwik Cricket

Kwik Cricket B Team Report

On Wednesday 10th June the Kwik Cricket A team went to the Borderers Cricket Club to play in a mixed tournament.

Our first match was against Claremont A. We tried really hard and won the game 233 to 215.

Our next match was against Rusthall. Thanks to Mrs Ingman coaching us, we won 210 to 209 so it was extremely close!

This meant we got into the semi-finals so we were all very excited.

Unfortunately we lost against Bidborough 182 to 247. So our next match would determine if we were 3rd or 4th.

Lastly we played against Southborough, they had one amazingly strong player who won them most of the runs, so we lost the game 189 to 272.

Thank you to Mrs Lewis for driving us there and to Mrs Ingman and Mrs Waller for supporting us and organising it.

Team; Olivia L, Sasha RW, Toby W, Fraser C, Nadine K, Thomas P, Tristan J and Daniel J.

Kwik Cricket B Team Report 

On 10th June, Mrs Ingman and Mrs Waller took children to Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club to play against 5 other Kwik Cricket Teams.

First of all we played against St. Marks we off well, but unfortunately they just beat us by 21 runs. Next we played against Paddock Wood, they only beat us by 2 runs, the score was 207 runs to us and 209 runs to them. After that we played Bidborough, unfortunately we lost by 5 runs. Then we played against St. Pauls, we won 271 to 213. Our last match was against Soughborough, we lost by 20 runs. Thank you to Mrs Lewis for driving us there and thank you to Mrs Waller for umpiring us.

Team; Bethany H, Isobel F, Victoria T, Alice R, Joe B, Spencer C, Josh M, Kyle M and Sam J.

- 10 June 2009 01:08 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2009

Reports written by the children will feature on this page soon.

Hope you enjoy all the photos.


Yesterday everyone had fun canoeing in lovely weather. They had some rain in the evening, however a few braved some games. After a good sleep they have woken to sunshine again today, and sung 'Happy Birthday' to Mrs Holdstock before breakfast.


After a good nights sleep everyone looking forward to canoeing and spending time on the beach today.
Celebrated Joshua's birthday yesterday, with cake.
Everyone having a great time. Hope we will receive more photos today.


Beautiful blue sky and hot sunshine again today. All survived the night and staff were up and showered and even had time for a quick cup of tea before breakfast!
It is hoped they will be able to send some photo's back, but it is dependant on internet access - watch this page for daily updates when received.


All arrived safe and well after a good journey. Beautiful sunshine greeted them.

- 6 June 2009 00:38 - GeneralBook Week 2009

This year we blasted off into Book Week with all our classes having a visit from poet, Mike Jubb. He worked with all the children to help them create a wide range of poetry. On Friday we shared some of our class and individual poems in assembly.

Everybody has the chance to play around with words coming up with both funny and poignant poems.

If your child has been inspired, you can visit Mike Jubb’s website for more ideas

We have also used Book Week to encourage children to read more, or read different types of books. Many children took part in the Readathon. The more books they read, the more money they could raise for two children’s charities - the Roald Dahl Foundation and CLIC Sargent. Please do send in any outstanding sponsorship money during the first week back.

Every lunch time children had a chance to ‘relax and read’ out on the playing fields. They shared books and comics and swapped ideas. Thanks to Archie in Year 3 who brought in some of his own comics to boost our supplies!

The Book Fair gave everybody a chance to buy new books. The ‘Buy one get one Free’ offer brought delight to many faces – especially the parents! We raised just over £600 which means that we can buy more new books for the classrooms.

5A focused on stories and books for their class assembly too. They shared some book recommendations, some of the myths they have written and finally performed The Lion and Albert – a narrative poem. St James’ hall resounded with 34 Northern accents making Mrs Ingman feel right at ‘ome!

Finally the children dressed up as their favourite book characters. What ingenious costumes! The judges found it hard to award winning prizes but eventually they gave one prize per class. Congratulations to the winners and all who took part.

Prizes were also given to winners and runners up in the Book Cover design competition. Some striking images were created showing off illustration and computer graphics skills. Well done to all those who entered and especially to our 8 winners seen here.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for the Readathon and for new books for school.

REMINDER! We are still collecting Books for Schools tokens. We did extremely well with our first tranche of books so please do keep collecting tokens so we can order a similar amount in July.

- 5 June 2009 00:17 - GeneralKwik Cricket

Kwik Cricket A Team

On Tuesday 19th May the A team for Kwik Cricket went to Bells Yew Green Cricket Club to play in an all girls tournament.

The first match was against Pembury, unfortunately we lost 253, 214.

Our second match was against Lamberhurst B, despite everyone’s excellent play we lost 236, 230.

Our third match was against Speldhurst A. They were really friendly and cheered us on the whole time and we won! 242 - 238.

Our fourth match, against Claremont B, we won 230 – 226.

We didn’t make it through to the semi finals due to run average. We went to play in the runners up section against Beechwood. Unfortunately we lost 226 – 246.

At the end of the day a famous cricketer from the world Olympics came with the trophy, Laura Marsh. In the end we came 6th out of 16 schools.

Thank you, Mrs Ingman for organising it and to Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Lewis for driving us there, coaching and supporting us throughout the day.

Team; Nadine, Sasha, Rebekah, Alice, Olivia, Maddy and Zoë.

B Team

On Tuesday 19th May, St. James’ Kwik Cricket ‘B’ team went to Bells Yew Green to take part in a tournament. Our first game was against Speldhurst ‘B’, we all played really well and got some good hits and the final score was 255, 253 to us.

Our second game was against Sherwood ‘B’, their coach was very helpful with our bowling as the ball was very hard and it did not bounce. The score was 221 to Sherwood and 232 to us.

Our next game was against Lamberhurst ‘A’. We were a bit nervous because we had not played an A team before. Luckily Mia did a brilliant bowl and bowled someone out. The final score was 203 – Lamberhurst and 219 to us.

In the fourth game, against Paddock Wood ‘A’, we played really well but unfortunately lost by 12 points.

We got through to the semi finals. The game to see if we were runners up or not went really well. It was against Speldhurst ‘A’. They had very good sportsmanship and were very encouraging. The score ended 219 to them and 227 to us.

We ended up coming fifth out of twenty teams.

Thank you to everyone who organised it and a big thank you to Mrs Lewis who looked after us throughout the day.

Team; Isobel, Bethany, Jessica, Mia, Victoria, Hannah and Alice.

- 19 May 2009 01:07 - GeneralChess Tournament

On Sunday 16th May, Mary, Lewis, Anthony and Nathan went to a Chess Tournament in Sidcup. We came 4th out of 15 schools with 15 points. The winning school scored 18 points.

Thank you, Mr Scott for driving us there and to Mrs Waller for organising it.

Report by Anthony.

- 16 May 2009 18:23 - GeneralFootball v Matfield & Brenchley

13th May 2009 - C Team Report

On Thursday 13th May the C team played a home match against Matfield and Brenchley. Shortly after the kick off they had a shot, but it was punched away. Shortly after they had a good attack and the ball went in the goal, 1-0 to them. We had a kick which we passed through each other and in a few minutes we had a corner. Spencer took it and Harry volleyed it, but their goalie saved it. After that they had a shot, it hit the crossbar and then Will’s head, they had a corner which Will punched away.
The full time score was 1-0 to them

Will was named Man of the Match.

Team: Will, Tommy, Harry, Ryan, Josh A, Jack, Shakane, Spencer and Kyle.

14th May 2009 - B Team Report

On 14th May, St. James’ B team played football against Matfield and Brenchley. We kicked off and Haytham soon scored to make it 1-0. Then Matthew scored a screamer from just outside the box, followed by another good goal, to make the score 3-0 to us. Then they scored 1 just before half time, to leave the score 3-1 at half time.
Not long after they scored again, but we also scored another. The final score was 4-3 to us.

Matthew was named Man of the Match because of his two great goals.

Thank you Mrs Waller for cheering us on and to Carl for coaching, organising and being the ref.

Team: Josh M, Jordan, Nathan, Oscar, Max L, Matthew N, Jonny, Fraser, Haytham and Harry M.

- 14 May 2009 02:09 - GeneralSwimming Gala Report

On Wednesday 6th May the St. James’ Swimming Team went to St. John’s pool to compete in the Primary Schools Gala.

We had a great start to the Gala as we won our first race. It carried on like this as we won almost all of our races.

We also had two divers, Francesca S and Louis A. They came second, Louis missed out on first place by half a point.

Using our fantastic teamwork and effort we came first out of all the Primary Schools in Tunbridge Wells and also went home with seven trophies!

Thank you very much to Mrs Waller and Simon Killick (for coaching us). Also to Mr Chandler and Mr Smith, Mrs Ingman and everyone else who came along to support us. We would not have won without you.

Swimming Squad; Maddy MS, Tom S, Louis A, Jack N, Natasha Day, Lewis K, Rebekah B, Ellie S, Jessica M, Jonny K, Max L, Hannah J, Simon N, Zach K, Francesca S and Charlotte W.

The team had six swimmers in the open finals and Charlotte was the overall winner of the race and received a cup, which she holds for a year. Congratulations to her.

Both of the team’s divers got through to the final, and improved as the competition went on.

The team won the boy’s relay race, the girl’s relay race, the mixed medley race and broke the record for speed in the race.

All the team won individual medals and certificates.

The team were overall winners of the Gala. The school last won the gala in 2004.

Simon Killick was thanked for coaching the team to their success.

Report by Maddy and Ellie.

- 6 May 2009 01:40 - GeneralTag Rugby Tournament

Tag Rugby ‘A’ Team

On Wednesday 29th April, St. James’ Tag Rugby ‘A’ team played a tournament at St. Marks ground.
We played four games, the first was against St. Marks, and the score was 6-4 to them. Then we played against St. John’s and it was 7-4 to us. We then played against Claremont and it was 11-1 to them. Finally we played against Beechwood and the score was 7-6 to them.

We all enjoyed it and it was great fun.

Thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us there, and to Mrs Ingman, Mr Card and Mr Mudge for supporting us.

Team: Toby W, Francesca S, Joanna, Jonny, Miller, Spencer, Oscar, Josh M and Alice.

Report by Joanna.

Tag Rugby ‘B’ Team

On Wednesday 29th April St. James’ Tag Rugby ‘B’ Team went to St. Marks Rugby Ground to play four matches. Our first match was against Frant ‘A’ Team. Luca scored the first and second try, leaving the final score 6-2 to them.

Our second match was against Speldhurst, they were in the lead, but in the second half, both Torrin and Luca scored leaving the final score 5-4 to them.

Our third match was against Groombridge, everyone played well but they took the lead and won 8-4.

Our last match was against Brenchley and Matfield, almost all the team scored, but Brenchley went on to win 9-7.

Thank you to Mrs Ingman and David for coaching us and to Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Team: Talia, Jodie, Madeleine, Grace, Max L, Luca, Dean C, Joe T, Joe W and Torrin.

Report by Jodie and Grace.

- 29 April 2009 01:37 - GeneralNetball Tournament

The A Team

On Saturday 25th April, the A team went to Tunbridge Wells High School to play a Netball Tournament. We started off playing against Horsmonden. Despite our continuous strong efforts, they won 4-2.

Our second match was against St. Augustine’s. They were very strong players, but we tried really hard to get the ball up in our end of the court. Unfortunately we lost the game 3-0.

Just after our second match our goal attack, Nadine and goal shooter, Maddy, did a shooting competition. In the end they got 10 shots out of 20. We then played what we thought would be our last match against St. John’s. We managed to keep the ball up by our goal and with excellent passing and shooting from Maddy and Nadine we won the game 5-1.

As we won against St. John’s we got to play three more matches which would determine our place as 9th, 10th, or 11th in the A team tournament. The first of the three matches we were left to play was against St. Peter’s. We were so excited, so we had lots of energy and we won the game 4-0. That meant we could come 9th or 10th.

Our second match was against Claremont. They were really tough to beat and the final score was a close 2-1 to them. Our final match of the day was against St. Paul’s. We really wanted to win our last match, so we tried really hard and the last score was 11-0 to us! That meant we were 10th out of 16 schools.

Thank you to Mrs Waller and Mrs Mesher for supporting us and to Mr Smith and Miss Church who came along to watch. Also thank you to the B team who cheered us on whilst they weren’t winning all the matches!!

Team: Suzan, Maddy, Nadine, Sasha, Lauren, Emily and Alice.

Report by Sasha and Nadine.


The B Team

We played five matches in total including the final. Our first match was against Horsmanden, they played well but we had amazing defences. The final score was 2-3 to us.

Our second match was against St.Augustine's. We had played them once before, so we knew their tactics. The final score was 2-3 to us.

Our third match was against St. Matthew’s. We played brilliantly and with our teamwork, we pulled through with a final score of 5-1 to us.

Our final match was against Pembury. We had never played them before so we didn’t know how well they could play. They were obviously a new team, and hadn’t had much experience. The over all score was 7-1 to us.

As we had won all of our four matches we were in the final. The deciding match was against Claremont. Our amazing centre Jodie was passing the ball as fast as lighting down the court. The over all score was 5-1to us.

When we had finished our matches there was a shooting competion. Which meant me and Olivia had to rush off. We tried really hard and came second.

Thank you to Mrs Mesher for umpiring and Mrs Waller for supporting us also thank to Mr Smith and Miss Church for coming and watching us and a big thank you to the ‘A’ team for cheering us on when they were not playing.

Team: Megan, Zoë, Francesca, Eleanor, Phoebe, Jodie Olivia and Jessica.

Report by Zoë and Francesca.

- 25 April 2009 01:20 - GeneralNetball B Team v Sherwood & St Augustines

On Wednesday 22nd April St James’ B netball team went to the High School to play two matches against Sherwood and St. Augustine’s.

Our first match was against Sherwood. They were very fast at passing the ball to each other they were also a very competitive team. The final score was 2-2 all.

Our last match was against St. Augustines. It was a very enjoyable game and with good team effort and our excellent shooting by Zoë and Olivia we won 7-1.

Thank you Mrs. Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for driving us all there, also to Mrs. Waller and Mrs. Mesher for umpiring us also thank you to Lauren for supporting us.

Team: Eloise, Zoë, Megan, Jessica.H, Eleanor, Jodie, Olivia, and Francessca.

- 22 April 2009 01:19 - GeneralRugby

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April, Tonbridge Juddians played in the west coast festival in Weston-Super-Mare.

Our first match was against Ealing B. In the first half we dominated and came out with 6 tries to 0. In the second half, they fought back but we held strong and scored 2 tries to make the final score 8-0. Our second match was against Market Harbourough B. We played well and won the game6-0. Our final match was against the hosts, Weston-Super-Mare. We kept most of the possession and scored 5 tries to win the match 5-0.

On Sunday we played our semi-final against Market Harborough A. We battled and came out on top, 2-1 after the first half. Then we came and scored 5 more tries to win 7-0.

We were in the final!

The final was against Ealing A. We played well, especially Huw who saved us with breakaway tackles. We ended the match 4-0 to Tonbridge. The team felt sorry for Ealing because the had two injuries, a sprained ankle and severe concussion.

Thank you to my Dad for coaching us while we were there.

Report by Josh M. 5 Alpha.

- 20 April 2009 01:38 - GeneralSwimming

Last Saturday Simon, Max and I went to Gillingham for the second part of the Kent Swimming Gala.

I was the first to swim, 50m breaststroke, but unfortunately I didn’t qualify. Sadly Max and Simon didn’t qualify either, but the good thing for them was that they both had personal best times.

Thank you, to Mrs Waller for organising us and to Mr Killick for supporting us.

Report by Jack

- 3 April 2009 01:41 - GeneralNetball B Team v Matfield & Brenchley

On Thursday the netball ‘B’ team played against Matfield and Brenchley at home. But as they were late to arrive we played a ‘friendly’ match against St. Augustine’s, as they had arrived to play against Matfield & Brenchley after us.

They played very well but we managed to stop all but one of their goals, so the final score was 4-1 to us. The score could have been very different as we only played a short game.

Matfield & Brenchley arrived ready for the match. We had two amazing year 5’s, Sophie R and Hannah J; they volunteered to play as we were down by two players. We played our best and had a successful win with the score 9-3 to us.

Thank you, Mrs Waller for organising the matches and a special thank you to the footballers for spending their break time supporting us!

Team; Jodie, Francesca D, Zoë, Olivia, Eloise, Megan T, Hannah J and Sophie R.

Report by Jodie and Francesca.

- 3 April 2009 01:17 - GeneralHockey

On Friday 20th March, St. James’ ‘A’ team played in a hockey tournament at Hawkenbury AstroTurf.

The first game was against Speldhurst, with the final score 0-0. The second game was against Pembury and the final score was 2-0 to them. The third match, against St. Paul’s was very tight and ended in a draw. The final game was against St. Mark’s and we had a goal disallowed and we let in a goal. We ended second in our group.
Thank you Mrs Moriarty and Mrs Gilman for taking us.

Team: Sam A, Max O, Oliver H, Tristan, Sasha, Olivia, Jodie and Nadine all from year 6.

- 31 March 2009 01:05 - GeneralMusic Festival

Music FestivalOn Monday 30th March, St. James’ senior choir went to the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells for a Music Festival.

We had a practise on Monday morning with Pembury, Claremont, St. John’s and St. Paul’s Schools.

All of the schools sung very well, but I think our school was the best as we had instruments.

The first song was Ocean Commotion. We all made sea noises to feel as if we were actually in the sea.

We also did the noises in the song, The Rainforest Breaths. We split into three groups, the bees, monkeys and the parrots. When we were doing the real thing I think the Mums and Dads thought we had lost it!!!

The real thing went really well, nothing went and nothing went wrong.

Thank you Mr Smith for taking us and making it go well. Also thank you to Mrs Schone, Mrs Ingman and Mr Chandler for being there and helping us.

- 30 March 2009 18:24 - GeneralFootbal Tournament

A Team

On Saturday 28th March, St. James’ ‘A’ team played in a tournament on the Astroturf at Hawkenbury. Our first game was against St. Matthews, we drew 0-0. In our second game, against Southborough we pushed hard for a goal, but unfortunately we didn’t score and the final score was 0-0. The third game was against Bidborough and they scored quickly and the final score was 1-0 to them. The next game was against St. John’s and we were hoping for revenge as they beat us by one goal in the league. We didn’t get a goal; the final score was 0-0. We then played against Claremont, we lost 3-0. Max got badly tackled but recovered to play in the last game against St. Augustine’s. We flipped a coin for the ends and thanks to Olli and Max we got the end we wanted. Ollie got injured by a player pushing him off the pitch, but played on. Unfortunately for us they scored in the last second of the game, to make the score 1-0 to St. Augustine’s.

Thank you Anton Brisley for some excellent coaching.

Team; Ollie, Max, Sam, Josh, Joe W, Joe B, Joe T, Miller, James and Dean.


B Team

On Saturday 28th March, St. James’ ‘B’ team played in a football tournament. Our first game was against Claremont, we lost 0-1. Our second game was against St. Paul’s, Sam kindly volunteered to go in goal as Will was feeling sick. We had a great break which led us to a goal which Fraser scored. Then we played St. John’s, the final score was 2-1 to them, with Matthew scoring an amazing goal. The next game was against Paddock Wood, we lost 2-0. Our fifth game was against Langton Green, we played well but lost 0-1. Our final game was against Pembury. Haytham scored the quickest goal in the whole tournament. It took 26 seconds. But unfortunately we lost 2-1.

Thank you to everyone who supported us, Nathan for managing us and Carl for arranging the tournament.

Team; Nathan, Max L, Oscar, Haytham, Jordan, Harry M, Matthew N, Sam A, Fraser and Will C.

- 28 March 2009 02:08 - GeneralAthletics

AthleticsOn 27th March six boys and six girls went to Ashford to take part in the Kent Primary Schools County Finals with other schools from all over Kent.

We spent all day at a sports hall in Ashford, leaving at 8.15am and getting back to school at 3.15pm.

Our best results of the day were in the boys 2 + 2 lap relay and the 1 + 1 relay, run by Toby and Toby in which we came first and then second overall. We also came first in the girl’s long jump, triple jump and the boy’s javelin and third in the boys triple jump.

We tried our best and did very well. We came 5th out of 12 schools from the whole of Kent. Over 600 schools entered.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising us and thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us and supporting us.

Team; Toby W, Toby R, Megan T and Alice all from year 6. Also Mungo, Joe T, Miller, Spencer, Sophie H, Sophie R, Isobel F and Alice R.

Report by Toby and Toby.

- 27 March 2009 18:13 - GeneralFootball B Team v St Matthew

On the 24th March, St. James’ ‘B’ team went to play St. Matthews football team. We kicked off and had good chances. Harry was unlucky as he nearly broke the deadlock. Not long after Fraser slotted the ball into the net to make it 1-0. About two minutes later there was an own goal by the St. Matthews captain. Then Jordan scored a great goal and at half time the score was 3-0 to St. James’.

A few minutes after the game restarted we had a great chance and Harry scored our fourth. Straight after St. Matthews took the centre and we had an attack, the ball was like a pinball in St. Matthews box as it was bouncing off the posts, players and the keeper, eventually Jordan flicked it into the net to make the final score 5-0 to us.

Thank you to Carl for refereeing the match and to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for driving us there.

Team; Sam A, Harry M, Nathan T, Fraser C, Jordan, Oscar and Max L.

- 24 March 2009 02:06 - GeneralNetball A Team v Claremont & St Matthews

On Wednesday 24th March St. James’ ‘A’ team went to TWHS to play Claremont and St. Matthews.

The first match was against Claremont. Both teams played extremely well, but despite the team’s best efforts we lost 4-6 to Claremont.

The second match was against St. Matthews. At half time we were winning 4-2 and a special thanks to Olivia, who scored most of the goals. Unluckily for us we didn’t get any more goals and St. Matthews got three more to make the end of match score very close at 4-5 to St. Matthews.

A big thank you to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for taking us and to Mrs Schone who stayed with us and helped to umpire the matches. Mrs Waller who organised the matches.

Team; Maddy, Olivia, Suzan, Lauren, Alice, Sasha and Emily.

Report by Maddy.

- 24 March 2009 01:16 - GeneralRed Nose Day - St James Got Talent

In the afternoon children all gathered in the hall for St. James’ Got Talent.

Sasha, Ellie, Megan and Phoebe, all from 6 Alpha organised the event, were the judges and presenters, (wearing red noses – of course!)

Auditions have been taking over the last ten days during break times to decide the finalists.

First to perform were Connie, Florrie & Jessica from yr 3, they performed a dance. They were followed by Lottie and Imogen also from yr 3 performing a line dance routine. Abby, Martin and Ellea performed a dance. Also from yr 3 were Emily and Olivia with a dance routine supporting Annabel singing "The Best Of Both Worlds". Next was Guy from yr 3 on the violin.

Charlotte, Madeline, Izzy and Lottie were the first to perform from yr 4, performing to Alisha Dixon’s The Boy Does Nothing. Eleanor and Connie were next to perform with some hilarious jokes. Following them was Amir from 4 Alpha with his amazing talent for skipping.

Katy & Olivia performed a dance routine, to rap music. Lastly from yr 4 was Celly who played the piano.

Moving on to yr 5.
First to perform were Autumn and Lucy, dancing to Genie in a Bottle. The Human Limbskip performed by Jessica, Bethany, Jazzy and Isobel from 5 Alpha, followed. Josh then played guitar.

Finally year 6 took the stage, first to perform were Mary on piano playing Pink Panther, with Phoebe and Talia acting. Next up The Black Roses; Francesca, Jodie, Emily, Olivia, Zoë, Natasha and Alice dressed in black, with ‘big hair’, performing to Rihanna’s, Disturbia . Matilda from 6 Alpha sang the chorus of A Moment Like This. This was followed by The Shopping Song, a hilarious song by Haytham and Toby.
Finally the last act to perform; Pickled Egg a band of boys from 6 Alpha. Tristan, Tom, Louis, Carl, Rhys and Kevin. Playing electric guitars, keyboards and drums. It is safe to say they made the most noise!!

Phoebe was left to calm the audience while the judges made their final decision, and thanked Louis for his computer wizardry.

Mr Chandler thanked the four girls who had taken the idea to him back in September and worked hard to make the afternoon such a success. They were presented with flowers and a photo of the judges from Britain’s Got Talent which was signed personally by Piers Morgan.

In fourth place were Pickled Egg, in third place were Lottie and Imogen, who received Comic Relief whoopee cushions. In second place were Eleanor and Connie and the winners were the Black Roses. Who were thrilled. They received certificates of St. James’ Got Talent which were also signed by Piers Morgan. The originality award went to Toby and Haytham for the Shopping Trolley Song – well deserved, they too got signed certificates. Thank you very much to Piers for adding a special end to an exciting day. The girls in the tradition of the show performed the winning act again.

At the last count to amount raised so far was just under £500. Money from sponsored events still has to be counted. Buckets were rattling around as parents collected their children from school.

- 13 March 2009 00:34 - GeneralSounds Like Tobago

St. James’ Junior School welcomed delegates from the Tobago House of Assembly as part of an education programme Sounds Like Tobago, funded by the Tobago Government.

The delegation comprised representatives from the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, and the Department of Tourism from the Tobago House Assembly, including Heather Caruth, Administrator for Education, Youth & Sport; Elinore King, Schools Supervisor; Mr John Arnold, Event Co-ordinator , Avion Hercules and Oona McNeil, Development Officers. The delegation was accompanied by its very own steel pannist and videographer.

Harry, Sophie and Sophie were taught how to play the pan. They learnt how to play Mary Had A Little Lamb in a minute. Children were then shown a short film on life in Trinidad and Tobago. Before listening to music on the pan and learning how they are made. At the end of afternoon children were given a pack containing goodies and details of a competition, in which the winners win a week in Tobago.

We hope to further develop the link with the group in the next few months.

For more information please click the following links

- 13 March 2009 00:21 - GeneralNetball A Team v Bidborough & St Marks

On Wednesday 11th March the ‘A’ team went to Tunbridge Wells High School to play two matches, against Bidborough and St. Marks. We didn’t get to play against Bidborough though as they didn’t turn up, so we won by default. Then we played against St. Marks. With speed from Alice and Suzan we managed to get the ball up to our half and Maddie and Suzan threw perfect shots. St. Marks scored one goal in the last few seconds. Despite St. Marks best efforts the final score was 10 – 1 to us.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for umpiring us and to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar to driving us there.

Team; Lauren, Alice, Emily all 6A and Sasha, Nadine, Maddie and Suzan from 6Alpha.

Report by Sasha.

- 11 March 2009 01:15 - GeneralBasketball B Team Report

Basketball ‘B’ Team - 4th March

The first game was against St. Marks it was tough and we got a draw 1-1. The next game was against St. John’s where the final score was 1-0 to us. Our next match was against St. Augustine’s ‘B’ team, we played really well and with one goal in it the final score was 2-1 to us. The fourth game was against St. Matthews with a six goal thriller and we won 4-2. The last game against Sherwood, we battled hard and the final score was 1-0. We won the ‘B’ group so got into the final which was against St. Augustine’s ‘A’ team, all of the team played really well, but in the last throw of the games they scored a basket. The final score was 1-0 to them.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising the event and to Mrs Simkins for some excellent driving to get us there on time.

Team: Max O’, Natasha, Olivia, Phoebe S and Oliver H Yr 6 and Euan A – Yr 5.

- 4 March 2009 18:18 - GeneralBasketball A Team Report

Basketball ‘A’ Team - 4th March

On 4th March pupils from years 5 & 6 went to Bennett Memorial School to play a series of basketball matches. Our first match was against Pembury, we all tried hard and had lots of shots, but the score was 0-0. Our second match was against St. John’s, they scored first, but we came back and scored 2 baskets, which made the end result 2-1 to them. The next match was against Sherwood, we drew 3-3. Our fourth match, was against St. Augustine’s they won 2-0. The final match was against Broadwater, they defended well and got a basket, but we got 3 more, which made the final score 3-1.

Thank you to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for driving us there and thank you to Mrs Waller for organising it.

Team: Nadine, Jodie, Haytham, Rhys Yr 6 and Joe T Yr 5.

- 4 March 2009 18:17 - GeneralSpeedstacking

3rd March 2009

On Tuesday 3rd March children were chosen to represent the school at a demonstration at the Camden Centre. It was in front of about 15 adults and a few of our parents and we showed all the basic moves, and even a few of the harder ones. We also were able to make and eat our own tortilla toasties afterwards.

Thank you, Mrs Walters, Mr Chandler and Mrs Benson for taking us, we are all very grateful.

Representatives, Yr 6; Alice, Lillie, Louis K, Haytham and Lauren
Yr 5; Amy and Aidan
Yr 4; Sanjana, Omar, Celly, Olivia and Jasmine
Yr 3 Ben and Isobelle.


As a result of the Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools Speedstacking tournament in December St. James’ Junior Speedstacking Team qualified for the Kent School Games. They were representing the Tunbridge Wells District, which was one of the thirteen representatives from Kent at the Games.

Each of the five competitors took part in the four events, which were 3-3-3 combination,
3-6-3 combination, The Cycle and the Team Relay.

Report by Max and Oscar.

- 3 March 2009 00:53 - GeneralFootball A Team v St John

The GameOn Tuesday 24th February St. James’ A team played St. John’s ‘A’ team. With some great play James scored, but they equalized to make the score 1-1. They went on to score again, but Joe scored for St. James’ to equalize again. After the break they went ahead again. With an amazing free kick Ollie equalized again. In the last minutes St. John’s scored to win 4-3.

Thank you Carl for coaching us and Mrs Waller for organising the match.

Team; Max, Ollie, Sam all year 6, James, Joe T, Joe W, Joe B, Josh M, Dean and Miller.

Report by Ollie and Max.

- 24 February 2009 02:05 - GeneralTWGSS Dance Festival

On Wednesday 11th February ten girls from year 5 went to TWGGS to take part in a dance festival.

Lucy and Amy joined with pupils from St. Augustines. We thought we ended up with the best dance as it was the 1980’s Michael Jackson hit ‘Thriller’.

The rest of St. James’ did a street dance to ‘Step Up’.

It was great fun and very enjoyable. Thank you to Mrs Holwell for looking after us while we were there and thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Report by Amy.

Those who took part were; Autumn, Yasmine, Coral, Francesca S, Joanna, Mai, Gemma, Amy, Lucy and Jazzy.

- 12 February 2009 18:24 - GeneralAble Writers

On Wednesday 4th February famous poet Valerie Bloom in to share and teach some children from St. James’ and Bishops Down from year 6.

She taught us a varied selection of different types of poetry and we would like to share them with you.

Firstly, we did an association poem which is a poem linked to the word before, rhyming couplets. Here is an example of one written by Daniel and Fraser

Box, cardboard, paper, pen
Farm, eggs, chicken, hen
House human’s chicken school
Class, room, gym, pool
Swim, river, paddle, boat
Sea, artic, winter, coat,
Jumper, wool, knit, granny
Aged, old, goat, nanny,
Au pair, care, Garnier, cream
Cake, party, games, team,
Work, job, money, men,
Box, cardboard, paper, pen.

Secondly we wrote a metaphorical poem, which is comparing two words which are completely different. Here is an example of one by Emily.

Hope is a mouse,
Determined to get into your life,
Creating holes through problems.

Finally we did Triolet, a poem with three sections, this is one written by Olivia.

Inches away from the mountain peak,
A dove that flies by is silent,
The family in front they will not speak,
Inches away from the mountain peak,
Our only water supply has a leak,
All the spiteful word said not meant,
Inches away from the mountain peak,
A dove that flies by is silent.

Year 6 that took part; Zoë, Emily, Fraser, Daniel, Mary, Lauren, Phoebe G, Timothy, Olivia, Harry M, Max, Alice, Annabelle, Toby W, Toby R, Megan, Phoebe S, Ellie, Louis A, Suzanne, Jessica H and Eleanor J.


- 9 February 2009 01:16 - GeneralAthletics

AthleticsA team of six boys and six girls, took part in twelve events at Tunbridge Wells High School on Wednesday 28th January. Each member of the team took part in three events. Mrs Waller reported that the team did very well in all events. The overall result, which was based on times, will be announced in the next few days.

Team members; Joe T, Miller, Mungo, Toby R, Toby W, Spencer, Alice W, Megan T, Isobel F, Sophie H, Sophie R and Alice R all from years 5 & 6.

Results update

Aaron Davey from the TW Sports Partnership attended assembly to announce the result. The team had won, by an impressive 55 points and were presented with the trophy. They now travel to Ashford at the end of March to take part in the Kent Festival, against other schools from all over Kent.

- 28 January 2009 18:10 - GeneralFootball v Southborough

A Team

We started well and Miller scored a goal quickly. Then Joe scored a tap in to make the score 2-0. Then Ollie scored but unfortunately they scored, then Miller scored to make the score 4-1. After half time Joe scored to make it 5-1. Then they scored to make it 5-2. Then super sub Max came on to score twice and we won the game 7-2. Thank you to Mrs Waller for organizing it.

Team; Joe T, Ollie, Miller, Joe B, Joe W, Max O, Dean, Josh M and James F.

Report by; Miller, Ollie and Max

B Team

Haytham scored first with a good goals which boosted our confidence. There was a collision and Nathan had to come on for Max. Haytham chipped it to Harry who tapped it in. The half time whistle blew and we had a chat. We went back out and unluckily we conceded a goal, but our heads didn’t drop. Nathan tapped it in, but it was disallowed. Then we scored twice, one from Harry and one from Jordan. The men of the match were Jordan and Max.
Thank you Mrs Waller for the refreshments and organising the match and to Carl for coaching us.

Team; Haytham, Max, Oscar, Nathan, Matthew N, Sam A, Jordan and Harry.

Report by; Nathan and Sam.

- 21 January 2009 02:03 - GeneralNetball B Team vs Claremont and St Paul

On Wednesday 21st January St. James’ ‘B’ team went to the High School to play 2 netball matches. The first match was against Claremont ‘B’ and with help from Emily and Nadine; we managed to win 3-0.

After a break we ran onto the pitch eager to start playing against St. Paul’s, and within the first five minutes Jodie, Olivia and Zoë had already scored a goal each. Even though the opposite team were very good we won 6-2.

Thank you to Mrs Waller for supporting us and to Mrs Simkins for driving us there.

Team: Emily, Nadine, Jodie, Olivia, Jessica H, Megan and Zoë.

Report by Jodie and Olivia.

- 21 January 2009 01:14 - GeneralGymnastics

On 20th January 2 children from 3 Alpha and 2 children from 4A went to a Gymnastics Festival. We went to Bennett Memorial School and did lots of different moves. We did cartwheels, backwards rolls, forward rolls, tuck jumps, half jumps, forward support and backwards support. At the end of the Festival we had a competition and the school that won was Hawkenbury School. It was great fun and thank you to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for driving us there.

- 20 January 2009 01:01 - GeneralNew Age Curling

On Wednesday 14th January, four pupils from year 3 and year 4 went to Tunbridge Wells High School to take part in the Curling Festival. There was a year four team, Team A and a year 3 team, Team B.

St James' B Team got to the finals and so did the Southborough Team A. In the first round St. James' B Team got 8 points and in the second round they got 1 point. At the end the total scores were announced. St James' scored a total of 9 points and Southborough scored a total of 21 points. Sadly we didn't win, but came in second.

Thank you to Mrs Simkins for driving us and to Mrs Waller for supporting us.

* Team A: Sanjana, Nathan, Emily and Jessica
* Team B: Oscar, Abbie, Faris and Somerton.

Report by Sanjana Year 4

- 14 January 2009 01:26 - GeneralThe Best Gift

The performances took place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December.

The play was started in a toy shop and owned by Mr Wilson. 3A started the performance and were soldiers, rag-dolls, spinning tops and jack in a box’s with some acting and the song Tick-Tock with dancing.

Then 3alpha were paint boxes and danced to a song called The Ribbon Dance, they also did some acting. Soon 4alpha did a dance to the song Thriller and were monsters and then went to sing a song, There Are Monsters About! Then there was some more acting. Next 4A did a dance called We Are Robots and followed it with a song We’re Electronic Games! 4A then did some more acting. 3 alpha then acted the Christmas Story, and lastly 3A did more acting in the toy shop and finally everyone sang Away In A Manger.

Report by Mollie and Jessica W, year 4

- 12 December 2008 01:14 - GeneralSpeedstacking

SpeedstackingOn Wednesday 10th December St. James’ Speedstacking Teams, 1, 2, 3 & 4 went to St. John’s School to take part in a tournament.

Each team had a member from each year group.

First we did the 3-3-3 stack and Joe and Amy went into the ‘stack off’, however St. Marks’ won.

Then for the last set we did the timed relays and our teams 1 and 4 got through to the final, we were sure to win as it was St. James’ against St. James’ However only one team could win and that team was team 4.

Thank you to Mrs Waters and Mrs Waller for organising the fantastic evening.

Report by Lauren and Lillie.

Team 1; Isobel K, Celly J, Joe W and Luca S.
Team 2; Ben A, Olivia G, Aidan B and Lillie.
Team 3; Phoebe F, Sanjana R, Josh M and Lauren.
Team 4; Gary H, Omar A, Amy L and Haytham S.

- 10 December 2008 18:21 - GeneralFootball B Team vs Claremont

On 27th November St. James’ B team played against Claremont B team. Their team had several of their A team playing for them. When the game was five minutes old Claremont scored to make it 1-0. A few minutes before half time Harry got a good through ball to Joe who scored. After half time we battled well and Haytham managed to slot the ball past the keeper. Not long after that the ball was like a pin ball, bouncing off several players but eventually Nathan managed to clear it. Claremont got a lucky goal as it bounced off one of our players and went in. Time was running out and Claremont had a good chance and rolled the ball into the back of the net. The game finished 3-2 to Claremont.

Man of the Match was Sam, who made some great saves throughout the match.

Thank you Mrs Waller for organising the match and to everyone who came along to support us.

Team; Sam, Matthew N, Haytham, Fraser, Nathan, Harry M, Daniel J, Oscar and Joe W.

Report by Fraser and Nathan

- 4 December 2008 02:02 - GeneralA Team vs Bidborough, Horsmonden and Pembury

On Wednesday 3rd December St. James’ ‘A’ Netball team played three matches at the High School. Our first match was against Pembury and they were fantastic. Even though we tried our hardest, they managed to break through our defences and score an amazing nine goals, with the final score 9-0 to them.

Our second match was against Bidborough and they were incredibly tall and tough. Even with our amazing defence we lost with the final score 6-5 to them.

Finally we played Horsmonden; they were fairly small yet very fast. In the first half we were losing 5-0 to them. But we pulled through the second half thanks to our brilliant shooters Nadine and Eloise, leaving the final score 5-5.

Thank you Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for taking us and to Mrs Waller for our three very enjoyable matches.

Player of the Match was Suzan.

Team: Lauren, Alice, Emily, Eloise, Suzan, Nadine and Sasha.

Report by Emily and Lauren.

- 3 December 2008 01:13 - GeneralSt. James’ Girls Football Team vs Bidborough

St. James girls had their first match on Tuesday 2nd December against Bidborough. Bidborough scored first but Rebekah soon scored the equaliser with an amazing goal, right in the back of the net. Still in the first half and Bidborough edged ahead again, until our team got together and Rebekah rammed in another goal. At the end of the first half the score was 2-2. In the second half our team did some really good tackling and some great defending especially from Nadine. Unfortunately Bidborough managed to sneak in a few more goals leaving the final score 6-2 to them.

Thank you Mrs Waller for organising the match and to everyone who came along to support us.

Player of the match was Olivia.

Team; Tasha, Olivia, Nadine, Rebekah, Talia, Coral, Madeline and Zoë.

- 2 December 2008 02:00 - GeneralBuilding Project Update

The new science room has been finished and handed over to us three weeks ahead of schedule.

Although the new furniture has not yet arrived the children have already begun using the room.

We hope to have the new room fully equipped by January for timetabled lessons to begin for all classes.

We would like to thank our builders ‘Hurstways’ of Cranbrook for managing the work to allow minimum disruption to us all and to the PFA for their very generous contribution of £20,443 to allow us to complete the decoration and to furnish the room.

Paul Chandler
Head Teacher

- 1 December 2008 19:33 - GeneralFootball A Team v Bidborough

On Wednesday 26th November the ‘A’ team went to Bidborough to play a football match. The game kecked off and they had an attacking chance which blazed wide. After a few more minutes Miller got the ball and snuck in a sneaky goal past their keeper. A goal kick was taken and Josh didn’t put enough loft on the kick and they headed in a goal over the top of him. We had lots of chances, then Dean went for a cross, their keeper left it and it rolled in, 2-1 to us. The half time whistle went. They were on top form in the second half and scored a good goal which rolled past Josh who was unable to stop their third goal. Then we had some attacking chances but their defence was strong. They scored another goal and then another went past Josh which made the score 4-2 to them. After the centre Max had a chance but it just missed. The final whistle went leaving the final score 4-2 to them. Thank you to Mrs Waller for organising the match and managing us and to Mrs Simkins and Mrs Woolgar for taking us.

Team: Josh M, Joe B, Joe T, Max L, Dean C, Miller and Jordan, all year 5. Also Max and Ollie from year 6.
Report by Josh.

- 26 November 2008 01:59 - GeneralFootball A Team vs St. Augustine’s

On Tuesday 25th November the ‘A’ team played against St. Augustine’s. We started the game well and had lots of chances, but before we knew it they had scored a goal. At half time it was 1-0 to them. We got a lot better in the second half and had a lot more chances. Miller had the ball and passed it to Max O, who scored making 1-1. St Augustine’s then went on to score two more goals making the score 3-1. We came back into the game when Miller scored a great goal to make the final score 3-2 to them.

Team: Josh M, Joe B, Joe T, Max L, Dean C, Miller and Jordan, all year 5. Also Max and Ollie from year 6.

- 25 November 2008 01:58 - GeneralNetball B Team against Claremont, St. Augustine’s and Horsmonden


On Wednesday 19th November, St. James’ ‘B’ team played netball matches against Claremont, St. Augustine’s and Horsmonden.

Our first match was against St. Augustine’s, they weren’t easy to beat, but we pulled through and won 5-3.

Our second match was against Claremont, again they were a good team and hard to beat, but with our great shooters Zoë and Olivia we won 7-4.

Our third match was against Horsmonden, this was challenging because although they were smaller than our team they were very fast and it was a close match, but we won 4-3.

Thank you Mrs Mesher for umpiring the matches and to Mrs Waller for organising them. Also thank you Mr Chandler and Mrs Woolgar for taking us.

Team: Olivia, Emily, Jodie, Francesca from 6A and Ellie, Zoë, Jessica H and Eleanor from 6alpha.

Report by Zoë and Ellie.

- 19 November 2008 01:12 - GeneralFootball A Team vs Claremont

On Tuesday 18th November, St. James’ ‘A’ team played away to Claremont ‘A’. The game started and we tackled hard but let in a goal. We kicked off and while trying our hardest they tackled back and passed the ball past us and scored another two goals, making the score 3-0 to them. They were a strong team and we tried our hardest. They got another two goals into the net to leave the final score 5-0 to them. Thank you to Mrs Waller who organised the match.

Team: Josh M, Joe B, Joe T, Max L, Dean C, Miller and Jordan, all year 5. Also Max and Ollie from year 6.
Report by Miller and Ollie

- 18 November 2008 01:57 - GeneralCross Country Club

Cross Country TeamOn Wednesday 5th November 8 children from St. James’ went to the Skinners field for a cross country race. There were four children from years 3 and 4, and four children from years 5 and 6. There were seven teams in total, including ours. Years 3 & 4 had a race which was a kilometre long and year 5 & 6 had another which was a mile long.

At the start of the race we all lined up to wait for the starting horn. It was very wet and muddy so lots of people fell over. St. James’ all started towards the front and managed to stay in the first half of the group all the way through. There were more than 50 children in the year 3/4 race and in the end, Madeleine finished 26th, Ben, came 5th, James came 3rd and Joel finished 2nd overall. All our team finished, and because we had all done so well St. James’ won the cup for this race.
Report by Joel, year 4

Prize GivingAfter the year 3/4 race it was the year 5/6 race. This was a mile long and half of it was uphill which made it very tiring! We all did really well. Toby R finished 1st, with Alice in 8th place, Oliver in 9th place and Daniel in 13th. One hundred and six children took part in this race. Overall St. James gained 31 points which meant they won the trophy.

Winner gets his medalAll the children received certificates and the trophies were presented in celebrations assembly.

Thank you to Mrs Waller, who organised the team, Miss Church who helped to train and select the team, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Harris who took us to the event and supported us.

Report by Toby R, year 6

- 7 November 2008 00:48 - GeneralFootball A Team vs St. Pauls

On Wednesday 5th November the A team played against St. Pauls A team at home. In just over a minute we were on the attack with Ollie passing the ball to Miller who scored. Both teams had chances, then Max scored to make the score 2-0. Ollie went on to score the third goal, with Miller then getting the fourth. At half time the score was 5-0. After the start they scored, but St. James came back with more goals to leave the final score 9-1 to St. James'.

Goals scored by - Joe W, Ollie, Max with 3 and Miller with 4.
Thank you to Mrs Waller and to everyone who supported the team.
Team; Miller, Max, Ollie, Joe W, Joe B, James F, Matthew, Josh M.
Player of the match was Miller.

Report by Miller and Ollie.

- 5 November 2008 01:56 - GeneralBalloon Release

Friday 24th October saw the launch of the new PFA, which combines both the infant and junior schools. To celebrate the launch, pupils will be able to release balloons before lunch, with their name on, to see which balloon travels the furthest. All the balloons and tags are bio-degradable and safe to the environment.

Children from the infant and junior school will take part. The PFA will also hand over to both the infant and the junior school a large cheque, which the junior school plans to use to furnish the new Science room.

The prize for the balloon which travels the furthest is a Family Cinema Ticket.

- 24 October 2008 18:17 - GeneralFootball v Langton Green

A Team

St. James' played against Langton Green A team. They scored first, and then again. Max then scored a really good goal to make the score 2-1 to them . Just before half time they sneaked a goal past Josh. In the second half Max scored to make the score 3-2, but they scored again. Max scored to gain his hattrick to make the score 4-3. In the last minutes of the match we dominated the play and had some rely good chances, but didn't score. The final score was 4-3 to Langton.

Report by Ollie H.

Player of the match was Joe W.
Team; Josh , Miller, Joe W, James F, 5alpha, Nathan and Max from 6A and Haytham 6alpha.

B Team

On 21st October, St. James' B team played their first league match against Langton Green. We started the game well and had a lot of chances. Harry was unlucky with a couple of chips over the cross bar. Before we knew it, it was half time. Half way through the second half Jonny scored a brilliant goal to put us in the lead. We tried hard from then on, but couldn't get another goal. We were very happy with our first win. Thank you Mrs Waller for organising it and thank you to all the parents who supported us.

Report by Oscar and Dean.

- 21 October 2008 01:55 - GeneralThe Big Little Award 2007/08

Big Little AwardDonated by the Little Family when their children left the school, this shield is awarded to two children in year 5 at the end of each year. Unfortunately this was unable to take place in July this year. The award is for consitantly showing outstanding levels of thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration during the year. The award was presented by the Headteacher to Matthew, currently in 6α and Jessica T, currently in 6A. Both children were awarded certificates, book tokens and a book plate to go in their new book and will share the shield over the year.

- 20 October 2008 18:12 - GeneralFootball Tournament

A Team

On 17th October St James' A team played a tournament at Hawkenbury. Our first match was against St. John's B team. We dominated the play then in the last minute Haytham scored. The next game was against St. Marks, they scored first to make the score 1-1. Our third game was against St. John's A team, we had known from the start that they weren't going to be easy. The final score was 1-0 to them. Our fourth game was against Southborough, Haytham and Joe T both scored to make it 2-0, that was the final score. If we won our final match we would be secured a second place. The final match was very exciting and Ollie scored. We did very well and finished third overall. Thank you to Mrs Crane who managed our team.

Report by Ollie H.

Team; Joshua M, Miller, Joe W, James F, Joe T all 5alpha, Ollie H, Max, Nathan all 6A and Matthew and Haytham from 6alpha. Player of the match was Miller.

B Team

On 17th October the B team played at Hawkenbury in the Primary Cup. This was the first time we had played together as a team. Our first game was against Bishops Down, we tried our hardest but they were a strong team, so we lost 1-0. Our second game was against Claremont, we played better but we were playing a stronger team and the result was 3-0 to them. Our third game was against Langton, we played really well this time, but still they were a good team, but we managed to hold them to a 0-0 draw. Our fourth game was against Southborough A team, we were all ready for this game, but sadly lost 3-0. Our last game was against St. Augustines, we were worried because they had won lst year, but we never gave up and we held them to the end, but in the last minute they scored and the final result was 1-0 to them, we thought it was a good result against last years winners.

Report by Joe B and Max L.

Team; Jordan 5 alpha, Max L, Dean, Oscar, Joe B all 5A, Harry M, Daniel 6A and Sam from 6alpha.
Player to the match was Jordan.

- 17 October 2008 01:53 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon Sketches 2008

Chris Burke, our artist in residence, parent and friend of the school, drew the sketches while the children were on the playground.

You can see more of his work on his website.

- 17 October 2008 01:11 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2008

On the 17th of October 2008, year 6 had a Victorian afternoon!

First of all we had a normal school morning but after lunch we travelled back to Victorian times. We got dressed up into our outfits and then went outside to play. After being called into line boys on the one side with Master Smith and the girls (or ‘ladies’) with Mistress Church, we had ‘drill’ and then marched around the playground before going into the hall, with the boys going through one door and girls through the other. We sang a hymn called ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’, before reciting the Lords Prayer and starting lessons.

The first lesson was literacy and we did handwriting. We had to copy posh capital letters into our copy books. Then we did arithmetic and it was very hard. After this, we recited poetry, one poem was called ‘November Song’ and the other was about time:

‘60 seconds make a minute’
’60 minutes make an hour’
’24 hours a day hath in it’
‘Use each well with all your power’

During the hand writing, Mistress Church spotted a terrible mistake that Daniel made; he was using his left hand! He was punished by being caned. Mistress Church demanded that he started again but with his right hand and another boy had his copy book up torn up in front of everyone because it was so untidy!

Suddenly Master Smith stopped counting his money and stood up abruptly. He slowly walked to the front of the hall and bellowed for Max to stand. “WHERE IS YOUR ONE PENNY?”
“I don’t have any money, sir” stuttered Max.
“NO MONEY!” said Master Smith, “Headmasters office, NOW”!
After 10 minutes Mr. Chandler came and lectured us about how important our one penny’s are. Then he talked to us about an inspector coming and stormed out!

It was a great experience and we all enjoyed dressing up and acting in character.

By Francesca, Olivia & Thomas.

Chris Burke, our artist in residence, parent and friend of the school, drew the sketches while the children were on the playground, See the sketches here.

- 17 October 2008 01:10 - GeneralPlanters Competition Update

St James held a competition to name the new planters and lots of entries were received. Dave who designed and makes them chose the winning name - "Tornado Planter", suggested by Amy in 4α who won a mini version of the ones around the school.

If you would like more information on the planters or would like to buy one you can contact Dave on

- 10 October 2008 22:41 - GeneralFootball A Team vs Paddock Wood

The TeamOn Wednesday 8th October St. James A team played a match against Paddock Wood. We had some good chances in the first minutes of the match. Then we got a free kick which Ollie took and Haytham headed into the goal. Then they equalized to make the score 1-1. Minutes later they scored again, we then got a corner which Ollie took and Haytham again headed into the goal. Shortly after that we got another corner which the cross bar denied Haytham from getting a hat trick. At half time the score was 2-2. Not long after the kick off for the second half they scored. Then Joe W scored an amazing goal from nothing! Then Paddock Wood broke through our defence to score again. The final score was 4-3 to them. Thank you to all the people who came to support us and thank you to Mrs Waller who coached us.

Report by Oliver H

Team; Josh, Miller, Joe W, James F, Joe T 5α, Haytham, Matthew 6αand Max, Oliver and Nathan 6A.

- 8 October 2008 01:52 - GeneralRugby

On Sunday 5th October Tunbridge Juddians U10’s went to Foxbury to play in a rugby tournament.

Our first game was against Beckenham. We had a solid win of 6-0. Our next game was against Cranbrook, who defended well and the final score was 0-0. Our third game was against Sidcup, which we won 2-0. Our last group game was against Bromley, we drew 0-0, but this was enough to get to the cup final. It was against Westcombe Park.

The game was amazing and our defence was strong even though we were very close to our try line. The final score was 0-0, so the cup was shared.

Report by Josha 5α.

- 5 October 2008 01:39 - GeneralTri-Golf Festival

On Wednesday 1st October the St. James’ Tri-golf team took part in the Tri-golf festival at Tunbridge Wells Golf Club. Many other teams from different schools took part and we all had great fun practising our chips and putts. Our team came 3rd overall. Sam from 3a won a medal for being the most promising player. Organisers watched all the teams taking part in all the activities and Sam was noticed at each one for trying hard and playing very well. He received a bag of goodies containing a mouse mat, cap, water bottle and medal.

We would like to thank Miss Davison for arranging for us to take part in it.

Team members; 3A - Sebbie and Katie. 3α – Daniel, Sam and Niamh. 4A – Issy, Paul and Ella. 4α – Harry and Samantha.

Report by Samantha.

- 2 October 2008 01:45 - GeneralGymnastics

6A have been creating letter shapes in gym, with children working mainly in pairs. Some of the children spelt out ST JAMES.

They have also been co-operating balance, which means they have to trust their partner to hold the balance.

- 2 October 2008 01:03 - GeneralHorton Kirby

On Monday 29th September 5 Alpha went by coach to Horton Kirby to see the River Darenth, for our topic on rivers.

When we got the Horton Kirby we went to the Education Centre, which was an old Victorian school. We went into the school room and met our guide, Mr Cliffe. We all put on our Wellington boots and walked down to Westminster Bridge and played ‘pooh sticks’. The point of which was to see which direction the river flowed. Then we went down to the bank of the river and did our first experiment.

Children went into the river with a big tape measure and measured 10m, from the bridge, down the river. We had nine coloured sponge balls, 3 red, 3 green and 3 blue. Nine children went into the river and had a ball each and stood in front of the bridge. Some more children stood 10m down the river to catch the balls and also to record the time with stopwatches. The experiment was repeated 2 more times. The point of the experiment was to see which part of the river flowed the fastest. The temperature of the water and the air temperature were also measured and the results recorded by children standing on the bank. After this experiment we measured the width of the river and the depth at every metre, the near side of the river was deeper than the far side, where there was a lot of deposition.

We then walked to a meander in the river where the ground on the outside of the bend was eroding rapidly. Our guide said that the tree there would fall at some time in the future. When we got back to the school room he showed us some photo’s of the same bank in the past and we could see how much the bank had eroded.

We walked on down the river to repeat the experiment just before Franks Bridge. We found that the river flowed fastest on the far side. This was different to the first experiment at Westminster Bridge. Near the bank where the river was slowest there was deposition of twigs and sand. We also walked in the river towards the bridge against the current to feel its strength. The current was not very strong, but our guide said that when the river was deeper the current would be stronger.

On the walk back to the centre we walked over Franks Bridge and saw flat land, called a flood plain. Back at the centre we were hungry and had lunch in a lovely playground and played with the Victorian toys. Mr Cliffe showed us slides of the river which showed where the source and the mouth of the river were.

We had an amazing day, thank you Mr Cliffe.

Report by Isobel, Joshua and Miller

- 2 October 2008 00:23 - GeneralPlanters Competition

We have just sourced some lovely planters to go under all the windows round the school that open outwards and are in danger of injuring pupils as they walk past with their eyes closed. We love them, and have put a small conifer, trailing ivy, cyclamen, heathers, dwarf daffodils, snowdrops and dwarf iris in the ones outside year 5.

They come in various sizes and are made locally. Dave, who makes them, would like to give them a name (possibly incorporating 'corkscrew', 'twistly' or 'twirly') and is offering a prize of a small planter to the family of the pupil who provides the best name.

- 15 September 2008 08:02 - GeneralMusic Concert

Here are some photo's from the music concert on Friday (18th July 2008) afternoon, enjoyed by a hall full of parents who watched individuals perform along with the choir and orchestra for a great afternoon of music.

- 21 July 2008 01:09 - GeneralPFA Beer, Band & BBQ Bash

It was a fantastic day , we made a brilliant £3940 profit! The PFA believe this is a record for an event, at the school. This means the PFA will be able to give the school nearly £16,000.00 raised from events over the last two years, for the building project.

The campers were all bright & breezy on Sunday morning (kind of) and they all stayed around to help clear up which was brilliant. Unfortunately we did run out of food, but we had sold 300 tickets in advance, which we had food for, after a final tally we think we had in the region of 650 people through the gates, so not really surprising that we ran out . The moral of the story is buy your tickets in advance next year then we know how many we are catering for!!

Nikki Tucker
PFA Chair

- 21 July 2008 00:06 - GeneralCrazy hats

Year 6 wore crazy hats and odd footwear today to raise money for charity, even the staff joined in!!

- 17 July 2008 18:16 - GeneralYear 6 Summer Panto

The year 6 pantomime was all about the king whose wife died so he held a ball to choose a new wife.

In the end he chose a lady called Ms. MacHose. She had a magic mirror that could talk.

She kept asking the mirror ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’ The mirror answered every time, ‘You are the fairest of them all’ until one time the mirror said that she was not the fairest, Snow White was.

So she got a huntsman to kill Snow White. Snow White escaped through the woods. She met seven ex-jockeys and they all bet on a horse whose name was Lucky Steed but unfortunately their horse lost so they lost all their money.

Snow White stole the mirror from the palace and asked it who will win the Ascot Gold Cup and it was Mistletoe. They bet on this horse and they became millionaires!!

The End!!

- 17 July 2008 01:07 - GeneralEnvironment Club

In Environment Club we do lots of fun things, like pond dipping and scavenger hunts. We have planted lettuce and when it had grown we got to have a piece. One rainy day we made paper, it was loads of fun. At the last environment we made a big art attack made from stuff on the field. It really helps the environment.

Watch our slideshow which takes the art attack through the different stages.

- 17 July 2008 00:54 - GeneralSponsored Walk

Year 3 & 4 set off around the perimeter of the field at 1pm, some children set off running while others walked. Some parents walked with the children too. After an hour the children stopped for a well earned rest.

The highest number of laps for the boys was 29, with the girls managing 26.

Next it was the turn of years 5 & 6. Some of the boys managed to run most of the time and so achieved an amazing 32/33 laps, breaking the previous record set 2yrs ago. Some of the girls managed up to 28 laps, again by running most of the time.

Well done to all the children who took part to raise money for Hospice in the Weald and to furnish the new Science Room.

- 17 July 2008 00:08 - GeneralArts Day 9 July 2008

Arts Day takes place in the summer term.

Parents are invited in for coffee and biscuits at break and then join their children in the classes and to join in the creative sessions for the rest of the morning.
Then at lunchtime the whole school and parents enjoy a picnic. This was planned to take place on the field and to be followed by the sponsored walk but due to the weather picnic's took place in classrooms and the hall and the sponsored walk has been rescheduled to take place next Thursday afternoon (17th July).

More parents than ever before joined us yesterday and everyone had fun as you can see from the pictures here, click away and see what brilliant work was produced.

Some of the staff took over child care duties while the parents were taught how the weave and sew.

Year 3 spent the morning showing parents how to weave, weaving paper, wool, material and plastic. We used all sorts of looms too - even hub caps, a bicycle wheel and tree branches!!

4A made some beautiful dragonflies and butterflies out of wire, tights and glitter and some very creative pond scenes (even including some frogs!). It was lovely to see so many parents being creative with their children in the class.

4α had a brilliant time making insects from newspaper and boxes and LOTS of masking tape. Parents all joined in and everyone had fun. Thank you to all the parents - clearing up was so easy!!

5A went into the computer room and created powerpoint presentations (showing parents how to do this) on their recent visit to Hever Castle. Some children were able to add sound effects and music. At the end of the morning children showed the rest of the class their work on the large screen.

5α did pointellism paintings (using dots to create pictures). Lots of detailed concentration was required. Parents were keen to join in.

Year 6 were busy with props and rehersals for their panto, Snow White and the Seven Jockey's

- 10 July 2008 00:10 - GeneralCoats of Arms

5α have been designing their own Coats of Arms. See what some of them have to say...

I chose this design for my Coat of Arms for a number of reasons. I ride horses so that is why I have a horse. I chose Tatty Teddy because I love him and I love teddy bears. I’ve got the ice cream because I love the beach. The paddock is there because my name means secure. I used the flowers to show that I love nature. Rebekah

I chose these items because they are my hobbies and things I like. I drew the Chelsea kit because I support Chelsea. I chose all of the sports equipment because I like playing football and other sports. I chose the Horrid Henry book because it is my favourite book. Oliver

Each of the symbols represents an individual meaning. The lipstick in the middle shows that my last name means beauty in German. See the aeroplane flying through the clouds? Well that stands for my love of travelling even if I don’t fly! What else could a cute paw-print mean? The way I adore animals of course!! My netball and bib says that I have fun playing this sport. Finally the books are there because I am an absolute book worm! Emily

I chose this design for many reasons. The 2 footballs are there because I really like football. I also like tennis so I put a net and ball. My name means twin and nobleman so there are two crowns. The background is blue from the Scottish flag and the red stripes are from the English flag because I am half English and half Scottish. Thomas

I chose these symbols for a number of reasons. First I chose the Charlton Athletic shirt because I love football and support Charlton Athletic. I’m half Australian so I had to put an Australian flag on it. I also put a trampoline on because I like bouncing up and down. Harry.

I chose the well in the middle because that’s what Max means. The hand in the middle is the ‘red hand of Ireland’ and the green, white and orange colours are for the Irish flag. The top section is for my love of sports. The section with the foot prints represents my love of monster stories. The last section is there to show that I look at the sky at night. The other colours are my favourite colours but the red cross is for England. Max

- 9 July 2008 01:06 - GeneralBuilding Project

You will be pleased to know that contracts have been agreed and the work has started although the main work will be done in the summer holidays to avoid disruption to the school.

We hope the work will be finished soon after Christmas and the pupils will then have a great new facility for projects in science, technology and art. The new facility will also include a toilet and lift for disabled persons.

We will be funding this from school funds with some help from the Local Authority for the disabled section and of course with funds from the PFA and special thanks are due to them - what has been collected will furnish and equip the room.

Dr John Pomeroy

Chair of Governors

- 8 July 2008 19:30 - GeneralShields

Some children in yr 5 have been sewing and creating their own shields.

  • I chose Tatty Teddy, because I love teddies and I love Tatty Teddy. So that is why he is on my piece of sewing. Hope you like it. Rebekah
  • I chose flowers because I think that they are beautiful and have a lovely smell and because I love summer. Amy
  • I picked these pictures because I am mad about football. The scarf at the bottom is a Manchester United scarf and that is the team I support. Nathan.
  • On my shield I have a wombat because I like them. Wombats are cool, which is why I put one, I would really like a pet wombat, but unfortunately they only survive in the wild. I would love to adopt one, they are so cute. Jodie.
  • My picture is a cyber man from Dr Who. I sewed this because I am one of the biggest fans of Dr Who in this school. Tim
  • I chose to make my shield with a sword, axe and spear to show the weapons they used to have in Tudor times. We have been learning about the Tudors and I found it interesting. Matthew.
- 8 July 2008 01:03 - GeneralYear 6 Buggies

Year 6 have been designing buggies and racing them. We made our buggies using wood, corrugated plastic and other materials.

Making our buggies was fun but we did have a few problems. The problems involved not having a powerful enough battery, the rubber band snapping or with the balloon powered buggies being too heavy, most people found a solution to their problems. We all had fun and enjoyed making our buggies.

Races took place on the playground.

- 4 July 2008 01:02 - GeneralOrigami

A group of 8 students from Oita Higashi School in Japan currently on a cultural trip to Britain, based at Bennett Memorial School, spent Tuesday afternoon with year 4.

On the 1st July some students came to St. James’ to learn the English language and they also came to teach us origami. One group in year 4 made crows and another made tigers. They were 15 and 16 year old boys and girls and they didn’t know much English.

- 3 July 2008 00:59 - GeneralGreek Day

Year 3 had a visit from ‘Hector’ and ‘Sylvia’ on Wednesday 2nd July

We found out that all Greek Gods had beards!

We bowed down in front of the gods on Mount Olympus.

We learned that men did all the work, made all the decisions and did all the partying! One of the children tried out one of the games on Mrs Holdstock! Mrs Holdstock married ‘Hector’ and her job was to look after him. She also became his property – wife means property.

Teachers could beat children if they didn’t write their name properly on the wax tablet.

Poor doctors worked out what was wrong with a patient by sampling ear wax, vomit, urine and worse! Yuk!

We had our own version of the Olympics, including ‘Chariot’ racing and javelin throwing.

The day ended with us performing a traditional Greek play. Eros shot his arrow to the centre of the earth. Well done to our narrators who were complimented by Hector and Sylvia as the best Year 3 readers they have heard in schools this year! The orchestra provided a somewhat ‘avante garde’ musical accompaniment.

We had lots of laughs but learnt lots of new facts in the process.

- 3 July 2008 00:58 - GeneralRecorders

Report by Claire and Siobhan.

On Tuesday 1st July, the top recorder group met up with TWGGS, Speldhurst, Claremont and Bidborough to play some recorder pieces. We played four pieces and some schools played their own. We had a great time and thank you Mr Smith for organising it.

- 1 July 2008 00:57 - GeneralSports Day 2008

Sports Day took place on Thursday 26th June, the sun shone and it was a beautiful afternoon. Many parents came along to support the children, the PFA provided Pimms, juice, lollies and biscuits for them.
Children sat in their houses Wellington - wearing red, Scott - wearing yellow, Livingstone - wearing green and Nelson - wearing blue.

The first races on the track were the 100m sprint for both boys and girls in all year groups, while the track events took place, at the other end of the field the field events started with throwing followed by the hop, step and jump. On the track skipping races followed the sprints. It was then time for the Mums race, they were a little reluctant, but finally they lined up and headed for the finish line, The Dads were keen to have a go, and in the end 3 races had to be run due to the number wanting to race. The toddlers then had their go, with brothers and sisters on hand to help them. After that the bean bag and hoop races took place.

At the half way mark Nelson were in the lead with 64 points, Wellington had 60, Scott 48 and Livingstone 41. The last races were the class races, the long distance race over 400m and finally the relay.

It was very tense as points were added up.
In the end the winning team was Nelson, congratulations to them all. Team captains received the trophy, with its blue ribbons on, from Mr Chandler, the Headteacher.

- 30 June 2008 00:11 - GeneralIsle of Wight 2008

Our intrepid year 6 went to Little Canada on the Isle of Wight for a week of activities. Here are some photographs of their daring deeds!!

Activities included; aeroball, abseiling, climbing, quad biking, sensory trail, problem solving, cat walk, trampolining, archery, orienteering, fencing and canoeing.

Captions by Chris, Ollie, Grace and Esther 6A

- 24 June 2008 00:13 - GeneralMechanical Cams

Making a Cam

First we designed our cams on paper, then wrote down a list of everything we needed. Next we collected all the things to make our cams.

After that we measured, sawed and assembled the frame, (made out of jelutong). The fun part was when we got to use the glue guns to secure the frame. We then stuck on the card triangles which helped to make the corners and to strengthen them. We drilled holes in wooden circles (cams) and threaded a long stick called a spindle through.

We then cut very strong card and decorated it to our liking. Using the same card we invented little characters and stuck both on top of our followers.

By Alice and Emily year 5

- 18 June 2008 00:51 - GeneralHever Castle

Our Year 5 children went to find out more information for their Tudor project.

On the way to Hever Castle we stopped at Penshurst to look at and sketch Tudor houses, then on to Hever Castle.

They had a great time as you can see from some of our photos.

- 17 June 2008 00:14 - General615 Club

615 ClubThe 615 club is run by the staff of St James' Church. They aim to provide a club for the children in which they can enjoy a whole range of activities and visits organised in a Christian environment.

It is called 615 because in starts at 6.15 every Monday night.

This club is now so popular that it is divided into two, young and older children attending on alternate weeks.

Here is a picture of a banner created by the children at the club and presented at the Celebrations Assembly on 12th June 2008.

- 13 June 2008 13:40 - GeneralWhole School Photo

On 11th June 2008 the stage was set for a photo of the whole school.

We look forward to seeing the final picture but in the meantime here are some photos taken at the time. You can see just how much organisation is required to get almost 300 adults and children in the right place at the right time, and how you need the co-operation of the weather...

- 12 June 2008 00:15 - GeneralKwik Cricket

On 11th June, St. James’ A and B teams set off to the Neville Cricket ground to take part in the annual Kwik Cricket Festival.
A team report

Ollie, Sam 6A, Robbie, Jacob, Victoria, Ralph, Bryony and Niall 6α

Our first match was against St. Pauls which we won, but it was close. The second match was against Bidborough which we lost, but again it was a good game. We finished second in our group and we went through to the quarter finals to play against Southborough, which we won by 30 runs. Then we went through to play Horsmonden in the 5th and 6th play offs. We won by 39 runs. We all played really well and finished 5th.

Report by Ollie.
B team report

James, James H, Chris, Adam, Oliver 6A, Tom P, Thea, Emma, 6α and Will 5α

We played a total of 16 matches and only lost one, by a few runs. Every member of the team should be proud of their performance. Will’s powerful batting sent our opponents running in all directions and Thea and Adam also did some great batting. James and Chris nailed some tricky catches. Oliver was an excellent wicket keeper and Emma and James both took wickets with their skilful bowling!

Ollie kindly volunteered to play in the friendly against Sherwood and played well.

Report by Tom P.

We had a great afternoon, many thanks to Mrs Hemsley for organising it and to Mrs Ingman.

- 11 June 2008 01:49 - GeneralRugby

On Wednesday 4th June St. James’ A and B teams played 4 games at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club.
A Team Report

Sam, Ollie, Chris, Natalie, 6A, Robbie, Victoria, Jacob and William 6α, and Olivia 5α.

Our first match was against Langton Green and we won 6-5, we then played St. Peters and won that match too, 5-3. Next was the game against Groombridge which we lost 2-7. The last match was against St. John’s which we won 6-2. That meant we had made it through to the quarter finals where we played St. Augustines, last years winners, but unfortunately lost 4-6. St Augustines went on to win the tournament.

Report by Sam.
B Team Report

Max, Oliver, 5α, Haytham, Tristan, Louis 5A, Bryony, Emma 6α and Grace 6A.

The first game was against Horsmonden, who were really strong and unfortunately we lost 4-1. Our second match was against Frant, we played really well and scored 4 tries, but Frant scored 5 and we lost the game really late on. The final score was 5-4 to Frant. Our third game was another close game with St. John’s who won the game 3 tries to 2. Our final game was against Langton Green where we played really well. We won the game 6-4. The scorers were;- Max 2 tries, Tristan, Haytham, Suzanne and Bryony.

Overall we played really well and scored a total of 13 tries.

Report by Max and Oliver

Thank you to Mrs Hemsley for a very enjoyable afternoon.

- 4 June 2008 01:46 - General

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