St johns prep school sports newsletter spring 2014
Spring Term 2014St John’s Prep School
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St. John’s Prep School
U11’s North London Netball Champions!Contents:
of the Term
Next Term &
New Tennis Facilities
On the 24th
March, St. John’s U11’s netball team competed in the
North London Independent Schools Netball Tournament, held at St.
John’s Senior School. The girls played at a high level and stepped up
to the challenge of playing against highly skilled schools such as The
Kings and Northbridge House.
St. John’s were undefeated in all games played in the tournament;
which led them to be crowned champions of the North London
Tournament. I would like to thank all the U11’s team for their deter-
mination and effort in the tournament. Special recognition goes to
Rachel Hill for her outstanding shooting and Haley Danso for her de-
fending and interceptions. Overall, it was a fantastic occasion and a
great win for the team.
V Northbridge House W 10 – 1
V St. Aubyn’s School W 4 - 2
V The Kings School W 8 – 0
V Sherrardswood W 5 – 4
GS: Rachel Hill
GA: Holly White
WA: Aileen Ajbade
C: Olivia George
WD: Lily Harbron
GD: Haley Danso
GK: Sarina Seth
SUBS: Kate Burrett &
St. John’s Prep and Senior School are proud to
announce the opening of our brand new outdoor
multi use sports area. It has been designed using a
Tiger Turf Pro surface, providing an outstanding
facility for our pupils to play Hockey, Tennis, Net-
ball and 5 aside football on.
This new addition to our sports department is part
of a bigger goal to provide all St. John’s pupils with
the very best facilities in sport. The next phase is
the building of our new changing rooms and show-
ers which are due to begin on March 25th and are
due for completion on September 5th 2014.
We invite all parents to come and view the devel-
opments in sport at St. John’s and to speak to a
member of our P.E. staff for more details.
We also look forward to hosting a pupil and par-
ents tennis tournament in the summer term and
we look forward to seeing you then!
For more please see our new additional news site:
Football Trip to Spain
In January pupils undertook a unit of work on fitness. During this
module, the children explored different methods of how to get fit,
such as circuit training, interval training and skipping. They also
performed different types of fitness tests.
Here is a picture of some of the Upper Transitus’ boys performing
the Multi-Stage Fitness Test.
The Multi-Stage Fitness test is an incremental test
where pupils run back and fourth over 15 meters to
the sound of a bleep that speeds up. The children run
for as long as possible and drop out when they fall
behind the bleep. Below are some of the top scores.
In June, members of the school football
team will be off to Spain to visit the
home of Malaga Football Club.
The trip will be action packed with train-
ing sessions provided by professional
coaches, a stadium tour and a football
fixture against a local school team.
The boys will also enjoy the amazing ho-
tel facilities at Atalaya Park Golf Hotel &
Resort, which has been used by many
professional football teams as their base
for pre-season or mid-season training
LT Boy Daniel Oyetunde 12.4
LT Girls Darcie Dudding & Phoebe
UT Boy Joshua White 13.1
UT Girl Ella Robinson 12.0
F1 Boys Takumi Satoh, Matthew
Muwambi, Ilyas Khodabux,
Sean Kanu, Jason Obiamiwe
F1 Girl Charlotte Wheatley 11.8
F2 Boy Jacob Haynes 16.0
F2 Girl Katherine McKenzie 14.5
F3 Boy Harry Baldock-Proud 14.4
F3 Girl Aileen Ajbade 13.4
Super League Netball Trip
On the 10th February the F2 & F3 Netball squad visited Hert-
fordshire University for a netball Super league fixture, the Hert-
fordshire Mavericks were playing against Manchester Thunders.
The visit was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to sharpen
up on their tactical knowledge of the game and see how ad-
vanced skills can be applied effectively in a match situation.
The score finished at 38 - 48, with the Thunders winning the
game. The girls all had a fantastic time and were able to watch
some professional England Netball players. Overall, the girls
were a pleasure to take to the game and all came back with
new ideas and skill to put into their own netball.
The Football Squad experienced both highs and lows during the recent
Enfield Borough 7-a-side competition with an incredibly spirited perform-
The group stage was made up of eight matches with the top four teams
qualifying for knockout stages.
The boys fared well, with our defence, made up of Hakan Aknar, Tom
Green and Tony Dinh resilliant throughout, only conceding three goals on
their way to three victories, three draws and only two defeats. The pick of
the results were 1-0 victories over Eversley, Eldon and George Spicer.
Such a performance ensured a fourth spot finish and qualification to the
Unfortunately, the boys were defeated in the quarter final but bearing in
mind the majority of the squad were a year or two younger than the op-
position, the result was greater than most would have expected. Well
UT Boys Breaststroke Joshua W Dinel Akin Kayra
F.1. Boys Breaststroke Flavio Christopher Rocco
F.1. Girls Breaststroke Sofia Maahi Charlotte
F.3. Boys Breaststroke Tom Harry BP Andreas
Form Boys Breaststroke Deniz Uche -----
UT Boys Back Stroke Ethan Freddie Ernest
F.1. Girls Back Stroke Olamide Meghan Emily
F.2. Boys Back Stroke Rhys Jed Jackson
Small Pool Front Final Gabrielle
Small Pool Final Back O’Demilade Joshua K Raoul
UT Girls Breaststroke Ella Nehir Marlie
F.2. Boys Breaststroke Jacob Leon Alex M
F.2. Girls Breastroke Leah Madison Madeline
F.3. Girls Breaststroke Haralambia Lily Aileen
Year 7 Girls Breaststroke Jessica Klara Rasleen
UT Boys Front Crawl Joshua W Dinel Ethan
UT Girls Front Crawl Piya Isabelle Y Omotayo
F1 Boys Front Crawl Alexander E Christopher Max
F1 Girls Front Crawl Maahi Sofia Charlotte
F2 Boys Front Crawl Rhys Jacob Jed
F2 Girls Front Crawl Leah Nitu Madeline
F3 Boys Front Crawl Hakan Andreas Tom
F3 Girls Front Crawl Lily Holly Olivia
Year 7 Boys Front Crawl Joshua Zachary Zebulon
Year 7 Girls Front Crawl Jessica Eva Rasleen
UT Girls Backstroke Amara Nehir Ella
F.1. Boys Backstroke Alexander E Sean Flavio
F.2. Girls Backstroke Nitu Madison Katherine Mc
F.3. Boys Backstroke Harry BP Hakan Alex MN
F.3. Girls Backstroke Rachel Holly Olivia
Year 7 Boys Backstroke Joshua Zachary Zebulon
Year 7 Girls Backstroke Amy Christie Olivia
House Relay Water Rats Moles Badgers
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Water Rats 96 Toads 68 Badgers 65 Moles 53
On the 29th March, almost 200 pupils com-
peted in the Annual St. John’s Swimming Gala.
The event consisted of 94 races, which in-
cluded front crawl, backstroke, breast stroke
and relay. The standard was amazing, not just
from the winners but also from the children
who were unable to swim competently at the
start of the academic year. Well done to all
of the children that competed in the gala.
Please see results listed below. Winning House
Ski Trip - Morzine
On 29th January, F3 and 1st Form boys and girls
accompanied Mrs. Tardios, Mr. Tardios Jnr, Mrs.
Farrenden, Mr. Hodgson, Miss Pym and Miss
Collins to Morzine in the French Alps.
The seven day trip started by flying into Geneva
airport and travelling by coach to the hotel, set
in a picturesque village, covered in fresh winter
snow. Morzine has recently had a new lift sys-
tem put on slopes, which was exciting for St.
John’s, as this meant more time on the slopes.
All pupils skied with great control and had a
Each of the pupils at the end of the skiing trip
received a skiing award, a badge and a booklet,
which can be updated as they develop their ski-
ing ability. A special mention must go to Grace
Alexander and Henry Jonscher for achieving a
special gold award as they had already attained
all available badges.
As well as practising their skiing, the pupils had a
opportunity to watch the ski instructors show-
ing why they are instructors with their amazing
skiing skills and looking at how skiing has devel-
oped throughout the ages. The pupils also got
to try a variety of different food and swim in the
indoor/outdoor pool of the Hotel. Overall, the
trip was a great success, with all pupils and
teachers enjoying the experience immensely.
Sports’ Pupils of the Term Awards
Harry Baldock-Proud has had an outstanding first year at St. John’s Preparatory
school in sport and is the worthy recipient of the Sports’ Pupil of the Term Award
for Boys Sport.
He has continued to play a crucial role in the success of the school football team,
displaying a good all-round level of ability and he never shies away from a tackle!
During P.E. Lessons, Harry has impressed us with his level of fitness in lessons,
scoring 14.4 on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test and always gives 100% effort.
The term was nicely rounded off for Harry at The Annual School Swimming Gala,
where he performed magnificently, picking up a Gold in Back Stroke and a Silver in
Well Done, Harry!
Lily Harbron is a determined athlete, who is very enthusiastic about sport. She
always strives to improve her technical ability and is committed to representing
St. John’s School in a variety of sports.
Lily has displayed a high level of ability in Netball this term, representing the
school in fixtures. Lily was also a crucial member of the netball team at the U11’s
North London Independent Schools Netball Tournament . At this fixture she
demonstrated fantastic defending skills, carrying out skillful interceptions. She was
an asset to the team and helped lead the team to victory.
This term was the annual St. John’s Swimming Gala, where Lily performed out-
standingly, picking up a gold medal in the 25 metre Front Crawl and a silver in 25
metre Breaststroke. This demonstrates that Lily is an all round athlete.
Overall, Lily is a joy to teach in lessons and has produced work of an excellent
standard. Well done!
In June, the F2 & F3 members of the School
Cricket Squad will visit Lords Cricket ground -
‘The Home of Cricket’, to watch England take on
Sri Lanka in the 1st test match of the English
This will be an amazing experience for the chil-
dren, allowing them to see how it is done by
some of the best cricketers in the world.
They will also enjoy the atmosphere of the
crowds and hopefully this will inspire some of
our boys to become future top class cricketers
Harry Baldock - Proud
St. John’s Superstars
In November 2013, Madeline Dean was chosen to be part of the gymnastics squad from Tan-
glin Trust School, Singapore which competed in the Federation of British International Schools
in Asia (FOBISIA) Annual Gymnastics Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
The competition included gymnasts from Thailand, China, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore
and took place over two days. Boys and girls competed across a range of gymnastics disciplines
with the girls performing on Floor, Bars, Beam and Vault.
The girls were scored individually for each discipline and these scores were then combined to
provide an overall individual performance score. There was also a combined team score, which
took into account the individual scores of each member of the Tangin Trust School team.
The competition was of a very high standard and featured potential Olympians in some of the
age groups. But most importantly, it offered boys and girls from the many International schools
operating throughout Asia the opportunity to meet new people from different countries and
cultures and gave them the chance to experience the thrill of competing in an International
Madeline came 3rd overall in her level and age group and in doing so helped her team to come
2nd overall which was a great achievement for Tanglin Trust School.
MADELINE DEAN - GYMNASTICS
JACOB HAYNES - FENCING
Jacob has been fencing for 2 years.
Initially, Jacob trained once a week but he is now a member of Newham Fencing Club and
trains twice a week alongside many members of the Great British Fencing team. Since he
started to compete in competitions, Jacob has won numerous medals.
At the end of 2013, Jacob was ranked 9th
in 2013 out of 160 boys who competed in the Leon
Paul U11 Junior series. Some of his more notable success have been winning the Hertford-
shire Junior Championship for U10 in 2013, Gold at the Leon Paul Junior series earlier this
year and silver in the Leon Paul Junior Team event.
Jacob enjoys fencing because it provides everything he is looking for in terms of physical exer-
cise, competition and need to develop skills and techniques.
The ballet lessons comprise of three
sections; Warm-up with emphasis on
posture and stance coupled with ballet
stretching; Free Movement, which con-
sists of students’ improvisation and
interpretation of a piece of music or
stimulus and travelling sequence based
on locomotor skills with rhythmical
The main focus of the lessons is to
raise students awareness of body align-
ment by embedding the ballet tech-
nique in each activity.
The children really seem to be enjoying
learning new skills relating to Ballet and
putting them into practice.
Summer Term / Extra Activities
St. John’s Prep Extra Curricular
Girls (F2 and F3) Netball - Senior
Miss Pym & Miss King
Girls (F2 and F3) -rounders Senior
Miss Pym & Miss King
3.20 p.m. – 4.20 p.m.
Boys (F2 and F3) Cricket - Senior
3.20 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Girls (UT and F1) Netball - Senior
Miss Pym & Miss King
3.20 p.m. – 4.20 p.m.
Boys (F1) Cricket - Senior School-
3.20 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Boys & girls (F1 to F3) Athletics club-
Senior School -
3.20 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
St. John’s 21 – 18 Southgate
Ballet takes place on a Monday 3.00 p.m. - 3.45 p.m.
Number of sessions: 7
Start: Monday 12th May
Finish: Monday 30th June
Payment: cheque made payable to Mrs. Neves
Clothing: Girls - pink ballet shoes, pink dress and cardigan
Boys - black leather ballet shoes and ‘Greens’.
Ballet is a fun and exciting opportunity for the pupils at St John’s to be creative and enjoy them-
selves within a dance environment.
YogaNastics takes place on a Tuesday, starting 6th May until the end of term.
Prep 2 - 3.20 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
Upper School - 4.00 p.m. till 4.40 p.m.
Number of sessions: 9
Payment: cheques made payable to YogaNastics, a limited spacing of 15 pupils.
Equipment: yoga mat
YogaNastics is very controlled and skilful, concentrating on fun postures for flexibility and bal-
ance, with an element of story telling. It is designed to improve sleep, concentration balance
Tennis Munchkins takes place on a Friday.
Prep 1 - 2.00 p.m. till 2.30 p.m.
Prep 2 & LT- 2.30 p.m. till 3.15 p.m.
UT - F3 - 3.15 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
The club has already started but there are a few spaces available for the summer term.
Number of sessions: 7
Payment: cheques made payable to Tennis Rocks Ltd, there are limited spaces
Equipment: Greens and a tennis racket (if they own one)
The sessions are not only a great introduction to tennis for children, but also teach them fun-
damental hand-eye coordination, flexibility, balance, and ball skills. Basic technical training and
footwork will also be developed through fun games, which vary weekly to maximise every
In the Summer term, we will be focusing
on Athletics and striking & fielding games
such as Cricket and Rounders.
In Athletics, children will be developing
their throwing and jumping as well as one
another running, both over a long and
short distances. They will be competing
against one and other and also working in a
team when performing relays. All of these
skills will prepare them for Sports day on
FRIDAY 20th JUNE.
During striking and fielding lessons, pupils
will be developing their basic throwing,
catching and hitting skills and applying the
skills to game situations. During the
games they will learn about tactics, rules,
scoring and working as a team . All of
these skills will help them to compete in
the end of term Interhouse Competition.
Over the Easter break, it would be great if
you can find time to take your child to the
park and have a go yourselves with a bat
and ball; this will give your child a great
head start before the summer term!!
From All of us in The Sports Department,
We wish you a fantastic Easter!
Mr. Ian Russell
Head of Prep. School P.E.