Sports Reports

Sports Reports Terms 3&4 2023-2024

Y10 Girls Netball vs Pewsey Vale School

The girls had a great game against Pewsey Vale, showing excellent teamwork and movement with the ball. They were able to link well and ensure they moved the ball around the court. All girls were able to play a range of positions well and really supportive to each other. The final score was 25-8. Well done girls.

Team:

Phoebe Rex, Izzy Place, Ellie Neathly, Issy Callister, Bessie S, Izzy Thrift, Annie Fry, Grace Lillywhite, Faye Hiller-Culler

Miss Carter Davies


Y10 Netball Area Tournament

A massive well done to the Y10 Netball team who played amazingly well in their area tournament. In their pool they beat: Devizes (10-1), Kingsbury Green (7-0), Malmesbury (6-0), St Mary’s C (7-0) drew to Hardenhuish (6-6) and lost to Sheldon (1-11). They came 2nd overall to qualify for the 3rd/4th play off which was vs St Marys B, which was a thrilling game coming to 6-6 at the end. They had to play until golden goal and came 4th overall.

The team came 4th out of 14 teams and the 2nd state school which is a great achievement! Well done girls!

Team:

Grace Lillywhite, Izzy Thrift, Izzy Place, Bessie S, Phoebe Rex, Ellie Neathey, Izzy Collister, Lottie Williams, Georgie Garrett, Nashom Peter

Miss Carter Davies


Year 9 Girls vs Royal Wootton Bassett

We took 2 teams to RWB school due to high numbers at our after school club. Everyone showed excellent teamwork and enthusiasm in all the games they played. They were able to pass the ball around well, but also intercept and mark effectively, and were able to play some very competitive and close matches.

They won 1, drew 1 and lost 2. Well done girls.

 

Miss Carter Davies


Year 11 Netball vs Pewsey Vale School

 The year 11 netball team played spectacular netball against Pewsey Vale on 29th January at St John’s. The local derby did not disappoint, with end-to-end action with many goals being scored each quarter. Both Freya Henry and Letty Hale’s experience shone through, as Letty was determined to put pressure on the opposing GA. Freya linked St John’s defence and attack to create many opportunities for goals. Esme Montague was on fire throughout the match and was awarded Player of The Match by the opposition for scoring four goals within the first quarter and Evie Holdsworth battled for rebounds to ensure St John’s victory 16-13.

A big congratulations to all the players.

Team

Lottie Turnell, Evie Holdsworth, Hannah Taylor, Isabel Currell, Ella Rudman Bromley, Carys Hughes, Freya Henry, Esme Montague, Christina Vunipola, Olivia Stra, Letty Hale

Ms Montague

 


Primary School Hockey Festival Leaders

Fourteen St John’s students did a fantastic job at the annual Primary School Hockey Festival which was held at Marlborough College and hosted by Marlborough Hockey Club. They braved the inclement weather, remained cheerful and did a great job of umpiring and managing the primary pupils, parents and teachers.

Charlie, the organiser, wrote: ” I think we can all agree that we are spoilt with top level umpires at our hockey festival and our thanks to all the St John’s leaders who kept the pitches organised and positive.”

The adults at Marlborough Hockey Club couldn’t agree more. The students we’d like to thank are:

Kitty Bevan, Lucas  Blundy, Blythe  Clemence, Lucas  Farley, Wilbur  Frost, Matthew  Garbett, Thomas  Garbett, Harry  Harvard Taylor, Ben Jones, Oliver  Jones, Isobel  Place, AS, Edward  Silcocks, Rosie  Witcombe

By Karen Davis (Marlborough Hockey Club)


Year 7 Girls Hockey

St John’s Year 7 vs Sheldon

Our year 7 team had our first fixture of the season at Sheldon school. We started off strong; in the first quarter we took the lead but Sheldon was very threatening, Jemima Prest got the first goal of the match. In the second quarter we were all fighting for the win, Jemima scored 2 more and I scored a goal.

The weather was ideal for a great hockey match. As the third quarter began we were feeling optimistic, the pressure had been taken off. We were all trying hard to get everyone a goal, Eva Deery scored 1, India Tilley scored 2 and I scored 1. In the fourth quarter we were having so much fun, everyone was defending and attacking amazingly. Our goal scorers for the quarter were Eva who scored 1 and there was an own goal that got us to 10-0.

Sheldon picked the player of the match for our team and decided on India. Eva Hookway made many assists, Serena Barnes was a very strong defender along side Evelyn Dugmore-Day. Our team enjoyed the match and celebrated after.

Team: Zara Rex (captain), India Tilley, Eva Deery, Evelyn Dugmore-Day, Serena Barnes, Jemima Prest and Eva Hookway

Report by Zara Rex, Team Captain


Year 8 Girls Hockey

The first game vs Corsham was 1-1. We played amazingly and Imogen scored a brilliant goal and was always marking and making space. The 1st player of the match was Liv, and well deserved as she was great and dribbling past the other team. The second game was vs Sheldon and the score ws 2-0 to Sheldon. We played great but sadly no goals, but two super close ones from Carys and Imogen . Bella in defence was the best choice made, getting in front of any hit! Carys was super confident and never let the team down. Evie played really well tackling at all times and all around the pitch. Molly was intercepting loads of balls. Imogen was great and moving the ball well and getting in great positions in the D. We had fab Year 7s Eva, Oliva and Zara helping us with numbers and all were great additions to the team. Player of the match Zara played super fast up the wing and great play from everyone all round

Team: Molly Abraham (captain), Evie Fisher, Imogen Maisey, Bella Seemungal, Olivia Shirodkar, Carys Williams, Zara Rex and Eva Hookway.

Report by Molly Abraham, Team Captain


Basketball Y11 and Y10 vs The Stonehenge School

2024 saw the start of a new rivalry for the St John’s Basketball Teams.

The Year 11 Boys (with the help of some up-and-coming Year 10s) travelled away to Stonehenge School, looking to establish themselves and begin the season with a positive result. Not much was known about the level of Basketball at Stonehenge, but it was clear on arrival that they were a team that were well drilled and took the game very seriously. After a timid start St John’s were down by 12 points at half time but rallied to bring the game back within 8. Unfortunately, the consistent pressure of the oppositions defence proved too much to mount a dream comeback and the Year 11’s had to concede to a 16-point loss. It was clear that St John’s were disappointed with the result but there were many positives they can be proud of. Throughout the game they all played with high levels of effort and were able to improve their performance as a team as the game progressed. They represented St John’s well showing sportsmanship and respect to the opposition.

Two weeks later it was St John’s turn to host Stonehenge in a different age group. The now seasoned Year 10 boys and numerous year 9s looked to turn the tables on Stonehenge and come away with a victory. It was clear from the off that this match was not going to be as one-sided as it had been previously. Both teams battled back and forth with the lead never being more that 5 points to either team. Going into half time St John’s held the lead by 4 points. Stonehenge were ready for the comeback and immediately attacked St John’s with wave after wave of baskets. All seemed to be going the way of the opposition with some unlucky St John’s shots just refusing to go through the hoop. Entering the last 30 seconds of the game the score was 25 – 26 to St John’s. The remaining time seemed to last forever. Five seconds to go, Stonehenge gain possession. Three seconds to go, Stonehenge attack the basket. One second to go, the ball bounces on the hoop.  The final last second shot attempt from Stonehenge falls through the net giving them a tough win against an extremely resilient St John’s team. The buzzer sounds. Final score 27 – 26 to Stonehenge. Not the result we wanted, nor the result St John’s deserved, but what is clear is that as a team they have improved.

I am sure that these two teams will meet again in the future and St John’s will be ready to build on these performances and looking to come away with Victory.

Team:

Jack Cox, Isaac Davenport, Archie Gagen, Henry Gagen, Baxter Gagen, Charles Lazarez, Morgon Chong, Harry Monday, Finley Moffat Gonzalez, Adrian So, Sam Dennis

Mr Ottaway


Table Tennis Wiltshire School Games Final

A huge well done to the four St John’s Students who qualified for the Wiltshire School Games Table Tennis Tournament hosted by Royal Wootton Bassett School. The competition was stiff particularly from Bishops Wordsworth School and some new raw talent from The Commonweal School. However, Oliver Weru Peel, Charles Lazarev, Edward Thomas and Arthur Ramsden were determined to be crowned Wiltshire Schools Table Tennis champions.

All four players played with their unique styles of play, were fantastic in supporting one another offering feedback and tactical pointers to beat their opposition. Additionally, the team were supported by Richard Ramsden parent/coach who provided technical advice and expert tactics. St John’s is very lucky as Richard has been running a Table Tennis Club at St John’s and his continued efforts are raising the standard of play amongst the students.

The players played in both singles and double matches and the gruelling schedule led to a range of emotions as they played some very close matches. The standard of play was fantastic and exciting to watch. Despite some gallant wins against some of the best players in Wiltshire, St John’s narrowly missed out on first position, but have definitely set their sights on the winning trophy next year.

This is a really exciting time for table tennis at St Johns and in the local area. Richard Ramsden from the Kennet Vale Table Tennis Club is aiming to make Marlborough a hub for table tennis. The club runs sessions at Kennet Valley Hall in Lockeridge for a range of age groups, and runs separate sessions for boys and girls.  If you would like more information about Table Tennis in school, speak to any member of the PE department.

Link to the Kennet Vale club’s website: http://devizestabletennis.wordpress.com/

Ms Montague

 



Female Empowerment Army Challenge Day

On Friday 8th March – International Woman’s Day – Miss Dillon took 14 female students from Year 10 to Tidworth Oval to take part in an activity day organised by the Army and our school games organiser, Charlie Wildman. The day was designed to celebrate the contributions of women and inspire the girls who took part to ‘aim high’ with everything that they do. The students took part in six different challenges throughout the day, which tested their skills, fitness, resilience and teamwork. Challenges included a climbing wall, riddles, assault course and other team building activities. The girls who attended represented the school fantastically well, they were enthusiastic in every activity and demonstrated excellent teamwork throughout the day.

Multiple members of staff from other schools commented how friendly and polite the St Johns students were. A massive congratulations to the girls who were selected to attend – Isabelle Collister, Georgie Garrett, Ellie Neathy, Evelyn Hunt, Jess Howcutt, Harriet Guarnieri, Layla Chambers, Lilly Day, Martha Caudle, Amelie Harris, Izzy Thrift, Phoebe Smith, Ella Jackson-Keeping, Sophie Richards.

Miss Dillon


Oscar Hiscock joins the officiating team for the U18 County Cup Football Final

Huge congratulations to Oscar Hiscock in year 12, who was selected to be a linesman for the U18 boys County Cup football final. He worked alongside a referee that has worked at a professional level. This was a fantastic experience for Oscar, he did a great job and rose to the challenge, making the St Johns PE department very proud!

Miss Dillon


Football

Y7 St John’s vs Royal Wootton Bassett Academy 20/02/24

Thank you to all the players involved in the game and to Mr Loader for giving up his time to take the team.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we were second best on the day against a strong Wootton Bassett side. The game started well, and we went 1-0 up from some good build up play resulting in a composed finish by Toby Howcutt. Maybe this early goal went to our heads, as we lost composure which left us 3-1 down by half time. Despite a rousing team talk we were unable to return to the form we started with and conceded a further 2 goals, while the opposition revelled in their success by posing for photos before the game continued. All in all, it was a rough day on the pitch.

Areas we need to work on are:

  • Our movement off the ball
  • Reacting quicker to the game
  • Defending as a TEAM

There were positives to take away from the game including a cracking start with good pressure and awareness, team spirit, and a great debut from Dylan and Ben despite being up against tough opponents.

We look forward to our next game as an opportunity to improve. Onwards and upwards lads!

Freddie Rowlands, Year 7 Football Captain


U12 Girls Footballers Narrowly Miss Out On A County Cup Final Place

On 19th March the Year 7 girls football team had their semi-final game away to Lydiard Park Academy. They started off well with great leadership from their captain Georgia. Lydiard Park Academy had an equally strong team setting the game up to be an excellent challenge. Lydiard scored the first goal with an excellent strike from outside the box, however St Johns used this as their motivation to dig deeper, quickly scoring an equaliser. The game continued like this with Lydiard scoring, quickly followed by a STJ equaliser until it was 3-3 going into the final five minutes. Unfortunately, for St Johns, this was Lydiard’s day with another excellent goal from their striker knocking us out of the county cup.

The team demonstrated an impressive skill level, with accurate passes, well timed tackled and lots of shots on target throughout the game. Individually, every player contributed fantastically to the team’s performance, but special mention to Kiri and her incredible crosses and relentlessly chasing the ball down. Eva for one of the best goal keeping performances I have seen from a year 7 and the captain Georgia who demonstrated leadership and tactical awareness well beyond her years. This team has a really exciting future and we will look forward to getting that one step further in years to come.

Miss Dillon


 Y7 St John’s Marlborough vs Lydiard Park Academy 05/03/24

Firstly, thank you to everyone who played.

We started the game slowly and struggled to put passes together and stay on the ball, which soon put us 1-0 down. We kept pressing hard, but we had gaps all over the pitch where players were caught out of position and other players had to cover for them. The opposing team produced some great link up play, and played a lovely ball in to the box that nobody could have stopped, and we were 2-0 down at half time. We didn’t let our heads drop, and straight after the break, Declan beat their defenders and slotted it in the corner. Soon after, a long ball played over the top through to Dillon, who buried his first goal for 2-2.

We’d brought ourselves back in to it, but near the end of the game in a moment of misjudgement I gave away a hand ball inside the box, resulting in a penalty being given, which they slotted powerfully down the middle, hard for the keeper to save.

Well done to Bertie in his debut game, he made a couple of great challenges.

Things that we could improve on based on the game:

  • Staying in position
  • Starting faster to get ahead.

Things that we did well were:

  • We never let our heads drop.
  • We pressed relentlessly.

Unlucky lads, let’s go again next week- onwards and upwards!

Freddie Rowlands, Year 7 Football Captain


Y7 Boys Football Tournaments

The Year 7 boys ‘B’ team have taken part in two tournaments this term at RWBA and Lawn Manor Academy. They performed extremely well, winning two games and losing one in both tournaments, leaving them as Runners Up.

A massive well done to: Hamish Campbell, Albert Dale, Dawson Brett, Rocco Farr, Ben Gilleard, Max Lacey, Oscar Manning, Reuben O’Reilly, Dylan Prosser, Alfie Richards, Rocco Watts, Bertie Wyatt, James Airey, Alfie Barrett, Reuben Beck, Doug Black, Adam Butcher, Noah Dilworth, Bjorn Davies, Finlay Davies, Jonby Groves, Shea Warbrick and Tyler Harding

Mr Wilson


Y9 Boys Football (A) at Kingsdown

Huge congratulations to our Year 9 boys who came through a very tricky match against strong opposition to win 7-2 at Kingsdown. It was probably the best performance that this team has shown during their time at St John’s with everyone really playing to their full potential. A special mention must go to George Mathias who scored 4 goals and was joined on the score sheet by Arthur Beck, Ollie Hines and Ange Chaaban. It would be hard to pick out a player of the match as it really was a team effort but Ollie and Arthur in the centre of the pitch were superb and really allowed us to dominate the game. If we can maintain this performance level and the attitude that was shown in this game, then we will be exceptionally tough to beat this year!

Team:

Arthur Beck, Ange Chaaban, Declan Franklin, George Mathias, Charlie O’Dowd, Rudy Lefevre, Archibald Page, Arlo Willsher, Barney Wain, Charles Watson, William Peach, Jo Hudson, Oliver Hines

Mr Turnbull


Sports Reports Terms 1&2 2023-2024

Year 7 Girls Football – EFL Utilita Girls Football Cup 9th November 2023

St John’s brought two year 7/8 girls football team to EFL Utilita Girls Football Cup held at Foundation Park, County Ground Lane. Both teams worked hard against some very strong opponents. Both Nina John Rose and Gen Hall lead both teams against Royal Wootton Bassett to victory. Both teams had some close draws and one defeat against the tournament winners. The players involved were: Eva D; Mia Evans; Phoebe Gannon; Georgia Head; Nina John-Rose; Summer McGrath; Catalina Moffat Gonzalez; Georgia Riches; Emma Arekion; Mimi Bevan; Lucy Cox; Gen Hall; Eva Hookway; Olivia McColl; Anais Montague


U12 Girls Football vs John of Gaunt School 5th October 2023

5th October saw the U12 team’s first match at St John’s and they played a team with Year 7s and Year 8’s.  They were able to move the ball around with ease and regain possession easily.  They all showed great teamwork and determination to get the ball in the opposition goal.  This resulted in a great 5:3 win.  Player of the match was Georgia Riches

Team: Emma Arekion, Bella Baily, Mimi Olive Bevan, Lucy Cox, Eva D, Amelia Gregory, Eva Hookway, Olivia Louise McColl, Summer Mcgrath, Jemima Prest, Zara Rex, Georgia Riches, Isobel Riches, Isobel Simpson.


U14 Girls Football vs Trafalgar School 15th November 2023

A fantastic team performance from our U14 girls in the County Cup football match against Trafalgar School on 15th November 2023. Despite conceding an early goal they didn’t let their heads drop and came out with a 4-2 victory. The goals came from Daisy Cox, Gen Hal, Nina John-Rose and Mia Evans but it was a whole-team effort and we move into the next round of the cup with high levels of confidence!

Team:  Blu Diamond, Beety Brenk, Meg Mcgrath, Daisy Cox, Gracie Kelland, Hattie Trusson, Mia Evans, Phoebe Gannon, Gen Hal, Nina John Rose, Catilin Turner


U12 Girls Football vs Kingdown 7th December 2023

Report by Georgia Riches (Captain).

Our year 7 girls football team played against Kingdown School.  Our team was new, and we had never played with each other before, so it could have gone either way. We only had nine players as one couldn’t make it, which meant that everyone would stay on, and we had no subs. Although Mr Loader didn’t have to make any hard decisions, it meant that if one of us got injured or tired we would be a player down.

The weather was not the best; it was very muddy and rained non-stop throughout the whole match.  We had to wait a while for the other team to arrive so we had a very long warmup.  Once they arrived, we set up.  They had centre but we won the ball pretty quickly.  I got the ball and shot, it went in, we were all very happy and some of the pressure was taken away. St John’s won 10:0, though at times Kingdown were very threatening.

Zara & I scored 3 goals, Sophia, Summer and India scored 1 goal, and the last one was an own goal.  It was a really good game, and everyone played amazingly.

Team:  India Tilley, Izzy Simpson, Kiri Williamson, Sophia Lucas, Georgia Riches (Captain), Eva D, Summer McGrath, Bella Bailey, Zara Rex


U16 Girls Football vs St Laurence 13th December 2023

Team:  Eliie Neathy, Sophie Bartlett, Phoebe Smith, Izzy Colister, Anya Holdsworth, Phoebe Rex, Kitty Bevan, Layla Hancock, Millie Hands, Izzy Kirwan (Captain), Annie Fry, Charlotte Prothero, Izzy Thrift, Grace Lillywhite


Y7 Girls Netball vs Devizes School  21st November 2023

It has been great to see so many girls come to Netball, we have had over 40 girls come to training throughout club over the last 2 terms and it has been amazing to see them all get involved in training and matches.

Team 1 – Light Blue Team in photo.

Report by Jemima Prest

Our first away game went really well and resulted in a resounding victory of 31:1! Everyone played well in their given positions especially Olivia Sands who was nominated star player by Devizes school. We played 4 quarters; the first and second added 10 goals each to the final score.  Followed by 5 and 6 goals in the final two quarters. After this game, I think we could work on footwork, marking our players and taking our time with passes.  However, each player used their own strengths and talents to help with the game. There were some amazing goals scored by Zara Rex as well as great defence from India Tilley. We look forward to our next fixture and building on our great performance

Team 2 – Dark Blue Team in photo

Report by Nela Drugova

Today’s match went really well and ended up as a result of us winning 3:2!  Everyone played well in their given positions especially Bella Bailey who was nominated star player by Devizes School.  We played 4 quarters; the first and second added 1 goal each to the final score. Followed by 1 goal and unfortunately non in the final two quarters!  I think we could work on footwork, marking our players and taking our time with passes.  However, each player used their own strengths and talents to help win the game.

Teams: Bella Bailey, Serena B, Mimi Olive Bevan, Brooke Bishop, Nela Drugova, Evelyn Abigail Dugmore Day, Jessica Eke, Anabelle Emery-Bott, Eva Hookway, Charlotte Johnson, Jemima Prest Captain, Zara Rex, Olivia Sands, India Tilley, Olivia McColl, Lottie Pathania


Y7 Girls Netball at Avon Valley School 5th December 2023

Report by Jemima Prest

Another match, another success!  Today’s fixture was amazing!!  We played two teams in total, resulting in a resounding victory of 11-1 to St John’s! The first two quarters we played were against the first team.  We scored one goal to begin with, soon followed by 4 goals in the second quarter.  After this, we played Avon Valley’s second team, who scored 1 goal in the third quarter.  However, St John’s scored two goals in this quarter and five in the last. Our teamwork, coordination and resilience were a huge part of this match, despite a few falls along the way.  However, we definitely have room to improve our skills: we need to take our time with passing ad shooting as well as marking our players.

Player of the match was Zara Rex who made some phenomenal passes and amazing shots!  Everyone played to the best of their capability, especially Nela Drugova who showed much resilience and Abi Akinyemi who was a great all-rounder. This fixture was a great success!  Well done to everyone who took part!

Team:  Abisola Akinyemi, Nela Drugova, Eva-May Franklin, Edie Panter, Jemima Prest,,Zara Rex, Georgia Stevens, Victoria Stevens


Y7 Girls Netball vs Pewsey Vale School 28th November 2023

We played a friendly netball game against Pewsey Vale.  They were able to play a range of different positions which showed their great knowledge of the rules. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and improved their skills and showed some good teamwork.  St Johns secured an impressive win of 11-2. Player of the Match was Rosie-Monroe Baverstock.

Team:  Rosie Baverstock, Brooke Bishop, Eva Hookway, Sophie Lemon, Matilda Page, Georgia Riches, Olivia Shirodkar, Isoble Simpson, Ammora Willment (Capt)


Year 8 Girls Area Netball Tournament at Malmesbury School 28th November 2023

Report by Mika Hall

The Year 8 Girl’s Netball Team went to the Y8 Area Tournament at Malmesbury School and won our Team Tournament. As the Captain, I think everyone really improved throughout the day.  We needed to work on spacing and driving it out to space instead of all clustering in one big group, but by the last match that was in play.

Our shooters put in great effort and secured us with lots of hoops, the scores were:

  • 5:3   – St John’s vs Sheldon
  • 20:1 – St John’s vs Corsham
  • 4:3  – St John’s vs Hardenhuish
  • 6:3  – St John’s vs Malmesbury

The star players of the day (nominated from the other team) were Ella GK and Carys GK.  The players I thought played the best were Jessica WA, Jem GA and Ella GA, although the whole team did really well. Overall, I am really proud of the team, and I’m excited from more matches to come!

Team: Isla Miah, Isla Richards Long, Mika Hall, Jessica Hill, Anna Fleur Hartman, Jemimah Vunipola, Ella Pitman, Bea Edwards, Carys Williams


Y8 Girls Netball vs Pewsey Vale School 20th November 2023

Our year 8 netball teams first fixture this year was against our local rival Pewsey Vale.After a shaky start where both teams were visibly nervous and the speed of play was quick, St John’s settled down into a rhythm. Anna Fleur Hartman ensured play was moving into the attacking third with the support of Jessica Hill. There was impressive play by Jemimah Vunipola and Ella Pitman as they contributed to most of the goals scored against Pewsey.

The final score was an emphatic victory of 8 goals to 1. Well done to all the players: Isla Miah, Isla Richards Long, Rose Harvey, Mika Hall, Jessica Hill, Anna Fleur Hartman, Jemimah Vunipola, Ella Pitman, Bea Edwards.


U12 Boys Football vs St Josephs College 6 December 2023

The year 7 boys football team played their first ever fixture in the County Cup at home to St Josephs. They played fantastically and won the game 3-1, taking a 2-0 lead, before St Josephs started fighting back. The boys finished the game strongly and scored with the last kick of the game to make it 3-1 and to progress to the next round of the cup. Special mentions must go to Declan Magee for his goals and quick feet, Harry Edwards for his attacking threat on the wing, Harry Struthers for his commanding presence in goal and Freddie Rowlands for his rock-solid defending. Goals came from Declan Magee (2) and Jontie Bennett. Well done to all that played.

Team: Harry Struthers, Dawson Brett, Freddie Rowlands, Reuben O’Reilly, Theo Duckney, Riley Pollard, Bobby Price, Jonty Bennett, Finn Dimond Smith, Declan Magee, Harry Edwards, Toby Howcutt, Raheem Mcnish and Oscar Manning


Kennet Cross Country Trials at Marlborough College 16th November 2023

Report by Mrs Montague

The Kennet Cross country trials took place at Marlborough College. St John’s had strong team in each age group, competing to get a place on the Kennet cross country team.

The Minor girls’ team had the greatest success with three students from the team finishing in the top ten positions; these were Mimi Bevan (4th), Jessica Eek (5th) Serena Barnes (9th).

St John’s had several top three finishers who beat stiff competition from Dauntsey’s, Marlborough College, Devizes School, Pewsey School and Wellington Academy. These students were Oliver Whiting (2nd Junior boys), George Risdale (3rd Junior boys), Harry Eeels (3rd Minor boys).

Thirteen students from St John’s have successfully been picked to represent the Kennet District team in the county trials on 20th January at Sheldon School and we wish the following students the best of luck: Mimi Bevan, Jessica Eek, Serena Barnes, Connie Crooks, Oliver Whiting, George Risdale, Reuben Davies, Andrew Luo, Felix Santo, Benjamin McNerney, Rosie Hughes, Evie Patterson and Harry Eeles.

Junior Boys

Minor Boys

Minor Girls


Year 7 Boys Rugby 8th November 2023

The year 7 St John’s rugby team has had a productive season, coming runners up in the Swindon schools cup and taking part in the beginner’s festival and the Swindon Schools Waterfall Tournament.

Match reports from the captain Toby Weston.

In the quarter finals of the Schools Cup, the team played Nova Hreod. We won 55-5 and played fantastically well, dominating the game from start to finish.

The team had a home semi-final match in the Swindon Schools Cup. We played Abbey Park School.  Our school ran out winners, after coming from behind by 5 points to nil at half time. After an impressive comeback we won 10 – 5. We put in some monster tackles and showed commitment to win. The scorers were Greyson, Arthur, Kyle and Toby.

The final was played at Wotton Bassett Rugby Club against Wootton Bassett Academy. It was a hard game against a very strong Wootton Bassett team. We managed to pull the game back from 3-0 down to 4-3, before conceding a final try in the last minute when pushing for the equalising try. We didn’t manage to win, but it was a very close game of rugby. The score was 5 – 3 with Arthur scoring one try and Toby 2.

Team: Alexander Powell, Arthur Celliers, Eren Gunes, Frederick Walshe, Harry Graham (Vice Captain), Jake Atkins, Kyle Stewart, Bjorn William Davies, Finlay Ivor Davies, Greyson Evans, Joseph Lawrence, Edwin Minchin, Harry Ridgway, Toby Weston.