Well down to Erin who was our first student to get to the top of the new climbing wall.
A huge thank you to the SJB PTA for their generous donation.
We'd also like to thank all our donors and fundraisers for their generosity and hard work.
Thank you for all your support for our World Class Sport and Wellbeing campaign so far. With your help we have managed to purchase some amazing equipment to put into our brilliant new facilities. The next phase is to begin the fitness testing aspect of our project, build a new long jump pit and build a floodlit astroturf.
Last years Surrey Half was a huge success with so many people taking part and having fun whilst getting fit and raising lots of money! We are therefore running the 2017 event so please get involved and lets see if we can beat last years impressive total of £20K. We have linked with the event organisers so that students, parents and staff can take advantage of the discount codes below!
To enter, complete the entry form on the Surrey Half Marathon website and in the appropriate box, enter:
sjb2017parents (this will adults a 20% saving)
sjb2017shm (this will give students free entry)
We are of course exploring all funding avenues and have applied to some of the large funding organisations but the more we are able to raise ourselves the stronger our applications become.
The Surrey Half Marathon was an enormnous success. Congratulations to all those who took part, and a huge thank you to all the fundraisers.
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We are delighted to be teaming up with local ‘Mumtrepeneur’ and St Dunstan’s parishioner Lesley Hill, to help raise money for our new sports hall. Lesley has agreed to donate half of all proceeds from the sale of her children's products via our new website, www.kidsgifts4sjb.yolasite.com, to the school.
Lesley's products include the award-winning Roll-Up Draw Mat and Dry-erase Busy Book, which are designed for kids-on-the-go aged 3-7 years. Both these items are light and compact and perfect for traveling. In addition, they encourage children’s creativity, learning and interaction with friends and family as they are perfect for playing games such as Hangman, Battleships, Noughts & Crosses etc. Kids can also draw, write stories, keep a diary, create a scene for their cars and figures – the possibilities are endless. They are also proving popular by many for practising spelling and times tables as they are much more fun to write on, and erase, than paper! They are wipe-clean and durable which also means less paper being thrown in the bin.
Recently, Lesley has designed her ‘chalkboard’ table runner which adds a lot of fun to your table at parties.
A record of all sales will be given to SJB so you can be sure that half the spend will go towards this great cause.
So please take a look at the website www.kidsgifts4sjb.yolasite.com where you can order some kids’ birthday presents and support our school at the same time.
Any questions, then please contact Lesley on 07764988709 or Sam McPherson on 01483 714715 or 07930480350.
Please be aware we will endeavour to apply your donation to the item you specified, however there will be times where this is not possible.
Watch the video below to see why we need your help
This campaign is not just about elite sport but about engaging every student in physical activity and championing healthy living to the whole SJB community.
SJB is an 11-18 comprehensive with 1232 students including 260 in the Sixth Form. It is situated near Woking Town Centre (22 minutes from London Waterloo by rail). The school was built in the late '60s' and so whilst it would not be described as attractive from the outside we feel the learning environment inside is great. Read on...
The students, as you will see if you visit us, are happy, hardworking (on the whole!) and very positive about the school. It would be fair to say that at SJB it is 'cool' to achieve. The staff, who are predominantly young, enthusiastic and passionate about education, are also a particular strength of the school. Staff work very hard to ensure all lessons are engaging, challenging and enjoyable. We are also blessed with great Governors who, along with the rest of us, are passionate about ensuring our students get a great education.
We are a fully comprehensive school. Our entry profile of the students is in line with the Surrey average. There is definitely a culture of achievement here at SJB but don't get the impression that we are an out of touch, old-fashioned church school. This could not be further from the truth. Visitors always comment about the ethos within the school and we were delighted to win the Millennium Trophy, which was awarded by the LEA to the best school in Surrey. Our achievements have also been recognised externally. We have recently been designated as one of the first 32 National Maths Hubs, which means that we will be coordinating the development of Maths education across 600 schools and colleges in our region. We also have the Charter Mark, Partnership with Parents Award, Leading Edge Status, International School Status, Teaching School Status and have been designated as a SCITT.
We encourage outsiders to come and observe the good practice which exists at SJB. We are very committed to improving the whole school system and part of this is to support other schools. We currently have fifteen members of staff seconded to, or working in, other schools.
Outside the formal curriculum there are numerous opportunities for students to take part in a very wide range of activities in drama, sport, music, exchanges, away days, retreats and trips.
We try to be at the forefront of using technology in school. You may wish to have a browse through our VLE and see some of the developments in teaching and learning. www.sjb.surrey.sch.uk (login: demo password: circle90)
As a Catholic school we feel the Christian ethos of the school is at our core and maybe the greatest strength of our school. Everything we do is based on our Mission Statement. We are an inclusive school and appoint members of staff who, whatever their own beliefs, will support our ethos and put the children first.
The school is heavily over-subscribed. This year we had 564 applications for our intake of 180 but this doesn't mean we think we know all the answers. We are constantly striving to improve, and so expectations of students and staff are high. We do not accept poor performance in any area of our work. As a consequence of high quality teaching, bad behaviour is rare, we laugh a lot and we really enjoy coming to work.
Please look up our Ofsted Report on our website. As you can imagine we are all very proud of achieving such an outstanding report and it is a great tribute to the staff and students who have worked so hard to enable us to reach this point. The challenge for us is to be the best school in England and to continue to improve. Are you the person to help us in pursuit of these targets?
Technology at St John the Baptist School is a major part of teaching, learning and school/teacher administration. We have developed a strong 'can do' approach to supporting staff which encourages everyone to embrace the possibilities that technology has to offer within the school for teaching, learning or administration. Every child has their own iPad which they use to support their learning. We have developed a number of 'in-house' apps for both staff and students. The Web/App Developer is an integral member of the ICT team as we seek to create and develop different ways of utilising technology to enhance learning.
Surrey half: 13th March 2016.
Entries for the marathon are now closed. The very best of luck to you all on the 13th of March.
A 2k race for under 16 year olds.
Entries for the marathon are now closed. The very best of luck to you all on the 13th of March.
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Our wish list shows you all the equipment we need to create the world class school sport and well being package at SJB.
We have divided the equipment into categories so you can easily see the requirements for each activity.
You can help by donating the money to buy a piece of equipment. To do this simple click on the piece of equipment and you will be directed to our Just Giving page where you can make the donation.
You also have the option to leave your name when you donate and we will be putting up a plaque in the new building with the names of all the contributors on.
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Rugby is popular at SJB already but the new equipment will make a big difference to the safety and performance of the teams. The main additions are new posts, post protectors and a scrum machine to practice safe and effective scrummaging.
Our cricket facilities have made teaching certain skills a real challenge but the new facilities will hopefully include 5 indoor cricket nets, bowling mats with target areas, a bowling machine as well as new batting equipment and the versatile crazy catch. Cricket will be revolutionised if we can provide this equipment.
Image of actual SJB climbing wall planned Challenge, risk and overcoming fears are all important experiences for young people today. We hope to give our students lots of these opportunities by building a 12 line climbing wall. Climbing requires a great deal of mental and physical skill and ability as well as a fantastic confidence builder. We also hope to install a traversing wall and some outside obstacles such as a high wall, balance beams, monkey bars, etc which can provide a whole host of team building challenges.
Basketball is a popular and successful sport at SJB already. We achieve a high level of success in district, county and even national competitions with both boys and girls teams. We have achieved this with one very small basketball court so we are very excited about the new space we will have for training and matches. To maximise this space we will need to install new basketball hoops and a new electronic scoreboard.
We currently do not have any tennis facilities and have had to make use of Woking Park's facilities to offer tennis where possible. Building our own MUGA with four tennis courts is going to be amazing and allow us to timetable high quality tennis into the curriculum. We will need new tennis posts and nets, practice nets as well as rackets and balls to make this possible.
A new AstroTurf playground is phase 2 of our project. With this in place we can offer hockey as new activity in the curriculum. Currently we only run a club at Woking Hockey Club where the students are bussed down in minibus for practices! Having hockey facilities on site would make a huge difference and would also mean we could host our own matches. We need hockey goals and the playing equipment to make this possible.
With this equipment we will be able to deliver high quality gymnastics lessons and extra curricular sessions. Equipment such as springboards, vaulting horses, balance beams as well as wedge shaped blocks and an air track runway will allow us to support the students development and really stretch the most able.
With such a lack of indoor space it has been very hard to offer activities like dance to our students. A new purpose built gymnastic/ dance studio will now make this possible. If we can install a full length mirror on one side of the room with a music system and projector the facilities will be set up for some high quality dance lessons.
This is a great activity to build control and confidence. We have only had space to store one trampoline up until now making trampolining during lessons virtually impossible. If we are able to buy 6 new trampolines we will be able to offer this fantastic sport to all our students.
We have some fantastic netball teams winning district and county competitions. This has been achieved training and playing on a slippery, muddy playground often filled with puddles. Our new MUGA will have four new courts with a purpose built macadam surface providing more space allowing the girls to increase their skills and speed of dodging. We will need new posts for the inside and outside courts.
Badminton is a brilliant sport for everyone and one that is often played once students have left school. Unfortunately it has been very difficult to teach because we have had such a lack of space. The difference we will see in going from one badminton court for a whole class to six courts will be unbelievable! We now need to buy the posts and nets as well as rackets and shuttles to ensure the students can really enjoy this great fast paced sport.
Volleyball has been virtually impossible to teach because of the low ceilings in the previous gym! Good shots would often hit the overhead beams or rafters leading to much frustration. This will of course not be an issue in the new sports hall where there will be plenty of clearance height. The new posts will be socketed into the floor making the game both fairer and safer. Volleyball is a team game which can be enjoyed by both boys and girls.
Table tennis is a fantastic sport to improve concentration and reflexes. It is a very strategic game where students need to balance defence and attack. We have not had the space to store table tennis tables so we have never offered it as part of the curriculum but we now hope that we can raise enough money to buy eight tables and the nets, bats and balls to make it a big part of the sporting opportunities at SJB.
A really popular sport in Europe and a great alternative for older students. It combines basketball and football to make a really engaging activity. We hope to be able to buy two handball goals and balls to introduce the students to another excellent sport.
Football is probably the most popular sport at SJB and we have a number of very successful teams at the school competing well at district, county and national level. The new sports hall will create the opportunity for indoor 5-a-side football helping to develop some different types of skills.
Athletics is a great sport allowing for consistent competition against your own personal bests to drive on progress. The new facilities will include a new long jump run up and landing pit as well as giving us the opportunity to offer more indoor athletics in the sports hall.
Lacrosse is a game that requires a great deal of skill and strategy and is a great alternative to conventional invasion games. It is our aim to offer as broad an experience in physical activity as we can to engage all students in a sport they might continue to play when they leave school.
Providing as many opportunities for the students to be active in their recreation time is essential if we are to provide a world class service.
Rounders is a very popular girls sport in the summer. We hope to revamp the equipment we currently have so that the girls can enjoy their play even more.
Keeping fit and healthy is essential for children and adults. This is not always easy because our daily lives are much more sedentary than they used to be. Installing a fitness gym at SJB will enable students to be educated in using fitness equipment and hopefully develop their interest in keeping fit and get used to feeling well. It will also provide the opportunity to enhance the training of the more able students so that they can improve their performances in their chosen sports.
The fitness testing area is one of the most exciting parts of the whole project containing state of the art fitness testing equipment capable of recording all kinds of interesting and fun information about students speed, agility, strength, stamina, reaction time, power, etc. This information can then be used in a number of different exciting ways. Some ideas include; giving students a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses so that they can set targets to improve specific aspects of their fitness, parents could be sent reports of these results with the academic monitoring, other subjects such as science, maths and ICT could use the data to enhance student learning in their subjects, we could also identify students who may have the potential to do very well in certain sports and it will really enhance the understanding of the physiology in GCSE and A-level Physical Education.
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Technology is moving at a blistering pace enabling a whole range of new possibilities to enhance the teaching and learning in a sporting setting. We hope to have have the technology in place to benefit from these developments making the facilities as future proofed as possible. Installing projectors in the sports hall and dance studio will enable examples of technique and strategy to be shown to the classes and students will be able to have their own performances played back to them. Plasma screens in the changing rooms will allow the learning to start as they are changing and allow them to review performance at the end of the lessons. Speakers and music players will hopefully be installed in the sports hall, dance studio and fitness suite.
Students will need an area to play football during break and lunch times and we hope to provide a new AstroTurf area for them to do this. Students will be able to let off steam in an area that will be reserved for ball sports and therefore also creating ball free areas in other parts of the school. The AstroTurf will also enhance the teaching and learning experience in lessons and extra curricular clubs with the main usage coming from sports such as hockey and football. In preparation for the school expanding in 2018 we will need to provide 2 additional changing rooms. These will be ideal for students using the outside facilities and for changing during extra curricular clubs and matches.
Floodlights to light the MUGA will enable after school clubs and games to take place right through the he winter months. Currently the practices have to finish at 4.15 during the shortest days and it is not possible to play matches at home for a significant part of the year.
Look good, feel good, play good. It is important for all our teams to look the part and therefore we would like to take this opportunity to replace some of our older kits.