Sporting Successes


St. Johns vs Fairchildes - 01.10.18

It was the girls first game of the new season and everyone looked extremely smart in the new netball kit. Our first opponents were Addington’s Fairchildes Primary School and the excitement was really contagious within the team. St. Johns worked well as a team and it was a closely fought match. Unfortunately, we were unable to come away with the victory losing 3-2 on the day.

Congratulations to Elise Richards on receiving the Player’s Player Award this week.

St. Johns vs Forest Academy - 15.10.18

After the previous defeat, our girls were raring to go against a strong Forest Academy side at home. The was a noticeable buzz coming from the girls and everyone could feel the excitement. We started brightly and managed to keep the momentum going right through to the very end. It was an amazing effort from all the girls, so much so, they kept a clean sheet throughout!

Congratulations to Zoe Cozma on receiving the Player’s Player Award this week and Rhianna Fowler for being awarded Coaches Player.


The Year 5 & 6 Football team are taking part in the Croydon Schools Football League. There are approx 63 schools in the league and we must play 5 other schools in our group both home and away over the course of the season.

There are also two cup competitions, The Primary Cup and the Small Schools Cup.

07.03.19 St. John's vs. Trinity School

This game was eagerly awaited and since the first fixture our girls and boys have done exceedingly well in training and games leading up to Trinity’ arrival. It was an even contest both teams playing some amazing passing football and organising themselves really well off the ball.

The first half saw lots of opportunities but neither side could capitalise meaning it was all square at the break. The second half began and St. Johns started brightly really pushing for an opening goal, some great efforts from Zac and Seb were equally matched at the opposite end with stellar defending from Daniel and Leo.

In the end it all finished even-stevens 0-0, St. Johns avoiding there first defeat from their local rivals securing a well-earned point. We would like to thank Trinity and wish them all the best for their remaining fixtures.

Player of the match: Daniel

14.02.19 St. John's vs. Monks Orchard

Today’s fixture saw a repeat of Novembers thrilling spectacle as two quality sides once again went head to head. The football was flowing and both teams should be credited for such a fantastic game. With a full squad lots of changes took place throughout both halves but the quality of play remained high, St. Johns having numerous chances saved by the opposition keeper and doing well to keep up the emphasis on attack. For such an open game it’s a wonder how neither team were able to score on the day. Sadly, so many attempts on goal could not be capitalised on but as performances go, this was up there as one of the very best since I’ve taken over as football coach. Hats off to the entire team who made the player of the match a very difficult decision. We’d also like to extend a well done to Monks Orchard and all the best with your remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Zoe

28.01.19 St John's vs. Benson Harris Academy (Double Header)

This week’s opponents made for an interesting spectacle as high flying St. Johns took on local rivals Benson Harris Academy. Due to other commitments both coaches agreed to the double header so the remaining league fixtures could be finished before the deadline.

The first game went under way and a well organised and hardworking Benson side fashioned a few chances but defender Leo stood up well to clear their efforts away. St. Johns moved the ball well but found it hard breaking down such a stringent side, the only goal in the first game came from a mid-range effort that spilled past the goal line ten minutes towards the end. St. Johns 0-1 Harris Benson.

The second game proved far more exciting as both teams started to tire, it made for an amazing spectacle as much of it was end to end. St. Johns however, did well to create several opportunities forcing good saves from the Benson goalkeeper. Our opening goal came from Henry S who launched a well-executed shot into the top corner. Desperate to hold onto the lead and thanks to some great defensive cover from Leo, we managed to see out the win in the second game. St. Johns 1-0 Harris Benson. We’d like to wish Harris Benson all the best with their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Leo

17.01.19 - St John's: 3     Orchard Way: 0

Fresh from the Christmas break our girls and boys were eager to return to Thursday night football. With the emphasis on starting games brightly St. Johns did not disappoint, fashioning many chances throughout the first half, one chance falling to Zac  who sent a rocket of a shot flying into the bottom corner. As a result, we took a 1-0 lead into the half time break hoping we could continue to capitalise further in the second half.

If the first half was good then the second half was even better, St. Johns adding two more goals to the score line thanks to Henry. Outstanding performances from our keeper Tharren and defender Isaiah meant we kept our second clean sheet and continue to grow in confidence going into our last few fixtures of the season, final result 3-0. It was a terrific game from St. Johns and a clear indication that their hard work in training is paying off. Keep it up! We’d like to wish Orchard Way all the best with their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Isaiah 


29.11.18 - St John's: 0     Trinity School: 4

Today’s challenge saw St. Johns travel across the dual carriage way to neighbours Trinity School. Sharing more than just a postcode it was a great opportunity for our promising footballers to test their qualities against traditionally strong opposition.

The game went underway and Trinity started brighter out of the two sides with chances right from the off. St. Johns did well to counter and managed to fashion a few chances of their own however the half time result favoured the hosts, meaning a tough challenge awaited St. Johns after the break.

A rallying team talk and a few substitutions meant the second half performance from our girls and boys were leaps better than the first, in fact, many would say the half belonged to St. Johns. Sadly, our best efforts fell a little short this time round and Trinity School were worthy winners on the day, securing a 4-0 victory. St. Johns would like to wish Trinity School all the best with their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Seb 

22.11.18 - St John's: 6     Forest Academy: 0

We welcomed across Forest Academy for today’s fixture and despite sub-zero temperatures both teams made an honest attempt to play as good a game of football as they good. It was an exciting start from St. John’s who took the emphasis quite early on with many chances before Henry Shepherd opened up the scoring with a tidy finish from the edge of the box.

The goals continued during the second half with Henry Shepherd bagging three more to make it a wholesome four for the attacker and Henry Cotton chipping in made it a game worth celebrating as St. Johns came away victorious 6-0. On the day, St. Johns really performed to their utmost and should take great confidence away from their performance tonight. We’d like to wish Forest Academy all the best with their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Henry 

St. Johns vs. Palace for Life Tournament - 21.11.18

Today’s treat saw St. Johns face off against a cluster of Croydon’ best primary school football teams in a six-a-side tournament. With each game only lasting 6 minutes in total, each team aimed to start brightly and take full advantage of the great playing facilities at Selhurst Sports Arena.

St. Johns had a nervous start yet managed to go an impressive three consecutive games undefeated against opposition that possessed real quality. Amazing goals from Zoe Cozma and Henry Shepherd meant we’d be flying high going into final few games of the group stages. With a few games left, St. Johns suffered their first defeat against a talented St. Cyprians side that went on to win the entire tournament!

Overall, it was an amazing day out with so much quality football on display. St. Johns would like to say a massive thank you to Premier League Primary Stars for hosting a spectacular tournament and once again congratulations to St. Cyprians on the next round of the competition.

Player of the Day: Tharren 

15.11.18 - St. Johns: 1     Monks Orchard: 3

This game saw two heavyweight coaches go head-to-head in a league match up that could’ve rivalled last weekend’s Manchester derby. Both teams have had good starts to their seasons and were looking to build on current form. Monks Orchard started brighter of the two teams playing slick football from back to front, eager to take a lead into the second half. That lead came shortly before the half time break so St. John’s knew an improvement had to be made.

That improvement came in the form of a lightning strike from Henry Shepherd, who managed to weave in and out into a pocket of space and let rip a thunderous shot. This goal lifted everyone’s spirits and St. John’s made several more attempts to try and get back into the game. Sadly, our efforts fell short on the day and Monks Orchard claimed a well-deserved victory winning 3-1. We’d like to wish Monks Orchard all the best for their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Daniel 

08.11.18 - St. Johns: 4     Orchard Way: 1

After our opening defeat, St Johns footballers put in a steady graft during the training sessions leading up to our next opponents Orchard Way Primary. It was our first league game and a chance to showcase their true quality after a more than cautious start against Park Hill Primary. Our footballers turned in an amazing first half performance and went into the break leading thanks to a goal from Seb Stretton.

The second half went underway and St. Johns were eager to capitalise on more goal scoring opportunities as they knew Orchard Way were still in with a chance. A substitution was made, bringing on our Croydon X Country Champion Rihanna Fowler who impressed with two immediate bursts down the left which resulted in two goals for St. Johns. Amazing finishes from Henry Cotton and again Seb Stretton. We rounded off the second half with some slick interchanging passes between Hen and Hen (Henry Cotton and Henry Shepherd) the latter with a tidy finish to make it 4-1 to St. Johns. Well done footballers!! We’d like to wish Orchard Way Primary all the best in their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Rihanna 

St Johns: 0     Park Hill Primary: 1

St. Johns Football Team had been waiting almost six weeks to play a competitive fixture and were eagerly awaiting East Croydon’ Park Hill Primary. Being the first round of the Small Schools Cup both teams were chopping at the bits and couldn’t wait to get underway.
St. Johns started brightly and began to build in confidence as the game went on and were unlucky to go into the second half 1-0 down. A massive improvement in the second half meant St. Johns fashioned a lot more chances but on the day just fell a little short of a performance deserving of victory. We wish Park Hill all the best for their remaining fixtures.

Player of the Match: Seb 

2017-2018 Football Match Reports:

St. Johns vs Orchard Way

Two weeks ago St. John’s school’s football team played against Orchard Way school.  It was an exciting match.  The first goal was quickly scored by our own player Caleb, putting St. John’s in the lead 1-0.  Orchard Way took the kick off again, they made a pass as Ryan tackled the ball from them.  He made his way down the pitch skilling up two of the defenders, and he takes a shot and scored brilliantly!  The score put St. John’s in the lead at half time 2-0.

In the second half Orchard Way started to play more competitively. St. John’s was in danger.  Orchard Way, made it past the goal keeper, changing the score 2-1.  St. John’s matched their play as Ryan once again tackled the ball away from them dribbling up the pitch.  He made a skilled pass to Caleb, and he passed it back, Ryan took a touch and finished it, and soon it was 3-1 to St. John’s.  Orchard Way made five attempts to score but Archie in goal saved them.

Finally, they scored a goal before the final whistle. St. John’s played well and showed great perseverance and determination in the second half and were crowned winners, 3-2 on the day.

Match report by George and Archie W

Cross Country

Cross Country 4th & 11th October 2018

St. John’s were extremely proud to feature in this year’s Croydon Cross Country Games in Lloyd Park. Across the two days we took children from Years 1-6, all willing to represent the school and showcase some of their tremendous ability. With the presence of so many schools throughout Croydon eager to impress, our fantastic boys and girls were buzzing to begin. Everybody who took part ran an incredible race, some races comprising of over 120 children.

Congratulations to all the St. John’s children who participated in the race and a huge well done to the following children; Year 6 Rhianna Fowler (1st), Year 5 Lewis Wellard (19th), Year 4 Edward Chapman (10th), Year 3 Luke Bulmer (13th), Year 2 Adam Price (8th) and Max Irani (11th), Year 1 Nathan Zolnowski (6th) and Blake Sterling (12th).


Swimming GALA Primary Heats 23/01/19

This terms major sporting event saw St. Johns feature in the Primary Heats of the CSSA Swimming Gala, it’s a fantastic opportunity for our KS2 children to showcase some of their aquatic capabilities against a vast amount of schools in the Croydon borough.

St. Johns have traditionally done well in the initial heat phases but thanks to some remarkable concentration and swimming aptitude they managed to place an astonishing 8 first place finishes, 4 second place finishes and 4 third places finishes. A massive congratulations have to go out to the following children who on the day could not have represented the school any better; Year 6 Ella D, Ella K and George, Year 5 Tharushi, Scarlett, Ezra and Matthew, Year 4 Grace, Kobisha, Amelia, Naima, Lucy and Ryan and Year 3 Luke.

We’d also like to extend a major thank you to Ms. Barton and Ms. Binstead who shared a huge role in preparing the children for the Primary Heats and Ms. Philipson who was present on the day. Their efforts went a long way in ensuring the children performed as well as they did.

 Let’s hope we enjoy as much success come the finals!

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