We will remember them

For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain

Sports Person of the year 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Sports Person of the year!

This young star has been an integral part of almost every team OLSJ has had.

She was phenomenal as our hockey team finished third in the borough championships, losing just one game throughout the qualifier and finals tournaments.

She has been key member of OLSJ’s first ever girls football team, which has also been the most successful football team OLSJ has ever had. They reached the final stages of the region phase of the Premier League Primary Schools Cup, just a few games away from qualifying for the national phase of the competition.

Her sporting abilities all stem from her hard working attitude, determination and enthusiasm for sport. These qualities are always on show during every single PE lesson and even during break and lunch time activities.

A huge achievement for her, was representing the Tower Hamlets district hockey team, playing with the best players within Tower Hamlets and competing against the best from other boroughs.

Despite all of her success, I am most proud to say that this young sports star is incredibly humble, a great sports person, a fierce competitor and an amazing team mate.

Well done and keep up the hard work in your new school!!

Well done England!

I hope you will all join me in congratulating the England football team after all the hard work during the World Cup this summer.
Even though we haven’t won the world cup, we should still all be proud of what they have achieved.

This is the first time in nearly 30 years that England have made it to the Semi-Final of the world cup.
The win against Colombia was the first win on penalties for over 20 years.

Congratulations to France and Croatia for making it to the final.
But, please remember, England still have one more game to play. Tomorrow (14/7/2018) is the third place play-off, and I hope we will all be supporting the three lions one last time during this tournament.




Persistence Pays Off

At OLSJ, we’re always extremely proud of those who make the extra effort to take part in activities outside of school. We have many students across all year groups that take part in a wide variety of activities, with football being the most popular.

This particular student has been working to her full potential all season long, always trying her best, progressing technically and tactically to be the best player she can be.
All her hard work has paid off as she has been awarded the ‘Most Persistent’ player award by her club.

Well done, and keep working hard!

OLSJ World Cup Sweepstake

I’m sure you’ve all been keeping your eyes on what has been such an exciting World Cup in Russia.
As you would have all seen before, each class chose 2 countries at random for the school sweepstake and here is how the final 4 line up for the semi finals this week.

France/Isaiah vs Belgium/Joshua

England/Joshua vs Croatia/Malachi

Well done to Joshua, Isaiah and Malachi for getting this far in the tournament and good luck for the remaining games.

It’s coming home!!

Some children at OLSJ have been using they’re artistic talents to recreate the iconic picture of Bobby Moore lifting the world cup trophy from 1966. The challenge was to try and draw the picture of the 2018 winners, making a prediction on who they think will get to lift the trophy. I’m very happy to see lots confidence in the England team.
Take a look at the pictures and feel free to leave comments with who you think will win the world cup this summer or which player will score the most goals in the tournament.

1966 World Cup Winners

World Cup fever hits OLSJ

Everyone here at OLSJ is hugely excited about the football World Cup this year, hosted by Russia and begins on Thursday the 14th of June.

The whole school is taking part in a sweepstake, with the 32 competing nations divided equally amongst the 16 classes. Each class were given the opportunity to select their countries at random, and the class with the winning nation will receive a prize before the end of the summer term.

Genisis – Morocco and Mexico
Joshua – Belgium and England

Ruth – Poland and Sweden
Samuel – Panama and Russia

Year 1:
Ezra – Tunisia and Saudi Arabia
Tobit – Peru and Costa Rica

Year 2:
Esther – Argentina and Iceland
Judith – Portugal and Senegal

Year 3:
Job – Japan and Iran
Isaiah – Denmark and France

Year 4:
Daniel – Australia and Nigeria
Jeremiah – Brazil and Colombia

Year 5:
Jonah – South Korea and Egypt
Amos – Spain and Uruguay

Year 6:
Malachi – Germany and Croatia
Zechariah – Serbia and Switzerland


The Animal XI

Year 4 were set a challenge to create a football team, from animals. The challenge was to think of which attributes make a good footballer? And which positions suit which players best? Do defenders need to be fast? or strong? or both? Does it help if you’re taller?

In their groups, they started by making notes on the back of the cards, writing down whether the animals were fast or slow, strong or weak, tall or short, large or slim as well as any other information, such as being able to jump high or change direction quickly.

Another thing year 4 had to consider was their compatibility. would all these animals be able to work together? and is it important that every player can cooperate and work as part of team? They quickly identified 3 pairs of animals that are predator and prey. The fox<rabbit, the cheetah<gazelle and the lion<zebra.

Take a look at the pictures below of all the animals they were allowed to choose from and their final animal XI.
Do you think you could pick a better animal XI?



A star in the making

Over the past year, Yiannis has developed a real passion for table tennis and has dedicated a vast amount of time practicing. Yiannis plays at every opportunity, during breakfast club, after school care and even attends training sessions for a club outside of school.

Yiannis spends the majority of his time training and competing with children in the under 15’s category, however, he also trains once a week with the under 18’s.

Keep working hard Yiannis, you’re doing fantastic!!


ITTF Table Tennis World Cup

On Thursday the 22nd of February, 10 children from year 6 went on a trip to the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park at Stratford to watch the opening day of the ITTF Table Tennis World Cup.

Teams from all over the world such as England, USA, Australia, Korea, China, Germany and any more, all competing to be world champions at the end of the tournament.

The level of competition was absolutely brilliant and it was fantastic to see some of the huge stars in table tennis, such as current world number 1, Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Another name worth mentioning, is Tomokazu Harimoto from Japan, who is just 14 years old and competing in a world cup.

Our children were given the opportunity to show some of their own table tennis skills on some of the practice tables and put on a real display of skill. OLSJ set a record of 22 consecutive shots during a round the table game, a score which saw them beat several secondary schools too.

Some children were even lucky enough to meet some of the stars from the England Ladies team.

A fantastic day all round, thoroughly enjoyable and a huge thank you to Mr Bond for organising the trip and getting the tickets.

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