Newsletter Summer Term 1
As we begin the summer term let’s hope it starts with some good weather. This is always a very busy term with lots of exciting events as well as statutory testing and assessments for all children to see what their next steps are.
1. Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about stories from other religions and the children were told about how Sikhism started and like all religions, prioritises helping others, working hard and giving to charity.
2. Our Value: Resilience
This idea of keeping going and not giving up is a key one for the children. Very well done to all our children who know what this value means and have said they are going to work hard this term. We are all so proud of them.
3. Reception Visit to Amerton Farm
Reception children had a lovey day looking at animals. They bottle fed calves, baby goats and got to ride on a tractor and trailer. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day; special thanks go to parent helpers Mrs Jones and Mrs Kurek.
4. Taekwondo Grading
Well done to Oscar Dix, Olivia Tok, Joshua Brereton- Lewis, Hollie Bentley, Berrie Johnson, Jeff Joseph, Alyssa Stanley, Grace Leese, Jonathon Harvey, Oliver Woodward, Emily Rains, Sam Kirk, Kane Silvester, Rhys Wooliscroft, Tyler Barlow, Hao Yu, Grace Hawkins, and Ronnie Stimson who were all awarded taekwondo certificates after a recent grading. Parents/carers enjoyed watching this exciting event.
5. Work over the Holiday
We had some new carpets in the corridor and entrance hall. Also new computers and laptops for the children so they have access to the latest technology. They have enjoyed using the new equipment this week.
6. Anti-Bullying Award
St Johns has passed an Award for Challenging Bullying for 2018/9 which is recognition of the work Mrs Ramsden does with the anti-bullying ambassadors and how proactive the school is.
We have very few incidents of bullying luckily; which is repeated actions over time, although we do have some children who make the wrong choices with their behaviour.
7. Recent Events/Activities
- Well done to Sandini Vihara De Alwis who passed the Length Certificate in swimming last term.
- Well done to all the children who have not received a yellow card all year who were rewarded with juice and biscuits before the holiday. There were so many which was fantastic and we are all very proud of these children.
- Nursery and reception children had a Space bus visit which they all loved. One pupil Hannah Rejith told me “she could not get to sleep as she was so excited!”
- All classes had a PHSE/citizenship lesson last week and spent 1 day working on cross curricular maths through their class topic.
- Y4 enjoyed their bike ability course.
8. Stanley Head Visits
All KS2 classes, except Y6, have a river study day this term and KS1 have a pond dipping day in July. Y5 and Y5/6 went last week and had a great learning day. The children need to wear old clothes and bring wellingtons (some children arrived without them but class teachers can’t supply these so children had to miss out on part of the learning). Please make sure your child has a pair ready for the visits. The children will also get muddy by the nature of the activity, but children today get so few opportunities like this.
9. School Uniform
Thank you for sending the children back so smartly dressed in school uniform and school shoes. Before the holiday we had some younger children wearing wellingtons, boots or trainers which are not good for growing feet and not part of our uniform policy. They are also too restricting for learning, if the weather is bad please bring school shoes to change into. A few children did not bring in their PE kit and had to sit out of vital learning, although we sent reminders. Thank you to all those families who sent children back with kit and book bags.
10. After School Clubs
A letter went out on Tuesday outlining our after school provision. We do have lots of activities at lunch time as well. Children will only be given a slip if they have a place.
11. Director Visit
On Friday the director of education in Stoke, Rob Johnson visited St Johns and toured the school. He was really impressed with the focus in every classroom and how we try to make learning exciting for the children. He thought our pupils delightful and how good a school St Johns is. That is also a compliment to all our families, thank you.
12. Dates for your Diary
– Thursday 17th May
13. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on this week are:
14. Attendance Awards
Given out for data collected w/b 12/03/17:
Whole School Attendance: 96.7% (Government target is 95%)
• 1st Place – R2, 99.1%
• 2nd Place – Y3/4 & Y6, 98.6%
• 1st Place – Enis Kolasinac
• 2nd Place – Phoebe Sykes
Mrs P Bloor