Autumn Term No 11

Newsletter Autumn Term No 11

Dear Parents/Carers

We have had a very busy week with our usual focus on learning and thinking about others. Our Christmas preperations are now in full swing.

1. Our Talking Topic
This week we are thinking about ‘words’ and how to use them wisely. Please talk to you children about using ‘kind’ words.

2. Children in Need
Thank you to parents/carers who were able to attend Y6’s Class Assembly on the history and aims of Children in Need. It was most informative and the class suggested the idea of the ‘mad hair day’ and organised a fund raising activity for each class. It was one the best children in need days we have had and thank you again to all parents/carers who supported it so well. We raised £298.12 and Y6 agreed that £50 should go to the Philippines disaster appeal. Very well done Y6, they are developing into a hard working and very responsible group.

3. Health & Safety
We had the old pine tree taken down on Friday as the cones were making the path slippery and we didn’t want anyone to fall. It should also help parents/carers with pushchairs in frosty weather. Very well done to Pia’s dad in reception who took the opportunity to explain all the machines and processes to her, extending language opportunities which is so crucial in Stoke where are children are behind in language skills.

4. Anti-bullying Week
This week in school we introduced this topic in the whole school assembly on Monday and continued it throughout this week. The children have been told about the power of words and how to use them correctly. Bullying, which is very rare at St John’s, although no school can ever say it does not go on, should always be reported. The key is that the children feel confident to talk about it, which they do.

5. Y6 French Residential Visit
I completed an inspection visit at half term and all the required paperwork, collective passports, risk assessments and planning is going on behind the scenes. The children are having a day visiting the Somme battlefield area, the trenches, the Albert Museum, in what will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. I am expecting this to be a real ‘wow experience’ that they remember forever. We are researching a Trent Vale soldier and plan to lay a wreath at the Thiepval Cemetery in his honour. As we have had 4 children who were born in Australia and India in Y6, both countries whom fought for the Allies, we are also going to lay a wreath from the school at their unit’s memorial. This is a real community cohesion experience, Y6 parents/carers are getting an update letter next week and I thank them for their confidence and support for the school. Another local school is organising a visit for £260 but we are charging only £60 so that our children can have this wonderful experience. We put children and families at the heart of what we do at St John’s.

6. Wednesday School Swimming
Y6 were offered this slot this term and are normally due back at 3:10pm. As the school before us are always late, it has meant we had to wait causing us to be late back to school. We have now requested another coach and are hoping that we will now be returning nearer to this time.

7. Lost Property
Last week all the coats etc left on the floor of the cloakroom were shown to all the children, none of it, including coats and PE kits were named so clearly could not be given out to the owner! It will be put in a bag in the community room for any parents/carers to look at if anything is missing. Once again can I ask all parents/carers to name their child’s uniform. We are also having a lot of children without PE kit, can I also ask parents/carers check that kit comes back every half term and to respond to our texts regarding no kit. Staff are getting frustrated about children sitting out writing about the lesson and being in detention (which is our policy) when this could easily be remedied. Children can be equipped for as little as £5.00.

8. Stanley Head Visits
All Key Stage 2 classes (Y3 to Y6) are going for a PE adventure activity day including archery and climbing, the week beginning the 2nd December. These visits are being given to parents/carers for free which is unusual but timely before Xmas. We are also arranging a free pantomime performance for all our pupils on Friday 6th December (Y3 will be at Stanley Head and miss this as our Y6 used to in previous years). We will also be providing the Christmas Party food this year which will help all our families at this expensive time of the year.

9. PE Kits/School Uniform
As mentioned, we have a few children with no PE kit and ask that parents/carers of children who are going on these visits equip their children to help us. We are also having a small minority of parents/carers who are going against our school uniform/appearance policy, which is designed for ease and practicality. Our policy now going to be revised with the Governors so parents/carers are clear about what is expected at this school and a clarifying letter will be sent out. We will not offer children without the correct uniform and PE/Swimming kits a place in the clubs/visits, these places will only be offered to our ‘always children’, whose parents/carers follow the dress code and hair policy.

10. Frosty Weather
This week saw the first of the frosts – although we hope there will not be too many it is inevitable. Our gritting policy was put into place this week and our priority paths have been gritted very efficiently by Mrs Wooliscroft. The removal of the tree should help this. If you remember our practices were praised in court last year after a failed claim against the school, however if there is a frost in a morning please do not bring your car onto the site as the sports grounds will never be gritted and we don’t use it at breaks or dinner time until it has thawed. We will text parents/carers to let you know early in the morning that we are closing it.

11. Home School Link Worker Information
» Fitter families’ course – we are hosting a 10 week fitter family’s course financed by the NHS for a group of families. This has been very successful and the families have been picking up healthy eating and exercise tips.
» Learning tip – Recently and tragically a toddler died after being hanged from a window blind. Please check your blinds at home! All school blinds have been fixed to the wall now, also:
» Have you checked your fire alarm this week, local fire stations provide free fire safety home checks contact: 0800 169 1125.
» Have you given us your mobile number if it has changed?

12. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 15/11/13 were:
Charlie Hambleton, Oliver Price, Yassin Hamadto, Anashe Mutize, Bethany Morrey, Robert Brian, Kevser Edogan, Milly Mae Gray, Matthew Ingram, Luke Brian, Jamie Paredes, Leah Screen, Levi Murray and all of Y6.

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Kiera Whieldon
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Benjamin Poole & Rhihena Miah
Smart School Uniform: Grace Cooper
Good to be Green: Isabelle Maddison, Julia Pustula, Demi Hanks & Amin Miah
Kindness Tree: Nancy Doward, Skye Lea-shaw, Elizabeth Soloman, Abigail Dunn and Joshua Whieldon
Awards for w/b 04/11/13:
Class Attendance: Y1B – 100%
Whole School Attendance: 96.3% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Sarah Khan & Elise Steventon

13. School Clubs
crazycrafts» This week I visited the story club taken by Mrs Poole. The children had the story ‘Camille and the Sunflowers’. The children were painting Van Gogh paintings. Very well done to Kevin Babu and Grace Wain who were producing lovely paintings.
» A picture of crazy crafts making robots and models out of cardboard boxes with Anthony Evans, Ilana Steventon, Holly Chatterton and Natalia Kulik.

14. Reminders
» Tomorrow is our Y4/5 Class Assembly at 9.05am – please come along with family and friends to support your child.
» All Stanley head consent and reply slips need to be back this week. A medical questionnaire will be sent out on Monday and failure to return it by Friday will result in your child not being allowed to attend the trip.
» Three children in Y1 were not able to go on a short visit last week as the consent form given out with our pack in September had not been completed. We will be checking theses forms this week and sending out any that have not been filled in. Please return these ASAP.
» As mentioned above there are children who are not taking part in activities because forms are not being returned to school. Please check your child’s bag each night and return to school the next morning!
» The ‘Strictly’ Disco date has been changed and will now be on Wednesday 11th December (timings as before – FS/KS1 3:00pm to 4:00pm & KS2 4:15pm to 5:15pm).

15. Dates for your Diary
• Friday 22nd November – 9.05am Y4/5 Class Assembly
• Tuesday 26th November – Y6 Height & Weight Screening
• Wednesday 27th November – Y3 Scootability
• Monday 2nd December – Y6 Visit to Stanley Head
• Tuesday 3rd December – Y5 Visit to Stanley Head
• Wednesday 4th December – Y3/4 Visit to Stanley Head
• Thursday 5th December – Y4/5 Visit to Stanley Head
• Friday 6th December – Y3 Visit to Stanley Head
• Friday 6th December – Panto for whole school

Thank you for your support!

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor

“Don’t forget the our local councillor, Jackie Barnes of Springfield/Trent Vale who is also one of our school governors is always available to help and can be contacted on: 07813 539410 or