Spring Term 1

Newsletter Spring Term 1

Dear Parents/Carers

A Happy New Year from all at St John’s, we hope you had a good Christmas break with your families!
We have had a good start to the new term and the children have arrived back in full school uniform looking very smart, thank you for your support, they are a credit to you. We especially welcome our new families this term who tell me they have read our impressive Ofsted report and know our position as 9th in the LA means we are an excellent school.

1. Thinking Topic
This week we have looked at ‘New Beginnings’ looking back at past achievements and looking to the future to set new challenges. All the children were asked to set themselves some new goals – please talk to your child about this.

2. Staff News
This week we welcome back Mrs Clarke in Nursery after her maternity leave and Mr Heyward in Y1 after his paternity leave who are both pleased to be back for the start of this new year. Miss Quinn has also been appointed to help in KS1 and KS2 and Mr Shahban will be working part time in Y6.

3. Behaviour
The majority of our children are working towards their gold behaviour award this term, although a few children whose behaviour is a concern are behind. We have a 15 minute detention room available at lunchtime, if needed for forgetting PE kits and any poor behaviour, all of which will result in a week of detentions – this way the small minority are not spoiling our fun times. Y6 do a brilliant job at dinner time helping as monitors and playground leaders!

4. Class Booklets
These will be going out next week so you know what your child is doing and how you can help them. Throughout the school homework is set every Wednesday to be in for the following Monday. This term there is a homework detention club as there are a significant number of older children who are not completing it and not getting into a good work habit that will continue into high school. Can you please hear your child read 3/4 times a week and sign the reading diary so that we can work together in improving our children’s reading skills.

5. Y6 Somme Poetry
Two poems by Amber Atkinson and George Beech Daly are attached to this newsletter. The children have been studying World War I ready for their visit to the Somme battlefields in February and are really interested in the topic. It is quality work and we are making a book of them.

6. Petition re Parking
I am asking parents/carers to sign a petition to get the council to do something to help hospital parking in the area, which in turn will help you, by turning the green/grassed areas on Springfield Road into parking bays. The council has not planned parking with the growth of this excellent hospital but 100 signatures are needed for the council to hear the case. A member of staff will have the petition available at the start and end of each day, please sign this over the next few weeks! Meanwhile, as the gate is always closed in the afternoons why not walk with another family or for those who come from further away commute in groups/car share which will also help with costs.

7. Lost Property
We have 2 bags of lost property in the community room which will be shown to the children on Friday afternoon. Any items left after this point will be available for parents/carers to look at on Monday 13th January in the community room from 9:00am until 9:30am, after this point we will save for 2 weeks before sending for recycling.

8. My Maths – access on tablets
If your child has access to a tablet computer rather than a laptop My Maths can now be accessed on tablets! You need to download ‘puffin academy’ from the app store. Once downloaded you can type in the school username and password (children all know these) and continue as you would on a laptop computer.

9. Reminders
» Parents/Carers have been text but not all children have brought their PE kits into school. Please help your child be organised for their learning by remembering to bring it in and leaving it in school.
» Children are asked to bring their reading diary and book bag into school every day, we notice the children who don’t are the ones falling behind so please support us with this.

10. Information re Events Taken Place
End of Term Activities
» We provided all the children with some lovely learning and free activities before Christmas. The concerts, which were brilliant raised £149.62 for St John’s Church and the Christingle Service raised £226.61 for the Children’s Society, which looks after children suffering from neglect and abuse in challenging circumstances. Thank you for thinking about others.
This Week
» On Tuesday Y6 and Y5 pupils went to the New Vic Theatre to see 101 Dalmations. It was a great experience and the children really enjoyed it. Two members of the public congratulated us on their brilliant behaviour as did Mrs Spiers, our Chair of Governor, who monitored the visit. Strangely a few families chose to turn down this free visit and fantastic opportunity so some lucky Y4 children gained from this by taking their place.
» We have 3 FREE ‘Gruffulo’ visits going out this week to Stanley Head, which should be enjoyed by the children. Our focus this term is on improving writing so let’s hope we have some good work from this.

11. Home School Link Worker Information
Do you have post Christmas blues? Want to keep fit? Well ladies here is your answer, St Josephs College are doing a ‘make your way back to netball’ for females over 16 years old. It’s on Wednesday’s starting from 6:30 -7:30pm at a cost of £3.00 per coach led session. Please rind Chris Rowley on 07799 516265 for more information or to book.

12. Office Information
» If you have any changes for your child’s contact information/address/medical information/dietary needs etc, please ensure you complete a Change to Pupil Records Form (you can find these in the leaflet stand) as we now require a parental signature to make these changes on our system. It is important to keep records up to date so that we can contact you in case of an emergency.
» The school office will be closed from 9:30am – 10:30am & 2:00pm – 2:50pm each day to enable the office staff to carry out specific duties between these times.
Thank you for your help and support in these matters.

13. Dates for your Diary
• Friday 17th January – Y3 Class Assembly
• Thursday 30th January – Y3/4 Class Assembly
• Friday 31st January – Y2M Class Assembly
• Friday 14th February – Y2C Class Assembly
• Friday 14th February – School closes at normal time for half term re-opens Monday 24th February
• Friday 28th March – Y1S Class Assembly
• Friday 10th April – Y1B Class Assembly

14. Attachments
City Catering Lunch Menu’s
Children’s Somme Poems

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor