Newsletter Summer Term 9
As we gallop through the last few weeks of term, always such a busy, fun, but rewarding time, it has been noticeable how the children are looking forward to our end of term concert and showing you their performance skills. The topic of the ‘World Wars’ means the children have been learning, in this anniversary year of the beginning of World War 1, so much about this time of great sacrifice and how we should all feel grateful!
1. KS1 and KS2 End of Year Concert
There are 3 performances of the concert ‘War Torn Britain’ so we maximise the opportunities for all parent/carers to attend. Unlike many other schools the tickets are free, but we are making a plate collection towards the cost of replacing our fire resistant curtains. I have seen some practices this week and the staff have, as always, done a wonderful job, the children all look fantastic. We do ask that very young children do not attend where possible, as it puts off our young performers; but I will have a team on standby to help any parents/carers out. Last year one or two parents shouted out and put our young stars off, please be aware of concert nerves! As always the doors will not be open after the concert starts, so please check the times and make sure you arrive before the performance starts.
2. School Reports
We have had lots of positive comments about the reports that went out last week outlining the achievements of all our pupils. It is a shared responsibility to successfully educate children and St John’s are doing a great job; please help us by working on your child’s targets.
3. Green Flag Award
Last week St John’s had an assessment for the Green Flag which is awarded to schools who show the highest commitment to Eco education. Previously the school had worked for the bronze and silver award. This has always been strong at St John’s as we have to look after our planet for our young people. The school has an Eco Committee that have led assemblies, worked on how we can recycle and reuse more, watched our energy use and helped keep our link with a school in Kenya. They have been brilliant this year ably led by Mrs Connolly. We are only the 7th school in the city to achieve this prestigious award. Very well done to the Eco Committee of Ethan Hill, Rhys Wooliscroft, Ella Goodier-Whitehurst, Erin Hill, Zara Khan, Natalia Kulik, Ethan Boughey, Laura-Lou Hopley, Reece Westwod and Jyothy Joseph. More projects are planned next year to help all our families become more green!
4. School Lunches
Our school meal uptake has increased this year. I think the flexibility of cashless catering has helped as parents/carers can choose certain days to suit. Our new cook Mrs Copeland and her team work really hard to encourage the children to choose and eat well. From next year if your child is in Reception, Y1 or Y2 the Government is giving them a free school meal, something I think will impact on learning and clearly on household budgets. There will be a choice each day, including vegetarian, Halal and any food allergies will catered for and there will be packed lunches available but we will restrict this to a class each day if they choose this. All the children will be accommodated in the hall where City Catering run separately from the school and provide the staff and tables. There will be no facility for children to eat a packed lunch from home in the hall as we have to facilitate all our hot dinner children and we are a growing popular school. KS2 packed lunches will be eaten by rota on tables in the area just outside the hall which we use now. If any parent/carer of a reception Y1 or Y2 pupil chooses to turn down this free offer they will have to eat in the nursery area after nursery children have finished as we will have no space. I think families will find the provision of a free meal really helpful.
5. Top link Athletics Festival
Last week 15 Y6 pupils took part in an Athletics Festival at Northwood Stadium; they represented the Ivory Coast in an Olympic type sports competition which according to Miss Quinn, they thoroughly enjoyed. Very well done to Grace Cooper, Demi-Lea Elton, Bradley Hansbury, Jojo Joseph, Josna Joseph, Jyothy Joseph, Sarah Khan, Isabella Piesse-Mills, Joshua Griffiths, Jayden Shepherd-Moss, Ben Stevenson,
Ethan Tunnicliffe, Jack Wieldon and Gifford Ogayon. The best boy was Jayden Shepherd and the best girl Sarah Khan.
6. Kier Buildings
Kier came in a couple of months ago to talk to the children about safety on building sites while the houses in the Springfield Road area are being refurbished (this will go on until the Autumn term and will affect road space because of lorries). The children were set a competition and the 2 prize winners who receive a book token are: Emily Rains Y1S and Elise Steventon Y6 – Very well done!
7. Town Rounder’s Competitions
This week we hosted the Town Rounder’s Competition, girls and mixed, which really made good use of our excellent outdoor facilities. The teams competed well and fielded brilliantly although didn’t win. Thanks to Miss Pickerill who organised the whole event and Mrs Barrow and Miss Morris who helped the team.
8. Notice to Parents/Carers
Due to industrial action by NUT/UNISON/GMB/UNITE the school will be closed on Thursday 10th July 2014! Unfortunately this means that the School Disco will now be cancelled. Watch out for a new date next term!
9. Town Athletics at Northwood
This was a gifted and talented athletics competition attended by 38 children from Y3-Y6. It was a lovely competitive event which all our children thoroughly enjoyed and supported each other well. Thank you to parents/carers who came to support. We had our best ever placing and 4 children have been chosen to represent the Town, a great achievement. Very well done to Kyle Lovatt, Anet Yahannan, Moriel Sepe,
Chad Varquez & Isabelle Westwood. Some of our children compete at a disadvantage, as they do not always have kit in school as parents/carers forget (4 children in Y5 yesterday- but our policy is extra activity around the Golden Mile course at break and dinner time) and other schools seem to have some fitter pupils, but we will be making sure next term all children from Reception to Y6 have 2 hours physical education a week. We will also be introducing boot camps for children and opportunities for parents/carers to join one. Watch this space!
10. On Line Safety
There has been a serious safeguarding issue that school has followed up along with the police where an undesirable adult was texting a Y6 pupil from home with highly unsavoury messages. Please check your child’s phone and other devices. Y6 have had some extra lessons on e-safety this week and it will be tackled again during our ‘Health and Well being Week’ in the last week of term.
11. Late Arrival
We are having increased late arrivals, it is important for children to arrive at school on time every morning as not only do late arrivals disrupt the morning school routine but also stops children from having their guided reading. Our Educational Welfare Officer does ask about and act upon children who are repeatedly late.
12. Football Match
Our football team played the ‘Christmas Day 1916 Anniversary Match’ on Monday against Oakhill. The F.A asked all schools to do this to symbolise the unifying power of sport and as a memorial of the First World War. Oakhill won 1-0 after a great match, but the team played really well. Player of the match for Miss Pickerill was Bradley Hansbury and for me Joshua Griffiths and player of the season is Jayden
Sheppard- Moss, very well done to all the team!
13. Community Summer Fair
Come and enjoy the fun on Saturday from 12.00pm—2.00pm. There will be fun and games, great raffle prizes and some tasty treats to enjoy! Come and find out who is in the stocks—ready, aim, splash! You can also buy some fresh produce, grown and looked after by Y2, such as: tomato plants and fresh spring onions, with free tomato recipes for you and your child to try out at home. Please bring your favourite tomato recipe with you to the Summer Fair on Saturday to add to our recipe hut display. You can then copy down any tomato recipes that you would like to try out – Why not ask your friends and family to come along too!
14. Home School Link Worker Information
Do you know the best toy your child can have is……you!
Talking and playing together helps your child develop and your baby’s brain grow and the best bit – it’s free!
15. Celebration Assembly
Awards given out for data collected w/b 23/06/14:
Class Attendance: Y1M –100%
Whole School Attendance: 97.6% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Jessica Huckfield & Grace Hawkins
Our children/classes who received awards on 25/06/14 were:
Macey Simpson, Alexis Lovatt, Hasim Mahmood, Maxwell Lawton, Abbey Filcock, Sanjay Arokiaswamy, George Baldwin, Whole of Y2M for reading on Bug Club, India Vickers, Ameila Harvey, Georgia Piesse-Mills, Molly Clewes, Jack Eaton & Hugie Knight
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Ruby Howard & Leah Screen
Mrs Bloor’s Award: Thomas Levey for lovely manners
Smart School Uniform: Jack Eaton
Times Tables Awards: Year 4/5
Brilliant Bookmark: Molly Clewes
Dashing Division: Ilana Steventon & Jakub Jedrzejczyk
Tricky Tables: Leenah Elabd, Danny Lea-Shaw, Sophie Johnson & Charlie Bird,
Tougher Tables: Aaron Marshall, Jake Bamford & Gabrielle Lovatt
Badge: Holly Chatterton & Merin baby
Dastardly Division: Jacob Simpson & Kieron Tonks
Level 4 Bookmark: Liam Bates, Alexander Jordan & Selim Erdogan
16. Dates for your Diary
Saturday 5th July – Community Summer Fair – 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday 8th July – KS1/KS2 Concert 1:30pm – War Torn Britain 6:00pm
Wednesday 9th July – KS1/KS2 Concert 9:30am
Thursday 10th July – School Closed due to Strike Action
Tuesday 15th July – Y6 Leavers Presentation Concert 6:00pm
Friday 18th July – Finish at 2:00pm
Summer fair poster
Parents questionnaire results
Mrs P Bloor