Autumn Term 1

Newsletter Autumn Term 1

Dear Parents/Carers

On behalf of all the staff I extend a very large welcome to you all at the start of a new school year. A special welcome is extended to all our new parent/carers. We hope you have all had a lovely family time over the summer with your children. More information about your children’s class will be given out next week but here are a few reminders of our routines:

1. New Finish Time
All Key Stages now finish at 3:00pm. The gates don’t open until 2:50pm so please don’t leave too early. No cars are allowed on site at the end of the school day. The governors do allow cars on site in the morning to help our residents who already have a lot of hospital parking to deal with, however, we encourage our nearby families to walk, park and stride, cycle or scoot. We have had a new scooter shelter built where scooters will be locked and safe. We are starting our ‘Walk to School’ scheme run by Mrs Ramsden which rewards children who walk and is very popular with the children. Far too many city children are not used to regular exercise (walking to school and being active is so much healthier for everyone) and with rising obesity trends in our city, we at St John’s promote healthy lifestyles.

2. Work Over the Holiday
As well as having the scooter shed, both Reception rooms have had new flooring, the hall, the office and the reception area have been painted and a new audio system has been installed. We are having new computers next week in Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2, as well as a new ipad trolley. As a school we never stand still and always want the best for your children.

3. Standards
Our end of KS2 results are again excellent and we were the only school in the city to achieve 100% in reading at 4B. This is both a staggering and an outstanding achievement and shows why we think the little things like school uniform, regular reading at home and homework are so important. I am sure parents/carers want their child educated at a school that has these outstanding results and such high expectations.

4. Uniform
Thank you so much for sending the children back looking so smart in full uniform, school shoes and with book-bags and PE Kit. We are a uniform school as it helps our full learning focus. One or two children have disappointedly returned with haircuts not in our behaviour policy, a copy of which will be sent out next week. We ask that you follow our rules and buy into our learning focus. Children not in full uniform will not be given opportunities to go out of school as we regard representing the school as highly important.
Named PE kit needed to be in school in a PE bag not a rucksack as we have no room in our small cloakrooms. Our free PE top and shorts (for pupil premium children) will be given out on Monday next week!

5. End of the School Day
We have new staff and year groups who don’t yet know parents/carers. Can we ask parents/carers to stand away from the doors so that staff can see you and it helps to provide a safe dismissal! Thank you so much!

6. Lunchtime
As from this week all Reception, Y1 and Y2 children are provided with a free school meal by the Government. There is a choice every day including sandwiches (menu’s attached), however no child is ever forced to eat. This is a great help for all parents/carers and judging by yesterday it was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Only hot dinner children now eat in the hall (all the equipment is provided by city catering), KS2 packed lunches are called for by a rota and eat on tables in the overspill areas supervised by Mr Heywood.

7. Breakfast Club
Breakfast club will start on Monday 8th September, attached to this newsletter is a form that relates to our Breakfast Club and needs to be filled in if you are going to use this facility. Unfortunately is not open to Nursery pupils. The cost of breakfast club is 50p a day, doors open 8:15am and a choice of cereal or toast and a drink of juice or milk is offered. Please return completed forms as soon as possible if you require a place!

8. Home School Link Information
This year we are again taking part in ‘Walk to School’. This is organised by Stoke on Trent Council and it is to encourage families to ditch the car and walk. It has many benefits including keeping fit and not crowding the roads around school. Each class from Y1 to Y6 have a wall chart and it is ticked every time they walk to school. At the end of the month if they walk (parking 10 minutes away and walking the rest is acceptable), scooter or bike to school they will receive a badge. I know that the children enjoy collecting all the badges so let’s get walking!

9. Attachments
City Catering Primary Choice Menu
Breakfast Club Form

10. Community Information
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, working alongside partners and voluntary, community and faith groups, wants to hear residents’ views and ideas that will help to shape the future of our city. We are doing this through a series of events being held across the city over the coming weeks, which will be an opportunity for businesses and residents to ask questions, give ideas and help to inform the priorities across the city and in their local area for the years ahead.
The events are at:
St Peter’s Academy – Tuesday 9 September 7-9pm
Ormiston Horizon Academy – Thursday 11 September 7-9pm
Co-operative Academy – Monday 15 September 7-9pm
Ormiston Stanley Matthews Academy – Tuesday 16 September 7-9pm
Discovery Academy – Wednesday 17 September 7-9pm

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher