Autumn Term 11

Newsletter Autumn Term 11

Dear Parent/Carer
We have had a lovely learning week in school with all the children having lots of interesting lessons and activities that go to making St John’s such a good school.

1. Our Talking Topic
This week we have been publicising National Anti-Bullying Week and telling the children all about what bullying is and how it is wrong and upsetting. The children know it is not single acts of silliness or bad choice but repeated acts. The children know that the term can be wrongly used and how important it is to tell an adult. I can honestly say that we have very few instances of bullying at St John’s and any reports are dealt with. Of more concern nationally is cyber bullying and included with the newsletter is 10 top tips for staying safe on line that are important for everyone to know.

2. Our Value
Our value this week has been respect. Well done to Jake Bamford, Merin Baby, Joshua Brerton-Lewis, Ricardo Gordon, Molly Clewes and Solomon Johnson who have been seen showing this quality.

3. Y6 Class Assembly
Thank you to parent/carers who attended the assembly informing us all about Children in Need. Y6 organised the school’s fundraising for it brilliantly as well as the publicity posters. The school raised £277 for this very worthwhile cause and the whole school community can be proud of all their efforts. Thank you for your support from Y6 who are developing into an excellent class.

4. Science Week
Last week Mrs Peake accompanied by Miss Mazzei went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester to receive the schools Gold Primary Quality Science Mark For Outstanding Science Teaching. This is an excellent achievement by Mrs Peake and the school.

This week we had evidence of our very good science teaching as KS2 looked at the Human Body and had a workshop on the digestive, skeletal and circulatory systems. Children followed up work in classes so for example Y6 looked at why we are all different and our DNA coding. KS1 had an assembly looking at science magic. They had workshops about Newston’s Wheel where they discovered that light is made up of all the colours of the rainbow. The children had a lovely day and we certainly have many budding scientists! Talk to your child about this lovely day.

5. Class Museum Visits
Both Y2 classes visited the Potteries Museum for a session linked to their old toys project, taken by museum staff. The children were very well behaved and enjoyed the learning. Both Y1 classes are visiting the Brampton Museum on Thursday for a museum led session on toys. These museum visits are really interesting for the children and help them understand their work in the classrooms.

6. Value Champions Visit
Since returning to school in September we have a whole school focus on different values, these are honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility, co-operation, resilience and friendship.
On Tuesday 2 children from each class were chosen as their class value champions and they went to Emma Bridgewater to paint a plate. We had a lovely afternoon, the children behaved brilliantly and we have many talented artists.

7. Uniform
Our lunchtimes and break times are very active, as we want the children to adopt healthy lifestyles. One or two girls have been wearing shoes to school with a heel which makes movement difficult and could be dangerous, we don’t want any accidents. When you replace school shoes please make sure they are practical for movement. Thank you.

8. Football Match
The team lost 2-1 to Christchurch last week and all members of the squad played for part of the match .Very well done to Charlie Malbon for a great goal and Alfie Barnett, Miss Pickerill’s player of the match, and Owen Gaskell, my player of the match. Both members of staff from the visiting school complimented the children twice on their lovely manners. All the 14 children involved are a credit to the school and their families.

9. Swimming Awards
Very well done to Jake Bamford, Jack Eaton and Charlie Bird who have achieved their Elementary Swimming Award. This requires excellent swimming stroke techniques on the front and their back and some survival skills. They are the first this year to achieve this award.
Also very well done to Danny Lea-Shaw, Sophie Johnson, Ismail Saygili and Natalia Kulik who have achieved their length certificates. All these children have clearly been working hard in their swimming lessons.

10. Questionnaire
Included with the newsletter is a Parent/Carer Teaching & Learning Questionnaire that we would like your help with. As a school we never stand still and always want to be better and give more opportunities to your children. Actions are always taken as a result and we ask that you fill it in and return it to school so we can be even better. Thank you for your help.

11. Home School Link Worker Information

  • Parents/Carers, on Friday 28th November we are having a coffee and croissant morning, 9.00-10.00am. Come along, bring a friend, have a chat or make a new friend. You can come for the whole hour or nip in for a quick drink before you go shopping! Plenty of tea, coffee and croissants.
  • There have been reports that there are some Parents/Carers who have been driving into school whilst on their mobile phones, this is illegal and puts the safety of pedestrians at risk. Please drive responsibly in and around our school.

12. Reminders

  • The school office is closed from 9.20am to 11.45am and again from 12.15pm to 2.55pm. For general enquiries please feel free to call in when you bring and collect your children but remember any messages/letters/trip money must be taken into class by your child as we have a very good system in place for these to be passed to the correct person.
  • When you send a reply slip in for a school trip please can you keep the cover letter for your information rather than sending it back with the permission slip. Thank you for your support.

13. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 14/11/14 were:
Holly Butler-Gaskell, Rian Webster, Alex Ballard O’Shea, Paige Adlington, Amber Louise Gregory, Tyler Barlow, Milly Mae-Gray, Ethan Kidd, Anet Yohannan, Merin Baby, Holly Milne and all of Y6

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Chelsea Warren
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom): Y3/4
Smart School Uniform: Nancy Doward
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Chelsea Warren and Ali Hamadto
Good to be Green: KS1-Holly Bentley, Tyler Conway /KS2-Chelsea Warren and Nicole Steele
Time for Sport: Y3/4
Football Awards: Owen Gaskell and Alfie Barnett

Awards given out for data collected w/b 03/11/14:
Class Attendance: 1S – 99.1%
Whole School Attendance: 96.3% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Amin Miah and Bhuvan Pasupuleti

14. Dates for your Dairy
Thurs 27th Nov – Thurs 4th Dec 5 Day KS2 and Nursery Art Project – Mosaic Floor Tile Project
Monday 1st December Y3 Stanley Head Outdoor Education Visit
Tuesday 2nd December Y5/6 Stanley Head Outdoor Education Visit
Wednesday 3rd December Y4/5 Stanley Head Outdoor Education Visit
Thursday 4th December Y3/4 Stanley Head Outdoor Education Visit
Thursday 4th December Y5 Sporthall Athletics 11:30pm – 3:00pm
Friday 5th December Y6 Stanley Head Outdoor Education Visit
Friday 5th December 1:30pm In School Panto – Whole School
Wednesday 10th December Foundation Stage Nativity 9.15am and 2.15pm
Thursday 11th December 9:30am KS2 Christmas Celebration at St John’s Church
Thursday 11th December 2:00pm KS1 Concert at St John’s Church
Friday 12th December 11.30am – 12.30pm Grandparent’s Christmas Dinner
(individual times will be allocated nearer the time)
Wednesday 17th December Christingle Service at School 2:00pm
Thursday 18th December Party Day/Santa Visit
Friday 19th December Finish at 2.00pm

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher