Newsletter Autumn Term 15
As we finish for Christmas on Friday I hope you can reflect on a wonderful learning term for your child/children at St John’s, full of quality learning and experiences. We certainly had a lovely week last week, when you were able to share precious events with your children.
1. Christmas Concerts/Nativities
We have had so many wonderful comments about these from you, which makes all the hard work and effort so worthwhile-thank you. They are special events that are wonderful for families to watch their very talented children and memories that money cannot buy. We are very proud at St John’s that we celebrate traditional nativities and that all our children are involved and thoroughly enjoy them. Our youngest pupils took part in a nativity at school and showed how much they have increased in confidence and self-esteem. It was wonderful and we saw so many proud families. As we have part time places in nursery (morning and afternoons) many parent/carers took the opportunity to see it twice which was a great idea, as it was so good! The KS1 and KS2 concerts were at Saint John’s Church, which as always is such a very special setting for the telling of the Christmas Story. Thank you for your usual great support for costumes and the plate collection at church.
2. Grandparents Christmas Lunch
This was again wonderfully supported and thoroughly enjoyed by grandparents, many who travelled a distance to be with us. Mrs Copeland and her team worked really hard to prepare the meal and my support staff gave up their lunch time to make it such a success. Not many schools do this, but we think it is a lovely tradition at St John’s and hope you agree.
3. Christingle Service
This has taken place today; the children have been taught the meaning of the Christingle in classes and have been involved in making one whilst led by Mrs Barrow. The service is always a lovely one and wonderfully supported.
We had a letter from our link school thanking us for the seeds that they will soon be planting and the money to buy enough maize to grow in a field.
5. Staff News
Congratulations to Mrs Brown on the safe arrival of her daughter Lauren. All our best wishes go to her and her family. Mrs Mills-Farmer takes over R1 in January after being appointed in June and having to serve her notice period, and is looking forward to joining our team. Mr Meir leaves us on Friday to take up a permanent appointment in another city school and we thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future. Mrs Edwards who has been in R1 will take over Y1B. Governor news-Reverend Chris Ruston has been appointed as the new vicar for the Trent vale area which is great news for the school and the community.
6. Party Day
Children can come in party clothes, but need a coat and sensible footwear for playtime and dinner time. Food, games and a fun time are provided by the school so all the children enjoy the day. The cloakrooms will be cleared and any lost property put in a bag in the community room. PE kits are to be taken home and need to be in for the first day back.
This is a normal uniform day and we have a whole school assembly and other activities planned. We finish at 2.00pm as staff have to clear the Christmas displays and prepare 3 rooms for painting.
8. Home School Link Worker Information
The choir was invited to go and sing at Creative Support Day Centre and The Cancer Unit on Monday and Tuesday. It was two lovely afternoons where St John’s brought a smile to the faces of those less fortunate than ourselves. We enjoyed it very much.
Well done to Holly Milne, Kitty Sinclaire, India Spooner, Kara Tatler, Michaela Sinfield, Jay Edwards-Cherry, Ebony Johnson, Jake Milne, Georgia Piesse-Mills, Leah Screen, Sophie Johnson, Maria Xanthopoulou and Merin Baby who all sang beautifully.
One very sick lady told me that she thought the children were a credit to the school which they are but more importantly they are a credit to their parents. Very well done to them all and Mrs Ramsden, who coached them.
9. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 12/12/14 were:
Harvey Whelan, Charlie Hambleton, All of 1B, Frankie Wright, Amber Gregory, Rubina Mahnoor, All of Y3/4, Aleksi Vrapi and Zagros Negeem, Freyah Knight, Georgie Piesse-Mills and Holly Milne.
10. Dates for your Diary
Thursday 18th December Party Day/Santa Visit
Friday 19th December Finish at 2.00pm
Monday 5th January School Re-Opens
Tuesday 6th January Y5 & Y6 to New Vic Theatre 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday 7th January Stanley Head Visit Y1B and Y1S
Thursday 8th January Stanley Head Visit Y2J
Friday 8th January Stanley Head Visit Y2M
Finally on behalf of all the staff team at St John’s, we hope you have a lovely family Christmas full of lovely times, enjoyment, love and giving to others.
We look forward to welcoming you back on the 5th January 2015.
Mrs P Bloor