Spring Term 10

Newsletter Spring Term 10

Dear Parent/Carer

As we finish another very busy but fun learning week, we are building up to an assessment week when we can see all the progress the children have made, which you saw on our target sharing open evenings.

1. Our Talking Topic
This week we have learnt about “kindness” and told the story from the bible of how a woman used perfume to show Jesus how much she cared. This story showed it is not costly gifts that count, but caring and thoughtful attitudes and actions. Please talk to your child about kindness they have shown.

2. Our Value
This week we have been working on “responsibility”. Very well done to Aaron Sajan, Emma Brennan, Joshua Clement, Anopa Mutize, Ranudi Premadasa, Oliver Williams, Ellie Moreton, Ismail Saygili, Sophie Carter and Holly Milne who have all been seen showing special kindness this week.

3. SIAMS Church School Inspection
The report, which graded the school as outstanding, is included in the newsletter. For me the best part is the support by parents/carers and the comments, exemplary behaviour, excellent teaching & learning and happiness shown by all the children! Parents/Carers should be proud of their children and the school. We have admitted new pupils recently from other schools that have all been very generous in their praise of the school, compared to previous schools, which is why we are a growing school.

4. Events In School Last Week

  • Y2J Class Assembly – Thank you to parents/carers who attended the Mother’s Day Class Assembly. The children were very proud of their Mums and painted some lovely pictures of you!
  • Swimming Awards – Very well done to Jake Milne, Rusne Kaupyte and Anthony Evans who have got their Beginners Award in swimming which, as the first award, is the most important.
    Length Awards went to Carley Jones, Biben Benny, Abel Joseph and Hughie Knight.
    The Elementary Award has been achieved by Molly Hancox, Declan Matthews, Raul Miah, Oliver Williams, Jay Edwards-Cherry, Carley Jones and Kyle Lovatt.
  • Very well done to the cross country team who completed their second race. They have one more to go. Mr Walter’s is proud of all their efforts!
  • Early Years had a theatre group in on Tuesday which acted out Three Fairy Tales; The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen & The Enormous Turnip, they children thoroughly enjoyed it.

5. Comic Relief Day
The “funny face” comic relief effort raised £147.53 for this worthwhile charity. Thank you for your support and generosity!

6. Y6 Message From Mrs Peake
Y6 are currently working very hard in our booster classes each morning when the group is split into 2 (one taken by myself and the other by Mrs Bloor).The children’s learning can be enhanced further through the use of the revision guides and by completing the additional homework given. The Y6 SATS are on the week beginning the 12th May and we want the children to perform to the best of their ability. High schools set according to results and we want our pupils to continue to aspire to future careers.

7. Dangerous Parking
I am having complaints from parents/carers that some are still continuing to park irresponsibly and it is getting worse. A parent told me today of a car parking on the pavement and on the zig-zag lines, which could threaten the safety of other children. I can’t believe such thoughtlessness and it is not what we teach your children! They also mentioned that some live in Springfields Road and nearby streets and could easily walk!
A parent/carer questionnaire is included with the newsletter for your ideas about how to improve this and I will be talking to the enforcement officers shortly. Please fill in and return with your child.

8. Incident on School Premises
Today we have had numerous complaints about foul and abusive language in the drop off zone. This is never acceptable and parents/carers can be banned from school premises under our Behaviour by Parents/Carers and Visitors on School Premises Policy. With rights comes responsibility!

9. School Uniform
We have so many beautifully smart children at St John’s. Can we please remind our new families that we don’t allow children to wear trainers as part of our uniform! They are not smart and not good for growing feet. Smart black shoes set the right tone for smart appearance. Thank you for your support.

10. Partial Eclipse on Friday
There is an 85% partial eclipse on Friday and we have sent home instructions with black paper and baking paper to make a pin-hole camera, as we want to use this as a learning opportunity. Some of the children will watch it via a live feed, especially if the weather is poor.

11. Writing
We have two wonderfully written pieces of work from Hollie Bentley and Oliver Woodward from Y2M, on their project topics about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Well done!

12. Attachments
Writing Example
SIAMS Inspection Report
Parent/Carer Health and Safety Questionnaire

13. Home School Link Worker Information
A Family Learning Basic First Aid Workshop has taken place; well done to Carly Bithell, Aiden Johnson, Ricardo Gordon, Anopa Mutize, Maria Xanthopoulou, Freya Knight, Kyle Smith and all of their parents/carers for completing the course!

14. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 13/03/15 were:
Jayden Griffiths, Chloe Steele, Jayden Barlow, Setara Jaffari, Adam Guenane, Anashe Mutize,
all of 2M, all of 2J, Charlie Simpson, George Barnett, Uzair Rana, Merin Baby and
Jay Edwards-Cherry.

Smart School Uniform: Ali Hamadto
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Kyle Lovatt and Jessica Huckfield
Good to be Green KS1: Fizza Rana and Bethany Hill
Good to be Green KS2: Angel Evans and Skye Lea-Shaw
Waterworld Award: Grace Wain

Awards given out for data collected w/b 02/03/15:
Class Attendance: R2 and 2M – 100%
Whole School Attendance: 97.4% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Charlie-Ann Hindmarsh and Dylan Wright

15. Dates for your Diary
Friday 20th March – RAF Cosford Trip 2J ~ 9:30am – 2:30pm
Monday 23rd March – Y3/4 Football Tournament Crescent ~ 1:15-4:00pm
Wednesday 25th March – KS1 Storytime Workshop 9:15am-11.15am ~ in school
Friday 27th March – RAF Cosford Trip 2M ~ 9:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday 1st April – Attendance Disco ~ 3:00pm – 4:00pm ~ in school
Thursday 2nd April – Class Assembly Y2M ~ 9:00am ~ school hall, all welcome
Thursday 2nd April – End of Term
Monday 20th April – Start of Term

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor