Spring Term 2

Newsletter Spring Term 2

Dear Parent /Carer,
We finish another very busy week in school and we have had some very seasonal weather. Thank you for sending in the children so well wrapped up.

1. Local Authority Ofsted Inspection
The Local Authority is being inspected over the next 2 weeks and we were given a Safeguarding Section 8, 1 day inspection on Wednesday as part of this along with 12 other schools in the city.
The inspection team of four concluded that we meet safeguarding requirements with child protection, pupil safety and first aid as strengths of the school .They concluded:

  • Children have a good knowledge of how to keep safe, e-safety, road and stranger safety.
  • Parents/Carers they spoke to were very positive about the school and knew we would help in any way, which is lovely.
  • The school supports families well and those children with emotional needs.
  • The school leaders and the governing body know the families well.

Conclusions that you will also be proud about is that they found:

  • Relationships and pupil harmony are a strength of the school.
  • The children are confident and happy to talk about their learning.
  • The children like our new values system and think it is making a difference to them working together.
  • They like the rewards and sanctions and think they are used fairly.

We have 2 things to improve:

  • One is to improve the attendance and punctuality of some groups of pupils which are below standard. This is something you can of course help with.
  • The other is to track the behaviour of a small group of pupils causing us concern which is another thing families can help us with by supporting the school.

They concluded that the children are lovely, as we know.

Overall they were very pleased with the school and we are still a very ‘good’ school.

2. Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about kindness and all the ways we can show kindness every day. Please talk to your child about this.

3. Our Value
This week we have also had the value of kindness. Very well done to Kian Murphy, Lily Groves, Ellie Ruane, Aaron Sajan and Evan Davies who have all been noted, along with many others, as being kind this week.

4. School Crossing Patrol
There is very good news that the crossing at Harpfield Lane and Newcastle Lane will not be axed. As you know this is such a busy road, following letters of complaint including our letters, the council have decided to keep it. This will help families to cross safely.

5. Faith and Understanding Week
This starts on Friday with Y5/6 visiting the Gurdwara and Y6 visiting the Mosque next week. All classes have an input next week which includes Barnabus R.E day involving a visiting teacher, a Godly play and workshops on other faiths. Every faith of our community is being covered. At St John’s, although a Church of England Aided school, we respect all faiths and all in our community and regularly have prayers and reflective time. This is what contributes to the excellent relationships noted by Ofsted this week and something we need others to copy.

6. Stanley Head Visits
These were thoroughly enjoyed although we had to keep a few pupils in whose behaviour did not come up to our usual standards. The children asked Miss Mazzei if families could get the Gruffalo books to read to them.

7. After School Clubs
These have started this week and we are offering a lot of different clubs this term. We have a rule that each pupil does no more than 2 clubs a week and we try to get every child to take part in a club during the year. Some families do not access them which is why some clubs have targeted children and we will look at this for the summer term too. I popped into the mini kickers this week and saw some lovely football skills. Very well done to Ryan Webster, Alexis Lovatt and Humaira Shakil who were demonstrating some good dribbling skills – just what Stoke need!

8. Breakfast Club
Our breakfast club is currently full but if any spaces become available a text message will be sent out to all parents/carers to notify you. An application form from the office has to be completed before any children can use the club.

9. Home School Link Worker Information
Parents/Carers are invited to come along for a bacon bap and a cuppa on Friday 30th January at 9.00am until 10.00am; all are welcome for some breakfast and/or for a chat.

10. City Catering Alterations
The meal choices for nursery children have been amended please see the attached menus. The alterations that have been made will be in place from 26th January.

11. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 09/01/15 were:
Tyler Hodgkinson, Grace Eaton, Rianne Hodges, Aiesha Hashemi, Joda Tagboto, Rania Sirat, Bhuvan Pasupuleti, Isabelle Westwood and Chelsea Warren.

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Charlie Malbon
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom): R1
Smart School Uniform: Claudie Polhosova and Alan Babu
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Isabelle Westwood and Nicola Boon
Good to be Green: KS1–Azka Chaudhry, Alfie Hambleton / KS2-Ruby Howard, Amelia Harvey
Time for Sport: Y4/5
Eco Trophy: Y5/6
Walk to School: Y2J
Attendance Prize: Hughie Knight

Awards given out for data collected w/b 15/12/14:
Class Attendance: 1B – 99%
Whole School Attendance: 93.8% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Ebony Johnson and Rayin Negeem

12. Dates for your Diary
Monday 19th January – Y6 Mosque Visit – 9.40am-11.30am
Tuesday 27th January – Animal Lady Visit – in school/KS1 and KS2
Wednesday 28th January – France Trip Depart – leave school 6.00am
Friday 30th January – France Trip Return – arrive at school 10.30pm
Friday 30th January – Parents/Carers Breakfast – 9.00am-10.00am
Wednesday 4th February – KS1 WOW Day – in school
Wednesday 11th February – Y5/6 Football Tournament – 1.00pm
Thursday 12th February – Y5/6 and Y6 ZooLab Darwin W/Shops – in school 1.00pm
Friday 13th February – End of Term
Monday 23rd February – School re-opens

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher