Spring Term 4

Newsletter Spring Term 4

Dear Parent/Carer

The new term has got off to an excellent start with lots of learning and fun taking place.

1. Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘aiming high’ and how we all need to work hard to be the very best we can be. In our city this is especially important as we try to raise literacy standards and attendance. Please talk to your child about what they can do to improve.

2. Our Value
This week we have been thinking about ‘responsibility’. Very well done to Charlie Malbon, Fizza Rana, Harvey Whelan, Bethan Hill, Robyn Whieldon, Kiera Tatler, Milly-Mae Gray, Zagros Negeem, Renae Hodges and Kieran Tonks who have been seen being responsible this week.

3. Golden Mile Awards Y2
Last week over 55 children received their 5 mile certificate for walking around our one way system at a lunch time club. The Y2’s are very keen and enthusiastic about this club which is one of our healthy lifestyle activities, however, they can only take part if their work has been finished. They are now working towards their 10 mile award, very well done Y2.

4. School Clubs
Last week I looked at the Setpoint Science Club who were investigating the contents of different tins with Miss Burgess. They were all very interested, well done to Kian Murphy, Anthony Evans and Tobias Connor who were being very scientific. I also looked at Mrs Barrow’s Art Club who were undertaking graffiti splat art, the work was very creative as seen on the last newsletter. A special well done to Megan Proudlove, Elliot Craggs and Isabelle Westwood, who were having a great time.

5. Letters
We insist at St John’s that every child has a book bag for reading books and also for letters to be sent home, which I know parents/carers approve of. Last week we had 3 groups going out of school on visits and activities; for some children we had to send out 3 copies of the same letter and then still phone parents/carers for permission to attend. The office is so busy in the morning, we have 326 pupils and cannot repeatedly chase up for permission reply slips, we ask that all parents/carers check the bag for letters and return the reply promptly to school via the classroom office bags. If reply slips are not returned, children will miss out and we will now only send out a maximum of 2 letters.

6. Playground Improvements
We have had 3 panels added to the KS1 playground and new benches on KS2. A new fenced area for Early Years children will shortly be completed. We are always looking to improve our facilities to make outside times fun.

7. Y6 French Visit
This is currently taking place and the children are enjoying their stay and have had a great day visiting the Somme area seeing museums, the trenches and learning about the First World War as well as sampling French life and the language. They are due back at 10:30pm on Friday after a memorable experience that they will remember for life. Thank you so much to parent/carers who supported this visit for their children.

8. Writing
Like all city schools we are trying hard to improve writing standards. We will be putting a piece of writing on each newsletter as this is something that parents/carers can help us with. This week India Spooner from Y6 has a piece of super work on the back of the newsletter.

9. Kenya Fundraising
On Friday 6th February there will be juice and biscuits at morning break time, the cost will be 30p and this will help raise funds for our link school in Kenya.

10. Attachments
A student from Loughborough University who is studying a BSC Psychology Degree has asked whether parents/carers can complete an online questionnaire to assist her in her dissertation project. The information is on the attached letter and she would appreciate your help (attached zip file with 3 pages called Loughborough.zip)

11. Home School Link Worker Information
Reminder about medication – Mrs Ramsden will administer medication only if it is prescribed by a doctor and is needed to be given 4 times a day.
If your child has medication and it is needed 3 times a day then it can be given before school, after school and before bed.
Parents/Carers need to come in and hand the medication over and fill in a permission slip. Please do not put any medication (calpol sachets etc) in your child’s reading bag!

12. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 23/01/15 were:
Jack Cahill, Oscar Green, Grace Wain, Robyn Wheildon, all of 2M, George Baldwin, Vaughn Juguilon, Casandra Martin, Danny Lea-Shaw, Lewis Hindmarsh and all of Y6

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Alaika Nisar
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom): Y6
Y6 Prefects Award: Y2M
Mrs Ramsden’s Award: Y3
Smart School Uniform: Jessica Chittock
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Sophie Johnson and Leah Rose Walker
Time for Sport: Y2M
Good to be Green: Theo Lovell, Georgia Gould, Sasha Steele / Ellie Moreton, Solomon Johnson
Attendance Award: Isabelle Westwood

Awards given out for data collected w/b 12/01/15:
Class Attendance: 99.3% – Y2J
Whole School Attendance: 96.1% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Kyra-Mae Phillips and Nicole Steele

13. Dates for your Diary
Friday 30th January: Parents/Carers Breakfast ~ 9.00am at school
Wednesday 4th February: KS1 WOW Day ~ all day at school
Friday 6th February: Kenya Fundraising~break time at school
Wednesday 11th February: Y5/6 Football Tournament ~ 1.00pm
Thursday 12th February: Darwin Day W/Shops at school ~ Y6 at 1.00pm-Y5/6 at 1.45pm
Thursday 12th February: School Disco 3.00pm-4.15pm at school ~ Reception to Y6
Friday 13th February: Class Assembly at school ~ Y3 ~ 9.00am in school, all welcome
Friday 13th February: End of Term
Monday 23rd February: School re-opens

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor