Summer Term 11

Newsletter Summer Term 11

Dear Parent/Carer

As we embark on lots of activities for the children this always very busy times for schools, it has been noticeable how much fun the children and staff are having, as well as learning.

1. Community Summer Fair
The weather was great and this was a most successful event enjoyed by all. It was lovely to see families, ex-parents/carers and pupils. Hopefully every one enjoyed it and we raised £800 for school fund. A special well done to Mrs Steele who collected many super raffle prizes for us. Thank you so much everyone for your support.

2. Annual Summer Concert
The children have completed 4 performances this week and have thoroughly enjoyed the production. This year it was based on a curriculum topic that each class had studied and one of the aims of the concert is always to involve every pupil in KS1 and KS2. Events such as these are great for confidence and self-esteem and the children have all enjoyed performing for you which is evident from their faces and comments. Thank you for your help with costumes and for your support once again. I also thank the staff, on your behalf, for all their outstanding work and extra efforts. We have received some lovely compliments from parents/carers and governors, which are lovely to hear.

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3. Events In School Last Week and This Week

  • We had a Story Teller in school for three days working with reception to Y5 telling children stories linked to their topic. We financed this from school fund and all the classes enjoyed the sessions.
  • Well done to Lily Groves who has achieved her Proficiency Award in swimming which is a high standard of achievement.
  • We held a minutes silence on Friday in class assemblies to remember the victims in Tunisia.
  • The girl’s rounder’s team took part in the Stoke Tournament and competed really well. Sadly the mixed team games had to be cancelled due to poor weather.
  • Very well done to Chad Varquez who represented Stoke at the City Championships and came 3rd in the long jump and 4th in the sack race. Also very well done to Anet Yohannan who competed in the sack race and skipping and came 4th, she also came 3rd in relay. Both children were complimented by other staff on their behaviour.
  • Y6 had a Heart Start first aid course to teach them the basics of first aid.

4. Y6 Leavers Presentation
A reminder that this is on Tuesday 14th at 6:00pm. All friends and family are welcome. Please just arrive at school at 5:45pm. Y6 need to be in uniform and arrive at that time as well. It promises to be a very special event!

5. Disco
As a result of a few parents/carers requests, the disco will now be for the whole school from Reception to Y6 (nursery not allowed as too young). It will start at 3:00pm and finish at 4:30pm, no change of clothes are required. There will be refreshments and games for the children. Please see Y6 posters for further information. Children can be collected by their usual collection points.

6. SATS Results
Y6 have been given their results which are again outstanding and will make us once again a very high attaining school both in the city and nationally. The group have all worked hard and all pupils have made 2 levels of progress since they were in KS1 for which we give them £5 each.

7. Health and Well Being Week
This is next week when we have a focus on healthy living. There are 5 day visits to Stanley Head, lessons on e-safety, road safety, caring for teeth, being active, making good food choices and drugs education input. We also have a kite making project for design and technology for all classes. It promises to be an excellent informative week.

8. Next Years Class Structure
This is as follows and is always the result of much staff consultations and data analysis. Obviously there are only a certain number of staff and all classes have to be balanced in a variety of ways. Our KS2 data which is excellent shows how well this works.

Nursery Mrs Mills-Farmer
Reception 1 Miss Lovatt
Reception 2 Mrs Clarke (Miss Morgan)
1B Mrs Brown
1-2P Mrs Peake (Miss Wood)
2C Mrs Connolly
3M Miss Mazzei
3J Miss Jackson
4E Miss Edwards
4-5M Miss Morris
5-6W Miss Whalley
6H Mrs Halfpenny

The class lists will not be ready until Friday and the children will be told their classes ready for a ‘bump up’ morning on the Monday when children will move into their new class with their new teacher. It is always an enjoyable time!

9. Staff News
We welcome back Mrs Brown who returns after maternity leave on Monday to Y1B. We thank Mrs Daniels who has been with us all year for all her hard work and effort at St. John’s. Well done to Mrs Ramsden and Miss Pickerill who have recently completed an online Anti- Bullying Qualification.

10. Reminder
There is no breakfast club on the last 2 days as all equipment is being cleaned and tested.

11. Home School Link Worker Information

  • In last weeks newsletter I put some information about attendance. Since then I have met with the EWO and she informed me that in September a child will be classed as a persistently absent if their attendance is 90% or below.
    It has been classed at 85% or below up to now so as you can see the Government are really pushing for your child to come to school.
    90% attendance is classed as having 17.5 days off. I cannot emphasise enough how seriously we look at attendance at St. John’s, so in September please help us and get your child to school everyday.
    **Remember ALL absences will be classed as unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is received.
  • On Friday 17th July we are holding a coffee (or tea) and croissant morning, 9:00am – 10:00am. You can come for a quick drink or stop for the hour; it’s entirely up to you. Please come along for a chat with a friend, or make a new one. See you there!

12. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 03/07/15 were:
Delarni Fox, Anayah Shahzad, all of 1B, Claire Johnson, Jack Barlow, Rhihena Miah, Evie Beech-Daly, Orlando Heselwood, Nicole Steele and Kodi Amison.

Lunchtime Supervisors Award: Dylan Colclough and Lola Howard

Awards given out for data collected w/b 22/06/15:
Class Attendance: 100% – Y1B and Y3/4
Whole School Attendance: 96.5% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Charlene Bloor and Maria Xanthopoulou

13. Dates for your Diary
Monday 13th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y6 ~ all day
Tuesday 14th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y3/4 ~ all day
Tuesday 14th July Y6 Leavers Concert ~ 6:00pm, arrive from 5:45pm
Wednesday 15th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y3 ~ all day
Thursday 16th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y4/5 ~ all day
Thursday 16th July Disco ~ R-Y6 ~ 3:00pm-4:30pm
Friday 17th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y5/6 ~ all day
Friday 17th July Reception Graduation ~ 9:10am, parents/carers of R1/R2 welcome
Monday 20th July PE Day ~ all children to be in school with PE kits on
Monday 20th July Stanley Head Visit ~ Y2M ~ all day
Monday 20th July NO BREAKFAST CLUB
Tuesday 21st July NO BREAKFAST CLUB
Tuesday 21st July End of Term ~ School closes at 2:00pm

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor