Summer Term 4

Newsletter Summer Term 4

Dear Parent/Carer

As another busy week finishes, it is lovely to note the lovely weather and how attractive all the flowers and trees look. We should be so thankful.

1. Our Assembly Theme
This week we have been thinking about ‘co-operation’ in assemblies and how helpful we should be to each other and how we have so many co-operative children in our school. Your children all get on brilliantly with each other and we are so lucky.

2. Y6 SATS
Y6 had a very good week this week and have learnt the value of hard work and where it can get you. Tests like this are part of life and the children were thoroughly well prepared by very good teaching. All the children were in for all the tests, even though one or two were a little poorly. Thank you to Y6 parents/carers for their great support. Their results will help the high schools to set the children and get them ready for educational success. They all enjoyed the early morning toast, Jaffa cakes at break (which acted as incentives) and a treat on Friday. Our feeling is that our results will once again be excellent and show what a great school St John’s is for all of its pupils.

3. Events In School Last Week

  • Y5 had Bikeability training which is so important to keep children safe wherever they ride. Very well done to the group who took advantage of the training.
  • Y1 and Y2 had a PE day to teach the children about the benefits of exercise and a skipping competition took place. Very well done to our energetic children.
    However, we have had 8 children without PE kits in Y1 and Y2 this week and siblings expecting to share kits. They will be writing notes to remind parents/carers on Friday and doing the golden mile as they have missed out on the government’s requirement to do at least 2 hours PE a week. Children need their own kits as classes will be doing additional lessons in good weather. Please make sure your child’s kit stays in school each half term to help us and them. We provide free visits and a lot of children have had tops and shorts provided and in many cases it was pumps that are missing.
  • Very well done to Maria Xanthopolou from Y5/6 who completed the Race for Life and is busy collecting sponsor money.
  • Well done to Oliver Woodward who scored the winning goal in his football club’s cup final.

4. Walk to School
The 18th-22nd May is National Walk to School Week. Why not try walking every day if you can or doing a park and stride which is so much better for children. We will be having a focus on the benefits of walking next week.

5. Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you have a concern about a child please look at the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Board website www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk for further information and advice if you are worried about any child.

6. Y5/6 Helping Nepal Project
A group from this class are organising 2 events as fundraising for Nepal after the terrible earthquake last week and another one this week. The first is an art competition with prizes for the best entries. It will cost 50p to enter. The poster designed by Chad Varquez is on the newsletter. After half term they are doing a raffle. Let’s hope we have some lovely art work to judge for the prizes.

7. Young Writers Competition
Very well done to Sophie Johnson, Lily Groves, India Vickers, Georgia Piesse-Mills, Anet Yohannan, Evie Beech-Daly and Rania Al-Sirat, who entered a Gifted and Talented Writer’s Competition organised by Mrs Wolfe. They will have their writing published in a book, this is a marvellous achievement and we hope it will spur them on to continue their excellent writing. A very special well done to these children.

8. Reminders

  • School is closed on Friday 22nd May for a statutory training day that schools have to take. We have training on improving children’s reading and writing for all staff.
  • Our community room is out of use from Wednesday as we are having an office built within it.

9. Visits
We have 2 more class visits next week to Stanley Head for a PE day, Y1S/Y1B on Monday and Y2J on Tuesday. All other classes will be going later in the term and again all these visits are free!
As we will be leaving punctually to maximise the considerable costs of the visits, no cars will be allowed on site on Monday and Wednesday mornings. The children will have a lovely time!

10. Home School Link Worker Information

  • After half term we have 7 weeks and 2 days left until summer holidays (where has that time gone!). If your child has achieved 100% attendance from Monday 1st June to Tuesday 21st July (that means having no time off at all), they will receive a prize. Let’s hope that every child will go home on the last Tuesday with a prize!
  • Cheeky Monkey’s Marathon Challenge – this will take place in school on Friday 5th June. The whole school is taking part and we hope to raise as much money for Children With Cancer UK and the school. The charity like to focus on an activity based on the number 26, so we will be singing 26 songs, the Early Years will sing 15 songs! Please do not let your child go door knocking asking for sponsors, but please take the sponsor form to work with you and ask your colleagues and of course family and friends.

11. Attachments
Art Competition Poster for Nepal

12. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 08/05/15 were:
Peter Ashley-Williamson, Grace Eaton, all of Y1B, Thomas Hilditch, Fareedah Ibrahim,
Angelina Abraham, all of class 2J, Eliza Williams, Angel Evans, Zara Khan, Kian Murphy,
Natalia Kulik, all of Y6.

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Michaela Sinfield
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom): Y1B
Smart School Uniform: Theodore Pinto
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Bhuvan Pasupuleti and Joda Tagboto
Time for Sport: Y1B
Attendance Award: Alyssa Stanley

Awards given out for data collected w/b 27/04/15:
Class Attendance: Y2M – 99.3%
Whole School Attendance: 95.5% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Liam Davis and Sayyad Hashemi

13. Dates for your Diary
Monday 18th May Stanley Head Visit ~ Y1S/Y1B ~ all day
Wednesday 20th May Bikeability ~ Y6 ~ on site
Wednesday 20th May Stanley Head Visit ~ Y2J ~ all day
Wednesday 20th May Y5/6 Royal Stoke Hospital ~ 9:45am – 12:00pm
Thursday 21st May Bikeability ~ Y6 ~ on site
Thursday 21st May End of term
Friday 22nd May Staff Training Day ~ school closed to pupils
Monday 1st June Term Starts
Wednesday 3rd June Family Picnic ~ 1:30-2:30pm ~ all welcome
Thursday 4th June Tempest Group Photos ~ 9:00am ~ in school
Saturday 13th June Y6 London Visit ~ all day
Friday 26th June Northwood Visit ~ all day
Saturday 4th July School Summer Fayre ~ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher