Autumn Term 10

Newsletter Autumn Term 10

Dear Parent/Carer

As we approach dark nights it is time to get home early and have cosy nights in. This is a good time to hear your child read and help with learning.

1. Our Thinking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘co-operation’ and how everybody needs to work together to help at home, school and in the community. The children gave great examples of how they can help each other. Please talk to your child about this.

2. Our Value – Honesty
We have been thinking and talking about this important value. Very well done to Jack Eaton, Orlando Heselwood, Lawrence Hilditch, Sedra Osman, Luke Brian, Oscar Dix and Grace Leese who have been especially honest. It is a quality your children have in abundance as St John’s as we teach this value all the time. Please talk to your child about this.

3. Class Of The Week – Y2

The children were busy having a circle time talking about all the ways they can co-operate within the class.
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4. Breakfasts
Some research came out this week that proves pupils who have a good breakfast cereal, bread or fruit do twice as better in tests. This will not surprise you but we still have some pupils who do not have one and had a boy recently in nursery coming in eating crisps which the research says is no better that having nothing at all. We shall be telling the children this today so please make sure your child starts the day with a good breakfast.

5. School Clubs

This week I popped into the after school drama club taken by Miss Pickerill and the lunchtime reading club taken by Miss Chapman. The children were all learning and having fun.
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6. End Of The School Day
We have had issues recently where children are running off from parents/carers/family members once we have safely dismissed the children. We do this very carefully and have staff out on duty at 3:00pm but can’t keep a check on all children after this. Please walk safely with your child /children. A few KS2 children seem to run off and do what they want to after school. Please help us keep them safe on these dark nights by supervising your children so they are safe. They are very precious to us all.

7. Events In School Last Week

  • Children In Need – this was organised by Y6 and it was lovely to see such an original ideas they proposed. All the children went up in classes to put copper coins on Pudsey and they enjoyed this the most. We had some lovely headbands and bandanas but crucially we raised £190.58 for this excellent charity. Thank you for your usual generous support and thanks to Miss Burgess who organised the Pudsey drawing.
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  • KS1 Multi-Skills Festival – very well done to Ansh, Davis, Surra, Thomas, Lucas, Anashe, Charlie-Anne and Neha in Y2C who thoroughly enjoyed the sporting festival and competition at Trentham High School. Miss Pickerill told me they all behaved brilliantly.
  • Remembrance and Armistice Day – this was observed by many classes and poppy collections raised much needed funds for The Royal British Legion. We always remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Y6 who are going to the Somme Region in France in January will be researching some Trent Vale soldiers who fought and are buried there.
  • Swimming – very well done to Keneth Bautista on achieving his Elementary Certificate and Anet Yohannan who passed her Length Certificate.

8. Colder Weather
Please make sure your child has a warm coat for outdoors. A few older children are in track suit tops which are not suitable for cold, wet days. We recently had a problem regarding a coat that was lost in KS1 and it was not named. We checked everywhere in the school but happily, it turned up at home. Please can all parents/carers check their child’s coat and all uniform is named to help staff who have 30 children to supervise.

Similarly, we ask for your assistance in the mornings, can the younger children go to the toilet before coming to school. Adults can’t enter the school without signing in and from a safeguarding angle have to be supervised if they come into school which takes time, all of the staff are extremely busy preparing for the children’s lessons and the school day.

9. School Christmas Craft and Gift Fair
This will be on Friday 11th December from 3:00pm-4:00pm and we have some lovely gifts for sale and raffle prizes to be won. Don’t do all your Christmas shopping yet!!
We are still asking for various items to be donated. Please can you send in items from the list below, your contributions make a real difference.

Week commencing 23rd November we will be collecting clean, useable clothes and clean toys that are complete and not broken.

Week commencing 30th November we will be collecting chocolate and sweets.

Week commencing 7th December we will be collecting cakes and biscuits.

Thank you for all of your donations so far.

10. Class Visits
On Friday and next Monday the top 2 classes are visiting the Imperial War Museum in Manchester for a visit and a taught lesson. We shall not be allowing cars to use the sports ground on these mornings as we close it when we have early visits and also on frosty days. The drop-off zone is in use and parents/carers might wish to park and stride and double up. I went to a meeting at Oakhill recently and noticed how many families were walking to school as they do not have our facilities.

11. Home School Link Worker Information
We are still getting a number of children that are continually late each morning. The school doors open at 8:50am and close at 9:00am. After this your child will receive a late mark. We have a policy that not only covers attendance but also punctuality and we take this very seriously.

Lessons start as soon as the children enter the classroom so if a child is late they are already missing crucial learning time.

Children that are late feel uncomfortable going into the classroom because it is only natural that as soon as the door is opened the other children all look, so this disrupts those that are learning.

Please try to get your child in school for 8:50am. We do monitor late marks and letters are sent out. These are also discussed with the Education Welfare Officer.

12.Dates for your Diary

Friday 20th November
Y6 Manchester War Museum Visit ~ 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday 20th November
Flu Vaccinations ~ 9.45am (change of time) ~ in school
Monday 23rd November
Y5/6 Manchester War Museum Visit ~ 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 24th November
Nursery Phonics Visit for Parents/Carers ~ 9:00am
Tuesday 24th November
Eye Tests for R1 and R2 ~ 9:30am onwards
Wednesday 25th November
Early Years Open Evening(for new intake) ~3:15pm-4:00pm
Thursday 26th November
Y6 Height/Weight Screening ~ 9:15am-11:30am ~ in school
Thursday 26th November
Y4-5M ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Monday 30th November
Y4E Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Monday 30th November
Y4-5M Englesea Brook Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 1st December
Y3M Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 1st December
Winter Craft Family Learning W/Shop ~ 9:15-11:15am
Wednesday 2nd December
Y4-5M Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday 2nd December
Early Years Open Evening(for new intake) ~3:15pm-4:00pm
Wednesday 2nd December
Sportshall Athletics ~ Trentham High ~ 2:30pm-5:45pm
Thursday 3rd December
Y5/6 Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Friday 4th December
Y6 Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Friday 4th December
Whole School Pantomime ~ 1:30pm
Monday 7th December
Y3J Stanley Head Visit ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 8th December
Crescent Football Festival ~ 12:45pm-3:45pm
Wednesday 9th December
Early Years Christmas Performance ~ 9:15am and 2:15pm
Wednesday 9th December
Crescent Football Festival ~ 12:45pm-3:45pm
Friday 11th December
Grandparents’ and Pupils Christmas Dinner ~ time TBC
Friday 11th December
Christmas Craft and Gift Fair ~ 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Monday 14th December
Choir Visit to Cancer Unit ~ 1:15pm-2:45pm
Wednesday 16th December
Christingle Making Day ~ more info will follow
Thursday 17th December
Santa Visit
Friday 18th December
End of Term
Monday 4th January
Term Starts
Friday 15th January
Y4E ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Friday 12th February
Y3J ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Friday 11th March
Y3M ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Thursday 24th March
Y2C ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Thursday 28th April
Y1-2P ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Friday 20th May
Y1B ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Friday 10th June
R1 and R2 ~ Class Assembly ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome

13.Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 13/11/15 were:
Elliot Kilvington, Cisco Handy, Francesca Zander, Pia Cousins, Thomas Hilditch, Tyler Barlow, all of 3M, Keira Tatler, Kira Reilly, Molly Hancox, all of 6H and Palveen Dhillon.

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Ethan Pollitt and Theo Molyneux
Smart School Uniform: Georgia Piesse-Mills and Cisco Handy
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Lawrence Hilditch and Holly Gaskell
Good to be Green KS1: Jessica Chittock and Leah-Rose Walker
Good to be Green KS2: Robin Craggs and Nela Polhosova
Time for Sport: Y1-2P
Walk to School: Y3J
Attendance Award: Chloe Barlow

Awards given out for data collected w/b 02/11/15:
Class Attendance: 100% – Y2C (Y5/6 also had 100% but there were 5 lates recorded)
Whole School Attendance: 97.7% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Jazsadaphorn Babickas and Chanelle Tooth

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher