Spring Term 8

Newsletter Spring Term 8

Dear Parent/Carer

There has been a lovely learning atmosphere in school all week and we have had another busy teaching and learning week, with quite a few class visits which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.

1. Our Thinking Topic
This week we have been thinking about Lent, a time when we remember the sacrifices that Jesus made and the temptations he resisted during his time in the desert. We talked about it being a good time to have a ‘spring clean’ of our lives and changing a habit it would be good to give up. Please talk to your child about this.

2. Our Value: Resilience
This is so crucial to school and learning, that we don’t give up on anything and learn to cope with things when they go wrong. All our classes are brilliant at accepting decisions and not giving up. Very well done to all the classes.

3. Swimming Awards
Very well done to Lennon Gladwin, Milly-Mae Gray, Jackie Li, Tyler Baldwin & Eliza Williams who all have passed their beginner’s certificate from working hard at school swimming lessons.

4. Walking To School
We encourage healthy travel to school as a way of children getting vital exercise. St. Johns were the runners up in the latest Walk Once a Week Campaign. It is lovely to note these messages are having an impact and very well done to all the children who walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school.

5. Visitor To School
We had an external visitor monitoring in school last week looking at learning in Early Years and KS1. The visitor commented that “St Johns is a lovely school with very welcoming staff and children.” She noted that all children’s contributions are valued and there is a caring atmosphere with high expectations. There is a positive ethos of genuine kindness. I think the Visitor got us exactly right, parent/carers and staff should be rightly proud of the children and the staff teams at
St Johns.

6. School Uniform
We are having a focus this week on smart school uniform standards. It does help with the learning focus and everyone feeling part of the St Johns team. A few children whose families I will write to are wearing trainers to school which is not in our uniform policy and harmful to growing feet.
I know parent/carers will be interested in the following information.

The Society of Shoe Fitters stated “worn every day they can be harmful to feet and general health. Feet may widen and become flaccid. Children should wear well fitted school shoes (not boots) all day and trainers and plimsolls for sporting occasional use. A child’s foot contains 45 separate bones centres. These bones may fuse together continuously until mid-teens.
Feet contain approximately 250.000 sweat glands, more per square metre than any other part of the body and release an egg cup full of perspiration every day. Prolonged use of trainers cause bacteria from perspiration trapped in the lining of trainers, increasing foot and shoe odour and the risk of fungal infection i.e. athlete’s foot”
As you can see it is a school rule for a reason and we ask all parent/carers to follow the rules for their child’s health. No child wearing trainers will be allowed to the top playground or chosen for additional learning opportunities so we reward the families who support our school rules.

7. Y5 And Y6 Chess Competition
These matches have been played over the last 2 weeks and there are lots of very talented players. In the final Alan Babu Y5 triumphed over Laynee Tunnicliffe Y6, in an exciting game .Very well done to Harvey Tams Y5 and Ilana Steventon Y6 who reached the semi-final. Chess is an excellent strategy game and has great links with maths and I would encourage parent/carers to teach their children.

8. Events In School This Week/Last Week

  • Y5/6 had a fascinating workshop at the Potteries museum on food chains as part of their science topic.
  • Y4/5 also had the same workshop and commented on how much they had learnt.
  • R1 and R2 both had an Ugly Duckling work shop at the museum which had a focus on learning about different breeds of ducks and acting out the story of the ugly duckling. Thank you to Miss Williams, Miss Carson, Mrs Roberts, Miss Weaver and Mrs Harvey. Who helped staff the visit.
  • KS2 had a communion service taken by Reverend Chris Ruston and supported by governors. This is something we do each term for KS2 children who thoroughly enjoyed the service and took part enthusiastically. Some children and staff took communion and were involved in the prayers. It is something we have not undertaken for a while and is a lovely regular addition to the school now. Reverend Chris thought the children were wonderful, which they are.
  • All classes had a Music Focus Day last Friday and did some work on music composition.

9. Thank You
We would just like to say thank you to Mrs Craggs for knitting us a wool spider web and for lending us lots of resources for our Superhero Role-play, we really appreciate it!

10. Closure Of Foundations Pre-School
The Diocese/St John’s have been informed by the City Council that notice has been given to close Foundations Pre-School from the end of March 2016. As the City Council owns this building and not the Diocese we have asked if they are looking to find another pre-school/provider to undertake aged 2 and above funded places but have been informed that they have no plans to do so at present. If the Diocese are informed of any changes from the council we will inform you immediately but if you do have a child who is now not allocated a funded place please do contact the council, Co-Operative Working on 01782 232200. They will take your details and provide you with a list of child care providers in your area.

11. School Meal Charges
At a governors meeting on 02/03/16 it has been agreed to increase the cost of meals for Rec to Y6 from £2.20 to £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week) these meals are still subsidised by 7p a day each. Nursery will remain at £2.00 per day (£10 per week) as these are not subsidised. This increase will take place from Monday 11th April 2016.

12. 100 Reads
Just before half term, the children were involved in helping Stoke Speaks Out to create a list of the “100 Reads”, the “must read” books for children in primary schools. Children from Year 1 to Year 6 recommended their favourite books and then voted to find the top 3 books for each age category. Here are the books they chose:

Years 1 & 2

  • Cinderella
  • The 3 Little Pigs
  • Peter Rabbit
Years 3 & 4

  • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Spy Cat by Andrew Cope
Years 5 & 6

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Demon Dentist by David Walliams

13. Lates


14. Home School Link Worker Information
For the month of March we are collecting for the local Foodbank. The Foodbank helps individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies.
At the moment they are in need of:

  • Powdered milk
  • Sugar
  • Fruit Juice (long life)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Instant mash potato
  • Chocolate
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned Potatoes

All we ask is that when you do your shopping you add one of these items to your list and bring it into school. There will be a box in the reception area. I’m sure you agree that this is a very worthwhile cause and much needed in Stoke-on-Trent.
Many thanks for your support.

15. Dates for your Diary

Thursday 3rd March
Modeshift Awards ~ London
Friday 4th March
Spacebus ~ Early Years
Sunday 6th March
Church Service St Johns ~ Invited Children
Tuesday 8th March
Dance Festival ~ Victoria Hall ~ 6:00 – 8:00pm
Wednesday 9th March
Recorder Festival
Tuesday 15th March
Zoolab KS1 ~ National Space Week
Wednesday 16th March
Zoolab KS2 ~ National Space Week
Friday 18th March
Sports Relief Mile ~ 2pm
Saturday 2nd July
School Community fair ~ 12:00 – 2:00pm

16. Celebration Assembly Dates

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

17. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 26/02/16 were:
1B ~ Isaac Williams
1/2 ~ Sammi Miah
2C ~ Abbey Filcock
3J ~ Fareedan Ibrahim
3M ~ Alan Sose & Rhys Wooliscroft
4E ~ Anopa Mutize
4/5 ~ Ethan Kidd
5/6 ~ Lily Groves
6H ~ Jacub Jedrzejczyk & Natalia Kulik
Mrs Bloor’s Award: Elliot Craggs
Smart School Uniform: Jessica Cotteril
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Nela Polhosova & Isacc Williams
Time for Sport: Y1B
Walk to School: Y1B
Challenge Award: Joshua Clement, Georgia Piesse-Mills and Ilana Steventon
Mrs Ramsden’s Special Award: Charlie Hambleton

Attendance Awards given out for data collected w/b 08/02/16:
Whole School Attendance: 92.4% (Government target is 95%)
Class Attendance:
1st Place Y6 97.2%
2nd Place Y4E 95.4%
Pupil Attendance Awards:
1, Aiden Johnson
2, Skye Lea Shaw
Water World Voucher: Matthew Ingram

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor