Newsletter Autumn Term 4
The autumn term has started really well and we hope you are as pleased as all the staff are about your children’s learning at St. Johns. All our new children have settled in really well as our pupils are very welcoming and really good at helping new pupils to settle in.
1) Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about friendship and how we treat people. The children were told the Bible story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ who helped a stranger. The children were asked to help anyone they see who is upset, even if they do not know them and told about how important little everyday acts of kindness are. ‘Do as you would be done by‘ is one of our mottos at St John’s, please could you take the time to talk to your child about this.
2) Our Value; Kindness
This is something all your children are very good at.
Y4W were working on the topic of ‘evaporation’ in Science.
4) Y6 Responsibilities
Senior staff decided on some roles at the beginning of term but now all the children have a responsibility and others will follow. We speak to them regularly about setting examples as excellent role models in terms of work, behaviour and attendance and they have made an excellent start. Well done Y6!
Secretary -Anet Yohannan
5) Nursery Children
The staff are really pleased with how the Nursery children have settled in at the start of their educational journey. They all look beautiful in their uniforms and we thank you for your support. Please keep working at home on toilet training, if your child is not toilet trained, as this is very important if children are to be school ready.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and if you have a concern about a child there is plenty of excellent advice on the Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Board website www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk
7) School Attendance
Included with the newsletter is a leaflet about the impact of attendance on your child’s attainment and what we do to promote good attendance.
The Education Welfare Officer is working with us to improve our attendance and punctuality, which is also important. Each month letters will be sent out to those whose attendance needs monitoring and if there is no improvement seen, parents/carers will be invited to attend a meeting with Mrs Ramsden and the Education Welfare Officer. These meetings are usually short but gives you a chance to explain why your child’s attendance/punctuality is not where it should be.
8) Events in School Last Week
• These are the KS2 representatives this year who have been voted in by their class mates. They met to decide the charities the school would fundraise for this year.
Y5/6: Anopa Mutize
Y4/5: Tyler Baldwin
Y4: Alyssa Stanley
Y3/4: Anashe Mutize
Y3: Thomas Hilditch
Very well done to Aryan Raieissi and Alisaa Saji who achieved his beginner’s certificate in school swimming last week.
• Food For Life; Bronze Award
The school has achieved this award after a year’s work on looking at food and its important contribution to good health. Two children, Grace Wain and Anashe Mutize and their families received this award at Middleport Pottery on the school’s behalf. Very well done!
9) School Admissions Policy
Please see the attached St John’s Admissions policy. This document gives an overview of the schools admissions practices, if you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact the school office.
10) Dates for your Diary
Stoke Town Girls Football – St Johns
11) Celebration Assembly Dates (Parents/Carers are invited to attend; Starts at 9:15pm)
Further dates to follow after Christmas
12) Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on the 23/09/16 were:
Y1B Molly-May Heywood-Cox
Y1/2H Aliyah Davidson
Y2C Tyler Hodgkinson
Y3J Merin George
Y3/4E Aneesha Sebastian
Y4W Jeff Joseph
Y4-5M Lina Al Hussein
Y5/6M Elliott Craggs
Y6P Rusne Kaupyte
Mrs Bloor’s Award Nancy Doward & Michel Chmielewski
Dusty Bin Award
Smart School Uniform
Lunch Time Supervisor’s Award Erin Hill & Grace Eaton
13) Attendance Awards: Given out for data collected w/b 12/09/16:
Whole School Attendance: 94.5% (Government target is 95%)
• 1st Place – Y4/5, 99.3%
• 2nd Place – Y4, 99.2%
Pupil Attendance Awards:
• 1st Place – Ryan Davis
• 2nd Place – Nela Polhosova
Good to be green Awards: KS1 – Jacob Brear
KS2 – Lina Al Hussein
Water World Voucher: Erin Hill
Mrs P Bloor