Newsletter Spring Term 7
We welcomed all the children back after half term and noticed how the break has invigorated all the children to their learning. We have had a lovely learning week and the staff have, as always, been very complimentary about your children. And all the children are so happy. Thank you so much for sending the children back to school looking so smart in the St John’s uniform.
1) Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘Good to be Me’ and how we all have special talents that make each one of us special. The children were told a story from the Bible about Joseph, who had an unusual talent for telling others what dreams meant. It was later in the story that people started to acknowledge his talents and we talked about how important it was to acknowledge our own and others talents. Please talk to your child about their special talents and how good it is to be me.
2) Our Value; Resilience
This is something that is crucial for educational success and in life, keeping going when things are hard and not giving up. Very well done to Savio Johns Nursery, Archie Evans R1, Evana Jacob R2, Phoebe Sykes, Bailee Sutton Y1, Ethan Pollitt Y1/2, Macey Simpson Y2, Sammi Miah Y3, Theodore Pinto Y3/4, George Baldwin Y4, Lina Al Hussein Y4/5, Evie Beech-Daly, Luke Brian Y5/6, Carly Bithal, Michal Chmielewski Y6, who have all shown great resilience this week.
3) School Routines
Thank you to parents/carers who send in the PE kits at the beginning of term and school book bags every day. It does make the morning routine of hearing children read and changing reading books during the day so much quicker.
One of the groups busy with a writing lesson and working really hard.
5) Events in School Last Week
- Thank you to parents/carers who attended the Y3 Class Assembly. It was lovely to see all the children speak so confidently. Events like these do so much for children’s self-esteem and confidence, especially when parents/carers are in the audience.
- Four representatives from the School Council attended a Stoke 6 School Council meeting last Friday, to discuss the Great Outdoors Fund Raising Project that they are organising. Very well done to Yash Bhullar, Anet Yohannan Y6, Anopa Mutize and Ryan Davis Y5/6, who gave a great PowerPoint presentation that they had made and spoke brilliantly to the other schools. I was really proud of them.
- Our Target Sharing Open Evenings were very well attended and we hope you know how to help your child in their learning journey now.
- We gave out our Gold Behaviour Award in KS1 and KS2 before half term and had so many children whose behaviour is exemplary. We are so proud of our children’s behaviour. Early Years children had Behaviour Certificates and a special reading book.
- The School Council fundraising for the RSPCA raised £65.10. Thank you for your support.
6) End of the School Day
It is very disruptive for staff and learning if parents/carers ask to collect children early. We teach right up to the end of the day and often this is when staff are reading to the children. Please only do this if it is a real emergency and make routine appointments in holiday time and after school. We need every minute of the learning day to educate your children.
7) School Events – Swimming
Very well done to Vihara Sardini de Alwis, Tyler Barlow, Saraya Baddam, who passed their Beginner’s Certificate. Also to Jackie Li who passed the Length Certificate recently.
Reading at home is vital to educational success and we have been celebrating World Book Day by reading favourite stories that the children have bought in. We ask you to hear your children read at least 4 times a week and have these incentive reward schemes for the children based on this.
Reading in the Early Years – Miss Lovatt
We believe that it is very important for children in the Early Years to develop a love of books.
The children are exposed to an environment full of reading opportunities; the reading areas, stories to match our ‘small world’, books in the role play areas and daily story time. To promote reading we support the children through the use of ‘Daily Phonics’. We teach them to say the sounds in words like c-a-t by pulling them apart (segmenting) and then putting them back together (blending). This will support the children in becoming independent readers in the future. We also read with the children in similar ability groups, this is guided reading. During this session, the children will read individually or as a group and answer questions about the book.
We hope that you also encourage your children to read at home with an adult on a regular basis. Children are expected to have their reading books in school daily. The books are changed twice a week, Monday and Thursday, by a member of staff. We have set up a reward scheme for the children that read at home regularly, the ‘Reading Adventure’. Once the children have read 3 books they can move up to the next balloon on our Reading Adventure board, with the aim of reaching the ‘Golden Balloon’ to receive a reading prize.
9) Stoke Council ‘Stoke 6’ Fundraising Project
The children have voted to have a disco where they will sell ice creams and other items to fund some extra outdoor play equipment; one for Early Years, a piece of equipment to go on the KS1 playground and some new outdoor equipment for Key Stage 2. The disco will be on Thursday 6th April, from 3-4pm for KS1 and KS2 children, it will cost £1.50 for the hour, not including any refreshments. Payment for this event should be made via your ParentPay account. We shall be selling ice creams at the disco for £1, as well as crisps, drinks and other snacks at a cost of between 30p and £1. So that Nursery and Reception children are not excluded, we will be selling ice creams for them to buy for a £1 during the afternoon on the same day. All cash for these refreshments must be sent into school with your child in a named envelope. After the event the School Council will be choosing the equipment. All the schools in our ‘Stoke 6’ group are having their School Councils organise an event to add to their outdoor resources at their schools too. This promises to be a good event that the children have planned and will all enjoy and reap the benefits of.
10) Red Nose Day
We know how you like to support this charity and we have purchased sufficient red noses for all the children to buy one at £1 each to support this national charity event on Friday 24th of March. Full details will be given in next week’s newsletter.
Ensuring children’s safety on line is an increasing issue and one we are keen to support. Recent research shows that every time a child is online they are three clicks away from danger. The internet has changed all our lives, particularly our children. For parents/carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. You might be struggling to keep up with the things the children are doing on line and whether what they are doing is safe and how you might want to talk about what they are doing on line. As a school all the staff are up to date with training and want to help you further. In order to cater for the needs of both our children and parents/carers, we have given out a questionnaire and ask that you complete and return it by next Monday, so Miss Morris, the E-Safety Co-ordinator, can plan our next steps. The questionnaire is anonymous and confidential.
12) Lent Appeal
We are collecting for the food bank during March as part of our Lent project which Mrs Ramsden is organising. Please send in any donation for this worthwhile charity.
13) Staff News
Mrs Shaw has left the Nursery for part time work to fit in with new family circumstances. We thank her for all her past efforts at St John’s and wish her good luck for the future.
14) Office Information – ParentPay Text Messages
Please be aware that as of this Friday 3rd March, all text message communication from school will be through ParentPay. Therefore it is vital that anyone who has not yet registered with ParentPay does so as a matter of urgency in order to continue receiving text messages from school.
15) Parent Governor Applications
We have received 2 nominations for the Parent Governor Vacancy. We are still awaiting further information at the moment but will be sending out a ballot paper on Monday.
17) Dates for your Diary
18) Celebration Assembly Dates
(Parents/Carers are invited to attend; Starts at 9:15pm)
19) Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on the 17/02/17 were:
20) Attendance Awards: Given out for data collected w/b 06/02/17:
Whole School Attendance: 97% (Government target is 95%)
- 1st Place – Y3 & Y4/5, 99.3%
- 2nd Place – Y6, 98.1%
Pupil Attendance Awards:
- 1st Place – Landon Coates
- 2nd Place – Abbey Filcock
Water World Voucher: Thomas Hilditch
Mrs P Bloor