Newsletter Summer Term 5
As we as start what is always a really busy last half term, let us hope it is going to be improved further by lovely summer weather as well as the lovely learning and activities all the children will do.
1) Our Value; Honesty
This week we have been thinking about ‘honesty’ which is so important and strong at St John’s. The children were told the story of Adam and Eve and how they both blamed each other when they did wrong, the children were told it is better to acknowledge their own mistakes, so they can learn from them and move on; this is something we do at St John’s so please talk to your child about this.
2) Our Value; Respect
This is one that runs through all we teach at St John’s and is something our pupils are complimented on by visitors. Very well done to Leighton Barnett, Lily-May Hunt Nursery, Diya Praveen R1, Anson Memana R2, Riley Tams Y1, Aliya Davidson Y1/2, Peter Ashley-Williamson Matthew Piesse- Mills Y2, Elizabeth Solomon, Sasha Steele Y3, Damien Hammond, Laiba Noman Y3/4, Ethan Hill, Evan Davies, Y4, Emily Rains, Mary Conkova Y4/5, Anna Osman, Ryan Davis Y5/6, Nancy Doward, Keneth Bautista Y6, who have all shown excellent respect this week.
The children have been writing biographies this week.
This is the after school Board Game club taken by Mr Meir. The Taekwondo Club finished last week, as the coach Mr Johnson has some oversees coaching commitments. He is very much in
demand, but will recommence the club in September.
5) Events in School
- School Communion – Our termly Communion for KS2 took place before half term and was taken by Reverend Chris Ruston with support from other governors. Many children took part in the Communion and Reverend Chris was really impressed with how the children participated in the service. The next one is for parents and carers to attend with their KS2 children. Thursday 29th June at 9:05am Parents/carers are cordially invited to attend this service which will last about 25 minutes (KS2 Only).
- Swimming – Very well done to Daniella Gradiz, Claire Johnson, Holly Barnett, Robin Craggs, Grace Hawkins, Charlie-Ann Hindmarsh, Alex Ballard O’Shea, Dylan Wright and Robyn Whieldon, who passed their Beginner’s Certificate at school swimming. Also Grace Wain who passed her Length Certificate.
- Congratulations to Abbi Dunn Y6 who walked and climbed up Mount Snowdon recently and raised almost £600 for the U.H.N.M. our local hospital. What a fantastic feat!
6) School Routines for our New Families
We ask that all families purchase a colour coded school PE bag and black pumps for indoor PE which is kept in the cloakrooms. Our cloakrooms are so small that no other bags will fit in and we have to leave space for coats. We give all children a PE top and shorts to help family budgets and to keep the children looking brilliantly smart.
7) Pupil Passport Meetings
These reviews for pupils on the special needs register were held last week and we had poor attendance despite letters and texts. This is disappointing as parents/carers are the key player in their child’s education and their future aspirations.
8) School Community Fair
This is on Saturday 1st July at 12-2pm and is our main fund raiser for the year. This week we are collecting items for the raffle or tombola. Please put the date on your calendar. All the money raised is spent on your children.
9) Make Up
We are having children in school with nail varnish and make up on. This is not appropriate for school and against our school rules. We do not want children arriving with fake transfers either, as again, it detracts from learning which is our core purpose. Thank you for your help in this matter.
10) Sports Day
Sadly the track was too wet and slippery to hold Sports Day on Tuesday. But we will try again next Tuesday, and then Thursday if that is not possible. Let’s hope for some good weather! The forecast looks good for next Tuesday.
11) Class Assembly/Class Discussions
This week we have been talking to the children following staff training session ‘Prevent’, the Government Anti-Terrorism training. We have spoken to the children about right and wrong and how it is only a few evil people who have taken part in this and let down their families. Please discuss this with your children at home and how all the communities in Manchester and London worked together to help each other.
12) Home School Link Information
We are a healthy school at St John’s and we would like to see the children bring healthy lunch boxes if they do not have a school meal. We do not allow fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, sweets or nuts.
Preparing your child’s lunchbox
A balanced packed lunch should contain:
- Starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
- Protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
- A dairy item – this could be cheese or a yoghurt
- Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit.
Instead of sandwiches, give your child bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread.
Low-fat snacks for children
Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers and give then houmous or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods.
Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, such as kiwi.
13) Year 4W’s Charity Fundraiser; Letter
In Year 4W, as a class, we are organising a fundraiser for the Cheshire Down Syndrome Association. This is a charity that is very close to my heart and Year 4 would love as many of you to get involved as possible. On Monday 19th June we will be asking children to donate £1 to the charity and can come to school in their craziest socks and/or slippers. We will also be holding a cake sale and will be charging 30p per cake. Children are to bring their money into school on the day to get involved. If any of you would like to bake any cakes for our cake sale, this would be greatly appreciated. Please bring them into school on Monday 19th June.
Thanks for your help,
Miss Whalley and Year 4
15) Events in the Local Area
A fundraising event is being planned for the 1st July at the Jubilee WMC, Trent Vale, starting at 7pm. This event is being organised by a group of individuals inspired by the work of the Foodbank & Macarie Centre. There will be entertainment, refreshments plus a raffle.
16) Dates for your Diary
KS2 – 1.30pm
Friday 21st July
Y6 Leavers Presentation 6:00pm
17) Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on the 09/06/17 were:
18) Attendance Awards
Given out for data collected w/b 22/05/17:
Whole School Attendance: 97% (Government target is 95%)
• 1st Place – Y6, 100%
• 2nd Place – Y4/5, 99.3%
• 1st Place – Cindy Li
• 2nd Place – Matthew Piesse-Mills
Water World Voucher: Macey Simpson
Mrs P Bloor