22 December 2017
As you can probably imagine, the last few weeks of term have been very busy and very exciting. The School Council organised ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ and a fundraising activity to buy vouchers for the homeless, we enjoyed a Christmas dinner together as a whole school and shared our Christmas show with our families and friends. As well as this, we had Christmas parties, Christmas craft activities and the wonderful Nursery Nativity. It was a very joyful end to a very busy and productive term.
We return to school on Monday 8th January to begin the Spring Term and are very much looking forward to starting our new class topics, and getting to grips with Times Tables Rock Stars – a computer based app which helps children to practise their multiplication and division facts in a fun and motivating way. We will also be welcoming in a story-teller later in January for story-telling week and be appointing some Junior Road Safety Officers to further explore how we can keep the school site and surrounding areas safe for both road users and pedestrians at the beginning and end of the school day.
Finally, on behalf of all the children, families and staff at St John’s, I’d like to wish you a very happy, holy and peaceful New Year.
3rd December 2017
Children across the school have been enjoying their learning with Year 1 and 2 finding out about the geography and culture of China, Years 3 and 4 exploring Polish culture and Years 5 and 6 fascinated by their work on India and in particular the significance of the River Ganges. The Reception class are currently immersed in the world of fairy tales and were delighted when Canon Dominic joined them to carefully cross the troll bridge!
Our sporting teams have been very busy this month with the hockey players having a great season and the football team hoping to be confirmed as second in the league this year. Children from Key Stage 1 enjoyed a racket skills tournament last week and the netball players have worked hard all term improving their speed and skills.
We have been blessed with good news recently and are delighted to let you know that Mrs Coyle is expecting a baby in the spring and Mrs Wilson has just welcomed a new granddaughter in to her family. We wish both families well.
As we begin Advent and the last few weeks of term, along with lots of fun learning opportunities, we have a carol concert, Christmas show, Nursery Nativity and our school Christmas dinner to look forward to.
A few weeks ago marked national ‘No Pens Wednesday’ – a day when we are challenged to put down our pens and pencils and focus on speaking and listening activities. It is a very popular day in school with drama, art, music and ICT used very well to facilitate learning across all areas of the curriculum – and most importantly it is a day that reminds us all of the importance of rich, stimulating conversation and active listening.
As a pilot school for Heartbeatz UK, we were recently invited to QA Hospital to attend the National launch of the project. The children sang beautifully and demonstrated CPR to guests, the press and members of the public. They were then delighted to be presented with goody bags for themselves and a defibrillator for the school – for which we are very grateful.
This week Year 6 have been on the Isle of Wight for a few days at an activity centre demonstrating their courage, perseverance and resilience. They have faced their fears, challenged themselves and worked collaboratively as they enjoyed activities such as abseiling, zip-wiring and climbing.
Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to a theatre production of Hansel and Gretel, a wind band concert and a carol concert. Year 6 will be meeting members of the Red Cross to find out about the plight of refugees and all classes will explore respect, tolerance and compassion during anti-bullying week.