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5th October 2018

 

We have had a successful start to the new academic year and the children are busy settling in to their classes and getting to grips with their new topics. Clubs have been set up for various sports including hockey, football and netball and children across KS 2 have started their instrumental lessons in recorder, clarinet and ukulele.

We are delighted to have welcomed our new Reception children to school over the last few weeks and they are eagerly embracing their new surroundings. It is lovely to get to know each child and put plans in place to help every one of them reach their full potential as children of God.

As a school that is always keen to put our faith in to action, we are very proud to be taking part in a number of exciting environmental projects this half term that illustrate our care for God’s creation. Last week, some Year 4 children were invited to launch Portsmouth Music Hub’s environmental songbook by taking part in a beach clean at Southsea, followed by singing some of the newly composed songs on the pier. Even more children are taking part in a stomp to school challenge to help reduce pollution in Portsmouth by encouraging their parents to leave their cars at home and walk to school. Another project has seen children from across the school design no smoking signs for our local park so that all local children can enjoy a safe, smoke-free environment in which to play and have fun.

I ask you to pray for our school community as we embark on this new school year and assure you of our continued prayers for you, our friends in Christ.

 

Laura Park

 

 

3rd September 2018

 

It is with much excitement and anticipation that we reach the end of the school summer holidays; reflecting on the fun that we have had with our friends and families during the long, warm days of August as well as looking forward to all that the new academic year has in store for us.

 

At St John’s one of the first things that we will be doing as a staff team and then with the children is to explore our mission statement which we summarise as Loving to Learn; Learning to Love. It will give both the staff and children the opportunity to anchor our work, behaviour, relationships and expectations to Christ’s love and example and so gives us a distinctive purpose and direction to our year.

 

During the first few weeks of term, we have much to look forward to – from welcoming our new Reception children to taking part in a beach clean event. I’m sure that the new Year 3 children will enjoy learning to play the recorder, the Year 4 children will love learning to play the clarinet and our talented ukulele band are very excited to be moving in to their second year of lessons.

 

As a school community we are very sad to be saying goodbye to Canon Dominic and thank him most sincerely for his care, guidance, wisdom and support. His cheerful, kindness will be greatly missed in the classrooms, offices and staffroom of St John’s.

 

Laura Park

 

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