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12th January 2018,


Dear Parents,


Welcome back to a new term and Happy New Year from all the staff at St John’s.


Thank you

On behalf of all the staff – thank you so much for all the kind cards, gifts and words that were shared with us this Christmas. It is a privilege to be working with you and your children and a gift in itself, so we were really overwhelmed with your additional kindness. Thank you.


School Development Plan

Throughout the year we are continuously evaluating the work that we do at St John’s and looking at how we can develop further. The school development plan is an action plan to identify areas that we are prioritising as well as actions to be taken and the intended impact. The priorities this year based on data, our own self-evaluation and feedback from stakeholders are:

  • To narrow the gap in attainment and progress between different groups of children

  • To increase the percentage of children who reach the higher standard in reading, writing and maths

  • To embed Catholic Social Teaching across all areas of school life


Class Masses and Liturgies

Thank you for continuing to support your child’s class Masses and Liturgies. Please note that these will continue to be held at the Cathedral at 9.15am but have been moved to Wednesdays. The dates can be found in the diary dates attached.


Message to Reception Parents from the School Nurses

As you are aware, your child has recently taken part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) where the School Nursing Service visits the school to carry out a height, weight, vision and hearing screening.


Solent NHS and Public Health are currently working within a Quality Improvement Project with an aim to improving the NCMP process and would very much value your feedback. We are holding a focus group, for reception year parents, on 30th January 2018 at 2.45pm in the music room, where we invite you to provide us with some feedback by answering a few questions (anonymously) regarding how you felt, as a parent/carer, receiving information about your child’s screening.



After-school clubs will begin next week. A timetable is available on the website.



It is really important that your child is in school every day, but also that they are on time every day. It is very disruptive to the office, the class and the child themselves when they are late – even by a few minutes, so please try and make sure that your child is here on time every day. Please also ensure that your child is collected promptly at the end of the school day or from their after school club.


School Site Safety

Please continue to drive and park safely and considerately around the school site. Please also remember that dogs are not permitted on the school site and that bikes and scooters should not be ridden on the playground. As a community, we must work together to make sure that everybody feels safe.



We now offer 30 hours of funded nursery provision alongside the universal 15 hours that we have always offered. We are also able to offer self-funded places subject to availability. If you know of anyone who would be interested in a nursery place for September 2018, please ask them to contact the school office.


School Dinners

If your child has school dinners, please register on the ‘Feeding Hungry Minds’ website so that you can pre-order dinners as well as make online payments. If you are having any difficulty registering or using the service, then let the office know and we can offer advice or contact ISS directly: Telephone: 01924 792 334 (available from 8am until 4.30pm – Monday to Friday) or Email:


Yours sincerely,

L. Park

Head Teacher







Wednesday 10th 1- 3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning


Thursday 11th 9.30am Nursery Boogie Mites Course


Monday 15th Deadline for Starting School Applications


Wednesday 17th 9.15am Yr 6 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning


Thursday 18th 9.30am Nursery Boogie Mites Course

International Menu for School Dinner


Friday 19th Yr 2 Singing at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour

Monday 22nd School Nurses in Yr R


Tuesday 23rd Yr 6 to ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ Event


Wednesday 24th 9.15am Yr 5 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning

2-3pm Yr 4 Dentist Workshop


Thursday 25th 9.30am Nursery Boogie Mites Course

Monday 29th Story Telling Week

1.30 Yr R Stan and Mabel Concert


Tuesday 30th 2.45pm Yr R Parents and School Nurses


Wednesday 31st 9.15am Yr 4 Mass

KS 1 Dance Festival

1pm Yr 6 Opportunities Fair, Guildhall

1-3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning




Thursday 1st 9.30am Nursery Boogie Mites Course

1pm Yr 3 and 4 Badminton Festival

Dance Off


Friday 2nd Junior Road Safety Officer Training

Yr 5 Deposit for Little Canada Due In


Monday 5th 3.40-6.30pm Parents Evening


Tuesday 6th Safer Internet Day

3.40-6.30pm Parents Evening


Wednesday 7th 9.15am Yr 3 Liturgy

Junior Road Safety Officer Training

1-3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning

3.40-6.30pm Parents Evening


Thursday 8th 9.30am Nursery Boogie Mites Course


Friday 9th 3.30pm Break Up – Half Term


Monday 19th 8.45am Back to School


Wednesday 21st 9.15am Yr 2 Liturgy


Friday 23rd CAFOD Family Fast Day


Monday 26th Fairtrade Fortnight


Tuesday 27th 1-5pm Under 10 Football Tournament


Wednesday 28th 9.15am Yr 1 Liturgy

12.15-4pm Yr 5/6 Athletics Competition



Thursday 1st World Book Day


Friday 2nd Great British Spring Clean


Saturday 3rd Choir Concert


Tuesday 6th 3.45pm Under 10 Football League


Wednesday 7th 9.15am Yr R Liturgy

Yr 3 to Concert at NTR


Monday 12th Science Week


Tuesday 13th 3.30pm KS 1 Book Sharing


Wednesday 14th Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Penitential Service

3.30pm KS 2 Book Sharing

4-5.30pm Cheerleading Festival


Friday 16th 3pm Science Presentation to Parents


Wednesday 21st- Friday 23rd Book People Book Fair


Wednesday 26th Yr 3 Space Scape Event


Thursday 29th 9am End of Term Assembly

3.30pm Term Ends


Other Important Dates


Monday 16th April 8.45am Back to School


Thursday 3rd May INSET Day – School Closed

Monday 7th May Bank Holiday - School closed

Monday14th-Thursday 17th May Yr 6 SATs Week

Monday 14th- Friday 25th May Yr 2 SATs Weeks

Friday 25th May 3.30pm Break Up


Monday 4th June 8.45am Back to School

Monday11th-Friday 15th June KS 1 Phonics Screening Week


Monday 16th July KS 1 and Yr R Sports Day

Tuesday 17th July KS 2 Sports Day

Friday 20th July 3.30pm End of Term

Monday 23rd July INSET Day – School Closed

Tuesday 24th July INSET Day – School Closed