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30th November 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Next week we begin Advent and a new Church year. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation – waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ. At school, the children will be learning about the symbolism in Advent and exploring the sense of longing and rejoicing in the scriptures.

 

Advent

To support families in making the most of Advent, each class has an activity Advent calendar that will go home with one child each evening. Please complete the activity and send a photograph to the office e-mail address: admin@st-johns-catholic-pri.portsmouth.sch.uk

These photographs will be displayed on our website.

 

The School Council are also inviting parents, staff, governors and children to donate money to buy gift cards for the homeless this Christmas. Please look out for their letter and give generously to give hope and support to those living on the streets this Christmas and help us to put our faith in to real actions.

 

School Improvement Plan

To ensure that the school continues to grow and develop to meet the needs of the children we serve, every year we self-evaluate and use this to draw up a school improvement plan. This year our main priorities build on our work from last year and include:

Developing our assessment and tracking of children with special education needs

Increasing the percentage of children who reach the higher standard in reading, writing and maths

Closing the attainment gap between those in receipt of pupil premium funding and others

Embedding Catholic Social Teaching across the curriculum

 

Challenge Partners

As members of the Challenge Partner Network, we are looking forward to a quality assurance visit in January. A review team from across the country will carry out lesson observations, learning walks and look at pupils’ learning, working alongside our own senior leadership team to identify the strengths and areas for development in our teaching and learning.

 

Contact Details

You may have seen during the recent Parents’ Evenings that we were encouraging parents to sign up to Parent Lite. This is a new secure app that allows you to keep your contact details and child’s information up to date. Invitations to join went out this week via e-mail. Please follow the instructions to confirm that the information we hold is correct. If you require

further information or support, please contact the office.

 

Nursery Nativity

The Nursery Nativity will be held in the school hall for Nursery parents to attend on Friday 14th December at 10.30am.

 

Key Stage 1 Nativity

The Key Stage 1 Nativity will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 18th December at 9.30am and on Wednesday 19th December at 2.30pm. Tickets can be collected from the office from Monday 10th December.

 

Key Stage 2 Carol Concert

The Key Stage 2 Carol Concert will be held in the Cathedral on Tuesday 18th December at 2pm.

 

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner will be served on Wednesday 12th December. Please go online feedinghungryminds@uk.issworld.com to order this. This must be ordered by Wednesday (5th December) at the latest.

 

Christmas Parties

Christmas parties will be held on Thursday 20th December. If your child would like to wear their party clothes, they will need to bring these in on the day in a named bag.

 

School Nurse

The nurse will continue to hold drop-in sessions once every month in school. The next session will be on Monday 10th December between 9am and 10.30am. If you would like to sign up for a 10 minute slot, please see the office.

 

Job Vacancies

We are currently seeking to recruit a school cleaner and school dinner staff. More information is available from the school office for anybody interested in one of these roles.

 

Term Dates

The term dates can be found on the school website or requested from the office.

The school and nursery will be closed for the following INSET days this academic year;

Monday 25th March

Monday 22nd July

Tuesday 23rd July

 

Thank you once again for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs. L. Park

Head Teacher

 

DIARY DATES

 

 

 

December

Wednesday 5th Dec 9.15 Yr 4 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R English Family Learning

Friday 7th Dec Yr 4 Singing Carols in Cascades

Monday 10th Dec 9-10.30am School Nurse Drop-In

Wednesday 12th Dec Christmas Dinner Day

Friday 14th Dec 10.30 Nursery Nativity

Tuesday 18th Dec 9.30am KS 1 Nativity

2pm KS 2 Christmas Concert

Wednesday 19th Dec 2.30pm KS 1 Nativity

Thursday 20th Dec Christmas Parties

Friday 21st Dec 9am End of Term Assembly

1.30pm End of Term

 

January

Monday 7th Jan 8.45am Term Begins

Wednesday 9th Jan 1pm-3.30pm Yr 2 Maths Family Learning

Tuesday 15th Jan Yr 6 War and Peace Drama Workshop

Wednesday 16th Jan 1pm-3.30pm Yr 2 Maths Family Learning

Tuesday 23rd Jan Yr 4 Roman Drama Workshop

Tuesday 29th Jan 3.30pm KS 1 Book Sharing

Wednesday 30th Jan 1pm-3.30pm Yr 2 Maths Family Learning

3.30pm KS 2 Book Sharing

 

 

 

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