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11thJune 2018


Dear Parents,


We are now in the final half term of this academic year and I would like to thank you for your continued support, friendship and commitment to the staff and community of St John’s. We have had a busy but fruitful year and are looking forward to this final half term with energy and enthusiasm.



We have welcomed some new members of staff – Mrs Munns who is teaching Year 4 on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs McLeod who has joined us as an LSA.

Our congratulations go to Miss Stevens who recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Although baby Zoe made an early arrival both she and Miss Stevens are doing well.


Parent Governor

Following our last round of recruitment for parent governor, we received one nomination. As a result Mr Robbie Welch has been duly elected. We thank him for his offer of service and now have a full complement of governors.



Thank you to all those who attended our e-safety presentation – Positive Parenting in a Digital Age. I hope that you found it informative and useful. The staff also attended a session as did the children in Key Stage 2. I am sure that working together and keeping the lines of communication open are going to be the most effective way of keeping our children safe online.


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:

Please ensure that dinners are paid in advance.


Sports Day

KS1 Sports Day will be held on the morning of Monday 16th July and KS2 Sports Day will be held on the morning of Tuesday 17th July. We have decided to trial a new format with each family being offered 2 tickets (2 for each day if they have children in both Key Stages). More information will be sent out at the beginning of July.


Meet The Teacher

Children will have the opportunity to spend the morning of Monday 2nd July meeting the teacher that they will have in September. It is a great opportunity for the children to hear about what they have to look forward to and for the teacher and pupils to spend a little time getting to know each other.


Mass for St Peter and St Paul

Mass for St Peter and St Paul will be held in the school hall on Friday 29th June. Children who made their First Holy Communion this summer are invited to wear their First Communion clothes to this Mass. They may come into school in the outfits or bring them in and get changed during registration. They will change in to their school uniform immediately after Mass.


Requests for Absence

The governors have reviewed our attendance recently. We can be rightly proud of the good attendance and punctuality data for St John’s and we know that this has a positive impact on children’s progress and attainment. Please remember that we do not authorise absence for holidays or family events. Also, please ensure that you collect your child on time at the end of the school day.


Scholastic Book Fair

There will be a half-price book fair in the school library from tomorrow until Friday 3.30pm-4pm.


Building Fund

We are coming to the end of the school year and we still have a number of families who have yet to pay their school building fund. The right to send our children to Catholic schools is closely linked with the responsibility to financially support the schools through the building fund which makes up the 10% difference between what Catholic schools receive from the government and the total budget required to sustain and maintain them. Thank you to those who have paid. If you have not yet paid, I would urge you to do so.


School Nurse

The school nurse will be in school on Monday 25th June to discuss any medical/health related issues or concerns. Individual appointments are available between 9 and 11am. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the school office.


Challenge Partners

As a school that hasn’t been inspected for a number of years, it is important that we seek external review and quality assurance to keep the school moving forward. I have therefore decided to join ‘Challenge Partners’ which involves inviting senior leaders from schools around the country to review the teaching and learning in St John’s and then offer support and challenge to ensure that we continue to offer the very best to your children. I look forward to being able to give you some feedback on this during the next academic year.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,

L. Park

Head Teacher







Monday 11th Yr 1 Phonics Testing Week

Tuesday 12th- Friday 15th Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday 14th Yr 3 & 4 Trip to Fishbourne

Monday 18th School Council to Houses of Parliament

Yr 5 ‘Guess My Job’ Workshop

Tuesday 19th Yr 4 Clarinet Performance

Wednesday 20th School Photos

Monday 25th School Nurse Drop-In

Tuesday 26th 3.30pm KS 1 Book Sharing

Wednesday 27th 3.30pm KS 2 Book Sharing

Friday 29th 9.15am Ss Peter & Paul Mass (School)

1-5pm KS 2 Athletics


Wednesday 4th 9.15am Yr 3 Liturgy

Thursday 4th 10am Infant Agility

Friday 6th Reports Out

Wednesday 11th 9.15am Yr 2 Liturgy

Thursday 12th 2pm & 7pm Yr 6 Production

Friday 13th Yr 1 & 2 Arundel Castle

Saturday 14th 3pm Choir Concert St Agatha’s

Monday 16th Yr R & KS 1 Sports Day

Yr 6 End Of Year Trip

Tuesday 17th KS 2 Sports Day

Thursday 19th 9.15am Yr 6 End Of Year Mass

Friday 20th 3.30pm Break Up – Summer

Monday 23rd School Closed – INSET Day

Tuesday 24th School Closed – INSET Day



Other Dates

Monday 3rd September INSET Day – School Closed

Sunday 14th October Education Sunday

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October Half Term

Monday 29th October INSET Day

Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th November Yr 6 Little Canada Residential

Friday 21st December