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12th July 2017


Dear Parents,


We are almost at the end of the school year and I’m sure that you are very much looking forward to the school holidays and spending some quality time with your children.


I am very grateful to the staff and governors for their dedication to the school and for you as parents for your continued support and kindness. I am also very grateful to the children for the enthusiasm, smiles and friendship that they have brought to school each day.


Staff Changes


At the end of term, we say goodbye to Miss Lawry who will be leaving St John’s to continue her teaching journey in another school. We will miss her – especially her computing skills and expertise – and wish her well in her new school.


We will also say goodbye to Mrs DeBoo who is leaving St John’s and moving away from Portsmouth to begin a new and exciting chapter with her family. We wish her well and thank her for all that she has shared with us in her time here.


On Monday, we will welcome back Mrs White who has been on maternity leave. We look forward to hearing all about how much fun she has had at home with her children.


In September, we will welcome Peter Hutton as a teacher to our school. I’m sure that you will make him very welcome.


  1. Beaton has decided that she wishes to concentrate on her excellent work in Early Years and would prefer not to continue as Deputy from September. It was obviously sad news for me but I understand her decision and am very grateful for all her support and hard work, as well as her agreement to remain as a senior leader. Mrs Warren will be taking on the role of Acting Deputy for the next academic year.


Parish Picnic


Our school will be hosting the parish picnic on Sunday from 1.30-4pm. Tickets are £1 per person (under 5s go free) and will be available at the gate on the day. There are many activities planned, including face painting, paint your priest and a raffle. So, make yourself a fancy dress costume based on the Catholic Church, bring some food to share and come along on Sunday!

Meet the Teacher


On Monday, children will have an opportunity to get to know their new teacher and find out a little about what they will be doing in their new year groups.




Following a tidy up of the school library, we have a large number of fiction and non-fiction books that we can no longer store at school and will be selling on Friday at 3.30pm in the hall. All you need to do is bring a carrier bag, fill it with books and make a donation to the school of 50p.


We also have a lot of lost property that we have been unable to reunite with owners so this too will be available for a small donation.


Reading books


In order for us to do a stock check of our books, please return library books by the end of the week and all reading books next Tuesday.




Please remember to check the uniform policy before purchasing uniform for the new term and make sure that everything – even shoes and socks are labelled clearly.

A few reminders:

Polo shirts not school shirts

Boys must wear grey socks


PE Kit


We have had quite a few children looking to borrow PE kits each week. Please ensure that your child has a full, named PE kit in school every day.


Please also check whether your child has been borrowing PE kit and whether you have any of our school kit at home that has not been returned, as we have no spare kit left. Thank you.


Sports Day


Our Key Stage 1 and 2 sports days will be held next week. Unfortunately, the current format does not allow the space for parents to watch as every inch of the playground is used for activities. This is something that we will be reviewing for next year.


Important dates


Please remember that school closes for the summer at 3.30pm on Friday 21st July and opens again at 8.45 am on Tuesday 5th September. Our term dates and INSET day closures are available on the school website.


Yours sincerely,




L. Park

Head Teacher