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20th March 2019


Dear Parents,


As you are aware, this Lent we are again joining with the Cathedral parish to raise money for those less fortunate than ourselves. This year we are supporting Christians throughout the world who are persecuted for their faith. Through prayer and donations we are supporting the charity Aid to the Church in Need. Thank you to all those who have already supported our appeal.


Nursery Extension

Our nursery extension is now complete and provides much needed additional space for our 3 and 4 year olds. We are holding discussions with our governors over the coming months to explore how this space might also be used for before and after school clubs. Thank you to all those who have contributed to the building fund to make projects like this possible.


Challenge Partners

During January, we welcomed Challenge Partners to our school to review the quality of our teaching and learning. They were very complimentary about the behaviour and engagement of the children at St John’s and felt that as a school we were working hard on our areas for development. Our main focus continues to be ensuring that there is sufficient challenge for the most able learners.


Diocesan Validation

Thank you to all those who completed the parent surveys for our validation process. Our pre-validation took place last week with the validation itself taking place on Friday 29th March.


School Nurse

The nurse will continue to hold drop-in sessions once every month in school. The next session will be on Monday 1st April between 9am and 10.30am. If you would like to sign up for a 10 minute slot, please see the office.


School Uniform

We appreciate your hard work in ensuring that your child is always in full school uniform and I’m sure you will have noticed how smart the children at St John’s always look. However, I have noticed a few children who aren’t adhering to the policy with regards to shoes and hair accessories and would like to remind parents that shoes must be all black – no white soles or markings and hair should not be shaved or have distinct lines shaved in to it. Hair accessories must be hair coloured or green.


Parent Governor Vacancy

We have a fantastic group of governors who do a good job overseeing the strategic direction of the school, ensuring that we offer good quality education for all pupils and safeguarding the Catholic nature of our school.  If you feel that you could consider being a parent governor and would like to apply, please speak to the office.


Nethercott Farm

Some of our Year 4 and 5 children are currently away at Nethercott Farm in Devon. They are spending a week living and working on a farm. The children – and staff – are having a wonderful time experiencing the joys and wonders of country life. Every message I have from the staff tells me of the delicious and plentiful supply of food and the excellent behaviour and attitude of the children. There are photos on the website where you can see what a tremendous time they are having.


Rock Your Socks!

As you know, tomorrow we will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. Please remember that the school council have invited children to mark the day by wearing bright socks or tights with their uniform (and bring in a donation if they wish). The theme for the day is ‘Leave no one behind’ and we ask children, staff, governors and parents to think about how, by leaving no one behind, we can make the world a kinder and fairer place for all.


Good Friday

The school will once again be leading the Stations of the Cross Liturgy for children at the Cathedral on Good Friday at 10am. Letters will go out in the next few days for those who will be involved in the drama and reading. If you are in Portsmouth for Easter, it would be lovely to see you there.


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,

L. Park

Head Teacher







Friday 15th – Friday 22nd                             Nethercott Residential Trip

Wednesday 20th                                           Yr 2 Infant Voices

Thursday 21st                                                Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Monday 25th                                                  INSET Day School and Nursery Closed

Wednesday 27th                                           Penitential Service Yr 4,5 and 6  

Friday 29th                                                    Diocesan Validation Visit



Monday 1st                                                    9-10.30am School Nurse Drop-in

Tuesday 2nd                                                  Fire Service Yr 5 and 6

Choir concert pm

Wednesday 3rd                                             9.15am Yr R and 6 Liturgy

Friday  5th                                                      End of Term 3.30pm




Tuesday 23rd                                                 8.45am Back to School

Wednesday 24th                                           Yr 3 Drama Day – Greeks

Monday 29th                                                  Living Eggs Arrive (Chicks)




Thursday 2nd                                                 Yr 1 Drama Day Toys and Transport

Tuesday 7th                                                   Book Sharing KS 1

Wednesday 8th                                             Book Sharing KS 2

Monday13th-Thursday 16th                                    KS 2 SATs Week

Wednesday 22nd                                          KS 2 E-Safety Workshops

Friday 24th                                                     Break Up 3.30pm



Monday 10th-Friday 14th                              Yr 1 Phonics Test

Tuesday 18th                                                 School Photos



Thursday 11th                                               Year 6 Production

Monday 15th                                                  KS 1 Sports Day

Tuesday 16th                                                 KS  2 Sports Day

Friday 19th                                                     End of term 1.30pm