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3rd November 2017


Dear Parents,


I’m pleased to let you know that everything is going well so far this term. The children are working hard and continuing to make us very proud and, as Fr Ansel reminded us at Mass on Tuesday, we are all trying hard to be more like the saints – doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.


Staff Training

Our INSET day on Monday was an opportunity for staff to develop their own skills and identify how to further support the children in their learning. We began the day with a short Liturgy and then spent time moderating English and Maths work, evaluating interventions and exploring how to close the gaps in attainment between different groups of children. In the afternoon, a representative from Purple Mash delivered a training session on how we could use ICT to enhance teaching and learning at St John’s.


School Uniform

Thank you for ensuring that the children always look smart and wear their uniforms with pride. Don’t forget that as it is now getting colder, they all need to bring a coat to school every day. Also remember that for outdoor PE they may wear navy blue tracksuit bottoms if they wish. As always, please label everything.



Just a few reminders of routines that really help with the smooth running of our school:

  • Please ensure that your child is dropped to school – and collected - on time.

  • If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please notify the school by phone in the morning and confirm the reason for the absence in writing upon their return.

  • Children cannot be collected early for your convenience – if they have an appointment, please notify the office in the morning with the appointment card.



We have now moved to offering the new 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 place for September 2018, please ask them to contact the school office.


Poppy Appeal

There are a selection of poppy themed goods for children to purchase in the office. Prices range from 50p to £1 and all proceeds go to The Royal British Legion.


Children In Need

Friday 17th November is Children In Need Day. The School Council have decided to raise money by asking that the children pay 50p and donate a chocolate bar to the chocolate tombola. In return, the children don’t have to wear their uniform but can wear something yellow instead.



You may recall that last year St John’s was a pilot school for a new initiative between the Music Hub and medics from QA Hospital in which all our staff and KS 2 children were taught CPR as well as how to use a defibrillator. In October, a group of our children were invited to launch the project as Heartbeatz UK. As a thank-you, we were presented with a defibrillator for our school. It is a valuable, life-saving piece of equipment charged and ready for use in an emergency.


Scholastic Book Orders

You should have received a scholastic book pamphlet this week. If you would like to purchase any books, please return the order form by Friday 10th November.


Nasal Flu Vaccine

  1. nasal flu vaccine is being offered to children from Reception to year 4 on Thursday 16th November. It is a very simple and pain free vaccine that protects children against flu and the serious complications associated with it. Please read the information leaflets that are being sent home today and return consent forms by Monday 13th November.


School Dinners

As you are aware, ISS, our school dinner provider, now offer you the option to pay for dinners online and/or order your child’s dinner choice in advance. If you would like to register for this service, please go to the feeding Hungry Minds website. We hope that paying for school dinners online will be more convenient for many of our parents. If you require any support in registering online, feel free to come in to school at 3pm on Thursday 16th November when we can offer you the use of a computer and help with registering.


School Photographs

Individual school photos will be taken on the morning of Monday 6th November.



We have a fantastic group of governors who do a good job overseeing the strategic direction of the school, ensuring that we offer a good quality education for all pupils and safeguarding the Catholic nature of our school. We are currently very short of governors. If you feel that you could consider being a parent governor and would like to find out more about the necessary skills and time commitments involved, please look out for the information in the coming weeks and feel free to have a chat about it with myself or Mrs Beaton.


Yours sincerely,



L. Park

Head Teacher









Wednesday 13th Sept Yr 6 Trip Meeting


Friday 22nd Sept 9.15am Yr 6 Mass


Friday 29th Sept 9.15am Yr 4 Mass




Friday 6th Oct 9.15am Yr 5 Mass


Saturday 7th Oct 10am-12.40pm Family Photos


Friday 13th Oct 9.15am Yr 3 Liturgy


Friday 20th Oct 9.15am Feast Day Mass (School)

3.30pm Half Term Begins


Monday 30th Oct INSET (School and Nursery Closed)




Wednesday 1st Nov 9.15am All Saints Mass (school)

Yr 6 to the Isle of Wight

1-3.30pm Yr 2 Maths Workshop


Friday 3rd Nov 3.30pm Yr 6 back from the Isle of Wight


Monday 6th Nov School Photos


Friday 10th Nov 9.15am Yr 2 Liturgy


Friday 17th Nov 9.15am Yr 1 Liturgy


Friday24th Nov 9.15am Yr R Liturgy


Tues 28th Nov - Thurs 30th Nov 3.30pm Scholastic Book Fair





Thursday 21st Dec 9am End of term Assembly


Friday 22nd Dec 10am Christmas Production

End of Term