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19th April 2018,


Dear Parents,


I hope that you had a lovely Easter and are now enjoying the sunshine.



Mrs Toole will be leaving us on April 30th to pursue other exciting opportunities in teaching. We thank her for her work at St John’s and wish her well in the future. Mrs Ternan will be joining Mrs Leaman in Year 4.


We were delighted to see Mrs Smith when she popped in to school today to say hello. She is still off sick and undergoing chemotherapy but rest assured she is her usual happy, cheerful self and she can’t wait to come back to school. I’m sure you will join me in praying for her speedy recovery and wishing her well.


Living Eggs

As in previous years, we will be welcoming some ‘Living Eggs’ to school on Monday. They are expected to hatch within a day or 2 and I’m sure they will bring much excitement to our school. They will be kept in the main entrance so feel free to pop in and watch them hatch and grow over the next 2 weeks.



With children having much greater access to the internet and the multitude of apps, websites and games available, it is really important that as parents and teachers we are aware of how to keep our children safe and ensure that they use the internet responsibly. To do this we need to keep ourselves informed about what children are accessing and where the dangers and problems can occur. With this in mind, we have booked some highly recommended workshops and presentations and I would strongly urge you to attend the presentation to parents on parenting in a digital age at 2pm Thursday 7th June.


Summer Uniform

Please be advised that the school summer uniform may now be worn:

Yellow and white gingham dress with white socks

Grey uniform shorts and a white polo shirt (with or without the school logo) with white or grey socks

White or black sandals or black shoes/trainers

Winter uniform may also be worn if preferred.


Edith Stein Partnership

As you will be aware, the Bishop’s plans for St John’s to become part of a multi academy trust with other local Catholic schools were halted at the beginning of the academic year. Since then, the Diocese has been working on establishing local partnerships between Catholic schools so that we can we can better support each other and improve the outcomes for all our children. The Edith Stein Partnership consists of St John’s, St Edmund’s, St Swithun’s, Corpus Christi, St Paul’s, Oaklands, St Thomas More’s, St Mary’s and St Jude’s. There will be many benefits to working as a partnership and we have already begun a couple of projects focussing on developing the Catholic life of our schools.


Teacher Training

If the idea of teaching does or ever has appealed to you, now might well be the right time to find out more about training to be a primary school teacher. You can train through the Primary Catholic Partnership (PCP), the organisation that is in partnership with the Catholic schools in our Diocese and offers school-centred training. Our school can help support you with pre-course experience. Teaching placements can be secured locally and you can qualify as a teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate In Education (PGCE).

An information and recruitment session is being held at St. Swithun’s Catholic Primary School in Southsea on Thursday 26th April starting with tea and coffee at 2 pm and finishing by the end of the school day. Have a look around the school, hear about ways in to teaching, meet a former trainee now established in a teaching career and take the opportunity to address any questions you may have to the teacher trainers.

Please let St. Swithun’s or PCP know if you would like to attend.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs. L. Park

Head Teacher




Wednesday 25th 9.15am Yr 5 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R Family Learning

Friday 27th 12.15-4pm Yr 3/4 Athletics

Monday 30th 9-11am School Nurse Drop-In



Wednesday 2nd 9.15am Yr 4 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R Family Learning

Thursday 3rd School Closed – INSET Day

Friday 4th Oscar Romero Day

Monday 7th School Closed – Bank Holiday

Wednesday 9th Year 3/4 Trip Fishbourne

1-3.30pm Yr R Family Learning

Thursday 10th 9.15am Ascension Mass (School)

Monday 14th Yr 6 Grammar Tests

Tuesday 15th Yr 6 Reading Test

Wednesday 16th Yr 6 Maths Tests

9.15am Yr 3 Mass

1-3.30pm Yr R Family Learning

Thursday 17th Yr 6 Maths Test

Wednesday 23rd 9.15 Yr R Liturgy

1-3.30pm Yr R Family Learning

Friday 25th 3.30pm Break Up


Half Term



Monday 4th 8.45am Back to School

Wednesday 6th Yr 6 University Visit

Thursday 7th 2pm E-Safety Parent Meeting

Friday 8th E-Safety KS 2 Workshops

Monday 11th Yr 1 Phonics Testing Week

Monday 18th School Council to Houses of Parliament

Yr 5 ‘Guess My Job’ Workshop

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 1 Liturgy

Friday 6th Reports Out

Wednesday 11th 9.15am Yr R 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 Break Up - Christmas