Catholic Life and Faith in Action
This Lent, our school community is taking part in the CAFOD Big Lent Walk. Please join us in supporting our global brothers and sisters.
Advent at St John's
On the first Sunday of Advent, our children did a fantastic job of leading the music, readings and assisting in the Offertory during the 12 O'clock Mass. It was wonderful to see so many of our families there and we really do appreciate and value your commitment to your children's faith and to our Parish. We have been putting our faith into action at school and trying our very best to do some fundraising to support the Cathedral with the vital repairs it so desperately needs. The children put on a bake sale and we had a successful raffle at the parents coffee morning. Key Stage 2 have also been out in the community singing carols to support the Rotary Charity with their fundraising efforts.
We had a wonderful Advent Reconciliation Liturgy for Year 4, 5 and 6. The children were very thoughtful in their words, actions and reflections.
St John's Kindness Advent Calendar 2023
Ahead of World Youth Sunday, we introduced St John's to World Youth Funday. Some of our pupils joined in with the live updates and we began the day by coming together as a whole school to talk about the event and celebrate the Youth within our Church.
Year 6 Pupils led their Year R buddies in a celebration of the word about Remembrance. The year 6 pupils focussed on the significance of the poppy and ways that we can remember loved ones lost and soldiers of war.
Proud to be Pompey!
On the last day of Autumn 1, the whole school came together to celebrate: 'Proud to be Pompey'! The Lord Mayor visited us to look at all the wonderful Pompey themed activities the children took part in for the day. We reminded each other of the wonderful diverse city Portsmouth truly is and how our school and Parish should take pride in this. We started the day with worship through singing, giving thanks and looking at all of the wonderful blue outfits to mark this special occasion. We also raised £180 for the Lord Mayor's charities.
The Behaviour Charter
As good disciples, the children at St. John’s will never hurt anybody with their words or actions. We will always treat other people as we would like to be treated. We remind one one another of this by sharing the St John's Behaviour Charter at the beginning of the school year and by celebrating our school values.
“In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Advent Calendar Activities
Sofia and Beatriz Y5 - Show someone you love how much she means to you.
Imogen Y4 shows her little cousin how much she loves him by helping him to eat his dinner.
Light a candle for those who are unhappy in the world - Emily Y5.
Make a Nativity scene out of recycled materials - Patricia Y4.
Find a charity pot to add some of your change - Isaiah Y1.
This weekend we visited wylds farm. Sadie donated money to the choir who were raising funds for a charity supporting those with Parkinson’s as per her advent task.
Candice Y4 and Sherice Y2 worked hard on finding out facts about St. Nicholas. Well done girls!
Make someone smile. Esabella YR and Elijah Y5.
Make someone smile. Abigail Y4.
Our first Big Voices project was a great success. Thank you so much for all your bird feeders. Your gardens are certainly going to be popular with our local birds this winter. You are truly showing care for God's creation.
Relics of St. Bernadette.
Edith Stein blessing
The Edith Stein Partnership, which consists of the local Catholic primary and secondary schools, worked together during lockdown to produce this wonderful blessing. Thank you to Oaklands for organising the project and to all of the children, across all of the schools who have shared their gifts and talents so enthusiastically.
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Here are pictures of our Brighten Up for Cafod Day.
We raise £203.45 to help achieve children's rights for water, food and education.
Each child decorated a T-Shirt to raise awareness of others in our world.