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February 2022

Jottings from St John's

This week, the children enjoyed the tradition of Shrove Tuesday with pancakes on the school dinner menu before marking the start of Lent with a prayerful Ash Wednesday Liturgy in which we committed to marking the next 40 days with prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

A few weeks ago, a small group of Year 5 and 6 children made us very proud as they demonstrated their rich knowledge of children’s literature at the Portsmouth Literature Quiz. They were delighted to win a few rounds and have their books signed by 2 of their favourite authors. The children at St John’s are always working really hard on their reading skills, beginning with decoding and moving to more technical skills like inference and deduction. They understand the importance of reading for information and knowledge but are also encouraged to develop a love of reading and to use their skills in a wider context. As we return to supporting the 12 O’Clock Mass on the first Sunday of the month, we are preparing our children to transfer and develop their skills as readers to proclaim the word of God and lead prayers at Mass. We are always really grateful to the parish for supporting and welcoming our school community so whole heartedly.

                                                                                                                                                Laura Park

                            Head Teacher


January 2022

Jottings from St John’s   

The new term has started very well here at St John’s with children exploring the concept of Revelation and how God reveals Himself through Jesus, the Church and the Scriptures. The children are always very keen to put their faith in to action and their work on Revelation has already given them plenty of ideas on how they are responding to God’s call.

With spring just around the corner, we are starting to see and experience the signs of new life. As the days get longer and brighter, we are encouraging our staff and families to walk, ride or scoot to school. Not only will this improve the congestion around the school site, but will also help us look after God’s creation by reducing pollution and keeping us all a little healthier in mind and body. Year 6 have already embraced this by taking part in Pedal Power and learning to ride their bikes safely to school. Later in the year, Years 1, 2 and 3 will be offered scooter training, which I am sure they will be very excited to take part in.

We are currently accepting applications for our school Nursery if you have a child who will be 3 before 31st August 2022.

If you would be interested in finding out about becoming a governor of our wonderful school, I would be delighted to hear from you via our admin email: Information on being a foundation governor can be found in ‘Called To Serve’ on the governor section of our school website.

                                                                                                                                                Laura Park

                             Head Teacher   



December 2021

This week has seen the school move into the season of Advent and children revisiting the symbolism of the Advent Wreath. Throughout Advent, we journey as a school through prayer and preparation. We will be saying The Angelus together every day, preparing our hearts through the sacrament of reconciliation and learning some new Advent hymns to use in our assemblies and class collective worship.

This term we have been delighted to offer children a range of school trips and events, from police workshops for Year 5 and 6 and a Maths Day for our most able mathematicians to an Infant Agility event and a hockey tournament. The children have worked really hard both in and out of the classroom and the kindness that they continually show to one another has been evident in their playground games, their behaviour in the dinner hall and through volunteering roles such as Reading Pals where older children read with younger children. They have truly been living our mission ‘loving to learn and learning to love.’

If you would be interested in finding out about becoming a governor of our wonderful school, I would be delighted to hear from you via our admin email:

If you are interested in applying for a place for your child at St John’s, we are holding a number of tours for prospective parents and would be happy to give you more information via our admin email:

                                                                                                                                                Laura Park

                          Head Teacher



June 2021


With some much needed sunshine over the last few weeks, we have been enjoying being able to work and play outside. The older children have loved using our new goal walls for games of football and basketball, whilst the younger children have been making the most of the bikes and scooters. It has been lovely to hear the children laugh and play as the challenges that many of them faced in lockdown are becoming a distant memory.

This week, Fr Nishan celebrated Mass for our Year 3 and 4 children. It was a lovely occasion as one of the group made their First Holy Communion during the Mass. Many of the other children had only recently made their First Holy Communion and so were invited to wear their special clothes to the Mass. To mark such a special occasion we then had a lovely class party.

Thank you to our friends at the Cathedral for supporting our children on their faith journey. We continue to pray for you.


Laura Park


May 2021

As you can probably imagine, this has been quite an unusual year at St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School. We have been open throughout the pandemic but have had to adapt and evolve as each new law and guideline has emerged. Whilst our vulnerable children and children of key workers continued to attend school even through the lockdowns, much of our learning had to move online. The staff did a fantastic job of designing  a remote learning curriculum, providing online support and keeping children motivated, whilst the children were brilliant at engaging with their learning, showcasing their gifts and talents and showing good humour and kindness in their online interactions.

Since Easter, things have started to return to some normality and we are enjoying working, playing and praying as a community, albeit in class bubbles. With awe and wonder, we watched our living eggs hatch and the chicks grow as part of our work on new life. Drama workshops were held to introduce the new class topics and proved very popular with the children – and Father Nishan! Now, as we move towards the final half term of this academic year, we are very much planning for some end of year celebrations to reward the children for their hard work and resilience as well as celebrating their God-given gifts and talents.

 We continue to pray for you, our friends at the Cathedral and ask that you continue to pray for us.

Laura Park