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10th March 2020


This term has been busy with children taking up opportunities to visit a synagogue, take part in drama workshops, explore their aspirations for the future as well as participate in sporting and music events. Also, despite the wet and stormy weather, our Year 6 children bravely took on the challenge of Bikeability and learned not only how to ride safely on the road, but also how to maintain their bike. We look forward to them having many happy and safe years riding responsibly on the streets of Portsmouth.

This week, we celebrated World Book Day with children using a wooden spoon to make their favourite book character. We were amazed at their talent and creativity. Staff also enjoyed the day too as they were invited to share their own passion for literature by reading their favourite children’s book to groups of children across the school.

The variety and quality of opportunities and experiences that children have at St John’s has always been a strength. We work hard to nurture a love of learning in our community and are always encouraging children – and adults – to appreciate and grow their God-given talents. We were delighted that this was highlighted as a strength in our recent Challenge Partners teaching and learning review in which we were given the top grade of ‘Leading school’.

We continue to pray for you, our friends at the Cathedral and ask that you continue to pray for us during this season of Lent.


Laura Park

25th October 2019


A big welcome to Fr Emmanuel and Fr Anthony from the children, staff and families at St John’s. Just like the new children that we have welcomed to our school over the last few weeks, we wish that you very soon feel the love and warmth of being part of this special community.

The academic year has started very well for us and we haven’t wasted any time getting on with nurturing our gifts and talents – Year 5 have started their swimming lessons and many showed great courage overcoming their fear of the water. Year 3 and 4 have started their recorder and clarinet lessons and are already dreaming of playing in bands and orchestras around the world!

This year, our whole school focus will be on continuing to develop the curriculum and in particular on embedding Catholic Social Teaching in to all areas of the curriculum. We will also be continuing our work on ensuring that all pupils are effectively supported and challenged to reach their full potential – especially the most vulnerable.

We continue to pray for you, our friends at the Cathedral and ask that you continue to pray for us as we start this new school year.


Laura Park