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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: admin@st-johns-catholic-pri.portsmouth.sch.uk

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: admin@st-johns-catholic-pri.portsmouth.sch.uk

                                                                                                                                                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

 

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