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4th September 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

I am delighted that in a few days we will be welcoming back children and families to start a new academic year. As always, it is a time of great excitement as we wonder what this year may hold for us, we look forward to being reunited with friends and we eagerly wait to share stories and news with each other. I know that it is also a time of trepidation – and especially so this year as it has been many months since school was partially closed for lockdown. I know that there may be worries about how easily it will be to settle in or what school life will look like in this new era. However, please be assured that St John’s is ready and prepared for the start of this new term. We are very keen to capture the excitement of a full return to school and have plans in place to ensure that everybody can quickly settle back in to a routine and enjoy playing and learning with friends. Pray with us for a happy, healthy and productive year in our school where we ‘love to learn and learn to love.’ 

                                                           

Covid-19 Update

We continue to follow all government and local guidance on matters relating to Covid-19. Our opening plans, which set out the control measures in place at St John’s, were sent home earlier in the holidays and are also available on the website. Please ensure that you have read this before your child returns to school.

 

Quarantine

As much as we are keen for all children to return to school on Monday, if you have been away over the holidays and returned from a country that requires you to quarantine upon arrival back in the UK, please follow the advice that you were given. We ask that you inform the office of the situation and provide evidence of the travel to ensure the absence is authorised.

 

School Routines

The opening plans outline the following temporary changes to school procedures and routines:

  • Children should wear full school uniform, except on their class PE days when they should wear their school PE kit for the whole day. PE timetables will be issued after the first week back.
  • The start and finish to the school day are staggered to avoid congestion on the playground so please try to time your journey to avoid waiting outside the gate or on the playground. At the end of the day, older siblings can be collected with younger siblings who may be finishing earlier.
  • If you need to speak to a member of staff, please telephone or email the message and the member of staff will get back to you.
  • For those who wish to take school dinners, there will be a grab and go packed lunch version rather than a hot dinner. Please send your child with a water bottle as water jugs and fountains will not be available at the current time.
  • Any visits to the school – including to the office, should be arranged in advance by telephone or email.

 

Uniform Purchase

Children will be expected to return in September in full school uniform. If you haven’t already done so, uniform can be purchased from the office – please phone your order ahead and arrange an appointment to collect it.

 

Parking Reminders

To ensure the safety of our pupils and families as well as members of the public, please ensure that you park legally and considerately when dropping off or collecting children. Please do not park on yellow lines, the zigzags outside of the school gate, over residents’ driveways, in front of residents’ garages, across the school gates or in the staff carpark – all of these put the safety and wellbeing of others at risk. Please support us by setting a good example to the children at St John’s by parking legally and considerately.

 

Safeguarding

A reminder that the designated safeguarding leads at St John’s are myself and Mrs Warren. If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please contact us immediately.

 

School dinners

It is important that school dinners (which are packed lunches at the moment) are ordered at home via the Caterlink website. To manage the new routines at the start of the day, children will no longer be able to order in their classrooms. If you have any problems with this, please let me know.

 

Residentials

We had 2 residential trips booked for this academic year. The Year 6 trip in September and the Nethercott trip in March. Unfortunately the Year 6 has been cancelled as schools are not able to go ahead with residential trips in the autumn term. Year 6 parents/carers will be contacted about this shortly.

At the moment we are hopeful that the Nethercott trip will go ahead in March but we are monitoring the situation closely.

 

Contact Details

Please remember to update your child’s contact and/or medical details regularly. This can be done via the Sims Parent Lite App or through the office.

 

Year 6 Applications For Secondary Schools

Online applications for secondary schools open on Friday 11th September and close on October 31st.

 

Term Dates

The term dates can be found on the school website or requested from the office.

 

Thank you very much for your support over this challenging time.

 

Yours sincerely,

  L. Park

Head Teacher

 

DIARY DATES

 

           

September

Monday 7th                                          School Opens for Years 1-6

 

October

Friday 23rd                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

                                   

November

Monday 2nd                                         School Opens

Tuesday 3rd                                         School Photos

Monday 23rd                                        INSET Day

 

December

Friday 18th                                           1.30pm Christmas Holidays Begin

 

January

Monday 4th                                          School Opens

 

February

Friday 12th                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

Monday 22nd                                       School Opens

 

April

Thursday 1st                                        1.30pm Easter Holidays Begin

Monday 19th                                        School Opens            

 

 

May

Friday 28th                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

 

June

Monday 7th                                          School Opens

Monday 28th                                        INSET Day

 

July

Thursday 22nd                                     1.30pm Summer Holiday Begins

 

9th July 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope that this letter finds you well. It seems unbelievable that this academic year is about to end – and yet we are without our usual opportunities to celebrate, share, pray and reminisce together.

This year has indeed been a strange one, and whether we have enjoyed the precious family time together or found ourselves in challenging circumstances, it really will be a year that we won’t forget. I, like many of you, have experienced both of those scenarios, but as I reflect on the past few months, I am very grateful to have been part of this strong, compassionate and positive community which has continued to reflect God’s light in the darkness of the pandemic. I would like to thank the staff, children, families, governors and our parish who have all continued to pray for our school, offer their best to our school and shown love to one another when it was needed most. Thank-you!

                                                                                   

Covid-19 Update

We are continuing to follow all government and local guidance on matters relating to Covid-19. School has continued to be open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children since lockdown and to children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 since June.

 

The government has said that schools should open to all pupils in September and so we are currently reviewing our health and safety procedures ready for this, as well as working with the local authority and diocese on an opening plan. As soon as we have a plan in place, I will send a copy to parents and carers. Please be aware that to adhere to the guidance, we may have to review how and when children arrive at school and are collected from school. This will be part of the adjustments that need to be made to reduce contact between class bubbles and between parents.

 

Year 6 Goodbye

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Year 6 at the end of term. They have been a really delightful class of children who have given so much to our community and brought such joy to our daily lives. We have invited them in to school on Monday 20th July so that we can say goodbye to them and let them know - in a Covid-appropriate way – just how proud we are of them. It is not the goodbye that they deserve, but we will make it special and it will be heartfelt. I’m sure that they will have bright, interesting and fulfilling lives ahead of them and I look forward to hearing all about the difference that they continue to make in their schools and communities.

 

Reports

Like everything else, our ability to produce comprehensive end of year reports this year has been impacted by school closures. We have therefore produced a more basic report this year that is guided by information available at the point of lockdown and predictions that staff made earlier in the year. These reports will be emailed to parents/carers before the end of

term or, if your child is attending school, will be sent home with them before their last day.

 

Reception Baseline

You may have heard in the news that the government has decided to suspend the Reception Baseline Assessment that was planned for autumn 2020. It is now planned to begin in autumn 2021.

 

Residentials

We have 2 residential trips booked for the next academic year. The Year 6 trip in September and the Nethercott trip in March. We are currently trying to contact both organisations to discuss arrangements and options in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

OFSTED

OFSTED have announced that they have suspended their visits for the autumn term to allow schools the opportunity to focus on their response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that a suitable recovery programme is in place to address gaps in learning that resulted from the lockdown.

 

Challenge Partners

For the past couple of years, we have been part of the Challenge Partners programme which allows us the opportunity to review our teaching and learning alongside other senior leaders from across the country. Last year, we were graded as a ‘leading school’ reflecting our commitment to meeting the needs of our children and setting high expectations for all. This year, as a school that has been identified as having consistently high standards, we have been invited to be part of a programme called ‘Growing the Top’ which offers high performing schools the opportunity to work together to explore systemic excellence. I am sure that this will be a hugely interesting and positive opportunity for St John’s and I will keep you updated on our work within the programme.

 

School Uniform

Children will be expected to return in September in full school uniform. This can be purchased from the office on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd September or between 9am and 3pm on Friday 4th September. If you are able to phone ahead and let us know your order, we will get it ready for you.

 

Classes for September

Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do our usual transition with children but please find below the class teachers for September:

Nursery – Mrs White

Reception – Mrs Brown

Year 1 – Miss Brien

Year 2 – Miss Phillips

Year 3 – Miss Minall

Year 4 – Mrs Kahraman

Year 5 – Mrs Munns and Mrs Cornborough

Year 6 – Mrs Bailey and Mrs Leaman

Mrs Beaton will be sending home some social stories for children who she has been working with. These will help them to prepare for their new classes.

 

Contact Details

Please remember to update your child’s contact and/or medical details regularly. This can be done via the Sims Parent Lite App or through the office.

 

Term Dates

The term dates can be found on the school website or requested from the office.

The school and nursery will close for the summer on Friday 17th July.

 

Thank you once again for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

L. Park

Head Teacher

 

 

 

DIARY DATES

 

           

September

Thursday 3rd                                        INSET Day

Friday 4th                                             INSET Day

Monday 7th                                          School Opens for Years 1-6

 

October

Friday 23rd                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

                                   

November

Monday 2nd                                         School Opens

Tuesday 3rd                                         School Photos

Monday 23rd                                        INSET Day

 

December

Friday 18th                                           1.30pm Christmas Holidays Begin

 

January

Monday 4th                                          School Opens

 

February

Friday 12th                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

Monday 22nd                                       School Opens

 

April

Thursday 1st                                        1.30pm Easter Holidays Begin

Monday 19th                                        School Opens            

 

 

May

Friday 28th                                           3.30pm Half-Term Begins

 

 

June

Monday 7th                                          School Opens

Monday 28th                                        INSET Day

 

July

Thursday 22nd                                     1.30pm Summer Holiday Begins

 

15th June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. We are now in the final half term of this academic year when we would usually be preparing for our end of year activities but are instead wondering how and when schools might fully open. As strange as it is to be in our current situation, please remember that our school community continues to thrive and school staff are still here to support you and your child through this tough time.

 

School Reports

To adhere to government guidelines on reporting to parents, a shortened school report will be written for each child. The information will include end of year predictions, rather than assessments, informed by how your child was performing before the national lockdown in March. Reports will be emailed to you before the end of term. There will be an opportunity to discuss the report by phone or at the parents evening that we are planning for September.

 

Home Learning

Thank you very much for all support and hard work with the home learning. As you will have seen, we have now moved towards a topic themed approach so that if you have more than one child in school, they will all have similar activities. Our home learning staff are doing a fantastic job of setting and marking work as well as contacting families – your child is able to contact them through the class blog or 2email on purple mash.

 

Children Currently Attending School

We have remained open for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children since lockdown and are grateful for the positive feedback that we have had on this provision.

Since the 1st June, we have welcomed back children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and they have now settled in to their new routines.

With the new guidelines, staff rotas and routines, please be reminded that it may take up to 2 weeks from you contacting us for an eligible child to be able to return to school.

 

Food Parcels

From time to time, we are being offered food parcels to distribute to families that may welcome them. Please let me know if it would be helpful to you to receive one.

 

Year 6 Hoodies

As staff and governors, we recognise how sad it is that Year 6 will be leaving us this year without their anticipated show, assembly or trip. We have therefore decided to order a leaver’s sweatshirt as a gift for each of them as a reminder of their time at St John’s. If you have a child in Year 6, please look out for the text and let the office know the size that you require.

 

Term Dates

We were due to have an INSET day on Monday 29th June but have decided to move this to Monday 20th July. This means that term ends for children at 1.30 pm on Friday 17th July.

 

Although we do not yet know what the government intends to do about social distancing and therefore the opening of schools in September, our planned term dates for September are:

Thursday 3rd September – INSET Day

Friday 4th September – INSET Day

Monday 7th September – First day of the autumn term

 

Thank you once again for your continued support of our school and of each other. Please be assured of our prayers and thoughts at this time and do let me know if there is anything further that we can do to support you and your family.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

L. Park

Head Teacher

 

 

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