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6th November 2019


Dear Parents,


I hope that you had a lovely half term break and are enjoying a bit of a break from the recent downpours.


Goodbye and Thank You

At the end of last half term we said goodbye to Mr Victor who is returning to his home country to take up an important role in education. We are also saying goodbye at the end of this week to Mrs Mackenzie who is leaving St John’s after many fruitful years to take up a new role. We wish them both the best of luck for their new adventures and send them with our grateful thanks for their contributions to our school.


Year 6 Trip

Today we waved off many of our Year 6 children as they set off to spend a few days – and nights - at an outdoor activity centre. I’m sure that they will have a fantastic time working together as a team and facing some pretty exciting challenges. We will aim to keep parents updated through our website.


Curriculum Survey

Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the recent curriculum survey. The main findings were that the vast majority of those who completed the survey were very happy with the curriculum provision at St John’s and felt that it reflected the Catholic nature of our school and met their child’s needs. Some of the areas that we are going to explore further are the amount and way that curriculum information is shared with parents and the amount and type of homework that is set (interestingly some felt that there was too much and some felt that there was too little).


Parents Evening

Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are parents evenings. We invite you to sign up for a slot to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss their progress, attainment, attitude and behaviour.


School Nurse

The nurse will continue to hold drop-in sessions once every month in school. If you would like to discuss any health concerns that you have for your child – bed wetting, asthma, allergies, frequent illness etc – sign up for a 10 minute slot, please see the office.


School Applications

If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2020, please be aware that applications opened online this week and must be completed by January 15th. It is always advisable to make more than one choice to avoid being left without a school if your first choice is oversubscribed and you are not allocated it. Making more than one choice does not affect your chances of your first choice. Please also remember to submit all documentation – baptismal certificates and supplementary information forms if applying for a Catholic school.


School Uniform

Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them every day for playtimes.


Nasal Flu Vaccine

This year, the school nurses are offering the nasal flu vaccine to children from Reception to Year 6 on Monday 18th November.  It is a very simple and pain free vaccine that protects children against flu and the serious complications associated with it. Letters and consent forms have been sent home.


Christmas Dinner

The school meal on Wednesday 11th December will be a Christmas dinner with all children eating and celebrating together. If your child would like a Christmas school dinner on this day, please book and pay online. (Children in Year R,1 and 2 as well as those on free school meals will need to book but won’t need to pay.)


Christmas Show

The Christmas show this year will be held at the Cathedral at 2pm on Wednesday 18th December.


Dropping Off and Collecting Children

Please continue to park considerately around the school – on Bridgeside Close, Arundel Street and Cottage View. Please also note that parking outside the gate on Arundel Street is causing a hazard and should be avoided.


Internet Safety

Parents very often speak to us about their concerns for their child’s safety and well-being on the internet and many are unsure how to keep their children safe online – sometimes we don’t realise how much danger and unpleasantness there is online until it is too late. This year we are again holding an internet safety workshop for parents where you can find out how to effectively use safety features and monitor your child’s internet use. Please look out for further information on the workshop which will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th November.



Thank you to our local Morrisons store who yesterday donated a large number of daffodil bulbs to us to brighten up our school environment.


Term Dates

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

The school and nursery will be closed for the following INSET days this year;

Friday 31st January

Monday 29th June

Wednesday 22nd July


Thank you once again for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,


L. Park

Head Teacher








Monday 4th                                                    8.45am Back to School

School Photos

Yr R Applications Open Online

Wednesday 6th –Friday 8th                                     Yr 6 Residential

Thursday 7th                                                  Yr 5 Swimming

Monday 11th                                                  Start of Anti-Bullying Week

                                                                        Parents Evening

Tuesday 12th                                                 Parents Evening

Wednesday 13th                                           No Pens Wednesday

                                                                        Parents Evening

                                                                        Yr 3 Liturgy

Thursday 14th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Monday 18th                                                  Start of Road Safety Week

Nasal Flu Vaccination

                                                                        Start of Road Safety Week

Thursday 21st                                                Yr 5 Swimming

                                                                        2pm Prospective Parent Tour

Tuesday 26th                                                 Scholastic Book Fair Opens

Wednesday 27th                                           Yr 1 Liturgy

                                                                        Parent Internet Safety Workshop

Thursday 28th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Key Stage 2 Internet Safety Workshops



Monday 9th                                                                     9.30am Prospective Parent Tour

Wednesday 11th                                           Year 4-6 Advent Penitential Service

Wednesday 18th                                           2pm Christmas Show: Cathedral

Friday 20th                                                     1.30pm End of Term



Monday 6th                                                                     8.45am Back to School