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St John’s News 13

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22


A message from the Head

As we approach the end of the spring term, we are grateful that our children have been able to return to school to continue their education in the right setting.

Still thinking of our Christian value ‘Hope’, we have thought about how we think of others and how our actions give hope. Our St John’s Foodbank continues to operate with support from our school community, Portland Road residents, and the wider public from neighbouring roads. Please do continue to use this for yourselves or anyone you may know, or privately contact Mr Hemmings (our Site Manager) or myself if you wish for more specific support.

St John’s School is 150 years old this year! Throughout 2021, we will be celebrating this anniversary in school, including the launch of our brand new website after the Easter holidays - this will be the last newsletter in this format! Going forward all newsletters will be on the website. We are currently planning an exciting week of activities in the summer term, including; a tea party with ex pupils & staff, birthday cake bake off, flash mob dance, Pebble path, Walk-a-thon (children walk 150 laps of the playground/their garden), design a flag to make bunting, 150 acts of kindness, make a school t shirt with a winning 150th design for parents to buy, STEM challenge-build a structure using 150 paper cups, church service, burying of time capsule and commemoration art work.

All our plans will be shared with you in due course, here's some confirmed activities already planned:

Mon 5th July: Sports Day and picnic

Tues 6th July: Victorian Day and Farm

Weds 7th July: Church service

Thurs 8th July: Time Capsule

Fri 9th July: Carnival and magic shows


We took part in the National Day of Reflection on 23rd March, with the whole school observing a one-minutes silence at 11am, as it marks one year since the first day of the first lockdown.


Outdoor Clubs

We aim to resume a few outdoor clubs run by Brendan Murphy-McVey. Indoor clubs will have to wait until we receive more guidance, and these may run after May half term.


School lunches

School lunches will remain as packed lunches until May half term, at which point we will re- assess the situation. If you would like a school lunch for your child, please do ensure you book your child’s lunch for the first half of the Summer Term.



Home Testing Kits - Members of the Community Testing Team will be coming to our school next week to distribute tests in a COVID secure manner. More information to follow


Parents can get home test kits* and the results need to be reported to NHS Test and Trace. Please inform the school immediately if positive. It is important that households, childcare and support bubbles of pupils should test - to order a home test kit online rapid-lateral-flow-tests


Last Day of Term

Don’t forget! School finishes 1 hour earlier on the last day of term (Wednesday 31st March). Please collect from the usual places at the following times:

  • Reception: 2.10pm