Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13.16
A message from the Head
We are now halfway through the school year, and we are wondering how fast the year has flown by so far!
Our children have continued to explore the Christian value ‘Justice’ in class, and collective worship. We have been sharing with the children that Justice is not about a culture that encourages everyone to insist on their own rights at the expense of others; it is about a community that knows that everyone’s well-being is as important as that of everyone else. Please continue to help us reinforce this message at home.
As we have entered the season of Lent, children can learn a bit more about this through this BBC Bitesize short video
They can also engage in some random acts of kindness activities
Year 6 visit The Houses of Parliament
Turing Y6 visited the Houses of Parliament last week as part of the their PSHE learning around Fundamental British Values and Democracy. They were to meet with Ed Davey, our local MP, and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Year 5 go to Chelsea Football Club
Miss Wilson took a group of Y5 children to Chelsea Football club for a day of activities. They thoroughly enjoyed their day out!
Chelsea Football club are also in school for the next couple of weeks working with children in KS2.
Year 1 lead collective worship
Well done to Edison Y1 for leading Collective Worship on Tuesday 28th on the Christian value Justice! The children all were very impressive as this was their first time of presenting to an audience. We hope you enjoyed the reflection time, and learnt a little more about Justice.
World Book Day
World Book Day 2023 started with a whole school assembly. The winners of the story writing competition were announced and everyone was amazed by the quality of the work produced by all classes. The children looked amazing in their costumes and each class paraded around the hall.
Throughout the rest of the day, the classes paired up and the older children read to the younger children. The older children thought about books they loved when they were the age of their audience and had taken time to prepare their performance. This was lovely - as you can see from the photographs taken throughout the day. It was almost entirely run by the children in Key Stage 2 and they gave a very good account of themselves. It was a great day, and with the book swap on Friday and the author visit next week, the reading-based fun is set to continue.
Thank you for the support you have provided the school with our annual Book Week celebrations. Our children have had a fabulous time engaging with all the activities planned, including celebrating the ‘Short Stories’ competition organised by Mr Redhead, and the ‘ Book Swap’.
We will again be using the School Cloud appointment scheduling system to book times with your class teacher. Dates for upcoming parent consultations are as follows:
Mon 20th March 2023 - YR, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
Wed 22nd March 2023 - Y2, Y4 and Y5
Thurs 23rd March 2023 - YR, Y1, Y3, Y5 and Y6
Appointments can be made from Friday 24th February 2023 at 6:00pm and will close at 12.00 midday on Thursday 16th March 2023 - please book your consultation if you have not already done so. Instructions on how to book appointments can be found below:
Visiting Author next week - Karen Lord
We are looking forward to our visiting author Karen Lord next Wednesday. She will be in school all day working with the children, reading stories and participating in a range of exciting activities.
Her books will be on sale at the end of the school day from 3:15 – 4:00pm in the school hall.
The books can be pre-ordered from this website. creativechameleonbooks.co.uk
and then be collected on Wednesday from the author (signed).
More information can be found on the attached letter.
The Forest Schooling Bunny Money Hunt!
Come and take part in a fun family activity for all ages and abilities at Forest Schooling UK and help the Easter Bunny find his Bunny Money. Take part in an Easter treasure trail and see if you can complete the clues to receive your share of the Bunny Money from a grateful Easter Bunny.
Saturday 25th March,
Forest Schooling UK, Three Bridges Path, KT1
£3 per child on the day, £5 for two children.
Pay on the day, cards accepted.
Open for all children and families 10am - 2pm
Thank you - Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal
Thank you all for your generous donations towards the emergency fund to support those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We have raised £1,013 so far. If you haven't yet donated and would like to, please donate by using the link below.
We are looking for additional support in our Blue Bridge Buddies Breakfast Club from 7:30am to 8:45am Monday- Friday term time only. If you are looking for early morning work, please contact the school office.
If your child has forgotten any items they need for school on a day, eg: lunch, water bottle, PE kit, wellies for forest school, etc... please leave them clearly labelled with your child's name and class in the plastic box outside the office and a member of staff will pass them over to your child before lunchtime.
Keeping children safe (Safeguarding)
Please find here an excellent Safeguarding Hand-book for primary schools by the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Team. Safeguarding—In Safe hands
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Continues to operate 24 hours a day including bank holidays & weekends. 0808 2000 247
Please remember if you have any concerns or questions regarding Safeguarding out of school hours follow the link.
PSA dates for your diary & Newsletter
You can keep up to date with all PSA events and read their latest newsletter on their page on the school website here.
Please visit the Easy Fund Raising App to easily raise money for the School. Simply visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk, and select St John's School as your chosen charity.
Dates for your Diary
All dates appear on our school calendar on the school website. This includes school holiday dates, inset days, clubs, swimming and parent's evenings. You can find the calendar here: