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St John's News 12

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. Psalm 91:4


A message from the Head

The children were all full of smiles and great cheer. Life on our playground has resumed with children forming clusters to catch up on their latest news, some walking in arm in arm, some running the lengths of their assigned zones, and others playing games. They are beginning to slowly settle back into a routine, though I suspect this may take our young children more time.


Mufti Day

As many of our children and school community have mentioned, our Christian value for this half term is ‘Hope’, and we should have a mufti day themed ‘Rainbow of Hope’. The children were keen on this idea to raise funds for school, and so we decided to have a mufti day this Friday 12th March. The children can wear as many colours as they wish, clashing or co-ordinating, we don’t mind. As we now look forward to a brighter future, we just want them to have fun.


150 Years!

This is Arnold Letchworth, a curate and vicar of St John’s the Evangelist Church and founder of St John’s School in 1871.

St John’s School is 150 years old this year! Throughout 2021, we will be celebrating this anniversary in school. We are currently planning a week of activities in the summer term. These plans will be shared with you in due course.



  • Be on time. Drop off and pick up times for each year group can be found on the Return to School letter. Being late causes congestion.

  • Leave scooters and bikes at home until further notice. Only pupils in KS2, who have previously been given special permis- sion due to distance, are allowed to cycle.



COVID Testing

Regular rapid asymptomatic testing 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 click here


Key Dates

  • Fri 12th March: Rainbow of Hope mufti day

  • Fri 19th March: Red Nose Day

  • Fri 31st March: Last day of term 2pm

  • Tuesday 27th April: Class photos

  • Monday 3rd May Bank Holiday

  • w/c 10th May: Year 5 Bikeability

  • Thurs 20th-Fri 21st May Year 4 Juniper Hall trips (TBC)

  • Monday 14th June Inset Day

  • w/c 21 June Year 6 Bikeability

  • 5th-9th July 150th Anniversary celebrations

  • Thursday 22nd July Last day of term 2pm


Term Dates Academic Year 2020 to 2021

Spring term 2021 Last day of term: Wednesday 31st March at 2pm

Summer term 2021 Monday 19 April to Friday 28 May 2021 Half term Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June 2021 Monday 7 June to Friday 23rd July 2021

Last day of term is Thursday 22nd July at 2pm

INSET - Dates for 2020/2021 Monday 14th June 2021

Friday 23rd July 2021


TERM DATES: Academic Year 2021 to 2022

Winter term 2021 Wednesday 1st September to Friday 22nd October 2021 Half term Monday 25th - Friday 29th October 2021 Monday 1st November to Friday 17th December 2021 at 2pm

Spring term 2022 Tuesday 4th January to Friday 11th February 2022 Half term Monday 14th February - Friday 18th February 2022 Monday 21st February to Friday 1st April 2022 at 2pm

Summer term 2022 Tuesday 19th April 2022 to Friday 27th May 2022 Half term Monday 30th May— Friday 3rd June 2022 Monday 6th June to Friday 22nd July 2022 at 2pm

INSET - Dates for 2021/2022 Wednesday 1st September 2021

Monday 22nd November 2021

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Monday 7th March 2022

Monday 13th June 2022

Bank holidays 2021/2022 Good Friday 15th April 2022

Easter Monday 18th April 2022

Monday 2nd May

Thursday 2nd June

Friday 3rd June 2022



Week commencing 22nd March 2021 Parents / Carers — Please look out for an email which will be sent to you shortly, letting you know of the date, time and Google Meet code for your online 10 minute slot with your child’s class teacher. We will send a text to your child’s class when the emails have been sent—please ensure you make a note of the date and time, and please be ready to sign in promptly on the day.

Thank you for your co-operation!


Church Dates Holy Week 2021

28th March 2021 Palm Sunday

10:00: We will be opening the Church for socially distanced public worship on Palm Sunday. This year we will be holding a service of Blessing of the Palms and Holy Communion in Church.

11:00 – 13:00: Private prayer and collection of Blessed Palms. If you were unable to come to the morning service, you may want to come to Church to pray and collect a palm cross between 11:00 – 13:00.

19:00: Evening prayer – We will be broadcasting our usual Facebook Service of Evening prayer on Palm Sunday evening.

31st March 2021 Wednesday of Holy Week

13:00: Holy Communion – we will be opening the Church for a socially distanced service of Holy Communion. 18:00 – 19:30: The Church will be open for private prayer.

1st April 2021 Maundy Thursday

20:00: A simple service of Holy Communion followed by the Maundy Thursday vigil, when people can prepare for Good Friday and Easter through private prayer and reflection.

2nd April 2021 Good Friday

12:00 – 15:00: Reflections on the 7 words from the cross - A service of reflections and prayer focusing on Jesus’s words from the cross. This is a service where people can come and go as they please, a chance to spend reflecting on all that Jesus endured on Good Friday and prepare for the joy of Easter Sunday.

3rd April 2021 Easter Eve

18:00 – 19:00: Church will be open for private prayer and reflection.

4th April 2021 Easter Day

10:00: Socially distanced Parish Communion. Come and celebrate the joy of Easter.


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