St John’s News 14: Friday 1st April 2022


Trust in God; trust also in me.’ John 14:1

 

A Message From The Head


We have reached the end of a busy term where we have refocused our children to remind them of our school learning expectations. For the most part, they have worked hard to narrow the gaps from the disruption Covid-19 has caused.


Throughout this school year, we have continued to encourage all children to engage with our online learning platforms for mathematics (Mathletics) and reading (Reading Eggs). Using the Reading Eggs platform, children are able to access a wide range of reading texts, comprehension, grammar and spelling to develop and improve their reading skills. The Mathletics platform covers a wide range of mathematical topics for the children to further develop their knowledge, and this is celebrated weekly in collective worship, alongside their Maths Passports.


Thank you to the parents who attended the virtual Anxiety Workshop, led by our Mental Health Practitioner. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I hope you have now received your promised packs.


It was great to have parents/carers back in school for Parents’ Evening. I know the Covid-19 cases are increasing locally (a few weeks ago, Kingston had the highest number of cases in London), but we were determined to have face-to-face meetings. If you were unable to attend, please do call the office to try to book an appointment after Easter.


For this year’s Red nose day, we had great support from everyone and raised £254.95. Thank you for your kind generosity!


 

School Council visit the Mayor's Parlour


This week the School Council was invited to visit the Mayor’s Parlour. Our children learned about our local history, and they had the opportunity to ask questions to the Mayor about what Kingston is doing to support children living in Kingston, and families from and in Ukraine. We are very proud of them. Mayor Abraham’s two chosen charities reflecting her hopes and aspirations for the borough are, Anstee Bridge and Milaap Multicultural Day Centre. Anstee Bridge offers an alternative learning program for young people facing emotional challenges causing them to disengage from education. https://ansteebridge.co.uk/. The Milaap Centre's main priorities are the support of elderly people in need (particularly but not exclusively those of ethnic minorities) who are residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and neighboring boroughs - with the object of improving their quality of life. www.milaapcentrekingston.org.uk




 

Language of the Month – Lugandan (Uganda)


Our Language of Month of March has been shared by Trinity, Treasure and Carter. We learnt that Uganda is a land locked country, with a the capital called Kampala. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Uganda and is shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second largest freshwater lake in the world! They taught us to count to 10, and we looked at The Bold Face of Time painting by the artist is Oglafa Ebitari. You can find their presentation here.


 

Forest School News


The children have had great fun celebrating the end of term with their friends in the forest and Year 2 brought their models of houses from Pudding Lane and recreated the Great Fire of London.


Our Alternative Provision has opened and been a welcome success, we have filled the two mornings and all the children attending from Kingston and surrounding boroughs are benefitting from the St John’s provision.


Next term we will welcome the return of the chicks who are happily keeping warm and growing up at Mrs Hutchinson’s house. They will be housed in our brand new coop and all the children will be able to visit and tend to them. They will also be available to view from the footpath that runs alongside the Hogsmill River.



 

Easter Bonnet Parade


We would like to encourage all children to continue their Easter celebrations by making fabulous Easter bonnets to wear to school on Friday the 22nd of April!


We would also like to invite all parents to our Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday 22nd April at 3 pm. The parade will be held in the school playground. All parents are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you all there!



 

Note for Year 6 Parents


Our Year 6 parents should have all received an email that includes a medical form in relation to the Year 6 residential trip. Please be aware that we require these forms back by Friday 22nd April please.


Additionally Mr Redhead will be holding a meeting regarding the residential trip via Google meet on Friday 22nd April at 4:30pm. All Year 6 parents welcome!



 

Donate a Device Scheme


Pleaser use the below QR code to find out more information regarding this fantastic scheme.


 

Vibrant Kingston Event


Please see below some infromation regarding a local event being held at Rose Theatre in Kingston on 10th April 2022.



 

Dates for your Diary

  • Friday 1st April: Last day of term (pick up at 2pm)

  • Tuesday 19th April: School returns

  • Wednesday 20th: Current nursery returns

  • Friday 22nd April: Easter Bonnet Parade

  • Friday 22nd April: Mufti Day organised by our PSA


 

Links to more information


Term Dates

House Points (found on the front page)

COVID latest