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St John’s News 15: Friday 12th May 2023

'Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.'

Colossians 3:12

A message from the Head

We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend taking time to rest or do what makes you feel good!

School has been so busy with a lot of exciting learning and events:

  • Anning Y4 and Newton Y5 were invited to Surbiton High for an educational morning of Science.

  • Edison Y1, visited Chessington Zoo as part of their Science topic. The children all came back buzzing with so many educational facts about some of the animals they saw. Thank you to the army of parents supporting this trip.

Coronation Celebrations of King Charles III.

We had a fantastic week of activities to commemorate King Charles III’s Coronation last week. We ended the week wearing red, white and blue, or dressed as royalty with our street party style school lunch picnic. For lunch, our school cook Marti prepared a delicious Coronation buffet fit for a king! The cookies certainly went down a treat! The children looked absolutely fantastic in their crowns and royal regalia! Finally, we ended the day with a parade over Blue Bridge and through Bedelsford School carpark. What an amazing week we had! Please see the website for more of our celebrations -

I was lucky to receive an invitation to attend the King’s Coronation Garden Tea Party.

This week Turing Y6 have been tackling their final primary school tests, SATs, and Byron Y2 are having their SATs assessments spread out through the month. Our Y6's have been so positive and focussed leading up to this period. We believe in all our children! I therefore dedicate the poem below to all of them.


SATs don't measure sports,

SATs don't measure art,

SATs don't measure music,

or the kindness in your heart.

SATs don't see your beauty,

SATs don't know your worth,

SATs don't see the reasons

you were put upon this earth.

SATs don't see your magic,

how you make others smile,

SATs don't time how quickly

you can run a mile.

SATs don't hear your laughter,

or see you've come this far,

SATs are just a tiny glimpse of who you really are.

So sitting at your table,

with a pencil and your test,

Remember SATs aren't who you are,

remember you're the best.

Rights Respecting School

As a Rights Respecting School, we regularly discuss different articles from the UNCRC with the children. This week’s Article of the Week is Article 6. Every child has the right to life.

Year 1 enjoyed listening to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar who eats lots and lots of food to help him grow. The children thought carefully about all the things that they need to survive and develop.

Year 5 watched this video made by UNICEF about the lives of different children from around the world.

They understand that rights are universal and unconditional and apply to all children everywhere.

Bradbury House Visit

On Wednesday some of the children from Year 3 visited Bradbury House, our local Day Centre. The children enjoyed reading story books to the residents and chatting about what they like to do.

Antonia: ‘I really enjoyed reading with the residents.’

Teddy: ‘I enjoyed talking about my favourite hobby, football!’

Mila: ‘I really would like to do this again!’

Country Dancing at the Coronation Street party

On Saturday 6th May the children of St John’s were invited to perform country dances at the Coronation Street party on Bloomfield Road.

Despite the rain, our children danced beautifully. Well done to everyone who took part.



Year 4 and Year 5 were invited to Surbiton High School for the ENERGY Live! Presentation delivered by the Royal Institute. The pupils joined over 500 other pupils from different schools across the borough. Both year groups learnt about the different stores of energy through interactive experiments! Our own pupil, Trinity in Year 4 went up and helped with one of the interactive experiments! All in all, both year groups were scientifically inspired and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We hope they continue to be interested in the sciences and hopefully pursue the subject in the future.​

Trinity helped to make fire from water . This type of energy is called Kinetic energy. She was a great volunteer and had lots of fun doing the experiment.


Summer Half Term Forest Club

Open to ALL primary aged children. (Year 1-6) MAY 30th & 31st. Book one or both days. Come enjoy the magic in the outdoors, make new friends, create amazing memories with our Summer Half Term Club, with plenty of seasonal activities for all primary school aged children, from arts and crafts to real-size tool use and fire-making.


Job Opportunities

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.


Forgotten items reminder

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, 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:

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