St John’s News 19

Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. Hebrews 12: 1-2

A message from the Head

Welcome back after a well deserved half term!

We will be exploring the Christian value ‘Perseverance’ this half term. For children some applications of this value are most obviously applied, by taking and preparing for assessments or tests; working on a class project over several weeks; raising money for a good cause; training for sports day success. Our thoughts and discussions will be around the messages try, try and try again; sticking at a task; keep on keeping on; seeing a job through to the end; exhibiting endurance.

The staff have been planning many exciting activities for children this half of the summer term. Some of which are related to St John’s 150th birthday celebrations, and other activities are linked to their class topics.

You will be aware from local press communications that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) case rate has been rising in Kingston for several weeks. Within this rise, the greatest increase in case numbers in Kingston has been in school age children and young adults - with a significant increase in outbreaks and cases in schools over the last two weeks of May. Data suggests that our rise may be linked to the national rise seen in the new ‘Delta’ variant (first identified in India). This variant of the COVID-19 virus is even more highly transmissible.

Kingston is taking prompt and additional actions to control the spread of COVID-19. There will be a special 3 week whole-borough plan with Public Health England (PHE) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The plan (8th - 29th June 2021) has a focus on increased targeted testing and surge vaccination.

We are asking all staff and families to continue their twice weekly lateral flow rapid testing at home. Testing is a key component in breaking the onward chains of transmission, so we need staff and the wider school community to continue to be vigilant, and to keep testing at home. St John’s will continue with our own class bubble arrangements in school, in order to reduce risks of infection. Our staff will continue to have the option to wear face covering in spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Only essential visitors will be allowed on school premises.