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St John’s News 19: Thursday 20th July 2023

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

A message from the Head

We have reached the end of another successful year with all our children working hard in school to achieve their full potential. The children and staff have been busy finishing off topics and ensuring that they take full advantage of our last few days of school before the long summer break.

Teachers have given children summer work that they can engage with to keep them educationally challenged through the summer.

We will be saying goodbye to Turing Y6, Mr Paul Hemmings, Ms Michelle Brierley, Miss Clair Campbell and Mrs Nicki Rees. We also wish Keanton (Y5) as he moves to his new school.

We wish them all the best for the future and we look forward to hearing how everyone is getting on.

Inset days for 24/25 school year

Monday 02/09/24

Monday 06/01/25

Friday 06/06/25

Monday 21/07/25

Tuesday 22/07/25

Thank you to the PSA

Thank you to the wonderful hardworking PSA for their fundraising events this school year. We have been able to provide the children with lovely inclusive reading material, sensory activity items, furniture, educational trips, and even a new carpet to sit on as they engage in the fun learning activities planned for them by their teachers.

All staff extend a huge thank you for all the kind gifts and generous donations which have been gratefully received.



The school gates open at 8:40am and close at 8:45am. We expect all children to be ready to start their early morning learning promptly at 8:45am.

We want to teach our children that punctuality is an extremely important and respectful life skill.

When the gates close at 8:45am a member of staff will be outside with a late book for you to sign with a reason for your child's lateness. This will be monitored by the Local Authority's Educational Welfare Officer ("EWO").

Early morning work, between 8:45 and 9:00am is vital for your chlid's progress.


New Forest School for all children

From September 2023, OWL will cease and in its place every class will have a half term with a two hour weekly Forest School session. These sessions with include all the trimmings - activities, fire, tool use, biscuits and hot chocolate! Find out how it will work, including the new time-table here


Year 4 Visit to Wagamama

This term Class 4 visited Wagamama's restaurant in Kingston. We have been learning about food from around the World and part of our Design and Technology topic is finding out about local produce and ingredients. We had a wonderful time making fruit drinks, weighing different ingredients like corn and peppers.

We also got to taste Kimchi, pickled raddish and bamboo and then we got to try some delicious, fresh noodles. Did you know that the first Wagamama's restaurant in the U.K opened in Bloosmbury, London in 1992?


Choir at Bradbury House

Our choir had the opportunity this week to sing to the residents of Bradbury House. They sang beautifully. Well done choir!


Country Dancing

Our Country Dancers performed beautifully in the playground on Tuesday afternoon. We are proud of all the children who took part. Well done to the parents and staff who joined in with the Circassian Circle!

Nursery Sports day

Nursery enjoyed a fun sports day followed by garduation to mark the end of term. We wish all the children moving on to other local schools all the best and look forward to welcoming some of our Nursery childen to Reception in September 2023.


School Reminders for Next Term

  • Book Breakfat and After School Clubs

  • Order School Meals

  • Correct School Uniform and PE kit to be worn, including black shoes

Gate Entrances:

  • Gate 1 - YN and YR

  • Main entrance - Y1 and Y2

  • Gate 2 - Y3 to Y6


Kingston Music Service ("KMS")

KMS are offering beginner/starter groups for various musical instruments for the next academic year. Costs for lessons and instrument hire is noted in the poster below.


Summer 2023 activities

1. Free Girls' Training and Watch the Lionnesses

Richmond & Kew FC would like to invite all young girls in Richmond & Kingston to attend a 90 minute training session of football on our 3G pitches where we will have games, skill drills and matches to enjoy. This will be followed by the screening of the Lionesses 1st game in this year’s World Cup in our Clubhouse. There will be some nibbles and squash for the girls watching the match.

The session will commence at 8.45am and culminate with watching the game which should be finished by 12.30pm.

2. Kew Gardens - £1 entrance

A new low-cost entry is being introduced for a visit to Kew Gardens for people in receipt of Universal Credit, aimed to make both gardens more accessible to people of all ages and all incomes to enjoy a great day out in nature. The new ticket will allow anyone who is in receipt of Universal credit to pre-book online at or to walk up and pay their £1 on the gate

3. FUEL: Summer 2023 Holiday Activity and Food programme - bookings open!

Bookings have opened for the Summer 2023 FUEL Holiday Activity and Food programme!

FUEL provides free activities and food for children whose parents are eligible for benefits- related Free School Meals during the Easter, Summer and Winter school holidays. If your child is eligible, you should have a 17 digit FUEL code. If you think your child may be eligible but you haven’t got a code, email the FUEL team at:

If you have your code, you can book on to sessions now: There are also still spaces available for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (FUEL) with KOOSA Kids here on site at King Athelstan Primary. These spaces are for eligible children aged 4-13 who are in receipt of benefits related free school meals, as above


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.

Do not forget

  • No pets allowed on the school premises

  • No smoking or vaping on the shcool school premises

  • Use of mobile os not permitted on the school premises


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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