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St John’s News 5: November 2021

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14


A message from the Head

Welcome back from a delightful half term break. Our Christian Value for this half term is Peace. We will be considering the meaning of peace and why it is important. Ask your children questions like: what does ‘peace’ mean?; when do we need peace?; why do we all need peace?; and where do we find peace?

I do hope you all signed up for the parents consultations with your child’s teacher, and have been able to discuss how they have settled in and what targets they should be focusing on at home.

School Street

Last school year our children wrote to the local authority asking for action to slow traffic down on Portland Road in order to keep children and families safe. Portland Road is now a 'School Street', which means there is a restriction for vehicles between 8.30-9.30am at the start of the school day and 2.45-3.45pm at the end of the day, during term time. We are waiting for additional information from the local authority around possible exemptions which of course will be extended to our neighbours, staff and families that meet certain criteria. This information will be sent on you once received. However more information can be found by following this link

Happy Diwali to all our families celebrating the Festival of Light. We enjoyed a presentation by Mrs Shah and Ms Baker in our Friday Worship.


OWL & Forest School News

We are pleased to let you know we have received a community grant from Tesco of £950 to help pay for our chicken coop which we will be starting to build soon. Not only are chickens entertaining to keep, they are known to help with mental health and can help with resilience and confidence in children. The children will be able to help keep the chickens and of course collect and taste the eggs! The chickens will also be viewable from the footpath that runs alongside the allotment and the Hogsmill River.

We only need to raise another £500 to reach our target, if you feel you can donate you can do so here:

Donate to chicken coop