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St John’s News 7: Friday 16th December 2022


‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do

not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ John 14:27



A message from the Head


What a busy term this has been for our school community! It has been brilliant having the children mingle together on the playground, looking after the younger pupils whilst outside and engaging them in creative games. We enjoyed having parents in school for Parents’ Evening and our new class-led Collective worships.


We, like many schools across the country enjoy sharing our Christmas festivities with you. This year each class performed a segment of the Nativity to bring this beautiful Bible story of the birth of Jesus alive. We put on 2 services this year, so all our St John’s community had the opportunity to enjoy, and prepare for this important season. Mrs. Thornton, a grandparent of one of our families, supported us with the musical aspects by playing the piano and helping us with the children’s singing. A huge thank you to Mrs. Thornton for all her help!


Whole School Christmas Service at St John's Church



Mr. Peat shared his musical talent in a whole school Music worship. He stunned us all with his amazing performance on the saxophone. Thank you again for inspiring us all!


Some of the classes have been on cultural visits, Newton Y5 visited the Science Museum and Turing Y6 visited the National Army Museum.


It has been encouraging to see the children working hard across all areas of the curriculum, and living out our school values. We are proud of all of our children!


To support some of our families, we hosted a Wellbeing Coffee morning in Bluebridge House with our Mental Health Practitioner.


Are you planning on buying your child a new device for Christmas?


Peter Cowley (AfC's Online Safety Adviser), delivered an online safety presentation to KS2 children and parents. This was incredibly useful and further information is available on the school website. As a matter of keeping all our children safe online please see the information on how to set up security measures on devices.



 

We have enjoyed many festive activities over the past few weeks:

  • The children’s Christmas lunch and class parties

  • St John’s choir singing at Bentalls Centre

  • Magician for YN to Y3

  • KS2 went to see A Christmas Carol at The Rose Theatre

  • Y2’s visit to Cornerstone Church for the Christmas Journey experience

  • Dance exhibition in the hall

  • Surprise Father Christmas and Frosty the Snowman Visit for the Nursery Children



 

Thank you for your kind donations in our Reverse Advent Calendar for the Kingston Food Bank.


The children enjoyed a fun Christmas activity morning organised by the PSA. Thank you to the new PSA team, as they have been busy this half of the term planning exciting events to help the school raise funds. Please do support them!


You can find the winners of the Attendance Award on our House Points & Attendance page




 

Forest School Christmas Holiday Club - a couple of places left

The two-day workshops are filled with plenty of seasonal activities for all primary school-aged children, from arts and crafts to real-size tool use and fire-making. What holiday treats could we be cooking on the fire this winter? The Clubs run the week of 19th December. More Here

 

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

You can keep up to date with all PSA events on their page on the school website here.


PSA newsletter for Autumn term 2022


Please visit the Easy Fund Raising App to easily raise money for the School. Simply visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk, 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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