Primary Schools Cross Country

Another highly successful event organised by Clare Strange. Around 2pm
16 Schools start arriving at Ratnor House School with 400 children in 2
Age Groups ready for 4 Races.( Forms 3/4 Boys and Girls—– Forms 5/6
Boys and Girls ) Each team has 6 children, the 1st 3 count for scoring. It was a perfect
afternoon for the races in front of a large number of spectators. St.
John’s give their all and the outstanding team were the Boys 3/4 who came
2nd in the team event with Bailey coming 3rd in the race.

Always great to see everyone encouraging eachother and enjoying the afternoon.

New Parents Morning

The second New Parents Open Morning took place on Monday. Altogether
well over 60 families have now been shown round the school and there is
one more morning to come. Coffee,tea and cake prove a popular start and
Sally gives an overview of the school and it”s ethos and values with
Sophie Allen explaining the beginning of school life for their children
in Reception. It is then left to Form 6 to tell the families all about
life throughout their years at the school and take them into each
classroom to introduce them to the teachers.

This is always an interesting morning with many questions asked and
answered with everyone going away feeling much more relaxed about the
whole process. It appears they were certainly impressed with the home
made Sally cake as well as all they saw and heard in the school.

Harvest Festival

What a truly memorable service.

This year’s Harvest Festival raised money for the Send a Cow Charity and honoured all the good work that it does for the poor in Africa. However there was a surprise at the start of the service as Sally’s farmer brother, Tim Kemp, had brought along a 3 day old calf to set the scene in the Church. So here we have the stage set for a 9.15 start with Patrick lying in a pen of straw at the back of the Church, a congregation of 130 plus but no children! Fortunately as it turned out the excellent time keeping of the staff made for a perfect entrance as it was a joy to see the expressions of amazement on the 220 children’s faces as they entered the Church.

In his sermon Fr Norman, the Bishop of Richborough who kindly came to take the service, explained to the children how a cow is given to families to help them understand the food process and so put this knowledge into practise when cooking.
The service had been brilliantly thought out by the form teachers and their helpers. In between hymns Form 6 told us all about the Charity, followed by a video, Form 2 recited a great Milk Chocolate poem, Form 5 acted out their food sketches highlighting the food a cow helps to produce: cheese, butter, yogurt, burgers together with all the vegetables and fruits which make healthy meals and Form 1 made us all want to get up and dance to their harvest Rock and Roll song. The 30 strong choir had learnt to perfection two traditional folk songs which they sang in the native Zulu and Xosa language. Form 4 read bible readings and Form 3 ended with prayers.
The sun shone through the stained glass windows and Patrick lay peacefully through the service and Tim has decided he would like a CD of the singing to help all his cows to relax.

Spelling Strategies

As you are aware, raising standards in spelling across the school is a key focus for us this academic year.

We would like to share a wonderful resource with you which has been produced by our own language specialist, Claudia Goodman. The strategies outlined in this presentation are all now used in school so should be familiar to your children. Please take the time to read and use this excellent document and help your child become a great speller.

Spelling Strategies Document

School Awarded Primary Science Gold Quality Mark!

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a Gold Primary Science Quality Mark, congratulations Mrs Casewell!

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

To read the full report for St John’s click here

Yr 4 Orchestra Concert

What a great finale to Sarah Marsh’s career at St Johns.  Together with the peripatetic music team the 55 strong Year 4 orchestra were ready to perform some well known and pretty complicated pieces and this they did with maturity and a real sense of fun and pleasure in front of their families.
Music has come a long way in a short time under the guidance of Sarah and the legacy she leaves is that music is now very much part of the DNA of St John’s.  So many children now learn individual instruments and the school orchestra and choirs are performing to a high standard.  The self confidence this generates in each pupil is of immense value to their future success in life.