New Year

 

Our lovely Reception class have completed their second full-time week at St John’s. They have settled so well it feels as if they’ve been here much longer. Miss Allen and her team have supported the children superbly in this important transition. The children continue to be helped enormously by their thoughtful and attentive buddies in Year 6.

Welcome back to Term 5

After a lovely Easter break, despite the poor weather, the school is as vibrant and busy as usual again.It definitely feels a much more cheerful and interesting place with children here!

It’s lovely to see so many children in their summer uniform, willing it to be warmer and sunnier!

For clarification, our Friday uniform for this and next term will be PE kits with the school house colours t shirt for everyone. Children will bring their PE kits home by Thursday in order to be ready for Friday House Day. They should, of course, return their PE kits to school on Monday mornings to be prepared for their PE lessons.

Watch out for Inter-house competition results which will be posted in our newsletters and on the website as well as our weekly house point winners.

 

The Last Snow!

I think we’re all hoping that this proves to be the last of the snow for us for this year. The roads this morning were slippery but I am delighted people slowed their journeys and almost everyone is here today. We look forward to the temperature rising for Year 4’s residential trip on Wednesday.

Tomorrow we are all geared up for our whole school walk to Knole Park. Children must wear their school track suit and school coat plus gloves and hats. Please give generously to the Sports Relief collection, Year 6 will be shaking collection buckets in the playground in the morning. I’m really pleased that so many parents have said they are keen to join us on this walk which should prove a lovely energetic start to the day.

A reminder that everyone is welcome to join us for our end of term Easter service on Thursday 29th March at 9.15am. This will be followed by the PTA Easter egg hunt before we finish school at 3.15pm for our Easter holidays. Let’s hope they’re full of sunshine and plenty of relaxation and fun.

All the Fun of the Last Day!

While KS1 are up at the top of town – “Oh no they’re not”…”Oh yes they are! enjoying the pantomime, KS2 have all been active and loving a bright chilly morning’s sport together.

Our inter-house competitions have just finished. Hugely dedicated staff froze either on the side lines or timing events. We have all agreed we have had the best fun though!

Awards were given to the winning houses in each sporting discipline. The results are as follows:

Football – RED

Dodge ball – YELLOW

Netball- BLUE

Multi-skills – YELLOW

Stacking cups – RED

Hockey – BLUE

Although Green House didn’t win an event they were nominated in Multi-skills as having the most supportive team.

Individual awards were made for sportsmanship and skill in each event. Congratulations to the following pupils

Sportsmanship Grace T (Y5) Harry A (Y6) Oli M (Y3) Mackenzie C (Y5) Ben C (Y5)

Georgia P (Y3) Ethan R (Y6)

Skilled Play Caitlyn S (Y5) Xavier W (Y6) Finley C (Y5) Daniel I (Y6) Isabelle T (Y5)

Grace W (Y4) Amy V (Y5) Violet M (Y4)

What a lovely way to end the term. Thank you to the amazing staff at St John’s who throw themselves into all activities for the best for our splendid pupils. Special thanks to Mrs Silvester for organising such a great event which involved every child in KS2 – wow!

Happy Christmas to you all. See you on Thursday 5th January, rested and ready to learn and enjoy each other’s company again.

 

 

Christmas is coming!

So, as December approaches pupils and staff are busy preparing for Christmas. The singing for both the Nativity and the Carol Service is sounding spectacular. Mrs Shrubb is, as every year,  stock-piling mince pies in readiness for refreshments at both these events!

Working in a primary school at this time of year is both gorgeous and stressful – in almost equal measure! Last week the choir sang beautifully at the turning on of the lights at Alice’s tea shop and next week they are singing to entertain the residents of Gloucester House. This weekend we have our Christmas fair and then the excitement of Christmas lunch next Wednesday. We pace ourselves to be ready for Miss Allen’s team to thrill us with the KS1 nativity and then be put into the Christmas mood with our Carol Service where the orchestra, choir and each class have their special moments to shine and entertain.

A Christmas disco in the church hall on the 15th  and on the 19th the KS1 trip to the pantomime and KS2’s inter-house games competitions fill the last 2 days before we set about all thinking about Christmas with our families.

I wish you all a peaceful and fun-filled holiday when it arrives…maybe even a little snow, let’s hope!

Week 1 Term 2

How smart everyone looked when they returned to school in their winter uniform! A reminder that children are still asked to wear their house t-shirt on Fridays. Some simply choose to wear the t-shirt instead of their white shirt while others have worn their t-shirt over their white shirt – either works well.

This week I’ve witnessed outstanding work in every class. Writing has been a main school focus for over a year and standards have improved to impressive levels. I joined Year 5J when they were sharing their group debates on the merits of every St John’s child being given a ball. Their ability both to write and deliver their speeches was exceptional.

Which brings me on to playground equipment. Our playtimes are certainly happier for our investment in new equipment. New balls, skipping ropes, hoops, space hoppers,  giant jenga and connect 4 have definitely enhanced our enjoyment while improving our co-ordination and PE skills. It’s now 4.15pm and the playground is still buzzing with families enjoying each other’s company and this lovely equipment. Please ensure your children treat our school play equipment respectfully and that they return it to the storage points in the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

The fastest term ever!

I cannot believe that we are really just 2 weeks away form the half term holiday – it seems no time ago that we returned to school after the summer!

However, when I think of our Reception class and how familiar they are with us and school routines I realise they must feel it’s been a long time.

Over the last 4 weeks pupils have settled so well in their new classes and been working really hard, They have enjoyed learning outside the classroom in a range of ways. They have…

sung at Wally Hall, learnt karate at the Olympic Park, listened to Michael Rosen, visited Knole House, studied rivers at Horton Kirby, cycled, lit fires from on our playing field and won football matches.

There’s so much more planned for the coming weeks to contextualise the learning in class.

A number of Inter-House competitions are now planned for the year,  the first of which will be sports based early in Term 2. Year 6 have been enlightening us on the lives and works of our  House figureheads scientists. On Fridays we have, so far, learnt about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Ada Lovelace, Edward Jenner and Florence Nightingale. Speak to your child/ren and see what they can tell you.

Our House scientists, for your information.

Lovelace/Brunel – Red

Jenner/Nightingale – Green

Goodall/Darwin – Blue

Newton/Curie – Yellow House

 

Hot Days

It’s lovely to be enjoying such glorious weather …not a jumper in sight at playtime and Year 6 cooking food over an pen fire in the forest today!

Please remember to protect your child ensuring that they have sun cream on and a sun hat every day as we play outside for an hour in the middle of the day. Sun hats and caps are available from the school office at £4 each. These must be clearly named.

Let’s hope the weather holds for our Sports Day next week, a little cooler would be good! Go at drop off to the filed and enjoy a ‘proper coffee’ from Bojangles and then sit back and enjoy the races and picnic together. We hope to welcome many of our new Reception class for September to this event.

The summer fair on Saturday 1st July promises to be quiet an event. I am so pleased that each class, guided by their reps, are managing their own stalls.For all the details of the day, check out the posters up around school. Be sure to remember to send your child to school in their own clothes on Friday 30th, with their donation of a tombola prize.

Every child in the school has an important role in our summer productions, either The Minibeast Talent Show for KS1 or Noah for KS2.  Classes are busy rehearsing their parts to ensure that theses shows are the usual highlight of our school year.

There’s never a quiet moment in primary school and this is never more true than in the summer term!

Carroty Wood

I visited Year 4 at Carroty Wood today at midday. Although they had only been there for 2 hours they had already unpacked and made themselves at home. All pupils and staff were very happy despite earlier tears and slight sickness on the coach!

The 58 children were working in their class groups – 4P were enjoying rounders organised by Mr Stringer while 4C were devouring packed lunches with their leaders

They were counting down the minutes until their high and low rope challenges which were due to begin at 1.00pm. Mrs Smith, Buzz and I were sad to leave the tranquility of this wonderful venue.

Here’s hoping everyone enjoys a good night’s sleep after all the fantastic activities they have experienced today