Newsletter 07.07.2017

It’s been all change at St John’s this week as the children prepare for their new classes in September.

They have all spent time in their new classrooms with their new teachers and year 6 have spent the day at their new secondary schools.

Walking Home Alone

Please may we remind all parents and carers that children in years 5 and 6 are ONLY allowed to walk home by themselves at the end of the day if we have signed permission from a parent.

We have a form in the school office for parents to complete if you wish your children to be able to walk home by themselves.

We would remind you that children walk home alone at parent’s risk and that once they have left school premises they are no longer the responsibility of St John’s.

Dates for your Diary

Please may we remind all parents and carers of the following upcoming events in the school calendar:

Thursday 13th July- Last Day of School Clubs
Friday 14th July - St John’s Carnival
Monday 17th July- Year 6 Production
Thursday 20th July- Year 6 Leavers Celebration
Friday 21st July- Leavers Service
Friday 21st July- Last Day of Term— Summer Holidays begin...

Well done Year 1! Congratulations go to both Hedgehog and Squirrel Class who achieved 100% attendance at school last week (26th—30th June). Their reward for this has been to have a non uniform day today, as well as a session on our bouncy castle. Could your child’s class be enjoying this treat next time?

School Library Books

It’s been a great year for our school library with over 5000 books being borrowed by children since September, as well as being recognised as the Best School Library in Kent at the recent Kent Literacy Awards! It’s now time to start getting LIBRARY BOOKS RETURNED to school before the summer holidays. Please may we ask that all books are returned to Mrs Garrett in the library by Monday July 10th.

Please note that parents will be charged for any books not returned to the library.

Sports Camp

Premier Sport are offering a multi activity holiday camp this summer. This will take place between 24th July and 31st August at both Swalecliffe School and Chartham School.

Children can attend from 8.30am to 3pm at a cost of £14.95 or from 8.30am to 5pm at a cost of £19.95.

Places can be booked online at and more information is available from Sophie Husband on 07835117376.

Infectious Diseases

This September we have a child joining St John’s who has had chemotherapy. This puts him at risk if he is exposed to infectious diseases.

Therefore, please may we ask that you notify school immediately if your child or anyone in your household has contracted measles, chicken pox, shingles or any other infectious diseases.

Thank you for your support.

Smoke Free Gates

Please may we remind all parents and carers that we have a ‘smoke free school gates’ policy at St John’s. This has been made at the request of the children and we would ask that you respect their wishes.

Therefore, we would politely ask all parents to ensure that they are not smoking when either dropping children off at school or collecting children from school.

Autumn Family Day

Our Autumn Family Day will be held on Saturday 16th September from 12pm on our school field (weather permitting).

We are planning a large family event which will also be open to the public; allowing the whole community to come together.

As always to make any school event successful we need some volunteers to help set up, run stalls and tidy up at the end of the event. We also need donations of raffle prizes and items to sell.

If you are able to help in any way please contact Veronica Pellant at school or leave your contact details at the school office or on Facebook. More updates will follow on future newsletters, Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to a fun and successful event.

Star Gazing Live

We have been contacted by Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys about their star gazing live evenings for the 2017—2018 season. These are held in the school observatory and are open to all members of the public.

Why not go along for one of the evenings to use the telescopes and join in the activities and competitions?

Summer Reading Challenge

Our school library may not be open over the summer holidays but that’s no excuse to stop reading!

The public library is running the Summer Reading Challenge for children between the ages of 4 and 11 during the summer break (15th July—16th September).

Children who register for the challenge will receive a special folder introducing a mystery that needs to be solved. Their challenge is to read six books during the holiday and collect special stickers from the library as they do so. The stickers fit into the folder and solve the mystery. On completing the challenge children receive a certificate and medal. Children can register for the reading challenge at the public library at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, or the public libraries in Whitstable and Herne Bay. If they are not already members of the library they (and other family members) can join for free.

Get the whole family reading this summer!

Wildwood Trip

Year 5 enjoyed a trip to Wildwood on Monday 26th June. They had a lovely time; made even better by beautiful weather on the day, which meant they could all have an ice cream!

They enjoyed looking at all the animals, including wolves, horses, foxes, deer and stoats as well as walking across the rope bridge and conquering their fears on the drop slide.

Lily reported that her favourite thing about the day was going on the bear walk and seeing the bears playing in the water; whilst Brooke enjoyed seeing the arctic fox the most and Bianca had fun on the drop slide.

Everyone had a lovely, fun day as well as learning about all the animals!

St John’s Carnival

Next Friday is our St John’s Carnival on the school field. Parents are welcome to join us from 1.30pm as we watch the performances from the different classes and enjoy the sights and sounds of different dance themes and eras!

We have been promised a fantastic Bollywood performance from year 4, 1970s disco from year 1 and we’ll be going back to the swinging ‘60s with year 2.

We aim to have the afternoon’s events finished by 3pm but please may we ask all parents to be patient once the carnival performances have finished as we will be taking children back to their classrooms to get changed and to collect their class reports.

There will be the opportunity to buy ice lollies on the playground at the end of the day to treat your star performers!

We look forward to seeing you there!

My First Year at School

Reception children have been writing a booklet called ‘My First Year at School: All About Me! They have written about the people they have met through the year, their favourite memories and their hopes for year 1.

They have also written letters to some of the people that have been important to them during their first year at school and went to the post box yesterday to post these.

We are all keeping our eyes peeled as the postman arrives to see if we will be one of the lucky recipients who has been an important part of helping our Reception children settle into life at St John’s!