Newsletter 23.06.2017

Phew! What a scorcher!

It’s been very hot at school this week. We have made every effort to keep children hydrated and as cool as possible and they have been enjoying lots of lessons outside and lunchtimes in the shade of our school field and Secret Garden.

Hot Weather

We would like to reassure all parents and carers that we have been taking every precaution this week to keep children protected from the heat and sun.

We would, however, like to remind parents that ALL children MUST have a water bottle in school with them at all times and should either come to school with sun cream already applied, or bring a named bottle of sun cream to school with them that they can apply themselves.

We would also suggest that on very hot days children do not wear jumpers or fleeces to school and that they bring a sun hat with them to wear at break and lunch time.

Thank you for your support.

Year 6 Production

Rehearsals are under way for the traditional end of primary school, year 6 production. This year they are treating us to ‘Cinderella, Rockerfella’. It promises to be a great show and we are sure there will be lots of proud parents coming to see it on Monday 17th July.

More details to follow nearer the time.

Take Your Dog to Work Day!

In order to celebrate national Take Your Dog to Work Day we invited two dogs into school yesterday!

Tinkerbell, owned by Miss Pellant and Ronnie, owned by Mrs Hodge were invited to spend the day at St John’s. They were thrilled to accept and spent a fun packed day with the children, joining in with both lessons and play time.

The children seemed to enjoy the experience too as can be seen from this photo! In fact, Tinkerbell enjoyed herself so much that she has asked if she can visit us again in September...

Clever Cats!

Congratulations go to both Lion and Tiger Class who achieved the best attendance at school last week (12th— 16th June). Their reward for this has been to have a non uniform day today.

Could your child’s class be enjoying this treat next time?

Nut Free School

Please may we remind all parents and carers that St John’s is a nut free school. We have six children in school who suffer from nut allergies and therefore, in order to keep them safe there must be no nut products brought into school.

Please check all items put into lunch boxes for nut allergy advice. Thank you.

School Library Books

It’s been another great year for our school library with almost 5200 books borrowed from the library since September; that’s an average of 17 books borrowed this year per child in the school!

It’s now time to start getting these 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 by this date.


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Stand Up to Bullying!

On Wednesday this week we all joined in with Stand up to Bullying day. The children were all reminded to refuse to spread rumours about other people and that we do not tolerate any form of bullying here at St John’s. They also joined in with a fun game in their classrooms.

Diary Dates

As always we have a busy few weeks ahead of us. Please may we remind all parents and carers of the following upcoming events in the school calendar:

Monday 26th June: Eid Celebrations

Friday 30th June: Sports Day

Week beginning Monday 3rd July and week beginning
Monday 10th July: Transition Weeks

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 Party

Friday 21st July Leavers Service

Friday 21st July Last Day of Term— Summer Holidays begin...

Best School Library in… Kent!

We have always been very proud of our school library at St John’s but on Wednesday evening this week (21st June) our library was officially recognised as being both the best school library in Canterbury and the best school library in Kent!

Mrs Garrett, Mr Gold and Mrs Ogle attended the KM Literacy Awards in Sandwich where they were very excited to meet one of the supporters of the award scheme, Mr Maker!

They were also very excited to be awarded with the title of Best School Library—Canterbury, and had their photos taken for the local press. However, they received the biggest surprise at the end of the evening when our library was given the overall prize of Best School Library—Kent! We were awarded with two certificates, a KM Literacy Award trophy, a book for our school library and a year of reading help from the Beanstalk organisation.

This means that next year we will be welcoming a member of the Beanstalk team into school to work with three children and improve their levels of reading.

We are very proud of our achievements and the fantastic library service and reading opportunities that we offer to the children at our school.

After School Care

We are pleased to announce that from September St John’s will be offering an After School Club for children. This will be operated by an external agency, Sherpa Kids, who have a lot of experience in this area.

The club will run from 3pm to 6pm each evening and for regular users we expect the cost to be in the region of £8.50 per evening.

We hope that this is a service that parents will find useful and we look forward to welcoming Sherpa Kids to our school from September.

A brochure with full details will be sent home to parents before the end of this term.

Young Carers

We are aware that some children in our school are Young Carers.

A Young Carer is a child under the age of 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. They may engage in practical tasks, physical care, personal care, managing the family budget, managing medication, looking after younger siblings or helping someone to communicate.

We would like to support these young people and are able to offer help.

If you, or a family member, needs support please contact Veronica Pellant at school or leave contact details at the school office and she will get back to you.

Please be assured that all contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Sports Day

Our school Sports Day will be held next Friday (30th June). Parents are invited to come to the field at 9am after dropping off their children at school at 8.45am, wearing their PE kits ready to take part. We expect the morning to finish at 11.30am.

Premier Sport will be setting up the field ready for the event and we ask parents to follow their instructions.

Full details will be sent home on Monday.

Race for Life

Thank you to all the families and friends who sponsored children in our recent Race for Life event.

The event was a great success and raised an amazing total of £836.64 for Cancer Research to help them in their valuable work.

Thank you for your support.

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.