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MARCH 2018

St. John’s RC Primary School SCHOOL UPDATE


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Key dates will now be updated on the calendar area of our website

MARCH 11th - Year 1 & 2 mass in church (12pm) 13th-20th Spanish Exchange to Nigran (Year 5) 14th - Freshwater theatre - Year 2

WORLD BOOK DAY We all had a superb day a week last Thursday when we celebrated World Book Day. The children looked amazing dressed as their favourite characters and spent the day doing exciting reading activities. The children were treated to an assembly performed by the teachers where Mary Poppins needed help finding her umbrella. The children thoroughly enjoyed it! The children spent the rest of the day doing drama activities- one class had a Mad Hatter’s tea party. One of the best parts of the day was when the older children shared a story with the younger children. Last week we had some really special RE sessions taking place in school.Year 4DS showed amazing teamwork as together they built their own cross in the outside classroom. Working together to collect as many sticks as possible, they built the beautiful rustic cross which then became their focus for prayer. The class also started the circle of friendship for the rest of the school to add to with some of the We Are Adventurers 1

15th - Crocky Trail (Year 5) 16th - St. Patrick’s Day mass 9.15am followed by celebration in school hall 16th - Year 4DS Irish festival (please give consent on parent pay) 22nd - Parents’ evening 23rd - ‘Walk a Mile with a Smile’ fundraising event Please see the dates list at the bottom of the newsletter for information about Holy Week.


MARCH 2018

children sharing the cross they had made in after school club! Mrs Joyce took each class for a beautiful collective worship on the theme of love. Our children were very prayerful and shared their ideas about how they can show love to everyone during Lent.

Thank you for your continuing support, Mrs B. O’Donoghue


The PTA were thrilled at the turnout of the last meeting last Wednesday. They were particularly pleased to see so many new parents from Nursery. Pamela Reckert will be the new blue group PTA representative and there is a Nursery night out planned for Thursday 15th March, 8pm at the Beagle to welcome the new starters. All welcome. As is tradition, to celebrate St. Patrick’s day at St. John’s, there will be mass at 9.15am in the sport’s hall on Friday, 16th March followed by a PTA coffee morning with some traditional Irish dancing. We won’t be having the usual musical celebration on that day as all the musicians are involved in the Irish music celebration at the Irish heritage centre or are in Nigran on the Spanish exchange. We will arrange for a musical celebration later in the year when everyone is available! There will be the annual quiz night on Friday 20th April. Tickets will be on sale soon but put the date in your diaries.


Mrs Speak (our English Leader) organised a meeting to explain how the teaching of reading works here at St.John’s last week. We have introduced Guided Reading this term and it has been very successful so far and the children are really enjoying the new books. Mrs Speak explained how it works and how the approach has a great impact on the progress of our children.The notes and ideas from the meeting will be put on the website for those that couldn’t make it.


NEW LIBRARY Thank you to those families that have sent in books for our new library. If you have any books at home that are still in really good condition please do send them into the school office. We would really appreciate them!


We are hoping for our new system for booking clubs, paying for activities and giving consent will be up and running in the Summer term. Parents need to to be activated on Schoolsbuddy so the individual pupil activation links have been emailed to all parents. If you have not received a link please contact the school office by email at, stating your email address.


Thank you to all of those parents that park their cars away from the school entrance. We still do have a number of people parking on the yellow zig zag lines on Longford Road and by the Chepstow Road entrance. Parking on the corner of the street makes it really difficult for cars to pass each other and also for those cars turning into and out of Chepstow Road. We also have quite a lot of cars doing 3 point turns on Chepstow Road and backing out onto Longford Road. This is really dangerous, especially when children are arriving at school in the morning. We would really appreciate it if people would refrain from doing this. On Friday there was a really serious incident on Longford Road and the police have been informed. If you were a witness to this incident I would urge you to report it to the police on the nonemergency number 101.




The dates for Spring 2 are below. Please also check the school website calendar and twitter for updates on events;



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