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Roald Dahl Day

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Our Summer Fayre

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Sports Day

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The Science Fair awards ceremony

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The Science Fair

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St John's General Election - The voters

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Alice in Wonderland event

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Exciting Announcement!

This week we launched a brand new initiative called, 'Achievements to Treasure Before Leaving St. John's.' In essence it is a list of activities that we feel are important for a child to experience during their primary school years.

The curriculum council have worked closely with Miss Derome for over a year now to make sure that all the activities are right for our children, adequately challenging but more importantly activities that will provide an exciting experience covering a full range of interests and hobbies.

The activities that the children have designed have been made into a treasure trail and every year group has its own set of challenges to achieve and treasure, illustrated beautifully on classroom posters. Examples include 'Learn a new language', 'Go stargazing' and ' Hold a scary beast'.

We are all extremely excited about this innovative project, which is a completely unique design, something you won’t see in other schools, but which we believe enhances our fantastic curriculum, enriching the lives of the children at St. John's.

Watch the newsletter and website for more information

A. Aspinwall-Livesey

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World Book Day

What a fantastic World Book Day we had.  The children’s costumes were inspired and the staff didn’t do too badly either!!!  The Cat in the Hat costumes seemed to be especially popular, largely due to it being Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Every child was able to choose their own book from the World Book Day Collection, which had been brought to school by Kate from Broadhursts Bookshop in Southport.

Dressed as Oliver Twist, Kate read her favourite stories to the children and then sold books to parents and children at much reduced costs. Many thanks as always to her for her contribution to the day. It is very much appreciated having the free books in school rather than having to trek to Ormskirk, Wigan or Southport to spend the voucher.

 Parents joined us at 2.30 to take part in various activities and to see what the children had been up to.  Everyone seemed to have a great deal of fun, thanks largely to Miss Derome’s brilliant organization of the day. Roll on next year!

 

Friday, saw the introduction of our focus on ‘Times Tables’.  Mrs. Green had organized a host of activities for parents and children to kick start our new programme which children will be completing daily from now on. There’s a lot to do, but I’m sure our children will be up to the challenge!  Watch this space for more news and to hear about the coloured bands the children will be getting as they progress through the scheme.  

 

A. Aspinwall-Livesey

Executive Headteacher

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Harry Potter Book Night

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Spring Term 2017

Spring Term 2017

On behalf of the Governing Body, all teaching and non-teaching staff I would like to wish all our children, parents and carers a Happy New Year.  Hopefully 2017 will bring an opportunity for us all to follow our dreams and embrace health and happiness with a smile!

Spring Term (a) 2017 looks as though it’s going to be full of exciting challenges. Curriculum themes include:  Growth and Green Fingers in Y1, Explorers Y2, Rock and Roll Y3, The art of Food Y4, Space Y5 and Heroes and Villains in Y6.

Educational Visits include Jodrell Bank for Y5 and the Garden Centre for Y1. Special weeks and days to be celebrated include Martin Luther King Day, World Religion Day, Science Week and Safer Internet Day.

Enrichment to look forward to after half term includes the ever-popular World Book Day (be thinking about your costumes now!) and this year a published author is coming to promote reading throughout the school, as well as Kate from Broadhurst who as usual will be bringing the World Book Day books for the children to choose. Harry Potter night is back too after half-term; Miss Derome is already planning a host of activities to keep budding witches and wizards busy!

An initiative we are trialing at the start of 2017 is a free Breakfast club for children accessing the Pupil Premium Grant. As you know the pupil premium grant is funding given directly from the government for children accessing Free School Meals and provided for a period of 6 years. Children who access the grant funding are entitled to additional funding which can be used in a variety of ways (for additional information see Pupil Premium details on the school website) If you feel that your child may be entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant call into school and the office staff will be more than happy to support you; it could make such a difference to the funding your child receives within school and only takes a quick phone call.

You said we did - Autumn 2016: 

Parents expressed an interest in starting up a ‘friends of St. John’s’ Catherine initiated a meeting which was well attended and gave working parents a chance to talk through their ideas for supporting the school. Following the meeting we took on the following ideas:

  • Paid After school childcare (slow to start) but is gaining momentum and is successfully supporting parents to access training and employment. If you would like a place, call into the office.
  • After school Christmas performance for KS2, (extremely well attended and received), gave working parents easier access to their children’s performances.
  • Various fund raising initiatives used at the Christmas Fair including uniform sale, bottle sale, calendars etc.

If you are interested in becoming part of ‘Friends of St. John’s’ please watch out for invitations from Catherine during early February.

Alternatively if you have any ideas of how to make our school more effective, or you have any worries or concerns do not hesitate to chat to me on the gate in the morning, email me head@st-johnsrc.lancs.sch.uk or arrange an appointment through the office 01695 721323.

A. Aspinwall-Livesey

Executive Headteacher

Musical Opportunities

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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day was a fantastic day at St John’s!!!

We had a special delivery of Wonka Bars to help us celebrate the day. There were some fantastic costumes and every class made a sweet treat to share with the rest of the school. Many thanks to the parents who came to enjoy the celebrations with us!

Year 2 Summer Fair winners

Here are the winners of the Year 2 Summer fair game. Well Done to Diana and Milan. 

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St John's Brass Band Concert

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We had our KS1 Sports Day.

We had a great day

Alice in Wonderland Book Night.

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Fun and Games

Crafts and Croquet

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NSPCC Morning

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World Maths Day

We celebrated World Maths Day. each teacher selected two children from their class that had worked exceptionally well in Maths throughout the week. Here are the winners. 

E Safety Week

At St John's, we spent a week learning and understanding about E-safety. We all made pledges to help make the internet a better place for everyone. We also invited our parents in to school to help them learn about the safe online environments we work on at school. 

Celebrating Harry Potter Night

We celebrated Harry Potter Night after school on Wednesday.

There were lots of magical activities to take part in including:
wand making
making spells
making chocolate frog boxes
magical biscuit making
butterbeer tasting
Harry Potter quiz
Pin the scar on Harry
Harry Potter reading zone
making Hogwarts ID cards
and sorting hat iPad quiz

It was so much fun for everyone involved!

Year 1and 2. The Christmas Journey

Year 1 and Year 2 retold the story of the Christmas Journey from the animals point of view. We are all very proud of the children and so were their parents. We were lucky enough to have a very special visitor, the Mayor of West Lancashire Nikki Hennessy.