We look forward to welcoming any prospective new parents to our setting between 9:15 and 11:30 on the 18th October 2017.
As many of you are aware, this year, to underpin our Catholic Social Teaching, we will be looking at the issues which face us in feeding the World in 2050 when the population is predicted to reach 9.1 billion. Food Security, Equality, Solidarity, Universal Destination of Created Goods, Food Waste, Agricultural Land Use including biofuels and Food Choices are part of our assemblies and activities.
Food Waste is one of our first themes. How can we reduce it? 70% of food waste occurs at household level.
With the shops preparing for Hallowe’en celebrations, we need to remember the pumpkin is an important source of nutrition which we can eat rather than throw away. A food which, in the future, we may not have such easy access to. To encourage the children to eat pumpkin we wish to have a cooking afternoon with a few children where we can make some pumpkin recipes and provide them as St John’s recommendations.
If you have a favourite family recipe please send it into school with your child or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can even use some of our home grown pumpkins thanks to the hard work of Mrs Jones and Gardening Club.
We are very lucky to live in such a lovely part of England and you are all blessed with inspiring children you can be proud of. As such it is really important we remember others with more challenging lives and take steps to help because we are all one in Christ.
In July the St John’s Race for Life raised £900. Thank you all for your support on the day and the funds raised for Cancer Research.
September 17th 2017 saw our own Mr Baynham and two parents complete the London to Brighton Cycle Ride. Mr B was fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital and many thanks to everyone who supported this.
We began this term by thinking about who is St John and how can we live like our patron saint. Clearly surviving being plunged into a vat of boiling oil was not an option but learning to see with different eyes is definitely possible. St John’s gospel, which is generally regarded as later than Mark, Matthew or Luke, includes material which is not found in other gospels, particularly the “I am” verses and the washing of the feet at the Last Supper. The pupils at St John’s considered how the practice of washing feet has changed from being outside of the Mass, to being included in the Maundy Thursday service and how Pope Francis showed it is an inclusive act for all (not just Christian men) as we are all disciples.
Each child from Y1-6 made a feather to respond to what they had learnt about St John and these make up the soaring wings of our eagle in the hall. Each one is unique and important but it is through working together that we can reach new heights.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Next Tuesday we will be taking part in the European Day of Languages. The children from years 1-6 will be swapping teachers and classrooms throughout the day to find out more about other European languages. Watch this space for the exciting outcomes.
This term we focus on the Sacraments of Initiation and the importance of welcome.
Term finally drew to a close today with our Leaver’s Assembly. It was great occasion with plenty to celebrate. After sharing the Gospel, Ms Hanou recognised all of those children who have achieved 100% attendance this year. There was an opportunity to celebrate the recent District Sport Success at Ridlins. Well done to all of you who took part and well done to Mr Baker for all the hard that made this success possible.
The winning saints were celebrated for this term: St Bernadette but the overall winner for the year was: St Lucy.
Mr Baker introduced an new award this year; The PE Award for Inspiration and Excellence for the pupil who personified the achievement possible with hard work and commitment.
The very worthy winner was Thomas Rathband
There were other awards of recognition.
The Mrs Pike Courtesy Cup was awarded to Molly Toms for unfailingly polite and considerate behavior during her time as St John’s.
The Blanchfield Music Prize was awarded to Callum Smith for his musical endeavours and achievements.
It was also a chance to say goodbye to those staff who are leaving at the end of this term.
But the day belonged to Year 6. They were delighted to receive their year books produced through the efforts and commitment of Mrs Hislop who was duly thanked by the PA.
All credit to Mrs Bailes for creating an outstanding Year 6 film which celebrated all they are and all they could be.
Their time at St John’s ended with the Leaver’s Arch and we wish them every success in the future.
What a fantastic day out. It was a real treat to finish the year with a day at Cuffley Camp with all the children in Year 4. The day began with team building challenges and it was great to see the children co-operate with each other to achieve their goals in the time given.
After lunch we had a go at pond dipping and were delighted when one catch included a common newt who we christened Isaac Newton.
We finished the day with landscape art based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. What was achieved in 30 minutes was quite remarkable and I was delighted when two groups chose to create a cross “..because we are a Catholic school.”
Thank you to Jane at Cuffley Camp for making us feel so welcome and to our lovely friendly bus driver.
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