The school newsletter to communicate and celebrate life at St John’s.
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.
At St John’s we believe that every person is called to live life to the full: whole and complete, conscious of their relationship with God and with humanity and never was that more evident than at Sports Day today.
In the morning everyone worked in teams to gain as many points as possible for their House Saint. Children across year groups supported each other to stack at speed, complete obstacle courses, toss bean bags and score lacrosse goals. Parents were “volunteered” to take part by their children. It was so much fun and all in the glorious sunshine.
The points were all added up and it was time for the winners to be announced:
Was it St Bernadette or maybe St Peter, perhaps St Lucy or even the dark horse of St Francis?
The final scores were:St Peter 2106 points, St Francis 2178 points, St Bernadette 2226 points and St Lucy were the winners with 2298.
A picnic lunch made the most of the beautiful weather before the fun races of the afternoon began. Potato, egg and spoon, three-legged and skipping races were enjoyed by children and adults alike with some spirited performances by some of our more athletic parents.
A fantastic day due to the many hours of hard work and planning by Mr Baker. Thanks Mr B and we can’t wait until next year.
Last week we moved our focus from Catholicism to other significant world religions. Classes worked in pairs to find out about other aspects of Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam.
In keeping with the theme of respect and collaboration, we worked in paired classes, giving children the opportunity to work with peers and a class from a different key stage. This meant we had to consider the needs of others we were working with which maybe different to our own.
So much was learnt and it was important to us to share this learning and so we held an interfaith sharing assembly on Wednesday to celebrate. The children spoke with confidence about what they had learnt from EY2 to Y6 and we were thrilled that some parents joined us too.
Our main RE topic this half term is The Kingdom of Heaven. Many of you will have the chance to see our whole school display in the old entrance when you come to see the Summer Performance – Go for Goal. The children love finding themselves and their friends, and should you wish to send in a picture of yourself drawn by your child, it would be most welcome as our aim is to represent our whole school community.
To take this a step further, we asked all the children to reflect on their role as the creators of the Kingdom of Heaven in their classroom. These ideas were then used to create doorways into that Kingdom for a competition judged by Father Denis, as one of our RE Governors. The competition was fierce and everyday for a week, new things kept appearing as classes “raised their game” when they saw each others’ creations.
The final judging day dawned on Monday 3rd July and Father Denis declared Year 5 the worthy winners.
These are the fantastic doorways created in class order from EY1 to Year 6
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