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Dear Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to explain how teachers choose star of the year.

Most teachers don't enjoy having to choose one child to be the star. Teachers have poured their hearts into helping all the children in their class to make progress. It is very difficult to choose just one of those children to single out for praise. I have listed below some of the things teachers have to consider when choosing the star of the year.

* A caring attitude. Children that help their peers/teachers.

* Excellent behaviour. Children that are never in trouble.

* Showing our school values in their behaviour.

* Making good progress. (Academic progress, but also progress in self-confidence or behaviour).

* Always trying hard and working to the best of their ability.

* Being a role model for others.

Teachers do not give star of the year to the child that gets the highest mark in a test. It is not an award for the cleverest child in the class. Star of the year is given to children that show the attributes above. It is about behaviour, attitude and effort (in class and on the playground; when teachers are watching and when they are not).

I hope this explains the criteria that teachers use. It is very important to me that you understand how proud we are of all of the children in our school. At St John's we believe that every child is special: whether they are star of the year or not.

Best wishes,

Mrs Seymour

Headteacher

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