St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

Covid-19 closure Day 3

Dear Parents and Children,

Day 3 of Covid-19 closure and I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and healthy.

The staff are becoming more and more creative with the website, and by the end of the week there will be a YouTube channel full of St John's staff reading stories, teaching maths, there's even one from Mrs Smith who is teaching Spanish. I'll give you link when it's ready to go!

If your child didn't come home with a work pack, please don't worry. If you go to the school website, and then choose the Children tab, and then Learning Links, you will be able to scroll down to your child's year group. This is where the staff are putting up new work every day.

I did not watch the news today and I feel very much better for it. I would strongly advise a news-free day tomorrow if you can manage it. I read somewhere that it is good for your mental health to only listen to one news program a day because the news is never good. Bad news sells, but it also scares. Be especially careful about what your children are seeing and hearing- they are very good at listening to conversations between adults and picking up on your emotions. If they hear and see you worrying, then they will start to worry too. Make sure you reassure them: things will get back to normal in the end.

Below is one of my favourite passages from the Bible. It's also in one of my favourite songs that we sing at St John's. It is a quote from Jesus who was telling people not to worry about what they were going to wear, or what they were going to eat, but to focus on living a good life, and pleasing God. He said that if we lived that way, then God would look after us:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6 33-34

Best wishes,

Mrs Seymour