St John's C of E Primary School

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

Happy New Year- news and dates

Dear Parents and Carers,

I apologise for not writing to you at the end of the Autumn Term. I had been feeling really unwell during the last week, and then tested positive for Covid so I missed the last day. Today is the first day that I have felt like a normal person again, so I thought I would update you with the end of term news and next year's dates.

1. The Christmas Raffle

Thanks to those of you who participated in the Christmas raffle which was organised by one of our parents- Jasu. We really appreciate her hard work and I'd like to thank her for supporting our school. The draw took place on the last day, during the Celebration assembly, and I have heard that there were some very happy children in school that day! Congratulations to all the winners.

2. The Christmas discos

During the last week of term, we ran three discos which were a great success. The children had a fabulous time and I was very proud of their behaviour and attitude throughout each event. I think the highlight for me was the "Teacher versus Student Dance Off" in the Year 5 and 6 event, where Mr Sufyain, Mr Ludlow and Mrs Hudson-Evans competed against three children to see who had the best moves.

We raised just over £400 through the discos and raffle, which has gone towards the school's hardship fund (which we use to provide emergency food/ clothing for families in desperate situations) and to help us replace missing and damaged books.

Thanks to all of you that helped us raise this money, including the parents who volunteered to help me with the discos and gave up several hours of their time to ensure the children had fun. I also want to thank Mrs Bhardwa and her husband, who bought all the children at the discos a drink and a snack.

3. The Nativity

This Christmas, we tried something new: Reception did their nativity with children in Year 4. It was a huge success and something we will definitely do again. The singing was incredible, and it was lovely to see the youngsters being supported by the older children. Nursery children also took part in their own nativity which was also a beautiful occasion. Well done to all of the children and staff!

Dates for next term:

Wednesday 4th January: Children start back to school at 8.40am

Friday 17th February: Children break uo for half term at 3.15pm

I'm really looking forward to seeing you all next Wednesday!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Mrs Seymour