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Letters Home 2022-2023

All correspondence to parents is sent out via ParentMail.

If there is anything you cannot see, please contact the main school office.

Christingle Service - Wednesday 7th December - 02/12/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

On Wednesday 7th December pupils in years 5, 6 and 7 will be taking part in our annual Christingle service at St John's Church. Those parents who wish to attend are warmly invited to be seated in church by 2.15pm (but please do note that space is limited due to the number of children attending this year’s Christingle Service and it may be standing room only).

All pupils in Years 5, 6 & 7 will need to bring an orange/tangerine/satsuma to school on Wednesday 7th December to make their Christingle (all other materials will be provided). Please ensure long hair is tied up for the service as pupils will be holding lit candles as part of their Christingle.

Yours faithfully

Miss C. Russell – Head of Music

CGP Revision Guides for English and Mathematics 2023 - 02/12/2022

In preparation for National Curriculum tests in May, we are offering the chance for Year 6 pupils to purchase CGP revision materials at a reduced cost through school.

At a cost of £9.12 (instead of the retail price of £21.00), you are able to order a bundle of books which contains: KS2 English Revision Book, KS2 English Question Book, KS2 Maths Revision Book and KS2 Maths Question Book.

If you wish to purchase this bundle, please make a payment of £9.12 through Parent Mail by Friday 9th December. Please note that these books are not able to be purchased separately through school. Should you decide to purchase, they will be delivered to school in January.

Kind regards

Miss K North – Head of Maths

#WakeUpWednesday - 30/11/2022

An estimated one-third of children have a social media account, so it’s important that trusted adults know what content young people are consuming, what they’re posting and the interactions they’re having. On social media, it can be easy to go down a rabbit hole that isn’t beneficial to our wellbeing. As platforms grapple with managing ‘legal but harmful’ content, lives are being impacted – sometimes to tragic effect. We might be daunted by the scale of the tech giants and their content which enthrals young people, but we can still help children to be mindful of their mental wellness: recognising when something isn’t OK … and knowing what to do about content that upsets them. In the guide, you'll find tips such as how to hide content, setting daily limits and discussing what children have seen online. #WakeupWednesday

Mr Clements

Head of Computing

Parent Evening Booking - 29/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are reopening the booking system for Parent's Evening on Monday 5th December 2022 but only for selected pupils with no current bookings. If you have not yet booked an appointment, please login to epraise and book an appointment with your child's English and Maths teachers. Appointments are available between 3:30pm & 5pm. These will be held virtually via Zoom so can be accessed by laptops, mobile phones and tablets. If you require any assistance with booking appointments, please contact Amanda Lloyd on [email protected]

Kind regards

Mr D Owen

Pre-loved Uniform - 24/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are pleased to inform you our Preloved Uniform shop will be open on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th December from 3pm until 3:45pm in the main entrance of the school. We ask that parents use the pedestrian gate to gain access to the school site as the car park is not available to use. We politely request you have the correct change. The price list can be found below:

  • Blazers £5 each
  • V-neck jumpers £4 each
  • PE hoody £4 each
  • PE polo shirt £3 each
  • Rugby shirt £4 each
  • PE shorts £3 each
  • PE skorts £3 each

If you have any items of branded uniform you would like to donate to our Preloved Uniform Shop, please hand in any items to the Main Office.

Extra-Curricular Clubs - 23/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Please be advised that ALL After School Clubs will be cancelled on Thursday 1st December 2022 (Monday Clubs are operated by external agencies) due to Parents Evening.

 

Please see below for the extra-curricular clubs finishing dates for Autumn term:

Thursday 24th November – Robotics Club

Friday 2nd December - All PE Clubs including morning clubs

Tuesday 6th December – Hula Hooping

Tuesday 6th December – Mock Trial

Wednesday 7th December – Alice In Wonderland Rehearsals (Will restart on Wednesday 11th January 2023)

Thursday 8th December - Final session of Mathmagician Club due to preparation for SATS

Thursday 8th December – STEM Club

Thursday 8th December – Homework Club

Monday 12th December – Photography Club

Tuesday 13th December – Elite Maths

Tuesday 13th December – Cookery Club

Kind regards

The Office Team

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SEND Survey - 15/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

At St. John's we are constantly reviewing what we already do, and we look at what we can do to improve the school experience for our students and parents/guardians. Therefore, we would like to know your thoughts and opinions on the current provision for students with Special Educational Needs.

If you would like to be involved, you can complete our online survey which is available on the website below:

https://forms.office.com/r/7Nm79reU8P

The survey should take you no longer than 5-10 mins and all responses will be kept anonymous with the results being published after the closing date which is Wednesday 30th November 2022

Kind regards

Mr D McEvilly – Trust SEND Lead

Year 8 trip to Hollywood Bowl - 09/11/2022

After receiving feedback from our school council, we are pleased to inform you that we have booked a trip for our Year 8 pupils to attend Hollywood Bowl at Rubery Great Park on Wednesday 7th December 2022. The trip includes, one hour of bowling and an adult meal for all pupils. We will leave school at 11:15 am and return by 3.00pm. On this day the pupils can wear their PE kit to school.

In order for this event to proceed, we are asking parents for a voluntary contribution of £11.00 using our secure ParentMail online payment system. This is to cover the cost of travel, one hour of bowling, a meal and a host at the venue. Should we receive insufficient voluntary contributions, unfortunately the trip will not take place.

The deadline to pay for the visit is 25th November 2022. Please note, if you do not meet this deadline, your child will not be able to attend. Once you have made payment, we will take this as a firm commitment to the event and will not be able to offer any refunds. Please note that when making payment you accept that this trip is non-refundable if your child is unable to attend for any reason.

If you require financial support to pay for this trip, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Amanda Lloyd who will be able to see what support can be offered/available to you or alternatively you can email [email protected].

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs A Elwell Mrs N Hine
Head of School Assistant Headteacher

Year 7 trip to Hollywood Bowl - 09/11/2022

After receiving feedback from our school council, we are pleased to inform you that we have booked a trip for our Year 7 pupils to attend Hollywood Bowl at Rubery Great Park on Wednesday 14th December 2022. The trip includes, one hour of bowling and an adult meal for all pupils. We will leave school at 11:15 am and return by 3.00pm. On this day the pupils can wear their PE kit to school.

In order for this event to proceed, we are asking parents for a voluntary contribution of £11.00 using our secure ParentMail online payment system. This is to cover the cost of travel, one hour of bowling, a meal and a host at the venue. Should we receive insufficient voluntary contributions, unfortunately the trip will not take place.

The deadline to pay for the visit is 25th November 2022. Please note, if you do not meet this deadline, your child will not be able to attend. Once you have made payment, we will take this as a firm commitment to the event and will not be able to offer any refunds. Please note that when making payment you accept that this trip is non-refundable if your child is unable to attend for any reason.

If you require financial support to pay for this trip, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Amanda Lloyd who will be able to see what support can be offered/available to you or alternatively you can email [email protected].

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs A Elwell Mrs N Hine
Head of School Assistant Headteacher

Year 6 Christmas Trip to The Swan Theatre Worcester - 09/11/2022

We are pleased to inform you that we have booked a school trip for our Year 6 pupils to see Peter Pan on Tuesday 13th December 2022 at The Swan Theatre.

“Oh no we haven’t…. Oh yes, we have…”

We will leave school at approximately 9:15am, travel by coach and will return to school just after lunchtime. Therefore all pupils will need a packed lunch on this day and pupils who receive free school meals should order a packed lunch from the kitchen the day before the trip. The children will be required to wear school uniform and may bring one small packet of sweets or chocolate as a treat for during the performance if they wish.

The pantomime is an opportunity for the children to see a live performance in a theatre.

In order for this visit to go ahead we are asking parents for a voluntary contribution of £16.50 per child using our secure Parentmail online payment system. This is to cover both the ticket and the cost of the coach. Should we receive insufficient voluntary contributions, then unfortunately the trip will not take place.

Payment needs to be made by 25th November 2022 at 12 noon.

If you require financial support to pay for this trip, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Amanda Lloyd who will be able to see what support can be offered/available to you or alternatively you can email allo[email protected].

Please note that when making payment you accept that this trip is non-refundable if your child is unable to attend for any reason.

With Kind Regards,

 

Mrs A Elwell Mrs N Hine
Head of School Assistant Headteacher

Year 5 Christmas Trip to Redditch Palace Theatre - 09/11/2022

We are pleased to inform you that we have booked a school trip for our Year 5 pupils to see Beauty and the Beast on Monday 5th December 2022 at The Palace Theatre, Redditch.

“Oh no we haven’t…. Oh yes, we have…”

We will leave school at approximately 9:15am, travel by coach and will return to school just after lunchtime. Therefore all pupils will need a packed lunch on this day and pupils who receive free school meals should order a packed lunch from the kitchen the day before the trip. The children will be required to wear school uniform and may bring one small packet of sweets or chocolate as a treat for during the performance if they wish.

The pantomime is an opportunity for the children to see a live performance in a theatre.

In order for this visit to go ahead we are asking parents for a voluntary contribution of £17.50 per child using our secure Parentmail online payment system. This is to cover both the ticket and the cost of the coach. Should we receive insufficient voluntary contributions, then unfortunately the trip will not take place.

Payment needs to be made by 25th November 2022 at 12 noon.

If you require financial support to pay for this trip, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Amanda Lloyd who will be able to see what support can be offered/available to you or alternatively you can email [email protected].

Please note that when making payment you accept that this trip is non-refundable if your child is unable to attend for any reason.

With Kind Regards,

 

Mrs A Elwell Mrs N Hine
Head of School Assistant Headteacher

Homework Policy Survey - 07/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

In order to help us make informed decisions about potential amendments to our Homework policy and expectations, we would very much appreciate your thoughts and input.

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=IWPlOOua_EC6hzahD-uC_YRvvNSMnKJEpp8r6WkIqs5UOVoyQVNSOE5aUkJUM0VUR0JPNzhFNDRXQy4u

Kind Regards

Mr D Owen - Assistant Headteacher

Online Survey-School Experience - 07/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

At St. John's we are constantly reviewing what we already do, and we look at what we can do to improve the school experience for our students and parents/guardians. Therefore, we would like to know your thoughts and opinions on the current provision for students with Special Educational Needs.

If you would like to be involved, you can complete our online survey which is available on the website below:

https://forms.office.com/r/7Nm79reU8P

The survey should take you no longer than 5-10 mins and all responses will be kept anonymous with the results being published after the closing date which is Wednesday 30th November 2022

Kind regards

Mr D McEvilly – Trust SEND Lead

Autism Awareness and Information Evening - 07/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

RE: Autism awareness and information evening

Following our successful Dyslexia awareness and information evening in the summer term we will be running a number of information events on different special educational needs and disabilities.

This term we will be looking Autism and will discuss the assessment process, how we support students with Autism at school and what you can do to support parents at home. We are holding a parents information evening on Monday 21st November 2022 between 6pm and 7pm.

Miss Jarvis and I will be available to answer any questions you have following the presentation.

If you would like to attend, please fill out the form. 

Kind regards

Mr D McEvilly – Trust SEND Lead

Parents Evening - 07/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Subject Parents Evenings 2022  

On Monday 28th November and Thursday 1st December, we will be holding our subject parents’ evenings. These evenings will be held virtually using zoom and appointments will run between 3:45pm- 7pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teachers to find out how they are getting on and discuss their attainment and progress so far, this academic year. Our pastoral parents evening, later in the year will give parents another opportunity to meet their child’s teacher in person.

The booking of slots can be made in the normal way using Epraise. Simply login to Epraise and under the Community tab at the top select Parents Evenings. Click on the date you wish to book an appointment, select your child’s subject teachers and the time. This will automatically populate the teacher’s schedule. 

To meet demand, appointments will be released in stages: 

  • Stage 1: English, Maths and Science for all years from 7am on Monday 14th November 2022 
  • Stage 2: All subjects for all years from 7am on Monday 21st November 2022. 

Each member of staff will have a Zoom meeting open and a link will be provided on Epraise (in the Room tab at the top of your booking schedule) for you to join and will take you a waiting room, staff will then admit you at the designated time. 

Please note that appointments are strictly 5 minutes to accommodate demand, however certain time slots do fill up quicker than others so please book as soon as possible to avoid missing your requested slot. Bookings for these evenings will close on Friday 17th November 2022. 

You will also receive an interim report prior to parents evening detailing your child’s target grades and current prediction. 

Kind regards 

Mrs N Hine - Assistant Headteacher 

Sport and Physical Activity Survey - 01/11/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Survey about sport and physical activity for children and young people

Our school and Sport England would like to find out about the sports and physical activities our pupils take part in, both in and out of school. The information collected will be used to:

  • Provide a report to our school to help us understand what our pupils are doing and
    what we can do to support them
  • Help Sport England invest in opportunities for children and young people to take part
    in and benefit from sport and physical activity.

Our school has agreed to take part in this research. Your child’s class 5AAL/6BC/7JAB has been selected to take part in the survey. This involves your child completing an online questionnaire which will take about 20 minutes and will be completed during the school day at a suitable time arranged by your child’s teacher. Your child will have an individual questionnaire, but they will be completing it in a time and place where other children from their class will also be taking part.

We will provide each child with information in advance to explain what the research is about and what the survey will be like. If your child does not wish to take part, they can tell their teacher this on the day.

If you do not want your child to take part in this survey, please mark that accordingly on the form in the Form section in ParentMail. If you are happy for your child to take part, please tick the box agreeing to participate on the form.

The surveys are hosted by Ipsos MORI, a research organisation. Ipsos MORI will store all information securely and keep it confidential. Further information can be found on the next page or contact Mr Cowdery if you have any questions.

Many thanks

 

Mr M Cowdery - Head of PE

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Children's University - 21/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Following last year's success, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our involvement with the Children's University programme this year.

Children's University is a fantastic way for our pupils to feel empowered by tracking and validating their after-school activities. These will be tracked on a pupil’s learning passport and stamped monthly, allowing pupils to progress through different levels of recognition for their efforts. These hours of extra-curricular work are calculated at the end of the year and your child will be invited to attend a ‘graduation ceremony’ at the University of Worcester with their classmates for a day of celebration.

All school clubs are automatically registered on the Children's University programme as well as many other out of school clubs in the Worcestershire area. New clubs can register to be a learning destination for Children's University and can be added onto the register once they complete the initial registration. To check if any of your child's out of school clubs are members, please visit the Children's University website:

 

https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

Children will have a presentation about the programme upon return to school after half-term which will notify them of what it entails. There is no requirement for your child to participate in Children’s University, however if you do wish for your child to take part, the registration fee is £5, this can be paid through Parentmail. This will include your child’s passport and online learning passport with individual login details.

For any Children's University members from last year, the hours and points will roll over to this academic year and children will have their first "Pupil Check-in" on the week commencing 7th November 2022. Payment for the yearly registration fee of £5 is required to continue on the programme for this year which can be paid using ParentMail.

If you require any further information about the Children’s University programme, please refer to our school website or contact me via e-praise.

Kind regards

Miss A Kelly – Children’s University Coordinator

Cross Country - 20/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

After the half term holiday, week beginning 31st October, ALL pupils will be completing two PE lessons where the focus will be cross-country.

We are aware that this can seem daunting to our pupils, but we wish to reassure them that, at St John’s, we make these lessons interactive, enjoyable and challenging without seeming overwhelming.

To ensure the well-being of all pupils and to maintain the cleanliness of our school site and building, we are asking that all KS2 pupils bring with them a spare pair of socks and a change of footwear to be worn either during their lesson or to be changed into afterwards. All KS3 pupils are asked to come to school in their school uniform and bring with them their PE kit to change into. They will then need to change back into uniform at the end of the lesson.

As the temperatures may be colder than we are currently experiencing we would welcome children bringing gloves and warm hats which can be worn to stay warm. School hoodies and plain black tracksuit bottoms may also be preferred to shorts and t-shirts.

We thank you for your support with this. The week beginning 7th November pupils will return to their individual units

Kind regards

Mr Cowdery – Head of PE

Christmas Lunch 2022 - 20/10/2022

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

This year the Christmas Lunch for pupils and staff will be held as follows:

Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) Monday 12th December

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) Tuesday 13th December

The cost of the meal will be £3.75 per pupil and only Christmas Lunch will be available on these days. The traditional Christmas Lunch will comprise of a roast turkey dinner with a festive dessert.

Payment must be made through our online payment facility, ParentMail, by Wednesday 30th November 2022. If payment is not received by this date we will presume that a Christmas lunch will not be required.

If a vegetarian option is preferred or if your child has any dietary requirements for example allergies, gluten free or halal, please email Ms E Smith - [email protected] by Wednesday 30th November 2022.

All children qualifying for free school meals will be provided with a Christmas lunch on their Key Stage day and a sandwich on the day the other Key Stages will be having their Christmas lunch.

It is essential that pupils will be required to bring a packed lunch in on the day the other Key Stages will be having their Christmas lunch as no other option will be provided.

This is a lovely opportunity for all children and staff to share in the Christmas celebrations by eating together, singing songs and having fun.

 

Yours faithfully,

Ms E Smith Mrs A Elwell

Lead Kitchen Assistant Head of School

Cross Country - 20/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

After the half term holiday, week beginning 31st October, ALL pupils will be completing two PE lessons where the focus will be cross-country.

We are aware that this can seem daunting to our pupils, but we wish to reassure them that, at St John’s, we make these lessons interactive, enjoyable and challenging without seeming overwhelming.

To ensure the well-being of all pupils and to maintain the cleanliness of our school site and building, we are asking that all KS2 pupils bring with them a spare pair of socks and a change of footwear to be worn either during their lesson or to be changed into afterwards. All KS3 pupils are asked to come to school in their school uniform and bring with them their PE kit to change into. They will then need to change back into uniform at the end of the lesson.

As the temperatures may be colder than we are currently experiencing we would welcome children bringing gloves and warm hats which can be worn to stay warm. School hoodies and plain black tracksuit bottoms may also be preferred to shorts and t-shirts.

We thank you for your support with this. The week beginning 7th November pupils will return to their individual units

Kind regards

Mr Cowdery – Head of PE

Young Voices - 18/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

We are pleased to announce that St. John's Middle School will part-take in the 2023 Young Voices concert with conductor David Lawrence.

Our concert date will take-place on Thursday 26th January 2023 at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

We have made the decision to take all of our current Year 5 cohort and have scheduled time into our busy school schedule to allow them to learn the Young Voices songs, ready for their performance. We are hoping as many as possible of the Year 5 children will take part to allow for an amazing day out and memorable experience. (Please be advised that coaches will arrive back to school at approx 10.30 - 10.45 PM).

Children will leave school on Thursday 26th January 2023 and travel directly to Resorts World Arena, Birmingham via coach, for a warm-up rehearsal with the other schools participating. This will be followed by a live performance in the evening, including guest performers and a live orchestra. Children will then leave the arena together with the class groups and return to school that evening for collection. A detailed scheduled of events with timings will follow in the New Year. Please note, all pupils participating will require a plain white t-shirt to wear for the event. 

The price for this trip will be set to £8.25 per child. This will include coach transport and registration fees for the event.  

Tickets for parents will be purchasable from the school for £23.50. Please note, these come on a FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED basis and purchase for these tickets must be complete by 17th November 2022. After this date, left over tickets may be purchased directly from Resorts World Arena but will be set at a higher price as will include admin fees.

Both pupil registration and parental tickets are now available to purchase on Parentmail.

We are very excited to be a participating school in this wonderful event and hope it will be an incredible experience for all of our children to remember.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Kelly or a member of our year 5 team.

Kind regards

Miss A Kelly – Children’s University Coordinator

Online Safety - 14/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

We have recently had a higher number of online incidents that we have had to investigate within school. These incidents have resulted in misuse of technology including inappropriate communication online and have occurred outside of school hours.

Pupils are accessing apps which have an age rating on 13+ and some,such as WhatsApp, have an age rating of 16+. As a school, we know that parents may choose to allow their child to access a range of apps, however it is very important that Parents/Guardians are monitoring what their child is accessing, who they are communicating with and what they are posting. If technology use is not monitored, it leaves a child vulnerable to being exposed to inappropriate material.

Every half term, school will send some information out to Parents/Guardians on how to keep children safe online, and in particular, on certain apps. Attached for this half term is

What Parents Need to Know About WhatsApp

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok.

How to Keep Children Safe Online

Pupils in school cover a range of education on Online Safety during their PSHE lessons and their computing lessons. For more information, PSHE and Computing Curriculum Maps can be found on the school website.

Thank you for your support

Mrs K Gallinagh - Deputy Headteacher

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Harvest Festival - 13/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

HARVEST FESTIVAL

On Thursday 20th October all pupils and staff will be visiting St John's Church for our annual Harvest Festival Service. Those pupils who wish to, and are able to, are invited to bring items (tinned or dried goods) for the harvest festival collection. All food collected will be split between The Basement Project and Fresh Starts, both of whom are local charities doing excellent work within our local communities, and operating food banks, amongst their other provision. 

We look forward to celebrating harvest together and thanking God for all he generously provides us with. 

Miss C. Russell

Head of Collective Worship

Footwear - 12/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

It has come to our attention that there has been some confusion amongst parents regarding some of the requirements for our outdoor PE lessons. Children have all been given this information, however we understand that sometimes these messages do not reach you at home.

For PE lessons when pupils are on the school field during the wetter months, we ask that they bring alternative footwear to either wear for the lesson or to put on afterwards. This can be a pair of trainers or football/rugby boots. We fully appreciate the financial cost of trainers during these difficult times and therefore we recommend that children bring their school shoes to put on after their PE lesson if boots or trainers are not available.

The reason we ask this is to ensure that pupils do not have to spend the remainder of the day in wet trainers and to prevent muddy, wet footwear being worn in school.

For lessons when children are indoors or on the playground they will not be required to bring in additional footwear to change into.

I hope this clarifies the situation but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Mr M Cowdery – Head of PE

Art, Food Technology and Design & Technology Voluntary Contribution - 10/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For many years our pupils have enjoyed working in the areas of Art, Food Technology and Design and Technology where our aim as subject leaders has always been to emphasise the practical side of these disciplines.

We have in the past allowed our pupils to take their finished artefacts home with them and would like to continue this in the future.

We are asking you for a contribution of £5.00 towards costs of materials in all areas for the whole year. With this contribution we can maintain the interesting range of more challenging materials pupils experience working with and avoid the need to look into the possibility of recycling pupils’ work to keep expenditure low.

If you would like your child to bring their artefacts and design projects home please support us with your contribution by sending it via our online payment system ParentMail.

Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs C Stables – Head of DT

Mrs J Davenport – Head of Art

KS3 Cookery Club - 10/10/2022

KS3 Cookery Club

We are excited to launch a new Cookery Club for KS3. The club will run for Years 7 and 8 each week on a Tuesday from 3:15 – 4:30pm until Christmas and will be hosted by Mrs Stables and Miss Watts in Tech 1 (Cookery Room). The first session will run on Thursday 1st November 2022.

Children will have the opportunity to make a mix of savoury and sweet dishes. All ingredients will need to be brought in from home each week to participate.

Places for the club are limited to 10 per term. Names will be drawn out of a hat or added to a waiting list, names will then be redrawn every term.

If you wish for your child to attend, please complete the form in the 'Forms' section in Parentmail and indicate whether your child will be walking home from school or being collected.

Kind regards

 

Mrs C Stables – Head of DT

Miss S Watts – Class Teacher

Morning School Bell - 04/10/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Our school day begins at 8:50am. To enable a prompt start to learning, we will be ringing a first bell at 8:45am which is the time that we would like all pupils to be on the school grounds by. 

The gates will still remain open between 08:40am and 08.50am. After this time, pupils will need to sign in late via the main school office. 

Kind regards

Natasha Hine

Assistant Headteacher

    
 

Times Tables Rock Stars Day – 3rd October - 29/09/2022

Times Tables Rock Stars Day – 3rd October

Dear Parents/Guardians

On Monday 3rd October 2022 we will be launching the fantastic Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) programme with our Year 5 and Year 6 children, which we hope will encourage a love of learning those pesky times tables and build confidence in Maths!

Children in Year 5 and 6 will be invited to dress as a rock star for this day in place of their normal school uniform if they wish. We hope to see our pupils transform into their favourite rock hero with crazy wigs, bandanas, face paint, band t-shirts, ripped jeans and inflatable guitars galore! Please ensure that pupils are able to magically change back to their normal selves for the following day therefore no hair dye, tattoos or piercings! Should your child have PE on this day, no PE kit is required as long as children are able to move about freely in their outfit. Children in Year 7 and Year 8 will need to attend school in their usual school uniform.

During the afternoon we will have an assembly where teachers will battle it out on stage to showcase their times tables, accompanied by live music from a very talented real-life rock hero. We hope that pupils will be as excited for the launch as we are!

TTRS is online and therefore accessible from home, children will be given individual log-in details to get started. In school, children will have the opportunity to compete within class and earn prizes as they build their skills. Mr Hackett will also be introducing a TTRS after-school club, so keep your eyes peeled for a letter on Parentmail from him soon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss North via epraise or [email protected]

Miss K North - Head of Maths

Knowledge Organisers - 29/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Below is a link to the curriculum area of our website, where you can access all information regarding what your child will be learning in the weeks and terms ahead in all subjects. You will be able to see a Long-Term Plan, for each year group, of all the topics to be covered in each subject over the year. Furthermore, by selecting each subject, you will be able to see more detailed curriculum plans and knowledge organisers. These give specific information about what will be covered in each topic/unit of work and are a useful resource for supporting your child's learning at home. You may wish to print these out to help with homework, or even stick on the fridge for regular revision of current topics.

https://www.st-johns-bromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk/our-curriculum

Kind regards

The Office Team

Photography Workshop - 29/09/2022

Photography workshops

I am pleased to let you know the popular photography workshops, delivered by Education in Focus, will be recommencing for another year!

The children have been made aware of the workshops and what is involved in a recent assembly. The club will run afterschool on Mondays from 3.15pm – 4.15pm at a cost of £30 for 6 sessions. The club will commence on Monday 7th November 2022.

To reassure you that Education in Focus do not have access to any photographs taken by the children, their strict Safeguarding Policy prevents them from supplying cameras to the club members. Therefore, children should provide their own devices (which may include smart-phones, iPads/tablets or compact, bridge or DSLR cameras) and all equipment should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. On the mornings of the club, all equipment should be put into the art cupboard until the start of the workshop.

However, for those keen photographers who don’t have access to their own devices, the school will be able to provide a limited number of iPads for them to use.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 pupils, however to make the running of the club financially viable we will need a minimum of 10 pupils to attend. The total cost for all six sessions is £30.00 per child (payable in advance). If you would like your child to attend, please complete the expression of interest form within the forms section on ParentMail by Friday 14th October 2022. Payment is required by 20th October 2022. You will be notified if your child has been successful in gaining a place. If your child is unsuccessful you will not receive confirmation will be placed on a waiting list.

Due to the high interest we received last year for the Photography Workshops, if your child has previously attended this workshop and would be interested in an advanced course please register your interest in the ‘Forms’ section. We will only be able to run the advanced course if enough people show they would like to attend. The cost of these sessions will be £32.

We are very much looking forward to running the sessions again, I’m sure they will be a fun and fruitful learning experience for all.

Yours faithfully

Mrs J Davenport – Head of Art

Year 5 Residential - 29/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Residential Trip to OAKERWOOD

A residential weekend has been arranged at the above centre for Year 5 children only in the Summer Term. The dates are Friday 19th May ~ Sunday 21st May. Qualified teaching staff will lead all activities, with the extra support of St. John’s teachers.

During the weekend, a range of interesting, stimulating and challenging activities are offered to the children. These include low ropes, paintballing, monkey climbing, zip wire, raft building and den building.

Accommodation is in Wooden Glamping Pods with bunk beds. Pods have electric lighting and heaters for the colder months. Meals are taken in an adjacent dining room. All equipment needed for activities is provided.

The cost of each weekend is approx. £210 (tbc, depending on uptake). This includes use of specialist equipment and expert tuition, accommodation, all meals from lunch on Sunday to lunch on Tuesday, travel to and from the Centre and insurance in accordance with county guidelines.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place, please complete the ParentMail Form. This does not confirm a place. We endeavor to take as many pupils as possible but should demand exceed availability, names will be drawn from a hat.

If you are successful the first instalment of £50 would need to be made by Monday 17th October. Please note this deposit is non-refundable if your child cannot attend the trip

Please do not send any money at this stage. When places have been allocated, all details of payment will be forwarded to you.

Yours sincerely

Ms M Jarvis and Mrs K Hall - Trip Leaders      

Homework Club - 29/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

We are pleased to offer Homework club the week commencing 3rd October 2022, Mondays to Thursdays until 3:55pm.

Homework club will take place in ICT1 to enable pupils the opportunity to complete homework on the computer or to access Century which supports independent learning.

Due to the limited number of computers available, spaces will be limited. You will be notified if your child has been successful in gaining a place. If unsuccessful they will not receive confirmation and will be placed on a waiting list.

If at any time you no longer require your child to attend homework club, please let Mrs Moyle or the Office know so the place can be allocated to another pupil. If your child does not attend for 3 weeks the space will be allocated to another pupil.

Following the club children will leave school through the main reception. If you would like your child to attend Homework Club, please complete the form located within the forms section of ParentMail can you confirm that you will make the necessary arrangements for the collection of your child at 4:00pm or for them to walk home.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs L Moyle

Data, Assessment and Reporting Manager

Introduction to Year 8 - 23/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

The new school year has started off very well at St John’s Middle School and it has been great seeing the children back at school in good spirits ready for the next stages of their educational journey. As the new Head of Year 8, I, along with the brilliant team of Year 8 tutors, endeavour to ensure that all year 8 pupils settle back in to school life as quickly as possible, that they uphold the school’s high expectations in all areas and that they are provided with a wealth of opportunities to ensure they can leave at the end of the year with the skills and knowledge required to help them progress in their next chapters. Understandably, it is a new year and there will be certain worries and doubts, maybe about this year or maybe about what happens going forward, but please be rest assured the Year 8 team are always on hand to help deal with these.

Please see the Year 8 team below who you can contact via Epraise should you have any concerns.

Member of Staff

Form Group

Miss Mosseri

8MMO

Mr Edwards

8NGE

Mrs Davenport

8JCD

Miss North

8KLN

Mr Cowdery

8MC

Mr Field

8MF

 

We really do want the children to do well this year, so we have high expectations of them here at St John’s. Children must adhere to the school uniform policy, please refer to the uniform policy on our website to ensure that your children arrive at school each day wearing the correct uniform. Children should be ready to learn and fully equipped with the necessary stationery to access all of their lessons. This includes their school planner, which should have a record of the child’s reading and should be signed by an adult each week. Again, please refer to the equipment policy on our website if you are unsure of the expectations - checks will be carried out during form time each week to ensure pupils are meeting these expectations. Pupils who consistently meet the expectations will be regularly rewarded; those who fail to meet the expectations will unfortunately face sanctions which could eventually lead to them losing certain privileges throughout the year, which none of us want to happen.

Throughout Year 8, there will be many wonderful things that the pupils can get involved in. Pupils can apply for a variety of roles including Prefects, House Captains and Sports Captains who in return will receive many special privileges. There will be several trips on offer including a week-long residential to Arete Outdoor Education Centre in Wales which is always a big hit. An event for the Summer term will also be planned to commemorate the Year 8’s time with us at St John’s before they leave and head off to High School. There is a lot that pupils can look forward to this year!

Year 8 is also your child’s final year at St John’s so it is important that you begin planning your child’s next steps for High School. You should have now received an application pack from school detailing what you must do going forward. Please ensure that you apply before the deadline to avoid any disappointment or disruption to your child’s learning. As the year progresses, your child will participate in a range of activities both here at St John’s and at their chosen schools to ensure their transitions are smooth. If you have any issues regarding this topic, please feel free to contact me via Epraise.

I am very excited about this year and really hope we can all work together effectively to ensure that a great year is had by all and all pupils leave fully ready for their next adventures. If you require any support at all throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone else in the Year 8 team who will be more than happy to help.

Yours sincerely

Mr Boyd – Head of Year 8

Introduction to Year 7 - 23/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Firstly I would like to welcome all pupils into Year 7 and to introduce to you our dedicated team of Year 7 teachers :

Head of Year 7 Ms R Bourne
Class Teacher 7JD Dr J Dowler
Class Teacher 7WW Mr W Warwick
Class Teacher 7JAB Mrs J Braby
Class Teacher 7PM Mr. P Marsh
Class Teacher 7MH Mr. M Hackett

This year is an important one for the pupils, particularly the transition to Key Stage 3 and expectations are high with regard to both behaviour and schoolwork (including homework).

If you have any concerns regarding your child please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor via Epraise in the first instance. Please do be aware that staff teach a full timetable and are not always available to respond immediately but we always do our very best.

During their introductory time with their form class we have been reminding the pupils of the importance of arriving promptly and fully equipped. A pencil case with a blue handwriting pen, a HB pencil, a ruler, a rubber, a glue stick and a general notebook.

We are proposing to take the pupils on a range of educational visits this year and we will notify you of the specific details as soon as we have finalised them. I would like to draw your attention to our Oakerwood Leisure Residential Trip in late April, our proposed Christmas Disco, an Outdoor Education trip in June for pupils who haven’t attended our residential trip, an outing to Worcester Cathedral in April and our final Funfest event in July. Please look out for these via Parentmail and be ready to express an interest if your child would like to attend.

It does not seem a minute since our pupils were coming into Year 5 with oversized jumpers and laden down with pencil cases and PE kits but as they progress through Key Stage 3 we will continue to support them so they feel ready for that next big step to High School.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead for our pupils and their families.

Yours sincerely

Ms R Bourne - Head of Year 7

Introduction to Year 6 - 23/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

As Head of Year I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and all pupils into Year 6 and introduce you to our fantastic team of Year 6 teachers:

Head of Year 6 Mrs. C Hirons
Class Teacher 6GM Mr. G Monaghan
Class Teacher 6KD Miss. K Devey
Class Teacher 6BC Mr. B Clements
Class Teacher 6RSE Miss. R Sedgwick
Class Teacher 6ALK Miss. A Kendall
Class Teacher 6CSS Mrs. C Stables

I know the Year 6 staff have been really looking forward to welcoming the pupils back into school and have been planning lots of activities to help your child settle confidently back into school life. If you have any concerns regarding your child please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor via Epraise in the first instance and the will respond as soon as they can.

This year is an important one for the children as we will start preparing them for their KS2 SATs in May, whilst still delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. In Year 6 we strive to ensure pupils engage, have fun and become even more independent and resilient learners. We want every pupil to make progress in their learning at whatever level that might be. As a team of experienced staff, we acknowledge that every pupil will find different things challenging at times and want them to feel supported and be able to offer encouragement to their peers if necessary.

At St John’s we have high expectations of all our pupils and expect them to arrive at school on time and be ready for lessons with the correct equipment and with homework completed.

We are proposing to take the pupils on a range of educational visits this year and we will notify you of the specific details as soon as we have finalised them. This includes a trip to Witley Court for an Art day, our proposed Christmas Disco, Oakerwood Leisure Residential Trip, an Outdoor Education trip in June for pupils who haven’t attended our residential and finally our end of year reward event. Please look out for these via Parentmail and be ready to express an interest if your child would like to attend.

All the Year 6 staff are thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead. We have a lot of hard work to do but also lots of fun to be had and memories to be made!

We look forward to an exciting year ahead for our pupils and their families.

Yours sincerely

Mrs C Hirons - Head of Year 6

Introduction to Year 5 - 23/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

As Head of Year, I would like to welcome you to Year 5 and help to put your minds at rest in regards to the transition of your child to St John’s. It has been wonderful to see so many excited children over the first couple of weeks. I’m sure all the children are starting to feel a bit more confident with their new routines. The Year 5 team have enjoyed welcoming everybody into their classes and getting to know all the children a little bit better. Many of you may still have questions about what to expect over the year. If so, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 5 team or myself using Epraise.

Over the last few days, the children have received their planners and some new books. Here at St John’s we have high expectations of the children and we would like all children to try their very best to keep these books neat and presentable. It is expected that the children have their planners with them every day. The planners should have a record of the children’s reading (3 times a week) and should be signed by an adult every week. These will be checked by your child’s form tutor every Friday. House Points will be awarded to those children completing their reading homework.

It is also expected that each day the children arrive on time and ready for school. This includes wearing the correct uniform on the right days, have all the stationery that they need and a reading book. Both uniform and equipment lists can be found on the website.

Over the year we have some exciting trips and events to look forward to. The Year 5 Oakerwood residential trip takes place in the summer term. This is a fun packed weekend of adventurous activity. More information will be sent out about Oakerwood very soon. We visit St John’s Church regularly as part of Collective Worship. There are lots of sporting activities for the children to take part in and we will finish the year with our annual FunFest event!

We understand that you and your child may being feeling anxious about starting at a new school, please feel rest assured that I and the Year 5 team will provide whatever support we can for our Year 5 pupils to help them settle into school life and continue to strive as they move on in their educational journey.

If you need any further support, please use Epraise messenger in order to reach your child’s teacher in the first instance, all staff access this regularly and it is an essential tool in maintaining contact between home and school.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs K Hall – Head of Year 5

After School Clubs  - Attendance 22/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

At St John's we are proud to offer a variety of different after school clubs and we encourage as many children as possible to sign up and participate. 
If your child does sign up for an after school club and for some reason, they are unable to attend a particular session, please can you contact the school office to make school aware that they won't be going. This helps support Safeguarding in school as we need to account for the whereabouts of all children who sign up for a club. 

Thank you for your support

Mrs K Gallinagh – Deputy Headteacher

High School Transfer Letters - 21/09/2022

Pupil Transfers to High School for September 2023

Just to let you know that you should have received a letter brought home from school by your child, informing you on how to apply for a High school for September 2023. I have attached a copy of this letter.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 31st October 2022.

If you have any queries about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Yours

Jean Gagen

School Admissions Officer.

LAUNCH OF AUTUMN EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORTS CLUBS - 20/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

We are excited to inform you that our extensive Autumn extra-curricular sports programme will commence Monday 26th September 2022, and will include two ‘morning’ clubs added to this terms’ timetable.

Please find attached the club timetable to share with your child. If your child would like to attend one of the clubs, please sign them up, but only if they are sure they will attend each week. If they change their minds and decide they do not want to attend, this could prevent another child requesting a place as numbers are limited. Registers at these clubs are very important. If your child is not able to attend a session please let the office know before the club takes place. Should your child not attend, and the school has not been informed, we will be sending home text messages to inform you of their absence and asking for reasons why they are not attending. If your child no longer wishes to attend a club, please ask them to advise their class teacher, who will inform Mr Cowdery.

Letters will be sent out via Parentmail giving specific details for each club on Thursday 22nd September at 4.00pm. Please sign up via Parentmail, the deadline for signing up for each club is Sunday 25th September at midnight.

Please note that due to such a high number of pupils attending clubs, we cannot send individual confirmation for each place. If you have successfully signed up to a club via Parentmail, then your child has a place on that club. When the club reaches its limit, Parentmail will not allow any further sign ups. If you cannot sign up, it will be due to the club already having reached full capacity. Should your child be unsuccessful in signing up to a club, there will be waiting lists and you will be contacted should any places become available throughout the term.

As places are limited, we are asking parents to sign their child up to a maximum of two club’s only, ensuring as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate. If spaces remain unfilled, we will re-advertise the spaces.

Uniform/PE kit and after school clubs

Your child is expected to wear their uniform to school and get changed at the end of the day into their PE kit, unless your child has a PE lesson on that day. If they attend a morning club, they can take part in their uniform.

If you have any further queries regarding our extra-curricular clubs, please do not telephone the school office, but send an Epraise message to Mr Cowdery who will get back to you as soon as he can.

We are looking forward to a fantastic Autumn of Sport!

Mr M Cowdrey

Head of PE

KS2 Maths 'Mathemagician' Puzzle Club -20/09/2022

KS2 Maths ‘Mathemagician’ Puzzle Club

We are excited to launch a new Mathematics club for KS2 based around solving Mathematical puzzles. The club will run for Years 5 and 6 each week on a Thursday from 3:15 – 4:00pm until Christmas and will be hosted by Miss North in Room 18. The first session will run on Thursday 29th September.

Puzzles will be accessible for all, supporting our inclusive Mathematical culture at St John’s. Each week children will be challenged to a variety of logic, strategy and Mathematical puzzles which may include Sudoku, cross numbers, code breakers, chess and more.

Places for the club will be limited to 30 and will be secured on a first come first served basis. If you wish for your child to attend, please complete the form in the 'Forms' section in Parentmail and indicate whether your child will be walking home from school or being collected.

Should places be filled quickly your child may join a waiting list and we will contact you should a place become available.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Kind regards

 

Miss K North - Head of Maths

KS3 Elite Maths Club - 20/09/2022

Eite Maths Club

We are pleased to inform you that your child has been invited to join St John’s ‘KS3 Elite Maths Club’. A small group of children have been selected based on exceptional Mathematical ability, attainment and performance in Maths lessons.

Elite Maths will be a weekly session using UK Maths Trust resources which aim to stretch and challenge the highest attaining Mathematicians. The club will run on a Tuesday after school until 4:00pm and the first session will commence on Tuesday 27th September 2022.

If you are happy for your child to attend this club please complete the form in the 'Forms' section on Parentmail, also stating whether your child has permission to walk home or whether they will be collected.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

 

Miss K North - Head of Maths

Childrens University - 16/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope you have had a wonderful and restful break.

I have exciting news to share regarding your child’s Children’s University Graduation ceremony. As you may recall towards the end of last term, I sent a ParentMail outlining the postponement of our graduating pupils’ celebration ceremony. I am pleased to announce the University of Worcester have kindly rearranged the ceremony and have offered to host it on Wednesday 5th October 2022 at their main Worcester campus. The celebration will include a formal ceremony, an opportunity to have a tour of the campus and play interactive games. I am sure this will prove to be a memorable day for all involved.

The children will travel by coach and will be picked up from school at 9.30am, spending the day on campus and returning to school for 2:30pm, in time for the end of the school day. 

Pupils are required to wear their school uniform and bring a packed lunch. If your child requires a school lunch, please advise the kitchen two days in advance.

Unfortunately, as the University has returned to their usual teaching hours, they do not have the capacity to host Parents/Guardians. However, we will ensure photographs are taken of the pupils' celebration and send them directly to Parents/Guardians as memories of the event. If you do not wish for your child to attend this event or you do not want your child's photograph to be taken please epraise Miss Kelly.

For this event to go ahead, we are asking parents to make a voluntary contribution of £9.95 using our secure ParentMail online payment system. Unfortunately, if not enough contributions are made the trip will have to be cancelled.

The deadline to pay for the event is Friday 23rd September 2022 at 12 noon. Please note, if you do not meet this deadline, your child will not be able to attend. Once you have made payment, we will take this as a firm commitment to the event and will not be able to offer any refunds.

If you feel you are financially struggling and require financial support to pay for this trip, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Amanda Lloyd who will be able to see what support can be offered, alternatively email [email protected]

Children will have the opportunity to visit the University shop, therefore they are permitted to bring a maximum of £5 spending money.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in this trip, they can still receive their award at the end of term during the celebration assembly held at school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me an epraise message.

Kind regards
Miss A Kelly - Children's University Coordinator

Headlice Notification - 15/09/2022

Dear Year 7 Parents/Guardians

We are aware that there are Head Lice in your child's year group and urge you to inspect your child's head thoroughly straight away. Please can you maintain regular inspections over the next few weeks and beyond.

Treatment is by 'wet combing' with a fine tooth comb (available from chemists) on several occasions until the hair is clear, or by special shampoo.

Only regular inspections of your child's hair will help to minimise their spread.

Thank you in advance.

The Office Team

North Bromsgrove High School Open Evening - 15/09/2022

North Bromsgrove High School Open Evening for Prospective Parents

Please see the attached letter from North Bromsgrove High School informing you of their open evening on Thursday 22nd September.

Yours

Jean Gagen - School Admissions Officer.

Further Update - 14/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Just to keep you updated following the sad news about the Queen’s death last week, we have held a commemorative assembly in school focussing on celebrating the life and accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth II and looking to the future reign of King Charles III. I can confirm that we will observe the National holiday scheduled on Monday 19th September 2022 for Her Majesty’s funeral. This means the school will be closed on this day as a mark of respect.

Catering

Having reviewed the break time snack provision we have identified the need to improve the speed of the service due to the large number of pupils purchasing snacks. Please could you therefore ensure your child is registered to use their fingerprint to purchase items at break time and lunch time. If you are unsure if you have given consent, a form will be available for you to complete. This will be located within the forms section of ParentMail from tomorrow (Thursday 15th September).

Additionally, to assist in speeding the service up:

  • From Thursday 15th September, each child will be limited to purchase a maximum of 2 items at break time
  • From Tuesday 20th September, drinks will not be available to purchase at break time. Each child should use their water bottle as fresh water is available from our water coolers that are located around school. Drinks will still be on sale at lunchtime if required.

Parents Evening Drop in sessions

On Monday 26th September we will be holding a drop in Parents Evening, 3.30pm-5pm. This is an informal drop in session where you are invited to come into school and visit your child’s form classroom. The Form Tutor will be available for an informal chat and English and Maths books will be accessible. No appointment is required, however if you have specific concerns or enquires please contact the Form Tutor directly through epraise as this will not be an individual Parents Evening.

Positive Communication

Please can I remind Parents/Guardians that aggressive and/or abusive language and behaviour in person or on the phone to ANY member of staff will not be tolerated. We will address these behaviours on an a case by case basis, which could result in individuals being prohibited access to the school site and staff. We are available to discuss concerns in a calm and mutually respectful manner.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs A Elwell – Head of School

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Welcome - 09/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer break and that the children are settling into a new academic year with renewed energy and readiness to learn.

Queen Elizabeth II

You will be aware that yesterday Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away and we express our deepest sympathies. Her dedication to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to her other realms and territories is unparalleled and we thank her for her service.

Our School will observe the mourning period but continue to support our pupils, families and staff. Unless otherwise stated, please assume any scheduled activities and events will continue as planned. At midday today the school community observed a one-minute silence, joined together in a prayer and completed a reflection activity whilst the church bells were ringing out across Bromsgrove. Children will also be attending assemblies next week in remembrance of Her Majesty.

We will observe the national holiday scheduled for Her Majesty’s funeral which means schools will be closed that day, but outside of this, school hours will continue as normal.

Our school will be keeping children informed of news about events as part of assemblies and class activities. Social media and other communication forums will go quiet during the mourning period and will be limited to essential communication only.

If you feel your child may be experiencing particular upset due to the passing of the Queen, please do let us know so we can provide additional support if needed.

Should there be anything further we can support you with, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Parking

Unfortunately, due to the size of the staff car park and the danger to children we ask that parents do not drive down or park on Watt Close to drop off or pick up children. Please can we ask that parents make arrangements for collection with their children, prior to the children coming to school.

Epraise

Links for the Parent epraise accounts have been sent out by email, please check your spam/junk folders. Please click the link and create a password. This is a parent account which will be used for teaching staff to send confidential messages, therefore please can we ask that children are not given passwords to access the parent account. Children will be issued their own epraise account over the next couple of weeks.

Photographs

School photographs will be taking place on Friday 16th September 2022. Please can all children come to school wearing normal full school uniform, there will no PE lessons taking place on this day.

HPV Vaccinations

Reminder, the HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 children ONLY will be taking place on Monday 12th September. Please could Year 8 children attend school in a short sleeved shirt or PE top. We have been advised that children will need to eat before they receive their vaccination therefore please remind children they will need to eat a substantial breakfast.

Hygiene

We will continue to follow strict hygiene procedures within school, encouraging regular handwashing and sanitising and reminding children to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. Enhanced cleaning will remain in place throughout the school, provided by our own onsite cleaning team.

Snacks

We encourage the children to have a healthy snack during morning break. These include fruit and vegetables e.g. carrot sticks, low sugar cereal bars, low fat string cheese, rice cakes, and whole grain muffins or bagels. Processed, less-healthy snack foods such as crisps, sugary drinks, sweets and cake are able to be eaten occasionally but should not be offered every day. We ask that you save these treats as ones you give at home and not at school. If you would like your child to have a small chocolate bar and/or crisps, these should only be eaten as part of their lunch meal.

Mobile phones

We understand that many of our children bring a mobile phone to school and would like to remind you of the expectations that come with this:

  • Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight for the duration of the school day
  • If you need to get an urgent message to your child throughout the school day, please call the school office and do not message or attempt to call your child’s phone. If there is a need for contact to be made with you, the call will be made by a member of staff.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another exciting academic year.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Elwell - Head of School

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Attendance - 06/09/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Just a gentle reminder Year 5 start school on Wednesday 7th September 2022 and Years 6, 7 & 8 all return on Thursday 8th September.

We look forward to welcoming all the children back after the summer break.

Please find attached a letter with regard to the school attendance policy and how to report an absence to the school.

Kind regards

The Office Team