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The majority of correspondence is sent out via ParentMail.

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

World Book Day - 24/02/2021

On Thursday 4th March we will be celebrating World Book Day both in school and virtually. The theme of this year’s event is to ‘find a new favourite book/author’ and students will take part in various activities to promote and encourage this, such as a teacher reading ‘Shelfie’ quiz and a ‘Virtual Library’ where students can select to hear a chapter of a book they are interested in, read to them by one of our St. John’s teachers.

We will be combining World Book Day with our weekly wellbeing afternoon and students will be able to take part in various activities to mark the day. Students will be off timetable for the day and instead be accessing World Book Day activities using Zoom with their class teacher. Lessons 1-3 will include activities set via Zoom, followed by various optional activity suggestions for the afternoon, to encourage reading for pleasure and wellbeing. These will be included in the wellbeing newsletter which will be sent out next week. Zoom links will also be sent out next week via your child’s teacher and can be accessed in the usual way on the E-praise planner.

Students are welcome to dress up as a book character, however there is no pressure for them to do so and they may also change their Zoom background image to their favourite book cover instead. Another option is to bring a prop or object to their zoom lesson which reflects some aspect of their chosen book.

We would really like students to select one of the above options linked to their chosen book to enable them to share this with their class and teacher on the day. Students can be as creative as they like using the resources they have available at home.

We understand that during this challenging time this may not be possible, however If you would like to make a donation of £1.00 on Parentmail, this will be used to purchase additional books for the school library. We would love to add some up-to-date popular reads and new authors for the children to access. Therefore, all donations made will go towards this as part of our school focus to promote a love of reading.

We hope that you will join us in supporting the school on World Book Day and look forward to seeing your costumes, props and Zoom backgrounds.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Sedgwick

English Teacher

Remote Learning - 24/02/2021

Good Afternoon,

Before half term we gathered thoughts and views of parents on our Remote Learning Offer and have been really impressed with the attitude to learning that has been shown and at the support that we have received from our school community.

One change that has been suggested was that parents and carers could be notified quicker if the children were missing lessons.

Since Monday, a standard message is now being sent via epraise in any zoomed lessons that your child does not attend.

The following lessons are delivered via Zoom: English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE, PSCHE, French.

Epraise points will be added to reward individual's attendance of Zoom lessons upon our return.

If you know that your child is unwell and cannot attend the lesson, please notify the school office in the same way that you would if they could not attend school. If there is a reason, please let the form tutor know or the messaging teacher if it is specific to their lesson.

If the message does not require a response, the teacher will not respond. Please rest assured that all messages are read on a daily basis.

Thank you once again for your support and we look forward to welcoming all of our children back soon.

Kind Regards

 

Kevin Medway

Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion and Personal Development)

School Reopening - 23/02/2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night we are thrilled that our school community can begin to reunite once again from 8th March.

We can confirm that all Key Stage 2 children will return to school on Monday 8th March, with Key Stage 3 having a phased return due to Covid testing requirements.

We will be sending out specific details over the next week so that everyone is completely clear about expectations around school, dropping off/collection times, testing arrangements, school meals, extended services, and any other important information.

I am sure you can appreciate that there is a great deal to arrange and we are grateful for your patience and understanding whilst we organise everything and prepare our school for the welcome return of all pupils.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Elwell

Head of School

RSE Letter - 23/02/2021

 

Year 5 and 6

Dear Parents/Guardians

As a part of your child’s education at St John’s C of E Middle School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic (PSCHE) education programme.

PSCHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

I am writing to let you know starting 19th April 2021, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.

In Year 5 this will include pupils learning about:

  • Healthy relationships, including peer pressure
  • Growing and changing, including puberty
  • Personal hygiene
  • Changing feelings
  • Keeping safe
  • The importance of balance in their lifestyle.

Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions.

In Year 6 they will cover the areas that were missed in Year 5 due to school closures. (Above) as well as:

  • Further work on Healthy relationships, change and becoming more independent
  • Management of risk, influences and pressure
  • How a baby is made
  • The importance of sleep during adolescence

PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing body. All PSCHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

Unfortunately, the current COVID pandemic means we are unable to invite parents and guardians into school to view some resources and ask any questions. However, we will share the information on what your children will be taught and why we feel this is important. As a result, the format of sharing will be as follows:

  • Monday 15th March 2021 – Link shared to a PowerPoint video explaining the resources and giving some examples.
  • Questions can then be sent to Mr K Medway via e-praise up until the end of Friday 19th March 2021
  • Monday 22nd March at 4.45pm – Zoom meeting answering the questions raised and a chance to discuss the resources shared as well as how you can best support your child and discuss these topics at home.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. Parental feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents are highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to attend the information meeting and look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully,

 

Kevin Medway

Deputy Headteacher

Year 7

Dear Parents/Guardians

As a part of your child’s education at St John’s C of E Middle School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic (PSCHE) education programme.

PSCHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

I am writing to let you know starting 19th April 2021, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.

In Year 7, this will include pupils learning about the areas that were missed in Year 6 due to school closures:

  • Healthy relationships, change and becoming more independent
  • Management of risk, influences and pressure
  • How a baby is made
  • The importance of sleep during adolescence
  • Safer online relationships

 

As well as:

  • Year 7 further work on Healthy Relationships (Including recognising domestic abuse)
  • An introduction to consent
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Positive body image

 

PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing body. All PSCHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

Unfortunately, the current COVID pandemic means we are unable to invite parents and guardians into school to view some resources and ask any questions. However, we will share the information on what your children will be taught, and why as we feel this is important. As a result, the format of sharing will be as follows:

  • Monday 15th March 2021 – Link shared to a PowerPoint video explaining the resources and giving some examples.
  • Questions can then be sent to Mr K Medway via e-praise up until the end of Friday 19th March 2021
  • Monday 22nd March at 4.45pm – Zoom meeting answering the questions raised and a chance to discuss the resources shared as well as how you can best support your child and discuss these topics at home.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents; parental feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents are highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to attend the information meeting and look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely

 

Kevin Medway

Deputy Headteacher

Year 8

Dear Parents/Guardians

As a part of your child’s education at St John’s C of E Middle School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic (PSCHE) education programme.

PSCHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

I am writing to let you know starting 19th April 2021, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.

In Year 8 this will include pupils learning about the areas that were missed in Year 7 due to school closures:

  • Further work on Healthy Relationships (Including recognising domestic abuse)
  • An introduction to consent
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Positive body image
  • FGM

As well as:

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Positive Relationship Values
  • Further work on consent
  • Introduction to Contraception
  • The responsibility of Parenting
  • Menstrual wellbeing

 

PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing body. All PSCHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

Unfortunately, the current COVID pandemic means we are unable to invite parents and guardians into school to view some resources and ask any questions. However, we will share the information on what your children will be taught and why we feel this is important. As a result, the format of sharing will be as follows:

  • Monday 15th March 2021 – Link shared to a PowerPoint video explaining the resources and giving some examples.
  • Questions can then be sent to Mr K Medway via e-praise up until the end of Friday 19th March 2021
  • Monday 22nd March at 4.45pm – Zoom meeting answering the questions raised and a chance to discuss the resources shared as well as how you can best support your child and discuss these topics at home.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. Parental feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents are highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to attend the information meeting and look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully,

 

Kevin Medway

Deputy Headteacher

 

 

 

Letter from Mr Roberts - 25/01/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has been a pleasure reading the positive messages received from parents in appreciation of the support that they have received during the latest lockdown.

I would like to express my thanks to the staff for their dedication and hard work throughout this pandemic. They have enabled us to remain open today so we can continue to support the vulnerable children and children of critical workers

May I also remind our parents that a space should only be taken up at school where there is no alternative at home. In this way we can minimise children on site and support the government in its efforts to overcome the virus.

May I thank you for your continued support and wish you all a safe week.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Geraint Roberts

Executive Headteacher/CEO

The Spire CE Learning Trust

Head of School Letter - 12/01/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In light of latest Government guidance, I felt it important to update our whole school community on how St John’s is adapting our provision and supporting our children and their families.

Firstly, can I thank you, for all the positive messages of support and appreciation that we have received following a successful first week of remote learning and critical worker/vulnerable pupil provision in school. These messages have been shared with staff and have given us all a boost during these stressful and ever-changing times. I would like to publically thank all the staff at St John’s for their professionalism and dedication, despite their own anxieties regarding the current pandemic, they continue to selflessly prioritise caring for children within school, whilst delivering quality teaching via Zoom.

With this in mind and the increasing seriousness of the situation described as “perilous” by our Prime Minister last night, I ask all of those parents accessing critical worker provision in school to only send your child to school if there are no other alternatives. We have seen a huge increase in the number of critical worker places during this lockdown compared to the last one, despite the situation being at a point of crisis. This is increasing the risk for all members of our community within school, some of whom are vulnerable themselves. Whilst we understand that certain families really do have no choice, for example, NHS workers, care workers, school staff whose partners are also critical workers and have to work as part of the COVID-19 response, and whilst we are more than happy to accept these children, we are equally aware that some of the children attending school have another parent who is working from home, who would not fit the criteria of being a critical front line worker. Indeed, guidance was issued on Friday that states if critical workers are working from home they should aim to keep their children at home with them if at all possible. I think the message is very clear to us all, stay at home and reduce social interaction.

I want to reassure parents that children who are at home are not being disadvantaged compared to those attending school. Children who attend school are receiving exactly the same curriculum offer as those at home and our remote learning provision is far more structured during this lockdown, with face to face teaching for the majority of subjects. We anticipate that this will make life easier for parents who are working from home, as their child has a teacher to ask rather than relying on a parent. Please also remind your child about our Enrichment day on metacognition, which promotes independence and encourages our children to problem solve before immediately asking for assistance.

If you are currently accessing a critical worker place, but now feel with the growing seriousness of the situation and our comprehensive face to face remote learning offer you can make alternative arrangements, please can you telephone the school and inform us of your decision as soon as possible.

We continually look to refine our remote learning offer and seek the views of our community. We have received some feedback, that whilst parents unanimously support Zoom teaching, there are some concerns regarding the length of time that the children are spending sitting looking at a screen. To address this and also to allow our staff some additional time to adapt their lessons and teaching to the new way of working, we are introducing one “no screen” wellbeing afternoon per week. During this afternoon, wellbeing activities will be provided for your child to access which will not involve them concentrating on a screen in a formal setting. This week’s wellbeing afternoon will be on Friday and the activities will follow shortly. If your child is in school during the wellbeing afternoon, they will be supervised completing these activities. To allow us to staff these sessions, Key stage 3 will leave school at a slightly earlier time of 3pm and there will be no change to Key Stage 2’s departure time

Please can I remind parents that have received information regarding the COVID Lateral Flow testing to return consent forms as soon as possible in preparation for the roll out of our testing programme. At present this only applies to Key Stage 3 pupils who are accessing school, but we will update you if and when this changes, potentially when schools are set to reopen.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns please contact your child’s form teacher or the school office and we will try our very best to assist you.

Take care and stay safe and well.

Best Wishes

Mrs A Elwell

School arrangemets as discussed - 08/01/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am writing to update you following the sudden announcement of school closures yesterday evening. I thank you for your understanding and patience whilst we move to virtual teaching, whilst also accommodating critical worker and vulnerable children within school.

Due to the hard work of the school staff body I am pleased to be able to communicate an outline of the plans during this lock down.

They are as follows:

  • All critical worker and vulnerable pupil places have been confirmed and we will be accommodating up to 170 children in school on a daily basis.
  • For those children attending school, we ask that they wear their own clothes that are appropriate for the school setting and would suggest warm layers as the classrooms will be well ventilated. Children should continue to wear PE kit on the days that they have PE on their timetable.
  • Breakfast club will be available to those children who have been an allocated place within school and who normally attend.
  • There will be NO afterschool provision due to staff shielding.
  • Packed lunches will be available to order, or children may bring in their own packed lunch. Toast will be available to be purchased at break, but there will be no hot food option for lunch at this time.
  • If your child is attending school and uses school transport, we have confirmed with the school transport department that this service will be available to your child.
  • The school will operate following a normal timetable and children will attend their normal lessons. The teachers will be delivering the same lesson to the children in school as those accessing learning via zoom.
  • Arrangements for arrival and departure remain the same and continue to be staggered as per DFE guidance. Therefore KS2 will continue to arrive for 8.50am until 3.15pm and KS3 will arrive at 9.05am until 3.30pm.
  • We ask ALL children (including those in Years 5 and 6, unless clinically exempt) to wear a mask when travelling in communal areas around school. Please remind children of the importance of hand sanitising and safe removal and storage of masks.

School will open for the critical worker and vulnerable children attending and for virtual teaching tomorrow morning (6th January 2021.) Please see below for information regarding arrangements and access to our blended learning offer.

  • English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE, PSCHE and French will be taught via Zoom.
  • Work will be set for all other subjects within the planner section of epraise.
  • Pupils will be epraised Zoom links by their subject teachers.
  • Lessons will begin at their usual timetabled times, but please allow some flexibility as staff may be moving from room to room and will need to set up their devices.
  • Pupils should set their names on Zoom to reflect their own name, without this they will not be admitted into the Zoom lesson from the waiting room.
  • Cameras should be switched on.
  • Pupils will be asked to submit work which is produced during Zoom lessons, this may be electronically or physically when they return. Therefore pupils should adhere to our presentation policy, which is attached to this ParentMail. If there are any issues with providing your child with basic stationery and paper, please let their form tutor know and we will try our best to assist.
  • All pupils have been shown how to access their timetable and Zoom using the link provided via epraise. Your child’s timetable and planner can also be seen via your parental login.
  • If staff are absent from school for any reason, no Zoom lessons will take place. Parents will be informed as soon as possible and work will be put on to epraise as soon as staff are able to.

Also attached are the pupil protocols that were sent out earlier this year, which outline our expectations whilst blended learning is taking place. These are put in place to ensure pupils and staff are safe and all children are able to learn. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance and they will be happy to assist or signpost you to a member of staff who can.

As you can see it is very much business as usual at St John’s and we are here to support all of our St John’s family during this difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we look forward to the day that our school community can be reunited.

With my very best wishes,

Mrs Elwell - Head of School

Arrangements as discussed - 06/01/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am writing to update you following the sudden announcement of school closures yesterday evening. I thank you for your understanding and patience whilst we move to virtual teaching, whilst also accommodating critical worker and vulnerable children within school.

Due to the hard work of the school staff body I am pleased to be able to communicate an outline of the plans during this lock down.

They are as follows:

  • All critical worker and vulnerable pupil places have been confirmed and we will be accommodating up to 170 children in school on a daily basis.
  • For those children attending school, we ask that they wear their own clothes that are appropriate for the school setting and would suggest warm layers as the classrooms will be well ventilated. Children should continue to wear PE kit on the days that they have PE on their timetable.
  • Breakfast club will be available to those children who have been an allocated place within school and who normally attend.
  • There will be NO afterschool provision due to staff shielding.
  • Packed lunches will be available to order, or children may bring in their own packed lunch. Toast will be available to be purchased at break, but there will be no hot food option for lunch at this time.
  • If your child is attending school and uses school transport, we have confirmed with the school transport department that this service will be available to your child.
  • The school will operate following a normal timetable and children will attend their normal lessons. The teachers will be delivering the same lesson to the children in school as those accessing learning via zoom.
  • Arrangements for arrival and departure remain the same and continue to be staggered as per DFE guidance. Therefore KS2 will continue to arrive for 8.50am until 3.15pm and KS3 will arrive at 9.05am until 3.30pm.
  • We ask ALL children (including those in Years 5 and 6, unless clinically exempt) to wear a mask when travelling in communal areas around school. Please remind children of the importance of hand sanitising and safe removal and storage of masks.

School will open for the critical worker and vulnerable children attending and for virtual teaching tomorrow morning (6th January 2021.) Please see below for information regarding arrangements and access to our blended learning offer.

  • English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE, PSCHE and French will be taught via Zoom.
  • Work will be set for all other subjects within the planner section of epraise.
  • Pupils will be epraised Zoom links by their subject teachers.
  • Lessons will begin at their usual timetabled times, but please allow some flexibility as staff may be moving from room to room and will need to set up their devices.
  • Pupils should set their names on Zoom to reflect their own name, without this they will not be admitted into the Zoom lesson from the waiting room.
  • Cameras should be switched on.
  • Pupils will be asked to submit work which is produced during Zoom lessons, this may be electronically or physically when they return. Therefore pupils should adhere to our presentation policy, which is attached to this ParentMail. If there are any issues with providing your child with basic stationery and paper, please let their form tutor know and we will try our best to assist.
  • All pupils have been shown how to access their timetable and Zoom using the link provided via epraise. Your child’s timetable and planner can also be seen via your parental login.
  • If staff are absent from school for any reason, no Zoom lessons will take place. Parents will be informed as soon as possible and work will be put on to epraise as soon as staff are able to.

Also attached are the pupil protocols that were sent out earlier this year, which outline our expectations whilst blended learning is taking place. These are put in place to ensure pupils and staff are safe and all children are able to learn. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance and they will be happy to assist or signpost you to a member of staff who can.

As you can see it is very much business as usual at St John’s and we are here to support all of our St John’s family during this difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we look forward to the day that our school community can be reunited.

With my very best wishes,

Mrs Elwell - Head of School

School Arrangements - 05/01/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am writing to update you following the sudden announcement of school closures yesterday evening. I thank you for your understanding and patience whilst we move to virtual teaching, whilst also accommodating critical worker and vulnerable children within school.

Due to the hard work of the school staff body I am pleased to be able to communicate an outline of the plans during this lock down.

They are as follows:

  • All critical worker and vulnerable pupil places have been confirmed and we will be accommodating up to 170 children in school on a daily basis.
  • For those children attending school, we ask that they wear their own clothes that are appropriate for the school setting and would suggest warm layers as the classrooms will be well ventilated. Children should continue to wear PE kit on the days that they have PE on their timetable.
  • Breakfast club will be available to those children who have been an allocated place within school and who normally attend.
  • There will be NO afterschool provision due to staff shielding.
  • Packed lunches will be available to order, or children may bring in their own packed lunch. Toast will be available to be purchased at break, but there will be no hot food option for lunch at this time.
  • If your child is attending school and uses school transport, we have confirmed with the school transport department that this service will be available to your child.
  • The school will operate following a normal timetable and children will attend their normal lessons. The teachers will be delivering the same lesson to the children in school as those accessing learning via zoom.
  • Arrangements for arrival and departure remain the same and continue to be staggered as per DFE guidance. Therefore KS2 will continue to arrive for 8.50am until 3.15pm and KS3 will arrive at 9.05am until 3.30pm.
  • We ask ALL children (including those in Years 5 and 6, unless clinically exempt) to wear a mask when travelling in communal areas around school. Please remind children of the importance of hand sanitising and safe removal and storage of masks.

School will open for the critical worker and vulnerable children attending and for virtual teaching tomorrow morning (6th January 2021.) Please see below for information regarding arrangements and access to our blended learning offer.

  • English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE, PSCHE and French will be taught via Zoom.
  • Work will be set for all other subjects within the planner section of epraise.
  • Pupils will be epraised Zoom links by their subject teachers.
  • Lessons will begin at their usual timetabled times, but please allow some flexibility as staff may be moving from room to room and will need to set up their devices.
  • Pupils should set their names on Zoom to reflect their own name, without this they will not be admitted into the Zoom lesson from the waiting room.
  • Cameras should be switched on.
  • Pupils will be asked to submit work which is produced during Zoom lessons, this may be electronically or physically when they return. Therefore pupils should adhere to our presentation policy, which is attached to this ParentMail. If there are any issues with providing your child with basic stationery and paper, please let their form tutor know and we will try our best to assist.
  • All pupils have been shown how to access their timetable and Zoom using the link provided via epraise. Your child’s timetable and planner can also be seen via your parental login.
  • If staff are absent from school for any reason, no Zoom lessons will take place. Parents will be informed as soon as possible and work will be put on to epraise as soon as staff are able to.

Also attached are the pupil protocols that were sent out earlier this year, which outline our expectations whilst blended learning is taking place. These are put in place to ensure pupils and staff are safe and all children are able to learn. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance and they will be happy to assist or signpost you to a member of staff who can.

As you can see it is very much business as usual at St John’s and we are here to support all of our St John’s family during this difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we look forward to the day that our school community can be reunited.

With my very best wishes,

Mrs Elwell - Head of School

 

 

 

 

Government Guidelines

Good afternoon,

Following Government Guidelines received last night, please be advised that school will be closed for Years 7 and 8 until 11th January. Online teaching will commence on the 4th January and more details regarding this will follow closer to the time. Children of Key workers are able to attend school if they cannot stay safely at home, as can all children with an EHCP or have an allocated Social worker. School will open as planned for Years 5 and 6.

 

 

Changes to 6ACJ - 14/12/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

As we approach the end of term we would like to inform you of a staff change, sadly Miss Carey-Jenkins will be leaving us at Christmas to relocate to London. Miss Carey-Jenkins will be greatly missed by us all and a hard act to follow. We are however pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Stables, a very experienced teacher, who will join the school after the Easter holidays.


In the meantime, as a temporary measure until Mrs Stables is able to start, 6ACJ’s Form Tutor will be Mrs Jane Bendall, a well-trusted member of the school’s supply team. Mrs Bendall will be in school this week liaising with Miss Carey-Jenkins and getting to know her new form group and classes.


We appreciate these changes may be difficult for some students therefore if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Carey-Jenkins for her dedication and hard work and wish her luck in the next exciting chapter of her life.


Yours sincerely

 

Mrs A Elwell
Head of School

 

 

Autumn Term Progress Reports

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Autumn Term Progress Reports

Before Parents’ Evening, you will be able to access your child’s end of year report using epraise as follows:

  • Log into ePraise, click Me at the top of the page, this will direct you to page where you'll see your child. Click on their portrait and then click the Documents link. Your child's report will be found here, this will open as a PDF.

The report can be used as part of discussion during parent’s evening and will show, end of year targets and end of year predictions based upon work completed so far in school.

Reports will only be available to view on epraise for 3 months, therefore if you would like to keep a copy of the report, please ensure you download this before the end of the 3 months.

This academic year, pupils have completed a baseline GL assessment in reading, SPAG, mathematics and science which forms part of the report. We are no longer using a ‘target’ grade for pupils that have been assessed as working below age related and consequently your child may have target and prediction grades that are below their current year group.

If you have any queries regarding accessing your child’s report or you require a paper copy, please don’t hesitate to contact school.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs A Elwell Mr H Cheuk

Head of School Deputy Headteacher.

Parents' Evening - 26/11/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

We have had over 1300 virtual Parents' Evening appointments made so far which is fantastic! The staff cannot wait to discuss your child’s progress with you.

As with everything in the current climate, this way of facilitating a meeting between you and your child’s subject teachers is new to all of us. With this in mind, we kindly ask for your patience and understanding should things not run as smoothly as anticipated. Technology is wonderful thing, when it works.

I would like to remind you that appointments must be strictly kept to 5 minutes to avoid parents being stuck in ‘waiting rooms’ and missing other appointments. Staff will start a timer at the beginning of each appointment and will keep to the allocated time. To facilitate this process can I ask that you add any concerns/questions to the ‘Parent note’ box on your booking schedule.

This is a subject parent evening and conversations should be around progress and attainment within the respective subjects, if you wish to discuss any behaviour or pastoral concerns please epraise the relevant teacher separately.

To ensure we safeguard you and us, it is vital that the user name when in Zoom is your first name and surname as per our records. Staff are not permitted to admit anyone they do not recognise into a meeting and will be using the information on their booking schedule to cross reference. If you have named your device, such as Mum’s iphone or Pete’s Laptop and/or use a nickname/online profile name, Zoom will use this as the default when signing in. Please can we ask you to change this before attempting to join a waiting room otherwise you will not be admitted to the meeting.

Finally, if you are unable to make an appointment, please cancel it on epraise prior to the evening, this will release this appointment for other parents to access who may not have been able to get a slot given the high demand.

Once again thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you all (be it virtually) next week.

Kind Regards

Mr R Upwood - Assistant Headteacher

Hot Dinners - 18/11/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am pleased to inform you we will be able to offer hot meals to Year 7 and Year 8 from Monday 23rd November.

Please can I remind parents that, unless exempt, ALL children in Year 7 and Year 8 must wear a face covering when moving around school, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas as social distancing cannot easily be maintained.

We have given out approximately 300 masks so far this week and as I’m sure you can appreciate, masks are becoming increasingly difficult to source and are also an additional expense to the school. Please can you ensure that your child comes to school with a face covering and a small plastic bag.

If anyone have issues sourcing masks, please contact your child's class tutor.

Thank you for your continuing support

Mrs A Elwell – Head of School

Anti-bullying Week - 17/11/2020

Good morning

This week is Anti-bullying week. On Friday we are inviting our pupils, and staff, to take part in 'odd socks' day. A chance to stand out for being different and show solidarity in making a stand against bullying. There is no donation required to take part and all classes will show a short assembly explaining the difference between 'relational disputes' and 'bullying.' It will also explain how 'bystanders' contribute negatively to the situation pupils can find themselves and encourages them to be defenders and support their peers by reporting or speaking up.

Kind Regards

Mr K Medway

Deputy Headteacher

Year 6 ‘Ace Your Arithmetic’ Zoom Club - 16/11/2020

Dear Parents / Guardians

Year 6 ‘Ace Your Arithmetic’ Zoom Club

I will be holding afterschool Arithmetic revision sessions, starting in November. This is an exciting opportunity for pupils to boost their confidence in maths, in times when there may have been missed building blocks in the children’s learning due to the pandemic.

The sessions will be on a Thursday starting at 4:00pm and ending at 4:45pm, commencing on Thursday 19th November 2020. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this club will be hosted on Zoom.

If you would like your child to attend the revision sessions please epraise me with your permission. Access details for Zoom will then be sent out in once permission has been received.

Yours faithfully

 

Miss K North

Assistant Head of Maths

 

 

Term 1 Parents Evenings 2020 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday 1 st December Thursday 3 rd December 3.30pm-7pm and Monday 7 th December 2020 3.45pm-5pm we will be holding subject parent’s evenings. 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.

Due to advice from DfE and social distancing regulations, these meetings will be held virtually using Zoom. The bookings can be made in the normal way via 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.

In order to meet demand, appointments will be released in stages:

  • Stage 1: English, Maths and Science for all years from Monday 16th November.
  • Stage 2: All subjects for all years from Monday 23rd November.

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 in order 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.

You will also receive an interim report before the end of term detailing your child’s target grades and current prediction.

Please note on 1st December and 3rd December, KS3 will finish at 3pm. This is to allow staff time to setup and maintain social distancing,

Yours faithfully, Mr R Upwood Assistant Headteacher

 

 

Government Guidance - 05/11/2020

Dear Parents,

As we enter into another national lockdown schools have today been issued with new guidance regarding face coverings and medically vulnerable children.

We have sent a separate Parent mail regarding medically vulnerable children and I would like to reiterate if you have any concerns or queries please get in touch and we will do all we can to help.

Guidance regarding face coverings in school has now changed. In schools where pupils in Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of the classroom, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. For years 6 and below, there is no change to the existing position, although if you would like your child to wear a face mask in communal areas we would fully support your decision. At St John’s we have made the decision that all our staff, even those in Key Stage 2, will be wearing PPE outside the classroom and face shields within the classroom, if social distancing cannot be maintained. Therefore on Monday when we look forward to welcoming our Key Stage 3 pupils back into school, we ask that they all wear a face mask and bring a small plastic bag to store their mask in safely throughout the day.

We ask that you discuss with your child the following government guidance on how to wear a face covering:

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • Avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • Avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • Change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • Avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)
  • When removing a face covering:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing

  • Only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • Do not give it to someone else to use
  • If single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • If reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

We regret to have to inform you that due to the change in guidance to extremely vulnerable staff attending work, we are unable to offer our After School Club provision during this lock down period. Unfortunately, we do not have the required members of staff to safely offer this service and therefore sadly must close from Monday 9th November, with Friday 6th November being our last day, until our staff are advised to return to work. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause but we were only made aware of the change in the guidelines last night and have been trying to find an alternative all day, but to no avail. This does not affect breakfast club, as we are still able to staff this provision at present.

On a positive note, it was lovely to welcome our isolating Year 6 pupils back yesterday and we have not had any further reports of any positive cases linked to the initial case, which is great news. Furthermore, the contractors assure us that the Key Stage 3 toilets and corridor will all be up and running again to welcome our Year 7 and 8 pupils back on Monday.

Finally, thank you for your support and patience as we fine tune our virtual teaching on Zoom, we have really appreciated the positive feedback regarding these lessons. The amount of children accessing the virtual lessons has been very encouraging, with full attendance in many lessons.

We hope you all stay safe and well and please remember we are here for you and your children in these extremely difficult times. We will get through this by working together.

With very best wishes

Mrs A Elwell

Children with Underlying Health Conditions - 05/11/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

As you may be aware the Government guidelines have recently changed regarding children with underlying health conditions which would make them vulnerable to COVID-19.

The Department from Health and Social Care state a very small number of children will still need to remain on the shielded patient list for the longer term and they have advised them to follow the new guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Unfortunately, if your child’s doctor has confirmed they are clinically extremely vulnerable, they should not attend school for the duration of the current National Lockdown. If this is the case, please could you inform the school office to enable the school to make arrangements for them to be able to continue their schooling at home.

If you are unsure if your child is clinically extremely vulnerable please speak to the hospital doctor who provides care for your child, or otherwise your GP, to check whether they should still be considered clinically extremely vulnerable and, therefore, whether or not they should continue to go to school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Mrs A Elwell

Head of School

Zoom Lessons - 03/11/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

Following our first round of Virtual Lessons via Zoom yesterday, which all went very well, we want to clarify a few details, based on the feedback from staff, pupils and parents.

Firstly,

  • It is vital that when a pupil signs into Zoom to participate in a virtual lesson, they sign in using their full first name and surname as it would appear on a class register.
  • For safeguarding reasons, staff will not admit anyone they do not recognise or are not expecting into a virtual lesson.
  • When pupils are signing in using a device that isn’t theirs and has a name such as Mum’s iPad, Dad’s Computer or their own device where they have used a gamertag or nickname, they must ensure before joining a lesson they have changed the name either in settings on the device or in Zoom itself. Unfortunately, Zoom will automatically use a device name as default when signing in.
  • When pupils sign in they must keep their camera switched on at all times to enable the teachers to verify the identity of the children.

Secondly,

  • Pupils only need to join Zoom lessons as per their timetable for English, Maths and Science.
  • Pupils will receive an epraise message containing a link to the lesson or the link will be added to classwork set within the pupils’ epraise planner. Either way pupils will be told the time the lesson begins.
  • They need to click on the link and they will be taken directly to the waiting room for the lesson and then will be admitted by their teacher but only if the name is correct.

We appreciate that this new way of delivering your child’s education will take some getting used to and won’t be without its teething problems in the beginning.

In these uncertain times there is a lot of anxiety in the air and we know this can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more stressful for both pupils and parents. Whilst it is expected that pupils self-isolating or not in school due to the flood damage engage in home learning to ensure that the sequence of their learning is maintained, we understand that the wonderful technology that we are now even more reliant upon can fail us at times. If your child is unable to access the virtual lessons for whatever reason, please do not worry. Simply epraise message the teacher to explain and the work can be provided in an alternative way.

As always, thank you for your continued support and stay safe.

Kind Regards,

Mr R Upwood - Assistant Headteacher

Blended Learning Arrangements - 02/11/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope you had an enjoyable Half Term and you are all safe and well in these uncertain times.

There are two reasons for my correspondence this morning.

Firstly, I wanted to update you on the flooding that occurred in school over the weekend and the resulting consequence of this on our Year 7 and 8 pupils.

Unfortunately, we have received a report from the contractors this morning that the damage is more widespread than we had hoped, resulting in all of the Key Stage 3 toilets being unusable for the remainder of the week. Additionally, the Key Stage 3 corridors have also suffered flooding and are not suitable in the present state for pupils to access their classrooms. The school is operating under strict COVID-19 guidelines which affects our ability to facilitate alternative arrangements. Therefore it is with regret that school will remain closed for all Year 7 and 8 pupils (except those in LaunchPad) until Monday 9th November 2020.

Secondly, as you are aware we had our first confirmed positive COVID-19 case during half term and as a result 56 children are isolating until Wednesday 4th November 2020. The school acted upon the information regarding the positive result as soon as it was reported to us and we want to reassure you that the Year 6 area had an additional deep clean over the holiday. We are constantly revisiting our risk assessment and from today our staff will be wearing PPE when coming into close contact with children in classrooms.

If your child is not in school due to self-isolation as a result of the confirmed Covid 19 case, or as a consequence of the flooding, we will be offering your child/children a combination of home learning tasks and Zoom virtual lessons during their time at home. The expectation is that pupils access this home learning to ensure that the sequence of their learning is maintained.

Blended Learning arrangements for Year 6

Schedule for Monday 2nd November:-

Science lesson for 6RS will be taught via Zoom.

All other work will be set on epraise.

Schedule for Tuesday 3rd November:-

6A, 6B and 6C Maths and English and all Science lessons will be taught via Zoom.

All other work will be set on epraise.

Blended Learning arrangements for Year 7 and 8

Schedule for Monday 2nd November:-

All work will be set on epraise.

Schedule for Tuesday 3rd November:-

English, Maths and Science lessons will be taught via Zoom.

All other work will be set on epraise.

Zoom lessons will take place at the same time as they would if your child was in school, you can access a copy of your child's timetable on epraise. A copy can also be found on the back of your child's planner.

To access the Zoom lesson your child will need to enter the Zoom meeting ID assigned to their teacher, these will be sent out shortly. All children practiced this in their computing lessons last half term.

In English and Maths lessons your child's teacher may also be teaching pupils who are physically present in their classroom so ask for your patience and support whilst we get to grips with this new way of working.

Please could we draw your attention to our online learning protocols in our previous parent mail. This details our online code of conduct which has been designed to keep all pupils safe and facilitate learning whilst participating in Zoom lessons.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs A Elwell - Head of School

Hot Lunches - 14/10/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

Hot lunches will be available to purchase for Years 5 & 6 only from Monday 19th October at the cost of £2.40 payable via ParentMail. The menu is on the St John's School website and we will be commencing with week 1.

Hot lunches for Years 7 & 8 will follow in due course.

Kind regards

Mrs A Elwell - Head of School.

Drop in PASTORAL Parents' Evening - 13/10/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

Now that the academic year is underway and the children are settled, we would usually be inviting you to attend an informal Parents “Drop in” evening whereby you have the opportunity to meet your child’s new class teacher to find out how they have settled in so far and have a look at their books.

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to facilitate such an evening at this time. We are hoping to hold subject specific parents' evenings later this year to report on your child’s progress. These will take place in December 2020, appointments will take place via Zoom, bookings will be on epraise as usual. More details will be sent out closer to the date.

For any confidential or pressing matters of a pastoral nature, class teachers or Heads of Year will be available for a limited number of short telephone calls or Zoom meetings on Monday 19th October between 3:30pm and 5.00pm. Please contact them via Epraise to request a call/meeting.

We appreciate your support and understanding in these challenging times

Yours sincerely

Mr R Upwood - Assistant Headteacher

Holiday Football Courses - 12/10/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Please find below a message from Kidderminster Harriers.

Kind regards

 

October Half Term

Kidderminster Harriers Community Scheme will be holding our holiday football courses during half term. Course run 10am-3pm and are open to children aged 5-14 years. Younger children can attend for half days if they prefer. Cost is £10 for per day or, £28 for three. The courses will feature our Star Player Award and a mini soccer tournament, everyone who competes receive a prize. Due to current restrictions all courses are outdoors so appropriate clothing required. The venues are:-

Droitwich Cricket Club WR9 7AN– Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th

Worcester – Bishop Perowne College -Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th

Bromsgrove- Catshill Middle School - Monday 26h & Tuesday 27th

Malvern – Dyson Perrins Academy - Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th

Kinver Sports & Community Association DY7 6ER - Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th

Kidderminster – Baxter College - Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th & Friday 30th

Please note new venues in Droitwich, St Peters Fields and Kinver, Legion Drive. At present we are unlikely to run the scheduled Thursday/Fridaycourse in Cleobury.

To book a place contact the Community Scheme on 01562 863821 or email [email protected] Payment can be made in advance or on the day. Please send name, age course attending, any medical conditions and an emergency contact.

#HelloYellow - 07/10/2020

Good morning Parents/Carers

On the 9th October pupils will be taking part in a variety of activities which promote positive mental health. We are inviting our pupils to wear something yellow (non-uniform and something that the children can be active in) for a small donation of £1.00 which will then be forwarded to Young Minds, a mental health and awareness charity.

Due to Covid 19 could we ask that parents make the £1 donation through parentmail rather than bringing cash into school. We look forward to seeing all of our children in yellow on Friday to support young people’s mental health on World Mental Health day.

Thank you for your support

School office

Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships - 30/09/2020

Good Morning

I hope that this ParentMail finds you well in these strange and challenging times.

Over the course of the past year we have been working hard to develop the school's 'Trauma Informed' approaches. This is reflected in changes which have led to the development of our Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships Policy (Attached) and the purchase and use of Motional.

Form tutors are in the process of reminding pupils of the Golden Classroom Rules which set expectations allowing everyone to learn in a positive and safe environment.

Behaviours seen often communicate how a child is feeling or how they are coping. For this reason, all classes have developed an emotional check-in system and the children are encouraged to talk about how they are feeling.

If children's behaviour reaches a point where it becomes persistently disruptive, we run a behaviour recovery system which aims to support the child before the situation gets out of hand and disrupts learning further. Where this is required, a C3 is issued on epraise (following a warning and strategies being attempted) and once the details have been ascertained, an epraise message is sent home to the parent listed as priority one. Please ensure that, should you receive one of these, you reply to acknowledge receipt.

If the form tutor does not receive a response within 48 hours, a phonecall will be made to explain the situation. The purpose of this communication is so we can work together to support your child and form positive communicative relationships.

Any child who receives two C3s in a week (Monday to Friday) is issued with a 30 minute after school intervention the following week. This will be used to address the issues that arose and give them alternatives should the situation arise in the future.

Any patterns that are identified over time, the form tutor may make contact to discuss what is going well, what they are worried about and what can be done to support your child. A plan will be created from this where necessary and this will be reviewed after a maximum of 4 weeks.

Likewise, if you are aware of something which may be affecting your child or have noticed a decline in their behaviour, please make contact via epraise with your child's form tutor as they do like to hear the good news and it puts a smile on their faces to hear of successes.

As well as the policy, I have attached a copy of the short overview that is being shared with the children so the messages and expectations can be shared and the process is clear to everyone as we work together to ensure that the children are able to learn in a safe environment.

 

Kind regards

Mr K Medway – Deputy Headteacher

 

 

Parking - 25/09/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Unfortunately, over the last few days we have received several strong complaints from the residents in and around our school regarding inappropriate parking. We recognise this is only a small number of parents whilst the majority park respectfully.

Yesterday we received another call from a resident voicing a grievance, particularly inconsiderate parking and leaving the car engine running whilst dropping off/collecting children.

Could we please ask that you consider our neighbours and please be mindful whilst parking.

We thank you for your support.

Mrs A Elwell

Head of School

Head of School letter - 25/09/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to inform you of a situation that occurred yesterday at the end of the school day.

As a consequence of the heavy rainfall the drainage system leaked resulting in flooding by the Watt Close school gate.

Once alerted, appropriate action was taken however, some children had already left school via this point and may have inadvertently walked through the drainage water. We wanted parents to be aware so they could sanitise any shoes or belongings.

Please be reassured that the whole of the area was sanitised prior to reopening today.

May we add that the blocked drains were also a result of the toilets being inappropriately used in the disposal of antibacterial wipes. We will educate the children in the appropriate methods of disposal.

Thank you for your support in this.

Mrs A Elwell

Head of school

Letter from SBHS - 23/09/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

If you are the parent of a child currently in Year 8, you will already be thinking about the move to high School in September 2021. We understand what a significant step this is - particularly if this is your eldest child - and the importance of making the right choice.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to invite you to the school for our usual Open Evening because of the obvious health and safety concerns. However, we will be replacing the event with a virtual Open Evening which consists of filmed presentations and information hosted on the school’s website.

South Bromsgrove is a high performing school where students are given every opportunity to succeed. In October 2012, we were judged to be an Outstanding School by Ofsted. Our aim is to develop polite, well rounded and resilient young people who, through hard work and determination, make excellent progress. The school has strong traditions; respect, courtesy and tolerance are important characteristics that underpin our work. We succeed in combining excellence for all with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom.

South is the largest school-based centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the UK and our success in this area is a unique strength. Our broad curriculum, which has academic and vocational strands, is tailored to individual needs and our thriving Sixth Form has an enviable success in securing destinations for students at universities, colleges and apprenticeships.

As much as all these characteristics are important, students frequently tell us that they enjoy their learning at South - and that matters a great deal to us. We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual Open Evening which will launch on our website at 6:00pm on Thursday 1st October.

Yours sincerely, Chris Smith Headteacher

URGENT CONCERN - 08/09/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

We have received notification regarding viral video posts of a distressing nature being shared on TikTok. This is being shared across all social media with fake captions and hashtags so people are not aware of the video content until they have watched it.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight to all parents that the recommended age for a Tik Tok account is no younger than 13 years of age.

We are aware that some children do access TikTok and other social media with the consent of their parents/carers.

The content being posted is extremely graphic and distressing and therefore it is absolutely vital that all parents are monitoring their child’s usage of TikTok and devices.

Please remember that, should your child have viewed this content, support and advice is available from Childline and Papyrus. Please see the links below:

https://www.childline.org.uk/

https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Kind regards

Welcome Back - 03/09/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Lovely to see all our children looking so smartly dressed with big smiles as they returned to school today. A fantastic 98.7% of the school present.

The children have coped really well with all of the safety measures in place and the sound of children’s chatter and laughter echoes around the school once more.

Long may it continue!

Can we please remind children that they are to arrive at school as per the staggered times below in order to keep our year groups safe at this time.

Year 5 – Arrive Sanders Park 08.40 – 08.50

Year 6 – Arrive Watt Close 08.40 – 08.50

Year 7 – Arrive Sanders Park 08.55 – 09.05

Year 8 – Arrive Watt Close 08.55 – 09.05.

A quick reminder also that we are now operating a ‘Cashless’ system for the purchase of healthy break time snacks and lunch therefore please do not send your children with cash into school.

Kind regards

Mrs Elwell

Head Of School