STARTING AT

ST JOHN'S

Welcome to St John’s CE Primary School

Our mission is to educate the mind, body, heart and soul of every child that comes here; this is underpinned by the Bible verse ‘That they shall have life, life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)

We aim to do this by offering each child an exciting, challenging and stimulating education during their time with us based on the Christian values of Wonder, Excellence, Love and Forgiveness – known throughout the school as ‘WonderELF’.

It is hard to sum up exactly what makes St John’s a unique school, but St John’s is a place where we believe that there should be much more than academic rigour in the classroom. Whether it is playing together, taking part in sports or exploring creative talents, opportunities abound. It is these extra opportunities which really encourage independence, resilience and responsibility within our children.

Another important aspect of the school is the caring and nurturing ethos which exists between staff and children and, equally importantly, between the children themselves (visit the Buddies section under the School Life link). We strive to maintain the right balance between enjoyment and achievement so that your child will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from their time here. High expectations are evident in all that we do and successes are celebrated.

St John’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents, governors and volunteers to share this commitment so that our pupils can thrive in a safe and caring environment.

Although the information available on this website gives you an insight into our life here at St John’s, a visit to the school is strongly recommended. We are confident that, after experiencing the warmth and happiness of the children and staff, you will leave convinced that St John’s has that something extra about it which is just right for your child.

If you wish to find out more about our school or if you would like a place for your child at our school please look at the Starting at St John’s page.

If you require a paper copy of any of the information documents in the Key Information section please call the school office who will be happy to help with your request.

News and Letters

Newsletter – Wednesday 27th March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, another busy term draws to a close. It was lovely to share the excitement of two lambs with you all yesterday morning on the gate to celebrate both spring and Easter. (Thank you, Marilyn, for loaning the lambs to us!) My day just got better and better yesterday as I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon in Year R when the class were working with their buddies creating Easter baskets. It was a lovely afternoon seeing how independent our Year R children have become and how caring the Year 6 children can be – being told I was a great dancer and singer added to my enjoyment of the afternoon.

There were many events and activities this term which have added to the variety of learning for all the pupils, including both World Book Day and Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day donations raised £245.93 to worthy causes – thank you. We were fortunate, as a school, (with additional workshops for Years 2, 5 and 6) to take part in the NSPCC ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme; a really important message for all the children to understand.

We are also involved in the Ashdown Forest Heritage Project; Year 4 benefited from this by undertaking some fantastic work in the Ashdown Forest and within school. Year 3’s trip to Kent life to take part in the Roman experience was also a great way to reinforce all that they have been learning in history this term.

Attendance
As you are aware, school attendance is not only important for your child’s education, it is also a legal requirement for parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly. Attached is a useful ‘infographic’ showing how school absence can affect your child. We will be contacting parents separately about their child’s attendance if it falls below a particular threshold or we have other concerns about attendance.

School Lunches
Those of you ordering school lunches for your children, please can you ensure you are discussing menu choices with your children each week. The cooks are finding there is an ever-increasing amount of wastage, with lots of children not eating their meals. It has been noted that on the few occasions when ParentPay has been down and we have had to ask children individually what they would like for lunch, the waste has been considerably less. Thank you for your understanding.

Sporting Success

Sportshall Athletics: Our Year 5/6 team progressed to become North Wealden champions and are now representing the area at the County Finals in Burgess Hill next month.
Netball: The team were deserving champions in the Crowborough round of events and managed to come a credible 3rd place overall in the North Wealden finals – again being the top performing Crowborough area school.
Hockey: Unfortunately, the weather was against us for this tournament, which meant having to play indoor hockey. We had to quickly adjust our playing style, however, the team were magnificent and managed to beat many other schools finishing third overall in the Crowborough, Wadhurst and Heathfield areas of primary schools – a big well done!
Football: Our Year 5/6 boys football team enjoyed success last week, competing against schools from the Tunbridge Wells cluster at St Gregory’s for the chance to play at the Tonbridge Angels stadium. As ever, the children represented St John’s superbly, winning two, drawing one and narrowly losing two of their group games, meaning we finished 3rd in our group and unfortunately not progressing any further.
Cheerleading: History was made this week as for the first time ever, St John’s entered a cheerleading squad of 16 children into the Go Cheer! competition at Leigh Academy, Tonbridge. The mixed team from Year 5 and 6 performed their fantastic routine and missed out on third place by 0.5 of a point. However, they were awarded the ‘Showmanship’ award of the competition for their fantastic attitude and energy throughout, which more than makes up for so narrowly missing out on a medal. The squad have also performed to the whole school and their parents this week and will be putting together a new routine to perform for you all at the Summer Fair later this year!

Reading

We are pleased to announce this term’s winners of the KS2 Accelerated Reader competition. We share results weekly in Celebration Assembly and it has been amazing to see so many different names each week across all classes, as well as some different overall winners for the term.

Most quizzes passed 21 – Bea (Class 6)
Most books read as a class 203 – Class 3
Highest individual word count 497,970 – Sam (Class 4)
Class word count total 3,265,038 – Class 4

During Easter theme week, we have explored the Easter story and the events of Holy week. It was great to see Year 1 re-creating their own version of Jesus entering Jerusalem on the playground at lunchtime yesterday! Thank you to the PTA for providing the Easter (chocolate) treats. Hopefully the children have taken onboard the overriding message of the Easter story; it is not just about chocolate, but it is story of joy and hope – so with that said, I hope you all have a joyful Easter and look forward to seeing you on Monday 15th April.

Thank you as always,

Laura Cooper