St John’s Catholic Primary School has Jesus and his teachings at its heart, enabling our faith to deepen in a community where minds are challenged and thoughts are grown; where children are loved and valued as individuals, and where the talents of all are nurtured and celebrated within a safe, happy and caring environment.
A new version of the Jigsaw school app has been released which needs to be installed from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store, in order to keep up-to-date with announcements and news. The new version has some extra features, explained on the above information sheet.
22nd June 2020: Information for Year 6 returning to school
Year 6 children are invited back into school from Monday 22nd June. ‘Bubbles’ (groups) will be organised with a maximum size of 10 children in each classroom. From Monday 22nd June, your child will be based in the Year 6 classroom bubble with Mrs Moseley and Mrs Burtonwood, or in the Year 5 classroom bubble with Mr Parker and Mrs Long, and will remain in their bubble until the summer holidays, in order to maintain our distancing and not mixing of the staff or children. The bubbles will be allocated once numbers have been confirmed. Children may join later in the term, if there is space to do so depending on any further requests for keyworker places.
After reading the information, please confirm by Wednesday 17th June to Mrs Moseley via Seesaw if your child will return to school on 22nd June.
Year 6 school times are 9am-3.15pm, with entry at 9am and exit at 3.15pm via the KS2 outer door.
A reminder that the car park is for staff only and that parking is available for parents at the YMCA or church car park. Our new crossing patrol person, Charlotte, will be back on duty on Breck Road.
Drop-off and pick-up needs to be prompt: doors will open for children to walk straight into school from the playground at 9am. Therefore, access into the school playground for 1 parent only with their child(ren) will be IN through the BRECK ROAD GATE and OUT through the MOORLAND ROAD GATE. Please follow this one-way system. It is to help parents and children keep their 2m social distance, and to prepare children for saying goodbye and coming into school from the playground, rather than from the gate. Please do not approach the staff at the doors. If your child is upset and does not want to come into school, we will try to encourage them to enter (from a 2m distance). We ask that parents do not arrive early, or stand chatting to each other in the playground after drop-off or pick-up, in order to keep the one-way system flowing.
Parents are not to enter school unless by prior appointment. Any letters or notes may be put in the postbox at the front door, and messages may be rung through to the school office.
Taylor’s Tigers is NOT available.
School dinners are available, or they may bring their own packed lunch. All children need to bring a water bottle – the water fountains are not in use.
The DfE guidance says there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in school. We have decided that children may wear their own clothes that can be put in the wash after school, and then a clean set of clothes is to be worn for the next day in school. Clothing need to be appropriate for the weather – coat, suncream and sunhat – and PE/games.
The guidance says to limit the number of shared resources that are taken home by staff and pupils and limit the exchange of such resources. Therefore, there is no need for any bags or PE kits in school.
It is virtually impossible to social distance children, especially the younger ones, as they gravitate naturally towards each other to hug, touch, cuddle, play, because they are children, and that’s what children do. They don’t have the emotional awareness to keep a social distance independently. Staff will encourage them to try and will keep their own social distance unless first aid is needed.
Any child displaying Covid19 symptoms in school will be isolated until they are collected. All children over the age of 5 are eligible for testing. If the test is positive then all children and adults in the bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. Obviously do not bring your child into school if they are unwell for any reason.
I am sure that you understand the need for all these measures. The risk assessments are available below.
Staff will endeavour to support and encourage your child, as well as to ensure their social and emotional needs are being met. Please get in touch if you want to ask questions or discuss any aspect of this information.
On behalf of the Governing Board, can we say thank you to parents for all your support in home learning, as well as for your patience and understanding whilst waiting for news of the wider opening plan. After numerous discussions and meetings, the Governing Board has reached a decision regarding the wider opening of school. Based on the many risk assessments carried out, including spacing desks 2m apart in classrooms, and based upon the increase in numbers of keyworker and vulnerable children attending, school has capacity for wider opening only to children in Year 6, when Lancashire County Council says it is safe to do so.
We realise this may be disappointing for those Reception and Year 1 families who were looking forward to coming into school. I am sure, though, that you understand the need for all the risk assessments and health and safety measures which have been put in place, based on all the guidance from the government, the DfE and LCC.
Dr Karunanithi, LCC Director of Public Health, has reviewed his advice (15/6/2020) and we are now able to invite our Year 6 pupils into school from 22nd June.
From Monday 8th June, teachers are in school full-time with classes of keyworker and vulnerable children, and daily home learning via Seesaw will resume for all year groups.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time. Your kindness, messages of support and prayers have been very much appreciated.
School Closure information
WORLD BOOK DAY 2020...
The children brought in story jars representing their favourite Bible story. They were all fabulous.
Our Shakespeare Ambassadors - Amelia and Seren - wrote to the Wainhomes Head Office to ask if they could help fund the building of an outdoor stage. Wainhomes donated £1,000 towards this project. Well done, Amelia and Seren!
'Pupils thrive personally as well as academically because of the outstanding range of deeply engaging experiences provided by the school, which help them learn about the world around them and develop individual talents. Pupils are encouraged from an early stage to develop their thinking skills and become independent in their learning. Teaching is of a consistently high quality because teachers have very high expectations of all pupils. They know pupils exceptionally well and set them challenging work which is adapted to meet the needs and interests of different pupils. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to school are outstanding.'
‘St John’s is an outstanding Catholic School, where the dedication and drive of the headteacher, staff and governors leads to continuous improvement and excellent outcomes for all pupils.’
‘There is a calm and welcoming atmosphere and the pupils demonstrate this in interactions with each other, staff and visitors; consequently, their behaviour is outstanding. The pupils live out their one school rule of ‘Love One Another’ and this is evident with all groups of pupils.’
‘The whole school community has a strong sense of belonging to the Catholic faith. The staff work very effectively to ensure that Christ is at the centre of all they do.’
‘Teaching is outstanding and is effective in enthusing pupils and ensuring that they learn extremely well.’
‘The school deploys support staff very effectively and they regularly take part in the teaching of lessons. They make a significant contribution to the learning and progress of these pupils.’
‘Standards of attainment in RE are excellent… all pupils… make excellent progress’
‘Parents appreciate the work of the school, as shown in the parents’ questionnaires… They state that their children are happy in school and they are happy with the provision of RE in the school.’
Please find attached some information for parents, details about our school day, the 2019-20 holiday patterns, and the calendar dates organised for this school year.
Extra events are added onto the school app calendar.
(click on the app's FUTURE EVENTS for the complete list)
We offer a text alert reminder service to parents/carers. Please keep us up-to-date with any changes to your mobile numbers!
Shakespeare Ambassadors on tour!
The school app is the place to find out about events, dates and news. It is available to install onto Android phones/tablets from the Google Playstore, onto Windows phones/tablets from the Phone Store and onto iPhones/iPads from the Appstore. Ensure push notifications are turned on to receive all the latest news!
Insert “st john’s catholic primary school” into the app search.
The app is free to install onto any mobile device. Perhaps grandparents and pupils would also like to install it in order to receive notifications for news and upcoming events.
Please ask Mrs Hodgson if you need any help with the app.