A special visitor from Orton Library came to talk to us about this year’s summer reading challenge – Animal Agents. By simply reading 6 books over the summer you can collect stickers and solve a mystery! For more information, visit your local library to sign up, or come and have a chat with Mrs Pennell.
On Monday 26th June all of year Five were visited by the amazing Jamie Thomson; author of ‘The Dark Lord’ series. They knew they were in for a good time when he arrived with a case full of weird and wonderful things (straight from ‘The Darklands’. He had a mysterious chest; sound effects, a skull and he even transformed an unsuspecting year five. (You would need to speak to them for the full detail!) He has been an author for many years and has written over 20 books: he even won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2012.
Last week, selected children took part in the Orton Sports’ competition over two afternoons, in track and field events. The children were fantastic, with many finishing in first position. We won the trophy for the 10th year running, beating Winyates school by 47 points. Well done to all the children who took part!
3LM enthusiastically welcomed published author, Cheryl Moskowitz into their classroom on Friday 23rd June. After reading her collection of poems from, ‘Can It Be About Me?’ the children were eager to find out more about her love of words. Cheryl read out some of her poems, answered questions and then listened to the children confidently perform some of her work.
School has been a hive of activity this week, with the arrival of the Life Bus. This mobile classroom, delivers ‘life skills’ in an exciting environment with audio and visual aids. The aim is to enhance PSHE provision in a fun way.
We have also been offering a healthy fruit cup at breaktime for 20p and Mr Munday was drawn in by the fabulous smells of all the exotic fruit on offer!
Miss Bonner has been busy organising exciting activities across the school. On Wednesday there was fencing, aeroball and archery and on Thursday there will be lasertag and a climbing wall.
This is the inspiring poem read out during the official opening of our new school building…
St John’s is our community
St John’s is our great school,
Where we can be a family,
With hope for one and all.
A place where each one can belong,
A place where each can grow
A place to laugh and learn and care,
A place we can be known,
We welcome each newcomer,
And make fresh starts every day.
We work as a team together.
Safe to learn and safe to play.
A top class education.
An environment respected.
Run well with first class systems,
With everything connected.
St John’s is where we make mistakes,
That help us find a way
To be the best of who we are,
Finding treasure in each day
We use 4Rs of
As tools to build strong minds,
Resourceful, resilient reflective,
Reciprocal …and kind.
Our Christian values lead us.
We all try to help and serve,
We raise money and awareness.
From LOVE we will not swerve!
Despite the rainy weather, we welcomed some very special guests to our school on 17th May to officially open our new school building. HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO and The Bishop of Huntingdon – The Right Revd Dr David Thomson, amongst other local dignitaries, took a tour of our school and spoke with children and staff. Flags were waved as they entered the school on the red carpet! We celebrated in the hall by singing, ‘You Are My Brother’ and two Year 5 children read a beautiful poem. The school was blessed by the Bishop and The Duke of Gloucester unveiled the plaque. He commented on how well behaved all the children were and our enthusiasm for learning. It was a wonderful day in which we reflected about our diverse community where we have all found a place to belong and grow.
Resourceful was Spring Term’s House winners and as a celebration we spent a glorious afternoon in the sun with ice poles, crisps and squash. Children loved spending time in Peanut Park, playing on the equipment, using new rocket balls, jigsaws and magazines. The children behaved beautifully and a great time was had by all.
We are very excited to show you all a sneak peak of the vinyl wallscape which will be installed in our Performing Arts Studio in May. We have been working with Fusional – a leading design company to transform our music room, into an inspirational creative space for our pupils.
The Duckling class were thrilled and excited to receive a very important letter this week!