News from 2016-2017

News from 2016-2017

 

Faith Friends

Faith Friends presented the school assembly with a review of the years work including ‘Messy School,’ Earth Day, an Advent Assembly and Stations of the Cross with Reception children.

The children are going to receive a certificate from the Archdiocese in the next few weeks as a thank you for their hard work and commitment in supporting the community with Faith Friends.

You can read more about these days on the Faith Friends page here.

St Georges Hall Concert - ‘Let’s Play’

Last Thursday, 5 of our talented musicians who attend the ‘Let’s Play’ music classes at Resonate (Notre Dame College) played in a concert at St George’s Hall.

Although they have some experience of playing in a concert they had never played at such a prestigious venue.

Well done to all our musicians.

Click here to see more

Multiple Sclerosis Charity Day

The school staff had their annual charity coffee morning this year in aid of M.S. Cakes were baked and sold raising an amazing £450.

Many thanks to all the staff who took the time to bring in or  bake cakes. A big thank you to the parents who supported this annual charity event, without your continued support we wouldn’t be able to help the various charities we have nominated over the past years. Click here to see quite a lot of cake.

The Book Bus

We enjoyed a visit from The BookPeople who brought their book bus to school. Every child in school visited the bus during the day. After school, many children, accompanied by  family members, came to shop from a wide selection of reasonably priced books. Thanks to all of the adults who supported this venture. Due to the popularity of the bus we have  booked for another visit during the Autumn term-date to be confirmed nearer the time.  Click here for some more pictures.

Check out our Reading at St John's area here.

Liverpool City Council library service has a free ebook, and free audio book service here. (external link)

Year 4 - Martin Mere Nature Reserve

As part of the Living things and their habitats topic, year 4 visited Martin Mere Nature Reserve.  While there, they had the opportunity to observe living things in their habitats first hand and benefit from specialist teacher led activities. Encouraging us to think about the structure and classification of creatures.  We learnt that all living creatures, play an important role in preserving our environment. To find out more about their trip click here.

Disability Awareness Day

St John’s had a visit from John McKorkell. John had cerebral palsy and he came to school to give us all an insight into disabilities and the issues that people face every day.

We also had the opportunity to try out John’s wheel chair – it was a lot more difficult than it looked. We also took part in a whole range of activities that allowed us to gain a deeper understanding into the daily life of those with disabilities. Please click here for some pictures.

Weekly Attendance Updated

St John's weekly class attendance, has just been updated. If you would like to see how your class has done over the last few weeks, you can see them here.

Faith in Action - Reflection Point 3

Our Faith Friends group completed their third Reflection point activity which will lead to the Faith in Action Award from the Liverpool Archdiocese.

We used the parable of the Mustard Seed, how Jesus started his ministry from small beginnings and that Faith Friends had also started from a small group and spread the Good News across the school and parish communities.They drew their own tree and created Prayer Flags  which showed in words, pictures and symbols, the reasons why they had grown and how they thought they could continue to grow.

Their final Reflection Point  will be at the Y6  Retreat.

To read more about the day, please click here.

LFC - 125 Year's

On Saturday 3rd June children and staff from St. John's joined schools from the local community at Anfield to celebrate Liverpool Football Clubs 125th birthday. Local schools who took part in the LFC Young Fans Ticket Scheme Initiative were invited to this celebration. Please click here to find out how it went.

World of Water (I Can Challenge)

St John's Early Years Foundation Stage held a special event week where they learnt all about water, its various uses, and its importance. The Wonderful World of Water Week was held as part of the Chatterbox Challenge 2017 by the I Can charity.

I Can has provided lots of interactive resources, and has been utilised in many ways for our language development here at St Johns so for the last two years we have supported the challenge, which has also resulted in our children benefiting greatly from events which they have enjoyed, and which have boosted their language skills. Please click here to see many more pictures of the day.

Faith in Action - Reflection Point

The reflection was based on The Good Samaritan and who we consider are our neighbours. The children were asked to think about helping people in need and why we should consider thinking about helping everyone we can and not just people who are our family or friends and people we like, just like The Good Samaritan. Please click here to find out more.

Summer School Dinner Menu

The school dinner menu for the remainder of the summer term can now be viewed on the website here.

Our School Meals information page is here.

Holy Communion

Pictures of pupils who have received Holy Communion this year can be found here.

Year 3 - European Map Work

Year 3 have been navigating to the major cities in Europe by using map coordinates. To see the budding cartographers in action, please click here.

Year 3 Retreat Day

Year 3 recently travelled to St Joseph's Centre in Formby, to enjoy their RE. Retreat Day.  The focus of the day was ‘friendship and working together’, click here to see how the day went.

Year 6 Go Bowling

Year 6 were rewarded to a day at Edge Lane Bowling Alley for their excellent effort and hard work this term. Click here for pictures.

LFC Young Fan Initiative - Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool FC have provided our school with tickets for 4 matches during the season. This is part of the LFC Young Fan Initiative Scheme. The children have been to watch WatfordChelsea and Burnley and the final opportunity was at the Crystal Palace game.

We allocated our tickets to year 5 and 6 as a way of rewarding children for good behaviour and achievements in school.

Click here to see what the pupils thought of the match.

Early Years March Newsletter

The Early Years Foundation Stage March newsletter is up on the website.

Click here to view it.

All the school newsletters are view-able on the newsletters page here. 
 

Foundation Stage - I CAN CHATTERBOX CHALLENGE 2017 

Week beginning - 8th May

Following on from last year’s hugely successful Ben and Holly Chatterbox Challenge and Great Big Toy Swap we are going to be holding WONDERFUL WATER event for all Foundation Stage children.

During the week there will be a variety of fun and educational activities, with the main Challenge day being Wednesday 10th May, when we will be asking the children to dress in their old/ casual clothes and bring in waterproof clothes to take part in wet and wild activities!

To support our focus on early language development we will be holding a competition for the children and families to take part in at home. This will be a Water Word Hunt, where you will need to think of as many words as possible relating to water. Any family and friends can help to think of words, and the entries will be collected and verified on Friday 5th May. There will be a special prize for the winner and the runner up!

Please could you help by sending in any donations of the following to help our event go ‘swimmingly’…..

  • sponges
  • soft rollers
  • brushes
  • buckets
  • paddling pools
  • bath toys
  • watering cans
  • colanders

We appreciate your support with this event and we know the children will learn and benefit immensely from it whilst also supporting a worthwhile cause.

Thank you,

The Foundation Stage Staff

Year 3 - Contraction Surgery

Class 3B became ‘word surgeons’ for the day to help with their weekly spellings and to understand how and why we use apostrophes for contraction. To find out more about how the 'word surgeons' operated please click here.

School Council - Lower House Meeting

St John’s School Council recently attended the Spring Lower House parliament meeting at Liverpool Town Hall. To find out more please click here.

Merseyside Gymnastics Finals

Our KS2 Gymnastics Team performed at the Merseyside Finals last week and represented St John’s with pride. The children enjoyed the experience competing with the best children in the region in their sport and are already looking forward to another opportunity to compete.

Well done to the boys and girls in the team, we are proud of you.

To read more sports news click here for our LSSP page or the Gymnastics club page here.

Stonehenge Architecture Workshop

As part of their Stone Age topic in History, Year 3 took part in an architecture workshop, they have some pictures of their work, here. 
 

Weekly Attendance

St John's latest weekly attendance pages are up, click here (for 13th-17th March) and here (for 20th-24th March.)

Stars of the Week

St John's firmly believes in rewarding pupils for excellence in behaviour and achievement. Pupils are rewarded throughout each week. At the end of the week a pupil from each class is rewarded for gaining the most achievements. The latest Stars of the Week are here (13th-17th March) and here (20th-24th March).

World Book Day

World Book Day was once again an amazing day. Many thanks to all the parents and carers for your  creative input.

We had popular characters such as Harry Potter, Wally from Where’s wally and Dennis the Menace, as well as comic book heroes such as Spider man and Superman. There were also a few Dennis the Menaces making mischief in class together with the characters from Toy Story! Mary Poppins was helping to keep the children in order in year 5.

To see all of the pictures from World Book day click here.

LFC Young Fan Initiative

Liverpool FC have provided our school with tickets for 4 matches during the season. This is part of the LFC Young Fan Initiative Scheme. The children have been to watch Watford, Chelsea and Burnley and look forward to the final opportunity at the Crystal Palace game.

We have allocated our tickets to year 5 and 6 rewarding children for good behaviour and achievements in school. This initiative has been a fantastic experience particularly for children who have never been to a football match before. Click here for more.

Messy In School

Faith Friends recently held the first ever ‘Messy – in School’!

Around 30 families and children from Reception joined us for an afternoon of activities based around the Parable of the Sower from the Gospel of St Matthew. What a brilliant atmosphere as everyone joined in the activities and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves on a ‘Really Messy’ afternoon. Thanks go out to everyone who attended. There may well be another ‘Messy –in School’ at some point in the future! Meanwhile Faith Friends are getting ready for their next Lent activity !

Please click here to go to our Faith Friends page and read more about the day.

Sweet Bouquet Raffle Raises £149.97 for Charity

Results are finally in for the St John's Sweet Bouquet raffle. The lucky winner was Ellie May from Year 4, who we think now has enough sweets to last for the whole year!

St John's raised £149.97 after the raffle. All proceeds go to the Whitechapel Centre, the Liverpool homeless and housing charity.

Thanks go out to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the charity, their website is here. 

Faith Friends Group

Faith Friends is an extracurricular group formed from pupils in Years  5 and 6 who, meet  to talk about ways in which they can put their faith into action both in school and in the community. Sometimes this involves craft work and other times it may involve leading others in prayer. So far Faith Friends have led both the Advent and Lenten assemblies as well as planned and led assemblies for Peace Day and Earth Day.

For more information, or if you would like to get involved, check out their page in the Extra Curricular clubs section, here.

Attendance

The latest weekly attendance figures and the winners of weekly attendance awards are now up on the website, please click on a link below.

February 13th-20th 2017
February 3rd-10th 2017
January 30th-3rd Feb 2017
January 23rd-27th 2017
January 16th-20th 2017
January 9th-13th 2017

Stars of the Week

St John's likes to reward achievement, every week pupils who have achieved excellence in behaviour and achievement are nominated for a Star pupil award.

To see who became star pupils click on the links below.

February 13th-20th 2017
February 3rd-10th 2017
January 30th-3rd Feb 2017
January 9th-13th 2017

The Kindness Campaign

In Year 2, class 2E, have started their very own ‘Kindness Campaign’. They have all promised to be kind to everyone around them and go out of their way each day to do a good deed.

At the end of every week they celebrate their kindness campaigner of the week, who take a lovely certificate home and even get to wear a medal while they are in school!

For some pictures and more information about their 'Kindness Campaign' click here.

St John's Safer Internet Day

At St John's we believe E-Safety, both in school and at home is of paramount importance. We do regular assemblies to remind the children about E-Safety and rules for staying safe on the internet are displayed around school. We also hold an Safer Internet Day each year in school.

This year’s focus was:  Be the change:  unite for a better internet

We started the day talking about how much we love and use the internet in our daily lives. We agreed that in order to keep the internet safe and great in our lives it is up to us all to pay our part by uniting with others to make everything better and safer online.

We all learnt a lot about how what we do has an impact on others online. We were very positive about how making the internet better means we have to sometimes change what we do ourselves.

To find out more about our Safer Internet Day and see pictures of the day, please click here.

To find out more about what we can all do to make a safer internet check out our Internet Safety page for parents here.

St John's Sweet Bouquet Raffle

St John's have been holding a raffle this week, the winner will win this marvellous Sweet Bouquet, which was kindly donated by Simply Dance. Pupils have been able to buy tickets all week, and the raffle is drawn on Friday at lunchtime.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Whitechapel Centre, the Liverpool homeless and housing charity.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the charity, their website is here.

Nursery & Reception Newsletter

The latest (January) Nursery & Reception Newsletter is available for download on our Newsletters page here. 

CAFOD Santa Dash

This year's St John's CAFOD Santa Dash was as ever a great success and raised £600. Thank you to all who participated and all who contributed. To see many of the participants, please click here.

KS1 Nativity

KS1 performed their Christmas Nativity to great acclaim, to see some pictures of the stars of the performance, please click here.

Year 1 - Christmas Party

Year 1 had lots of fun at their Christmas party. A surprise visitor turned up, can you guess who?

To find out please click here.

Year 4 - Christmas Carols

Year 4 have been entertaining residents at Walton Manor care home. They recently went on a trip to the home and sang some of the advent and Christmas carols they have been learning, and played instruments. The residents really enjoyed listening to a range of new and old Christmas carols.

Year 4 - Romans Project

This term, Year 4 have been working hard on their Romans project. After a lot of research, they have learnt lots about Roman gods, soldiers, food, mosaics and pastimes. In class, they presented their work and celebrated each other’s achievements. We hope you can see how much they enjoyed this work.

Click here for some pictures.

Reception - Christmas Performance

Reception pupils recently held their Christmas performance of Humph the Camel. We now have some pictures up on the website here.

Reception Maths Monday Workshop

Throughout the year parents, relatives and carers of Reception children are invited to join their children in a key maths lesson in their classrooms. There are 6 different workshops held throughout the year. Our first session was based on Repeated Patterns; our second session was based around counting and ordering numbers. During the sessions the parents and helpers join in.

Please click here to read more, and see our gallery of pictures. 

Pupils Poetry Competition Ends in Book Deal

St John's pupils recently entered into the national "Once Upon A Dream" Young Writers poetry competition. The Young Writers organisation have been working with schools, parents and young writers across the world for over two decades. Their aim is to promote poetry and creative writing.

Pupils were invited to write a poem inspired by their dreams. All 22 children who entered have been selected to have their poems published in a poetry book which the school will be receiving in March 2017 a copy which will be available in the library. 

Y3 Trip to the Synagogue

As part of their Judaism week Year 3 visited the synagogue of Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation on Princes Road in Toxteth. Click here to see how they got on.

Y1 Trip to the Museum



Year 1 enjoyed their trip to the Museum of Liverpool in order to find out more about toys in the past. We were shown many of the museum’s collection of old toys. We also saw a very old Father Christmas that used to be displayed in a department store, families used to come to the shop especially to see him. We were amazed at how tall he was! He is 18ft tall and his boot size is 45!

Click here for to find out more about our trip.

Christmas Shoe box Appeal

Thank you to all the families who contributed to our annual Christmas Shoe box appeal. This year we collected over 100 boxes, which will go to needy children around the world.  As ever, the children enjoy collecting things for their shoe boxes and putting in thoughtful gifts and notes. Well done everyone! Click here for a few more pictures!

Year 4 - Chester DEWA Experience

Year 4 recently went on a trip to the DEWA experience, in Chester. We got the chance to march through the streets of Chester to the Roman gardens and the amphitheatre with shields and a real Roman soldier. We were also able to visit the museum where we had a guided tour, took the role of archaeologists and also had the chance to dress up like Romans too! This was a great day, we had so much fun!

Click here for some fantastic pictures.

Letter-join

We have recently begun using a handwriting scheme in school called Letter-join. The children can access this resource to help them practise at home to help support them in mastering joined writing. We will soon be sending out details of how to log in at home. 

Click here for a few more details.

Stars of the Week

St John's likes to reward achievement, every week pupils who have achieved excellence in behaviour and achievement are nominated for a Star pupil award.

To see who has been a Star of the Week for the week  October 31st - 4th Nov 2016 click here.

Weekly Attendance

The latest weekly attendance figures and the winners of weekly attendance awards are now up on the website.

To see the weekly attendance for 31st October - 4th November click here.

To see the weekly attendance for 17th - 21st October please click here.

September / October School Newsletter 

If you missed the physical copy of the latest school newsletter or would like to save some trees, the electronic version of the September - October edition is now available to view or download on our newsletter page here.

Merseyside Schools Table Tennis Association Team Event

St John's table tennis club have been competing again. St John's U11 Boys table tennis team recently travelled to the Merseyside Schools Table Tennis Association team event. Click here to see how they got on.

Halton 1Star Table Tennis Competition

Our Table Tennis Club squad recently competed in the Halton 1Star Table Tennis Tournament.  Pupils from year 4, 6 and 7 competed. One of our year 6 pupils played brilliantly and finished 2nd in the Under 11 Girls competition and a year 4 pupil plays reached the final of the Under 11 boys competition. The trophies were presented by renowned International Umpire Tom Purcell. Click here for more pictures and information.

If you would be interested in joining the Table Tennis Club check out its club page for more information here.  

Liverpool Museum Trip

Year 2 had lots of fun on our Geography trip to the Museum of Liverpool! We explored the museum and its surrounding areas, including the spectacular Three Graces. We also worked with museum staff to learn lots of facts about famous Liverpool landmarks, as well as creating colourful collages of each building. We really enjoyed our visit to Little Liverpool activity area too. What a great day! Click here to see their pictures. 

Year 5 Retreat 

Year 5 went on a school retreat to St Joseph’s Centre in Formby. This involved looking at, Saints and Heroes- “who inspires us and what are the qualities of a role model?” We discussed qualities needed to live a good Christian live and helped the children to reflect on themselves now they are growing and developing as role models as they reach the top of the school. We took part in lots of fun, exciting games and challenges and even got to create our own unique superheroes. At the end of the day we prepared a Gospel and prayer service where we reflected on the days activities and lessons we had learnt. Please click here to see more.

School Council

St John’s School Council recently attended a Lower House parliament meeting at Liverpool Town Hall. We got the chance to discuss and reflect on what we like about Liverpool and also what we think could be improved. It was great to chat and discuss with other schools. Click here for some pictures.

Father Michael

After many years service Father Michael has recently moved on to a new parish. To celebrate and show our appreciation of all the good work he achieved while in our parish we presented Father Michael with a gift of a statue in his new garden. 

Coffee and Cake

St John's recently had a charity coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK. We had a fantastic turn out from parents and staff, past and present.
 
The cakes were amazing, a big thank you to all the staff that baked. At the final tally we raised over £550 for Cancer Research UK.
 
Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the coffee, cake and chat, and thank you to all for your continued support. Please click here for more pictures. 


Superhero Day

Year 2 was flooded with Superheroes for its annual Superhero convention. 
 
Year 2 recently enjoyed a fantastic day dressing up as superheroes. They weren’t just any superheroes though, as they all created their own characters. Even the teachers had their own superhero identities.
 
It was a brilliant day for us to share our wonderful creations and get inspired to write some amazing stories.
 

 

Beat the Street

Five pupils were chosen to go to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to take part in the Beat the Street achievement ceremony. Beat the street is a healthy schools activity, to encourage pupils to increase their physical exercise. Pupils had to walk between the Beat the Street boxes and register using their tokens.

As a school, St John’s did really well with great participation from children, parents and staff. We had a great afternoon celebrating and understanding the importance of being active every day.

Please click here to see pictures of the trip.

Summer Term Attendance Assembly

We are delighted to celebrate those children who have achieved excellent attendance for the whole year.  56 Children including 6 from nursery have achieved this fantastic award.  All receive a special attendance pack plus the chance to win a Lenovo Tablet.

The lucky winner for the Tablet was Kalina from Nursery.

This year our summer term attendance award (from April to July2016) was given to 88 Children who won a book and certificate.

Well done and keep up the good work!

Next Attendance Assembly December 2016.

Please click here to see more photos
 

Year 3 Egyptian Masks

Again as part of their Egyptian topic, Year 3 designed and created their own Egyptian Death masks. Click here to see how they made them.

Year 3 Egyptian Mummification

Year 3 have been learning about mummification, as part of their Egyptian topic. Click here to find out what they discovered.

Year 3 Hinduism - Making Indian Sweets

During Hindu Week Year 3 made laddu. Click here to find out how its made.

Dance - Show Night

Show Night was a great success with all our groups from KS1, KS2 and Reception performing on the night for their parents and guests. The children really enjoy performing and work hard to be able to present a wonderful show for all to enjoy. 

A number of children received trophies for different categories such a s Best Dance, Most improved Dance and Dancer of the year.

Well done to all our dancers this year.

Flute and Clarineo

Years 3 and 4 celebrated their year’s music lessons in presenting a musical performance for their  parents. The year 3 played their clarineo’s while the year 4 played their flutes. Miss Kealey led the children in a wonderful display of talent which was enjoyed by all the parents.

Well done children

Please click here for more pictures

Faith Garden Memorial

A memorial service took place to dedicate a bench in memory of Karen Toolan a teacher at St John’s who died in a car accident some time ago. Family and staff both present and past joined Fr Michael in remembering a special and dedicated teacher.

Year 6 Leavers' Mass

Father Michael presents the children with a farewell gift of Rosary beads at the Leavers' mass.

Aspiration Week 2016

Year 5 and 6 experienced two days working with Connex Careers looking at career opportunities, examining what areas of employment are ‘out there’ and which might appeal. 

The children also visited the Jaguar/ Land Rover factory in Halewood where they saw the robot technology in action and experienced the different job roles on site 

Finally Year 6 visited the Willmott Dixon building site on Great Homer Street to see how the building industry works and the many career opportunities there are through construction. 

Click here for more information about Year 5 and Year 6's Aspiration Week 2016 here.

Click here to check out Year 6's Aspiration Week write up here.

Lighthouses

Year 4 have worked very hard over the last few weeks to design and build a lighthouse model, complete with a working circuit! The lighthouses are also made from recycled materials! Click here for another picture.

School Council 2015-2016

Well done to all of the children who have been part of School Council this year. We have attended all of the meetings at Liverpool Town Hall for Schools' Parliament which the children have thoroughly enjoyed and participated in. They each received a certificate for their attendance and contribution.

Year 1 Trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium

Year 1 recently visited the Blue Planet Aquarium. We had lots of fun learning about sharks, stingrays and other sea creatures. We even had our photo taken with a statue of Jack Sparrow. Since our trip we have been busy writing our ‘Fishy fact files’ using all the interesting facts that we have learnt. Please click here to see more pictures.

Year 5 Trip to Knowsley Safari Park

Year 5 went to Knowsley Safari Park. They had a fantastic day full of lots of activities! Click here for more information. 

Metropolitan Cathedral Trip

Year 5 recently visited the Metropolitan Cathedral to celebrate the year of mercy and take part in a pilgrimage of mercy. Please click here to find out more. 

Hinduism

During Hinduism week we had a visitor from the organisation Cultural Educ-Asian, to teach us about Hinduism as a way of life. The children took part in a Hindu dance workshop and made Indian sweets. Lots of fun was had by all and we all learned a lot. We can't wait for next year. Please click here for more. 

Year 3 - Egyptians at the Museum

As part of their ‘Ancient Egypt’ topic, Year 3 had the opportunity to become archaeologists for the day at the Liverpool World Museum. To find out what they discovered please click here. 

Year 2 - Trip to the Catalyst Science Museum

Year 2 enjoyed a trip to the Catalyst Science Museum as part of their materials topic. If you would like to see what they discovered, please click here.

Poetry with Ian Bland

We had another very enjoyable couple of days with the poet Ian Bland.

He began his visit with an assembly, in which he performed some of his poems, with lots of audience participation from both children and staff! 

He then went on to work with each class, and helped them to produce their own poems which were then performed to the whole school and some parents at the end of the day. 

For two days the whole school was buzzing with the sound of poetry, and we look forward to Ian's next visit. 

To find out more about our Ian Bland visit please click here.

Year 3 have posted their poems inspired by Ian Bland here. 

Year 4 have posted poems inspired by Ian Bland here. 

Year 6 have also posted poems inspired by Ian Bland here. 

Childrens Favourites Theme Day

On the 5th July, St John's will be having a school dinner Theme day. The theme is Children's favourites. All pupils are welcome.  

Forget me not / Dementia appeal coffee morning

St John's recently held a Forget me not / Dementia appeal coffee morning to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. After much hard work by our amazing staff, we raised £600+ for the charity. As you can see the cakes were very nice. To see more cakes and find out more, please click here

St John's Faith Garden

St John's are proud to announce the completion of the new faith garden. For more pictures please click here. 

Year 4 Class trip to Martin Mere

Year 4 recently had a class trip to Martin Mere. They explored and identified mini beasts, discovered what animals live in ponds, and after a wild walk of the grounds finished the day in the adventure playground. Click here for more details and pictures. 

Holy Communion 2016

Year 4 recently celebrated their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. It was a very special day and we now have some pictures of the day here.

Earth Day 2016

In response to the letter from Pope Francis called Laudato Si we celebrated Earth day in school. The pope has asked us to think about how we can look after our Wonderful World and keep it beautiful. We gathered together for an assembly where our Faith Group told us and showed us pictures about how God created our world. To see more about Earth day at St John's please click here. 

Storybarn

Reception children enjoyed a visit to The Storybarn in Calderstones Park. This is a wonderful place , based entirely on books and the enjoyment of stories. We came back to school bursting with ideas for own stories! Please click here to see more of our trip.

Rain forest Roadshow

Year Five recently took part in a Rain forest Roadshow. Our guest speaker Dave told us lots of information and facts about Rain forests. He brought a millipede and snake which we got to hold and see up close! He also brought the world’s largest spider with him. We also got to study lots of artefacts from the rain forest such as tribal necklaces and clothing. It was a most exciting day. Click here to see more. 

Workshop for Pirates

Avast me hearties! The aspiring pirates of Year 3 recently had the opportunity to visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum for a pirate workshop, as enrichment for our adventure story topic. 

The children scrubbed the deck, dressed as buccaneers and learnt lots about pirate life. The children are looking forward to including all they have learned to create an exciting pirate adventure story. Click here for more pictures.

Reading Revolutionaries

Congratulations to the Yr 4 and 5 pupils who recently took part in a day long training in school to become Reading Revolutionaries. As Reading Revolutionaries, they will be paired up with a Year 2 pupil and will read 1-1 with them on a weekly basis, helping to bring stories alive for them through shared reading and fun activities. The training was delivered by Natalie, in conjunction with The Reader organisation, which works to promote reading and reading for enjoyment. This is a great opportunity for our children!

Check out our Reading at St John's section here. 

St John's / LSSP Sports News

For anyone who would like to keep up to date with what has been happening with St John's sports groups, there are some updates on our LSSP (Liverpool Schools Sports Partnership) page. There are updates for the Year 6 football competition at the Liverpool Academy, which was excitedly almost won by our Year 5 football team. The Year 5/6 team were also competing over the last half term, thanks to the dedication of Mr Williams.  There is also aquatics news about KS1and KS2 children took part in the city wide swimming galas and thanks to Mrs Evans Year 3 and 4 took part in the water polo competition during half term too. Please click here to visit our LSSP sports page.

Privacy Notice

St John’s Catholic Primary School has adopted the recently updated Local Authority Privacy Policy which details how the school and local authority collect and use their data. If you would like to read our Privacy Policy it is available to download on the Parent Info page here, and on our School Policies page here

World Maths Day 2016

St John’s Primary School celebrated “World Maths Day”. We had a fun and exciting morning focused on solving maths problems and challenges within our classrooms.  To celebrate our success we had an assembly at the end of the week where we received certificates and prizes for our enthusiasm and hard work. Click here to see the pictures.

Spelling Bee 2016

We have pictures up of St John's annual spelling competition, the 2016 Spelling Bee. We had a great response and many pupils participated. There were many challenging words and everyone who made it to the final did amazingly well. Congratulations and well done to everyone who took part and if you would like to relive the finals, or see how it went please click here.  

World Book Day 2016 - Shakespeare Day

This year we decided to have a Shakespearean themed World Book Day, as this year marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. We also had visit from the West in Schools theatre group, and each class took part in a workshop based on Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and had the chance to dress up as a Shakespeare character.

To see how it all turned out please click here

World Book Day 2016 - Year 4

Year 4 have also put up some of their photos from World Book Day, to see how they participated please click here. 

CAFOD "Make a Splash" Lent Assembly

During Lent we will be raising money for CAFOD. On 1st March we had a visit from Justine from CAFOD who came to talk to us about the ‘Make a Splash’ Water project. She told us all about the important work around the world that CAFOD do to make sure children and families have access to clean water. We will be supporting this project by collecting small change in a water bottle.

Please click here for more pictures. 

Chatterbox Challenge raises £619.62

Nursery and Reception pupils and parents raised the amazing amount of £619.62 by holding a Ben and Holly’s Fairy and Elf party in the Early Years. Teachers transformed into fairies, and lots of little elves and fairies joined them for a fun day of songs, games, stories, craft and music. The ‘Great Big Chatterbox Toy Swop’ was very successful and helped raise even more money to support children with speech and language difficulties. Everyone was so generous in bringing in their unwanted toys to swop. 

Thank you to everyone for all your contributions and for working so hard with your children to find sponsors for the day!

Internet Safety Day 2016

St John's recently had the annual Internet Safety Day. This year’s focus was ‘Play your part for a better Internet’. The day started with a Whole School Assembly, then all of the children did different activities to help them to understand how to keep themselves and others safe online by playing their part.

We shared many of our achievements in assembly at the end of the day, including posters about Smartie the penguin, animations, share heart poems and ideas, rules for playing our part and a rap. For more information about Safer Internet day, please click here. 

Year 6 also put some of their E-Safety poems online here.

Eye Care

 Update

Y6 enjoyed a fantastic afternoon courtesy of Boots Opticians. They learnt all about eye care in an interesting and fun way. Please click here to see more.

Weekly Attendance/Stars of the Week

St John's latest weekly attendance figures for 18-22nd January, 25-29th January, 1st-5th February are up here. 

Our latest Star's of the Week, for the week beginning 8th February is up here

Year 3 LSSP New Age Kurling Competition

Year 3 took a trip to the North Liverpool Academy to take part in the LSSP New Age Kurling Competition. Everybody enjoyed their first Kurling session. Event staff were very impressed with two of our pupils who got their stones onto the target every time.

For more sports news please check out our LSSP Sports page here.

Year 1 Visit LFC Academy & Other Football News

Year 1 boys enjoyed a morning at LFC Academy playing in a fourth competition. Liverpool took great interest in one of our boys and has asked him to come back and do some training at the academy. Our girls football team played a league game at North Liverpool Academy. They played against Our Lady Immaculate and won the match 3-2. The winning goal was scored in the last minute. The boys also played a friendly match and drew 2-2. For more recent sports news, please click here to go our LSSP page. 

Farewell to our PCSO

Jan Ashcroft our local Police Community Support Officer came to our assembly to receive flowers and chocolate to thank her for her 12 years service to St John's. We wish her well as she moves to an a new job with Merseyside Police. 

School Council visit Liverpool Schools' Parliament

St John's School Council went to Liverpool Town Hall for Schools’ Parliament, the theme was Holocaust Memorial Day. They saw the Holocaust related display in the hall of remembrance and listened to Bethany Robinson who was a Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador. It was a fascinating day. Please click here to find out more about our trip.

Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award

 

Gerry Wigglesworth, manager of the LSSP (Liverpool Schools Sports Partnership), came to our Achievement Assembly today to present the children with the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award. Both KS1 and KS2 achieved this award.

The award represents the high level of sporting involvement across the whole school. This includes involving play leaders, supporting younger children at lunchtimes, sports councillors, a high level and wide variety of competitions and being able to move children on to a higher level at different sports.

This is a marvellous achievement and we are very proud of our latest award.

 

Reception Nativity Play

 

Last, but not least of our Christmas pictures, Reception children performing the story of Humph the Camel, for their parents and carers.

Humph was a very grumpy camel, who grumbled all the time, until he met the new born baby Jesus. All the children worked very hard to learn their songs, lines and dances and performed confidently in front of their audience. We were very proud of them all!

Click here to see some more pictures. 

Reception - Stay and Read Sessions

Thank you to all parents and carers who came along to the recent Stay and Read sessions. The children really enjoyed reading and playing games with their parents. Please click here to find out more.

Reception - Trip to Greenacres Farm

The Reception children had a fantastic day at Greenacres farm. They all enjoyed a tractor ride around the farm, and saw animals such as alpacas, sheep, horses and pigs. To see what else they got up to, please click here.

Dave Wilson Homes "Message In A Bauble"

A group of children have been helping local house builder David Wilson Homes to capture the spirit of Christmas, by creating bespoke Christmas tree decorations for its show home at Claremont Gardens, Kirkdale. 
 
The children were invited down to the show home to create their own unique bauble designs depicting images and messages of peace to hang on the Christmas tree at the development, which is situated close by to the development. Please click here to see more pictures. 

Scrooge at Kirkdale Community Centre

Just before Christmas, St John's had a whole school trip out. We all went to see a performance of Scrooge at the Kirkdale Community Centre after being kindly invited by local councillor, Joe Hanson. Everyone had a lovely time, and it helped us all get into the Christmas spirit. To see some pictures, please click here.  

Cafod Santa Dash

St John's annual Cafod Santa dash took place just before Christmas, with much enthusiasm from both pupils and staff. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part. Please click here for pictures of the event.

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party

Key Stage 1 had a very nice time at their Christmas party. Please click here to see some pictures.

Key Stage 1 Nativity

Key Stage 1 pupils, in years 1 and 2 performed also performed ‘The Nativity’ for families and friends. Please click here to find out how it went.

Carol Service and KS2 Nativity Tableau

The whole school attended Church for our yearly Christmas carol service and Nativity Tableau led by Key Stage 2. Please click here to read more. 

Rewards for Excellence - Year 6 Go Bowling

After all their hard work this term, Year 6 were rewarded with a trip out bowling at Edge lane, Click here to see how much fun they had. 

Carol Singing at Abbeydale Nursing Home

As part of their Re topic, Year 5 have been thinking of things they could do for others during Advent.  They went to Abbeydale Nursing home and sang some of the advent and Christmas songs they have been learning.  The children had the opportunity to talk to some of the residents.  Everyone enjoyed the morning and the residents even joined in the singing! Click here for more pictures.

Reception Blog - Autumn

Reception have been blogging! Pupils in Reception have been investigating the changes Autumn brought to our outdoor environment, they went for a walk around our school to look for signs of Autumn and took home Autumn bags which included leaves, conkers, twigs and, of course, conkers.  Click here to see more. 

World War 2

This term, Year 6 have been studying World War II during their History lessons. The class were asked to each produce an individual project linked to World War II, helping to develop independent research skills, and creativity and writing. Click here to see what they came up with.

Remembrance Poems

After reflecting upon Remembrance Sunday, Year 6 wrote poems. They  discussed the emotion, great pride and gratitude that we have for those men and women who gave their lives during many conflicts so that we can have the life we have today.
 
We hope that you appreciate their writing, as they have worked really hard to capture the emotion and feeling of this subject.
 

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all the families who supported ‘Operation Christmas Child’ and donated shoe boxes filled with exciting goodies for disadvantaged children in countries affected by famine, severe weather or war.

We collected 112 shoe boxes and we are glad to be able to support such a worthy cause!

Thank you again for all your support!

LSSP Year 5/6 Athletics Competition

Twenty of us in year 5 and 6 went to Alsop High School to take part in the LSSP Athletics Competition competing against three other schools. We did chest push, triple jump, long jump, obstacle race and relay races amongst other activities. We had great fun competing against other children scoring points for our team. We came overall second place with the winning school beating us by just 4 points. At first we were nervous but once we started to run it was brilliant. Some of us are year 5 and hope we will get chosen again next year! 

LSSP Year 2 Mat ball City Finals

We took part in the year 2 Mat ball City Finals this week competing against all the best teams in the city. We came 5th out of all the schools in the city. We enjoyed playing especially when we won our games. It was brilliant to be in a City Final and receive a certificate.  

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Everyone at St John's recently enjoyed a fantastic theatre production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was a fantastic performance that had us all on the edge of our seats with excitement and joining in with singing and dancing. To see the pictures, please click here. 

Nursery Collection Policy

Nursery latest collection policy is available to download on the Nursery page, or if you would just like to read it please click here

School Nurse Drop in Sessions

If you have any concerns that you would like to discuss with St John's school nurse, Ms Harris has arranged drop in sessions on the times below, just turn up.

Drop In Times
Tuesday 1/12/15 14.45.15.45
Wednesday 13/1/16 09.00-10.00
Tuesday 9/2/16 14.45-15.45
Tuesday 8/3/16 09.00-10.00
Wednesday 13/4/16 14.45-15.45

Latest LSSP Sports News

The Year 5 / 6 girl's football team have written about their first LSSP sports competition of the term and the Year 3 /4 hockey team have also been in competition. For pictures of their awards please click here. 

Y6 Writing Inspired By Michael Rosen

We recently were very fortunate to visit the Philharmonic Hall to watch a performance by the famous author – Michael Rosen. Year 3 to Year 6 had an amazing morning and we were really inspired by his funny stories and childhood experiences. We have written letters to say ‘thank you’ for this wonderful day. Click here to read them.

Y6 Autumn Poetry

Year 6 have been reflecting on autumn, after sharing lots of ideas in class, they were inspired to write poetry about how autumn makes them feel. Click here to see what they came up with.

Weekly Attendance/Stars Of the Week September Updates

All of September's Weekly Attendance and Stars of the Week are now up on the site.

For September's Stars of the Week please click here

For September's Weekly Attendance please click here.

Y6 Trip To Winmarleigh Hall

At the start of term Year 6 embarked on an exciting and memorable trip to Winmarleigh Hall, Garstang, near Preston. Whilst they were there, they experienced some fantastic outdoor activities such as abseiling, high ropes, zip-lining, quad bikes and archery. Click here to see some photos 

KS2 Visit to see Michael Rosen

Everyone in Key Stage 2 enjoyed a morning at the Liverpool Philharmonic, being entertained by the poet and author Michael Rosen. To see how they got on, please click here.

LSSP Year 1 and 3 Football Competition, Year 1 Reach Power League Final

Both our Year 1 and 3 boys took part in a local schools football tournament, run by EFC at The Power League. The boys played well and enjoyed the experience, playing in a team at a competition. Year 1 boys won every game and reached the final, losing 3 - 2 with our leading scorer scoring 20 goals, scoring in every match. We look forward to other opportunities later in the year. Well done. To check out our LSSP page please click here. 

Art Club

Miss Taylor has updated her Art Club blog with what Group 1 were working on (giraffes!) in week 2 and week 3. Check the links out below.   

Click here for week 2
Click here for week 3
 

Autumn Term School Dinner's

St John's Autumn Term school dinner menus are available on the school meals page here
 

Bringing Books To Life

We recently had a visit from Clare, from the London based ‘West End in Schools’. She spent a whole day with us and worked with our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children.  
The day was based on the Julia Donaldson book ‘The Troll’. Each class listened to the story and music associated with the story, and interpreted the story through dance and mime.
Each class performed their finished dance for their teachers and all agreed it was a marvellous day, with a wonderful finished product! Click here for more pictures.
 

 

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