Guardians of Gospel Values
Following the introduction of each class being the guardians for a Gospel Value, we are awarding a certificate each week to a child in each class who has demonstrated on of the Gospel values.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Liturgy, we had a wonderful spread as our focus for celebration. These gifts will be taken to CHAT by a group of children in the next couple of weeks. We also took time to reflect on the message in Pope Francis' letter Laudato Si, showing us the importance of looking after our world. It was also All Saints Day and so we remembered all those men, women and children who followed God's ways during their lives and thanked God for them.
St John's children welcome our new priest.
A mass was held on Friday September 13th to welcome in the new academic year. The mass was led by Father Kristian our new parish priest for St James'in Tiverton and St Boniface in Cullompton as well as for our school.
Instrumental Concert to raise funds for St James' New Church Building Fund
Pupils past and present came together to present a teatime concert for family, friends and parishioners. There was even a performance from some of our staff. The concert ended with all the performers playing 'Joe, Joe' together, first on the recorder and then on all their different instruments. This is a piece anyone who has learnt recorder at St John's will be familiar with and was a wonderful way to end the evening. The concert was a great success, enjoyed by all who took part as well as the audience. In all, we raised over £200 for St James' New Church Building Fund.
During Lent, Year 6 invited parents, parishioners, families and friends to join them for a frugal lunch. Our visitors enjoyed a delicious bowl of soup with homemade bread and were then entertained by the children. The lunch raised almost £150 for CAFOD.
Bishop Mark's Visit
Bishop Mark visited the school and met all the pupils, staff and parishioners from St James RC Church. The pupils led a welcoming liturgy and, in class, had many questions to ask Bishop Mark about his role on the Church and our school.
Mass at St James
Children from St John's joined the parishioners at St James' Church to lead Mass on the World Day for the Poor. The children welcomed parishioners, served on the altar, read the readings and prayers, played music and sang together.
Celebrating Mass with Parishioners at St James
Share the Journey
Staff and pupils from St John's, along with parishioners from St James' and St Boniface, joined together and walked 4 miles from the parish church to school on Sunday September 23rd to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and to support Pope Francis' call to encounter and walk with these migrants and refugees in support and solidarity.
First Holy Communion June 2018
S48 RE Inspection Report 2018
St John's joined parishioners from St James and St Boniface to enjoy the summer fete at St James'. Starmakers sang beautifully to entertain tea drinkers and members of staff ran the cake stall. The event was a huge success raising £2200 for the New Church Building Fund.
Holy Week in a Day Liturgies
On the last day of term we followed the journey of Holy Week. Each class led a liturgy, taking us through the events from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. After the holidays, Year 4 will complete our liturgies with Easter Sunday.
A Palm of Pennies for CAFOD
As part of our Holy Week in a Day activities the children found out about the work of CAFOD. Each class added pennies to create a palm leaf, when complete, our leaf contained more than £80 worth of pennies. This will be added to the money from Year 6's frugal lunch and hot cross bun donations to be sent to CAFOD.
Big Acorns Find Out About Baptism
Father Paul visited Big Acorns to help them explore the sacrament of Baptism.
The children at St John's had a fantastic week of sporting activity to raise money for Sport Relief 2018. Throughout the week they had lots of fun participating in a skipathon, benchball tournament, dancing and a variety of lunchtime sports activities led by the Sports Crew. On Friday 23rd March staff and children came into school wearing sportswear or dressed as a sporting hero. Big Acorns took part in an obstacle course and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 completed the Sport Relief mile. The Sports Crew also sold Sport Relief wristbands and held a cake sale. We are delighted to announce that, as a school, we raised an incredible £382 for Sport Relief 2018.
Big Acorns' class prayer this week was based on the parable of the Lost Sheep.
Year 6 welcomed parishioners, parents and governors to our frugal lunch. We shared soup and bread and Year 6 then entertained our visitors with songs. We were able to raise around £50 for CAFOD, a sum we hope to add to with more events before the end of term.
Liturgy for Christian Unity
We were delighted to welcome visitors from many local churches to our liturgy for Christian Unity.
Epiphany Concert at St James'
The Starmakers joined parishioners at St James to celebrate an Epiphany Concert. The concert helped to raise funds for the New Church Development Fund and Young Minds (a charity chosen by the young people of the parish.)
Reverse Advent Calendars for CHAT
During Advent each class had been adding to their empty boxes, trying to put an item in each day during Advent. Our full boxes will be taken to CHAT to distribute to families in need over the Christmas season.
Shine from the inside out
Earlier this year, talented KS2 artists designed and created a template for a sign to depict what life is like at St John's. This was as part of Ken White's Golden Anniversary Year. Ken White's printing company then made the banner and put up in the hall where it is seen by all.
Parents and parishioners joined us to celebrate our Harvest Liturgy led by Year 6. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations which were all donated to our local charity CHAT and will be given to people in need.
Year 6 organised a cake sale to raise money for Sundarban in Bangladesh. Sundarban has been devastated by recent floods and the money raised will be used to provide hygiene and cleaning products to families, as well as helping to rebuild damaged buildings. The total raised came to almost £100.
Mary's Meals Backpack Appeal
Our backpacks are all finally packed and ready to go. We have filled 44 backpacks with pens, pencils and notebooks as well as clothes and toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap. This means that 44 children who would not otherwise have the opportunity will be able to go to school. Thank you for all your kind and generous donations