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St Mary and St John C.E.V.A. Primary School

North Luffenham, Rutland

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Headteacher's Blog


Sunday 1st October 2017: I hope Year 6, Mr Flowers and Mrs Fox have been recovering from their residential visit to Manor Adventure, Norfolk Lakes. We are looking forward to welcomimg them back into school tomorrow morning. We will be starting the week with our Harvet Festival in St John's, adjoining the school. You are most welcome to join us and Revd. Pippa. Any harvest gifts will be given to Food Bank Rutland.

Tuesday 5 January: Happy New Year and welcome back. Message from Mr Flowers: Team football training tomorrow (Wednesday) 3.30-4.30pm and Cross Country training on Friday at 8.30am.

Wednesday 4 November: A message from Joe and Harriet, School Council Chairs: We will be taking part in Children In Need Day this year on Friday 13th November. We invite pupils to come to school dressed in PJs, onesies or as a Hero (this year's theme) for a donation of £1. We will be holding a second hand toy and book stall after school in the community room, so please send in any good quality, clean, unwanted toys and books with your child(ren) on Thursday or Friday next week. We hope you will support us in helping Children In Need. Thank you.

Tuesday 3 November: Welcome back after half term, I hope everyone had a good break. I am pleased to report that the children have settled back into the daily routine of school life very quickly and we have an exciting and very busy term ahead in the run up to Christmas, which will be upon us before we know it - only 32 school days left - scary prospect!!
A couple of reminders: Children's individual photos this Friday. Siblings welcome first thing in the morning.
We will be marking Remembrance (...11/11) with silence in a school assembly this year, led by Mrs Wilce. There will be a full Remembrance Service at St John's on Sunday 8th with military involvement from serving personnel at St George's Barracks. Revd John is temporarily covering as much as he can in the Benefice (covering 10 parishes) and he will be officiating at our Christmas carol service. If anyone would like to deliver an act of collective worship (assembly) in the meantime, or knows someone who would, they are warmly welcomed to get in touch.
There is a non uniform day on Monday 16th November for chocolate donations for the PFA/Village Christmas Fair and annual book fair, which will be held on Saturday 21st November in the school hall and community room from 1pm - 5pm. Come along and start...or finish!! your Christmas shopping.

Friday 3 October: Good luck to our KS2 cross country runners competing in the first meeting of the season on Saturday morning at Prestwold Hall.

Thursday 2 October: Reminder – Tuck Shop tomorrow morning.

Good news...our Year5/6 boys tag rugby team won two of their three matches and we wish them continued success as they play again on 3rd November.
Tag rugby was the name of the game today too, as Mr Coyne refereed inter-house matches at both break and lunchtime. At close of play, Welland had just beaten Chater in an exciting end to end game.

On a sporting theme, I’m delighted to announce that as a result of our engagement and success in sporting activities last academic year we have been awarded the Silver Sports Mark again this year. Mr Flowers is already aiming for a Gold next year!

On another note, excuse the pun, we have been awarded the music maker ‘mark’ for the varied music making the children are engaged in, in school and through the Rutland Music Hub.

The children looked fabulous in their House colours today. There was a great team spirit, camaraderie and friendly inter-house rivalry. The children also enjoyed House assemblies and the ‘Full House’ lunch.

There was some amazing outdoor learning going on all day today too, from weaving to fire making; from inspired poetry writing to rhythmic music making; from measuring and comparing car lengths to measuring angles and the area of dens! There has been a delightful buzz around school all week with lots of happy, inspirational and spontaneous learning taking place. I must admit I had to provide the teachers with coffee time sustenance today to keep them going though – all this fresh air!!!

I am looking forward to celebrating a wonderful week tomorrow in Celebration Assembly at 3pm. Hope you can join us!

Tuesday 29 September: What a superb week of fine autumn weather we are having for our introductory week to outdoor learning. The children have been involved in a wealth of interesting and diverse activities as we take learning outside. This afternoon we welcomed Liam, the wood carver, in to school to work with Years 5 and 6. They found it was trickier than it looked!
On Monday we said a fond farewell to Father David who is moving back to his own home and ministry in a smaller parish . The children presented him with gifts and cards made by each of the classes. We wish him and Mrs Nicol well.
Our tag rugby teams had their first tournament of the year this afternoon. So far I have heard no news...

Tuesday 22 Spetember: It looks as though our Year 6s are having a great time at PGL in Lincolnshire - eating and sleeping well and trying some exciting activities. Mrs Briggs is posting a daily blog on the Year 6 class page of the website. The weather looks better tomorrow too!

Sunday 20 September: Monday morning worship will be held in the school hall tomorrow morning at 9am, as Father David will be away. Everyone is very welcome to join us.
Thomas and Hannah Dodson, could you please let your mum, Rosemary, know, as I think she was planning to play for us. Many thanks.
We also wish our Year 6s a great week at PGL, Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire with Mrs Briggs, Mrs Hall and Mr Coyne.

Friday 11 September: Yesterday's perfect weather saw 7 of our 8 classes outside during the afternoon enjoying outdoor learning, this included gardening, science and sport. (Please remember to send in weather appropriate clothing - sun hats, raincoats and wellies as well as water bottles.)
This afternoon we will come together to celebrate the week with our celebration assembly at 3.00pm. I do hope that you can join us.
Have a super weekend.

Monday 7 September: This year we are taking the learning outside and hopefully providing challenging, stimulating and hopefully enjoyable learning experiences across the curriculum throughout the year. We are and will be making as many of the resources as we can, we will also be trying to source things and occasionally asking for your help! My first request if you are having an autumn clear out (or know someone who is) is for:
old pans - saucepans and baking tins, spoons and unbreakable bowls t...o create a 'mud kitchen' for our youngest pupils
push or pedal 'sit on' vehicles
ropes and twine
wooden poles
crates and palettes- wooden or plastic
tarpaulins and ground sheets
lengths of plastic drainpipe
plastic or unbreakable tea trays
old wooden cupboards (to be kept outside)
garden shed...and the kitchen sink!!

Please send into school and let the fun begin! Many thanks.

Friday 4 September: Good news! The new stock of ties has arrived at 'Kids and More'.There will be a celebration assembly at 3.00pm today. We do hope you can join us.Next week, on Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th from 3.35pm-4.30pm we are having 'open classrooms' - drop in, let your child show you their new classroom  and meet your child's new teacher.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday 1 September: After the rain we have thankfully had a lovely day.Everyone is settling down fantastically well. Mrs Cook's class were brilliant at lunchtime and slipped easily into the routines. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and chatting with them over lunch.
The first rehearsal for Year 4,5 and 6 children interested in singing at The Young Voices event, in January in Birmingham, is set to take place after school today 3.30-4.30pm with Miss O'Sullivan.
Look out for a letter regarding homework in book bags.

Wednesday 26 August: I hope you have all had a lovely summer with your children. All the staff have been working hard to prepare for the start of what promises to be a very exciting year. We are now ready and looking forward to welcoming both familiar faces and a number of new ones tomorrow morning. We will meet at 8.45am and line up on the playground from where the children will be greeted by their new class teacher.
Please remember to send in water bottles, PE kits, medication, etc.
Could I also remind you to please park thoughtfully.

Wednesday 15 July: Almost there...The Leavers Service will be held on Thursday morning at 9am in church. I do hope you can join us as we say our farewells. A reminder that school finishes at 2.15pm. The school bus will set off promptly at 2.15pm, so parents please make sure you are ready to meet your child(ren) at their destination.

Tuesday 14 July: KS2 camp going very well. All are now well fed and watered. There were no tears or dramas in the night...just a lot of chattering and a distinct lack of sleep. The children were definitely up with, if not before the lark!! We will be sending home some very tired children who have hopefully had a fabulous time and an experience they will not forget. A huge thank you to my amazing, 'tired' key stage 2 staff team who have all mucked in, the lunchtime staff and especially the kitchen staff who have worked exceptionally hard, over and above their remit, to make the activity such a success.

Thursday 9 July: The Key Stage 2 camp out is on Monday. Everyone is getting very excited. If you haven't already, please make payment for your child(ren) on ParentPay. The majority of the cost is being met through the sports premium, the amount we have asked for covers dinner and breakfast.Thank you.

Just a thought for KS2 parents whose children normally have a packed lunch... have you thought about your child(ren)'s lunch on Tuesday, the second day of the camp? Will you drop off a lunch or do you need to book a school lunch through ParentPay?

Wednesday 8 July: It's not the first time Year 6 has reduced me to tears this year... but tonight's tears were happy tears (note to self: must learn to stop doing this!) Shakespeare, I am certain, would have been very happy with their interpretation of perhaps his most famous tragedy - the love story of Romeo & Juliet. They were fantastic - the humour shone through in their acting, complicated lines were delivered and the story was told through beautiful songs with sound and lighting by the technical crew. I know mine were not the only tears...‪#‎soproud‬

Tuesday 7 July: Two wonderful sports days yesterday - Reception Class and Little Saints in the morning, followed by KS1 and KS2 in the afternoon. The weather in the afternoon looked as though it might break completely but we got away with just a few spots of rain in the end. All the points were combined from the morning and afternoon sessions to proclaim Welland this year's winners with 191 points, Chater in 2nd place with 187points and Gwash in 3rd with 152 points. Well done to one and all. A huge thank you to Mr Flowers and Mr Coyne for running the event and to you, parents and grandparents, for coming and supporting your children.

PC Paul has just finished a very useful and interesting 'Stranger Danger' assembly for the main school and then went to visit Little Saints. Please ask your children to tell you about it...and the locking of the Headteacher in handcuffs and shouting for them to remain on!!

Friday 2nd July: Well done to Welland for winning the House Cup this week. Well done to James P for winning the WOW cup. Don't forget PE kits for Sports Day and the family picnic afterwards on Monday!! Have a good weekend.

Tuesday 30th June: The children will meet their new teachers tomorrow morning and spend the morning getting to know each other. All teachers will remain teaching the same year group next year.

Wednesday 17 June: Year 4 enjoyed a perfect summer's day sailing at Rutland Sailing School yesterday, whilst a team of Year 5 and 6 pupils competed in the Rutland Primary Schools Athletics meeting, this year held at Corby Triangle Stadium. Everyone did fantastically well and were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school. Well done to one and all.
The day was rounded off perfectly with Erin, Elizabeth and Tilly's Confirmation. It was a lovely service led by Bishop John of Brixworth, supported by Father David, Revd John, teachers, governors, family and friends at St John's. Congratulations girls!

Monday 15 June:  On Sunday 21st June (this weekend!) some of our lovely female staff will be taking part in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Peterborough Showground. They have been limbering up, exercising hard and rolling in mud, in preparation for the big event and would be very grateful if you could support this worthwhile fundraiser to beat cancer.

Gemma Cutmore has organised the ladies into an excitable group, aptly name the ‘Muddy Misfits’ so joining her are Mrs Lister, Mrs Hart, Mrs ...Hall, Mrs Stanfield, Mrs Bingham, Mrs Fox, Miss Plant and a few daughters have also been roped in!
The Muddy Misfits have already made fantastic headway towards raising their target goal of £800 but would like to do better.....if you have time, come along and support them at Peterborough Showground at 10.45am, pledge a donation at or drop in your spare coins at the school office – hopefully they can smash their target! Photos to follow!

We are currently seeking a new Parent Governor to join our Governing Body from September 2015.  If you are interested in joining or would like nominate someone you know, please visit our website on the following page
If you would like to discuss any aspect of becoming a Governor, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hall (clerk to the Governors) or Mrs Wilce on 01780 720184. The deadline for nominations is Monday 22nd June. 

Key Stage 2 children this afternoon watched the live broadcast from The National Archives (hosted by Dan Snow and Diana-Louise Jordan) commemorating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Saturday 13 June: Wonderful news! Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Gamble who have a beautiful daughter!!! Dixie Ophelia Fowler Gamble was born at 7.01pm yesterday evening, weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 2oz.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to today to support the fete and the school. Thank you also to the PFA personnel who worked so hard to organise and run the fete. Everyone's support, whether great or small, is greatly appreciated. Thank you to Mr Heath and the Great Bowden Samba Band who really brightened up a fairly damp afternoon. Thank you also to Tom Dodson, The Rutland Marquee Company and the 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment for the marquees and gazebos to help keep us dry.

Friday 12 June: SCHOOL FETE this Saturday, 13th June.
Main fete 1pm - 4pm (come rain or shine!) 4pm onwards... a Samba band, balloon race release, disco at 5pm, barbecue and bar until 7pm.
Please bring any donations for stalls to the school office, including raffle ticket stubs and unsold tickets. Raffle tickets will be on sale on the day. Empty your piggy banks, come along and join in the fun whilst supporting the school!

Friday 5 June: Rutland Sailing Club is holding its annual open day tomorrow, Saturday, 6 June from 10am. Year 2 parents especially, prior to the forthcoming residential, may be interested to go and have a look round. Take a towel because you can even go afloat!

Wednesday 3 June: It's been a great start to Term 6. Thanks go to Mrs Dodson who played the organ for us again in church on Monday morning. We welcomed Mrs Langrick who is covering Mrs Gamble's maternity leave. Today, sweatshirts were being removed as the wind dropped and the temperature rose during lunchtime and it actually felt like summer!
We have a busy term ahead with lots of enrichment activities, so please keep an eye on the calendar on the website One of the first activities will be Year 6 starting their Bikeability on Friday.
Friday is also a non-uniform day for a chocolate donation for the fast approaching school fete. Jolly Jars are also starting to appear, so please have fun making one of these and sending it in to the office.