Friday Update- 27th May

Published on: May 27, 2022

Category: School News

Dear Parents/Carers,

Jubilee Picnic

We celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in school today with bunting, patriotic mufti and a picnic. Do look at Reception’s lovely portraits of the Queen on our Facebook Page!

The Year 3 and 4 children had a very exciting afternoon on Wednesday, tasting food from all around Europe. Thank you to all parents and carers for the efforts you went to in order to make this possible.

Holidays in Term Time

Please remember that family holidays should not be booked during term time and will not be authorised.  

Dates for our school holidays and Inset Days are always published in advanced. You can check our website for next year’s dates.

Casa Club

Attached is a leaflet for Casa Clubs who will be providing wraparound care for St John’s from September. A hard copy of this leaflet is also going home with your child today.

Please remember that they will be offering taster sessions in school on the dates below:

  • 24th June
  • 1st July
  • 8th July

Parents are welcome to drop into these free sessions to meet the staff and ask any questions. These sessions are bookable via their website

CASA information Leaflet


Emails were sent earlier this week with the swimming dates for each class. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them each day that they are due to swim.

The children will need:

  • One piece swimming costumes or trunks – no bikinis and no board shorts 
  • A swimming hat – must be worn by all swimmers. (we have some £2 ones for sale in the office)
  • Towel
  • Arm Bands for non-swimmers
  • Flip-flops or crocs
  • Cardigan/Sweatshirt as they may feel chilly afterwards

(All items to be named please)

If you haven’t yet contributed towards the cost of the swimming lessons please do so, we can only afford to keep the pool running with your assistance.  

Ms Stillwell

Ms Lisa Stillwell has decided that the time has come to say goodbye to St John’s after working here for over 25 years. Many pupils, past and present, will want to send their good wishes. If you wish to write a thank you message for her, please contribute to the card in the office.

Girls Cricket Match

The Year 5 & 6 girls cricket team represented us well at the Woking Schools’ Tournament at the Old Woking Cricket ground on Monday.
Many congratulations to Ava, Jannat, Jessica, Summah, Bella, Lyssa, April and Emma – they played in a consistently determined way and with a great sense of fun and joy!  We love cricket!  Thank you to the enthusiastic supporters too – much appreciated!

Dates for the Diary for Next Term


  • W/C 6th Year 6 Springhead Residential
  • W/C 13th – EYFS ‘come and share a story’
  • Tuesday 21st – Year 3 Swimming Gala 9:15am
  • Wednesday 22nd  – Year 5 Swimming Gala 9:15am  
  • Thursday 23rd – Year 4 Swimming Gala 9:15am
  • Thursday 23rd – Year 3 Trip to the Strawberry Farm
  • Friday 24th – PTA Pre-loved toy sale 3:05pm
  • Saturday 25th – PTA Danceathon   1.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Thursday 30th  – Year 1&2 Beach Trip  


  • Tuesday 5th – Year 5 @ Winston for ‘World Games Day’
  • Tuesday 5th Reception Sports Day & Picnic 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 6th Bears Sports Day & Picnic 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday 6th  -Little Bears Teddy Bears Picnic 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 7th School Sports Day & Picnic
    • Year 1&2 starts10:30am (lunch 12:10)
    • Year KS2 starts 1:15pm (lunch 12:10)
  • Tuesday 12th – Year 3 & 4 Viking Day
  • Wednesday 13th – Year 1 Swimming Gala 9:15am 
  • Thursday 14th – Year 4 Violin Performance 10:15am
  • Thursday 14th – Year 6 Swimming Gala 9:15am
  • Friday 15th – Year 2 Swimming Gala 9:15am
  • Tuesday 19th – Talent show    6.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th – Year 6 Pool Party 1pm-3pm  
  • Friday 22nd – Leavers assembly- July 9am

Term ends: Friday 22nd July 2.00pm

 School Uniform

The school Uniform shop Valentinos, currently has an offer on school uniform- see the attached flyer.

Please note that you are not required to buy your child’s uniform from there, but it is useful if you would like to have the school logo on a cardigans, jumpers and polo tops. Book bags can also be purchased there.

Do note that from September 2023 we will be introducing a new school logo onto clothing but this will run alongside the existing logo for a couple of years.

Valentino Schoolwear – Annual Discount

Stars of the Week

Year 1     Kylie
Year 2     Nancy
Year 3     Jason
Year 4     Manha
Year 5     Sherlynn
Year 6     Riley

Value Champions of the Week

Year 1     Andrey
Year 2     Everyone
Year 3     Georgia
Year 4     Sofia
Year 5     Anna
Year 6     Jamie


We have noticed that more children are coming into school tired and some even falling asleep in class. The lighter summer months can present some challenges to sleep routines. Here is some expert advice which might help you:

Suggestions on how to improve children’s sleep

  1. Consistent bedtime and waking time (e.g. 8pm and 7am)
  2. Consistent evening and bed time routine, which might include
    • A warm bath
    • A warm milk drink
    • Bedtime story
    • Relaxation techniques – e.g. deep slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, positive / pleasant imagery
    • A tape or CD of soft instrumental music (or lullabies for younger children)
  3. Aim to put child in bed when tired by getting them to be active in the day (e.g. long walks, trampoline etc)
  4. Turn of ALL computer games, TV, mobile phones, and computers 1-2 hours before bedtime and stop the child using them in bed (the light from these equipment stop melatonin, which is a natural sleep chemical from being released). Also interaction with the equipment keeps your child’s brain active which makes it harder for them to fall asleep
  5. Avoid coffee, tea, or caffeinated soft drinks ( e.g. standard coca cola, energy drinks etc) from lunchtime. Many ready-made drinks have caffeine – so check the content before you offer it to your child. Remember that people drink coffee to keep us awake!
  6. Ensure bedroom is comfortable and conducive for sleep (e.g. quiet, dark, no extremes of temperature)
  7. Reward every successful day (e.g. following the agreed routine, continued stay in bed through the night). You can start with tokens (e.g. star charts) and add tangible rewards in exchange for a number of tokens.
  8. If child wakes up, encourage to return to bed. Reward successful episodes of returning to bed.
  9. Consistent and firm approach is required before children get used to the new set of routines. It may be quite difficult at the beginning but should get better once the parent’s firmness becomes clear to the child.
  10. Bear in mind the following average sleep requirements for children of different ages. These are averages, hence some typical children might require a little more or less than the figures shown.
    • 2 years – 13 hours
    • 5 years – 11 hours
    • 9 years – 10 hours
    • 14 years – 9 hours
    • 17 years – 8 hours