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First of all, I am writing to let you know that I have taken the very tough decision to cancel the Outdoor Carols tomorrow.
There have been many barriers in the way of this event, but in particular internal staffing issues, which have meant that things have not worked out as we had hoped. Quite simply, the children have not been able to practise and they are not ready to perform as a whole. I know many of you will be disappointed that yet again there is nothing for you at Christmas time, especially those who remember all the things we would normally do. It is now two full years since our usual series of Nativities, Pantomimes and Church Christingle Service.
On behalf of all the Staff and Governors I would like to thank you for your understanding and support throughout this term and the whole year. Since September, I have been so proud of the way the children and all of you have just ‘got on’ with everything. As a result, the children across school have had so many positive experiences and outcomes: from in-school Theatre Performances to Sports Competitions to the Christmas Parties, we have nearly had a ‘normal’ term.
As we break up on Friday, we hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.
A reminder that we return to school on Wednesday 5th January 2022.
St. John’s CE (Aided) Primary School
Christmas and January Diary Dates.
|Wednesday 8th December||Christmas Dinner Day|
|Friday 10th December||Christmas Jumper Day|
|Friday 10th December||Nursery/Reception Christmas Party||1pm - 3pm|
|Monday 13th December||Year 3 & Year 4 Christmas Party||1pm - 3pm|
|Tuesday 14th December||Year 5 & Year 6 Christmas Party||1pm - 3pm|
|Wednesday 15th December||Year 1 & Year 2 Christmas Party||1pm - 3pm|
|Thursday 16th December||Outdoor Carol Singing|
|Friday 17th December||Christmas Jumper Day|
|Friday 17th December||Break up for Christmas Holidays|
|Tuesday 4th January 2022||School Closed for Teacher Training Day|
|Wednesday 5th January 2022||School Re-Opens|
Every week, so much perfectly good food is thrown out by supermarkets and shops just because it is on its sell by date.
Here at school, we want to make a difference! We are very pleased to be working alongside Shildon Alive to set up our own Rescued Food Stall.
Our stall, run by Year 5, will be situated outside of school every Friday, starting from this week Friday 3rd December from 2.45pm – 3.15pm.
A variety of rescued food from our local supermarkets will be available for any donations. Grab your carrier bag and get shopping.
Once again, thank you for your support.
Mr A Farnell
Did you know that 1 in 4 Christmas Jumpers/T-shirts etc. end up being thrown away or never worn again (many due to being outgrown)?
WE WANT TO CHANGE THAT as we appreciate Christmas is such an expensive time of the year for families.
In school we are planning to hold our very first BIG CHRISTMAS JUMPER RECYCLE!
Please donate any children’s festive wear to school by Monday 29th November ready for our BIG CHRISTMAS JUMPER RECYCLE EVENT to be held on Wednesday 1st December at 2.45pm in our school car park, where families will have the opportunity for a small donation, to grab some new festive wear for their children.
Any donations will go towards the Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Appeal.
Friday 3rd December from 4:30pm on the Town Square.
This year’s Christmas Tree ‘Switch 0n’ 2021 will feature festive performances by Thornhill Primary School, along with some very special guests, including Mr Twister and Rudolph, not to mention Santa Claus, so come along and join us on the Town Square.
From 5pm there will be free family festivities at the Shildon Civic Hall where you can visit Santa, have your face painted, Children’s Disco, or find a Christmas bargain at the Table top sale. There is also a free children’s ride available and much more.
So bring the family along and share the festive fun with us.
The nasal influenza vaccination is being offered to all children in Reception-Year 6.
Our team is scheduled to visit St John’s SHILDON this Autumn as part of this programme. If you would like your child to receive this immunisation in school, please ensure your consent form has been submitted.
How do I give my consent?
1. Go to https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/fluconsent/
2. Enter the School Code 114285 and click “Find School”.
3. Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
4. Click the green “Submit” button.
As you will know Durham County Council has started the consultation process on the closure of Sunnydale School site and they would like as many residents as possible to engage in the process. To take part, click on the link below.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness in childhood. It is generally a mild illness caused by an enterovirus. In very rare instances it can be more severe.
The child usually develops a fever, reduced appetite and generally feeling unwell. One or two days after these symptoms a rash will develop with blisters on their cheeks, hands and feet. Not all cases have symptoms. The incubation period is 3 to 5 days.
Hand foot and mouth infection is most contagious in the first 7 days but the virus can stay in the body for a few weeks. Spread is by direct contact with the secretions of the infected person (including faeces) and by coughing and sneezing. Younger children are more at risk because they tend to play closely with peers. Promote good hand washing to reduce the risk of transmission even after the child is well because the virus can still be present in the faeces and saliva (spit) for a few weeks.
Children are safe to return to school or nursery as soon as they are feeling better, there is no need to stay off until the blisters have all healed. Keeping your child off for longer periods is unlikely to stop the illness spreading. Exclusion of a well pupil is not required.
Do ensure that any tissues used to for nose and throat are disposed of or washed immediately. Promote hand washing.
Don’t confuse with foot and mouth disease in animals.