Democracy in Action!

As parents and visitors left our Christmas Nativity performances they were asked to contribute to our silver collection. We raised an impressive £440!
As part of our assembly theme this week, we have been learning about inspirational Christians. Today we learnt about Martin Luther-King and the changes he helped to bring in America. We read through one of the prayers he shared with his congregation.

As a result, we learnt about the importance of a democracy and linked this to our own School Council. As the children left assembly, they each placed a counter into a ballot box to decide whether we should donate the money to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Leeds Children’s Hospital or to buy a defibrillator for our school. The counters were counted:

Leeds Children’s Hospital – 84 counters
Defibrillator for school – 123 counters
Marie Curie Cancer Care – 152 counters

Democracy in action!

Here is the prayer we shared in assembly, written by Martin Luther-King himself:

‘God, grant that we take on the struggle with dignity and discipline. May all who suffer in this world reject violence and choose the method that seeks to redeem.

Grant that we will follow you and become so committed to your way and your kingdom that we will be able to establish in our lives and in this world a kingdom of understanding, where men and women will live together respecting the dignity and worth of every human being. In the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.’

Christmas Story Competition Winners

The last day of Autumn 2 was certainly a very busy one! As well as a visit from Santa, a magic show and lots of party food we had our annual ‘Carols Around the Tree’ assembly. What better time to announce the winners of the Christmas story writing competition than during the service!

Miss Lang was very impressed with entries from across the school and thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. It was an incredibly hard task to pick the winners but here they are….

Key Stage 1 – Zain (Willow)

On a snowy Christmas eve I woke up because I heard a bang. I got out of bed and climbed onto the roof. I was so upset to see Santa’s sleigh crashed. I went to help Santa and he told me the reindeer were hungry and couldn’t fly the sleigh. I went to the shop and bought some carrots. Then I gave the carrots to the reindeer. Then the reindeer could fly. Santa said “Thank you, please don’t tell anyone about this secret. You have saved Christmas!” Santa gave me a special present for saving Christmas.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 – Patrick (Rowan)

As Santa walked into the workshop of the elves, he noticed the elves were acting suspiciously. Santa said, in his booming voice “What are you up to you sneaky little elves?” From under a table, an elf with a good badge with the words ‘Area Chief’ upon it. Santa recognised the elf as Gilbert. Santa questioned Gilbert “What is going on here Mr Gilbert? What is all this sneaking around?” He could hear the other elves muttering amongst themselves/ Gilbert adjusted his hat nervously and started to stutter “It’s… a Christmas secret for you!” A grateful smile slowly appeared on Santa’s face.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 – Billie-Jean (Maple)

“Shhh, you’ll get us caught,” said the small mince pie to the big one. They were trying to get into the crisp drawer to be safe. Father Christmas knew they were moving but Nathan would eat them if he knew. On the roof above, the mince pies could hear Rudolph and the other reindeers’ feet clattering on the stone. Then it all went dark. Santa came down the chimney and into the kitchen. Are the carrots for the reindeers? he thought. Yes. He looked around for his pies. Where were they? “Mmmmm,” he loudly spoke, “that Nathan!”

 

The Overall Winner was…….. Michael (Elm)

Little Penguin met Santa on an icy day. Little Penguin slid on his tummy on the slippy ice. He crashed into Santa and they slid into an iceberg. “Sorry,” said Little Penguin. Santa told him a secret. Little Penguin was shivering so Santa took him to his workshop to warm up. It was great. Little Penguin helped Santa and Santa was proud of him for getting ready for Christmas. Little Penguin forgot the secret. Little Penguin was tired. Santa said “Remember I will give you a warm igloo for all your help!”

The winners were presented with a special Christmas gift for all their hard work! Well done to all those children who entered the story writing competition.

 

 

100 word Christmas story competition!

It was announced in assembly this morning that the library will have a story writing competition. If you would like to enter, you need to write a Christmas story which has the title ‘The Christmas Secret’. It can include characters and a setting of your choice and be of any style but the story can only be 100 words long!

If you would like to enter then please write your story onto an entry form along with your name, class and a colourful illustration.

‘The Christmas Secret’ Entry Form

There will be opportunities for each year group to go to the library on a lunchtime to write their stories. Entry forms must be handed to your class teacher by Wednesday 17th December.

Winners will be announced and presented with their prizes in our annual ‘Carols around the tree’ service on Friday 19th December.

I look forward to reading your stories!

Asthma Tea-Riffic Tea Party

On Monday 24 November we held a Tea-Riffic Tea Party to raise funds for Asthma UK.
Asthma UK is the UK’s leading asthma charity. There are over five million people with asthma in the UK and over 10% of our students here at school are diagnosed asthmatics on daily medication.

We want to live in a world where asthma is no longer a daily battle for some and where no one dies from the condition. Currently three families every day lose someone to asthma and every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life threatening asthma attack. Asthma UK is working to make this happen through world-leading research, award-winning information and services and life-changing campaigns but need our help in fundraising.

The Tea Party was a huge success and attended by over 100 people. Buns, cakes and tombola prizes were donated by parents, staff, friends and our school kitchen and we raised the huge amount of £523.60!!

Well done Jack for estimating the length of the cables in the jar.  I’m sure your family will enjoying playing with the remote control helicopter!

A huge thanks to the parents and grandparents who helped out on the day (they even did the washing up!) but especially to the children who were fantastic ambassadors on the day.

At St John’s, we believe that by combining our strength and by working together as a school community, our work and challenges are shared.

‘”Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.”‘ John 17:11

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Children in Need

Both children and adults dressed up as superheroes on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. Some adults and children even wore their underpants on the outside of their clothes!

The School Choir were particularly busy in the evening, performing a number of times live on the national and local Children in Need programme. They have also appeared in the Telegraph and Argus newspaper too!  You can watch the choir perform by clicking the link below.

Well done everyone who took part; we raised over £440 for Children in Need.

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

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