Welcome to St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.
St John Fisher is a school for children between the ages of 4 -11 yrs. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to flourish and develop to their full potential. Here they can acquire skills to become confident and articulate, well equipped to meet the challenges of a fast changing world.
We are committed to the development of the individual enabling every pupil to fulfill their potential, not only in their academic studies but also in sports, drama, music or wherever their talents may lie.
We believe that it takes a whole community to educate a child, so we aim to work in partnership with parents. We are very proud of our St John Fisher Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which organises many social and fundraising events. As a Catholic school we have strong links with the parishes of St Mary's, South Wigston and Immaculate Conception, Oadby.
We strive to offer a high quality education across the full curriculum, including many extra-curricular activities.
We are always delighted to welcome visitors and look forward to meeting you.
With all good wishes,
Welcome to our school
This trailer was produced by Elizabeth, Holly and Erica.
Children are admitted to the school in the September of the year in which they have their fifth birthday. If there is anyone who wishes to apply for a place for September 2016 (Date of birth: 1st September 2011 – 31st August 2012) please obtain an ‘Expression of Interest’ form from the School Office. You must also fill in an admission form for Leicestershire by 15th January 2016; you can apply on-line at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions.
Also please check our admissions page.
Supporting your child at home
Please have a look at our curriculum section of the website and in particular the subject areas for advice and guidance on how best to support your child at home.
Here you will find more details about the new curriculum and how it is implemented. You will also be able to find out about how we teach the core subjects at St John Fisher.
As well as that, there are also lists of useful websites and apps you can access at home to support your child's learning.
Our Latest News
Mr Anthony Gallagher has been appointed as Deputy Head at St John Fisher from 1st February. Mrs Joanna Clare has been appointed as Administrative Assistant from 14th March.
Safer Internet Day – 9th February
This year’s theme is ‘Play your part for a better internet’. Mr Gallagher has organised a competition for the children to enter – all entries to be handed in by Monday 8th February. Please check the E-Safety page on our School Website as well as looking at the ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine sent out with this newsletter.
This year our School Council are responding to the Year of Mercy to raise money for clean water in other parts of the world through CAFOD. We are going to collect 1p and 2p coins in a fish tank in the Reception area near our School Office. All donations received will go to CAFOD for their work.
World Book Day – 3rd March
We will be having a curriculum enrichment day on 3rd March, World Book Day. Children and staff can come to school dressed as a character from a book.
Grandparent Gardening Day Thursday 17th March
Calling all Green Fingered Grannies and Grandpas!
10.00 am start after St Patricks’ Day Mass. As part of national Grandparent Gardening Week our SNAG would like to invite you to our gardening day. It’s an ‘all hands on deck’ kind of day so please volunteer some of your time to come and work with the children in the garden. (P.S. parents welcome too).
If you're with us over lunchtime you can enjoy a hearty bowl of warming homemade soup with some delicious bread.
Please contact Mrs Stevens via the school office or by email for further details.
Sports Relief day – 18th March
Friday 18th March is ‘Sports Relief day’ and we will be using this event as part of our fundraising during Lent 2016. This will be a non-school uniform day, a donation of 50p will be gratefully received. Our School Council will also be organising events on the day, with all donations going to CAFOD.
During Fruit Break (9.45am – 9.55am) children may have any fruit, chopped vegetables, 2 digestive biscuits or 2 rich tea biscuits. 4+, Years 1 and 2 are given a piece of fruit every day. Please remember that we are a ‘nut free’ school.
We are delighted to inform you that our Year 1 children won the ‘Fair Play Award’ at the Corpus Christi Trust Sports day at Aylestone Leisure Centre on 20th January. Well done to everyone!
Many thanks to our PTA for funding the theatre trip to see ‘Snow White’ and for the party food for our Christmas parties. They also organised a fantastic Christmas Fair which raised £1,600 – well done and thank you to everyone!
We are currently looking for a Lunchtime Supervisor. Please have a look at the job vacancies section of our website for further details.
As a school we are required to monitor children’s attendance regularly. Attendance figures are reported and discussed at our termly governors’ meetings. In 2014/15 our attendance figure was 96.9%, which is very good. Thank you for ensuring your child’s good attendance at school.
Dogs and cats
Due to health and safety please do not bring dogs and cats onto the school site.
This is a protocol introduced into Leicestershire schools by the Leicestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board. Please read the letter attached with this newsletter.
On 13th November we were awarded the ‘Food For Life’ Bronze award – many thanks to Mrs Stevens for all her work with our SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) Team from Years 5 and 6. On 26th November we were awarded the ‘Music Quality Mark’ in recognition of our work – many thanks to Mrs Moloney and Mrs Birchall for their work with music across the school.
Congratulations to Yayra Doh (Year 2) who has won an art competition run by Oadby and Wigston Council for schools, ‘What I most like about living in Oadby and Wigston’. She will be attending the opening of the new Customer Services Centre in Bell Street, Wigston on Wednesday 2nd December where she will be cutting the ribbon!
Children In Need
Many thanks to everyone for their donations for ‘Children In Need’ day on 13th November. A total of £116.02 was raised for CAFOD.
4 Plus – Wellingtons and Socks
Mrs Foster is looking for donations of wellingtons (size 8 upwards) and pairs of socks.
Please park with due care and attention for all of our children and our neighbours. Please do not park on the yellow zigzags outside the school gates. The Governors and parents are very concerned about parents parking across driveways and on the corner of Winslow Drive and will be monitoring this very closely.
Parents’ Reading Sessions
Please remember that parents in Years 1 and 2 are welcome to come and read with their child on Friday morning at 8.50am – 9.10am.
Food for Life Partnership
This partnership is up and running! Read our blog here!
The cross country team ran on Friday 9th October. See how they did on the Sport page.
Admissions applications for Autumn Term 2016
Children are admitted to the school in September of the year in which they have their fifth birthday. If there is anyone who wishes to apply for a place for September 2016 (d.o.b. 01.09.2011 – 31.08.2012) please obtain an ‘Expression of Interest’ form from the School Office. There is also a requirement to fill in an LA form before December 2015. This form can be found at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions.
Babies and Tots
Message from our ‘Babies and Tots’ group –
‘Are you clearing out your children’s toy boxes? St John Fisher Babies and Tots group would love to re-home any of your unwanted toys for our Wednesday morning playgroup.’
This group meets every Wednesday in the School Hall from 8.45am – 10.30am. Come along for a chat and a cup of coffee, everyone is very welcome.
Key information about the school
There is a Breakfast Club at St John Fisher starting at 7.45am. Otherwise children can arrive at school from 8.30am as staff will be in the playground at this time. Parents are very welcome to wait in the playground before and after school.
OFSTED’s Interim Assessment of St John Fisher
We are delighted to announce that OFSTED have carried out an Interim Assessment which has resulted in the school receiving a letter saying that they have found the good performance of our school has been sustained and therefore the school’s next inspection will not take place before summer term 2015.
Latest School calendar Events
- Finance Committee 5pm08Feb2016
- SAFER INTERNET DAY09Feb2016
- Ash Wednesday Service 9am. All welcome.10Feb2016
- SCHOOL CLOSES FOR HALF TERM 3.05pm12Feb2016
- Yr 2 Class Assembly 2.15pm. All welcome.12Feb2016
SJF's got talent
Please keep Friday 26th February March in your diaries for the PTA ‘SJF’s Got Talent’ Night. More details to follow.
Once again we have had a fantastic start to the PTFA fundraising year. Since September we have raised a staggering £3300! Thank you so much for supporting our events and making them such a huge success.
The ever popular Halloween disco raised a SPOOKTACULAR £745.49. A fantastic night was had by all with some amazing costumes and dancing.
A huge thank you to Colleen Niland who ran the Irish Dancing taster sessions. Everybody (including the adult helpers) had so much fun. A total of £262 was raised during this time. The PTFA would like to wish Colleen good luck for the birth of her baby, we are sure it will come out doing a little Irish jig.
After Christmas we will be starting ‘Dancercise’ classes. More details to follow.
Christmas Card Designs
The children produced some lovely designs which were then transferred onto Christmas cards, mugs and tea-towels. The total profit raised was £267.50. Out of that total, £24.50 was raised by the St John Fisher Babies and Tots group.
Grow A £1
We had some very busy children who worked hard to make their £1 coins grow. A total of 26 children took part and grew their £1 coins into £400 …. Absolutely amazing!
The top growers in each class were awarded a prize. Top grower in the school was Darcy Ludlow.
Well done and thank you to everybody that participated.
The Christmas Fayre was a huge success. There were stalls, games, Santa’s Grotto and meet and greet a Minion. A staggering profit of £1632 was raised in the 2 hours. Well done to all of the parents and children for bringing in such wonderful donations for the Christmas Class Hampers. There were 14 hampers altogether and every one of them looked amazing.
Thank you to our PTA and all our families for a very enjoyable and successful Christmas Fair on 10th December which raised £1,632! Well done to everyone. Thank you also to everyone who took part in the ‘Grow a Pound’ fundraiser which raised £400. Our theatre visit to see ‘Snow White’ was a great success and was fully funded by our PTA – thank you!
As well as raising money, we have also been spending on ……
Theatre tickets for each child
Theatre goody bags
New nativity outfits
Christmas class party food
Cupboard shelving for the cookery cupboard
Dates For Your Diary 2016 …….
SJF’s Got Talent Friday 26th February 2016
Phil The Bag Mid March 2016
Easter Egg Raffle Thursday 24th March 2016
Race Night April 2016
Summer Fayre Saturday 18th June 2016
The PTFA exists to help fund the little extras needed to continue to make St John Fisher the great school that it is. Please continue to support our events and raise as much money as we can. Thank you.
Look for SJF PTFA on Facebook. Search for St John Fisher Wigston. It’s a great way of communicating with us and for being kept up to date on all events.
Thank you very much everybody.
Have a great Christmas and a very happy 2016!
Julie Stanley and the PTFA team.