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Dear Parents,

Next week our Junior children look forward to their exam week!  We want all our children to do the best they can in their exams.

Our children are very young and it can be a stressful week for children and parents.  It may be the first exam week for many and the beginning of a long road of annual exam weeks!

We want all our children to try their best and to complete some revision at home, but a sensible amount of revision, thinking about their age.  We have prepared in lessons at school and all our children should have their timetable, revision notes and guidance where necessary.

It would be very helpful to ensure that your children have all the necessary school equipment on Monday morning - Pens, pencils, rulers, maths equipment.  Plenty of sleep this weekend, will I am sure, help the children to do their best next week and help get a sense of perspective on next week's challenges.

Good luck to our netball team on Saturday, travelling to Queen Ethelburga's in York for the ISA National Junior Netball Finals.

Tomorrow, we look forward to our Inter-house music festival.  It is an important school event where children are able to demonstrate their skills, perform as an individual  and also with their house in our "House Shout" Competition.  It is an excellent opportunity for children to develop their self esteem and confidence. Good luck to everyone participating.

Kind regards
Mrs Korcz

Calendar & Events

Summer Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 16/4/18
May Day:
Monday 7/5/18
Half Term: 
28/5/18 - 1/6/18
Leavers Assembly
Friday 13/7/18
(School finishes at 12.30pm)
Activity Days: 
Monday 16/7/18 - Wednesday 18/7/18

End of Term:
Wednesday 18/7/18

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Tuesday 4/9/18
Half Term:
22/10/18 - 2/11/18
End of Term:
Friday 14/12/18

Spring Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 7/1/19
Half Term:
18/2/19 - 22/2/19 
End of Term:
Friday 5/4/19

Summer Term 2018

Term Starts:
Tuesday 23/4/19
May Day:
Monday 6/5/19
Half Term:
27/5/19 - 31/5/19 
End of Term:

Wednesday 17/7/19

ISSUE: 335      10th May 2018


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Friday 11th May
Inter-house Music Festival
Budapest meeting, 4pm

Saturday 12th May
U11 ISA National Netball Finals, Queen Ethelburga, York (a), 7.30am

14th - 18th May
Exam Week

Wednesday 16th May

U11/U9 Cricket v Ascoughfee Hall (h), 3pm
U11/U9 Rounders v Peterborough (h), 3pm
U9 G&D Tennis, Tennis Club

Thursday 17th May
U11 G&D Tennis, Tennis Club


14th - 18th May                  Exam Week

 27th May - 2nd June          Children to Inter-SEK Budapest

Tuesday 19th June              Whole School Photograph

Thursday 21st June             Junior Production

Friday 22nd June                Junior Production

Monday 25th June               Bag 2 School Drop Off

Wednesday 27th June          Sports Day

Friday 29th June                  Reserve Sports Day (1)

Wednesday 4th July             Reserve Sports Day (2)

Monday 9th July                  Speech Day
                                          Summer Fair

Wednesday 11th July           Meeting for new EYFS 
                                          parents, 2.00pm
                                          Meeting for current Y2 
                                          parents with Y3 teacher,

Sports Kit
Now that the summer has arrived, we are hoping to have our traditional British Summer weather for our PE lessons this term. We have already experienced some of that weather, in the form of persistent rain and cold winds. It is vital that the children are able to still perform outside in all weathers and so need to have their blue fleece jacket for all PE lessons (to use at breaks and lunchtimes as well). Please continue to ensure that all kit is clearly labelled - I currently have two fleece jackets that are lost and un-named so cannot easily be returned.
Another item of PE kit which should be packed for school is the school baseball cap. This is vital for keeping the sun out of the eyes - or more realistically, the rain off our heads.
Have you washed your hands properly?
A big thank you to Mrs Berry who brought in a UV light and spray so that both classes could wash their hands and see under the light which parts of their hands they hadn’t cleaned properly. It was frightening to see!! The children then had a lesson in how to wash their hands more effectively.
Year 2
Class Two Visit to the Bee Observatory
On Friday 4th May Class Two embarked on their school visit to the Bee Observatory which is run by Kids Country Farms. After the traditional last-minute panic, due to the bus arriving late (traffic problems in town), we set off! On arrival, the staff and volunteers at Kids Country were extremely accommodating and welcoming, giving us ample opportunity for a quick snack and drink to prepare ourselves for the day. After a quick breakdown of the itinerary we were split into two groups, one group were presented with an interactive workshop about the life of bees, diagrams and generally understanding their day to day routine. The other group were able to view the inside of the hives, in our bee keeping outfits, from the safety of the observatory. I must say that Richard (The Trained Bee Keeper) was very brave as one of his gloves tore and a bee stung him on the arm. Luckily, we followed our instructions sensibly, and to the letter, so we were safe. Unfortunately,  the bus driver, who had decided to observe the bees with us, did not follow the guidelines and was stung!

One of our favourite moments during the visit was sampling the delicious honey.  There were about 10 different types including a comparison between honey from the Co-Op and locally by Kids Country. The honey definitely made us a little excitable, and thankfully there was a Willow Maze on site that granted us the chance to burn off some of our energy.

The day was a total success, we had so much fun and learnt a great deal about bees, their habitats and how they live. I felt very inspired when I came home that evening and now feel a tremendous appreciation for bees: they are an essential component of our eco-system.

Thank you to all the parents for bringing children to school slightly earlier than normal, and to Miss Belasova for helping us on the day.

Mr Mytton
Important Sport Information

Summer Sports Kit -
All children should be wearing summer sports-kit this term. Please ensure that all kit is freshly named.

PE lessons -
white polo shirts, navy / white shorts or navy shorts, white ankle sports    socks,tracksuits and navy fleece jackets

Games Lessons -
Girls - as for PE lessons
Boys - cricket whites( trousers, shirt and slip over or jumper), navy fleece

Players chosen for match play should wear their blazer and cap for travelling to and from matches.
U9 Rounders v Ascoughfee Hall
The Under 9’s had their first game of the season today. The girls put their catching skills to the test by opting to field first. The decision making skills were good, however, the ball didn’t always go to the post fast enough, enabling the opposition to score. 

The girls' hand eye coordination has improved significantly, enabling them to strike the ball effectively. All we need to work on now is taking a few more risks to run from first to second post and get those half rounders scored. 

Score: 9.5 Ayscoughfee : Grantham : 4

Well done to all who played. 

U11 Rounders v Ascoughfee Hall

The U11 girls travelled to Ayscoughfee in Spalding for a sunny afternoon of rounders. After a cautious start, the girls got into the flow of the game. The girls batted well, but didn’t take any risks in the first innings, scoring 2.5 to Ayscoughfee’s 5 Rounders. 

Grantham picked up the fielding in the second innings and prevented the opposition from scoring too many complete rounders (3.5 total), despite their team having some strong hitters. 

The girls took a few more risks in the second innings, which was what was needed. The girls scored a further 3 Rounders, bringing the total score to 5.5 rounders. 

The final score was : Grantham 5.5 R
Ayscoughfee 8.5 R. 

Emily Payne was voted player of the match for her consistent bowling. Well done Emily. Keep up the good work.

Also, well done to Georgina M for scoring 1.5 of the 3 rounders scored in the second innings! A great asset to the team today. 

Thank you to all the mums who offered their kind support travelling to the match. 

Mrs Klimes and Mrs Clegg 

U9 Cricket at Highfields
The U9 team started off their season by taking on Highfields.  Grantham were put in to bat first and started off brightly, but some good bowling in the middle overs, by the visitors,restricted Grantham to a modest score.
In reply, Highfields got off to a great start however, after some good bowling by Samy and Aiden,  the scores remained closely matched.  Unfortunately, the game was taken away from Grantham, thanks to the big hitting by the Highfields final pair of batsmen, with Grantham losing by 38 runs.

In all, a good experience for the boys, in a game played in the best of spirits!
Mr Tranter
U11 Cricket v Highfields
The first home game of the season saw our friends from Highfields visiting on a beautiful day for cricket. Our hosts Grantham Cricket Club had prepared two fabulous wickets for the team to play on and the U11 team did not disappoint. Winning the toss,  captain Rex put us in to bat and along with opening partner Haruki, set a fine total of 19 runs after the first two overs. Jasper and Edward batting at third pair and George and Elijah, batting at fifth pair also scored in double figures with 16 and 14 respectively. With only a modest total of 64 runs to chase, Highfields set about our bowlers with great determination until the third ball, at least, when Rex found the batsmen wanting and the bails were off. Haruki gained his first of three wickets in the second over, followed closely by Jasper(1) and Edward(2) in overs 5 and 6. Unfortunately, a few loose balls allowed Highfields to climb out from under the negative score in the 7th and 8th overs, but a steadying pairing of Haruki bowling two more wickets and Sam taking a superb one handed catch restricted the visitors to only 15 runs at the end of their innings. Congratulations to all the players who played very well and worked hard as a team to gain this victory.

Mr Park
U9 Cross Country
This week our U9 cross country teams were in action at the Grantham and District competition held at the Meres, Grantham. In each of the two races, over 160 runners took to the field providing stiff competition for all our runners. Although slightly out of season and with weather associated more with summer - oh that’s right, it is summer! our runners turned in some fantastic performances. Hattie (yr 3) finished second just short of a champions spot and Phoebe (yr 4) finished 10th. With the first three runners counting towards the team score we will have to wait to find out results next week to see if Millie’s 32nd place will be enough to give our girls a top three prize. The boys' team, having been inspired by our girls' efforts, set off with confidence and a real sense of urgency. Harry (yr 3) was the highest finisher coming in at 26th position and along with Jack (yr 3) and Alex (yr 4) who were 51st and 52nd respectively we again wait to see if honours are going to come their way. Some of our runners were running in their first competitive race and also running against older children, so their experience will stand them in good shape for next season. Well done to all runners who represented the school so well.
Mr Giles’ Top Tip.

Check KEY SIGNATURES before you start any piece, especially sight reading. Would you jump into a swimming pool without checking it has water in it?
News from IES/SEK Schools
Digital Design and 3D Cell Models - Zero mess Guaranteed!
Are you tired of clay and Papier Mâché messes?  Well don’t fret anymore, because our senior class students have the solution.
Our senior students have been involved in the digital design and 3D printing process of an animal and plant cell. They have used various digital design programs such as “Tinkercad” in order to create a detailed model of a plant and animal cell; followed by printing their cell and finally adding the finishing touches to complete their model. This interdisciplinary activity enabled students to think out of the box and create models using alternative technological tools and methods.
Mrs. Evelyn R. Quiroa
Biology and ICT Teacher
Colegio Internacional SEK Guatemala
Big Bang Fair Trip - University of Exeter
Last Wednesday all Seniors visited the Big Bang Fair, hosted by The University of Exeter. There were a lot of hands-on experiments to be done: breaking a frozen flower in pieces, constructing towers, trying out new equipment and applications on visual reality front and schools presenting their STEM club research.
We started with Simon Watt telling us all about the The Ugly Animal Preservation Society; some animals are so ugly but they need preserving as well. Katie was even involved in a small performance!
A great day for all!
Mrs Marion van der Giezen
Head of Science
S. John’s International School
Lunch Note

Lunches are provided for all children by Edwards and Blake 
(Website: )

If you are selecting your child's lunches on a weekly basis, it must be done by midnight Thursday of the previous week.  Once you have made your choices, unfortunately, you are unable to change them.  However, if your child would like to change a meal, please email the school office ( with the date and meal choice that you would like changing and we will make the changes for you.

The Wise pay booking system for hot lunches is available through the TGPS website.

Thank you.

School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am         Normanton on Cliffe
8.20am         Ancaster
8.25am         Wilsford
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.

Access to the School Building after 4.30pm

As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening.  If you do not have the code,  please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.




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