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Rochdale BIG Sing

Our Year 4. 5 & 6 “choir” took part in the Rochdale Primary Schools BIG SING this morning in the Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall.

The children have been rehearsing very hard for Big Sing at lunchtimes and have been sounding very tuneful and in harmony. The song that was chosen was Rhianna’s “Diamonds”. The song has been reverberating all around school amongst most of the other children and staff!!!

 

The children loved the warm up!

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WORLD THINKING DAY- FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

Some of our children wore their uniforms with pride in school today to celebrate World Thinking Day on the 22nd February during the half term holiday. The day focuses on International Friendship and encourages the children to think about guiding and scouting all over the world. Our children can be the ones who bring about positive change in the world and belonging to other groups outside of school who encourage charity work and focus on global issues allows the children to think more about the role they can play.

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National Storytelling Week

Rochdale Council caught up with pupils from St John's, Thornham, in their lovely wooden reading nook with some of their favourite stories. Great storytelling everyone!

It's snowing!

What a beautiful place our school is in! We have had fun playing in the snow building snow people and taking part in our Forest School sessions. The fire pit really kept us toasty!

gulp (Give up loving pop)

The whole school is doing the 30 Day water Challenge as part of gulp, the new campaign from Food Active which aims to raise awareness of the health harms associated with over consumption of sugary drinks. Has your child been swapping sugary drinks for water?

Last week Mrs Hunter started an experiment in assembly where she placed 3 eggs into liquids- one in cola, one in orange juice and one in water- here are the results.

 

The shell on the egg that had been in coke was brown and had started to dissolve, the shell of the egg in orange had started to peel and flake and was soft and the egg I the water remained the same and cracked open as a shell should. This experiment showed us what the sugar in drinks does to your teeth and the inside of your body along with the additional sugar turning into fat. We will repeat this experiment and share it with the Councillor who is visiting with Rochelle the Rochdale Healthy Schools mascot when they visit school on the 30th January.
gulp is a new campaign from Food Active which aims to raise awareness of the health harms associated with over consumption of sugary drinks. While many people are aware of the negative impact that sugary drinks have on teeth, fewer are aware of the link between the over consumption of sugary drinks, weight gain and diabetes which can cause the loss of limbs in later life. Lots of sugary drinks do not contain natural sugars- manmade sugars are not good for our bodies. Gulp seeks to change this by educating our children to make the right choices. Today your children will come home with a water bottle- from MONDAY they are encouraged to STOP drinking sugary drinks for 30 days and replace it with drinking more water. Children need to be taught healthy routines and lifestyles- why not join in the challenge with your child and give up POP for 30 days. Please tick off each day your child does not drink sugary drinks and replaces it with water- track their progress and return it to school after the 30 days- TUESDAY 12th February! Good luck everyone! 
 
Our display in the school hall shows us how much sugar is in drinks! Mrs Hunter started an experiment in assembly where she placed 3 eggs into liquids- one in cola, one in orange juice and one in water- we will share the results with you next week! 
 
 
Thank you to a team of busy knitters including members of the church congregation and school staff who have been bust knitting 95 angels and their beautiful wings since February. Cheryl Almond brought the angels to school on Monday- each one truly unique and different. The knitters set about on this task to ensure every St. John’s child would go home with one to both keep and hang on their tree or to share with a member of their family or a neighbour or friend who may be in need of hope, peace, joy and love this Christmas. Thank you so much for all your hard work- I know the children will treasure these handmade angels and they will help to warm hearts over the festive period. Please make sure your child looks after their angel which has been made with love and care.

Thank you to everyone who bought an extra Christmas present for the HITs radio Mission Christmas appeal. Mission Christmas is all about bringing children in poverty across Greater Manchester some Christmas spirit at a time when they need it most.

Organisations across Manchester have nominated children who they know will not have a present under their tree this Christmas. I am so pleased that St. John’s could be involved in this appeal and be part of spreading Christmas cheer across Manchester.

What a lovely Christmas lunch we had today- it was yummy! Thank you to Miss Robertson and Mrs Greenwood for cooking our lovely lunch as well as decorating the tables beautifully. We listened to Christmas carols, pulled our crackers and enjoyed traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings with festive biscuits and ice-cream to follow. 

On Tuesday our KS2 choir visited Meadow Bank Nursing Home. They sang festive hymns and songs and entertained the residents with their movement and actions too! They took each resident a handmade Christmas card and handed them out. The children and the residents had a drink together before singing traditional Christmas songs whilst the residents played along with musical instruments.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdK0E2J6f3Wtmob5_lJTJ2fE0etClxLPeontQw_yIMCF9xUdNvThank you to the children & their families who joined us on our Nativity Walk- this is a joint event with school and church and it is a wonderful experience for our community. Thank you for joining us in the school hall to think about the true meaning of Christmas before following the donkey down the lane to church. This was followed by our special Christingle Service. The children had been very busy in the morning making their Christingles and our thanks goes to the Co-op in Castleton for donating half the oranges, the raisins, sweets and sticks and to Tesco in Rochdale for donating the rest of the oranges! The service was filled with hymns and poems and it was beautiful when the lights went out to see all the candles flickering around church!

 

Thank you to church for the mulled wine and to the PTFA for the potato hash- compliments to the chef were given by many!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Each week we will unwrap a gift of advent as we wait for the coming of Jesus. We will share hope, joy, peace and love as we celebrate together!

Thanks to all the children who wore their ties to school on 22/11/18; we had some very funky ones! Thanks also to all those who donated chocolate in aid of the PTFA Christmas Fair; the chocolate tombola stall will be amazing!

"Wear your Dad's/Grandad's Tie to School Day!

"Wear your Dad's/Grandad's Tie to School Day! 1
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"Wear your Dad's/Grandad's Tie to School Day! 3
"Wear your Dad's/Grandad's Tie to School Day! 4
Welcome to the gallery! Please enjoy browsing our photographs.

Remembrance- Children from every class have worked hard to produce remembrance crosses. They are on display in our outside reflective area. Our 100 crosses mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. We will remember them.

We were involved in the BIG SING in Rochdale with others schools- we sang 'This is me' from the film The Greatest Showman

We were involved in the BIG SING in Rochdale with others schools- we sang 'This is me' from the film The Greatest Showman 1
We were involved in the BIG SING in Rochdale with others schools- we sang 'This is me' from the film The Greatest Showman 2

We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running!

We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running! 1
We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running! 2
We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running! 3
We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running! 4
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