St John's CE Primary School B11

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Children are back in school on Wednesday 4th January. We're looking forward to a fabulous 2023 with you all!!


Photograph day is this Friday (11th November) so don't forget to come looking extra smart!!


Volunteer as a School Governor! Send in your expression of interest form today to [email protected]


Don't forget to send in your expression of interest form if you'd like to be a parent governor. It was emailed out on 12/10/22 (in case you're like me and need to search for it!). You can email to [email protected].


Happy Diwali from all of us at St John's School!


Really excited to say that our countdown to the Commonwealth Games has begun. Perry the bull- official mascot of the 2022 games- is coming to visit us next Tuesday!!


Mrs Rooker is celebrating the Lunar New Year today, and told us all about it in collective worship this morning!


Happy New Year to all of our St John's School community! Really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at 8.40am.

StJohnSchoolB11 Sparkhill - YouTube 18/12/2021

If you have a child in Reception, you should have received an email inviting you to watch the Nativity- it was on today at 5.30pm. It was fantastic.
If you missed it, it is on tomorrow at 5pm. Just go to our school's YouTube page:

StJohnSchoolB11 Sparkhill - YouTube Hello children of St. Johns! Be sure to watch these videos to keep in touch with the St.Johns community. As well as finding all of our Collective Worship and...


This week's value is SERVICE.


All different. All equal. All growing together.


It’s National Thank a Teacher Day today, so this is a shout out to the passionate, caring, creative teaching staff at St John’s school. I’m so lucky to work with such a brilliant group of people.

Thank you!!
Mrs Seymour


There is so much misunderstanding around Autism. We have many autistic children at St John’s School and we celebrate each and every one of them.

Autism is:

Unable to speak, or maybe speaking too much
Hugging everyone, or disliking touch
Escaping outside,
Or trying to hide
Excitedly flapping
Inappropriate clapping
Autism varies so much

Won't wear a coat, or wears one all year round
Fussy eater, or would eat dirt from the ground
Screaming or humming
Annoyingly drumming
Toys in a line
The same way every time
Autism varies so much

Struggling to learn, or has wonderful gifts
Obsessions of numbers, trains, films or lifts
Spinning around
Throws things on the ground
Constantly spitting
Aggressively hitting
Autism varies so much

Alone without friends, or controls every game
Always looks different, always dresses the same
Swinging on doors
Head banging on floors
Freaks at the dryer
Keeps climbing higher
Autism varies so much.

Can't answer questions, won't do as they're told
In their own world or bossy and bold
Over prepared
Anxious and scared
A spectrum so wide
But they all bring us pride
When autism touches our lives.

I support autism awareness


Happy half term to everybody! See you on Monday 7th June 😀


Our Year 6 classes have been training with Warwickshire coaches for the last 6 weeks. Today they received a very special message from a very special player!!!
Moeen Ali Thank you!!


Our new SENDCo, Mrs Atkins, is starting work on Monday! Do come and say hello- we'll be outside the main doors in the mornings as usual.
Mrs Atkins has many years of experience in mainstream and special schools and we think she'll be a real asset to St John's!😁


Children at St John's are always thinking of ways to help others. Recently we have told you about Estelle and Milena cleaning up the local parks, Simran doing push-ups for Oxygen for India, and today we have this:

Well done for making a difference to other people in the world, Marwaa, Eesa and Musa!


Goodbye Mrs Ringham and Good Luck from all your St John's family and friends.x


Mrs Bhardwa has been getting creative today! She's making a giant Kerplunk game! 😁


Who doesn't love a delicious sandwich?!

Next week is National Sandwich Week and we are celebrating!

Our normal menu will be available alongside a delicious choice of sandwiches, rolls and wraps!

All hot dinner choices will also be available.🥳


Eid Mubarak to all our families celebrating Eid today!!


Our fantastic SENDCo, Mrs Ringham, is leaving St John's School at the end of this week. We will be very sorry to see her go, but her family are relocating to a different city.

Mrs Ringham has worked tirelessly to give our children with additional needs the best support that she can, and has developed our outstanding hub provision. She will continue to work for us remotely for the next few weeks, and then our new SENDCo will begin with us on the 24th May.

I want to thank Mrs Ringham for everything she has done to lead our SEND provision, and the care she has shown for so many of our families and children.

I'm sure you would want to join me in wishing her the very best of luck as she moves to another part of the country. She will continue to work as a SENDCo, and another school will benefit from her knowledge and expertise.


Some of you with older children at St John's might remember John Self. He was the vicar at St John's Church for many years, and during that time, he started the charity Narthex and was instrumental in building Sparkhill Foodbank, support for asylum seekers, debt advice, and much more. He was also our school's Chair of Governors for over 20 years, and was dedicated to helping the children of Sparkhill get the very best start in life.

John believed passionately that we should all love our neighbours. He championed the causes of people with little or nothing. He lived in this community, and sought to help anyone in need. He believed in the value of Service to others, and that God wanted him to do his best to look after those around him- whether they were the same as him, or very different.

John lived his life in service to others. He saw everyone as a Child of God. It didn't matter to John what religion, colour, ethnicity or nationality a person was. What mattered to John was that God loved them, and so John should love them too.

John sadly died last week after a battle with cancer. He was at home, surrounded by his family, and was at peace, ready to meet God.

I was once inspired by something John said in a collective worship. He was teaching the children about Serving others, and talked about how he had journeyed to Pakistan to help people during the floods. He quoted from Matthew 25: 37-40

"37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"

John believed that deeds are more important than words, and that is how he lived his life- by giving practical love and support to others. He leaves a wife, Frances, and a family who I know would appreciate being in your prayers.

Photos from St John's CE Primary School B11's post 12/05/2021

Last week one of our families hosted Rev David Butterworth and Rev Richard Sudworth at the Bahu Trust mosque for a small and private iftar. Richard's children came to St John's a long time ago, and he was the vicar at Christchurch. He is now the interfaith advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Mikaeel played a role in hosting them, he broke his fast with them and they even prayed together



We had our first collective worship in the hall today, after months of virtual assemblies! It was only two year groups: Year 6 at the back of the hall, and Year 5 at the front. All the doors and windows were open so it was pretty chilly, but SO worth it to be back together!
The children managed to name all of our 12 values in Mrs Hedges' quiz- it was incredible!!
We thought all about our slogan: ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL, ALL GROWING TOGETHER.
Tomorrow is Years 1 and 2.
Thursday is Years 3 and 4.


We're really proud of Simran in Year 6 who did a 500 press challenge this Sunday alongside a cardio workout- to raise money for the India Oxygen Appeal.

Simran and her mum, Jasu, did an incredible 530 pushups and little brother A***n did squats.

They managed to raise an astonishing £7000!!!

Congratulations Simran.


Exciting news for us as a Church School!

The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce that Revd Toby Crowe has been appointed Priest in Charge of Christchurch Sparkbrook and St John’s Sparkhill.

He has previously ministered in Elmdon and urban and multi-faith areas of west London.

Previously he taught in south London primary schools.

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