Weekly Bulletin

Weekly bulletin w/b 13 September 2021

It has been a pleasure to welcome your children back to school and it now feels that term is fully underway.   As we enter the first full week of term, I’m writing to share a couple of key dates with you and to provide you with some reminders for the term ahead. 

Key dates

Friday 17 September

Academic Review Day.  Students remain at home and have online meetings with parents/tutors about their progress. You will have received a letter about this last week.

Monday 20 September

SJBC Open Evening.  An evening in which we welcome prospective year 7 children and their parents to visit the school.  Please share this date with your family and friends who may be looking for a school for their child.

Tuesday 21 September

Year 11 post-16 parent information evening.

Friday 24 September

Annual Prize-Giving.  An afternoon event celebrating our children’s achievements.  Prize winners and their families will be invited to attend next week.

Thursday 7 October

Sixth Form Open Evening.  An evening in which we welcome prospective sixth form students and their parents to visit the school.  Please share this date with your family and friends who may be looking for a Sixth Form for their child.

Friday 22 October

End of the half-term

Thursday 4 November

Start of the new half-term

Communication with the school

We are keen to ensure that communication between home and school is effective.  I would urge all parents to ensure that they are signed up for both SIMS Engagement and ParentMail and that all the contact information that we hold for you is up to date.  We also have a range of social media channels which provide up to the minute coverage of events in school and I would encourage you to follow us on these. 

School attendance

The impact of the pandemic on children’s education has been well documented in the media and puts the issue of school attendance into sharp focus.  Given the disruption faced by students over the past 18 months it is imperative that children are attending school to ensure that they can continue to thrive and develop.  All the data shows that children who attend school regularly, on time, and arrive ready to learn, achieve better than their peers who don’t.

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Parents weekly bulletin - 23 July 2021

The summer term finished today in the sunshine with the school picnic and closing masses.  It was a lovely way to end what has been another successful year at St John Bosco College despite the challenges of the pandemic.  

Our students will return to school in September with the first day of school for each year group falling on the days listed in bold below.  Please note that current government guidance is that schools should test students for Covid-19 before their return. Please see below for the days on which each year group will be tested for the first time in italics.  For those who have already provided consent for Covid-testing this year, we will write to you with your child’s allocated time slot for the test in the next week or so.   We will also write to other parents inviting you to give your consent.

Tuesday 31 August

Year 12 Enrolment 

Year 12-13 Covid-testing 

12-3pm

by appointment

Wednesday 1 September 

Year 12 Enrolment

1-2pm

Thursday 2 September

Year 12 start of school

Year 7, Year 11 Covid-testing 

11-3pm

by appointment

Friday 3 September

Year 7 start of school

Year 11 start of school

Year 13 start of school

8.40am-2.10pm

9.00am-11-15am

11.00am-2.10pm

Monday 6 September

Year 10 Covid-testing

by appointment

Tuesday 7 September

Year 8, Year 9 Covid-testing

by appointment 

Wednesday 8 September

Year 10 start of school

8.40am-2.10pm

Thursday 9 September

Year 8 start of school

Year 9 start of school

8.40am-3.00pm

10.15am-3.00pm

I will write again with further details about the start of term and with other news from the school but want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing summer break.

Parents Weekly Bulletin - 21 June 2021

Students from the year 12 Business Studies class visited the Chelsea Physic Garden last week for an interactive marketing seminar.  You can find out about this successful trip and keep up to date with other 'good news' stories from school on our Twitter feed and other social media.

Our PPE (Pre-Public) examinations for children in years 7-10 and year 12 start next week.  Please support your child by helping them to plan their revision and providing them with a suitable quiet space at home to study. 

One way to boost your child's performance is to make sure that they have a healthy, filling breakfast each day.  The canteen is open each day between 8.10am-8.30am for students to purchase breakfast.  You can see the menus here.

As you may be aware the government is asking parents to maintain regular Covid-19 testing of their children to help prevent the spread of the virus.  You can read a letter to parents from the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, here.

Weekly words of wisdom ... They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace. – Malala Yousafzai

Parents Weekly Bulletin - 14 June 2021

Congratulations to the six children in year 7, 8 and 9 who were winners of our Art competition which was supported by SISK construction and will see their art work displayed on billboards on St John's Hill, Clapham Junction in the next few weeks.  Find our more about this story, and lots of other good news stories on our social media @SJBC_London 

Given the high temperatures forecast for this week we have relaxed rules on blazers and ties (for boys) on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week only.  Students will return to wearing normal uniform on Thursday (17 June) as temperatures return to normal.

Can I remind you all to impress upon your children the importance of behaving sensibly and courteously on the way to and from school.  Just one student being inconsiderate or rude to a member of the public can negatively affect the reputation of all the other well-behaved and polite students at the school and potentially bring the school in to disrepute.  Any student who does this puts their school place at risk.

Parents' Weekly Bulletin - 31 May 2021

Welcome to our first weekly bulletin from SJBC - where you'll get a weekly update of key information from the school for parents.  Don't forget that you can also read lots of great news stories about the school and our wonderful students in our regular 'Bosco Times' magazine and on our Social Media.

Well done year 11 and year 13

Our year 11 and year 13 students completed the last of their assessments just before the half-term break and it was wonderful to celebrate the end of their academic year together with liturgies in the Chapel and the Salesian garden.  We wish year 13 all the best for the next stage of their education and we look forward to welcoming our year 11s back in to the sixth form.

Return to school on Monday 7 June

Students return to school on Monday 7 June with a staggered start as follows:

Year group

Arrive at

Assembly Period

Lessons start & continue as per normal timetable

Year 7

8.30am

1

Year 12

Year 10

9.20am

2

Year 7 

Year 9

10.10am

3

3a Year 10 

3c Year 9 

Year 8

11.00am

4

(Year 8 lunch 4c)

 

 

5a

Year 8 

All students will finish at the normal Monday time of 2.30pm.

Start of day times will then be 8.30am arrival for an 8.40am start for all year groups with years 7/10 using the car park gate and years 8/9 using the Devereux gate.  Students will finish at 1.40pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and at 2.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Breakfast

Breakfast will be available for students to purchase before school between 8.10 and 8.30am daily.  Students can buy this from the canteen and then consume it in the outdoor dining areas.  To enable those students who wish to purchase both breakfast and lunch the daily spend limit on their cards will be raised to £7.50 after half-term.

ID cards

Students can only pay for their breakfast and lunches using their ID cards which can be topped up online via Parentmail or in school via the cash machine.  We are currently not using fingerprint technology due to Covid-19.   Students failing to bring their lunch cards or students with insufficient credit on them will not be able to purchase food from the canteen.  If your child has lost their card please provide them with £5 to purchase a new one from school. 

Uniform

All students are expected to arrive at school correctly dressed to maintain our high standards of personal presentation.  This relates particularly to forgotten blazers and ties and to incorrect footwear. Students failing to arrive with correct uniform will be asked to return home to collect these items.  If you are struggling to provide uniform for your child please let us know so that we can help. 

I'd also like to remind parents that the only jackets that students can wear to school are plain, dark jackets.   Hoodies and other non-uniform items will be confiscated and only returned at the end of term or if a parent collects them.

Can I also remind you that piercings are not allowed in school and students must remove them at the gate in the morning.  Please do not encourage your son/daughter to get a new piercing during half-term because they will be expected to remove these on arrival at school and will not be able to go to class if they don't remove them. 

HPV vaccinations

On Monday 7 June, students in years 8 and 9 will be receiving their HPV vaccinations.  More details to follow.

Updated 31 May 2021

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