Headteacher’s Blog

Dear Parents and Carers

25th October 2019, Harvest Festival
Next week we are holding our Harvest Festival service at the school and our new Reverend Graeme Dixon will be joining us for his first school event. On that note, we do have plans to hold a Christingle service at St John’s in December. There will be more information on this to follow after the half term.

25th October 2019, ‘What makes Rownhams Special?’ (film production)
On the same day next week we hope to start recording for a short film about our school. The purpose of this is to celebrate our school and what makes Rownhams special. The finished production (which probably be 2-3 minutes long) will be placed on our website. Ellie Powell, a media student at Winchester University, has very kindly offered her services and expertise to this end. Thank you in advance Ellie!

New website
If you have been on our website recently you will have seen that it is looking a bit untidy and some sections are missing. We are in the process of updating and improving this so please bear with us. In the meantime, if you need any information that would normally be on the website please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

Wellness Week
Next week are holding a Wellness Week for staff and children. The children will be participating in small activities to raise awareness about looking after your mind, such as mindfulness. In Collective Worship today, Lion Class today shared their thoughts on how to manage your worries and the importance of talking to someone. So, with those thoughts in mind I’ll leave you with this week’s quote from the Bible:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 , New Living Translation (NLT)


Warm regards,
Tim Woodford, Headteacher


School is open as normal. Please ensure your schild has suitable footwear and clothng, coats, hats, gloves etc

Welcome Back!

It’s been a really positive start to the term and the children are looking fabulous in their new school uniform – and their very shiny shoes!

Everyone has made me feel very welcome in my first week as your new Headteacher.

I am absolutely thrilled to join your community and open a new chapter for Rownhams St John’s Church of England Primary School. Thank you to Mrs K and the  fantastic staff here, the school is in a really strong place with a really warm, caring but driven ethos. It is clear that all the members of staff and adults who work closely with the school are passionate about children’s learning and have the desire to provide them with the best possible life chances. The school has a strong set of values from which all decisions, actions and behaviours are drawn from and these are held strong by all members of the community. It will be my goal to ensure that this continues.

Snow forecast and closure procedures

It would be extremely rare for Rownhams St John’s Primary School to have to close on a day when it should be open to pupils. However it is possible that for health and safety reasons such as the failure of power, heating or water supply we would be unable to remain open. Severe weather such as heavy snow could also cause the closure of the school at short notice.

Hopefully these arrangements will rarely, if ever, be needed but it is important for you to be aware of how we will keep you informed in the event of it happening. Please be aware that this will be a local decision.
Advance warning of event likely to necessitate a school closure
Once advance warning is received, a message will be displayed on the school website indicating the school’s status, advising parents/carers to regularly check the school website for updates.

Closing before the start of the school day
Please check the school website – a message will be displayed from 7.30am indicating whether the school is open or closed.

Breakfast Club – Please be aware that Breakfast Club will not operate if the school is closed.

A text and email will be sent to all parents/carers regarding the closure. The closure information will be displayed on the HCC website (http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures/) and displayed/reported on some local radio websites.

Towards the end of the school day, a further message will be posted on the school website regarding the following day. This will indicate either that school will be open or closed or that a decision will be taken at the earliest opportunity the following day with a further message being displayed from 7.30am.

Closing during the school day
Pupils will be kept in school until contact is made with their parent/carer and collected by an authorised adult.

If school stays open you are expected to make every attempt to get your child/children to school.
However, if you feel getting to school puts their safety at risk then you need to make a phone call to school explaining this, leaving a message on the answering machine if no one is there to take your call.