Weekly Newsletter 15th September 2023

Welcome back to DSJ Weekly!

We've had a wonderful week at Dodworth St John's! We've had plenty of exciting things going on, and the children have represented the school wonderfully at every turn.

Year 5 have had a particularly busy week - Junior Wardens on Tuesday was excellent, and they had a fantastic day with Mrs Sumner yesterday at Merton Park. I know that the staff who accompanied them were super proud of them, and so am I. When the children wear their uniform, they represent our lovely community, and they did so very well this week. I particularly enjoyed being 'rescued' by the Junior Wardens, who were surprisingly strong at lifting the stretcher I was tied on to... I can't lie - I was a little bit nervous at first, but they handled it like pros!

On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Whiteley, Mrs Taylor and I attended an important training afternoon at Jerry Clay English Hub, who are supporting us going forward with Phonics. We also received our Read Write Inc resources, which I know the staff are excited to get stuck in to so we can deliver this wonderful Phonics scheme of learning to the children.

I had the joy of stepping back in to the classroom on a few occasions this week in Year 4/5 and Year 6. As much as I love my job, standing in front of a class again was a delight, and the children really impressed me with their knowledge and their behaviours for learning already - a good sign, so early on in the year!

Our Celebration Assembly this morning was just wonderful. We really do have the most polite, confident and happy children here and it's always a pleasure to celebrate this.

Have a wonderful weekend folks!

Mr Smith


The engagement from parents on ClassDojo has been terrific. I hope you're finding it a useful platform as we aim to improve the school's communication with you. Two classes have 100% parental engagement, and another two have engagement above 90%. This is fantastic, and I'd like to say a big thank you for coming on board.


The lovely folks from Rocksteady have been in school this week for their first session with our resident Rockstars.

Rocksteady is a wonderful initiative and a great opportunity for children to have a go at something new, and to thrive in an area of learning that is unique. I have seen children who are usually shy and quiet become confident rockstars during their performances! I would heartily encourage any children who might be interested to give it a go.

Please check the School Story on ClassDojo for the information letter.

Free School Meals

A reminder that all children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a Free School Meal: a saving of roughly £400 over the course of the year!

If your child is in Key Stage 2, you may still be eligible to receive Free School Meals and retain these savings as your child enters Year 3 and beyond. To check your eligibility and apply, please visit https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals/

Jewelry in PE

We politely ask that on PE days, any ear studs are covered before children come to school to mininimise the small risk of injury if they cannot be removed. However, if children are able to remove their ear studs themselves before PE, this is preferable.


Bruce Dyer

Please see link to Bruce Dyer’s Friday Morning Multi Sports Club / 8am - 8:45am below

Book Now: https://brucedyerlovelifesports.classforkids.io/info/141


3.30pm-4.30pm every Friday

7 weeks in this block


Available for any children from years 1-6

Please speak to the office or call Adam on 07859 903237

Diary Dates

Tuesday 19th September

Junior Wardens Trip - selected Y5s to Cannon Hall

Thursday 21st September

Swimming - selected Y6s

Friday 22nd September

Year 5/6 Handball at Darton Primary School

Monday 25th September

Individual School Photos

Thursday 28th September

Send your bake off entries in

Friday 29th

Macmillan Coffee Morning 9am

Y3/4 Handball at Darton Primary

Flu Immunisations

INSET DAYS 2022-23

Our INSET days for 2023-2024 are:

Monday 4th September

Tuesday 5th September

Monday 23rd October - NEW

Monday 19th February

Monday 22nd July


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