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Homework Homework Topics for all Years
See the children's homework for Term 6...
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...Here are the Homework ideas for each class this term.

View your child's class topic and why not help them with their research and make their homework fun.

Download the topics documents below:

Healthy Schools London Award New Video
See the children showing off their dance moves...
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...the Brixton Learning Collaborative Gifted and Talented

Healthy Schools London Award St John's achieve the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award!
Healthy Schools London is a new programme backed by the Mayor...
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...St John's have been awarded a bronze Healthy Schools London Award.

To help St John's children stay healthy and happy we can help by making healthy food choices at lunchtime, keep children active at school and on the way to school. 

We also help children learn about their health, and develop their motivation and self respect to make healthy choices.

The benefits will go beyond health. We know that when children are healthy and happy at school, they can achieve more.

St John's is proud to recieve this award in recognition of our work supporting pupils to be healthier. 

Visit the Healthy Schools London website for more information.
Click on the logo below.

Cycling FREE Cycle Training during May half term
For children from age 5 upwards in Lambeth...
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...This half term, Lambeth Council are offering free cycle training courses not only for children aged 9 and over but also for complete beginners and less confident children from 5 years upwards.

Lambeth Council are offering the following free cycle training courses this May half term:

Complete Beginner Training (age 5+)
over 2 mornings (31/5/16 and 1/6/16)

Level 1 Bikeability (age 5+)
over 2 mornings (2/6/16 and 3/6/16)

Level 1&2 Bikeability (age 9+ - including on road training)
over 4 afternoons (31/5/16 - 3/6/16)

The cycle training will be held in 3 parks:


Training is in small groups.

Places are very limited and are given on a first-come-first-served basis so you are advised to book as soon as possible.

To book a place for your child, visit the Cycle Confident website and scroll to the bottom of the screen where all courses are listed and you can register your child.

Book at the Cycle Confident website here >>

Refugees The first refugees from camps around Syria have arrived.
Families are being resettled in Lambeth now...
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...The first refugee families were resettled from camps around Syria in Lambeth this month!

This follows 18 months of campaigning.

We started with an action in Windrush square to celebrate the Jewish festival of Succot led by South London Liberal Synagogue in October 2014. In the action we asked cabinet member for housing Cllr Matthew Bennett to work with us to resettle refugees to Lambeth. He said it was 'exactly the sort of thing Lambeth should be doing' but couldn't commit at the current time. We kept pushing and managed to get a meeting with deputy leader of the council Cllr McGlone too and leaders from Lambeth Masjid, Corpus Christi Catholic Church and South London Liberal Synagogue were told that while Lambeth were sympathetic, it wasn't possible to resettle refugees to the borough.

Again, we kept organising. For refugee week in June 2015 St John's Angell Town primary school made a tree of hands, with students writing why they want to welcome refugees and took it to Lambeth Town Hall and the houses of parliament calling on both to do more.

Following the tragic photograph of Alan Kurdi, London Citizens held a vigil at Westminster cathedral and more than 70 leaders from Lambeth attended. St Gabriel's College then started the national refugee welcome schools movement to show that civil society was ready and able to resettle refugees and that national and local government should be too.

Crystal, a year 10 student, spoke in front of 1000 people outside parliament calling for 1000 refugees to be resettled to the UK before Christmas. A week later David Cameron announced that the UK would do just that and the 1000 arrived - but still none in Lambeth!

In October 2015, we marked a year from the start of our campaign by SLLS hosting another refugees welcome Succot action - members from St John the Divine Kennington, Brixton and Streatham Methodist Circuit, St John's Angell Town Church and The Advocacy Academy joined to send a clear message that the community was united in welcoming refugees and visited estate agents to find landlords willing to take refugee families.

On the back of the action, we got another meeting with the deputy leader of the council Cllr McGlone. Leaders from St Matthew's church, St John's Angell Town primary school, St John the Divine Kennington, The Advocacy Academy, St Gabriel's College, Corpus Christi and Hyderi Islamic Centre convinced the council to agree to our ask.

In March, we gathered for the first South London refugees welcome meeting to pool our resources with Hyderi Islamic Centre offering a flat for refugee families and leaders from St John's Waterloo, Corpus Christi, Brixton and Streatham Methodist Circuit, South London Liberal Synagogue offering english classes, home goods, mentoring, translation support and more.

Last week, the first two families arrived - one in Brixton and one in Streatham.

Congratulations to all who have been involved - it has been a long (and ongoing) journey but we can be proud of making our borough and the world slightly more just.

Organising works, let's do more of it.

James Asfa

Community Organiser
Citizens UK


STOP extremism online image STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence Campaign
Support this National Campaign...
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...Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism. From Friday 15th April at 7.00am, a 36 hour period of intensive activity will take place in the Counter Terrorism Intranet Referral Unit (CTIRU) as part of the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence campaign.
The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material, however communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. Police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe.

We are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button below.

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