Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

I was delighted to receive a letter from Rt. Hon Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards this week. He was writing to congratulate St Joseph’s on our marvellous phonics results.  In the letter he told us that St Joseph’s is in the top 3% of all primary schools in the country for standards in phonics.  The letter went on to say:

‘Your success in teaching phonics means your pupils are developing a firm foundation in reading, from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a lifelong love of reading.’  Well done us!

Preparations are under way for the Winter Gala which will take place on 25th November this year.  Please join us for this fantastic event – this year the theme is a ‘Royal Christmas’ and there will be food, drink and entertainments.   Tickets can be purchased on line or at the school gates each morning.

On Friday 8th December we will be holding our first ever Christmas Bazaar. Crafts, homemade food and gifts, wreaths and unique luxury gifts will be on sale, all made by local crafts people. .  Please come and support in the school hall between 3-7pm. If you are interested in having a table please send an email to tessagorman1@gmail.com

Parents are reminded that they are not allowed to stop on the zig zag lines outside of school at pick up or drop off. Please call in at the office to collect a pass that allows you to park on a single yellow line.  Parking on the zig zag lines is a hazard and is dangerous.

As you know we are joining with Chesterton’s to provide coats for people in London who may not have a warm winter coat.  If you have any old coats that are still in good condition, you can bring them to school, where we will have a collection point.  

May God bless you and family and keep you safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


NOVEMBER

Tuesday 21st
Road safety team working with Y6

Wednesday 22nd
St John’s Hospice talking to Y5 & Y6
Class showcase

Friday 24th
Royal Dress up Day

Saturday 25th
Winter Gala  

Thursday 30th
Members of Y6 carol singing at Clifton Nurseries 6pm (singing starts 6:30pm)


DECEMBER

Tuesday 5th
KS2 Mass @ Our Lady’s 10am (Advent begins)       

Thursday 7th
KS1 Advent Service 9am school hall           

Tuesday 12th
KS2 Christmas Carol Service @ Our Lady’s church 2pm

Wednesday 13th
EYFS Christmas production 9:30 school hall
KS1 (pink) Christmas production 2:30pm school hall

Thursday 14th
School Christmas Dinner (packed lunch welcome to purchase meal)
KS1 (pink) Christmas production 6pm school hall

Tuesday 19th
Term ends 1:30pm


Merits

Rec B1 - Alessandra
Rec B2 - Hector
Pink 1 - Alexander
Pink 2 - Emilio
Pink 3 - Romina
Blue 1 - Oscar
Blue 2 - Geraud
Blue 3 - Amelia
Violet 1 - Harry
Violet 2 - Carl

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Lowry
Rec B2 - Matilde
Pink 1 - Felicitas
Pink 2 - Anna
Pink 3 - Eva
Blue 1 - Aidan
Blue 2 - Matteo
Blue 3 - Amalia
Violet 1 - Noelle
Violet 2 - Julius

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Attendance

Blue Class News

Another week has flown by, which is an indication of how busy we have been. In P.E. the children have been getting fit whist learning the skills needed for indoor athletics. They have been sprinting, throwing Javelins and learning to love the speed bounce!

This week also saw the conclusion of our work on Judaism. Each class has been looking Jewish worship and the community, as well as important symbols in their religion.

Our work on Sound continued, and we were most delighted by the background reading that many children have been undertaking at home. Each class looked at the structure of the ear and how we make sense of sounds. Blue 3 started their horse riding this week and according to all, much fun was had.

Dates for the diary:

  • 23rd Nov Blue 3 Assembly- 9am
  • 30th Nov Blue 1 Assembly- 9am

Have a lovely weekend!

Nursery News

This week we continue to have robust conversations about colours and light. The children's knowledge is being consolidated with this full immersion of hands on experience. The children have continued to contribute to our nursery displays. It is full of colour and joy.

This weeks discussions were about how colours keep us safe when travelling around London with our families. We read stories, watched videos, sang songs and played a beanbag game representing the traffic lights.

We have introduced some new music and circle games this week which the children are loving. We have also  had lots of feedback from parents, on how the children have been singing the Christmas songs at home. This is wonderful to hear this feedback.

Next week can the children please bring in one photo of a birthday party for our album on the prayer table. We are beginning to talk about birthdays and how we celebrate them.

Next Friday the children can come dressed up as part of our Winter Gala theme. Please bring £2.  We hope to see you at the Gala.

Have a great weekend.

Pink Class News

Do you know what Shabbat Shalom means? Ask any KS1 child and they will happily tell you. This week we have really enjoyed learning about another Faith, Judaism. We have especially loved eating and taking part in a Shabbat meal. In English we planned and wrote the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Next week we look forward to writing a letter of apology to The Three Bears. In Mathematics next week we will continue to add different amounts and to use the fewest coins to pay. In Year 2, we will also explore the concept of change. Thank you to the Pink 2 Class for their fabulous Class Assembly on Thursday.

Violet Class News

The mathematical focus for Violet 1 and Violet 2 this week has been finding percentages of amounts, including different units of measure. To challenge ourselves further we converted different percentages into decimals and fractions. There are some conversions we should know by heart, can your child tell you the fraction and decimal equivalents for 1%, 10%, 25%, 50% and 75%?

For English Violet 1 wrote diary entries from the point of view of the main character from their class book Thief. They used a variety of prepositions throughout their writing and challenged themselves to use fronted prepositions. Can your child explain what a fronted proposition is? Violet 2 has been practising their penmanship skills in creating a descriptive story which links to their class book The Unforgotten Coat.
   
Overall, a very successful week for both classes, well done!

Reception News

This week Reception has learned two new sounds: SH and CH. For our CH day we had a cheese tasting. The children were all very adventuresome and tried a new type of cheese. We had edam, feta, cheddar and blue. Surprisingly the most popular was the "stinky" blue cheese!
 
We also have been looking at different animals and read Brown Bear Brown Bear. The children did some amazing pictures and writing about the animal they could see and we will be turning their work into a book for the classroom. Please come in next week to have a look at it!
 
We have been practising our Christmas songs lots this week. We had Miss Hudson in to play the piano for us and everything is starting to sound really lovely. We are over halfway through learning our songs and are excited to be sending home lines on Monday!
 
Have a great weekend!

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Thank you to all parents who attended the Open Afternoons.  These are a chance for the children to show and share their work with you.  During our open afternoons, I had the opportunity to visit the classes and share the children’s work – I am in an extremely fortunate position as I get to do this as a routine part of my day-everyday! As always, I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the children, their knowledge, their pride in their own work and the amount of work they produce. The school and the classrooms also looked stimulating, clean, well presented and full of work by the children. This, of course, is in part due to the hard work and dedication of not only the children, but the teachers who inspire them on a daily basis.  I am very grateful to have a staff team who are extremely dedicated and committed to the individual needs of all the children in their care.   They work very hard and I am very, very proud of them and all that they do for the children in our school.

Thank you to everybody who attended the Parent Partnership workshop led by Educational Psychologist Alex Haswell on the importance of play and sleep.  Alex provided us with some very useful information and practical strategies on helping the cognitive development of children.  For those of you who were unable to attend, the presentation is available to read here:

On Monday 13th November at 6pm we will be holding an Open Evening for prospective parents. There will be a talk from the Headteacher and a tour of the school.

I have marvellous news to share with you about the Read-a-Thon. We raised a massive £13300.20 (so far – sponsorship is still coming in).  This is truly amazing and goes to show the effort and commitment of all of our children and families.  Thank you to everybody who read, raised money, counted and reminded us all to sponsor the children. Last year, with the money we raised, we bought I pads for the children to use in class.  This year we will buying new furniture for the classrooms and updating our ICT equipment. Once again, I am overwhelmed by your generosity.  Thank you.

Preparations are under way for the Winter Gala which will take place on 25th November this year.  Please join us for this fantastic event – this year the theme is a ‘Royal Christmas’ and there will be food, drink and entertainments.   

I would like to say a special thank you this week to the children in our year 6 class. They led the school this morning in a beautiful, respectful and reverent assembly for Remembrance Day.  Showing maturity beyond their years they read clearly and set such a good example to the rest of the school.  They are an absolute credit.  

On Friday 8th December we will be holding our first ever Christmas Bazaar. Crafts, homemade food and gifts, wreaths and unique luxury gifts will be on sale, all made by local crafts people.   Please come and support in the school hall between 3-7pm. If you are interested in having a table please send an email to tessagorman1@gmail.com

As you know we are joining with Chesterton’s to provide coats for people in London who may not have a warm winter coat.  If you have any old coats that are still in good condition, you can bring them to school, where we will have a collection point.  

Please check your child’s hair for nits.  We have another outbreak in school.  Boys hair should be short (above the collar) and girls hair, if long, should be tied back. Thank you.

May God bless you and family and keep you safe.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


NOVEMBER

Monday 13th
Open Day talk and tour for parents applying to Nursery and Reception 6pm

Wednesday 15th
Flu vaccine (Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4)

Friday 17th
Library visit Pink1

Tuesday 21st
Road safety team working with Y6

Wednesday 22nd
St John’s Hospice talking to Y5 & Y6
Class showcase

Friday 24th
Royal Dress up Day

Saturday 25th
Winter Gala  

Thursday 30th
Members of Y6 carol singing at Clifton Nurseries 6pm (singing starts 6:30pm)


DECEMBER

Tuesday 5th
KS2 Mass @ Our Lady’s 10am (Advent begins)       

Thursday 7th
KS1 Advent Service 9am school hall           

Tuesday 12th
KS2 Christmas Carol Service @ Our Lady’s church 2pm

Wednesday 13th
EYFS Christmas production 9:30 school hall
KS1 (pink) Christmas production 2:30pm school hall

Thursday 14th
School Christmas Dinner (packed lunch welcome to purchase meal)
KS1 (pink) Christmas production 6pm school hall

Tuesday 19th
Term ends 1:30pm


Merits

Rec B1 - Albie
Rec B2 - Hendrik
Pink 1 - Oliver
Pink 2 - Alistair
Pink 3 - Jean
Blue 1 - Alice
Blue 2 - Millyana
Blue 3 - Charlie
Violet 1 - Anton
Violet 2 - Alexia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Mark
Rec B2 - Tristan
Pink 1 - Josh
Pink 2 - Mirelle
Pink 3 - Raiden
Blue 1 - Gianluca
Blue 2 - N/A
Blue 3 - Nancy
Violet 1 - Kalen
Violet 2 - Emma

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Attendance

Reception News

This week we have been very busy in reception. We have finished off all of our singular sounds, the final ones being Y, Z and Q. We will be reviewing these before moving onto the next phonics stage.
 
The children have contributed to many new displays. First we looked at Kandinsky and his concentric circles. We used pastels to  make our own concentric circle pictures. We also made fireworks pictures using the computer when we talked about bonfire night. Please come in to see our new displays!

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This week we also discussed Poppy Day. We talked about why we celebrate this day and how its important to remember all the things that people have done for us so we can live in the world we have today. We watched The Poppy story; please do discuss with your child at home.

We have continued learning the songs for our Christmas Nativity. We have really enjoyed hearing the children singing them on their own around the class room and that they are singing them at home! We will be sending home lines in the coming weeks to ensure that the children have lots of time to practice!

Nursery News

Thank you to all our families who visited the nursery on our open days. It was joyous to see how proud the children are to show you their nursery and share their work to date.

It has been another busy week having discussions about colour, light and sound. This week we looked at what makes shadows  and the children had fun making puppets for our shadow boxes and doing 'shows' for their peers. We have also made window art, coloured collage, added sound to our light room and introduced new songs and games.

We had the Library visit this week to read to the children and thank you to the parents who attended their workshop. It looked fun.

We have been talking about Remembrance Day and what it means. We made poppies and have displayed them as a wreath at our alter. We wrote prayers for our loved ones and said prayers around the alter.

Thank you parents for labeling your child's school clothing it makes it much easier for us and the children to identify what belongs to who. We have had a lot of sickness this week and thank you for keeping your child at home till they are well again.This stops the further spread of infection.

Have a restful and fun weekend.
The Nursery Team

Blue Class News

Our first Problem solving session in Maths proved to be quite the challenge this week. The children were given a mystery number and needed to word backwards in order to find the original number. It was definitely a lesson in perseverance, and the children are to be commended on their efforts. The rest of the week was spent investigating fractions. Each class focused on equivalent fractions and in many cases, they became proficient at reducing a variety of fractions to the lowest denominator.

In English, the children began the week by writing their own reports on the Anglo-Saxons. They did a great jobs of recalling the information they have learnt in class, as well as including facts from last Friday's workshop. We also looked a past and progressive tenses. Next week we will be looking at descriptive writing, with an emphasis on the senses.

In other lessons, we discussed the Torah as part of our Judaism topic and introduced the water cycle as part of our new Geography topic. The children were most amazed to discover that 96% of the Earth's water is in the ocean, and that only 1% is drinkable. In the following weeks we will be taking a closer look at rivers around the world.

Finally, it was lovely to see so many parents this week for our open afternoons. The children were thrilled to share their work, and they did so with great pride. They also enjoyed 'showing off' their new classrooms.

Wishing you all a restful weekend.