Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

As part of the enriched curriculum, children in the Lilac classes this week attended the Royal Opera House to see a performance of The Magic Flute.  The sets, costumes, orchestra and singing were truly magnificent and we are very grateful that the children experienced such a wonderful event.  

Thank you to all the parents who attended the International Evening on Friday - it was really good to see old and new faces and the community enjoying time together.

I have been lucky enough this week to see some St Joseph’s alumni who are all doing exceptionally well.  Some of our old students recently achieved a full set of A*.  It is always good to hear from past pupils and find out what they are doing.  Last year’s year 6 went on to a number of different schools, 17 in total and we wish them the best of luck for the future.

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Thank you to all the parents who joined us for mass today we are very privileged to be able to celebrate together as a school community in our school hall.


Please remember that Tuesday 26th September is the School Association AGM, starting at 6pm in the school hall.  All parents are members of the School Association and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to meet people and get involved.  All are very welcome.

On Friday 29th September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:00. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far.  Please bake a cake, bring a croissant and come and join us for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and raise some money for this very good cause.  

Parent workshop by the school’s Educational Psychologist, Alexander Haswell:
The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child Development
 
In this one hour workshop we will discuss the importance of play and sleep in child development. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. We will also look at the importance of sleep, as evidence shows that night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop.
 
This will be a practical workshop, offering all parents who attend meaningful strategies and ideas to support their children around these crucial areas. There will be lots of room for questions during the workshop and parents will be invited back later in the academic year to meet again with the educational psychologist, to discuss progress and ask questions / share observations and ideas.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 

SEPTEMBER

Monday 25th
Poetry Week begins

Tuesday 26th
SJSA AGM 6pm – school hall

Wednesday 27th
Nursery Curriculum meeting @ 9am (Nursery class)
Horse riding commences Y4
Year 5/6 (Violet 1 &2) Tag Rugby, Regent’s Park10-2pm

Thursday 28th
Young Shakespeare Company (Macbeth) Y5 & Y6(Violet 1 & 2)

Friday 29th
Macmillan Coffee Morning opens 8am – school hall

OCTOBER

Monday 2nd
Spirituality Day
Bikeability in all week

Monday 9th
Year 4 teaching mass

Friday 13th
Nursery Harvest Supper

Monday 16th
Read-a-thon begins

Wednesday 18th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday 19th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Friday 20th
End of term – school ends 3:30pm


Attendance

Reception News

The reception class has been working very hard this week as we have begun learning our sounds and words. We are very happy to see all the children working so hard and everyone comfortably settled in the classroom.

This week we looked at S, A, T and P- do try and highlight words with your child beginning with these sounds. In the blue book that has been sent home are words that we have looked at and your child should be able to sound out. Additionally we have attached a sight word list into the reading record, we have looked at the words in class but please look at them at home to help your child learn them. If you have any questions please do ask us!
 
Next Friday Reception will be preforming a song at Poetry Idol. They should be able to sing it for you at home, but we attach the lyrics in case they need a reminder! The tune is to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

In the autumn leaves fall down
see them floating to the ground
Red and yellow autumn leaves
see them falling from tall trees
In the autumn leaves fall down
see them floating to the ground

 
Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Violet Class News

Violet 1 & 2 have had another tremendous week! Our week was kick started with a very exciting trip to the Royal Opera House. Year 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the wonder of The Magic Flute by Mozart. They watched in amazement as the opera was performed in German, they were spell bound by the whole experience.

The week ended with a visit by Comedian Jack Whitehall. Jack came to speak to us about the power of storytelling and entertained us all with the story of ‘Just William’.

Violet 1 & 2 are eagerly awaiting poetry week next week.

Blue Class News

It was smiles and giggles all round this morning as Jack Whitehall paid us a visit. We were treated to a reading of Just William, a book which apparently reminds him of himself at a similar age! This was followed by a lovely welcome Mass with Father Jeff to celebrate the start of a new school year.

In lessons this week, we continued our focus on poetry leading up to our Big Write today. The finished products were creative and showed that a lot of thought had gone into carefully choosing words for effect. Next week is poetry week and we would like to remind all that Friday will be Poet Idol Day. So don't forget to practise your poem this weekend ready to recite in class on Monday.

Wednesday will see the commencement of Horse riding for this year. Miss Donnellan's class have been highly excited at the thought this week. Don't forget your wellies, and we will all have our fingers crossed that the sun is shining on Hyde Park for you.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers, once again we have had a scrumptious delicious week in the KS1/Pink Classes. The highlight of the week without a doubt has been the “food feast” which launched our “Commotion in the Ocean” topic. Thank you to all the parents and families who contributed so generously to make this occasion such a great fun learning experience.

Next week in English we will be sharing the text: Let’s Get a Pup by Bob Graham as well as rehearsing and performing our favourite poems in preparation for “Poet Idol”.

In Mathematics, next week we will be working on developing our understanding of subtraction. In RE, we have been reflecting upon the importance of beginning each day with a prayer and observing God’s creation all around us.

Nursery News

All the children have now started in nursery and we are very happy at how will they haveadjusted to a new environment and if needing comfort are feeling comfortable to come to one of the teaching team. We are very proud of them. In nursery we like to say 'we are super stars'  This affirmation brings a smile to all their faces when we chant it very loud.

The children have worked hard at coping withthe transitionsof our daily timetable. For some leaving the environment to other areas of the school can be very hard. On Wednesday they have been going into the hall for music and movementand on Fridayshave PE with Coach Grant.

This week we have talked about our homes and who lives there. We have observed the children role playing in the family area and with the 'small world' activities. The children have painted their house and these are displayed on our walls.

ext week we will be discussing 'Me, my body. I can' We would like to extend an invitation to anyone with a baby who would feel comfortable and happy to bath their baby at Nursery. This is a very popular activity. We will be looking at our tall we are and making a height chart, and discussing the parts of our body and how we can move our body in different ways.

Have an enjoyable weekend with your family.

See you all Monday.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

It was wonderful this week to walk around the school and spend time in the classrooms observing the children enjoying so many rich and diverse activities.  From painting a huge pietà in the Blue classes, to story writing  in Pink and some very difficult problem solving in Violet. 

I am delighted that Coach Grant is working in school every day this year and I’m sure that the children will thrive under his guidance to further develop their sporting prowess!  The children have also been enjoying music lessons this week with Ms Hudson and orchestra resumed yesterday at 8am in the Sharpe Suite.  If any musicians would like to perform at the Friday celebration assembly, please speak to myself or Mrs Viana.  I was delighted to welcome back Mrs Deacy who is, this year, working with the children in Key Stage 2.  Mrs Deacy will be encouraging the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of current affairs and public speaking.  

We are looking forward to resuming Italian lessons next week and will keep you informed of any plans for an Italian after school club.

We will be celebrating the rich cultural diversity of St Joseph’s at the International Evening this evening from 6-8pm.  All are invited to bring a dish from your home country and something to drink.  Children and families are invited. 

Clubs starts next week - 11th September – please make sure the office have your contact details and please note that clubs end at 4:30pm. Thank you.

Fr Jeff is joining us on Friday 22nd September at 2:30 in the school hall to celebrate the start of the new school year with a Welcome Mass.  Parents are welcome to join us.

Church Street Masterplan Consultation

We will be holding a Parent Partnership meeting on Tuesday 19 September, Maddie Cross from Westminster City Council’s Church Street regeneration team will be coming to talk to parents. The council are asking the community for their views on a masterplan for the Church Street area which looks at housing, retail space and the local economy. Please come along to give your feedback.

Please remember that Tuesday 26th September is the School Association AGM, starting at 6pm in the school hall.  All parents are members of the School Association and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to meet people and get involved.  All are very welcome.

On Friday 29th September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:00. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far.  Please bake a cake, bring a croissant and come and join us for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and raise some money for this very good cause.  

Parent workshop by the school’s Educational Psychologist, Alexander Haswell:
The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child Development Monday 7th November 9:15am
 
In this one hour workshop we will discuss the importance of play and sleep in child development. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. We will also look at the importance of sleep, as evidence shows that night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop.
 
This will be a practical workshop, offering all parents who attend meaningful strategies and ideas to support their children around these crucial areas. There will be lots of room for questions during the workshop and parents will be invited back later in the academic year to meet again with the educational psychologist, to discuss progress and ask questions / share observations and ideas. 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Headteacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

SEPTEMBER

Friday 15th
International Evening 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday 18th
Y5 & Y6 visiting Royal Opera House – The Magic Flute (All day)
KS1 (Pink 1,2,3) Food Feast 2:30pm school hall.

Tuesday 19th
Y6 teaching mass 

Friday 22nd
Welcome Mass – 2:30pm (School Hall)

Monday 25th
Poetry Week begins

Tuesday 26th
SJSA AGM 6pm – school hall

Thursday 28th
Young Shakespeare Company (Macbeth) Y5 & Y6 

Friday 29th
Macmillan Coffee Morning opens 8am – school hall

OCTOBER

Monday 2nd
Spirituality Day
Bikeability in all week

Monday 9th
Year 4 teaching mass

Friday 13th
Nursery Harvest Supper

Monday 16th
Read-a-thon begins

Wednesday 18th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday 19th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Friday 20th
End of term – school ends 3:30pm


Merits

Rec B1 - Giorgia
Rec B2 - Miah
Pink 1 - Noah
Pink 2 - Clara
Pink 3 - Emad
Blue 1 - Kito
Blue 2 - Suraya
Blue 3 - Molly
Violet 1 - Adele
Violet 2 - Carl

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Chloe
Rec B2 - James
Pink 1 - Alessandro
Pink 2 - Carlos
Pink 3 - Romina
Blue 1 - Tamara
Blue 2 - Matteo
Blue 3 - Ines
Violet 1 - Townsend
Violet 2 - Michael

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Pink 1 News

I has been a fantastic week in Pink 1. All of our mathematicians were busy making tens and ones and counting in twos. We have been so impressed with all of the work which they produced.
 
In English, our focus this week has been our book,  'Going Shopping'. We were all busy writing a shopping list and working on speech bubbles. Pink One also worked hard to produce wonderful story maps and read these aloud to the class.
 
In R.E. we discussed beginnings and the children shared their favourite beginnings from their time so far in Pink One. It has been such a positive experience for the children and teachers so far.
 
The children all visited the 'Life Bus' this week. Year 2 even completed an online questionnaire about their session. It was lovely to spend time with 'Harold the Giraffe'. He was Pink One's favourite once again.
 
Finally, Pink 1, 2 and 3 are all looking forward to our KS1 Food Feast. We have been learning about the continents so it will be a real treat to sample food from different regions of the world. We look forward to it on Monday afternoon.
 
Have a lovely weekend.
 
Pink 1 Team

Blue News

Harold paid his yearly visit this week. As always, the children enjoyed their sessions in the Life Education bus, which focused on such topics as making decisions and feelings. Coach Grant continued to motivate the students for the upcoming Cross Country competition. 

It has been great to see Years 3 and 4's competitive spirit and sportsmanship in the in the lead up to selections next week. Who knew they were such a fit bunch! In Maths we have been working on our addition and subtraction of 2 and 3-digit numbers and placing 4- digit numbers on a number line. All of us have been most impressed by the hard work and enthusiasm in these lessons this week. 

Next Thursday will see the commencement of Italian lessons. So on that note, Ciao!

Violet 1 News

This week Violet 1 has been exploring ancient Greek mythology, investigating the stories of Daedalus and Icarus and doing an in depth character description of Medusa which all of Year 5 did exceptionally well. In maths this week we have been adding increasingly large numbers using a variety of methods.

We were also lucky enough to visit the Life Bus which the class thoroughly enjoyed. They learnt about the human body and how different organs function. Students also learnt, discussed and investigated the best ways to make wise and healthy life choices.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Kindest,
Miss Hawkins