Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

Well it certainly is beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas!

Watching the children taking part in their productions this week has been a fantastic way to end this first term. This week has been an absolute pleasure with all of the children performing absolutely brilliantly in the Christmas concerts.  Key Stage Two sang beautifully in church and the Early Years and Key Stage One Nativities were a joy.  I feel so lucky that the children, staff and parents work so well together and that together we are able to offer the very best support to all of the children.   

The Winter Gala was a great success and really showed off the talents of lots of our parents.  Get your thinking hats on for next year and prepare early.

On Monday, Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster North, awarded prizes to the successful Y6 Christmas Card competition winners - Rudy, Angelina and Luna-Belle. Congratulations to Harry for his winning design.

This afternoon, to show their appreciation and gratitude, the year 6 children hosted our support staff.  The guests were treated to mince pies and sherry and the children chatted to them and sang carols.  A good time was had by all and the year 6 children behaved responsibly, maturely and were great company.

On Wednesday we were invited to participate in the celebration of the festival of Chanukkah at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St. John's Wood. As the candles were lit, during this wonderful inter-faith gathering, we thought about how we could bring light to others through acts of kindness, friendship and love. Many thanks to the Najem family who enjoyed learning about Chanukkah and of course, our extended appreciation to The Liberal Jewish Synagogue for their generous hospitality - doughnuts and latkes (potato pancakes) were enjoyed by all.

Thank you to everybody who donated a winter coat this year as part of our drive with Chestertons. We have good news to report:

  • A total of around 4,500 coats were collected this year PLUS 500 fleeces.
  • Of the coats, around 2000 were from Chestertons.
  • This is both a record for Chestertons (it is double last’s years number) a record for the charity!

Three of the year 6 children performed in Trafalgar Square last week and did a brilliant job. I think you will agree that they have a bright future in reporting and presenting ahead of them! Click on the image to view the video:
 

Christmas parties will take place on Monday afternoon.  Children are invited to come to school in party clothes and bring £1 to cover the cost of party food that will be provided.  

Usually at this time of year, the school buys the children presents as part of the Christmas celebrations. This year, the children decided that sometimes it is better to give than to receive and so the children in their classes have been busy selecting charities to donate to at Christmas time.
The selected charities are as follows:

 

Nursery
Reception
Pink One
Pink Two
Pink Three
Blue One
Blue Two
Blue Three
Violet One
Violet Two

Make a Wish Foundation
Global School
The Salvation Army
Oxfam –buying a goat
Mary’s Meals
CAFOD
Mary’s Meals
St John’s Hospice
CAFOD
St John's Hospice

 

Please remember that school finishes on Tuesday at 1:30.
 
May God bless you and family and keep you safe.
Have a very peaceful and happy Christmas.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DECEMBER

Monday 18th
Party clothes day £1

Tuesday 19th
Term ends 1:30pm


Attendance

Reception News

This week was so busy in reception! We are so proud of all the children for their work on our Christmas Nativity! They are all worked so hard and it was amazing to see it all come together. Thank you for working with your child at home to ensure they were ready for their performance.
 
We had a  very lovely Christmas lunch on Thursday. It was so nice to celebrate with everyone and the children really enjoyed pulling the crackers and wearing their crowns for the rest of the day!
 
We will be sending book bags home on  Monday as we have lots of things to finish and send home for the end of the term. We will be sending home a writing package to work on during the holiday. Please do return after the holiday. Also, please send a piece of news in with your child after the break. This could be a photo, leaflet, train ticket- anything your child would like to share with their friends!
 
From all of us in Reception, have a wonderful Christmas! We hope it is safe and restful, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers,

The KS1/Pink Classes lit their second purple Advent candle. It reminds us that we are half way through Advent and we need to think about how we can be more loving.

This week we were particularly proud of all the children and their wonderful performance of The Christmas Story. We hope you enjoyed it too.

The end of the Autumn Term will be soon upon us and we would like to thank you for your constant support and kind generosity.

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
From the KS1 Team

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Nursery News

It must be Christmas!!

It has been a week of many highlights for the children. Starting with their two performances of our Nativity Play. How exciting to see all your proud faces while watching your children perform their play. We were also very proud of them, and acknowledge all the hard work it took on their part to learn so many songs and to feel confident to stand up in front of their whole school and then their families.

The children have been busy creating decorations, wrapping their 'secret' surprise ready to put under their tree at home and baking many treats. With Christmas music playing it has been a joyous place to be and feeling their excitement.

On Thursday the children enjoyed a Christmas dinner with their friends and loved pulling the Christmas crackers.

Today we started our preparations for the class party by decorating our party hats. Have a wonderful weekend.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Christmas has come early to St Joseph’s with all year groups practicing their different Christmas performances. So far, they sound amazing and I cannot wait to see the children perform next week.
 
I received a lovely letter this week from Clifton Nurseries, praising the year 6 children who sang carols at their winter event:

We wanted to pass on our thanks to the School choir, Teachers, Parents and Carers for joining us and adding such a wonderful atmosphere to our Celebration of Christmas evening last week.
 
We’ve had some lovely feedback from our customers that the choir sung so well and really made the evening special. I do hope that the children enjoyed the event as well. Thank you again and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all at Clifton Nurseries.

On Thursday, Julius, Emma and Rafael from year 6 recited poetry at the lighting up of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square. This was a wonderful event hosted by The Lord Mayor.  The children will appear on Newsround tonight (Friday). They will be signing autographs on Monday!

As you know, as part of the parental survey, we asked you for comments.  Below I have answered the comments that I felt needed a response.  Thank you to all the parents who wrote such lovely, positive things about our school.


Optimising each individual child’s potential could be continuously encouraged.
We try to do this as much as we can. The teachers work exceptionally hard to meet the needs of all of the children in their care.
A wider range of after-school clubs especially music would be great.
We offer as many clubs as we can accommodate and in the Spring we are introducing Fencing and a choir. We will continue to have an orchestra on a Wednesday morning (new day).
It’s difficult to participate or attend school events as they tend to be during working hours.
We try to have school events and meetings at a variety of times to accommodate all parents.
It would be great to have more feedback (more frequent – no need to be extremely detailed) on the progress of my child.
We formally report to parents 3 times a year in line with recommendations from the DfE and unions.  Parents can make an appointment to speak with teachers / SLT at any time.  It is also possible to speak to teachers in the morning and at pick up.
It would be nice to receive merits communications the day before in order to be able to attend assembly.
We will try to do this.
Participating in the competitions is not very fair.
Children are chosen on merit; however we try to give all children the opportunity to participate at some point.
I think there could be more art and drama.
We try to do as much as possible; however, we do have timetable restraints.  All children this year will take part in a production and we have organised an art week for the Spring term (a new imitative)
Communication needs improving.
Currently we communicate via the newsletter, class blogs, regular parent mails, the website , telephone calls, open afternoons, questionnaires, Parent-teacher consultations, assemblies and parent partnership meetings. We have recently re-introduced twitter. I have asked parents for any other ideas.
Not happy with class split.
After the first term of the new class arrangements, I am very happy with the progress being made by all children.  The Leadership Team have conducted 2 formal lesson observations and looked at the Maths and English books of all the children in school. We have also carried out 2 pupil progress meetings where teachers meet with the head, deputy and SENCo to track progress and curriculum coverage. All children are doing very well and are in receipt of high class teaching and learning opportunities. All children have either been on a class trip or have had an educational visit (for example, Freshwater theatre). 

May God bless you and family and keep you safe.
Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DECEMBER   

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

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

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

Tuesday 19th
Term ends 1:30pm


Merits

Rec B1 - Martha
Rec B2 - Ava
Pink 1 - Kirsten
Pink 2 - Lukas
Pink 3 - Sofia
Blue 1 - Thomas
Blue 2 - Vivian
Blue 3 - Michael
Violet 1 - Cormac
Violet 2 - Lulu


Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Malena
Rec B2 - James
Pink 1 - Alba
Pink 2 - Giselle
Pink 3 - Maya
Blue 1 - Bernice
Blue 2 - Ines
Blue 3 - N/A
Violet 1 - Riccardo
Violet 2 - Sol


Attendance

Violet Class News

Silent night, Holy night… The Violet classes have been enjoying preparing for the start of the Christmas period by rehearsing for our Carol service with the rest of KS2 and look forward to performing at Our Lady’s Church next Tuesday afternoon.
 
Three students from Violet 2 continued to prepare by attending the Trafalgar Square lighting of the Christmas tree. These students beautifully read a poem by A. F. Harrold and were interviewed by News Round which will be aired tonight.

During maths this week Violet 2 worked on converting metric and imperial units. While Violet 1 continued their time theme working with using timetables to answer word problems, as well as creating their own timetables for buses and trains.

Nursery News

We continue to get ready for Christmas. Another busy week making our advent wreath, decorations, presents and cards for our families and exploring our Christmas stations throughout the Nursery.

It is very exciting as we begin each morning  looking at our advent calender, unwrap our daily Christmas story and look to see where 'Buddy' the elf has hidden next.
 
We have been learning some new circle songs that encourage group and co-operative play . This week the children were able to follow the instructions and enjoy 'Skip into the middle'. a song about choosing a partner and following actions together.

A big thank you to the lovely gift of a large scrunchie from two of our parents. We will introduce this scrunchie as another form of encouraging the children to work together.
 
Tuesday and Wednesday morning we have our Nativity play. Tuesday is for the older children in the school to view. We would be appreciative if all children are at school on those two days when we open the door at 8.45 to enable us to dress the children in their costumes. Thank you in advance.
 
Our rosters are up for our parent helpers for the next half term. Many of you are keen, so if you have already parent helped in the classroom, we ask that you allow others to have the opportunity to come in also. Thank You.
 
Thank you for your consideration and keeping your sick child at home. It enables us to minimize the spread of bugs.
Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you at the Nativity Play.

The Nursery Team

Reception News

We have continued practising for our Christmas Nativity and are so excited to show you next week. Our show will be on Wednesday, December 13th, we would love to see you there!

We have also been looking at Advent. We have lit the first candle in our wreath, and have been talking about what each candle means. Miss Kasia has helped tun our  class room into a winter wonderland! We have been making paper chains and some beautiful snowflakes.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Pink Class News

The KS1/Pink Classes lit their first purple Advent candle. It reminds us to be hopeful during the four weeks of Advent. We also wrote our Advent promises.

It has been a particularly busy week rehearing for the KS1 Nativity play: The Christmas Story. We are looking forward to next week’s performances on Wednesday 13th December at 2:30pm and on Thursday 14th December at 6pm. It would be much appreciated if your child can return to school on Thursday 14th at 5:15pm dressed in their P.E. kit or home clothes. The Main Reception entrance will be open at 5.15pm. Please come along and we promise you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Last Saturday was a marvellous evening and the St Joseph’s School Association did a sterling job in organising the Royal Winter Gala.  It was lovely to see so many people from the school community enjoying themselves together. Thank you to all of you who helped in the run up to the event, who helped on the night and all those who came to school on Sunday morning to help clean up. The event raised an impressive £6474.75.  Thank you very much indeed.

After outstanding feedback following our Y6 Poetry Workshop, organised in conjunction with Coral Rumble and The Poetry Society, we are delighted to announce that Julius, Emma and Rafael from Year 6 have been invited to perform poetry at the lighting up of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 7 December. This is a wonderfully prestigious event hosted by The Lord Mayor with BBC television coverage on BBC Newsround. Needless to say, we are very proud to be part of such a time-honoured tradition.

Last night, the children from year 6 attended the Christmas light switch on at Clifton Nurseries.  The children were joined by the Mayor of Westminster and sang Christmas Carols to the delight of the audience. The singing was beautiful and the children were impeccably behaved and looked very smart in their winter uniforms.  It was a lovely occasion, and once again, I was incredibly proud of our year 6 children.

If you, or anyone you know is a crafter, maker or baker then you are very welcome to hire a table to sell your wares at the first St Joseph’s Christmas Bazaar.  This is taking place in the school hall on Friday 8th December from 3-7.  Tables are £20 each. Please contact Tessa Gorman at tessagorman1@gmail.com

Recently, the children in KS2 gave the staff their thoughts in a pupil survey.  We were very pleased with the results:

  • 97% of children are happy at school.
  • 99% feel safe.
  • 98% think that they learn a lot.
  • 99% are aware that the teachers and staff care about them.
  • 98% enjoy their lessons.
  • 99% know who they can talk to if they are worried about something.

82% of children think that everyone is well behaved in class, while 76% think that everyone plays well together in the playground. We are working with the student council, staff and governors at the moment to develop our Behaviour Policy to improve behaviour and focus on the caring, sharing and overwhelmingly positive behaviour that we see amongst the children on a daily basis.  In the New Year, I will be inviting parents to a Partnership meeting to discuss behaviour with you and get your views.

May God bless you and family and keep you safe.
Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher 


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DECEMBER

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

Wednesday 6th
January after school club sign up 8:30am – 9:30am (entrance area)
& 3pm – 4pm

Thursday 7th
January after school club sign up 8:30am – 9:30am (entrance area)
& 3pm – 4pm
KS1 Advent Service 9am school hall     

Friday 8th
Christmas Bazaar 3-7pm (school hall)      

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

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

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

Tuesday 19th
Term ends 1:30pm


Merits

Rec B1 - Lenny
Rec B2 - Angela
Pink 1 - Julia
Pink 2 - Anna
Pink 3 - Muna
Blue 1 - Rebecca
Blue 2 - Mila
Blue 3 - Joe
Violet 1 - Cicely Rose
Violet 2 - Raphy

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Thomas
Rec B2 - Minudi
Pink 1 - Elisa
Pink 2 - Lorenzo
Pink 3 - Miles
Blue 1 - Joshua
Blue 2 - Ruby
Blue 3 - Emma
Violet 1 - Melissa
Violet 2 - Harry

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Attendance