Pink Class News

It has been a wonderful week in the pink classes. Year 2 have successfully completed their SATs and we are al very proud of them in St. Joseph's.

We have been blessed with nine lovely chicks. They are happy and healthy in Nursery. They are a welcome addition in advance of 'Living Things Science Week' which begins on Monday. Pink classes are going to the zoo and on a 'Minibeast Safari'.

We are very sad as Miss Joshelyn is leaving our school. She has been such an asset to our team and helped colleagues and children with her calm, nurturing nature. It has been a pleasure working with her and we wish her every success in her new role. Thank you, Miss Joshelyn.

Royal wedding fever has spread and we enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of music, treats and dance. Everybody wore their own customised crowns. We wish Harry and Megan health and happiness for their future together.

Have a lovely weekend!

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

This week has been a very busy week at St Joseph’s, but I have extremely proud of all of the children in the school.  Year 6 worked really hard and completed their SATs exams and remained calm, collected and engaged throughout. I know that all of the children in year 6 have worked really hard and they did their very best.  I am excited about getting the results and seeing how well they have done.  Our year 2 children have also completed their compulsory testing and again, the children excelled themselves. Of course, tests, exams and results are one part of a child’s education and whilst I am proud of our great history of academic excellence, I also am aware that the children need a wider and rounder experience.  Our year 5 children set off on their school journey to Sayers Croft on Wednesday. During the last few days they have been pond-dipping, having camp fires, building shelters and generally enjoying each other’s company and the English country side.   I hope they have a very restful weekend.  Thank you to the staff that accompanied the children and kept them safe and happy.

The whole school celebrated the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry today with many activities and lessons that encouraged the children to think about our British values, the sacrament of matrimony and the history of the monarchy. The children looked spectacular in their wedding outfits and I hope they will remember the events for years to come. Thank you to Mr Bowles for organising the day.

The staff showed off their creativity, design and baking skills today when they took part in a wedding cake competition.  Mrs Dunphy and Mrs O'Connor had the difficult job of judging and rated all entries on taste, creativity and presentation.  The overall winner, by a long walk, was Mrs Husain who, fresh from her win at the Easter bonnet competition, proved that her creative flair knows no bounds.  Thank you to all the staff who participated in the baking, judging, and of course, the eating.

We had more fantastic news this week as our wonderful cook, Ruth, won an award for ‘her excellent professionalism, dedication to her craft, concern for the health and welfare of the children she caters for and a magical culinary gift’.  We are very lucky to have her.  

 
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Jarvis will be going home this week with Alistair in Pink 2 who is always kind, polite and helpful.

Next week is science week and Miss Dowling has a very busy and interesting week planned where the children will get to enjoy the beauty of the natural world and be filled with awe and wonder.  During the week, most children will visit London Zoo, Kew Gardens and Paddington Rec.  We will also be welcoming mini beasts in ‘hotels’ set up around the playground, be visited by birds of prey and hopefully keeping the chicks that have hatched in nursery safe!

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 21st
Science week begins
Blue classes visiting Kew Gardens (Plant Hunters)
Pink classes (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Violet 2 visiting Tower of London

Tuesday 22nd
Violet 1 – Kew Gardens (Plant Scientists)
Violet 2 – Kew Gardens (Evolution & adaptations)

Wednesday 23rd
Violet 2 - (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)

Thursday  24th
Pink 1- (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Violet 1 – London Zoo (Rainforest Explorers)

Friday 25th
Blue classes – London Zoo (Rainforest Explorers)
Violet 2 – London Zoo (Endangered Animals)
Pink 2- (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Half term begins 3:30pm


June

Monday 4th
INSET DAY (no children to attend)

Tuesday 5th
Start of term (children return)
SJSA meeting 6pm

Thursday 7th
Y3 Communion Mass @9:30 (school hall)

Friday 8th
Y4 Auction sleepover

Tuesday 12th
Class end of year photograph

Wednesday 13th
Nursery Auction promise (6 children – Arty club)

Thursday 14th
Y1 Auction promise (6 children Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & picnic)

Friday 15th
Y6 visiting Tower of London Music Festival

Wednesday 20th
Y6 Auction promise (6 children)

Monday 25th
Meeting for parents of children starting Nursery in Sept 2018 9:30 in hall

Tuesday 26th
Meeting for parents of children starting Reception in Sept 2018 9:30 in hall

Wednesday 27th
Reception Auction promise (8 children)

Thursday 28th
Sports Day

Friday 29th
Nursery Teddy Bear picnic – Paddington Rec


Merits

Rec B1 - Lowry
Rec B2 - Matilde
Pink 1 - Suri
Pink 2 - Nicholas
Pink 3 - Anna
Blue 1 - Tamara
Blue 2 - Matteo
Blue 3 - Summer
Violet 1 - N/A
Violet 2 - N/A

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Prince
Rec B2 - Hector
Pink 1 - Alex
Pink 2 - Oliver
Pink 3 - Merit
Blue 1 - Alice
Blue 2 - Stella
Blue 3 - Caterina
Violet 1 - N/A
Violet 2 - N/A

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Blue Class News

A wonderful day has been had by all, on this beautifully sunny Friday. It was great to see the children in their favourite outfits and the glorious crowns they wore to top them off. After lunch, the children took part in a very British outdoor afternoon tea party. The day was made complete with dancing, cupcakes and games. What a great way to start the Royal wedding weekend!
Earlier on in the week, each class completed wedding themed activities. We have studied the royal family tree in comprehension lessons, completed Royal maths challenge cards and created wonderfully colourful cakes.

Next week we look forward Science week. On Monday we will travel to Kew Gardens and on Friday to the Zoo. The Blue teachers are excited at the prospect of exploring two such beautiful locations.

Please note that the children will need to wear their P.E. kits and bring a packed lunch on both days. Don't forget the sun cream, as the forecast looks rather warm for Monday!

Have a great weekend, wherever you may be.

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Reception News

We have had such a wonderful week in reception! Our living eggs arrived on Monday and they began hatching on Wednesday morning! We have nine chicks at the moment and we are so looking forward to watching them grow over the next week!

We have also been getting excited for the Royal Wedding this weekend. The children have really enjoyed learning about weddings and have done some lovely pieces of work. Do come in and see our pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan and our invitations to the Royal Wedding!

We had a fabulous time at our Royal Party on Friday afternoon! All the children looked so smart and were beautifully behaved with the rest of the school!

Next week we will be going to Paddington Rec on Tuesday afternoon for a science week trip. Please do let one of us know if you are able to accompany us on the trip.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Violet Class News

It has been a little quiet in school this week with Violet 1 at Sayers Croft. But it's evident (from the picture) that they have been having a cracking time!

Violet 2 has had an OUT OF THIS WORLD week! Every single child performed incredibly during the SATs. Now we are very much looking forward to rehearsing for our end of year performance Oliver! And all our exciting trips next week.

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Nursery News

ts been an egg-citng week!

he children started the week knowing that when they arrived on Monday finally the living eggs would be brought into nursery. It has been a great week that has been so much more than just fluffy chicks!!

The children got to observe five of the eggs hatch over the period of a day and use the ipad to record the hatching, to revisit and watch over again. We have done many activities across the curriculum allowing the children to explore and experience active learning in a hands on and fun way. We have the chicks next week and will continue to observe them grow and learn how to care and handle them.

To add to the excitement we have also been talking about 'the wedding'  and making souvenirs to celebrate the special occasion. Finishing the week coming to school in our 'wedding' clothes and having a party with the whole school. Everyone looked so amazing.

The final week of half term is Science Week. We will be walking together to Paddington Rec. All parents welcome to help us walk the children. We will be back for lunch. Please ensure the children have sun cream on and bring their school hats. Thank You.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

The children in Key Stage Two attended mass on Thursday to celebrate the glorious feast of the Ascension.  It was a beautiful service and the children were very well behaved.  Thank you to Fr Jeff for accommodating us.

On Thursday morning we were treated to a fantastic concert from the school orchestra.  I was amazed at the talent of the children and their confidence and skill.  We also heard from soloists and groups ranging from trombones to cups!  The children worked together and produced a wonderful concert that we all enjoyed.  Many thanks to Miss Hudson for working so hard with all our musicians.  If anyone is interested in joining the orchestra, please speak to Miss Hudson.  Everyone is welcome and everyone can join regardless of aptitude.

On Friday we are very excited to be celebrating the Royal wedding.  There will be various activities throughout the day relating to the wedding and in the afternoon the children will be able to enjoy a wedding breakfast and party.  Children are invited to come to school dressed as guests for a wedding.

I am delighted to say that as part of our Lenten appeal, St Joseph’s donated 27 backpacks too Mary’s Meals. Thank you to everybody who helped with this fantastic cause.

This week Jarvis is very lucky to be going home with Felicitas in year 1.  Felicitas is always very kind and caring and is a really good role model to all the children in the Pink classes.

GDPR

Most of you are probably already aware of new Data protection regulations coming in to force next month. We are currently working to ensure we are fully compliant. Below is a brief summary.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a piece of EU-wide legislation which will determine how people’s personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights individuals have in relation to their own data. Personal data means information that can identify a living individual. The regulation will apply to all schools from 25th May 2018, and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU.

The GDPR sets out the key principles that all personal data must be processed in line with. Data must be: processed lawfully, fairly and transparently; collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes; limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed; accurate and kept up to date; held securely; only retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected. There are also stronger rights for individuals regarding their own data. The individual’s rights include: to be informed about how their data is used, to have access to their data, to rectify incorrect information, to have their data erased, to restrict how their data is used, to move their data from one organisation to another, and to object to their data being used at all.

If you require any more information, please contact the school.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 14th
SAT’s week KS2 begins
Living Eggs arrive! (Nursery)

Wednesday 16th
Year 5/Violet1 – Sayers Croft residential trip (3 days)

Friday 18th
Royal Wedding activity day

Monday 21st
Science week begins
Blue classes visiting Kew Gardens (Plant Hunters)
Pink classes (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Violet 2 visiting Tower of London

Tuesday 22nd
Violet 1 – Kew Gardens (Plant Scientists)
Violet 2 – Kew Gardens (Evolution & adaptations)

Wednesday 23rd
Violet 2 - (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)

Thursday  24th
Pink 1- (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Violet 1 – London Zoo (Rainforest Explorers)

Friday 25th
Blue classes – London Zoo (Rainforest Explorers)
Violet 2 – London Zoo (Endangered Animals)
Pink 2- (Urbanwise with Moya venue tbc)
Half term begins 3:30pm
 

June

Monday 4th
INSET DAY (no children to attend)

Tuesday 5th
Start of term (children return)
SJSA meeting 6pm

Thursday 7th
Y3 Communion Mass @9:30 (school hall)

Friday 8th
Y4 Auction sleepover

Tuesday 12th
Class end of year photograph

Wednesday 13th
Nursery Auction promise (6 children – Arty club)

Thursday 14th
Y1 Auction promise (6 children Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & picnic)

Friday 15th
Y6 visiting Tower of London Music Festival

Wednesday 20th
Y6 Auction promise (6 children)

Monday 25th
Meeting for parents of children starting Nursery in Sept 2018 9:30 in hall

Tuesday 26th
Meeting for parents of children starting Reception in Sept 2018 9:30 in hall

Wednesday 27th
Reception Auction promise (8 children)

Thursday 28th
Sports Day

Friday 29th
Nursery Teddy Bear picnic – Paddington Rec


Merits

Rec B1 - Chloe
Rec B2 - Reyann
Pink 1 - Matias
Pink 2 - Mir
Pink 3 - Raiden
Blue 1 - Thomas
Blue 2 - Olivia
Blue 3 - Nancy
Violet 1 - Ace
Violet 2 - Whole Class

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Mathematician of the Week

Rec B1 - Rocco
Rec B2 - Tristan
Pink 1 - Elisa
Pink 2 - Freddie
Pink 3 - Freddie
Blue 1 - Rafa
Blue 2 - Sophia
Blue 3 - Nikolai
Violet 1 - John
Violet 2 - Sol & Henry

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Pink Class News

We have had a busy and exciting week in Pink classes. In RE we learned about the Ascension and wrote about Jesus going to heaven to be with God. The children also completed some art based on the Ascension. It is also may - the month of Mary- so we have been thinking about Mary and praying to her each day.

It was our second week of SATs and the children have now completed 2 maths and 2 reading papers. The children will have a spelling paper and a punctuation and grammar paper over the next few days so remember to get plenty of rest over the weekend.

We are continuing our topic 'The Great Fire of London' and next week the children will be designing and constructing a home from the 1600's. Each child will need to bring in a shoe box or a similar cardboard box (with windows cut out in advance).

Science Week is also coming up. Our theme is 'Living Things'. If you are available to accompany your child's class on a trip, please contact the class teacher. We are all really excited and cannot wait to learn about all of God's wonderful creatures.

Have a lovely weekend.

Blue Class News

Yesterday, St. Joseph's school orchestra entertained the whole school with a Summer term concert. It was great to see the children perform with such confidence and the variety of instruments and pieces of music on display. We hope that this will inspire some of the children in the Blue classes to take up and instrument and perhaps join the orchestra each Wednesday morning with Miss Hudson.

We also attended Ascension Day Mass with Father Jeff. He talked about it being a day of holy obligation where we celebrate the 40 days after Easter when Jesus ascended to heaven. As usual, the children were beautifully behaved and reflective throughout the service.
 
In the Blue classes throughout the week we have: looked at area and perimeter, interpreted pictograms, completed dictionary work, and wrote school menus based on the Billionaire Boy.

Lastly, next Friday is own clothes day. To celebrate Prince Harry's upcoming nuptials, we will be dressing in our finest wedding garb. Don't forget to dust off those fascinators and dress to impress!

Nursery News

WOW what an exciting end to another busy week.

The children entered the Nursery today with a large display of snails for them to observe, touch, hold, and explore. Finishing the day having snail races and watching their snail trails.  The noise of excited voices is always a joy to our ears as educators of young children.  

Children can develop skills much faster when they are having fun. Therefore having our tadpoles, snails, growing garden,  and from Monday our living egg , it is allowing the children to have actual experiences to learn concepts and skills.  We appreciate the wonderful feedback from you on how the children are coming home and sharing their experiences. Thank you.

On Thursday we had a visit from  local author, Cate Douglas. She read her wonderful story 'Poppy's Tale' and afterwards the children got to all wear a tail. This was a great visit and enjoyed by all. Cate enjoyed being in the Nursery and asked to be invited back. She commented how receptive and well behaved the children were.

We introduced a snack table this week where the children come independently to this area  and moderate their own hunger and thirst. It also  allows the children not to be interrupted if they are engaged in play.

We are saying our Hail Mary's daily and the children made a wall hanging  to take home. We also watched a clip on The Ascension and had a discussion  together at carpet time.

Gentle reminder the children need their summer hats everyday.

Have a great weekend.