Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

The Read-a–thon is well and truly underway and the children have enjoyed ‘dropping everything to read’ as well as hearing stories from parents and teachers.  KS2 enjoyed hearing the author Laura Dockerill talk about her work and found it very informative. It was a wonderful sight this morning to see the children coming to school in their pyjamas and all of the classes had a marvellous time reading and relaxing this afternoon. I hope that everybody finds a bit of time over the half term to enjoy the pleasure of reading.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the parent – teacher consultation this week.  They were very positive meetings and I am glad that you have been informed of your child’s progress and given steps to further support and enhance your child’s learning at home.  We are very lucky at St Joseph’s to have such a committed and interested parental body who are fully committed to supporting the school in order for the children to reach their full potential.

Thank you also to those of you who completed the Parent’s Survey.  If you did not get the chance to fill one in, and you would like to, please speak to Mrs Dunphy in the school office and she will be able to give you one. Once the surveys have been collated, I will inform you of the results.

On Wednesday 1st November the children in Key Stage 2 (Blue and Violet) will be attending mass at Our Lady’s for the feast of All Saints.  Parents are warmly invited to join us and to accompany the children walking to and from church.

To celebrate the end of the Read-a-thon, children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Friday 3rd November.

We will be holding Open Days for prospective parents on Wednesday 8th November at 6pm and Monday 13th November at 6pm. This will include a talk from the head and a tour of the school and is for parents of children looking to join St Joseph’s nursery or reception class in 2018.

Parent workshop by the school’s Educational Psychologist, Alexander Haswell:

The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child Development
Tuesday November 7th at 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.

I hope you all enjoy a pleasant and restful half term holiday and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th October. May God bless you and family and keep you safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

OCTOBER

Monday 30th
Term starts (winter uniform) gates open 8:40am
Readathon week 2
NCMP weighing & measuring Y6

Tuesday 31st
Author Liz Pichon visiting

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 1st
KS2 (Blue & Violet) Mass 10am All Saints feast day 10am church of Our Lady             

Friday 3rd
Readathon ends
Dress as your favourite book character day
Anglo Saxon workshop for Y3-Y4

Tuesday 7th
Alex Haswell workshop for parents – the importance of sleep (Hall 9:15am)

Wednesday 8th
Open Day talk and tour for parents applying to Nursery and Reception 6pm

Thursday 9th
Y3 teaching mass  

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

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

Tuesday 21st
Road safety team working with Y6

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

Saturday 25th
Winter Gala  

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 - Sara
Rec B2 - Emily Rose
Pink 1 - Samuel
Pink 2 - Francis
Pink 3 - Ollie
Blue 1 - Aleks
Blue 2 - Joe
Blue 3 - Brenia
Violet 1 - Max
Violet 2 - Dia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Reyann
Rec B2 - Prince
Pink 1 - Patricio
Pink 2 - Massimo
Pink 3 - Mathilde
Blue 1 - Amaia
Blue 2 - Lorenzo
Blue 3 - Caterina
Violet 1 - Lara
Violet 2 - Tommy

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Attendance