Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Last Friday morning, the actor Jack Whitehall (and his mum) visited school. Jack read an extract from Just William to the whole school and spoke to the children about how important reading and story-telling have been for him throughout his life. Jack’s mum sent us an email thanking the children:

‘Please pass on my thanks to Mrs Husain and her team for a very interesting visit this morning to St Joseph's. It was a pleasure to meet them all, especially the children who were all so charming and polite. I was most honoured to be included.’

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This morning we held our annual Macmillan coffee morning.  Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, their cakes and their money.  The morning was a huge success and again, it was lovely to see everybody coming together.   

The Violet classes this week enjoyed a performance of Macbeth in the school hall by the Young Shakespeare Company.  The children were very enthusiastic and engaged throughout.

We were delighted to welcome Elisabetta Destefanis to school this week to start the Italian lessons.  All of the children had a very enjoyable lesson and Miss Destefanis thought our children were delightful!

On Monday we will be celebrating Spirituality Day in school.  This year we will be thinking about Our Lady of Fatima to mark the centenary of her apparition. All of the children will be spending time in the new prayer garden and taking part in a range of art activities.  Children in Blue and Violet classes will also be partaking in some guided meditation.

The Harvest Festival takes place on Friday 6th October.  Children in Key Stage 2 will be celebrating in the hall with Fr Jeff at 2pm.  Parents are welcome to join us. We would welcome donations of non-perishable food and tinned items which we will then send to the Passage.  

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

The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child DevelopmentTuesday 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 with 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

OCTOBER

Monday 2nd
Spirituality Day
Bikeability in all week

Thursday 5th
Cross County KS2 (4 from each class) – Regents Park Hub pw 10-2pm

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