Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Today we celebrated our Welcome Mass with Fr. Kevin and it was wonderful to see so many of you. Our pupils in KS1 and KS2 were all so well behaved and reverent while our Nursery and Reception children enjoyed their “special visitor from Jesus”. Thank you to parents, staff and pupils for making the occasion so special and memorable.

This week we also held our Student Council elections and the new Student Council, together with the Head Boy and Head Girl, are very much looking forward to working with Mrs Deacy on exciting new projects.

Next week, we will be holding our House Captain and Vice-Captain Elections with our Y6 candidates campaigning, producing a manifesto and speech, followed by whole school voting. On Friday, the children from St. Vincent’s House will have a special afternoon celebration led by Mrs Robinson as a commemoration of St Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day on 27th September.

On Tuesday we will be hosting the Able Writer’s Workshop with 10 of our Y6 pupils also taking part. Many thanks to Miss Brooks for organising this event. On Wednesday, as part of our focus on children’s emotional well-being, we are very lucky to have a whole school “Emotion in the Ocean” work-shop.

On Friday 27h September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:15. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. Please note, we need raffle prizes such as wine, vouchers or chocolates. Please contact Mr Bowles if you would like to volunteer or if you would like any information on how you could help. 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.

Finally, please ensure that you attend the School Association AGM on Tuesday 24th September 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.

Thank you also for the messages of support for Miss Armstrong who has gone to Australia for a few weeks to care after her mother. I know she will be comforted by your prayers and good wishes.

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

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher


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Dates for Your Diary

September

Friday 20th
Family Fun Day 4:00-6:00pm

Monday 23rd
Blue 1 visiting forest school
Blue 2 visiting forest school

Tuesday 24th
Y6 Able Writers’ workshop
SJSA AGM school hall 6pm

Wednesday 25th
Emotion in the Ocean workshop all day years Nurs – Y6
Tag Rugby (y5/6 tbc)

Thursday 26th
Nursery Curriculum meeting @9:30 (Rec class)

Friday 27th
Macmillan Coffee Morning
St Vincent celebration – (St. Vincent House)

Monday 30th
Book Fair week begins
Pink 1 visiting forest schools am
Pink 2 visiting forest schools pm


October

Tuesday 1st
KS1 poetry “Tea Party”

Wednesday 2nd
KS2 poetry “Tea Party”

Friday 4th
Reception visiting forest schools am
Violet 2 visiting forest school pm
Cross country – Regents Park Hub (year groups tbc) 10 – 2pm
Book Fair ends

Blue Class News

What a learning-filled week it has been for the blue classes. We all continued our poetry focus in English, analysing and recreating our own versions of "Daddy Fell into a pond" and "The Bug Chant" to great effect. In maths we ordered numbers to 1000 and got to grips with the greater than and less than symbols. The children produced beautiful recounts of their favourite Bible stories for our RE tables and thought about Jesus' human family as a part of our People topic.

Blue 3 had the most amazing time at Forest Schools this week, exploring the flora and fauna of the area. We remind parents that Blue 1 and 2 will both be going on Monday and as such children will need to come into school in their PE kits.

Enjoy another sunny September Saturday tomorrow!

Violet Class News

We have had another a jam-packed week in Year 5! Persuasive writing has been our focus in English. The children produced some fantastic letters, dazzling us with their use of emotive language and rhetorical questions to persuade their reader! Next week our main focus will be Poetry, the children will be bringing home poems to learn and recite. In Maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000, we will be tackling Roman Numerals next week. In RE we discussed Paul's letter to the Colossians and what it means to be a Holy Person. On Thursday, the children listened to in a very informative fire safety talk, can they share with you what they learnt?

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Burton and Miss Cottingham


Hunting for tiny bugs and finding frogs were a few of the highlights from Forest School this week. We also learnt about food chains and food webs, it's fantastic being outdoors all afternoon!

There was much excitement in English this week because we started reading our class book The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We are finding the book very relatable because the children in the book are in Year 6. Using description, integrated dialogue, modal verbs and more description we wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Julie (she's the narrator). We can't wait to read more and see what happens!

In Maths this week we focused on short division, short multiplication and using rounding to estimate and solve questions quickly. We continued to explore the Circulatory System in Science, finding out facts about Veins, Arteries and drawing diagrams with a compass. Next week, we are looking forward to conducting a science experiment.

Have a restful weekend!
Violet 3

EYFS News

In Reception Class we have started learning our sounds this week. Starting with S A T P, we have begun to write and recognise these sounds. Please look at the sheets we have sent home.

In maths we have been looking at patterns and how to continue and repeat. Please look at the website link below - simple activities like these will help your child by supporting what we are doing in school.

Our favourite story this week was The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Have a look at our wonderful paintings!

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Reception Team

Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers, thank you for supporting and giving us the opportunity to attend the “Forest School” at Paddington REC. The children have had immense fun exploring the woodland and hunting for all different types of flora and fauna. In Pink 3, we even got to make our own wooden necklaces. In English we read the Winnie the Witch and wrote our own Winnie descriptions using colour and shape adjectives. In Mathematics we have been working hard with our quick mental recall of number bonds/pairs to 10 and beyond. In RE, we have been listening to the Creation story found in the Old Testament. Next week we will be developing our bible skills and locating the book of psalms. We will also be writing our own psalms thanking God for his wonderful world, His creation.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

I am delighted to announce that Nursery and Reception will also participate in our second year of the Forest School Learning Programme which takes place in Paddington Recreation Ground. Many of you will know that the Forest School initiative originated in Denmark’s outdoor learning experience and was introduced to the UK in 1993. Forest School provides a safe environment for children to: engage with nature, learn new skills, have fun, become more independent, and be encouraged in a positive learning environment which enhances their self-esteem. Last year, Forest School enabled enriching cross-curricular links so that children were using their outdoor learning experiences as a positive stimulus in Science Lessons, independent writing tasks in English, data analysis in Maths or even in their DT and Art work. I am sure that the Nursery and Reception children will also benefit from this enjoyable experience.

Please ensure that you attend the School Association AGM on Tuesday 24th September 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.

It is great to see all of the children looking so smart, and more importantly, taking such pride in their school uniforms and personal presentation. Please keep up the good work.
Please also ensure that you send us the relevant information regarding your child’s medical conditions and that you send in the accompanying valid medication directly to your child’s class teacher. We are now in week 2 and this is extremely important in order to ensure your child’s well-being.

On Friday 20th September we will be celebrating our Welcome Mass with Fr. Kevin at 2pm in the school hall. All parents are most welcome and I am sure the children would love to see you there. From 4-6 pm we will also be holding our Family Fun Day, a SJSA fund-raising initiative which is also a wonderful way of celebrating the St. Joseph’s school family. For further information on this event please contact Mrs Gorman.

On Friday 27h September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:15. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. Please note, we need raffle prizes such as wine, vouchers or chocolates. Please contact Mr Bowles if you would like to volunteer or if you would like any information on how you could help. 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.

This weekend Jarvis will be going home with Guillaume who has lived out our Mission Statement to the full not only embracing every learning opportunity but also showing God’s love to his classmates, especially those who may be finding it harder to settle in a new school or class.

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

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher


Dates for Your Diary

September

Monday 9th
Life Education Bus all week
Y5 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45 pm

Tuesday 10th
Y3 Curriculum Meeting @ 9:00 am

Tuesday 10th
Y4 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45pm
Life Bus parent session 3:05 – 3:30pm

Friday 13th
Life Bus parent session 9:00 – 9:30am

Monday 16th
Blue 3 visiting forest school
Violet 3 visiting Forest school

Thursday 19th
Pink 3 visiting Forest school

Friday 20th
Welcome Mass @2:00 pm school hall

Friday 20th
Family Fun Day 4:00-6:00pm

Monday 23rd
Blue 1 visiting forest school
Blue 2 visiting forest school

Tuesday 24th
Y6 Able Writers’ workshop
SJSA AGM school hall 6pm

Wednesday 25th
Emotion in the Ocean workshop all day years Nurs – Y6
Tag Rugby (y5/6 tbc)

Friday 27th
Macmillan Coffee Morning


Merits

Rec B1 - n/a
Rec B2 - n/a
Pink 1 - Archie
Pink 2 - Harry-Ray
Pink 3 - Giorgia
Blue 1 - Maelys
Blue 2 - Darcy
Blue 3 - Stamford
Violet 1 - Zac
Violet 2 - Sherman
Violet 3 - Emilio

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - n/a
Rec B2 - n/a
Pink 1 - Arlo
Pink 2 - Georgina
Pink 3 - Sara
Blue 1 - Gisele
Blue 2 - Noah
Blue 3 - Maya
Violet 1 - Aleks
Violet 2 - Bernice
Violet 3 - Vero

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EYFS News

In Reception Class we have continued to settle into our new routines and classroom. We discussed how we can show God's love and how we can be a good friend.

Our week started with a visit to the Life Bus and learned about healthy eating, exercise and how we feel. Gerald the Giraffe was great company and we had a wonderful afternoon.

We have also been drawing and practicing writing our names in class. We will send home name writing sheets home this weekend- please look out for these. This will be our focus for the next fortnight.

It was great to see so many parents at our Curriculum Meeting. We have attached the PowerPoint to the EYFS pages on our website. Please do ask if you have any questions. It was great to have another parent representative volunteer.

Have a safe and restful weekend

Reception Team


Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers, it has been a busy learning week in Pink Classes. Pink 1, Miss Bouchey’s class had a fabulous morning on Thursday at the Forest School in Paddington REC. They got to participate in an exciting nature trail. This week in English we enjoyed roll playing the story Going Shopping by Sarah Garland. Next week in English we will be reading Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas who is also our author this term. In R.E. we have discussed how some new beginnings can be difficult such as starting a new school year. Next week we will be reading the Creation story and in Maths we will be developing our addition skills and quick mental recall of the number bonds to ten and beyond. Next week we are also looking forward to commencing our Geographic topic, Commotion in the Ocean.

Blue Class News

It has been a busy and exciting week in the Blue classes! In English, we studied a poem by Simon Pitt and have been using our own powerful verbs and appropriate proper nouns to recreate our own. We were very impressed by the children's creativity and ability to perform their poems to their peers.

Place value of four-digit numbers was our focus for the week in Maths and we learnt about the 'Life processes of a living organism' in Science. Could you name all 7? Perhaps you should ask MRS GREN if you need some help?

The children were so excited to begin our Anglo Saxon topic and have already shown excellent understanding of the invasion and maps of relevant areas.

Violet Class News

We have had another great week in Year 5 . This week we have focused on the story of Moses and the good Samaritan, the children did a brilliant job retelling these stories and explaining the messages portrayed. We have continued our work on place value in Maths, focusing on identifying the value of a digit in numbers up to 1 million. In small groups we applied our knowledge from the past two weeks to answer word problems. We began our Science topic-Space , the children enjoyed sharing their prior knowledge and we are looking forward to hearing their name suggestions for the exoplanet and star.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their session on the Life Education bus, they explored the concepts of making good decisions and how to care of their physical and mental well-being.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Cottingham and Miss Burton


This week has gone as quick as a lightning bolt! The vast Violet 3 worked wonders with their Autobiographies this week. Ensuring that they wrote in the past tense and first person, they brought their writing to life by using: alliteration, similes and adjectives to create an insightful glimpse into their lives. Each one providing an entertaining and enjoyable read.

In Maths this week, we have focused on ensuring that we have a solid understanding of place value, ordering and comparing large numbers and rounding numbers. Can you explain the rule we use when we round numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000?

We thoroughly enjoyed participating in Life Bus this week, thank you Miss Armstrong for organising this for us. Next week, we are really looking forward to our first Forest School of the year on Monday 16th September.