Nursery News

All the children have now started Nursery and many have moved onto full days. We are very happy at how they have settled into the routines and thank you for your patience and understanding as you allow us to settle your children.

The children have worked hard at coping with all the different transitions throughout the day, especially moving from the Nursery for our Friday PE sessions with Coach Grant and our daily walk to the hall for school lunch.

The Nursery is already looking magnificent with the children's art work as we have been talking about ourselves, our families and where we live. Please take the time to have a look at their work. We are very proud of them.

Some reminders for you all - Please label your child's clothing . We are already missing items of uniform.

The tickets are in sale for the Harvest Supper. These are being sold outside the Nursery. Thank you.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend

The Nursery Team

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

As part of our focus this year on the adoration of Jesus, children in key stage 2 – Blue and Violet classes- will be going to church on Tuesday afternoon for some guided adoration with Fr Jeff. I hope that during the year, the children have many opportunities to go to church to sit with the Blessed Sacrament and deepen their relationship with Jesus. The children have done some beautiful art work in the hall around this theme and I hope that they will truly benefit from a deeper understanding of the love that Jesus has for them.

Please remember that Tuesday 25th September is the School Association AGM, starting 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.

On Friday 28th 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 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 week Jarvis is going home with Isabella in Blue 3. Miss Armstrong has been really impressed with her diligence and kindness since joining year 4. I know that she will look after Jarvis really well.

May God keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Headteacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

September

Monday 24th
Pink 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec’
Y6 Library visit

Tuesday 25th
KS2 to church for adoration 2:15pm
10 children Y5 & Y6 writers workshop
SJSA AGM in hall @ 6pm

Thursday 27th
Violet 1 library visit
Pink 2 library visit

Friday 28th
Macmillan Coffee Morning opens 8:15am
Blue 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

October

Monday 1st
Scholastic Book Fair begins
Poetry week begins
Blue 2 Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 2nd
Author workshop (Veronica Cosantelli) Year 1 – 4

Thursday 4th
National Poetry Day
Poet Idol
Blue 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Harvest Service KS2 @ 2pm

Wed 10th
Year 6 visiting the V&A

Friday 12th
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Nursery Harvest Supper 6 – 8pm

Monday 15th
Read-a-thon begins
Violet3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 17th
Parent – Teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6pm

Thursday 18th
Parent – Teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6pm

Friday 19th
End of term 3:30pm


Merits


Rec B1 - N/A
Rec B2 - N/A
Pink 1 - Reyann
Pink 2 - Rocco
Pink 3 - Francis
Blue 1 - Layla
Blue 2 - Romina
Blue 3 - Joshua
Violet 1 - Sophia
Violet 2 - Emma
Violet 3 - Alessia

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Writer of the Week


Rec B1 - N/A
Rec B2 - N/A
Pink 1 - Sarah
Pink 2 - Shamar
Pink 3 - Kirsten
Blue 1 - Isabella
Blue 2 - Frederica
Blue 3 - Sherman
Violet 1 - Victoria
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Adele

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Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers, we have had a busy and exciting week. In English we acted out the story of the Gruffalo and planned our story maps preparing ourselves for the Friday “Big Write”. Next week we will be reading another of Julia Donaldson’s books: Monkey Puzzle. In Mathematics we were using the dienes blocks to make two digit numbers. We partitioned our numbers into tens and ones.

Next week we will be working on our quick mental recall of number bonds/pairs to 10 and beyond. In RE, we completed our lovely class display of the Eucharist. We have also been developing our understanding of the importance of family. Thank you to the children who brought in photographs of their families.

Next week we look forward to the launch of our new history topic: The Man on the Moon - the first Moon landing (1969).

Blue Class News

It's been a great start to the new academic year in the Blue group. The children have settled in well to their respective classes. We have launched a variety of exciting topics, and the children have impressed us with both their enthusiasm and already existing general knowledge.

In English, the children have explored the art of descriptive writing whilst traipsing though the Amazon Rainforest. We have been appreciating our author of the term, Anthony Browne and his cleverly crafted illustrations.

Father Jeff welcomed us in a lovely Mass last Friday and explained to us the significance of the Adoremus as celebrated by the church this year. In class we are studying the topic of Homes. The children have already begun to make links between chosen Bible readings and how we can always be making positive contributions to our families, school life and the community.

Wishing you all a happy and restful weekend.

Reception News

Reception Class have a had another wonderful week and we have been busy as always! We have started putting some of our amazing work on the walls. Do stop and have a look when you are dropping your child off in the mornings.

We have started our phonics programme this week, learning the new sounds S A T P. Please see the books we have sent home with your child we are always available to discuss strategies.

In maths we have been looking at numbers and where we can see them around us - here are a few useful ideas.

At home:

  • in the kitchen

  • on pages in a book or magazine.

In the street:

  • on doors

  • on car number plates

  • on buses.

While out shopping:

  • on price labels

  • on products or shelves

  • in shop windows.

Violet Class News

WOW! WEE! What a fantastic few weeks Year 6 has had!! I've been completely impressed with their hard work and effort they have put into their work. It is clear that every child has matured a great deal and is ready for the tough year ahead.

In Maths this week we have been focused on strengthening our place value and number skills to ensure we have a solid foundation to work with for the rest of the year, by revising addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. In writing, we have entertained Mrs Viana greatly with our Autobiographies. Exploring how light travels has been our topic of investigation in Science this week.

We are looking forward to next week and visiting Our Ladies Church for a Mass.

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

I am delighted to announce that St Joseph’s is now a Forest School! Each class will go to Padding Rec once a term. Forest School was introduced to the UK in 1993 and was inspired by outdoor learning in Denmark. It has now grown into a well-known and much respected concept. Forest School focuses on child led learning, giving the children ownership over the

area during their visits. Children are valued and encouraged, have lots of fun, learn new skills and enjoy a positive experience in the park, engaging with nature as well as increasing their independence and self-esteem, which can transfer into other areas of life.

Forest School provides a safe environment for children to: engage with nature, learn new skills,have fun, become more independent, learn in the way they find works best, be encouraged in a positive learning environment and enhance their self-esteem.

I am sure that the children will benefit from this enjoyable experience.

Curriculum meetings for children in Nursery and Reception classes will take place next week.

Nursery: Tuesday 18th 9am

Reception: Wednesday 19th 9am

Unfortunately, we have a vomiting bug in school at the moment. It seems to strike very quickly, with children showing no symptoms until they are sick. If your child is sick, please keep them at home for 24 hours clear of last episode of vomiting.

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 remember that Tuesday 25th September is the School Association AGM, starting 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.

On Friday 28th 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 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.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs K Husain


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

September

Tuesday 18th
Nursery curriculum meeting @9:30 in hall

Wednesday 19th
Reception curriculum meeting @9:30 in hall

Monday 24th
Pink 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Y6 Library visit

Tuesday 25th
KS2 to church for adoration 2:15
SJSA AGM in hall @ 6pm

Friday 28th
Macmillan Coffee Morning opens 8:15am
Blue 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

October

Monday 1st
Scholastic Book Fair begins
Blue 2 Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

As the school year draws to a close, may I take this opportunity to thank you all, on behalf of all the staff, for your cards, presents and good wishes.  Moreover, I would like to thank all of the parents for your support this year.  You have shown me what a true Catholic community is and without your help and cooperation, St Joseph’s cannot function to provide the very best for the children we are so fortunate to care for on a daily basis.

I have been extremely blessed this year to work with such an amazing group of professionals who are committed, determined and come to school each day with passion and enthusiasm.  Our teachers and support staff work tirelessly to support the children and provide the very best educational experience for them.  They do much more than what is asked of them and are examples of faith in action.  They have made my job this year so much easier!

St Joseph’s would be nothing without the children who come through the gates each morning, willing and eager to learn.  I am immensely privileged to play a role in the development and growth of these young people and it is a constant delight to see them and get to know them.  Thank you for entrusting them into our care.

St Joseph’s is so much more than a place where you do your lessons, sit your exams and go home. It is a place where you are part of something bigger than yourself, where you learn to be part of a genuine family and community that cares about each other and looks after each other. It has been a great year in the life of the school and at the end of the year, it is important to recognise what a special place St Joseph’s is.

I look forward to seeing you in September.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher

Blue Class News

The last full week of the school year has been extremely busy. On Monday we helped year 6 celebrate their leaving mass at All Souls. It was a lovely afternoon, and we were treated to not only a reverent mass, but also some wonderful singing. It was lovely to watch the rest of KS2 support their peers.

All Blue classes have had much fun in their Art lessons this week. The children have continued to learn about Claude Monet and his style of art. We were most impressed by the children's interpretations of The Water-Lily Pond. Blue 1 also experimented with Monet's seascapes, with some lovely results.
In other lessons this week we have: written play scripts, created descriptions of shops we created, revisited multiplication of large numbers and researched the 2018 Tour de France.

Yesterday was most definitely the highlight of the week. We were invited to the final dress rehearsal of Year 6's Oliver Twist. According to the children, the tap dancing, singing and acting were of West End quality!