Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Many thanks once again to all of the parents of St Joseph’s who made the auction such an overwhelming success. We raised over £80,000 which is thanks to all of your support and generosity. I feel extremely privileged and grateful to be part of such a strong school community and I know I can rely on all of your support for our next event, the Summer Fair. This week we have been fortunate enough to have the Holy Week liturgies that KS2 have performed with such reverence and thoughtfulness for the rest of the school. The children explained their understanding of the events of this special time beautifully and it was wonderful to see so many parents joining us during these liturgies.

Thank you to Fr. Jeff who invited KS2 to pray the Stations of the Cross at Our Lady’s this week. The children were encourage to live their faith during the Easter period, taking full opportunity of their Lenten obligations to pray and grow closer to Jesus.

I would also like to extend my thanks to parents, pupils and teachers for their fantastic effort in our Easter Bonnet parades this week. Special thanks must be given to our judges, Priscilla Sharpe, Julia Nilson and Eileen Chao who performed their unenviable task with great attention to detail and thought. Finally, Melissa and Riley, our Head Boy and Head Girl were invaluable during Wednesday’s celebrations and also judged the overall staff winner. Much fun was had by all and the winners were:

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We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23rd April. Have a peaceful and happy Easter.

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Date for Your Diary

Tuesday 23rd
School returns gates open 8:40
Living Eggs arrive EYFS
Violet classes visiting National Gallery

Wednesday 24th
Blue classes visiting National Gallery

Thursday 25th
Pink classes visiting National Gallery Science outreach in school

Friday 26th
Pink1 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 30th
Oral health and dental survey for Rec & Y1

May

Thursday 2nd
Pink 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 3rd
Science outreach in school

Monday 6th
Bank holiday – school closed

Tuesday 7th
SATs begins

Thursday 9th
Blue 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 10th
Author visit Y3 – Y6

Monday 13th
SATs continues Science week begins

Tuesday 14th
Violet 1 visiting Apple store Regent St.
Violet 2 visiting Apple store Covent Garden

Thursday 16th
SATS continues
Blue 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Sublime Science in school all day

Friday 17th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec Y6 @ Regents Park
Sublime Science in school all day

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft


Merits

Rec B1 - Natalia
Rec B2 - Georgina
Pink 1 - Leandro
Pink 2 - Darian
Pink 3 - Owen
Blue 1 - Josh
Blue 2 - Nancy
Blue 3 - Frankie
Violet 1 - Matthew
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Harry

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Liam
Rec B2 - Youssef
Pink 1 - Sara
Pink 2 - Hector
Pink 3 - Freddie
Blue 1 - Matias
Blue 2 - Alice
Blue 3 - Caterina
Violet 1 - Gabriel
Violet 2 - Molly
Violet 3 - Gabriella

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Blue Class News

The classrooms always look particularly wonderful on Easter bonnet day. This year wasn't any different, as the children filled the rooms with beautiful creations any milliner would be proud of.

In English this week, the children edited and 'published' their own versions of the Little Mermaid. The finished pieces have really brightened up our English displays.

The Last Supper was the basis for our writing in Religious Education this week. After Year 4's reflective retelling on Tuesday, the children were able to write some detailed diary entries from the point of view of Peter. Well done to Year 3 who led a lovely assembly on Monday, which retold the story of Palm Sunday.

In other lessons this week we have: revised key points of grammar, discussed the relationship between multiplication and division, practiced our shooting skills in netball and looked at still life in Art.

EYFS News

This term has been very busy with many events and visitors to Nursery, including Book Week and Art Week The children have coped admirably and gained much from these events.

The Traditional Tales focus has been very popular for all the children. We finished with a much loved story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. All the children are taking an active role in exploring all the areas of learning and are maturing before our eyes. They are developing into confident and independent learners.

Reception has had a very busy week and term! We have had so many fantastic days with the children, and the progress that they have made this term has been fantastic- they have worked so hard and we are all ready for a much deserved break! We had the most wonderful visitor on Friday, Miss Kasia brought her Bearded Dragon to visit! The children were so engaged and were so gentle with them. They all had a go at giving her a pat, even though she had lots of funny looking spikes!

We finished the term with lots of Easter activities. The children loved wearing their Easter Bonnets and parading them to their peers and families. Congratulations to Sophia-Lynne, Harvey and Mark for their winning bonnets.

Have a wonderful holiday and see you in two weeks. Thank you for all the support and parent helping in the EYFS over the term. This is of great value to your child and links home to school in a positive affirmative way.

We all wish you an Easter blessed with lots of joy and happiness.

May God bless you.
The EYFS Team

Violet Class News

Violet 1 and 2

Our Maths focus this week was Roman Numerals, a topic which the children really took to and enjoyed. We tied this in with learning about the Stations of the Cross in RE which culminated in our poignant assembly which retold the story of Jesus crucifixion.

In English we used comparative conjunctions in our writing to compare Stormbreaker the book with the film. Perhaps the highlight of the week was the eagerly anticipated parachute competition which rounded off our air resistance Science lessons. Finally we were so impressed with the artistry and creativity of the children's Easter bonnets.

Have a wonderful Easter break!
God bless

Miss Burton and Mr McGee


Stations of the Cross with Father Jeff, Assembly, Forest Schools and Easter Bonnet Parade! It really has been an incredible week for Violet 3. In English, we finished our very informative non-chronological reports about the Mayan Civilization and in Maths we revised Ratio and Proportion word problems. In Science we had a go at drawing the correct symbols to create a circuit. Can you remember the two different symbols for a bulb?

We had an absolute blast at forest schools, running around exploring, building dens and using tools to whittle hazelnut branches. It was fantastic!! Violet 3 definitely deserves a restful Easter Holiday. But remember on the first day back we are off to the National Gallery!

Pink Class News

This week our R.E focus has been Holy Week. We have retold the story of Palm Sunday, looked at how we remember Maundy Thursday and walked through the Stations of the Cross.

In Maths the children have completed some tests and they all worked really hard to do as much as they could.

Our English focus has continued to be related to our topic work and we have been learning more about the sites of London.

Wishing you a joyful Easter.
The Pink Team

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

I would like to say a special thank you to Chauntel and Kitty, the driving forces behind our wonderful Auction Team this year, together with all of you who supported the event either through creating our amazing artwork, offering promises, bidding on items, running the bar or tidying up afterwards, ensuring that the whole night ran smoothly. We are extremely fortunate to have such a supportive network of parents and teachers at St. Joseph’s and we hope to share the final figure with you in next week’s newsletter.

Our Hockey athletes also demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and team skills, coming 12th out of approximately 25 London boroughs. They should be deservedly proud of their efforts, as are we.

On Wednesday and Thursday we are hosting our annual Easter Bonnet Parades with EYFS and KS1 On the 3rd April at 2pm and KS2 on 4th April, also at 2pm. Please note that this week (week ending 29th) is the last week of after-school clubs and you will be delighted to hear that school finishes at 1:30 pm on Friday 5th April. We are back at school on Tuesday 23rd April and summer uniform is to be worn - girls summer dresses only available from Ace Clothing Suppliers .

Jarvis is going home with Georges today because his teachers have all been impressed with how kind, caring and conscientious he is. Georges is hard working, polite, always tries his best and is a lovely boy to teach. Georges truly lives out our school mission statement every day and I know he will look after Jarvis very well over the weekend.

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

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

April

Wednesday 3rd
EYFS Easter Bonnet parade 2pm school hall

Thursday 4th
Violet 3 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
KS2 Easter Bonnet parade 2pm school hall

Friday 5th
School finishes 1:30pm
EASTER BREAK

Tuesday 23rd
School returns gates open 8:40
Living Eggs arrive EYFS
Violet classes visiting National Gallery

Wednesday 24th
Blue classes visiting National Gallery

Thursday 25th
Pink classes visiting National Gallery
Science outreach in school

Friday 26th
Pink 1 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 30th
Oral health and dental survey for Rec & Y1

May

Thursday 2nd
Pink 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 3rd
Science outreach in school

Monday 6th
Bank holiday – school closed

Tuesday 7th
SATs begins

Thursday 9th
Blue 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 10th
Author visit Y3 – Y6

Monday 13th
SATs continues
Science week begins

Tuesday 14th
Violet 1 visiting Apple store Regent St.
Violet 2 visiting Apple store Covent Garden

Thursday 16th
SATS continues
Blue 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Sublime Science in school all day

Friday 17th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y6 @ Regents Park
Sublime Science in school all day

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft


Merits

Rec B1 - Mariam
Rec B2 - Noah
Pink 1 - Emilio
Pink 2 - Miah
Pink 3 - Alexander
Blue 1 - Muna
Blue 2 - Miles
Blue 3 - Marine
Violet 1 - Isaure
Violet 2 - Molly
Violet 3 - Filippo

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Mathematician of the Week

Rec B1 - Rachel
Rec B2 - Oliver
Pink 1 - Aurelian
Pink 2 - Prince
Pink 3 - Samuel
Blue 1 - Eva
Blue 2 - Kito
Blue 3 - Thomas
Violet 1 - Charlie
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Riley

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Blue Class News

We have been most fortunate with the weather during our trip to Forest Schools this week. It's an outing that the children really look forward to as they get to climb trees, build nests and solve riddles for a whole morning.

On Tuesday we attended a Lenten Mass with Father Jeff and then continued our work in class on Palm Sunday. The children have shown an excellent understanding of the importance of Lent throughout our current topic.

In other lessons this week we have: studied mermaids in English, converted 12 and 24 hour time and practised for our Holy Week assemblies.

We look forward to seeing you on either Monday or Tuesday as we perform our plays in front of the rest of the school.

Pink Class News

This week we have focussed on our Geography topic ‘Where in Britain?’ We have recovered that Britain is made up of four countries and we also know their capital cities.

In Maths we have been working on fractions - the year 1s have been focusing on finding 1/2 of a shape. Whereas the year 2s have been looking at finding 1/2 or 1/4 of an amount.

In R.E we thought about one of the practices - charity - that we practice during Lent and thought about the charities we support.

We hope you have a relaxing and peaceful weekend.

The Pink Team

Violet Class News

Multi step word problems involving a range of operations has been our Maths focus this week in Violet 1 and 2. We were so impressed with how the children applied their numerical and inference skills to these challenging questions! We may experience a dramatic fall in the number of children in our classes, considering the convincing and persuasive application letters which were written to MI6 this week in English.

In our other subjects we recounted the story of Gethsemane, analysed topographical maps of the UK and made parachutes to test for air resistance in RE, Geography and Science respectively. What a week!

We are really looking forward to our Holy Week assembly on Wednesday and the Easter bonnet parade on Thursday!

Miss Burton and Mr McGee


A brilliant week for Violet 3! We have continued to revise and practise for our SATs and have made very pleasing progress. Keep up the hard work! In RE we have been reflecting on the importance of Lent and understanding who we are meant to be emulating during this time and why. In Topic this week, we have been gathering notes on different aspects of the Mayan Civilisation in order to create a Non-Chronological Report. Next week, we are looking forward to our class assembly on Thursday and our trip to Paddington Rec for Forest schools.

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EYFS News

This week in Nursery we continued to look at favourite traditional tales. The children have really enjoyed acting out the 'Three Little Pigs' story. It has been wonderful to see how confident they are in retelling stories.

Our beans continue to grow well. We have planted them on tubs outside on our decking and will continue to observe their growth. We also planted our sunflowers ready for the summer term when we start of 'Living Things' focus.

We made our Easter cards this week for our families which they will bring home next week. We continued to talk about Easter at circle times and reading of books. We also made day cards and gifts and wish all our mothers, aunties and grandmothers a very happy day.

Reception class have been as busy as ever this week! We have been looking at doubling and halving numbers and 'counting on' in our heads. Please look at the following video. There are some great ideas and mathematical language to explain the concept.

We have continued to look at Lent and keeping to our promises. Next week, during Holy Week we will be looking at the days preceding lent and making our ow reflections.

Our Mothers' Day service was a great success, we do hope you enjoy your presents that the children spent so much time making.

Here's hoping the sunshine continues and you all have a great weekend.

The EYFS Team