Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

As the end of the school year fast approaches, I would like to thank you all for your tireless support. Your generosity of spirit and kindness have shown me what a true Catholic community is and I am eternally grateful.

Having been at St Joseph’s as a pupil, a parent, a teacher and a Deputy Head Teacher, I not only feel particularly privileged to be working here but also have deep-rooted feelings of loyalty and love for the school that has had such an impact on my past, present and future. It is indeed a blessing and a gift to continue to support and nurture this incredible St Joseph’s family.

A message from Andrew Heffernan, Chair of Governors

’As the school year ends I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the parents and carers for the continued support of the school during the year through their time or financial contributions. Through your support we are able to continue to support a wider curriculum, ensure inclusion of all children in activities and fund improvements to the school. Your support really does help in achieving the schools mission of allowing our children to ‘learn to live life to the full’.

During the summer break the school will be a busy place, with improvement works on the Sharpe Suite being undertaken and a new KS1 playground being laid. Your donations to the Governors’ fund and School Association activities have funded these works. Although the Governors have underwritten the playground works, I know that the School association is committed to raising funds so that we can install play equipment, murals and decorations.

Once again this year, I am truly humbled by the dedication shown by all of our staff. Our teachers and support staff not only in the classroom or the school offices but also the premises staff show such devotion to the pupils in their care that I cannot thank them enough for everything they do. The success of our school and the happiness of our pupils is because of their tireless efforts.

With this in mind, I would like to thank Mrs Meadway and Miss Platten for their contribution to our pupils’ learning journey. We have loved working with you and we are certain that our children have benefited hugely from your experience and creativity.

St Joseph’s would, of course, be nothing without our pupils. I am so fortunate to have witnessed Y6’s progress from Nursery to the brink of Y7. I am honoured to send them on to the next stage of their education, secure in the knowledge that they will shine brightly and be wonderful St Joseph’s ambassadors in their new schools. Without all of our pupils who come through the gates every morning with their infectious enthusiasm and passion for knowledge, our school would not be the vibrant and enriching place we all know and love. Thank you children for sharing your love of learning with me and thank you parents for allowing me to be part of the team that helps nurture that love.

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

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

We have had a wonderful week during which the children enjoyed more Forest School enrichment learning, Science Workshops, met their new teachers and classmates and also, the Y5 children were able to spend some time with their Buddies in preparation for September. We are also delighted to welcome Miss Cottingham and Miss Robb to our teaching team and hope that they will remain with us for many years to come.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed their time, effort and dedication to our wonderfully successful Summer Fair. We raised over £9,000 which was only possible because of the admirable commitment and support of our parents and staff. The Summer Fair team working in the weeks leading up to the event, in the setting up on Friday and from the early morning on the Saturday were shining examples of selfless generosity. On behalf of all of the St. Joseph’s Family, I salute you for your devotion to your Catholic faith and to the Common Good. On behalf of all of the children, all of the parents and all of the staff and governors: thank you.

Next week, as our academic year draws to a close, we have a wonderful array of activities and celebrations for our pupils. The Nursery and Reception class children will be celebrating their achievements on Monday 15th July at 9 am with a special assembly. Parents of children in EYFS are welcome to join us. Also, on Monday 15th, we will be celebrating a mass of thanksgiving in church with Fr. Lorenzo at 2pm for the year 6 children. The Leavers’ assembly will take place on Friday 19th July at 9:30. This is when we will say goodbye to our year 6 pupils. During this assembly we also announce the head boy and girl for 2019-20. Parents of children in year 6 are invited to join us. School finishes at 1:30 on Friday 19th July.

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

Monday 15th
Violet 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
EYFS celebration assembly 9 – 10 in hall
Year 6 leavers mass 2pm @church of Our Lady.

Tuesday 16th
Year 4 Auction promise
Y6 End of year show 6:30pm school hall

Wednesday 17th
Year 6 leavers Disco 6 – 8 school hall

Thursday 18th
Blue 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 19th
Leavers assembly in hall 9:30 – 10:30
School finishes @ 1:30PM

Violet Class News

Another amazing week for Violet 3. On Tuesday, we concurred our fears and climbed to the viewing platform inside The Shard. We were amazed with interesting facts about it, the total height of the building is 309.6 metres and it contains 11,000 glass panels! We marvelled at the incredible view London provided us and we felt much pride in calling the beautiful sight our home.

For the rest of the week we focused on rehearsing for our end of year show and our leavers Mass. Violet 3 are certainly ready for a final busy week ahead.

Blue Class News

It's been another busy week for the Blue classes. In English the children impressed us with their witty and well structured limericks. They did a great job of adhering to the AABBA rhyme structure and used the correct amount of syllables in each line. Well done!

In Religious Education, we continued our work on Special Places. In mapping work, the children researched places special to Jesus on a map of Jerusalem. Later in the week we learnt the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

In other lessons we have: compared different Roman gods, enjoyed cricket lessons with the MCC and rounded populations of different cities around the world.

On Monday afternoon we will be attending the Year 6 leavers' Mass at the church. If you able to accompany us at 1.30 pm for a 2pm start, it would be much appreciated.

Happy Friday to all!

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

We have had a wonderful week, the highlight of which was our sports day events for Nursery and Reception and KS1 and KS2. It was so lovely to see the Y5 children help with the smooth running of the EYFS Sports Day on Tuesday 25th. They showed great patience, understanding and were wonderful role models for the Nursery and Reception children to aspire to. On Wednesday we saw the Y6 children take on this responsibility with the KS1 children and, once again I was very proud to witness their hard work and enthusiasm. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school and we are certainly blessed to have them as our pupils. I would also like to thank the many parents and even grandparents who came to support us during our Sports Days. A special thank you to Mrs Harrington who transported the equipment and the school lunches, and of course an especially big thank you to Coach Grant and Miss Armstrong who organised and coordinated the entire day. They all did brilliantly.

We were also delighted to welcome our Link Governors to the school. They were suitably impressed with our enriching learning environment, the quality and progression in writing presented from Nursery to Year 6 and were full of praise for our pupils, not only those they spoke to in their classes but also the Y6 students who were so articulate, confident and proud to share their love for St. Joseph’s with our visitors. As you know we often enter various writing competitions and would also like to congratulate Minudi who has become a published poet and won a highly commended award from the Premier League Writing Stars competition for her poem on friendship:

My Friends

I have friends

Tall, short – medium size.

But we are all friends.

I have friends

With white, brown skin.

But we are all friends

I have friends

Different size,

Different skin.

But we are all friends,

With kind hearts.

We all love each other. By Minudi.

Next academic year, we will be having a head girl and a head boy and no prefects. Melissa and Riley have been outstanding ambassadors for the school and wonderful role models to all. As you know, all of the children in year 6 are expected to help and support the other children and staff in school. The jobs that the prefects have done in previous years will be shared around the children. This way the children will learn about collective responsibility and team work. In the coming weeks we will be talking to year 5 about the role of head boy and girl and the children in year 5, along with the staff will all have a say about who they think would be suitable for this role.

In preparation for next year, we would like to forge ahead with our plans for the KS1 playground and also with preparing the Sharpe Suite for the new Y6 intake. We would therefore welcome any interested parent or friend of the school who would be happy to become the proud owner of a piano. At the moment, we have 2 pianos in the Y6 classroom and the children would certainly benefit from the increased space which the removal of one of these would allow. If you are interested, please contact Mr Bowles for further details.

Preparations for the summer fair are well on the way. If you can help in any way, please contact the summer fair team led by Mrs Koczan-Santiago. Next week, on 5th July, children can again wear their own clothes and this time bring in a homemade cake for the summer fair. If you cannot make a cake, please bring in a donation for the fair.

This week, Jarvis will be going home with Arianna for being a kind and caring pupil who always tries her very best and lives out our Mission Statement on a daily basis. I am sure that she will continue to shine throughout her learning journey at St. Joseph’s and that Jarvis will be very well looked after this 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

July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Violet 1 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
Summer Fair

Tuesday 9th
Y6 visiting the Shard

Wednesday 10th
Zap Anti Bullying assembly & workshops for KS2

Thursday 11th
Blue 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 12th
Year 5 Taster Day @ St. George’s


Merits

Rec B1 - Gael
Rec B2 - Edouard
Pink 1 - Sarah & Martha
Pink 2 - Georges
Pink 3 - Samuel
Blue 1 - Emad
Blue 2 - Stamford
Blue 3 - Maisie
Violet 1 - Antonio
Violet 2 - Mila
Violet 3 - Alessia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Jacob
Rec B2 - Matylda
Pink 1 - Reyann
Pink 2 - Zack
Pink 3 - Joshua
Blue 1 - Edith
Blue 2 - Carolina
Blue 3 - Claudia
Violet 1 - Gabriel
Violet 2 - Anita
Violet 3 - Cormac

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Pink Class News

Pink Classes had a wonderful morning at Sports Day on Wednesday. The children had such a great time playing all the team games from the sack race to the vortex throw and hurdles- all the children showed fantastic teamwork. They also all had great team spirit which was great to see. Congratulations to St Vincent who were the overall winners for KS1 sports day.

Dates for the Diary:
Pink 2 Forest School: Monday 1st July
Pink 3 Forest School: Thursday 4th July
Summer Fair: Saturday 6th July

Blue Class News

Sports day was a great success on Wednesday. When the children were asked of their favourite moments, the tug-of-war and the running races were the firm favourites. It was great to see their passion and teamwork on the day. A big thank you to all the parents for their enthusiasm and support. It always adds to the lovely atmosphere, and the children love watching their parents taking part in the adult races.

The week on a whole has been very busy. We have made the most of the glorious sunshine with some outdoor learning and looked at Islam as our RE focus this week.

We look forward to seeing you all at the annual Summer Fair next Saturday.

Violet Class News

There were two clear highlights for the Year 5 classes this week. The first was the recapping of place value and equivalent fractions in Maths - the children have progressed fantastically in these areas this year. The second was Sports day! Excellent behaviour, terrify sportsmanship and a positive attitude to participation characterised a wonderful, sunny day at Paddington Rec!

This week, we furthered our learning on Brazil in Topic, studying: climate, rivers, peaks, landmarks and culture. Our vastly improved debating skills were put to great use in RE where the children put forward strong arguments for and against working on the Sabbath day.

We are looking forward to our secondary school taster day at St George's on Friday 5th July. Lunch will be provided so there is no need for any child to bring packed lunch.

Enjoy the weather this weekend,
Mr McGee and Miss Burton


Six children sped down the Thames on Monday in an exhilarating ride on a jet boat. Back on dry land, they headed to the nearest pizzeria and filled their bellies with mouth-watering pizza and they finished the afternoon with a stroll through St James' Park and ice-cream. It was a fantastic treat, thank you Mr Bowles for joining us! Back at school, the rest of us beavered away on our Our Place powerpoints for our new Geography topic.

Wednesday was the best day of the year, Sports Day! And every child in Violet 3 showed great sportsmanship throughout the whole day and participated with enthusiasm and joyfulness. There was tough competition against the Violet classes in the Tug-of-War. A big thank you! To Miss Armstrong and Coach Grant, for organising such a wonderful day.

Rehearsals for Macbeth, Leavers Mass and Assembly are dominating Violet 3's timetable, but everyone is having fun and putting in hundred percent. Next week, we are really looking forward to our Buddies Picnic, let's hope the sun stays out.

Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Brooks

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

During our Geography Week, kindly organised by Mrs Robinson, our KS1 and KS2 pupils have enjoyed learning orienteering skills in Hampstead Heath Adventure playground. This enriching learning experience has not only helped them in their Geography skills but they have also been given wonderful opportunities to reflect and demonstrate cross-curricular links in their writing and drawing, inspired by these activities.

This week, we were also fortunate enough to receive a visit from the NSPCC and their mascot, “Buddy”. This worthy organisation carried out a series of workshops and assemblies for the whole school delivering their “Speak out. Stay safe” programme. Nursery, Reception as well as KS1 and KS2 benefited from work around kindness, inclusion and tolerance. The children found these workshops very valuable and we, as a school, are very happy to support the NSPCC in their ambition to help every child in the UK and Channel Islands stay safe.

Preparations for the summer fair are well on the way. If you can help in any way, please contact the summer fair team led by Mrs Koczan-Santiago. Next week, on 28th June, children are invited to wear their own clothes and bring in a jar filled with small toys, games, stationery items or hair accessories (no sweets) and a pound towards the summer fair. All pounds will go towards buying prizes for games at the summer fair. On 5th July, children can again wear their own clothes and this time bring in a homemade cake for the summer fair.

This week, Jarvis will be going home with Muna and Adnan who are always kind and thoughtful towards all of their classmates and all of their teachers. They are wonderful role models inside and outside school, always living out our Mission Statement and being worthy St. Joseph’s ambassadors when on trips or excursions. I am sure that they will continue to flourish and that Jarvis will be very well looked after this 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

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Meeting for Nursery parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
Year 6 Auction Promise

Tuesday 25th
Meeting for Reception parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
EYFS Sports Morning @ school
Nursery - 1:30pm
Reception - 2:20pm

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)


Friday 28th
Y5 Auction promise


July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Pink 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
Summer Fair

Tuesday 9th
Y6 visiting the Shard

Wednesday 10th
Zap Anti Bullying assembly & workshops for KS2

Thursday 11th
Blue 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 12th
Year 5 Taster Day @ St. George’s


Merits

Rec B1 - Cristina
Rec B2 - James
Pink 1 - Mattheus
Pink 2 - Angela
Pink 3 - Kirsten
Blue 1 - Whole class
Blue 2 - Grace
Blue 3 - n/a
Violet 1 - Suraya
Violet 2 - Ines
Violet 3 - Vittoria

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Cora
Rec B2 - Liam
Pink 1 - Cally
Pink 2 - Alessandra
Pink 3 - Francis
Blue 1 - Matias
Blue 2 - Adrian
Blue 3 - n/a
Violet 1 - Ines
Violet 2 - Joe
Violet 3 - Alessia

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Pink Class News

This week Pink Classes enjoyed a trip to Hampstead Heath for Geography Week. The children got an opportunity to develop their mapping skills, learning how to read and use a map to find pirate treasure! We were also lucky to enjoy it all in the sunshine.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Fathers Day assembly. We hope you enjoyed the donuts and our prayer service.

Dates for the Diary:
Monday 24th June: Pink 1 Forest School

Wednesday 26th June is our Sports Day. A letter has been sent home with all the details. As the weather is looking warm please remember to pack a hat and an extra water bottle for your child.

Thank you.
Pink Team