Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,


Please remember to read as many books as possible over the half term and collect lots of sponsors for our Read a Thon. All children should have sponsorship forms, so please encourage family and friends to sponsor the children to read as much as they can over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you to everybody who came to our Parent-Teacher consultations this week and filled in the parent questionnaire. I hope that the consultations were useful and informative. If you do have any concerns, questions or need more information from the class teacher, please feel free to make an appointment. Appointments can also be made with me or Mrs Viana if you are worried about your child. Over the half term I will be looking at the questionnaires and will feedback the results once collated. The children have also been asked to fill in their own questionnaires this week, so hopefully they will provide lots of food for thought!

On Friday 2nd November, to mark the end of the Read-a Thon, children are invited to dress up as their favourite fictional character.

Congratulations and best wishes to Miss Dowling who is getting married over the half term break. We wish her and her new husband all the very best and hope they enjoy many years of happiness together.

We had a very interesting assembly on Tuesday where the children reflected on the amount of screen time they had and the amount of time they actually wanted spend on screens. The children made some great suggestions of activities that they could do over the half term including baking a cake, riding a bike, doing some sport, drawing, making a comic, writing a poem and, of course…reading a book for Read a Thon!

It was great to see so many parents at the Nursery Harvest Supper last Friday evening. It was a fantastic event and enjoyed by all. Thank you for your kind donations, from raffle prizes and food to preparation and cleaning up time. The total amount raised was over £800!

Can I please remind all parents that we are a healthy school and therefore children are only allowed to bring fruit or vegetables as a snack. We also have a number of children who have nuts allergies so please bear this in mind.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


FREE half-term fun for children at Maida Vale Library

Hallowe’en felt finger puppets
Create some adorable and spooky Hallowe’en finger puppets!
Monday 22nd October 2:30pm - 3:30pm­­


Mr Pegg's Post
Author Elena Topouzoglou presents her new children’s book, Mr Pegg's Post, followed by a craft activity.
Tuesday 23rd October 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Spooky Hallowe’en crafts
Use your imagination to make lots of spooky things for Hallowe’en!
Wednesday 24th October 10:30am -11:30am


Skeleton jigsaw & quiz
Skeleton jigsaw puzzle and entertaining quiz from Body Back Up osteopath
Robin Lansman. Children must be 7+ and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Thursday 25th October 3:00pm - 4:00pm

From Greek gods to the Galapagos Islands!
Children’s author Paul Watkins presents his two exciting new books: Felipe & Esmeralda go to The Galapagos and Poppy & Pollo go to Mount Olympos!
Friday 26th October 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Horrible Hunt
Find all the spooky pictures hidden around the library and be entered into our prize draw for a chance to win a cuddly toy. Plus decode the secret message for a chance to win a bonus prize!
Monday 22nd October to Saturday 27th October All day!


Scary Scribbles
What's the scariest monster you can imagine? Draw a picture of it and see it displayed in the library. Plus the best picture wins a chocolate surprise!
Monday 22nd October to Saturday 27th October All day!


PLEASE NOTE: Unless specified, children of all ages are welcome at our events but younger children might need the help of an adult for some activities.


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY



Wed 10th
Year 6 visiting the V&A
Parent - Teacher consultation (Pink1 ONLY)

Thursday 11th
Parent - Teacher consultation (Pink1 ONLY)

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

Monday 29th
Term begins
Readathon week begins

Tuesday 30th
Financing the Future – meeting hosted by Chair of Governors
9am & 7pm (school Hall)


November


Thursday 1st
KS2 Mass 9:30 @ Church of Our Lady’s (All Saints)

Friday 2nd
2pm – KS2 service in hall (All Souls)
Children to dress as favourite fictional character

Monday 5th November
Pink 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 6th
Author Amy Wilson visiting Y3-Y6

Thursday 8th
Pink 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 9th
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 12th
Y6 Library visit

Thursday 15th
Pink 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Flu vaccination programme (Years Rec – Y5)

Friday 16th
Blue 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 21st
Year 6 visiting Winston Churchill War Rooms
Secondary transfer meeting for Y5 parents @ 3:45pm in Violet 1 class


December


Monday 3rd
History week begins
Advent mass in school

Tuesday 4th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Pink classes

Wednesday 5th
Freshwater Theatre Group presenting to Year 5
Year 6 attending Carol Service @ Westminster Cathedral

Thursday 6th
KS1 Advent service in school 9am
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Year 6 class

Friday 7th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Blue classes
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec


Merits


Rec B1 - Caroline
Rec B2 - Georgina
Pink 1 - Guillaume
Pink 2 - Chloe
Pink 3 - Whole Class
Blue 1 - Atticus
Blue 2 - Bernice
Blue 3 - Matteo
Violet 1 - Joseph
Violet 2 - Sophia
Violet 3 - Christian

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Mathematician of the Week


Rec B1 - Atticus
Rec B2 - Youssef
Pink 1 - Matilde
Pink 2 - Adam
Pink 3 - Samuel
Blue 1 - Muna
Blue 2 - Freddie
Blue 3 - Aaron
Violet 1 - Sofia
Violet 2 - Joe
Violet 3 - Harry

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Blue Class News

Apparently it doesn't get much better than wearing your pyjamas to school. Much fun was had by all today as the children carried out their lessons in maximum comfort!

In RE the children ordered the service of baptism and explained in detail what each step entails. Many thanks for all of the lovely Baptism photos which are currently on display in the Blue classes.

Maths lessons this week continued to focus on time. The children have really persevered on what can be a tricky topic. It's been great to watch the children challenge themselves on the more difficult tasks.

In other lessons this week we have: designed Christmas cards, tested the durability and permeability of rocks, designed Stone Age tools and written adverb poems.

Wishing you all a restful and safe half term break.

Finally, a big congratulations to Miss Dowling who will become Mrs Ward over the October break. We wish her every happiness on her special day.

Nursery News

We have had such a full and amazing term here in Nursery. The children are happy and settled thus allowing them to become fully involved with the environment and establishing good learning choices.

We have finished the term by looking at how to keep ourselves healthy and how to look after ourselves. We have established good washing hand practice with the use of visual prompts above the basins. The children got to look, touch, smell and identify different fruits and vegetables, finishing with making pumpkin soup.

We are now participating in the whole school Readathon so the holidays are a good time to visit our local library. We finished the term with our 'Pyjamas Day' and look forward to the parents coming to read to the children during the first week, finishing with our Book Character Day. Next term we will start looking at Colour, Light and Sound.

Thank You to our Reception parents who hosted the Harvest Supper. It was a lovely evening and was nice to chat to everyone in a social setting.Thank you to our Nursery parents for their generous donations of raffle prizes.

Enjoy the half term break and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 29th October.

Reception News

Reception class have finished the half term learning our new sounds h, b, f and l. The children have their writing sheets that have been completed in class in their green book bags. As always, please look and discuss what your child has learned this week.

We have also been busy cooking. On Thursday, we made a lemon cake with our friends. Please do have a look at the pictures we took and wrote about.

Finally, a huge thank you to all of the parents who contributed food, donations and time last week. Our Harvest Supper was a very successful evening due to all of your efforts. The welcome to St Joseph's was as memorable ever for the nursery parents. Thank you all once again.

We look forward to welcoming you all again on 29th October. Have a wonderful and restful half term!

Samara Bouchey

Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers,

There have been many educational and pleasant events for the children this half term, from “Poet Idol” to visiting Paddington REC and exploring the “Secret Garden”. After the long summer break the children have worked hard to settle into the rules and routines of Key Stage 1 and life at St. Joseph’s. Thank you for attending the “Parent Consultation” meetings this week. It was an opportunity for us to meet you in person and share your child’s progress with you.

Next half term in English we will be focusing on non-fiction in the first two weeks. In Mathematics, we will be developing our understanding of multiplication (e.g. doubles) and division (e.g. halving). In Religious Education, we will be linking our new “Belonging” topic to Baptism.

Thank you for your continued support and wishing you and your family a relaxing and well deserved rest.

Violet Class News

Starting the week with Forest School was absolutely fantastic! Thank you Miss Dowling for organising this, we wish we could start every week the same way. Year 6 have worked extremely hard this week as we have been completing practice SATs papers: our results, determination and maturity has blown Miss Brooks, Mrs Procaccini and Ms Brennan away. In English, we have been working on our persuasive writing skills and generating persuasive letters. PJ day has been an absolute blast, we thoroughly enjoyed participating in lots of drop and read in our PJs throughout the day. Next week is half term and every child in Year 6 deserves a fun and relaxing break.


What a fabulous end to the half term it has been! In Maths everybody worked incredibly hard, learning and consolidating the formal written methods of multiplication. In English, we have explored the feelings of different characters and looked at using prepositions to improve our sentences. We finished off the week creating our own comic strips which look fantastic! There are possibly some future artists in Year 5! In our topic work this week we learnt about the Ancient Greek Olympics and how they differ from the modern day Olympics. We discovered similarities and differences, can the children name any? Finally, we have all enjoyed guided reading this week as we have started our new book ‘Wonder’. We hope you have an enjoyable half term!

Miss Burton and Mr McGee

Open Morning for Parents

Are you considering St. Joseph's as a school for your child?

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make. The attitudes towards learning that the children develop in their first few years of education will stay with them throughout their lives and so we want to help parents make an informed decision.

On Wednesday 7th November we are holding a meeting for parents who are thinking about sending their children to St. Joseph's. All parents considering a place at St. Joseph’s Catholic school are welcome to attend but you should be aware that this meeting is principally aimed at parents who have a child who will turn 5 years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020.

9:30am - Tea and coffee
9:45am - Welcome from Headteacher
10:00am - Tour of the school
10:15am - End of meeting

Please note there is no entry after 9:30am so please be prompt.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Monday 15th October sees the start of our Read a Thon. Children will be bringing sponsorship forms home with them, so please encourage family and friends to sponsor the children to read as much as they can over the next three weeks.

Events taking place as part of Read-a –thon:
We would welcome parents to come and read a story, book or poem to their children’s class. If you are available to do this, please speak to Mrs Viana.

Pyjama Day: On Friday 19th October, all children are invited to come to school in their pyjamas - in the afternoon, all classes will spend time reading and having a lovely, cosy time.

On Friday 2nd November, to mark the end of the Read-a Thon, children are invited to dress up as their favourite fictional character.

Every child who takes part will be put into a draw to win an e-reader or a Waterstones gift card (donated by Chestertons)

The Harvest Supper for parents in Nursery takes placed this evening. We hope to see many Nursery and Reception parents there and we are looking forward to a lovely evening.

Parent -Teacher consultations take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week (17th and 18th October). Please make sure that you have signed up for a slot via Parentmail.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


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
Read-a-thon pyjama day
End of term 3:30pm

Monday 29th
Term begins
Read-a-thon continues


November

Thursday 1st
KS2 Mass 9:30 @ Church of Our Lady’s (All Saints)

Friday 2nd
Children dress up as favourite fictional character
2pm – KS2 service in hall (All Souls)

Monday 5th
Pink 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 6th
Author Amy Wilson visiting Y3-Y6

Wednesday 7th
Open Morning (for parents applying for 2019)

Thursday 8th
Pink 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 9th
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 12th
Y6 Library visit

Thursday 15th
Pink 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Flu vaccination programme (Years Rec – Y5)

Friday 16th
Blue 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 21st
Year 6 visiting Winston Churchill War Rooms

Saturday 24th
SJSA Winter Gala

Monday 26th
Blue 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 29th
Blue 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec


MERITS

Rec B1 - N/A
Rec B2 - N/A
Pink 1 - Clara
Pink 2 - Lowry
Pink 3 - Felicitas
Blue 1 - Natalia
Blue 2 - Kito
Blue 3 - Oscar
Violet 1 - Eloise
Violet 2 - Nancy
Violet 3 - Riley

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - N/A
Rec B2 - N/A
Pink 1 - Emilio
Pink 2 - Tristan
Pink 3 - Alessandro
Blue 1 - Anna
Blue 2 - Rafa
Blue 3 - Rebecca
Violet 1 - Millyana
Violet 2 - Matteo
Violet 3 - Noelle

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Violet Class News

A brilliant, busy week in Year 6! We had a fantastic time at the Victoria & Albert Museum, we were transported back in time to explore and look at many objects and clothing from the Victorian times. In Maths this week, we worked diligently to solve BIDMAS problems. Can you explain what BIDMAS stands for? In RE we started our new topic: Vocation and Commitment, we wrote reverential prayers and a diary entry from the perspective of John the Baptist. Next week, we are looking forward to our first Forest School Trip.

Many Thanks,
Vicky


It’s been another wonderful week in year 5! Our Maths focus has been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children have then been able to apply their knowledge to solve problems. In English, we have learnt how to use semi colons, colons, dashes and hyphens correctly. We will be putting these into practice in next week’s writing activities! We have continued our learning on Earth and space in Science. Can the children explain why we have day and night? Finally, in RE we looked at the importance of the sacrament of marriage.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the forest school trip today. They loved exploring the woodland, learning how to ‘lash’ sticks together and even tried some whittling. We are very much looking forward to the rest of our sessions over the coming months.

Blue Class News

The Blue classes most enjoyed resuming their tennis lessons this week. Each Thursday the classes will concentrate on basic skills and weekly matches which will put them in good stead for the Westminster tennis competition later in the year.

This week we also launched our new RE topic of Promises. In this topic the children will be learning about the promises made in Baptism.

In Maths we have focused on time. In the different classes we have: read time to the nearest minute, calculated time intervals and read bus timetables.

Wishing you all a great weekend!