Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Congratulations to all of the children in Key Stage 1 for their marvellous Nativity performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. The staff and children all worked incredibly hard and the final production was outstanding.

Year 6 sang beautifully and read fantastically at St Saviour’s on Thursday. They joined with other local schools and took part in a carol service. We were all very proud of them.

The children looked very bright and festive in their Christmas jumpers today. All money raised will be going to St John’s Hospice. We will be collecting for the hospice after the Early Years Nativity and the Key Stage 2 carol concert.

The KS2 Carol Concert will take place on Tuesday 18th December in the church. The first performance is at 2pm. If you would like to take your children from church, then you can however, all remaining children will be walked back to school after the concert to be collected from school at 3:30. Key stage 1 and the reception class will be joining us in church to watch the older children.

Parents are then asked to bring the children back to church for 5:30. Please note, the church will not be available until 5:30pm. Children can leave with parents once the concert has finished. All children must be in full school uniform including jumpers or cardigans.

Children will be enjoying Christmas dinner on Wednesday with parties in the afternoon. They are invited to wear their Christmas jumpers for the day.

We finish for Christmas on Friday 21st at 1:30. I hope that you all have a very peaceful and happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th January.


Free Events and Fun for Families
Maida Vale Library,
Sutherland Avenue, W9 2QT

Saturday 15th December - All day
The Big Book Sale
Grab yourself a bargain at our sale of ex-library stock, including adult & children’s books and DVDs.

Saturday 15th – Monday 24th December - All day
Santa’s Lost and Found
Santa has lost some Christmassy things around the library. Find them all for a chance to win a cuddly toy!

Saturday 15th – Monday 24th December - All day
Design a Greetings Card
Show off your artistic skills by creating your own greetings card. All entries will be displayed in the library. Plus, the best picture wins a chocolate surprise!

Monday 17th December at 4:00
Help Make a Mural
Join us in making a festive mural that will be displayed in the Children's Library.

Tuesday 18th & Friday 21st December at 10:30
TWO Under 5s Christmas parties
With Christmas songs and rhymes and a gift from Santa himself! Advance booking required. Tickets available from the library at £3 per child.

Tuesday 18th December at 4:00
Snow Queen Drama Workshop
Take part in an exciting children's drama workshop hosted by Perform who "use a unique mix of drama, dance and singing to bring out every child's true potential". Advance booking required.

Wednesday 19th December at 4:00
Crafty Creations
Get creative making your own cards and decorations.

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.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


December

Friday 14th
Christmas Jumper Day (on behalf of St. John’s Hospice)
Jack & the Beanstalk panto EYFS – KS1

Tuesday 18th
KS2 carol concert –at 2pm and 6pm in church

Wednesday 19th
EYFS Christmas performance @ 9:30am (school hall)
School Christmas lunch (available to those on packed lunch – if booked)
Class parties

Friday 21st
End of term (school finishes 1:30pm)


Merits

Rec B1 - Arianna
Rec B2 - Chloe
Pink 1 - Gisele & Lorenzo
Pink 2 - Minudi
Pink 3 - Jordan
Blue 1 - Eva
Blue 2 - Raiden
Blue 3 - Caterina
Violet 1 - Gabriel
Violet 2 - Joe
Violet 3 - Luca, Adele, Melissa, Cicely & Alessia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Jacob
Rec B2 - Matilda
Pink 1 - Lukas
Pink 2 - Miah
Pink 3 - Alexander
Blue 1 - Artur
Blue 2 - Max
Blue 3 - Claudia
Violet 1 - Suraya
Violet 2 - Summer
Violet 3 - Lara

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EYFS News

We have all been so busy practising our Christmas Play this week. Thank you for all of the costumes sent, lines learned and songs rehearsed! We are looking forward to showing you what we have been doing for the past few weeks. The children will need to change into their costumes on Monday and Wednesday: please ensure that your child is on time.

It was great to see the children in their Christmas jumpers. We discussed the great contribution that St John's Hospice makes to people who are sick. Again, thank you for all of your contributions.

Friday finished with a bang! We had our wonderful pantomime. The children enjoyed the production of Jack and the Beanstalk and left reciting much of the story!

We look forward to seeing Nursery and Reception parents on Wednesday 19th December.

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Pink Class News

Dear Parents/Carers,

The KS1/Pink Classes lit their second purple Advent candle. It reminds us that we are half way through Advent and we need to think about how we can be more loving.

This week we were particularly proud of all the children and their wonderful performance of The Christmas Story. We hope you enjoyed it too.

The end of the Autumn Term will be soon upon us but we are looking forward to our final week completing many fun packed Christmas activities.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
From the KS1 Team.

Violet Class News

What an exciting week it has been for Violet 1 and 2. Our classrooms are now filled with spectacular European landmarks including Big Ben, Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and many others! It was terrific to see how much effort the children put into these projects - well done everybody!

In RE we made our own Jesse trees, focusing on the stories of the Old Testament. Our Maths learning centered around line graphs, frequency tables and statistics. The children are really enjoying reading the novel Wonder - it's getting very exciting! As a reward for all our hard work in English this term we will be watching the film next week.

Have a super weekend!
Miss Burton and Mr McGee


Den building and hot chocolate around a fire at Forest Schools, was a brilliant way to start the week. Violet 3 has worked incredible hard rehearsing for two carol concerts this week. We gave a fantastic performance at the St Saviours Carol Service on Thursday afternoon. We sang beautifully and the readings were read with poise and confidence. On top of all this, we have been completing practise SATs papers and really showing our talents in our reading comprehension and mathematical skills.

Violet 3 should be extremely proud of themselves. Next week, we are really looking forward to the KS2 Carol Concert.

Blue Class News

Preparations have been underway for our annual Christmas service. The children have been busy learning their song words and poems for next week. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, for either the 2pm or 6pm performance. The doors to the church will open at 5.30pm.

It was much fun to spend the day in Christmas jumpers today, in order to raise money for St. John's Hospice. It's a charity close to our hearts at St. Joseph's and one we like support throughout the year.

In other lessons this week, the classes have: found fractions of numbers, completed mapping work on Europe, discussed current events and continued our work on Advent in Religious Education.

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Preparations for Nativities and Christmas carol Concerts are well underway and the next couple of weeks are going to be busy.

Early Years Nativity - Wednesday 19th December at 9:30 in school

KS1 Nativity - Wednesday 12th December at 2:15 pm and Thursday 13th at 6pm in school

KS2 carol concert – Tuesday 18th December at 2pm and 6pm in church

At the end of each performance there will be a collection for St John’s Hospice. This is local charity that we support every year. On Wednesday 12th a representative from the hospice will be coming to school to speak to the children about the important work that they do. The children are invited to wear Christmas jumpers on Friday 14th and bring in a£1. All proceeds will go directly to the hospice.

Year 3 are singing carols at Leonora House on 19th December.

Year 6 are joining with other local schools for a carol concert at St Saviour church on Thursday 13th at 2pm. This will be followed by refreshments for the children, and parents are invited however, we will be back at school by the end of the day.

On the 19th December the children will be enjoying their Christmas Dinner and in the afternoon having a small Christmas party with their class.

A busy time indeed!

This week Jarvis is going home with Frankie in Blue 1 as they he is always very kind, helpful and considerate to everyone in school.

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

Mrs K Husain
Headteacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


December

Monday 10th
Violet3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 12th
KS1 Nativity play @ 2:15pm

Thursday 13th
KS1 Nativity play @ 6pm (children to arrive by 5:15pm)

Friday 14th
Christmas Jumper Day (on behalf of St. John’s Hospice)
Jack & the Beanstalk panto EYFS – KS1

Tuesday 18th
KS2 carol concert –at 2pm and 6pm in church

Wednesday 19th
EYFS Christmas performance @ 9:30am (school hall)
School Christmas lunch (available to those on packed lunch – if booked)
Class parties

Friday 21st
End of term (school finishes 1:30pm)


Merits



Rec B1 - Anais
Rec B2 - Harry Ray
Pink 1 - Adrian
Pink 2 - Paz
Pink 3 - Suri
Blue 1 - Anna
Blue 2 - Adrian
Blue 3 - Marine
Violet 1 - Mila
Violet 2 - Arsenii
Violet 3 - Nina

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Mathematician of the Week



Rec B1 - Leonardo
Rec B2 - Iliana
Pink 1 - Hendrik
Pink 2 - Frida
Pink 3 - Julia
Blue 1 - Josh
Blue 2 - Nancy
Blue 3 - Aleks
Violet 1 - Sophia
Violet 2 - Nancy
Violet 3 - Kalen

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Pink Class News

The KS1/Pink Classes lit their first purple Advent candle. It reminds us to be hopeful during the four weeks of Advent. We also wrote our Advent promises.

It has been a particularly busy week rehearing for the KS1 Nativity play: The Christmas Story. We are looking forward to next week’s performances on Wednesday 12th December at 2:15pm and on Thursday 13th December at 6pm.

It would be much appreciated if your child can return to school on Thursday 13th at 5:30pm dressed in their P.E. kit or home clothes. The Main Reception entrance will be open at 5.30pm. Please come along and we promise you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you,
Year 2 Team

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Blue Class News

The Freshwater Theatre company kept the children most entertained today. They took a wonderful journey from The Stone Age, right through to the Iron Age. It was a great way to conclude our topic for this term.

In Maths, the different classes have: doubled and halved numbers up to 1000, explored different strategies used in addition and compared the value of ever increasing fractions.

We (the teachers) have become overnight experts on dragons, as we launched our new topic based on 'How to train your dragon'. The children had much fun choosing adjectives to describe the personality of their perfect and not so perfect dragons. We also explored different coloured dragons who were covered in shades of ocre, azure and ivory.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

EYFS News

The Nursery and Reception classes have been busy in our own preparations for Advent. We have been looking practising our songs and lines for our upcoming show. The children in Nursery will need black leggings and a t shirt.

Across both classes we have made our Advent wreaths and started looking at the Christmas Story. Please have a look at our displays when you drop off your child.

The children in Nursery have made a beautiful display to reflect the Adoremus part of our RE teachings this year. In Reception we have also looked at Advent and made our own colours. Please highlight the candles in church at the weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Nursery and Reception

Violet Class News

Gasps of: Gross! Cool! Wow! Ewwweee! Echoed around the classroom on Tuesday afternoon, as Violet 3 dissected hearts in Science. We discussed how they looked, felt and identified different parts. Can you name any parts of the heart?

In Maths we have focused on finding missing angles, in triangles, quadrilateral, on a straight line, around a point and vertically opposite. Can you tell me the total of all the angles around a point?

In English, we have written a book review of The Unforgotten Coat and a recount of the exciting Victorian School Day we participated in on Thursday morning.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday, there was a real donkey and a real sheep! But most importantly we all left with the message that Christmas is a time to reflect, be with our families and share the wonderful story of Advent. Next week, we are looking forward to singing carols at St Saviours.

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