Head's Newsletter

Dear children, parents, staff and governors,

I want to begin by saying how proud I and all our staff were, of our children, on Wednesday.  We had three diocesan inspectors in the school carrying out a Section 48 inspection.  The children worked so hard and showed these visitors how wonderful our school is.  Thanksalso to the 240 parents who replied to the R.E. questionnaire.  The lead inspector said she had never had such a good response.  They are now writing their report and we should have it here by the end of this term and I will be able to share it with you all.

Secondly,  thank you to all the wonderful parents who worked so hard to make Saturday night’s Winter Gala such a success.  The hall looked beautiful with all its docorations and lights; the food was delicious; and as for the cocktails – well I think we all enjoyed them.  I have been asked by parents how much has this raised and what will it be spent on?  My answer is we do not know the final figure yet but the Readathon money has just been spent on 20 Ipads with a kindle app and safety casing for £9,000 plus 6 laptopsplus programmes etc for £3,000.  4 of the Ipads will be in the nursery and reception classes as well as two of the laptops. This will certainly have an impact on the children’s literacy and numeracy skills.  Again, I thank you for your continued support in this fund raising effort and please let me assure you that every penny you raise will be used to improve your child’s education here at St. Joseph’s School.  Due to government cut backs in school funding, we cannot survive financially without your generous supportso I urge you to continue with your efforts and I will let you know what we raised from the Winter Gala as soon as possible.

Also I would like to congratulate our netball team: Jemima, Annabelle, Alex, Andre, Louisa, Jesse and Kirsty.  They came first in the Westminster Trials and will be playing at the London Youth Games at the Copperbox in the Olympic Park in January.  Well done to you all!

Finally, this Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and we will begin our preparations for Christmas.  KS2 children will be attending Mass at Our Lady’s Church on Monday at 10am.
The parish is having their Christmas Fayre on Saturdayon Saturday 10th December 2016, 12 to 4 pm.
They have asked for any donations to be brought to church when you attend Mass.  They are also selling raffle tickets to support the work in the parish.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs. V. Richardson

Dates for your Diary


Monday 28th
KS2 Mass to mark the beginning of Advent- 10am Church of Our Lady - parents welcome.

Tuesday 29th
KS1 Advent service in school with Father Jeff - parents welcome.


Thursday 1st December
Fit for Sport Parent Presentation 2:30pm @ Hall - parents welcome.
Y6 visit to the Houses of Parliament

Friday 2nd
Handball teams from Y5 & Y6 10 – 2pm venue tbc - parents welcome.

Monday 5th
NurseryBook Workshop 9am – Nursery class - Nursery parents welcome
Flu vaccine years 1,2 & 3

Tuesday 6th
2:30pm EYFS Nativity to school (for students)

Wednesday 7th
School Christmas lunch

Thursday 8th
EYFS Nativity 9:30am - parents welcome.
Year 1 – theatre (Stickman)

Monday 12th
KS1 Nativity (2pm) - parents welcome.

Tuesday 13th
KS2 Carol Service 2pm – Church of Our Lady - parents welcome.

Wednesday 14th
KS1 Nativity 6pm - parents welcome.

Thursday 15th
Reception – Theatre (the Hungry Caterpillar)

Friday 16th
End of term – school finishes 1:30pm


No merits this week

This week marked the end of the Holy Year of Mercy.  We celebrated this in school with aspecial assembly led by the Peace and Justice Society.  At the assembly, children from each class were awarded certificates for followingPope  Francis' call for us to show mercy and try to be more merciful.

Reception - Alexander
Year 1R - Sophia
Year 1B - Romina
Year 2V - Vivian
Year 2M - Alec
Year 3 - Michael
Year 4 - Townsend
Year 5 - Lulu
Year 6 - Noeil