Head's Newsletter

A Message from Mrs. Fleming

St. Joseph’s was a hive of activity last week with a plethora of events to enhance the children’s learning. It was a true delight to watch the children’s performances during the Queen’s birthday assembly on Thursday. They took us on a journey through time; teaching one another about out key events that have taken place during the Queen’s life time. There was singing, dancing and lots of information sharing with a truly jubilant atmosphere.

Another of last week’s highlights was the visit by Ten Ten Theatre group on Friday. They share the same Mission statement as us and work hard to spread God’s message to children throughout the country. Their focus this year is the Year of Mercy and their day started with in a thought provoking assembly which included dance, mime and prayers. This was followed by shows for all the children in Years 1 to 6 which prompted them to reflect upon situations that they may have to deal with. The pupils in each year group left the hall feeling inspired, joyful and safe in the knowledge of God’s love. I hope that this joy and message stays with them for a long time to come.


Year 2 and Year 6 SATS

As you may have seen in the media, late last year the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) published modified versions of sample test materials online. Unfortunately one of the guidance documents included in that release contained the live test words rather than sample words. The STA have apologised for this error and an immediate investigation has shown that no other test papers for KS1 or key stage 2 (KS2) have been affected by this error.

In reposnse to the error the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, has announced that schools will not be required to administer the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests for this year only. All other KS1 and KS2 tests will continue as planned.

All schools will still need to submit a teacher assessment judgement for English writing based on pupils' work in the classroom and a decision will be made by the Headship Team and Year 2 teachers at St. Jospeh’s about testing the Year 2 children’s spelling, grammar and punctuation. We will be following the SFA’s advice regarding the information that parents should be given following the SATS and will of course keep you all updated if any developements concerning this matter.


The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

We had a marvellous day on Thursday celebrating the Queen’s birthday. The children arrived at school all wearing patriotic red, white and biue clothes and they began the day by travelling through time learning about and remembering events that have happened during the Queen’s life time. During the afternoon the children had a street party during which they danced to music from the last 9 decades. A truly memorable day that was lots of fun and a great opportunity for learning.


Ten Ten Theatre Visit

Last week, on Friday 22nd of April, the Ten Ten Theatre came to visit St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. The day started with a moving assembly about the Year of Mercy and the Prodical Son. We were pleased that some parents were able to join us for this.

After the assembly Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 watched a play called “Up in the Clouds” which they thoroughly enjoyed. This was followed by another show called “The Gift” which was watched by the children in Years 3 and 4. Finally year 5 and year 6 saw a play called a “Healthy Heart.”

After the exciting performance, we had a Q & A time with the talented actors. We asked them: “Why did you choose to join the Ten Ten Company?” They told us that they had joined Ten Ten as it was a Christian group and they could bring their religious beliefs and values into their job which was important to them. Another question we asked was, “Why do you enjoy acting?” Liam and Rachel told us that they enjoyed putting themselves into someone else’s shoes and feel what it would be like to be in their situation.” The day turned out to be great and each of us enjoyed every second of it. - Reported by River, James and Johnny


Year 5 Bikeability Course

Last week some children from Year 5 went on a Bikeability course, during which they learned how to ride their bikes safely on the roads. We were lucky enough to have three of the best instructors to help us with our learning. During the first day we all enjoyed practising swerving, turning and braking which we did in the playground. We then progressed to doing these on the road. During the course we were also taught about indicating and looking around us before turning. To end the course on Friday we rode to a skateboard park to practise our skills.

All in all we all enjoyed the course and had the best time ever. I certainly feel that I can ride confidently on my bike on the road now... but I will still be very careful! - Reported by Tara


Year 5 Residential

Year 5 set off for their residential in Surrey earlier today. Accompanied by Mrs Robinson, Mr Bowles, Mrs Husain and Miss Brooks the children boarded the coach full of excitement and energy; ready for a week away. We look forward to hearing the stories of their adventures when they return.


Welcome to .....

...Baby Adam, a little brother to Cristina in Year 2. Many congratulations to all the family and we look forward to meeting him soon.


Website of the Week

This week I thought I would recommend The Math Learning Centre Catalog - a website that has some really good interactive apps to support the learning of maths which would be useful for parents as they could then download the apps onto their ipads which I think the children would love. This website has some really fantastic interactive apps, to support the teaching of maths. - Mrs Newton


Next Week’s Events

Year 5 on residential all week

Monday 25th April
Class 2V library visit
Year 4 Class Mass

Tuesday 26th April
9:00am: Parent Partnership Team meeting Topic: Anti- Bullying Procedures
Year 4 Mini Tennis tournament

Wednesday 27th April
Year 2 trip to The Monument

Thursday 28th April
9:10am: St. Joseph the Worker School Assembly
Class 2M library visit

Friday 29th April
9:10am: Learning Celebration
2:30pm: St. Joseph the Worker
Feast Day Mass

Sunday 1st May
St. Joseph the Worker Feast Day

Class Attendance

Congratulations to Class RG for the highest attendance score this week. Congratulations to Classes RB, RG, 1B, 2V and 2M on their excellent punctuality this week.

House Points

There were no Merit Winners last week due to the Ten Ten Theatre visit.