Head's Newsletter

A Message from Mrs. Fleming

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made the Summer Fair such a roaring success. As with all the SJSA events, a lot of work took place before the day and were are hugely grateful to Mrs Karen Meere, Miss Cassie O’Neil and Mrs Elizabeth Bottomley for their time, organisation and leadership to make the day so memorable. Mr Turner also deserves a special thank you. He was at school on Saturday all day, from early in the morning and worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone had everything they needed. I would also like to thank everyone who made a donation to the school, manned a stall, or helped with the setting up and clearing up. It was everyone’s hard work which made the day so special. Walking around the infant playground was a joy – listening to languages from all around the world being spoken and seeing everyone enjoying themselves. It was also wonderful to welcome back so many old friends to the school. There were many past pupils who came back and it was delightful to see how mature and sensible they all were.

We only have two weeks left to go before we break up for the Summer holidays , but there are still many events to look forward to, which I’m sure the children will enjoy telling you about.

Upcoming Events

4th July – 8th July

Tuesday 5th July
School closed due to industrial action

Wednesday 6
Nursery Excursion to Paddington Recreation Ground
9:15am: Meeting for new Nursery parents
Year 1 Multi-skills Sports Festival
6:00-8:30pm: Parents’ Consultations

Thursday 7th July
9:15am: Meeting for new Reception parents
4:00-6:30pm: Parents’ Consultations

Friday 8th July
9:10am: Reception class assembly and Learning Celebration

11th July – 15th July:

Monday 11th July:
9:30am: Year 6 library visit

Tuesday 12th July:
9:00am: Coffee Morning
Morning: Year 1B to Pizza Express
2:30pm: Year 6 production
6:30pm: Year 6 Leavers’ Mass and disco

Wednesday 13th July:
6:00pm: Year 6 production

Thursday 14th July:
Year 1- Year 6 Sports Day at Paddington Rec
KS1 10am – 11:30am
KS2 1pm – 3pm

Friday 15th July:
9:10am: Learning Celebration
9:30am: EYFS Sports Day

18th – 22nd July:

Monday 18th July 2016:
9:10am: Achievements Assembly

Tuesday 19th July 2016:
9:30am: Year 6 Leavers’ Celebration
1:30pm: End of term

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Parent Partnership Team meeting

Our discussions last Monday during our Parent Partnership Team meeting were very informative. Mrs. Newton explained actions that the school has taken to ensure that the children know how to keep themselves safe on the Internet and she shared the Parents’ Acceptable Use Agreement which she will sending out later in the week for parents to sign and return to school. We also talked about how the children at St. Joseph’s feel happy and safe in school. For more details please see the minutes of this meeting which are attached.

Year 2 Class Assembly

As you know each year group has chosen a ‘Saint of Mercy’ to learn about, pray to and look to for inspiration. Year 2 lead the school in a wonderful assembly last week about their Saint of Mercy: ‘St Francis Xavier’. There was singing, artwork, prayers and all children were involved in teaching the rest of the school about their chosen saint.

Did you know that St. Francis Xavier:

  • Was born on 7 April 1506 and died on 3 December 1552 when he was only 46 years old.
  • He co-founded the Jesuits with St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • He was the first Christian missionary to travel to Japan.
  • Due to his tireless travelling to spread God’s word he is he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since St. Paul
  • St Francis lived the lives of the people that he stayed with on his travels; working like they did and sharing their hardship.

Achievements Assembly

We will be celebrating the children’s achievements this year during a special assembly on Monday 18th July at 9:10am. Parents and friends are very welcome to join us for this and we look forward to welcoming you to this special occasion.

St. Joseph’s Uniform Policy

It is at this time of year that we are all getting organised for next term. The school’s Uniform Policy can be found here so that parents and carers can refer to it when purchasing uniform for next term.

Year 6 Cake Sale

At the end of year 6, every child leaving St Joseph's receives a beautiful year book in which all of the children in the class have made a contribution. In order to help towards the cost of the binding and printing, the Year 6 children have organised a cake sale for Wednesday 6th July for all the other children in the school. The cakes will be on sale during playtime and will cost between 50p and £1.

Wimbledon Themed Lunch – Wednesday 6th July

We will be running a Wimbledon Themed Lunch on Wednesday 6th July 2016. All pupils having a school lunch on Wednesday will be given a raffle ticket, for a chance to win a signed used tennis ball from the 2016 Wimbledon Tournament.

Merit Winners

Reception - Isabella, Ruby, James & Christian

Year 1 - Abelia & Stanley

Year 2 - Eloise & Lucas

Year 3 - Cormac & Maddison

Year 4 - Noa

Year 5 - India (last week), Kirsty & Annabelle

Year 6 - Kieran & Edoardo

House Points

Class Attendance

Congratulations to RG and Year 5 on their excellent attendance this week and to Reception and Year 1 for their outstanding punctuality. With this week’s whole school attendance being 95% and last week’s figure being 94.9% our school’s attendance date would be judged as ‘requires improvement’. This is a shame as all the other areas of our school are either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. The children have been set a challenge to be in school every day until the end of term.