Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

We are always proud to show off the brilliant work that we do in St Joseph’s and I am constantly cheered when I see what the children have been doing and often amazed by the level of thought, care and intelligence that the children display.  Our Local Authority advisor came to visit last week and after walking around the school, speaking to the children, looking at the books and analysing the school data, she was very impressed with what she saw and the progress that the children have made since September. She said all the pupils were engaged in their learning and that they were all confident and keen to share their work.  She noted that behaviour for learning was in place, and the classroom environments were calm and purposeful. After half term there will be an opportunity for all parents to come in and look at the children’s books and learning environments.  

Well done to all the children, teachers, support staff and, of course, the parents for their unwavering support and commitment.

This has been a truly inspirational week at St Joseph’s! On Monday Ryan Raghoo came to school to talk to all of the children about his experiences of living with Cerebral Palsy and becoming a world class athlete and Paralympian.  He gave us all some very important messages about perseverance and acceptance. Ryan’s parents were told that he would only live for 2 days when he was born.  Then that he would never walk. Ryan is living proof that by working hard and pursuing your dreams you can achieve great things.

Tuesday saw some very special visitors. Elaine and John Wylie came and spoke to our staff and teachers from other local primary schools about the Daily Mile initiative. The aim of The Daily Mile is simple – to help all children improve their physical, emotional, social and mental health and wellbeing by doing 15 minutes of physical activity outdoors each day.  The children walk, jog or run with their classmates in the safety of their own playground. Everyone has fun taking part- it is not P.E. and it is not competitive- while building relationships, confidence and resilience.
This can be summed up in the Five F’s:

  1. Fitness - children become more aware of a healthy lifestyle
  2. Fresh Air - children thrive on the sights, sounds and seasons
  3. Friends - children use the language of friendship to support each other, improving their social and leadership skills
  4. Fun - children enjoy taking part – this is what makes The Daily Mile so successful
  5. Focus - daily physical activity helps children concentrate in the classroom and is proven to raise attainment

Children do not need any special kits: they can take part in whatever they come to school in.  They are encouraged to walk or run - but to go at their own pace.  We are all very excited to be starting our mile a day which will begin in earnest after half term.

It is always lovely when people come to school and feedback about the great things that they see. On Tuesday we were visited by a representative from the Local Authority who visits many schools all over the tri-borough.  She had lunch in school and said that it was the best school lunch she had had for a long time and that our salad bar was the best she had seen in Westminster! Congratulations to Ruth and her team for keeping the children (and the staff) so well fed.

Year 5 & 6 Football Competition

On Monday 29th January, we headed down to Paddington recreation ground to compete in the Westminster football tournament. Our first match was against Gateway, fortunately St. Josephs won, the score being 1-0 with Louis scoring a goal. This winning streak continued for another two games, winning 1-0 and then 2-0. This meant we had qualified for the knockout stages. However, there was still one game to go, this proved to be a tense match hitting the crossbar in a messy scramble. Sadly, we lost 1-0 to St. Saviours.
Proceeding to the quarter finals, we played Queens Park, where we dominated and went on to win the game 1-0. This meant that we were through to the semi-finals against Ark Academy. We were only two games away… Noah and Sol helped us to comfortably win this match 2-0 by scoring. Finally, we were one win away from winning! This last game proved to be the hardest by far as they had three academy players from Arsenal and Chelsea academy. This was a very physical game with Sol getting injured whilst being through on goal. They were a very skilful team and our star goalkeepers (Luca and Rayan) were crucial as we conceded only one goal in the whole tournament.
To end the deadlock Sol broke away with an impressive solo goal, eventually winning us the competition. St. Josephs had won yet again, for the third year in a row!

Well done to everybody involved:
Luca Y5 (GK), Rayan Y6 (GK), Christian Y5 (DEF), Tommy Y6 (DEF), Michael Y6 (DEF), Townsend Y5 (MID), Noah Y6 (MID), Maximilian Y5 (MID), Sol Y6 (ST), Louis Y5 (ST), Coach Grant (Manager), Mrs. Myers (Chaperone), Mrs. Evans (Chaperone)
By Maximilian & Townsend (Y5)

This week Jarvis will be going home with Gabriella She has shown great respect for other people and is always willing to help out.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher




Thursday 1st
Violet 2 Assembly

Monday 5th
Year 6 IT trip
Pink 1 & Pink 3 St Paul’s Cathedral trip

Tuesday 6th
E Safety Day parent workshop with Belinda Evans 9-10am
SJSA 10am
Girls Football Paddington Rec 10-2pm (Y5/6 teams)

Wednesday 7th
Y4/5/6 Swimming trials (tbc)
Pink 2 St Paul’s Cathedral trip

Friday 9th
Y5 out – IT trip
End of term (3:30pm)

Monday 19th
Art Week begins
School opens 8:40 children in class by 8:50

Tuesday 20th
Violet 1 & Violet 2 visiting Tate Modern
Art workshop for Nursery, Reception and Pink classes

Wednesday 21st
Art workshop for Blue classes

Friday 22nd
Pink 3 Assembly
Art workshop Pink classes
Swimming Gala Years 4/5/6 (24 children) 10-2pm Queen Mother Sports Centre

Friday 23rd
Art workshop Violet classes

Monday 26th
Book Week begins
Scholastic Book Fair Mon – Thursday
Reception visiting London Transport Museum

Tuesday 27th
Author Faustin Charles visiting Nursery & Reception
Blue 3 Book making workshop with children and parents 1:30pm – 3:20pm

Wednesday 28th
Dance and Book workshop Pink classes


Thursday 1st
Blue 2 Assembly
Violet 1 visiting Tower of London

Friday 2nd
End of Book Week
Dress up as your favourite character from a book day

Wednesday 7th
2.30 – 6pm Parent/teacher consultations

Thursday 8th
2.30 – 6pm Parent/teacher consultations

Tuesday 20th
2:30-3:30 Belinda Evans internet safety workshop for parents
5-6pm Belinda Evans internet safety workshop for parents

Saturday 24th
School Auction

Tuesday 27th
2:45 KS1 and Early Years Easter Bonnet Parade

Wednesday 28th
2:45 KS2 Easter Bonnet Parade

Thursday 29th
End of Spring Term.


Rec B1 - Prince
Rec B2 - Reyann
Pink 1 - Claudia
Pink 2 - Alistair
Pink 3 - Miles
Blue 1 - Claudia
Blue 2 - Sophia
Blue 3 - Charlie
Violet 1 - Andrew
Violet 2 - Gilbert


Mathematician of the Week

Rec B1 - Zack
Rec B2 - Yannick
Pink 1 - Gabriel
Pink 2 - Carlos
Pink 3 - James
Blue 1 - Gabriel
Blue 2 - Emilio
Blue 3 - Sophia
Violet 1 - Louis
Violet 2 - Alan