Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

It was lovely on Monday to see the children return to school looking refreshed and ready for a full and exciting new term.  We have had a great start to spring with our first St Joseph’s Art Week.  The blue classes have made a beautiful felt wall hanging that will be displayed for all to see while the pink classes have been busy constructing a wonderful sculpture for our prayer garden.  The violet classes had a wonderful day at Tate Modern and have also created some brilliant art work.  It is wonderful to see the children excelling in all areas and really enjoying learning and being creative.

As we are now in Lent, the children have been making their Lenten promises, and as always I am very proud that they are so thoughtful, considerate and kind people. This year, we will once again be supporting Mary’s Meals and more information will be coming your way in the following weeks.

We are very sorry to announce that Mrs Marco, who has been at St Joseph’s for 18 years, will be leaving us at the end of this term to take up role as SENCo in a school nearer to her home. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Marco for all of her hard work and dedication to St Joseph’s.  She will be greatly missed.  Mrs Viana will be taking on the role as SENCo after Easter and I am pleased that this vital role in school will be in such capable hands.
 
Belinda, our computing and internet safety consultant will be back in school on Tuesday 20th March at 2:30 -3:30 to speak to parents and then will give the same talk between 5-6pm. I really hope that as many of you can make it as internet safety is a huge issue that does affect everyone.  
 

St. Joseph's Book Week 26th of February - 2nd of March

We are pleased to announce that this year St. Joseph's will be hosting a veritable extravaganza of reading events to celebrate World Book Day which takes place on the Thursday 1st of March. Not content with having merely one day to promote our love of books, we have decided to dedicate a whole week to Books from the 26th of February to the 2nd of March.

As well as running a Scholastic Book Fair - the proceeds of which will feed back into your children's education - we will also have a special "Dress Up" day on Friday 2nd March, author visits, work-shops on bringing books to life, book-making work-shops, a "Drop Everything and Read" focus, Story Swaps where teachers from different year groups will swap classes to read a story and every child will be given the opportunity to plan, design and write their very own book.

In order for this to be a huge success we urgently need parent volunteers to help us run the book fair. We would also really welcome guest speakers who would be prepared to share their knowledge of the World of Books with our children. You may know or be involved in publishing, writing or journalism. Our eager authors would love to get the chance to talk to you and learn from your experiences.

Contact the School Office if you would be prepared to help in any of the above so that, together we can make World Book Week at St. Joseph's a truly memorable occasion.

This week Jarvis will be going home with Vincent Davies in year 4.  He has shown patience and kindness this week to the other children in his class.  
 

Auction Update

We are now only four weeks away from the school auction – Saturday 24th March. As you know, the Auction is our biggest fundraiser and, in order for it to be a success, we need as many items to auction as possible. Donations of good quality items, time and skills are all essential: Can you bake a cake? Can you design an Easter bonnet?  All items need to be left at the school reception on any Monday or Friday up to 9:30am where they will be collected and checked in. If you plan to offer use of your holiday home, please contact stjosauction@gmail.com  so that the Auction Team can market your property accordingly with photos and available dates thus encouraging bidders. Our Class artworks are beginning to take shape and will, no doubt, be as breath-taking as ever. Thank you all for your dedication and support. Together, we will make this Auction the best yet.

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Have a lovely weekend and may god bless you and your families and keep you safe.


Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 26th
Book Week begins
Scholastic Book Fair Mon – Thursday
Reception visiting London Transport Museum
Year 5&6 Lenten Mass 10am @ the church

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
Y5 & Y6 (20 children) Swimming Gala


March

Thursday 1st
Blue 2 Assembly (St David’s Day)
Violet 1 visiting Tower of London
Book week workshop Blue classes
SATs meeting (Year 2 only) in hall @3pm

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
Blue 3 Assembly
2.30 – 6pm Parent/teacher consultations

Friday 9th March
Mother’s Day Service EYFS & KS1
Parent Governor Ballot closes 4pm

Wednesday 14th
Years 5/6 (approx. 6 children) Basketball
10 – 2pm
Venue tbc

Thursday 15th
Pink 1 Assembly

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

Wednesday 21st
School photographer (individual photographs)

Thursday 22nd
Pink 2 Assembly

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.


Merits

Rec B1 - Malena
Rec B2 - Ava
Pink 1 - Alessandro
Pink 2 - Adnan
Pink 3 - Merit
Blue 1 - Luca
Blue 2 - Sherman
Blue 3 - Harvey
Violet 1 - Miguel
Violet 2 - Joshua

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Mathematician of the Week

Rec B1 - Georges
Rec B2 - Hector
Pink 1 - Samuel
Pink 2 - Emilio
Pink 3 - Maxime
Blue 1 - Rebecca
Blue 2 - Maisie
Blue 3 - Joe
Violet 1 - Alessia
Violet 2 - Luka

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