Head's Newsletter

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Today we celebrated our Welcome Mass with Fr. Kevin and it was wonderful to see so many of you. Our pupils in KS1 and KS2 were all so well behaved and reverent while our Nursery and Reception children enjoyed their “special visitor from Jesus”. Thank you to parents, staff and pupils for making the occasion so special and memorable.

This week we also held our Student Council elections and the new Student Council, together with the Head Boy and Head Girl, are very much looking forward to working with Mrs Deacy on exciting new projects.

Next week, we will be holding our House Captain and Vice-Captain Elections with our Y6 candidates campaigning, producing a manifesto and speech, followed by whole school voting. On Friday, the children from St. Vincent’s House will have a special afternoon celebration led by Mrs Robinson as a commemoration of St Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day on 27th September.

On Tuesday we will be hosting the Able Writer’s Workshop with 10 of our Y6 pupils also taking part. Many thanks to Miss Brooks for organising this event. On Wednesday, as part of our focus on children’s emotional well-being, we are very lucky to have a whole school “Emotion in the Ocean” work-shop.

On Friday 27h September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:15. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. Please note, we need raffle prizes such as wine, vouchers or chocolates. Please contact Mr Bowles if you would like to volunteer or if you would like any information on how you could help. Please bake a cake, bring a croissant and come and join us for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and raise some money for this very good cause.

Finally, please ensure that you attend the School Association AGM on Tuesday 24th September at 6pm in the school hall. All parents are members of the School Association and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to meet people and get involved. All are very welcome.

Thank you also for the messages of support for Miss Armstrong who has gone to Australia for a few weeks to care after her mother. I know she will be comforted by your prayers and good wishes.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher


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Dates for Your Diary

September

Friday 20th
Family Fun Day 4:00-6:00pm

Monday 23rd
Blue 1 visiting forest school
Blue 2 visiting forest school

Tuesday 24th
Y6 Able Writers’ workshop
SJSA AGM school hall 6pm

Wednesday 25th
Emotion in the Ocean workshop all day years Nurs – Y6
Tag Rugby (y5/6 tbc)

Thursday 26th
Nursery Curriculum meeting @9:30 (Rec class)

Friday 27th
Macmillan Coffee Morning
St Vincent celebration – (St. Vincent House)

Monday 30th
Book Fair week begins
Pink 1 visiting forest schools am
Pink 2 visiting forest schools pm


October

Tuesday 1st
KS1 poetry “Tea Party”

Wednesday 2nd
KS2 poetry “Tea Party”

Friday 4th
Reception visiting forest schools am
Violet 2 visiting forest school pm
Cross country – Regents Park Hub (year groups tbc) 10 – 2pm
Book Fair ends

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

I am delighted to announce that Nursery and Reception will also participate in our second year of the Forest School Learning Programme which takes place in Paddington Recreation Ground. Many of you will know that the Forest School initiative originated in Denmark’s outdoor learning experience and was introduced to the UK in 1993. Forest School provides a safe environment for children to: engage with nature, learn new skills, have fun, become more independent, and be encouraged in a positive learning environment which enhances their self-esteem. Last year, Forest School enabled enriching cross-curricular links so that children were using their outdoor learning experiences as a positive stimulus in Science Lessons, independent writing tasks in English, data analysis in Maths or even in their DT and Art work. I am sure that the Nursery and Reception children will also benefit from this enjoyable experience.

Please ensure that you attend the School Association AGM on Tuesday 24th September at 6pm in the school hall. All parents are members of the School Association and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to meet people and get involved. All are very welcome.

It is great to see all of the children looking so smart, and more importantly, taking such pride in their school uniforms and personal presentation. Please keep up the good work.
Please also ensure that you send us the relevant information regarding your child’s medical conditions and that you send in the accompanying valid medication directly to your child’s class teacher. We are now in week 2 and this is extremely important in order to ensure your child’s well-being.

On Friday 20th September we will be celebrating our Welcome Mass with Fr. Kevin at 2pm in the school hall. All parents are most welcome and I am sure the children would love to see you there. From 4-6 pm we will also be holding our Family Fun Day, a SJSA fund-raising initiative which is also a wonderful way of celebrating the St. Joseph’s school family. For further information on this event please contact Mrs Gorman.

On Friday 27h September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:15. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. Please note, we need raffle prizes such as wine, vouchers or chocolates. Please contact Mr Bowles if you would like to volunteer or if you would like any information on how you could help. Please bake a cake, bring a croissant and come and join us for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and raise some money for this very good cause.

This weekend Jarvis will be going home with Guillaume who has lived out our Mission Statement to the full not only embracing every learning opportunity but also showing God’s love to his classmates, especially those who may be finding it harder to settle in a new school or class.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher


Dates for Your Diary

September

Monday 9th
Life Education Bus all week
Y5 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45 pm

Tuesday 10th
Y3 Curriculum Meeting @ 9:00 am

Tuesday 10th
Y4 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45pm
Life Bus parent session 3:05 – 3:30pm

Friday 13th
Life Bus parent session 9:00 – 9:30am

Monday 16th
Blue 3 visiting forest school
Violet 3 visiting Forest school

Thursday 19th
Pink 3 visiting Forest school

Friday 20th
Welcome Mass @2:00 pm school hall

Friday 20th
Family Fun Day 4:00-6:00pm

Monday 23rd
Blue 1 visiting forest school
Blue 2 visiting forest school

Tuesday 24th
Y6 Able Writers’ workshop
SJSA AGM school hall 6pm

Wednesday 25th
Emotion in the Ocean workshop all day years Nurs – Y6
Tag Rugby (y5/6 tbc)

Friday 27th
Macmillan Coffee Morning


Merits

Rec B1 - n/a
Rec B2 - n/a
Pink 1 - Archie
Pink 2 - Harry-Ray
Pink 3 - Giorgia
Blue 1 - Maelys
Blue 2 - Darcy
Blue 3 - Stamford
Violet 1 - Zac
Violet 2 - Sherman
Violet 3 - Emilio

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - n/a
Rec B2 - n/a
Pink 1 - Arlo
Pink 2 - Georgina
Pink 3 - Sara
Blue 1 - Gisele
Blue 2 - Noah
Blue 3 - Maya
Violet 1 - Aleks
Violet 2 - Bernice
Violet 3 - Vero

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Welcome back everyone. It was wonderful to see the children return to school on Tuesday and we were all so excited to try out our new KS1 Playground with trim trail. I must confess that many of the teachers had enjoyed the apparatus during our Staff Training Day on Monday!

I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mrs Wilson for her determination and drive in pushing forward this project together with the improvements in the Y6 classroom.

Many thanks also to the continued support from all of our parents. Your donations to the Governors’ fund and School Association activities have funded these works and, although the Governors have underwritten the playground works, the SJSA is committed to raising more funds to install murals and further equipment. Please ensure that you attend the School Association AGM on Tuesday 24th September at 6pm in the school hall. All parents are members of the School Association and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to meet people and get involved. All are very welcome.

All the children have already settled into their new classes and year groups. Thank you to all of the staff who have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to prepare the classrooms and to plan enriching lessons. Thank you to all of you who have attended the curriculum meetings. I hope you found them informative. The Power Point presentations will be on the website.

Please ensure that you send us relevant information regarding your child’s medical conditions and that you send in the accompanying valid medication directly to your child’s class teacher. We would recommend 2 of everything so that one can be stored in the class room and one can be taken outside with the designated adult. We will be sending out hard copy and electronic forms which must be returned by Monday 9th September. Your child’s well-being is of the utmost importance to us all.

As part of our health curriculum, we will also be welcoming Harold and the Life Education Mobile Classroom next week from Monday 9th to Friday 13th. The classroom has been purchased and is run by Coram Life Education, a registered charity. This is an annual visit which provides progressive lessons, teaching the children about the importance of their bodies and how to take care of them. Parents are invited to short, informative sessions on Tuesday 10th September 3:05-3:30 and Friday 13th September 9:00-9:30. I do hope that you will be able to attend one of them to find out what your child is learning.

On Friday 20th September we will be celebrating our Welcome Mass with Fr. Kevin at 2pm in the school hall. All parents are most welcome and I am sure the children would love to see you there. From 4-6 pm we will also be holding our Family Fun Day, a SJSA fund-raising initiative which is also a wonderful way of celebrating the St. Joseph’s school family. For further information on this event please contact Mrs Gorman.

As you are all now aware registration for clubs is open now and clubs commence week beginning Monday 9th September.

On Friday 27h September will be holding our Macmillan coffee morning, in the hall at 8:15. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. Please contact Mr Bowles if you would like to volunteer or if you would like any information on how you could help. Please bake a cake, bring a croissant and come and join us for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and raise some money for this very good cause.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


Dates for Your Diary

September

Monday 9th
Life Education Bus all week
Y5 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45 pm

Tuesday 10th
Y3 Curriculum Meeting @ 9:00 am

Tuesday 10th
Y4 Curriculum Meeting @ 3:45pm
Life Bus parent session 3:05 – 3:30pm

Friday 13th
Life Bus parent session 9:00 – 9:30am

Monday 16th
Blue 3 visiting forest school
Violet 3 visiting Forest school

Thursday 19th
Pink 3 visiting Forest school

Friday 20th
Welcome Mass @2:00 pm school hall

Friday 20th
Family Fun Day 4:00-6:00pm

Monday 23rd
Blue 1 visiting forest school
Blue 2 visiting forest school

Tuesday 24th
Y6 Able Writers’ workshop
SJSA AGM school hall 6pm

Wednesday 25th
Emotion in the Ocean workshop all day years Nurs – Y6
Tag Rugby (y5/6 tbc)

Friday 27th
Macmillan Coffee Morning

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

As the end of the school year fast approaches, I would like to thank you all for your tireless support. Your generosity of spirit and kindness have shown me what a true Catholic community is and I am eternally grateful.

Having been at St Joseph’s as a pupil, a parent, a teacher and a Deputy Head Teacher, I not only feel particularly privileged to be working here but also have deep-rooted feelings of loyalty and love for the school that has had such an impact on my past, present and future. It is indeed a blessing and a gift to continue to support and nurture this incredible St Joseph’s family.

A message from Andrew Heffernan, Chair of Governors

’As the school year ends I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the parents and carers for the continued support of the school during the year through their time or financial contributions. Through your support we are able to continue to support a wider curriculum, ensure inclusion of all children in activities and fund improvements to the school. Your support really does help in achieving the schools mission of allowing our children to ‘learn to live life to the full’.

During the summer break the school will be a busy place, with improvement works on the Sharpe Suite being undertaken and a new KS1 playground being laid. Your donations to the Governors’ fund and School Association activities have funded these works. Although the Governors have underwritten the playground works, I know that the School association is committed to raising funds so that we can install play equipment, murals and decorations.

Once again this year, I am truly humbled by the dedication shown by all of our staff. Our teachers and support staff not only in the classroom or the school offices but also the premises staff show such devotion to the pupils in their care that I cannot thank them enough for everything they do. The success of our school and the happiness of our pupils is because of their tireless efforts.

With this in mind, I would like to thank Mrs Meadway and Miss Platten for their contribution to our pupils’ learning journey. We have loved working with you and we are certain that our children have benefited hugely from your experience and creativity.

St Joseph’s would, of course, be nothing without our pupils. I am so fortunate to have witnessed Y6’s progress from Nursery to the brink of Y7. I am honoured to send them on to the next stage of their education, secure in the knowledge that they will shine brightly and be wonderful St Joseph’s ambassadors in their new schools. Without all of our pupils who come through the gates every morning with their infectious enthusiasm and passion for knowledge, our school would not be the vibrant and enriching place we all know and love. Thank you children for sharing your love of learning with me and thank you parents for allowing me to be part of the team that helps nurture that love.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr N Fernandes-Viana
Acting Head teacher

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

We have had a wonderful week, the highlight of which was our sports day events for Nursery and Reception and KS1 and KS2. It was so lovely to see the Y5 children help with the smooth running of the EYFS Sports Day on Tuesday 25th. They showed great patience, understanding and were wonderful role models for the Nursery and Reception children to aspire to. On Wednesday we saw the Y6 children take on this responsibility with the KS1 children and, once again I was very proud to witness their hard work and enthusiasm. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school and we are certainly blessed to have them as our pupils. I would also like to thank the many parents and even grandparents who came to support us during our Sports Days. A special thank you to Mrs Harrington who transported the equipment and the school lunches, and of course an especially big thank you to Coach Grant and Miss Armstrong who organised and coordinated the entire day. They all did brilliantly.

We were also delighted to welcome our Link Governors to the school. They were suitably impressed with our enriching learning environment, the quality and progression in writing presented from Nursery to Year 6 and were full of praise for our pupils, not only those they spoke to in their classes but also the Y6 students who were so articulate, confident and proud to share their love for St. Joseph’s with our visitors. As you know we often enter various writing competitions and would also like to congratulate Minudi who has become a published poet and won a highly commended award from the Premier League Writing Stars competition for her poem on friendship:

My Friends

I have friends

Tall, short – medium size.

But we are all friends.

I have friends

With white, brown skin.

But we are all friends

I have friends

Different size,

Different skin.

But we are all friends,

With kind hearts.

We all love each other. By Minudi.

Next academic year, we will be having a head girl and a head boy and no prefects. Melissa and Riley have been outstanding ambassadors for the school and wonderful role models to all. As you know, all of the children in year 6 are expected to help and support the other children and staff in school. The jobs that the prefects have done in previous years will be shared around the children. This way the children will learn about collective responsibility and team work. In the coming weeks we will be talking to year 5 about the role of head boy and girl and the children in year 5, along with the staff will all have a say about who they think would be suitable for this role.

In preparation for next year, we would like to forge ahead with our plans for the KS1 playground and also with preparing the Sharpe Suite for the new Y6 intake. We would therefore welcome any interested parent or friend of the school who would be happy to become the proud owner of a piano. At the moment, we have 2 pianos in the Y6 classroom and the children would certainly benefit from the increased space which the removal of one of these would allow. If you are interested, please contact Mr Bowles for further details.

Preparations for the summer fair are well on the way. If you can help in any way, please contact the summer fair team led by Mrs Koczan-Santiago. Next week, on 5th July, children can again wear their own clothes and this time bring in a homemade cake for the summer fair. If you cannot make a cake, please bring in a donation for the fair.

This week, Jarvis will be going home with Arianna for being a kind and caring pupil who always tries her very best and lives out our Mission Statement on a daily basis. I am sure that she will continue to shine throughout her learning journey at St. Joseph’s and that Jarvis will be very well looked after this weekend.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Violet 1 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
Summer Fair

Tuesday 9th
Y6 visiting the Shard

Wednesday 10th
Zap Anti Bullying assembly & workshops for KS2

Thursday 11th
Blue 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 12th
Year 5 Taster Day @ St. George’s


Merits

Rec B1 - Gael
Rec B2 - Edouard
Pink 1 - Sarah & Martha
Pink 2 - Georges
Pink 3 - Samuel
Blue 1 - Emad
Blue 2 - Stamford
Blue 3 - Maisie
Violet 1 - Antonio
Violet 2 - Mila
Violet 3 - Alessia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Jacob
Rec B2 - Matylda
Pink 1 - Reyann
Pink 2 - Zack
Pink 3 - Joshua
Blue 1 - Edith
Blue 2 - Carolina
Blue 3 - Claudia
Violet 1 - Gabriel
Violet 2 - Anita
Violet 3 - Cormac

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

During our Geography Week, kindly organised by Mrs Robinson, our KS1 and KS2 pupils have enjoyed learning orienteering skills in Hampstead Heath Adventure playground. This enriching learning experience has not only helped them in their Geography skills but they have also been given wonderful opportunities to reflect and demonstrate cross-curricular links in their writing and drawing, inspired by these activities.

This week, we were also fortunate enough to receive a visit from the NSPCC and their mascot, “Buddy”. This worthy organisation carried out a series of workshops and assemblies for the whole school delivering their “Speak out. Stay safe” programme. Nursery, Reception as well as KS1 and KS2 benefited from work around kindness, inclusion and tolerance. The children found these workshops very valuable and we, as a school, are very happy to support the NSPCC in their ambition to help every child in the UK and Channel Islands stay safe.

Preparations for the summer fair are well on the way. If you can help in any way, please contact the summer fair team led by Mrs Koczan-Santiago. Next week, on 28th June, children are invited to wear their own clothes and bring in a jar filled with small toys, games, stationery items or hair accessories (no sweets) and a pound towards the summer fair. All pounds will go towards buying prizes for games at the summer fair. On 5th July, children can again wear their own clothes and this time bring in a homemade cake for the summer fair.

This week, Jarvis will be going home with Muna and Adnan who are always kind and thoughtful towards all of their classmates and all of their teachers. They are wonderful role models inside and outside school, always living out our Mission Statement and being worthy St. Joseph’s ambassadors when on trips or excursions. I am sure that they will continue to flourish and that Jarvis will be very well looked after this weekend.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Meeting for Nursery parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
Year 6 Auction Promise

Tuesday 25th
Meeting for Reception parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
EYFS Sports Morning @ school
Nursery - 1:30pm
Reception - 2:20pm

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)


Friday 28th
Y5 Auction promise


July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Pink 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
Summer Fair

Tuesday 9th
Y6 visiting the Shard

Wednesday 10th
Zap Anti Bullying assembly & workshops for KS2

Thursday 11th
Blue 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 12th
Year 5 Taster Day @ St. George’s


Merits

Rec B1 - Cristina
Rec B2 - James
Pink 1 - Mattheus
Pink 2 - Angela
Pink 3 - Kirsten
Blue 1 - Whole class
Blue 2 - Grace
Blue 3 - n/a
Violet 1 - Suraya
Violet 2 - Ines
Violet 3 - Vittoria

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Cora
Rec B2 - Liam
Pink 1 - Cally
Pink 2 - Alessandra
Pink 3 - Francis
Blue 1 - Matias
Blue 2 - Adrian
Blue 3 - n/a
Violet 1 - Ines
Violet 2 - Joe
Violet 3 - Alessia

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

This week our Year Five children attended the ‘Time to Shine ‘cricket competition at Lords Cricket Ground. In spite of the rain, they had much fun and participated well. Both Mrs Deacy and Miss Burton were very pleased with how the children conducted themselves. Despite the torrential rain the children did really well.

The children in Violet 3 have had a fantastic week at PGL! Their spirits have stayed high through rain, blustery wind and the very occasional spot of sunshine. Each child has challenged themselves, whether climbing the trapeze tower and taking a leap of faith, or abseiling down a 30 meter wall, everyone has participated with a smile and enthusiasm, cheering each other on and showing great support and encouragement when zipping through the air and getting completely drench building a raft. We really have had a blast and we will remember this week forever!

Please note that next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. It will now be on the 8th May and not the 4th May 2020.

Sadly we have had several reports of inconsiderate parking from our neighbours, perhaps more distressing for a Catholic school is that some reports have indicated that parents have been very rude when asked to move their car, due to this lack of consideration one neighbour missed her hospital appointment. Please remember that you are not entitled to park across people’s driveways, garage entrances, and double yellow lines, resident parking bays or zig zag lines nor can you double park. If you are not able to park safely on a single yellow line outside the school then please do so in adjacent roads clearly displaying the school parking permit. This will allow you a grace 10 minutes to pick up and drop off your children. Do ask at the school office for a parking badge.

The week ended with a beautiful mass for our Year Three children. The mass, to celebrate their First Holy Communion was a wonderful celebration of all the work over the last few months. May I take this opportunity to congratulate all of the children in taking one of the Sacraments. A heartfelt thank you to Fr Lorenzo, Miss Donnellan and Mrs Meadway for facilitating this mass here in school.

Do Not Miss! - Doughnuts For Dad
On Thursday morning 20th June, Early Years and the KS1 classes will host a short thank you celebration for our Dads in the School Hall at 9am. There will be doughnuts outside for the Dads before school from 8:40am. The children will go straight into their classrooms. We look forward to seeing you.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mr K Bowles
Acting Deputy Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 18th
Blue 2 orienteering (am)
Violet 1 orienteering (pm)
Team from Year 5 – maths competition @ St Christina’s school

Wednesday 19th
NSPCC workshops Rec – Y6 all day
Blue 1 orienteering (am)

Thursday 20th
Doughnuts for Dads
Year 1 Auction promise
Violet 2 orienteering (am)
Pink 3 maps (pm)

Friday 21st June
Blue 3 orienteering (am)
Violet 3 orienteering (pm)

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Meeting for Nursery parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
Year 6 Auction Promise

Tuesday 25th
Meeting for Reception parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
EYFS Sports Morning @ school
Nursery - 1:30pm
Reception - 2:20pm

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)

Friday 28th
Y5 Auction promise


July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Pink 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
Summer Fair

Tuesday 9th
Y6 visiting the Shard

Wednesday 10th
Zap Anti Bullying assembly & workshops for KS2

Thursday 11th
Blue 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 12th
Year 5 Taster Day @ St. George’s

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

This week our Year 5 and Y6 athletes excelled themselves during their participation in the Active Westminster Quad Kids Athletics securing 2nd place in this Westminster wide competition. We are all very proud of their achievement and of the team work, determination and self-belief displayed by all of our St. Joseph representatives.

In other news, I am also delighted to share the fantastic achievements of Miss A. Ward (Blue Classes) and Miss S. Ward (Violet 1 and 2). Both are completing their Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching and Miss A Ward has passed her first year with a First while Miss S Ward will be finishing her degree with a First. I am sure you will join me in congratulating their achievements. We are truly blessed to have them both at St. Joseph’s and I am certain that one day they will both be outstanding teachers.

When bringing children to school after 9:00am, parents must sign the children in at the main Office entrance but should then hand their children over to the office staff who will escort their child to their respective classroom. The school gates open at 8:40 am and KS1 pupils should be brought to their classroom door by their parents or guardians, KS2 pupils should be entrusted to make their own way to their classrooms from the school gate and EYFS pupils should be brought to their respective classroom doors by their parents or guardians. This is an important safeguarding issue in terms of children being safe and adults and children being appropriately accounted for. Thank you for your co-operation.

This week Jarvis will be going home with Matthew who will soon be leaving us. We will all miss Matthew’s loving nature and fantastic sense of humour. During his year at St Joseph’s he has been kind and thoughtful towards all of his classmates and all of his teachers. He is a wonderful role model who follows our Mission Statement, respecting others and living life to the full with his smile and positive attitude. I am sure that you will be sorely missed and we wish you all the very best in the future.

Finally I would like to congratulate Tommy in Pink 2 who is now a very proud big brother. We would like to welcome George Oliver to the St. Joseph’s school community and wish all his family well.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Monday 10th
Violet 3 PGL residential trip
Year 5 – Lord’s Cricket Ground

Friday 14th
Y3 Communion Mass @ 9:30 am in school hall
Violet 3 – return

Monday 17th
Geography week begins
Pink 2 maps (am)
Pink 1 maps (pm)
Violet 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 18th
Blue 2 orienteering (am)
Violet 1 orienteering (pm)
Team from Year 5 – maths competition @ St Christina’s school

Wednesday 19th
NSPCC workshops Rec – Y6 all day
Blue 1 orienteering (am)

Thursday 20th
Year 1 Auction promise
Violet 2 orienteering (am)
Pink 3 maps (pm)

Friday 21st June
Blue 3 orienteering (am)
Violet 3 orienteering (pm)

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Meeting for Nursery parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall

Tuesday 25th
Meeting for Reception parents starting in Sept 2019 @ 9:30am in hall
Sports Day - Nursery 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Sports Day - Reception 2:20pm - 3:20pm

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)

Friday 28th
Y5 Auction promise


July

Monday 1st
Summer book challenge assembly
Pink 3 – visiting Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 3rd
Buddies picnic (Rec & Y6)

Thursday 4th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 5th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y5 visiting St. George’s Secondary school

Saturday 6th
SUMMER FAIR


Merits

Rec B1 - Rachel
Rec B2 - Lara
Pink 1 - Darragh & Roza
Pink 2 - James
Pink 3 - Felicitas
Blue 1 - Artur
Blue 2 - n/a
Blue 3 - Thomas
Violet 1 - Charlie
Violet 2 - Joe
Violet 3 - Whole Class

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - James
Rec B2 - Isabel
Pink 1 - Giorgia
Pink 2 - Adam & Yannick
Pink 3 - Alessandro
Blue 1 - Kina
Blue 2 - n/a
Blue 3 - Mateo
Violet 1 - Isaure
Violet 2 - Lorenzo
Violet 3 - Ace

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

As you know, this week has been very busy here at St. Joseph’s in part because of the Y6 and Y2 SATs. Year 6 worked really hard and completed their SATs exams remaining calm, collected and engaged throughout. I am excited about getting the results and seeing how well they have done. Our year 2 children have also been busy completing their compulsory testing and again, the children excelled themselves. I am extremely proud of all of the children and I would like to thank parents and staff for all of your dedicated support and encouragement during these busy weeks.

Of course, the children have also been busy enjoying Science Week and I cannot wait for them to share their experiences with me either in their display work or in their books.

Next week, Y5 will be setting off on their school journey to Sayers Croft where they will enjoy a range of activities including pond-dipping, building shelters, sharing each other’s company and spotting rabbits and bluebells in the Surrey countryside.

Our sporting initiatives also continue next week with two days of Cricket at The Hub, Regents Park for 10 pupils from Y5 and Y6 (Y5/6 girls on Tuesday and Y6 boys on Wednesday). I am sure they will be excellent sports ambassadors for the school.

On Thursday 23rd May, in accordance with the fulfilment of our civic responsibilities, the Sharp Suite will be made available for the European Elections. Y6 will therefore make use of the Y5 classrooms given that the latter will be enjoying their rural excursion.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.


Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
PGL parent talk @3:45pm in Sharp Suite

Tuesday 21st
Y5/6 girls cricket team competition @ Regent’s Park hub

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft
Y5/6 boys cricket team competition @ Regent’s Park hub
Nursery Urbanwise – Paddington Rec

Thursday 23rd
European Elections (Sharp Suite only – school open)

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft
School ends 3:30pm

Monday 27th – Friday 31st
HALF TERM

JUNE


Monday 3rd
Class photographs (full school uniform)

Thursday 6th
London Fire Brigade visit – Y2 & Y5

Friday 7th
Violet 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet 3 PGL residential trip
Year 5 – Lord’s Cricket Ground

Friday 14th
Violet 3 – return

Monday 17th
Geography week begins
Pink 2 maps (am)
Pink 1 maps (pm)
Violet 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 18th
Blue 2 orienteering (am)
Violet 1 orienteering (pm)

Wednesday 19th
NSPCC workshops Rec – Y6 all day
Blue 1 orienteering (am)

Thursday 20th
Year 1 Auction promise
Violet 2 orienteering (am)
Pink 3 maps (pm)

Friday 21st June
Blue 3 orienteering (am)
Violet 3 orienteering (pm)

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)

Thursday 27th
EYFS Sports Morning @ school

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Many thanks once again to all of the parents of St Joseph’s who made the auction such an overwhelming success. We raised over £80,000 which is thanks to all of your support and generosity. I feel extremely privileged and grateful to be part of such a strong school community and I know I can rely on all of your support for our next event, the Summer Fair. This week we have been fortunate enough to have the Holy Week liturgies that KS2 have performed with such reverence and thoughtfulness for the rest of the school. The children explained their understanding of the events of this special time beautifully and it was wonderful to see so many parents joining us during these liturgies.

Thank you to Fr. Jeff who invited KS2 to pray the Stations of the Cross at Our Lady’s this week. The children were encourage to live their faith during the Easter period, taking full opportunity of their Lenten obligations to pray and grow closer to Jesus.

I would also like to extend my thanks to parents, pupils and teachers for their fantastic effort in our Easter Bonnet parades this week. Special thanks must be given to our judges, Priscilla Sharpe, Julia Nilson and Eileen Chao who performed their unenviable task with great attention to detail and thought. Finally, Melissa and Riley, our Head Boy and Head Girl were invaluable during Wednesday’s celebrations and also judged the overall staff winner. Much fun was had by all and the winners were:

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We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23rd April. Have a peaceful and happy Easter.

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Date for Your Diary

Tuesday 23rd
School returns gates open 8:40
Living Eggs arrive EYFS
Violet classes visiting National Gallery

Wednesday 24th
Blue classes visiting National Gallery

Thursday 25th
Pink classes visiting National Gallery Science outreach in school

Friday 26th
Pink1 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 30th
Oral health and dental survey for Rec & Y1

May

Thursday 2nd
Pink 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 3rd
Science outreach in school

Monday 6th
Bank holiday – school closed

Tuesday 7th
SATs begins

Thursday 9th
Blue 2 Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Friday 10th
Author visit Y3 – Y6

Monday 13th
SATs continues Science week begins

Tuesday 14th
Violet 1 visiting Apple store Regent St.
Violet 2 visiting Apple store Covent Garden

Thursday 16th
SATS continues
Blue 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Sublime Science in school all day

Friday 17th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec Y6 @ Regents Park
Sublime Science in school all day

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft


Merits

Rec B1 - Natalia
Rec B2 - Georgina
Pink 1 - Leandro
Pink 2 - Darian
Pink 3 - Owen
Blue 1 - Josh
Blue 2 - Nancy
Blue 3 - Frankie
Violet 1 - Matthew
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Harry

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Liam
Rec B2 - Youssef
Pink 1 - Sara
Pink 2 - Hector
Pink 3 - Freddie
Blue 1 - Matias
Blue 2 - Alice
Blue 3 - Caterina
Violet 1 - Gabriel
Violet 2 - Molly
Violet 3 - Gabriella

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