Newsletter - 22nd May 2015

Newsletter - 22nd May 2015

22nd May 2015 Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of St Josephs, I write this as we come to the end of another busy half term and I hope that you all have a safe half term break next week. My thanks to everyone who work so hard to make St Joseph’s what it is – a vibrant and happy family! As you know newsletters will now be on line via the website to be more environmentally friendly. Please be aware of this and check the website regularly for news updates at www.stjosephs.southwark.sch.uk SATS Year 6 and Year 2 SATs have been taking place over the last week or so and can I say how well the children have coped. It has recently been reported that the number of children reporting exam stress to Childline has risen by 200% in the last year making up 58% of its helpline counselling sessions. Please be aware of this especially as the children move on to their secondary schools. NEPAL We continue to support charities throughout the year and are responding to the devastating news regarding the earthquakes in Nepal. The cake sale on Friday 22nd will no doubt be a resounding success. DADS@ST JOSEPH’S We had a great evening of discussion with Dads on the 6th of May. If you are interested in joining us for another evening there will be a date in the diary FRIENDS OF ST JOSEPH’S After half term there will be two meetings for those people who are interested in starting a Friends group to support the school in ways such as- volunteering and fund-raising. The first meeting is on Friday 5th of June 8.45-9.45am coinciding with a coffee morning and the second meeting will be on Monday 15th June at 6pm. Please come along if you are interested. SECTION 48 REPORTS Please read the Section 48 reports about the Catholic life of the school. The website had the old Infant report attached. This has now been corrected and the 2015 report has replaced it. It makes excellent reading. LETTER FROM THE POPE REGARDING THE FAMILY On the website I have put an edited version of the latest letter from the Pope. Please read his valuable words of wisdom. EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICER Our EWO is Anthea Green. Anthea comes to school every half term and looks at the attendance and punctuality of our pupils. Where there are concerns…
Extracts from Pope Francis Letter on Communicating the Family

Extracts from Pope Francis Letter on Communicating the Family

Dear Brothers and Sisters The family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church. It is in the context of the family that we first learn how to communicate. Even after we have come into the world in some sense we are still in the ‘womb’, which is the family. A womb made up of various interrelated persons: the family is ‘where we learn to live with others despite our differences’. It is the bond which is at the root of language, which in turn strengthens the bond. We can give because we have received. This virtuous circle is at the heart of the family’s ability to communicate among its members and with others. More generally it is the model for all communication. In the family we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence, to laugh to cry together with people who did not choose one another yet are so important to each other. This greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communication as recognising and creating closeness. More than anywhere else the family is where we experience our own limits and those of others, the problems great and small entailed in living peacefully with others. A perfect family does not exist. We should not be fearful of imperfections, weakness or even conflict, but rather learn how to deal with them constructively. The family, where we keep loving one another despite our limits and sins thus becomes a school of forgiveness, Forgiveness in itself is a process of communication. A child who has learned in the family to listen to others, to speak respectfully and to express his or her view without negating that of others will be a force for dialogue and reconciliation in society. In a world where people often curse, use foul language, speak badly of others, sow discord and poison our human environment by gossip, the family can teach us to understand communication as a blessing. In situations apparently dominated by hatred and violence where families are separated by stone walls or the no less impenetrable walls of prejudice and resentment, it is only by blessing rather than cursing, by visiting rather than repelling and by accepting rather than fighting, that we can break the spiral of evil, show that goodness is always possible and educate our children to fellowship. The great challenge…
Friends of St Joseph's Association

Friends of St Joseph's Association

18 May 2015 Dear Parents and Carers, We would very much like to start a ‘Friends of St Joseph’s Association’ which would support the school by engaging in activities to enhance the education of your children. If you are interested and would like to come along to find out more our first meeting, to gauge interest, will be on Friday 5th June from 8.45 - 9.45am and coincide with a coffee morning. I understand that not all interested parents will be able to come at 8.45 - 9.45am because of work commitments so another meeting will be held on Monday 15th June at 6pm. Please let the school office know in advance if you are coming to this meeting. This is a very exciting step for the Federation. Please spread the word so we can begin to work together! Anita Gallagher