Newsletter - 13th May 2016

Newsletter - 13th May 2016

Hello Everyone, The Month of May is upon us and for us May is the Month of Mary, the Blessed Virgin and mother of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Today we have witnessed her importance to our community. The May Procession was beautiful. In the Infant playground we have developed a shrine to Our Lady and this will be an area in front of which the children can be prayerful and witness their faith. A statue of Our Lady will be in the Junior foyer for you all to praise. SATs and Tests Our Year 6 have completed their SATs this week. They have worked very hard and I am sure have done their best. As I have said before, this year the children have been tested for the first time against the 2014 National Curriculum and the national expectation is greater. From next year 85% of the Year 6 cohort will have to be at or above the national ‘expected standard’. To that end we have also conducted age appropriate tests for Year 3, 4 and 5 so we know where our children are placed nationally as well as locally. As a school this gives us greater evidence about a pupil’s progress and more evidence when it comes to Ofsted. Our Year 2 children have been practising for their SATS and Year 1 for their Phonics Screening Check. These will be happening for real over the next few weeks. Art Exhibition You will have been personally invited by your child/children to our Art Gallery on Friday 20th May. This is very exciting for the children. They have produced some fantastic art work that will be displayed gallery style in our school hall. If you have not responded with a time to visit the gallery then please do so this week. I am delighted to tell you that Tiana from Blue Class has won a London-wide competition for ‘Tiana’s Creature’ and was presented with her prize at City Hall. In our school we have ‘hidden’ talent and it is our job, as parents and teachers, to find and nurture it so our children can be the best they can be. The Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations On Thursday 9th June we are having an own clothes day. The theme will be ‘red, white and blue’ so please dress in these colours. This is to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Her official Birthday…
Newsletter - 22 April 2016

Newsletter - 22 April 2016

We do hope you had a great Easter break and we are glad that you all arrived back safe and sound. We had a whole school Mass on the 15th April. Just a quick newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest news from St Joseph’s. Rainbow Class Liturgy Thank you to Rainbow class for their Liturgy on Thursday morning. It was genuinely delightful and the singing was beautiful. We learnt about how Jesus left an important message for his disciples to follow him and also about new life and how plants grow. Thank you! SATS Test This time of year is when children in Year 1 do their phonics screening check and Year 2 and Year 6 do their SATS. You will be notified of the relevant details if your children are involved. This year children in Year 2 and 6 are doing new types of tests. We wish them all the luck in the world and our prayers are with them. Art Gallery On Friday 20th May we are going to have a whole school art exhibition. Our school hall will be converted into a gallery with a wonderful display of every child’s art work. This work will be framed and just to give you prior warning it will be available for you to buy for £7.50 if you should wish to do so - although there is no obligation. We would like you to come along and view the exhibition and will be sending out more information about the timing of the day. Section 48 Inspection Follow Up On the Friday 10th June the Education Commission will be doing a follow up day at the school. This is usual practice so they can keep an eye on the good work schools are doing. INSET DAY On the Monday 20th June school will be closed to pupils. Teachers have an INSET day. Seaside Days The Infant school will be going to the seaside on Friday July 1st and the Juniors on Friday July 8th Olympic Celebrations On the 18th and 19th July the school will have a ‘Rio 2016 Festival of Sport’ to to celebrate the Olympics– more details to follow Reflection ‘Lord as you lend me life, lend me a heart replete of thankfulness’ (from Shakespeare’s King Henry VI Part 2, Act 1, Scene 1 – in honour of his birthday this weekend) With best…
Newsletter - Thursday 24th March 2016

Newsletter - Thursday 24th March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers, As we approach the Easter holiday we would like to say a big thank you to you all for supporting our school. As you will have heard in the news there are more changes to education and schools that have been prescribed by the Government. We will keep you fully informed of the changing situation as and when more information arrives. St Patrick’s Day and St Joseph’s Day 5I’s class assembly was all about St Patrick. Well done to 5I who took us on a journey of St Patrick’s life and works especially his message of the importance of the Trinity. 5I’s Irish dancing a combination of a jig and a reel was complicated and showed true collaboration and team work. Well done again! Thank you to Clodagh Year 6 and Caoife Year 2 who performed for the Infant St Patrick’s Day assembly. They were amazing! Sport Relief fell on St Joseph’s day so we combined the two. It was non-uniform and wear something sporty. In the morning Year 6 led the whole school through some energetic dance moves for a ‘Wake and Shake’ fitness session. Well done to our dance leaders and thank you to all pupils who participated so cooperatively. In the afternoon we had our traditional St Joseph’s Disco. It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves – needless to say the adults were worn out at the end of the day! Year 5 Easter Production The Year 5 Easter production was beautifully poignant and a sensitive portrayal of Our Lord’s final days before his resurrection. Well done to Year 5! Easter Bonnet Parade How exciting to see all the ingenious bonnet designs in the infants on Thursday. You were all brilliant! Red Class Liturgy Thank you to Red class for their Liturgy on Thursday morning. You have learnt so much and delivered your Liturgy with style. Thank you! At Sacred Heart the Masses are as follows: March 24th Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Washing of the feet) March 25th Good Friday: Stations of the Cross 10 am Ghanaian Community – Stations of the Cross 12pm Passion of Our Lord 3pm March 26th Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass 8pm March 27th Easter Sunday: Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord 8.30am. 10am, 11.30am and 6pm March 28th Easter Monday: Mass 10am SATS: HOLIDAY BOOSTERS Over the Easter holiday there will…
Newsletter 11th March 2016

Newsletter 11th March 2016

11th March 2016 Dear Parents and Carers We are racing through the weeks and now approaching Easter. We break up very soon on Holy Thursday, the 24th of March at 1pm. Please look out for your Church’s Easter programme. There will be Masses on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. I hope, as families, you will be able to make at least one Easter Mass. Additionally there will be vigils and extra services. After Good Friday every opportunity is made to rejoice, praise and be thankful for the glory of Our Lord.Wednesday 16th March - the Junior school will be making their Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is organised by the school annually so can you prepare the children for this day. Remind them what they have to say and ask them to reflect on how they can live out the Gospel values. On Friday 18th March is St Joseph’s Day – the children can wear their own clothes but would like it to be something sporty for Sports Relief. Look out for further announcements, by text, about March 18th. School Easter Service Year 5 will be performing their Easter Play on Wednesday 23rd March at 2.00pm at Sacred Heart. Please come along if you can. Infant Easter Bonnet Parade will be on Thursday March 24th at 9.00am Junior Easter Raffle will take place on Thursday 24th March - tickets available from Tuesday 15th March. Al proceeds will buy games for the playground. World Book Day A big thank you to everyone who made such a fantastic effort with costumes. Winners for each class have a £5 book token. Please keep reading with your children it is the only way they see and hear new vocabulary and can explore their imaginations. One of the best things about the day is how the older children read with the younger children and how they are so committed to doing this. Please look at the school website for photos. The children look adorable. Dates for September 2016 – July 2017 This week dates forth e new school year have gone out in book bags. Please check them. You will also find the dates for the new school year on our website – www.stjosephs.southwark.sch.uk Just in case I have added them again. Open Door Policy Our school is always ready to listen to comments from all stakeholders in our community. If you would like…
St Joseph's are Milwall FC Kid's Cup Champions!

St Joseph's are Milwall FC Kid's Cup Champions!

Now moving on to a national tournment! More pictures here.
Proposed Admission Arrangements 2017-18

Proposed Admission Arrangements 2017-18

Proposal for admission arrangements for 2017 - 2018 has been posted on the website.