Welcome to St Joseph's Catholic Schools' Federation!
St Joseph's is a happy, secure school at the heart of a vibrant inner city community that celebrates life.
We aim to nurture and support the personal growth of each unique individual inspiring the gospel values of faith, hope, love, peace, justice and truth. The children are educated in a Christian setting preparing them for witness in the wider community. We are committed to providing a stimulating, challenging, inclusive learning environment and quality first teaching so that it captures the imagination, empowering learning at every opportunity. We ensure that enrichment activities provide opportunities for the children to perform, articulate and collaborate through music, sport, drama and philosophy.
Our families are proud and passionate about the school; they are supportive and determined for their children. The pupils' energy is positive, boundless and infectious. They are well behaved, they work hard and enjoy school.
We would love you to come and visit us!
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infants’ School together with its faith community will endeavour to inspire the gospel values of faith, hope, love, peace, justice and truth by :-
- Ensuring that each child will develop their full potential, spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, physically and socially in a caring, loving and supportive environment.
- Regular monitoring and evaluation of each child’s progress.
- Building strong relationships between school, pupils,
- parents and the parish community and neighbourhood to help prepare our children to live harmoniously and with equality of opportunity.
Staff must be committed to supporting the Catholic ethos of the school and to helping the children towards an understanding of worship.
Staff will share their gifts in the fulfilment of these aims for the benefit of the school community and share responsibility for the well being and discipline of all pupils.
At St Joseph’s each member of our family is valued and respected for who they are. Like St Joseph, we aim to nurture and support the personal growth of each individual in an atmosphere of love and trust rooted in Christ and the Gospels.
Each child will be provided with an education placed in a Christian setting to prepare him/her to be a witness in the wider world; thus the curriculum to be followed will enable each child to acquire skills, attitudes and values that will foster an increasing love and understanding of the Catholic faith.
- To teach the children to have an awareness that, as children of God they too must love one another, irrespective of the ethnicity, gender or ability - physical or intellectual - of the companions.
- To provide a curriculum in which each strand refers intrinsically to the Overall Aim, but which also allows for the differentiation which exists between children and their varying stages of development.
- To realise each child's own individual potential within a stimulating learning environment, ensuring that there are opportunities to feel successful.
- To bring together all who are concerned with the children's social, moral and spiritual development through a close relationship between the school, the parents and the Church.
Violin Miss Stalker
Wed 13.30 - 13.50
13.50 - 14.10
Thur 1.30 - 1.50
1.50 - 2.10
2.10 - 2.30
Brass Fridays 3.00 -4.00 y
Piano Miss Stalker
Mon 9.45 - 10.05
10.05 - 10.25
12.05 - 12.30 Music Room
Recorder Miss Ross
Mon 11.30 - 12.00
Wed 1.00 - 1.30
1.30 - 2.00
Thur 11.45 - 12.15
African Drumming Mr Ed Beesley
Friday 3.00 / 4.15
Gospel Choir Miss Ros & Miss Stalker
3.00 - 4.30 Hall
St Joseph's Choir " Thur 6th Nov 3.00 - 3.45 Music room
Flute Miss D Jemeson
Thursdays 3.00 - 3.30
Thursdays 3.30 /4.00
Mon & Tue 3.00 - 4.00
After School Clubs
Art Club Mon 2 March-23 March 3.15pm - 4.15pm £5.00 5wk
Card Design Club Mrs Crawford Tue 3 March 3.15pm - 4.15pm £5.00 5 wk
Cooking Mrs Galindo/Mrs Lee Wed 25 February 3.15pm - 4.30pm Staff room £5.00 5 wk
Jewellery Miss Mbriwa Wed 4 March 3.15pm - 4.15pm £5.00 5 wk
Sewing Mrs Ramos Thu 5 February 3.15pm - 4.15pm £5.00 5 wk
Spanish Mr Balseiro Tue 3 March 3.15pm - 4.15pm £5.00 5 wk
Phonics Miss D Jameson Mon 19 Jan 3.15pm - 3.45pm
Tae-Kwando Mon 19 Jan 3.15 / 4.15 Hall £20.00 YR3/YR5
Millwall Club Tue 3 March - Tue 24 March 3.20 / 4.20 £10.00
2nd March 2015
Dear Parents and Carers
I am overjoyed at being appointed the new Executive Headteacher at St Joseph’s. What great news for me! When I came to St Joseph’s in September it felt like I was meant to be here. Thank you so much for your warm wishes of congratulation and your continued support.
During Lent the school is supporting the food bank that has started at Sacred Heart Church. We are going to collect one item of non-perishable goods per child (pasta, sugar, long life milk, tins of beans, tomatoes etc…). As of this week please bring items into the reception areas of the infants and juniors where there will be a space for collection.
Using the Food bank
If there is anyone in need of the food bank please go to Sacred Heart Parish Hall on the last Saturday of every month from 2-4pm. You do not have to present any vouchers or be known to the church to avail of this help.
First Holy Communion Programme
Our First Holy Communion Programme is going really well. Can I remind
parents/carers that pick up time is 3.45pm. Try as hard as possible to be on time.
There will be parents’ evenings next week in both schools. Please try and see your child’s teacher. It is very important that we have home-school face to face communication.
I Gospel at the Royal Festival Hall
St Joseph’s Junior School will be singing at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 3rd
March at 7pm – get your tickets if you haven’t already - £10 each and sorry no concessions! The children sound amazing.
Year 1 visit to Horniman Museum
Yr 1 are going to the Horniman Museum on Wednesday 4th March - I’m sure they will have a lovely day.
World Book Day
Thursday 5th of March we are celebrating World Book Day. Please dress up as a character from a traditional tale. Whether you choose to make an outfit or buy one I am sure we will have a great experience.
Education Welfare Officer (EWO)
St Joseph’s has a new EWO, called Anthea Green, who will work across both schools. Anthea will be working with families regarding attendance and punctuality. Please ensure your children arrive to school on time and have good attendance. If they are ill, for example, when there is a diahorrea and vomiting bug, let common sense prevail and send them to school as soon as possible when they are better. If you know your child is going to be absent from school please let us know in good time on the first day of absence and when they return a note is required to explain the absence.
In ‘Outstanding’ schools uniform is worn with pride. Generally our uniform is excellent but there have been a few occasions where children have not worn the right things. Hair bands should be school colours, no earrings, no nail varnish, no boots, no caps, no beads. For PE, the uniform should be white t-shirt and blue shorts, plain black or blue tracksuit bottoms and suitable footwear-plimsolls or trainers.
This Friday we have a coffee morning in the hall from 9.05 to 9.50am. Please come
along if you can make it.
Upcoming Event in the parish - St Patrick’s Day
At Sacred Heart the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is on Saturday 14th March at 7.00pm. Tickets are priced for a family (2 adults + 2 children) £5.00, individual £2.00. Food included in the ticket.
I don’t remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke only of
faithfulness in loving. The Lord has called me to faithfulness in love and this
is the only success that really counts.
2nd February 2015
Dear Parents and Carers
We are now in the first week of February – doesn’t time fly? I can say we have made a good start to the spring term. Children are having some great experiences. There have been a number of trips out across all year groups from the theatre to sporting events. I am pleased that the children are taking part so enthusiastically and it is reflected in the children’s work. I walk around both schools all the time and behaviour for learning is very good. Please make sure your children are reading as much as they can and don’t forget to fill in their reading record. Likewise, getting children to recite and know their times tables is essential -only this weekend it was in the news. Make time for these – it does make a difference and shows that school and families are working together!
First Holy Communion Programme
Thank you to those parents who came to the meeting last Wednesday. I am sure you will agree your children are getting the best opportunity to prepare for Reconciliation and Holy Communion. The children are so innocent at every session they say the most beautiful things about God and their families. Out of the mouths of babes!
After School Clubs
We have made a great start with the after school clubs. We are trying to give children as many positive and creative opportunities as we can.
I know some children didn’t get the club they wanted but there is a waiting list and we will strive to ensure everyone gets a chance at doing something.
Don’t forget to look at our website www.stjosephs.southwark.sch.uk and catch up with the latest news. Can I ask you to look at TERMtalk and also the RE newsletters? If you look at the Learning Resources section you will also find many sites that your child can use to help their learning from SATs revision (go to the Reference section) to cbbc. Enjoy!
How lucky are we? 28 of our pupils who entered the writing competition before Christmas will have their work published! That is fantastic news!
Staff have had training regarding the needs of children with Sickle Cell. If your child has Sickle Cell and you haven’t informed the school would you please do so as a
matter of urgency. We do want to make the children as comfortable as possible
during the school day so they are able to learn at their best.
E Safety Training
Last Wednesday evening St Joseph’s staff joined the staff at Comber Grove for a session on E Safety. Do you know what your children are looking at on the internet? Do you have filters in place? This is a growing area of concern! If you have any time this weekend go on to www.childnet.com for advice on how to keep your child safe.
‘Young people should not only be loved but they must know that they are loved.’ John Bosco