New Academic Year

New Academic Year

School starts - Monday 5th September 2016
Newsletter - 18th July 2016

Newsletter - 18th July 2016

Dear Parents and Carers As we approach the end of the year I would like to recap on some of the things that have changed in education. Not only do we have a new Education Minister but also the curriculum has become trickier, levels for children have gone and we are now using a rigorous system in Southwark directly linked to the curriculum, there is more emphasis on the use of phonics, reading and spelling have become even more of a focus and the SATS tests for Year 2 and Year 6 have changed enormously. The emphasis is to improve the outcomes for children and this school works tirelessly to do that. We are determined your children will do as well as they can. This year nationally at the end of Year 6 53% of children reached age related expectations or above in reading, writing and maths combined and at St Joseph’s this was 48.3%. In Year 2 the SATs are teacher assessed and 59% children achieved reading, writing and maths combined at the expected standard or above. Over the summer they must not lose the progress they have made because national expectations are increasing, each child needs to meet these and we do not want them to fall behind in their learning. To this end can I ask you all to try and do the following things over the holiday: read with your children daily and ask them questions about what they are reading so they really understand it explain what objects are and what words mean follow up the fun things you do with conversations about them use your local library - Join the Summer Reading Challenge practice times tables Take advantage of the free summer activities in the local area Sing songs, draw, play cards and play board games (Monopoly, snakes and ladders, Boggle, Uno – to name a few) Use your home language but repeat it in English The children have had the chance to do some wonderful things this year. We have tried to broaden educational and extra-curricular opportunities and do some fun things. We will continue to do so. The children across all years continue to make good progress. As parents you are first educators of your children. If you feel your child is unable to access the curriculum for any reason then please share your concerns with us. Goodbyes We say goodbye this…
Sex and Relationship Programme

Sex and Relationship Programme

28th June 2016 Dear Parents, Year 3 The Archdiocese is keen for all schools to teach a “Sex and Relationship programme” based fully on the teaching of the Catholic Church. As a Catholic school we believe that we should support parents in helping children towards an understanding of their gender and its implication for successful relationships. To give you an insight as to what the children will be learning, you are cordially invited to attend a parents meeting on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 3.30 pm to talk about the teaching programme “Journey in Love.” Yours Sincerely Mrs A Gallagher Executive Headteacher
Strike Action

Strike Action

28th June 2016 Dear Parents/Carers, Members of the NUT will be taking industrial action because of the lack of funding in education on the 5th of July 2016. The action which is a one day strike will result in class closures at St Joseph’s. The decision to keep the school only partially open is never taken lightly, but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, I have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils. We are aware that this will inconvenience parents and carers and so I am writing to give you advance notice of the impact of the action on this school. Due to the numbers of staff taking part in this action the only classes in school on this day will be Blue Class, Rainbow Class, and 4A Any trips that were arranged for this day will have to be rearranged. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Yours sincerely Mrs A Gallagher Executive Headteacher
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