Newsletter 24th March 2015

Newsletter 24th March 2015

Tuesday 24th March 2015 Dear Parents and Carers, As we approach the Easter holiday I would like to say thank you to you all. This term has been very busy and you have responded by contributing to the life of the school. Children won’t forget their World Book Day or their hats/games for maths week or their non-uniform days. It is these ‘extras’ that make memories! St Patrick’s Day and St Joseph’s Day The children celebrated both Feast days. On St Patrick’s Day we had wonderful assemblies with a display of Irish Dancing. I would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Clodagh, Caoife and Caitlin for showing us their reels and jigs beautifully dressed in traditional costume. St Joseph’s Day was a celebration non uniform, discos and treats at lunchtime. I know the children enjoyed themselves. Section 48 Inspection St Joseph’s had their Section 48 inspection on March 11th. This is the inspection process that judges the Catholic life of the school and it is additional to Ofsted. We have not received the report yet but look forward to sharing it with you when we do. Sacrament of Reconciliation Last Saturday Ms Kirrane and I attended Mass at Sacred Heart followed by Year 2 children making the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. It was a privilege to be part of the children’s faith journey. Year 2 are now on the path to make their First Holy Communion later this year. Easter Performance The Year 5 Easter performance will take place at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday 25th March at 2pm. Parents are warmly invited to attend. Easter Holiday SATS revision classes Revision classes for Year 6 will take place during the Easter holiday for designated children. Please read the details in the specific letters addressed to Year 6. Dads of St Joseph’s – Meeting coming up soon date to be confirmed This is a meeting for fathers who are interested in helping their children in any way by working with the school. If you are interested please come along or ask Ms Gallagher/ Ms Jameson/ Mr Mburu for more details. Dates for your diary Break up for Easter: Friday 27th March at 3pm Return to school: Tuesday 14th April - Juniors 8.45am and Infants 8.55am Directly after the Easter break: Parents Evenings - Early warning The children return to school on Tuesday 14th April and the…
Newsletter 2nd March 2015

Newsletter 2nd March 2015

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. Lent 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 bankIf 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 ProgrammeOur First Holy Communion Programme is going really well. Can I remindparents/carers that pick up time is 3.45pm. Try as hard as possible to be on time. Parents Evenings 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 HallSt Joseph’s Junior School will be singing at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 3rdMarch 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 MuseumYr 1 are going to the Horniman Museum on Wednesday 4th March - I’m sure they will have a lovely day. World Book DayThursday 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…
Newsletter 13th February 2015

Newsletter 13th February 2015

13th February 2015 Dear Parents and Carers Its half term! The time has gone so quickly! I would like to thank all members of our school community for their support over the last 6 weeks. As a school we continue to go from strength to strength thanks to the dedication of all staff and parents in an aim to maintain high standards for the children. LentPlease be aware that Lent begins during half term. It is Shrove Tuesday on 17th February and Ash Wednesday on the 18th. We are sending home a Mission Lenten Calendar please look at this with your children. Maths week It has been a very exciting week and the children have been faced with fun challenges across the curriculum - all to do with maths. Even the very youngest children from Rainbow class showed us how maths is part of our everyday lives in their sing-a-long assembly. Everywhere we turn there are shapes, numbers and patterns. We know they know how to count backwards and forwards in 5s! Every class across the school has been cooking and then selling their wares at the end of each day. Children know how to weigh and measure, they have realised the notion of time and how important it is to keep to it (no burnt cakes!). They have made models, games and hats. The infant Hat Parade was delightful and once again I thank all of you for making such a fantastic effort to provide your children with hats that were imaginative and fun. The winners are: Red class How many numbers hat Brielle and Maximus Rainbow How many numbers hat Kyla and Christian Blue class Widest hat Julia(91cm) and Carolina (88cm) Yellow class Widest hat Oska (12cm) and Raphael and Nao (108cm) Green class Tallest Hat Rhea (190cm) Michelle (134cm) Orange class Tallest Hat Tiago (157cm) Andrea (150cm) We have also been selling maths equipment at the end of the school day. I hope you have found this useful. All of the items on sale will help the children learn at home. My thanks especially to Year 6 and to everyone who has helped in ‘the shops’. Parish Food bank In last week’s Sunday Message Father Victor mentioned that there is going to be a Sacred Heart Food bank. This is what he said:‘As our parish response to the ever increasing rate of poverty and inability of some…
St. Joseph's Flag chosen for Parliament 2015 Anniversaries

St. Joseph's Flag chosen for Parliament 2015 Anniversaries

Adonay from 5I has had his flag chosen to represent Camberwell in the Parliament 2015 Anniversaries Flag Project. "The building represents the high rise tower blocks in Camberwell. It gets dark really quickly when you live in tower blocks that's why its black. Orange mixes really well with the black. I chose blue for the star because its represents the sky, which is blue and because of the rain. Blue represents water." - Adonay You can see all the flags here.
Executive Headteacher and Head of School positions confirmed

Executive Headteacher and Head of School positions confirmed

27th February 2015Dear Parents and Carers,I would like to inform you that Mrs. Anita Gallagher has been successful in her appointment as permanent Executive Headteacher for St Joseph's Camberwell Catholic Schools Federation. Ms. Delia Jameson (Juniors) and Ms. Sheila Kirrane (Infants) have also both been appointed as permanent Heads of School. Many Congratulations to them all.This is a great achievement for the school. By ensuring the stability of leadership we can now look to the long term future of the Federation.Yours SincerelyAnita GallagherOn behalf of Chair of Governors and the Governing Body
Newsletter - 2nd February 2015

Newsletter - 2nd February 2015

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. Website 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! Writing Competition How lucky are we? 28 of our pupils who entered the writing competition before Christmas will have their work published! That is fantastic news! Sickle Cell 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…
Newsletter - 19th December 2014

Newsletter - 19th December 2014

Dear Parents and Carers, We are at the end of the Autumn Term and Christmas is fast approaching. This term has been one of hard work, commitment and dedication from everyone. Thank you to everyone who makes our school a success. Infant Nativity – “It’s a Baby!”We have had some wonderful performances this week. The Infant Nativity play was fabulous. The children sang their hearts out, danced freely, spoke so clearly and looked gorgeous in their costumes! Thank you all for making it so special for them. There will be a DVD of the infant production available so thank you for not filming/photographing the children. Thank you to all involved class teachers and support staff, Ms Stalker and Ms Ros for the music and singing practice and thank you to Mr Smith and Mr Gibb for filming. Year 4 Nativity – Angels Up High This was an absolute joy to watch! Funny, quirky (loved those sheep!) and full of spirit. The Christmas message was truly delivered. Thank you to everyone involved especially the Year 4 teachers, Mrs Mokogwu and Mrs Kilbey, the support staff and Ms Ros and Ms Stalker. Choir – Musical Evening Our choirs sang at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday night along with 7 other schools. Bishop Pat Lynch was in attendance. I know that this was the first of many such evenings and there will be more to follow. The choirs were amazing. The church was filled with the voice of the Lord and we could feel His presence. Again the children were a credit to the school and to you as parents. My special thanks go to Ms Ros and Ms Stalker who have worked so hard to ensure singing is a success! Well done everyone! Year 1 Blue Class We thank Ms Sally Beishon for her hard work with Blue Class this term and welcome Ms Kate Ferman who arrives in January. Christmas Card Competition Well done to Oliver in Year 3 whose card was chosen by the Education Commission as their Christmas card this year. This card will be sent to people and organisations all over the world! For those we know who are ill or suffering sorrow at this time We pray to the Holy Spirit for anyone in our community who is suffering through illness, bereavement or hardship at this time and we wish them peace of mind and to know…
Newsletter - 21st November 2014

Newsletter - 21st November 2014

 21st November 2014 Dear Parents and Carers, We are having a very productive time here at St Joseph’s. There are lots of new things happening for the children in terms of clubs, enrichment and learning opportunities. Nationally, the curriculum has changed and there is a greater expectation that children will learn more difficult concepts at a younger age. Just to give you a flavour of some of the things we will be working towards over the next couple of terms to make the experience of school better for your children. We will be working towards the following awards: Healthy Schools London Leading Parent Partnership Rights Respecting School Here are some of the things that are happening: Reading Mentors form ‘Beanstalk’ Maths and literacy intervention in Year 5 and 6 Phonic Intervention Year 1 and 2 In the Juniors every child plays a musical instrument I Gospel Choir ‘CUES-ED’ a well-being programme ‘Art-is’ in the infants to teach art and dance More Inter-schools sports competitions Kidscape anti-bullying programme The expectation that there will be a termly visit/trip to support learning for every class Links with the Blue Elephant Theatre, Sacred Heart and All Saints Academy Southwark RE Coordinator meetings Improving our website Reading Volunteers Is anyone interested in giving up an hour or two a week to be a reading volunteer? If you are please let one of us know. If any Dads are interested we need good male role models – thanks in anticipation! First Holy Communion The First Holy Communion Programme will be run in school by Mrs Gallagher and Ms Kirrane. The first meeting for parents is on Wednesday 26th of November 6.30pm at Sacred Heart Church. It is really important that you get to this meeting. Vomiting and Diarrhoea As you are probably aware there is a 24 hour sickness bug going around that is quite contagious. Please ensure your child is properly recovered to come back to school. The recommended recovery period for vomiting and diarrhoea is 48 hours. If your child has a temperature and is feeling sick/ sore throat we will be calling you to come and collect them. Attendance and Punctuality To become an outstanding school we have to have fantastic attendance and punctuality. This is where parents especially contribute to the ethos of the school. Traffic aside, please make sure your children get to school on time every day. School Dinners…