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17th May 2018 Dear Parents and Carers, Coming soon: An easier way to make online payments to school with ParentMail! As you know, we try very hard to keep parents regularly informed about what’s going on at St Joseph’s, however, sending paper letters home about school trips and payments can be rather ‘hit and miss’ with letters sometimes going astray on the way and some parents not knowing the cost of the trip. We are also increasingly aware of the substantial cost and environmental impact associated with the amount of paper and photocopying involved and the administrative time it takes to bank the payments. We are pleased to announce that from 14th June 2018, St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools’ Federation will be introducing a new secure online payment service called ParentMail which allows parents or carers to make payments such as school trips and clubs to our school using your debit or credit card whenever and wherever you like, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is one of the highest internet security available. We appreciate that many people now pay for things online and we feel that ParentMail gives parents a more flexible and convenient way to pay for these activities. Registering with ParentMail is very easy! All we need from you is to complete the ParentMail Data Capture Form attached to this letter which asks for you to provide us with your current email address and contact details. I am aware that some of you may have given your email addresses on our school admissions form when your child first began at our school, however, these may have changed. Please be assured that ParentMail® is registered with the Data Protection Registrar and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation. Also, with regards to the payments you make, your bank statement will display either the school name (St Joseph’s) or ParentMail, dependent on your payment method. We will inform you about the items you need to pay through ParentMail, and you will be able to pay electronically, using credit or debit cards as well as PayPal and PayPoint. Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we would highly recommend you download the free ParentMail App so that you can make easy, online payments on the go. To do this, simply search for…
Newsletter 17th May 2018

Newsletter 17th May 2018

Thursday, 17th May 2018 Dear Parents and Carers, This week Year 6 have been doing their SATs.  Year 2 SATs are continuing over this week and next. The children have worked and continue to work extremely hard and, so far, have showed impeccable conduct during the tests.  All of the teachers and support staff are very proud of them.  Well done to every child involved! Mary Our Mother May is the month of Mary and our May Procession in honour of Our Lady is a very moving experience. My thanks to Father Victor for celebrating this with us, Mrs Mokogwu for organising it and parents for supporting this. Mary, Mother of hope, accompany us on our journey! Teach us to proclaim the living God; help us to bear witness to Jesus, the one Saviour; make us kindly towards our neighbours, welcoming to the needy, concerned for justice, impassioned builders of a more just world; intercede for us as we carry out our work in history, certain that the Father’s plan will be fulfilled. Taken from Ecclesia in Europa, 125 This Sunday, the 20th May, is Pentecost Sunday and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, the completion of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and the subsequent gift of faith for all nations. Relationships and Sex Education During the week after half term children from all classes will be learning about relationships through the school programme called ‘A Journey in Love’. Please look on the website for all details of this under the tab ‘Home’ followed by ‘Our Faith’ then ‘A Journey in Love PowerPoint Presentations’.  ‘A Journey in Love’ highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education at any time if you wish to do so. I do however urge you to look at the presentations for your child’s year group. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula. GDPR You will have heard of the new rules regarding the ‘General Data Protection Regulation’. This deals with data privacy and protection.  We will be publicising policies and procedures and notices that are compliant with the…
VIDEO: How to use the ParentMail app

VIDEO: How to use the ParentMail app

  Watch a video about how to use the new ParentMail payment app.
Newsletter 4th May 2018

Newsletter 4th May 2018

Friday 4th May 2018 Dear St Joseph’s Families and Friends, I am sure that many of you would have received the news of the Infant School Ofsted.  The school remains a ‘Good’ school.  Even though Ofsted have said some lovely things about our school we are not complacent and we will continue to use this report to further improve the school. The report is on the website, I hope you get a chance to read it when you have time.  Here are a few snapshots of their comments: ‘You have developed a strong senior leadership team.  Together you ensure a stimulating and calm environment in which pupils make good progress.’ ‘Pupils typically say their teachers are kind and that they are looked after well’ ‘You and your teaching staff place strong emphasis on developing the ‘whole child’ and learning opportunities are extended beyond the classroom’ ‘The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s values of hope, love, peace and justice.’ Use of Social Media Have you ever heard of ‘sharenting’? I was on a safeguarding course this week which used this term and spoke about parents sharing too much information or images of their children on social media without their permission and whether this was ok.  Are they crossing the boundaries of privacy? Research has suggested that not all children are happy with parents sharing their images.  Perhaps you could discuss this at home with your children if you are concerned. Attendance Let’s keep our attendance as high as possible – we are doing very well so far! Red – 95.91% 3C -  98.09 % 6F – 97.42% Rainbow- 95.35% 3D -  96.83% 6G – 97.39% Yellow – 96.12% 4A - 96.99%   Blue – 96.53% 4B – 97.36% Infants: 96.28% Orange – 97.88% 5H – 96.2% Juniors: 97.08% Green – 95.97% 5I – 96.36% Whole School: 96.68%   Infant School spaces Do you know anyone who wants a RECEPTION space in a school for September? Locally there has been much movement in terms of housing so please ask your friends if they need a school place for their child in September or sooner for Year 1 or 2. We still have spaces across the Infant School.  Please ask at the school office as soon as possible as there are a few places left. Junior Gymnastics I am very pleased to report that our Junior School gymnastic team came second place…
Infant OFSTED Report 2018

Infant OFSTED Report 2018

27th April 2018 Dear Parents/carers, It is with great pride that I attach the Inspector’s letter from our recent Ofsted short inspection. As you will be aware, St Joseph’s Infants’ Camberwell was inspected on Thursday 22nd March 2018. If you had been graded as a GOOD school in your previous inspection, which we were, you then qualify for a short inspection the next time you are inspected. This involves Ofsted checking to see if you continue to be a GOOD school. If they conclude that you remain a good school, the inspection lasts for one day. Our inspection lasted for one day and the evidence the inspector gathered showed clearly that we continue to be a very GOOD school. I was intending to draw your attention to some extracts from the inspector’s letter but there were just too many that I wanted to share with you so instead, I shall just let you read the whole letter and you can imagine those statements of which I am most proud! I would also like to publicly thank all the staff and governors here at St Joseph’s Camberwell who have worked tirelessly since the previous inspection in October 2013, to ensure that we remain a very GOOD school, which I am sure you will all agree it to be. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you – all of our parents and carers for your continued support and of course, to all of our wonderful children for their hard work and positive attitudes. Kind regards S M Kirrane Ms Sheila Kirrane Head of School St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools’ Federation (Infants) Download Report or View below {pdf}/PDF/OFSTED/OFSTED%20REPORT%20-%20Infants%20School%20-%20April%202018.pdf|height:1200|width:100%{/pdf}