Newsletter 2/2/2018

Newsletter 2/2/2018

Friday 2nd February 2018 Dear Parents and Carers, The week after next is half term and time has flown by since we started back. Being in two schools is a true privilege and has confirmed to me how well St Joseph’s is doing! There are lots of initiatives going on to support the health and wellbeing as well as the education of our children. On Thursday I saw our Shake Up club discovering all about healthy snacks! They had to decide what they liked and didn’t like. Amidst the blueberries, pineapple, and raspberries, there was also pomegranate, coconut, mango, cherry tomatoes and red peppers. It was a feast for the eyes! All those colours and so good for everyone. No need to reach for the crisps when you just need a snack! I also received a letter from ‘Fizz Free February’. Can we try to do this and reduce our fizzy drink and sugar intake? It says that at the moment young people in England consume almost 3 times the recommended amount of sugar. In Southwark, almost one third of primary and secondary school pupils reported having sweets or non-diet fizzy drinks on most days. The daily amount of added sugar a child should have is shown below: 4-6 years 5 sugar cubes 19 grams 7-10 years 6 sugar cubes 24 grams 11+ years 7 sugar cubes 30 grams The easiest way to cut down the amount of sugar you have in your diet is through simple swaps: change fizzy drinks to water, opt for lower fat milks, and choose sugar-free or no added sugary drinks. According to NHS England 43% of our children are overweight. This is a scary statistic! Behaviour and Attendance We aim for behaviour at St Joseph’s to be impeccable. This week I have noticed that the way in which some children speak to others and to adults is not as kind or as respectful as it could be. People can be offended and upset by unnecessary comments and this leads to teachers spending valuable time dealing with issues that could easily be avoided. I would ask you to speak to your children about this. Class Attendance Class Attendance Red 95.2 Rainbow 97.31 Yellow 94.23 Blue 90 Green 94.17 Orange 96.8 3C 98.39 3D 97.41 4A 96.99 4B 97.36 5H 95.82 5I 96.29 6F 97.39 6G 97.37 Dates for your Diary: Monday 5th Feb – Friday…
Newsletter 19th January 2018

Newsletter 19th January 2018

Dear Parents and carers, Welcome back to the new term! We are at the end of our second week and I hope your families have settled into weekday routines after the Christmas break. I have been at St Anthony’s for 3 days a week since January 3rd. It has been a very interesting time learning new ways, names and faces. I am confident that St Joseph’s relationship with St Anthony’s will go from strength to strength and I see this as a great learning opportunity for all involved. The Infant School Council had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament. It was extremely exciting and they learnt so much. Their visit included a tour and a workshop to support their learning about democracy and the history of the building itself. Rainbow class had a brilliant time at the National Gallery for a ‘Fresco’ workshop. ‘Shape Up Club’ has also started. This is a club where children engage in high intensity, cardio vascular activity every week, have lots of fun with their parents and have the opportunity to prepare healthy food with their children. Let’s see what wonderful recipes they come up with and that they can share with us! Watch this space! Year 5 & 6 athletes did St Joseph’s proud at the All Southwark Athletics meet this week. We came second overall with Joseph O in Yr 6 receiving special recognition for his sportsmanship. Well done Joseph! Mr Higgins reported that there are some children who he feels should be attending an athletics club for specialised training. I would urge you to look into this - you may have the next Usain Bolt/Dame Kelly Holmes in your house without realising it! We also wish our year 3&4 team the best of luck in their final! The office team do all they can to ensure that each child gets to attend the after school clubs of their choice. However, it is not always possible for every child to get every club choice all the time. We ask that you understand this and behave accordingly towards the office team. Regrettably we have had some parents who have been rude to the office team and this is unacceptable. Thank you to those parents who understand and accept the situation gracefully. Our attendance and punctuality at school is overall very good but we want to make it better. Please try to be…
Setting online safety resolutions with your family

Setting online safety resolutions with your family

New Year is a great time to make some new resolutions. Here are some ideas of online safety resolutions you could make as a family in 2018.
Newsletter 6th December 2017

Newsletter 6th December 2017

Wednesday 6th December 2017 Dear Parents, Carers and Friends, Advent is here - we are awaiting the coming of the Lord and his promise that he will be ever with us. During the Christmas season as we celebrate and feast, we must remember those in our community who are less fortunate. We pray for families who are in distress and we support those who are having a hard time. Our thoughts and prayers go out especially to the Chinedu family whose daddy passed away last week. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Everything Christmassy This Friday 8th December, we have our Infant Christmas Fayre at 2pm. Please come along to raise as much money as we can for the school. Father Christmas has taken time out of organising his deliveries on Christmas Eve and will be paying us a visit! There are lots of raffles going on and some super prizes to win. Give generously if you can. Reception, Yr 1 and 2 have visited the Unicorn Theatre to see ‘Boing’ and ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’. Years 3, 4 and 5 are visiting Theatre Peckham to see ‘Cinderella Shoeshine’. A selection of children from across all year groups attended the Archbishop’s annual carol service at St George’s Cathedral on 5th December. All children so far have had a wonderful experience and we anticipate no less for those going next week. Don’t forget that on Wednesday 13th December at 6pm Father Victor is holding a Carol Concert at Sacred Heart which brings together all schools in the diocese. Bishop Pat Lynch will be in attendance. We have a junior and infant choir singing…letters will be going home soon to tell you more about it. The Infant Nativity will take place on Thursday 14th December at 2pm and Friday 15th December at 9.30am. This is a wonderful time for the children – the joy on their faces is unmissable. Please join us if you can. The Junior School Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 20th December, 2pm at Sacred Heart. This is a reflective celebration of God’s word accompanied by traditional carols. Please join us to remember the true meaning of Christ’s birth. Children’s Christmas lunch will be on Tuesday 21st December followed by class parties. Wear own clothes on this day! In addition to everything Christmassy, we…
Newsletter 15th November 2017

Newsletter 15th November 2017

15th November 2017 Dear Parents, Carers and Friends, Please take time to look at our Poppy display. The children have worked hard in painting/designing their poppies and learning all about why they are so important to us. The clocks have gone back and the weather is getting colder. Please make sure the children come to school in a coat with their name clearly marked. We have lots of unnamed lost property/uniform which we have shared after school with you. Please ask us if you need a washed ‘nearly new’ item of uniform and we will try to oblige. Please wear something reflective on your bag or coat so cars can see you. Advent The first Sunday of Advent is Sunday 3rd December and ends 24th December. Advent is a very special time of the year, where we are waiting and preparing for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Road Safety Week In the Infant (Rec, Yr 1 and Yr 2) and Junior School (Yr 3) the children will have the opportunity to work with Road Safety officers to make sure they are aware of the dangers on our roads. Attendance Thank you to everyone for working hard to keep children in school and not to ask for holidays. As winter approaches, there are the more common bugs, coughs and colds to contend with. Rule of thumb, if your child has a temperature please keep them at home. If your child has diarrhoea and vomiting please keep them at home for 24hrs or until it has cleared. Class Attendance % since September Class Attendance % since September 6G 98.1 Red 97.2 6F 98.16 Rainbow 96.95 5H 96.8 Yellow 93.9 5I 96.81 Blue 97.49 4A 97.49 Green 97.11 4B 96.88 Orange 97.95 3C 99.17 Overall Infants 96.74 3D 97.68 Overall Juniors 97.64 School Council We have won recognition from ‘The Speaker’s School Council Awards’ for a project the children were engaged in designing a mural for the school playground wall. Well done everyone! Anti- bullying Week 13th- 17th November We have a strong history in working with our children to empower them to be anti- bullying ambassadors. Children work in the playground daily as ambassadors and peer mediators. This week is anti-bullying week. The children have had assemblies on this year’s campaign ‘All different, All Equal’. They have learnt: Build a Wall: an imaginary one so not to let any bullying…
Newsletter 29th September 2017

Newsletter 29th September 2017

Friday 29th September 2017 Dear Parents and Carers We are 4 weeks in to term and the summer holidays seem a long way away. At this time children start to become a little more tired and half term (we break up on Friday October 20th) seems as if it will never come. Can I remind you please that children need to sleep well. Generally the NHS recommends: Age in years Approximate hours of sleep 4 11 hours 30 minutes 5 11 hours 6 10 hours 45 minutes 7 10 hours 30 minutes 8 10 hours 15 minutes 9 10 hours 10 9 hours 45 minutes 11 9 hours 30 minutes How lack of sleep can affect children: Evidence shows that night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop. Those who don't get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight or obese. This is because they tend to crave and eat sugary or starchy food during the day to give them energy to stay awake. The key to how much is enough sleep, is whether a child gets up fairly easily in the morning, is alert and happy for most of the day and is not grumpy. Younger children who are persistently sleep-deprived seem irritable and overactive, seek constant stimulation and don't concentrate well. Reception Places for September 2018 – 19 It is that time of year when parents start looking for schools. For children due to start Reception in September 2018, the deadline for applications is 15th January 2018. We are holding an ‘Open Week’ for prospective parent/carers from Monday 13th November to 17th November 2017. Please phone the school on 0207 703 9264 to make an appointment for a tour of the school at one of the following times:- Monday 13th November at 1.30pm Tuesday 14th November at 9.30am & 1.30pm Wednesday 15th November at 1.30pm Thursday 16th November at 1.30pm & 6pm Friday 17th November at 1.30pm We still have a few spaces across the infant school. Please advise friends and family if they need a space for their child. We would be pleased to see them. Please telephone the Infant school: 0207 703 9264 for a meeting with the Head of School. Mac Millan Coffee Morning Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning and ‘own clothes’ day. Wow what a turn out – the school hall…