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Newsletter - 14th Feb 2020

Newsletter - 14th Feb 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Term is going so fast.  January disappeared in a flash! As we approach the end of the first half of the Spring term I would like to thank you for your continued support. We have been working hard over the last term and a half to prepare children for the growth in their knowledge and understanding of all subjects across the curriculum.  The children are not only learning about the subject topics but also the skills involved and how they can transfer these skills to support all of their learning. Well done to all the children who have achieved ‘Superstar Awards’ and all those who have participated in our sports competitions.  We are often commended for the behaviour of our children at these events. They have shown  determination, courage, resilience, respect, passion and honesty. Well done everyone! Have a wonderful half term break with your families. The Year of The Word We are listening and acting upon the word of the ‘God who Speaks’. From the ‘Bible and You’ survey this is what people have said so far…. 84% of people hear the Bible in Church, 53% read the Bible daily outside of Church, 41% aren’t sure where to begin with the Bible, 45% said we don’t have enough time to read the Bible. 34% say the Bible is extremely important to our faith and 84% says it’s important to our faith to tell others about Jesus. Go to www.godwhospeaks.uk for more information. First Holy Communion To all families who are making their Frist Holy Communion Father Victor has confirmed the date as Saturday 20th June.  The next session will be Tuesday 3rd March. World Book Day Don’t forget to read the letter sent out about World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.  Which character are you coming as?  Have fun deciding! Safeguarding Seminar at Sacred Heart School Father Victor has organised a seminar on Saturday 7th March 10.30am to discuss important issues for our community and how we can work together to deal with the challenges that life throws at us.  Times Tables Check Yr 4 are preparing for their times tables check. They have to do 25 questions on the computer, 6 seconds for each question and a 3 second gap before the next.  How good are you at remembering your times tables? And could you do it at this speed? Attendance and Punctuality…
NewsLetter  24th January 2020

NewsLetter 24th January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers We have started the term off well.  Ms Swann has settled into her new role as Head of School and is on the gate every morning. I am sure you have all seen her and wished her every success.  If you do have any queries or if you do want to meet Ms Swann or myself please do not hesitate to ask us. We wish to congratulate Mrs McDuff and her husband who had a baby boy on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful Christmas present!  This week the Museum of London came in to visit Year 3 and they were learning about the Stone Age.  Year 5 and 6 had a workshop about the dangers of radicalisation and terrorism. Please ask your children what they have learnt and look on our Twitter feed for photos and comments.  Next week the Fire Brigade are coming in to work with Year 2 and Year 5.  Next Friday Year 6 are on a Junior Citizen trip to Southwark Town Hall. The School Council have visited City Hall and continues to submit questions to the Mayor’s Office about policing and knife crime.  The school is also engaged in a project working with five other primary schools about safety on the Brandon Estate. We will keep you posted on any developments. Year 2 are in a Multi-skills competition this week and we wish them good luck! Admissions at St Joseph’s All parents should have submitted their admissions forms for the infant and the junior places.  You will be notified by the local authority regarding the outcome. We still have places in the infants for Year 1 so if you know of anyone who needs a place for their child please encourage them to submit an in-year application via the school.    Extra tuition/classes The Spring term sees us continue working towards our end of year outcomes.  KS2 Year 6 SATS boosters are starting this week.  First Holy Communion classes also begin on Tuesdays from 3pm to 3.45pm. All our after school clubs are up and running.  If you have a question about them please see Ms Crawford and Ms Fowler at the main office. Attendance and Punctuality Parents are often very upset when the attendance percentage for the year is written on the report and it is not as they expected.  Can I remind you that every day has two sessions…
Newsletter - 16th December 2019

Newsletter - 16th December 2019

Monday 16th December 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, As we come to the end of term, we would like to take this opportunity of wishing you a Happy and Holy Christmas.  The children have been fantastic over this term. They have worked hard and there has been much to celebrate. Their continuous learning and improvement is the heartbeat of our school. I would like to thank the teachers and support staff for their high expectations and dedication.  I would also like to thank you, the parents and carers, who continue to love and support our school. In these troubled times it is very clear that the good relationship between home and school needs to be stronger than ever and that this is supported by Father Victor and the parish. Last week the school took part in the Sacred Heart Carol Concert where our children sang their hearts out and played the ukulele.  Father Victor and his guests very much enjoyed it! The Infant Nativity ‘It’s a Party’ was a huge success.   When young children sing it melts your heart and you truly remember the message of Advent and the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.   Our Christmas Coffee morning and raffle raised £301. Well done everyone – as they say  ‘every little helps’! This week on Wednesday 18th December we have our Junior Advent Carol Service please join us for this reverent and joyful occasion if you can. All are welcome! On Wednesday 18th December we also have our children’s Christmas Dinner and then on Thursday 19th December there will be class-based Christmas parties for all the children.  The children may wear their own clothes on this day. At the end of this term we are saying goodbye to Ms Kirrane the Head of School – Infants.  Ms Kirrane has worked at St Joseph’s since September 2012.  She has ensured the Infant School has gone from strength to strength.  St Joseph’s has truly benefitted from her wealth of experience as an Early Years and KS1 leader. I know that Ms Kirrane absolutely loves St Joseph’s and that to her it is her extended family. So, it is with heavy heart that she leaves us. She is going to take a well-earned rest from her 44 years in education to spend some time with her family and loved ones. We wish her the very best of luck in this new chapter…
Newsletter 19th November

Newsletter 19th November

Dear Parents and Carers, It is already the middle of November and we are fast approaching Advent. In schools there are so many events that are markers of time. Here are just a few. During October we celebrated Black History Month with children looking at a number of significant people who changed the way we live today. Depending on their year group the children studied and had assemblies on Windrush, The Notting Hill Carnival, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, Barack Obama, Mary Seacole, Alice Coachman and Wilfred Wood. During October and the beginning of November we also raised a huge food donation for the Manna Centre and Sacred Heart Foodbank. We received a lovely message of thanks from the Sacred Heart Foodbank Team.  They said they were ‘completely overwhelmed at the generosity of your school and the compassion towards those who are in need.’ This just goes to show what a special community we are and how we look out for one another. Thank you to everyone.  On November 11th we also celebrated Armistice Day.  We remembered all those who died in battle in the hope that in the future we could live in peace.  You will see our display in the foyer of poppies made by our youngest children and in this we see that the memory lives on.  Lest we forget. Our sports teams continue to impress on and off the field. Not only winning and taking part in competitions but also gaining certificates for showing respect, resilience, honesty, passion and self-belief. These are integral life skills. As Michael Jordan once said ‘You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them’.  We would like to wish Mrs McDuff, our Y1 Blue Class teacher, all the best as she leaves us to begin her maternity leave at the end of November. She is expecting her first baby in December and we wish her every happiness as she starts this new and exciting phase in her life.  We would like to say congratulations to Ms Anna Swann who will become our new Head of Infant School when Ms Kirrane leaves at Christmas. I am sure you will make her feel welcome in her new role and will introduce yourselves over the coming weeks. We have been asking you to bring in plastic bottle tops.  Watch this space as we…
Admissions 2019

Admissions 2019

How to Apply Applications for Reception, September 2020 (children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016) can apply from 1st September 2019. To apply for a place please visit the Local Authority website to find instructions on how to make an application. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/how-to-apply-online You will need to fill in a supplementary form and priest reference form here. For more information please book a place on one of our Open Days by calling 020 7703 9264.: INFANT OPEN WEEK Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November 2019 Times for parents/carers to visit: Monday 11th November 2019: 13.30 – 14.30 Tuesday 12th November 2019: 09.30 -10.30 and 13.30 – 14.30 Wednesday 13th November 2019: 13.30 – 14.30 Thursday 14th November: 09.15 – 10.15   and 13.30 – 14.30 and 17.00 – 18.00 (late night) Friday 15th November 2019: 13.30 - 14.30  
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