Newsletter 5th July 2017

Newsletter 5th July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers, It is with great delight that I am able to report some very good results for our KS2 SATS. The children have done well and we are so proud of them. My special thanks go to all the staff who have contributed to this success and also to you the parents who have ensured the children were equipped and ready for the tests. There is an increasing amount of pressure put on children to perform and be compared nationally and to find the balance between hard work and well-being is sometimes a challenge for all of us but especially the children. So a big THANK YOU to all of you. KS2 SATS RESULTS Test St Joseph’s Result National Reading 88% 71% Writing 88% 76% Maths 88% 75% GPS 90% 77% Reading Writing & Maths 78% 61% Our Early Years and KS1 Results are also good Stage Result Early Years Good Level of Development 71% Phonics Screening Check 91% KS1 SATS Reading 76% KS1 SATS Writing 62% KS1 SATS Maths 72% Awards I was lucky enough to represent St Joseph’s at the Southwark Teaching Awards Ceremony where we won two awards. One for ‘Innovation and Collaboration’ and the other for ‘Special Contribution for Service to Southwark Schools’. These awards reflect the work we are doing in our journey towards ‘Outstanding’. It is important for us to be outward looking and to share expertise across schools so we can all be the best we can be. I would like to give a big cheer to all the staff at St Joseph’s whose great team work has made this happen! Art Gallery We had a fantastic art exhibition last Wednesday! The children are multi- talented. Thank you to everyone involved. Next Academic Year There are a few changes taking place next year and there are some staff who are leaving us. We wish them all the very best of luck for the future: Ms Jameson will be taking on the Headship of a school in Croydon. Mrs Bell (Blue Class) is retiring. Julie Luton who has been with us as a cleaner and in the kitchen for 33 years will be retiring. Ms Ferman (Yr 2) is going to a new school . Ms Hagyard (Music) is going to a new school. Ms Songu-Mbriwa (Yr 5 TA) is training to become a teacher There are some changes of role:…
Newsletter 16th June

Newsletter 16th June

Friday 16th June 2017 Dear Parents and Carers, Over the past two weeks we have been working hard across the curriculum. Year 6 have been planning and rehearsing for their end of year performance, Yr 4&5 have been continuing to work hard across all subjects, Yr 3 have been doing some special work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for their performance on the July 3rd, Yr 2 have completed their SATs and will be working on their leavers’ production, Yr 1 have completed the Phonics Screening Check and Reception are learning all about Superheroes! Heatwave alert The London Borough of Southwark has issued a Heatwave alert for the weekend and Monday. As the warmer weather draws in, can I remind you that we need to be very careful that the children do not overheat. Could you please make sure they are provided with a bottle of water, a sun hat and that you administer sun screen. Some children can have up to 4 layers on – (vest, t-shirt, polo shirt and sweatshirt) please make sure they are not too over dressed for the heat. First Holy Communion This is a very special time for our Year 3 children will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July. All of their photos are in Sacred Heart Church and I am sure you will hold them all in your thoughts and prayers. We pray for the strength of constant and life-long faith that will protect and guide them through their future years. Helping the School Some parents/carers have asked how they can contribute to the school in view of the funding cuts. We appreciate that family life is very costly and there will be things that we are no longer able to afford as a school. If anyone does wish to contribute financially you can always do so via the school office – See Mr Gibb. If you would like to give of your time then please contact the school office. We always need people to listen to children read but as you can appreciate this needs to be consistent and regular and you will be subject to DBS clearance. Another way in which you can contribute is to buy books for our Reading Spine. The office will have a list of suggested books. Reports End of Year Reports will be sent out on Thursday 13th…
Newsletter - Friday 26th May

Newsletter - Friday 26th May

Dear Parents and Carers, We have had a fast paced half term. It feels like we have only just come back from Easter and yet, here we are, at the end of another 6 weeks. There are many changes afoot and we don’t quite know what they will be until after the General Election on June 8th. If all remains equal, we know that schools are going to be subject to more funding cuts and we will have to make ends meet so, inevitably, that will impact on the school and families. As a consequence of these cuts we cannot afford to go to the seaside this year. The coaches are far too expensive and the cost, heavily subsidised by the school, outweighs the time spent travelling there and back and this is regrettable. The children will be going on a class outing instead. The Key Stage 2 SATs are over and Yr 6 are preparing for visits to secondary schools. Meanwhile, Y2 children are currently taking their SATs tests and Yr 1 will be doing their Phonics Screening Check in the week beginning Monday 12th June. We also want to ensure that as many of our Reception children achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’ so we can increase the % of achievement for the third year running. It is essential that you help your child with any work they bring home. Reading regularly at home, is the one thing that will ensure your children succeed in the education system. If they read well and understand what they are reading, they will be successful in the tests and across the curriculum. Your contribution to this is at the heart of this success. I know we are all busy but please find time in your routine to read with or listen to your children read every day and ask them questions about the stories they are reading. Please sign the reading diary daily. Attendance Class % Class % Red 97.2 Rainbow 94.8 Blue 99.2 Yellow 98.8 Green 99.3 Orange 96.6 3C 98 3D 98 4A 97 4B 98 5H 96.6 5I 98.2 6F 97.5 6G 98 Our whole school attendance is almost excellent. Please make sure we keep it as high as possible. Individually you all contribute to this. Remember we will not sanction holidays during term time. Please do not book flights expecting the school to agree to an authorised…
Share Aware

Share Aware

Share Aware overview Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school. Parents can sign up to the Icebreaker email series and become an expert in their child’s online world in 6 weeks, follow our four simple steps to keeping kids safe online, watch our film ‘Safety advice from a 10 year old’ or visit Net Aware – our guide to your child’s social networks apps and games. The internet is a great place for kids to be, being Share Aware makes it safer. Suggested Tweets (We are asking people to tweet between 9am and 12 on launch morning, Tuesday 16th Just like in real life, kids need our help to stay safe online. Teach your child to be #ShareAware with @NSPCC and @O2 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ Teach your child to be #ShareAware online, with step-by-step advice from @NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ Share Aware campaign overview (LONG) To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online. Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We're aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids' online world, just like they would about their day at school. We tell children that’s it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there. Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old. Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child. Mumsnet partnership – Join our Twitter Q&A at 12.30pm on 16th May using #ShareAware, alongside a Mumsnet Facebook live. Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together. Share Aware homepage - Read our…
Newsletter 30th March 2017

Newsletter 30th March 2017

30th March 2017 Dear families, As we approach the end of another term it is hard to believe we are two thirds the way through the school year! This week, the Junior school had the hardest test of all of tests – an Ofsted inspection. We will let you know the result of that visit as soon as we are able to. Now we will wait for the Infant school to get ‘the call’ and that should come before the end of this calendar year. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the school. The St Joseph’s community is very special and we should never forget that and this term, we are saying goodbye to two people who have been very central in creating this ethos. Mrs Quigley It is with great regret that I write to say Mrs Quigley is retiring. She has worked at St Joseph’s for 21 years firstly as a TA and then as Learning Mentor. Her work with children and families has been second to none and she has dedicated most of her work life to the Infant school. Mrs Quigley can be found most days on the Infant entrance gate chivvying the children into school and welcoming families with her wonderful smile and her kind words. We will miss her love and unwavering support terribly but we hope she has a wonderful, well-deserved retirement. We send our love to her and her family. Hopefully, she will have lots of time to come back and see us! We are also saying goodbye to Mrs Marsh who has worked in our school office for 9 years. Mrs Marsh is going to go back to college and study Psychology so she can fulfil her dream of becoming an Educational Psychologist. Mrs Marsh embodies what we are trying to teach the children – work hard and never give up on your dreams! We will miss Mrs Marsh enormously but wish her and her family every success for the future. Year 5 Easter Production Yesterday Year 5 gave the most touching performance of the Easter Story. Thank you to everyone involved - especially the children. It is very emotional when you watch the story performed by children and it really brings the Easter Message home - He died on the cross to save our souls. We are so very lucky! Dates for your diary Tuesday…
OFSTED - School Inspection 2017 - A Guide for Parents

OFSTED - School Inspection 2017 - A Guide for Parents

The Junior school is being inspected on 28th of March 2017. This document contains important information for parents regarding the inspection.