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…
Key Stage 1 & 2 SATS Results and Progress

Key Stage 1 & 2 SATS Results and Progress

Floor Standard 2017: 65% or achieve a progress score of at least -5 in reading, -5 in maths and -7 in writing St Joseph’s % of KS2 pupils who are non-mobile: 92% Key Above National In line with National ( -2% difference) Year 6 Working at or above expectation School % National % Southwark % % at Age Related Expectation + 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 (Provisional) Reading, Writing and Maths 48 78 52 61 56 Reading 57 88 66 71 66 71.6 Writing* (Teacher Assessment) 93 86 73 76 78 77 GPS 70 90 72 77 75 79.7 Maths 62 88 73 75 70 78 Average Progress School Average Scaled Score School Average Progress School 2016 National 2016 School 2017 National 2017 2016 2017 Reading 101.1 103 105 104 -1.55 -0.9 Writing +3.08 -1.9 GPS 103 104 109 106 Maths 101.9 103 105 104 -1.10 -1.3 Year 6 Working at a higher standard/Greater Depth % at Age Related Expectation School 2016 National 2016 School 2017 National 2017 (Provisional) Reading, Writing, Maths 7% 5% 8% 9% Reading 12% 19% 23% 25% Writing * (Teacher Assessment) 25% 15% 8% 18% GPS 18% 23% 45% 31% Maths 13% 17% 17% 23% EYFS and Key Stage 1 EYFS 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 National 2016 National 2017 GLD 52 60 63 68 71 69 TBC Key Stage 1 Year 1 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 National 2016 National 2017 Phonics 83 76 66 83 91 81 TBC Year 2 %L2b+ Working at + % ARE 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 LA 2016 National 2016 National 2017 Reading 93 84 79 71 76 79 74 TBC Writing 90 78 65 68 62 73 66 Maths 90 80 86 71 72 78 73 Year 2 %L3 Greater Depth % ARE 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 LA 2016 National 2016 National 2017 Reading 40 29 26 21 21 25 24 TBC Writing 33 15 5 14 16 15 13 Maths 33 24 14 14 15 21 18
Newsletter 8th September 2017

Newsletter 8th September 2017

8th September 2017 Dear Parents and Carers, We have had a good start to the new academic year. We are so pleased you have all returned safe and sound. Thank you for making the children look so wonderful in their uniform and, despite the roadworks on Wednesday, getting them here on time. How they have grown over the holidays! May we say a big welcome to all our new children and parents/carers that have joined our St Joseph’s family. We will endeavour to support you all through your child's education and pray it's as successful a journey as it can be. We had our ‘Back to school Mass’ today for Years 1-6. Our thanks to Father Victor and Father Damian who work tirelessly to support our school and the parish. It is always a special moment when you hear the children's sing for the first time in September. Thank you to our children for lifting our hearts! As we start the year we have reminded the children our behaviour expectations. We have very high standards. The children know that we expect ‘impeccable’ behaviour. They know to: Treat everyone in school with respect Not touch anyone else, hands by your side Follow all instructions first time Be ready to learn in every lesson Not talk when adults are teaching When the bell/whistle goes – ‘freeze’ and listen to the adult on duty Move about the building in a calm, orderly manner These expectations are rooted in our Mission Statement: At St Joseph’s we aim to ensure that every child matters and all children are nurtured and learn without barriers. Our children are raised in the context of a diverse and vibrant Catholic community within the teachings of Jesus Christ and are witnesses to a Christian way of life. At St Joseph’s, we belong to a loving, welcoming, forgiving family that lives in the life of the Gospels. We celebrate that St Joseph’s is a secure, happy school with high expectations; trusted by the community. We embrace honesty, responsibility, respect, equality, tolerance and acceptance. We recognise that children have the ability to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually and creatively and so will consequently, achieve their very best in an ambitious, supportive environment. We believe that God is always with us in whatever we do. Take a look at our website if you haven’t done so for a while. The address is: www.stjosephs.southwark.sch.uk…
2017 Speakers Schools Council Awards

2017 Speakers Schools Council Awards

From the The Speaker’s School Council Awards team:-Thank you very much for submitting your school project to the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2017. This year’s Speaker’s School Council Awards has been incredibly successful with the Speaker receiving hundreds of applications! The SSCA team were thrilled to see such a huge number of school councils involved in such inspiring and worthwhile activities and, in particular, were incredibly impressed by the commitment and passion with which the school councillors dedicated themselves to their amazing projects. There was a consistently high standard of applications this year making the judges’ decision very difficult. Unfortunately, on this occasion, your entry has not been selected as one of this year’s winners. We would really like to thank you and your school council for taking part in the competition and taking the time to tell us about all the hard work that has gone into making your project great. To celebrate your students’ achievement please find a digital badge attached. You can show this off on your school website and your school council will also receive a certificate in the post. On behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon John Bercow and the Speaker’s School Council Awards team we would once more like to thank you and your school councillors for participating in this year’s awards. We wish you every success with your future projects and look forward to hearing about them in next year’s competition. Kind regards The Speaker’s School Council Awards team
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…

Mission Statement

St Joseph, pray for us. 

At St Joseph’s we aim to ensure that every child matters and all children are nurtured and learn without barriers.  Our children are raised in the context of a diverse and vibrant Catholic community within the teachings of Jesus Christ and are witnesses to a Christian way of life.  At St Joseph’s we belong to a loving, welcoming, forgiving family that lives in the life of the Gospels.

We celebrate that St Joseph’s is a secure, happy school with high expectations; trusted by the community.  We embrace honesty, responsibility, respect, equality, tolerance and acceptance. We recognise that children have the ability to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually and creatively and so will consequently, achieve their very best in an ambitious, supportive environment.

We believe that God is always with us in whatever we do