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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 

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 13th September: Year 6 parents Secondary Transfer Meeting - 3.30pm

Friday 29th September: MacMillan Coffee Morning

May the Lord be beside us all in this coming year.

 Anita Gallagher

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