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Newsletter 4th May 2018

Friday 4th May 2018

Dear St Joseph’s Families and Friends,

I am sure that many of you would have received the news of the Infant School Ofsted.  The school remains a ‘Good’ school.  Even though Ofsted have said some lovely things about our school we are not complacent and we will continue to use this report to further improve the school. The report is on the website, I hope you get a chance to read it when you have time.  Here are a few snapshots of their comments:

‘You have developed a strong senior leadership team.  Together you ensure a stimulating and calm environment in which pupils make good progress.’

‘Pupils typically say their teachers are kind and that they are looked after well

‘You and your teaching staff place strong emphasis on developing the ‘whole child’ and learning opportunities are extended beyond the classroom’

‘The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s values of hope, love, peace and justice.’

Use of Social Media

Have you ever heard of ‘sharenting’? I was on a safeguarding course this week which used this term and spoke about parents sharing too much information or images of their children on social media without their permission and whether this was ok.  Are they crossing the boundaries of privacy? Research has suggested that not all children are happy with parents sharing their images.  Perhaps you could discuss this at home with your children if you are concerned.


Let’s keep our attendance as high as possible – we are doing very well so far!

Red – 95.91%

3C -  98.09 %

6F – 97.42%

Rainbow- 95.35%

3D -  96.83%

6G – 97.39%

Yellow – 96.12%

4A - 96.99%


Blue – 96.53%

4B – 97.36%

Infants: 96.28%

Orange – 97.88%

5H – 96.2%

Juniors: 97.08%

Green – 95.97%

5I – 96.36%

Whole School: 96.68%


Infant School spaces

Do you know anyone who wants a RECEPTION space in a school for September? Locally there has been much movement in terms of housing so please ask your friends if they need a school place for their child in September or sooner for Year 1 or 2. We still have spaces across the Infant School.  Please ask at the school office as soon as possible as there are a few places left.

Junior Gymnastics

I am very pleased to report that our Junior School gymnastic team came second place at the Southwark Schools Gymnastics Competition.  Well done to all involved!  

Dropping children early to school

Please do not leave your child in the school playground unsupervised or under the watchful eye of another parent.  You should stay with your child until the bell goes.


­Please see overleaf for the 2018-2019 school dates  


The Holiday dates for the period September 2018 to July 2019 are given below for your information.  The academic year is based on 195 days. Of these 5 days are INSET (staff training) days. Children attend for 190 days.

Holidays in term time are not permitted. Please note these dates carefully so that you do not book holidays or flights in term time.


School Term Dates 2018 – 2019

Autumn Term

School Starts for children       Tuesday 4th September 2018

Half Term                                Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October 2018

School ends                            Friday 21st December 2018

Inset Days

School Closed to Children       Monday 3rd September 2018

School Closed to Children       Friday 19th October 2018

Spring Term

School starts for children         Monday 7th January 2019

Half Term                                 Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

School ends                             Friday 5th April 2019

Summer Term

School starts for children        Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Half Term                                Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2019

School Ends                           Friday 19th July 2019

Inset Days

School Closed to Children       Monday 3rd June 2019

School Closed to Children       Monday 22nd July 2019

School Closed to Children       Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Public Holidays

Christmas Day Holiday:         Tuesday 25th December 2018

Boxing Day Holiday:              Wednesday 26th December 2018

New Year Holiday:                 Tuesday 1st January 2019

Good Friday:                          Friday 19th April 2019

Easter Monday:                     Monday 22nd April 2019

May Day Bank Holiday:         Monday 6th May 2019

Spring Bank Holiday:             Monday 27th May 2019


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