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Southwark Schools' Music Festival 2018

On Wednesday 12th of December, seven Catholic schools in South East London gathered at Sacred Heart Church in Camberwell for the 5th occasion of this musical celebration.

The schools were St Joseph's Infant and Junior Schools in Camberwell, St Francis' Primary School, Peckham, St Michael's Secondary School, Bermondsey, Virgo Fidelis Secondary School, Upper Norwood, St Thomas the Apostle Secondary School in Nunhead, and Sacred Heart Secondary School, Camberwell.

The parish priest, Fr Victor Darlington, welcomed all the schools and their headteachers, and emphasised the importance of the gathering as a means to express the true meaning of Christmas, namely the birthday of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, echoed in melodious songs in an atsmosphere of prayer.

The special guest of honour, Bishop Patrick Lynch, encouraged the congregation to truly live and proclaim the joyful message expressed in the songs,'tonight, this Christmas and always'. He stressed that as Christians we should always seek to follow the true Light of the World, whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas. He offered the final blessing and wished every one present a very happy Christmas.

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Guidance for parents who want to film, photograph or stream school events


Guidance for parents who want to film, photograph or stream school events/Orientación para los padres que desean filmar, fotografiar o transmitir eventos escolares

Read more: Guidance for parents who want to film, photograph or stream school events

Southwark Sports Club List

Please see the list for sports club activities your child may be interested in.

Read more: Southwark Sports Club List

Odd Socks Day

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is: ‘Choose Respect’ and Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12th - 16th November

Read more: Odd Socks Day

Speech and Language Therapy - Courses for Parents

Information about Speech and Language Therapy, Mainstream school service. 

Read more: Speech and Language Therapy - Courses for Parents

St. Josephs achieves the Silver School Games Mark

St. Josephs has achieved the Silver School Games Mark award for their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2017/18. Well done everybody!

Read more: St. Josephs achieves the Silver School Games Mark

Police Engagement Days


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Friday 28th September - The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Thursday 20th September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, will be taking place all over the country on Friday 28th September. Here at St Joseph’s, we are planning our own event and we will be holding our coffee morning here in the school hall between 9am – 10am and everybody is welcome!

The coffee morning is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, and they are asking people across the UK to hold coffee mornings and raise money for people living with cancer.

What's it all for?

There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2020, it will be 4 million people, and we want to be there for them all.

One in three of us will get cancer, and it will be one of the toughest things we’ll ever have to face. Our goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone.

We provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. And because cancer affects more than just those facing it, we’re there for friends and family too. We are Macmillan”

In 2017, our St Joseph’s coffee morning raised the staggering amount of £842 which was fantastic!

We are asking that you, the parents, carers and staff of our school community, donate cakes for this event. They can either be homemade or bought from the shops but it would be a great opportunity to get those baking trays out and make a special cake to make our coffee morning truly memorable. Cakes would be very welcome either on the Thursday or early on the morning of the 28th September so we can set them up in the hall ready for you all to come in at 09.00. Please make sure that you write your child’s name and class on your tins so we can make sure that they get back to you.

Tickets cost £2 and are on sale in our school office which is at the main entrance to the school.

There will also be a raffle all week and this will be drawn at the coffee morning, so please bring some money for tickets.

Please support our coffee morning and buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Collection boxes will also be in the front hall for those of you who perhaps are unable to come to the coffee morning but wish to donate.

Many thanks

Friends of St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools’ Federation




Southwark Local Offer Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Southwark Local Offer Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 2018
The Local Offer is a valuable resource for families and professionals offering information on the services and provisions available in Southwark for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25.

Short breaks are opportunities for children and young people with SEND to have time away from their families or primary carers, to relax and have fun.

They also provide parents and carers of disabled children with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Parents of children and young people with SEND or Young People with SEND who live in Southwark can help shape the future of Short Breaks by attending one of our focus groupsÂ

To find out more or book your place, please visit:


If your child has an EHCP and is due to start secondary school in September 2019, the deadline to apply for schools is Friday 19th October.Â

If you need advice about the process or secondary school options, please contact the SIAS Team on 020 7535 3104 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Preparing for Adulthood project brings together some of the work going on across Southwark Council and NHS which supports young people to succeed in four important areas of their life:
  • getting a job,
  • being healthy,
  • having friends and being a part of a community
  • learning independent living skills and having somewhere to live
The aim is to make it easy for you to get the help you need to succeed!
Read the full programme here:Â


Autus is a small charity creating exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and complex needs.

Using innovative and engaging virtual environment, Autus offers a range of programmes and activities to help build confidence and develop social communication, digital and employability skills.

Find out more by visiting:

FREE books for Southwark children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018!

If your child was born on or after 1 December 2015 and you live in Southwark, sign up to receive free books every month until their fifth birthday from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability or send your child’s details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Spa School Camberwell - Open mornings for parents/carers

Spa School Camberwell opens in September 2019. The school is a special school for pupils with Autism aged 4-16 and will open with classes for all year groups.

Parents and carers choosing a special school place for September 2019 are invited to come along to one of our open mornings.

For more information, please visit: 



Eagle House School are offering programme of FREEÂ parent/carer workshops offering expert advice, guidance and support to families and carers of young children with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

Find out more by visiting:Â

Southwark offers a range of travel training to help young people and adults gain the skills to travel independently with confidence
For more information about the different travel training options available, visit:

The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the SEND Tribunal™, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial.

Before April 2018, you were able to appeal the educational aspects of EHC plans. The trial gives you new rights to request recommendations about the health and social care needs and provision specified in EHC plans, in addition to the educational aspects, when making a SEND appeal. This will mean the Tribunal will take a more holistic, person-centred view of the needs of the child or young person.

You can find out more about these changes by visiting:
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