It’s December!!

And there are only 23 days until Christmas!!

As you can imagine, preparations are well underway for the various Christmas celebrations that will be taking place in the coming weeks including the Nativity production, the Carol Concert and the Nursery Sing-Alongs!!

There is also so much more planned in the coming weeks including the PTA Christmas Panto and Class Parties, and the School Christmas Dinner.

As well as this we have the TenTen Theate group to look forward to next week (please ensure that you pay your voluntary contribution – see ParentMail) and Reception’s trip to the theatre to see We’re Going On A Bear Hunt…I hope that they don’t find one!!

Along with all of the ‘fun’, there is so much learning taking place on a daily basis, and next week is also Assessment Week during which the boys and girls can show just how much they have learnt during the course of this term.

Yesterday saw two very special celebrations with Year 6’s Class Mass (their last at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School!!) and the lovely Advent Service in which Year 6 decorated our Christmas Tree and helped to get us all in the festive mood!!

In an incredibly busy week for Year 6, they also enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Houses Of Parliament on Monday and Year 3 also had a fabulous time when they went to see Charlie And The Chocolate Factory on Wednesday. Many thanks to Mrs Kendal and Miss Ridley for organising these super trips and providing our children with great learning experiences and memories to cherish.

As always, you’ll be able to enjoy the ‘highlights’ from all of the classes in the Class News posts later.

Have a lovely weekend!!

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Ben The Elf!!

Yesterday, Ben the Elf appeared in Reception…and he has been up to mischief!!

Yesterday, he wrote on all of the bananas and today he was in Ale’s locker wearing his plimsolls!!

Whatever next?!!

Well…I brought Ben down to my office to keep him out of trouble for the weekend…and look what happened…


What a cheeky elf!!

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St. Joseph’s Trailblazers!!

Following last year’s success in the Dragon’s Apprentice, we have once again entered a Year 5 team  in this challenge!! 

Our ‘Trailblazers’ are as follows:

Shay Conaghan
Amelia Lesniak
Saul Highsted
Erin Kavanagh
Laura Bellini
Antonio Pisaturo
Elissa Piazza
Thomas Fuller

During the last week, the boys and girls have come up with a ‘Business Plan’ to try and raise as much money for our designated ‘charity’ which this year is Four Swans Vision. Click on the link below for more information about Four Swans Vision.

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With a seed fund of £50 our Trailblazers have to try and raise as much money as possible in the next couple of weeks and the activities that they have planned are as follows:

Monday 5th December – Coin Trail Competition
Friday 9th December – Staff Car Wash

Monday 12th December – Bring And Buy Sale
Wednesday 14th December – Archery Competition
Thursday 15th December – Cake Sale
On-going – Raffle

More information about all of these events will be sent out by our Trailblazers in the next few days, including information about the Coin Trail Competition and Bring And Buy Sale this evening.

I know that you will do all that you can to support our Trailblazers as they try to raise as much money as they can for Four Swans Vision.

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St. Mary’s Catholic School – School Admissions Policy Consultation for September 2018 Entry

The Admissions Authority of St. Mary’s Catholic School have decided to consult on our admission arrangements for September 2018.  Our consultation runs from 14th November to 23rd December 2016.  We invite responses to the admissions policy and paperwork which can be found on our website –, clicking on the tab Admissions/Consultation-September 2018 or alternatively clicking on the link:

The oversubscription criteria remain very similar to previous years. However, criterion 6 now states:

“Any other Baptised Catholic applicant, with priority given to those with a Certficate of Catholic Practice.”

This sits underneath the existing criteria 1-5 which remain completely unchanged:

  1. Baptised Catholic Looked After Children and Baptised Catholic children who have been adopted (or made subject to child arrangements orders, or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.

  2. Baptised Catholic applicants who have provided a Certificate of Catholic Baptism and who have a sibling who attends the school at the time of application.

  3. Baptised Catholic children of staff who have been in employment at the school for 2 years at the time of application, or 1 year if there is a demonstrable and acknowledged skill shortage.  The child must live at the same address as the member of staff.

  4. A Baptised Catholic child with a Certificate of Catholic Practice with no sibling connection, in the following proportions:

  • 42½% of the remaining places to those living in the Catholic Parish of Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham

  • 42½% of the remaining places to those living in other parts of the Lea Valley Deanery

  • 15% of the remaining places to those living in the Catholic parishes that are based in Dunmow, Bardfield and Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Stansted.

 These areas are defined in the maps which accompany these criteria.  They can be found at

  If any of the three designated areas is under-subscribed, the places will be redistributed among the designated areas in the relative proportions above, before any offers are made to applicants in Criterion 5.

5. Baptised Catholic applicants with no sibling connection, who have provided a Certificate of Catholic Baptism, who live in the three areas designated in Criterion 4. The allocation of places between the three areas will be such that the cumulative number of places in Criterion 4 and Criterion 5 taken together are in the “42½-42½-15” proportions described in Criterion 4. If any of the three designated areas is under-subscribed, the places will be redistributed among the designated areas in the relative proportions above.


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Advent Assembly

This morning we held our traditional Advent assembly, and as always it was a lovely celebration.

The boys and girls in Year 6 decorated the tree as we heard about the symbolism of all the coloured baubles and the various  decorations that we put on our Christmas tree.

Many thanks to all of those parents who attended and we hope to see many more of you at our forthcoming Christmas celebrations.

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November Newsletter!!

It is the end of the month…which means…

…the November newsletter!!

Please click on the link below to view this month’s newsletter.

November 2016

If you require a hard copy, please contact the School Office.

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PTA Update!

Just a few things to note…

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to all those who supported the Christmas Fete – we hope that you enjoyed it!

Secondly, please could those of you who were lucky enough to win one of the fantastic hamper baskets return the empty baskets to the School Office as soon as possible.

Finally, we will be holding a PTA Meeting at The Vine on Thursday 1st December 2016 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

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This Week’s ‘Writers’!!

Every week, the teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 are asked to chose a child who has produced a super piece of writing that week to receive a writing award!!

These children all receive a certificate and their work is proudly displayed on the writing display board in the Junior corridor.

This week’s chosen ‘writers’ are:

Year 1 – Sean Kavanagh
Year 2 – Jamil Alhassan
Year 3 – Alexandra Papciak-Wrona
Year 4 – Aurora Aronica
Year 5 – Francesca Galea
Year 6 – Rosie Amodei

Congratulations to all concerned!!


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Another Week Comes To An End…

…or does it?!!

Whilst it is Friday…and our school week has come to an end…there is still much to look forward to at the weekend with the Christmas Fete taking place tomorrow!!

An army of ladies from the PTA have been in school since the crack of dawn getting ready for tomorrow…and it looks like it is going to be a Christmas Fete to remember!!

The School Hall is already crammed full of wonderful goodies including the Hamper Tombola, the Pocket Money Stall, the Bottle Tombola and the Chocolate Tombola…and so much more besides…including the Class Stalls!!

As well as this, the Infant Chalet is currently being transformed into Santa’s Grotto…Harrods…watch and learn!!

 We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow…doors open at 12:00pm promptly!!

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Our School App – A Survey!!

Calling all St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School app users!!

It has been brought to my attention through Parent Voice that some app users feel rather bombarded by all of the news that comes out of St. Joseph’s due to the staff being so dedicated in putting up their Class News posts on the school website (which is now linked to the school app) each week.

If this is a general consensus of opinion, I would be more than happy to delete this link so that only designated messages are sent via the app and all Class News will appear only on the school website.

I look forward to receiving any further feedback on this matter via the Surveys tab on the school app. All responses must be made by Wednesday 30th November 2016.

For anyone who does not have the school app at present…why ever not?!!

Our smartphone app will help to keep you informed of forthcoming events and give you ‘snippets’ of what is happening in school on a daily basis.

As well as this, there is also a ‘Surveys’ tab which we can use to gather information/opinion and a ‘Contact’ tab so that you can get in touch with us and access the website at the click of a button!!

The app also has a translation tool so that you can read all of the posts in a wide range of languages!!

The app is ‘app’solutely’ free to download for iPhones, Windows and Android Phones!!

You can download the app by either searching in the relevant app store for ‘St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School’ or by using the following link:

School App

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