Flying fish

A big thank you to Mr. Hunter for making our fish sculptures fly!!  The hall feels a little bit like an aquarium now.

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Strider at his best!

I hope everyone enjoyed meeting our new friend Strider on the playground yesterday morning.  He wanted to leave us with a nice memory of him to encourage us all to get active when we’re travelling to school over the next year.

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Parent Partnership Handwriting Workshop

This morning we hosted our second Parent Workshop as part of our new Parent Partnership with a focus on handwriting. Once again, the workshop was a great success with lots of parents in attendance.

After an introductory talk from Mrs Ramsay outlining our handwriting policy and the importance of neat presentation and the use of a flowing cursive script, parents were given the opportunity to see the ‘theory in action’ as they visited their child’s class to share in a handwriting session.

Thank you to all of those parents who were able to attend today’s workshop; we are holding a wide variety of workshops during the course of the term to which you are all invited.

Thank you for your continued support. 

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WOW Launch

As some of you may already know, this morning saw the launch of our new WOW project which is a year-long project to encourage us all to walk (or cycle, or scoot) to school instead of using the car. 

We aim to become fitter and improve the air quality in our area at the same time.  Strider came with our visitor Mrs Stanton who came to help promote this exciting project.  He enjoyed meeting our children as they arrived at school in the playground this morning.  The WOW project will run all year and children who actively travel to school at least once every week will receive a badge at the end of each month. 

I wonder if anyone can collect them all!  Happy walking everyone.

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Amazing Artists

Today the Arts Ambassadors and some other lucky children visited St. Edmund’s Prep School for an Art Day.  Mrs. Roper helped us to create some amazing fish sculptures which will be hanging up in our school hall very soon – look out for them next time you visit us for Mass.

Our children were beautifully behaved and represented our school really well.  I was so proud of the way all the groups worked together to create their withie sculptures.  Huge thanks must go to Mrs. Roper and all the staff at St. Edmund’s for giving us this fantastic experience.  We look forward to continuing our association as we work towards Gold Artsmark.

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Weekly Newsletter

Our Weekly Newsletter is available to view, just click on the link below.


Have a lovely weekend.

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Home Learning/Marking and Feedback Parents Workshop Success!

Today we held two new Parent Workshops to further develop our Home-School Partnership…and they were a wonderful success!

In total, 49 parents attended the workshops which represents over 25% of our parent body…a significant improvement on the attendance of the majority of previous workshops.

Thank you to Mrs. O’Dowd and Mrs. Ramsay for preparing/leading these workshops and sharing our new approach to home learning/marking/providing feedback with a focus on improved outcomes for our children.

It is highly encouraging that so many parents were able to join us today to share in our vision for providing the best for our children as we work together in partnership with each other.

Any parents who could not attend these workshops due to work/other commitments have the opportunity to come to one of two ‘repeat’ sessions which will take place as follows:

Wednesday 10th October: 9:00am

Wednesday 10th October: 6:30pm

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Espresso Log-in Issue…Hopefully Resolved!

At this morning’s Parent Workshop it was brought to my attention that the home log-in for Espresso was not working based on the details that we had been provided with.

Having contacted Espresso it transpired that the password provided was not correct…it should be a lower case ‘a’!

I look forward to hearing your feedback concerning this new resource in due course.

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A Double Espresso!

Espresso is making a welcome return to St. Joseph’s…and it’s even better than ever!

Once again, we have subscribed to the award-winning, cross-curricular digital learning service for teachers and pupils that makes every lesson and learning experience memorable. Espresso fully supports the delivery of the National Curriculum and the successful integration of digital media into teaching and learning.

Providing more than 23,000 digital media resources for all subjects across Foundation to Key Stage 2, Espresso is a weekly updating, curated learning service that can be used flexibly within lessons, to suit any teaching/learning style.

Espresso is crammed full of rich multimedia content proven to increase pupil attainment including engaging short videos, weekly News Bites bulletins, interactive games, images, sounds, factfiles, articles, printable resources and prepared assemblies.

You will shortly receive a ParentMail message proving log-in details for this wonderful on-line learning environment which will fully support your child’s learning at home.

Simply refer to the Curriculum Maps/Information Letters/Class News posts provided for your child’s year group to see what they have been learning in class and you will find a host of wonderful materials and resources to consolidate/further develop their understanding.

Click on the link below to log-in to Espresso using the details provided via ParentMail (click on ‘log-in’ and ‘Espresso’ and then insert the username/password provided).

Thank you for your continued support.

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Home-School Learning Partnership

At St. Joseph’s we are continually striving to provide the best possible learning experiences for our child as well as providing you as parents with as much information as possible to enable you to support your child’s learning as fully as possible at home.

Towards this end, in recent years we have held a wide variety of Parent Workshops on various areas of the curriculum/topics but they have never really been that successful, often with very few parents attending some of these workshops.

We passionately believe that it is vital for you to receive the information that we have tried to deliver through these workshops so that you get real hands-on experience of their learning and a fuller understanding of the education that  your child receives. As parents you are the first educators and it is vital you know how to support your child in their learning at home.

Therefore, in the coming months we are looking to further support you in supporting your child’s learning more with a mixture of workshops and class-based learning experiences through which you come into school and experience the learning that your child receives.

The dates for these workshops/sessions will be sent to you via ParentMail this week.

Thank you for your continued support. 

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