A Prayer For The Summer Holiday

A Prayer for the Summer Holidays

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This Week’s Newsletter

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21.07.17

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What A Wonderful Year…And Thank You!

It is difficult to believe that the end of the academic year has arrived…that old adage of ‘time flies when you are having fun’ clearly demonstrates that we have had another wonderful year at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

There has been so much to celebrate and enjoy during the course of the year…a trawl through the Class News posts clearly demonstrates this…form the ‘day-to-day’ work undertaken in class through to special events, celebrations and themed days.

What has made this year even more special than usual is our long awaited OFSTED visit which finally happened in April after a ten and a half year wait!

All members of our school community should be very proud of the contents of the report and the wonderful comments that can be found therein including:

‘The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.’

‘Pupils love their school and are extremely proud of it. They rightly see their school as a friendly and welcoming place. They are respectful, considerate and supportive of everyone in the school.’

‘Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They are keen to do well and they work hard. Pupils take pride in their work and they do their best.’

‘The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils behave extremely well during lessons. Teachers’ expectations of how pupils should behave are high and pupils respond accordingly.’

‘Pupils read fluently and confidently. They use their knowledge of phonics well to help them to break down and read unfamiliar words. Pupils enjoy reading and read at home with their parents regularly.’

‘Children behave extremely well in the early years. Staff help children to learn the rules and expectations very quickly. The foundations for the outstanding behaviour throughout the school are clearly established in the early years classes.’

‘Relationships between staff and pupils are very strong. Teachers know pupils very well and this helps pupils to feel extremely well supported. Pupils said that teachers ‘try to help you on your level’ and that ‘they don’t judge you’. The strength of these relationships is a key reason for pupils’ consistently good attitudes to learning.’

‘Teaching is structured well. Teachers plan lessons, and series of lessons, effectively to build on pupils’ developing knowledge progressively and systematically. They give pupils interesting tasks to do to practise the new skills that they learn.’

‘Teaching assistants are knowledgeable and well-informed. They work closely with teachers to ensure that they understand fully the work that they are to do.’

All of the above (and much more besides) make St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School a truly special place!

On behalf of all of the staff, may I express our gratitude for the lovely gifts and messages that have been received in the last few days. Such gestures are truly appreciated and mean more than you will ever know.

One of the beautiful messages that was shared with one of the teachers today epitomises the thoughtfulness of so many parents at times like this…

‘To the world you may just be a teacher but to us you are a hero!’

Have a lovely summer from us all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School!

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Goodbye Year 6!

On our return from Mass this morning, we then took the whole school onto the School Field to say a final farewell to Year 6 from all of the children.

All of the Year 6 leavers released a balloon with their wishes for the future attached and they then presented staff with their ‘Thank You’ gifts which were truly appreciated by all concerned.

Now it’s onto the picnic!

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End Of Term Mass

We enjoyed a lovely End Of School Year Mass at St. Joseph’s Church this morning as we said a final goodbye to Year 6 and looked forward to the summer holiday.

During the course of the Mass, we also celebrated Fr. John’s 40th anniversary of becoming a priest…what a truly special achievement!

Many thanks to everyone in attendance for making this another extra special celebration for St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School community.

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St. Joseph’s Has Got Talent!

Once again this morning, we were treated to a truly amazing talent show at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

As always, all of the acts/performers ‘gave it their all’ and provided us with a wonderful hour’s entertainment…far better than anything you’ll see on the TV!

Of course, there can only be one winner, and the winning act for St. Joseph’s Has Got Talent 6 is…

…EDBERT!

Well done to the Year 6 ‘crew’ (both on and back stage!) who helped the show to run so smoothly…some of those TV presenters should be wary!

Finally…a big thank you and well done to Rosie (and Mrs O’Connor…her assistant!) for putting the whole show together…

…it was a truly spectacular success!

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PTA Tuck Shop – And More!

The PTA will be holding a tuck shop sale in the Junior Playground after school today.

A variety of sweet treats and drinks will be on sale.

In addition, we will be selling packs of sausages (pork and vegetatrian) and packs of vegeburgers so that you can get your summer holiday off to a sizzling start!

All monies raised from this PTA summer clearout will go towards helping our children in their lovely school so don’t forget to bring your spending money!

Thank you for your support!

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Picnic In The Park!

Once again, the rain tried to put a halt to our plans last night…but after having to cancel Sports Day twice…today it was third time lucky with our picnic at Lee Valley Park!

Due to last night’s downpour, we had to delay our departure a little to allow the grass to dry out properly, but this certainly didn’t worry the boys and girls once they were there!

Indeed, getting there (and back!) itself was an adventure in itself as we crossed the new pedestrian bridge over the train track…including 102 steps!

Once we arrived we had a short play session followed by lunch and then a longer play session on the ‘big’ field over the river…what freedom!

As we were leaving the clouds started to gather but luckily the rain passed over thanks to the breeze. There was certainly no need to worry about getting sunburnt!

What a great day!

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PTA Tuck Shop

The PTA will be holding a tuck shop sale in the Junior Playground after school today.

A variety of sweet treats and drinks will be on sale.

Thank you for your support!

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School Uniform Shop

Our school uniform shop will open tomorrow afternoon from 3:15pm in the school hall.

 This will be your last chance to purchase school uniform before end of term.

Please note we currently only accept cash payments.

Many Thanks!

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