What a busy half term!

Another 6 weeks has passed in a blur of activities! We end our term with another non uniform day, milk shake sale and not forgetting the PTA disco. The sparkles are already sparkling and the party dresses are out so we can’t wait until this evening!

So what about this week?

The Police were in once again on Wednesday to work with year 5 on the mini police project. The children presented an assembly to the school on the main messages that have been shared so far regarding awareness, anti social behaviour and much more. 

Our Healthy Eating programme ended in a flourish of sausage rolls and scones. They smelt absolutely gorgeous and the ingredients were very interesting! Thank you to Sarah who led it and to the parents and families who persevered and attended weekly. This is a project we hope to work on in the future and thank Councillor Patsy Spears for arranging the project and for visiting.

A Big THANK YOU to Mr Rosiak who gave his time today to work in the forest school. He not only accomplished quite a lot but shared his vast knowledge with Mrs Smith. 

 

Have a lovely half term everyone!

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Wellbeing Presentations

Last week we participated in National Children’s Mental Health week. For us it enabled us to share the support we have been given in recent years and to help staff, parents and children to understand what Mental Well being is and the importance of various strategies to be mentally Healthy .

Please see attached a parent presentation and Key stage 2 assembly .

Parent mental health Power point

Children’s Mental Well being Power Point 

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PTA Reminders

School Disco (Friday 15th February 2019):

Infants will be taken from their class straight to the hall after school for the disco (tomorrow is a mufti day so children will already be in non-uniform). The Infant Disco will finish at 5.00pm.

Juniors to bring their tickets with them at 5.30pm for the Junior Disco – admittance will be through the side door by Year 1. The Junior Disco will finish at 7.00pm.

Please note that all children should be collected from the side door by Year 1. We will let the children out in class order so please bear with us as we ensure that all children are returned to their carers/families. With this in mind, please can you arrive promptly at pick=up times to avoid any delay.

PTA Meeting:

The next meeting will take place on on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 2.15 in the Nursery. The main topic will be the Summer Fete so all ideas are welcome. An agenda will will be sent out the day before.

As always, thank you for your continued support – and happy Valentine’s Day!  

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Wonderful, wildly windy, wet walk!

Well, it might have been wild weather but we were all calm and happy as we enjoyed this afternoon’s end to children’s mental health week.  What a pleasure it was to take 13 children from Year 2 and 15 from Year 4 on a walk over the footbridge and around the Lea Valley.  We did get rather wet but it didn’t rain all the time we were out and we did have fun jumping in puddles!

Along the way, we had some great conversation and saw lots of interesting sights including a couple of deer, a rabbit, swans and a variety of other waterbirds.  We even listened out for the troll as we were being Billy Goats Gruff trip-trapping over the bridge.  Year 4 definitely heard him when we came on our fairy tale walk last year but we didn’t hear a thing this year – phew!

We also had great fun climbing on the big chair on our way back, which was why we were late, as everyone wanted to have a go!

Thank you to our two volunteer parents who came to help.  In spite of the weather, it was a lovely way to finish the week.  Roll on the next time we all go for a walk!

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Egg-citing Times Ahead!

Due to an overwhelming demand for tickets for the PTA  planned Easter Olympics, the deadline to purchase tickets has bee set at 3.30pm on Monday 11th February 2019.

The deadline to purchase tickets (£7.00 per child) for the Valentine’s Disco is Wednesday 13th February 2019.

We thank you for your continued support.

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Our week!

This week at St Joseph’s has been another busy one but we really have had a fantastically calm and happy end to it. As you know this week we have been supporting the National Week for children’s Mental Health. This began with an amazing assembly by Mrs Bonsignore on what a healthy and unhealthy mind is. The children really engaged in the assembly and the follow up activities. Every lunchtime there has been mindful colouring and meditation which myself and Miss Gunn have run , culminating today with calm baking this lunchtime with those who have attended sessions most of the week. The 8 of us did extremely well ,making 24 jam tarts,36 cupcakes(lemon and chocolate) and a loaf of Rosemary & Garlic bread.

Mary Berry would be proud!

The whole school then met in the hall to go off into their groups for our ‘Be Happy’ afternoon. All staff had a planned an activity and the children completed 2. Activities ranged from; Pilates,yoga,dance,weaving,massage ,colouring,sewing , a walk in Lea Valley (Thank you parents!) and much more. 

 

These are just a few of the thoughts from our children;

‘Yoga helped me because it helped me to relax’.

‘This week I have learnt that to have a healthy mind you have to think positive,say I can and if you are depressed feel free to share with someone’.

Lunchtime activities 

Be Happy Afternoon

Drama

Drama Club started on Wednesday. Mrs Nash has kindly offered to run our club on a lunchtime . 17 children took part and from the few drop ins I did it looked to be a fantastic session. Who knew how much Alexia knew about Pandas? What about how  Sebastian sat in the hot seat and talked about school. Exciting times ahead!

A Quick look around our school! 

New Corridor displays this term with a focus on topic and writing in Key stage 2 and real life maths in Key stage 1 and EYFS.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 1 & Reception

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PTA Update

Thank you to all those who contributed to the PJ Mufti Day last week – for those of you who haven’t yet donated £1 per child, it’s not too late. All donations are gratefully received! 😉

Don’t forget that this Wednesday (6th February) is the deadline for the special offer for the combined School Disco disco and Eater Olympics tickets – amazing value at £12.50 – so get those forms in soon! Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the form for these events:

PTA Events Jan 2019

Tickets for these events will be on sale after Wednesday for the regular price of £7.00. Please note that the deadline for the disco is Wednesday 13th February 2019.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Take a look through our doors this week!

Another extremely exciting week (if not a little busy)! No snow days just a very busy ,fun filled week at St Joseph’s.Lots of learning and experiences to remember.

Reception welcomed some parents in this week for their weekly learning together activities. This week’s focus was maths. This is such a fantastic learning experience of both parents and children. Lots of ideas to incorporate into home learning.

Today! Oh What a day!!!!  PJ day,raising lots of money for the PTA. I think the teachers enjoyed it more than the children (even me!!!!)

Year 1 Assembly

WOW! What can I say? I have heard bits of singing and what a treat we had. Thank you year 1 for singing Stand by me so beautifully and for such a meaningful assembly on the Good Samaritan. Well done everyone! Especially Mrs Pisaturo and Mrs Butler(The Voice is calling)

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School is open!

Good morning on this very cold Friday!

School is open as normal today. We have had a light sprinkling of snow but having surveyed the site we are fine to open. 

The Trinity lane entrance will be closed so please enter via our Royal Avenue entrance. 

Reception children through the yellow side gate (as before) and all other children through the side door by year 2.

We will be monitoring the weather throughout the day as more snow is forecast. Should there be a need to close early we will give notice via Parent mail.

Thank you and have a safe journey in!

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PTA PJ Mufti Day

Don’t forget that this Friday, 1st February 2019, is our PJ Mufti Day. For a donation of £1 per child, children can come into school dressed in their pyjamas or onesies.

Also, a quick reminder that the deadline for taking advantage of our special offer for the combined School Disco disco and Eater Olympics tickets is next Wednesday, (6th February 2019) so get those forms in soon! Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the form for these events:

PTA Events Jan 2019

  Thank you for your continued support.

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