I do normally say that we have a busy week but this week really has been a blur.
If parents were wondering about any of the following events or timings etc these are updated weekly on our newsletter.This really is your information sheet for the week ahead.As a school we do communicate and probably at times over communicate . This weekend you can look forward to your child’s school report and as stated in today’s newsletter our moving up day /meet the teacher will be Tuesday,this was always the intention and new staff will be visiting on Tuesday . The teacher list is also attached to the newsletter.As stated it wasn’t my intention for you to be informed so late but staff needed to be secured first in order to fully inform you. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
The week began again on Sunday for some of us with Year 5 presenting their produce at the CHEXS family day and farmers market. We received 3 gold,4 Silver and 3 bronze awards.We came 3rd overall and WON the best theme. Well done year 5 for working so hard with our volunteer gardener Lee to grow some lovely produce.
Summer Music Evening
Monday night we celebrated the talents of many of our children. Our musicians,choir and dancers performed amazingly well and really showed what St Joseph’s children can do. I was immensely proud to be a part of such an evening and to see the full extent of our children’s hard work and perseverance. I usually just see or hear part of a piece of music as i go around school but we really were spoilt on Monday evening. Thank you to Miss Gunn & Mrs Skelton.
Year 6 Prayer service
Year 6 have had an extremely busy week between visits to their secondary schools and the start of our leavers events with their prayer service on Tuesday.We shared the theme of journeys and memories . Thank you parents once again for your support as there was barely a chair left.
Year 4&5 Funtrition Party
A celebration on Tuesday of the terms work on healthy eating ,fitness and a healthy lifestyle by year 4&5. They have been working with our Sports Coach to learn about healthy living. Thank you parents for supporting their party and serving some amazing healthy choices.It all smelt delicious!
The sun shone on Wednesday for us to enjoy a fantastic day of sports. The winning team for both morning and afternoon was Mark house so a big well done to those,but a really big thank you and well done to everyone for really participating well and making the day so enjoyable.
Thank you parents for participating and a special thank you to those parents during the afternoon who gave us staff a lot of encouragement during our race!
Today I was lucky enough to accompany the new Chaplaincy team as they attended the Catholic Children’s Society Good Shepherd Mass in Westminster Cathedral. It was a joy and a privilege to be with them at such a special Mass and our children represented our school beautifully. The children were all impressed with the Cathedral and enjoyed participating in the Mass itself and what great participants they were. I could hear all of our children singing along with gusto in the hymns; Alessia and Lamont carried the banner in the procession at the beginning and end of Mass and Annie was part of the offertory procession. Our two readers, Henry and Alex, were composed and read with great clarity and expression. The Bishop preached about the theme of the Mass, which was “Shine Your Light” and asked questions as part of his homily. Lamont gave a lovely, articulate, well thought out answer which impressed the Bishop and all of us.
The children were a credit to our school and to all their parents. I was proud to be with them today and look forward to their next Chaplaincy event.
This morning I can write an update from first hand experience after spending a lovely if not extremely windy afternoon with the children yesterday.They really are having an amazing time and all are really enjoying.Their days are extremely busy which means very tired children but all of them have a healthy glow ,strikes of dirt and not so neat hair but all is apart of residential life. I have to say that you have very tidy children as ALL rooms ,with no exception really were very tidy.It does help with regular room inspections but I have to say there were none that I couldn’t or wouldn’t enter.Food is aplenty with lots of choice which everyone is enjoying.
Today’s activities include;
Zip wire and fencing this morning ,followed by High Equilibrium activities ,leap of faith and of course the eagerly awaited disco.I know the disco is the one that the staff really can’t wait for! Final update to follow tomorrow from me and then travel and arrival parent mails from the office staff.
A fantastic day yesterday with everyone enjoying their activities if not getting just a little hot.They are well into their routine and have been exceptional role models. This morning they are up ,even though as Mrs O’Dowd said the boys ALL had to be woken up today so are real sleeping beauties.Off to breakfast now before another packed day.
Today’s events are;
Abseiling ,Volley ball,Bushcraft -shelter building ,then after lunch Archery and course activities before a lovely campfire this evening.
Further updates to follow during the week!
Good morning all,
This morning’s update from Kingswood! After quite an early night ,all in bed by 10pm so shows all the excitement of the day tired them out.This morning’s news is the rain has stopped, all have had breakfast and they were off at 8.30am for their first room inspection.
Today they have a day full of amazing activities,this morning they have Crate stack and Obstacle challenge and then this afternoon and evening they have Climbing,orienteering and mini Olympics.
Further updates to follow during the week!
What a pleasure it was to accompany the Chaplaincy team on their final outing of the year when we went to Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday to join the diocesan Adoremus Mass. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and was a truly lovely event. We all enjoyed the Mass and found the Cardinal’s sermon really interesting. At the end of the day, the Chaplaincy team shared what they had learned with the rest of Key Stage 2.
To say this week has been a busy one filled with a lot of events is an understatement. As I type we have a group at Lea Valley for Canoeing and Reception out on their Farm trip. So you can imagine this morning was not only filled with their excitement but with the returning district sports stars excitement.
District Sports yesterday afternoon was a success.We didn’t come last so the hard work of Mrs Jess,Mr Gallagher and Miss Entwisle in structuring the training and ensuring the children really understood and practised their events really payed off. Next year who knows?First???? As I spoke with the children before they left yesterday I said behaviour first no matter what and that winning would come second.That really was the case as shared by staff yesterday and we have heard the same from some parents today . Our children were a credit to us as a school yesterday and to you as parents so I thank them for really showing how St Joseph’s children are true role models. We didn’t win but the team work and hard work really did pay off as we brought home 16 medals and can proudly say that we are moving more to real success.
A very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Catering Assistant Mrs Casey who celebrated her 80th birthday on Wednesday with a lovely cake, flowers and a special sing a long from our children.
Celebration of singing
Another celebration for us as Miss Gunn has been working extremely hard towards us achieving the next step of Arts Mark. Gold is near! In all of her work she has been celebrating with other schools and leaders what we do. As a result of this they wanted to share on this showcase to other schools. We hosted a fantastic event yesterday afternoon with over 200 children singing,dancing and really celebrating the creative arts.
Hopefully next week will be filled with lots more photographs as my camera may be working!