Section 48 RE Inspection Report

I am delighted to be able to share our Section 48 RE Inspection Report with you following our inspection on Thursday 18th January 2018.

Our Lead Inspector, Mrs Tina Cleugh was joined by two associate inspectors from the Diocese of Westminster and all were full of praise for our school.

Headlines from the report include:

‘Pupils across the phases are offered a rich experience of Catholic life.’

‘Pupils are pro-active stewards of the Common Good and have a deep understanding of the teaching of the Church and countless opportunities to engage in action for those in need. The children have a dynamic and deep understanding of the call to human flourishing.’

‘ The contribution of religious education to the Catholic life of the school is a strength and its influence permeates all aspects of the stimulating learning environment across all areas of the school.’

‘Pupils are exemplary ambassadors for their school, demonstrating an excellent understanding of the mission of the Church.’

Well done boys and girls!

Please read the message from Jane Goring (Chief Inspector of Schools) below:

‘Congratulations to you, governors, leadership team and staff on this wonderful diocesan inspection report!

It was a delight to read how objective observers were inspired by the work you do at St Joseph’s to enrich the educational experience for your pupils in such a rigorous, challenging and exciting way. Shining through the report was the way in which your pupils are being developed as leaders – in preparing and participating in liturgy and in supporting the Common Good. I was particularly impressed by the rich and vibrant prayer life of the school, the focus on issues of social justice and the ways in which the pupils are given so many opportunities to become the person God created them to be. I was impressed by the extensive links you have with the communities which make up your school and your engagement with parents and parish as you create a truly cohesive outstanding Catholic community. Classroom Religious Education is also going from strength to strength, building the pupils’ religious literacy and their ability to articulate their faith with enthusiasm.

With every good wish and warmest congratulations.’

J Goring

Jane Goring

Chief Inspector of Schools

Click on the link below to view the full report.

Section 48 RE Inspection Report (18-01-18)

This report is a celebration of the whole school and parish community and you should all be very proud of your contribution to making St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School the truly special place that it is.

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PTA Valentine’s Disco – A Reminder!

Don’t forget that payment and consent forms for the Valentine’s Disco should be returned to school by tomorrow (Wednesday).

Thank you to all those who have returned consent forms and payment already – we look forward to seeing all the disco divas on Friday.

We’d love it if as many children as possible joined in the fun to round off another wonderful half term at St. Joseph’s so make sure you get those forms completed ASAP!

Thank you for your continued support.

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Super School Choir!

Yesterday, our School Choir performed as part of a ‘Massed Choir’ of over 800 children at The Barbican Centre in London in aid of Dr. Barnardo’s…and what a marvellous performance it was!

However, this is only a part of the story since this was the culmination of a whole day’s rehearsals with the children being ‘on stage’ for over six hours in total by the conclusion of the concert.

All 20 children involved did themselves and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School proud.

A huge WELL DONE to everyone involved in what was a truly memorable day, especially Mrs Skelton who is now busily preparing for the next School Choir project!

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Valentine’s Milkshake & Cake Sale

On Friday 9th February School Council are hosting our annual Valentine’s Milkshake and cake sale. 50p for a cake and milkshake or 30p for just a cake.
If you are able to donate cakes please do so on Thursday or Friday.This will help school council to raise even more funds for in school events or equipment and for our action aid child.
We also have a Non School Uniform day where all children are invited to wear their own clothes (Pink/red theme where possible) £1.

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Weekly Newsletter

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020218 Final

Have a lovely weekend!

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Term Dates 2018 – 2019

Please click on the link below to view Term Dates for 2018 – 2019.

Term Dates 2018 – 2019

These dates will also be available in the ‘For Parents’ tab.

Please note that although there is no INSET day directly after the Easter break (start of the summer term) this is a Bank Holiday (Monday 22nd April 2019) so children will return to school on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

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Year 4 Had A ‘Fin’tastic Afternoon!

What a fabulous time the boys and girls in year 4 enjoyed at the London Aquarium yesterday!

And what a bonus…there were penguins too!

That reminds me…why don’t polar bears eat penguins?!

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Weekly News

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Have a lovely weekend.

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Nursery Admissions (2018 – 2019)

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 you can apply for a Nursery place to start in September 2018.

The application process opens on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and will close on Friday 16th March 2018.

The Local Authority (LA) no longer co-ordinates Nursery admissions.

You will need to apply directly to our school completing the school forms (see below) which will be available to download from the school website or from the School office once the Nursery application process opens on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

Allocation day is Monday 23rd April 2018.

Please note that all pupils offered a Nursery place will be allocated either five morning sessions (08:30 – 11:30) or five afternoon sessions (12:30 – 15:30).

In addition to the Supplementary Information Form, if you are a practising Catholic and are applying under categories 2 and 3, please obtain a Certificate Of Catholic Practice from your Parish Priest.

Click on the links below to access the required forms.

Nursery Admissions Policy 2018 – 2019

Nursery Supplementary Information Form (2018 – 2019)

We will be holding an Open Morning for prospective Nursery Parents on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 9:15am.

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Healthy Eating Week

Healthy Eating Week takes place next week (29th January – 2nd February)
This will involve in class activities and whole school events.
What parents need to know:

1.Key Stage Fruit on sale every break time 30p
2.Awards for the healthiest packed lunch daily
3. Stickers for two or more vegetable and fruit choices for school dinners
4.Children making the healthiest choices will be invited to Thursday’s Golden table
5.School council will be putting up posters and raising the profile
6.School council will launch a Healthy Recipe competition – the winner will receive a packed lunch bag and all entrants will form part of a school cookery book.
7.The winning recipe will be made by the winner and some of school council

I hope that you support us with this week and with going forward in encouraging our children to eat a healthy balanced diet. We will be producing a leaflet with ideas and expectations around packed lunches and we will also be meeting with our catering staff to discuss menu choices for school dinners so that more fruit is encouraged and more salad available.
I know that you will work with us on this and further information will follow.

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