Holiday Activities & Food Programme

Join us at St Joseph's!

St Joseph’s is once again providing a Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme over the school holidays.

This year we are collaborating with our Breakfast and After School Club, led by Mrs Odewale, to bring you an exciting and fun-filled programme during August. Mrs Odewale has assembled a lovely team of St Joseph’s staff, volunteer sports coaches and teachers from surrounding schools, and we may even see our own headteacher, Mrs Fernandes making an appearance!

We have received funding from Croydon LA for up to 60 free places for eligible children in our August 2021 Summer Programme and we have at least 20 places available for fee-paying children. The programme will be held on our extensive grounds, which are among the largest versus both state and independent schools in our area.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our outstanding school.

Click here for a short video from Mrs Odewale

Click here for a virtual tour of our grounds

Our programme will run from 2 August 2021 until 27 August 2021, between 09:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. All children will be provided a healthy and nutritious hot lunch.

This is the second time we have run a holiday programme this year as part of our overall COVID community support programme; we were the only school in Croydon that provided an activity programme over Easter (4 hours over 4 days, including lunch), free of charge for eligible children.

Click here to see pictures from our Easter club


Our offering

Schedule of Activities

Click here for the week 1 schedule (2 – 6 August)


Our offering covers three key areas, aimed specifically at making summer fun!

Education / enrichment 

We will provide the following educational and enrichment activities. Children will have access to our brand new library and adjoining outdoor reading areas.

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Outdoor / Trips to local parks
  • Pond dipping
  • Reading for pleasure

Click here to see our new library

P.E. / sport

We will be offering the following P.E. / sports activities. We have won the School Games Platinum Mark Award for three years running and we have recently invested in new equipment across the school for the children’s use. Mr Lutchman, our regular sports coach has kindly offered to provide coaching during his holiday time.

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Irish Whip
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Skipping
  • Tag rugby
  • Tennis

We will also be offering dance and the children will be learning songs for a performance in the final week.

Food/nutrition & healthy eating

We will be providing a hot lunch meal based on our existing school menu that complies with School Food Standards.

In addition, children will be provided with snacks during break times as well as having the opportunity to help make their own food – we have had great success with children making their own smoothies based on fresh fruit for example.

Finally, the children will be given the opportunity to engage in gardening including planting and growing plants for their own use during the programme. We have both vegetable and fruit (orchard) gardens at the school as well as several areas where we are establishing wild-flower / wild meadows, so there will be plenty for them to do during Summer.



The HAF Programme provides free places for children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).

Please click here for the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals. Please note this is different from infants pupils who receive lunches at no cost (this is called Universal Infant Free School Meal and is not the same thing).

The places are available to any child who is eligible so they do not need to be pupils at St Joseph’s or live in the borough of Croydon.

If you are not eligible for FSM, we also offer places on a fee-paying basis at a very competitive rate of £20 per day. These places are open to everyone (and not restricted to pupils at St Joseph’s or those live in the borough of Croydon). We accept childcare vouchers. 

Fee paying parents can choose any combination of days between 2-27 August to suit their work patterns whereas the offer for FSM pupils covers the entire period.

The programme is exactly the same for all children, although, for fee-paying parents who need more flexibility for work, we offer the option of an extended day (until 5 p.m.) for a modest additional cost.


Why not stay?

We hope your child has an amazing time with us over the summer – but why stop there? We are an outstanding primary school with an inclusive and welcoming community, which truly celebrates our diversity. Admissions for Autumn 2022 are now open and this year, we have moved our entire process completely online, allowing for secure submission of key details and documents electronically, making the process quick and convenient.

Explore admissions at St Joseph’s


For any queries about the programme, please contact:

Mr Navarro, School Business Manager
[email protected]
020 8670 2385  option 2

Mrs Odewale, Breakfast and After School Club Manager
[email protected]
07469 929311

Mrs Fernandes, Headteacher
[email protected]
020 8653 7195

Book your place online

19 July 2021 Update : Unfortunately, we have now filled all of our available places and are no longer taking applications:

  • All parents who have FSM-eligible children and fee-paying children will receive a letter from Mrs Odewale in the next few days confirming you place,  which you should complete and return as soon as possible
  • If you have applied for a FSM place but were not actually eligible, you were sent an email and a text last week and over the weekend to let you know this, and instead offering you a fee-paying place; as we have not heard from you, we have assumed you no longer want a place
  • Please do not come on 2 August expecting a place unless you receive a confirmation letter from Mrs Odewale
  • If you are FSM-eligible, there is another provider who is based in our INFANTS school and who still has HAF places. Click here for their application form.
  • Alternatively, you can email [email protected] for details of other providers in the area

Schedule of Activities

Click here for the weekly schedule