St Joseph’s provided a Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme over the Summer 2021 school holidays.
This year we collaborated with our Breakfast and After School Club, led by Mrs Odewale, to bring an exciting and fun-filled programme during August. Mrs Odewale assembled a lovely team of St Joseph’s staff, volunteer sports coaches and teachers from surrounding schools, with even our own headteacher, Mrs Fernandes making an appearance!
The programme was held on our extensive grounds, which are among the largest versus both state and independent schools in our area.
Click here for a short video from Mrs Odewale
Click here for a virtual tour of our grounds
Our programme ran from 2 August 2021 until 27 August 2021, between 09:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. All children were 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
Schedule of Activities
Week 1 schedule (2 – 6 August)
Week 2 schedule (9 – 13 August)
Week 3 schedule (16 – 20 August)
Week 4 schedule (23 – 27 August)
Our offering covered the three key areas below, aimed specifically at making summer fun!
Education / enrichment
We provided the following educational and enrichment activities. Children had access to our brand new library and adjoining outdoor reading areas.
- Outdoor / Trips to local parks
- Pond dipping
- Reading for pleasure
Click here to see our new library
P.E. / sport
We offered 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 provided coaching during his holiday time.
- Irish Whip
- Tag rugby
We also offered dance and the children learnt songs for a performance in the final week.
Food/nutrition & healthy eating
We provided a hot lunch meal each day which complied with School Food Standards.
In addition, children were provided snacks during break times as well as the opportunity to make their own food – we have had great success with children making their own smoothies based on fresh fruit for example.
Finally, the children were 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 was plenty for them to do during Summer.