1 April 2022

We’ve made it to the end of term, still smiling and positive.

It’s been a successful spring term which has seen so many exciting events bringing our school community together.

We have had:

  • Trips to London and the local area
  • Parent contact meetings
  • Pancake race on Shrove Tuesday
  • Ash Wednesday and Stations of the Cross services
  • ‘Crazy Hare day’ showcasing Easter bonnets and headwear
  • Author visits
  • Primary Careers Week (with over a dozen guests speakers)
  • Boys and girls football matches (where we came first)
  • A general quiz competition (which we won)
  • Hockey, gymnastic and indoor athletics tournaments
  • Memorable class assemblies
  • Wellbeing week
  • Lunchtime and after-school clubs
  • Opening of a new forest school in the juniors with an apiary of seven beehives
  • the new St Joseph’s App to communicate with the school
  • Library visits
  • A fantastic book week
  • and so much more just in one term!

Thank you for working with us to achieve the best for our children and for being receptive to new ideas and initiatives.

Next summer term is going to be busy with children getting ready for SATS. We will be holding a meeting with Year 2 parents for details to be shared next term, so please look out for this if you are Year 2 parent.

Term ends today, but many of us will be in school next week delivering booster classes for year 6, along with our admin team who will be preparing for new admissions. I am delighted to say that we will be running our Easter holiday camp and have over 40 children on the programme, but that places are still available.

Do see the details below which have been publicised for the past three weeks. My thanks to Mr Navarro and Mrs Odewale for organising and delivering this provision.

I would like to thank all the staff and Governors for their hard work and commitment to the children and the whole school community. To say we have come through challenging times in the past year is quite an understatement. I think our motto of ‘Together We Can’ is so apt.

Thank you for your good wishes and prayers and on behalf of the staff and Governors, I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter. I hope you have a relaxing break and remember to keep encouraging your child to read regularly and choose books from their Class book lists which have been uploaded onto Google Classrooms.


Easter message

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,

And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing –

And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower

The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power –

And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts

Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,

And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds

With messages more meaningful
than man’s often empty words

Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair –

‘Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.

Helen Steiner Rice

School App and Communications

I am pleased to say that as of today, 86% of parents in Infants and 89% of parents in Juniors have logged on to our School App.  Judging by the excellent attendance at the Crazy Hat parade, PTA tuckshop and other events, which were promoted exclusively through the App, it is working well as an effective means of raising parental engagement.

As we highlighted over the past few months, from 1 April 2022, all school messages will be via the School App, rather than your personal emails. This means you have one place for all your school information, which parents have told us is far more convenient (as sometimes emails get stuck in spam folders) and also cheaper, as text messages are very expensive. 

Please remember that the easiest way to report an absence is through the App. Go to “Access the Parent Portal“, select your child, and Report an Absence.  Remember that unauthorised absences can lead to fines from the Local Authority so if your child is away from school, you have a legal responsibility to tell us.


Easter Holiday Camp (4-7 April 2022)

Places are still available in our holiday provision over the Easter holidays, so if you have not already, please do sign-up as we have only a limited number of places. The camp is being held 4 – 7 April 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will be provided with a healthy and nutritious lunch. Activities will include arts & crafts as well as a trip to the local parks and playgrounds.

FSM-eligible pupils can attend for free; fee-paying places are £20 per day.

The registration forms are available on the website here

Please download, complete the form and email it to Mrs Odewale (details are on the link above) as soon as possible as places are limited.


Start of Summer Term

On a final note, please remember that school starts again on Tuesday, 19th April.

Have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to seeing you in April.

Click here for this week’s photo montage


Mrs L Fernandes



Future dates for your diary

  • 19.04.22 – Term begins
  • 25.04.22 – Summer Term clubs begin
  • 28.04.22 – 150th School Anniversary Mass
  • 02.05.22 – Bank Holiday (school closed)
  • 05.05.22 – Polling day – School closed except for Y6
  • 09.05.22 – 13.05.22 – KS2 SATS WEEK
  • 14.05.22 – Catholic Schools Netball & Football tournament – Margaret Roper
  • 16.05.22 – 20.05.22 – SCIENCE WEEK
  • 19.05.22 – Y3 trip to the Science Museum
  • 23.05.22 – 27.05.22 – KEEPING HEALTHY WEEK
  • 27.05.22 – School Games week followed by a ‘Jubilee Celebration’ Picnic
  • 27.05.22 – End of term