12 November 2021

The children have been amazing this week and displayed respect, resilience and determination with their learning, sporting activities and so many aspects of school life.

Thank you children, I’m proud of you and the example you set to all of us.

Mrs Gallagher and our pupil leaders led a beautiful reflective assembly on Thursday, 11th November to commemorate Remembrance Day. Class 2O made everyone proud in their first-class assembly which was well attended by parents and friends. Mr Abraham and Mrs Power were understandably very proud of their class and the important messages they delivered.

Class 3T’s assembly was amazing today and focused on famous scientists and their contributions to the world. The children spoke with confidence and shared interesting information. Thank you to all the parents and friends who attended.

A number of staff and I accompanied our KS2 cross country team to a championship at John Fisher playing fields in Purley. The children were outstanding not only in their team work, the support they offered each other but in their behaviour. They represented St Joseph’s with pride and received many positive comments from other Headteachers. My thanks to Mrs Mangan for training them, and to Mr Defty, Mr Navarro, Mrs Parry, Mrs Luri and Mrs Odewale for accompanying them. Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to support us, it made a big difference you cheering the team on. I would like to say a big thank you to all the children in the cross-country team, you are just incredible and showed resilience and fantastic sportsmanship. I am so proud of you. We may not have won, but to me you are all winners. I look forward to seeing St Joseph’s continuing to go from strength to strength.


Anti-Bullying week – 15th to 19th November 2021

‘One kind word’

The theme for anti-bullying week is ‘one kind word’. It is a very simple sentence that speaks volumes and is a sentiment we should all try to emulate. A kind word, a smile can change a person’s day and life. So please let’s be role models to our children and to each other and spread kindness to everyone around. Mrs Langford Jackson and Ms Ugbo have organised a number of activities this week.

Monday, 15th November 2021 – Live stream in school to launch anti-bullying week. You are welcome to access this live stream, just click on the following link and follow the instructions.

Tuesday, 16th November 2021 – Odd socks day – Please encourage your child to wear odd bright socks on this day. Classes have been invited to present photos of their classes’ odd socks in a creative and imaginative way. Prizes will be awarded for the best entry

Wednesday, 17th and Thursday, 18th November – Dance workshops for every classes. The theme is on expressing emotions through dance.

By the end of the week, can you all make sure you have completed the following:

  • Anti- Bullying Poems – Please ask children to write an Anti-bullying poem for their ‘Time to write’ homework this week
  • Anti-bullying posters/advice – Children can either write a letter to someone giving them advice on what to do if they are experiencing bullying. Alternatively, they can produce a poster.

Click here for further information and resources



Christmas holiday club

We will be running our holiday provision over the Christmas holidays, between 20 – 23 December 2021, 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 pantomime.

If you do sign up for sessions, you will need to be on time and commit to attending. FSM-eligible pupils can attend for free; fee-paying places are £20 per day.

Click here to register for a place


School lunch pre-orders

Please login to Relish Pre-Order to choose meals, together with your child, prior to them coming into school, for up to a term in advance. You will be able to view the menus for the whole term, the recipes for the dishes as well as the ingredients, improving allergy management. This will also speed up registration in the morning if you pre-order your child’s meals.

Relish Pre-Order
Click here for a user guide to Relish Pre-order
Click here for a YouTube video showing how Relish Pre-order works



School history book

Mrs McMillan has completed the history of St Joseph’s Federation and has spent endless hours researching information, interviewing past and present staff to write this book. It really is a labour of love and we would like to thank Mrs McMillan for her effort and outstanding work.

We have begun to take early-bird orders so please click on the following link to buy your copy. It will make a great Christmas present and a wonderful keepsake for years to come.

Books will be available to collect from the school at some point in December 2021.

Click here to pay £5 for the St Joseph’s History Book


Whole School photograph – Monday, 15th November 2021

We have organised a whole school photograph to commemorate our 150th anniversary. The photographer will take shots of every child and staff member in school, which will then be merged into one whole school composite photograph.

You will have the opportunity to purchase copies; details will be shared in due course. Please ensure all pupils come to school in clean and tidy uniforms on that day.


Class assemblies

Class 2J’s assembly has been changed to Wednesday, 17th November as several children in the class will be participating in a KS1 Gymnastics competition.

4J’s assembly is being rescheduled. A new date will be shared with you as soon as it has been confirmed.


Mrs Fernandes


Click below for this week’s pictures.

Week of 12 November Pictures 


Key dates for events are as follows

Please note that all these events are also on the school calendar on our website. Sometimes we may need to change dates but advance warning will be given.

  • 15.11.21 – Whole school photograph
  • 15.11.21 to 19.11.21 – Anti-bullying week
  • 16.11.21 – Odd socks day
  • 17.11.21 – Thursday, Class 2J Assembly (Anti-bullying) – Parents welcome (09:15 a.m.)
  • 18.11.21 – KS1 Gymnastics Competition
  • 18.11.21 – Year 5 trip to Into Film Festival (West Norwood)
  • 25.11.21 – Year 1 collective assembly (Advent)
  • 26.11.21 – 4O class Assembly (Advent)
  • 30.11.21 – Year 2 trip to Tower Bridge
  • 03.12.21 – 5E class Assembly (Celebrating diversity) – Parents welcome
  • 08.12.21 & 9.12.21 – Infant Advent Assembly (S&O J &E) – Parents welcome
  • 07.12.21 – Year 5 trip to Benjamin Franklin House
  • 10.12.21 – 5S class Assembly (Human rights – respect, freedom of speech, tolerance/understanding)  – Parents welcome
  • 14.12.21 – EYFS Advent play
  • 15.12.21 – KS2 Advent Service – Virgo Fidelis (10.00)
  • 16.12.21 – Christmas Lunch day