15th December 2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of each half term, I like to set the children a homework to enhance their learning, promote their voice or showcase their talents. Last half term, I set the children the challenge of designing an inclusive Christmas card for the Mayor of Croydon’s Christmas Card Competition.

I am delighted to announce that we won the 1st prize! Ethan’s (Y5) Christmas card was the top entry in the Borough and has been converted into the Mayor’s Christmas card for 2023! Ethan was astonished when he heard the news and his peers cheered for his success.

As a result, on Monday we were invited to witness the Christmas light switching on in Croydon’s Town Hall. Ethan, our Head Boy Jojo and Head Girl Alicia represented the school. The ceremony was followed by a Carol Concert. The Mayor did a speech about Ethan’s entry and Ethan received a gold crested certificate! It was great to see Ethan’s design in pride of place on display and the entries of Oscar (Y3) and Naomi (Y5) as well, who also had earned a certificate for their high calibre entries. Well done to all the children who participated in my half term homework, especially Ethan who has made us and his family really proud!

On Wednesday, we had the most wonderful school Christmas dinner. The tables were dressed beautifully for the children and the festive cheer could be felt throughout the school. Thanks to Ms Johnson, all the support staff and Kitchen team for making this such a special occasion for us all.

The KS1 Christmas Concert elevated the Christmas spirit in the school and has truly set a high bar for the performances to come. The children all read beautifully and sang like angels. It is clear to see why you are so proud of your child and we feel the same way too. Thank you to the whole KS1 team for their hard work in putting the concert together. We were overwhelmed by the high turn out of parents and family members and are grateful to you for your support.

Just a reminder that if you have a concern about your child’s education, please inform your child’s class teacher in the first instance. The team is committed to supporting your child to do their best and be happy at school. We can only address an issue if we are aware of it.

A reminder that the last day of term is Thursday 21st December and we finish at 2pm prompt.

On Sunday, it will be the 3rd Sunday of advent. This candle represents Joy and the readings focus on the Holy Spirit being within us and preparing for Christ to come. In Monday’s assembly, we will be discussing our experience of Joy. What makes us feel joyful? How do we bring joy to others? Maybe you could discuss this with your child over the weekend.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend and wrap up warm,

Mrs Ashley and the St. Joseph’s Team