16th December 2022

Lord, we pray For people who are displaced, may they find a safe refuge. For people who have lost control of their lives, may they know a sure foundation. For people who live in fear, may they be given a strong fortress.  For people who are disillusioned, may they have hope in a future. Loving Father in times of crisis, sorrow and uncertainty we ask that you draw near and help us to feel your guiding hand and love supporting us though any challenge.

It has been an amazing term since we returned to school in September 2022 and the past two weeks have been no exception.  Last week KS1’s Nativity performance was fantastic and this week, Nursery and Reception were simply outstanding.  Despite the snow, our KS2 Advent Service went ahead in the Junior Hall and it was spiritual and very reflective.

My thanks to all the staff for their hard work and to parents and friends for supporting these events with wonderful feedback. 

Christmas Dinner – 14th December 2023

My thanks to all the Kitchen staff for their hard work.  It is said ‘cooking is a labour of love’ and  it certainly was with the delicious and generous Christmas dinner prepared by our kitchen staff.  My thanks to Mrs Johnson, Ms McRoberts and Mrs Odewale for decorating the tables and  helping create a magical experience.

St Joseph’s Christmas Experience Day

Thank you to our new PTA members for organising this event.  It was well attended, adults and children had a great time.  There was a fabulous festive spirit and feedback was very positive.  My thanks to the previous PTA for organising the Christmas gifts for the children which were actually delivered by Santa on Thursday.  The looks of sheer delight on children’s faces, was a lovely moment to treasure.

Christmas writing competition

Miss Bickmore (English Lead) ran a writing competition where children were asked to write a letter to Santa from a historical person. It was an open-ended theme.  The standard was high and choosing winners was a difficult task.  Well done to all the children who entered the competition, we’re going to display  entries and you will have an opportunity to read them.

Congratulations to the worthy winners who received a book from the top 20 reading list for young readers.

Infants – Ethan 2O, Jemima 2J & Divine 1E

Juniors – China 4O, Naomi 4J & Leora 3T

House team winners

The winning team this term with the most house points was the St Francis (Green team) in the Infant School and the St Sebastian (Blue team) in the Junior School.

100% Attendance

Congratulations to all the children across the key stages for achieving perfect attendance for the Autumn term.  Over 40% of the school achieved this.

We are aiming for every child to achieve at least 98% every week if not 100%, let’s all work hard to achieve this target and aim for 100% of children being in school by 8.45 a.m.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and spend time together with family and friends.  A new year brings a fresh start and the chance to work towards achieving new goals.  Our motto is to dream big and aim high and Together We Can with Christ by our side.

As you know, Mrs Tope will begin her maternity leave from January 2023.  We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing her good news next year.  I would like to welcome Ms Carrina Hopper, an experienced Early Years Teacher, who will be covering Class P whilst Mrs Tope is on leave.

Term begins on Wednesday, 4th January 2023 at 8.45 a.m.  and I look forward to welcoming you all back.

This week’s photo montage


Mrs Fernandes


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends 

On behalf of the staff and Governors I would like to thank you for your good wishes, prayers, and generosity, but most of all for your

support and  encouragement. 

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy and blessed Christmas and a peaceful,  healthy new year.  

Mrs Fernandes and all the Staff

December 2022