16th June 2023

Dear Parents and Friends

I hope you all had a chance to read my letter sent on Wednesday regarding the appointment of Mrs Danielle Ashley as Headteacher of St Joseph’s from September.  There will be a meeting on Monday, 19th June at 8.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. in the Junior Hall to give you a chance to meet Mrs Ashley who is delighted to be joining the school.

Congratulations to Mrs Gallagher on her appointment as Headteacher of St Thomas of Canterbury in Kent.  It is a wonderful opportunity for her and I know she will be a great Headteacher.

Mrs Zengin retired last month after thirty  years of association with the school, first as a parent, then a volunteer and eventually as a member of staff.  Unfortunately, Mrs Zengin has not been well so has not been able to be in school but we are hoping that she will join us at our Thanksgiving Mass so we can say goodbye properly and thank her for her years of service.

Thanksgiving Mass – 12th July 2023 at 1.30 p.m.

This Mass will be at Virgo Fidelis Church and will be offered up for our school community and a chance to celebrate all the wonderful things we have achieved this year.  It will also be to mark my retirement.  We have invited many past staff, Governors and friends of the school.  You are warmly invited to attend.

Invitation to Thanksgiving Mass

2J’s Class Assembly

‘Love means to me when someone cares for you in a pure way and they would not want to hurt you’ Ana 

Children delivered a wonderful assembly around the ‘the scared heart of Jesus’ linking it to the feast of Corpus Christi.  They presented their art work and shared their thoughts, speaking with confidence about what love means to them and about how much God loves each one of us.  They sang the hymn ‘Here I am Lord’ beautifully.  Thank you to everyone who attended to support the children.

Y6 residential trip – PGL

The children  had a great time, fully engaging in a range of exciting activities, abseiling, survival tasks, archery, raft building and many more.  It was good  to see them challenging themselves and demonstrating great team work, encouraging each other.  It was one of the best residentials I have been on and the children were fabulous, yet again receiving compliments on their manners, good behaviour and general attitude.  The coach driver told me he was so impressed with them and that we should be very proud of our school, we definitely are.  Well done Y6.  My thanks to Mrs Phillips, Mrs Winters, Mrs Lopeman, Mrs Burgess and Mrs Mangan for accompanying the children.

It has certainly been a busy week for them, they’ve been rehearsing for their end of year production ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ but still managed to fit in a trip to Chessington world of adventures.  They will be going to Wimbledon theatre to see ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and I’m sure will come away with lots of ideas for their own production.
Year 6 photo montage


1st Holy Communion Mass celebration

Thank you for joining us to celebrate all the children who made their 1St Holy Communion this year and to Fr James for saying Mass.  The children sang beautifully and it was a wonderful celebration with a real sense of community.

It was a moment to cherish and remember for a long time.

Catholic sports day at St James the Great School

Despite the hot weather conditions, the children enthusiastically competed in track and field events, cheering each other on and showing good sportsmanship.  Unfortunately, this event clashed with the Y6 trip to Chessington so the team did not have Y6 pupils.  So many of the younger children stepped up to take on activities aimed for older pupils and they did it brilliantly.  Thank you to all the children for participating with resilience and determination.  Yet again, St Joseph’s pupils were outstanding.  Unfortunately, we did not win but we couldn’t have been prouder of the children.

Colour run – Saturday, 24th June 2023

This is definitely a school event not to be missed.  It is organised by the PTA and is one of the most enjoyable events of the year. It’s open to the school and wider community and was well attended last year, so do not delay and purchase your tickets before they sell out. Colour run ticket link

Message from the PTA

Next week the school will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Windrush. We thought we could add some culture to the Colour Run to represent each individual. Each child will be given a square piece of fabric to take home and decorate, this will then be presented onto bunting and showcased around the school.

The piece of fabric can be decorated to represent something from your child’s culture. It could be their country’s flag or their national dish.    Please get involved and return to their class teacher by Monday, 19th June 2023.

A massive thank you to the PTA for giving all the children ice pops today. The perfect end to a fabulous week.

Useful information for parents

Please do add the events on this calendar to your diary.  The next few weeks are incredibly busy and I wouldn’t want you to miss key events.  The days are flying by so quickly and we only have five weeks left to the end of this term.  Please make sure your child comes into school on time and is in school every day.  Each day off is lost learning, so let’s aim for at least 98% attendance in every class.

Please see attached flyer for Free ASD Summer Club

Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you at the gate.


RE News

‘We are His people, the sheep of His flock’

Sunday Mass Readings for June 18th  2023, Eleventh  Sunday of Easter, Year A
1st Reading Exodus 19:2-6a
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5
2nd Reading Romans 5:6-11
Alleluia Mark 1:15
Gospel Matthew 9:36-10:8

Celebrating achievement and hard work



At St Joseph’s we aim for at least 97% attendance.


Merit Certificates:

 At St Joseph’s we aim for at least 97% attendance. 

Year group  Merit Certificates  Overall Class Attendance
Nursery  Duke and Sophia  88%
RH   Rafferty and William  94%
RP  Amiel and JJ  96%
1E Whole Class for Amazing Phonics  97%
1S /2O Sophie and Miles  97%/99%
2J Israel and Laila  93%
3S Amalia and Evangelina  89.4%
3T Bentley and Bella  96%
4J  Whole Class for Multiplication Tests  95%
4O  Acacia and Ema  96%
5S  Abigail and Noor  96%
5E Alisha and Lara  92%
6P  Idally and Nnamdi  90%
6H   Jeremiah and Jaedon  95%

Congratulations to the following class for the highest attendance this week

Class 2O

Mrs Fernandes


This weeks photo montage

Future Dates

Summer 2 Term

19.06.23 – 23.06.23 – ‘Journey of hope & dreams’ commemorating the Windrush generation

19.06.23 – Croydon Athletics Tournament (Boys heats) 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. at Croydon Arena

20.06.23 –  Athlete mentor (motivational speaker)

21.06.23 –  Croydon Athletics Tournament (Girls heats) 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.

22.06.23 – 2O/1S Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

22.06.23 – Panathlon Y3 & Y4 (in school with Y6 sports ambassadors)

23.06.22 –  Croydon Athletics Tournament (finals for boys/girls) 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

23.06.23 – Year 4 Assembly   9.15 a.m. (All welcome) – Please note this is a revised date

23.06.23 – Y3 Cafod workshop in school  

24.06.23 – Colour Run (PTA event)

26.06.23 – 1E Science trip to Brockwell Gardens

27.06.23 – 2J science workshop  to Brockwell Gardens   

27.06.23 –  Reception vision screening

28.6.23 –   1E  Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

28.06.23 – Y6 Theatre trip (Charlie & the chocolate Factory) – Wimbledon theatre

28.06.23 –  Summer Music concert  2.00 – 3.00 p.m.

30.06.23 –  3S Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

30.06.23 –  Y5 pupils to attend Young City Poet’s recital

30.06.23 – Y5 parents meeting regarding Secondary applications (new date)

July 2023

03.07.23 – General Knowledge Quiz final (Oxford University)

03.07.23 – Athlete mentor workshops

06.07.23 – KS1 Catholic Athletics Tournament (Thomas Becket School)

07.07.23 – 5E Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

10.07.23 –  Transition day for whole school (pupils to spend the day with their new teacher)

11.07.23 – Nursery Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

12.07.23 – Thanksgiving Mass 1.30 p.m. Virgo Fidelis Church 1.30 p.m. (All welcome)

13.07.23 – Reports sent to parents

13.07.23 – Reception Assembly (All welcome)

14.07.23 – Year 2 Farewell Assembly 9.15 a.m. (All welcome)

17.7.23  –   Reception trip – Battersea park/zoo

17.07.23 –  Year 6 Production 5.30 p.m. (junior hall)

19.07.23 – Year 6 leavers Mass 5.30 p.m. (junior hall)

20.07.23 – END OF TERM 1.30 p.m.