17th March 2023

Dear Parents and Friends

Wishing you all a very happy St Patrick’s day.  My thanks to the PTA for organising a Family Quiz night to celebrate the day.

Despite being a short week, the children have been busy continuing with their normal curriculum subjects and taking part in Careers events for the second week running.  Thank you to parents who volunteered to talk to the children, I know Ms Ugbo has arranged additional time slots next week.

Careers in the Civil Service

We were fortunate to welcome Loretta, Niraj, Awais, Leonard, Zainab and Kadiatu to speak to the children about the various jobs they do in the Civil Service and how they progressed into their individual areas of expertise.  They work in a variety of roles within the Ministry of Defence.

Children were attentive and asked amazing questions.  Our pupil leaders, met with them to engage in a session of ‘Question Time’ where they presented questions about current topics and discussed information.  The children were brilliant.

Thank you to everyone involved in careers week and to all our visitors and parents for supporting us.

St Joseph’s Mass – Monday 20th March 2023 at 1.30pm

Our school’s feast day falls on a Sunday this year, so we will be celebrating it on Monday, 20th March with a Mass at Virgo Fidelis Church. You are more than welcome to attend and we will be delighted to have you join us. Do please let your child’s class teacher know if you are free to walk up to Church with your child’s class.

News to celebrate

Teaching and Learning Review – Phonics (Read, Write inc)

RWI is a phonics scheme we have used for over four years.  We initially took it on to address gaps in our phonics curriculum.  I am delighted to say that our recent external review focusing on phonics was highly successful.  Mr Spencer spent the day observing lessons in class, talking to pupils and working with staff.  He felt phonics is a strength of the school and children were making good to outstanding progress in the Infants.  He was pleased with the support in the Junior school for children requiring further support.  Staff are skilled and well informed and as a result attainment and progress is strong.  My thanks to all staff and to Mrs Swain for leading the review.  As you know Mrs Tope is on maternity leave, but the success of phonics is also due to her input and leadership and working closely with Mrs Swain and all staff.

Class Assemblies

Wow!  I was so impressed with our  Reception children.  Their assembly was amazing and focused on St Patrick’s day.  They spoke confidently and without any prompts, sharing information about St Patrick and how his feast day is celebrated all over the world.  It was wonderful to see so many family and friends attend.  Reception you are truly superstars and I am so proud of you.  Well done!

KS1 Gymnastics competition at Meridian High School

Congratulations to our fabulous Infant gymnasts for coming third in a Croydon competition held today.  Mrs Mangan and Mrs Odewale accompanied them and by all accounts they were amazing.  Standards were high and they performed brilliantly.  Well done to Persephone, Marjus, Marie, Juan and Jemima.  Next stop the Olympics in years to come!


St Joseph’s chicks make an appearance

Children in the Nursery have been carefully looking after our new born chicks who hatched at the end of last week.  They came to us as eggs in an incubator and with Nursery’s loving care and attention the chicks hatched and have loved being in our school community.  Children from all year groups visited them and Nursery were just the best at reading to them, talking to the chicks and making sure they were well looked after.  Sadly, they had to return to the farm but with lots of fun memories of St Joseph’s.

Parent/child toddler group

I am delighted to announce that our parent/baby/toddler group started on Tuesday.  My thanks to our parent champions for their hard work and I look forward to seeing the numbers increase.  It’s a great support network for parents with young children and a way to build new friendships.

Parent/Teacher contact meetings

Nursery – Year 5 –  Thursday, 23rd March, 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.  

Please  make an appointment to see your child’s teacher if you haven’t done so already.

Portuguese Sessions

We are  working with the Institute of Camoes, the who are linked to the Portuguese Embassy and responsible for the  teaching and promotion of Portuguese in the UK.

In our school, Portuguese is taught across KS1  but the Institute offers sessions after school.  If you  would like your child to join for the school year 2023-2024  please click on the following link for  further  information.


Click on this link to enrol 

You may also contact the teacher, Ms Rodrigues: [email protected]

RE Newsletter

‘‘The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want’

This week’s question  to discuss with your child is;

   Mass Readings  for Sunday

Sunday Mass Readings for March 12th 2023, Third Sunday of Lent, Year A
1st Reading 1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Responsorial Psalm  Psalms 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
2nd Reading Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel John 9:1-41 

If you click on the following link you can download an activity sheet for your child

Activity Sheet for 4th Sunday of Lent

Celebrating achievement and hard work Headteacher’s and Attendance Award


Headteachers award

Merit Certificates:

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

Year group  Merit Certificates  Overall Class Attendance
Nursery   Djozzy and Daniel  84%
RH   RH for an amazing Assembly  100%
RP   RP for an amazing Assembly  97%
1E   Shine and Wilhelmina  94%
1S /2O   Eva and Miles  92%/92%
2J   Marjus and Leila  95%
3S  Andre and Rafaella  96%
3T  Yohanna and Sulyana  96%
4J  Kailem and Sophia  96%
4O  Elizaveta and Muna  100%
5S  JoJo and Santos  98%
5E  Yashash and Josiah  88%
6P  Bruno and Idally  99%
6H  Max and Anaya  97%

Congratulations to the following classes for the highest attendance this week


Classes RH and 4O with 100%

This week’s photo montage

Mrs Fernandes


Diary Dates

Spring 2 Term

20.03.23 –   CAFOD Assembly   

16.03.23 –   Reception assembly 

21.03.23  –  Panathlon competition

21.03.23  –  Y5/Y6 Hockey tournament (Trinity)

23.03.23  –  Nursery – Year 5 parents evenings

23.03.23  –  3S Assembly

24.03.23  –  Wellbeing day

28.03.23  –  3T Assembly

30.03.23  –  Trip to the Royal Opera House

31.03.23  –  School ends at 1.15 p.m. for the Easter break