24 June 2022

Another eventful week with so many things to celebrate and make us proud!

“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”

I received two letters from Archbishop John regarding his visit to the school to celebrate our 150th Anniversary since the school was founded. The pupil leadership team, collectively wrote to him and he was delighted to receive their letter on behalf of the pupils with my letter to him.

Click here for Archbishop John Wilson’s letters


Croydon Athletics 2022

The week began with qualifying events for the boys on Monday and the girls on Wednesday. Our team comprised of 24 girls and boys from key stage 2. They were totally amazing and worked together as a strong team, supporting and encouraging each other.

Children qualifying for the final participated on Friday in the long and high jumps, boys relay, boys and girls sprints for years 3,4,5 and 6, distance running and the boys’ ball throwing. It was a pleasure to see our children perform and make us proud.

Well done children and thank you to all staff who came to support the children. I was delighted to see so many parents cheering the children on, it really spurred them on. Thank you for your support. A full set of results will be published in next week’s newsletter.


Inclusive games – Thursday, 24th June

Years 3 and 4 participated in a range of games organised by James Tinney from the Panathlon Challenge. It is a festival of sports organised to develop both collaborative and individual skills through a range of activities:

  • Bean Bag Target
  • Basketball
  • Ten Pin
  • Tri-Golf: Putt
  • Floor Tennis: Longest Rally
  • Cricket: Hitting in the “V”
  • Athletics: Seated Shot Put Throw & Javelin Throw
  • Messi Football Skills

Some of our year 6 leaders supported children. My thanks to James Tinney and Mrs Mangan for organising this event and to Mrs Langford-Jackson, Mrs Steen-Plomer and Miss Langford-Jackson for helping. The children were exceptional and enjoyed challenging themselves and others in a totally supportive manner.

Well done everyone. Next step…..future Olympians !

Do click on the following link to view information about inclusive games 


Class Assemblies

Year 3’s assembly was spectacular and focused on the topic of the ‘Windrush’. The children shared facts and stories about people travelling to Britain from the Caribbean and the courage and bravery shown.

Year 3 went on to make links to the ‘finding your brave’ motto inspired by Mrs Mangan. They shared their stories about what their ‘brave’ was. Another proud moment for everyone listening to them.

Thank you to the many parents and friends for attending. We all took away an important message.


Aylesford Priory

Ms Ugbo led year 5 on a trip to the Priory to attend a Diocesan Mass for all Catholic schools in the Southwark Archdiocese.

Children came together to celebrate the theme of, ‘One Heart, One Mind’. Savannah led one of the readings and represented St Joseph’s. The children enjoyed a picnic with other schools and created memories to enjoy.

My thanks to Mrs De Jesus and Mrs Zengin for accompanying the children.


Reading for pleasure (with Dulwich Books)

A reminder to redeem your 150th-anniversary book credit from Dulwich Books (6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8SW), who will add a further 10% of credit to this, so your total credit is £16.50.

When you visit the shop, give them your child’s name, class and date of birth so they can match you against their list from the school. There isn’t a time limit to redeem the credit, but summer is the perfect time to select books from our reading list. This is an amazing opportunity for you to visit the bookshop, enjoy the whole experience with your child/children and leave with a text to enjoy.


1st Holy Communion School Mass

Please note that the school Mass for all children making their 1st Holy Communion has been changed to Tuesday, 5th July at 9:30 a.m. in the Junior Hall.

Parents are warmly invited to attend. Children should come into school wearing their Communion outfits but bring their uniforms to change into after Mass.


Thanksgiving and farewell Mass for Year 6

All parents, carers and friends are invited to our end-of-year Mass to be held at Virgo Fidelis Parish on Monday, 18th July 2022 at 5:30 p.m. It is a chance to come together as a school community to celebrate our school and say goodbye to Year 6 and all those leaving this year.

We have invited past staff and Alumni to the Mass which will be followed by light refreshments in the Infant Hall. I do hope you will be able to attend.

Click here for the invitation and to RSVP your attendance


An event not to be missed – Family fun day/colour run (2nd July)

The school and the PTA will be holding a family fun day on the 2nd July 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the school field. The event is welcome to all ; entry is free but you do have to pay to enter the Colour Run.

Click here for further details

It promises to be an exciting event; the Choir will be singing and the Steel pans club and a dog training company will be giving a demonstration. If you would like tickets, we still have a few left. Please email the PTA on [email protected].

On the day, remember to post pictures using our hashtag #SJF150.


Mixed year group classes – September 2022

We will be holding a meeting for current Reception parents on Monday, 11th July at 8.15 a.m. and 2.15 p.m. in the Infant Hall.

A further meeting for current year 1 parents will be held on Tuesday, 12th July at 8.15 a.m. and again at 2.15 p.m. in the Infant Hall.

You will have the opportunity to meet the Y1 and Y2 class teachers, as well as School Governors to hear about how the curriculum will be taught. I do hope you will be able to join us. A letter will be sent out next week with further information.


INSET day – Monday, 27th June 2022

School will be closed for pupils but staff will be in school attending CPD and planning for the new academic year. Our focus will be on delivering a broad and creative curriculum starting off with celebrating our heritage in the Autumn Term.


Upcoming school trips – important letters to read

Reception – Trip to London Zoo (4 July 2022)

Year 6 – Trip to Chessington (19 July 2022)


Maths week – 28th JUNE – 1st JULY 2022

Mrs Philipps has organised an exciting Maths week centred around the topic of ‘Maths in the real world’ There will be a chance for parents to join us and work with children on problem-solving activities. I do hope you will be able to join us.

Please see the attached letter


Own-clothes day on 1 July 2022

We are delighted that the school can support an own clothes day for the PTA / Family Fun-Day on 1 July 2022.

Children are requested to bring a donation of a bottle/gift or sweets to be allowed to wear their own clothes, preferably something bright and colourful.

Click here for the information flyer



I want to remind you regarding parking (again) following a number of complaints from our neighbours, which have now reached Croydon Council such that we have our new counsellor, Patsy Cummings, visiting the school on Monday, 27 June 2022.

Please do not drive down Woodend between 08:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m. and between 02:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) from Croydon Council’s cameras. There are a number of signs to indicate this as you approach the school. Note that there are now cameras on both ends of Woodend, so if you have been reversing down Woodend to park – something which is quite dangerous – then please expect a fine in the mail over the next few days.

Please also do not mount the pavement on Crown Dale. On 22 June 2022, local councils gained the power to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in cycle lanes, as it puts cyclists at risk of a serious accident. As I am sure you know, Crown Dale is not just a cycle lane but it also has double yellow lines, which means you should expect a fine from the Council for each offence.

Click here for more details


Remember, inset day on Monday, 27 June 2022

Enjoy the sunny weekend and see you all on Tuesday, 28 June 2022.

This week’s photo montage 



Mrs L Fernandes



Future Dates for your diary

2nd Half of Summer term

Term ends Friday, 22nd July at 1:15 p.m.
27.6.22 – INSET DAY
28.6.22 to 01.7.22 – MATHS WEEK
29.6.22 – 4J assembly 9.15 a.m. start (parents/carers welcome to attend)
30.6.22 – Catholic sports competition – St. James the Great (parents welcome to attend)
30.6.22 – Y3 & Y4 Trip to Brighton
1.7.22 – Y1 Assembly 9.15 a.m. start (parents/carers welcome to attend)
2.7.22 – Summer Fun Day and Colour Run (gates open at 1:00 p.m.)
4.7.22 to 15.7.22 ART EXHIBITION
4.7.22 – 4O assembly 9.15 a.m. start (parents/carers welcome to attend)
4.7.22 – Quiz Club National Finals (rescheduled due to train strikes)
5.7.22 – KS2 SATS results published
5.7.22 – Reception vision screening
6.7.22 – School Mass for all children making their 1st Holy Communion (Junior Hall)
7.7.22 – Catholic Infant sports competition – St. Thomas Becket school
8.7.22 to 10.7.22 – Y6 Residential Trip
11.7.22 – End of year reports sent out Nursery – Y5 parents
11.7.22 – Y6 parent/teacher meetings to collect SATS results & end of year report 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
12.7.22 – Parent contact meetings  (Nursery toY5) (if you wish to meet with your class teacher)
12.7.22 – Y6 Production 5:30 p.m; Parent contact meetings (if you wish to meet with your class teacher)
13.7.22 – Transition day across the school. Children will visit their new classes
14.7.22 – Reception Assembly – 9.15 a.m. start (parents/carers welcome to attend)
15.7.22 – Year 2 leavers assembly 9.15 a.m. start (parents/carers welcome to attend)
15.7.22 –Y6 Leavers BBQ
18.7.22 – Y6 Leavers/End of year Mass – 5.30 p.m.
19.7.22 – Y6 trip to Chessington