26th February 2024

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a week it has been! It was wonderful to see the children back at school rested and happy and looking smart.

This week’s newsletter is a bit delayed as we had our Catholic Schools Inspection this week! The children and whole team showcased what makes St Joseph’s the special, heart-touching, uplifting place to learn and to work. I would like to thank you all for your support and the partnership we have in educating our children really makes a positive difference to their lives and futures. The results should be available to you all in 15 days time. We are happy with the outcome and proud of our whole school community. Thanks to Fr. Celestine who uplifted us all with his visit.

On Monday, I met with the surveyor and contractor about the flooding work that needs to be done in the Juniors. We have been in regular contact since October the Diocese has been extremely supportive. I have expressed the urgency for remedial works so that so our functionality can improve and I am pleased to say that the work will begin on Monday and last approximately 8 weeks. There shouldn’t be too much disruption to learning if any and we are excited that we didn’t have to wait until the summer holidays as was initially proposed. I will continue to keep you all updated.

I would like to thank you all for taking the time to complete the communication surveys. The findings were in alignment with mine and the leadership team. Since September, I have been reviewing the communication systems and processes in the Federation and wanted your input before making any changes. A letter will follow with an update and we are confident that you will be happy with the result.

As you all know, we outsourced our catering in January. We are in constant communication with the contractor to ensure that they deliver on what was promised. We have seen an uplift, however there are many things that need to be improved upon. There will be a parents taster session and or meeting soon about school dinners. I will update you when I have more details and dates.

The Y4’s enjoyed bringing their learning to life with a visit to the British Museum on Friday. They couldn’t believe that they could see the artefacts that they had been studying in real life and I am so grateful to the parents who helped and the teachers for organising.

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of celebrating Mass at St. Matthews Catholic Church with my family. It was a wonderful Mass and Fr Celestine’ homily reverberated the need to have faith in challenging times. The choir sang beautifully and it was joy to see some of our children attending with their families and contributing to the service.  Thank you to the whole Church Community for being so welcoming. My family and I are looking forward to worshipping with you in the near future.

We hope you all have a fantastic week,

Mrs Ashley and the St Joseph’s Team.