3rd November 2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was great to welcome the children back to school on Monday, seeing them so happy to be back in school and focused on their learning has warmed us all during this colder weather.

On Wednesday, we celebrated Mass together for All Saints Day. It was our first mass at school and the children showed reverence as Fr Luke led the mass wonderfully, educating us all along the way. Ask your child what they learnt in the mass. I know me and the teachers learnt lots of interesting facts. A special thank you to the team who helped make the mass successful, especially the Y6 children who served and those who created their own bidding prayers too! Peter is really proving himself as one of our Prayer Leaders, ringing the bell in service for the first time. Well done!

It’s been an exciting week for our KS1 classes as they spent their first week being back in 2-form entry. The new Y1 and Y2 classes have done so well and settled in so quickly.

I really enjoyed spending fruit time in Y1 and reading the children a story with rhyming couplets. I also got an apple for my efforts- thank you children!

This week a relaxation therapist started at our school. They will be working with children on Tuesdays and we are very excited to have this offering at our school. Relaxation therapy is proven to help children improve their focus and concentration, managing and identifying their emotions as well as many other benefits. If you’re interested in doing some relaxation activities as a family, here is a link to a child friendly guide with 12 techniques.

Due to the weather, the PTA Fireworks events has been rescheduled until Wednesday 8th November. We are looking forward to seeing you all then.

In times of challenge and difficulty, it is important to remember our school motto ‘Together we can, with Christ by our side.’ It’s a reminder that we need each other and Christ to endure and succeed. Our motto speaks truth about positivity, our Christian beliefs and the strength of our unique school community. On this note, I will share a message with you all from Ava Fuller’s family:

 “We feel very privileged to be a part of such a wonderful and loving school community. The support, thoughtfulness and generosity shown to Ava, and to our family, has been truly overwhelming. We want to thank the wonderful teachers, parents and the kind and creative children for the cards, messages and gifts. Although there is a long road of treatment ahead of us, Ava is receiving the best possible care from our NHS. Your continued prayers, best wishes and support is a great source of comfort and strength to us.” The Fuller Family

Please keep Mrs Tope, Teddy and the whole family in your prayers and keep praying for healing for Ava.

We hope you and your family wrap up, stay warm and have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Ashley and the St. Joseph’s Team