A big thank you to our PFA who organised our amazing Christmas Fayre and to all staff who ran stalls. We are also grateful to parents/carers and family members who came to support the event this year. It was an amazing Christmas spectacular, which was kick started by our wonderful Choir singing our favourite Carols.
During the magical evening our school was transformed into a winter wonderland with festive food, Christmas crafts, funfair rides and even SNOW!
Year 3 and 4 Swimming Gala
This month the Year 3 and 4 children participated in the heat rounds of the swimming gala. It was a fantastic event filled with lots of excitement. The children gave their all in their races and we are very proud of everyone who took part. For more information, view our May 2016 newsletter.
SATS Celebrations Begin
Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils, staff and parents for completing all their SAT tests. We can now breathe a huge sigh of relief as we have got to the end of the week and the papers have been sent off for marking. Thanks also to Fr Pat, who kept the children in mind at the staff mass on Friday in our School Chapel. A big thank you also to Sam, our school cook, who prepared extra breakfasts for Year 6 each morning this week to ensure our children had plenty of energy to help them tackle these challenging tests. Many of you will have read in the papers about how difficult the SAT tests were proving to adults who attempted them! The children coped remarkably well under pressure and as a special treat they have been taken to the cinema today to watch The Jungle Book. We wish them a relaxing weekend and a chance for them (and you!) to recharge their batteries!
Year 4 School Journey – The Gordon Brown Environment Centre
It has been a busy day for Year 4 today. We boarded a coach and set off first thing this morning on our school journey. We had a fun-filled coach trip filled with lots of laughter and chatting until we arrived at our destination – The Gordon Brown Environment Centre. Visit our Year 4 page for more information.
Year 5 Trip to The British Museum – Our Children Are Fabulous
On Tuesday 15th March our Year 5 children went on a trip to The British Museum. The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip and were fantastic on their way there and back. Here is what a member of public had to say:
“I just wanted to write because I think I was sat next to a group of your pupils on the tube this morning on the Northern line (getting off at Tottenham Court Road) and if so they were a credit to your school. They were all excellently behaved, and well organised by the teachers, and were obviously very engaged – a group of them were having a lively debate with the male teacher about the In/Out referendum. It provoked conversation once they’d got off among people in our carriage as to both their good behaviour and their interesting ideas”.
This month we welcomed the Arsenal in the community team to St Joseph’s. We were very lucky and excited for this opportunity as they brought the FA cup and Community Shield in along with them!
All children were invited to wear their football kits and lots of teams were represented; from Arsenal to Tottenham, Manchester United to Sheffield Wednesday just to name a few!
The children had the chance to have a class photo with the trophies and Adam from Arsenal shared some interesting facts about the trophies’ history.
A Safer Internet Day program was held at the school on Tuesday 2nd February .
Message from Frank Griffiths Parent Governor
Parents were able to attend a half-hour lesson in their child’s classroom on e-safety. Afterwards, the school’s E-team gave an interactive e-safety presentation to an assembly of students and parents, giving us a quiz on how to be safe on the Internet and about what to do in cases of online bullying.
I was particularly impressed by the E-team’s maturity in engaging students and encouraging parents to voice some of their concerns about the Internet. They did all of this when the spotlight was quite literally on them: A TV crew from Discovery Education was filming the assembly for an upcoming program.
An Islington Council official was also in attendance. Katy Potts, the council’s Primary ICT and E-Safety Lead for Schools, said she was quite impressed with the school’s computing program and that St. Joseph’s is a model for ICT not only in Islington and London, but throughout the country.
The Discovery crew also filmed some of the classes, including lessons about how a green screen works and robotics. All in all, it was quite an impressive morning.
The video is now available below:
For further information, you can check the Twitter feeds below. Under that is a link to Discovery Education Espresso, a digital resource available to the school and parents.
Thanks and best regards,