AttendanceMay 1st 2018
At St Joseph’s we take attendance very seriously and we expect every child to reach at least 95%, which is the national average. We are determined to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to achieve success and have an excellent record of attendance. Good school attendance improves a young person's chance at success in life.
If your child is late:
The school doors open at 8.45am and all children should be in class by 8.55am in time for register. If your child is late please report to the school office to sign them in so they can be marked in the class register.
Reporting an absence:
Please make sure that you telephone ...
Hearing your child readApril 30th 2018
It is so important that parents support their children by hearing them read on a near daily basis. Children can only make progress in reading with such support. When hearing your child read, try the following approach:
* Before beginning, go through the book, look at any illustrations and discuss what might happen in the story. Say tricky words that children will have to read, e.g. “Look at that big tortoise in the picture”. This will help children later.
* Whilst reading, if your child gets stuck, try these methods:
Sound out words phonetically: c-a-t = cat,
sh-o-t = shot, h-oo-d = hood, l-ou-d = loud,
r-ou-n-d = round, p-r-ou-d = proud;
Use the pictures as prompts for tricky words;
Encourage your child to read in context, ...
Royal Wedding Celebrations at St Joseph’sApril 25th 2018
On Friday 18th May, we will be joining in the spirit of national celebration for the Royal Wedding by holding our own Party Day at St Joseph’s.
We invite all our children to come dressed in red, white and/or blue. The children will be enjoying a range of art and craft activities throughout the day, along with learning about our rich heritage, British Values and some of our national traditions. At lunchtime, we hope to hold a street party so we are inviting you to join us with your picnic lunch from 12 noon to 1pm if the weather allows us. Picnic rugs and deck chairs ...
Sponsored BounceMarch 20th 2018
Today the children enjoyed taking part in our PTA Sponsored Bounce! Thank you to everyone who sent in their forms and sponsor money. We are still collecting sponsor money so please send in to the School Office in a sealed envelope marked 'sponsored bounce'. Thank you to all the adults who came to help count the bounces!
We look forward to announcing the total figure raised after Easter.
Parental SurveyMarch 19th 2018
Thank you to everyone who returned their comments in our Parental Survey. One hundred replies were received and the main suggestions that are workable have been added to our school improvement plan.
Please see our summary of results here: Parent survey 2018 Feedback
Hot School MealsMarch 19th 2018
At St Joseph’s our hot school meals are provided by Chartwells. All ordering is done online via their website – follow the links below to see the current menu and register your child. This is our current Summer 2018 menu: (click the picture for a larger view)
Summer Hot Menu 2018
Click here to register and order meals online
Click here to see the current menu online
Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals you need to indicate when registering. Before you can go on and order meals for your ...
Curriculum Enrichment Week – Superhero Day – Tuesday 6th MarchMarch 3rd 2018
We are now holding our Superhero dress up day for the children on Tuesday 6th March. As part of our Curriculum Enrichment Week we are inviting the children to come into school dressed as a superhero. This can be an everyday hero such as a policeman, nurse etc. or a superhero of their choice.
This may include an outfit they may already have eg. Superman, Spiderman or a made-up hero such as wearing green clothes and coming as 'Captain Green' or an apron and a wooden spoon and coming as 'Super Chef'! This might reflect an interest of theirs - maybe they are a Brownie or a Cub and they can come in their uniform - or whatever is easier for you. ...
Able mathematicians at Mudeford JuniorsFebruary 23rd 2018
This week some of our younger able mathematicians visited Mudeford Juniors to take part in a Christchurch schools Maths event with six other schools. Finley, Hollie and James had a fun morning solving problems in a timed number chase (they came joint 1st!); found highest and lowest scores with dice; worked out tricky triangle problems; played with Tantrix and pentominoes; and other mathematical and number activities, all of which had rules which they had to follow.
Our children certainly rose to the challenges set and were very competitive. Finley commented: ‘It was fun working as a team and learning that maths can be used in lots of different ways to solve problems. We had a great time.’
School UniformJanuary 30th 2018
All children are requested to wear the school uniform, a decision made in consultation with parents. Apart from the school tie, sweatshirts and jumpers most of the uniform can be bought at any supermarket or department store. QDOS, our school uniform supplier, is able to provide items with the school logo, including the jumper/cardigan, and girls' summer dresses.
Contact details for Mrs Medcraft at QDOS are 01202 434233 or 07971 309826 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Downloadable order form 2018-2019: Uniform order form 2018-2019
BOYS: School sweatshirt / navy jumper;Grey trousers (long or short); Grey socks; Black/brown/blue shoes (not trainers)
Key stage 1 (Reception – Year 2): ...
ParentMail – school communications with parentsJanuary 10th 2018
Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.
St Joseph's uses ParentMail, which is beneficial to you because you can:
- Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.
- Pay for school trips, fundraisers, and school items in just a few taps.
- Give consent for trips, clubs and activities at school.
Registering with ParentMail is very easy! The school sends out a user registration to your given email address and then you are connected! Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with ...