Hearing your child readJanuary 10th 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, ...
AttendanceJanuary 5th 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:
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Summer Fayre 2018January 1st 2018
We are looking forward to this year's Summer Fayre which will be held on Friday 8th June.
As always this event has a lovely feeling of community. Attractions in the past have included a bouncy castle, face painting, Year 6 stalls, raffles and tombolas as well as performances from some of our after-school clubs. We are always looking for helpers so if you can help on the day to take part on a stall, or help to set up and clear away, we would appreciate your time.
Watch this space for more details!
After School ClubsJanuary 1st 2018
Our After School Clubs at St. Joseph's range from sports activities to art and languages. To see what activities are on offer, please view our timetable below:
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS SPRING 2018
Our school family – parents and teachers working togetherJanuary 1st 2018
Every year we hold an AGM (Annual General Meeting) where parents and staff come together to thank the existing PTA and to welcome new members. Everyone is welcome so feel free to come along and be part of our PTA. We still need more helping hands on the PTA so please consider joining, even if you can only give a few hours of your time. The PTA is an important part of our school and helps to enrich your child's school experience. Please see our Q&A below to answer some questions you may have about the AGM.
What is an AGM
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Parents’ EveningJanuary 1st 2018
We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Parents' Evening on Tuesday March 20th and Thursday 22nd March. A working partnership between parents and the school ensures the children have the best education we can offer. In the meantime, please click on the link below to read our 10 tips for getting the most out of parents' evening:
Adverse weather conditionsDecember 11th 2017
As the weather turns cold, here is a reminder of emergency school closure procedure: If we have to close the school due to poor weather I will inform Heart FM 102.3, (although it can take some time for this information to be broadcast), emailing and texting parents on ParentMail and via Dorset County Council’s Dorsetforyou website where the information will be displayed under ‘Winter Weather’ - closed services - closed schools. The decision to close the school is never an easy one to make but I always try to make the decision as early in the day as is possible. Let’s hope we do not need to use this procedure this winter.
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St Joseph’s Art ClubNovember 16th 2017
At St Joseph’s we have Art Club every week on Monday and Thursday after school. Each week Daniella helps us learn about one type of art. This may be drawing, painting, watercolours or pastels. We also look at different types of artists including Monet, Van Gogh and modern art. Edward says “she has helped me with my passion for art and she helps the other children learn how to draw and paint. I look forward to going each week and learning new skills.” Edward hopes you enjoy looking at their artwork.
Year 6 pupils delighted with new books thanks to Christchurch RotaryNovember 5th 2017
Year 6 pupils at St Joseph's were delighted to receive bundles of brand new books thanks to a kind donation of £250 from Christchurch Rotary. The donation was spent buying new books for Year 6 which were hand-picked by the pupils themselves.
Many thanks to the Christchurch Rotary Club for their support of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.
Pictured is the President of Christchurch Rotary, David Hancock, Deputy Head Teacher Mr Curran and former Year 6 class teacher Mrs Dunn with Year 6 pupils.
We did it – we earned the Gold!October 20th 2017
We are delighted to announce that St Joseph's has achieved the Gold School Games Mark award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2016/17!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
We look ...