Live Daily PrayerMarch 25th 2020
The diocese are offering the children an opportunity to join virtually for prayer each day. At 10.15 each day of the week, they will be streaming live from the Cathedral a 10 minute praying together session that schools and families at home can join in with.
Each week there will be a hymn that we can all join in with together. This can be accessed on the Cathedral website https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php
Year 5 Leeson House Residential Trip – cancelledMarch 23rd 2020
Due to the current circumstances, regretfully the residential trip to Leeson House will not be going ahead this year.
Payments will be refunded in full. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01202 485976.
Letter from the HeadteacherMarch 20th 2020
Please see the attached letter from the Headteacher with advice for working with your child at home during the school closures.
Letter from the Headteacher
Activity at Home Challenges during school closureMarch 19th 2020
Over the weeks ahead it will important for all children to keep fit and active.
Please see document below from our School Games Organiser, Dan Moody, with ideas and suggestions on how children can remain physically active when at home.
Activity at Home Challenges
Important – update about school closuresMarch 19th 2020
Please find attached a letter from our Headteacher with further information about school closures.
Letter for parents update on school closure
Coronavirus update for parents 18th MarchMarch 18th 2020
We have prepared work for the children, should the decision be made that the school should shut. However, if you are self-isolating as a family, but your children are well enough, they should be completing some age appropriate work.
Please see our letter for parents below with access to home learning resources.
Coronavirus update - letter to parents
Coronavirus update for parents 17th MarchMarch 17th 2020
Following the most recent government announcement, we continue to follow advice from Public Health England and the DfE in relation to the on-going and rapidly changing Coronavirus crisis. Please see our letter for parents below with latest information regarding self-isolation and the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus update - letter to parents
Coronavirus update for parentsMarch 12th 2020
Please see our letter for parents with latest information regarding the Coronavirus.
Update on Coronavirus for parents
The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff and parents can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687;
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
AttendanceFebruary 4th 2020
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 readJanuary 23rd 2020
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, ...