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  • AttendanceFebruary 4th 2020

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    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 ...

  • Raise money for St Joseph’s PTA while you shop!January 30th 2020

    Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School PTA - Christchurch with easyfundraising? There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds. All you need to do is: 1. Go to and join for free. 2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and ...

  • PTA Race Night 2020January 30th 2020

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    We are delighted to announce that our PTA Race Night this year will be held on Thursday 2nd April. This popular PTA fundraiser is always a fantastic night full of fun, food and drink. Letters and flyers will be coming out shortly with details of how to buy a ticket. How it works: The idea of the race night is horse races played on a screen, we have a tote where bets are placed (picked from our programme).  Winners collect their cash! You also have the opportunity to buy your own horse and if it wins you automatically win a cash prize. You can buy up to 3 horses. (You can buy a ...

  • PTA Summer Fayre 2020January 28th 2020

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    We are delighted to announce that our Summer Fayre will be held on Friday 5th June, 4-7pm. Organised by our school PTA this is always a lovely community event with stalls, a bouncy castle and obstacle course, food, drink, ice cream and lots of entertainment. Last year we had Dorset Police, the RNLI and CAFOD attending and we hope to be welcoming them back again this year. Our Year 6 will be creating their own stalls again and the Year 5 Sports Ambassadors will be arranging sporting events for everyone to try. We also launched our very first Bake Off last year which was a great success and we hope that even more bakers will ...

  • Hearing your child readJanuary 23rd 2020

    Hearing Your Child Read
    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, ...

  • Letter-join handwriting schemeJanuary 23rd 2020

      At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are very proud of our pupils’ handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined-up handwriting style. This is progressive throughout the school and covers the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes. Aims We aim for our pupils to develop a neat, legible, speedy handwriting style using continuous cursive letters that leads to producing letters and words automatically in ...

  • New parking bannerJanuary 9th 2020

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    Look out for our brand new banner which will help to keep our children safe while parking. **HFE Signs have supported our School with a FREE Printed Banner!**

  • Hot School MealsJanuary 3rd 2020

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    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 Winter menu: (click the picture for a larger view) 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 child however Chartwells will have to verify the ...

  • Cool MilkJanuary 2nd 2020

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    Our school milk scheme Did you know our school has a school milk scheme?  By registering your child for our school milk scheme theywill receive a 189ml (third of a pint) carton of semi-skimmed milk every day. This is delivered fresh and chilled to their classroom every day. “How much does it cost?” Thanks to government subsidies, school milk is free for all under-fives and is subsided at around £15 a term for children aged five or older. “Why should I register my child?” School milk provides your child with essential nutrients such as calcium and protein, for strong, healthy teeth and bones. It is also rehydrating ...

  • School UniformJanuary 1st 2020

    St Joseph's School Uniform
    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 Downloadable order form 2019-2020: School Uniform Order Form 2019-2020 Parents should ensure that children adhere strictly to school uniform policy. NB. shoes, not trainers, should be worn in school. ...