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Tuesday 9th September 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back! It has been lovely to see the children return to school  and to meet so many of you in the playground.

Last Friday you should have received an outline calendar for the school year. There will be trips and other educational events and activities organised as the year progresses – it isn’t possible to put everything into the diary at this stage – but we thought it would be useful to have some key dates. Please bear in mind that, due to the nature of school life, we sometimes have to change dates or times but we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible of any changes.

New Members of the St Joseph’s Family

We welcome to our teaching team Mrs Brown in Year 3 and two new TAs, Mrs Allan and Mrs Butterworth. Our new cook is Mrs Wendy Judd and our new catering assistant is Mrs Brenda Pearson. We also welcome new children into our Nursery and into other classes in the school. They are all welcome to St Joseph’s and we hope their time here will be very happy.

New Uniform

The children look very smart in their school jumpers with our new school logo on them and I know that many of you have put in orders in the last few days. We have tried to keep the uniform as simple as possible to keep the cost down for parents but we do want every child to wear the school jumper. Other plain navy jumpers/cardigans are no longer acceptable. We are disappointed that our new school tie has not arrived from the suppliers yet but we hope they will be with us shortly.

School Dinners

Please remember that a hot school dinner is now available entirely free of charge for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. A hot dinner can be ordered for children in Years 3-6 at a cost of £2 per day. Our catering is now being managed by the team at BGN School and we are delighted with the response of the children (and teachers!) to the dishes they have tasted so far. Please look out for further information and menus.


The playground markings have been paid for by the money raised by the PTA. The fundraising events which they organise are vital to our school as they help us to afford some of these important improvements around the school. Please keep an eye on PTA events being organised and come along to support them. Even better, if you could come along and help to organise something. Mrs Rayner in Reception and Mrs Fran Jenkins are the key ladies to speak to if you feel you could lend us some time in this respect.

Please note that our Friday Family Assemblies will be held at the new time of 2.30 p.m. from Friday 12th September. All are welcome!

I look forward to seeing many of you at these assemblies and around the school but please remember that I am always happy to discuss any concerns or ideas that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

Yours sincerely

Clare Smith











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