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Dear Parents & Carers,


As we approach Holy Week and the culmination of the season of Lent in the great feast of Easter, I would like to thank the staff and pupils of Years 3 & 4 for telling and singing the Easter story so beautifully in the production this week.  I was particularly struck by the number of lines that our narrators had learned by heart and how confidently they delivered these and by the confidence of our soloists, Karol, Alisha and Paige in their roles as Judas and Peter. Our anchorman in the news studio, Alfred, was fabulously attired and perfectly cast and the joy of the resurrection was wonderfully captured by a beaming Scarlett in her role as Jesus – well done to all of them!


We have all had our heads down this term with only five weeks between the mid-term break and the Easter holidays, however we have found time for some fun! The children (and staff!) enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters on World Book Day, KS1 presented their curriculum assembly “A Century On..” and we held an “Odd Shoes Day” on Friday 13th to raise money for our Lenten charity.


The EYFS children enjoyed a wonderful day at Hatton Country World earlier this week, which you can read about in the newsletter, and I was very proud to hear how highly the staff there had praised the behavior of our children.


St Joseph’s School was also complimented by visiting staff from local schools who attended our Gifted and Talented Mathematicians Day this term. One visiting teacher told me three times what a lovely school it was and another asked if she could take photos of some of our art work because she thought it was of such a high quality. Those of you who have been in school this term will have seen the beautiful Stations of the Cross in the hall that Year 6 produced last year.


The artistic leaning of our children is also reflected in the really quite eggstraordinary artwork that was produced across the school in response to the egg art competition which Mrs Gill organised. We had egg minions and egg batmen and superheroes, we had beautiful egg gardens and little boxes of egg creatures and egg babies. Most astonishing of all was the Last Supper featuring Jesus and all 12 apostles made with polystyrene eggs and seated at a metre long table – wow!


Sadly we are saying goodbye to some much loved staff this term. Mrs Gibbs has moved on to a post in Further Education and Mrs Gibbins is leaving us too, to return to a former post. She will be greatly missed by us all – she has brought so much to the school. Mrs Turvey is also leaving us at Easter but I know that Nursery parents will be reassured to know that Mrs Rataj will continue to teach their children for the remainder of this year.


Next term we will be celebrating our Feast Day on 1st May and we will let you know about timings for Mass when we come back after Easter. Our Year 6 pupils will be sitting their SATs papers next term and Years 5 & 6 will also present their curriculum assembly on the Aztecs and Mayans on Wednesday 20th May.


We have included the times of the Easter Masses and Services in the parishes of St Joseph’s and St John’s and I would urge you please to observe Holy Week with your children and to experience the Easter story with them in the beautiful liturgy of the Triduum. On behalf of my colleagues and the Academy Committee members I would like to wish you all a happy and holy Easter.


Best wishes,

Clare Smith


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