We wish you all a very pleasant summer break.
Please note that Monday September 1st and Tuesday September 2nd are INSET days and school will not be open to children. However, the office will be open on Tuesday 2nd September between the hours of 9.00 and 12.00 noon for the collection of new uniform.
This year has been particularly busy and also very fruitful and we have concluded the year on a very positive note.
The Year 6 Leavers’ Mass was very moving yesterday and Mrs Marsh and the children organised the occasion with their characteristic energy and imagination. The singing by the class at the end of mass as we watched the PowerPoint of all their work and activities was just great and they conducted themselves with great dignity and poise.
I was very proud of the behaviour of all the children during Mass and several visitors commented on the reverence and prayerfulness of the children.
Sports Day was hugely successful and we are all grateful to Mrs Thompson for her organisation of this and to the team of young leaders who came from BGN to support us. The weather was wonderful and the team spirit amongst the children superb.
On another note, the paperwork for Academy conversion has been signed now and on 1st August we should become the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company with Blessed George Napier Secondary School and Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Chipping Norton. Although this is all a bit of a mouthful, we will still be called St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and are very proud of our new logo which children have designed.
We also anticipate that the children will look much smarter in September and that a greater emphasis on smart uniform will strengthen their sense of belonging to our school. It is so important that the children feel a strong sense of pride in their appearance and in their work.
We wish the Year 6 pupils every happiness and success as they move to their secondary schools. Although we will miss them we know that exciting futures lie before them. The SATs results were excellent this year with 90% of the children achieving Level 4+ in Maths and 86% achieving Level 4+ in Reading. Full results will be published on the website but congratulations to Year 6 for all their hard work and dedication. Also thanks to Mrs Marsh, Miss Maycock, Mrs MacFarlane and Mrs Cronin who have given so selflessly of their time and efforts to help the children realise their full potential.
We are also saying goodbye to members of staff this July. Mrs Turner has left the school and Mrs Jones, who has been teaching Year 3 since March, is also now leaving after working tirelessly with the children in that class. Mrs Sabatowski, one of our much loved and respected TAs, is also leaving us to return to a former post and we shall miss her greatly. Our two ladies in the kitchen Mrs Sue Buckle and Mrs Julie Burton have decided to spend more time with new grandchildren and in other work.
Mrs Sally Neville, who has been SENCO here for four years and has given tremendous support to many of you and your children is retiring this month after many years in teaching. She has been a has been a wonderful teacher and colleague and a great support to me in my first year in primary education. We wish her good health and happiness in retirement.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and restful summer holiday. Let’s hope for some sunshine! We look forward to welcoming you all back to St Joseph’s in September. All children in Year Reception to Year 6 will return on Wednesday 3rd September. A separate letter has gone to the parents of Nursery children.
28th June 2014
A huge thank you to everyone who donated prizes, baked cakes, organised stalls, made tea, cooked burgers, sold raffle tickets, performed in the talent show, organised and performed in the karate display , assembled and disassembled gazebos, washed up, cleared up …………. and all the other jobs which helped the Summer Fête to be such a success. Thank you too to all those who came and supported us by spending their money! It was great to have such a super turnout despite the showers of rain and wonderful to come together as a combined parish and school community.
We have had a very exciting fortnight here at St Joseph’s.
Come Dine with Us Our Year 6 class worked for a week in collaboration with catering students from Bicester and Banbury College to learn about ingredients and where they come from and to draw up the menu for a three course meal. They then went shopping, did the food preparation and served the meal to specially-invited guests, all of whom have helped our school during this year. They included representatives from the parish, the local authority, the governing body and the school catering staff, and people who have given generously of their time to help pupils in our school by working with individual readers, supporting booster groups, supporting families and painting our classrooms. We were very pleased to be able to thank them by inviting them to ‘Come Dine with Us’! They were all very impressed with the beautifully-set tables and the attentive service which was received. The food was delicious too. Well done indeed and thank you to year 6 and to our college colleagues.
Sports Achievement This week our year 4 children won a rounders tournament held at Blessed George Napier School! Well done to them. Mrs Evans, their teacher awarded them a whole-class Golden Book Certificate for their excellent teamwork and sportsmanship and for being great ambassadors for St Joseph’s.
Marvellous Mathematicians Four children from year 5 attended a Maths Challenge Day at BGN, alongside children from fourteen other local schools. They absolutely loved the experience and acquitted themselves very well indeed coming in the top six.
Year 6 went camping! Year 6 set off enthusiastically on Wednesday morning to Horley to set up camp and enjoy activities such as orienteering and archery. A great time was had by all, and some even managed a little sleep! Huge thanks are due to Mrs Marsh, Mr Lewis, Miss Maycock and Miss Dunleavy without whom the trip would not have been possible. We are looking forward to seeing everyone rested and recovered on Monday morning!
School mission Statement The mission of our Catholic school is to provide the highest quality of education. Through the example and teachings of Jesus we celebrate our friendship with God and help each other to follow in His way. We work hard using our God given talents for the good of other people and to achieve our best. In our school community we show respect to every person. Together with our families, our parish and our local community we seek to create a safe, happy school and become confident caring citizens.