It was pleasing to see so many families at our recent parents’ evenings. We will be writing to those who did not manage to come so that an appointment can be made for you to see your child’s teacher. This will be an important opportunity for you to discuss progress and target setting for this year.
We were also pleased to receive your opinions about our school through the questionnaires which you completed. We are currently looking at your responses and will inform you of the results shortly.
‘Operation Christmas Child’ is a campaign run through the UK charity Samaritan’s Purse. The aim of the campaign is to show generosity and compassion for children who do not have the things we take for granted. These may be children who do not know that they are loved, or do not have the food, home and toys which we are lucky enough to have. Schools up and down the country wrap shoe boxes and fill them with small simple gifts such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, pens, pencils, toys or games, and they are sent to needy children around the world, including those suffering in war zones. They are given as a sign of solidarity with those children, regardless of background and religion.
Here at St Joseph’s we are very keen to support those who are less fortunate than ourselves and so we are asking each class of children to fill two shoe boxes, one for a girl and one for a boy. We would be very grateful for your support with our participation in this project.
Different classes will fill boxes for different age groups:
Nursery, Reception and Year 1 – gifts for children aged 2-4 years.
Years two, three and four – gifts for children aged 5-9 years.
Years five and six – gifts for children aged 10-14
We would be very grateful if you and your family could think about one or two small items which you might be able to donate for your class boxes. If we receive more items than we need then we will fill some extra boxes and these too will be sent.
Please send in your donations during the first week back after half term: that is week commencing Monday 3rd November.
We will also hold a cake sale in order to raise the money which we also need to send off to the charity to help towards transportation costs. The cake sale will take place on Thursday 6th November and cakes will cost 25p each, so you may wish to give your child a little money to spend on that day. Donations of cakes will also be warmly welcomed.
Many thanks indeed for supporting this project. If you would like any further details about the work of the charity please visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.