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Week 12 (15.06.2020)

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe, that as I type this, there are many of you that I have not seen for twelve weeks. None of us imagined that we could enter the summer term in this way and none of us realised what an impact this virus could have on the whole world. We are missing you all a great deal and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Last week, we increased our numbers of children who are coming in to school and although things are very different than they were in March, the sounds of laughter and enjoyment coming from the playgrounds brings a smile to all of our faces. Schools with children are much happier places.

This week, we welcome our Year 6 pupils back to school. The parents who indicated that they would like their child to return to school have all received phone calls and emails to explain the new routines and safety measures that we have in place. We are very much looking forward to seeing them, and you, again.

All staff are involved in the risk assessments each week and this is to ensure that we are doing our very best during these very unusual times. Thank you for your continued support.

Our plans for the school, continue to develop and we are very excited about the improvements that will be in place for September. Our new library furniture has been delayed due to the pandemic, as the warehouse closed and the fitters cannot currently travel to begin the work. This should all have been resolved by September.

One of our Year 6 classrooms has been decorated in the last month and it is now being turned in to an art room for September. We all can not wait to see the work that will be created and seeing the children learning new skills whilst having fun next year.

You will remember, that last summer we had work completed at the rear of the school. At the end of this month, the scaffolding will be erected again, but this time to complete the work at the front of the school. This means that the decking around our key stage one classrooms will be removed and a new flooring will be put down after the work has been completed.

The new EYFS and KS1 playground plans have begun. We are working with contractors to ensure that this work is completed for September. It is certainly an exciting time to be part of St Joseph's family and this will have a big impact on the learning environment for our children next year.

In addition to the physical improvements, we are planning on relaunching our breakfast club in the autumn term. This will start at an earlier time to help parents and carers and we are also aiming for this to be free for parents. Watch this space for more information.

I have included the assembly for this week below. Please click on the image and it will take you to a separate page for the online powerpoint.

Below, I have attached the daily prayers and the learning projects for this week. We are continuing to be amazed by the work being completed at home. We are very proud of our pupils.

This is one example that I shared on Twitter.

If you have twitter, please follow us on: @StJosephsSE8

We hope that you all continue to stay safe. 

Thinking of you all

Best Wishes

Nicola Doherty (Headteacher)