Happy New Year. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and may I extend my thanks to children, parents and friends for cards, gifts and good wishes.
I would also like to thank you for attending the Infant Nativity play, ‘Away In A Manger’ and the Junior Carol Service . I am, as always, very proud of the children. I would like to thank the staff who give so much of their time and in particular, Mrs Dale and her team for their enthusiasm and energy.
This year’s fayre was a delight with a wide array of goods to buy and activities for the children. I would like to thank the PTA for the tremendous work that they do and commend them for raising a total on the day of £1400. My thanks go in particular to Mrs Scholefield and the team. It was a great afternoon and lots of fun.
Rotary Toy Collection
Santa collected toys for distribution and sent a letter of thanks to the children for their generosity. It is displayed on our community board at the top of the Y1 staircase. There will also be pictures on the school web site of the visit.
A New Roof!
I would like to extend my thanks to The Kent Catholic Schools Partnership for securing funding in excess of £120 000 for a brand new roof. In addition to the new roof which has been brought up to European environmental standards, KCSP arranged for the school to be painted and for the restoration of St Joseph at the front of the school. Although it has caused some inconvenience, it has been well worth it and we are very lucky to have been the recipients of this great gift.
The next Parents Forum will take place on February 2nd with items for the agenda by 26th January please.
There will be a non-uniform day on the12th of February for The St Vincent De Paul Society based at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. This organisation supports a variety of families and elderly parishioners in the community in a number of practical ways. Please bring £1 on that day or whatever you can afford.
As usual during Lent, we will also be collecting for CAFOD, with each class coming up with its own ideas for fund raising.
There will be two Parent Consultation sessions on Tuesday 9th February and Wednesday 10th of February. They will follow the same model as in previous years which seemed to suit a lot of parents. The two sessions allow for time slots of 15 minutes instead of 10 as in November’s consultations. There will also be opportunities for book scrutiny and for you to comment on what you observed.
Tuesday 9th February: The school will close at 1.30 for all children, with appointments beginning at 1.45. Again the After School club will run as usual. For parents who have difficulty collecting children at this time, supervision will be arranged until the end of the school day, but we must know numbers by Friday 6th February.
Wednesday 10th February:
The school will close at the usual time with appointments beginning at 3.30 and going through to 7.50.
The After School Club will run as usual
Children are not expected to attend consultation sessions. Should there be any difficulties, I am happy to supervise school age children on the chairs outside the hall.
Appointment times can be booked from Tuesday 2nd February in the playground; through the office or via the homework diary. Appointment times cannot be guaranteed through the latter two methods, but we will do our utmost to accommodate preferences. Parents who cannot attend on those dates should make other arrangements at a time convenient to the class teacher. Children with SEN support, as defined by the new SEND Code and arrangements, will be contacted by the class teacher to arrange a longer appointment. Written reports will follow on the 6th of March.
Football coaching with Mr. Jones.
Sessions will resume on Friday 8th January at a cost of £4 per week, payable in advance. Please sign and return the slip with your payment as soon as possible if your child would like to attend.
Lunchtime Speech lessons will begin again on 15th January. The fee for each 10-week term is £40.
If you would like your child to join these classes, please complete the attached form and return it to the school office with your payment.
Mrs. Boonzaier will be continuing her guitar lessons on Tuesday lunchtimes for children from Y3 upwards. The lessons commence on January 5th for 6 weeks and the cost, payable in advance, is £24 per pupil. There will be 3 groups, one for beginners, one for improvers and one for advanced players.
If you wish your child to participate, please complete and return the attached form, together with your payment of £24 for the sessions. Cheques should be made payable to Mrs. H. Boonzaier. Your child will be placed on the guitar register as soon as payment has been received. We were treated to a wonderful Music Assembly on the 18th of December by our musicians.
If you have a child who was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 you need to apply for a school place now. The closing date for applications on line, which is strongly recommended, is Friday 15th January. Paper applications must be returned directly to the Admissions Team on the same date. The latter should be sent to admissions directly not to the school. We advise paper applications be sent by recorded delivery to ensure you have proof of your application. If you are applying to St Joseph’s a supplementary form and priest’s form is also required, as well as original baptism and birth certificates. Please return these to the school office, no later than on Friday 15th January. Submissions later than this date will be treated as ‘late’ and will only be considered when all other children are placed.
Please ensure that all children are supervised at the start and end of the school day in the playground, particularly siblings. Scooters and cycles are not allowed in the playground and dogs should not be brought into school grounds even if they are carried.
Chewing gum is not allowed in school.
Winter Uniform for girls consists of:-
Brown tunic or skirt, cream/white blouse, school tie, royal blue cardigan or grey trousers and a white shirt.
Grey duffle coat preferred, if not, plain dark coat.
Shoes should be black or brown and without heels.
Winter uniform for boys consists of:-
Grey trousers, white long sleeved shirt, school tie and royal blue v-neck jumper.
Plain dark coat if possible.
Shoes should be black or brown.
Where possible, I would like children to use a school rucksack or school bag. These can be purchased from the school office. If not, a plain black bag of similar size with no logos.
It is important that shirts and ties are worn appropriately and with pride. Please ensure that all items of uniform are clearly named. All shoulder length hair MUST be tied back with navy, brown or royal blue bands.
For safety reasons, no jewellery may be worn (other than a plain wrist watch). Children with pierced ears may wear a maximum of one pair of studs only. During the winter months, it may the case that some parents wish to send children to school in boots or wellingtons. Indoor shoes should then be provided to change into for use around the school. We ask for your vigilance in all matters of uniform please.
There is a second hand uniform shop available in school. Please contact the school office for more information.
Although optional, the wearing of the school blue track suit for winter weather for all children is highly recommended. Can I also remind you that all earrings must be removed for PE for reasons of Health and Safety and that staff are not permitted to remove them? P.E. is not an optional part of the curriculum. All children are expected to take part unless a relevant note specifying a medical reason has been provided. Children not having suitable attire will be provided with kit from the second hand shop whenever possible. ‘Repeat offenders’ will have notes sent home. As girls’ brown P.E shorts are being discontinued, both boys and girls will be asked to buy black shorts in future. If your child has brown shorts already, please continue to use them.
Can we begin the New Year with some parking resolutions? Please park with consideration for fellow drivers and most importantly for the safety of children. Under no circumstances park in the middle of the road to drop or collect children; I shall be having ‘words’ with those who do this in the first instance and then taking very strong action in the second! There will also be spot checks from the traffic police in Terms 3 and 4. Can we also be considerate of our neighbours’ garages and adhere to the voluntary one way system.
No Nut Policy- a reminder
Exposure to nuts is the most common cause of death due to anaphylaxis. Reactions to nuts can be triggered through skin contact and inhalation of tiny dust particles. This is rarely the case for other common food allergies, as the smallest amount required to trigger a reaction is one hundred times smaller for nuts than any for other common food allergens. Reactions to nuts especially peanuts are generally more severe that reactions to other foods. As we have several children and staff who have extreme, indeed life threatening, reactions to peanut and nut products, including pine nut products, there is no nut policy in school for safeguarding reasons. This has been in operation since September 2014.
As a school community, we have a duty of care to all pupils and staff. As well as working with health agencies to draw up individual care plans for children to deal with issues should they occur, taking preventative measures are equally important. Reviewing school policy and practice is an intrinsic part of minimising risk and I believe this decision is the best way forward at this point and involves investment from the whole school community to be effective. The school asks that parents do not send in any high-risk nut containing foods in packed lunches such as nut spreads, nutty chocolate spread, cereal bars which obviously contain nuts, or packets of nuts. This does not include foods which are labelled as ‘may contain nut traces’. School caterers will always make provision for children with any food allergies.If this policy has an adverse effect on any child in the school e.g. if they are vegan or vegetarian, please contact me via the school office and we will try to come to an equitable solution so that no one is disadvantaged. This policy is in line with many schools and indeed businesses, such as airlines. I appreciate your co-operation in this matter
Should we be affected by severe weather the school will endeavour to open as long as the safety of children is not in question. Should closure be necessary, the following will happen:
SCHOOL CLUBS REMINDERS FOR JANUARY
ICT CLUB will not continue in Term 3.
This is a new club which is open to Years 3, 4 and 5 and will take place on Tuesday’s from 3.30 – 4.15 pm beginning on Tuesday 12th January. If your child would like to attend, please complete the attached form and return to the school office.
This will continue during Term 3, beginning on Tuesday 12th January.
CARING CLUB – Will continue on Wednesday lunchtimes during Term 3.
This will not continue in Term 3 due to poor light and weather conditions.
The new Dance Club will begin for Years 3 – 6 on Wednesday 13th January from 3.30 – 4.30 pm. If you are unsure whether your child has signed up, or would like to sign up, please call or email the office..
One last thing……………………….. I saw a documentary on how ships were put together. It was riveting!
Mrs L Briggs
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
Mrs Vicki O'Halloran
Mrs Kay Millership
Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell