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March Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

World Book Day 7th March  

We will be celebrating World Book on the 7th March,  a couple of days after everyone else, as we are hosting visiting author Jane Clarke for the day.  The theme for the day is traditional stories and rhymes.  If you are able dress up as one of your favourite characters, that would be lovely.


Fr Philip has asked us to continue supporting the children of the Gambia by donating pens, pencils and paper at school through Ed Aid.  There is a box in church or alternatively bring them to school and we will pass them on.    There will also be an Easter raffle on behalf of CAFOD and a collection box in every classroom where hopefully each year group will come up with some ideas for fundraising.

Cross Country

The Thanet Primary Schools Cross Country Event was held at Quex Park on Saturday 27th February. 9 pupils from St. Joseph’s competed along with over 1000 other children to complete the 1km or 1.5km track. All of the St. Joseph’s children did exceptionally well and all completed the full distance in great times.

A special congratulations to Natalia Austin who won the Year 4 Girls Race with a time of 4.20 and also to Lola Sutton who won the Year 5 Girls Race with a time of 6.02.

All of the children received a medal and the two winners also were awarded a winners medal each.

Competitors: Sophia White, Saskia Howard, Lewis Champion, Oliver Jones, Alex Biju, Natalia Austin, Yuri Bottone, William Ling, Lola Sutton.


6 swimmers from Years 5 and 6 travelled to the Medway Park Sports Centre in Gillingham to participate in 50m races in all 4 strokes as part of the Kent Primary Schools Swimming championships 2016.  For a small school, we were very proud to enter 6 out of a possible 8 races with Toby Cook in Year 6 being placed first in his 50m Butterfly event after an outstanding and hotly contested race.  Impressing all with their sang froid in front of a capacity crowd, our  boys and girls squads performed brilliantly under pressure with three of the girls achieving a personal best in their individual races.

For a small school, we are proud to have such a wealth of sporting enthusiasm and talent demonstrating the true St. Joseph’s spirit of gamesmanship and team spirit.  Well done everyone involved.

New web site         www.st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk

We have a new web site which is easy to navigate and has all of the school news and views.  We are establishing a learning zone with links to sites which you might want to access to support your child’s leaning.  As you are probably aware all children currently have individual passwords for both the Purple Mash site and Active Learning link.  Passwords were given at the Parents Evenings in February.

No Nuts!

As we have a ‘No Nuts’ Policy in school, if you are sending in treats to be shared for birthdays etc, can you ensure that they don’t contain nuts.  Thank you for your co-operation in this.


We are inviting our Kent counsellor to visit St Joseph’s so that she can see at first hand the difficulties experienced by parents and residents at peak times.  Mr Waddingham is working with the School Council to get up a petition to establish a one way system along Crawford Road; organise signage and portable bollards to discourage parking on zig zag lines and the corners of Crawford Road coming in from St Peters Park Road and also to try to have a speed monitoring sign outside the main entrance on St Peters Park Road.  The Parents Forum is also helping with the project.  I am grateful to Oliver’s grandma, and school governor, Mrs Dark, for providing us with contact details and a way forward.

After School Club

This continues to be very successful, but unfortunately children are ‘turning up’ without being booked in.   Unexpectedly high numbers can result in additional staff being needed and we must have notice in order to make appropriate provision. Sessions must be booked and paid for in advance (preferably, at least the evening before).  Obviously provision will be made in case of emergencies, but letters will be sent out for parents who do not observe the rules.


Our Y6 children will be taking part in an exciting adventure weekend from March 18th March – 21st  March.  It is a wonderful experience for them and I know they will enjoy it.  Mr Pavelin, Mrs Bugsell, Mr Beech and Mrs Lintern will be accompanying them on the trip.


Most clubs have resumed for Term 4. Sadly Netball will not continue as only one child signed up to take part.

Many clubs will continue and some new ones be offered in Terms 5 and 6. More details to follow.

There will be a new Tennis Club running on Thursdays after school – details have been emailed to you separately.  Places are limited to 10 so if your child is interested, please return your form and payment by 21st March.


We are collecting the new Tesco and Sainsbury vouchers, please continue to support if you can.

Thank you for your continued support.

Easter Break

Just a reminder that the school closes for the Easter holidays on Thursday 24th March at 1.30. 

This is also the date for Y1 assembly and not on the 3rd of March as previously reported.  Apologies.

There will be no After School Club on that day.

School will resume on Monday 11th April for Term 5.

One more thing…

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

Linda Briggs

Head Teacher


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
CT10 2BA


Tel / Fax: 01843 861738
Email: office@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk


Kent Catholic Schools Partnership
Website: kcsp.org.uk
Telephone: 01622 232662

Executive Principal
Mr Chris Wright

Academy Principal
Mrs Kay Millership

Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell