Welcome to St Joseph’s
17th July 2020
Not the end of year that any of us wanted but I have so many people to thank. First of all, our wonderful staff who have worked so hard and been so tremendously supportive, embracing extreme change very positively. Thank you to every one of them – I could not have got through this without them all. Thank you to Father John who has always been available for me as a listening ear and has provided much wise counsel. Also, to other governors, particularly Angela Podmore, our Chair of the Governing Body, who has advised and listened and been there for us. Thank you to parents who have given us so much support and wonderful feedback. Staff have received so many messages of gratitude and encouragement and this has lifted their spirits.
I have deliberately left our AMAZING PUPILS until last because I have so much to say about them! We have been fortunate to have had approximately quarter of the children back in school and have communicated with every one of those who have remained at home. Either face to face or virtually, we have witnessed so many examples of hard work, creativity, resilience, empathy, support, positivity, care, laughter and joy. I am not surprised! Our children are superstars and we can learn a lot from them. Thank you!
We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils in these extraordinary circumstances. It has not been the farewell that any of us would have wanted. You have been a truly special group of excellent role models for the younger pupils, always willing to give your time and skills to help others. Thank you! When it is safe to do so, we shall invite our Year 6 pupils back to school for a special reunion.
We look forward to welcoming children from new families to the school who will be joining us in Reception and other year groups in September. Also, of course, those children who have been making the daily journey to school with their siblings for the last four years!
When we return, children will be back together with their friends in their classes. Things will be a little different but, for the children, these differences during the school day will be minimal. Please be as positive as possible about the return to school in September as we know that children often feed off our anxieties. We look forward to welcoming everyone back.
Please find below our end of the school year assembly.
Wishing you a safe and happy summer with your families.
About the School
We aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment where all learning activities and structured play encourage the full development of essential skills, read more
Find out how we work with children with regard to Keys Stages, Foundation to Year 6 read more
Each class collaborated to create their own unique Poppy which has been displayed on the school gates to share with the wider community.