March 23, 2019

Newsletter No 3 Monday 6th November 2017

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to what will be a very busy 7 weeks! Winter is well on its way so please make sure your children are wrapped up well. As we enter the period of Advent the “Well” will be open every Friday morning for parents to come in for some quiet reflection time.


Sponsor Money: We are now collecting in sponsor money so please send it in as soon as possible. Please place the money in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and class.



Mother Teresa Catholic Academy Trust: Dr McCafferty (Chair of Directors) wrote to all parents last academic year to inform you that other schools would be joining the academy trust. Bishop Philip and the Diocesan trustees have recently reviewed this policy and have decided to call a halt to the academies programme. As a result, no schools will be joining the trust in the short term. We will of course keep you updated if there are any future changes.


Early Drop off: There are a number of pupils that are being dropped off early in the morning. There is no supervision in school before 8.30am and if pupils come early they must attend breakfast club where they can be suitably supervised. This is for the children’s safety. If they attend breakfast club they need to buy something to eat and drink. Your understanding is appreciated.



Early Years Phonics Presentation: Tuesday 14th November at 3.20pm.


Year 1 Maths Morning: Thursday 9th November 9.15am – 12.15pm.


Flu Nasal Vaccine Year R, 1,2,3 and 4 Thursday 30th November:


Inset Day: Friday 1st December:


Target Setting Evenings:

We are very pleased to say that 96% of parents attended parents target setting evenings. This is a reflection on how supportive you are of your children’s learning. Thank you for all your support it makes our job much easier.


FOSJ Movie Night: Thursday 23rd November.


FOSJ: Christmas Panto: 4th December Year R,1,2,3 and 4. 9.00am – 11.00am in school.


SCHOOL Trust AGM Wednesday 6th December: Parents are invited to the Trust’s Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm.


Vacancies – Lunchtime Supervisors:

If you are interested in becoming a lunchtime supervisor, please come to the office to collect an application pack.


Vacancies – Day Nursery:

We are currently recruiting staff in our nursery if you are interested please contact the school office.


Advent Liturgies:

Please make a note of the dates and times so that you can attend. As we did two years ago each liturgy will finish with a short period of adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The liturgies last approximately 35 minutes if you have to work around other commitments. We would like as many parents as possible to come and worship with us, it makes it so much more meaningful for the children.


Remembrance Poppies:

These are on sale now at the school. Our school council will be selling them each day for the children to purchase. We suggest a minimum of 20p. The area outside St Benedict’s will be the focal point for our celebrations this year. We have our memorial crosses displayed so if you would like to say a prayer for a lost one then please feel free to do so. Our Flag will be flying at half-mast until 13th November as a mark of respect.


Admission for Reception places September 2018: County application forms are now available online and school Supplementary information forms are available to collect from the school. Both forms are required to be completed for a place at St Joseph’s School. The closing date for applications is Monday 15th January 2018.





Yours sincerely







Bill James                                                                               Deirdre McNeill

Headteacher                                                                            Deputy Headteacher









Advent Liturgies

Infant Liturgy – Thursday 30th November 9.00am

Year 3 & 4 Liturgy – Thursday 7th December 9.00am

Year 5 & 6 Liturgy – Thursday 14th December 9.00am

Year 5 & 6 Christmas Disco

Thursday 14th December 4.00pm- 6.00pm

Carol Concert

Tuesday 19th December – St Joseph’s Church 6.00-7.00pm

School Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 20th December – more information to follow


Dates for Infant Christmas Performances

Monday 11th December (1.30pm) Year R, Year 1 & Year 2 Afternoon Performance

Tuesday 12th December (6.00pm) Year 1 & Year 2 Evening Performance

Wednesday 13th December (6.00pm) Year R Evening Performance


Sports Day


Friday 25th May – Aldershot Military Stadium