I am delighted to announce the final totals for our school/parish efforts to raise funds to support Play Therapy in our school. This has been a massive collective effort involving pupils, parents, family, friends, parishioners and the wider community. (The figures below do not include further sums raised by Garth Butcher’s Crosswalk Snowdon)
On behalf of each child and family, who will receive vital support as a result of your generosity, thank you.
Mr J Wilkinson
Today, Key Stage 2 celebrated mass, for Mary, in the month of May. It was beautiful and provided an opportunity to reflect on many of the changes we have made, in order to further develop children’s experience and understanding of mass. Compared to the ‘not too distant past’, there were several striking contrasts.
Firstly, the quality of the music and singing has greatly improved. For this, huge thanks to Mrs Davila and Miss Copp.
Secondly, the Gospel included a ‘drama’ to watch, as well as words to listen to, meaning that the children reflected more on the Word. For this, thanks to Fr Frank, the children involved and Miss Copp.
Next, the addition of the screen and Power Point has meant that everyone is responding, praying and singing, together. For this, thank you to Mrs Bell and Fr Frank.
Finally, the children’s understanding of what is happening during the mass and their increased enjoyment is clear to see. For this, thank you to Fr Frank and the quality teaching, by staff, in our Come and See lessons.
As a school, we look forward to going to church.
On Friday, the weather was perfect, as the whole school participated in a Sponsored Run and a range of sporting activities. In the morning, Nursery and Reception ran more than 50 miles, played games and did Morris Dancing with Penrhyn Stars. In the afternoon, we were joined by Colwyn Bay Cricket, Football and Rugby Clubs, Eirias Hockey Club, MW Sports and The Immortals Thai Boxing Club. Years 1-6, had a number of taster sessions and also completed their sponsored run. Year 6 ran the furthest, with 45 miles, as you’d expect but Year 3 were the stars, as they were second, with 40 miles, having also been swimming in the morning! Thanks to a donation from Tatws Trading and the work of our PTA, all children were provided with extra energy from fruit kebabs and smoothies. Parents were also provided with, less healthy, extra energy from tea, coffee and fabulous cakes. We are still counting the money collected but we already know that the children had a great day. Thank you to all the providers for this event. If your child enjoyed one or more of the activities, please encourage them to join these local clubs.
A MASSIVE well done, to ALL our Nursery and Reception children for such a wonderful Easter Show. It was incredible to see such young children, showing off their talents with huge smiles on their faces. St Joseph’s is very proud of each and every one of you!
Thank you, as always to parents, grandparents and others who provided costumes. Thank you to the fantastic Early Years staff who work so hard to establish the nurturing environment in which our children can flourish. Finally, thank you to the many people, connected to our school/parish community who have shared so many kind words and congratulations, following the publication of our latest ESTYN Report.
It was a S.P.E.C.I.A.L day.
As you are all aware, school spending, this year, will be significantly reduced. However, thanks to the generosity of our parents, and the success of our events over the past year, the PTA are able to offer each class £250 to be spent on resources and/or activities.
The PTA hope the class teachers, and pupils, enjoy deciding how to spend this money and look forward to finding out how each class have benefitted from the donation.
Thank you to our wonderful PTA and all our families and friends who have contributed to events throughout the year. Your support is greatly appreciated by all staff and pupils.
This week, Year 5 did something different and they were helped by some visitors. Here’s the story, in their own words......
‘Today in Year 5 we have had a great morning working with Mrs Cross (Isabelle’s Nana). She has been telling us all about Felting (She is very talented at this!)
We made 2D planets on a felted background. Between the class we made the 8 major planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The wool was different textures and the needle was very easy to break . Mrs Cross brought in lots of her felted products for us to see.
We had such a fun morning and have enjoyed learning this new art skill. We would like to say a huge thank you also to Miss Jonas (Maegan’s Mum) for helping us.
Year 5 xxx’
If you, or a member of your family, have a particular skill/hobby/interest or would just like to get involved in supporting pupil learning experiences, please get in touch.
Last night, over 100 people attended our Music Bingo night, to raise funds for our school Playtherapist. We have a long list of people to thank.
Firstly, thank you to Leanne and June for organising such a successful event.
Thank you to Martin, who hosted the evening’s entertainment.
Thank you to Spillane and Co., who paid for the refreshments.
Thank you to Janet, for ticket sales.
Thank you to all who contributed raffle prizes.
Finally, thank you to all the staff, pupils, parents, parishioners and friends of St Joseph’s who attended the event.
In total, we raised over £1200. Added, to the existing total, this means we have raised almost £3000, so far and we still have our Children’s Sponsored Run to come, in a couple of weeks.
If you haven’t donated yet, the link is below.
As a school, we are currently completing ‘The Nurturing Schools Programme’ which is administered by Nurture UK. It is a whole school approach to wellbeing, based on the six principles of nurture, below.
In order to become a ‘Nurturing School’, we will need to provide evidence against a wide range of standards. These standards relate to provision for, and relationships with, pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.
For pupils, a key element, will be the use of a developmental assessment tool called the Boxall Profile. This is used to identify social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. It then provides a wide range of activities and interventions to address the identified needs.
We strongly believe that the programme will help us to further develop systems and relationships to deliver on our mission statement to ‘Grow in Love’.
The extract below is from the Nurture UK website where further information can be found.
It’s been a very red day in St Joseph’s, today. We raised over £230 for Comic Relief, as children dressed in red and enjoyed a range of activities.
Each class were given the chance to decide a fun activity, in which they would like to take part.
We think everyone had a good time whilst raising money for those in great need.
Thank you to all parents, pupils and staff for contributing to another happy day in St Joseph’s.