Huge THANK YOU to our wonderful families for the support in our collection for St Joseph’s Community Connect Food-bank. Yesterday we felt the Christmas Spirit alive in our school. Such kindness and generosity ❤️ Diolch also to our wonderful PTA for helping to organise the morning so efficiently. #growinlove
Today, the children all came in their own clothes and have been completing a wide range of activities related to ‘BBC Children in Need’. At this worrying time, for many families, we stressed that donations were optional. However, when we counted the money we still raised over £300. We were told that ome children were donating their own birthday or pocket money. Thank you all so much.
Last night, we were given a timely reminder that there are many needy children living in our own town. After a church request to support a local mother and baby, we have been inundated with clothes, food, bottles and nappies. St Joseph’s is a special community. This response prompted us to think. Surely, with so many eager to help others, there is no reason for any family to be left wanting for essential items this winter? So, we are going to request that if anyone needs something, they private message school. We will then put the request out to our followers and see what happens.
Together, we can make things better for everyone. Grow in Love.
Usually, at this time of year, we are celebrating our Year 6 leavers with a special mass and an assembly. It has not been possible, this year, which is very sad for them, their families and us.
However, we have made a couple of videos to share with you and a special edition of the 'Grow in Love News'. We hope you enjoy them and that you will join us in wishing them all the best as they begin the next stage of their life journey.
Please click below to view Issue 9 of the Childrens' Newsletter compiled by Miss Copp.
We decided it was best that no gifts were sent to or from school, this year. We hoped kind words would be enough.....
It has been another good week in school. It seems children (and staff) quite like teaching and learning in classes of six! Thank you to all children, parents and staff for working together to make it work.
It’s not too late to come and join us, if you haven’t been in already. Just give us a call or send a message.
Finally, huge thanks to the PTA for their donation of £5,000 towards our ICT purchase. We will be receiving 30 new Chromebooks and 40 iPads early in Autumn Term.
Please click below to view Issue 8 of the Childrens' Newsletter compiled by Miss Copp.
I am sure you are all eager to know what will be happening in September. We expect there to be an announcement from Kirsty Williams/Welsh Government this week.
Currently, we do not know……..
As soon as we know more, we will let you know.
However, there a few details we CAN confirm.
Many thanks for your ongoing support. I hope we soon have some clarity about September and we will be able to return to normal education.
Mr J Wilkinson
This week, we welcomed back many pupils and it was fantastic to see smiles on the faces of pupils, parents and staff. The hard work of all staff to prepare a safe, happy environment, combined the the cooperation of parents and pupils meant that the week was problem-free.
In class (and at home) children worked on some basic skills, ‘Come and See’ and Wellbeing activities. In between the showers, we also spent time playing and exercising outdoors.
Every morning we held assembly on Teams with each class once again able to say ‘We are here to Grow in Love together’.
We also tried to connect school and home learning. (This is what WG are calling ‘blended learning’) Staff are becoming increasingly adept at using the available hardware and software to maximise learning provision in both settings. In some classes children at home joined in school story time, teachers taught groups at home on Teams and made short videos to teach essential skills. This sort of provision will be refined and developed over the coming weeks, possibly months. We will be trying hard to increase the quality and quantity of learning experiences particularly for those children unable to come to school.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to such a great week. It has been emotional. Hopefully, we will see you all (either in person or on the screen) next week.