Updated 27/3/20 at 10.45am
We have introduced the two step booking system below....
Step 1 - Email school on a Friday to indicate which days may be needed the following week
Step 2 - Each day (before 3pm) click the link below and complete the form to confirm any bookings
If numbers remain low, we may work with local schools to provide shared childcare provision on one site. We will keep all affected families informed.
Currently, applications for childcare are being managed centrally by Conwy. Prior to accessing our childcare, parents/guardians must complete the Conwy Application Form, below ......
Also, parents should also look at this Welsh Government information before accessing the service.
Playgroup will also be available for children of key workers who have no other option for childcare. For these children, we will be able to offer care from 8.55am to 3.15pm. Please contact school if you require this service.
Pupils entitled to Free School Meals can be provided with a packed lunch to be collected from school. Please contact school, if you wish to receive this service. We provided packed lunches for 12 pupils, today. It is likely that vouchers will be available in the near future for pupils eligible for Free School Meals.
Further information, on what is currently happening with Education in Wales, can be found by following the link below. We are told that this page will be regularly updated.
We will continue to keep you informed of any information relating to school and CoVID 19 on this website, twitter and via email.
We are closing down all areas of the building which are not required for the temporary childcare provision. Enhanced cleaning regimes will continue with particular focus on high contact areas.
Only a minimum number of essential workers will be entering the school buildings. We have revised access arrangements for pupils and have contact all affected parents directly. We will attempt to operate strict social-distancing and appropriate hand-washing procedures.
‘Home learning’ packs and an explanatory letter (via email) have been sent out for use while school is closed. (Please arrange for someone to collect your child’s pack if you are currently self-isolating) We will be developing and refining our ‘home learning’ provision, over the coming weeks, and we appreciate your support and patience during this period of change. At the moment, we expect these packs to start being used after the originally scheduled Easter holidays. We have been informed today that GWE are hard at work, on behalf of Welsh Government, to develop a coherent and equitable distance learning strategy for all pupils in North Wales. As soon as we know more, we WILL let you know.
We have started to make contact with families of children with Additional Learning Needs and those who are vulnerable.
If you have concerns, please contact us by phone, email or, out of hours, on Twitter.
We are trying very hard to provide you with information about an ever changing situation without causing further worry or confusion. Further information may be found in the letters section on this website.
Thank you for your support and cooperation, at this difficult time.
Mr J Wilkinson
Today, Years 1 and 5 were treated to a real ‘Space Adventure’. Thanks to Techniquest, Wrexham, they were able to study space in a purpose built Stardome, which was erected in the school hall. The children were very excited and learnt a lot.
In the afternoon, Year 5 pupils also completed a Space Workshop with Techniquest staff.
Many thanks to the PTA, who funded this extra-special learning experience. If you or your family/friends know of any similar, exciting activities which could be booked to further enhance our curriculum, please let us know.
On Friday, we held a special Parent Sharing Assembly, to introduce our new focus on ‘Learning Powers’. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and relatives who came to join us. The initiative is based on the GWE Shirley Clarke Project and is being coordinated by Miss Roberts and Miss Copp.
During the last week, each class has explored one of the ‘Learning Powers’ and, in Friday’s assembly, they explained all about how it could help them in school. They also created a superhero to represent the power and chose someone from their class to dress up. The powers explained were - ‘Don’t give up!’, ‘Be cooperative’, ‘Be curious’, ‘Have a go!’, ‘Use your imagination’, ‘Keep improving’ and ‘Enjoy learning’. These powers are vital skills which will assist pupils from Nursery right through to the workplace.
We have also adapted our ‘Disgybl yr Wythnos’ certificates, now called ‘Pwer Dysgu’, which will be awarded to pupils who demonstrate the effective use of learning powers each week. We hope to share more with you, as we further develop this project.
‘What an absolutely magical day we've had! The PTA and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Colwyn Bay would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support our Christmas Fair and enjoy what was on offer today.
We are so grateful to the many wonderful people who responded to our pleas for help - for the army of volunteers who arrived on Friday afternoon to help us set up, the fantastic team of stall holders that worked so hard today and especially those who stayed behind at the end to clear everything away. To everyone who donated items, made crafts and baked cakes - a sincere thank you!
Thank you to the Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn, Neil Bastow, for taking the time to attend and open our event!
We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Magic Light Productions for making a special appearance and entertaining our visitors!
Thank you also to the following businesses that made donations to our event, we rely heavily on sponsorship and are always humbled by how readily the local community supports our events.
Henllan Bakery, Hoff's Cakes, North Wales Calor Centre
And thank you to Girlguiding Cymru for providing craft activities.
The grand total and a list of winning raffle tickets will be published as soon as possible.
Once again, a huge thanks for your support and generosity!’
St Joseph’s PTA
This week, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 worked with Mr Arwel Williams from TechnoEd. Mr Williams has provided Design and Technology teaching and learning to St Joseph’s pupils for many, many years. We used to travel to Middle Lane, Denbigh, to access his fantastic projects. Since that location closed, Mr Williams has provided an invaluable ‘mobile’ service. His projects develop a wide range of vital skills and are always a highlight of the year, for our pupils.
Sadly, as budgets have been reduced, it has become harder and harder to provide some of these exciting extras. However, this year, the PTA agreed to pay for sessions, in each KS2 class, and for this, the staff and pupils are very thankful.
Each class completed a project which involved skills of design, measurement, cutting, joining, decoration and evaluation.
Mr Williams’ enthusiasm inspires both staff and pupils and we hope to welcome him to St Joseph’s again very soon.
Da iawn, Criw Cymraeg. Gwasanaeth ardderchog, heddiw.
Our Criw Cymraeg have been working really hard to promote the use of Welsh in and around school. Today, they took the lead in whole-school assembly, presenting lots of great reasons to speak Welsh and conducting a rousing rendition of ‘Mae hen wlad fy nhadau’. They have also been producing weekly videos to introduce ‘Brawddeg yr Wythnos’. Click below to see this week’s - ‘Beth wyt ti’n mwynhau wneud?’
If you want to further develop your Welsh, please see the Cymraeg Campus page on our website for useful links.
At the start of our special harvest mass, Fr Frank explained that harvest was a time when everything came together and was just right. That was certainly the case, at St Joseph’s on Thursday.
The church looked fantastic. Hard work from Fr Frank and his parish team has meant that the wonderful lighting highlights the sparkling metalwork and the renovated tabernacle. There’s not a spec of dust or a cobweb to be seen. Add to this, the tireless efforts of staff and children who decorated the church with bunting and their beautiful harvest display and you have the perfect setting for mass.
Then, came the singing and what can we say? Fluffy cauliflowers and samba vegetables left people dancing in the aisles with tears in their eyes. Our children are wonderful. Alongside the singing, we had Year 2 children reading for the first time. Many were nervous but they did a great job, in front of a packed church. During the offertory, our Mini-Vinnies Group also contributed, bringing food and warm clothing for local people in need.
At the end of the mass, I spoke to several parents who, still smiling, told me that it was the best school mass they had been to. I’ve been coming to them for nearly 20 years now, and I have to agree!
After mass, Year 1 took some of our harvest collection to a local Nursing home and Year 2 delivered to the Daffodil Centre - a perfect end to a perfect morning. As Fr Frank said, harvest is a time when everything comes together, when people’s collective hard work is rewarded - it was, today.
Mr J Wilkinson
Thank you to everyone who visited our MacMillan Coffee Morning, today. We raised over £300 to support MacMillan Nurses. Special thanks to the PTA members who prepared the Parish Centre, and served customers, throughout the day. Also, thank you to all parents, who provided cakes to sell. Finally, thanks to staff, who prepared lovely displays of pupils’ work.
However, it was the volunteers, from Years 5 and 6, whose eagerness and commitment, sparked the most interesting idea. They enjoyed serving and helping so much that they wondered whether they could do it every week. Would our parents support a weekly cafe, run by pupils? Something to think about! It would certainly provide some exciting learning opportunities!
Last week, I wrote to congratulate our wonderful pupils, as they started the school year with smiles on their faces. This week, I’d like to highlight the work of our wonderful staff.
As you all know, school budgets have been cut to the bone, over the last few years, and the result has seen an inevitable reduction in staffing levels. In order to maintain the quality of educational provision, this has meant that the reduced staff must work harder and smarter. Every minute, of every day, for every member of staff, must be maximised for the benefit of our pupils.
All staff have risen to this challenge. They have carefully considered our existing routines, developed new, innovative approaches and, most importantly of all, remained flexible to meet changing pressures and demands. It is not always easy, but everyone has rolled up their sleeves, pulled together and worked with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.
Despite the cuts, our children are learning, growing in love and smiling. As headteacher, I am deeply grateful for, and appreciative of, the dedication shown by each and every member of staff. Thank you for everything you do to make our school a special place.
Mr J Wilkinson