Last week, our school choir gave their first two performances of the Christmas season. On Saturday, at the School/Parish Christmas Fair, they sang in the Parish Centre for delighted parents, families and parishioners. On Thursday, they visited Merton Place Nursing Home, where they brought Christmas cheer to all the residents and staff. In previous years, we have visited with a choir numbering around 10-12 pupils, however, thanks to Miss Copp and Mrs Davila, the choir has become very popular. This year, 37 pupils went to Merton Place!
They have four performances remaining. Next week, they will be singing in Weatherspoons, in Colwyn Bay and in the final week of term, they will perform in the Bayview Shopping Centre, at the Old Convent of Mercy and at our school Carol Service.
If you haven’t heard them yet, please come and join us at our Carol Service on Wednesday 19th December at 6pm.
What an incredible day!
Everyone who came along to spend money at our Christmas Fair - thank you.
All the children who worked so hard in preparing items to sell on their class stalls - thank you.
Every member of staff who planned, organised and worked so hard - thank you.
Father Christmas - thank you.
Martin, with his music and winter wonderland - thank you.
‘Brightlights’ - thank you.
School Choir - thank you.
Parishioners, young and old - thank you.
And finally, to the best PTA in the UK - thank you.
You are all heroes.
Mr J Wilkinson
There seems to be an awful lot of interesting things going on, in school, at the moment, and we’ve not even reached the Christmas rush, yet!
Reception class have been up in Pwllycrochan Woods in search of ‘The Gruffalo’, whilst Year 1 have been to Llandudno Library looking for Alice in Wonderland.
Year 5 have been learning to play rugby with Wales International and Colwyn Bay 1st team coach, Rachel Taylor. A team of Year 5/6 pupils, then, competed in a local Tag Rugby Tournament.
Year 6 returned from 3 days of outdoor adventure in Nant BH and went to visit the WWII Museum in Llandudno. We received an email from the museum praising the pupils on their manners, behaviour and enthusiasm for learning.
Years 5 and 6 have been swimming every day this week and will be doing the same again next week. There has been a mixed response to this new Conwy initiative, from tired pupils, staff and parents!
The school choir have been getting ready to sing in local nursing homes, down in the town centre and at our Carol Service. They’ll need plenty of space as choir is proving very popular, this year.
Mini-Vinnies and the new school GIFT team are up and running and planning how to put faith into action in making a difference in school and in the wider community.
Finally, Year 5 and 6 pupils have been taking part in drumming workshops with local musician, Carol Thomas. They will be leading the ‘Colwyn Bay Christmas Parade’ on Friday 30th November, which will end with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.
All this and we haven’t even mentioned the preparations for our biggest ever Christmas Fair!
Today, in our afternoon assembly, we observed a minute’s silence.
We prayed for all people, in the past and today, affected by war.
One hundred years since the ‘war to end all wars’, we thought about all who have suffered and those who continue to suffer, because of conflicts, across the globe.
Thank you to all who contributed to our poppy display.
Early indications suggest a further 4% cut to our school budget in April 2019. This means we will need to further reduce spending by £32,000 per year, following significant cuts, last year.
One way in which you can help is by joining our 200 Club which, at present, requires a donation of £1 per month. Numbers are entered into a draw and the money raised each month is divided between the school and the winner. For £1 a month you could have a chance of winning a prize and help the school at the same time.
The 200 Club is open to anyone, parents, grandparents and friends of the school.
An application form is available from the school office.
As cuts to funding continue, we are more and more appreciative of the vital contributions made by our army of school volunteers. It’s only when you start trying to count them, that you realise how lucky we are......
To all those who give to St Joseph’s, thank you - your contributions are invaluable.
If you would like to volunteer, or feel you may be able to contribute in some way, please contact a member of the staff, PTA or governors.
On Friday, thanks to our dedicated PTA members, the Parish Centre was open all day, providing tea, coffee and delicious cakes. In total, we raised £446 for MacMillan Cancer Care. Throughout the day, we were busy with parishioners, parents, grandparents, school staff and pupils generating a wonderful community buzz. As well as tasty refreshments, visitors were also impressed with the children’s work on display and it was great to see the whole community coming together in a busy Parish Centre. Many thanks to all those who visited or made cakes and a massive thank you to the PTA members who organised, promoted and hosted this event.
The ‘icing on the cake’ was another well-attended Parent Sharing Assembly, where a packed hall came together to celebrate the work the children have been doing in their latest ‘Come and See’, Religious Education Topic. On display were confident readers, lovely singers, great actors and some super ICT work.
Days like this make us extremely proud to play a small part in the St Joseph’s school/parish community.
On Friday (28th September) we will be holding our first Parent Sharing Assembly of the year. This will be combined with the MacMillan Coffee Day in the Parish Centre, where older pupils will be assisting with the catering.
We would like to use this opportunity to promote the use of our new School Uniform Shop. There is a wide range of uniform available, all in excellent condition. We are determined that our Catholic school leads the way in reducing waste and the unnecessary purchase of new school uniform is one major way in which we can play our part in protecting God’s wonderful world. Obviously, we can all save some money too! If, as we hope, the shop becomes a popular choice for parents, we plan to expand the range available to include pumps, wellies and, later, maybe books and other items.
This is a REALLY important initiative and we would greatly appreciate your support. Why pay £10 for an item when you can get it for £1?
As we start another new school year, we welcome Miss Copp, our new Deputy Headteacher. Miss Copp will be teaching Year 5 and is taking over responsibility for leading Religious Education. We are sure she will settle very quickly and bring lots of innovative and exciting ideas to our school.
It was a fun start for children on our playgrounds, thanks to our hardworking PTA. In collaboration with the School Council, the PTA have purchased over £800 worth of new equipment for the yards. This includes, giant games, den building, seating, balls, racquet game sets and much more.
If you are able to spare some time, please come along to our PTA meeting. Also, if you or your child(ren) have ideas about how the PTA could raise or spend money, please let us know.
Thank you to all who have contributed to making St Joseph’s a better place in which we can all ‘Grow in Love’.