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.
On Friday, we celebrated World Book Day. Many children (and staff) dressed as their favourite book character and in lessons, there was lots of talk about books and developing a love of reading.
In Friday’s Assembly, we announced the winners of Miss Copp’s ‘Get Caught Reading’ Competition, which involved children being photographed in unusual places. There was a fantastic variety of entries which are displayed in our hall. Below are the winners.
Mrs Beagan, our volunteer librarian, also ran a competition for children to guess in which book her scarecrow character featured. Below, are the winners.
It was another happy day and great to celebrate our love of reading, together. Hopefully, everyone will be sitting down, over the weekend, with a book, instead of turning on the TV/XBox/PS4 or staring at our phones!
Thank you to all staff, pupils and parents who shared their experiences of school with our ESTYN Inspection team, last week. A special word of thanks to the PTA who provided staff with a special hamper on Friday. Your support is greatly appreciated by all members of staff.
The inspectors wished to express their heartfelt gratitude to the children, who were happy to discuss their work and learning experiences.
The Inspection Report, on our school, will be published in April.
Today, we celebrated a busy week’s learning with another packed Parent Sharing Assembly. Many family members joined us to see and hear about a wide range of activities and topics that have enthused and engaged our pupils.
We began with a performance of ‘Sing it in the Valleys’ from our choir. This was followed by a range of activities, on Santes Dwynwen, in response to ‘Stori Dwynwen’. Year 6 told the story in Welsh and showed pictures of Dwynwen. Year 2 added speech bubbles to the story in English and acted them out. Year 5 told the story in comic strip format. Year 3 described the characters, in English and Welsh. Year 1 showed love spoons which they had decorated. Finally, Reception class sang a Welsh song ‘Dwynwen yn y cwch’.
Next, Year 4 showed their work modelling and describing the organs in the human body and then the HeartStart club showed how to respond on finding a person who is unconscious.
Finally, we heard about the latest developments in Prayer Club, before celebrating our weekly award winners.
Thank you to all who contributed and attended. We love Friday Sharing Assembly.
Our GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) team have started working towards their mission in school. Yesterday, they once again visited our youngest pupils, in Nursery. They taught them a new way to remember how to make the Sign of the Cross.
‘From my head to my heart, from my shoulder to my shoulder, I love you Jesus, Amen.’
GIFT team members then helped the children decorate colourful crosses. Congratulations to our wonderful GIFT team and thank you to Miss Copp for bringing such a lovely idea to our school.
Also, this week, they have started Prayer Clubs for children in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. They have been teaching the children about exciting new ways to pray.
Their next big assignment will be to assist the children in Year 3 with their preparation classes for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Keep up the good work, team.
As you are aware, school budgets are being further reduced and the Governing Body are searching for ways to save money with minimal impact on pupils’ learning experiences.
This term, as part of our attempts to reduce photocopying costs, we have introduced the use of email communication for letters etc. Of course, there are likely to be some teething troubles but we thank parents for their support with this initiative. We hope, in the long run, that this will not only save money but will actually improve the effectiveness and reliability of our communication with parents.
If you have not already registered with ParentPay, please do so and provide your email address for communication purposes.
On behalf of all the staff, thank you for all your cards and generous Christmas gifts. Also, thank you for supporting our PTA Christmas fundraising activities. The disco raised £330, the concerts £160 and the Princess Dress Raffle £130. Your support is always greatly appreciated.
We wish you all a Happy and Holy Christmas time. Please come and join us in church to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Mass Times
Children’s Nativity Mass Rehearsal - 24th Dec (9am)
Children’s Nativity Mass - 24th Dec (5pm)
Carols and Midnight Mass - 24th Dec (11.30pm)
Christmas Day Mass - 25th Dec (10am)
If you, or someone you know, needs food over the Christmas period, please contact school via twitter private message.
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!