As the Catholic Church’s ‘Year of St Joseph’ draws to a close, our school celebrated with a special day of work, rounded off with a wonderful collective worship. Throughout the day children had been learning about the importance of St Joseph, as the protector of Mary and Baby Jesus. There was church building, prayer writing, craft making and lots of fantastic art work to show. Several staff commented on the joy they felt at seeing and hearing the children’s contributions. (In fact, during the afternoon worship, we had to explain that sometimes adults cry because they are so happy!)
We learnt about the way that St Joseph looked after Jesus and Mary and today we said goodbye to two people who have looked after everyone in St Joseph’s for quite a long time. Both Mrs Graham and Mrs Chan served their last school dinners, today. Mrs Graham has worked in St Joseph’s for 23 years and has probably served more than 300,000 dinners in that time. We said thank you to both staff today, with flowers, cards, gifts and by finishing everything on our plates!
Thank you to all our children, Mrs Graham and Mrs Chan, for making us smile and cry.
Friday afternoon’s assembly focussed on Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount’. We talked about how his guidance, for his disciples then, has been truly followed by our children this week.
It began on Monday in odd socks supporting National Anti-Bullying Week. In classes we learnt to celebrate difference, say NO to bullying and treat everyone with respect and kindness.
By Friday, we were dressed in yellow and raising money for those less fortunate than ourselves. In support of BBC Children in Need, we raised more than £350. This included donations from those who attended Friday morning coffee, where some beautiful Year 5 and 6 Religious Education work was on display to parents.
Thank you to children, parents and staff for their contributions to a week of kindness, where we have all ‘Grown in Love’.
So, firstly apologies that the website has been rather neglected lately. I’m not really sure why, but it’s time to get things moving.
This week has been the first time since March 2020 that the main focus, for me as head, hasn’t been CoVID. This feels great!
We’ve returned to REAL assemblies. The PTA are back in action. We’ve had workshops from outside agencies. We’re planning exciting things for Christmas. But most importantly, there’s fantastic things happening in every classroom. It is such a shame that everyone cannot see daily school in action but such a privilege (for me) to be able to go from class to class and see the learning experiences taking place. Photos on social media give a taste of what is going on but they can never convey the full picture.
Behind our locked gates, it feels like some of the darkness of CoVID is finally lifting and the hard work of staff, the smiles of pupils and the support of parents reminds me how privileged I am to lead this school.
Mr J Wilkinson