Plenty going on today, from the Year 3 literacy I can hear from my office (great work Mrs Smith!) to the building taking shape outside. We have contractors present working on the new building we have had delivered, preparing windows, doors, interiors and staircases, as well as the blockwork rising from the ground as the gym extension takes shape. The benefits of the classroom changes we made over the summer, changing textiles and MFL, has also made a real difference for both rooms. With our Chair of Governors and Deputy Chair in yesterday in their all important weekly oversight meeting, and marketing plans set fair for the year to come, it is great to have such support here at St Joseph’s. 

Tomorrow we have a visit from Mr Paul Easterbrook, Headmaster of Hatherop Castle School, who will be here as part of our membership of the ISA. Do say hello if you meet him, we are very proud to be able to show all we are doing here at St Joseph’s.

Welcome back all.

October 31st, 2016 | Posted by Oliver Scott in Headteacher Blog | News - (0 Comments)

Welcome back to all pupils after what I hope was a relaxing break. The clocks have now gone back, and the benefit this morning was a truly beautiful start to the day. As the evenings draw in, please do take care on the journey home. We are sure the new lighting on the AstroTurf will come into its own at this time of year, and all look forward to seeing it in action. The new temporary classrooms are on site, although not yet operational. Work will continue this weekend as we add windows, a dividing wall, and work towards completing the interior and exterior of the spacious rooms. Never a dull moment, and such a positive feeling around the school as I take the chance to see what is happening in many classrooms. And, to top it all off, we have school photographs today. 

An early start to the arrival of the new temporary classrooms. They will be quite a change to the school, and we will keep you informed of progress!

Last day, beautiful October morning. Commendation assembly for the Senior School in the hall to get off on the right note, and lots of children ready for a very well deserved break. Thank you to them all for a lovely half term.

Great to start the week with such a positive tone: Mrs Macaulay speaking to the Senior School in assembly about the importance of perseverance and how we learn invaluable lessons from our ‘failures’, while Mr Matthews’ Junior School assembly focused on friendships and how important respect is in our daily lives. Following on this theme, I answered the knock on the door during lesson one to be confronted by a charming group of Year 8 girls armed with their iPads and wanting a few words on what friendships meant, and what makes a good friend. Part of a lovely project for their year group assembly, so I have Miss Hemmingway to  thank for that, though it will be but one small part of a bigger film project, showing just how adept the children have become with their technology. Never a dull moment: next up, marketing meeting!