A Question of Trust
In this week's worship, we are pursuing the theme of trust. Thinking about a simplified version of the Parable of the Dishonest Steward (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C) we are asking children to consider the roles and responsibilities they are trusted with. I put the new House Captains to the test by trusting their faith in me too - do ask your children about the glass of water!
Learning the finer details of English grammar is not always easy, however, Year 6 have been finding different ways to make grammar fun and memorable. Today, the children were making human sentences to experiment with different word classes and vocabulary. They were able to manipulate the words to create grammatically correct sentences and explain each part of speech. The complexity of their discussions was mind-blowing! Do speak with your child to see what they have been learning about in their writing.
Where in the world?
We have an amazing set of explorers in Year 4! In Geography today, the children were focusing on developing their skill of using the index of an atlas to locate countries. They were carefully observing the shapes of continents and the positioning of our oceans to successfully find countries across the globe. It was amazing to hear the rich conversations these children were having as they compared the geography of one country to the next.
Best job in the world!
There are so many wonderful things about working in a school. Today was no exception... I came across this little moment in the Infant playground at lunchtime: Mrs Barrett with her ukulele and her adoring fans! With the sun shining and the children in such high spirits, it just seemed like the perfect moment for an impromptu ukulele singalong. Best job in the world!
From the Crossing Patrol...
As some of you are new to the school and the Zebra Crossing, please can you be aware of the following:
- Children please do not run up to the crossing and lollipop person without your parent. You are not allowed to cross without your parent (unless you have permission to walk home alone).
- Please listen to the lollipop person, they are there to keep you safe.
- Please do not cross the road until the lollipop person says it is safe to cross. Sometimes cars coming the other way do not stop, so we do not want anyone to get hurt. Definitely do not walk out onto the crossing with the lollipop person, just wait on the pavement, until you are called across.
- Parents please finish your conversations away from the Zebra crossing. If you talk by the crossing, cars will stop unnecessarily, which causes confusion.
- Please use the crossing. It might be quicker to cross elsewhere on the Aldershot Road, but near misses have been seen. It also does not set a good example to children, who might decide to follow your lead.
Thank you so much for your cooperation. Our job is to keep you safe!
Welcome Back Meeting
It was a real joy to spend time with so many of you last night, thank you for taking the time to attend and support the school. We are blessed to have you as the parents of our community! For those unable to attend, please find the main presentation slides and an audio file that will guide you through the big messages. For more information about what's going on in the curriculum this year, please visit your child's Google Classroom.
Our Spiritual Journals
Welcome to our Spiritual Journaling! The children have been reflecting on our theme of "Lost & Found" in a variety of ways this week: analysing Scripture, listening to music, looking at pictures and sharing life experiences. It has been truly inspirational to see and hear about each child's take on the Gospel and how they have created something personal to them. Please do ask your child about their Spiritual Journal and what they decided to create.
Lost & Found
In our worship this week we are exploring the theme, "Lost & Found" in preparation for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C). For younger children, retelling the parables of the Lost Sheep and Prodigal Son are important activities as they become familiar with these famous stories and talk about important objects they've lost and found. As children mature, they can discuss the theme of loss in abstract ways too: losing friendship, losing hope etc. Eventually, we want children to recognise that we can also be "lost" in the way we behave - choosing to turn away from God's love - and that Reconciliation is how we find our way back home again. You might enjoy looking through these assembly slides with your child tonight? - Do ask them about poor Miss Green's lost cat!
As part of Year 5 PE this half term, the children are focusing on their rugby skills. To help with this, we are very fortunate to have Leanne from Guildfordians Rugby Club with us. Leanne is a very talented rugby player and even plays internationally to represent England! It was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to learn new skills from her and, for many, develop an interest in a new sport! Do ask your children about the sports and activities they are focusing on in PE this week.
Rocks and Fossils
What a wonderful sight! As I walked into Year 3 this afternoon, I entered a real buzz of excitement: the children were busy exploring different types of rocks. Carefully using their observational skills, they had to comment on their appearance, texture and size, whilst also thinking about where they may have seen that type of rock before. I was very impressed by the detailed descriptions the children gave. Enjoy some time this evening, sharing what interesting facts your children have discovered!
A magical day!
Spending time with the children at lunchtime today was truly magical! We've heard so many exciting stories about summer holidays, new uniform, new teachers and reuniting with friends! We were even lucky enough to witness a spectacular magic trick, which we're still left puzzling over. Do ask your child about what magical things they have been doing today!
Such a joy!
We've had a lovely couple of days' INSET but there has definitely been something missing...what a joy to have the children back! Thank you for trusting us with these precious lives. It has been wonderful to have them back in school. The House Points are already flooding in! Do ask you child about their house - here are the names and colours:
- Walsingham (Blue)
- Lindisfarne (Green)
- Iona (Yellow)
- Canterbury (Red)
This Sunday is Education Sunday. Catholics are encouraged to reflect on the Church’s enormous contribution in this country and pray for all those involved in Catholic education.
The Catholic Education Service (CES) is the agency of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales charged with safeguarding and promoting our remarkable network of successful Catholic schools. The CES represents Catholic education to the Government, Ofsted and other national bodies to ensure Catholic schools are empowered to flourish.
The second collection will be for the Catholic Education Service.
From the Catholic Parish of Guildford...
Fearless (Youth Group for children in year 3-6)
The Youth team at the Catholic Parish of Guildford would like to invite all children in years 3-6 to join us at our brand new, super fun youth group, which will be taking place on Mondays, 5.15-7.00pm in St Joseph's Church Hall.
If you would like to find out more about the group please visit our webpage: https://www.cpg.church/youth.html or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We start back on Monday 9th September and we look forward to seeing your child there.
A special place...
Staff have spent some time today reflecting on what makes our school a special place (in the medium of plasticine!) Some beautiful words accompanied their creations: faith, growth, relationships, challenge. What a talented bunch they are! What other messages can you and your children see in these sculptures?
A very warm welcome back from all the staff at St Joseph's. We are so looking forward to seeing you all from Thursday for the start of an exciting new year!