Stars of the Week

Mr Jones the School Caretaker would like to nominate Alex, Ella, Jamie and Mia in Year 6 for their offer to help to tidy up the stage area on Wednesday morning and reposition the flowerpots to make it a nicer area for everyone to enjoy.   

Well done!


Penalty notice fines for missing school

Every lesson in school matters and frequent absence from school results in gaps in children’s learning.

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Head Teachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Head Teacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

A reminder that from the 4th September 2019, if a holiday is not authorised, and is taken without permission, the case will be referred to the Local Authority who may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty will increase to £120. If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, the Local Authority will then institute legal proceedings against you in the magistrate’s court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly.

A penalty notice may also be issued if your child has 10 unauthorised absence sessions which have occurred during a 10 week period (each school day is made up of 2 sessions) or 6 or more unauthorised sessions due to a holiday taken during the first two weeks of September.

For the vast majority of parents the information given will have little relevance but where parents insist on taking term time holiday which cannot be authorised they will need to be aware that from September the Local Authority will issue the set penalty notice.

Thank you in anticipation of your full support and co-operation.

Online Safety

Online Safety According to research by the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) more than half of parents are unaware of the age limit on social media. As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. have produced a variety of checklists to assist parents to understand how children access the internet at different age groups. The information booklets can be downloaded from the School E-Safety information page: e-safety or directly from

Use the following website to check out the social media apps your children are using. This will enable you to make Informed decisions about the age appropriateness: Get expert advice Parents seeking face-to-face advice about how to best protect their children online can make an appointment with the NSPCC’s O2 gurus in their nearest store or can call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline: 0808 800 5002

St Joseph's is committed to educating children about how to using Digital Technology safely. E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

Miss McGonagle

E-Safety Subject Leader


Children make better academic progress if they are supported at home with their reading, spelling and other types of homework. There is an increasing number of children who are frequently handing in homework late or not at all. Homework is designed by the class teacher to consolidate or support the learning in the classroom. Please make every effort to listen to your child read, recite their multiplication tables, practise their key words and comment in the home/school book. In exceptional circumstances support with homework can be obtained from the school. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if this is something you require.

Mrs. Ginzler-Maher

Important Reminder - Please remember that hair must not be shorter than a No. 4. Hair gel is not permitted. Pupils cannot have shaved hair patterns in their hair or hair colours as has been set out in the Home School Book for many years.

Attendance and Punctuality

School commences at 08:55 each morning and the children should arrive in school between 08:45 and 08:55. The school playground and gate is supervised from 08:45. The general expectation, allowing for the occasional morning emergency, remains that children will arrive on time for school and not be regularly arriving after 08:55 Punctuality is a good lesson in life for the children to learn as well as being a mark of respect for the endeavours of the teachers and school on behalf of the pupils. Progress in learning and pupils maximising their potential are dependent on good school attendance. Parents are responsible for their child’s attendance record and for their punctuality. I ask the parents to actively support the school in maintaining high levels of attendance and improving pupil punctuality. I would also like to remind parents that as statutory changes in the Education Regulations 2006 Section 7, Headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time. This instruction replaces the prior arrangement where an allowance of 10 days holiday per academic year could be applied for in advance. Leave of absence will only be considered under ‘very exceptional circumstances’ and family holidays do not come under this criterion. Any holidays taken will be classed as unauthorised absence. The Local Authority may then issue a penalty notice with a fine of £60 per child, per parent/person with parental responsibility, being levied. Failure to pay this fine could result in the Local Authority arranging a court hearing.

Mrs Ginzler-Maher

School Uniform

Weather permitting the summer uniform can be worn from Tuesday 23rd April through to Friday 25th October 2019.  Light rain macs in plain black or navy that can be worn over the school blazer can be purchased from Patricia’s. Please read the uniform requirements. It is important to take note of the details and adhere to the School Uniform Policy. Thank you.


It is very important that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, including PE Kit and Bag, outdoor clothing (coats/ hat/gloves) and shoes.



•Grey blazer & badge

•Grey or Maroon striped dress (on or below the knee) •Black shoes (Max heel height 2 cm)

•Sandals - Navy/Black/White - with enclosed back and front (max heel height 2 cm)

•White ankle or long socks.

•Maroon Legionnaire’s Hat KS1 and KS2

•Baseball Cap KS2 only



•Grey blazer & badge

•Short sleeved shirt (white)

•Grey trousers/shorts (not cargo style)


•Black shoes

•Grey ankle socks

•Maroon Legionnaire’s Hat KS1 and KS2

•Baseball Cap KS2 only

Please also be reminded that hair accessories should be school colours - burgundy, black or grey. White hair accessories can be worn with the girls’ summer dresses. Ornate clips and hair-bands are not permitted.


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