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Friday, 19 December 2008

St. Joe’s in the Bristol Evening Post – WATCHDOG PRAISES ‘CARE AND COURTESY’ OF PUPILS

Pupils at a Catholic primary school in Fishponds have been praised by the education watchdog Ofsted for their excellent behaviour.

Inspectors said St Joseph’s was a satisfactory and improving school where children showed care courtesy and support to one another. They noted significant improvements in maths and an improving trend in other subjects.

The report said “The leadership team are successfully creating an exciting learning environment and there is good evidence that this is beginning to have a satisfactory effect, particularly on the achievement of boys.”.

Headteacher Matt Condon said he was pleased Ofsted had recognised the work the school was doing to improve the learning for its 269 pupils.

“We have found that children are enjoying learning more because they are learning more through visits, special projects, new after school clubs and exciting topics as well as having their success celebrated in school and on the school blog. Children are now taking more responsibility for their learning and say they really enjoy coming to school.”

“This is a great foundation to build on to achieve greater success in the future. We will continue to work together to ensure all aspects of the school improve.”

St. Joe's Singing!

Merry Christmas from the Polish Club

Christmas card competition

Well done to everyone who entered the Christmas card competition on our Challenge Website, there were lots of brilliant designs. The competition was part of the Prince's Rainforest project for schools. The winners being George H, Lewis H and Marrisa.

Below are some of the best designs.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Reception Nativity

The Reception class are ready for their Nativity performance. Today they performed a dress rehearsal in front of the whole school. It was very great. The children remembered their parts and sang the songs beautifully (with only a bit of help from the juniors).
Tomorrow afternoon is the first performance for parents and there is another on Wednesday morning.
Good luck children!

Friday, 12 December 2008

Everyman's Land

Well done and congratulations to all those who performed in the 'Everyman's Land' production at the Colston Hall on Wednesday. You sang beautifully and it was a wonderful performance. Thank you to all those who helped and supported the production.

Christmas excitement!

This week Year 2 have been getting very excited about Christmas. To get ready we have been practising our carols for the concert next week, creating Christmas cards on the computer and even designed a new sleigh for Santa!
We decided that, as we haven't had a white Christmas for a very long time, Santa's sleigh might be improved if it had wheels. So year 2 have investigated designs and materials that could be used on Santa's sleigh and have made a design. The axles were the most difficult part of the design.
Some of Year 2 have already made and painted their sleighs and the rest will do theirs next week.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


This term in PE Y5/6C have been undertaking basketball. The children have really improved their passing and shooting skills. Below is some footage of some good play in today's session.

Year 5/6 Science Week

Last week Year 5 & 6 had a science week. The children had lots of fun undertaking various observation and investigation activities.

African drumming

Today year 5 & 6 gave a brilliant African drumming performance. They showed off what they have been learning in music this term. Below are various selections of the performance by the three classes.

PTFA Christmas Social

The Christmas social on Friday was a great night. Thank you to everyone who supported it, and to those who helped run it and tidy up afterwards. A special thank you must go to the girls who ran the children’s bar so brilliantly, and to Mrs Joseph for all her help & support.