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Newsletter 7th December 2017

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Cake Sale

On Friday 29th September 2017 our whole school community came together to raise money for MacMillan Cancer support.

Y6 children worked together to prepare and coordinate a wide range of beautiful treats for us all to enjoy. Children from across the school brought in cakes to sell throughout the day. Staff baked and brought in a cake selection worthy of the ‘Bake Off’.

The atmosphere throughout the day was incredible. Everyone involved should be very proud of how they came together to raise funds for a wonderful charity.

With your support, we managed to raise £576.78.

Thank you.

Mrs Churchill

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Festival of Dance

The annual Festival of Dance took place two weeks ago, and this year St. Joseph’s had representatives from across the whole school. With the help of Mr Turner, teams choreographed a range of dances on the theme of films.


You can watch the dances below:


Thank you to the Derby City SSP for organising this event, and for sharing these wonderful videos.

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Safer Internet Day 2017

This week the school celebrated Safer Internet Day, which focused on the images we share online.

The day started with an assembly prepared by the Digital Leaders, who asked which apps we use and how we share images. We were encouraged to think about how much we share, whether we are sharing personal and private information, and whether we are sharing images without asking first.

The Digital Leaders leading our assembly

In classrooms, lots of activities took place, such as learning a song about being safe online, sorting images into ‘ok to share/not ok to share’, creating emojis and lots of discussion about what we do online.

Are we sharing positive images of ourselves?

Discussing first impressions

Creating advice for digital content

Do we need to share everything about ourselves?


Perhaps one of the most surprising things is how much the children are sharing online with strangers. Lots of the children claimed to have upwards of 100 followers on different apps such as and Instagram without knowing who those followers were.


Clearly this is concerning. Our children have been encouraged to think carefully about what they share and who they share with. Please talk to them about this and make every day on the internet safer for them.


The BBC were reporting widely about social media and the role we can play as teachers and parents. This article discusses whether we share too much unnecessary personal information about our children, while there is a great selection of articles that could  be discussed with your children here.

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SATs meeting

Please find below the slides from the SATs meeting that was held on Monday 16th January.

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Enterprise Day

On Friday, every class was given one simple challenge: to turn £20 into profit. 

All of the children were encouraged to use their maths knowledge in order to think about how to make and market new products, starting with only £20 for materials. 

The school was a hub of activity and the children were so excited to put their skills to practical use – and you can help! 

On Friday 2nd December, the school will host its annual Christmas Fayre, and each class will have a stall that will sell the products they made last week. Here’s a sneak preview (but don’t delay – the children are anticipating a rush!) 

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October Sports Camp

Please see the flyer below, or click here to download, to get information for our October sports camp, which will be run by the YMCA.

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