St Joseph’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies & Statements > Safeguarding Policy.
Welcome to all of our new parents, whose children will be joining us in September 2021.
During these uncertain times, we are unsure as to when we will be able to welcome you and your child in person and so we have set up this section on our website which will be dedicated to providing you with up to date information around the ongoing situation with school closure, information about preparing your child for September and also introductions to our staff and our learning environment.
If you do have any questions of queries that are not answered here, please contact Mrs Dunne (Head teacher) or Mrs Hale (Early Years Leader) at school on 01706 369340 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child has special education needs which you would like to discuss, then our SENCo is Mrs Russell and she too can be contacted in this way.
We hope you find this information useful and we hope to do all we can to support both yourselves, but more importantly your children as they prepare to start school with us in September .
WELCOME LETTER FROM THE HEADTEACHER TO OUR NEW INTAKE FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is with great pleasure that I write to you, and your child, to welcome you to our school community of St Joseph’s. We are delighted that your child has been offered a place here at St Joseph’s and are greatly looking forward to meeting you all and to begin sharing in your child’s learning journey throughout the next seven years.
Under normal circumstances we would have two events organised for you in the coming months – one for parents only and one an opportunity for your child to come along with you and spend some time here at their new school. However, in these uncertain times due to the Covid-19 Pandemic unfortunately I cannot write with the details for these just yet.
We are hopeful that we will be provided with some guidance by the end of May, which will help us to confirm plans for us to organise our usual welcome visits to our school. As soon as I am able to, I will write again with the information confirming our arrangements.
The governors and I would like to assure you, that we will do everything we can to make the transition of your child to our school as smooth as possible in light of these difficult circumstances. We will hold transitions meetings (via video calls / phones calls) with all nurseries / child minders / EY settings throughout May and June. We will be able to provide online events if we are unable to organise in person meetings, but before we commit to these, we want to wait to see what happens with regards to the government guidance around social distancing and large gatherings in the next few months in the hope that we can invite you to school.
During this period our school website has become even more important to us and we have decided to use this as a way of keeping the parents of our September 2021 Intake informed. In coming weeks we will be creating a new area on the website within the ‘Parents’ section. This new area will be entitled New Intake 2021. Within this area, we will be sharing the information that we will also share in the parents meeting in June and we will also be sharing information about how you can help your child - even in these difficult circumstances - to be ready for school in September. The Early Years Team are also busy preparing photographs and videos that they will put on this area of the website for you to show your child. They will be ‘walk throughs’ of our Early Years classrooms - indoor and out - and also introductions to the staff. We will also post any letters that we are sending out to you on this area of website so that you know to watch out for them in the post. Please watch out for this section appearing soon and regularly check it throughout the upcoming months!
The website can be found here - https://www.stjosephsrcprimary.rochdale.sch.uk/
We very much hope to be meeting you during the summer term, but if not, I hope that this letter has eased your mind that we will be communicating with you regularly and we will be doing all we can to support your child and yourselves throughout this period.
Please contact the school office on 01706 369340 if you would like to discuss any of the above or if you have any further questions or queries with regards to your child starting with us in September.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Mrs C Dunne
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - Cool Cats and Wild Things
Once the Reception children are full time then they can access our before and after school club. Cool Cats is open from 7.30 a.m. in the morning and runs until 5.30 p.m. in the evening.
Parents will receive an information leaflet in the admissions pack that we deliver to homes in May. If you require regular use of Cool Cats then when you child starts with us in September, you will be able to collect a Cool Cats Contract from the school office and fill it in to let us know when you require this provision and how you will be paying for it. We do not take cash on the school site, so payment must be via BACs transfer, direct debit, standing order or a childcare voucher scheme. The full details will be within the information pack.
If you wish to discuss Cool Cats provision prior to September, please contact our school business manager, Hayley Clarke, via the school office on 01706 369340.