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Port Talbot to Peru- Why should we get fitter? Why should we raise money for our linked mission in Peru?

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How can we be Compassionate and Loving?

Curious and active?

Saint Joseph’s Sponsored Strava challenge

We as a school and parish community are aiming to raise money for the plight of Bishop Giovanni. Our Missio group have decided that we are going to do our best to walk or run as many miles in May as possible! Our astronomical end goal is 5929 miles! The distance between Port Talbot and Peru.

This challenge is all about exercising with family whilst raising money for such an important cause. Your whole family can take part and help you to reach your sponsorship goals.

Be an Action Researcher to find out what our money will go towards?

What differences will it make to the people of Prelatura Santiago Apostol de Huancane?

 

Please follow the instructions below to take part.

 

  1. Sign up to Strava app.
  2. Use ‘explore’ and search for ‘Saint Joseph’s Infants’ in ‘Clubs’. Request to join!
  3. Once you have joined our club, every walk or run will be added to our mileage and our leader board. We will be tallying up the miles at the end of each week.
  4. *Important* every time you Record a walk or run and ‘choose a sport’, please choose ‘Run’ EVEN if you are walking. This will allow your activity to be added to our mileage leader board.
  5. Please involve your whole family! Brothers, Sisters, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Grandparents! The more family members involved, the better.

 

Enterprising and Creative – Go St Joseph’s! Saint Joseph’s School Council

Well done to all those who entered the School Council competition to redesign our learning environment.

We have had some fantastic ideas ranging from willow walk dragon to repainting rainbow coloured roads in the side yard.

Outdoor play prizes have been awarded to the winning entry, one in all 4 classes.

Now watch this space! Year 1 have cleaned the flowerbeds ready for Year 2 to have a go at painting.

It is a risk. It is going to be messy. But we are ambitious capable learners.

We will do our best and God will do the rest!

First Holy Communion Preparation 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I am happy to confirm that school will be running First Holy Communion preparation classes on behalf of the parishes of St Joseph’s and Our Lady Margam. Monsignor Joseph and Father Andrzej will announce the start of the programme through in Mass this weekend. We are all very hopeful that our year 2 children will make their First Holy Communion in July 2021.

 

In light of COVID-19 Operational Guidance, we will be keeping the Year 2 children in their bubble for lessons in school that will start next Wednesday 28th April 2021. Classes will run on a Wednesday (initially 2:45-3:30). Mrs Hines, Mrs James will be supported by Miss Wellington, Mrs O’Callaghan and I. School will buy the preparation workbook ‘Called to his Supper’ once we have had your responses.

 

Should you wish your child to take part in the First Holy Communion Programme then please complete the consent form below. If your child has not been Baptised and you would like your child to be part of this preparation programme, may I suggest that you ring Monsignor Joseph for St Joseph’s Parish (including Cwmafan) or Father Andrzej for Margam Parish to discuss the next step.

 

I am delighted that there is a real possibility of our children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year!!!

 

Ms. J. Beaumont

Headteacher

 

10 Top Tips for supporting children during Covid-19

Thank you for looking after everyone by staying at home. By following advice to stay at
home during the COVID 19 outbreak you’re helping to reduce your family’s risk and you’re
also helping to protect the NHS and save lives.
The following are ten tips to encourage your young child’s development during this time:
Stay Home. Stay Positive.

1. These will help you and your child feel more secure. Routines will
help structure your day from start to finish. You will need to plan
ahead for the next day and week but keep it simple and doable
– getting up time, meals, bathtime, exercise and going to bed.
Simple, regular routines
Talk about and explain to your child what you are going to do throughout the day.
Help them take turns in conversation. Tune into what they already know and build
on their daily routine. Be a running “commentator”, keep your language simple.
Draw pictures, show pictures or use objects to show what you are going to do if
your child needs more help to understand. If you have them, use photos of friends
and/or family to talk about people that are important to you in different households.

2. Talk about what you are going to do
Have fun, we learn best when we are enjoying what we do. If you or your child
are not enjoying something, stop, change your plan. Try to make sure you do
something fun for you and your child every day, more than once if you can.

3. Enjoy your time together
Use the TV and/or other devices, but choose when you are going to watch and what you
are going to do. CBeebies and S4C’s Cyw have some fun programmes. Use your phone/other
devices to record what you have done – kicked a ball, learnt a new song or a new word.
Turn off the TV when you are not watching it so there is not a constant stream of information.

4. Selectively use devices
You don’t need to buy extra things. Walk in your garden or near home, point to flowers, birds
and trees, buildings and everyday objects; name them. Play walking, running, finding games.
Do a treasure hunt for everyday objects in your home/garden. Teach your child a new song
or nursery rhyme. Play catch, or rolling a ball backwards and forwards. Use mirrors in the
bathroom to encourage copying and taking turns – making silly faces. Children like to repeat
familiar activities. You are your child’s first and lasting teacher – you can help them learn
and grow so much. They can also teach you – look at how they learn best.

5. Use what you have at and near your home
SOURCES:
Anne Marie McKigney, Consultant Child Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan
University Health Board,
Dr Heather Payne, Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Medical Officer for
Maternal & Child Health, Welsh Government.
April 2020

6.Cleaning, cooking, fixing. If they can’t help, they can watch you and you
can tell them what you are doing. If you have older children, they may
be able to help by talking with and/or entertaining younger siblings.
Let your child join in and help as much
as they can with household tasks

7. A cocoon. Create the same for yourself – put your phone in the drawer and check
at set intervals only (not too often). Acknowledge your worries, ask for help/advice
if you need it and let your child ask for help. Practise relaxing and deep breathing.
Create a safe, quiet place for your child to be quiet

8. If your child understands a little about COVID 19, please tell them the facts very
simply. Show them how to wash their hands and get them to practise washing
their hands. Find a song they like to sing whilst washing their hands or use a
timer for 20 seconds. You can also teach them other hygiene and self-help skills
such as dressing, undressing, cleaning teeth and using the toilet if you’re both
ready. Make it as much fun as possible.
Let your child talk and ask about COVID 19

9. This could be on a daily basis or a few times a week. Choose a regular time and way
of communicating (FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp). If you are using the telephone, if
you can, point to pictures of the person speaking at the other end. Decide how long
these sessions will be. Start by saying “Hello” and finish by saying “Goodbye”. Tell or
show your family one thing your child has done well or learned. Decide what you will
share/do, sing a song or do a dance. If you need a longer chat for yourself ring later
when your child is asleep, if you are not too tired!
Keep in touch with your family and friends

10. At the end of each day, think of one particularly positive thing
that you and your child have achieved and enjoyed that day.
Tell them, talk about it and record it in some way, celebrate it.
Celebrate achievements

Top ten Tips
Finally, plan for when we come out of lockdown and what you and your child might like to do then!

For more information and advice on parenting, visit:
gov.wales/parenting-give-it-time
parentsinwales
parenting.wales
Keep in touch with your Health Visitor. They are here to help you and your family.
Watch Yvonne explaining how they can help: https://bit.ly/2z04XUG

Get your thinking caps on! Calling all Enterprising Contributors!

 

 

 

School Council met today to look at ideas for improving our school environment.

We have been thinking creatively to help make our school the best it can be. School Council will be reporting an update back to their classmates.

We respect the rights of all children to play. We are thinking about developing our world in a sustainable way.

 

 

School Council Easter Holiday Competition- Be an Action Researcher

How can we make our school more colourful, more exciting, more fun to learn?

Deadline for competition entries is Friday 16th April 2021.

We agreed that there have been some fantastic ideas already submitted

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Getting Ready for Learning- School Council- Creative and Enterprising

Meet our new School Council


 

School Council Meeting Minutes

Date: 25.03.2021

 School Council would like your ideas.

Our School Council met with Ms Beaumont for a walk around our school grounds. We decided that we need your help. We need to do this together. We need you to be creative and enterprising.

 

Please think creatively to solve our ‘problem’…

How can we make our school grounds more colourful, more exciting, more fun? How can we develop them to help us to be more active?

Easter Holiday Competition- A special prize per class

Easter challenge: Please work with your family to create a drawing or photo collage. Be an Action researcher. Maybe think about one of:

1. The side yard/ Nursery yard

2.The prayer garden

3.The Willow walk

4.The Circle Time area

Thanks for your ideas!!!from The School Council x

 

Next step:

School Council will meet week beginning 12th April to review your ideas.

Get your thinking hats on!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Meithrin- Nursery

Happy Saint David’s Day!

As a Siater School we celebrate our Welshness daily, during this last week we have sprinkled a little bit of Welsh magic into almost everything!

It was uplifting to see our children dressed in Welsh national costumes on March 1st. Please take a look at our learning and celebrations.

Meet our Nursery children