St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Weekly Newsletter 8.9.23


It is with great joy that we once again open the doors at St Joseph's and welcome in families old and new this September.

This year promises to be a good one, and we can't wait to get to know you better, and will be providing lots of opportunities for this to happen.

As your new headteacher, I'd love to meet you so please come along to the events we will be hosting or catch me on the door or the playground to say hello!

We look forward to working with our families so that together we can...

Live, love and learn with the Lord.

Mrs Ronicle


We are excited to share all the fantastic learning going on in school and will use Twitter to do so. Have a look at what we've been up to...

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Tadcaster (@StJosephsTad) / X (

If you have not yet given photo permission and would like to, please make sure you respond on Arbor. Feel free to contact our school office for help, should you need it!

Celebration Assemblies

It is important to us to celebrate our amazing children and we warmly invite you to do this with us!

Each Friday morning at 9:10am, we will hold a whole school celebration assembly in our school hall and families are welcome to join us.

Each class will showcase their week's learning and we will present Class Awards and a Headteacher Award.

After the assembly, parents/carers/families are welcome to stay for refreshments.

These will be weekly, beginning next Friday (15th September). We look forward to seeing you there!

Award winners this week!

St Nicholas Star of the Week: Dalton

St Francis Star of the Week: George

St Bernadette Star of the Week: Abi

St Patrick Star of the Week: Skye

St Therese Star of the Week: Theo

Headteacher's Award (for showing our virtue of respect): Skyla

This week we have been learning...

St Nicholas (Nursery and Preschool)

In St Nicholas this week, we have been settling in and learning our new routines. This has involved lots of play and lots of singing!

St Francis (Reception / Y1)

We have had a fantastic week settling into our new Reception/Year 1 class. As a part of our termly topic, ‘Ourselves’, we have been drawing some lovely self-portraits. In science, the children have been learning all about the human body, where we worked together to trace and label different parts of ourselves. It has been a joy to see everyone back and ready for this academic year!

St Bernadette (Y2)

We have had a busy first week in St Bernadette's! Along with all our learning, we compiled a list of our own class rules to keep our time at school happy, positive and fun. After writing our rules, we painted our fingers to stamp our seal of approval with our fingerprint!

St Patrick (Y3/4)

In St Patrick's, we have been learning about our virtue of respect and reflecting on this using graffiti!

St Therese (Y5/6)

On Wednesday afternoon, we received a delivery in St Therese Class - four boxes of 'Egyptian desert sand'. Taking it in turns, we searched through the sand and found artefacts, which we used to learn about our new topic: The Ancient Egyptians! We have already learned a lot, so please feel free to ask us what we found out.

Families Survey

It will be really helpful for us to know your thoughts about our school. Just like you, we want the best for our children.

All feedback is genuinely appreciated so please help us improve by filling out our family survey (this will close at 12pm, Friday 15th Sept):

School Day Timings

8:45am - Gates open

9:00am – Register

10:20-10:35am – Morning break

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch (Staggered sittings)

2:15-2:30pm – Afternoon break

3:30pm – School finish

Our nursery times are staggered slightly, to allow parents to drop off and pick up at both entrances:

Nursery 8:50am - 3:20pm

Uniform and PE Kits

This year, children will come into school in uniform each day. On PE days, children will change into PE kits at school. We appreciate this is different to last year, but we feel this will help children to practise fine motor skills; develop important life skills; feel a stronger part of our community; and help us maintain high standards of pride in our school.

The PE days for each class are as follows:

St Francis (Reception/Y1): Thursday

St Bernadette (Y2): Friday

St Patrick (Y3/4): Monday

St Therese (Y5/6): Monday

Swimming is on a Wednesday afternoon for Years 1-4. Children need to come in uniform with their swimming kit in a bag please.

After School Clubs

We are delighted to be offering after school clubs this term. Spaces are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact the school office ASAP if you would like a place for your child:

Monday - Futsal Sports Club

Tuesday - Craft Club

Wednesday - Multi-sports Club

Mini Vinnies

Next Wednesday, Mrs Ronicle and Miss Savelli will be selecting our new school Mini Vinnies! Our Mini Vinnies will put their faith and concern for others into action, by living out their mission of see, think, do, across our school and local community.

If your child would like to apply (this is open to children from Year 2 - Year 6), they need to write a short letter about why they think they would make a great Mini Vinnie.

Please hand these to the school office or Mrs Ronicle before next Wednesday (13th).

We will then hold short interviews with our applicants and decide on our new Mini Vinnie Team!

If you would like to find out more about Mini Vinnies, have a look at their website:

Mini Vinnies | St Vincent de Paul Society (

Upcoming Dates

Whole School Welcome Mass (in Church - families welcome): Wed 27th Sept, 10am

St Francis (Reception/Y1) Stay and Play: Wed 27th Sept, 2:30-3:30pm

KS2 SATs information Evening: Thurs 28th Sept, 6pm

Whole School photos: Thurs 28th Sept

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Fri 29th Sept (after celebration assembly)

Harvest Festival: Fri 6th Oct, 9:10am

Reception New Starters' Liturgy: Wed 11th Oct, 9:10am

Our Parish Church

Families (and children of all ages) are warmly welcomed to celebrate Mass at our parish Church:

St. Joseph's Church, Tadcaster.

Mass times are as follows:

SUNDAY Mass 9am


FRIDAY Mass 10am

Please visit the Church website for further details:

Community events

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How to get in touch

We love hearing from you!

If you have a query or concern, please feel free to speak to me (Mrs Ronicle) at the gates in the morning, your child's class teacher at the end of the day, or our school admin team at the front entrance.

If this is not possible, feel free to phone or email the office who can forward any messages to staff. Please note, our class teachers do not use their email addresses or Class Dojo to contact parents/carers/families.

We are a proud member school of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust: