Goodbye Year 6!
Today, Year 6 had a lovely last day together. It was wonderful to be joined by so many friends and family for the very moving and emotional Leavers' Assembly. The children sang, read and held themselves together amazingly! We were lucky that the Mayor of Brighton and Hove was able to join us and present the awards and medals to our Year 6 pupils. After a quick break and ice lolly, the children went around the school, asking their friends and teachers to sign their shirts.
It was also time to say goodbye to Mrs Thompson and Miss Garner today who are both leaving St Joseph's. We came together to give them a send off in true St Joseph's style in the hall!
Year 6 finished their final day by running through a tunnel made of all of their friends at St Joseph's. A final opportunity to say goodbye.
Year 6 - you have been fantastic and we will miss you all.
Come back and see us next year and let us know how you are getting on.
Year 5 trip to Arundel Wetlands :23.7.18
Today, Year 5 visited Arundel wetlands as a culmination of their learning this term about animals and birds and their environments. After a welcome talk, Year 5 went pond dipping and discovered lots of different creatures. After lunch, they walked around the Wetlands, stopping in some hides on the way to use binoculars to spot different birds and wildlife. A great day was had by all.
Click HERE for a few more pictures of the day.
Year 6 trip to Arundel: 23.7.18
Today, Year 6 enjoyed a fun day out at Arundel - a final chance to spend time together as a class. In the morning, we hired out Arundel Lido and the children were able to have fun and stay cool together in the main pool. After a picnic lunch, we walked to the play area and spent some time playing there. There was just enough time for an ice lolly, before heading back to Brighton on the coach.
Arundel Lido - perfect for a hot day Fun in the play area
Click HERE to see some more pictures on the Year 6 page.
As part of today's celebration assembly, three of our pupils who have recently completed their next Karate gradings, demonstrated some of their kicks and punches. Well done to Aukse, Eva and Mia - very impressive!
Winning by just one house-point, the Summer Term's winners were the GREEN team. They celebrated with a drink and an ice cream outside.
Well done GREEN Team!
Leavers' Mass :19.7.18
Year 6 celebrated their time at St Joseph's with a beautiful Leavers’ Mass today. Father Kieron led the Mass, with the help of our Year 6 pupils who read and sang beautifully. Hearing Year 6 sing our very own St Joseph's Catholic School song that they helped to write during our Jubilee celebrations two years ago, was very moving.
Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to attend the Leavers Mass this afternoon.
Each child in Year 6 was presented with a small holding cross at the end of the Mass, inscribed with our school motto, "Educating in Faith, Hope and Love."
Thank you to the FOSJ's for purchasing these gifts for our Year 6 pupils.
Pizza for the choir: 19.7.18
Mrs Brownbill thanked the members of the school choir today with an alfresco pizza lunch! The children who have attended choir practice each week throughout the year and who have sung so beautifully during assemblies, Masses and on other special occasions joined Mrs Brownbill and Mrs Cox today for a special lunch. Pizzas were brought in and served with salad, followed by fresh fruit and chocolate mousse! Thank you to each and every one of you for your contribution to the choir.
Attendance Assembly: 18.7.18
Today, we held our final attendance assembly for this academic year. Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. At St Joseph's the staff, in particular Mrs Messenger, have made school attendance a priority and we really appreciate the support with this from our parents and carers.
St Andrew's Class 100% Summer Term attendance and Ashton (Year 3) who has the most improved attendance.
We recognise that children do become ill and consequently cannot attend school on occasions. But today, we celebrated those pupils who have achieved 100% attendance for the Summer Term and then 100% for the entire school year - that really is, a huge achievement!
Thank you to everyone who has worked together to make this possible.
Congratulations to our 100% attendees for the whole school year!
Spelling Bee: 17.7.18
Today we held our annual spelling bee. The standard was extremely high and the accuracy was very impressive - well done KS2!
The overall winners in each class were Amarachi (Year 3), Emmanouil, (Year 4) Isabel (Year 5) and Calum (Year 6) Well done to ALL of the competitors.
French assembly: 16.7.18
This morning we celebrated the modern foreign language learning across KS2 with a French assembly, showcasing the children's knowledge and understanding and passion for the French language. Wow - we were impressed!
Pupils from Years 3 and 4 were able to count, say the days of the week, months of the year, the colours, classroom instructions and sing in French! Years 5 and 6 acted out some role play scenarios in French and even managed their times tables in French too!
Thank you Mrs Hill for all your hard work in delivering French again this year.
Year 3 showing how much French they have learned this year and Year 5 demonstrating their French conversational skills through role-play.
It was lovely to see how much the children have learned and how much they enjoyed sharing this knowledge. It was great to see so many parents too - thank you for coming along to support your children.
Next year, we intend to enhance our language provision by introducing Spanish in lower KS2 and German in upper KS2.
KS 2 Sports Day: 13.7.18
Today we held our annual KS2 sports day at Varndean School. Friends and families joined us at midday and we enjoyed a picnic together. Our KS2 pupils then took part in a warn up led by Miss Pippa before competing in teams in the field events. After a drink and a biscuit, the children then took part in a variety of races. Again, the individual points awarded were added together to make a team total.
Congratulations to the Yellows and to Izzy who won the "Perfectly Clear," good sportsperson award!
During the afternoon, we saw some great sporting talent and skill and also some excellent sportsmanship, determination and resilience. Well done KS2! It was lovely that so many parents and carers were able to come along to support their children. Thank you. Congratulations to the yellow team who won overall.
This afternoon's event was sponsored by "Perfectly Clear," who provided a variety of spring water drinks with different fruit flavours to keep our competitors refreshed throughout the afternoon. They also donated £150 to the school to be spent on PE or sporting equipment.
Click HERE to see some more pictures of our sports day in action.
Year 6 production: 12.7.18
Year 6 tonight put on their end of year show, " Treachery at Traitors' Quay" and what a show they put on! Children - you were fantastic. The audience were blown away by your singing, dancing, acting and one-liners! It was a delight to watch and to see your talent and confidence.
Well done to each and everyone of you - you just keep making us proud!
Click HERE to see some more pictures of us getting ready to perform.
Ukulele performance: 6.7.18
This morning, Year 4 put on a ukulele performance to the rest of the school. They have been learning different chords and songs over the last 10 weeks with a teacher from the Brighton and Hove music service. Well done Year 4 - the audience were very impressed with you all today!
Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to join us today too.
Year 5 curriculum enrichment visit to Cardinal Newman: 4.7.18
This morning, our Year 5 pupils were invited to Cardinal Newman for an enrichment morning. They experienced six different science based activities throughout the morning, including making a silver coin turn gold, making a simple electric circuit to light up a bulb marking the treasure on a map, using a Bunsen Burner and much, much more! The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning and came back full of their experience at Cardinal Newman School.
We are very lucky to have such good links with our local Catholic Secondary School.
Thank you also to the FOSJ's who paid for the transport for Year 5 to attend this morning's experience.
KS1 Sports Day: 3.7.18
This morning was our KS1 sports day. The children took part in a variety of activities including egg and spoon, the water race, hurdles, the sack race, the obstacle race and the dressing up race. The children earned points during each activity, working together in their house teams.
The water race The dressing up race
It was very hot but the children performed brilliantly, showing good team spirit, determination and skill.
Thank you parents and carers for coming to support and cheer on your children. Thank you to the Year 6 pupils for helping run each activity and than you Mrs Thompson for organising it all.
Most importantly, thank you to all the wonderful competitors in KS1. You were, as always, brilliant!
The hurdle race and a welcome ice pop!
Congratulations to the YELLOW team for winning overall.
Summer Fair: 2.7.18
This afternoon was our annual Summer Fair organised by the FOSJ's. Each class helped run a stall and running it in the afternoon of a school day proved very successful.
Over £440 in profit was made. Keep an eye on the FOSJ's page to see what this money is spent on.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the fair and to everyone who donated items, made cakes or helped on a stall. Your support and contributions helped to make this year's Summer Fair another great success.
First Holy Communion Mass: 28.6.18
This morning we came together as a school to celebrate Mass together with Father Kieron. It was lovely to have the opportunity to come together as a school family and to celebrate with the four children who have recently made their first Holy Communion. We also thought about St Peter and St Paul whose feast day is tomorrow.
It was a beautiful Mass on a lovely summer's day. The children, as always, read, sang and behaved beautifully. Well done to Eleanor and Belinda who were serving today, to the choir for their wonderful singing and, most importantly, congratulations to Daniel, Lewis, Amarachi, and Paige.
Afterwards, the four children celebrated together with a drink and some cake with their close friends and family.
Sumdog Challenge: 22.6.18
At St Joseph's we have subscribed to Sumdog. Sumdog is an online game which helps pupils to practise and consolidate their maths learning in a fun way. Sumdog regularly sets up contests for all the schools across Brighton and Hove to see which individuals, classes and schools are completing the most challenges accurately.
The most recent challenge finished on Thursday and in total 294 students answered 51.660 questions correctly.
The daily winners across the county were the class with the highest score and our Year 4 Class (St Margaret of Scotland) came top overall on Tuesday and finished overall in 5th place. Well done Year4!
Mia from Year 4 finished in 6th place overall. Well done Mia!
Bike/Scooter skills : 22.6.18
Lucy, from Sustrans, visited our school again today. She ran sessions for small groups of Year 6 children, allowing them to practise their cycling and scooting skills in a safe environment.
This year, we have been trialling the Daily Mile in upper Key Stage 2 on non PE days and when done on a regular basis, the effects of it on the children's fitness levels and stamina have become evident very quickly. The children absolutely love it too.
Next year, we plan to introduce it across the school, so that children are exercising everyday. KS1 had a go at it today, in preparation for next year, walking, running, jogging or skipping around the playground for 15 minutes.
KS1 - you were so enthusiastic - well done!
Worth Abbey: 20.6.18
Today we took some children from Years 4, 5 and 6 to Worth Abbey for the annual Good Shepherd celebration with Bishop Richard Moth- a celebration of Catholic Education attended by representatives from schools across the Diocese. The theme was "Lord, we are your hands."
The liturgy and celebration were beautiful and the children were beautifully behaved and were a credit to our school.
We took along a cheque with money raised from your kind donations from our dress down day on Friday - the Catholic Schools in the Brighton and Arundel Diocese together raised £11,000!
St Joseph's pupils with Father Kieron and with Bishop Richard Moth at Worth Abbey.
Miss Morrison and Mrs Greener were very proud of you all.
Withdean Athletics : 20.6.18
This morning was the annual small schools' athletics competition at Withdean Stadium. We took a squad of 27 children from years 4,5 and 6 to compete.
They were absolutely brilliant, encouraging each other and showing great skill, determination and sportsmanship.
We won several medals, so well done to those children for their achievements and congratulations to the whole squad - we were, as always, very proud of you all.
Our athletics squad.
Click HERE to see some more photos of the day.
Are you aware of the online game Fortnite? 19.6.18
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Girls' Cricket tournament: 15.6.18
We took eight girls to Sussex County Cricket Ground for a Year 6 Girls' Kwik Cricket Tournament today. The girls showed great skill, improving with each game they played. We won one match and narrowly lost three.
The weather was lovely, the girls behaved impeccably and all of them showed great determination, team spirit and skill.
Well done to Eleanor (captain in the morning), Izzy (captain in the afternoon), Andrea, Aukse, Grace, Ella, Valeria and particular thanks must go to Olivia (Year 5) who stepped in at the last minute.
Mr Muschamp and Mrs Skinner were very proud of you all.
Click here to view our Sports Page for a few more photos.
Key Stage 1 trip: 12.6.18
As part of this term's topic, "The Big Blue," Key Stage 1 went on a trip to the Sea-life Centre and then on the i360. What a fantastic day they had! Several members of the public commented on their excellent behaviour.
Well done KS1 - we were very proud of you all.
Hands on learning
"Hold on tight! "
"Wow! look at that view."
Mathematics Challenge: 12.6.18
Isabel, Esmae, Belinda and Jack from Year 5 represented St Joseph's in a maths challenge held at Carden School on Tuesday. They worked as a team to solve a series of maths problems and challenges.
Red team celebration: 8.6.18
Last half term's house point winners were the red team, so this afternoon they celebrated their achievement with a red party! The children in the red house came to school dressed in red and shared some party food outside in the sunshine. It was a good opportunity to relax and celebrate together.
Bike-it crew : 8.6.18
Our newly formed "Bike Crew" were joined today by Lucy from Sustrans. The ten members from Years 2-5 were chosen after completing an application form explaining why they would like to be involved in this bike project.
Their first job involved working together to construct the four Frog Balance Bikes which we have recently bought for the children in Early Years to use.
Bike crew - your teamwork skills and your technical knowledge were very impressive today!
We look forward to seeing more of your work on this project, helping to promote cycling as a way of keeping fit and having fun!
Special visitor: 7.6.18
We had a very special visitor in school today - Ezekiel Ewulo - a long jumper an international athlete from Nigeria. During the morning, he worked with different year groups putting them through their paces with a range of exercises as part of a sponsored event.
He then demonstrated his amazing jumping skill and technique during an assembly to the whole school - jumping around 7 metres! He made it look so easy!
Years 5 and 6
Years 3 and 4
The children thoroughly enjoyed his visit and thank you everyone who raised sponsor money - watch this space to see what it is used for.
Outdoor cricket tournament: 7.6.18
We took a squad of eight cricketers to a Kwik cricket tournament at Sussex University today. Click HERE to see some photos and read a short report.
The Relationships and Sex Education programme across the school will be delivered during the Summer Term as part of our PSHE and Science curriculum.
Please click on this link to the PSHE page to see a PPT that explains the coverage in each year group.
Tennis Festival at Withdean: 5.6.18
We took four children from Year 3 and four children from Year 4 to a mini- tennis festival at Withdean today.
Click HERE to see some more pictures of the day.
Walk to school week
This week is walk to school week so we were joined by Piers the Meerkat who came to breakfast club for a healthy snack and to say hello, before he met the rest of the school at the Sure Start Centre. We walked down to St Joseph's together, even doing the conga for part of the day!
What an invigorating start to the day!
Well done to all the children and families who managed to walk to school, or part of the way to school, this week.
Football Tournament: 23.5.18
This afternoon, we took a squad of seven Year 6 boys to Lancing for a Catholic Schools 6-a-side football tournament. We were so proud of the boys' determination throughout the competition. The opposition was good, and despite not winning many matches, we were very pleased with all of the performances - in each game the scores were very close. Particular mention must go to Brooklyn who received the medal awarded to the "goalkeeper of the day."
Our wonderful team! Our team in action!
Click HERE to see some more photos from the tournament.
Bike-ability Level 2 : 23.5.18
This week some of our Year 6 pupils have been taking part in Bike-ability training.
This level 2 bike-ability course takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience.
Crowning of Mary:18.5.18
Key Stage 1 remembered Mary today in a special May procession. The practice of honouring Mary with flowers is seen throughout the world. We followed this by bringing fresh flowers in and placing them in our Mary gardens. We also sang and crowned our statues of Mary with a crown of flowers.
Thank you parents and carers for the beautiful cut flowers you sent in with your children.
End of SAT's celebrations:18.5.18
Year 6 have had a busy and tiring week with their SAT's tests and today provided a great opportunity to relax and chill together. We were so proud of how Year 6 conducted themselves this week. Thank you parents and carers for your support this week and also over the last few weeks and months.
We started our day off with a group breakfast (bacon rolls, hotdogs, waffles, fruit, cereal and toast! ) which parents, children and governors were invited to. After that, Year 6 walked down to the Duke of York's Cinema to watch the film, "CoCo."
We then walked along to Preston Park, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch, had the opportunity to play in the play area, play football or cricket or just chill and relax with each other.
On the walk back to school, there was just enough time for an ice lolly. It was a really lovely day - thank you Year 6.
Click HERE to see some more photos of the day on the Year 6 page.
KS2 SAT's : Week beginning 14.5.18
This week is KS2 SAT's week across the country and our Year 6 pupils made an excellent start to it today with the two SPAG test papers. The children came into school early to breakfast together, before a last minute revision session with Mrs Skinner.
We were very proud of how our Year 6 pupils applied themselves today and know they will continue with their mature attitude all week.
Bonding over breakfast!
Click HERE to see more pictures of SAT's week and Year 6's treat day on Friday.
Tri - golf competition : 10.5.18
Miss Matthews and Mr Sutherland took a squad of ten budding golfers from Years 3 and 4 to Dorothy Stringer today for a tri - golf competition.
Click HERE to see some more pictures.
Children's Parade : 5.5.18
The Children's Parade took place today opening this year's Brighton Festival. Around 5000 children took part in the Parade - the theme this year being "Paintings." The weather was beautiful and the children looked fantastic in their bright colours, proudly wearing the masks they had made. What shone through the most was the children's enthusiasm - it was a wonderful atmosphere and lovely to be part of.
Ready and raring to go!
Thank you children for, as always, rising to the occasion and for making today such great fun. Thank you also to the parents and carers who joined us today - we really appreciate your enthusiasm and support too. Thank you also to Miss Matthews and Miss Clarke who coordinated everything to make today run so smoothly.
On our way!
These are just a selection of the photos from the day. Mrs Skinner will put all of the photos from the Parade onto the TV screen in the foyer at some point this week so please pop in to have a look.
Still smiling, singing, blowing our whistles and chanting all the way to the finish line!
What a fantastic team effort.
More parade preparations: 1.5.18
Miss Matthews and Miss Clarke ran another parent's and carer's parade workshop after school tonight. The masks for next Saturday's parade are looking amazing! Thank you so much to the parents and carers who were able to come along and work alongside their children with the art work tonight - we really appreciate your support.
Year 3 trip
Year 3 had a lovely day out at Frog Firle Farm in the Cuckmere Valley. Click HERE to see some more photos of their day out.
Parade Preparations: 26.4.18
The children's parade which opens the Brighton Festival every year takes place next Saturday (May 5th.) The theme this year is "Paintings" and our focus is a painting called, " Dancers " by Kalidou Kasse.
The children have been involved in the big build during art club and tonight, after school, parents and carers came in to help with the preparations - making masks with their children. We really appreciate the support we get from parents and carers, so thank you for coming in today and for your commitment to supporting our involvement in the parade.
Key Steps Gymnastics Competition: 19.4.18
We took a squad of Year 5 gymnasts to Dorothy Stringer School today to take part in a primary school gymnastics competition. The children took part in three different disciplines - demonstrating body management skills, vaulting and performing a rehearsed floor sequence containing set moves.
The children performed brilliantly and we finished in third place. A great achievement! Not only that, but we received the "teamwork" award too!
We were very proud of everyone's performances. Thank you Miss Pippa too for helping to coach these budding gymnasts.
Following the recent outbreak of Measles across Surrey and Sussex we have been asked to circulate the following letter to raise awareness and give you some information on the disease. Please take a look at the letter below.
Poverty Proofing the School Day
On Monday and Tuesday (16th and 17th April) we took part in an audit to "poverty proof" the school day. At St Joseph's, we recognise that several of our parents/carers, in common with many other people in Brighton, and indeed the UK, struggle from day to day and bringing up children in the 21st century can be an expensive affair. This audit will help us to remove any barriers to children’s learning, ensuring pressures on household income do not have a negative impact on any child’s education.
You should have received a letter and details of a questionnaire at the end of term, but just in case you missed it, I have attached copies- please click on the link below. Details of how to complete online with log in are on the letter which was previously sent home or can be given on Monday by asking at the school office. Paper copies are available from the office on request.
Yellow team celebration: 13.4.18
Congratulations to the yellow team who won last half term's house-point challenge. They celebrated their success with some food, some music and a small party this afternoon. Well done to the yellow team for their continued hard work and for earning so many house points in recognition of this.
Come on red, green and blue teams - we would like a different winner next half term!
Attendance assembly: 12.4.18
This afternoon, during an attendance assembly, we celebrated those children who had managed to avoid the winter colds and achieve 100% attendance during the Spring Term - a fantastic achievement!
Congratulations to our KS1 pupils and the children in Year 3 for their 100% attendance.
Pupils in Year 4 and Year 5
Year 6 and our whole school 100% attendance superstars!
We recognise that children do become ill and it is not always possible to get children to school all of the time. So, particular congratulations must go to the following families who have managed to get all their children to school during the Spring Term. Well done to you all!
Thank you also to Mrs Messenger who works tirelessly to make sure we have the best possible attendance which gives all of our pupils optimum learning opportunities.
Thank you to all of our parents and carers who help ensure our pupils attend school regularly and on time.
Newhaven Fort: 29.3.18
As part of their WW11 topic, Year 6 visited Newhaven Fort today. Please click HERE to see more pictures on their class page.
Easter Raffle: 29.3.18
Well done to everyone who won an Easter egg in today's raffle organised by the FOSJ's. Thank you to everyone who donated an egg or bought tickets.
Watch this space to see how much money was raised and what the FOSJ's plan to spend it on in order to enhance our children's learning.
Times Table Challenge: 26.3.18
Today was our KS2 times table challenge. Eight contestants from each class had been selected based on class trials and went into battle with each other today in a year group times table challenge.
Well done to everyone who took part, well done to the winners of each year group (you were so quick!) and well done to everyone who has been working on learning their times tables.
Particular congratulations to Bailey, Belinda, George and Amarachi - times table superstars!
Easter egg design competition: 23.3.18
Congratulations to the seven winners of the Easter Egg Design Competition. Mrs Arnold was delighted with the number of entries and judging proved very difficult!
Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the winners from each year group.
Fundraising during Lent.
During Lent, we decided to fundraise for CAFOD. CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development and their aim is to help people living in poverty whatever their culture or religion.
We decided to support CAFOD's world gifts project. Throughout Lent, each class bought in any coins they had and put them into a class collecting box. The children had time to look on the CAFOD website and were able to see what gifts they might be able to buy, how these gifts would make a difference and read some stories from people who had benefitted from CAFOD's gifts.
As always, our pupils were enthusiastic and keen to help and support and over the past few weeks have bought in loose change. What a difference they have made!
We are so proud of our caring and thoughtful children and the way that they always want to give.
This is what each class chose to buy with their class's money-
St Andrew's - Chirpy Chickens.
St Elizabeth's - Seeds of hope, emergency water and honey bees.
Year 3 - Mother and baby medical support and seeds of hope.
Year 4 - A goat and water for a family.
Year 5 - 4 x emergency water.
Year 6 - Mother and baby medical support, immunisations for 28 children, teach a child to read and a community vegetable garden.
Altogether, we collected about £225 during Lent. Thank you children for being so caring and thank you parents for your support too.
Ask your children about the CAFOD world gifts and if you are in school, come in and see the display in the hall
Let's Dance : 21.3.18
This evening we took a group of dancers from Years 4, 5 and 6 to the Dome in Brighton to take part in the annual, "Dance at the Dome." This event celebrates the work of schools and dance groups from across the city and takes place over four nights with around 500 pupils performing on each of those evenings.
What a fantastic performance our dancers put on tonight! The 17 girls performed a dance called, "The West Enders" - which was a West End musical remix. They were absolutely amazing!
Thank you children - we were so proud of you all tonight. Thank you also to Pippa Westover for choreographing the dance and for working with such enthusiasm with the children over the last few months.
Getting ready............hair and make up!
Glitter done and gems on!
Ready to perform!
Have a look at this clip showing their dance.
St Joseph's Day 2018
Today March 19th, we celebrated St Joseph's Day. Father Kieron joined us in school in the morning and we celebrated Mass together.
Throughout the morning, classes celebrated St joseph through a range of activities. These included designing wooden crosses and plant pots to celebrate Joseph's carpentry skills, making lily lollipops, decorating biscuits and making paper plate lilies to celebrate the flower associated with St Joseph and designing a new emblem for St Joseph or St Joseph's School and much more!
KS1 also made pastries to remember that St Joseph is also the patron saint of confectioners and pastry makers!
Plant pots with special seeds
Lily designs on biscuits
Here are a few more photographs of our St Joseph's Day celebrations today.
In the afternoon, the pupils of St Joseph's showed off their many varied talents, as well as some of their current learning in an afternoon celebration. Friends, Governors and supporters of the school were invited in for a tea party and were entertained by our wonderfully talented children.
Let's Dance performers open the show! Tea and pastries.
Each class performed something e.g. retelling a text/story through "talk for writing," performance poetry and singing and marching to WW11 songs. The choir, Let's Dance performers and the drama group also took to the stage.
St Andrew's Class Our gymnasts
As always, it was lovely to come together as a school community to celebrate the wonderful talents our pupils have on such a special day for our school.
Year 6 perform a medley of WW11 songs The choir
Signs of Spring!
After our recent cold spell, it is nice to have had some warmer weather. Mrs Muschamp has taken advantage of this and spruced up our outside prayer areas. They are looking lovely and welcoming and remind us daily that Spring is just around the corner! Thank you Mrs Muschamp.
Decorate a door for World Book Day
The pupils and staff have had great fun decorating their classroom doors based on their favourite book or genre of book.
These are some of the creative doors.
World War II books - Year 6 "Where's Wally?"
"Alice in Wonderland" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
"Flat Stanley" - Year 3 "Danny, champion of the world"- Year 4
St Andrew's Class - "The Tiger Who Came To Tea."
St Elizabeth's - "The gingerbread man" and "Little Miss Sunshine."
AND the winner was................
Year 5's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Well done year 5.
We hope you enjoyed your tasty prize!
World Book Day 1.3.18
At St Joseph's we continually aim to promote reading and encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. This week, we will be celebrating the joys of reading and books, even more-so than usual, through a range of cross-curricular activities based around quality texts and by reminding children how magical and inspirational books can be.
This year, the children will be decorating their classroom doors to represent their favourite story or reading genre. Each class will have one week to create their door. The doors will be judged on Wednesday 7th March and the class with the most impressive and creative idea will receive a prize! Watch this space for photos.
This morning, each class drew a teacher's name out of a hat and that teacher shared their favourite story or poem with the class. Year 4 were very lucky and listened to a story in French! Other books included "Gorilla," by Anthony Browne, "Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies," by Pamela Butchart and "Cave Baby," by Julia Donaldson.
House Point winners celebration: 23.2.18
Today the yellow team celebrated winning last term's house-point challenge. Over the last half term, the yellow team earned the most house-points and as a reward for their efforts and hard work, they celebrated together this afternoon with some party food and some music.
Congratulations to everyone in the yellow team. Keep up your good work!
Reconciliation Service: 22.2.18
Today we were joined by Father Kieron for a Lenten reconciliation service. As always, it was lovely to see so many children of our KS2 pupils involved. The drama group retold and acted out the story of Zacchaeus, helping us to focus on its meaning and reminding us of the importance of giving others a second chance and forgiving them.
After the Reconciliation Service children, if they wished to, had the opportunity to speak with Father Kieron, to say sorry for any wrong-doings, to think about ways they could make amends and to reconcile themselves with God.
After the service, each child in KS2 was given a leaf on which they wrote a promise. Each child thought about something that they wanted to try to do better during Lent, how they planned to turn away from sin and turn back to God, just as Zacchaeus did. These leaves will be displayed on a Promise Tree.
Numbers Day : 1.2.18
Today, St Joseph's pupils supported the NSPCC by taking part in their Numbers Day. Number's Day provides a great opportunity to make maths even more fun than usual and today each class took part in a range of fun maths challenges involving fractions.
Year 6's "Fraction Action Challenge," involved jelly beans!
Pupils came in to school in their home clothes involving fractions of different colours. The children also learnt about the work of the NSPCC and were reminded about the underwear rule.
Thanks to your generosity, we collected £180.23 for the NSPCC. This will make an enormous difference to children today and help change the lives of children in the future.
Reptiles : 22.1.18
Wow! What fun EYFS and KS1 children had today when they met some relatives of dinosaurs! The children were very brave and thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the animals.
Balance Bikes : 15.1.18 - 18.1.18
Our Reception Class children have received balance bike training this week. The balance bikes, which do not have pedals, help the children to concentrate on the skills of balance and gross motor control. This makes learning to ride a lot easier, as well as keeping the children active.
This week, the children have enjoyed lots of games and fun activities whilst improving their fitness.
Indoor Athletics at BACA: 10.1.18
This is our squad of wonderful athletes who represented St Joseph's at the primary schools' indoor athletics competition today at BACA.
Click HERE to see some more pictures and to find out who was picked out from all the children participating today to receive a "determination" award.
Blue Team Celebration: 5.1.18
Congratulations to the blue team who earned the most house points last half term. They celebrated today with a small party, sharing a little food and listening to music. Some of the blue team even had a bit of a dance!
Well done blue team. keep up the good work! And come on yellow, green and red- let's see a different team winning this half term.
Attendance Assembly: 3.1.18
This afternoon, we celebrated the attendance for the Autumn Term 2017. It was lovely to see so many children who had managed to achieve 100% attendance last term.
Our KS1 100% attendance superstars. Our KS2 100% attendance superstars.
Particular congratulations must go to Year 4 who had 11 out of 22 pupils with 100% attendance. With winter colds and bugs around, we recognise it is not always possible to come into school every day, so well done to everyone who did manage it.
Year 4 had 50% of their class with 100% attendance. Year 3
Thank you too, to the parents and carers for your support in achieving this and for coming into today's assembly to celebrate with us. Particular congratulations must go to those families who had more than one child with 100% attendance today.
We look forward to building on this attendance achievement next term. Thank you to Mrs Messenger for her hard work in keeping our attendance figures so high.
Year 6 Year 5
On top of the festivities on the last day of term, our pupils were in for another treat! John Parfitt, one of our school governors, and his wife Linda had entered a competition to win eleven Brighton and Hove Albion home shirts for a team of junior football players.
We were delighted to have won, but even more excited when we heard that Glenn Murray, one of Brighton and Hove Albion's star strikers, would be coming in to present the shirts and meet the children.
We have lots of Albion fans at St Joseph's so having Glenn Murray visit our school was a fantastic end to a great term. The whole school thanked Glenn with a rendition of "We wish you a Murray Christmas!"
Our win and special visitor were featured in the Argus on December 28th. Thank you to the Argus for the photographs.
KS2 Christmas Party and Celebration Day: 20.12.17
KS2 followed in KS1's party footsteps today and celebrated the end of a busy term. The children spent the morning in their house groups taking part in a variety of Christmas activities including traditional games like pass the parcel and stick the nose on Rudolf, decorating "biscuit baubles," team games and Christmas crafts.
Pass the Parcel
Stick the nose on Rudolf
In the afternoon our KS2 pupils continued to party. A thoroughly well-deserved treat!
Thanks to your generosity, we had some food left over from both parties.
Over the last three years we have supported the "First Base" centre at Christmas, by sending them some of our left over party food. "First Base," is a homeless centre in Brighton offering a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or who are insecurely housed in the city.
Mrs Cox kindly took the donations to the centre a couple of days before Christmas. The staff were delighted to receive the food items and wished all the pupils at St Joseph's a very happy Christmas.
It is good to know that, at St Joseph's, we have helped in some way to make a difference to other people's lives over Christmas.
Thank you all for your generosity and support.
KS 1 Christmas Party and Celebration Day: 19.12.17
KS1 rounded off their term of hard work today with a Christmas Party Celebration Day. The morning involved a carousel of festive activities including karaoke with Christmas songs, bauble decorating, glittery play-dough making and Christmas crafts.
Christmas Crafts - Baby Jesus in the manger
Making festive play dough
In the afternoon, the party continued with party games and party food! Great fun was had by all!
KS2 Carol Concert: 15.12.1
What a lovely carol service our KS2 pupils put on tonight. Thank you parents and carers for bringing your children and your friends and family along and joining us tonight. It was wonderful to see such a full congregation and to be able to come together at this busy time of year as a school community.
Children, you sang beautifully. Thank you to Year 6 for your readings and for providing the tableau. Absolutely beautiful solos by Bailey and Calum too.
We were very proud of you all tonight.
It is always lovely when our past pupils come back to see us and tell us how they are getting on in their new secondary schools and share with us things they are proud of and have achieved since they left us.
We were delighted to get an email from Kicks Martial Arts Centre telling us about the success of Regan Mayer, one of our Year 6 pupils from last year.
On November 26th, Regan Maher became the IKF English Open Tournament Light Continuous Kickboxing Champion in the 10-13years, Under 45kgs, Category at Northwood Leisure Centre, Chatham, Kent.
We are very proud of Regan and delighted to hear about her continued success in her kickboxing. Regan is a very determined, hardworking girl who thoroughly deserves this achievement.
We would love to hear from more of our past pupils so please get in touch, tell us how you are getting on and let us celebrate with you!
Christmas Lunch: 13.12.17
Today was our school Christmas Lunch. Everyone came into school wearing Christmas jumpers and other festive attire. We had a delicious traditional turkey roast dinner followed by ice cream and cookies served to us by our teachers and teaching assistants. We had crackers and sang along to Christmas songs.
Thank you to the kitchen staff for preparing such a lovely lunch for us.
Noisy Nativity: 13.12.17
This morning our KS2 pupils were in for a treat when they watched the final dress rehearsal of the KS1 production - "Noisy Nativity." The story is based around a few children in a school who think Christmas is all about presents. Their teachers soon put them straight and so begins a lively retelling of the story of Jesus birth.
It was an absolute delight to watch - great acting, singing, dancing, percussion playing and even sign language! Well done children- you were fantastic. Thanks to all the adults who helped put on this show and thank you children for your enthusiasm, energy and sparkle!
The children are performing again tomorrow and Friday for their parents, carers and friends. Don't miss it!
Parent and Toddler Christmas Get -Together: 13.12.17
A small group of parents and their toddlers meet regularly on a Wednesday morning in school with Mrs Arnold. This morning was a special Christmas get together. The children enjoyed playing together and eating a few treats.
Thank you to the parents and their friends who come along every week for a coffee and a chat. Thank you to Percy, Arlo, Harrison, Elsie and Lottie for coming along to play- it is lovely to welcome you into St Joseph's school.
Christmas Bauble Competition
Mrs Arnold organised a Christmas Bauble decorating competition which has been displayed outside the Learning Mentor's room. It was lovely to see so many imaginative, creative and colourful festive entries.
Congratulations to Kadie, Kiralee and Arijus who won prizes for their entries. A big thank you to everyone who entered.
Christmas Fair: 8.12.17
This afternoon was our school Christmas fair. Lots of preparation and work had gone into making items and games for each class's stall.
Year 6 ran a cocktail stall and a lucky dip, Year 5 sold festive cakes, Year 4 were selling stress balls and Christmas badges, Year 3 had made salt dough tree decorations and calendars and KS1 ran a shop, lucky dip and several other festive fun games. Alongside all of this, the FOSJ's provided refreshments and ran the raffle.
Thank you to everyone who helped by donating items, running a stall or by coming along to support this event in school. Thank you to the Year 6 pupils who helped run each stall along with children from each year group. Thank you also to the choir who sang some Christmas carols beautifully.
Watch this space to see how much money was made. Each class will choose what they want to spend any profit they made from their stall on. Look at the individual class pages to see what they decided to spend it on over the next few months.
Festive Fun Begins: 4.12.17
This week our festive fun and preparations have begun! On Saturday, some of our pupils and their families came along to the "Hollingdean Lucky Dip Winter Fair." They sang several Christmas carols in St Richard's Church and joined in the festive fun. Thank you to all the children and their families who were able to come and show their support for this event and our local community.
On Tuesday after school, the FOSJ's put on their annual Christmas disco/party. First, it was the turn of our KS2 pupils who had a great time and showed off some fabulous dance moves! Thank you to the FOSJ's for organising this event and to Mr Elliston for being the DJ.
Key Stage 2 Disco : 5.12.17
After school on Thursday was our KS1 Christmas Disco, again organised by the FOSJ's. Not to be outdone by KS2, there were some amazing dancers in KS1 too! The younger children thoroughly enjoyed the disco which also included some party games, party food and lots more fun.
Thank you again to the FOSJ's for putting on another successful event, to Miss Simson and to Mr Elliston.
Key Stage 1 Disco : 7.12.17
Don't forget our Christmas Fair on Friday afternoon. The children have been busy making things to sell on their class stalls and there are some magnificent looking hampers to be won in the FOSJ's raffle as well as a Donatello's gift voucher and much, much more!
So, come along and join the fun on Friday 8th December from 2.30 pm.
Year 5 visit to Preston Manor: 1.12.17
As part of their learning about the Victorians, Year 5 visited Preston Manor. This historic manor house gave the children a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs during the early years of the 20th century. Before they went, the children wrote letters of application for the advertised jobs.
To help them get into role and to help make them feel part of the learning session which was called, "Situations Vacant," the children came into school dressed as Victorian servants hoping for the job of a lower servant. They really looked the part and soon found out what life was like for Victorian servants in a grand house!
More information and photos about the children's trip will be on the St Philip Howard Class Page soon.
Children in Need: 17.11.17
Pupils, parents and staff came together today to support "Children in Need," and help to raise money for disadvantaged children. Many projects across the country will benefit from your donations so thank you for your generosity.
This year's theme is "Do your thing," and we certainly know how to do that at St Joseph's! The children and staff came in to school looking,"spotacular," with their spotty clothes and wacky hair!
Lunchtime started the fun off with games, challenges and biscuit decorating.
In the afternoon the children took part in a range of "Children in Need," activities. Years 5 and 6 used the computers to research information about Children in Need, finding out about the different projects that the BBC Children in Need support and learning about the ways the money is spent.as well as the young people it helps. Other activities included making "spotacular," cakes, designing a new Children in Need t-shirt , a Pudsey Bear hunt, making Pudsey ears, spotty balloon fun in Key Stage 1 and much, much more!
Year 6 pupils have been helping support the Royal British Legion over the last two weeks by selling products for Remembrance Sunday.
The poppies, badges, brooches, slap-bands and wristbands all help to raise money for the British Legion and show our support and remember those who lost their lives during conflict.
Well done Year 6 for doing such a great job selling the poppies and other Remembrance Day products.
Thank you for your generosity - all money raised will go the British Legion.
Year 6 Residential to PGL: 6.10.17
Year 6 have just returned from a fantastic weekend at PGL Windmill Hill. They had a four day action packed outdoor activity experience that they will never forget! Each day provided new challenges, opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and to achieve aspirations - as well as having fun with their friends.
We were so proud of you Year 6 - you were well behaved, determined, supportive of each other and up for everything thrown your way!
Here are a few photos of Year 6's weekend.
Click on THIS LINK to see more photos on the Year 6 page.
Pedestrian Training: 10.10.17
Over the last few weeks, children in Years 1 and 3 have been undertaking pedestrian training.
The scheme is designed to
- raise children's observation and awareness skills while crossing roads with an adult
- provide children with road safety skills in preparation for independent travel.
Child Pedestrian Training is one of the initiatives that helps reduce the number of child casualties on the roads.
The pedestrian trainers, who have been working with our children for five weeks now, had this to say about our children and school -
"St Joseph's is very welcoming and friendly. It has a lovely atmosphere."
"The pupils were very enthusiastic, keen to learn and extremely polite."
"It's been a pleasure working with your pupils."
Our Year 2 pupils have had scooter training this week. The training increases skills, improves confidence and increases awareness of other pavement users.
Walk to School Month: October 2017
Today, we launched "Walk to School," month with a whole school walk to school with our old friend "Piers, the Meerkat," the road safety mascot. We met at The Sure Start Centre and then walked down to school together.
A national campaign, Walk to School Month aims to encourage, reward and celebrate walking and other active ways to travel to school - and get families into the habit from the start of the academic year.
Even if families can’t walk every day, Brighton and Hove City Council are urging families to do something different in October, such as walking for one or two days when they usually drive. Or they might walk the last 10 minutes of their journey, or scoot or cycle.
More than 10,000 city children and their families are expected to take part in Brighton & Hove’s Walk to School Month, during October.
Thank you to all the pupils, parents and carers who joined Piers and walked to school this morning.
Grandparents' Day: 3.10.17
At St Joseph's, we are delighted to be celebrating Grandparents' Week again this year. It has become a highlight in our calendar and is thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, staff and grandparents.
Today, grandparents (and honorary grandparents) came into school to spend time with their grandchildren and their friends. It provided an opportunity for pupils and the school to thank the grandparents who support their grandchildren in so many different ways. It also gave grandparents the chance to see the wide range of activities that pupils enjoy in school each day.
In KS1, the grandparents joined the children for "Stay and Play" - talking to, and reading with the children and joining in with their classroom activities.
The KS1 children painted portraits of their grandparents too!
In KS2, classes put on a short assembly for their grandparents, who joined them afterwards in the classroom, supporting them with their learning, reading with them and talking to them about their own schooling and childhood experiences.
Thank you to all the grandparents who came into school today and for making it such a special morning. Have a look on each class page for more photos.
Bike-Ability Training : 2.10.17
Bike-Ability is today's cycle training programme. It gives children the skills and confidence for cycling on today's roads.
Some of our Year 6 pupils undertook Level 1 training over two mornings this week. At level 1, new riders learn to control and master their bikes away from traffic - on the school playground.
This training will be developed further during the Summer Term when Level 2 training takes place on local roads.
Able Mathematician's Day: 1.10.17
Four of our Year 6 pupils were selected to attend an "Able Mathematician's Day" at Coldean School.
Calum, Brooklyn, Marcin and Bailey joined pupils from nine other primary schools across Brighton and Hove to work with a maths specialist on maths activities and challenges.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed their day. We look forward to participating in more cluster group days like this in the future.
Harvest Mass: 1.10.17
Thank you to all the children and families who came together to celebrate the Harvest Mass at St Joseph's Church this Sunday morning. It was a lovely celebration and opportunity for giving thanks as a Parish family.
Once again, the children sang and read beautifully.
Thank you also for your generous harvest gifts and food items which will be distributed via the Brighton charity, "Voices in Exile."
MacMillan Fundraiser: 29.9.17
Today we joined many other people in fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support. Across the country today, people were supporting this cause by joining together for "the world's biggest coffee morning."
We decided to host a cake sale after school to do our bit and raise funds to help people who are facing cancer.
Thank you to everyone who baked/donated cakes, everyone who came along for a cup of tea and a slice of cake and also to the children and adults in school who organised and ran this event.
Once the money has been counted, we will let you know how much we raised.
Welcome Mass: 28.9.17
Today, we celebrated the start of a new school year with a whole school Welcome Mass. We were joined by Father Kieron, and together we welcomed our new pupils, parents and carers and staff into the St Joseph's family. Our new starters in St Andrew's Class all received a welcome prayer card.
As always, the children sang beautifully. Well done also to Year 6 for their lovely readings and prayers.
Thank you Father Kieron and parents and carers for joining us to celebrate Mass together today.
End of Key Stage 2 results.
It was lovely to receive another letter of congratulations from Jo Lyons, Assistant Director of Education, this week. This time, the letter was congratulating Miss Morrison and the school on the end of year Key Stage 2 SAT's test results.
We were delighted with the Year 6 results in July, but it is always nice to get recognition for the hard work of our pupils, the dedication of our school staff, the commitment of our governors, which, alongside the support from our parents and carers, all contributed to the successful outcomes for our pupils.
Click on the image below to read the letter.
We were delighted to receive a letter from Jo Lyons, the Assistant Director of Families, Children and Learning at Brighton and Hove City Council, congratulating St Joseph's on their pupil's attendance during the last academic year.
Thanks to our supportive parents, the dedication of our pupils and the commitment of the school staff, particularly Mrs Messenger, the attendance at St Joseph's during the last academic year was above the national average.
Click on THIS LINK to read the full letter.
BLUE TEAM'S CELEBRATIONS - House-point WINNERS from Summer Term 1.
Congratulations again to the BLUE team!