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 Reconciliation 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   


Competition Win!

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


Biscuit baubles


Team games



Christmas Crafts 

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


  Bauble decorating


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.



Kickboxing Champion!

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 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!  





Remembrance Day

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."



Scootability: 6.10.17

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.



Attendance Matters!

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.



Goodbye Year 6

We finished the year off with a lovely Leavers' Assembly. It gave the children, their families and the school staff the opportunity to look back over the last few years and their time together at St Joseph's School. Thank you parents for coming along this morning and for your support over the years.

After a very emotional assembly, the children got their shirts signed by their friends and school staff. They then chilled in the Year 6 classroom, sharing memories and looking forward to the next stage of their lives, washed down with comforting  ice creams and treats!


Goodbye and good luck Year 6 - we will miss you ALL.

At the end of the day, the whole school came out to the playground to say good-bye to their friends in Year 6, who were cheered as they individually came through the "leavers' tunnel."



You have been an amazing Year 6 class who have formed some really strong friendships over the years. We know you will flourish and grow in your new secondary schools and look forward to hearing all about your new experiences.

Have a great summer Year 6!

Thank you parents for your generous gifts, cards and kind words. They are much appreciated by the school staff.


Year 6 end of term treat to Arundel: 24.7.17

 Year 6 spent the day in Arundel today as an end of year treat. It was lovely to see the children relaxing together and celebrating the strong friendships that have been made over the years at St Joseph's. We spent the morning swimming and having fun at Arundel Lido, before having  a picnic and going to the park to play on the equipment. We finished the day with an ice-lolly before heading home

Here are a few photos of the day. To see more pictures of the fun they had, click on this link for the St Teresa Year 6 page.


Swimming in the rain at Arundel Lido.


Fun in the park with good friends.


Year 3 trip to the Wetlands:24.7.17

Year 3 spent the day at the Arundel Wetlands Centre today, consolidating their science learning this term. The children had a fantastic day and did some pond-dipping, took part in a sensory garden exploration, did a wildlife tour and a had a look around the centre.

Year 3 learnt a lot today, as well as showing the Wetlands staff how much they had already learnt during their science lessons at school.

Year 3 were, as always, enthusiastic, polite and well-behaved. - a credit to St Joseph's school.

Miss Matthews, Mrs Barnard and Mrs Branagan were very proud of you all.




Attendance Assembly: 21.7.17

Today was our final attendance assembly for this academic year. We are very proud of our attendance figures - the highest we have ever had at 96% - so thank you parents and carers, and children too,  for making sure you come to school every day. It makes such a difference to your education.

An especially big thank you to Mrs Messenger, whose tireless work helps contribute to our great attendance figures.


 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children with 100% attendance for the summer term


Huge congratulations to the 22 children who have had 100% attendance throughout the whole year. A fantastic achievement! 


Highest attendance over the year - class winners - Year 1 and Year 3. Well done!

It is really important to make sure your child comes to school everyday. We know that children do become ill and if that happens, it is unavoidable that they may miss a day or so of school. So it is brilliant to see that several of our families with more than one child in school who have achieved 100% attendance over the year.


Chloe, Billie and Lola Byrne                         Mia, Jack and Lewis Cooke


Kaydee and Ashley Taylor  Belinda and Rashid Bangura  Daniel and Archie Judd


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: 20.7.17

Today Year 6 put on their end of year production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, firstly for the rest of the school and then for their parents, carers and family and friends. Under the guidance of Mrs Foan and Mrs Greener, the children have been truly invested in their production and contributed ideas for songs, scenery, dances and props.

And what a show they put on! Year 6 - you blew everyone away with your acting, dancing, singing and performing. We absolutely loved your performance and were so proud of you all.

Our Year 6 cast ready to perform

Thank you to everyone who helped put on the performance, everyone who came along to watch it and more importantly thank you to the Year 6 children who performed and entertained us so brilliantly.

Thank you also for your generous donations for Diabetes UK.

Click on THIS  LINK to see some more pictures on the Year 6 page

Our lovely Oompa-Loompas!


Year 6 Leavers' Mass: 18.7.17   

Year 6 celebrated their time at St Joseph's with a beautiful Leavers' Mass today.

Father Kieron led the Mass and reminded us that today was a time for looking forward to the next part of our pupils' journey, but also a time for Year 6 to look back, giving thanks for their learning, their teachers, the friendships made and the many wonderful experiences and opportunities they have shared here at St Joseph's Catholic School.


        It was lovely for the whole school community to be able to come together and celebrate with Year 6 today and wish them the best for their futures.

Thank you again to all the parents and carers and other family members who were able to join us today.


Key Stage 2 Sports Day: 14.7.17

Today we held our KS2 sports day on Varndean School's field. We met at 11.45 for a picnic - it was lovely that so many parents, carers and family members were able to join us. Then the children did a group warm up, led by some of our Year 6 pupils, before beginning the field events - vortex howler throw, seated throw, standing jump and target challenge.


Enjoying our picnic

After some refreshments, we moved on to the track events which included the egg and spoon race , the sack race, a skipping race, a beanbag race and then the sprints and relays. While the scores were being added up, there was even an opportunity for the parents to compete in a race!


Limbering up

Great fun was had by everyone and we really appreciate Varndean School's generosity in allowing us use of their field today.

 Thank you Mrs Foan for organising this event, thank you parents and families for coming to support the children and most importantly, thank you children for showing great PE skills , good sportsmanship and team spirit throughout.

Some action shots of our field and track events as well as some photos of our competitors.


Congratulations to the blue team who won overall.


Connect with the countryside day at Ardingly: 13.7.17

Years 5 and 6 had an educational visit to Ardingly today. The "Connect with the Countryside " day provides an engaging and interactive opportunity to learn all about food, farming, the countryside and the environment.

The activities that the children participated in support National Curriculum learning in an interesting way and provide excellent curriculum consolidation and enrichment at the end of the school year.


Aspiring jockeys!

The activities included -  looking at livestock, learning about and tasting healthy and local food, watching local crafts people at work e.g. spinning wool and making corn dollies and learning about sheep shearing through a demonstration and show. The children were also able to try fly fishing, watch a pony club display and learn about forestry and conservation as well as lots of other exciting activities.

The children had a fabulous day - Year 5 are already asking if they can go again next year!

Here are a few photos of the day.

Click on this link to the YEAR 6 page to see some more photos of the day.


Years 3, 4 and 5 assembly: 12.7.17

Year 3, 4 and 5 invited parents and carers in this morning to a special assembly to celebrate their learning. Year 3 did a recorder performance playing several tunes they had learnt, Year 4 sang a medley of songs, did a times table challenge and shared some of their imaginative writing and Year 5 shared some facts about rain forests, demonstrated the rain sticks they had made and performed a Bollywood style dance as well as a Spanish dance and song! 

Year 4 singing stars!


Year 5 artists and dancers.

What talented pupils we have here at St Josephs!

Thank you so much to the parents and carers who came in to this morning's assembly. It was lovely that so many of you were able to come in and celebrate your children's learning. It means a lot to them and we really appreciate your support.


Drusilla's Park Visit: 11.7.17

Today, year 1 and 2 went to Drusilla's Park as part of their science learning about animals and their environments.

The children had a lovely day and learnt lots about animals, their habitats and how they adapt and survive in different environments.

Here are a few pictures showing what a great day they had.


Today we took a squad of basketball players to a Year 6 tournament at BHASVIC. Click on this link to see some pictures and find out how we got on.


Spelling Bee: 10.7.17

Today we held our annual spelling bee competition for our KS 2 pupils. Following spelling challenges in each class,  eight children from each class were selected to compete in this morning's competition.

The standard was extremely high. Eventually the final two children in each class went head-to-head. Their spelling knowledge was so impressive that Mrs Foan had to come up with some really challenging spellings in order to get a winner!


The winners and runners up were-

   Year 3's winner was Eman and the runner up was Billie.

Year 4's winner was Isabel and the runner up was Zuzanna

Year 5's winner was Bailey and the runner up was Calum

Year 6's  winner was Karen and the runner up was Amelia

All of today's finalists received a spelling bee badge and the winners received a trophy. Well done to all our competitors.


Summer Fun Day: 8.7.17

Today was our annual Summer Fun Day, organised by the FOSJ's. As always, there were lots of fun games and activities to take part in, some amazing acts from our talented pupils to watch and of course lots of yummy food and drink to enjoy!

It was lovely to see so many parents and carers, pupils, school staff and members of the local community and parish supporting this event alongside the FOSJ's, and helping to raise money which will be used to benefit our children and enhance their learning in school.

Particular thanks must go to Miss Simson and Mrs Mulholland for their fantastic organisation of today's fun day, and everyone else who helped in any way. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The FOSJ's made an amazing  £660 pounds profit. Well done!

Here are a few photos showing what fun was had. Click on this link and have a look on the FOSJ's page for more photos.


Golden Time

We try to make golden time a purposeful, but fun, time on a Friday afternoon, as a reward for following our golden rules and sticking to our golden agreement. This half term  Mrs Mulholland has been taking groups of children from across KS 1  to do some cooking/ food preparation during Golden Time.
Look at some of the delicious things they have been making......
Eton Mess!
Banoffee Pie
Vegetables and dips


Knickerbocker Glory fundraiser: 6.7.17

As you may know Mrs Cox has been raising money throughout the year for a defibrillator for St Joseph's School. She is very close to raising her target amount, so we held a fundraising event today to help Mrs Cox with her last little bit of fundraising for this great cause.


In return for a £1 donation, the children were able to create their own knickerbocker glory, using yummy ingredients and top it off with sprinkles!


What an enjoyable way to support an amazing cause!

Thank you for your generous donations - Mrs Cox is delighted that because we raised £145 today, she now has enough to buy a defibrillator.



First Holy Communion Mass: 6.7.17

We were joined by Father Kieron this morning, when, as a school, we celebrated a special Mass with those children who have made their first Holy Communion at St Joseph's Church over the past few weeks. It was lovely that we could share this special occasion with them and to see them take a lead in today's Mass.


Thank you to the parents and grandparents who were able to come in and share this special celebration with the children.



Year 5 enrichment day at Cardinal Newman School: 5.7.17

We are lucky to have strong links with all of our local secondary schools and this is particularly evident as Year 6 prepare for their imminent transition to secondary school in September. 

Year 6 pupils are currently spending a day in their new secondary schools getting to know their new surroundings, meeting staff and new classmates and familiarizing themselves with new school set-ups.

Tutors and pupils from their new schools also come into St Joseph's to talk to the pupils in a familiar environment, answering any Q's they may have and beginning to forge new working relationships at this exciting time - the start of our children's next steps in their school academic adventure.


We are fortunate that this year, a taster/enrichment day has been provided by Cardinal Newman School aimed at our Year 5 pupils.

The children took part in a variety of science activities and challenges called "Voyage into Science", based around a pirate theme.

Year 5 had such a fun afternoon. Look at some of the experiments they did.


Level 2 Bike Ability Training: Week beginning 3.7.17

Some of our Year 6 pupils have had Bike Ability training this week.  


Level 2 training takes place on local streets, giving pupils a real cycling experience. Trainees are taught how to deal with traffic on short journeys, preparing them for cycling to school or to the local shops. 

Congratulations to all our participants who passed the Level 2 training.


Today the current Year 1 children got an opportunity to work alongside the Reception children and get to know some of their classmates ready for September !



Key Stage 1 Sports: 28.6.17
This morning was our Key stage 1 sports day. A bit of drizzle and dark clouds could not dampen the spirits of our young competitors!
Early years and KS1 took part in a variety of sporting activities, working in their house teams to win points.
The activities included a water relay, an egg and spoon relay, a dressing up race, an obstacle race and a hurdles relay.
The children had a great time and showed great determination and good sportsmanship. It was lovely to see the children encouraging and supporting each other. Thank you too to Year 6 for helping, demonstrating and setting up.
Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to come along and support their children - it means a lot to them.
If you were unable to make it on this occasion, have a look at the photos above.
Congratulations to the red team who won overall.
Green for Grenfell day: 26.6.17
Many schools in London and across the country are coming together this week in support of the victims of Grenfell Tower, with a, "Green for Grenfell," dress-down day.
Children and staff came into school today wearing green.
Thank you all for your generous donations which we will send in support of those that have been affected by this terrible tragedy.
As well as donating money to the cause, we also held a special assembly and said prayers for those affected.
Spanish Lunchtime Club
We are lucky to have a trainee teacher working with Mrs Branagan and the Year 5 class at the moment. Miss Martinez is originally from Seville in Spain and she is running a Spanish lunchtime club on a Friday for children in Years 2-6. It is lovely to see so many children who are keen to learn another language. Today's club was based around learning the names of the colours in Spanish.
Worth Abbey:21.6.17
Mrs Branagan and Mrs Brownbill accompanied fourteen Year 5 and 6 pupils to Worth Abbey today.  The schools in the diocese came together to attend the annual Good Shepherd Celebration. The service was  led by Bishop Richard and provided a wonderful opportunity for  pupils from Catholic schools in the diocese to come together.
The theme for the celebration was, ‘Seeking to build a better world,’ linked to Pope Francis’ proposal for a new work of mercy: ‘Care for our common home,’ and his announcement of six new Beatitudes for modern Christians.
Each school brought a brick to the celebration illustrating one on the new Beatitudes, signifying how following these would help to build a better world. 
The NED show assembly:20.6.17
The whole school had a very special assembly today called the NED show. NED is a lovable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for "Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best." This reinforces the qualities that we try to instill into our pupils at St Joseph's - those of resilience, determination, persistence and diligence.
Using story-telling, humour, audience participation and yo-yo tricks, the pupils learnt through the adventures of NED. The assembly today was very exciting but hopefully its message will continue throughout the rest of the year and help to promote a culture of kindness and excellence around the school and motivate and inspire our children to continue with their positive behaviour.
Some NED merchandise  e.g. yo-yos will be on sale at St Joseph's for five days after the assembly, ranging from £3-£11.
Crowning of Mary: 24.5.17
The month of May is dedicated to Mary. Today was our May procession. The whole school processed from the playground to crown our two Marys.
Each child had a handful of petals to scatter as we walked, singing together, "Bring flowers of the rarest," and "As I kneel before you," before our Marys were ceremonially crowned.


Coffee morning for bi/multi-lingual parents and families:24.5.17


This morning we hosted a coffee morning for our bi/multi-lingual parents and families. The session was led by Liz Williamson, who is an EAL (English as an additional language) specialist teacher who works with some of our pupils at St Joseph's.

The focus of today's coffee morning was "Language is a gift," tying in with the theme of multi-cultural week. There are 20 different languages spoken in our school family and we are keen to encourage a sense of pride in each child's home language, maintaining a strong mother tongue.

This morning's get together was an opportunity to share experiences, and discuss advantages and challenges of raising children bi-lingually. The coffee morning was very successful and it was proposed that it becomes a termly event.


Visit from Pudsey:23.5.17

We were visited by the BBC today, who brought along a very special guest! The BBC were making a promotional video showing schools and groups who had fund-raised last year for Children in Need.

Pudsey Bear came along too, to talk to some of the children and staff about last year's "dance-athon" which the St Joseph's pupils took part in to raise money for Children in Need. 


The video may well feature in this year's Children in Need coverage, so watch this space!



Caribbean Evening: 19.5.17

Miss Simson, Mrs Mulholland and the Friends of St Joseph's put on a fantastic Caribbean Evening on Friday- a wonderful culmination to Multicultural Week. The ticket included entertainment from a steel band, as well as a DJ,  Jamaican food, a rum punch on arrival and a "photo booth" with Caribbean style props.


Preparations well under-way and the school hall looking fantastic.

Great fun was had by all, and the proceeds - an amazing £420 - will go to buying some much needed resources for our link school,  Bryce School in Jamaica. Thank you to all of those involved in organising this event, thank you to anyone else who helped in any way and also to the parents, staff and members of the wider community who came along to support the event on the night.


                             The fantastic steel band                              .


 Friends, family, staff, parents and parish and Jamaican friends enjoying the evening.



Multi-cultural Week: 15-19th May 2017

This week is multi-cultural week at St Joseph's. We are very lucky that, at St Joseph's, we are a school rich in diversity- we have pupils from many different backgrounds, faiths and beliefs. We recognise that this diversity is a huge strength of our school and something that should be celebrated.

Multi-cultural Week began with an assembly led by Miss Simson. She reminded the children of our links with The Bryce School in Jamaica. Year 3 managed to video call the children in Bryce School this afternoon. The signal was weak but the children managed to wave at each other and say hello.  


During this week, one of the activities we are hoping to do is to make and laminate games to send to the children in Jamaica as teaching ideas and resources for learning are something they are desperately short of at the Bryce School.


"Language is a gift" is another part of this week's learning. Each class will base their learning/research around one country/culture of a pupil in the class. Learning some key phrases and greetings in that language will be part of this work.  

Please ask your children what they have been learning about this week.

In the long term, we are hoping to train some children as young interpreters - children who are good communicators and want to help make the children, who are new to our school, settle in easily. This initiative will be a good way to celebrate the diversity of St Josephs and to support and celebrate the language of any new arrivals to our school. 


Walk To School Week: 15-19th May 2017

This week is "Walk To School" and at St Joseph's we are encouraging our pupils to walk or walk part of the way to school - and as a school we are celebrating the benefits walking brings.
Walking to school makes children feel healthier and happier, while reducing congestion and pollution outside the school gates. Yet less than half of primary school children across the country currently walk to school.

Walk to School Week has hopefully reminded our families of the many benefits of a daily walk to school.


End of SAT's treat for Year 6 : 12.5.17

Year 6 have been working really hard over the last few months in preparation for the SAT's tests that they took this week.

This morning they met up for a celebratory breakfast before heading off to the Duke of York's cinema to watch The LEGO Batman Movie and then moving on to Preston Park to have a picnic and to relax together.


Click on this link - Year 6 - to see some more photographs.


Brighton Fringe Festival: 7.7.15

Today some of our pupils participated in the "Unity" event as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. This event involved eleven acts performing in Jubilee Square in Brighton. The focus of the event was an infusion of dance and culture with a multi-national theme. This multicultural event included music, dance, poetry, comedy and acting.

Well done to the children from Years 3,4 and 5 who, together with Miss Simson, choreographed a dance to a medley of songs as well as singing on the stage.


The DJ, who was part of today's event, was blown away by our children's dancing and said he was going to tell everyone about how amazing St Joseph's pupils are! You are very talented and performed brilliantly. We were very proud of you all. 


Thank you to the parents and carers too, for bringing your children along and supporting them.

Click on the COMMUNITY page to see some videos from both the Unity event and the Children's Parade.


Children's Parade: 6.5.17

We once again took part in the annual Brighton Children's Parade (organised by Same-Sky)  which marked the opening of the Brighton Festival. About 70 schools took part, marching through the streets of Brighton, proudly showing off their creative "big makes," their flamboyant costumes, their dance moves and their music.
It was, as always, a colourful, energetic enjoyable and fun day out for all the family.


Last- minute preparations and ready to go!



This year's theme was poetry and our "big-build" was based on the poem "Caterpillar" by Norman MacCaig.

Mrs Thompson and her team of staff members have worked hard alongside the children and parents to design and create the "big build" as well as making the props and costumes, learning the dance moves and chants and practising for the Samba band. Thank you to everyone who was involved and also to the parents who joined us to walk or cheer us on, on the day.

Here are a few photographs from the day.



Our wonderful Samba Band.



Enjoy the slideshow below with more pictures from today's children's parade.


Friday's Prayer Group: 5.5.17 

The RE council have met recently and have decided to run a prayer group every Friday lunchtime throughout May dedicated to Mary.

Grace and Andrea from Year 5 led the first session this week which 30 children from across the school attended. The children prayed together, reflected on Mary's life and drew pictures of Mary whilst listening to music. 

Grace and Andrea displayed some of the pictures  in the foyer.



The Argus: 29.4.17

We were visited by a photographer from the Argus newspaper yesterday, who had heard of our planned Albion celebrations.

We form a big part of a spread in today's paper, which shows support for the club's success and details how fans are celebrating across the county.



Brighton and Hove Albion Promotion Celebration:28.4.17

The staff and pupils of St Joseph's would like to add their congratulations to Brighton and Hove Albion on reaching the Premier League.

We too, aim high and strive to reach our goals! 


Today we joined the local  celebrations by encouraging our whole school community to wear blue and white.


A range of activities were planned across the school which children took part in in their house groups. These included "Beat the Goalie," designing flags and bunting to celebrate BHA's success, making seagulls, researching facts about the Albion and its history, designing a celebratory card or a celebration emblem using computer art programmes and icing kits on a team of gingerbread men and icing footballs using shortbread rounds.

Great fun was had by all. Thank you Mr Muschamp for organising today's celebrations.




This is what the Albion had to say in response to our congratulations:


A message for the pupils of St Joseph's ...

       Thank you for taking the time to contact Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
It is a magnificent achievement for the club to be promoted to the Premier League
and we thank you for taking the time to send through your kind words of support.
To all the pupils at St Josephs, work hard and you will reach your goals
(just like we did) and you will all go very far, enjoy your blue and white day!
Kind regards and very best wishes,
Ben Stephenson
Supporter Services


 Parade Preparations: 27.4.17


Today Shan Isherwood from Same Sky came back into school to help children work on our big build "The Caterpillar." Children from Years 2-6 helped Shan to paint/make our caterpillar green. We are looking forward to seeing the big build in its full glory on the 6th May in the children's parade.


Thank you to the parents who were able to come in and help make costumes and props with their children for the parade. Your support and help is much appreciated.




Year 5 Maths Challenge : 6.4.17

This afternoon we took six of our finest Year 5 mathematicians to a maths challenge at Carden primary School. The challenge involved three teams of two from six local schools who competed against each other in a series of rounds involving different types of mathematical thinking. There was a times table round, a word problem round, a continue the sequence/number pattern round and several more.


We were very proud of our mathematicians - Calum, Toby, Aukse, Bailey, Brooklyn and Marcin - who worked very well in their teams and really challenged themselves. Thank you parents for coming along to support your children too.


Parade Workshop: 6.4.17

Preparations are well underway for our "big build"- a caterpillar which will form our contribution to the children's parade this year. The theme for this year's children's parade, which launches the Brighton Festival,  is "Poetry in Motion," with each school illustrating a favourite children's poem.

Today, we were lucky to have Shan Isherwood, from Same Sky, working with groups of children from St Joseph's on the big build.

By the end of the day, our caterpillar was really starting to take shape! Shan will be back on the 27th April for the next stage of the build.



Reconciliation Service: 30.3.17

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. Year 5 retold and acted out the story of the Prodigal Son, helping us to focus on its meaning and reminding us of the importance of saying sorry and forgiving others.


During the service there was an opportunity to light a candle and reflect quietly.

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. 



Zip-Zap Launch:29.3.17

We were joined for a special assembly this morning by Albion in the Community coaches and Gully! They came in to school to talk to Year 1 and 2 about a free after-school club that will be running at St Joseph's called Zip-Zap.

The Zip-Zap sessions are a mix of exciting physical activities and also learning about healthy eating; the children will have the opportunity to try different fruits and vegetables. The course, which runs on a Friday from 28th April - 14th July, will include two family workshops, where parents are invited along too.

Places are limited. Letters went home to those children who expressed an interest.


Reception Class trip to Gaston Farm: 28.3.17

What a marvellous trip the Reception Class had to Gaston Farm today. They had a very hands-on and exciting visit. 


Year 6 Trip to Newhaven Fort: 24.3.17

Year 6 had a very enjoyable and informative visit to Newhaven Fort today. Click on the link above to see more pictures. 


Comic Relief: 24.3.17 

Today we’ve had lots of red clothes, red noses and even some red hair… and we’ve been able to send a good donation to Comic Relief. Children - you looked fantastic! Thank you parents and carers for your support and donations.



Saint Joseph's Day Celebrations: 23.3.17

Throughout the day today, classes celebrated St Joseph's Day through a range of activities. These included painting water-colour portraits of St Joseph, using the internet to research facts about him, making lilies, making and decorating wooden crosses and some cooking.


Year 6 water-colour portraits of St Joseph.            KS1 making lilies


            KS 1 cooking.                           Year 5 "creation cakes."


 Year 5 soap carving.          Decorating wooden crosses - KS 1.


       Year 3 paper plate lilies.     Year 6 water-colour portraits of St Joseph.

In the afternoon, Father Kieron joined us in school and we celebrated St Joseph's Day together with a Mass.


It was lovely to see so many of our children involved in today's Mass, contributing with readings and bidding prayers, bringing up the offertory, and, as always, singing beautifully.


Times Table Challenge: 23.3.17

This morning Miss Morrison hosted a times table challenge. Year groups 2-6 had all held heats in their classrooms during the week to select 8 representatives to go forward for today's challenge.


Year 4: winner - Jack


The Year 6 Team: winner- Mena


 Year 5 team:winner-Toby


Year 3:winner Eman


Year 2 team: winner- Amarachi 

The children competed in their year groups - the winner being the pupil who scored the most points after a specific number of quick-fire questions.

We were so impressed with your knowledge and speed. Well done everyone!

Inspired by the pupils, some of the staff were keen to have a go - well done to the female staff team who put the male staff team to shame!

Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to come in and support the children.


The Drama Hut Workshops: 21.3.17

Our KS 2 classes were visited this afternoon by some visitors from "The Drama Hut." The Drama Hut offers on-site curriculum based school workshops, encouraging learning in a creative environment. Drama is a fantastic way to support learning and bring the curriculum to life. Through drama, this afternoon, our children were able to experience an aspect of their class history topic, complementing and enhancing the learning they had already done in the classroom.


Year 3's drama workshop was based on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, Year 4's on the Romans, year 5's on the Greeks and Year 6's on WWII. 


Our visitors were very impressed with both the children's knowledge and their energy and enthusiasm.


This is what some of the children had to say about the workshops:

"It really helped us to experience how people might have felt and how others might have reacted to situations during WWII" Charlie Year 6

"It brought our learning to life." Amelia Year 6

"I could almost feel the smoke in my eyes and feel the sense of panic as we re-enacted the Blitz experience." Jacob Year 6

"Lillie's acting made me feel as though I was in the Roman times." Isabel Year 4

"I learnt some latin words," Belinda Year 4

I didn't realise how interesting and exciting the Celtic and Roman menus actually were." Esmae Year 4



Let's Dance: 20.3.17 

Today was the opening night of Let's Dance 2017. Over the next four evenings, 75 schools and dance groups and 2040 young dancers will take part in the annual dance show at the Dome which is the largest dance show of its kind in the country.


This afternoon's rehearsals.


Twenty one children from Years 4-6 performed to a medley of songs with a Scottish theme to a dance named, "Out of Kilt-er". What a fantastic performance they put on! All that hard work during dance club certainly paid off. Again, we were able to showcase the huge amount of talent and enthusiasm that the pupils at St Joseph's have. Well done to all the performers: we were very proud of you.


Ready to perform!


Author Visit: 16.3.17

Children's author David Fuller visited St Joseph's today to talk to the KS2 classes about his popular "Alfie Jones" books. The Alfie Jones series centres around a football-mad boy whose chance meeting with a fortune teller at a funfair is set to alter the course of his life.

David explained what inspires him as a writer, read a chapter of his first book to each class and answered some questions that the children had written. 


These were some of the questions Year 6 asked- 

       Is it weird reading your own book?

Are you planning to write books about a different character?

Who was your favourite author as a child?

How long does it take to write a book?

What advice would you give to someone writing a story?

Are authors rich? Do you get paid for each book you sell?

If you want to know the answers, ask someone in Year 6! 


World Book Day: 2.3.17

World Book Day took place last week on Thursday 2nd March - its 20th anniversary. World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading.

Every child in the school was given a World Book day token to take home, which they can take to their local book seller and redeem for one of these ten fabulous



Please help your child to make the most of this great offer. Alternatively, they can use the token to receive £1 off a book of their choice.         

The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Monday 27 February–Sunday 26 March 2017.

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.


On Tuesday, pupils and staff brought their favourite books to life by dressing up as their favourite book characters. A special whole school assembly gave pupils the opportunity to show off their costumes and talk about their chosen character and favourite book.  

Here are a few of our favourite book characters and books:


   Alice in Wonderland.            Mr Twit meets Mr Gum.



              The Cat in the Hat.                  Millionaire Boy and Harry Potter.


Where's Wally?              Dork Diaries.                    The Tin Man.

Children (and staff) - you looked amazing! Thank you  parents for your help in finding such imaginative costumes for your children.

I think many of us have been inspired to read a new book or pick up an old favourite to enjoy over the next few days.  



Ash Wednesday Service- 1.3.17

This afternoon the whole school came together for an Ash Wednesday service led by Father Kieron. School staff, parents and carers and pupils participated in a service that began our Lenten journey with Christ.


Everyone who attended received ashes on their foreheads during the service. Wearing the ashes on our foreheads reminds us that we are turning towards Jesus during the season of Lent. It helps us to think about the ways that we can help and show our love for others.


End of Unit Computing Assembly- 22.2.17

This half term Years 4, 5 and 6 have been focusing on desktop publishing skills and have been learning how to use power point to present information. Each child chose a country to present information about. Using the internet responsibly the children first researched facts about their chosen country. 


Three children from each class were chosen to share their power points during the assembly. Mrs Hovard and Mr Muschamp were very impressed with all of the power points, as was Tad, our computing link governor, who came in specially for the assembly.

At the end of this unit the children self-assessed and peer assessed their presentations against a given set of criteria.


Road Safety Magic Show- 18.1 17

Today the children enjoyed a fun, interactive magic show and road safety presentation which, through songs and magic, ensures that young children remember and retain the important messages. 


Key messages in the show included how to cross the road safely, the importance of wearing bright clothing, using pedestrian crossings and the dangers of using mobile devices while crossing the road.


Attendance Assembly- 4.1.17: 


Today we celebrated our Autumn Term attendance awards in an afternoon  assembly. Well done to all those children who managed 100 % attendance during the Autumn term at school.


We were particularly pleased to see how many families had achieved 100 % attendance for all members. Well done to the parents, children and staff involved in ensuring this happened, particularly Mrs Messenger. It is vital in making sure that the children at St Joseph's maximize their opportunities to learn wherever possible.  Keep it up!




The Argus: 16.12.16

See today's Argus for a write up and some pictures of our fantastic Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativity.


KS 2 Christmas Party: 15.12.16


KS 2 today rounded off their term of hard work with a Christmas Party Celebration. The morning involved a carousel of festive fun activities in house groups including traditional party games like "Pass the Parcel," and, "Pin the Nose on Rudolf," decorating (and eating!) Christmas biscuits, playing team games and making creative Christmas crafts.


In the afternoon the children shared food, danced at the disco............. and partied! A well-deserved celebration!


 Thanks to your generosity, we had enough food left over after both parties for snacks in class on Friday and there was still more food left!  

Mrs Cox took it to the "First Base Day Centre"  in Brighton - which is a homeless centre that we supported for the first time last year. It offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city and helps them to get off the streets and realise their aspirations.

This centre, is the only project for homeless men and women in Brighton & Hove, to remain open over Christmas and New Year.


The staff there were very appreciative of the food and it is good to know that, at St Joseph's School, we have helped in a little way to make  a difference to other people's lives over the Christmas period.   


KS 2 Carol Service: 14.12.16

What are a lovely carol service Key Stage 2 put on at St Joseph's Church tonight. Thank you to all the parents and carers who brought their children along and joined us. It was wonderful to see such a full congregation and to get together at this time of year as a whole school community. Children - you read well and sang absolutely beautifully. We were very proud of you.


 Thank you also for your generous contribution to tonight's collection for "Mary's Meals." This is a charity that provides one good meal to some of the worlds poorest children every school day. The collection totaled over £90.


Key Stage 1 Christmas Party: 14.12.16


We have finished our first term off with celebratory Christmas parties. These provided an opportunity for the children to let their hair down, after a term of hard work, and have fun with their classmates. The children in Key Stage 1 spent the morning doing a carousel of festive fun activities and the afternoon dancing at the disco and sharing party food.



Christmas Fair: 13.12.16

This afternoon was our Christmas Fair. Each class designed and ran their own stall. The children had to come up with their own ideas and decide as a class which ideas would sell/work the best and make the most money! They made the merchandise on the class stalls themselves. To encourage our young entrepreneurs, the incentive was that any profit made could be spent on something for the class or put towards a class Christmas treat. 


Thank you to the choir for your beautiful singing, to the FOSJ's and to everyone who designed and made things to sell or helped to sell them. Thank you also to the parents for coming along and supporting this event.


See the FOSJ's page for more pictures and information.


Whoops-a-daisy angel: KS 1 nativity : 6.12.16 and 8.12.16

          Key Stage 1 performed their nativity play, "Whoops-a-daisy angel," twice this week to their parents, carers, relations and friends. Both performances were fantastic, with great singing, dancing, costumes, acting and scenery. Thank you to all the pupils and staff involved for your hard work and energy- it was lovely to watch. 



Christmas Lunch 7.12.16 


Today was our Christmas lunch. We came to school wearing Christmas jumpers and other festive attire! We had a delicious traditional turkey Christmas lunch followed by a cookie and ice-cream which was 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.




Head Teacher Challenge Awards 5.12.16:

During assembly this morning, Miss Morrison presented five children with medals for completing her most recent Head Teacher challenge. Congratulations to Sammy  (Year 6) Joseph (Year 5) Patrick (Year 5)  Jack (Year 4) and Eloany (Year 3) for impressing Miss Morrison with your story writing . We are very proud of you all.


Please pop in to the foyer to read their stories and to see which other children feature on the Head teacher challenge board. The teachers at St Joseph's are very impressed with those pupils who are taking responsibility for their own learning outside school, as well as in, and  using every possible opportunity/task/ challenge to move their learning forward. Well done and keep it up!


Key Stage 2 Christmas Disco 2.12.16:

        Tonight was our KS2 Christmas Disco organised by the FOSJ's. The children had great fun and, as always, were really well behaved. We certainly have some good dancers in our school! Thanks again to the FOSJ's for organising tonight's successful event.





BLUE TEAM'S CELEBRATIONS  - House-point WINNERS from Summer Term 1.


                 Congratulations again to the BLUE team!                       


Times Table Challenge 27.5.16
This afternoon we held a times table challenge. Year groups 2-6 had all held heats in their classrooms to select 8 representatives to go forward for today's challenge.
The children competed in their year groups - the winner being the pupil who was the first to correctly answer six quick - fire times tables.
The standard was very high. Well done to all the children who took part. You were brilliant!
  Our amazing audience!              Our Year 4 contestants
Our times table champions!             Our Year 6 contestants.                          
After five tense rounds the winners were Isabele (Year 6), William (Year 5), Bailey (Year 4), Jack (Year 3) and George and Preston (Year 2)
Golden Time 27.5.16
We try to make golden time a purposeful, but fun, time on a Friday afternoon, as a reward for following our golden rules and sticking to our golden agreement.
Mrs Mulholland and Miss Envis are taking groups of children from across KS 2 to do some cooking during Golden Time. Today's group made pizzas - choosing and preparing a range of toppings of their choice for their pizza, before cooking and then eating! Yum Yum!
May crowning: 26.5.16
The month of May is dedicated to Mary. Today was our May crowning. The whole school processed from the playground to crown our two Marys. Each child had a handful of petals to scatter as we walked, singing together, "Bring flowers of the rarest," and "As I kneel before you," before our Marys were ceremonially crowned.
Caribbean Evening: 20.5.16
The Friends of St Joseph's put on a fantastic Caribbean Evening on Friday. The ticket included entertainment from a steel band, as well as a reggae DJ, authentic Jamaican food, a rum punch on arrival and a "selfie photo booth" with Caribbean style props.
Great fun was had by all, and the proceeds will go to sending some much needed reading books to our link school,  Bryce School in Jamaica. Thank you to Miss Simson and the FOSJ's for organising this event, thank you to anyone else who helped in any way and also to the parents, staff and members of the wider community who came along to support the event on the night. It was so successful; it has been suggested that we make it an annual event.
  Bert, who went to Bryce School as a child, helped to set up our link with them. He had this to say in a message to Miss Simson about the evening,
"May I take this opportunity on behalf of myself and my friends to thank you and the St Joseph's Catholic Primary School teachers, staff and helpers for making us feel so welcome and included in the event last night.
My friends and I felt as though we had been transported back to Jamaica with the room, the table decorations, the steel band music and the tasty Caribbean food - which was beautifully served.
I feel honoured, excited and proud to be part of such a successful project to help those less fortunate to access educational resources. This linking of the two schools will ensure that the teachers, parents and pupils recognise that others are interested in them.
For me it is a motivation to do more, to help the teachers and the children realise that they can achieve some of their educational dreams."
Bert Williams MBE.
The evening raised £418 for the Bryce School in Jamaica! Watch this space to see what resources this funds for our link school.
Food Revolution Day: 20.5.16 
St Joseph's has taken part in Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day with many other schools and individuals across the world.
We are also celebrating our link today with Bryce School in Jamaica so the children have tried foods in school today that the children in Jamaica would be eating!
They have had the opportunity to try baked sweet potato fries, water melon and coconut.
Some of the children have started growing vegetables and fruit in our kitchen garden and the others will get a chance after half term to plant beans, sweetcorn, tomatoes and squash and other lovely things to eat.

Walk to School Week commencing 16.5.16

Walk to school week is a national campaign aimed at getting children and their families to walk to school in May each year. Our old friend "Piers the Meerkat" joined us as we walked to school today. We met at Hollingdean Park at 8.25 a.m. and walked to St Joseph's School together. Thank you to Piers and to all the children, their parents and staff who walked this morning.

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"A-Life" workshops :17.5.16

All of the children in the school had the opportunity to take part in these workshops today. "A -Life" is a games based initiative that incorporates healthy living workshops with fun fitness.


We are supporting Mrs Cox who is raising money for a defibrillator for our school! If you would like to help by donating please click on link below - Thank You! 


Children's Parade: 7.5.16 

We once again took part in the annual Brighton Children's Parade (organised by Same-Sky)  which marked the opening of the Brighton Festival. About 80 schools took part, marching through the streets of Brighton, proudly showing off their creative "big makes," their flamboyant costumes, their dance moves and their music.

It was, as always, a colourful, energetic enjoyable and fun day out for all the family.

This year's general theme was, "Brighton Celebrates," celebrating over 25 years of the children's parade. The section we were part of fell under the category "Innovation." So we focussed our art work around the bathing machine, Dr Brighton and the healing powers of the sea.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Ingram have worked hard with children across the whole school who have all contributed to designing and making  our "big make" and the props and costumes. 

Take a look at these photos of today's parade.




Children, you were amazing - lovely singing, enthusiastic chanting, energetic dancing and you looked fantastic too! Well done to the samba band too- you sounded great! 

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way and who came along to support today. 


"Bike-it Ben" and pedal-powered smoothie making: 6.5.16

Bike-it Ben from Sustrans visited St Joseph's again today. Sustrans is  a leading UK charity encouraging and enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys they make every day. Their emphasis is on travelling actively and safely and Ben makes learning about cycling fun for all the children.

The children used their "pedal power" to make their own healthy breakfast smoothies. Ben then had a look over any bikes that the pupils (and staff) had brought in to check they were safe and roadworthy.

Perfect weather for a bike ride!



Easter Bonnet Parade : 12.4.16

Thank you to all the children who made a bonnet for our Easter parade. It was clear to see that lots of time and effort had gone into making them. We were very lucky that the sun was shining and we could parade our wonderful creations on the school playground. Here are some photos...



St Joseph's Day Mass : 23.3.16

Today Father Kieron came in to school and we celebrated St Joseph's Day with a Mass. It was lovely that so many children across the KS2 classes were involved, contributing with readings and bidding prayers, as well as those children who sang beautifully, as always, in the choir.




St Joseph's School made it into The Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper today as one of the schools pictured from the four nights of "Let's Dance" at the Dome last week. The evening shows were called "the pupils' stunning dance showcase,"  and the dancers and performances featured were described as "a fantastic showcase of our fleet- footed young dancers." Just another reminder of how talented and fantastic you all were! Congratulations again to all our amazing dancers.


"Let's Dance" 15.3.16 

Today we had our Let's Dance dress rehearsal and evening performance at the Dome. Thirty children from Years 3-6 performed to a medley of songs from different decades. What a fantastic performance it was! All that hard work during dance club certainly paid off. Again, we were able to showcase the huge amount of talent and enthusiasm that the pupils at St Joseph's have. 

Well done to all the performers and to Miss Simson for her choreography, commitment and hard work.




 Hair and Make-Up!


Ready to perform!


House Point Winners - 4.3.16:

Congratulations to the blue team who earned the most house points during the last half term. To celebrate their achievement the blue team stayed in the hall after assembly, had a drink and a treat together, listened to some music and reflected proudly on their achievements. They even offered to help with the washing up!

Congratulations to everyone in the blue team.



World Book Day- 3.3.16:


World Book day is  an annual event where people worldwide celebrate authors, illustrators, books and most importantly celebrate reading. The main aim of world book day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books. Our focus for World Book Day this year is Bedtime Stories. We marked part of the day by celebrating bedtime stories. The children, and staff, came to school dressed in their pyjamas or onesies and adults in the school shared their favourite bedtime stories with groups of children, whilst enjoying a mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.  



Thank you to the Friends of St Joseph's for providing and making the hot chocolate.




Music Workshop - 24.2.16:

St Francis of Assisi class (Year 3) experienced a great music workshop organised by "Ceruleo," an ensemble of talented musicians who concentrate on "early" music. The children were mesmerized by the singers and the instruments that were played. The visiting ensemble was very impressed with the singers in Year 3.

After the workshop children in Year 3 said, "It's inspired me to play the guitar," Olivia.

"Before I went to the workshop, I didn't really want to learn an instrument, but now I do," Belinda.


Sports Leaders:

Some of our Year 6 pupils have been appointed as sports leaders this term. Shania and Neila have taken the lead with this initiative with support from other Year 6 pupils.

Their role is to  introduce new sports and fitness activities for the Key Stage 1 pupils during lunchtimes. The sports leaders  organise the activities themselves and it is inclusive to all.

Our sports leaders are passionate and enthusiastic and excellent role models, also hopefully making the lunchtime supervisors' job a little bit easier!


 On a Monday our sports leaders Isabele and Adrienne play parachute games with St Anne's Class.

On a Wednesday Neila and Shania, Lauren and Steffi organise games and obstacle races with St Bernadette's Class.

On a Friday Alex and Andre supervise a mini cricket game for St Clare's Class.

Our learning mentors have praised the leaders and say they have had a positive impact on behaviour at lunchtimes.

The KS1 children have said, " We like lunchtime play because the big children are like sport's leaders and make playtime fun."