We have reviewed our Golden Time provision this half term. We expect our pupils to follow our school's golden agreement and as a reward they enjoy up to 45 minutes of Golden Time on a Friday afternoon - a period dedicated to rewarding those children who have kept the school rules with fun and purposeful activities that they can enjoy with their friends. During Golden Time, we are running a four weekly activity session where the children choose the activity they would like to participate in.
The activities for the four weeks up to half term are -
Creative Cooks, Ping Pong Pairs, Terrific Team Games, Crazy Construction, Super Scientists, Let's Get Crafty, Board Games and Puzzle Fun, Computer Challenges and Drama Queens (and kings!)
Watch this space to see some more photos of the children enjoying their Golden Time activities over the next few weeks.
Board games and puzzle fun, creative cooks and ping pong pairs.
Making slime in "Let's get crafty! Collaborating on a zoo during "Crazy Construction." Enjoying our pizza creations.
Fun in the snow : 1.2.19
Thank you for getting your children into school today, despite the snow. The majority of pupils made it in and learning continued as usual. KS1 went out to experience the snow this morning and made a snowman together. Year 6 also had 10 minutes outside in the afternoon before the snow melted. There wasn't much snow left, but what was left was made into snowballs and another snowman.
Year 6 Go Climbing!
This afternoon, all of Year 6 took a short break out of their busy schedule to go to "High Sports" climbing centre based at Withdean Sports Complex. The children started off their session with some warm up games before getting their harnesses on, ready to climb. They took part in the "Rock Box" activity section and experienced "traversing" as well as a variety of different high climbs.
Children - you never fail to surprise us - you were determined, enthusiastic, resilient and really challenged yourselves. We certainly have a lot of fearless and very talented climbers amongst us. You were all brilliant!
We have entered a climbing competition in two weeks time at Withdean, so watch this space to see how we get on!
Warming up Harnessing up Climbing up Climbing up higher!
Learning to "traverse" Our next challenge!
Year 5 visit St Matthias Church: 30.1.19
On Wednesday, Year 5 visited St Matthias' Church on Ditchling Road. Part of their RE learning in this topic is about ecumenism and unity amongst churches. The children enjoyed learning about how another church worships and prays. They ,then, took part in seven interactive prayer stations. Have a look on the Year 5 page to find out more about their trip.
Thank you to the parent helpers that came along on this trip. Without you, we wouldn't be able to offer our pupils such learning experiences.
Author visit: 30.1.19
We were delighted Stephen Butler into school today. Stephen is the author of the "Dog Diaries" series and today, he was on hand to sign copies of his new book - the festive story called, "Happy Howlidays."
Stephen spoke about his books and his characters and read an extract from his latest book. He also did a drawing demonstration with Years 3 and 4, showing them how to draw "Junior the dog." The children all had a go! Stephen finished with a Q and A session.
We are always looking at ways to promote literacy at school. Inviting an author in connects reading, writing and illustrating and reminds children of the magic of books and reading. It is good for pupils to learn first hand about how writers get their ideas and turn those ideas into books.
Visit from Jo Lyons : 28.1.19
We had a visitor from Jo Lyons this week who is the Assistant Director of Families, Children and Learning for Brighton and Hove City Council. She was very impressed with our school and our pupils and said on her Twitter feed, "Great visit to St Joseph's today. The children were so focused on learning and creativity in such a positive learning environment." It was lovely to welcome Jo to our school today.
All visitors to our school comment on how engaged our pupils are and what a great learning environment St Joseph's is.
We know that, but it is always good to hear it !
Indoor athletics : 23.1.19
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 photos and find out who was nominated for a determination award.
A - Life visit : 15.1.19
Today we had a visit from Peter from A-Life. A-Life provide healthy living workshops and fitness sessions for schools across the country. Every class in the school had two sessions, the first which reinforced key messages about looking after our bodies and keeping healthy. Through hands-on activities, the children learnt about the sugar content of drinks, about portion sizes, about salt in our meals, about different vegetables that can make up our "5 a day," about the functions of some of our internal organs, about the importance of good dental health and lots more!
Years 5 and 6 also learnt about the effects of alcohol and cigarettes, as well as the effects of being overweight through practical activities.
During the second session, the children used specialist equipment to challenge their strength, jumping, balance, fitness, flexibility and co-ordination in a fun, but controlled environment. The children in KS2 took part in a circuit of activities including boxing and trampolining.
The children had a fantastic day - they were completely engaged and enthusiastic throughout the day. Maximum participation for all our pupils meant they learned a lot and kept active! Thank you to Peter from A-Life for inspiring our children to keep active again!
Click HERE to find more about A-Life on their own website.
Minibus Launch 07.01.19
This afternoon, the pupils who regularly use our minibus were joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove to officially launch the minibus! The children loved meeting the Mayor and discussed the bus route and why they really enjoy getting the minibus to and from school with their friends. Mrs Cox, one of our minibus drivers said, “It was lovely to see the children so excited when the Mayor arrived - they didn’t want to get off the bus!”
Attendance Assembly: 4.1.18
This afternoon, we celebrated the attendance for the Autumn Term 2018. It was lovely to see so many children who had managed to achieve 100% attendance last term. 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.
Here are our Autumn 100% attendance superstars!
Year 6 Year 5 Year 4
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 also to Mrs Messenger for her hard work in keeping our attendance figures so high.
St Andrew's Year 3 St Elizabeth's
Yellow Team Celebrations: 4..1.18
Congratulations to the yellow 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.
Well done yellow team. keep up the good work! And come on blue, green and red- let's see a different team winning this half term.
Christmas Eve Mass : 24.12.18
It was great to see many of our children and their families at the Christmas Eve Mass at St Joseph's Church. It was lovely to celebrate Mass together at this very special time of year. Thank you to everyone who joined our parish family in Church on Christmas Eve. Mrs Brownbill was very proud of you all.
Some of our pupils entered a competition during anti-bullying week, organised by Safety Net. The children had to design an image based around this year's theme, "CHOOSE RESPECT" and create their own image about what friendship means to them.
Twelve images were chosen for the Safety Net calendar for 2019. Zuzanna (Year 6) had her image chosen to represent the theme for the month of April.
Well done Zuzanna and well done to everyone else who entered.
"School of Sanctuary" Award.
Miss Matthews and her team of children in our 'Culture Club' have been working towards getting a 'School of Sanctuary' award for our wonderful school! A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. St Joseph's is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all. Congratulations to Miss Matthews and our Culture Club for receiving this amazing award!
Over the past few weeks, members of our Culture Club invited family members in to share books and stories from different heritages and in different languages. We are so lucky to have such a diverse and interesting school family.
If any other parents/carers/family members would like to share a story from another culture with a small group of children, please let Miss Matthews know. We would love to welcome you into our school and learn from you.
KS2 Christmas Party and Celebration Day: 19.12.18
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 and team games
Paper plate Christmas trees
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 Skinner 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 again for your generosity and support.
Carol Concert: 18.12.18
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, played and spoke beautifully. Thank you to Year 6 for your readings and for providing the tableau. Absolutely beautiful solos from Belinda, Keirah and Kiralee. The staff were pretty impressive too!
We were very proud of you all tonight.
KS 1 Christmas Party and Celebration Day: 18.12.18
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, making mini chocolate logs, Christmas crafts and team games.
Bauble decorating, Christmas crafts and Christmas karaoke.
Making mini yule logs and party games
In the afternoon, the party continued with party games and party food! Great fun was had by all!
Party games including Pass the parcel, party dancing and party food!
Gingerbread House Competition in Year 6
Year 6 took part in a gingerbread house competition today! The children worked in groups to design and create a gingerbread house using a range of edible resources.
Click HERE to see a few more of the interesting creations!
We had a special visit today from Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion , who came in to school to announce the winners of a Christmas Card Competition she had organised. There were three winners in Brighton and Hove, two of which were our very own pupils at St Joseph's! The children had to design a Christmas card depicting a festive image of Christmas in Brighton.
Our two talented winners were Zuzanna in Year 6 for her beautiful image of the silhouette of Father Christmas in his sleigh flying over the Pier and Carlos in Year 4 for his image of the Brighton Pavilion. We are lucky to have so many talented artists in our midst!
These images will be made into Christmas cards and sent by Caroline across the country! Well done to Zuzanna and Carlos and to everyone else who entered.
Christmas Lunch: 12.12.18
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 (and signed) to Christmas songs.
Thank you to the kitchen staff for preparing such a lovely lunch for us.
Festive food and fun for KS1
KS2 enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch and some time together.
Christmas Fair : 7.12.18
Today was our annual Christmas Fair. Each class organised and ran a stall, deciding together on a fundraising idea. The FOSJ's and members of school staff also ran stalls. What a creative bunch we are at St Joseph's! There were many games to play like "Hook-A-Polar Bear" and "Guess the lucky stocking." If you were feeling hungry, there was a "make your own knickerbocker glory stall" or an "ice the gingerbread person" stall, as well as traditional mince pies, hot chocolate and snacks. Many classes had made crafts to sell - we had doorstops from Year 5, calendars from St Andrew's Class, tree decorations from Year 4 and much more!
Thank you to everyone for working so hard to make this afternoon a success. Thank you to the FOSJ's and also to the parents and carers who came to support today's event. A huge thank you to our Year 6 pupils who willingly worked on the stalls throughout the afternoon. You were fantastic!
Each class will decide what they would like to spend their profits on. Watch this space to see what they choose to spend it on.
KS1 Nativity : 7.12.18
We were lucky this morning to get a sneak preview of KS1's Christmas Nativity, "A King is Born" when they practised for the first time with their costumes on. The chilkdren looked fantastic and sung, danced, played instruments and spoke beautifully.
Do come along on Tuesday (9am) or Thursday (2pm) to see this nativity being performed.
Here are a few photos until then....
Mrs Arnold is running her bauble design competition again this year. There are some very creative and colourful festive entries, displayed outside the Learning Mentor's Room.
Here are a few of them-
Key Steps Gymnastics: 5.12.18
Today we took a squad of eight Year 5 and 6 children to Dorothy Stringer School to take part in a gymnastics competition. The children had to compete in three different disciplines - body management, the vault and a floor exercise. Eight schools took part in today's competitive event and St Joseph's finished 4th! Mrs Skinner and Miss Pippa were so impressed with your skill, flexibility, good sportsmanship and behaviour.
It was very nerve-racking for the pupils to perform in front of the judges but, as always, each and every one of them did our school proud!
Warming up...…………………………………………..and chilling out!
Our fantastic gymnasts! Well done Esmae, Olivia, Holly, Melody, Belinda, Angelica, Keirah and Gabriella.
Sleeping Beauty pantomime: 5.12.18
Our festivities continued this morning with a visit from "Troubadour Productions" who performed the pantomime "Sleeping Beauty" for the whole school. Some of our pupils played small roles as did some brave members of staff!. The children thoroughly enjoyed the audience participation, the traditional panto jokes, the slapstick humour and of course, the happy ending!
A magical surprise: 4.12.18
A small group of pupils and staff from St Joseph's were incredibly lucky, and extremely surprised, to meet the REAL Santa Claus at Brighton Pier today. Santa, took some time out of his busy schedule, and accompanied by the Ambassador of Finland, visited children at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, before heading to the Pier to meet pupils from two schools.
The visit, arranged for us by Miss Simson, was a wonderful and magical experience and the children had plenty of opportunities to talk to Santa. Santa, according to Priya and Miya did not mind being called Father Christmas or Santa..... he said he has lots of names! Santa wasn't telling all of his secrets though - he would not say where he had parked his sleigh! Mrs Cox said the children's faces when Santa arrived, made the afternoon so special and heart-warming. The children were treated to chips and a delicious doughnut by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove. Emelia said it was, "the best day ever!"
Thank you to Miss Simson, the Lady Mayor of Brighton and of course to Santa Claus.
Preparing for Advent
Today our RE council created Advent wreaths for each class. They gave up their Golden Time to complete the task.
Each of the four Advent candles has a deeper meaning, represented in the four weeks of Advent and symbolised on the wreath.
The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolises Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.
The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolises Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolises Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolises Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
Prayer is a wonderful way to help cut away from distractions of the season, so please open your heart to prepare for the joy and hope of Christ's birth.
More festive fun!
Tonight was the turn of our of KS2 pupils to start off their festive season! The FOSJ's put on a KS2 disco with dancing games, competitions, food and an opportunity to relax together after another busy week!
The children seemed to be having great fun! Thank you to the FOSJ's for organising and running this event.
School Games' Awards
Two of our pupils, along with Mrs Cox, were invited to Horatio's Bar on the Pier this afternoon to collect two very special awards.
St Joseph's School was awarded a silver "School Games Award" for the sixth year running for our excellent sports provision and our regular involvement in competitions run across Brighton and Hove. The criteria necessary to achieve each level of award has been raised this year, so we are extremely proud to have been awarded a silver award again.
We were also awarded a gold award for our outstanding breakfast club provision. It was great to receive recognition for the healthy and varied food on offer at our Breakfast Club and for the excellent start to the day that Mrs Cox and Mrs Mulholland provide for our pupils.
Out two Year 6 Sport's Leaders - Maison and Belinda accompanied Mrs Cox and received the awards on behalf of our school. They received the awards from the Mayor of Brighton and took part in some fun, interactive learning workshops based around healthy eating and fitness, before having a walk along the Pier and having a quick (not-so-healthy) treat before heading back to school!
Festive Fun begins: 29.11.18
Today, after school, was the first of our Christmas parties put on by the FOSJ's. Firstly, it was the turn of our KS1 pupils who looked great in their festive outfits and party clothes. The younger children thoroughly enjoyed the disco which also included some party games, party food and lots more fun. Thank you to the FOSJ's for organising such a fantastic and festive event.
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 who left St Joseph's in July 2016.
Regan, for the second year running , has won the IKF English Open Light Continuous Kickboxing Championships in the 10 - 13 yrs, under 45kgs weight category. Regan is a very determined, hardworking girl who thoroughly deserves this achievement. Congratulations Regan.
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!
Children in Need :16.11.18
The theme of Children in Need is again, "Do Your Thing!". We’ve all got one. A thing we love doing, a thing we’ve always wanted to do or just a thing we could do. Whatever it is, when we do it, we can really make a difference. Today, our pupils did their thing and came in to school with crazy hair to help raise money for Children In Need. As always, the children (and staff) at St Joseph's did it in style!
On Thursday, one of our volunteers, Robert, organised a bring and buy sale inspired by the iconic Blue Peter's Bring & Buy sales which took place in the 1980's to raise money for various causes! Again, the money raised from this sale will go to support the work of Children In Need. Thank you to everyone who donated or bought anything for the sale and to Robert's mum who made all of the delicious cakes.
Mia (Year 5) and Amelia (St Andrew's) were our two crazy hair day winners!
Thank you again for your generous donations towards this great cause. We raised £196.03 for Children in Need!
Bollywood dancing: 15.11.18
Today, we welcomed Kalpesh Zalavadiya, founder of K'z dance Entertainment to St Joseph's. Each class had a 45 minute workshop throughout the day with Kalpesh, learning two "Bollywood" dance routines which the whole school performed together out on the playground in the afternoon. The Bollywood dance workshop also celebrated the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. Kalpesh taught the children lively routines as well as introducing them to the country's culture and traditions., sharing his love and passion for Indian dance.
The children wore brightly coloured clothes to support the spirit of the lively beat -based and rhythmic music. It was a great celebration of diversity and unity. Children, as always, you were BRILLIANT! You were enthusiastic, energetic and what a lot of hidden talent you have amongst you!
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to watch their children perform and well done to those parents and carers who joined in the dancing with their children!
Have a look on individual class pages for more pictures shortly.
Our new minibus has arrived!
Today, we took delivery of our brand new minibus! Everyone was extremely excited when they saw it and we can't wait to get it out on the road. It will be up and running and in use within the next two weeks, once the adults who will be driving it have finished their training.
Year 6 pupils have been helping support the Royal British Legion this week by selling products in the days leading up to 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 your passion in selling these poppy related items and thank you again parents and carers for your generosity and support - all the proceeds will go to the British Legion.
A way to remember : 2 .11.18
During this week's art lessons, each child in the school made at least one poppy as part of a whole school commemoration to mark the one hundred years that has passed since World War 1 ended. Every child and each member of staff made a poppy. Poppies are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War 1 ended. The poppy has become a symbol for remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War 1, but for all those who have died on behalf of their country.
Thank you Mrs Hill for organising such a wonderful way for our children to learn more about World War 1 and also for giving us an opportunity to come together as a school family to remember and honour those who lost their lives during conflict in our own special way.
Balance Bikes : 2.11.18
This week our KS1 pupils have been receiving balance bike training. These bikes allow the children to build their balance skills and confidence before learning to ride a bike with pedals. With balance bikes, the children can concentrate on the core skills of balance and gross motor control, making learning to ride much easier. The sessions were great fun, based around games allowing the children to grow in confidence and by the end of the week the children felt a fantastic sense of achievement.
Here are a few pictures of our Year 1 pupils.
Green Party Celebrations: 2.11.18
Well done to the Green Team who won the first half termly house-point collection challenge this year. This afternoon they celebrated with a party! Well done to every one in the green team who has helped collect house points for good behaviour and good work.
We hope you enjoyed your well-deserved treat.
Culture Club's "Diversity " Walk : 2.11.18
Today, the Senior Leaders of Culture Club took part in a Diversity Walk around the school with Miss Matthews. They were looking to see a range of cultures and countries represented in books corners, clear use of Language of the Month in each class and examples of how we make new pupil's who are just learning English feel more welcome in our school community.
The walk was a great success and the Senior Leaders Culture Club saw plenty of evidence in all classes! Their next mission is to gather a range of bilingual books so we can continue to share stories in other languages. #CultureClub
Odd Socks day: 29.10.18
We started off this new half term continuing our October Challenge 21 awareness for those people with Down's Syndrome with an assembly which celebrated each class's fantastic efforts to fundraise for the Down's Syndrome Association before half term. It was lovely to see all the new Makaton signs the children had learnt as well as the words and phrases in different languages.
This morning, children and staff came into school wearing odd socks. Odd socks were chosen because chromosomes are shaped like socks and people with Down's Syndrome have one extra choromosome - Chromosome 21.
The odd socks were fun and funky added much more colour to the day!
Here are a few of them....
Culture Club Cafe: 19. 10.18
Today was our first of many Culture Club Cafe get togethers. This morning provided an opportunity for our EAL children and their parents to come together and share stories and books from their own cultures and languages over a cup of tea and a cake! It was fantastic to hear our pupils reading so confidently and fluently to each other both in the language spoken at home as well as in English.
We are so lucky to have such talented children as a resource in our school. Children and their parents created artwork based on their own countries and cultures, or the book they had shared, which will be displayed in the school library alongside our map of the world.
We had a fantastic turnout today, so thank you to all the parents and carers and grandparents who were able to join us. Thank you also to the parents who were brave enough to stand up and share their own personal stories with the rest of the hall!
Thank you Miss Matthews for organising this and to Liz Williamson from EMAS for her resources/books and also to Claire from the FOSJ's for the refreshments.
The children in the Culture Club will be meeting regularly in school. We look forward to the next Culture Club Cafe after Christmas.
Learn to ride sessions: 19.10.18
Bike It Lucy joined us in school on Friday to run some "Learn to Ride" sessions for children in Year 3,4 and 5. The sessions provide the opportunity for children to practise their bike and scooter skills in a safe environment.
The Year 6 members of the Bike It Crew were also on hand to help and support.
At St Joseph's, we are proud to be involved with the latest awareness and fundraising campaign of the DSA (Down's Syndrome Association) During October, the DSA are organising "Challenge21" where participants are encouraged to take part in a series of awareness and fundraising activities themed around the number 21. The reason being that Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21.
The children in each class at St Joseph's have come up with their own ideas to raise money for this cause by planning events next week. Each class hopes to raise at least £21 for the DSA. See the calendar for each class's events. A letter has also gone home detailing the fundraising events. We thank you in advance for your support with this.
Year 6 raised £74 for the DSA with their PJ day donations. They all enjoyed staying in their PJ's for the day and having a hot chocolate and bedtime story! They also sold off some of their unwanted teddies. Well done Year 6!
St Andrew's Class and St Elizabeth's donated £1 each towards their end of topic celebration, "Marvellous Me." They have also been learning 21 new Makaton signs. KS1 raised £30 in total.
Year 4 were sponsored for completing 21 exercises and also took part in a 21 question maths challenge. So far they have raised £250 from sponsorship! Absolutely amazing Year 4!
Year 3 raised almost £30 from their LUCKY DIP
Year 5 raised £50 from their toy and game bring and buy sale.
Thank you to everybody who supported this worthy cause.
The children have been learning the Makaton signs to go with this beautiful clip called 50 mums, 50 kids, 1 extra chromosome-
Please watch this wonderful clip with your child and help them learn the words and the signs. Thank you!
Click HERE to watch a clip showing how brilliantly our pupils have learnt the Makaton signs. The video does take a while to load, but it is worth the wait! Well done to you all for learning the signs!
Language of the month
At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken.
At St Joseph's, each month we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils. Each month we try to learn a few useful phrases and words, to answer the register and say "please" and "thank you".
To tie in with our Challenge 21 focus, each class is learning 21 simple words/phrases in a chosen language in each class during October. Ask your child what this month's language is in their class!
There is a great website - Newbury park School's where you can practise the Language of the Month or to have a go at learning to speak a few words in another language which interests you! Click HERE to have a look.
Bike Ability : 11.10.18
Children from Years 5 and 6 today had Level 1 Bike Ability training. During this course, pupils learn basic bike handling skills and improve their riding confidence in a traffic free area. Level 2 training will take place in the Summer term.
Grandparents Week : 1.10.18 - 5.10.18
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. On Monday,
grandparents (and honorary grandparents) were invited into school for a special assembly and to spend time with their grandchildren and their friends sharing books in the library. Throughout the week, grandparents have been welcomed into classes for a range of activities.
St Andrew's and St Elizabeth's grandparents playing board games and handprinting.
Year 3 grandparents watch a cricket session and help to build "The Iron Man."
Grandparents joined Year 6 pupils for spiritual journaling and for one of their music lessons.
In Year 4 children and grandparents recorded family trees and took part in an art masterclass.
Grandparents in Year 5 joined in with the class reader, "Skellig," and with the basketball lesson!
This week has provided an opportunity for pupils and the school to thank the grandparents who support their grandchildren in so many different ways. It has also given grandparents the chance to see the wide range of activities that pupils enjoy in school each day.
Thank you to all the grandparents who came into school and for making it such a special week. You were amazing!
Opening of Aldi: 4.10.18
A new Aldi store is due to open at the Pavilion Retail Park on the Lewes Road this week.
A small group of St Joseph's pupils, whose names were pulled out of a hat, were invited to attend the official store opening / ribbon cutting ceremony at Aldi on Thursday morning. Rashid even had a quick go on the tills!Following the ceremony, we were joined by a Team GB boxer, Anthony Ogogo, who came in to assembly and talked about his career, what it takes to succeed as an athlete and the importance of healthy eating. He showed us his Olympic bronze medal and even asked some of our very talented pupils to teach him how to "floss!"
Aldi kindly provided fruit and vegetables for the pupils of St Joseph's to enjoy at breaktime and take home to share with their families.
Year 5 visit to Preston Manor: 3.10.18
This morning Year 5 visited Preston Manor as part of their learning about the Victorians. This historic manor house gave the children a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs during the early years of the 20th century.
The adults at Preston Manor as well as our accompanying school staff commented on the children's excellent knowledge and behaviour. Well done Year 5!
More photos will be on the St Philip Howard page soon.
MacMillan Family Breakfast Fundraiser: 29.9.18
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this morning for a fundraising family breakfast- we were overwhelmed by the amount of support. Over £300 was raised which will be split between MacMillan cancer support and Dementia Awareness. It was lovely to get together as a school family and catch up over a cup of tea and a bacon butty!
Thank you to everyone who came along to support this cause, who helped with the cooking and serving or who donated a raffle prize. It was much appreciated.
Year 6 trip to PGL : 21.9.18 - 24.9.18
Year 6 have just returned from their weekend residential at PGL Windmill Hill. Click HERE to see some pictures of their adventures!
Welcome Mass: 20.9.18
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. Our new school council members were also welcomed and presented with a badge, as were the choir.
Today was a lovely celebration - thank you children for your beautiful singing, reading and behaviour, thank you to those parents, carers and governors who were able to join us this morning and thank you also to Father Kieron.
Bike-It Crew: 19.9.18
Bike-it Lucy came into school today to work with our bike-it crew. Lucy showed them how to repair a puncture as well as how to change an inner tube. They also had the opportunity to ride their fully- functioning bikes!
We look forward to hearing about our bike crew's next meeting.
Welcome back to the Autumn Term at St Joseph's
This week we welcomed our new pupils, their families and new members of staff to St Joseph's Catholic School. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us so we had our picnic in the hall. The weather didn't dampen our spirits and a lovely time was had by all. Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us and who helped to welcome our new families into the St Joseph's family.
Our school environment.
Welcome back to all of our pupils and their families - we hope you enjoyed the summer break. A very warm welcome to our new children and their families too.
Not only have the children returned to school looking smart in their new school uniforms, but our school environment has had a bit of a makeover during the summer holidays too!
The computer suite has been moved downstairs to the old Year 2 classroom, providing enough computers for children to have one each for their ICT learning. This has meant that the library has now got more space for classes to listen to stories and read together or to an adult.
All of the classes have had the opportunity to come up to the library this week to listen to a story and look at the books.
Outside we have a new fitness area with gym equipment and a small climbing wall. These will be timetabled for use from next Monday. We also have a new seating space in one of our outside prayer areas.
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.