Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

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OUR MISSION
At St Joseph’s we welcome all as members of our school family.
We learn and care for each other as brothers and sisters; enriched by the teachings of Jesus.

We encourage Creativity; valuing our unique talents and skills as gifts from God.
Working alongside pupils and parents/carers, we can all succeed and realise great things.

Serving the communities within the Parish of St Joseph’s and St John the Baptist and beyond, we reach out to all.
We respect each other, our different cultures and faiths celebrating our richness and diversity.

Through worship and prayer we show our love; striving to achieve our very best.

 

At St Joseph’s our vision is to enable every child to fulfil their potential.
Our children are at the heart of our school. Learning and playing together in friendship, they are surrounded by the support of Staff, Parents, Governors and the wider parish and community.
At St Joseph’s we strive to deepen our Faith – living and learning as Jesus taught us, with love and forgiveness in our hearts. We believe Values are important - in particular learning Respect for ourselves, for each other and our world.
Our school is a community of faith hope and love. It provides our children with a Catholic education, which recognises life as a faith journey. The ultimate aim of a Catholic school is to develop the full potential of all our children, leading to their life-long activities being guided by the Spirit and presence of Christ, in the service of God and of others.

 

The role of a Catholic school is to help everyone in the school community to discover the true value and dignity of each and every human being who, loved by God, has a mission on earth and a destiny which is eternal.  

 

Through this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special and show how families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children's faith and Religious Education.

 

Click here to be taken to our R.E CURRICULUM PAGE

 

Click HERE to read our latest Catholic School's Inspection Report which was carried out in February 2022

 

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This Thursday, we are joining in with CAFOD's Lent, "Walking Against Hunger" fundraiser. Each class will be walking (or jumping, dancing, skipping) around the playground for a 20 minute slot. After 20 mins, they will pass a "Walking Against Hunger" baton onto the next class. There will be someone walking ALL morning!

Click HERE  to have a look on the CAFOD website to see where your money will go and how it will help.

Click HERE  for a flyer showing how you can support this fundraiser.

Don't forget to wear your sporting clothes and trainers!

      

 
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There is a groundswell of opinion within the school community, from both children and staff, that we can’t sit back and do nothing. The daily news updates and images coming from Ukraine are profoundly affecting and often contribute to a sense of helplessness. There is a desire from within the school community to help: 'somehow' to show solidarity and support.
Therefore ~
Firstly, we are encouraging our children to reach-out by writing letters or notes or make a card at home, for a child from Ukraine. The staff have been donating small 'pocket' size toys to fit in to our parcel. We have secured a safe delivery to Poland through our deanery network of schools. 
Another way to reach out is through prayer....
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. Above all, we pray for the precious children, at risk and in fear, that you will hold and protect them.... Amen
God's blessings
Mrs Gill Foan - Headteacher

 

 Our  R.E. Council

The RE Council at St Joseph's is a group of children who help to lead RE and worship across the school. The children are voted for by their peers and use their regular meetings to share the opinions and ideas of their class mates. The children play a vital role in leading whole school worship, evaluating RE lessons and worship and deciding how to improve the Catholic Life of our school.

These are the members of our RE council this year- 

         

                   Our Year 6 representative s are Ganza (Chair) Mia and Sofia. Our Year 5 representatives are Viona, Mark and Andre.                          Our Year 4 representatives are Emillia (Vice-Chair) and Freya.

Prayer and Worship at St Joseph's.


Prayer and worship are central to the daily life of our school. We aim to provide opportunities for children's spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and through experiencing all forms of prayer: formal, informal, spontaneous, private and shared.

         

 

In this way, we aim to help the children to come to value and respect the power of prayer and its place in their relationship with God.  Each class has a special prayer area.

  

Year 6 prayer corner for private prayer and class collective worship and a prayer focus set up for Christian meditation

The children in each class take responsibility for setting up the prayer focus for meditation choosing artefacts, special and beautiful items alongside a candle and the liturgical coloured cloth.

         

Shared acts of worship take place in an atmosphere of reflection and stillness, such as Christian Meditation, where we encourage each other to listen to God speaking to us and to respond. In a recent survey 84 % of KS2 pupils said that they enjoy Christian Meditation; they say that it helps them to calm down after a busy lunchtime.

 

         

 We have three areas in the school grounds, where we encourage small groups and classes to pray and worship, or just spend some quiet time with God.

   

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We are part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and our local Catholic secondary school is Cardinal Newman.

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