Goodbye Year 6 : 19.7.19
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 supported each other brilliantly amid lots of tears! It was lovely to see how proud the children were of their own and their friends achievements during the awards ceremony - Year 6 , you have all come so far.
After a quick break and ice lolly, the children went around the school, asking their friends and teachers to sign their shirts.
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.
Wishing all of our pupils and their families a happy summer break.
Leavers' Mass :18.7.19
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, danced 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 three years ago, was very moving.
Thank you to the parents and carers, friends and family and school governors who were able to attend the Leavers Mass this morning. Each child in Year 6 was presented with a small keyring at the end of the Mass, reminding them of our school motto, "Educating in Faith, Hope and Love."
Attendance Assembly: 17.7.19
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.
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.
Particular congratulations must go to those families who have more than one child in the school and have managed 100% attendance for them both/all.
Our 100% attendees for the whole year in Years 3 and 4! Some of our families have managed 100% attendance for more than one child.
End of half term celebrations: 17.7.19
Today the blue team got together and celebrated winning this half term's house-point challenge. As part of their celebrations, they played games and enjoyed snacks, drinks and an ice lolly outside together. Well done to all of the blue team for their hard work this half term - a great achievement!
Party games outside before a welcome drink and refreshing ice lolly. Well done blue team!
Year 6 trip to Arundel: 16.7.19
Today, Year 6 enjoyed a fun day out at Arundel - a final chance to spend time together, out of school, 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, with floats and inflatables. 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 park.
The perfect opportunity to relax and bond and have fun together.
Year 6 - you were fantastic today and it was lovely to see you enjoying each others company, relaxing and having fun!
Click HERE to see more photos on the Year 6 page.
KS2 Sports : 12.7.19
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 some of our Year 6 Sports Leaders, before competing in teams in the field events. After a drink and a biscuit, the children then took part in a variety of races on the track. Again, the individual points awarded were added together to make a team total. The red team were this afternoon's overall winners!
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 all.
Thank you to Mrs Foan for organising today's event, to Varndean School for allowing us to use their facilities and to everyone else who helped in any way.
A shared picnic before the warm up led by our Year 6 Sports Leaders
Some of the field events
Our wonderful supporters and competitors
Some of the track events and the victorious red team!
Summer Fayre : 11.7.19
This afternoon was our annual Summer Fayre organised by the FOSJ's. Each class helped run a stall. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the fayre and to everyone who donated items, made cakes or helped on a stall. Your support and contributions helped to make this year's Summer Fayre another great success. Thank you to Year 6 for helping man the stalls and to the FOSJ's for their continued support with fundraising, which all goes to help enhance our children's learning.
The fayre made £473 in profit - fantastic! Watch this space to see what the money goes towards/is spent on.
KS2 SAT's Results : 9.7.19
Today, we received our KS2 SAT's results which we were delighted with. The children in Year 6 have been told their individual results and parents will be informed on Friday when the school reports come out. We are so proud of how our Year 6 pupils worked, preparing themselves for the tests and showing off what they had learned during test week.
Before the children were told their results this morning, we showed them this short film, reminding them that each and every one of them is "MORE THAN A SCORE." It celebrates all of the Year 6 pupils across the country, recognising and reminding them of the wonderful qualities, attributes and skills they have, no matter what their SAT's scores were.
Click HERE to watch it with your child.
KS1 Sports Day: 9.7.19
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 and the dressing up race. The children earned points during each activity, working together in their house teams. It was lovely to see so much good sportsmanship, determination and resilience amongst our youngest pupils.
Egg and Spoon Race Dressing Up Race Hurdles
Water Race The victorious yellow team!
Thank you parents and carers for coming to support and cheer on your children. Most importantly, thank you to all the wonderful competitors in KS1. You were, as always, brilliant!
Congratulations to the Yellow Team who collected the most points and won overall.
A well-deserved, refreshing ice-pop!
Year 6 production: 4.7.19
Year 6 tonight put on their end of year show, "Oliver" 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!
Thanks to your generosity in donations and in buying raffle tickets, we collected over £200 to go to a local charity suggested by Isabel in Year 6, "Walk in Evie's shoes."
Click HERE to see some more photos on the Year 6 page.
Lunch for the choir: 4.7.19
Mrs Brownbill thanked the members of the school choir today with an alfresco 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 today for a special lunch on the front lawn. Hot dogs were served with salad, followed by fresh fruit and ice lollies and a cake decorated with musical notes! Thank you to each and every one of you for your contribution to the choir this year.
Hollingdean Dip Fayre: 30.6.19
It was lovely to see some of our pupils performing in the local community at the Hollingdean Dip Summer Fayre this Sunday. Miss Pippa's musical theatre group performed a dance to a "It's a hard-knock life," from Annie and a dance to "The Greatest Showman" brilliantly at the Fayre. It was a beautiful day and it was great to see so many of our pupils enjoying this opportunity to get together and support events in their local community.
Our very own Julian, and his sister Audrey, also had a very important role to play today. Having won the golden ticket at the Christmas Dip Fayre, they were given the role of King and Queen of Hollingdean for the day, whose duties included judging competitions and giving out prizes! Congratulations to both of you.
Thank you also to the other children from school who came along to watch and support their friends and to all parents and carers and family members who brought the children along too.
Golden Time : 28.6.19
We have just come to the end of our final group Golden Time sessions for this year. The children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the different activities that have been on offer throughout the year. Here are a few photos of the most recent activities.
"Board games /Puzzle fun" "Parachute Power" "Clay Creations"
"Little Chefs" "Animal Art " "Ping Pong Pairs"
Girls' Cricket Tournament: 28.6.19
The girls' cricket tournament, which was postponed due to bad weather a few weeks ago, was rescheduled for today. Mrs Foan and Mr Muschamp took a squad of ten cricketers to the tournament in Hove. The girls played really well, despite the hot, sunny conditions, and finished in fifth place. They showed great enthusiasm and determination and improved with every game.
Wintershall : 21.6.19
Last Friday, the School and R.E. Council were treated to a visit to the picturesque grounds of Wintershall in Surrey. Hundreds of actors brought the story of Jesus to life in an open-air epic production on a beautiful summer's day. Staff and children were mesmerised as the story of the life of Jesus unfolded.
They were thrilled as soldiers rode towards them on galloping horses, captivated as Jesus rode on a donkey, whilst the crowd waved palms, amazed as doves flew across the crowd and surprised as Jesus re-appeared in the crowd after his resurrection. The children were, as always, beautifully behaved and a credit to us all.
First Holy Communion Mass : 20.6.19
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 five children who have recently made their first Holy Communion. It was a beautiful Mass on a lovely summer's day. The children, as always, read, sang and behaved beautifully. Congratulations to Jack, Faustina, Mia, Nolly and Scarlett.
Afterwards, the five children celebrated together with a drink and some cake with their close friends and family.
Withdean Athletics : 19.6.19
This morning was the annual small schools' athletics competition at Withdean Stadium. We took a squad of 32 children from years 4,5 and 6 to compete. The children 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 Year 6 medal winners, our amazing athletics squad and showing support on the trackside.
Click HERE to see some more pictuires on our SPORTS page.
Worth Abbey: 19.6.19
A group of KS2 children travelled to the Good Shepherd celebration at Worth Abbey for the annual celebration of Catholic Education led by Bishop Richard and supported by our very own Parish Priest Father Keiron. We were particularly delighted when Scarlett was chosen to help the Bishop during the Liturgy.
The liturgy and celebration were beautiful and the children were excellently behaved and, as always, a credit to our school. We took along a cheque with money raised from your kind donations from our dress down day last Friday which was raised for "Mission Together" - the Catholic Church’s official children’s charity for overseas mission.
Trip to Drusillas: 18.6.19
KS1 enjoyed a fantastic visit to Drusillas Park today. As part of their current topic "Our World," they visited Drusillas to find out more about the animals there. The children saw many differnt animals from all around the world, including several they had not heard of before like a fennec fox, capybara and a coati. The children had some time in the playarea and on the themed rides too.
In the afternoon, the children got up close and personal with some amazing animals during the hands-on session," Feathers and Fur." They were able to touch and look closely at a snake, a hairy armidillo, a bearded dragon and a cockroach. A great day was had by all.
Have a look on St Andrew's and St Elizabeth's class pages for more photos.
Creativity Day : 10.7.19
As part of our APLL ( Aspirational Partners in Learning and Leadership) cluster group of local schools, we are taking part in a creativity day and, as part of this, our pupils will be displaying some photography work based on the book, "The Best Part of Me". We will be displaying the work in our school after the APLL event if parents/carers would like to view it again or if you are unable to see it on the 10th of July at Longhill School.
Please see the flyer below for more information.
Cricket Tournament: 14.6.19
We took eight Year 6 pupils to a Kwik Cricket Tournament in Preston Park today. The children showed great skill, improving with each game they played. In the morning, we finished third in our group and in the afternoon we played a further two matches.
All of the showed great determination, team spirit and skill and their positive attitude and good sportsmanship was commented on by several other teachers. Mr Muschamp and Mrs Skinner were very proud of you all.
Green team celebration: 7.6.19
Congratulations to the green team who accumulated the most house points last half term. This afternoon, they celebrated their achievement together, with some party food and drink and some music. Well done to all of the green team and, everyone else - keep working hard and collecting house points during this last half term!
Racket Festival : 6.6.19
Mr Sutherland took a group of 12 Year 3 and Year 4 students along to the Withdean sports complex to take part in a Racket Festival. This festival was designed to introduce the children of Brighton and Hove to a range of racket sports that they may never have tried before!
We started off by trying our hand at badminton, we were shown how to hold the racket properly and how to serve and hit an overarm shot. We refined our aim by trying to land our shuttlecocks in a hoop as well as catching our partner's shot in a net!
Next we had a go at mini-tennis. We started off by improving our hand-eye coordination by bouncing and balancing tennis balls, before playing some forehand shots to our partner over a net.
We then moved on to try squash, which was a fantastic first experience for many of the children. We learnt all about the layout of the court and how to correctly play a variety of shots.
We ended the festival with a multi-sport event where we took part in relay races which tested our speed, balance and teamwork! Mr Sutherland was extremely proud of all of the students who took part. Everyone tried their hardest and even though we were all a little nervous, we gave everything a try and found 12 new racket sport stars of the future!
Special mention has to go to Sofia, who was awarded the determination award for our school. Fantastic effort Sofia! Thank you as well to Sofia's mum who very kindly accompanied us to the event, as well as Mr Muschamp and Mrs Foan for getting us all home at the end of the day.
We have just completed another round of exciting Golden Time activities. The children are thoroughly enjoying participating in different, quality activities as their reward for following our school's "Golden Agreement."
Handy with Hama beads Little Chefs Clay Creations Sporting Superstars
Bike-ability Level 2 : 21.5.18
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. The tuition and training takes place on quiet roads, close to the school, but with real traffic conditions giving participants the skills and confidence to make trips safely and independently. Well done to all of our eleven cyclists - you are all making great progress.
A date for your diary: multicultural festival
Please click HERE for more information about Brighton & Hove’s Multicultural Festival, on Saturday 8 June, on the East Piazza of the i360 tower. This event by the BMEWF is a first for the city and has received full support from the council. This will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with and enjoy a wealth of experiences, activities and tastes of our wonderful city.
End of SAT's celebrations:17.5.18
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, pancakes, 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, "How To Train A Dragon- The Hidden World."
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 just chill and relax with each other.
It was a lovely day, despite the drizzle, which could NOT dampen our spirits! Click HERE to see some more photos of the day.
This week has been KS2 SAT's week. We have been so proud of the way our Year 6 pupils have applied themselves, supported each other and showed everyone how much they have learnt! Well done to each and every one of you.
After the final paper today, Year 6 were able to let their hair down, have some fun and relax. Colette, our school cook, kindly made the children a delicious cake, ice-lollies followed during PE and then Miss Simson organised some fun activities for the afternoon. Take a look on the YEAR 6 class page to see what Year 6 got up to.....
Thank you parents and carers for your support over the last few weeks and months with homework, getting your children in early for before school booster classes and helping to prepare them for these tests.
Tri - golf competition : 7.5.19
Miss Matthews took a squad of ten budding golfers from Years 3 and 4 to Blatchington Mill School today for a tri - golf competition on the astro-turf. Tri-Golf is a FUN, energetic, version of golf which young children in primary schools can enjoy with their classmates as they hit the target with their first golf shots. Tri-Golf promotes ‘Skills for Life’ attributes including co-operation, good sportsmanship and concentration and is designed to be used across curriculum learning.
Our team finished 3rd overall out of 9 teams! Well done to all of the competitors - great individual performance and a fantastic team performance. Particular mention must go to the boys in the Dominoes putting challenge. Nolly was awarded a determination award for her perseverance and positive attitude out of all the girls at the tournament!
The adults were very proud of you all. Miss Matthews commented on the great listening skills, excellent manners, good sportsmanship, as well as the golfing skills! A huge thank you also must go to Mrs Simpson (Lola's mum-Year 4) for accompanying the golfers.
Click HERE to see some more pictures on the SPORTS page.
Samba Dancing : 2.5.19
As one part of our School of Sanctuary provision, Elias from the Red Panda Agency spent a fun day at school running a Samba dancing workshop. Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro-Brazilian origin and is often considered the dance of celebration and joy at Carnival celebrations in Brazil. It was interesting to learn about the history of Samba dancing and to try it out ourselves.
It was extremely energetic and a great fitness workout! The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed it ; we certainly have some talented dancers in our midst! Thank you Miss Matthews for organising today's workshops.
Samba dancing across the school led by Elias.
House Celebrations: 26.4.19
Congratulations to the red team who won last half term's house-point challenge. They celebrated together this afternoon with a small party, chilling together, dancing and eating! Congratulations to the red team. Keep up the good work this half term.
Attendance Awards: 24.4.19
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!
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 those families who have managed to get more than one child to school every day 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.
Our Year 4 100% attendance superstars! St Andrew's Class celebrate their 100% attendance.
Signs of Spring!
Our outside areas are looking lovely at the moment, bright and colourful, with signs of Spring everywhere! Thank you Mrs Muschamp for making sure our grounds, outside environment and prayer areas look so lovely throughout the year.
Year 6's Fantastic Finish: 5.4.19
Year 6 celebrated their history learning with a VE Day Celebration this afternoon. Dressed in 1940's style clothes, they entertained parents, carers, friends and family members with a medley of WWII songs, some marching and finally, the celebration was completed with a chat over a nice cup of tea, some home-made jam tarts and a spam sandwich! What a great turn out - thank you parents again for your support.
Click HERE to see some more pictures of the celebration.
Resurrection Rock: 5.4.19
This afternoon we were treated to a beautiful performance of Resurrection Rock - which told the Easter story through readings and songs. The choir gave a very moving performance of Resurrection Rock, retelling the Easter story with warmth and feeling, touching on the many aspects of Holy Week and Easter, from the sadness of Jesus' death on the cross to the joy of His resurrection.
Well done to all the members of the school choir and to Mrs Brownbill. Thank you to all of the parents and family members who were able to come in too.
Thank you to everyone who donated an egg to the FOSJ's Easter Egg raffle and also to those of you who bought tickets.
Congratulations to all of our lucky winners too!
End of topic learning: 4.4.19
As part of their WW11 topic, Year 6 visited Newhaven Fort today. Please click HERE to see more pictures on their class page.
Year 5's Fantastic Finish : 2.4.19
Thank you to all the family, friends and guests who joined us for today's end of term celebrations! Year 5 have worked so hard on their pieces of art, writing and humanities. They were delighted to be able to share what they had learnt with family members and to celebrate with some new Greek food, Greek music and their fabulous outfits!
Thank you parents and carers for your support with your children's learning. Click HERE to be directed to Year 5's class page to see some more photographs.
Quick-sticks Hockey Tournament : 21.3.19
Today, we took a squad of six Year 6 hockey players to Blatchington Mill School for a Quick-sticks Hockey Tournament. There were seven schools taking part which meant we played six action packed games. Mr Sutherland and Mrs Skinner were so impressed with the children's skill, determination and teamwork - it was an absolute pleasure to accompany them.
Have a look on our SPORTS page to see some more pictures and to find out who received the determination award across the whole tournament.
St Joseph's Day celebrations:19.3.19
Today, March 19th, we celebrated St Joseph's Day. Father Keiron joined us in school this morning and we celebrated Mass together. It was lovely that so many parents, carers, school governors and members of the parish community were able to join us.
Throughout the day, classes celebrated St Joseph through a range of activities. Each child in the school also planted a daffodil bulb in our school grounds to commemorate St Joseph's Day. It will be lovely to see the daffodils out every Spring, at the front of our school, reminding us of St Joseph. Thank you Mrs Muschamp for organising this.
During lunchtime, we had a special St Joseph's Day sweet treat! We decorated a cake with delicious sweets and icing and enjoyed for our pudding - yum yum!
Have a look on your child's class website page to see how they celebrated St Joseph's Day.
Red Nose Day: 15.3.19
Today, people across the UK came together to do things big and small, that added up to something massive! Our pupils came in to school dressed in red and, in return, kindly donated to Red Nose Day - helping to make a difference to people's lives both in the UK and worldwide. Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and internationally.
Thank you parents and carers, as always, for your generous donations and support.
High Five Netball Tournament: 13.3.19
We took a squad of eight netball players to a High Five Netball Tournament at Patcham High School today. It was cold and windy, but that did not dampen the spirits of our players. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner were so proud of the determination, resilience, teamwork and good sportsmanship displayed by all of our players.
Our wonderful squad Warming Up In Action!
We had some very close games and finished in fifth position! Some great individual performances from the girls.
We were delighted at the presentation to be awarded a " respect" award, for showing the School Games values throughout the afternoon. Well done to Belinda (captain) Lily, Zuzanna, Isabel, Neriah, Keirah, Olivia and Esmae.
Zuzanna was also picked out for an individual determination award.
Let's Dance : 11.3.19
This evening we took a group of 24 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 79 schools and dance groups taking part and over 2000 dancers performing over the four evenings!
Hair, make up and glitter all done! Our Year 6 dancers ready to perform!
Our dance was called " BOOM" and was a cheerleading mix. We opened the second half of the show and what a fantastic performance our dancers put on!
Thank you children - we were so proud of you all tonight. Thank you also to Miss Pippa for choreographing the dance and for working with such enthusiasm with the children over the last few months.
Click HERE to see a clip of our wonderful dancers at their dress rehearsal at the Dome.
We are now in the second, four weekly round of our new Golden Time provision. It was lovely to see the children enjoying purposeful and varied activities with friends in different classes this afternoon.
Here are a few photos of some of the activities your children are taking part in at the moment.
"Marvellous Musicians" "Little Chefs" (and little washer uppers!) "Amazing Apps"
"Meet the Beebots" "Awesome Art" "Doodle and Draw"
"Super Structures" challenges
Our school environment
Our outdoor environment is looking beautiful at the moment, with the first signs of Spring beginning to show. Thank you Mrs Muschamp for keeping our outdoor environment, and our special prayer areas, looking so lovely.
World Book Day: 7.3.19
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.
Today was World Book Day, and we started off our celebration of reading with a "Big Booky Breakfast." Parents, carers, family members and friends were invited to share books and stories with their children over a cup of tea and a croissant. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers and to see the children enjoying listening to the stories and sharing different books. Thank you parents for supporting this event this morning and for reminding your children that "books aren't just for bedtime" and for reigniting their love and passion for books. Thank you Miss Clarke for organising this wonderful event.
Each class continued celebrating and sharing books throughout the day. Please see each class's page to see what they got up to.
At the end of the day, teachers swapped classes and shared their favourite book or story with a different class.
The children were so inspired, they continued to read their books all the way home on the minibus!
Your child should have brought home a book day voucher today which can be exchanged in book shops for one of several free books or it will give you £1 off any book of your choice. The children have also brought home a flyer for our extreme reading competition, so please get reading in as many weird and wonderful, but safe, places. We look forward to seeing your photos!
Click HERE to see the competition details. HAPPY READING!
Year 6 trip to Down's Juniors: 7.3.19
As part of their WW11 learning, Year 6 visited Down's Junior School today. Down's Juniors have a fully restored air raid shelter/museum under their playground which we were taken around by an expert tour guide from "Take Shelter." We also had a workshop from Barry, a WWII veteran, whose wife attended Down's Juniors during WWII. Today's visit provided an insight into how local children were affected by the second world war and gave the Year 6 pupils a first hand experience of life for school children during the 1940's.
Click HERE to see more pictures and find out more about the Year 6 history visit.
Blue team celebrate!
Congratulations to the blue team who won last half term's house point challenge. They got together on Friday afternoon for a celebration. Well done to everyone in the blue team.
Last half term, we introduced a government based initiative called an "Activity Passport." Each year group across the school has had a list of activities and experiences to try. The aim of the passport is to encourage children to get outside, to get a taste of the world around them and to do things they might not normally do- they aim to enrich children's experiences and skills.
We have been so impressed with the children's enthusiasm and their obvious enjoyment of this challenge. It has been lovely to hear about the different experiences and see photos of some of them - Year 6 have been emailing photos of their experiences in to school and have a lovely display in their classroom evidencing things like taking a trip on a train, making a dessert, learning how to peel vegetables, seeing the sun set and visiting a museum.
Thank you parents and carers for your support with this "activity passport." We hope to send out a new list of challenges for each class during the summer term.
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.