Our new round of Golden time activities started today. The children have chosen which activity they wanted to take part in for the next four weeks and today was their first session. It is lovely to see the classes mixing up and children being given the opportunity to spend Golden Time with different friends.
Here are a few photos-
The "Little Chefs" cut up various vegetables for their pizza toppings, "Let's get messy" involved making coloured playdough and Mrs Skinner's group created their very own "Pom Pom Pets!"
Today, KS1's "Fantastic Food" experience was fruit kebabs with a drizzle of honey and our "Amazing Artists" looked at the work of Picasso and used a range of materials such as oil pastels to draw something inspired by Picasso's work.
The other activities the children took part in were "Computer Crew," "Magical Musicals" "Outdoor Antics," and "Let's Get Physical."
Attendance Assembly: 7.1.20
This afternoon, we celebrated the attendance for the Autumn Term 2019. 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 St John the Baptist's Class Year 5
Year 1 St George's Class Reception Class
Thank you too, to all of 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 this term. Thank you also to Mrs Messenger for her hard work in keeping our attendance figures so high.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
We would like to wish all of our pupils and their families a very merry Christmas and all the very best for 2020. Thank you all for your cards, gifts and good wishes.
Enjoy the Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 7th January 2020!
Christmas Poem Recital: 20.12.19
This afternoon was our second poetry recital of this school year - one of Miss Morrison's Head teacher challenges which involved learning a festive poem and reciting it in front of the whole school. The children were judged on their diction, how well they projected their voices and their expression as they spoke. We had so many confident performances - it was very hard for Miss Morrison to judge!
Everyone who entered received a Head Teacher's sticker. The winners in each year group received Head Teacher's medals.
Here are our winners-
Year 1 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Reception Year 6 Medals for outstanding effort
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who entered.
KS2 Christmas Party and Celebration Day: 19.12.19
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," Christmas keep fit and making Christmas calendars.
Pass the parcel and Stick the nose on Rudolf
Making Christmas calendars
Decorating (and then eating) Christmas "biscuit baubles"
Christmas keep fit and musical statues
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. Along with contributions from staff, we have made up several food hampers with this excess party food.
Over the last few years we have supported the "First Base" centre at Christmas, by sending them some of our left over party food. "First Base," is a homeless centre in Brighton offering a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or who are insecurely housed in the city.
Mrs Cox, Mrs Arnold and our two Year 6 school council members took the hampers to First Base this morning. 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.
Hosanna Rock: 18.12.19
What a lovely carol service our KS2 pupils put on tonight in St Joseph's Church. Thank you parents and carers for bringing your children and your friends and family along and for 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.
Thank you Year 6 for your readings and for providing the tableau. Absolutely beautiful solos from Zion and Maebh! Excellent narration from Zion and well done everyone else for your clear speaking parts and your group songs - you sung with such confidence and passion. Who knew we had such talented singers in our midst?!
Well done to the rest of KS2 who sang and signed beautifully. We were very proud of you all tonight.
Thank you for your kind donations to tonight's collection which will be used to support the work of "Mary's Meals" and help make a difference to the lives of children in some of the world's poorest communities. £113. 72 was collected!
"Little Angels" Nativity photos: 18.12.19
Some of our very own "little angels" feature in a 20 page supplement in today's Argus newspaper, celebrating the nativity plays that have taken place in primary schools across the county in the last few weeks. Have a look if you get the chance.
More festive fun!
KS1 had the second part of their Christmas celebrations this afternoon. They mixed up in house colours for some traditional games like "Jingle Bell Bumps" and "Farmer's in his den" and "Musical Statues" before turning on the disco lights and having a dance!
KS1 finished off their fun day by sharing some party food.
Celebrations all round!
Congratulations to the winners of Mrs Arnold's "festive bell" competition and thank you to everyone else who entered - there were so many creative entries again this year!
Also, congratulations to the winners of this term's fencing challenges. Miss Pippa has been so impressed with her club members over the Autumn Term. The sessions have offered a mixture of games, balance and mobility exercises and blade skills to help children understand the sport and improve their balance, co-ordination, speed and timing.
After a term of training, the children took part in a friendly competition/challenge. Timon (Year 6) was the overall winner with Jayden (Year 5) a close second.
Julian, Alfie, Lola and Patrick received medals for their fencing skills and for making such a positive contribution to the club.
Well done to everyone who took part in either/both competitions. We are lucky to have so many talented children at St Joseph's.
KS1's festive fun!
While KS2 were out at the pantomime today, KS1 continued with their festive celebrations in school! They came into school wearing party clothes and spent the morning taking part in Christmas themed activities including making robin tree decorations, making red and green Christmas playdough, making Father Christmas out of handprints and creating yummy white chocolate snowmen!
Great fun was had by all!
KS1 are splitting their party day - party games and food will be one afternoon next week. Letters will come home shortly.
KS2 will be enjoying a carousel of Christmas activities next Thursday morning and partying in the afternoon. Letters regarding food should have come home with your child already.
We were ALL invited to the ball!
Today, Years 2-6 were lucky to be treated to a pantomime performance of Cinderella in Worthing. The trip (pantomime, transport and an ice cream in the interval) was paid for by the Brighton Lions Club - we are extrememly grateful to them for giving our children such a fabulous, festive treat. Seeing their faces light up when the snowflakes came floating down from the ceiling was magical!
Our children did not disappoint, joining in enthusiastically with the traditional panto audience participation. Lucas (from St John the Baptist Class) was one of three children from the audience to be called up on stage by Buttons - Lucas, you were an absolute star!
All of our children, as always, behaved beautifully and were a delight to take out for the day and a credit to our school.
Key Steps Gymnastics : 11.12.19
Today, we took a squad of eight Year 5 and 6 pupils to Dorothy Stringer School for a gymnastics competition. The children had to compete in three different disciplines - body management, the vault and a floor exercise. Seven primary schools took part in today's competitive event and St Joseph's finished second! Miss Pippa and Mrs Skinner were so impressed with the skill, flexibility, good sportsmanship and behaviour of all of our gymnastics.
Well done to Lola, Eloany, Gabriella, Billie (Year 6) Jack, Maddie, Faustina and Casey (Year 5)
Today was our school Christmas lunch. Everyone came into school wearing a Christmas jumper and other festive attire. We had a delicious turkey or vegetarian roast dinner followed by ice-cream and cookies, served to us by our teachers and teaching assistants. We had crackers and sang along to Christmas songs.
Thank you to the kitchen staff for preparing such a lovely lunch for us.
Festive food and fun for KS1
KS2 enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch and some time together.
Sharing the joy....10.12.19
Our Year 6 pupils popped out of school this morning to sing some carols with the our next-door neighbours, the residents of Lindfield Court. Year 6 sang a range of traditional and more modern Christmas carols and songs, many of which the residents joined in with. The singing was absolutely beautiful and really appreciated by the audience. Particular mention must go to those children who sang solos! Thank you to Mrs Brownbill for preparing our singers so well and to Ant, the scheme manager at Lindfield for inviting us.
Before returning to school, there was just enough time for a few tasty treats provided by Lindfield Court and a chance for our children to deliver their hand-made Christmas cards and to have a chat with their new Lindfield friends.
This morning was a lovely festive treat for all involved and we hope to be able to do it again next year.
Our latest four weekly Golden Time sessions have just finished. It is lovely to see our pupils spending time with different friends on a Friday afternoon - a thank you for following the Golden Agreement. Here are a few photos.
Crazy Construction Little Chefs Games Galore!
New and exciting Golden Time activities activities to follow in the Spring Term.
Headteacher Challenge - Poetry Recital
Congratulations to Patrick, Katie, Lin, Finn, Miya, Harry, Audrey & Sylvia who won Miss Morrison's latest Headteacher challenge. The eight pupils had to learn a poem off by heart and recite it in front of the whole school during assembly.
Miss Morrison was very impressed with the children for showing such dedication in learning a poem and for performing it so well - well done to everyone who entered as well as to these worthy winners!
We were lucky this afternoon to get a sneak preview of KS1's Christmas Nativity, "Whoops-A-Daisy Angel" when they practised for the first time with their costumes on. The children looked fantastic and sung, danced, played instruments and spoke beautifully.
Do come along on Tuesday 10th December (2pm) or Wednesday 11th December (9.30 a.m.) to see this nativity being performed.
Until then, here are a few photos.....
Christmas Fair : 4.12.19
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 "Lucky Dip," "Stick the carrot nose on Olaf," "Guess the name of the Teddy Bear" and "Guess how many presents in the the lucky stocking."
If you were feeling hungry, there was a knickerbocker glory stall, a cake stall as well as traditional mince pies, hot chocolate and snacks. Many classes had made crafts to sell - we had personalised mince pie bags made by the Reception Class, festive sun catchers made by Year 1 and Christmas tree decorations made by St George's Class.
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. And thank you to our KS2 pupils who willingly worked on the stalls and helped in any way during the afternoon. You were all 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.
Our new parking friends!
Our pupils' safety is paramount and, at St Joseph's, we want to make sure that the roads outside our school are safe for you and your children. Inconsiderate and dangerous dropping off and parking causes problems around our school, putting the safety of children and others at risk. So, we have two new helpers to remind people of the importance of keeping our children safe.
The Reception Class have named our two new helpers, "Rosie" and "Joseph" and you will see them out on the grass verges shortly, reminding drivers to keep our pupils safe, by parking thoughtfully and not parking on the zig-zag lines.
Thank you all for your continued support with keeping our pupils safe. Thank you also to the FOSJ's for funding the new signs to help introduce safer parking.
Christmas bell competition
Mrs Arnold is running her annual Christmas competition again this year - to design a festive bell. There are some very creative and colourful festive entries, displayed in the corridor just past the hall.
Here are a few of them-
A trio of awards : 28.11.19
Two of our pupils (Billie and Jamie - the Year 6 Sports Leaders) along with Mrs Davies , were invited to Sussex County Cricket Ground this afternoon to collect three very special awards on behalf of our school.
The awards were presented by Councillor Dee Simson and we were very proud to be one of only six schools in Brighton and Hove to receive all three awards - a silver School Games Award, the "Healthy Choice" award and the "Smile Project" award.
Click HERE to be taken to our sports page to find out more information about the awards we received and to see how Billie and Jamie spent the afternoon.
Year 6 visited Withdean Climbing Centre this afternoon, to take part in a climbing taster session run by High Sports. They took part in some games and fun activities before having a go at several different (and difficult) climbs in the "Rock Box," as well as a bouldering activity.
The children were fantastic, showing great skill, determination, strength and agility. It is going to be really hard to pick a team to represent St Joseph's in the climbing competition after Christmas!
More pictures will be on the YEAR 6 page shortly.
Cross Country: 20.11.19
This afternoon, Mrs Foan and Mr Muschamp took a squad of eleven Year 6 children to Waterhall to take part in a cross country competition. The children raced over very muddy terrain for 2 km - there were 300 plus competitors in both the girls and the boys races. It was great to see how much of an impact the daily mile has had on stamina and fitness.
Thank you Shaun, Lola, Billie, Louie, Patrick, Char'kye, Mia, Eloany, Troy, Gabriella and Timon for your determination, enthusiasm and team spirit.
Particular mention must go to Gabriella who was the first of our girls to finish and to Patrick who was first in for the boys. Patrick lost his shoe in the mud in the first few metres and ran the first half of the race in his sock!
This week our EYFS 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 photos of St Anne's Class in action! Look on their class page for more pictures.
Anti- bullying Week: 18.11.19
This week is anti-bullying week in school. The week started off with an assembly led by Miss Hill, based around this year's strapline for Anti-Bullying Week 2019 - "Change starts with us"
" Odd Socks Day" opened Anti - Bullying Week and provided an opportunity to encourage children and staff to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and reminded us that we are all different and unique!
More information about what each class did during Anti-Bullying Week to follow on class pages.
Children in Need:15.11.19
The strapline for Children in Need 2019 is "Together, we can change young lives." Today, our pupils came in to school in spotty or themed clothes to help raise money for Children In Need and to do just that - to help change young lives.
As always, the children (and staff) at St Joseph's did it in style!
Thank you parents and carers for your donations and for supporting such a great cause.
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 the delicious cakes.
Basketball Tournament: 13.11.19
We took a squad of basketball players to Dorothy Stringer School today for a basketball tournament run by the Brighton Cougars Basketball Group. Our team played several very closely contested matches and showed great determination, resilience and good sportsmanship as well as some impressive basketball skills - there were some amazing baskets scored and some fantastic dribbling the length of the court and around many opponents. It is good to see that our weekly basketball coaching from South Coast Elite coaches has paid off.
Well done to Timon, Billie, Emmanouil, Lola, Mia, Louie, Patrick and Char'kye.
Year 6 were magnificent Mayans!
In Year 6, the children have been learning about Mexico. This half term, their learning will be focusing on the ancient Mayan civilisation. As an introduction to this, Joel from the "Outdoors Project" came in to school and taught the children about some of the ancient techniques and implements the Mayans would have used to survive. The children learnt so much from these hands-on, practical activities.
Thank you to the FOSJ's for funding this outdoor learning experience.
Here are a few photos. Click HERE to see more pictures of their learning on the Year 6 class page.
A way to remember : 25.10.19
During this week's art lessons, every single child (and adult) in the school made at least one poppy as part of a whole school commemoration in preparation for Armistice Day. 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.
Visit from the fire service: 24.10.19
We were visited by three fire fighters who allowed the children from Years R-5 to climb up on board and take a look inside their fire engine and to find out about their different pieces of equipment. Then, the children each had a go at using the fire hose and squirting a cone with the water to try and knock it down! They could not believe how powerful the force of the water was!
Years 2 and 5 also had a session with a firefighter inside where they learnt about fire safety and ways of keeping safe in the home.
Black History Month
October is Black History month in the UK : an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the diverse contributions of Black African and Caribbean people in this country. Brighton and Hove City Council, alongside the Brighton and Hove Black History Project, have been celebrating the legacies of five significant Black people who had a connection to our city, and we decided to do the same!
Each class took one of the lives of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Thomas Highflyer, Mary Seacole, Walter Tull and West Indian soldiers in the First World War and found out about how their lives had been woven into Brighton and Hove's story. Each class presented their learning in different ways during Tuesday's assembly.
This week, we were also lucky to have a visitor who was part of the Mandiker tribe in Mali, West Africa (thanks to one of our Year 6 parents and carers.) The children learnt that drums play an important role in every aspect of African life, particularly in celebrations. Our pupils were taught how to play the djembe drums, which were made out of goat skin, and soon picked up the rhythms and beats. They thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and learning about the culture in West Africa.
Tag Rugby Festival: 17.10.19
Mrs Skinner and Miss Pippa were so proud of the Tag Rugby squad that went to the Tag Rugby Festival at Cardinal Newman this afternoon. They took part in some rugby based games and activities before playing matches against other local schools.
The afternoon started off with blue sky, but before long heavy rain came and there was no cover to be found on the school playing fields! The children were brilliant - they did not complain about the rain or the fact that the pitches were muddy and slippery and continued to play, throughout the heavy downpours, with determination, good sportsmanship and great teamwork.
Well done Mia, Billie, Eman, Maebh, Emmanouil, Louie, Timon and Char'kye.
Level 1 Bike-Ability: 15.10.19
Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in Bike-Ability training today. Bike-Ability is a cycle training programme. Level 1, which was what our pupils took part in today, aims to develop cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road.
For those children who achieve Level 1, Level 2 training aims to develop riders’ skills and confidence further and prepares participants for cycling on the roads by practising on roads in the local area. This training will take place later in the school year.
Golden Time : 11.10.19
The behaviour of the pupils at St Joseph's is generally excellent. We expect all of 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 Years 2-6 for the four weeks up to half term are - Board games and puzzle fun, Ping Pong Pairs, Zumba, Little Chefs and Let's do drama!
Here are a few photos of the current Golden Time activities.
Little Chefs (and little washer uppers!) Ping Pong Pairs
Zumba Board Games and Puzzle Fun
Harvest Celebration: 7.10.19
This morning, we began the day with a Harvest Assembly where we celebrated the gifts of Harvest and reflected on the importance of sharing these gifts with others.
Thank you for your food and produce donations which will be given to the families who lived in the flats in Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton which were recently destroyed by fire. One of our families used to live there and they know many of the residents affected by the fire.
We keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Grandparents' Week : 30.9.19 - 4.10.19
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 Wednesday, grandparents (and honorary grandparents) were invited into school for a special assembly and afternoon tea. We also used this as part of the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning," raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support - thank you for your generous contributions and cake donations. Nearly £200 was raised.
Throughout the week, grandparents have been welcomed into classes for a range of activities including "Paint a portrait," Basketball, Table Tennis, French, "Money Maths," making a Greek pot out of clay and Science.
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.
Once upon a time........
Year 1 pupils had their topic launch today. As part of their topic "Get out of my swamp," the children came to school dressed as traditional fairy tale characters or characters from their favourite books. The children looked fantastic!
They were even taught for the day by Little Red Riding Hood!
More pictures will be on St Clare's page shortly.
Year 6 trip to PGL Windmill Hill
Year 6 have just returned from a long weekend residential at PGL Windmill Hill. They had a fantastic time, experienced lots of new, exciting and challenging activities and were a credit to our school with their behaviour, determination and attitude.
Click HERE to see some more pictures.
St George's Class also began their Humanities learning this week. After finding out that The Great Fire of London began in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane in London, St George's Class decided to make their own bread rolls. They made the dough, kneaded it carefully and kept a very close eye on the rolls while they were cooking!
More pictures of the children's learning about the Great Fire of London will be on the class page very soon.
Welcome to China!
Today, St John the Baptist's Class launched their Humanities learning about China. The children came into school wearing red and enjoyed lots of activities related to China, like tasting typically Chinese food, having a go at Tai Chi and trying out their calligraohy skills. The children learnt so much and thorougly enjoyed their Chinese experience! More photos to follow shortly on the class page.
Bienvenido a México!
This year we have bought into a new Humanities curriculum. Most of our geography and history teaching will be taught through our termly topics. Each topic will be launched with a "stunning start." Today, Year 6 began their learning in their topic, which this half term is titled," Let's go to Mexico," with a range of Mexican themed activities.
Click HERE to see some more pictures and find out what Year 6 learnt about Mexico.
Year 5 began their topic learning about Greece today with a taste of Greek food! Yum Yum!
Autumn Term 2019
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.
As we are settling back in to the new term at St Joseph's, it has been lovely to have so many visits from our last year's Year 6 pupils who have popped back after school to tell us how they are finding secondary school life. We love hearing how you are getting on.
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.