Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love


Key Steps Gymnastics:11.12.19

We took a squad of four Year 5 and four Year 6 gymnasts to Dorothy Stringer School today to take part in a gymnastics competition. Seven schools took part, with the children demonstrating their skill and flexibility in three disciplines - body management, the vault and a floor exercise. 

Our gymnasts really rose to the challenge and we finished in second place! Miss Pippa and Mrs Skinner were very proud of all of you.

Climbing at Withdean: 27.11.19

At St Josephs, we try to provide our pupils with a wide variety of PE and sporting activities and opportunities. One of the strands in the PE National curriculum states that pupils should, "take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team."

This afternoon, Year 6 went to Withdean Climbing Centre, run by High Sports for an afternoon of climbing and bouldering activities including rope climbing, speed climbing and traversing.


Balance Bikes: 19.11.19

Our EYFS children have had four Balance Bike Training sessions this week. Balance Bike Training provides children with positive early experience of using bikes and improves their riding skills and awareness of their surroundings. The training aims to develop balance and control skills in preparation for learning to ride a bike. 

Our EYFS pupils absolutely loved the sessions and were soon whizzing around the playground and confidently manoeuvring themselves around objects and each other! 


Basketball Tournament: 12.11.19

Today, we took a squad of eight basketball players to Dorothy Stringer School for a basketball competition. We played some very closely contested matches and saw some fantastic skills - our coaching from South Coast Elite Basketball is really paying off.

Well done to Timon, Lola, Emmanouil, Billie, Louie, Mia, Char'kye and Patrick - you showed great determination, resilience and good sportsmanship as well as fantastic shooting skills.

Tag Rugby Festival: 17.10.19

What an amazing squad of rugby players we took to Cardinal Newman today for the Brighton and Hove Tag Rugby Festival. Despite very unpredictable and changeable weather, our pupils played with determination, resilience, great team spirit and were an absolute credit to the school with both their rugby skills and their attitude. 


Bike-Ability - Level 1

Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the first day of Level 1 Bike-Ability training this week. Pupils learn to control and master their bikes in the safety of the school playground. For those children who achieved Level 1, Level 2 training will be available in the Summer Term.


Withdean Athletics : 19.6.19

We have some wonderful athletes at St Joseph's School and more importantly we have determined, resilient children who support and encourage each other. Today, we took a squad of 32 athletes from Years 4,5 and 6 to the annual small schools' athletics meeting at Withdean Stadium. We were very proud of you all.





Racket festival: 6.6.19

Mr Sutherland took 12 budding racket stars to a Year 3 and 4 Racket Festival held at Withdean Tennis Centre. The children were given the opportunity to learn the necessary skills and take part in fun activities and games based around tennis, squash and badminton. 


Well done to Sofia who was picked out for an individual "determination" award - one of the School Games values.

Tri-Golf tournament: 7.5.19

Congratulations to our wonderful team of budding golfers who finished 3rd out of 9 teams in today's Tri Golf competition at Blatchington Mill School. Miss Matthews was so proud of each and every member of the team so well done to Nolly, Mia, Ollie and Riley (Year 3)  Lola, Casey, Faustina, Brandon, Daniel and Jack( Year 4)

You looked so smart in our sports kit too!


Quick-sticks Hockey Tournament :21.3.19

Today we took a squad of six hockey layers to Blatchington Mill School for a quick-sticks hockey tournament. Seven schools took part and we finished in fifth position. Some amazing individual performances and a great team performance. Mr Sutherland and Mrs Skinner were proud of each of you, so well done Jack, Arijus, Zuzanna, Melody, Esmae and Belinda.

Particular congratulations should go to Arijus who was picked out for a determination award - well done Arijus!


                Warming up                            Modelling our new gum shields!


                                    Esmae in action!              Arijus receives a determination award.

High Five Netball: 13.3.19

This afternoon, we took a squad of Year 5 girls to the High Five netball tournament at Patcham High School. We played several matches - all of which were very close!

Well done to Isabel, Lily, Zuzanna, Esmae, Keirah, Neriah, Olivia and Belinda who played excellently, showing great team spirit, determination and resilience. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner were very proud of you all.

Well done to Zuzanna for being picked out for the only "determination" award. Our whole team was also recognised and awarded the "respect" award.



Climbing competition: 14.2.19

Following our successful visit to High Sports at Withdean Climbing Centre recently, we entered a climbing competition at the same venue.

Today, Mrs Greener took our four climbers  from Year 6 - Tia, Melody, Macey and Lewis K to compete in  five challenges across three disciplines -  bouldering / traversing , rope climbing and speed climbing. 

Mrs Greener was very proud of all four of our climbers' enthusiasm, skill and good sportsmanship. Well done!



Indoor Cricket: 13.2.19

Today we took a team of cricketers to BACA for an indoor KWIC cricket tournament. Five local schools took part in today's tournament. We played four very close and exciting games with some great individual batting, bowling, fielding performances. We also saw some good sporting behaviour and the quality of cricket improved as each game went by. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner were very proud of you all.

Well done Jack (captain) Philip, Lewis C, Jalani, Tony, Olivia and Neriah.


Indoor athletics: 23.1.19

We took part in an indoor athletics competition at BACA today. We took 16 Year 6 athletes to take part in a qualifying athletics event. The track events included an obstacle relay, a 1+1 lap relay, a 2+2 lap relay, an over/under relay, a 4 x 1 lap relay and a 6 lap Paarlauf. The field events included a chest push, a standing long jump, a triple jump, a vertical jump and a speed bounce challenge.



Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner were so impressed by all of our competitors. We had several "places," but more importantly we saw great determination, resilience, good sportsmanship and team spirit. Thank you children - you gave it your all and behaved excellently and were very supportive of each other.

One child was picked out for a determination award from the 160 competitors and today Neriah was recognised for her good sporting skills - for being determined when things didn't go her way and for not giving up. Well done Neriah - we were so proud that you were chosen for this award.

A trio of awards! 

St Joseph's School was awarded a silver "School Games Award" for the seventh 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 again this year, so we are extremely proud to have been awarded a silver award again.


We were also awarded a "Healthy Choice" a citywide scheme which officially recognises ‘good food’ practice in 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 Judd and Mrs Greener provide for our pupils.

The third award was the "Smile Project" award which is based around the five ways to well being. This is a resource that can be used by schools, parents and carers and children together and is proven to promote and increase well being.

As recognition for our contribution to all three areas (sport and physical activity, mental health and healthy food) St Joseph's also received an overall Brighton and Hove Healthy School award which was new to this year's event. We were one of only six schools in Brighton and Hove to receive all three awards!

What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to all involved. 




Jamie and Billie, our Year 6 Sports Leaders accompanied Mrs Davies to collect our three awards. They also took part in some hands-on games and activities while learning about how fast bacteria multiply and consequently how important it is to refrigerate food. 




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