World Book Day 20!

This year, the 20th World Book Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March 2017, and as always, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we want to celebrate this special day in style!

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller (there’s lots of them out there – find your local participating bookshop here and swap it for one of the TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) World Book Day books!

Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead!

Click on the links below for more information about World Book Day at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School…including how to be a Parent Volunteer Reader for the day!

World Book Day Letter

Story Readers Letter

Click on the link below for some super ‘dressing up’ ideas!

Dressing Up Ideas

Come and join us and help us to make World Book Day extra special at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School!

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Uniform4Less – Sale Today!

It’s time to grab a bargain!

There will be a Uniform4Less sale from 3.15pm today in the Junior Playground (outside the Library) so don’t forget to bring your purses/wallets!

There will be a wide variety of pre-loved uniform available so why not come along and update your child(ren)’s wardrobe whilst helping with the PTA fundraising and being environmentally friendly?!

We look forward to seeing you this afternoon.

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PTA Coffee Morning – All Welcome!

Fancy joining  fellow parents/carers for a cuppa and a chat?

Then why not come along to our PTA Coffeee Morning on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 9.00am in the School Hall…? It’s a great time to catch up with our school community over a cuppa and perhaps, if we are lucky, a biscuit or two!

We will also be holding a Uniforn4Less sale at the Coffee Morning so it will be a great opportunity to stock up on those spring essentials now that the weather is getting warmer.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday….

…And for those of you who don’t like coffee, the tea pot will be ready too!

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Governor Vacancies

Would you like to become a governor for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School?

We are now looking for new Governors to join our current team. We have vacancies for two Parent Governors and one Foundation Governor, so please get in touch.

We are always looking for people who are interested in becoming a school governor. You do not have to be an educational expert or even have children in the school, but you must have a desire to make things better for the community.

There are several different types of governor that make up the team:

Parent Governors

Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are volunteers who serve as the Bishop’s representative to assist in managing our Catholic schools. They work alongside other governors including parent governors to form a governing body or board of directors.  They are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff, monitoring standards and the Catholic ethos and help make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. 

Foundation Governors have specific responsibility for admissions to the school, the employment of staff, Religious Education and collective worship.  The governors help determine the future for pupils attending our schools.

What qualities do I need to become a foundation governor?

In order to act as the Bishop’s representative you should be a practising Catholic.  The most  important qualities for being a foundation governor are an allegiance to Catholic education, enthusiasm, and commitment.  You do not need teaching experience, but it is useful to bring skills from other areas of your life; such as financial, human resources, buildings, health and safety.

What will I be asked to do as a governor?

You can expect to attend and contribute to meetings of the full governing body (usually between 3 and 6 per year) and at least one of its sub-committees (approximately a further 3 per year). Meetings normally last between one and two hours and are held at a time to suit the membership.

Governors are expected to take an interest in the life of the school, to attend some of the public events during the academic year and to see something of the school at work (often by being associated with a particular subject area).

Governors may occasionally be required to attend interviews associated with staff  appointments or serve on special panels associated with admissions, disciplinary or employment matters.

Please click on the link below if you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor.

Parent Governor Application


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This Week’s ‘Writers’!!

Every week, the teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 are asked to chose a child who has produced a super piece of writing that week to receive a writing award!!

These children all receive a certificate and their work is proudly displayed on the writing display board in the Junior corridor.

This week’s chosen ‘writers’ are:

Year 1 – Rico Amorosi
Year 2 – Laure Kurcharska
Year 3 – Kinga Malek
Year 4 – Callum Dawson
Year 5 – Ava Nicolini
Year 6 – Jessica Ryan

Congratulations to all concerned!!


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Attendance Award

Every week, the class with the best attendance receives a special certificate to recognise their excellent attendance…and any class with 100% attendance for a whole week receives a special reward!

This week, our overall attendance is back up to its normal high with 97.1% attendance across the school.

The winners of this week’s Attendance Award are Year 6 with a commendable 99.7% attendance followed in second place by Year 2 with 98.7% attendance, and in third place were Reception with 98.0% attendance.



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Half Term Is Here!

And what a short half term it has been…only 24 days in total!

However, this does not mean that we haven’t managed to cram a great deal into such a short space of time.

As well as all of the marvellous work being undertaken throughout the school on a daily basis, there have also been lots of ‘special events’ including Masses, Prayer Services, Class Trips, Class Assemblies, the visit of the Young Shakespeare Company, the School Choir attending the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena, Healthy Eating Week, Safer Internet Day and various Parent Workshops.


So, all in all, the half term break is well deserved for all concerned!

Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely half term.

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PTA Valentine’s Disco!

The Valentine’s Disco for the younger children is currently in full swing and a truly great time is being had by all!

There are some highly original ‘shapes being thrown’ and the volume is turned up to 11!

After this it’s ’round 2′ as the older boys and girls get the opportunity to strut their stuff!

Many thanks to the PTA and the volunteer helpers who have organised and prepared these wonderful opportunities for the children to enjoy.

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Today, the School Council are holding a Milkshake And Cake Sale to raise more funds towards their ‘Rewards’ Room’…and they have certainly done good business this morning!

Thank you to those parents who contributed cakes to help the School Council…your help is truly appreciated.

Many thanks to Miss Thomas for organising this event and making sure that the School Council were as organised as ever!

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It’s Not Too Late!

There are still a few spaces available for our Valentine’s Disco which will be held in the School Hall tomorrow, Friday 10th February 2017. The Disco will be in two sessions:

3.30pm – 5.00pm Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
5.30pm – 7.00pm Year 3 – Year 6

A buffet plus lots of fun and games is included in the price of £6.00 per child.

So make sure that you don’t miss out by completing the form (click on the link below) and returning it with your payment today/tomorrow morning.

Valentine’s Disco Letter

What a great way to round off another fantastic Half Term at St. Joseph’s!

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