Houses of Parliament Trip

Today, as part of Parliament Week, four of our School Councillors (Enzo, Wiktor, Juliette and Francesca) took part in a wonderful visit to the Houses of Parliament…and also enjoyed a specially arranged meeting with Mr. Charles Walker, the Member of Parliament for Broxbourne!

The visit was a fabulous opportunity to find out lots of interesting facts about the history of the Houses of Parliament as well as learning more about how our country is founded upon the principles of democracy and the rule of law.

After passing through security, we were taken on a guided tour of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons as well as lots of other very grand rooms in which the history simply ‘oozed’ from the walls…and all of the finery and ornate paraphernalia on show!

Following this highly informative tour we were then treated to an audience with Mr Walker in one of the parliamentary chambers. The children were very attentive throughout and asked some very challenging questions…including street lighting and school funding.

Many thanks to Michal Siewniak from the Wormley and Turnford Big Local for organising this super trip as part of Parliament Week, and to Councillor Patsy Spears for bringing this great opportunity to our attention when she visited us last month.

Finally, well done to Juliette, Wiktor, Enzo and Francesca who were great ambassadors for our school!

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Cubs, Beavers and Brownies Remember…

As part of yesterday’s Remembrance commemorations, a number of children from St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School took part in various services as part of their Cubs, Beavers and Brownies groups.

Well done to  Tanatswa, Luca C., Henry, Wiktor, Aoife, Ginelle and Liliana (apologies if I have missed anybody out!) all of whom, I have been reliably informed, were a credit to our school and to the Scout/Brownie movements.


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The PTA will be holding a Uniform4Less sale in the Junior Playground from 3.15pm tomorrow, Monday 12th November 2018, weather permitting.

This is great opportunity to stock up on those pre-loved uniform essentials whilst being environmentally friendly (re-using unwanted uniform) and raising funds for our school.

In addition, Christmas cards and other goodies will be on sale so why not come along and have a look.

Don’t forget to bring those purses/wallets!

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Odd Socks Day!

Remember…tomorrow is ‘Odd Socks Day’ as we show our support for Anti-Bullying Week at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School!

Who will have the ‘oddest’ socks tomorrow?

Make sure that it’s not Mr Gallagher for once!


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Lest We Forget…

November is a time when we remember all those who have died, especially family members and friends.  We give thanks for their lives and pray that they are at peace with God.

This year we mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. Today is Remembrance Sunday when people around the world will be reflecting on the lives that were changed dramatically, and those that were lost.

During World War I, over 8.5 million people were killed and nearly 8 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914 – 1918.

To commemorate this special anniversary, all of the children have created their very own poppy which is displayed at the entrance to school as a reminder during the month of November of all those that were lost in conflict, as well as departed family members who we remember particularly during this month.

Many thanks to Mrs O’Dowd for her inspiration in creating this wonderful tribute.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.


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Remembrance Service

This afternoon we enjoyed a very reflective Remembrance Service in the School Hall.

The Chaplaincy Team led the service beautifully and were wonderfully supported by Miss Gunn’s Dance group and the School Choir.

Thank you to all of those parents who joined us this afternoon and to all of the children who were extremely respectful throughout.

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Weekly Newsletter

To view this week’s newsletter please click on the link below:


Have a lovely weekend.

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Anti-Bullying Week

Next week is ‘Anti-Bullying Week’  – an annual event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is ‘CHOOSE RESPECT’.

Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

  • The definition of respect

  • That bullying is a behaviour choice

  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other

  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
    To launch our Anti-Bullying week, children should wear ‘odd socks’ on Monday to show their support…and the odder the better!

    We look forward to an ‘odd’ start to the week!

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Happy Half-Term!

After what has been a marathon half-term of eight weeks, the holidays have finally arrived!  

There has been much to celebrate during the last two months; this is certainly the case once again this week as you will see in our weekly newsletter which is available to view by clicking on the link below.


Many thanks for your on-going support for all that we do at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School; together we make a great team.

Have a lovely half-term!

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Well Done Netballers!

Last night, our Netball team played their first game of the season against Brookland Junior School…and what a super game it was!

In a closely fought contest, St. Joseph’s narrowly lost by the odd goal in seven with the final score being 4-3 to Brookland.

Mrs Jess and Miss Entwisle were delighted with the way that the team played and cannot wait for their next game which will take place after half term.

Finally, well done to Caitlin who was chosen as ‘Player of the Match’ for her overall contribution and determination.

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