Buddy Assembly II!

This morning we celebrated our second ‘Buddy’ assembly as we ‘officially’ welcome our Reception children to St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

During the last six weeks, the Year 6 buddies have done a wonderful job helping their Reception buddies to settle into ‘Big School’ and the relationships that have been formed between during this time was clear for all to see (and hear!) this morning.

Many thanks to the boys and girls in Year 6 for helping our Reception children to settle into St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School so quickly…you have all done a wonderful job, boys and girls!

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Thank You Mrs Akinbogun and Mrs Komolafe!

This afternoon, Mrs Akinbogun and Mrs Komolafe visited us to share some of the wonderful African art/patterns that can also be seen on some of the children’s costumes today! 

The children were treated to a fabulous display of African pictures, clothing, musical instruments and ornaments…and much more besides! 

Many thanks to Mrs Akinbogun and Mrs Komolafe for sharing their wonderful artefacts with us today.

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Thank You, Fr. John!

This afternoon, Fr. John visited Year 6 and was literally bombarded with questions all about his life as a priest, the Church…and much more besides!

Fr. John shared some lovely insights with the children and provided them with lots to think about in terms of their role in God’s family.

Many thanks to Fr. John for finding time in his busy schedule to visit…it is truly appreciated.

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Black History Celebration Day!

What a marvellous effort so many of the boys and girls (and parents!) have made with their costumes today for our Black History Celebration Day!

And it is not only the children who have made the effort to dress up…some of the staff look amazing too!!

During the course of the day, the boys and girls will be involved in a wide variety of activities related the celebration of Black History Month including art, role-play and food-tasting.

Many thanks to those parents who volunteered to help today…you have helped to make it extra special!

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Black History Celebration Day

Please be reminded tomorrow (Thursday 12th October) we as a school will be celebrating Black History.

On this day we will be researching projects, tasting delicious food, listening to cultural talks and looking at art.

The children are invited to dress in their cultural dress or dress as a famous figure or role model. This is to celebrate Black History and not to be taken as representing a flag.

This will be a lovely day celebrating this culture as well as other cultural days that we have celebrated in the past, such as International day, St Patrick’s day and many more.

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Thank You!


As a school in the last few weeks we have probably expected quite a lot, some of you may say, is that any different to normal?
On Friday 29th September we celebrated our annual Cancer fundraiser day. We celebrated with a Green theme to raise awareness and support MacMillan.
We raised nearly £900 that day with the support of our whole school community. Parents, parish, staff and children took part in all sorts of activities.
Our final event was a staff event on Friday evening. A quiz in the school hall attended by friends and family. We were entertained by the Griffin family and Mr Gallagher’s Irish dancing!

Thank you everyone for helping us raise £1300.00 for this fantastic charity. My aim was to exceed our £1000.00 total and we really did.
Thank you!!!!!!!!

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Black History Month

This month is ‘Black History Month’.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October.

This week is ‘Black History Week’ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and today, we are launching this special week in style with African Drumming Workshops for all of the classes. This will culminate in a special assembly to which you are all invited where some of the children will demonstrate their drumming skills. This assembly starts at 2:45pm.

We have asked for a parental contribution of £3.00 per child (£6.00 per family) to cover part of the cost of today’s incredible experience for the boys and girls.

However at present a considerable number of parents have not made this payment.

Please send your payment into school by tomorrow.

During ‘Soft Start’ this week, all of the classes are thinking about Black History Month and celebrating the inspirational work/lives of various individuals.

Other special events this week include our ‘Black History Celebration Day’ on Thursday.

 If anyone would like to cook a traditional African or Caribbean dish for our children to taste on this day then please contact your child’s class teacher, but if cooking isn’t your thing then any offers of help to serve would also be appreciated.

If you are able to help in any way then please come and see me at home time outside the Year 1 classroom.

Click on the link below for further information on Black History Month.


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Option For The Poor

This week’s ‘Love In Action’ focus is ‘Option for the Poor’.

As Pope Francis states:

‘We’re called to find Christ in the poor, to lend our voice, to be their friends, to listen’.

When we think about our local community, who are the people living in poverty?

In our global community, where are the people living in poverty?

How do we treat them?

Further questions for us to consider are:

How do we truly listen to people living in poverty?

How do we learn from them?

What can we do to support people living in poverty?

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Annual Open Morning – Reception Places 2018.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective parents to our

Annual Open Morning


Monday 30th October 2017 at 9:15am

During our open morning you will have the opportunity to view the school in session and to meet with the Headteacher and Foundation Stage Team.

There is no need to book, just come along. Children are welcome.

Should you be unable to attend the open morning, individual tours can be arranged throughout the year by contacting the school office on 01992 629 503 or email with a suggested day and time to: admin@stjosephs351.herts.sch.uk

Any further information about the school can be found by browsing our website:

Please note this session is for all prospective new parents who will be applying for a
Reception school place to start in September 2018.
(This applies to children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014).

The online applications system for Under 11s will commence on Monday 6th November 2017 and close on Monday 15 January 2018.


Supplementary Information Forms are available to download from our website or alternatively you can collect one from the school office from Monday 30th October 2017.

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Weekly Newsletter

It’s Friday again…which means the weekly newsletter!

Click on the link below to see this week’s news and dates for the coming weeks until half term.


Have a lovely weekend!

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