Bless Me Father…

Or should that be ‘Fathers’?!

As part of our Aspirations Day, 16 aspiring priests visited Church this morning to share in Mass with the rest of the parish.

Fr. John…you will need to draw up a new rota at St. Joseph’s…for priests to say Mass!

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Aspirations Day!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question that I ask myself every day!

Today is Aspirations Day at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and all of the boys and girls have come to school dressed as what they would like to be in the future.

We have budding doctors, nurses, builders, teachers, chefs, sportsmen/women, security guards, rock stars (including a certain Year 5 teacher!), police officers, princesses, explorers, ice-cream sellers…and 17 priests…you can put your feet up, Fr. John!

Many thanks to those parents who have volunteered to come in and talk to the boys and girls about their professions/carers today…we have 21 in total…what a wonderful response!

Finally, many thanks to Mrs O’Connor who introduced Aspirations Day to St. Joseph’s four years ago and is still aspiring to make it better every year!

Happy Aspirations Day everyone!

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Further eSafety Information

Last week, Richard Maskrey (an eSafety consultant) conducted a Parent Workshop on eSafety.

Sadly, only a handful of parents attended this workshop in which lots of important information concerning how to keep your child(ren) safe on-line was shared.

Mr. Maskrey has kindly forwarded me some of the information discussed during this workshop, including various links to relevant websites; this can be accessed via the link below.

eSafety Factsheet

Thank you for your continued support.

Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Think

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eSafety Parent Newsletter Summer 2018/On-Line Gaming Guide

As you know, our children’s safety is of paramount importance at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, including their on-line safety.

With this in mind, please click on the link below to view this term’s eSafety Parent Newsletter which included articles with advice on posting photographs of your children on-line and setting parental controls.

eSafety Newsletter – Summer 2018

It has come to our attention recently that a significant number of children have been accessing various on-line games including Fortnite and Roblox amongst others. Whilst these games may appear ‘safe’ on first sighting, there are inherent dangers to all on-line games which all parents need to be fully aware of.

Please click on the link below for information on how to ensure your child’s safety when gaming on-line.

On-Line Gaming – Parent Guide

Thank you for your continued support.

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Weekly Newsletter

Please click on the link below to view our weekly newsletter.


Have a lovely weekend!

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Freeze Pop Friday Returns!

The PTA will be selling freeze pops after school in the Junior Playground today and every Friday (weather permitting!) until the end of term.

Freeze pops will be priced at 20p each – what a bargain – so don’t forget to bring your loose change to school this afternoon.

If you want to be first in line, then why not come along to the PTA meeting which will be held in the School at 2.30pm this afternoon? 😉

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PTA Reminders

There will be a PTA meeting in the School on Friday 8th June 2018 at 2.30pm – all parents and carers are welcome to attend.

Just a quick reminder to those who haven’t brought in their Sponsored Bounce/Skip pledges yet that the monies should be sent into school in a sealed envelope (cheques made payable to St. Joseph’s PTA please!) as soon as possible. A big thank you to all those who have already handed in their sponsorship money.

Please don’t forget to let us know if you are able to help out at the Summer Fete (Saturday 30th June 2018) – as they say, many hands make light work!

Thank you for your continued support.

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Aspirations Day

Friday 15th June 2018

Please help us make this day a success by volunteering your time to share your job /experiences with the children. Without your support our day really won’t have the impact required to inspire your children to aspire. So far we have only had two parents come forward and offer their time.

If you want to discuss this further or want to come in and share please contact Mrs O’Connor ASAP.

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First Holy Communions

What a lovely half-term we have just enjoyed…and for some it was extra special!

Congratulations to those children who celebrated their First Holy Communion during half term as follows:





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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As I’m sure you know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the UK on the 25th May 2018.  

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).

The GDPR require public authorities and businesses to identify the lawful basis for storing personal data, audit information we already hold and take a ‘data protection by design and default’ approach to personal data.  

Of course, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we take data protection very seriously.  In line with GDPR requirements, we have appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to oversee our approach to data management and protection; our DPO can be contacted at 

In order to ensure that we fully comply with the new regulations, we have thoroughly reviewed our policies and practices with regards to data protection. We have updated our privacy notices in line with the new requirements and these are now all available to view in For Parents/GDPR, along with our revised Data Protection Policy which you have received previously via ParentMail.

Please note that as part of the compliance process, we have updated all of the consent forms since the new regulations are clear that consent must be up-to-date and clearly recorded. From now on, lack of response cannot be interpreted as implied consent. If for any reason you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, please contact the School Office and they will assist you with this.

To learn more about the General Data Protection Regulation, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website on

Thank you for your continued support.

Click on the links below to view the various policies related to GDPR which have been approved by the Governing Body.

Data Protection Policy

Data Breach Response Plan

CCTV Policy

Privacy Notice – Parents

Privacy Notice – Pupils

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