We did it – we earned the Gold!July 20th 2017
We are delighted to announce that St Joseph's has achieved the Gold School Games Mark award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2016/17!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
We look ...
Book Fair 3rd-7th JulyJune 28th 2017
Thank you to all who attended our Book Fair last week. The children were really excited to buy some of their favourite titles and it was a delight to see them eager to go home to read their new books! Hopefully some of those books bought can be used in our school Family Summer Challenge.
We will announce shortly how much was raised at the sale. Thank you again for your support.
Year 6 visit to Avon TyrrellJune 23rd 2017
Year 6 had an incredible 5 days at Avon Tyrrell with wall to wall sunshine and 4 different activities in each full day. Activities included zip wire, kayaking, bushcraft, high ropes, abseiling, adventure course, shelter building , canoeing and orienteering. All the children slept well and enjoyed their accommodation in the lodges with 3 cooked meals a day taken altogether in the dining room of the house. In their spare time they could play football, visit the play park or just sit and chat and of course eat tuck!
It was amazing to see all the children achieving in so many ways, all challenging themselves under the expert guidance of all the Avon Tyrrell instructors. Please see ...
St Joseph’s Art ClubJune 16th 2017
At St Joseph’s we have Art Club every week on Monday and Thursday after school. Each week Daniella helps us learn about one type of art. This may be drawing, painting, watercolours or pastels. We also look at different types of artists including Monet, Van Gogh and modern art. Edward says “she has helped me with my passion for art and she helps the other children learn how to draw and paint. I look forward to going each week and learning new skills.” Edward hopes you enjoy looking at their artwork.
Sponsored Spell – we raised £1,000May 12th 2017
Our Lenten charity this year was Bamenda, and we chose to raise money by holding a sponsored spell in each class. The Diocese of Portsmouth is twinned with the Catholic Diocese of Bamenda in Cameroon, West Africa, and money raised is spent supporting projects in Bamenda in collaboration with the local communities in areas of faith, health, education and social welfare. The average educational fees for one child is £20 and they also need uniform and materials. With our fundraising efforts, so many more children may have access to education who currently don't.
Our sponsored spell took place on Monday 3rd April and was a huge success. Ducklings also joined in by having a sponsored name write. We chose a ...
Leeson HouseApril 30th 2017
On the 26th April, our Year 5 class set off on their first residential trip to Leeson House. Here is their diary of the trip:
"Our first bit of excitement was whilst we were on the coach. We were all very busy chatting and talking about what we would be doing over the first few days, that we didn’t realise we were about to drive on the chain ferry at Sandbanks to take us over to Purbecks. Some of us had never been on a ferry before! If Miss Thomas hadn’t told us, we would never have known we were even on the ferry as we couldn’t feel it moving at all!
"Once we ...
World Book Day 2017March 3rd 2017
World Book Day at St. Joseph's was a great success! Everyone rose to the challenge of dressing up and we saw some incredible costumes from children and staff!
Throughout the whole week a number of book focused activities were held. The week began with the author M.P. Robertson joining us for the day, beginning with a whole school assembly and then holding workshops with all the classes. He has written many children’s favourites including The Egg and The Great Dragon Rescue. His day began with a wonderful whole school assembly and he then went on to lead drawing workshops with all our children.
World Book day on Thursday saw us all dressed up as favourite book characters. Mr ...
Year 6 Cake SaleDecember 7th 2016
On Friday 2nd December Year 6 held a cake sale after school. The class decided to hold this cake sale to raise funds for some new boot scrapers to use at the end of playtime to scrape all the mud off our trainers. The children researched how much we needed to raise and our target was £35.
Lots of the children in the class brought in a fantastic range of cakes and cookies and we can announce we raised enough to buy our boot scrapers and to purchase some vouchers to help those people who need our help at Christmas. The total amount ...
Anti-Bullying WeekNovember 16th 2016
This week is about raising awareness in keeping children and young people feeling safe and we have been taking part in this national week. In assembly we have been reminding our children what to do if they are worried about something and in class we will be reminding children what they can do if they feel they are being bullied or know another child is unhappy. We also planned additional circle times.
We welcomed the Police E-Safety Team into the school during Anti-Bullying Week to deliver workshops to our Years 3-6. Each class had a workshop.
Take a look at each class ...
Annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2016November 4th 2016
Thank you to everyone who got involved in the 'Operation Christmas Child' Appeal this year. We were delighted with the response from our children and we handed over 63 boxes to charity this year which exceeded last year's total!
The shoeboxes were collected during November by Samaritan's Purse and will be sent as a Christmas gift of our love to a child in a developing or war-torn country. We are sure that your kindness will be much appreciated.