Golden Anniversary Celebrations

Well what a lovely week we had at St Joseph’s, celebrating our 50 years in Somerford. We decided to hold our celebrations during the week of 1st May as this is the Feast day of St Joseph the Worker.

The school community considered the four elements of our Mission Statement during the week, through liturgies based on “living, loving, working and serving like Jesus”.  At the centre of our worship was Mass, concelebrated by Father John, Father Quarmby, Father Gerry, Father Hishon and Father Vincent from Southampton. At the end of which a set of rosary beads for each child was blessed; wooden to remind us that St Joseph was a carpenter, along with a personalised prayer card in an organza bag, to commemorate the anniversary.  We also had a crystal cross blessed which we will use for future celebrations.

Meanwhile our picnic lunch was shared by many, as were the delicious scones and cream and choc ices!  On Friday, the school was filled with hippies, Biba dresses and The Beatles lookalikes. Thank you all for making such an effort with the children’s clothes – and those who wore their party clothes looked great too. The children enjoyed a 1960s disco in the morning and in the afternoon they went on a bouncy slide.  The staff enjoyed a special anniversary cake.

Finally, the children filled a time capsule with items which included the school’s mission statement, rosary beads, news stories from 2013, a video of what makes St Joseph’s special and a PowerPoint tour of our school. The capsule was buried on Friday afternoon. We are hoping that in 25 years time those working at this school will retrieve it – although they will probably laugh at the level of technology we currently consider to be at the forefront of life in the 21st century!

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Thank you to everyone who made this a special week for the St Joseph’s school family and to our PTA for funding the gifts and treats for our children throughout.