Welcome to St Joseph's Catholic Schools' Federation!
St Joseph's is a happy, secure school at the heart of a vibrant inner city community that celebrates life.
We aim to nurture and support the personal growth of each unique individual inspiring the gospel values of faith, hope, love, peace, justice and truth. The children are educated in a Christian setting preparing them for witness in the wider community. We are committed to providing a stimulating, challenging, inclusive learning environment and quality first teaching so that it captures the imagination, empowering learning at every opportunity. We ensure that enrichment activities provide opportunities for the children to perform, articulate and collaborate through music, sport, drama and philosophy.
Our families are proud and passionate about the school; they are supportive and determined for their children. The pupils' energy is positive, boundless and infectious. They are well behaved, they work hard and enjoy school.
We would love you to come and visit us!
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infants’ School together with its faith community will endeavour to inspire the gospel values of faith, hope, love, peace, justice and truth by :-
- Ensuring that each child will develop their full potential, spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, physically and socially in a caring, loving and supportive environment.
- Regular monitoring and evaluation of each child’s progress.
- Building strong relationships between school, pupils,
- parents and the parish community and neighbourhood to help prepare our children to live harmoniously and with equality of opportunity.
Staff must be committed to supporting the Catholic ethos of the school and to helping the children towards an understanding of worship.
Staff will share their gifts in the fulfilment of these aims for the benefit of the school community and share responsibility for the well being and discipline of all pupils.
At St Joseph’s each member of our family is valued and respected for who they are. Like St Joseph, we aim to nurture and support the personal growth of each individual in an atmosphere of love and trust rooted in Christ and the Gospels.
Each child will be provided with an education placed in a Christian setting to prepare him/her to be a witness in the wider world; thus the curriculum to be followed will enable each child to acquire skills, attitudes and values that will foster an increasing love and understanding of the Catholic faith.
- To teach the children to have an awareness that, as children of God they too must love one another, irrespective of the ethnicity, gender or ability - physical or intellectual - of the companions.
- To provide a curriculum in which each strand refers intrinsically to the Overall Aim, but which also allows for the differentiation which exists between children and their varying stages of development.
- To realise each child's own individual potential within a stimulating learning environment, ensuring that there are opportunities to feel successful.
- To bring together all who are concerned with the children's social, moral and spiritual development through a close relationship between the school, the parents and the Church.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are at the end of the Autumn Term and Christmas is fast approaching. This term has been one of hard work, commitment and dedication from everyone. Thank you to everyone who makes our school a success.
Infant Nativity – “It’s a Baby!”
We have had some wonderful performances this week. The Infant Nativity play was fabulous. The children sang their hearts out, danced freely, spoke so clearly and looked gorgeous in their costumes! Thank you all for making it so special for them. There will be a DVD of the infant production available so thank you for not filming/photographing the children. Thank you to all involved class teachers and support staff, Ms Stalker and Ms Ros for the music and singing practice and thank you to Mr Smith and Mr Gibb for filming.
Year 4 Nativity – Angels Up High
This was an absolute joy to watch! Funny, quirky (loved those sheep!) and full of spirit. The Christmas message was truly delivered. Thank you to everyone involved especially the Year 4 teachers, Mrs Mokogwu and Mrs Kilbey, the support staff
and Ms Ros and Ms Stalker.
Choir – Musical Evening
Our choirs sang at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday night along with 7 other schools. Bishop Pat Lynch was in attendance. I know that this was the first of many such evenings and there will be more to follow. The choirs were amazing. The church was filled with the voice of the Lord and we could feel His presence. Again the children were a credit to the school and to you as parents. My special thanks go to Ms Ros and Ms Stalker who have worked so hard to ensure singing is a success! Well done everyone!
Year 1 Blue Class
We thank Ms Sally Beishon for her hard work with Blue Class this term and welcome Ms Kate Ferman who arrives in January.
Christmas Card Competition
Well done to Oliver in Year 3 whose card was chosen by the Education Commission as their Christmas card this year. This card will be sent to people and organisations all over the world!
For those we know who are ill or suffering sorrow at this time
We pray to the Holy Spirit for anyone in our community who is suffering through illness, bereavement or hardship at this time and we wish them peace of mind and to know they are especially remembered.
Return to School
School re-opens on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at their normal times. Please ensure your child is in the playground ready to line up when the bell sounds (start as we mean to continue). Important teaching time is lost through lateness and classes are disrupted when children arrive late.
Be safe this Christmas. Be mindful of accidents that can happen in the home and on the roads. Please take care of yourselves.
‘God our Father, your son became a human being and lived among us. We pause to remind ourselves that he is with us now’
May the love and peace of the Lord look after you all this Christmas.