Football Tournament

January 18th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Sports - (0 Comments)

On Wednesday 17th January staff and students at St Joseph’s were delighted to welcome over 100 pupils from local schools to take part in a junior friendly football tournament. It was a wonderfully inclusive, tournament with teams made up with boys and girls from Years 5 and 6.

The aim of the tournament was to give the children the chance to play in a team and experience the fun of playing football with no expectations – though matches were often keenly contested. Each team played at least four games and scores did not matter: win, lose or draw it was the spirit of the competition that was most important. Despite the cold weather parents, friends and family cheered on the children throughout the afternoon. Well done to all those who took part and made sure this really was an afternoon to remember.

Come and join us for this exciting session for under fives in our Outdoor Classroom. This is a Stay and Play session for Parents/Childminders/Grandparents with children aged 5 and under.

Each week has a different theme, we are starting on Wednesday 10th January with ‘Stick Man’. We will be reading the story together with puppets, making stick men and finishing with a game of pooh sticks!

Don’t forget your wellington boots and waterproofs for this Outdoor session.

If you would like to book a place for our Outdoor School Stay and Play session please email or call 01566 772580

Join us on 31st January 2018

January 9th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery - (0 Comments)

Senior School Open Evening

Join us on Wednesday 31st January 2018 from 6pm to discover how your child can join St Joseph’s in Years 7, 8 or 9 and benefit from our small classes, outstanding teaching and exceptional GCSE results.

This Open Evening will give you the opportunity to tour the school, meet the staff and pupils.

Pupils can join the school at any stage during the academic year subject to availability. Scholarships and bursaries are available.

To register your interest please email or call Rebecca on 01566 772580

Welcome back to all pupils, parents and staff as we start 2018 with the positive approach that is so important to making the most of each day at school. While the Senior School can seem a little quieter with the ski trip away, lessons continue apace and staff are making sure every lesson counts. Senior School assembly yesterday brought with it the realisation that, for Year 11, 2018 marks their final year at St Joseph’s.

Quite a thought as it seems no time since I first met many of them as Year 7s in my English class, well before I was fortunate enough to be appointed as Headteacher.

Their journey through the school has seen them develop as individuals and as a collective, and has brought with it trials and triumphs, and seen them mature into young people of whom we are very proud. While they are now focused on the grades they will achieve at the end of Year 11, the new year made me think of the wider education they have received while at St Joseph’s, and of their development as young people ready for the challenges of the wider world, and the resilience they have been taught and have developed along the way.

I have long been interested in Dr Carol Dweck’s approach to the idea of growth mindset, that “telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When students have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement.” Praise for effort is so important for every child, and we must make sure they do not develop the ‘fixed mindset’ that their ability, and therefore performance and attainment, are ‘set,’ that they ‘cannot’ do something – with the right encouragement, with belief in what they put their minds to achieve, they ‘can.’

And so, while examination success is a very important part of preparation for the wider world, as we start the new term I want to focus on the wider benefits we can bring to the children here at St Joseph’s, their development as individuals with the strength, personality, humility and personal integrity to take their places in the world they will discover after Year 11.

I can see this clearly in the strength of character shown by our wonderful Head Students and their Deputies when they read their lessons so well at the Service of Lessons and Carols at St Mary’s in December, and it is evident in each member of our Y11 cohort as they prepare for the tests the summer will bring.

Throughout the school, I see the development of resilience, the development of autonomy and independence in our pupils to face difficulties and to overcome them. William Henley wrote in Invictus that “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul,” and it is this sense of an ability to persevere and succeed, despite the inevitable difficulties pupils can face either at school or in wider life, that is so important in the development of our young people from Reception to Year 11.

As we welcome pupils back throughout the school, and welcome the 5 new pupils who join us this week, I am looking forward to the challenges of the next term, and to celebrating the efforts of each child. Every individual can achieve, and by getting them to see just what they are capable of we can unlock that potential and help them to reach heights they may never have thought possible.

On Friday 26th January 2018 pupils currently in Year 6 are welcome to join us for a ‘Taster Day’ in the Senior School at St Joseph’s.

If you are considering St Joseph’s School for secondary education from September 2018 this is the perfect opportunity for your son/daughter to spend time at St Joseph’s.

Children will join our Year 6 class and spend the day following a typical Year 7 timetable which will allow them to experience the small classes and excellent teaching on offer at St Joseph’s.

To book a place please either email Rebecca on or call 01566 772580