The mass also allowed us to celebrate the contributions made by staff members who will be leaving us this year. Mr Mercer, Mrs Hargreaves & Mrs Labadie are all retiring after many years of service to catholic education. These staff had undoubtedly impacted on the education of thousands of children throughout the years.
Congratulations also to Father Polland who will next week celebrate his Silver Jubillee (25th anniversary) since becoming a priest. We thank him for his years of service and for everything he does in helping us become closer to God each day.
Both Years 5 & 6 have worked incredibly hard over the last few weeks to rehearse and perform their end of year production 'Treachery at Traitors' Quay'. Well done to all the children, who worked so hard to learn their lines and performed fantastically. A big thank you also to the staff, without whom productions like these would not be possible.
Years 5 & 6 joined schools from across the Catholic Compass to participate in a 2km fun run at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. Everybody involved had a fantastic time. Well done to all the children (and staff!) who completed the run.
Here are a few photos of our first session.
World Book Day
(March 1st) Year Six made a fantastic effort this World Book Day, braving the snow and ice to come dressed as a favourite book character. Earlier in the week, we chose children’s stories from the school library and will be performing these to our Reception buddies to promote a love of reading across the school.
We warmed up for the session by playing 'cross the river', in which teams of 6 had to cross the hall without stepping off their given mats. The teams learnt that trying to work quickly often resulted in more errors and therefore that a well thought out strategy and teamwork would be more successful.
PSHE – Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
(January 31st) As part of our PSHE curriculum, Year 6 have been learning about mental health wellbeing. We discussed what mental health is; what affects mental health and some everyday ways of dealing with our own mental health. We thought about our feelings and listened to one another’s thoughts.
“I felt very interested because I took it seriously. I could express my feelings.”
“I like PSHE days because they are interesting and they teach us how to be safe or that it’s ok to feel any emotion.”
“PSHE shows us you’re no different from other people.”
“We think PSHE helps us grow up and is interesting. We learn about making decisions and what is right for our health and us.”
As part of our unit on Mountains, we have been learning about the Water Cycle. This is the process by which water is evaporated from the sea; forms clouds through condensation and falls back to earth as rain (precipitation). We acted out the stages of the water cycle to support our learning.
(December 18th) Year Six led the school in a Christingle Worship. The Christingle was an opportunity for the school community to come together to worship God and Jesus’ coming as the Light of the World. The service was attended by many parents and carers. Thank you to everyone for making this such as special occasion.
Some comments from our parents:
'My first time attending your Christingle Collective Worship and really enjoyed it. Year Six were very good and should be proud.'
'So beautiful, lovely readings. A special start to Christmas.'
'Very moving service about the meaning of Christmas.'
'The service was absolutely fantastic. It was my first time joining and I really enjoyed every bit of it.'
(November 22nd) As part of our PSHE curriculum, Year Six were visited by the Peace Museum with their new exhibition. The workshop has been designed to explore the choices people make in times of conflict. This engaging session had Year Six debating the events of WW1; the use of propaganda; the influence of the media; democracy & the law; and current political events.
(November 8th) Year Six had a fantastic day attending the Big Sing event at Mount St. Mary’s High School. Primary schools from across the Catholic Compass were brought together to join in a day of singing and worship. We all managed to learn the words to the songs and just about kept up with the actions too!
(October 16th - 20th) Throughout International Week, Year Six learnt about the African country of Nigeria. Several children from Year Six and either from or have family that come from Nigeria. This gave us the opportunity to study the geography, culture and artwork of another country. The school finished the week with our ‘International Week Assembly’. Each class presented to the school the country and what they had learnt over the course of the week. This was well attended by parents from our school community – thank you to all who came.
PSHE – Drugs
(October 4th) As part of our PSHE curriculum, Year Six discussed the role drugs play in our society. The children thought about the effects and risks surrounding legal and illegal drugs; the risks associated with drug use and how they might respond to drug use in different situations.
(October 3rd) As part of our Second World War history topic, Years Five and Six both visited Eden Camp Museum. The trip allowed both classes to see first-hand a range of artefacts from WW2 and reinforced what the children had been learning over the half term in class. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and lots was learnt.
Welcome to Reception
(September 28th) Year Six helped to welcome our new Reception children into the St. Joseph’s community. The collective worship was well attended by parents and carers of both Y6 and Reception children. We hope all the children have a happy and successful time with us at St. Joseph’s.