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Friday, 17 July 2015

Leaver's Party 2015

A Message from Diocesan Director of Education for Year 6

Dear Children,

Whilst I thanked you for your tremendous performance on Tuesday of the Pirates of Penzance I also wished to formally write and thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend. 

It was lovely to receive a personal invitation from you all and to personally be greeted at the door when I arrived.

As I said on the night your performance was amazing and something you should all be very proud of.  It is clear that as you leave St Joseph's you have developed into very confident, talented pupils who I am sure will continue to develop even more as you move on to your next school.  As Director of Schools for Clifton and the Bishop's representative I am very proud of what opportunities St Joseph's Catholic school has provided you with and I know that the Bishop will also be as proud. I will be meeting him during the holidays and will take great pleasure in telling him about your performance.

Once again thank you for inviting me and all the best on the next stage of your journey.

Colleen Collett

Kickboxing Superstars

Ellie and Harrison in Year 5 have been selected to fight for the Great Britain Kickboxing Team.

There are only 2 children 10-12 year old selections and only four weight selections across England, Scotland and Wales each year. 

Ellie and Harrison have been selected after 7 years of hard long training (they started at just 3 years old).

They have trained incredibly hard over the years and now they look forward to going out to San Sebastian Spain in August for a week to represent their country in the WAKO Junior European Championships alongside their  brother Kameron. 

This is a massive achievement for all children!

Year 6 Leavers 2015

Monday, 13 July 2015


Y5C celebrated the end of their Mexcellent project by playing some Mexican party games. Here are some photos of the class with a Piñata.

Strawberry Jam made with strawberries from the gardening club

Year 6 perform Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan

Great writing in Year 1


Year 1 Paintings

Year 4 End of Year Collective Worship

Year 4 pupils have been preparing an end of year collective worship for the class.  This group decided they wanted to think about saying, "Thank you!"  We realised we have a lot to be thankful for and reflected upon this as a class.  

Year 5 Topic Presentation - Mexcellent

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The day of the dead

Y5C have been looking at the Mexican celebration - The day of the dead, as part of our Mexcellent project.

It is a three day festival during which people remember loved ones who have died. It starts on October 31st to the 2nd November (The same time as Halloween, All saints and All souls day). Day of the dead is a time of happiness not of tears and sadness.

The last day is spent at the cemetery. Families picnic on the favourite foods of those who have died. They decorate tomb stones with flowers and candles. In the evening candles are lit and prayers are said.

We looked at existing day of the dead art and found out about sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are colourful candy sweets given as gifts at the festival. We decided to decorate paper versions of these sugar skulls.

Mayan Maths

Y5C have looking at the Mayan number system and undertook some Mayan maths as part of our Mexcellent project. The Mayan mathematics system was way ahead of its time. They used a symbol for zero, a dot to represent one and a bar to represent 5.


We even went on to undertake some Mayan multiplication!