Celebrating our Catholic Life
Our Catholic faith is at the very heart of our school and is evident as soon as you step through our doors in what you will see, hear and feel inside St. Joseph's.
St. Joseph's serves a vibrant multicultural, and multi-faith, community. Care and respect for individual differences is very much at the heart of our ethos. This is emphasised regularly throughout the day. As well as the daily acts of collective worship our children pray regularly throughout the day in their classrooms.
The school arranges visits to other places of worship within our local community so that children can learn about the beliefs of others.
Serving Our Parish and School Community
We serve our parish of St. Josephs and the local community in many ways sharing God's message of love with others whenever we can. Some ways in which we do this are:
- Holding special, reflective services and liturgies in our church for our school and parish communities, especially during Advent and Holy Week.
- We organise school-parish Masses throughout the year where children from our school lead the collective worship for the parish.
- Class assemblies are held on Fridays every two weeks and all members of our community are invited and encouraged to attend. These always have a religious focus.
- Shared preparation in school and in the parish each year for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and every second year the sacrament of Confirmation. We also hold regular parent meetings to ensure that families are fully involved in preparations.
- Working with Parents as partners in our Nursery and Reception classes.
We support lots of charities throughout the year and staff, children and their families are always extremely generous in their support of others.
Money is raised through fund raising events, fairs and charitable donations from the school community. In recent years we have made donations to CAFOD, Macmillan Cancer research, Roald Dahl charities and many other worthy causes.
We also support the local food bank (St. Paul's) by collecting and donating food during Harvest Festival.
Thank you to Archbishop Bernard who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 5 and 6 children.