Friday, 12 October 2018

Pupil Librarians



Pupil Librarians

Our pupil librarians will be helping to monitor the library during lunch times. Their duties will include making sure that the children adhere to the rules of the library -
1. Quiet
2. Remove shoes
3. Care of books
and help and advise children on choosing books.

Junior Librarian Rota

Monday - Jude and Grace
Tuesday - Giselle and Aaliyah
Wednesday - Tamara and Mollie
Thursday - Lekan and Laura
Friday - Mikolaj and Matteo



Thursday, 11 October 2018


Kate Wakeling

Visiting Poet to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Thank you Kate for a wonderful day of poetry!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

National Poetry Day



Kate Wakeling is a poet and she studied music at Cambridge University.

‘Moon Juice’ is her first poetry collection for children and won the 2017 CLiPPA (The Award for the Best Children’s Poetry Book). It is a delightful book. Borrow it from the library today!

Award-winning poet, Kate Wakeling, visited St Joseph’s on Thursday 4th October to help us celebrate National Poetry Day. Kate spent the day touring the school sharing her poems along with tips on writing poetry with all our children. Her engaging and interactive recitals made it a very happy and memorable day for our school.


We had our own poetry competition to celebrate. Children in Years 3 to 6 wrote poetry on the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Change’. The best poem from each class was selected and we held a poetry recital assembly at the end of the day inviting Kate Wakeling to be the judge. She awarded a signed copy of ‘Moon Juice’ to the poems that came in first, second and third place.
Well done to the winners!

Take a moment to read these fabulous poems!

First place – Nina – Amethyst Class


Mum says there is climate change
The polar caps are melting
It should be getting cooler now
But it’s absolutely sweltering

Mum says we have to recycle now
To try to make a change
To try and get back to when
The weather wasn’t so strange

If only my Mum remembered
To separate all the plastic
There would be less climate change
And the World would be fantastic!

Second place – Ella-Grace – Emerald Class

Third place – Tilly – Blue Class

Congratulations to our winners!


Thank you to Kate Wakeling for such a fabulous poetry-filled day!

Friday, 28 September 2018

National Poetry Day/Poet Visit

National Poetry Day

In order to support literacy and creativity in school we are delighted to inform you that the award-winning poet, Kate Wakeling, will be visiting our school on Thursday 4th October as part of our National Poetry Day celebrations.
Kate Wakeling’s delightful collection of children’s poems, ‘Moon Juice’, (7+) was the winner of the 2017 CLiPPA,(The Award for the Best Children’s Poetry Book). Kate will be doing a poetry tour of the school; visiting the children in their classrooms with an engaging presentation of her poetry along with sharing tips on writing poetry.

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Day there is a poetry competition on this year’s theme of ‘Change’ for children in Years 3 – 6. The winners will be chosen by Kate and presented with a copy of her poetry book, ‘Moon Juice’, at an afternoon assembly followed by a book signing.

If you wish to purchase signed copies of ‘Moon Juice’ please pay in advance using ParentPay and complete and return the payment slip to the office (email replies accepted) by Wednesday 3rd October.  If you wish to purchase the book with cash please send in with your child the exact money and completed payment slip, in a sealed envelope clearly marked with name and class, on Thursday 4th October.

We are delighted to have Kate Wakeling visit our school and we hope that you will support this event.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

We are delighted to announce that the award-winning poet, 

Kate Wakeling

will be coming to St Joseph's to help us celebrate 


Thursday 4th October

Her first collection of poems for children, Moon Juice, won the 2017 CLiPPA Prize and was nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal.

We are so looking forward to her visit.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Author Visit

Author Visit
Piers Torday

On Wednesday 19th September the award-winning children’s author, Piers Torday, came to visit St Joseph’s.
Piers Torday is a British Children’s writer and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his book ‘The Dark Wild’.

His new book, ‘The Lost Magician’, is his homage to ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. It is about four evacuee children during the Second World War who discover a magical kingdom.

Years 4, 5, and 6 were treated to an inspirational talk.
He spoke to the children about his happy childhood living in the countryside and how his parents inspired and nurtured his love of reading. His mother had a bookshop named ‘Toad Hall’, after ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. He used to sit in the bookshop and read, “maybe too much”! He loved to read books but, also cereal boxes and the local newspaper!
He talked about the importance of libraries and that when he was a boy their library was mobile (in a van) because it use to go around to all the villages. He spent hours sitting on the floor of the mobile library reading.
His father inspired his creative storytelling by taking him and his siblings on walks in the local woods and making up stories about it being haunted with all sorts of creatures. He was keen to stress the importance of exercise as well as reading.
The children were enthralled with his interactive presentation and he was keen to get their ideas on their favourite books and on storytelling. He was very funny and engaging making the children roar with laughter by showing them amusing images of him and dinosaurs!!
He also shared with them his personal feelings of growing up and how difficult it can be sometimes. He gave had some helpful tips for being creative such as staring really hard and long out of the nearest window until you imagination is engaged.

The children (and teachers) were so delighted. “Best presentation ever!”

Afterwards many of the children got to meet him personally as he signed their copies of his books. He was truly impressed with the children and the school and was very keen to come back again sometime.

Thank you, Piers.

Thank you too to Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill who made this event possible and to all the Parents/Carers who supported us by purchasing books.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Author Visit

Piers Torday 

Wednesday 19th September.

Award winning and best selling children's writer, author of The Last Wild trilogy, Piers Torday, will be coming into school to talk to children in Years 4 - 6 about his writing and his new book 'The Lost Magician'.

There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of his books.

Look out for the parental letter with all the details.