Friday, 4 October 2019

National Poetry Day


A poetry competition for Years 1-6 

Write a poem on the theme of
The best poem from each class will be awarded a prize of a £5 book voucher to be spent at our BOOK FAIR in November.
Give all poems labelled with your name and class to your teachers by
Thursday 3rd October.
Get creative and good luck!

Pamela Butchart


Thursday, 19 September 2019



Award-winning Scottish children’s author, Pamela Butchart, came to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on Friday 27th September.


Pamela, best known for her books, ‘The Spy who loved School Dinners!’ and ‘My Teacher is a Vampire Rat’, arrived dressed in a fabulous ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style dress and an alien bobble headband. She treated our children to an extremely funny, interactive and energetic presentation about her life as a writer and about the different people she needs to publish a book; the illustrator, the editor, the designer, the printer.

Pamela shared with the children some of the stories from her latest book ‘Icarus was Ridiculous’ based on the Ancient Greek myths explaining in an hilarious way how King Midas had made a very bad decision when he wished for everything he touched to turn to gold. Pamela, who constantly included the children, asked what they would wish for with one child cleverly replying “more wishes”!
The children were mesmerized throughout and inspired by her words that they can achieve their wishes by having “a big imagination, a big heart and a dose of confidence”.
Afterwards, Pamela spent time meeting children and signing books in our school library. She was really impressed with our library remarking that it was a beautiful and inspiring place.

Thank you so much Pamela.

Thanks to the publisher, Nosy Crow and local bookseller, Pickled Pepper Books

The author

Will be visiting 
St Joseph's
Friday 27th September

We are soooo excited!!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day

The Islington Gazette covered our Roald Dahl Day celebrations. 
Follow the link below and read more about our day.

Dahlicious Dress Up

Friday 13th September 2019

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Highgate, celebrated Roald Dahl Day with a dazzling display of costumes. Every year we celebrate the birthday of the World’s No.1 Story-teller with our children coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from Roald Dahl’s stories. It was a ‘whizzpopper’ celebration with fun quizzes, games and costume prizes.

The children had an opportunity to parade their costumes in a whole-school assembly. Each class had the daunting task of selecting the best costumes which were awarded ‘Willy Wonka Golden Ticket’ style book vouchers. All the winners are invited to our Book Fair next month when they will exchange their Golden Tickets for a book of their choice.

The children showed amazing creativity in both their choice of characters and in hand-making their costumes. We had children coming as Roald Dahl himself and one child even came as the actual book ‘The BFG’!! Of course, we also had a troop of Fantastic Mr Foxes and numerous Mr and Mrs Twits.

Amber – Kehinde – Mr Fox from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’
Orange – Taiwo – Mr Fox from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’
Orange - Livia – The Roly-Poly Bird from ‘The Twits’
Diamond – Alexandra – Sophie from ‘The BFG’
Yellow – Joe – The Crocodile from ‘The Enormous Crocodile’
Green – William - Mr Fox from ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’
Emerald – Grace – Mr Twit from ‘The Twits’
Blue – Oliver – Billy from ‘Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’
Blue – Ava – Roald Dahl from ‘Going Solo’

Ava as Roald Dahl (injured!)
Sapphire – Arabella – Mr Twit from ‘The Twits’
Tanzanite – Petra – Mrs Twit from ‘The Twits’
Indigo – Anna – Grand High Witch from ‘The Witches’
Violet – Celino – The Book ‘The BFG’
Amethyst – Jacob – Mr Fox from ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’
Lavander – Emily – Sophie from ‘The BFG’


Friday, 6 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day


Friday 13th September

Years 1 - 6 
are invited to 

Dress Up

as their favourite Roald Dahl character.

Prizes of Book Fair Vouchers for the Best Costumes.

So don your Willy Wonka top hat or your fantastic bushy Mr Fox tail for a 
Dahlicious Dress-up Day!!