Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Holiday Reads

Please check out the following useful website for ideas for what to read over the holidays

Merry Christmas!

Father Christmas has made an early delivery to the library.
Look at all the new books we have just received ready for the New Year.

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair and ensuring that we can continue to stock our fantastic library.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Class Sessions

We are having fun reading all about eight year old George Kranky and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson. And what better way to do this than to concoct a very special medicine for her. Will it fix her grumbling for good?

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Library Tour

Take a virtual tour around our new look library. The wonderful murals are by Joan Kench (known as Joan of Art).  Every class has a library session each week; stories are read and books are borrowed. The children just love to spend time here browsing the fantastic range of books and to curl-up quietly reading. We are so lucky!

Photos: ©Sarah J. Duncan

Book Fair

A big thank you once again to everyone who took part in the Book Fair! It was a brilliant week and the children really enjoyed themselves and bought some fantastic books.

We are delighted to announce another amazingly successful book fair at St Joseph's.We sold over £2,400 worth of books which has raised a staggering £1,500 for resources for the school.

We are so grateful for all the support from pupils and parents for all the book fairs.

We will keep you posted about all the new books we buy for our lovely library.

Thank you again, and enjoy your books!

Poetry Competition Poems

L ights
I n the sky
G lowing up high
H old me tight
T o see the night.

Juliette Booij

Moon, moon it shines so bright
twinkling with the stars at night.
Wow, what a wonderful sight
as I look at the incredible light.

Stars, stars make the night shine.
Sometimes I count them up to eight or nine.
At bed time they make me feel fine
with their amazing shapes and lines.

Ellie Naybour

I like light
It is nice and bright.
I don't like it when mum tucks me up tight,
And turns off the light!

I like light
It's not too bright.
And when it's night,
the moon is my light.

Scarlett Jenkins

Day and Night

This is a poem about two balls of light,
One for the day and one for the night.
The 1st ball of light is very bright,
Even lighter than the blinding moon of the night.

The 2nd ball of light is for the night,
All dark and scary it will give you a fright.
But did you know that the light is generated from the sun,
And when it goes out you know the job's done.

Now listen here,
Oh dear, Oh dear,
looks like the light has disappeared.
You're stuck with the night from now till morning,
I know you agree it's pretty boring.

Olivia Murtagh

As I lie under a sycamore tree and let my eyes close,
And as the wind whistles lightly
Just enough for me to doze.
I wonder to myself as I look up at the sky,
Why does the moon that shines so
bright, only come out when the day
goes by?

I ask my mother when I get home,
but all she answers is
the answer is unknown.

I wonder and wonder and wonder
without end,
but the answer might be just around the bend.

Arabella Sanchez

Poetry Competition

The poetry competition winners were announced just 
Juliette Booij
after the book fair. Each winner was presented with a
£5 voucher for the book fair. Books now have been
ordered and given to the excellent winners.

Ellie Naybour
It was difficult choosing the five winners as we had so many fantastic entries. The
winner's poetry is now on display in the Library.
Drop by and see them.

Scarlett Jenkins

The Winners:

Juliette Booij  for Nursery/Reception
Ellie Naybour for Years 1/2
Scarlett Jenkins for Years 3/4
Olivia Murtagh for Years 5/6

Arabella Sanchez - Overall School Winner

Arabella Sanchez
Olivia Murtagh
Congratulations to you all, and a big 
'well done' to everyone else who entered.
You made some incredible poems.

Poetry Competition

Five book vouchers of £5 each to be spent at the book fair for the 5 lucky winners.

For your chance to win you just need to

write and illustrate a poem on the theme of



Entries must be returned to the Library by 

Monday 2nd November.

Get creative and good luck!


Entries to be submitted on A4 paper with your full name and class on the front.

More information on this and the BOOK FAIR  at








Sunday, 22 November 2015

Lauren Pearson

What A Treat! 

We had a visit from Lauren Pearson, author of the
amazing 'Crabtree School' book series, during our
Book Fair week on Tuesday 10th November.
Years 2,3 and 4 gathered with great excitement in the hall.
Lauren dazzled us with readings from her 'Crabtree School'
series which follows the adventures of five seven and eight-year-olds
at the best primary school in all of Great Britain. They are a perfect
blend of real family, friends and school life that the children adore.
Lauren shared with the children her inspiration for her stories - her very own children, Ava and Johnny.
The children heard about how important characters are in story-telling and together they worked with Lauren to create their own and then some children even got to act them out while our very own, Andrea Ryan, drew the characters. 
They got a chance to ask her questions and then meet her afterwards during the book signing.
The children had great fun!
 "I enjoyed all the brilliant advice for becoming an author" - Leo - Sapphire
 "It was an amazing visit with lots of fun advice." -Georgine - Sapphire
" My favourite part was when I got to pretend I was a character."  - Freya - Sapphire
It was a fantastic visit. Thank you Lauren!