Friday, 16 December 2016


From St Joseph's Library

See you in the New Year to open all our presents of new books!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The Reading Cloud


The children in Years 3 – 6 have just had a reminder talk on how to use the Reading Cloud (our online resource for books). They have been reminded of their log-on details which are now in their school diaries.

Please log-on to  or (under the library tab) to access the library resources and blog. It is an amazing resource for the children to check out all the books we have in our library, write reviews, research authors and get recommendations for what to read next.


The Reading Cloud is fantastic!

Log-on today with your child!

New Books

New Books in the Library


Father Christmas has come early to the Library!


We have lots of new books that will be ready to be borrowed when the children are back at school in January.


New to the library will be the ‘Daisy and the Trouble’ series by Kes Gray, ‘School for Stars’ series by Holly and Kelly Willoughby, 'Comic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce and the ‘Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow’ by Katherine Woodfine to mention just a few.


Thank you to everyone who continues to support the school library through the Book Fairs.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


To follow on our celebrations for Roald Dahl’s 100 year anniversary the library launched a ‘Design a Bookmark Competition’. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s life and works the children were encouraged to design a bookmark featuring characters from his books and images from his life.

There were so many absolutely fantastic entries and it was difficult choosing a winner from each class.

Pearl – Frankie-rae
Red – Matilde
Ruby – Imogen
Amber – Martha
Orange – Bethany
Diamond- Sapphire
Citrine – Dillon
Yellow – Assumpta
Emerald – Aaliyah
Green – Robert
Sapphire – Jasmine
Blue – Isabella
Turquoise – Kayleigh
Tanzanite – Narelle
Indigo – Priscilla
Violet – Destiny
Amethyst – Arabella

There was a special prize ‘The Librarian’s Favourite’ that went to Georgine –Turquoise class. Georgine had not only designed a spectacular bookmark but had laminated it, ready to use.


Well done Georgine!

Drama Workshop

“Celebrating Shakespeare 2016”

Workshop presented by the Freshwater Theatre Company

Archway Library

Friday 11th November

 As part of the celebrations for Shakespeare, as it is 400 years since his death
a group of Year 5 children were invited to Archway Library to a workshop presented by the Freshwater Theatre Company. It was called “Shakespeare’s Life and Times” and it was designed to discover more about the man behind the plays. The children had lots of fun learning about Shakespeare. They re-enacted scenes from the Bard’s plays, exploring the plot, experimenting with the language and taking on a host of captivating characters. There was a lot of laughter and excitement. And there was on ‘shushing’ going on despite it being in the Library!!

A huge thank you to the Freshwater Theatre Company and Archway Library for inviting us.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Author Visit

Matt Haig

On Wednesday 16th November the bestselling author, Matt Haig came to visit St Joseph's.

Matt Haig has not only won the Blue Peter Book Award and the Smarties Book Prize but, he has been shortlisted three times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for his stories for children. Released last year, A Boy Called Christmas was called “an instant classic” by The Guardian, with Stephen Fry, the voice of the audio book, proclaiming it “The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story for decades”.Its sequel, The Girl who Saved Christmas, has just been published.

His presentation to children in Years 3 – 6 was fantastic. Matt talked to the children about his writing and explained how his inspiration for writing A Boy Called Christmas was his son who wanted to know how Christmas began. He read from his new book, The Girl who Saved Christmas and showed a fun video of the illustrator, Chris Mould, creating the images for the story. Matt also taught the children words that Charles Dickens had invented such as “chuckaboo” meaning friends and “gigglemug” meaning someone who laughs a lot.

The children were so delighted and participated in all the fun activities that Matt had prepared for them especially Ilaria (Year 4) who dressed as an elf and Bianca (Year 5) who dressed up as a troll for a game called ‘Trolls versus Elves’.
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.

It was a truly inspiring visit!


Thank you so much Matt.

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

Friday, 4 November 2016

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits the Library!

"Come and see the Library transformed into a Bookshop and maybe you will see me there." - Clifford The Big Red Dog

Thank you to Scholastic Book Fairs for organising him to visit us.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Book Fair

The Book Fair has arrived!

Come and join us in THE LIBRARY to see our very stylish Book Fair.

Friday 4th - Wednesday 9th November

8:40 - 9:00am and 3:00 - 3:45pm

Don't forget that every book you buy helps to get FREE BOOKS for our library!


Don't miss it!

Monday, 17 October 2016


Welcome to our new librarians!

Victoria Miatudila - Turquoise
Reece Richards - Amethyst
Abigail Necho - Violet
Amber Hughes - Amethyst
John-Paul Renner - Violet
Albert De Souza - Tanzanite
Madeleine Adjei - Indigo
Lucy Dunne - Indigo
Lewhat Atsbaha - Tanzanite
Henry Ford - Turquoise

They will be helping at lunch-times and during their class sessions to keep the library in order.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Roald Dahl

Our celebrations for Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday still continue.

The children have been busy doing Roald Dahl themed activities. They have created drawings of their own sweets for 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', written dreams to go into their own dream jar for the 'BFG', and even penned letters to Roald Dahl himself.
We have a sample of the fantastic work on display in the library.

Come in!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Class Sessions

As part of our Roald Dahl celebrations during our class sessions for the past two weeks we have been concentrating on his writing.

The children have been listening to extracts from his books being read by celebrities such as Chris O'Dowd reading from 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' and Julian Rhind-Tutt reading from 'James and the Giant Peach'.

We even had an appearance of Mr Fox in our library!!

You can listen to more excerpts of Roald Dahl's books if you follow the link:

We played games where the children made up names for their Roald Dahl character and played quizzes to test their knowledge of the writer and his books.

Did you know that Roald Dahl's favourite composer was Beethoven and his favourite colour was yellow?

It has been a brilliant celebration and the Roald Dahl books have been flying off the shelves!

Lots of Dahlicious reading going on!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Roald Dahl Dress-Up


Prizes of Roald Dahl books went to the following children for the best costumes.

Pearl - Patrick Lawson
White - Jack Muldowney
Ruby - Ali Marciano-Mustafa
Red -  Flora Mckay
Amber - Liam Antoni Budek-Saez
Orange - Jason O'Leary
Diamond - Finley Etheridge
Yellow - Mia Confeiteiro Amaldos
Citrine - Ella Claisse
Emerald - Celino Dos Santos
Green - Henry Sharp
Sapphire - Leila Tyrell
Blue - Eadie Kellett
Tanzanite - Narelle Wojtkowiak
Indigo - Oluwafeyisola Taiwo
Turquoise - Frazer Wynne
Amethyst - Orla Feeley
Violet - Olujuwon Taiwo

Enjoy your new books.


Roald Dahl Day

Dahlicious Dress-up!

Every year we celebrate Roald Dahl Day.
2016 is the 11th annual Roald Dahl Day and celebrates 100 years since the birth of
Roald Dahl (13th September 1916 - 23 November 1990).

At St Joseph's we had a Dahlicious Dress-up day to celebrate. The children came dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. We had a COMPETITION for the best costumes and the winners won splendiferous Roald Dahl books.
All the costumes were amazing and it made choosing the best costume in each class really difficult.

Our winners received a golden ticket and Mrs Noronha (Head of School) gave them prizes of Roald Dahl books in exchange.

Through-out the day the children took part in various phizz-whizzing activities including quizzes, drawing and games to celebrate the World's No.1 Story-teller.

Many classes also watched the Puffin Virtually Live event which included a performance from the cast of Matilda The Musical and a draw-along with Quentin Blake, famous illustrator of the Roald Dahl's books.

Don't Forget The BFG directed by Steven Spielberg is arriving in the Cinemas this Friday 16th September.

Why not read it before you see it? We have plenty of copies in the library.

visit the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Roald Dahl Writing Tips

Top writing tips from the world's number one storyteller, Roald Dahl

1. "You should have a lively imagination".
2. "You should be able to write well".
3."You must have stamina".
4." You must be a perfectionist".
5."You must have strong self-discipline".
6."It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour".
7."You must have a degree of humility".

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Roald Dahl

The whole world is celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, author of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

10 facts about Roald Dahl

1.   He was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff. His parents were Norwegian.
2.   He did not start writing for children until he had children of his own.
3.   He wrote all of his children's stories in a small hut at the bottom of his garden.
4.   He was a Hurricane fighter pilot during WWII.
5.   He had two steel hips and six operations on his spine.
6.   He wrote the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
7.   He loved chocolate, but not chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.
8.   He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper.
9.   He wrote short stories for adults.
10. He died on 23 November 1990 and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul's  Church, Great Missenden.

Join in with the celebration and make it a Phizz-Whizzing Day!

For more information on events log-on to:

Roald Dahl Day!

Welcome Back!

Roald Dahl Day -Tuesday 13th September

We are celebrating 100 years since the birth of the world's number one storyteller.

Children are invited to come to school as their favourite Roald Dahl character.

Splendiferous prizes of Roald Dahl books for the best costumes.

We will be hosting phizz-whizzing activities to celebrate and reading from his gloriumptious stories.

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

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Holidays

To help you to keep reading over the summer go along to your local library and join the Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Holidays

To help you to keep reading over the summer go along to your local library and join the Summer Reading Challenge.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Author Visit


We were delighted to welcome the author, Oskar Jensen, to our school on Friday 8th July. Years 4, 5 and 6 congregated with much excitement in the hall to listen to him talk about his books, ‘The Stones of Winter’ and ‘The Wild Hunt’; a Viking Tale of myth and magic. He read from his book and the children got to ask him lots of questions.


What was his favourite book? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis

Where does he do his writing? Lying down either in bed or on the sofa!


He shared with the children his dos and don’ts for writing : choose a subject that interests you and don’t put your friends or family in your stories.

 He also played from a Finnish musical instrument called a 5-string Kantele to the delight of the children.

It was a brilliant morning. Thank you Oskar and good luck with your next book.


Thank you also to the Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill who made this event possible.