Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Library Awards

Junior Librarian Award

Every term we choose pupil librarians from our Years 5 and 6. These children are instructed by the school Librarian in how a library functions and they help with running and monitoring the library during lunch times.

This term our librarians have done an excellent job and to thank them they were presented at the final assembly this morning, Wednesday 20th December, with a Junior Librarian Award together with their library portraits.


Alice - Violet
Maggie - Violet
Emeka - Amethyst
Onyedikachi - Amethyst
Shayne - Amethyst
Lola - Violet
Tamara - Indigo
Leonie - Indigo
Kidiana - Tanzanite
Lily - Tanzanite

Well done!

Your teachers will be selecting Junior Librarians for next term after the holidays so make sure you let them know if you would like to help in the Library.

Reading Award

Reading Awards were also presented at the assembly for children whose reading this term has been exceptional. The following children have been reading consistently and exploring new authors and genres.


Amethyst Class - Scarlett, Ondine, Esther and Cherie
Violet Class - Lewhat and Natalia
Tanzanite Class - Ruby and Monty
Indigo - Alice, Richard and Jasmine
Sapphire - Jude and Kesanet
Blue - Giselle
Green - Max, Eleanor and Elizabeth
Emerald - Valentin

Well done!

Keep reading and maybe next term you too will have a 
Reading Award!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Library Books

Wishing you a very 
from the School Library

Please remember to return all your library books before the end of term.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Christmas Fair

St Joseph's Christmas Fair 2017

 Pickled Pepper Books from Crouch End came to our Christmas Fair. 
They brought along a fantastic array of children’s books including the latest releases. 
They also very kindly donated a fantastic prize for the raffle – an original print of ‘What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday’ signed by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. 

There was great excitement with many children going home with early Christmas presents.

All the books sold has earned free books for your school library.

If you would like to continue to support your local bookshop and earn free books for our school library ask at the school office for a loyalty card or drop into Pickled Pepper Books 
and pick one up. 10 books bought means £10 worth of books for the school.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Pickled Pepper Books 

at our
Christmas Fair

Friday 8th December 2017
Key Stage 1 Infant Hall
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Pick up a loyalty card and 10 books bought means £10 worth of books for the school.

Get your Christmas Shopping off to a flying start with books for all the children in your family!!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Lights

Reception class turned on the Christmas lights in the Library this morning.

They also turned over the first star in our Book-themed Advent Calendar.

Day One - 'The Railway Children' by E. Nesbit - a must-read for all children.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Children's Laureate

Did you know that LAUREN CHILD is the Waterstone's Children's Laureate 2017-2019?

Why not borrow one of her books next time you come to the library?

Such good reads!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge is here. 

Sign up at your local library from 1st December and read 6 Books
and a chance to win a very special prize.

Pop-in to your local library for more information.

Good Luck!

Friday, 24 November 2017

New Books

Our new books are already arriving in the library thanks to all the money we raised at our November BOOK FAIR.

We have the new titles by such popular authors as Rick Riordon, Michael Morpurgo, Piers Torday and Katherine Rundell. 

There are books for everyone!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

New Time


Lunch Times

12:15 - 1:00 pm

Come to the Library

Read Quietly
Change books

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Illustrator Visit

Steven Lenton

Our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes had a very exciting Friday afternoon. The wonderful illustrator, Steven Lenton came to visit. 

Steven read extracts of his new books, 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians' adapted by Peter Bently and the latest in the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series 'Jingle Bells' by Tracey Corderoy.
Then the children were treated to a-draw-along-Lenton! .
Steven drawing Slippery Sam

Ali - Amber Class

 Steven shared with the children how to draw his book character, Slippery Sam, and the children drew their own. Ali in Amber Class did a fantastic drawing where by Slippery Sam's hands look like they are actually moving.

It was lots of fun!

Afterwards there was a chance for the children to purchase Steven's books and have them personally signed.

Many thanks to Steven Lenton and the Pickled Pepper Books.

Steven Lenton

In order to support literacy and creativity in school we are delighted to inform you that the acclaimed illustrator, Steven Lenton, will be visiting our school on Friday 17th November as organised in conjunction with Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End.

Steven Lenton will be giving a lively and interactive presentation of reading and illustration to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes based on his books, ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’ adapted by Peter Bentley and ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells!’, written by Tracey Corderoy.

Afterwards there will be a chance to purchase signed copies of the books. They are suitable for age 3+ readers.

If you wish to purchase the books in advance please pay using ParentPay and complete and return the payment slip to the office (email replies accepted) by Thursday 16th November.  If you wish to purchase the book with cash please send with your child the exact money and completed payment slip, in a sealed envelope clearly marked with name and class, on Friday 17th November. CASH SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT IN BEFORE THIS DATE.

We are, indeed, very privileged to have Steven Lenton visit our school and we hope that you will support this event.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Book Fair



Together we raised a staggering 

This means that we have the fabulous sum of
to spend on new books and resources for our library and school.

We transformed our library into a mini-bookshop and every child at St Joseph's had a chance to visit our Book Fair. We had a poetry competition for Year 3 - 6 and the winners got Book Vouchers to spend at the Book Fair.

Ilaria - Tanzanite said "I love the Book Fair. I bought 'Harry Potter Wizarding World' which I love reading"

Thank you to everyone for being part of another successful book fair!

We waved goodbye to the Book Fair!
We had a lot of fun!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Book Fair. 
Every book bought helps to get FREE BOOKS for our school library!

Final Day for the Book Fair.
It is in the School Library until 3.45pm today.
See you there!

Friday, 20 October 2017

National Poetry Day Competition Winners

Winning Poem by Julius (Indigo)


Free us, Free us, Free us,
Free us, Free us, Free us
Let us live as our wish
Let us lead the way we need
Give us the scope to fly so high
Give us the way to reach so high
Let us be part of the game
Though we lose or though we gain
Let us show our height and weight
Give us the chance to read and write
Give us the chance to know and think
Let us be with you
Let us be along with you 
Give us a chance to sing and dance
Give us a chance to spring and blossom
Let us be as great as you
Let us be equal to you
Let us express our thoughts and feelings
Let us exhibit our talents and ideas
Free us, Free us, Free us
Free us, Free us, Free us

A fabulous poem!

Winning Poem by Emeka (Amethyst)


Freedom the scorching light of the sun
But if I stay they'll find me like a burnt bun
I have to run, I have to run
Nowhere to have any fun

They catch me, they kill me
Fear not for they will not see
The traps are only trouble
I want to fly away in a small little bubble

Fantastic adventures await me on my steed
The perfect match of velocity and speed
The calm rolled out seas
The summer sets out its bees

I have not long in this paradise
This is a game of cat and mice
Is it all how it seemed
no it was all a dream

Great use of vocabulary. An intriguing poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Robert (Sapphire)


Freedom is going outside,
flowing free like a river 
into the sea.

Freedom is running through a field.
Freedom is flying through the sky like a 
beautiful Eagle.

Excellent Poem
Well done!

Winning Poem by Thomas (Green)


I love freedom it makes me so alive. 
It's so lovely it makes me burst with pride.

A man who fought for freedom his name was 
Martin Luther King.
He was a man who had a dream. 

Freedom is an everlasting hope that once reached
cannot be taken away.

I hope that we can all live in peace and harmony and 
enjoy freedom one day.

Beautiful thoughtful poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Isabella (Emerald)


Freedom should give you a more joyful life
when you could do whatever you like.
If I had the chance to do whatever I wanted to 
I would visit the Statue of Liberty
with my friends of different nationalities and when we arrived we would drink lemonade to celebrate the day.
To celebrate Freedom!

A lovely thoughtful poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Giselle (Blue Class) 


Freedom is
Running in big fields
Exploring everywhere
Educating yourself
Doing what you love
Opening your eyes to the world
Making your dreams come true.

What a lovely poem and really well presented.

Well done!