Thursday, 6 December 2018

Reading Challenge



The Winter Reading Challenge

from 1st December  2018 to 28th February 2019

It is simple.

1. Register at Local Library

2. Read 6 books

3. Collect prizes and certificate

To find out more go to:


Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Our library has our very own Advent Calendar counting down to Christmas with a selection of the children's favourite books.

As part of our Christmas celebrations during the class sessions the children will be turning over the advent stars to discover a new book every day.


Friday, 16 November 2018



We are very grateful to the parents of Eleanor in Sapphire Class who have very kindly donated a collection of BBC Wildlife magazines to the school.

These are now in the school library and available for our children to browse during lunch times and their weekly library sessions.

Many Thanks!


Book Review Competition

The winning Book Reviews are now on display in the library.

Please drop in and take a look at this brilliant work.

Also some Book Reviews of the excellent runners up are on display.
It was so difficult to choose the winners as they were all so good.

Come in and take a closer look!


The winners of the Book Review Competition have now all received the books they selected from the  Book Fair.

Harry from Emerald Class receiving his prize

Tiannah from Amethyst Class receiving her prize.

Rose from Indigo Class receiving her prize.

Well done!


Book Donation

St Joseph's recently donated a selection of second-hand books to the Elora Destiny International School in Oyigbo, Nigeria. This was kindly organised by Miss Chinwenwa Ubani, mother of Callistus (Red Class) and Assumpta (Sapphire Class).

They have sent us their appreciation for the books and we are very pleased that they are enjoying them. 

We wish all the staff and children at the Elora Destiny International School well.

Monday, 12 November 2018



The winners of our BOOK REVIEW competition have been chosen and during our Monday assembly they were presented with their prize of a Book Voucher. Each winner will get to choose a book which will be ordered especially for them.

The entries were fantastic and it was extremely difficult to choose the winners. We will be displaying a selection of book reviews in the library for everyone to enjoy!
Drop-in and take a look!


Tiannah - Amethyst
Dara - Violet
Giovanni - Tanzanite
Rose - Indigo
Kate - Sapphire
Darragh - Blue
Harry - Emerald
Elizabeth - Green


Friday, 9 November 2018

Book Fair

We had a fantastic Book Fair in our bright and spacious New Conference Room.  There was lots of room for both books and people! 

All classes had a chance to visit the Fair as class library sessions where held in the Book Fair and the children had chance to browse the books, make wish lists and listen to new stories.

It is always an exciting moment for the children as having our own Fair is like having a bookshop in school.

Congratulations to all who came to support us.
Together we raised just shy of £2000.00.

This means that we have a sum of £1,100.00 to spend on new books for our school library which means there will be books for all.

Thank you to everyone for being part of yet another successful Book Fair.

Next Book Fair in March 2019

Friday, 2 November 2018



Our Book Fair is on until Wednesday 7th November. 
It is in the New Conference Room (beside the School Office)
Drop-in before or after school and help get FREE BOOKS for our School Library.

Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018


Our Book Fair has arrived.

When: Thursday 1st - Wednesday 7th November
Where: New Conference Room (next to office)
Times: 8:30 - 8:40am & 3:00 - 3:40pm

Come along before and after school and help us raise money to get FREE BOOKS for our school.

See you there!

The BOOK FAIR is arriving this week on
Thursday 1st November 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Book Review


This Book Review Competition will be part of Half-term homework 
for children in Years 3 -6.

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.