Friday, 20 July 2018

Summer Holidays



at a Library near you!

Junior Librarians

Junior Librarian Award

Our Spring and Summer Term Junior Librarians were all awarded with a certificate this morning at our final assembly.

Thank you for doing such an excellent job of monitoring the library.
I could not have done it without you all.


Violet Class  - Georgine/Kayleigh/Natalia/Lewhat/Ciaran/Leonardo 
Amethyst Class - Scarlett/Josie/Ondine/Esther/Victoria/Morgan/Shayne/Leo
Indigo Class - Lekan/Addison/Alice
Tanzanite Class - Ruby/Eadie/Nixie/Kirsi/Andrew/David/Isabella

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.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


Library Events


Roald Dahl Day is on Thursday 13th September.

Roald Dahl Day takes place on 13th September every year and marks the anniversary of the birth of the world's number one storyteller. To celebrate we invite children in Year 1 - 6 to come dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. There will be a COMPETITION for the best costumes.

So remember to think about costumes over the Summer Holidays and make this year's celebration a truly Dahlicious one!

Piers Torday - author visit on Wednesday 19th September.

Award winning and best selling children's writer, author of The Last Wild trilogy, Piers Torday, will be coming into school to talk to children in Years 3 - 6 about his writing.

National Poetry Day on Thursday 4th October.

WINNER OF THE 2017 CLiPPA, THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CHILDREN’S POETRY BOOK, Kate Wakeling, will be in school to help us celebrate poetry and make the day extra special. 'Moon Juice' was her first poetry collection for children. 

We are very much looking forward to having Kate with us for the day and inspiring our children.

Look out for more details about these events in September.

at a Library near you!



Monday, 9 July 2018

Summer Fair


Our second-hand book stall was a great success. 
We managed to sell most of the books that had been donated to the school.

Thank you to our Junior Librarians, 


 who set up and managed the stall.
Amazing girls!

We also promoted the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE which is organised by the Reading Agency and Library Service.
All children are encouraged to continue reading over the summer holidays.
It is free to join in at your local library, read 6 books and win a certificate and medal.

A huge THANK YOU to Pickled Pepper Books who donated a prize for the raffle of a voucher for one of their 'Young Illustrators Workshops.

Thanks for joining in with the Summer Fair.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Return Books

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

from the School Library


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Summer Reading Challenge



On Monday at a special assembly we launched the 2018 SUMMER READING CHALLENGE.

The SUMMER READING CHALLENGE, which has taken place annually since 1999, aims to help children to retain their reading skills and confidence while school is out. Organised by the Reading Agency and run in partnership with the UK public library network, the campaign seems three quarters of a million children take part each year.
Children are challenged to read at least SIX library books over the summer and collect prizes, such as stickers along the way to earn their final challenge certificate and medal.
Each year, the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE has a new creative theme. 2018 will see the Challenge focus on mischief and pranks, as inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano marking it's 80th anniversary.

We invited two librarians from our local Islington library at Archway to come into school to talk to the children about joining in with 'Mischief Makers' Summer Reading Challenge.
They explained how to join in  and showed the children a fun video.

It is simple.

1. Register at Local Library (Archway Library will be at our Summer Fair on Friday 6th July)

2. Read 6 books over the summer

To find out more go to the Summer Reading Challenge website

Check out the Reading Agency's reading lists:link

At the end of the assembly all the children who had joined in and completed last year's Summer Reading Challenge and/or Winter Reading Challenge were presented with a certificate.

KS1 children 

KS2 children


2016 - 40 children participated
2017 - 80 children participated

We will celebrate everyone who completes the challenge after the holidays.

So come on and join in and make St Joseph's the best read school in Islington!

Thank You

to the librarians, Paul and Kevin, from Archway Library