Friday, 4 October 2019

National Poetry Day


A poetry competition for Years 1-6 

Write a poem on the theme of
The best poem from each class will be awarded a prize of a £5 book voucher to be spent at our BOOK FAIR in November.
Give all poems labelled with your name and class to your teachers by
Thursday 3rd October.
Get creative and good luck!

Pamela Butchart


Thursday, 19 September 2019



Award-winning Scottish children’s author, Pamela Butchart, came to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on Friday 27th September.


Pamela, best known for her books, ‘The Spy who loved School Dinners!’ and ‘My Teacher is a Vampire Rat’, arrived dressed in a fabulous ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style dress and an alien bobble headband. She treated our children to an extremely funny, interactive and energetic presentation about her life as a writer and about the different people she needs to publish a book; the illustrator, the editor, the designer, the printer.

Pamela shared with the children some of the stories from her latest book ‘Icarus was Ridiculous’ based on the Ancient Greek myths explaining in an hilarious way how King Midas had made a very bad decision when he wished for everything he touched to turn to gold. Pamela, who constantly included the children, asked what they would wish for with one child cleverly replying “more wishes”!
The children were mesmerized throughout and inspired by her words that they can achieve their wishes by having “a big imagination, a big heart and a dose of confidence”.
Afterwards, Pamela spent time meeting children and signing books in our school library. She was really impressed with our library remarking that it was a beautiful and inspiring place.

Thank you so much Pamela.

Thanks to the publisher, Nosy Crow and local bookseller, Pickled Pepper Books

The author

Will be visiting 
St Joseph's
Friday 27th September

We are soooo excited!!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day

The Islington Gazette covered our Roald Dahl Day celebrations. 
Follow the link below and read more about our day.

Dahlicious Dress Up

Friday 13th September 2019

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Highgate, celebrated Roald Dahl Day with a dazzling display of costumes. Every year we celebrate the birthday of the World’s No.1 Story-teller with our children coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from Roald Dahl’s stories. It was a ‘whizzpopper’ celebration with fun quizzes, games and costume prizes.

The children had an opportunity to parade their costumes in a whole-school assembly. Each class had the daunting task of selecting the best costumes which were awarded ‘Willy Wonka Golden Ticket’ style book vouchers. All the winners are invited to our Book Fair next month when they will exchange their Golden Tickets for a book of their choice.

The children showed amazing creativity in both their choice of characters and in hand-making their costumes. We had children coming as Roald Dahl himself and one child even came as the actual book ‘The BFG’!! Of course, we also had a troop of Fantastic Mr Foxes and numerous Mr and Mrs Twits.

Amber – Kehinde – Mr Fox from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’
Orange – Taiwo – Mr Fox from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’
Orange - Livia – The Roly-Poly Bird from ‘The Twits’
Diamond – Alexandra – Sophie from ‘The BFG’
Yellow – Joe – The Crocodile from ‘The Enormous Crocodile’
Green – William - Mr Fox from ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’
Emerald – Grace – Mr Twit from ‘The Twits’
Blue – Oliver – Billy from ‘Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’
Blue – Ava – Roald Dahl from ‘Going Solo’

Ava as Roald Dahl (injured!)
Sapphire – Arabella – Mr Twit from ‘The Twits’
Tanzanite – Petra – Mrs Twit from ‘The Twits’
Indigo – Anna – Grand High Witch from ‘The Witches’
Violet – Celino – The Book ‘The BFG’
Amethyst – Jacob – Mr Fox from ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’
Lavander – Emily – Sophie from ‘The BFG’


Friday, 6 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day


Friday 13th September

Years 1 - 6 
are invited to 

Dress Up

as their favourite Roald Dahl character.

Prizes of Book Fair Vouchers for the Best Costumes.

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

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Welcome Back!

Back to School!

Wishing you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Summer.

lots of exciting library events coming up this term.

1. Summer Reading Challenge 

You still have till the end of September to read 6 books from your local library.

2. Roald Dahl Day

on Friday 13th September.

We celebrate by inviting Years 1 -6 to come to school dressed as their favorite Roald Dahl character. 
There are prizes for the best costumes.

It will be a truly "dahlicious" day! 

3. Pamela Butchart

Award-winning Scottish children's author, Pamela Butchart, will be coming into visit our Years 2 - 5 children on Friday 27th September. Pamela is best known for her books 'The Spy Who Loved School Dinners' and 'My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat'.

Sooooooooooooo exciting!!


And that is just September!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Summer Holidays!




Join in with the 


at your local library.

It's absolutely free and you only have to read 6 books 
to win

a gold medal and certificate!

Library Awards

Junior Librarian Award

At our end of term and end of year school assembly our Junior Librarians for the Summer Term received an award for the fantastic work they have done looking after our school library.

Henry, Robert & Emily 


Robert - Indigo
Henry - Indigo
Rose - Indigo
Alexander - Tanzanite
Emily - Tanzanite
Molly - Tanzanite
Sofia - Violet
Alice - Violet
Leoni - Amethyst
Ada - Amethyst
Eadie - Amethyst

Pupil librarians are chosen from our Years 5 and 6 each term. They learn how to use the library as independent learners. At lunch times two junior librarians help to monitor the library with the librarian. They learn how the electronic management system works and have chance to share their love of reading and books with other pupils. 

There are 10 places for Junior Librarians each term. You will work in pairs on a weekly rota.

If you would like to be a Junior Librarian please let the librarian know at the start of the new term in September. 
Pick up an application form. 
Once all the applications are in there will be an interview.
Over the holidays why not do a little research into the role of a Junior Librarian and come prepared for the job!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Summer Reading Challenge


On Wednesday 10th July at a special assembly we launched the 2019 

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. 2019 will see the Challenge focus on space and aliens, marking it's 20th anniversary.

We invited a librarian from Islington to come into school to talk to the children about joining in with 'Space Chase' Summer Reading Challenge.
The children enjoyed a fun video and presentation.

It is simple to join in:

1. Register at Local Library

2. Read 6 books over the summer and join in with all the fun and games.

To find out more go to the Summer Reading Challenge website

At 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


2018 - 80 children participated

 Join in 

and make St Joseph's

 the best read school in Islington!

Thank You

to Michael, our local Islington Librarian.

Monday, 8 July 2019



The Summer holidays are nearly here and 
it's time to return books borrowed from our school library!

Please try to return all library books by Friday 12th July.


Friday, 5 July 2019

Summer Reading Challenge

is here!

Complete the Challenge by reading 6 books and you could win a special prize.

Go to to find your nearest library.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Birthday Book Club

Our Birthday Book Club 
is making our library grow.

ALEXANDER – Ruby – Class One Farmyard Fun – Julia Jarman
ALBA – Ruby – Goodnight, Mr Panda – Steve Antony
ELLIE – Indigo – The Secret Lake – Karen Inglis
JAMES – Pearl – Maisy goes to London – Lucy Cousins
CRISTINA – Orange – The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Frog – Abie Longstaff
FLORA – Diamond – Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow – Julie Sykes
EDITH – Yellow – Unicorn Academy: Rosa and Crystal – Julie Sykes
MALACHY – Amber - Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam: The Missing Masterpiece – Tracey Corderoy
TITO – Indigo – The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Rauf
MIQUEL – Amber – Funny Stories for Six Year Olds – Helen Paiba
TYLER – Blue – Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kastner
CHRISTIAN – Indigo – Maybe – Morris Gleitzman
CASSIAN – Red – Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
ISABEL – Sapphire – Pog – Padraig Kenny

Thank you 

to everyone who has joined in.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Islington Libraries will be hosting another exciting Summer Reading Challenge.
It will being on Saturday 13th JULY

Complete the Challenge by reading 6 books and you could win a special prize.

Go to to find your nearest library and pop along to enroll.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Birthday Book Club

Welcome to all children who have now joined our 

Birthday Book Club 

and donated a book to our school library.

SEBASTIAN – Pearl – Big Blue Train – Julia Jarman
MATILDE – Yellow – Unicorn Academy – Julie Sykes
THOMAS – Orange – Wonder Goal – Michael Foreman
MATYS – Diamond – TinTin in Tibet – Herge
LUKA – Blue – Asterix in Britain – Goscinny & Uderzo
FERGUS – Sapphire – The House with Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson
LANA GRACE – Yellow – The Phantom Lollipop Man – Pamela Butchart
EMESE – Blue – Vote for Effie – Laura Wood
BENDEGUZ – Diamond – The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules – Jeff Kinney
GILBEY – Amber – Football School Season 3 – Ben Lyttleton
FRANKIE – Indigo – Asterix: The Gaul – Goscinny & Uderzo
POPPY – Emerald – The World’s Worst Children 3 – David Walliams
IMOGEN – Diamond – Rapunzel – Bethan Woollvin
GRACE SOFIA – Yellow – Evelyn the Mermicorn Fairy – Daisy Meadows
KATHERINE – Diamond – Dory Fantasmagory – Abby Hanlon
ELLIANA – Yellow – Snow Sisters – Astrid Foss
JAMES – Little Gems – Wonky Donkey – Craig Smith
CROSBY – Orange – Cake – Sue Hendra
HARRISON – Pearl - Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! – Margaret Mayo
JULIETTE – Red – Moomin and the Wishing Star – Tove Jansson
ANTONY – White – Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
ELENA – Red – Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown – Cressida Cowell

Thank you Parents/Carers

Why don't you JOIN IN!
It is the perfect way to celebrate your birthday and help your school at the same time.