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.