Children in Need
The Year of Mercy
The Door of Mercy arrived at St Joseph's on Tuesday 15th November.
It gave us chance to reflect on the times
we have taken the wrong path.
We considered how nothing we can ever do wrong
is bigger than God’s love for us
and all we have to do to receive
His forgiving love is to say sorry.
As we passed through the door we remembered to leave bad choices behind. We crossed the threshold to a fresh start with God’s love and light to guide us.
God’s door of MERCY and LOVE is open for us.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Year Five entertained an audience at the Contact Theatre in Manchester on Friday evening. Their performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was truly amazing. They took their audience on a literary journey of Shakespeare's work with laughter a plenty and memories for all to cherish.
Miss Foster and Ms Unsworth have worked tirelessly with their class to produce a truly polished performance. The children have grown over the past half term working together as a team and immersing themselves in the wonderful world of Shakespeare!
Well done Year Five!
Elmer the Elephant
The Reception Class went on a trip to St Peter's in Ancoats to watch a performance of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by the Halle Orchestra.
We had a wonderful time learning about the instruments, watching the performance and we participated by shaking our shakers and singing songs.
Children in Need 2015
Thank you to all those who generously donated money for Children in Need. We had an own clothes day to raise money and Austin the Ice- Cream Man very kindly visited school on Wednesday to donate ice creams to all children in school in return for a donation.
Watch this space for the total amount of money raised.
Film Festival 2015
Year Five and Six enjoyed a trip out to the cinema this week. 2015 is the 'Year of Alice'. It has been 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote this timeless children's book - Alice in Wonderland. Therefore it seemed appropriate that our children should be immersed in this classic adventure.
All the children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle and will discuss and utilise themes and ideas in their fantasy writing later on in the year.
Debate Mate Launch
Year Six got a taste of university life this week as they attended the launch of the Debate Mate Programme at the University of Manchester. With the help of Manchester University Students, we will be running a debating club after school for Year Six pupils. This will lead to regional and national competitions later on in the school year.
The aims of the club are to:
All the children had a wonderful time at the launch and met one of their mentors Brogen who will be running our club.
Music For Youth Primary Prom
Year Five and Six were treated to a musical extravaganza this week when we attended the Music For Youth Primary Prom at the Victoria Hall in Bolton. The children were inspired by the performances that they were immersed in. Perhaps in the near future St Joseph's School Orchestra will perform at an event like this.
We heard performances from Wired, Salford Steel, Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and Bolton Youth Orchestra.
E-Safety Awareness Day
Many thanks to all parents and carers who attended the afternoon session of our E-Safety Awareness Day.
All children from Year Two up to Year Six were involved in a Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) session to make them aware of the advantages of using the internet correctly as well as the risks of giving personal information to strangers.
Helen Dickerson and Barbara Mellor are trained advisors on Internet Safety and spoke to Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils about a number of social media sites and how to stay safe. They were involved in class discussions and small group work during the day.
Many thanks to all those who have donated or helped to raise money for the Poppy Appeal this year. All the children around the school have got behind the appeal and have been eager to support those who have represented our country through wars past and present.
Remember this Sunday (8th November) is Remembrance Sunday - Mass at 9.30am.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you so much to all those who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning. Whether this was by baking, selling or eating cakes it was a wonderful success. The staff and school chaplains did an incredible job at hosting this event and it was magnificent to welcome St. Joseph’s School and Parish Family together in such a good cause.
Watch this space for the total raised to support Macmillan Cancer Support.
!Update! We raised a fantastic £381.79 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you again for everybody that attended and contributed to the worthwhile cause!
Year 1 and 2 have worked together this half term to make a Prayer Garden for the Infant playground. They have painted a piece of bunting each with a picture of one of the many things God made. They have also been planting flowers and bulbs which they are caring for with their partner from the other class. They also wanted to make a Mini Beast hotel so they can help care for God's creatures. A lovely project Key Stage 1!
A Visit from the Halle Orchestra
St. Joseph’s were lucky enough to be invited to a performance by musicians from the Halle Orchestra. Mr Easton on the tuba and Mr Muirhead on the piano, saxophone and the clarinet treated the school to a musical extravaganza – ‘Start the Day the Halle Way!’ The children were enthralled by the musical story that unfolded before them!
A Great Start to this Year’s School Football League
St. Joseph's have played the first games of this season's School League: We won two games, drew one and only lost one game. Well done -this is a great start to the season!
The children showed great skill and sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
We have been placed in the Bundesliga so we have many hard games ahead of us!
Academic year 2014 - 2015
On Wednesday 15th July we were visited by 'my dentist'. Nursery and Reception children were able to visit their special dentist lorry and learn all about good dental hygiene.
As part of BBC Radio 4's program about tooth decay; they paid us a visit to chat to some of our children about why they like cleaning their teeth. To listen to the program press the photo link below, you will find our section of the program 18 minutes and 50 seconds in.
World Book Day
All classes in school celebrated the wonderful world of books this week by coming to school dressed as a favourite fictional character. We had an array of costumes and great fun was had by all.
A donation towards our St. Joseph's Penny Collection was made by all families who took part.
Can you spot any well known characters from books below?
Follow the link below to this years Lledr hall trip blog.
Christmas Radio with children from St Joseph's
This term we have been very lucky to have been asked by the BBC to be involved in their Christmas concert and to add a little St Joseph’s sparkle to the Christmas day Radio schedule. On this page you will find all the information about the performances themselves and when they will be aired.
Children in Year 5 and Year 6 recorded a performance with the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC Choir presented by Becky Want and Mike Sweeney. This show will be aired on Radio Manchester on Christmas Eve at 6pm and again on Christmas Day at 12pm and 6pm.
You can listen to the recording live on your digital radio on the BBC Radio Manchester channel, on 95.1 FM on your regular radio or you can visit the BBC website and listen online.
It was a fantastic experience and a very moving performance so please ‘tune-in’ at one of these times.
Our choir in full swing at Media City
If you didn't get a chance to catch the show live, you can now listen to the show on catch up here.
BBC Radio 2
Our Year 1 and Year 2 Nativity was also recorded by the BBC and extracts and interviews will be played on BBC Radio 2 on Christmas morning at 6am. Our students will be adding a little St Joseph's festive sparkle to the Sunday Hour (Christmas special) hosted by Diane Louise Jordan.
Tune in to BBC Radio 2 on your digital radio, 88 to 91 FM on your regular radio or alternatively visit the BBC website and listen online.
I’m sure that you will be all up by then anyway so please listen in!
Just in case you missed the live show follow this link to the catch up show.
You will here us from 1:33:30 onwards