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St Joseph's Catholic

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What's Going On...Whole School Events and News Summer Term 2023

Thank you to Honey's Mum- we've never been so excited to see an ambulance at St Joseph's!

School council attended a service at St Nichols's Church on Thursday; Cayden read a prayer to the Mayor Committee and schools in Harwich. After the children attended the Guildhall to catch kitchels, this has been an important event in our town for many years. Congratulations to the new Mayor Maria Fowler and Mayoress Anna Randell-Knights.

Congratulations to our School Council members who are now Peer Led Oral Health Champions! They enjoyed a training session with the Community Dental Health Services team this week and are excited to be on their journey for delivering oral health advice across our school community.

Footballers from St Joseph’s Primary School in Dovercourt took part in the Fisherman’s Cup Final and completed the treble by beating Chase Lane Primary School 3-2 The school won the Inter Schools League Cup and the Inter Schools indoor five-a-side cup before adding the Fisherman’s Cup to its tally. A spokesman for the team said: “It takes two teams to make a great final and today was our day.

Class 3 all received a 'Dementia Friend' pin today after learning about dementia in SMILE

What a treat... the school choir attending celebration hot chocolates following the wonderful Tendring Vocal Festival performance!

Wow... we are so proud to receive a Diversity Award!

League Winners! What a way to start the term...

Christ has risen! Welcome back to the summer term

Ash Wednesday Mass marking the start of Lent

Staff and Pupils' Pancake Races at breaktime for Shrove Tuesday

A fantastic start to our football matches this term, 8-2 victory against Chase Lane School!

Happy New Year 2023

An assembly about charitable giving this Christmas season...

The Season of Advent- waiting in expectant hope...

Treats for the BCCS Joint-Deanery Concert Children

Twelve children from St Joseph's took part in the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society Joint-Deanery Concert.  We are so proud of them for performing in front of such a large audience; they deserved a special treat to say well done and thank you! 

We are very excited to announce that the Book Fair is coming to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School!

November 30th - 6th December 2022

You will be able to browse through hundreds of the best new books from just £2.99.
Books will range from ages 2 years and upwards so there is something for everyone. 



Some of our favourite authors have read one chapter from their books to give you a sneak peek of some the books you may find at our Book Fair and help build the excitement for reading! Please click on the link below to listen to chapter one with your favourite author.

October is the month of the rosary...join in with our rosary challenge

School Group Elections 2022

Our beloved Queen Elizabeth II

Proud to receive our Diversity Bronze Award 2022

Year 5 The Archie Project - Inter-generational Dementia Friendly Communities

The Archie Project


Children have been learning about different forms of dementia with a range of activities such as online meetings with professional dementia specialists, visits from staff working in a local care home setting, work books, reading books and educational board games. They have made links with a newly- formed local dementia cafe and also have the opportunity of using VR equipment to transport them back to the Year of the Queen's Coronation ( 1953) to provide a common thread of conversation with older people.


These activities support our learners to be equipped to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society developing their appreciation of diversity and celebrating what we have in common.    

A group of Year 5 children visited the Dementia Cafe at Harwich Library. It was a wonderful opportunity to incorporate Essex Year of Reading with our Archie Project learning and meet people living with dementia in our community. Supporting inter-generational connectivity through mutually engaging activities increases our children's awareness of diversity. The children were able to discover what they had in common through sharing resources about childhood in years gone by compared to now. One in three young people know someone living with dementia and we are proud to be part of an enabling environment encouraging a proactive dementia friendly community.

The children shared art work and poetry they created for the cafe and reminiscence based literature which gave them plenty to chat about with visitors to the cafe. They also enjoyed meeting Jesse, the cafe's robocat!     

Sportsday 2022

Harwich Education Partnership Diversity Poster

Mayor Making May 2022

Class 2’s school trip to Historic Harwich

Class 2 World Book Day 2022

Class 1 World Book Day 2022 📚

Science Day 2022

Class 1 LOVED being scientists for the day. They made a 4th house for ‘The 3 little pigs’. This involved testing different materials and building the house with their chosen materials. Finally they were taken outside and tested in the wind! Class 1 then prepped their next experiment…’The ice prisoner!’ This allowed the children to to see water in it’s liquid and solid form.


PTA £20.22 Challenge


The PTA £20.22 appeal is in full swing and you've each been challenged to fundraise £20 and 22p... I've been so excited to hear about your ideas... 22km bike rides, reading 22 books, local litter picking for 22mins a day and a bake sale to be held on 2/2/22!!! I've also asked the teachers to get involved so do ask them what they are planning to do.  I would love to hear from you all. I'm always so proud of you all- of your creativity and your charitable efforts! Good luck! Mrs Maguire

The teachers are feeling sore this morning after cycling a combined 222km as part of their PTA £20.22 challenge!

Well-being Walk and Talk - February 2022

The whole school got involved in a well-being walk and talk- what a refreshing way to spend the afternoon- outside in the fresh air, getting some exercise and talking to new people!  We can't wait to do it again soon.

Big Garden Bird Watch- February 2022

The Children had great fun thanks to volunteer parent Mrs Scarfe helping the children to take part in the RSPB 'Great British Birdwatch'.  This project was shaped over a couple of weeks- first Mrs Scarfe came in and spoke to the children out British birds, they made bird feeders to encourage birds to visit our site and then the children took it in turns to blend in for the BIG count! How lucky we are to have so much wildlife on our doorstep!



Wood pigeon


Blue tit


Great tit



Long tailed tit

Lesser black-backed gull


Collared dove

Black-headed gull


Coal tit

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Christmas Bazaar Helpers

EYFS and KS1 enjoyed a fantastic learning experience......they met dog handler PC Paul and his furry friends, Chester and Bob.

Art club with Mrs Wiltshire✂️🖍🖌

Calligraphy Club with Miss Cairns

St Joseph's day celebrations...

We have been awarded a 'Young Carers in Schools Award'