Catholic Life

Wednesday 19th December 2018
Today Year 6 lead the Christingle service for the whole school. 

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Thank you to Year 4 who led the school in a collective worship to mark Remembrance Day.  Pupils led the school community in praying for the dead, particularly those who have lost their lives figthing in wars.  We will continue to remember to pray for deceased relatives and friends during this Month of the Holy Souls.
Members of the wider school community joined us for the service and comments of their own thoughts on the service can be seen below.

 Harvest Festival

Well done to the children in Y2 who led a wonderful Collective Worship to celebrate Harvest. As usual the response to our Harvest festival appeal was overwhelming, there were certainly more filled shoe boxes and bags of donations than there are families in school. The food was donated to the South Leeds Food Bank, The SVP and St. George's Crypt. Thank you to everyone for your amazing generosity. Another example of St. Joseph's living out our mission  'Following in the footsteps of Jesus: having fun learning, achieving and loving together.'

Y6 Welcome YR.

On Thursday 27th September Y6 led Collective Worship to formally welcome YR children to St. Joseph's. Children from Y6 introduced their buddies and told the school a little bit about them; they then committed themselves to looking after the YR children this year. The YR children and all children and staff new to St. Joseph's placed a pebble at the foot of St. Joseph where there is a pebble for every member of the school community; representing that as individuals we come together to make one community.  As children leave they take a pebble with them as a reminder that they will always be part of St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School community. Thank you to the many family members who joined us for this very special occasion.  
Mass to Celebrate the New School Year

Thank you to Fr. Polland who celebrated Mass on Friday 21st September to mark the begining of the new school year. Children from Y5 read and led the offertory procession. Prayers were offered for a successful year ahead; the children who left St. Joseph's in July were remembered and those children new to St. Joseph's welcomed. Our new teachers Mis Scanlon and Mr Wilson were inducted to St. Joseph's and all staff commissioned for the school year ahead. The children's enthusiastic singing and prayerful manner were a joy for all. A wonderful way to start the new school year. Thank you to our loyal Y6 altar servers.
Year 6 Leavers' Mass
On Friday 13th July, the school celebrated the final Mass of the academic year. Year 6 helped to lead the prayers and readings before they leave St. Joseph's for high school next week. Everyone at St. Joseph's wishes the children all the best for the future; we hope wherever they go and whatever they do, that they will always look back fondly about their time at St. Joseph's and know they are in our thoughts and prayers - good luck Year 6!

The Mass also allowed us to celebrate the contributions made by staff members who will be leaving us this year. Mr Mercer, Mrs Hargreaves & Mrs Labadie are all retiring after many years of service to catholic education. These staff had undoubtedly impacted on the education of thousands of children throughout the years. 

Congratulations  to Father Polland who next week celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.  We thank him for his years of service and for everything he does in leading us to be closer to God.
Prayer Garden Restoration 
Last week, a team of volunteers from Gardiner & Theobald LLP came into school to help transform our prayer garden. The garden had become overgrown and unfortunately unusable. The volunteers and a group of children from across KS2 worked together to trim overgrown plants and bed new flowers - creating a lovely outdoor area for prayers and reflection. Thank you to everyone from G&T who gave their time - God bless! 

G&T Partner, Simon Worden, took part in the event and commented:
“We are extremely proud to be able to help St Joseph’s School and clean up an area where the kids can play and learn at the same time in order to look after the plants and bushes. It was brilliant to spend some time with the children of St Joseph’s. They are a credit to their teachers and worked together to bring the gardens back to life.”

A link to the G&T website can be found below:

Year 2 Marion Service
As May is the month when we especially think of Mary and pray for her intercession Year 2 led us in a Collective worship about her.  It enabled us to think about why she is important and understand that she is our heavenly mother.



Congratulations to the whole of St Joseph's.  As a school we raised £313.90 pounds towards the 'Good Shepherd Appeal' through our Silver Snake fundraising.

The top three classes who raised the most  money were Year 3, Year 5 and Reception. 

Congratulations to Reception Class who had the longest snake in our final week of the 'Silver Snake' challenge.
As a school we have raised over £250 for the Good Shepherd Appeal.  Keep checking back to find out our 'snakey statistics' when they have been calculated including, which class raised the most money, which class had the longest overall snake, and how many times around the hall the school snake would have stretched.
Congratulations to Year 3 this week who won the 'Silver Snake' challenge this week.   Well done to everyone who has brought in any silver coins so far.  Our current total is over £150!

to Year 4 who had the longest silver snake this week closely followed by Year 6. 
Keep your silver coins coming in.
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Over the last two weeks, Father Polland has been in school to allow Years 4, 5 and Six to particpate in the Act of Reconciliation. This is a special occasion as it gives us the opportunity to say sorry for the things we have done wrong and that stop us from being closer to God. As we move closer to Easter, it is important that we reflect on our actions and think about how we will act in the future. 

 to Year 5 who had the longest 'silver snake'  this week.  It measured 7m and 13cm!


The Good Shepherd Appeal

Once again this Lent we are raising money for the Catholic Care Appeal 'The Good Shepherd Appeal'.  

Initiated by Bishop Cowgill in 1911 and now running every Lent for over 100 years, this appeal involves the children and students of the diocesan schools working together to organise a wide range of fundraising events. The appeal culminates in Leeds Cathedral, when representatives from the schools give what they’ve raised to the bishop. It’s always a joyful occasion, with the children telling their stories as only children can. The money raised helps to make a difference to the lives of many people.

Pupils are being asked to bring in silver coins to create a 'silver snake' .  Each week the snake will be measured and the class with the longest snake will be receive recognition in Good Work Assembly.

Year Three Collective Worship - Saints 

Year Three led the school in our Collective Worship about Saints. The children each painted a picture of their given saint and explained what makes these people so special to us. We prayed to St. Joseph, who our school is named after; Mary, Mother of Jesus; St. Teresa of Calcutta and many others.


(December 18th) Year Six led the school in a Christingle Worship. The Christingle was an opportunity for the school community to come together to worship God and Jesus’ coming as the Light of the World. The service was attended by many parents and carers. Thank you to everyone for making this such as special occasion. 

Some comments from our parents:
'The way you bring the message of Christmas across is brilliant. I really enjoyed the Christingle Service.'
'My first time attending your Christingle Collective Worship and really enjoyed it. Year Six were very good and should be proud.'
'So beautiful, lovely readings. A special start to Christmas.'
'Very moving service about the meaning of Christmas.'
'The service was absolutely fantastic. It was my first time joining and I really enjoyed every bit of it.'

Harvest  Collective Worship

We had great fun preparing for our Year 1 Harvest collective worship and enjoyed seeing so many grown-ups who came to share the celebration with us.

Our favourite part was singing the Harvest Samba!  We collected lots of food for people who are not as lucky as we are.

Year 4 lead our Resurrection Mass
Year 2 lead an assembly about St. Joseph

To celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph, Year 2 lead the school in an assembly. They gave clues as to what was special about the day before revealing the statue of St. Joseph. All the children, adults and parents were then given a pebble to place at the feet of St. Joseph to show that we belong to a school named after him.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the sixteen children who made their First Holy Communion at St Peter's church on the 9th May.  After many months of First Holy Communion classes the children were well prepared for this important occasion and their conduct was an example for us all.  Many thanks to Mrs Scott and Mrs Hewson for giving up their own time in order to prepare the children for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Thanks to Fr. Eamon and Deacon Gerry for all their hard work ensuring that the day was such a special occasion for all concerned.
Mini Vinnies Commissioning Ceremony

On Wednesday 30th March 10 children were commissioned in  a special assembly. Many children were eager to become members of this new group. They all wrote an application form saying why wanted to join the group.