St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

'Go shine in the world.'

Catholic life

Pupils at St Joseph's value and actively participate in the Catholic Life and mission of our school. The children have respect for themselves and others and know that they are made in the image and likeness of God. This is exemplified in the way that the children behave towards one another: how they speak and listen, give thanks, notice each other's kindnesses, forgive and are forgiven in turn. Our pupils want to reach out to their community and make a difference in the world beyond the community too, in small ways, and larger ways too.  The children regularly contribute to our church Foodbank and support charities such as the Catholic Children's Society, Plan, The De Paul Society, Comic Relief and New Ways. The children at St Joseph's actively participate in enriching Catholic faith opportunities provided by the school, such as faith visits, visitors and retreats e.g. regular visits to St Anselm and St Cecilia (Holborn) and Corpus Christi (Covent Garden) parishes, Westminster Cathedral, regular visits from our parish priests and chaplains; an annual trip to Wintershall for the "Life of Christ" for our Year 3 children and a retreat to the Nilands Centre for our Year 5 children.  Children at St Joseph's have an understanding of what it means to have a vocation or mission and they joyfully offer their gifts in the service of others e.g. the choir singing for the elderly at Christmas and inviting our local nursery children to the Nativity shows. We are very fortunate to have strong and valuable links with our parish community and the children enjoy participating in parish and church celebrations and activities.  Our children, from Reception to Year 6, grow in confidence and express pride in their own religious and cultural identity and beliefs. This is shown through their full participation in the prayer services and masses in classes and with the whole school, parents and parish community.