‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Serving Our Community
Throughout the year, the children dedicate time and energy into thinking about other groups in our community who might need support. They run fundraising activities which support the work of the wider community.
Charities we support:
On 18th June 2015, Pope Francis wrote a letter entitled Laudato Si’, addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to protect the earth. He reminds us,
‘We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’(Luke 12:6)
‘How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”
Pope Francis is an animal lover, just like his namesake. Because as St. Francis of Assisi said, animals are our ‘younger brothers and sisters’ and we must show them respect.
In the Autumn term, each class did some research and learned about their class animal and endangered species. Our children then took part in different activities to raise money and awareness for WWF.
Year 1 Tiger Class fundraising art exhibition
EYFS Leopard and Nursery fundraising walk
Year 6, Orangutan Class, took part in fundraising towards the protection of the orangutan. They held a ‘Timestableathon!’ The children collected donations from friends and family in exchange for trying to reach over 600 correct timetables in 5 minutes. They had so much fun!
If you would like to find out some more about Laudato Si’ and about how we can make a change in our lives to take care of, respect and value our ‘common home’ click on the link below:
Our new adopted charity is Four Walls, who help the homeless and rough sleepers in our local area. We work closely together to help raise money for those in need.‘But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s live abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.’
1 John 3:17-18
One of the Four Wall volunteers, Becky, came to talk to the children about the different work the charity does in and around Camden and other areas of London. Many of the charity volunteers walk around London all through the night offering food, sleeping bags, coats and other necessities to those who are living and sleeping on the streets. They provide emergency first response support, food and clothing, to priority rough sleeping areas in London whilst working with different companies to deliver pilot projects releasing and securing property for homeless accomodation throughout the UK. The children learned so much during the assembly and were enthusaiastic about supporting others especially in the cold winter months.
We asked our families to donate different toiletries and personal essentials which the homeless and those who sleep rough may need. A shopping list was displayed all around the school. We collected items to fill 59 care packs for the homeless in December 2018! Find out more about them here. https://www.fourwallscharity.com/
Our Choir and hand bell team sang their hearts out in the bitter cold and we will be giving £1,000 to Four Walls from our efforts.
‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.’
Matthew 5: 14-15
The BIG SLEEP OUT March 2019!
On the night of Friday 1st March, St Joseph’s will be hosting the third annual ‘Big Sleep Out’ for our adopted charity, Four Walls. Our children are so excited and proud of their school for taking part. For details on how to support with donations or by attending, please visit https://www.fourwallscharity.com/big-sleep-out-2019
CARITAS Westminster – Prayers and Cakes!
A big thank you to everyone who came along to the prayer meeting and assembly based around the work of the organisation Caritas. Thanks also to all who donated, bought or helped to sell cakes at the end of the day. We have counted up £106.60 today, which we will be sending to Bakhita House as a donation. At Bakhita House, Caritas help women who have escaped human trafficking. To find out more about the work of Caritas around the principles of Catholic Social Justice and the Common Good, do visit:
‘Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, you do it for me.’
We had a lovely assembly with Sister Silvana who spoke about the work that Caritas does across Westminster diocese and discussed themes relating to Catholic Social Teaching including talking to the children about homelessness, food poverty, isolation and loneliness. We also got to meet Nigel, the Caritas trusty mascot who made a big impression on all the children!
St Josephs Guardian Angels with Nigel the Penguin and Sr Silvana from Caritas Westminster
On Thursday 8 February 2019, we celebrated the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Our children celebrated this special and poignant feast day in both prayer & reflection. Our children also talked openly and discussed the issues around modern day slavery and human trafficking. The children in Year 6 led a whole school assembly around the life of Josephine Bakhita who is one of their adopted class saints.
For more information on the life of Josephine Bakhita: From Slave to Saint, see the link below
Our Nursery children also learned a little bit about St Josephine Bakhita and how she helped others just like The Good Samaritan. They learned about how important she is to people today and how she showed her love to others who needed help without turning her back on them. Look at their lovely pictures
Catholic Social Justice
Here at St Joseph’s we teach our children and share in our responsibilities as a Catholic community towards others on a local, national and global level. The school provides a wealth of meaningful opportunities for pupils to reflect on their responsibilities and offers opportunities for them to take action.
St Joseph’s Primary School are taking part in Catholic Social Justice Week beginning Monday 25th February 2019 which is based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan that still exists in our modern world. Our belief in God must not be limited merely to the ‘spiritual’ world or what we do at Mass on a Sunday, but must permeate all aspects of our lives as responsible global citizens. Each class will be participating and learning about the wider world and the responsibilities we all have as children of God.
Catholic Social Teaching is based on the following themes:
The dignity of the human person
We are called to live as family and community
Rights and responsibilities
We are called to stewardship
An option for the poor and vulnerable
The dignity and rights of workers
Promotion of peace