Mini Vinnies visit the Little Sisters of the Poor by Lila & Sanuthi

On the 1st May 2018 the Mini Vinnies went to see the Little Sisters Of The Poor. When we arrived we met some of the Sisters and went into the beautiful chapel and sang some lovely hymns such as: Here I am to Worship, Walk With Me and Amazing Grace. Then we were introduced to some of the kind residents, We all brought some of our school work to show the residents and asked questions about their lives. They gave us lovely food and made sure we were all well. After this we went into the glamorous garden to have a look around. We really enjoyed our time there and we presented them with a cheque for £854.45 following our successful fundraising. We are also very grateful for the two beautiful paintings by Sister Mary Margaret which she gave to us for school!

Mini Vinnies - Spring Planting

On Tuesday 13th March, the Mini Vinnies had the absolute pleasure of meeting with the SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) and planting some spring plants that could be taken home. Everyone enjoyed planting the pansies and violas and it was great that we could all work together and enjoy this activity. We can’t wait to see what the plants look like as Spring develops and the plants begin to flower.

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Y6 Holocaust Assembly

On 29th January, Year 6 led an assembly to honour the memory of Holocaust Memorial Day. We read the touching story of Anne Frank and her family, and got to hear what it was like through the 'Power of Words' in Anne's famous diary. It was very interesting but also upsetting to hear what foul crimes were committed during those dark times. 

 

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Choir singing at Sainsbury's Harrogate

On Monday, our school choir had a very successful visit to the main Sainsbury's store in Harrogate. The choir entertained Christmas shoppers with their wonderful carol singing.  They were accompanied by Mrs Crowther, Mrs Kent and Mr Thompson.                              Mrs Crowther said, "The children sang beautifully and were all a credit to the school.       It was also a very profitable venture and an amazing amount to be collected from the shoppers!"

The children raised a magnificent £185.00 in an hour and a half which is going to our advent charity, St Joseph's SVP society. Well done to our choir!!

Christmas Fair

Thank to all of our families for supporting our Christmas fair on Friday with all of your lovely donations for the hampers and for coming along with the children to support our advent fundraiser. In total we raised £294.80! This money will go be added to our other advent fundraising events for our advent charity, St Joseph's SVP scoiety. 

The SJSA would like to thank everyone for once again supporting the Christmas Hampers raffle which raised a fantastic £405 . Congratulations to all the winners!

Road Safety Week

This week is Road Safety Week at St Joseph's.  This was kick started with a wonderful presentation.  Today the School Council led the whole school assembly and talked about the Green Cross Code.  They said this was very important for pupils to learn to ensure they are all safe.  They used very clear and colourful slides to engage the pupils with their advice.

Bulb Planting

The Mini Vinnies assisted Harrogate Rotary Club on Tuesday 31st October by planting crocus bulbs at Walker's Passage near The Stray.  Staff and pupils walked during the afternoon to the area where each pupil then planted a number of bulbs each.  The Mayor of Harrogate also attended this lovely event.  

Good Shepherd Mass

On Friday 19 May Mrs Rouse along with our Head boy and Head Girl, Tony and Emily went to the Good Shepherd Mass at the Cathedral in Leeds, to present Bishop Marcus with our fundraising, a grand total of £969.01!!!

A huge thank you to everyone for this amazing fundraising, which more than
tripled last year’s total!

The following report was written by Tony and Emily:

First, we arrived at school at 8:15 and got a taxi to Leeds. When we arrived at Leeds Cathedral with Mrs Rouse we took a seat in the pew. The service started with a parade to symbolise the different schools in our diocese; they each carried a banner around the Cathedral. We then took part in a special Mass where we reflected on the work of Catholic Care by listening to the Holy Family School. Then we presented Bishop Marcus with the £969.09 we raised. We had our photos taken with the Bishop and joined the other schools in the hall for some juice and biscuits. Then we got the taxi back and enjoyed the rest of the day in school! 

Marian Liturgy

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who came to our Marian Liturgy
on Wednesday 17 May. It was a lovely Liturgy led by year one and year two. Thank you also
to all our families for the gorgeous flowers the children brought in. Our statue of
Our Lady looked beautiful and we were delighted Father Neil could come to
re-bless Mary.

Sheila Flynn who works at Holy Name Primary School in Cookridge, one of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust schools has recently restored Mary and done a fantastic job! 

The flowers from the liturgy were donated to church, the class prayer tables and to Emmaus
House. The staff and residents were absolutely delighted with all of the flowers.

We Walked for the Good Shepherd

We had a wonderful afternoon on Friday 31 March when the whole school took part in a sponsored walk for the Good Shepherd appeal.

A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who joined us for our
sponsored walk to Killinghall Moor Country Park. We had a great afternoon, bringing our whole school community together for a great cause, the weather couldn't have been better. Well done to all the children who were great ambassadors for our school!

Lenten Reflection Afternoon

On Thursday 16th March, the whole school participated on a journey of the Stations of the Cross. The children moved around and spent time reflecting on two of the Stations in each classroom before completing a meditation activity. It was a very peaceful, reflective and moving afternoon. The children prayed and related their own experiences at each stage. At the close of the day, everyone celebrated God's love with the whole school dancing and singing to one of our favourite songs.

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March the school took part in world book day where we dressed up as our favourite book characters. We gave a donation of £1 towards our Lenten appeal, the School of Joy. Everybody had great fun. In the morning we had an assembly which was led by the librarians and included a quiz. and everyone got a chance to show off their outfits. In the afternoon KS1 had a magic show and KS2 had a teacher swap to listen to stories.
World book day was a fun day with everyone dressing up as famous book characters such as: Willy Wonka-Charlie and the chocolate factory, Where’s Wally, Harry Potter, Queen of hearts-Alice in wonderland and Tom Gates, a great day was had by all!

By Mia, George, Tom, Graciely and Isabella  

Kids in the Limelight

On Friday 3 March 2017 our Year 4 pupils took part in the 'Kids in the Limelight' (Kids Aloud) concert at the Royal Hall in Harrogate.

The concert was a sell-out with over 750 people attending! It was a wonderful evening, the children really enjoyed it and a big 'Thank-you' goes to all them for making it a great success. We must also say thank you to Miss Elgie, Mrs Saxon and Miss Langley for supporting our children in this event.

Shrove Tuesday

On Tuesday 28th February, the Mini Vinnies served pancakes to the whole school to help raise funds for the School of Joy in Bethlehem.  Altogether, we raised a fantastic £200 and we would like to thank parents and children for your kind donations. Also, a big thank you to Miss Beall, our school cook, who cooked all of the pancakes.  By Amrita and Orlaith.

We Have a New School App

Download our new school app.
If you have a smartphone you can download OurSchoolsApp for FREE. It is a personalised app for our school and will allow us to keep you all updated with school information, news, calendar events and contact information. It provides you access to school information at the touch of a button.
Please click one of the links below depending on what type of phone you have to download the app.
For Android devices: http://bit.ly/1Q9dgcb
For Apple devices: https://goo.gl/1FQgny
Instructions for download:

1. Using the relevant device (iPad, iPhone, smart pad, tablet or android phone), visit the relevant marketplace for your product (Apple Store or Google Play).

2. Search for ‘OurSchoolsApp’

3. Download the ‘APP’. In the search bar in the ‘APP’ put the postcode or the name of the school.

4. Hit the search button.

5. Once you see the school name displayed, just touch the screen on the school name.

6. Confirm your choice by pressing OK.

7. You will now be presented with the ‘APP’ for the school which contains news, information, calendar events, contacts and any other relevant details.

Carol Singing at Sainsbury's

On Tuesday 13th December the Choir went to Sainsbury's to sing Christmas Carols to the shoppers.

We were there for about an hour and a half and we managed to raise £146 for CAFOD. At half time Mrs Scott gave us chocolate dogs and then we carried on singing.We really enjoyed singing Carols to the shoppers, lots of people said they could hear us from all around the store.

By Graciely and Mrs Kent