St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Live Updates 2024

Final total for Giving Day sits at £20,066

Head of School, Mr Stacey updates on the final figures for St Joseph's Giving Day 2024. 

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£14,491 Raised for It Takes A Village

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the St Joseph's Giving Day raised a total of £14,491 for the It Takes a Village Fund!

We are proud to have such a committed community who continue to show so much support for the school, and we are incredibly grateful for everyone who got involved, whether donating directly to the Fund or spreading awareness about the cause.

The funds we have raised as a community will allow us to invest in the expensive maintenance requirements that our stunning Grade 2 listed building needs, preserving the rich heritage of architecture throughout Cadogan Street that dates back centuries, and continuing to provide a warm and functional learning environment for our pupils.

The additional funds will go towards providing our pupils with resources and opportunities that will enrich their educational experience, continuing our legacy of a first-class Catholic education for our pupils and those who join our school in the future. This is all thanks to you, our community.

We are keeping our donations page open overnight so please consider helping us get to £15,000 as it would be transformational for our school!

From all of us at St Joseph's, thank you so very, very much. 

 

A Private Meeting with His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Alexandra and Enrique, Head Girl and Head Boy at St Joseph’s, along with Mr Stacey, Head of School, had the pleasure and privilege of meeting His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster earlier today in a private meeting in the Chapel of St Joseph at Westminster Cathedral.

In a very special ending to our Giving Day and to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph yesterday, our pupils, Mr Stacey, and Cardinal Nichols all offered prayers for the St Joseph’s community. It was a moving and memorable experience for us, and we are incredibly grateful that Cardinal Nichols prayed for our school and its community.

Alexandra and Enrique then lit 12 candles in the Chapel: eight for our classes, one for staff, one for governors and our priests, and one for peace.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Giving Day and continues to support our school so generously. We are still accepting donations towards our Giving Day, so please consider making a contribution.

Walking to Westminster: Our Final Giving Day Challenge

We may have completed all of our Giving Day challenges but in true St Joseph's style, we are challenging ourselves one step further and we are excited to announce that Mr Stacey and our Head Prefects, Alexandra and Enrique, will be taking on one final challenge.

They will be walking from our school to Westminster Cathedral and lighting 12 candles: one for every class at St Joseph's, one for our St Joseph's community, one for our staff, and one for peace.

Mr Stacey and our Head Prefects will then have a private meeting with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who will pray for the St Joseph's community in the Chapel of St Joseph.

This challenge is kindly sponsored by current St Joseph's parents, the Mastrh family. Please join them in support and consider making a donation to the It Takes A Village Fund!

  

PTFA Coffee Morning 

Thank you to the parents, staff, and governors who came together and attended our coffee morning at St Joseph's to celebrate the tremendous success of our second Giving Day. Thank you also to the PTFA for providing refreshments and delicious breakfast pastries. It was wonderful to see you all and celebrate our school.

We will be revealing the final Giving Day challenge that Mr Stacey will be completing with our Head Prefects shortly!

Join us for our Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School opened its doors in 1900 and to this day, we are in the same location in our stunning Grade 2 listed building. The building of St Joseph’s was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, an English architect, designer, artist and critic, chiefly remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style; his work culminated in the interior design of the Palace of Westminster.

Preserving the historic features of our heritage property as well as updating the facilities is enormously important. Our aim this Giving Day is to reinvest in our building by improving the heating system and renovating the roof. Better facilities have a significant impact on both student learning and teacher effectiveness and warm classrooms will boost the overall school experience for all our students and teachers.

Over the last 2 days, our community have showed overwhelming support for our Giving Day and we are excited to reveal how much we have raised at our Coffee Morning today. Please join us from 8.45am in the front garden and hall to celebrate our community and our successful Giving Day event. We will also be revealing our last Giving Day challenge, which will be taken on by Mr Stacey and our Head Prefects. It is set to be a heart-warming display of celebration and community.

 

Highlights

What an amazing Giving Day we had! Here are some highlights from the exciting challenges we have all enjoyed over the last 36-hours.

Thank you to the staff at St Joseph’s who have made this such a special event for our pupils and thank you to our community who have shown so much support and made it possible.

There is still time to make a donation to Giving Day, so if you haven’t already, please consider making a contribution. We are so close to our target of £10,000 and if we come together as a community, we can make it happen!

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Thank you

Giving Day has almost come to an end, and what a wonderful 36-hours of challenges we have had. The pupils and staff at St Joseph’s have had so much fun and we would like to thank you all for supporting this event.

In true St Joseph's style, we challenging ourselves one step further and we are excited to announce that Mr Stacey and our Head Prefects will be taking on one final challenge tomorrow, which we will reveal at the Coffee Morning.

We would like to thank those of you who donated via the It Takes A Village Fund. The funds will go a long way in providing the pupils with resources and opportunities that will enrich their educational experience, and it is all thanks to you, our community.

We will update you further at school tomorrow during our Coffee Morning and reveal how much our community have raised for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. There is still time to donate via the link in our bio, if you haven’t already! We are so close to our second target of £10,000 so please help us get there before tomorrow morning.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at at the Coffee Morning tomorrow. And once again, thank you!

 

Year 6 Tug of War

We have completed our final Giving Day challenge with a tremendous victory! Well done Year 5 for winning the Tug of War challenge against teachers!

If you haven't already, please consider making a donation and help us reach our Giving Day target.

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Year 3 Dance-a-thon

The Year 3 Dance-a-thon was so much fun! They even danced to their favourite song, Jesus You're My Superhero.

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Year 1 Dance-a-thon

The Dance-a-thon was definitely a highlight of the day for Year 1. Everyone had so much fun!

 

Year 2 Humble Junk Models

It is amazing what children can imagine from things we throw away.

Our Humble Junk Models challenge was an excellent opportunity for our Year 2 pupils to get creative.

Please show your support for our pupils taking part in today's challenges and consider making a donation to our Giving Day.

 

Year 6 Litter Picking

Year 6 are back from their Litter Picking challenge in Sloane Square! We are very proud of our pupils for setting a good example and promoting sustainability in the wider community.

We wanted to incorporate this ethos into one of our Giving Day activities and challenge our pupils to pick up as much litter in half an hour as possible, and they filled 4 whole bin bags combined with Year 5! Well done all.

 

Giving Day Update

Thank you so much to our community who came together in support of St Joseph's Giving Day. We have been overwhelmed with the community engagement online and the generosity of your donations.

We are delighted to announce that, with the continued support into the evening, we have exceeded our target of £5,000 and our current total for Giving Day now sits at £7,000 for the It Takes A Village Fund. So, with hours still to go, we have now set ourselves the challenge of reaching our new target of £10,000 by our Coffee Morning tomorrow!

We are proud to have such a committed community who continue to show so much support for the school, and we are incredibly grateful for everyone who got involved, whether donating directly to the Fund or spreading awareness about the cause.

The funds will go a long way in providing the pupils with resources and opportunities that will enrich their educational experience, and it is all thanks to you, our community. There is still time to donate here, and every donation means so much.

From all of us at St Joseph's, thank you so very much.

 

Year 3 Football Challenge

We have completed our Football Challenge and, as you can see, Year 3 really enjoyed beating Ms Kowalik!

This has unlocked £1,000 from a St Joseph's alumni.

 

Year 6 Spelling Bee

Another successful Spelling Bee in Year 6. Well done to Steve for getting the most correct answers and thank you again to Benjamin and our Year 6 team for leading.

 

Year 6 Tug of War

Congratulations to our Year 6 team who won the Tug of War Challenge. It certainly wasn't easy against our teachers!

 

Giving Day Update 

An exciting update from our Executive Headteacher, Ms Wyatt.

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Year 1 Read-a-thon

Year 1 did so well in the Read-a-thon and are really enjoying their books.

With Year 6 still to go, we have collectively read over 100 pages already! This unlocks £500 for Giving Day from this challenge sponsor, the Peluso family (Year 1 parents).

Well done everyone!

 

Reception Football Challenge

Reception competed well in the Football Challenge and had so much fun supporting their friends!

Well done to the pupils who managed to score against Ms Ortiz in the goal, and Ms Patel who also gave it her best shot.

 

Community Challenge Update

Thank you to our parents, governors, and friends of St Joseph's for helping us with our Giving Day Community Challenges.

We have completed our New Donor Challenge and we are so close to completing our Current Parent Challenge!

We need 8 more friends and family to complete our Friends of St Joseph's Challenge, so please share this post to help us achieve this!

 

Year 4 Litter Picking 

Well done to our Year 5 pupils who are leading by example and litter picking in Cadogan Street.

At St Joseph's, being environmentally responsible is very important to us and we wanted to incorporate this ethos into one of our Giving Day activities and challenge our pupils to pick up as much litter in half an hour as possible, and they filled 2 whole bin bags!

Please show your support for our pupils taking part in today's challenges and consider making a donation to our Giving Day. 

 

Year 2 Football Challenge

Well done to Year 2 for succeeding in the Football Challenge against Mr Mclean in goal. We are so proud of our pupils for working as a team and supporting one another.

 

Year 4 Read-a-thon

Our Year 4 pupils are taking part in the Read-a-thon. We have challenged them to read a combined total of 100 pages. Can they do it?

Please show your support for our pupils taking part in today's challenges and consider making a donation to our Giving Day. 

 

Year 5 Spelling Bee

Our second Giving Day today challenge is the Year 5 Spelling Bee.

Thank you to Benjamin who suggested the Spelling Bee should be themed on religious words and well done Elisa for spelling the most words right.

 

Year 4 Teamwork Football Challenge

Year 4 had an excellent time trying to score goals against Ms Eccles and Ms Nadotti in our Teamwork Football Challenge.

Well done to our Year 4 pupils scored 48 goals!

 

Happy St Joseph's Day

It’s Day 2 of Giving Day and we are so excited about the fun day of class challenges ahead!

This year, our Giving Day coincides with St Joseph’s Day, so our fundraising activities and challenges are reflecting Saint Joseph’s values of loyalty, strength of character and teamwork.

Our pupils will be taking part in challenges all day, so please sponsor them on our website and share with friends and family to help us reach our target!

We look forward to seeing many of you at Mass later today for St Joseph’s Day at 2.30 pm in St Mary’s Church.

 

Day 1 Update

We are delighted to announce that together as a community we have raised over £3,000 at the end of St Joseph's Giving Day Day 1! We are extremely grateful to have such a wonderful community that continues to support the school. Thank you to the alumni, parents, governors, and supporters who have generously donated and sponsored our challenges.

Day 2 of Giving Day coincides with St Joseph’s Day, with our fundraising activities and challenges reflecting St Joseph’s own values of loyalty, strength of character and teamwork. In the spirit of Giving Day, we challenge you, our community, to continue donating to help us get to our target by the end of the event tomorrow. It would be wonderful if we could come together to reach this point.

Donations to our Giving Day can be made here. Thank you so much and it has been wonderful to work together as a community. We have raised important funds for the school.

 

Pupil vs. Teacher Quiz 

Our final whole school Giving Day challenge is complete!

We challenged our pupils to go head-to-head with their teachers on specialist subjects, including history & geography, children's TV programmes, and a round on our patron saint, St Joseph.

After a draw in the first two rounds, the final round on St Joseph saw both teams scoring 100%, resulting in an overall draw.

The lightning round resulted in our pupils' victory with them winning the Pupil vs. Teacher quiz!

Thank you Mr Stacey for devising the quiz and well done to those that took part!

 

Challenge Complete 

Well done to all of our pupils who have come together to successfully complete our Big Breaktime Walk! As a school, we have collectively walked over 6 miles today.

 

Sing-a-thon

We've completed another Giving Day Challenge! Our EYFS did so well in the Sing-a-thon. Well done all.

 

KS1 Complete Big Breaktime Walk

Well done KS1 for completing your Big Breaktime Walk, you have got us well underway to meeting our target!

 

Lunchtime Prayer 

Thank you to our Year 6 pupils who led a lovely lunchtime prayer session for KS2 focusing on our patron saint, St Joseph.

We aim to apply our school mission to Giving Day by trying our personal best in the challenges.

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Big Breaktime Walk

We've started our Big Breaktime Walk!

We have challenged our pupils to walk a collective 6 miles around the playground to beat our record from last year. Can they do it? Year 1 certainly think so!

Show your support by making a donation to Giving Day.

 

Friends of St Joseph's

We have another challenge for our community. Share this post with the hashtags #StJosephsGivingDay and #ItTakesAVillage to encourage friends and family to donate.

If 10 friends or family members of St Joseph’s pupils donate, an additional £500 is unlocked for Giving Day.

Donations can be made here.

 

Year 3 in their Own Clothes

Year 3 look amazing in their green and silver own clothes!

 

Alexandra, Head Girl

Our Head Girl, Alexandra, is leading by example and has embraced the green and silver theme of our Own Clothes Day for the It Takes A Village Fund.

We would like to take a moment to thank Alexandra, for her hard work, dedication, and the leadership that she brings to her role as Head Girl.


 

Year 4 in their Own Clothes

Everyone looks amazing coming in in their own clothes for Day 1 of our Giving Day!

All pupils were asked to wear green and silver, the colours of St Joseph’s school, and we think they did an excellent job. Here's a photo of Year 4 who have certainly embraced the challenge!

Apologies to those who were unable to donate for Own Clothes Day via ParentPay, the server issue has since been resolved, so please revisit the site and try again.

 

Lightening Challenge

We are pleased that we have completed our first Giving Day community challenge with a donation being made within the first 30 minutes of the day! This has unlocked a £500 donation from a St Joseph's parent sponsor.

This is a great start to Giving Day 2024. Thank you all for your support.


 

Giving Day Begins

Today marks the start of our 36-hour Giving Day fundraising event. Last year, St Joseph’s was the first state primary in the UK to adopt this new approach to fundraising, and we are all excited that it is back again this year!

The event begins with an Own Clothes Day for all children – £2 per child taking part, which can be paid by card on our website or via ParentPay – and we are looking forward to seeing all the children in their own clothes. Don’t forget to wear green and silver!

This afternoon, we have a range of Giving Day activities for the whole school to take part in, such as the Pupil vs. Teacher quiz, the Sing-a-thon, and our Big Breaktime Walk. We are also having a competition to see which class can accumulate the most coins in our coin challenge – so if you have spare coins lying around, bring them in!

Follow our progress on Instagram, like & share our posts and tag your friends and family so they can get involved.

 

One Week To Go

There is just one week to go until St Joseph's second Giving Day!

We will be sharing regular updates on our success throughout the 36 hours online so be sure to follow along and support us by liking and sharing our posts with the hashtags #StJosephsGivingDay and #ItTakesAVillage.

If you are unable to participate on the day, you can still get involved. Please consider donating early via our school website or on ParentPay. We hope your donation will inspire others to give over the 36 hours of Giving Day.

Whilst we will be encouraging donations - which can be made via the school website - Giving Day is not about this alone. Parent participation is critically important and there are many different ways in which you can be involved, including supporting your child taking part in an Own Clothes Day on Monday 18 March (£2 per child) and joining us for our Giving Day coffee morning on Wednesday 20 March.

Thank you in advance for your support.