St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

In January 2018 our Breakfast Club will be open from 8am daily. Further details are available at the school office.


Snow White - Pantomime  Visit

The children in Key Stage 1  visited the Municipal Hall in Colne to see the Pantomime, Snow White.  They had a fantastic time watching this colourful performance.

Life Caravan

The school had another visit from the Life Caravan, where the children took part in a variety of programmes. Reception met Harold the Giraffe and learned 'All about me', for Year 1 it was 'My wonderful body', in Year 2 we looked at 'Feelings', Year 3 had a chance to 'Meet the Brain' , Year 4 found out 'It's great to be me', Year 5 explored 'Friends' and Year 6 explored 'Decisions'. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and gained lots of amazing scientific knowledge.

Little Angel Gets Her Wings

The children in Key Stage 1 presented their Nativity play " Little Angel Gets Her Wings".   The children gave wonderful performances with fantastic acting and beautiful singing and narration.

Aladdin - Manchester Actors Company

The school had another visit from the Manchester Actors Company, who presented their version of Aladdin.  It was another wonderful performance with lots of jokes and interaction. 

What a Knight!

On the 4th of July, Class 5 presented their summer production of "What a Knight!"  The children gave an amazing performance,  full of  hilarious jokes, fantastic acting and wonderful singing. 

Well done Class 5!

Quiz Champions!

Congratulations to our team of five Year 6 pupils who won the Knights of St Columbus quiz

On Monday 19th June five pupils from Year 6 represented St. Joseph's at a quiz. The quiz was run by the Knights of St Columbus. Four Catholic primary schools entered (ourselves, Holy trinity, Holy Saviours and Sacred Heart) It was a close finish but we won! We have the shield on display in school. Well done team!

Garden Gate Allotments Visit

Year 5 children visited the Garden Gate Allotments and had the opportunity to find out about the many different plants that are grown there.  The children were shown around the allotment site and then made their own beautiful hanging baskets. 

World Book Day

The children were invited to 'Do something 'Booky ' for this year's  World Book Day.  They brought in their favourite books and dressed as their favourite characters. They took part in lots of exciting 'Booky ' activities.

Dan Worsley - Author

We were visited by Dan Worsley the author whose books include: Eric Appleby and Impossible Tales.  He ran an amazing writing  workshop, explaining how he creates the characters in his stories and the process of writing and publishing a book.

Cafod - Refugees

Paddy Spiller from Cafod visited the school to present an assembly about the plight of refugees. The children learned how people become refugees and about the work Cafod are doing to try to help them.

Star Dome

The school was visited by the Star Dome mobile planetarium and professional astronomer Mr Martin Lunn. The children had the opportunity to take a magical trip into the night sky to find the star patterns or constellations. They discovered the myths and legends of heroes and villians of ancient Greece and learned how to find the Plough, North Star and Orion.

Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child

Children and families of St. Joseph's Catholic School collected and filled 90 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. It is an amazing achievement for our small school. This project helps our children to learn about the wider world and realise how many things we take for granted in our daily lives. We hope these boxes bring some special joy to others less fortunate than ourselves.

Visit from the Bethany Family

The school was fortunate to receive a visit from the Bethany Children's Choir who are part of the Bethany Family from Tanzania in Africa.

The Bethany Home where the children live provides a home for orphaned, abandoned or abused children. The children live as one big family in the home which provides them with education and suppport until they are able to support themselves.

The choir performed some amazing and inspiring songs and some of the group told us about their lives in Tanzania and how they had become part of the Bethany Family.

NSPCC - 'Dress in green' day

The school held a 'Dress in Green ' day to help raise money for the charity NSPCC. Speak out Stay safe is delivered by specially trained NSPCC staff and volunteers. It consists of an assembly presentation for children aged 5-11 followed by a one hour classroom workshop for children in years 5/6. Children throughout school learned about keeping safe and understanding they have the right to speak out and stay safe. They also met their mascot 'Buddy'. We raised £118 which will support the charity to help other children in need.

Guide dogs visit

We had a lovely visit from Mr and Mrs Pollit and their guide dog in training Belle. The children very involved in the visit and participated in a blindfold feely bag challenge. We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Pollit for teaching the children the importance of guide dogs and the challenges faced by people with visual impairments.


Rolls Royce visit

The school had a visit from representatives from Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick who showed the children the work they do in the local factories.

Children later had the opportunity to visit the factory and see first hand how aero -engine blades are manufactured.

Election and Voting Workshops

Keystage 2 took part in Election and Voting workshops where they learned about the voting process and how a bill becomes a law in the parliamentary system.

The workshops were run by Rachael Dodgson the Regional Education Outreach Officer and our MP Andrew Stephenson also visited for a question and answer session.

Dog Safety

Paul Hodson an education officer from Blue Cross visited school to talk to pupils about dog safety. This initative is part of Jade's campaign which was launched in 2014 following the tragic death of a child after an incident with a pack of dogs. The children learned about dog body language and techniques to keep them safe when encountering dogs. Both the staff and children found it to be a very informative and worthwhile visit.

Story Bus

As part of our World Book Day celebrations we had a visit from the Lancashire Library Story Bus. The children from Reception and Year 1 were treated to poems and stories and were shown some new publications that were hot off the press!

Fire Safety

Class 5 and Class 2 had a visit from the Lancashire Fire Brigade Fire Safety representatives. The children learned how to help keep themselves and their families safe in a fire and about the important role the emergency services play in our area.

Smoke Free Home workshops

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed an informative workshop on the dangers of smoking led by Lancashire County Council ' Smoke Free Home'.

Each group researched different aspects and affects of smoking, then reported back to other groups.

They discovered more about the dangerous chemicals that are in smoke and how secondary inhalation is harmful to the body both internally and externally.

Dog Warden Visit

Class 5 had a visit from the Dog Warden who told them about the important work being done to protect the environment and to ensure the welfare of the dogs in the Pendle area. The children were invited to take part in a competition ,for local schools, to design posters to remind the public to clean up after their pets.

Creepy Crawly Road Show

Classes 1, 2 and 3 had a visit from John and Tracy who run the Creepy Crawly Road Show. The children had the opportunity to see, and even hold, butterflies, giant snails, stick insects, cockroaches, spiders and snakes.

The children had a fantastic time learning all about these facinating creatures and really enjoyed their close encounters with them.

First Aid Training

The children in Years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to take part in First Aid Training with representatives of St. John Ambulance . As part of this course the children learned how to put an unconcious casualty into the recovery position and how to bandage diffent types of wounds.

Childline assembly

Years 5 and 6 were visited by a representative of Childline who explained what this organisation does to help children in the United Kingdom. The children later created posters to put up around the school to show the other classes the help available.

Tour of Britain

On Monday 7th September the children watched the Tour of Britain cycle race pass through Barnoldswick. They researched the race, finding out the history and route that it was taking , and made flags to wave as the cyclists passed by.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped walk the children to the viewing area, the children enjoyed seeing the riders and had an exciting time.


Children in Years 5 and 6 took part in a workshop run by WRAP, where they learned about the work they do encouraging young people to avoid becoming involved with extremist and radical organisations.


Armed Response Police Officers Visit

The school was visited by Armed Response Police Officers who told the children about the important work they carry out in the community. 

The children also had the opportunity, when police officers made a return visit to the school, to try on some uniforms and have a close look at a police vehicle.