St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Mrs Beech at

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The Iron Man - Class 3

Class 3 have been reading the novel "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes.

They loved the book so much that they felt inspired to create their own versions of the Iron Man at home.

Here are Class 3 proudly showing off their creations!"

Class 3 have been reading the novel "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes.

They loved the book so much that they felt inspired to create their own versions of the Iron Man at home.

Here are Class 3 proudly showing off their creations!"


Christmas Lunch

The children, staff and guests enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch together.

The children created their own special party hats and enjoyed celebrating the occasion with their classmates,


Key Stage 1 Nativity Performance - Baubles.

This year Key stage 1 presented "Baubles" as their Christmas production. The children loved rehearsing and learning the many songs, and had a really enjoyable time performing this Nativity story.


Key Stage 1 Trip to Gawthorpe Hall

The children in Key Stage 1 had an amazing morning at Gawthorpe Hall, learning how the Victorians spent their Christmas. They made pot pourri tree decorations, stirred a traditional Christmas pudding and made a wish. They also made cornucopias and were treated to a wonderful story from Father Christmas.


Pendle Carol Service at St. Joseph's Church

This year the Pendle Schools' Festival Carol Service was held at St. Joseph's Church, where six local primary schools presented "DIY Nativity". Children from St. Joseph's led the readings and our choir were part of the massed choir and gave a beautiful rendition of "Panis Angelicus". A collection was taken for The MacMillan Nurses charity and gifts were presented by the children to Open Door at Colne.

The service was very well attended and a lovely way to start the Christmas season.


Service of Remembrance and Poppy Appeal

Children from Year 6 represented the school at the Service of Remembrance at the cenotaph in Barnoldswick, where they laid a wreath in memory of those killed and injured in conflicts. This year's service especially remembered the men who gave their lives in the battle of the Somme.

The school also took part in the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, rasing £181. 99.


Building Bridges Year 3 Twinning Project

n Thursday 1st December, Year 3 visited St. Phillip's Primary School in Nelson as part of the Twinning project.

We enjoyed meeting our new friends again, sharing in their assembly, designing bookmarks for each other and creating our own exciting stories, which we shared with each other.

We also enjoyed a picnic style packed lunch before finishing off our visit with and extra play with all our new friends.


Book Fair

The book fair was held in school in November and was very well supported.

There were lots of fantastic books available to buy and the school received £788 which will be used to buy some fabulous new books for our library.

Twinning project with St. Phillip's School in Nelson

Children in Year 3 are participating in a twinning project run by Building Bridges in Nelson. Schools are paired up and undertake a range of activities to learn more about different cultures and the wider world. The children went to the Ace Centre in Nelson and took part in a variety of activities including silk painting and making friendship trees which each school will receive.

The children will also visit one another in their own schools later in the year.


Class 3 plaque walk.

Class 3 have been learning about the history of Barnoldswick. They have been on the Barnoldswick plaque walk; taking them to visit plaques on 14 buildings in the town and learning what those buildings were in the past. They visited the library to look at census data; old newspapers; local history books and a selection of old photographs, spotting many changes over the last 100 years. And they have visited the Fountain pub on its bicentennial birthday, discovering why it is called the Fountain and that it was built on Barnoldswick's village green! It has been great to get out and about to explore our town's history.

Lancashire Library Bus

The Lancashire Library Bus visited the school and our librarians helped to choose lots of exciting new books for the school library.

Alice the Musical

On Tuesday 5th July, Class 5 presented their end of year production " Alice the Musical". The children gave wonderful performances which were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

DVD's for Kenya

The school council's appeal for DVD's to send to Kenya has had and amazing response. We have received over 120. These will be send to Kenya to help the children there develop their use of the English language.


The Queen's Birthday Celebrations

As part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations the school held a non-uniform day,the children dressing in red, white and blue. This raised a magnificent £123.

Good Shepherd presentation at Leeds Cathedral 2016

Four children and two members of staff travelled to Leeds Cathedral to present the monies which were raised by the school in this year's Good Shepherd Appeal.

This year, thanks to all the hard work of the children, the school raised an amazing £987.56 which was shared between Cafod and the Good Shepherd Appeal.


Good Shepherd

The school has been fund raising for The Good Shepherd Appeal. Each class has run stalls and games to raise money. The children have worked very hard and have raised a magnificent £957.86 which will be shared between Cafod and The Good Shepherd Appeal.

The Brown Trout Project

Class 4 adopted approximately one hundred Brown Trout eggs, which have now hatched. These were looked after until they were ready to be released. The children have been involved in each stage of the project from setting up the tank to caring for the young fish and eventually releasing them into the wild.

In our Science we have had opportunties to learn more about brown trout and the River Ribble.

The children in Class 4 went down to the local beck to release the Brown Trout that they have been rearing in a tank in class. As part of the release process they investigated the qualilty of the water in the beck and the types of invertebrates and other creatures which are already living there.


Easter Egg Competition

The school once again held its Easter Egg Competition where the chidren can bring in decorated eggs. The children produced some amazing designs and it was very difficult to choose the winners. Every child who took part received a small prize.

Below are some of the fantastic entries for the competition this year.

World Book Day 2016

As part of the school's celbration of World Book Day the children came dressed as a character from their favourite books and the classes took part in various book based activities. Each children received a book token to allow them to purchase a new book from the World Book Day selection.

Stem competition

On Wednesday 3rd February, five representatives from Year 5 attended the first primary school STEM competition at UTC (University Technical College), Burnley. On this exciting day, children from many schools across Lancashire had the opportunity to glimpse the incredible new facilities at the college whilst engaging in an engineering and design competition. Our team worked hard together to achieve a brilliant 3rd place overall, which puts us in contention to be overall STEM champions at the Grand Final event in March. Well done team!

Christmas with the Aliens

The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 presented their Christmas production of " Christmas with the Aliens." There was some fabulous acting, narating and singing by the children, who had worked very hard preparing for this performance.

Big Safe Green Challenge

Well done to Class 5 who took part in the Big Safe Green Challenge and came first

Visit to Barnoldswick Library

Classes 1, 2 and 3 visited Barnoldswick Library where they learned about using the library and the Summer Library initiative " Learning Journey".

Visit to Brindley Mews

The school participated in a competition last year with Cawder Construction and Twin Valley Homes whom are building the new houses on Skipton Road. Children from Class 3 last year won the competition using the name 'Brindley Mews'.

On 3rd December the same group were invited to attend the grand opening of 'Brindley Mews'. The children were given party food and each received a special visit to Father Christmas where they were given a lovely present. The entrance to 'Brindley Mews' includes a plaque stating St. Joseph's named the road; a special mark for future residents.


Leeds Cathedral

Five children visited Leeds Cathedral with Mrs Wood and Mrs Worsley for the Celebration of Father Firth becoming a Canon.

Back to the Future Week

Ten schools in the local area joined together to organise "Back to the Future Week" which culminated in a celebration day held at Barnoldswick C of E School in Barnoldswick.

The year 5 children from our school took part in various workshops with a "Back to the Future" theme including: robotic dance, digital music making, futuristic art and design, and model making.