This is an important stage in the life and growth of our Year 6 children. They have come to the end of their time with us at St Joseph's, and are now ready to move on to their high schools. In them, we see the growth of our Parish community; let us pray for them, thanking God for their gifts, and giving them an example of faithfulness.
On a very sultry Tuesday evening, the end of term was marked by a fantastic evening of music, arranged by Mrs Spall, the music teacher.
We were thoroughly entertained by band and choir, soloists and whole school harmonies with lots of familiar pieces and some new and unusual ones.
The school hall was packed with parents, grandparents and former pupils who were very proud of our remarkably talented and confident children.
All agreed that the evening was a huge success.
Our older children from the Foundation stage class joined the Key stage1 class for a trip to Bolton Abbey. After learning about different types of transport throughout the term, it was a treat to be able to travel by coach to Embsay station, passing canal boats on the way. The steam train was waiting at the station, and our reserved carriages were just like ones from Harry Potter! After a fun journey to Bolton Abbey station, we enjoyed an ice cream while watching the train leave the platform- it was very smelly! The ice creams gave us just about enough energy for a long walk to a picnic area close to Bolton Abbey priory. The sun shone throughout the day, and we had time to play in the field before our coach journey back home. Thank you to our team of helpers, and a special thank you to the children, whose super behaviour meant we were all able to enjoy the day.
After a whole school mass in the new chapel the key stage 2 children set off on a pilgrimage to Longridge Fell. Meanwhile, the foundation stage and key stage 1 children heard a story of St Francis, and made their own prayer trees before going on a shorter pilgrimage to St. Peter's chapel where they lit candles and thought of who or what they would like to pray for. The weather remained dry and warm until all children had returned safely to school.