Key Stage One led the assembly this morning. It was highlighting eco issues around the theme of "Our Common Home". Children read and performed simple sketches to promot the message of Refuse, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.
Our school playground was brightened up by most pupils wearing red in support of the Church in Need campaign to raise awareness of persecution of people practicing their religious faiths. We also ended up with a lot of glue and glitter on the carpets during our Christmas Craft morning. Sorry Mr Farron!
12th-18th November was National Anti-bullying week. All classes took part in activities to focus on respect for others and how even though everyone is different to each other (even identical twins!), each one of us is special and should be treated with respect. Lots of us wore odd socks on Friday and made a donation to Children in Need. Take time to look at our washing line of odd socks in the school hall, with every child in the EYFS and KS1 classes highlighting what another person is good at or what they like about them.
The Foundation stage children led the school assembly, searching for similarities and differences between different children to highlight how every single person is special with qualities they may not know they have. Before singing If I were a butterfly, the children learned that butterflies cannot see colour so they never know how special they are.
Our Cross Country team showed their strength and determination at the Cross Country match held on Stonyhurst golf course. This is a tough course with plenty of hills and longer than usual at almost 3km. Our team comprising of many year 3 and year 4 pupils together with some year 5 and 6 did really well. Most finished in the top half of the race with Michael in the top ten and Esther in the top twenty.
The children in the foundation stage class have been busy making poppies as they learn about remembrance day, some of these poppies are now on display in the village. Children in key stage 1 have also been creating poppy pictures, writing remembrance day prayers and "letters home", trying to empathise what it must have been like to be a soldier in the first world war.
Lots of St Joseph's families attended the Remembrance day service at the cenotaph in Hurst Green today, despite the pouring rain. Alice presented the wreath and Florence lit the candle to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the first world war. Well done to all the children from nursery to year 6 on wonderful, respectful behaviour, you should be very proud.