“To achieve excellence for the sake of the Gospel”
Within our Catholic school centred on the person of Jesus Christ come values and actions which are articulated in the four main areas of school life: (1) Curriculum, (2) Pastoral Care, (3) Religious life and (4) Personal Formation.
We give pupils rich and varied ways of exploring the world God created and peopled. Pupils learn that this world and its resources is for our good and that we must use it responsibly. We propose that God is found in all things and therefore all things are worthy of our interest and study. We endeavour to provide a school where a spirit of enquiry and intellectual life flourish.
(2) Pastoral Care:
We promote the emotional and spiritual growth of our pupils. All staff are expected to build strong and appropriate relationships with pupils across the whole school experience. For example listening to their cares and concerns, sharing their hopes and fears, their successes and failures and accompanying them through their childhood and teenage years.
We strive to ensure well-judged intervention in pupils lives to provide appropriate professional support and challenge. Our aim is to establish a stable and welcoming community with which pupils identify and can belong to. The successes and achievements of all pupils will be recognised and celebrated.
(3) Religious Life:
We believe that we are a school of prayer which is encouraged in simple and regular practices. We celebrate the liturgy of the Christian Church in particular to Holy Mass. We teach about justice, act justly and seek to promote the common good. We look for opportunities to reach out to suffering and marginalised individuals and communities, locally and globally. We are open and welcoming to people of other faiths and of no faith.
(4) Personal Formation:
We aim to develop the God-given gifts and talents of each pupil. We seek to form attitudes and values in our pupils which are based on the Gospel teaching and actions of Jesus Christ. We hope to lay the foundations of life-long learning. We seek to foster an attitude of altruism and generosity.
We will promote a range of extra-curricular activities to promote the physical, creative and intellectual development of all of our pupils. We will encourage them to adopt a way of looking at the world which is positive, engaged and seeks to change the world for the better.
St Joseph’s in the community…
SVP Group at St Augustine’s College, June 2015
Some members of our very active SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul group) were fortunate enough to attend a chaplaincy day at St Augustine’s College in Trowbridge. Being the only secondary school present gave the students a great opportunity to help and encourage the numerous students from primary schools that were in attendance. Our students received huge praise from the Head Teacher of one of our feeder schools, Mrs Jolly at St Osmund’s who commented it was great to see the St Joseph’s students taking such an active role in the day! During the Year our SVP group has visited primary schools to help younger students with their reading and they have also raised money for many local charities.
St Joseph’s at the Clifton Diocese Education Mass, July 2015
Eight year 10 students carried the school banner with pride at the Education Mass at Clifton Cathedral in July. We were one of the most well represented secondary schools at the annual mass – no mean feat considering we have the furthest distance to travel! The yearly mass celebrates education in the diocese and was celebrated by Bishop Declan.
The students enjoyed the mass and taking part in the prize giving at the end too presenting gifts to Bishop Declan and also Coleen Collett (Director of Schools & Colleges for the Diocese). Our pilgrims also marvelled at the spectacular architecture of the cathedral as they networked with peers and teachers from other schools.
St Joseph’s meeting Bishop Declan, July 2015
Once again the SVP group was active in our Diocese – this time in Bristol networking with other chaplaincy teams from across the Diocese and also meeting Bishop Declan. The day was a huge success and the students have come back to school with a wealth of ideas ready to put into action for the new academic year. We’re all looking forward to the new initiatives that the SVP group will lead in school for the forthcoming “Year of Mercy”.
Visitors to School!
We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been able to welcome two very charismatic and inspirational speakers to St Joseph’s. Steve Murray visited in July and gave a very moving talk and performance to year 9 & 10 pupils. The pupils experienced an emotional roller coaster with Steve – he had them laughing, reflecting and there were also a few tears. Steve addressed many issues that affect young people today and certainly helped raise the self-esteem of the students!
In September, we welcomed the American missionary Meg Hunter Kilmer to school. She gave a very open talk about her faith journey from atheist to Catholic. She entertained students from year 8 and year 9 with her very unique and engaging presentation style and certainly gave the students some big issues to contemplate!
Fair Trade Award
St Joseph’s are proud to have achieved the Green Standard FairAware Award.
In order to achieve the award there were two audits for the school to complete – learner audit and teacher audit, these are designed to raise awareness of the importance Fair Trade within schools and encourage participation both in and out of the classroom.
The learner audit asked young people about their knowledge, attitudes and opinions of the world around them. The teacher audit gave an overview of what already happens in school around Fairtrade – from teaching and learning to Fairtrade products, including where Fairtrade products are used or sold around the school.
A FairAware Learning Challenge was then completed with Year 8s where they developed an understanding of where cocoa is produced and the importance of the fairtrade in ensuring the producers are paid fairly for their product.
The committee is completely made up of students who are doing a fantastic job at raising awareness and money. They have regular sales of Fairtrade products and Mrs Brogan is absolutely ecstatic with their attitude and energy for the project!
Chairperson: Aisha Jeng
Treasurer: Charlotte Andrews- Morelli
Stall Leaders: Becky Richards & Michael Herring
Stock Control: Helen Blake
Fundraising Team: Ellie Birchall & Chloe Fox
Members: Mya Hayton, Tiegan Down & Emily Davison
A note from the Deputy Head – Charity at our school
I recently asked staff and pupils to tell me about any charity work they are involved in and was overwhelmed by the response. I feel immensely proud to be part of such a charitable school. This year pupils raised £390 for Rock Challenge. Mr Gibbs ran the London Marathon for St John’s Ambulance whilst Mrs Weeks and Mrs Paden have also completed this epic achievement in the past for Lucy’s Days Out and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Mrs Weeks) and Unique (Mrs Paden). Numerous pupils, including Becky Richards and Ellie Birchall run the School’s Fair Trade stall whilst Jack Travers and Rachel Walker are just two of the many pupils that are involved with the Stories for Change project. Reece Tanner is involved in the Salisbury Midnight Walk; Mrs Clayton volunteers for Silverline; Mrs Prior is taking part in the Walk for Wards; Mrs Trythall is walking part of her daughter’s 500 mile walk for the charity Days for Girls. Chelsea Cullerton is a volunteer at Wilton’s Riding for the Disabled; Thomas Blyth volunteers at the Trussell Trust; Mr Blake and I are doing a 31 mile walk for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint; Mrs Gilson is completing the Harbours cycle ride for the British Heart Foundation whilst also taking part in the Women versus Cancer ‘Ride the Night’ cycle event along with Mrs McHale, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Stanistreet, Mrs Hodge and Mrs Paden. Other charities that have been supported this year include: McMillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, Wear it Pink – for Breast Cancer, The Poppy Appeal, Marie Curie, CAFOD, Cancer Research, Red Nose Day and The Nepal Appeal.
From this school-based charity work alone we have raised in excess of £3000 this academic year. While it would not be possible to do an article for each within this newsletter, it is planned for more detailed information about each charitable work going on the school’s website. The list of charities and the people involved with the charitable work noted above is by no means exhaustive, therefore, I urge pupils and staff to inform me of any charity work they are doing so the whole school can acknowledge and celebrate this vital part of our ethos.
Mr P McHale, Deputy Headteacher