Welcome to the St Joseph's online newspaper page.
We are a group of Year 6 pupils who meet weekly to bring you the news from across the school. Keep checking the page regularly for new stories.
This is me!
In January, the children at St Joseph’s started a new and wonderful topic called ‘This is me’.
Everyone at school is learning different and wonderful things all connected to this theme.
In F2 they are learning about what makes them unique and special and about their environment and celebrating differences. They have read a book called ‘It’s a George Thing’ and ‘Elmer’.
In 1/2, they are learning about Florence Nightingale and how she has impacted our lives. They are linking their art work to her and doing portraits of Florence Nightingale ; they are reading about The Egg Box Dragon.
In 3/4, they are learning about the Romans. They are reading a book called ‘Across The Roman Wall’. They have also been to a school trip to Chester. While they were there, they dressed up as soldier and marched across the street. In class, they are soon going to be building a aqueduct.
In this topic 5/6 are learning about the Ancient Greece. They are doing a type of art called ‘mosaics’ with their topic Ancient Greece .They are also reading a book called ‘Who Let The Gods Out’ and are also learning about the Olympics and how Ancient Greece has impacted us today.
All the pupils love this topic, learning how our ancestors survived and what things our ancestors did in the past that is present in our world today.
Mrs Fewtrell (Assistant Headteacher) said: “In this theme called ‘This is me’ we think about who we are and what has made us who we are today. Following a common theme as a school allows us to share in whole school activities .This term we are holding a Celebrating Differences day and an Aspiration Day. Our subjects link to our theme and provide a range of learning opportunities.”
Written by Delina and Jismi
This term, at St Joseph’s, children have taken part in a wide variety of before and after school clubs.
All the pupils enjoy these clubs and have fun. There are sports clubs, a debating club, a newspaper club and a science club and many more.
Ann-Maria (who attends Newspaper Club) says: “Newspaper Club is fantastic - you get to write articles about what happens at school and put them on the school website.”
Julian (from debating club) says: “Debating is great because I want to be a lawyer when I am older.
Debating is great for me and it is great practise for me.”
Delina (from STEM club) says “Stem Club is significant because we get to do science experiments that
may help save our world.”
All the teachers in St Joseph’s prepare these clubs so all children enjoy them. The teachers make it very enjoyable so everyone has the best time they can.
Written by Ann-Maria
Members of St Joseph’s choir took part in the Peace Proms event at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday 18th January 2020.
Last term, a group of children who joined the choir with Mrs. Lally, met every Thursday morning before school to practise for the Peace Proms. Within these sessions, they spent time together learning new songs and actions to go with them too. There are many different year groups that took part: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
A few weeks before the real Peace Proms, the children attended a workshop where the children had a chance to go to the M&S Bank Arena and practice for the real Peace Proms.
At Peace Proms, before they started the performance, all of the schools practised the songs and the actions. Then all the parents started to arrive and then they all found their place. Then the children sang a range of songs including medleys of pop songs, Queen songs and Disney songs infront of their family and friends.
A Year 6 pupil, Lucy, said "It was amazing! I had so much fun - even practicing before school was really enjoyable. I would recommend joining choir for a fun opportunity like Peace Proms."
A Year 6 pupil, Ann-Maria, said" It was an excellent opportunity to sing with an orchestra and practice all the fun songs. I loved all the songs."
By Imogen and Lucy
Ten children were treated to an afternoon tea on Thursday 9th January 2020 by the Headteacher of St Joseph’s, Mrs Marrin.
The children received this treat because they received a Headteacher Award from Mrs Marrin. Throughout the year, Mrs Marrin choses children from the school who have shown acts of kindness or represented our school values everywhere they go. The Headteacher Award is given by Mrs Marrin every Friday during award assembly.
At the end of the term, the members of St Joseph’s who have earned an award get invited, on a certain date, by Mrs Marrin to an afternoon tea. During the afternoon tea, children had a range of treats: chocolate bars, biscuits, cakes, sweets and juice.
Adam, a Year 6 boy, said “It was a fabulous experience. It is nice to see that children are rewarded for good behaviour.”
Georgia, a Year 6 pupil, said: “I felt proud when Mrs Marrin announced my name for the Headteacher Award. At the afternoon tea, there are about five or six people with me there. The cakes were delicious."
From Isabel S.
On Friday 13th December the Christmas fair took place.
At the Christmas fair, there was many stalls: Teddy Tombola, Sweet Stores and many more!
There was also a competition where a huge lion could be won. It was 50p to enter and you can pick any name: Arthur, Simba and more. There was lots of Christmas food: hot dogs, burgers, crisps and more. They also sold books for a range of prices and drinks for 50p. Whilst you were there, you could do some activities including stick the tail on the reindeer, pick a bauble out of the ball and a whole lot more!
Written by Adam T.
On Thursday 19th December 2019, St Joseph’s went to a pantomime in Gladstone theatre in Port Sunlight.
On this day, St Joseph’s watched Aladdin. This Pantomime was about a thief (Aladdin) and Princess Jasmine falling in love and then Aladdin found a genie and he gave him three wishes he chose to be a prince. Then he married princess Jasmine and the chose to set the genie free for his last wish. This was a very good pantomime as it had many funny scenes in it .There were many characters: Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Buttons, Jafar and way more. After the pantomime the pupils returned to school in a coach just in time to go home.
Chloe (a Year 5 girl) said “It was a fantastic play and I really enjoyed it. My favourite character is Jafar because his costume was cool and his acting was amazing.”
Ben (a Year 4 boy) said “I loved the pantomime. My favourite character was buttons because he was extremely funny and made me laugh. I recommend this pantomime to everyone.”
By: Isabel S
The pupils in year 6 have chosen the new head term for spring term.
Year six has chosen a responsible role model and they decided that Julian was a good choice. Pupils of Year 6 chose Julian since he is helpful and a role model in class.
A pupil of year 6 named Isabel said ”He is very hard working and I’m glad he’s head boy.”
Julian said” I am amazed that my classmates think I’m a good role model and that I’m suitable for Head boy.”
The pupils of Year 6 have voted for a new head girl for the spring term.
The pupils of Year 6 have voted for a responsible Head Girl for this term. Year 6 have chosen Grace as head girl because she is a great role model to everybody within our school and sets great examples to younger children lower down in the school.
Grace said “I am very grateful to be chosen as St Joseph’s new head girl and I am looking forward to help the school and I really appreciate this opportunity”.
Mrs Fewtrell, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Being elected by your peers as the Head Girl and Head Boy is a real accolade. The Head Girl and Head Boy serve as role models for the pupils of the school and set a positive example for the rest of the school. Grace and Julian are both excellent choices as Head Pupils and we wish them both well in this new role.”
CHRIS RIDDELL TRIP
On Thursday 19th September, the Year 6s went over to Upton Hall and had a fantastic opportunity to see an amazing author and illustrator.
They went over to Upton Hall to see a famous author and illustrator called Chris Riddell, to talk about his latest book ‘The Guardians of Magic’. He is well regarded as a fabulous author and a phenomenal illustrator. He has been awarded Kate Greenway medal and Nestle’ Smarties book prize for 6 to 8 years. He has written lots of books that are really enjoyable to read: Goth Girl, Mr Underbed and Ottoline at sea being just a few.
During the session, Chris Riddell drew lots of wonderful illustrations that was shown on a large projector screen and drew one of the pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. At the end, some people bought the book that was signed by him.
Lilli-Rose (a year 6 girl) said “It was an amazing and enjoyable trip to see him.”
Written by Delina.
On the 27th September 2019, myself and my year group (Year 6) were fortunate enough to visit Cammell Lairds to see the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The vessel is due to sail across Antarctica to collect research about global warming and see how we can help the environment.
After registration, the bus arrived and we got into pairs, got on the bus and drove to Cammell Lairds, in Birkenhead. We then arrived at Ice Worlds. When we arrived, it was crowded so we got into our groups with two adults and went to see what the stalls had to offer.
In my group, we saw krill (extremely small fish) in a microscope. We found out that whales like to eat krill. Neither krill nor whales know that krill eat little particles of plastic so not just krill will die but whales will too!
In our second station, we went to see a submarine that goes to complete missions. One of the submarines was called ‘Boaty McBoat Face’. Boaty McBoat Face was the name that was voted for by the public for the name of the boat. However, it was seemed that Sir David Attenborough suited it better.
In our third station, we went to see a small 3-D replica of Antarctica. The 3-D replica was covered in different colours depending on how thick the ice is in different parts of Antarctica. It was fascinating to know how colossal Antarctica is compared to the miniature 3-D replica on the table.
Our last station was seeing the firemen. We tried on suits, helmets, boots e.c.t. The firemen’s boots and suits were very heavy compared to normal shoes and clothes.
To finish it up, we went to the tuck shop. They sold key rings, pens, pencils, fridge magnets, mugs, hats and T-shirts.
Year 6 had great fun at ice worlds when exploring each station and also learnt more about the new vessel.
In St Joseph’s, Year 6 pupils have voted for a new Head Boy.
The Head Boy is a role model chosen to represent our school.
After a tense vote, Joe was selected to be our new Head Boy. We asked him a few questions about the role.
How do you feel about being Head Boy?
How do you feel about being voted by your classmates to be Head Boy?
I feel very happy and proud and I am glad they think I am a great role model”
What do you want to improve whilst being Head Boy?
How we could make more use of The Spinney at lunchtimes, have even more fun activities and dojo rewards.
Eight people from Year 5/6 took part in a dodgeball competition on Monday 11th November at Ladymount Primary School.
St Joseph’s played against three other schools: Holy trinity, West Kirby and Ladymount. St Joseph’s have a dodgeball team, who meet every Thursday after school to play against each other for fun. In the end, St Joseph’s won out of the 4 teams winning every game except one. They played around 7-8 matches and they performed very well.
Finn (a year 5 pupil) said: “This was a great competition and I really enjoyed it!”
Miss Stewart (the head of P.E.) said: “Tournaments are important because they build resilience, sportsmanship and teamwork in our school. They help us put into practice the skills that we have learnt in lessons and clubs. Tournaments are also a great way to build positive relationships with other schools.”
Written by Adam and Isabel
Explore the World Day!
On Tuesday 8th October, the pupils of St Joseph’s took part in an Explore the World day.
On this day, members of St Joseph’s travelled to different classrooms where they completed a variety of activities based upon different countries. Mrs Fewtrell organised this day to coincide with the school’s theme of ‘Explorers’!
In Foundation 2, the children visited Brazil where they made Brazilian masks, hats and made music with instruments. In Year 2, the country in Miss Lavin’s classroom was Japan. The children learnt about Japanese writing and had a go at writing some themselves. In Year 6, Mr Breen took the children to Mexico where children tasted Mexican food and to coloured in masks.
Adam (a year 6 member) said: “I really enjoyed this day because we got to learn lots of facts about our world.”
Written by: Lyla R & Isabel S
The NSPCC visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Upton on to talk about talked about a range of kids’ rights.
During an assembly, they talked to the whole of the school about all types of bullying and how to stay safe. They also talked about a variety of abuse like cyber, physical and verbal.
In the afternoon, they went to Years 5/6 and held a workshop about how trusted adults or childline (08001111) always can help them. At the end, they gave out leaflets and told them to write on them about where they felt safe (e.g. home) and who they could tell if they were being abused, bullied etc.
Georgia (a year 6 girl) said: “They explained to us about how we can stay safe anywhere. It was really interesting to learn in depth about the different areas of abuse.”
Written by Adam and Delina.
The pupils in Year 6 have chosen the new Head Girl for the Autumn Term.
The pupils from St Joseph’s voted for a responsible role model and decided that Olivia would be a great choice. Year 6 chose Olivia because she is a great role model in the school.
Olivia said “I am looking forward for all the meetings and I am very grateful that I have been chosen to take this amazing opportunity”.
By Lyla R & Isabel S
Written by Taliya
Jet Stream Jenny, from Mad Science, visited our school on Wednesday 23rd January and lead an exciting assembly where she performed a few of her science experiments in to demonstrate what students would be able to do in Science Club.
As part of the assembly, she told the children of St Joseph’s about a Mad Science club which his ran after school. In the club, children get to make many things: slime, lights, potions and lots of other fabulous experiments.
Bishop Mark Visits!
This was written by Kacper.
On Friday 25th of January 2019, the Bishop of Shrewsbury (Bishop Mark) visited St Joseph’s Upton and answered many questions from the inquisitive pupils.
He first began with introducing himself to the school after being greeted by a beautiful, harmonious melody that was sang by all of the school. Students were then allowed to ask questions. That was the point where creativity truly migrated into the pupils’ heads. The children discovered a lot of new facts about Bishop Mark. Bishop Mark reported that he enjoys being Bishop but he would never want to be Pope as he would have way too much things to do and many things on his mind.
One of the most honouring things was when Bishop Mark Davies blessed the Prayer Room which has been open for some time. He spread holy water around the room so that God would look over it as equally as anything else inside of the world.
Bairagi, a student in year 6, stated, ‘It was a pleasure to meet him and he showed a great example on how to take care of the world.’
On the 9/11/18 we all took part in a minute of silence to remember all the fallen soldiers.
During the week we remembered all the fallen soldiers from World War Two but especially World War One because it was the 100th anniversary. We took some time out of lessons to go into the spinney and reflect. Some classes read out prayers and some War-Time poetry. Children from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 took part in a poetry competition that was held by the Head of KS2- Mrs Fewtrell. Foundation Two took part in an art competition: they drew pictures from the war. As well as this, every child in the school made a poppy from the bottom of a bottle to place in the spinney.
5/6 Art Day
Article written by Kacper.
On the 22nd of November, Years 5 and 6 both participated in the Art Day where they made soldiers of real local heroes.
Mr Fenelly (a local artist) assisted them as they made their war-time sculptures. It started off by Mr Fenelly showing the children how to make the base, the face and the head.
After playtime, Mr Fenelly came into Mrs Madden’s class and the other classes joined too. At that time, the pupils were shown how to make every little detail and things to make their soldiers look unique. Finally, they made name tags in really fancy handwriting. All the soldiers were given a name of a local soldier who died during World War 2.
Bradley, a year 6 pupil, quoted: ‘I enjoyed the Art Day and my favourite part was doing the paper-mache.’
Jack, another year 6 student, stated: ‘It was fun and I really enjoyed making the face on my soldier!’
Written by Rianna and Patrick
Some Year 5 and 6 children at St. Joseph's have been chosen to be Play Leaders to help lead fun games at lunchtime.
Play Leaders are some specially selected children who help out and make lunchtimes fun on the playground. These lucky people have been through a very thorough training process but they all were delighted to hear that they all passed!
Play leaders do a range of activities: football, basketball, speed bounce, skipping and parachutes.
Katie, a Year 6 Play Leader, commented: “I like being a Play Leader because you get to help out with the little kids”.
Bairagi, another Year 6 Play Leader, said: “I get to play some sports and get to have an experience of what a Play Leader is like.”
Mrs Williams, who helps to organise the Play Leaders, said: “The Play Leaders are good role models. The children look forward to seeing the Play Leaders so they can play. There are a good mix between juniors and infants. It boosted the confidence of the younger children and they now they play with games they would not normally play with. It offers variety on the playground so they have new games every day. Not just the same one every day.”
Written by Alicia
A big welcome to Miss Foulds, who is now teaching Spanish in our school.
Starting from Foundation 2 all the way up to Year 6, everybody is being taught Spanish in the afternoon by Miss Foulds. Miss Foulds will be here for the whole of this year. She said that she loves teaching here and she has had a nice welcome from the children here in St. Joseph’s.
She has spent 5 years teaching languages that she has experienced and nearly 20 years of teaching. Miss Foulds has lived in Spain for 8 months with a few other crew members.
THe children learnt about the three little pigs and learnt a lot of colours. Miss Foulds taught children numbers like how to count to ten (Dief). She gets a new class every half term which means she gets to meet more new people and make new friends and teachers in different classes so she will feel very welcome.
“I like it because it’s a new language that we have not learnt before”, said Sophie.
“I love Spanish I just think that it is a bit hard but when you get to learn it properly it is very fun,” said Jess.
A Visit from the Book Bus!
This article was written by Kacper.
On the thirteenth of November, the Book Bus (operated by The Book People) arrived for one day to sell a range of different books to the children of St. Joseph’s.
Every class went into the Book Bus to look at the books; some children were fortunate enough to have brought money with them and were able to buy some. Children could buy any book like ‘Wonder’, ‘World’s Worst Children’ and even more. There were also entire packs of books like the entire Harry Potter series and Enid Blyton series. The Book Bus stayed after school so that parents had an ability to buy books too.
The Book People were founded on the 26th of August 1988. They also have a website where they sell books. The Book People travel around the UK and they even go to schools to sell books and toys.
Glen (a Year 6 pupil) said: “I really enjoyed visiting the bus: it’s a great way to inspire children to read more often.”
During the week, St Joseph’s held an event for parents/carers and children after school to promote being healthy.
The event was held on Tuesday afternoon and it contained many things: hula hoop contests, football contests, how far can you stretch, healthy food stand, colouring, how many germs are on your hands, healthy eating poster competition and can you guess how much sugar the drink contains.
Becky - a Police Community Supporter and Traffic Officer - was invited into school to talk about the dangers of talking to strangers. She told us that she helps/supports victims of crime such as burglaries and anti-social behaviour.
Freddy Fit was also invited to our school to show the children many ways of maintaining their body. This week he came and taught every class PE on Tuesday and Wednesday. Freddy Fit was very funny, exciting and great fun; all the children loved it.
The Play Leaders, who play games with children during lunch times, hosted their own activity where children could take part in hoolahoppping and football activities. One Play Leader said: “We are here so that we can up level the children’s sports and games at lunch times.”
Mrs Anderson stated, “I put this health workshop together to raise awareness of the children’s health and safety.”
All the people who came to the evening loved it!
3 / 4 Art Day!
Written by Taliya Peter
On the 27th September, the Year 3s and the Year 4s took part in an exciting art day.
For their art day, they made Stonehenge models. They have been doing this with local artist, Mr Fenneley. The children have been making this because it is linked to their Topic work on the Stone Age. The work also links to their English lessons in which they have been reading Stig of the Dump, which is set in the Stone Age.
Daniel, a Year 4 pupil, said: “We have been learning lots about the Stone Age: survival skills , cavemen and lots of other things.”
Miss Buckley, a Teaching Assistant at St Joseph's, said: “ I was surprised that they could make such an amazing art project by using just two cardboard roles, tissue paper and old newspaper.”
Mrs Holman has created an exciting new system to monitor and improve attendance for our school.
At the end of the week, our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Advisor), Mrs Holman, has arranged that the class which has the best attendance will win a whole class prize.
At the end of the Award Assembly on Friday, the winning class is announced. A child from the winning class will pull a prize out of a bag. There are multiple prizes to win: crazy hair day, biscuit decorating, extra playtime, board games, fancy dress and many more.
Olivia, a year 6 pupil who attended crazy hair day, said: ‘It was very exciting seeing other people’s hair styles. Prizes are good to have because it motivates people to come into school.’
Kacper (a year 6 pupil) quoted: ‘It was really cool and I loved seeing other people’s hair. It also makes pupils want to get into school so that they can get a reward.’
Miss Tully’s and Mrs Rozario’s classes have won the majority of the attendance prices so far.
Written by Glen
What is a Head Girl?
A Head Girl is someone that is a role model. She also sits on the school council and brings new ideas to the school.
Who is our Head Girl?
We are very lucky to have Antonia as our Head Girl. She was voted by the Year 6 pupils, because they thought she was the right person for the job.
Olivia ,a year 6 pupil, said: “I think she is good for the role because she is sensible and someone you can talk to.”
Antonia is very happy with her role: she was shocked when her name was announced and thanked everyone for their participation in her dream.
The vote will be taking place again after Christmas to find someone else for the place.
Written by Patrick
During the first week of school, Year 6 voted on who should be Head Boy. Raphael is our new Head Boy.
I asked Raphael a few questions on what it is like to be head boy.
What is it like being head boy?
It is very good because instantly people respect you!
What did it feel like when you were voted to be head boy?
I was extremely happy!
What qualities do you think you have?
I think I am a good person because I’m generous and kind
What do you think you’ll bring to the role?
I’ll bring to the role how to show little children to be kind.
What do you think you could achieve this term?
I think I could achieve making people happy.
F2 classroom transformation
Written by Olivia
During the summer break, a building contractor came to our school to transform the two F2 classrooms into one large F2 classroom.
Now all the infant children are all together in the same classroom. In total there are 40 children with the teachers: Mrs Anderson, Mrs Todd, Mrs Williams, Mrs Williams and Miss Celia.
Georgia, an F2 student, said: “It’s very fun all together.”
Cameron, a F2 child, commented: “I love it because I’m with all my friends.”
New Morning Class Set-up
Article written by Kacper.
At St. Joseph’s, each child’s next school year has begun and there is a new aspect about class.
Now, at the beginning of the school day, the children in Key Stage 2 are taught in year group classes where they will be learning English, Maths and R.E.
For the year 3s, the children might go to Miss McGavigan’s class or Miss Brown’s class for the morning. Year 4 may have Miss Tully or Mr Brown. Year 5 might go to Mr Breen’s class or Miss Lally’s class. Last but not least, Year 6s might travel to Mrs Fewtrell’s class or Mrs Madden’s class.
In the afternoon children may be taught by a different teacher and will work in mixed-aged classes. The feature was introduced at the beginning of September 2018.
Oscar, a year 5 with Miss Lally as his morning class teacher, quoted, ‘The morning classes are nice - you can see your friends which you don't see in the afternoon.’
Michelle -a pupil from year 6- stated, ‘They’re fun and I enjoy doing Maths with Mrs Madden.’
Glen (a year 6 pupil) quoted, ‘I think that this is better because it helps me be more organised.’