St Joseph’s is a Catholic school which aims to support its pupils in learning about the life and mission of Jesus in a loving, caring and supportive environment that reflects the gospel values. Through focused RE lessons, children learn about the life and work of Jesus; the traditions of the church; the importance of the sacraments and develop their understanding of the Mass. They also learn about other world faiths and the need to respect the beliefs and traditions of others.
At St Joseph’s we recognise that children should not just learn about the Gospel values but live them. We believe it is our duty to create an environment that is reflective of this; where children feel respected, loved and cared for in every aspect of their education and able to reach their full potential, not just academically but emotionally, socially and personally.
Collective worship is an important part of our routine; children come together for assemblies either as a whole school or in key stages. The children also participate in hymn practice and thoroughly enjoy their chance to take part in a class assembly which parents are invited to attend. The children in Key Stage Two attend Parish Mass with their class each term.
We take great care to ensure that the liturgical year is reflected in our assemblies and have a strong cycle which enables reflections on the weekly gospel. In addition, children receive 'The Wednesday Word' each week. This is a family friendly leaflet which presents the forthcoming Sunday Gospel along with simple explanations and activities for the family to share.
Each year, we undertake an Advent project where children learn about those in need and have the opportunity to fundraise for a good cause, during the preparation for Christmas. We have previously supported worldwide and local causes including: Cafod; The Philippines; The Ivor Leigh Memorial School (Sierra Leone), The Manna Centre (Bermondsey) and The Evelina Children's Hospital.
Our school is a Mercy school, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Bermondsey. We are very proud of our heritage and aim to reflect the key values of the Mercy tradition in our teaching. The sisters are still very much part of our school, attending key liturgical services and coming in to pray the rosary with our Key Stage two children.