Category Archives: A note from Mrs Fowler

Loose Parts

The children have been loving Loose Parts play this term

Even when it is chilly outdoors, we wrap up warmly and enjoy the crisp air and the signs of the seasons.

Juliet Robertson, Creative Star Learning, has a wonderful website full of good ideas which we will use in school.

You may like to try some of the ideas at the weekends too in parks or gardens!

Severe Weather Arrangements

Severe Weather Arrangements

We will always strive to keep the school open over the winter season.  It will be open unless we notify you otherwise. 

If you have concerns about the safety of your child’s journey to and from school you can keep them off or pick them up early in cases of bad weather. 

School closure information

Emergency school closure information

0870 054 1999         Pin code : 011620

  • If the weather in your area is severe and the forecast seems likely to get worse, please consider whether it might be better to keep your child at home for the day. Please notify the school as appropriate. If you have delivered your child to school and there is a sudden change in the weather which would lead you to suspect that the journey home might be hazardous, then please consider collecting your child from school. Siblings could be collected at the same time. Please notify the school as appropriate.
  • If you are unable to collect your child because of bad weather and have arranged for a friend or relative to look after your child, please make the school aware of this arrangement.

Informing parents of school closure

We will notify you of a school closure in the following ways –

  • A whole school Groupcall Xpressions / Email
  • Twitter update
  • School closure line announcement.

School closure information

Emergency school closure information

0870 054 1999         Pin code : 011620


  • If the closure happens during a school working day staff will contact families  to arrange collection and keep pupils in school until they are safely collected. 

Vision, Values & Aims

Purpose and Vision for St Joseph’s Primary

Families, communities and schools learning and achieving together

Here at St. Joseph’s RC school we are committed to supporting and encouraging parents to be actively involved in their children’s learning. Our aim is for children, families and school to learn and work together to raise attainment and help narrow the achievement gap for all Aberdeen’s children.

Guiding Principles

· Parents and families have the most influence on their child’s attitudes, behaviour and achievement outcomes

· Parents, children and young people and staff are valued partners in learning; everyone has an important and different role to play

· True parental engagement can only take place when everyone commits to developing an ethos of mutual trust and respect

· Every parent should be encouraged to take an active role in their children’s education and learning and given the appropriate information and support

· Parents, children and young people’s views and opinions are valued and should be included and taken into account when making decisions that affect their family, school and community

One of our current improvement priorities is to review the school vision, values and aims. We would like the help of parents/carers, pupils and partners in shaping the future of our school.

If you have not already done so (only 46 responses so far)

Please take 2 minutes to complete the very short survey to identify strengths and areas for development.

Warm & Cosy

At break times – morning and at lunchtime – whenever possible and in spite of wet weather, children will be outside in the playground.  It is important that they are properly clothed for our climate.  Please can you ensure that your child wears a waterproof coat with hood and also has gloves so they stay warm and dry.  Please make sure that these items are named in case they become separated from their owner!

Please contact school if this presents a problem for any family – there are some spare items of clothing in school that can be used for any child who needs it.

Wet weather breaks

Vision, values & aims

One of our current improvement priorities is to review the school vision, values and aims.

We would like the help of parents/carers, pupils and partners. Please take 2 minutes to complete the very short survey which will help shape the school vision, values and aims.

Please click on the picture below to be taken to the survey. Thank you very much for your time! 

We will close the survey on 24th November. 

School Parking Issue

School Parking Issue

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had another complaint, via the school website, from a local business on Queen’s Lane South (Strategic Offshore Research). Parents from St Joseph’s Primary School have been parking across the entrance on single, yellow lines at school drop off and pick up times.  This is causing an obstruction and is an offence.

Cars parked in this way are blocking vehicles accessing the business during that time. It is not good for community relations and traffic police are currently monitoring the situation in an effort to avoid issuing parking fines.

I am confident of your co-operation in this matter and understand the difficulties of finding a parking space in the locality. Please speak to members of the Parent Council or visit their website via the main blog. This provides safer parking alternatives in the surrounding vicinity.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Orla Fowler

Acting Head teacher

Wet weather breaks

Wet Weather Breaks

Research has shown that outdoor play is an essential element in helping children to becoming healthier individuals and better learners.  Playing outside does not only increase childrens fitness levels but also helps children to develop their social skills and increases their ability to use their imagination. Most importantly a break in the fresh air helps children to become better learners as they are able to concentrate more in class and become more focused learners.

In response to parental feedback re indoor breaks,  it is now school policy that we try as far as possible to ensure children get fresh air and exercise at playtime and lunchtime. Children will spend time outdoors even if there is light rain.

As we head towards days of typical Aberdeen autumn/winter weather could we ask that all children come to school prepared for the elements.   Unless the weather is extremely bad we will encourage pupils to play outside where they are supervised by our experienced pupil support assistants.

Please ensure that your child comes to school with suitable outdoor wear and footwear.  Waterproof jackets (everyday), and if possible waterproof trousers and wellington boots should be worn on wet days. We also recommend a change of clothes that could be left in school.

Many Thanks,


St Josephs RC Primary

Welcome back !


Dear Parents and Carers,

I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to continue in my leadership role at St. Joseph’s Primary school as Acting Head Teacher at the beginning of a new school year 2017/2018.  We are happy to welcome back all current pupils as well as the new families who have joined our catholic community at the beginning of an exciting first term of learning and challenge.   

St. Joseph’s RC Primary is a very happy, inclusive and caring environment where children can grow and progress into well-rounded, confident, nurturing and responsible adults.

With the support of an enthusiastic and dedicated staff the children experience a broad and balanced curriculum and there are high expectations of pupil effort and behaviour.

As leader of the school, my main job is to make sure your child is safe, happy and achieving well whilst they are at school. The staff and I will be spending the next few weeks making sure all the children settle into their new classes and are clear about the high expectations we have of them. I believe children should feel welcome, inspired, safe and supported when they are learning. It is the aim of the whole school team to help each child become a successful learner and well-rounded individual who is ready to make the next steps in their learning journey.

Mrs Orla Fowler



Staff List 

Nursery –  Miss P Iwaszkiewicz, Mrs Pirrie, Mrs McLean & Ms S Pirie 

P1S – Mrs Steph Scott 

P1K – Mrs Orsolya Koszeghy

P2C – Mrs Christine Cuthill

P2RM – Mrs Robinson + Mrs Avril McKie

P3HP – Mrs Sylvia Henry + Mrs Judith Petrovski

P3K – Miss Lyndsey King

P4M – Mrs Monica Malet

P4GW – Mrs Fiona Grant / Mrs Denise West (Thu + Fri)

P5D – Mr Garrett Dexter

P5BL – Ms Sarah Bronzite  + Mrs Louise Lacaze

P5/6Mc – Miss Erin McGowan

P6H – Miss Beccy Haragan

P7MR – Mrs Sonia Mills/Mrs Margaret Rafferty

P7M –  Miss Joanne Morgan

Pupil Support Staff

Mrs N Edwards

Mrs M Donald

Mrs J Prusik

Mrs S Hunter

Mrs A Rivett

Mrs N Edgerton

Mrs F McAllister

Mrs J McCormack

Mrs S Reid

Miss A Drain

Mrs A Soutar

Mrs E Smith


Office Staff

Mrs M Forbes

Mrs S Skinner


Ryszard  Wolszczak




Term 4 news


Dear Parents,

Term 4 is a busy and exciting term offering many opportunities for parental engagement. We hope you will be able to be involved in your child’s learning and included in our school community in the following ways :


Week beginning May 8th – 12th Science Week.   A variety of activities and workshops to engage pupils in science experiments and challenges . Many of the activities include invites for parents to have hands on experience of science delivery in the school. Your child’s class teacher will let you know where and when these opportunities arise  during science week through the class blog.

Golden Time Activities

Beginning on Friday 5th May for five weeks.  An opportunity for parents to share their skills and talents on a Friday afternoon through a hobby or interest the children have chosen to engage in. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered their time to help this session.

Our Pupil Council are collaborating more with our Parent Council on events such us our Family Ceilidh and this term they will be more involved in activities in our Summer Fair

Numeracy Mental Maths

On the week beginning 22nd May,  P4/5, P5 and P5/6 will invite parents to a ‘Back to school Maths’  session to share the learning in Mental Maths, use of Numicon materials, Sumdog and Number Talks.

Reflective Reading

 Primary 4 have chosen to share an approach to reading where children lead the learning in comprehension and demonstrate through task roles their shared understanding of texts fiction and non fictions using the Connectors Readers. Please see class blogs for invitations in May.

1+2 French

23rd May  – Feast of Saint Madeleine Sophie Primary 1-3 pupils will invite parents to an afternoon celebration of French culture to share the fun and active approach to 2nd language learning in the infant department.

First News

Primary six will invite parents to join them for a literacy lesson using First News the newspaper for children to demonstrate how current affairs articles engage and challenge pupils in developing their comprehension skills, widening their general knowledge and vocabulary in an interesting and engaging way.

First Holy Communion 

Saturday 13th May at St. Mary’s Cathedral a very special day for our Catholic families.


Wednesday 24th May Nursery Induction We welcome new parents to our Nursery and offer sign up dates for stay and play in the coming month




Primary 1 Induction

Thursday 1st June, an important day for our new pupils and the beginning of a new relationship with parents.


Sunday 4th June –  Pentecost Sunday.  St. Mary’s Cathedral parish celebrates with families the  confirmation of many of our Primary Seven pupils.

 Annual Sports Day

Wednesday 14th June – Come along and support your child in our Sports Day at Harlaw playing fields in the afternoon.

(This event is weather permitting and an alternative date has been planned as a contingency last week of term)

Summer Fair

Sat 17th June. 12-2pm

An important  family engagement event organised by the Parent Council . Please see parent council blog for details of planning meetings if you think you can offer help or would like to be involved.


Upper Stages Show  – Cinderella Rockerfella

Let us entertain you to a musical treat courtesy of our Primary 4- 7 pupils. Two opportunities for parents to see the show Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June.


Friday 23rd June

End of year Reports sent out to parents


We are very much looking forward to Primary I Assembly this month to discover how our youngest pupils have grown and developed in their learning during this first year. Check the class  blogs for the dates  and details of their GROW WELL CHOICES health and well being transition programme which will culminate in a joint NURSERY / PRIMARY 1 Sports Day.


Thursday 29th June P7 Leavers Ceilidh for parents and families.


Friday 30th June Leavers Mass am and Awards Ceremony  pm

Thank you to all parent volunteers in class and to our class reps who organise helpers for school trips etc.  They make a positive contribution to life of the school in many different ways.