Category Archives: A note from Mrs Fowler

Draft Behaviour Policy

.Dear Parents/Carers, We are reviewing our Behaviour Policy and would be very grateful of your input. Please click on the link in the questionnaire below. We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions before we publish it. Please state the page number in reference to any comments. Thank you for your time and support. 

Click here to access the policy and questionnaire.

Assessment Information for Parents January 2018

Assessment Information for Parents

Assessment is a central part of everyday learning and teaching for children and young people. It helps teachers to identify where strengths lie and where more support is required.

The Scottish National Standardised Assessment (SNSA) is a  diagnostic tool which teachers will use to inform their professional judgement on pupil progress.  The SNSA is a high quality standardised assessment product, developed in consultation with a range of education professionals, fully aligned to Curriculum for Excellence.

In line with all schools in Aberdeen, pupils in P1, P4 and P7 will complete these assessments in class time as part of their regular classroom activities this session.

• Leaflet for parents and carers

SNSA info for parents

Catholic Education Week at St. Joseph’s RC Primary

Catholic Education Week  

The Catholic Church in Scotland encourages schools, parishes and other agencies to work closely together in order to celebrate the successes of Catholic education particularly during one week each year.  29th January – 2nd February 2018 

The purpose of Catholic Education Week is to highlight the significance of education, not only for young people but for society as a whole.  Students, parents, teachers and others are asked to reflect on their own roles in the education process –  at home, in school, in the local parish and in other educational settings.

To draw attention to the added value which Catholic schools bring across Scotland,  Saint Joseph’s RC Primary has planned a series of events, liturgical celebrations, classroom lessons and school activities to which parents are invited throughout this week.

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Parental Engagement Opportunities 

We hope that you will be able to get involved and participate in the events of the week as part of our community of faith and learning.

The theme this year is SERVING THE COMMON GOOD

Please check with individual classes for more information.



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.