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If you were an ENGINEER what would you do?

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce that we will be taking part in the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award during November.  

The competition will be challenging primary and secondary pupils in Scotland to research engineering, interview inspiring engineers and interpret the question “If you were an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?”

This is a fantastic opportunity to engage our pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their daily working lives.  Pupils will be able to let their creativity run free, draw and write about how they interpret the question and come up with inventions and ideas.

Last year over 11,900 pupils from across Scotland took part in the award and 500 shortlisted entries were displayed at a public exhibition in The Barony Hall, Glasgow, which was visited by hundreds of people.     

Calling all engineers!

Are you an engineer or do you have links to the engineering industry?  If the answer is YES then we would be delighted to have your help and support as we embark on the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2018-2019.  

If you are interested in helping please contact your child’s teacher or email me at the address below and register with Primary Engineer at

For more information on the Leaders Award please go to Twitter @Leadersaward or the Facebook page, Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Lacaze

Principal Teacher              


  All Hallow’s Eve DISCO





Primary 1 – 3          6pm – 7pm

Primary 4 – 7        7.30pm – 8.30pm 

£3.00 entry

Don’t forget to bring pennies for some yummy cakes and fun games! 

We would be delighted for any donations of home baking for our stall.

All donations can be handed into the school office on Mon 30th & Tues 29th. 

Dress up and come along and join in the fun!



Hallowe’en is a name that means nothing by itself. It is a contraction of “All Hallows Eve,” and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, more commonly known today as All Saints Day. (Hallow, as a noun, is an old English word for saint. As a verb, hallow means to make something holy or to honour it as holy) It begins the three-day observance of All Hallow tide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

Both the feast of All Saints Day (November 1) and its vigil (October 31) have been celebrated since the early eighth century, when they were instituted by Pope Gregory III in Rome. A century later, the feast and its vigil were extended to the Church at large by Pope Gregory IV. Today, All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. These faces would usually be illuminated from within by a candle, the lanterns displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits. The current use of pumpkins is a relatively modern innovation imported from the United States.

Later, Christian elements came into play, as All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day) and All Souls’ Day contributed their own unique traditions to the core, such as trick or treating (collecting “soul cakes” on All Souls’ Day) and dressing up in frightening costumes as protection against evil spirits.

At no time, either in the Celtic religion nor in the Christian, was Halloween history connected with the devil or devil worship.

Once Hallowe’en came to America from Ireland and Scotland, other cultures have added their own elements to the modern American celebration – vampires, werewolves, etc.

At St Joseph’s we focus teaching on All Saints Day and All Souls Day during this week, remembering those who have gone before us and teaching the children how to pray for them.  We have Mass on All Saints Day and prayers in the hall and in class, to teach them about this special time of the year in the Church calendar. The  disco is nothing more than a chance to dress up and have fun together and is in no way a celebration of evil.



Parent Consultation opportunities

 Curriculum Consultation Event 30th October 2018

1st Session: 6:10pm – 6:50pm

2nd Session: 7:40pm – 8:20pm

Dear Parents

I would like to invite you to this collaborative event which will run twice on the same night and is your opportunity to have a significant input into shaping the curriculum for St. Joseph’s School.  Each session will take approximately 40 minutes allowing you time to drop your children off at the disco and return to pick them up at the end.  You are welcome to attend either session.

During the session, I will give you a brief overview of the aspects of curriculum design and the many frameworks within which a curriculum design sits.

You will identify

  • what children should be learning about (themes and contexts)
  • how children should be learning (location, environment, approaches)
  • why your child should be learning this (rationale)

I will also be looking to create a working party which will help us to identify the skills for learning, life and work and which will support engagement with local businesses.

I look forward to meeting you on the evening, please let us know if you can attend by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.  Please contact me if you have any queries.

Wishing you all a restful holiday after this busy term.

Kindest regards

Mrs Sinéad Lindsay



Autism Outreach will do a presentation to parents on 30th October at 9:15am with the aim of raising awareness and understanding of the condition, all are welcome.


Sandwich Club fund request

Sandwich club is in need of funds to help us buy the ingredients for our sandwiches which we make for the homeless each week.

Every Tuesday, children give up their lunch break, to make 20 rounds of sandwiches, that are then taken to the Cathedral to be handed out to the homeless that evening.

Our shopping each week comes to between £7 and £9. At the moment we have no funds at all.

If you can help, please send in cash in an envelope marked FAO Sandwich Club.

Thank you


National Poetry Day

Thursday, 4th October is National Poetry Day. In preparation for this we would like the children to prepare a favourite poem over the weekend. This may be their own favourite poem or Mum’s or Dad’s favourite poem. It can be written in fancy letters, illustrated or recited if your child can remember it. It should be prepared in time for National Poetry Day. Happy reading!

Thank you for your continued support.

P4 teachers

National Poetry Day

On Thursday 4th October we will be celebrating National Poetry Day ending with a special assembly. This year’s theme is CHANGE. 

We would like all pupils from P1 – P7 to share their favourite poems, ask friends and families what their favourite poems are, or create a new poem to share with us! It can be in any language (just provide a translation!) 

Each class will choose one poem to share at assembly. So if your have a favourite poem, we’d love to know!

Find out more here.



Aberdeen in Bloom Winners!

Head Boy, Elijah Dedekuma and Head Girl, Amber Kuriakose attended the Aberdeen in Bloom Award Ceremony at the Beach Ballroom where they accepted the trophy awarded to St Joseph’s RC Primary for 1st place in the School Garden category!

Well done to all our pupils for helping make our garden a winner!