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.



Christmas reading challenge

It’s back – the Christmas Mini Challenge

(…and a St Joseph’s one too!!)

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is just around the corner and so is our Christmas Mini Challenge!

We’d like to challenge you to read THREE library books between the 12 December and 6 January! Choose any three great looking books from your local library then find somewhere warm and cosy and get reading.

Here’s our great friend, and author of the ‘How to Train your Dragon series’, Cressida Cowell to tell you more…

To complete our Christmas Mini Challenge you’ll need to create a profile for yourself on THE READING CHALLENGE WEBSITE (click link to go!) so you can log the books you’ve read.It’s simple! Just click on the big blue Create My Profile button at the top of the home page. OR, if you already have a profile click My Profile and just log straight in.

As soon as you’re logged in you can tell us all what you’ve been reading by clicking Add a New Book Now. Once you’ve added all three of your Christmas Mini Challenge reads you’ll unlock a cool little badge for your profile and a special message from the wonderful Cressida Cowell!

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading


St Joseph’s Mini Challenge

St Joseph's Pupils LOVE to read!

St Joseph’s Pupils LOVE to read!

Fill in the form below to tell us which books you read for the above challenge and you will receive a certificate at our assembly!

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Christmas dates



  • Nursery and P1 – Christmas Baubles on 9th December at 10.00am
  • P2-P3 –  The Wriggly Nativity on 10th December at 10.00am.

These performances are for the families of the pupils in the show. 

We will also be performing both nativities on Friday 11th December at 10.00am for invited senior citizens and local nursery partners.

We invite elderly ladies and gentlemen from local care homes to come and enjoy some Christmas treats while watching the performances. We have some limited spaces for other senior citizens who may not otherwise experience the joy and community aspect of the festive season, so if you are aware of a lonely or isolated elderly person in your street or community please let us know and we will try to accommodate them.

Regrettably I have to say that this cannot be an alternative performance for parents as it is a catered event and numbers have to be planned in advance. Please do not ask for an exemption as it puts us in a very difficult position – there should be enough places for families in the 2 performances.



  • The pupils will enjoy a pantomime on Tuesday 15th December by M&M Productions. This year it is Robin Hood. 
  • Pupils’ Christmas dinner will be on Wednesday 16th December. Please look under the ‘Pupils’ tab for the festive menu.


  • Wear a Christmas Jumper Day – Just for fun!


  • Class Christmas parties are on the 15th and 16th December – please look out for more info on your class blog. 

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  • End of term Carol Service –  Cathedral of St Mary on Friday 18th December at 10.00am.You are invited to join us. We may also require help to walk the children to the church. Look out for a request from your class rep.


  • On the week beginning the 14th December, the upper stage classes will be singing in the community. We will visit Angusfield Nursing Home, CLAN, Maryfield Nursing Home and Albyn Hospital.  Come along to the Christmas Village on Union Street on Tuesday 15th at 1.30 to hear us sing!


Coming up…


  • Monday 16th Nov – In service Day – School closed to pupils.
  • Tuesday 17th Nov – School photo day.  Shoe boxes due in.
  • Wednesday 18th Nov – Flu immunisations.
  • Saturday 5th Dec – Christmas Fair 12-2pm
  • 9th, 10th, 11th Dec – Nativity performances

Aid to the Church in Need

Scottish Launch of Persecuted and Forgotten? 2015 Report

St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Aberdeen on Thursday 15th October 2015 at 7pm

Attacks on Christian communities in the likes of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria over the past 12 to 24 months have put the international spot-light on an otherwise little-known human rights catastrophe of modern times. Christians, the most persecuted faith group, are being driven out of parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

 The evening will begin at 7pm with Mass, where Bishop Hugh Gilbert (Diocese of Aberdeen) will be the lead celebrant. After Mass, we have invited witnesses from Iraq, Syria and Nigeria to give testimony in the Cathedral Hall. 

 Due to speak are: Father Douglas Bazi (Iraq) who was tortured by Al-Qaeda and now works in Iraqi displacement camps, Father Ziad Hilal SJ (Syria) who oversaw ACN projects in Homs and Victoria Youhanna (Nigeria), a 16 year old school girl and former prisoner of Boko-Haram. 

The event is free, but there will be a collection for projects in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria. 

Visit the website for more information

Parent Council AGM

Dear All,

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about next week’s AGM – 

Thursday 03 September 2015 from – 7-9.30pm.

You are all invited to the AGM and we encourage you to mention it to other Parents and Carers with children at St. Joseph’s as is a great opportunity for parents to find out about the Parent Council and how to get involved, with the main purpose of supporting the School Community. We want to ensure as many parents know of the event as possible, in particular parents with children who are new to the school, starting in P1 or any year.
We look forward to seeing you there.
PC Secretary
on behalf of St Joseph’s School Parent Council

Welcome back to school!

Welcome to a new school year. It was lovely to see everyone looking so neat and happy today.

We hope you all had a lovely summer break.

Some dates have been added to the Calendar for your information.

Class blogs will be up and running soon – your class teacher will keep you informed.

Thank you.