Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any pupils, please contact Mrs Gili-Ross (Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Byrne (Back-up Designated Lead) or Mrs Gilfoyle (Back-up Designated Lead).

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School participates in Operation Encompass. Following the report of an incident or domestic abuse, school will be advised that the child has been involved. Please see the school website for further details.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here

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St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

"Aspire not to have more, but to be more" -
Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero



St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

"Aspire not to have more, but to be more" -
Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Morpurgo Blog

Welcome to Morpurgo.  Here you will find information about all of the wonderful things that we have been doing in school, including examples of the children's work and photographs.


Roman Catapults


Over the last half term, the children in Morpurgo have been working in groups to design and make their own Roman Catapult. They have investigated: what shapes would make a strong structure; how to create more elastic energy for more power and how to make it look like aesthetically pleasing. They have worked incredibly hard and have produced some amazing catapults that launch with great power! 




We have enjoyed having Judo in during our Enrichment time throughout this half term. The children built up their skills throughout the weeks. They learned about the golden rules of Judo: to respect everyone; to listen to one another and your trainer; to make sure everyone is safe and not to touch your opponents face. 


Design Technology 


Morpurgo class have been looking at Roman catapults this week, they began by creating their own out of building equipment. As a class we decided that the structure and base of catapults are really important, so that it will stand strong to launch. Over the next few weeks, we will trail making catapults out of different materials before making our final design and testing whose catapult can lauch the furthest. 


Welcome back


Welcome back to all children in Morpurgo Class, 

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready to get back to school to continue your learning. I am looking forward to seeing you all achieve great things this year! 




Morpurgo class enjoyed a practical Maths lesson today, in which they were using their estimating skills to work out the capacity of different containers. Thankfully there were no major spillages! The children will be using what they have learnt today and building on this later in the week. 




Congratulations to all our Year 6 children on completing their SATs test this week. You have worked incredibly hard on the lead up and we are all very proud of you for what you have achieved. 




In Morpurgo Class we started our Science topic, Evolution, by creating our own fossils of plants. We looked at how fossils are found in sedimentary rock and formed over a long period of time. Over the next few weeks we will be looking in more detail at the process that takes place to form a fossil.




In Morpurgo class we began looking at our new science topic by dissecting flowers to look closer at the male and female reproductive parts. The children made some great observations during this investigation, that they recorded in their books.


Tower Wood


The children from Year 5 and 6 had an wonderful time at Tower Wood. They had the opportuny to challenge themselves and experience some amazing outdoor activites on and in the surrounding area of Lake Windermere. Thankfully, we had lovely weather throughout our stay which added to the trip being a great adventure. The children have made memories that we hope they will cherish for years to come.


World War 1


On Thursday the children had a visit from Leigh, who works for Historic Workshops.  The children had a wonderful day and learnt so much about life in during the Great War.  They learnt some of the skills required to be an officer, practiced moving the injured on a stretcher, looked at historical artifacts and much more.


Travelling Bookcase


This week we have welcomed one of four Travelling Bookcases into our school.  We really hope that it inspires our children to read more and possibly select books that they may not have otherwise.  We will be accessing the bookcase over the course of the next couple of weeks.


World War 1 Art


The children had a visit from a local artist and did some fantastic World War 1 themed artwork ahead of our whole school topic.  The final results are brilliant and the children all did really well.  Enjoy.


Roald Dahl Day


Apologies for the lack of updates.  My camera went walkabouts and it's just been found this week!

The children had a wonderful Roald Dahl day and made such a great effort with their costumes.  The whole day was based on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and the children took part in activities in every classroom.  They built structures in Morpurgo class; painted pebbles in Donaldson; planted magical beans in Donaldson and drew portraits in Rowling.  They all had a great day.

Ater that, we went to Manchester to see the fantastic Matilda musical.  What a great experience for the children!


Welcome Back!


I hope everyone has had a wonderful and restful summer holiday.  The children settled in really well last week and I am sure that we are going to have a brilliant year!


Refugee Walk


This morning the children went on a walk along Mowbreck Lane to contemplate the plight of refugees around the world.  We stopped at various points to listen to stories of individuals and think about important issues that they may face on their journeys.  The children appreciated getting back to their school and were certainly more thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities that they have.


MADD Week 18


We had a brilliant week before our half term break.  We had visits from inspirational people including authors, illustrators, athletes and people who have overcome huge obstacles through their will and determination.  The children had experiences of creating art with a disability, wheelchair basketball, learning to create stories and use their imagination and much more.  Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a wonderful week.


Rainforest Animals


Take a look at these brilliant clay models of various rainforest creatures.  There will hopefully be more added soon.


Gawthorpe Hall


The children had a great time at Gawthorpe Hall.  They learnt about many aspects of life in the 17th Century and learnt several interesting facts about William Shakespeare.

Year 6 Leaver's Video

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A little video of our Year 6's last Day in school on Friday 17th July 2020 - "Aspire not to have more, but to be more."