Our Mission Statement
St. Joseph’s family
With love and faith in Jesus,
To become the people
God calls us to be.
'We Work, We Care, We Pray, We Share'
At St. Joseph's, our Catholic Ethos is at the heart of everthing that we do. Every day, we live out or mission statement so that our children grow in faith and come to know God. We teach our children to recognise that we are all made in the likeness of God; we aim to help everyone to realise their God-given talents and their part in God's plan.
St. Joseph's is a place of peace, tolerance, fairness and a place where we follow the most merciful Jesus Christ's exmples of loving others. Our aim is to give our community the prospects, belief and hope that they can become all that God wants them to be and follow in the footsteps of Jesus in all they say and do.
‘St. Joseph’s family learn together….’
St. Joseph's vision for the children, is that they leave St. Joseph’s having achieved their full potential in all areas and have the necessary skills and knowledge to flourish to their next phase of education and life. As children learn and grow, we want them experience a deep sense of joy in everyday life and to feel happy, confident and full-filled, having enjoyed an enriching curriculum at St. Joseph’s. We want us to approach our curriculum with enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge. Through a broad, diverse curriculum and for children to develop new interests and passions.
Children need a world class education which enables them to grow in wisdom, knowledge and a skills so that they may have a transformational impact upon society. We want children to receive an exceptional curriculum by inspirational, knowledgeable teachers who deliver academic excellence for all. We want our curriculum to enable long-term learning.
‘With love and faith in Jesus….’
Children at St. Joseph’s experience faith in action everyday as it underpins all aspects of school life and staff and the community work hard to fulfil their Catholic mission; we want children to develop and be more in in their spiritual self and understand how to nurture and grow in faith. We want our children to become the people God wants them to be.
‘To become the people God Calls us to be…’
At St. Joseph's, we want children to be ‘fired up’ about building God's Kingdom here on Earth, enacting positive change across all spheres of society. God’s Kingdom is one of peace, love, joy, unity, equality, respect, forgiveness and compassion. It is a Kingdom where all can flourish, finding belonging, purpose and fulfilment. It is a Kingdom where we receive God’s love and the promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ through Jesus. This is all about transforming society.
We want our children to leave St. Joseph’s with the knowledge, skills and desires to contribute to a fairer and more sustainable world - To help build God’s Kingdom. We want them to be successful global learners: As Pope Francis said,
'We are a single family living in a common home. We have a responsibility as stewards of God’s earth.’
Our School Gospel Values
Our Gospel Values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. Although rooted in Catholic teaching, these values are also important to other faiths and cultures within our school community including those with no faith.
At St. Joseph's, we have ten Gospel Values. Each month, we focus on one Value. We hold an assembly at the start of each month to re-introduce the Value. This Value then becomes the main focus for the term and the children are constantly reminded how they can show these in their everyday lives. Our Pupil Chaplains encourage and display these values throughout school and, at the end of each week, children are chosen from each class that have shown the best example of this Value and an overall award is presented at our weekly Celebration Assemblies. We also ensure that children get at a thorough understanding of what each value really means through our PSHE curriculum.
These are our monthly Gospel Values:
November: Care and Compassion
January: Honesty and Truth
March: Patience and Tolerance
June: Forgiveness and Justice
As in our mission statement, we want children to be ‘fired up’ about building God's Kingdom here on Earth, enacting positive change across all spheres of society. God’s Kingdom is one of peace, love, joy, unity, equality, respect, forgiveness and compassion. It is a Kingdom where all can flourish, finding belonging, purpose and fulfilment. It is a Kingdom where we receive God’s love and the promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ through Jesus. This is all about transforming society. We want our children to know their place in the world and know how modern-day society has been shaped and the impact they can have in the future. We want our children to be the ‘People God wants Us to Be’. Our curriculum has been carefully designed in a way as to allow this. Our Golden Threads (Diagonal Links) run through our curriculum to help children to build God’s Kingdom here on earth and to demonstrate the Gospel Values which Jesus taught us.
We help children to achieve our mission statement through our key knowledge Golden threads:
In additition to our Golden Threads, which weave throughout our curriculum, we promote and recognise our British Values. Together with our Golden Threads, our British Values, allow our children to fulfil our Mission and become 'The People God Calls Us to Be'.