Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Book Returns


We are collecting all library books in for the Summer. 

If you have lost the book please provide a fee of £5 so that it can be replaced. This should be given to the school office in an envelope clearly marked for the attention of the Library with your child’s name and class.

Please do not hesitate to contact the School Librarian, Mrs Rooney, if you wish to discuss this matter.

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Worshipful the Mayor of Islington/Summer Reading Challenge Assembly

Summer Reading Challenge

On Wednesday 5th July we had a very special guest to visit St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, The Worshipful the Mayor of Islington.

In order to support literacy in school we encourage our children to join ‘The Summer Reading Challenge’. The Challenge is a nationwide initiative run by the Reading Agency. It aims to encourage children aged 4-11 to include reading as part of their summer holiday activities. It runs from July until mid-September.

The Mayoress came to our school-wide assembly to launch ‘The Summer Reading Challenge’ along with two of our local librarians from Archway Library. The children were shown a short fun film made by the Reading Agency about the challenge. The Mayoress and the librarians talked to the children about how it is important to keep reading over the summer and told the children all about how to join-in.

This year’s theme is ‘Animal Agents’ and everyone who joins-in has a chance to solve a mystery and catch a crafty crook!

It’s simple! All you have to do to join in is:

·         Sign up at your local library and receive a collector folder
·         Read 6 books pick up your rewards and you might even win a prize!
·         Collect your Certificate and Medal

The Mayoress also presented certificates to all those children who participated in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Well done to all those children!

The Mayoress and Year 3 Pupil

Let’s hope we get the whole school reading this summer so that we will need a bigger stage for the presentation next year!

REMEMBER to join in all you need to do is go along with your child to your local library to register and next year they will be part of our special school assembly to celebrate our fabulous readers!

Archway Library will be at our Summer Fair on Friday 14th July when you can register your child for the challenge.

An Invitation card with details of the challenge will be sent home.

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge log on to: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/src-schools

To find out about other fun animal events in Islington libraries log-on to: www.islington.gov.uk/libraries

Reading Zone Live

Gillian Cross – Reading Zone Live Event

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary were lucky to be selected to host the recent ReadingZone Live event with award-winning author, Gillian Cross (The Demon Headmaster, Wolf, and Shadow Cat), on Wednesday 28th June.

20 children from Year 5 participated in the video conference which was filmed live from our school. Gillian Cross talked about her inspiration for writing and took questions directly from our children and from Cheam Farm Junior School children in Sutton via video conference.

In preparation for this event our children had been reading and enjoying her book ‘The Demon Headmaster’ during their library sessions. They had also created posters on the author’s life and works that Gillian was delighted with. Some of them are on display in the Library.

The team from London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and ReadingZone commented on how “immaculately behaved” our children were. They showed incredible concentration and asked lots of intelligent questions. 
“They were a credit to the school”, the LGfL team said.

We hope that this is the first of many such events as they contribute to improving literacy and inspiring our children.

It was a fabulous experience!

To watch the video follow the link:

The event is suitable for years 4-9

To find out more about the reading zone author events follow the link:

We have many of Gillian Cross books in the Library. Come along and borrow one. 
They are really good!

Thanks to the LGfL and Reading Zone teams for making this possible.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Illustrator Visit

Sav Akyüz,

The acclaimed illustrator, Sav Akyüz, came into school on Tuesday 26th June to meet our children in Nursery and Reception classes.

Sav talked to the children about illustrating books and demonstrated live how he came up with the idea for the mischievous bear in ‘I Am Bear’, a book written by Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown). He read aloud from this jaunty rap-style rhyme book and all the children joined in. He also read from his latest book ‘You Can Do Anything (Hip and Hop)’ by hip hop artist, Akala with the inspiring message that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!  There was lots of laughter, fun and dancing when Sav put on some hip hop music.

It was a real treat for the children to see how Sav drew his characters and he even got the children to count how long it took him to draw various animals. He showed them several techniques for drawing and demonstrated how to use a stencil. We loved his stencil drawing of the Bear so much he very kindly gave it to us so we can display it in our classrooms.

The children and teachers had prepared their own fabulous rap rhyme to say thank you and good-bye to Sav. Fantastic!

Thank you to so much Sav!

Thank you too to Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End who made this event possible.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Puppet Show

The Hunting of the Snark – Puppet Show

On Thursday 22nd June our Years 1 and 2 children were treated to a magical theatrical experience when Chicken of the Woods Theatre Company performed their puppet show ‘The Hunting of the Snark’. It was innovative, witty and creative version of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem.

It was an interactive performance with the puppeteers asking the children to imagine what sort of creature the snark could be. They decided it was maybe a slimy monster or an evil person with boxing gloves! There was lots of laughter and the children were enthralled.

At the end of the performance the children had a chance to ask them puppeteers questions and some of them even got to see and play with the puppets.

Thank you to Chicken of the Woods Theatre Company, Little Angel Theatre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Author Visit

Josh Lacey & Garry Parsons

On Tuesday 20th June the author, Josh Lacey and the illustrator, Garry Parsons came to meet our children in Years 1, 2  & 3.  The children and teachers had a fabulous morning listening to Josh talk about being a writer while Garry showed them his brilliant drawing skills.

Josh read to the children from his hilarious ‘Dragonsitter’ series which is based around the pickle a family get into when they agree to babysit a dragon. Garry did lots of live drawing sharing with the children how he got the inspiration for his dragon and the other characters in the book.

There was lots of fun and laughter especially when Josh challenged the children to come up with an idea for something Garry could not draw. The children asked him to draw, William (Yellow class) with all the children in the background which Garry, after several comic attempts, managed to draw in a matter of minutes and almost with his eyes closed. The children were captivated.

Josh and Garry finished their presentation with a round of questions from the children. They were both asked what it was like to do their jobs and Josh said it was “fun but not easy” and Garry said it was “a joy”. I think they might just have inspired lots of budding writers and illustrators!  

Thank you to the Josh, Garry, Andersen Press and Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill for organising the event.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Library News

Visits to the Library

Each class has a weekly session in the library and every child has an opportunity take a book on loan. Please could you make sure that your child returns their library book each week on their library day so that they can either renew it or take another book.

If a book is lost please provide a fee of £5 so that it can be replaced. This should be given to the school office in an envelope clearly marked for the attention of the Library with your child’s name and class.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries relating to the Library.