St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Finkil Street, Brighouse HD6 2NT

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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As a worshipping community, we actively encourage our families to worship together at home. We have a programme of school- home worship which reflects the Liturgical Year supporting our parents/carers in worshipping with their children at home.  

The feedback from both parents and children is always very positive!

We focus on different virtues each term as part of our Character Education.

You can find out more about the Virtues we study by clicking on the Virtues tab in Catholic Life.

All the Virtues underpin our worship throughout the school year which of course is linked to the Liturgical year!

Scroll down to see the kinds of things we do each term!




 Our Autumn began with a visit from Father Michael who also celebrated Mass for us. We gathered together in prayer and asked for God's blessing on our school community.

Father spoke about how we should do everything from a place of love and announce the good news like a trumpet blast. He even brought a bugle with him to illustrate the point! The children were engrossed and their participation was excellent as always. It was wonderful having so many parents, carers, grandparents and parishioners joining us too.

 At the start of each school year our staff team and governors gather in church for our Commissioning Service. We focus on our vocation to support and nurture our children, light candles to remind ourselves to carry God's light with us always and pray our Mission together.

Commissioning Service

 As we approach the month of October we were gifted class sets of rosary beads from the Catenians. Father Michael came in to school and met with the Prayer Liturgy team. He blessed the beads and they prayed together. The PLT will distribute the beads round the classes and everyone will be able to use them when praying the rosary in class.

 The PLT have delivered the rosary beads round the classes and each class is praying the rosary each day in October. The PLT are also leading voluntary prayer time to say the rosary together at some breaktimes each week. 

 KS2 always enjoy their special class Masses in the Headspace room with Father Michael. Reception and Key Stage 1 have Masses together in the hall each term too. 

 Our Prayer Liturgy team prepared the school-home worship bags for October, focusing on the rosary. All the children will have the chance to have the bag at their house so they have the opportunity to pray the rosary together as a family.

During the last week of half term we prepared for and then held our Harvest Liturgy. It was a wonderful celebration where we gave thanks to God for the harvest of the land and the sea. We were joined by lots of family members and parishioners. The donations collected will be donated to the needy of the parish and local community.

Harvest Liturgy

 In the month of November we focus on Remembrance.

Representatives of school, along with their families and staff, attend the local community Remembrance Service and lay a school wreath at the cenotaph.

We say prayers, sing hymns and of course observe the 2 minutes silence to show our respect for those who have died in conflict around the world.

We also build our own Wall of Remembrance in school where we put the names of those we, our school community, have loved and lost. We then remember them in our prayers.


Our PLT are busy preparing the resources each class need for making their Advent Wreaths. 

The children from Nursery to Year 6 loved making their class wreaths up ready for the start of Advent.

Advent Wreaths


 To mark the start of ADVENT in school we held our annual Blessing of the Wreaths liturgy.

We gathered together in the hall and each class brought their wreath and placed it on the worship table. 

Father Michael blessed the wreaths and our Prayer Liturgy team led us in prayer. It was lovely to have some parents, carers and parishioners there to share in this special liturgy with us. 

Each day in school begins and ends with a prayer (see opposite) and of course we pray at other times of the day too. Reception and KS1 gather, as do KS2, to worship together. These prayer liturgies are led by Mrs Bonner and Mrs Foxcroft, with the support of some of the children. The worship is based around a piece of scripture which reflects the particular Virtue we are focusing on. A display in the hall builds up over the weeks helping us to make links between Bible stories and pieces of scripture.


Read our Collective Worship Policy here

At least once a week a small group of children in each class will plan and lead a worship for their own class. The younger children are supported by the staff but as they grow in both confidence and skill they become independent in doing this. Their class worship reflects and reinforces the Virtue we are focusing on as an academy. 














Morning Prayer

O my God you love me, you are with me night and day.

I want to love you always in all I do and say.

I'll try to please you Father,

Bless me through the day.  Amen.

Prayer before Dinner

Bless us O Lord as we sit together; bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that made the food; bless those who have no food;

Bless us O Lord.  Amen

End of Day Prayer

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.    Amen.