St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope you are all staying safe. Thank you for a great start to the new school year! The children have been as wonderful as we knew they would be! It is really important that you keep socially distancing on the school grounds but also when you are out and about. The last thing we want is to have to close a bubble for 14 days so let’s keep the virus at bay! We are looking forward to each day with our children! Keep smiling! Mrs Hodges


Reconciliation Year 3 2021

Our plan is for our Year 3 children to begin preparation for Reconciliation in January 2021. I will be in touch later in the term when we know the guidelines for delivering this. 

Reconciliation 2020

We are so proud of our Reconciliation group who have now received the Sacrament. Father Michael heard their confession and gave them a blessing. He also gave them a gift of a silver crucifix. 
We enjoyed a liturgy shared by all the schools in the Halifax Deanery, with all the children receiving the Sacrament coming together. Our children were a credit to us!

A huge thank you to Mrs  Foxcroft and Mrs Curry for leading the preparation sessions and to the parents and carers of our children who are so supportive of all we do! 

Here we are the other children of the Deanery who also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Our Reconciliation group worked hard together and really committed to the programme of preparation. Everyone gained from the experience.

Act of Contrition

(for our children to learn by heart)

O my God, because you are so good, 

I am very sorry that I have sinned against you

and by your grace I will try not to sin again.


Father Michael invited the children up to the tabernacle and spoke to them about it. They all looked very closely at the image of the bird engraved on there. Father challenged them to find out why there is an image of a PELICAN on the tabernacle and what it represents! Do you know?

First Holy Communion Year 4 2021

Our plan is for our Year 4 children to begin preparation for Reconciliation in March 2021. I will be in touch later in the term when we know the guidelines for delivering this. 

First Holy Communion 2020 for Year 5

With the current situation of Coronavirus the Bishop has issued instructions on how First Sacraments are to be organised this year.

As you know from the message I sent to you, I shall be running the preparation classes in school so please ensure your child's pack is sent into school.

Your child has been allocated a date in December and will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the Mass on the date given to you. You should have received this date by text.

The children will be in three groups over the 3 Saturdays in Advent.

Group 1 - Saturday 5th December 11am

Group 2 - Saturday 12th December 11am

Group 3 - Saturday 19th December 11am

Each child will be allocated 3 benches in church.

The first bench will be for the immediate family in your household - your child, you the parents/carers and any siblings.

The other 2 benches allocated to you can be used for family from 2 other households but numbers are limited to 2 people only on each of these benches.

Communion will be of one kind only - the Body of Christ - there will be no chalice.

The Mass will start at 11am on the date assigned to you and although it will be different to how First Communions have been celebrated in the past, rest assured we will ensure this is a special time for your child.

The preparation will also be different to how we intended as we cannot all be together in school.

I will work with your child on some of the sessions in school, and ask you to work through some sections of the book at home.

Do not worry about anything - I will support you through the process and answer any questions you may have!

Please send your child's bag with the preparation book on the first day of school in September and I will keep them together until the first session.

I will keep you updated and nearer the time I will ask for the names of those who will be attending from the three households (yours included) so the benches can be assigned.

Don't forget to chat to your child about their prayer sponsor. I will remind you more about this once the sessions start.

For now, just make a note of the date and be thinking about who else you might ask from outside your household - we wish it could be more than 4 people (2 per bench) but Father Michael has to follow the Bishop's instructions.

What a great start we had to the preparation! The family catechesis is well received from our parents/carers and they, as always, embrace the opportunities offered!


21 of our Year 4 children received the Sacrament of First Communion in our parish church in May.  It was a beautiful celebration. Our children welcomed 2 children from other schools into our group and made them feel very welcome. Each child was represented on our altar cloth for the day. They were wonderful designs put together by family members as well as the children themselves! 

Confirmation Year 6 2021

Our Year 6 children will prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation before the end of the school year. As soon as I Know the arrangements for this I will let you know.

Confirmation 2020

Some of our children at one of their preparation sessions. We are very proud of all of them!

The group have all chosen their individual confirmation names and shared them in the final liturgy of the final session. I was so pleased to witness that.