We encourage pupils to take part in the welfare and running of the school and believe that offering responsibilities to them is an important part in developing them for the future.

School Council

Our school council consists of ten children - two children from each class from Year Two to Year Six - that represent the diverse nature of our school.

We have participated in initiatives such as purchasing playground equipment and games for wet play as well as establishing new ventures such as eco-warriors and playleaders. These are just a few things that we have participated in.

The school council improves pupils and teachers relationships, demonstrates good communication skills, decision making and teamwork. Pupils have pride in themselves and in our school. Everyone’s opinions count towards making a better school environment. 

Eco Team

Here at St.Joseph's we care about the environment and know that it is our responsibility to look after our planet. Our Eco Team meet to discuss what we can do it school to support and promote environmental issues as well as ensuring our school does all we can to save water, energy and to reduce, reuse and recycle.

House Groups and House Points

In each year group, the classes are divided into four groups and are put into houses. During the Summer term of 2022, Year Six conducted some research and decided upon a choice of new house team names for each group. Year Six House Captains presented an assembly to the whole school explaining the importance of the saints that had been chosen.

The names for our house groups are as follows:

Yellow – St John

Green – St Matthew

Red – St Luke

Blue – St Mark

Pupils have to demonstrate good behaviour and manners and be hard-working and polite to earn house points for themselves and their team.

All children start the year on the bronze award, which the children complete by earning 20 house points. Once a child has achieved their bronze award, they are congratulated in assembly, receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement and then move on to the silver award. To achieve the silver award, children need to receive 40 house points, before moving onto the gold award, which requires another 60 house points. Those children who finish their gold award receive a certificate and a gold badge! Pupils then move on to the prize award – if children earn a further 100 house points before the end of the school year, they will receive a special prize!

In addition, at the end of each term,  Mrs Chambers and Mr Lynch count up the number of awards achieved in each house and reveals the winning house group in assembly. When the winner is finally announced, the two House Captains in Year Six come and collect the trophy with their colour ribbon on the handles.

Each year, the Year Six children volunteer to represent their house as their captain. After giving an inspirational and persuasive speech explaining why they should represent their house, the children vote and two captains for each house are elected.

This year, the children are organising and leading a house assembly each half term where all of the children in each house come together and learn a bit more about their house group focus and an aspect of our faith.
Year 6 pupils also embark on many other duties to help the smooth running of the school these are carried out on a rota/volunteer basis and include:

Library Monitors: who use the ICT login system to scan and shelve the returned books, they also tidy and re order the displays and maintain the books in the Dewy system and A-Z of authors.

Play Leaders: Our Play leaders do a fantastic job all year round supporting children on the playground with taking part in games at lunchtimes and teaching them the social skills needed. Our play leaders also help support our PE lead with other events throughout the year including our annual Sports day each summer.
Mental Health Ambassadors: The Mental health of our children is always a priority for us at St Joseph's. Our Mental Health Ambassadors are always on the playground to help resolve any worries or concerns our children have. The children receive training and are supported by our Mental Health Lead Mrs Chambers.
Digital Leaders: Digital Leaders are children with a skill and interest for computing, keen to share their knowledge with others, and promote the use of all things digital throughout the school community. It's a fantastic opportunity for children to take on responsibilities, develop their team work and communication skills. Our leaders, so far have supported younger children in their Computing lessons, they have trialled new apps for use in lessons and they have set up and run a coding club for Year 3 children.