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Catholic Life - Our Bishop’s vision - Bringing People closer to Jesus Christ through His Church

“As a Catholic family we welcome all and value Christ in everyone, whilst seeking the highest possible achievements.”

With our loving St. Joseph and St Teresa of Calcutta and Christ as their role models, the children of St Joseph's:

Welcome, Care and Work Hard.

'You are greater than you know.'

Mother Teresa

 Our vision is central to everything that we do. It inspires our curriculum design, is the basis for policy decisions and underpins our whole school culture and ethos; something which we are extremely proud of. As the children develop and mature they are encouraged to put their faith into practice in their own lives, through their interactions with others and kindness and generosity to those less fortunate, both within our local community and further afield.

Below are some examples of our Catholic life and mission, how the children at St Joseph's put their FAITH INTO ACTION

See our most recent RE Newsletter

Catholic School Inspectorate Report

Please see below our RE inspection report from the Catholic Schools Inspectorate which took place on 17th and 18th May 2023. This is the new national framework for all Catholic schools in England and Wales.

The school has been judged to be outstanding in all areas: Catholic life and mission, Religious education and Collective worship. We were the first school to be judged outstanding in the Diocese of Portsmouth under the new Catholic Schools Inspectorate.

Inspectors commented:

“From the moment you enter St Joseph’s a welcoming and inclusive Catholic culture is evident. The school’s vision statement, ‘As a Catholic family we welcome all and value Christ in everyone, whilst seeking the highest possible achievements’, lies at the heart of the school community and is known, lived and experienced by all. Pupils are joyful ambassadors for their school; they have a clear understanding of the school’s vision and they work hard to maintain excellent relationships with each other and with adults.”

Thank you to all staff for their commitment to our school’s vision and the religious education of the children of St Joseph’s. Particular thanks must go to Mrs Biggs, Mrs Geen (our RE co-ordinators) and Mrs McLaren (our RE governor) who lead the subject exceptionally well, keeping Christ at the heart of all we do. Thank you also to our parents for their support and help.

Our children are amazing and truly live out our vision- they welcome, care and work hard.

“Pupils demonstrate a deep sense of belonging to this welcoming, inclusive community. They are engaged and passionate about all aspects of school life.”

Catholic School Inspectorate Report 2023

Catholic Social Teaching-the Bishop’s vision- Bringing People closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.

Catholic Social Teaching is very important to the staff, children and governors of St Joseph's. At the core of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) are a number of key concepts and principles. At St Joseph's CST is embedded in our curriculum and beyond. Please see below.

Human Dignity

God made each of us, so every life is important and should be protected.

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.

Jeremiah 1:5

‘Catholic social teaching believes that human beings, created in the image and likeness of God. This means that God is present in each and every one of us, regardless of race, origin, sex, orientation, culture, or economic standing. Catholic Social Teaching emphasises that we must see within each other a reflection of God and we must honour and respect this dignity as a divine gift.

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We ‘live’ our School’s Vision
  • We celebrate special days e.g. World Down Syndrome Day
  • We teach about other faiths
  • We have Churches Together Assemblies
  • We pray for those in need
  • We celebrate different nationalities through raising their flags.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Days
  • Mental health awareness days

We ‘live’ our School’s Vision

The Common Good


You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handing over to them what is theirs.

Saint Ambrose (340-397)

“Pursuit of the common good is one of the ways in which Catholics practice solidarity: the common good is not just shared with those nearest to us, or even with all those in our own society; it is a universal principle, which fosters the unity of the whole human family.” (Catechism of The Catholic Church-CCC, paragraph 1911) In practising it, Catholics are called to have particular care for the weak and vulnerable, because they are our neighbours in a pre-eminent way.  (Luke 10: 25-37).

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We support CAFOD and the Fairtrade Foundation
  • We organise charity events e.g Young Minds, Toy Appeal
  • We donate to Food banks
  • We collect for ‘Bags for Life’
  • We link our Lenten Liturgy prayers to our local parish
  • We pray for our community at every Mass



God wants us to make sure that everyone is safe and healthy.

Peace…is an order that is founded in Peace, nurtured and animated by charity and brought into effect under the auspices of freedom.

Pacem in terris 1963

The Catholic traditions teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human dignity. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to one another, to our families and to the wider society.

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We take part in Anti-Bullying and Safeguarding Week
  • When we have the opportunity to represent the school, we have a duty to do so positively
  • We are taught that our actions and words are an example to others
  • Year 6 write to local MPs regarding topics such as climate change.

The Option for the Poor

God wants us to help people who are poor, don’t have enough food, a safe place to live and don’t belong to a community.

The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted. He has sent me… to let the oppressed go free.’

Luke 4:18

The option for the poor reminds us of God’s preferential love for the poorest and most vulnerable people. God’s love is universal; he does not side with oppressors but loves the humble.

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • Give to Charity, such as CAFOD and The Trussell Trust
  • Pray for those in need
  • Theme Days to raise awareness and money
  • We do not judge others
  • We have a clothes bank in the Parent’s car park
  • Monitor all children to ensure they have the same opportunities
  • Offer support to vulnerable parents/families



God wants us to be active and inclusive participants so that we allow all people to be included in all we do.

‘Each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the Body of Christ in love.’

Pope Francis, June 19, 2013

We live in community with others, growing together. We are called to be active participants in all that we do. We have a responsibility to be inclusive so that we allow all people to participate. Together, we can confront the problems of our world and seek solutions that are truly effective. We listen to others as they speak for themselves, help them to participate if they need such help and speak-out boldly on their behalf when it is right to do so. This is about Doing-Together, not Doing-To.

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We support CAFOD and the Fairtrade Foundation
  • We organise charity events e.g Young Minds, Toy Appeal
  • We donate to Food banks
  • We collect for ‘Bags for Life’
  • We link our Lenten Liturgy prayers to our local parish
  • We pray for our community at every Mass


God made each one of us and we are all unique.  We are all brothers and sisters in God’s family, wherever we live.

In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of my brothers (or sisters) of mine, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:40

‘We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.’ Sollicitudo rei socialis – ‘On Social Concern’ (1987)

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • Matthew White, our School’s CAFOD volunteer has delivered refugee themed workshops
  • We are encouraged to turn off taps so we do not waste water in solidarity for those who do not have access to safe clean water, and turn off unnecessary lights to show solidarity for those hit hardest by climate change
  • This year, for Lent, we organised a ‘Walk a mile against Hunger’ for CAFOD in solidarity with refugees who walk perilous journeys to safety
  • We have bought and worn flowers to show support and solidarity for the victims of war
  • We supported our school community through the Pandemic

Supporting Hungry



God created our wonderful world. We should take care of all creation.

Who turned the wonderworld of the seas into underwater cemeteries bereft of colour and life?

Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, 1988

Respect for human life means respecting all of God’s creation. We must re-engage with our environment and take responsibility for it; live sustainably, live so that there are enough resources for everyone.

‘Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.’ Pope Francis

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We try to recycle as much as we can at school and home
  • We grow plants eg sunflowers (mental health day)
  • We help one another
  • We reuse things eg geography- making a town
  • We put litter in the bin.
  • We had a Laudato si’ competition showing appreciation for God’s world.
  • We teach children to be Stewards by treating our outside areas as God’s garden.
  • We have set up an Eco group

Taking care of our wonderful world



God wants everyone to have a say and the chance to influence outcomes that affect them and others.

 ‘...together we want to give voice to all those who suffer, to all those who have no voice and are not heard.’

Pope Francis, September 20, 2016

Everyone has important ideas and knows what is best for their families and communities. They need to have a say and the chance to influence outcomes. Subsidiarity involves making sure that decisions are made at the most appropriate level, so all those affected can contribute and have a voice.

Catholic Social Teaching holds that work is dignified and an intrinsic good, and workers must always be respected and valued. Work must be undertaken responsibly, and labour treated well, this includes how we approach the work we do, what it is we do with our work and how employers treat their employees. Jesus speaks a lot about work, while much of this is in parables, we shouldn’t restrict interpretations of these parables to be only spiritual ones.


What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • Support Fairtrade
  • Thank staff and show our appreciation
  • Be polite and attentive to special guests and visitors
  • Say each other’s names when we greet each other
  • Supporting staff through training
  • Encourage past pupils to return for work experience/teacher training
  • Support staff members going through challenging times through prayer and actions
  • Treat everyone in our school as family

Distributive Justice


God’s plan was for all people to share in the goods of this world.

‘...we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.’ Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (Praise be), #93, 2015

God’s plan was for all people to share in the goods of this world. This means that no person should struggle to have the basic necessities of life such as food, shelter and clothing.

Distributive justice is all about fair allocation of resources (including income, goods and services).

What we do at St Joseph’s:

  • We are a ‘Fairachiever’ school which means we support Fairtrade by using their products when we can and participate in Fairtrade Fortnight
  • We have a School Committee that encourages and leads our fundraising events
  • We collect donations for our Local Foodbank.
  • We raise money for CAFOD during our Advent and Lenten fast Days.
  • We collect for ‘Bags for Life’



Oscar Romero Award

Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador.  He spent his life as ‘the voice of the voiceless’ working for the poor and forgotten and continually encouraged people to ‘aspire not to have more, but to be more.’  On the 24th March 1980, he was assassinated for continually speaking out for the poor.

 The Romero Award is a charitable award to help Catholic schools and colleges put Catholic Social Teaching in to action.

It recognises, celebrates and encourages schools to:

  • Live out the message of Jesus
  • Care for our neighbours
  • Make the world a fairer place
  • Tell people about how and why we should care for others
  • Raise money to help those in need
  • Make a real difference to the world we live in

St Joseph’s is proud to say that we have achieved the first level of the award. We are currently working on the Developer level with our Eco Committee steering this.

How we help those in our local and universal Church.

The School Committee and the ECO Committee get together to see how they fulfil the Catholic Social Teachings.  They are always looking for ways to do more for others and God's Creation.  As  a school, we are thankful for all their hard work. 


Eden, Hector, Amelia, James, Ava-Mary, Miguel, Nympha, Oscar, Isabel and Zachary would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the generous donations received during our Make a Wish coffee morning last week.  We raised an incredible £170! A special thanks goes to Mrs Rocco for her delicious lemon drizzle cake and Mrs Webber for her scrumptious shortbread. Mrs Morten would also like to say a huge thank you to the committee, they were absolutely fantastic!


CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day     

On CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, we were tasked with instead of bringing in a snack for break or lunchtime, to ‘give it up’ for the day and donated the cost of our snack to CAFOD. Every penny donated was to help our brothers and sisters around the world.  Thank you for your continued support.

CAFOD - ‘Walk A Mile Against Hunger’

Everyone at St Joseph’s, ‘Walked A Mile Against Hunger’ in solidarity with the 200 million children whose lives are at risk because of malnutrition. 

The children dressed up or down, whatever they wished.  Some wore Superhero costumes, some wore pyjamas and dance outfits. They were lots of bright clothes, wigs, painted faces and nails. As long as they could walk in it, they could wear it!! They all looked amazing and raised a huge amount for CAFOD.

They walked, skipped, hula-hooped, bean bag balanced around the 3G pitch and dribbled a basketball around the playground, and covered at least 1 mile each.

Well done and thank you all!