Our community and charitable work
Pope Francis' 'Fratelli Tutti' moves us to respond to our sister or brother in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from (FT, 72). We are challenged to turn outwards, to act as neighbours, and to reach out to all those who are in need.
In school, we believe that KINDNESS is very important.
Our children are regularly involved in events that are held in aid of both our local and wider global communities and enjoy helping others. As a Catholic school we have a duty to ensure that all our pupils understand how to care for and respect our local and global communities; becoming confident, caring, helpful stewards of God's creation.
Our children and families are always keen to support us in helping others who are perhaps less fortunate than ourselves; together we act for a better tomorrow for everyone.
Living so close to the countryside is a priledge yet, this can also lead to families feeling isolated as services can be difficult to get to with the current transport services. We know that can be very difficult, yet we are very fortunate as we have the community hall that we use to support the local community.
We also regularly use our facebook site to sign post to local support and services.
Greggs breakfast club foundation
We are extremely lucky to be part of Greggs Breakfast Club Foundation as they help to pay for the food for breakfast club, which allows us to offer breakfast free to all children.
If you would like to know more please click here.
Supporting School meals
To support our families, with the current cost of living, we have funding now to subsidise the cost of children's meals to half price. This will hopefully help all families to have a very Merry Christmas.
Community drop in
Today we had our first drop in session and what a lovely success it was.
We were joined by Credit Union, Citizen Advice and Social prescribing who were able to help some of our local community whilst enjoying a cuppa.
For those of you unable to attend I have some great referral information that I can pass on to you - Claire Jackson 01946 810702, or you can log onto https://services.thejoyapp.com/. If you add your postcode this brings up all the amazing services we have in this area and you can either request more information or self refer.
E - nurse
It is fantastic to hear such wonderful feedback from this service.
The digital poverty alliance is a charity that provides families with a laptop for their children who may not otherwise have access to one.
They are currently providing laptops for children in 5 areas around the UK and West Cumbria is one of them. They are looking for families in need who have children aged 4 - 16 who would benefit from a laptop at home.
If you feel that your child would benefit or you know a family in West Cumbria that would, please follow the link below to their website.
If you are applying, please speak to school so that we know that we will be expecting an email. :) Amazing offer.
Every week in our school community hall families are invited to join Baby Sensory. To find out more click here
St. Joseph's day celebrations.
Today, 19th March. we celebrated St. Joseph's day in school. all of the children came in red. We all attended mass as a whole school and then invited parents and families into school for a coffee afternoon where the children made St. Joseph's day cards which were given out to the parishioners at mass on Sunday, which they were delighted with.
Thank you to all the families who attended our special celebration.
Santa dash for Mary's Meals
Our school community enjoyed a Santa Dash to raise money for Mary's Meals.
Mary's meals serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future. Please click here if you would like further information.
Singing in local care home
A fantastic group of our Key stage 2 children visited a care home in Whitehaven to perform some carols they have been learning. The residents had a fantastic afternoon and were calling for an encore!! The adult and the children had a great time together! The staff commented upon the lovely manners that the children had and the residents couldn't wait to have a little chat. One resident commented, 'Well, that has made my Christmas, Thank you!"
Thank you so much for having us and wearer looking forward to coming to sing again.
Christmas jumper day for Hospice at home
The children enjoyed coming into school today in their Christmas Jumpers to raise money for West Cumbria Hospice at Home.
This afternoon they sat down to enjoy their Christmas lunch with crackers, colouring and Christmas music.
Planting a garden of remembrance
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
In November, we support the wonderful Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal!
Poppies and other items are available to purchase from school. All donations go to The British Legion.
If you would like to find out about The Royal British legion and the work that they do please click here.
Some of the children from school read at the remembrance service. They then joined the community of Frizington to lay a wreath at the cenotaph on Frizington Main Street.
Local Celebrity Chef workshop - eating on a budget
We are excited to announce that John Crouch, Celebrity Chef held a cookery demonstration and tasting session in the community hall on the 13th October.
He used affordable ingredients to make delicious food that can be replicated at home. It was lovely to see parents and people from the village and parish attending :)
The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick
The children and parent volunteers worked so hard today on ‘The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick’ in our village. It was so lovely to see them so committed to helping clean up and improve our local area. We are very proud of them. They worked extra hard and were proud of the difference that they had made to the village.
Please help to keep Frizington clean and tidy. We have spare litter pickers if you have spare time and would like to make a difference too
Please click here for more information
The children have now asked if litter picking can be part of Friday walking after school club as they want to help our village to stay clean and tidy.
Local event in our community hall - Local history talk
Running with marathon man
WOW, we raised an amazing £843.00 for Marathon Man 365
Thank you to all the children, parents and friends for helping us to donate to such a worthy cause. For a small school we are awesome!!
St. Joseph's Feast Day coffee morning for Ukraine Aid
Thank you so much for attending our St Joseph's Day celebrations. It was lovely to be able to welcome you back into school. We made a total of £136 that will be sent to Ukraine Aid.
A very big thank you to our parent helpers without whom we could not run such events.
Parish art exhibition
We were delighted to host the Parish Art Exhibition in the Community Hall.
Non uniform for Operation Christmas child
This year (2021) at St Josephs, we are going to be contributing to the wonderful idea of ‘Operation Christmas Child’. This is where a shoebox is given to children in areas outside the United Kingdom who are affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease, through their church on Christmas day.
Each shoe box needs a donation of £5. So on the 8th November we are having a non-uniform day, where everyone can also bring in their donations of gifts and money. A suggested donation would be £1, but you may donate what you wish. We will make as many shoe boxes as we can afford with your donations. Each class will put together their boxes and add letters from the class to make our boxes extra special. If you would also like to make a box from your family, feel free to do so and bring to school with a £5 donation.
Here is a link to Kanto’s story for you to watch to see the impact it can have on a child’s life.
I will attach a picture of the ideas of donations you can give for the box, the children already have some wonderful ideas.
Class 1 will be filling boxes aimed at children aged between 2-4
Class 2 and 3 will be filling boxes aimed at children aged between 5-9
Samaritan’s Purse is the charity who organize this event and they ask for these items to not be included:
DO NOT INCLUDE Toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids; used or damaged items; war-related items; seeds, gum, chocolate or food items; religious or political literature; medicines, aerosol cans, sharp or fragile items. Thank you. Also if you have any spare shoeboxes, please send them in.
Operation Christmas Box
A big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and money for our Operation Christmas child boxes, we have them all packed and ready to drop off next week. The children loved picking what to put in each box, thought carefully about what ages they were picking for and showed such care and thoughtfulness. It is lovely to think that we have made Christmas Day a more enjoyable experience for families all over the world who wouldn’t have received anything. So thank you again, your generosity has been amazing. (November 21)