St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

Mrs Amanda Cross

01993 841240

Our School Faith

Our Virtue this term is:   Attentive and Discerning 

Martha had her First Holy Communion this term in Poland, she sang for the parishioners and mum was incredibly proud!  Congratulations Martha! 

Annunciation of Mary Eucalyptus Assembly

TEN:TEN November Parent Newsletter:


Collective Worship

St Joseph’s Carterton Pupils are Climate Change Winners!

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School pupils in Carterton, Oxfordshire held a competition in the school for the best Climate Change invention to reduce its effects. Pupils worked hard on their inventions and came up with loads of great ideas!  The winners were chosen and the school invited CAFOD’s Education volunteer, Cathy Stormonth, to deliver an online assembly on Climate Change with a special focus on Pope Francis’ letter – Laudato Si’ and then present the prizes.  Cathy writes :

“The assembly was on the theme of Creation focusing on why we should care for the earth. This theme helped children reflect on Pope Francis’ message about how important it is to look after the world. God has given us the earth as our home. It’s our common home because we share it with everyone. We are a family and like every family we need to work together to look after our home. (taken from Cafod webpage below)



The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But it is the poorest communities who are suffering the most. We will be joining schools across England and Wales for @CAFODSchools national assembly on 22 April to find out how we can
tackle climate change


At School we use the Jesuit Pupil Profile as our school virtues.  Pupils are taught about the virtues and how we can 'show' them in our everyday lives to those both in our community and in the wider world.

Our School Faith

Our trip to Westminster Cathedral June 2019

Our Minnie Vinnies were invited, along with around 800 other children, to share mass at Westminster Cathedral!  It was a wonderful afternoon and something that the children and adults who kindly gave up their time to come with us, will never forget!  The children sang the Minnie Vinnies song in front of everyone - with smiles and so much confidence! We are all so very proud of them!

CAFOD Assembly June 2019

Remembrance Mass

We prepared for Armistice Day.  Father Andrew celebrated our Remembrance Mass with us and we were very privileged to have Carterton's Mayor as our VIP visitor.  

Jesus Blesses Little Children Mark 10: 13-16

Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place in his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people.  When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, "Let the children come and do not stop them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."  Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them and blessed them.

Collective Worship

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Please find below a link to prayers that your child will be learning throughout their school year - please feel free to download and share at home.

Lord hear our prayers...


Please watch our end of year assembly prayer...

Our staff are reflective and spiritual in all that we do and we feel it is important to share our faith with the children.  This is a prayer written by one of our teachers...

The Wind of Change

Loving Father we thank you for the wild wind.

When we feel overwhelmed and weighed down by our circumstances, 

It tosses and jolts the obstacles out of the way.

It brings a future that is full of hope.

The wind of change is coming and bringing a new sound.


Gracious God we listen to the melody of the dainty draught

When we have many questions that are mounting and none seem to be resolved,

It exhales over the mounds of leaves.

It breathes fresh thoughts and life into deliberation.

The wind of change is coming and bringing a new sound.


Precious Jesus we thank you for the bustling breeze.

When life seem frenetic and nothing seems to be completed on time.

It gives new life and refreshes one's soul.

It brings a smile and empowers new energy.

The wind of change is coming and bringing a new sound.


Creator of all things we embrace the graceful gust.

When plans have imploded and not been rebuilt 

It brings angels with wings who sing and who dance,

Sunshine seeps in, confounding the darkness,

The wind of change is coming and bringing a new sound.

Yom Kippur 16th September 2021

Today we had a virtual visit from Deborah who talked to the whole school about the very important Jewish Festival Yom Kippur.  Children learnt to write some important Hebrew words and shared apple and honey.  The children really enjoyed the visit.

'I learnt so many interesting things and liked listening to the celebratory Jewish horn the Shofar.'

Our Reception class has been learning all about Mary and have made beautiful flowers to decorate the display!

2021 is the Year of St Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To you God entrusted his only Son;

in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.

Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil


Caritas in Action

In the Summer Term (2021) we will be adopting the teachings from Caritas in Action

The seven themes of Caritas in Action









 Dignity of the Human Person.pdfDownload
 Family and Community.pdfDownload
 Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.pdfDownload
 Rights and Responsibilities.pdfDownload
 Solidarity and the Common Good.pdfDownload
 The Dignity of Work.pdfDownload
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Dignity of the Human Person

Pope Francis spoke in 2013 saying...

'What we are called to respect in each person is first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices.  We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation.  Families, school, religious teaching and all forms of media have a role to play in achieving this goal.'

Working Together

Are we good team players?  Is there something we could do today to help make someone feel more a part of our team?  Are we committed to helping and encouraging one another?

Dear God,

Thank you for placing us in families, in friendship groups and in a school that cares for us.  Please help us to play our part and be good team players who always help and encourage others.


SVP Mini Vinnies

Our Mini Vinnies are already at work supporting local and international charities - so far this year they have organised the Shoe Box appeal and have handed out boxes to be filled for children and families at Christmas and our collection at Harvest has been donated to the local food bank. Well done and keep up the good work!

Year Group Prayers

Click here for Reception Prayers

Click here for Year 1 Prayers

Click here for Year 2 Prayers

Click here for Year 3 Prayers

Click here for Year 4 Prayers

Click here for Year 5 Prayers

Click here for Year 6 Prayers





Father Almighty,

You are God's 'son', God also created our 'sun'.  You are our 'sun' because you are powerful and beautiful. You give us light, you are the main thing in our life and we couldn't live without you; just like the real sun.  We thank you for all the beautiful things in our life, like the sun, our family and our friends.

Help us to believe and trust in God because he will set us free and he loves us so much.  The 'sun' is our physical light but you are our spiritual light.

- Megan


Dear God,

Thank you for your light (the sun) it has guided me my whole life helping me decide the right path leading me to where I am now with a family and friends and a life full of joy and happiness.  The light has inspired and enlightened me to grasp for higher goals with the light watching over me along the way.

- Liam


Almighty Father,

The sun is our physical source of energy but you are our spiritual source of energy.  The sun is our light but Jesus your 'son' is our Saviour and our guidance.  He helps us in so many ways.  I feel your energy when you help me and I know you're always there to protect and love me.  When I help others we have a stronger relationship.  I can feel your presence even more.  More than ever.

I trust you and believe that you will heal me and all my friends.  I trust that you will help and think of us every day.  We rely on the sun for light and brightness every day and we rely on you for guidance and help.  Thank you for our beautiful things like our family and friends and all the people who support us.  Thank you for all the things that we have because some people aren't as fortunate as us.  These things are beautiful just  like the sun.

- Alfie

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