Pupils will be taken out of school to visit places which will enhance and support their curriculum studies. These visits usually take place during the school day but in Year 5 and in Year 6 there is the opportunity to take part in residential visits. This is an excellent time for social development, as well as extending their learning in several curriculum subjects.
All classes have the chance at least once during the year to visit places of interest connected with their work. Places visited include Whipsnade Zoo, the Science and Natural History Museums and the Kent coastline. Parents are asked for a voluntary contribution towards the costs of these visits.
Our children also benefit from visits to Maida Vale library and to local businesses and attractions to enrich their learning. Our Year 4 pupils also have the opportunity to sing at local events such as the Tri-Borough carol concert and the Seven Seeds performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
We encourage visits to school from live performers and invite several different companies to perform for us during the school year. We also benefit from outside organisations like the police force and the fire service who give safety advice and support to the school.
At St Joseph’s, the school day does not end when the bell goes at 3.30pm. Instead we provide a range of activities as part of the Extended School Day which both promotes wellbeing and healthy lifestyles among the children in our care, and reach out to the wider community around us. We have been praised by Westminster City Council for the ambition of our after school provision. As part of this commitment, we are in close contact with other agencies that support children with particular needs and we work with parents in a range of ways. We also have links with local community groups.
Many activities will continue from year to year, returning by popular demand. For children whose parents need to use it, there is an after school club at St. Augustine’s five nights a week until 5:30pm. A group of children from St Joseph’s are escorted there at the end of the school day.
The extra-curricular clubs that take place at St. Joseph’s are shown below: