St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Hertford, is a Voluntary Aided co-educational School within the Diocese of Westminster. Our thriving community includes Junior, Infant and Nursery classes and a pre-school playgroup with premises in the grounds of the school.
The school has a excellent facilities including a large playing field, separate playgrounds for nursery, infant and junior children, an out door classroom and an open-air swimming pool. Through the good offices of the Friends of St Joseph (the PTA), many social and fund-raising events are held which help to provide extra equipment, materials and trips for the children in the school.
We believe that the purpose of St Joseph's Catholic Primary school is to:
The School owes its existence and special character to the fact that it was established by the Church to nurture Christ's kingdom in its children and through the nature of its teaching in all subjects, to bring them to a deeper knowledge of and belief in God and a commitment to Him.
Every child is of equal importance. Pupils are valued for what they are rather than what they can do and are given every opportunity for educational development to the highest level possible. All are equal in the sight of God.
The features of a Catholic community include as a first premise - "Prayer and worship threaded through its daily life"
Catholics believe that Religious Education is not one subject among many but the foundation for the entire educational process. The beliefs and values it communicates should inspire and unify every aspect of school life. It should provide the context for and substantially shape the school curriculum and offer living experience of the life of faith in its practical expression.
Religious Education is not only communicating knowledge - it is educating for a way of life which is Christ centred. It follows that daily collective worship has always been at the centre of school life. Traditional prayers and hymns are used as well as prayers written by the children.