St Joseph's Primary

St Joseph's Primary Badge

St Joseph's school was officially opened on Tuesday 21 May 1985 by Councillor Andrew Ferguson, JP. It is a Roman Catholic, co-educational school and this building replaced the old school which had been in use since around 1900. In October 2011 an extension was added providing two new classrooms, an activity area, a raised deck and refurbished toilet blocks. Situated on Cardowan Road, opposite St Joseph's Church, the building is designed as a primary school and serves the communities of Cardowan, Stepps & Millerston. This accommodation comprises nine classrooms, activity areas and separated staff areas. The site access, pathways and school entrances are designed to facilitate disabled access to all parts of the school. The existing playing field is a full size grass football pitch. . Five classrooms are of a traditional closed type and four are semi-open plan. The classrooms are bright and have extensive display surfaces and each is equipped with an interactive whiteboard & projector.

St Joseph's Primary - Outside View

The ancillary teaching facilities consist of a library, activities area and hall suitable for badminton and netball. The school also has a room for visiting services and a kitchen. Senior pupils benefit from the opportunity to participate in instrumental tuition in Cello, violin, saxophone, clarinet & flute. Swimming lessons are delivered at P5 stage and a variety of after-school clubs run throughout the year. Children are fully involved in decision making through their involvement in Pupil Council, Eco committee, Health Committee and Fair-trade Committee. Involvement in inter-school activities is encouraged and each year the P7 pupils participate in a Residential Trip to Kilbowie Outdoor Centre with children from other primaries from our High School Cluster.

St Joseph's Primary - Garden view

The school benefits greatly from a very active and involved PTA & Parent Council.

As a Catholic School we have strong links with the Parish Community and our Chaplain is a frequent and welcome visitor. All children take part in fund-raising activities supporting a variety of charities both at home and abroad. In this way they are encouraged to see themselves as citizens of the world and to develop responsible attitudes to others.

Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from St Joseph's primary normally transfer to Our Lady's High School, Dowanfield Road, Cumbernauld.

A well structured programme of primary and secondary liaison with Our Lady's high school assists with the transition from P7 to S1 and ensures that our children look forward to the challenges of high school with confidence. This programme includes members of staff from the secondary school teaching a four week block of their specialist subject in P7. A parent information evening is held in the primary school where the head teacher and members of staff discuss aspects of transition and the secondary curriculum. Frequent meetings are held where the head teachers of the associated primaries meet with the head teacher of Our Lady's and the Depute Head for S1. Primary seven teachers and guidance staff also meet to hand over information.

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