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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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PTA Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 27th September at 6pm. Everyone is welcome! Please come to the school office.

PTA Summer Fayre

The PTA would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to make our Summer Fayre on Friday June 10th such a huge success! Thank you to all the St Joseph’s staff, our club leaders for ballet, karate, art, sports and choir, to parent helpers and to the children who took part in performances, for all working hard and giving up their spare time to support this event. Thank you to all the fantastic stallholders and to all the businesses who donated wonderful prizes to the popular Summer Fayre raffle including: 

The Jetty, Christchurch Derma Spa, the Boathouse, Lord Bute, Hiker Café, Marks & Spencer, Littledown Centre,
Seven Springs Studio, Spirit Hair Design, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, The Cliffhanger, Brown’s Fish and Chips Restaurant, Ringwood Brewery, The Noisy Lobster, Toby Carvery Hinton, Somerford Beefeater, Mighty Adventures Bournemouth, Laurel & Bloom, The Body Shop, Graham Searle Jewellery, Hollywood Bowl Branksome and The Thomas Tripp.


We are delighted to announce that we raised just over £3,000 which will go toward exciting projects at St Joseph’s to enhance the school lives of our children. Watch this space for updates on our projects!

PTA Annual Events Calendar at a glance

A warm welcome to St Joseph’s School PTA! Our mission is to “enrich our children’s school lives through fundraising.”


Being part of the PTA is a very rewarding experience and can make such a difference in your child’s school life. We have a very hard-working team of PTA members but we do need more helping hands, so please do consider joining, even if for just a few hours. We love to see new members and being part of the PTA often produces many long-lasting friendships. 


Meet our PTA

St. Joseph’s Parent and Teachers Association is made up of a committee of elected people. The positions are: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. All of these positions can be shared so you can join up with another parent to take a role. We have class representatives (usually one in each class year), a teacher representative and our President is Headteacher Mrs Elizabeth Rippon. Every year we hold an AGM when new members or existing members are voted in. Anyone can nominate themselves - we send out nomination forms every year so if you'd like to join please come along!


What does the PTA do?

We help to raise money for the little extras and luxuries for the children by holding fantastic fundraising events. The money raised has so far helped us to purchase our new improved Trim Trail in the playground, a new reading scheme for the whole school, play equipment for Foundation Stage and KS1, digital cameras, a friendship bench, lunchtime play equipment, our playground train, a Science Dome and Christmas and Easter crafts for every class. Our superb events include our hugely popular Summer Fayre, Christmas Fayre, Christmas Disco, Race Night, Quiz Night, Easter raffle, Book Fairs and more.


How to get involved

Come and join us at a meeting or offer your time to help at any of our events. More helping hands are always welcome! Your PTA needs you – remember it’s for the children. To contact the PTA please email


When and where are the meetings?

We hold the meetings once a month in the school hall at 7pm - we try to keep the meetings brief as we know everyone has busy lives! We discuss upcoming and future events.

Please take a look at our previous events below:


Christmas Party Day

Just before the Christmas break we treated the children to a wonderful party day complete with a socially distanced visit from Father Christmas himself! All the children received a small Christmas gift from Santa and they had a fabulous day enjoying Christmas activities.


Silent Auction

We are delighted to have raised £540.59 from our Silent Auction in 2021. Thank you to all the local businesses and parents who donated such wonderful prizes including: 


Legoland Tickets x 4 worth over £100

Three course lunch with wine at The Jetty (for two people)

Luxury Gel Manicure by Bare Beaute, Laura Morris, Highcliffe

Luxury Gel Pedicure by Bare Beaute, Laura Morris, Highcliffe

Harry Redknapp signed football, autobiography and 2 signed photos

Box of prosecco from Sainsbury’s

Private 30 minute swimming lesson worth £35 with local swimming expert Ayshia, Highcliffe

Afternoon Tea for Two from Perks Home Bakes

Static Caravan stay on the Isle of Wight (£65 cleaning charge and 15% off the ferry)

Cut and Blow Dry at Harbour Hair Design, Bure Lane

1 hour full body massage from Beauties Within – sponsored by
TF Chemtex Ltd

14-day pass to Littledown Centre from bhlive active

Adult hamper from One Stop

Child’s hamper from One Stop

Afternoon Tea for Two, with a glass of Prosecco in the LEVEL8IGHT Sky Bar, Hilton Bournemouth

Handmade Carousel Cake worth £75 made by Mrs Cossins

Handmade Victoria Sponge made by Mrs McPherson

3 x trampoline sessions at 2 Riversmeet Leisure Complex

Family swim (2 adults, 2 children)  at 2 Riversmeet Leisure Complex

£20 Lord Bute Voucher


Mufti and Crazy Hair Day

We invited all children to come to school with a crazy hairstyle or coloured hair in return for a £1 donation and we had some fantastic creations! We are delighted to have raised £184.30.


School Christmas Card Project

We are delighted to announce that we raised £184 taking part in the School Christmas Card Project. It was lovely to see all of the children’s fantastic artwork as their cards, mugs and placemats were sent home. They worked very hard in class to create such wonderful work. We have some very talented artists! We hope you enjoy seeing your child’s artwork! Happy Christmas!




Summer Fayre 2019

Our PTA Summer Fayre was once again a great success and we are delighted to announce that together we made over £3,200!

As always it was a lovely community event and after a rather wet week we were very lucky with the weather! A big thank you to the PTA and to everyone who helped in the run up to the event and on the day; to all the teachers, the Year 5 choir, Year 3 dancers and our Karate club who performed in the arena; to all the stallholders and parent helpers and to everyone who came to enjoy the event. Your support really did make the Fayre a huge success. We were delighted to also welcome Dorset Police, the RNLI, the Little Sewing Table, Funtastic Club and Glitter Girls.

Well done to Year 6 who created their own stalls and worked hard on the day raising a fantastic £391 for the PTA, and thank you to the Year 5 Sports Ambassadors for working hard running the Tri Golf stall. Well done also to Year 4  pupils Amelia and Alice for raising £81.80 on their stall in aid of Cafod. Thank you to all the individual classes for working so hard on their stalls and raising valuable funds for the PTA.

Thank you to everyone who entered our first ever Bake Off at the Summer Fayre! Well done to Anna, Jasmine, Jess, Harry, Erin, Maria, Samir, Seth and Ralphie for making such an amazing effort baking their delicious cakes. Everyone really did enjoy tasting the cakes and voting for their favourite. Well done to Samir for winning the Bake Off! Pictures of all of the cakes will be on our website. Thank you also to everyone who very kindly baked cakes and donated them to the cake stall – they all looked amazing!

Thank you to all the businesses who very kindly donated amazing prizes for our raffle. Once again thank you to:

The Jetty, The Pig in Brockenhurst, The Lord Bute, Swanage Railway, AM Revive, Avon Beach Beauty Treatments, The Tank Museum, Regent Centre, Wimborne Model Town, Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, Adventure Wonderland, Marks & Spencer, Breamore House and Countryside Museum, Splashdown Waterparks, Moors Valley Country Park, Concept Cleaning Solutions, Pieroth Wine Tasting, Longdown Activity Farm, Stewarts, BH Live, Snowtrax, South Coast Karting, Lifestyle Active, Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood Brewery, Papa John’s and Hollywood Bowl.

Thank you to the following businesses for their food and drink donations: Red Cherry Catering, Papa John’s Christchurch, Sainsbury’s, Warburtons and Tesco New Milton. Thank you also to McDonald’s for donating the fun animal balloon holders and to Richard’s Mr Softee ice cream van.

If you enjoyed the event please do consider joining our PTA as we always need more volunteers and helping hands to be able to put on events such as this, raising money for our school and enriching the school life for our children.


Quiz Night 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our PTA Quiz Night! It was a great success and a fantastic night was had by all who attended. Thank you to the PTA who arranged the event, to Mr Curran and Miss Fox who hosted the event and to everyone who came on the night, helped or donated prizes. We would like to thank Papa John’s Christchurch for donating our pizza supper which was delicious! Thank you also to Ringwood Brewery, The Dancing Moose and Hoburne Dental Practice for donating amazing prizes for our hamper! Thank you to everyone who donated prizes as well as your time helping set up and tidy away! A particular thank you goes to the hardworking PTA for organising a fabulous evening, to all those who helped on the evening and those who helped but were unable to attend. As well as it being a lovely community event, an impressive £356 was raised which goes towards making a difference to enrich our children’s school experience.


Christmas Fayre 2018

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our PTA Christmas Fayre – it was a great success! It was a great family event with a magical Santa’s Grotto which was a real hit with the kids, and a Secret Santa Room where children could secretly buy and wrap a present for their loved ones – the children really loved this too! We had a great selection of gift and craft stalls including Tropic Skincare, The Book People, Flamingo Paperie cards, designer perfume with Sorelle, hand knitted items from Crafty Wools, handmade bows with Emily Lockyer and locally made honey from beekeeper Johanna Mills. We had tombolas, homemade cakes, biscuit decorating, glitter tattoos with Sparkle Art Face Painting and Christmas garlands with Ericka Golding. The playground was filled with real Nordmann Fir Christmas trees thanks to Christmas Trees Direct and we served refreshments all evening thanks to generous donations from Papa John’s Pizza in Christchurch, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Warburtons.

Our Christmas raffle was a huge success and raffle winners were delighted with their prizes. Raffle prizes were very kindly donated by The Jetty; Hoburne Brasserie 1912 restaurant, Tropic Skincare, Longdown Activity Farm, Farmer Palmer’s, the Regent Centre, Swanage Railway, BH Live, Lifestyle Active, Moors Valley, Beauty Rediscovered, Monkey Madness, Beales and Marks and Spencer. 

Thank you to our very hardworking PTA who devoted a lot of their time to make this a fantastic event; to our St Joseph’s families who donated generously, gave their time to work with the children and helped on the night; and to the children who worked hard making decorations for the event. Thanks also to Stewarts Garden Centre and John Cribb for donating decorations and lights.

We raised an amazing £1,672 which will be used to enrich our children’s school journey. We hope you enjoy the pictures of our event.

Book Fair 2018

Thank you to all who helped with the Book Fair. The event was a great success and everyone enjoyed choosing their books from The Book People bookcases. We raised over £937 from the sale which has earned the school over £234 in commission to spend on our school library.






Sponsored Bounce

Well done to all our bouncy children who took part in the PTA fundraising. We raised £1,372 some of which I’ve already spent on crafts and party bits for our Royal Wedding Day. Thank you for making the difference.

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