Bishop of Arundel and Brighton visits Haywards Heath school

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St Joseph’s Catholic School in Haywards Heath welcomed the Right Reverend Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton for the grand opening and blessing of their new Early Years buildings and library.

Two new Reception classrooms, and two new Year One classrooms were blessed by the Bishop last Friday (January 24).

The new buildings also include a fully equipped library and ICT suite, and outside all-weather learning space and equipment for the Early Years children.

The programme of events started with a school assembly, where each class told their own story of why St Joseph’s was so important to them, through their learning and friendships. This was followed by a tour of the school and then a question and answer session for the Bishop with the School Council.

During the assembly Bishop Kieran asked the children what made the school so special to them, and there were many stories from children including one boy’s telling of starting St Joseph’s with no spoken English and being nurtured and guided by the school to being fully fluent.

Children also praised their ‘wonderful’ teachers and a few of the very youngest students said: ‘we just like playtime’, which amused the audience.

Head teacher Catherine Walker said: “Aafter a year’s building works the Early Year’s classrooms are now in full use and the children are benefiting hugely from their fantastic facilities.

“We are extremely grateful to Bishop Kieran for coming to bless them and officially open them.”

The school has recently been named in the top 250 primary schools in the country in terms of the progress its pupils make.

Pictured are Bishop Kieran Conry, head teacher Mrs Catherine Walker, head boy Adam Dray and head girl Erin Griffin.