St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

St Joseph's Young Enterprise  2018

So far it has been a bit of a whirl wind – but we are loving it.  Choosing our teams was challenging, we had to consider our different personalities and what type of people we wanted within the team.  It was important to have a balance of personalities in order to work well as a team.  Too many panthers is never a good thing!


We have been lucky enough to have two business people come to share their knowledge and experience.  Mr McGarry has worked for Disney, amongst other companies, he has now set up a business of his own.  He taught us all about the importance of integrity, honesty and respect in business – highlighting some big business failures that had been in the press.  We were surprised to hear that you could set up a company at a young age, and that there are people younger than us who are already successful entrepreneurs.  You don’t need big premises or lots of money to start a business – in fact a good starting point is a GREAT idea.


Mr Heaney gave us some top tips for being in business - he talked about the importance of knowing you can do it’, which links to the learning we did on mindsets at the beginning of the year.  He also made it quite clear that you need to give people what they want and that listening to your market is key.  In all of this though, in order to succeed, teamwork is key. 


We are looking forward to agreeing on and making our products for the Christmas Fayre and hope that lots of people come along to see what we have achieved – and of course buy our products!


11th November 2018

Remembrance Service in Thame

"They shall grow not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them."

It was wonderful to see so many people at the Remembrance Service today.  The sun shone down on everyone as we took time to reflect on lives lost in conflict from WWI til now.


9th October 2018


This week we have enjoyed listening to poems from home - the variety presented has been amazing - creating a real buzz for poetry in the class.  Thank you for sharing 'special' poems from home.



Our endangered topic is causing quite a stir and encouraging us to ask some BIG questions about life and the future of different species - not least our role in protecting them for generations to come.  We have also been learning more about endangered animals. Fascinated, we have explored different biomes and ecosystems, then created some amazing factual posters which we presented to each other.  See some of our amazing posters below...

1st October 2018

Whipsnade zoo

Today we visited Whipsnade Zoo - we had an amazing time learning all about some of our favourite animals and some animals we had never seen before.  The staff at the zoo gave us a talk on endangered species and the risks that they are exposed to.  We were surprised and shocked at some of the hazards these animals face, many of which are preventable.  Have a look at what we got up to...