Christmas at St Joseph’s is always a special time as we come together as a school community to celebrate. Alongside our religious celebrations, we aim to live out our faith by sharing God’s love within the community. Year upon year we return to the many traditions that have grown and developed during our school’s 50 year history and remain thankful that we are able to spread seasonal cheer within our parishes.
Christmas Hamper Appeal
Another Christmas tradition that we continue to enjoy at St Josephís is our annual Christmas hamper appeal. Every year, each form group is tasked with designing and filling a festive hamper full of seasonal food items. Containing everything from crackers and crisps to dinner and dessert items, the hampers are decorated by pupils in their break and lunch times before being distributed to families in need within our local parishes and through the SVP.
As part of this venture, we were proud to be able to once again provide hampers for the nuns at the Missionaries of Charity convent in Swansea.
“In previous years we have taken hampers to the convent filled with items for the nuns to distribute to the homeless,” said one of our Sixth Form Tutors, Mr Torrance. “However, this Christmas, pupils decided they would like to fill a hamper with luxury food items for the nuns themselves. The students always love visiting the convent and the nuns are always very happy to see them. Our pupils were particularly moved by the way the nuns run the homeless shelter and will be returning after Christmas to see what else they can do to support the nuns in their work”.
Mr X Appeal
For the 16th consecutive year, staff and pupils at St. Joseph’s were proud to play Santa to over 100 local youngsters by providing Christmas gifts to those in need. The Mr X Appeal asked members of the school community to purchase an extra toy or present with their Christmas shopping which was then passed on to another child in time for December 25th.
The Mr X Appeal is coordinated by Mrs Rhian Curtis, who is extremely proud of pupils’ response to the scheme. “This is the 16th year where St Joseph’s pupils, staff, governors and friends have embraced the Mr X appeal and as a result, over 120 children received gifts from Santa on Christmas morning. Mr X is a charity very close to our hearts and we are privileged to be part of this very special appeal at this time of year”.
Mr Scourfield, said: “St Joseph’s is known for having a great atmosphere, especially in the lead up to Christmas. Joining the Mr X appeal is a wonderful way for students to express their concern for and commitment to those in need. This year we have even had some of our past pupils coming back from university with their contribution to Mr X. I am incredibly proud of our pupils’ willingness to contribute to their community”