What is going on at St. Joseph’s?

◆ Parent and Toddler mornings every other Friday between 9.00am and 10.30am.

◆ Community Lunches: Come and have lunch with us and enjoy a delicious roast dinner for only £3.00 (12 noon). Telephone the school to book a place for the one on 30th January. ◆ Sports coaches visit our school weekly to work with the children. ◆ Children tell us they feel safe in school and that there isn,t any bullying.

◆ We have an after-school swimming club every Friday just for pupils at our school.

People say we are a small school with a family feel and we think that this describes us perfectly!

If you want this type of primary school for your child, then come and have a look around.

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School Mountain View ◆

Cockermouth ◆ Katy, Daniel and the Baby Mouse A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2020

On their way to the village shop, Katy and Daniel see something small move in the grass verge. They move the grass and see a baby mouse. It is so small that its eyes have not yet opened.

Daniel says they should leave it alone and its Mummy will come back for it. Coming home from the shop, they see that the baby mouse is still there and that it does not move very much

They both agree that it must have lost its Mummy and is lonely and afraid. They take it home to look after it. They show the baby mouse to their Mummy who knows just what to do. First she finds a small box and puts in a lot of cotton wool. This makes a very good nest for the baby mouse. Then they need to feed the mouse. Mummy mixes some baby milk, dips in a very fine artists’ brush and offers it to the mouse. It immediately starts to suck.


crushed nuts. Soon the mouse is able to eat seeds and nuts, because baby mice grow up very quickly

They call the mouse Verge, because it was found on the grass verge.

Katy and Daniel take in turns to feed the mouse and after a day or two, it opens its eyes and starts to wriggle about. Mummy says it will soon climb out of the box, so they get a cage with a small nest box and games for the mouse to play. There is a wheel that the mouse can climb into and run around. There is a ball with holes for the mouse to climb in and out.

After two weeks, they give it baby food and INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

Baby mice need their Mummy and Daddy to teach them how to look after themselves in the countryside. As Verge is an orphan it would not live happily in the countryside, so Mummy says they will keep it as a pet.

Every evening they take Verge out of its cage and it plays happily with them on the living room floor. Even Vic, their dog, likes Verge and lets it walk all over his face and back.

“I am so pleased that Verge likes living with us”, says Katy with a big smile.

The illustrations above shows on the left what Brooke (age 9) and on the right Shaiann (age 8) did.

Have fun! ISSUE 438 | 23 JANUARY 2020 | 32 CA13 0DG 01900 829859 ◆


Make Stencil Pictures

For this, you will need pictures from magazines or old Christmas cards. Scissors, a sheet of paper, paints and a piece of sponge, old rag or kitchen paper (dabber).

Choose a shape from the magazine or Christmas card that you like, such as a robin and carefully cut round it. The gap where the robin or other shape was is your stencil. Put this on to your sheet of paper. Dab your dabber into the paint and then dab this all over the gap in the card. Lift the card off the paper and you will have the shape you chose.

You could make patterns on your paper with the shape, or make up your own picture using different stencil cut-outs. Another idea is to use the cut-out shape as your stencil and dab round the edge of it.

Small class sizes

Breakfast Club

& After School Care Available

School meals cooked on site and specific diets are catered for

Nursery Places available now!

We offer 30 hours and are f lexible with days and times!

Regular Visits from Aero

The Therapy Dog

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