Celebrating 150 years

St Joseph’s celebrated its 150th anniversary during the 2021/22 academic year.

This year was a very special year for our school, as we brought together the various generations of staff, pupils and parents who make up our community at St Joseph’s.

A key moment of the year was Archbishop John’s visit to the school where he met the pupils and concelebrated Mass with our entire school at Virgo Fidelis Parish.

Click here for Archbishop John’s letters to the school and pupils

 “It was a joy and privilege to visit the Federation of schools, and to meet the school’s community. I was delighted to note the sense of joy and harmony which pervades it.”

– The Most Reverend John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark


St Joseph’s was founded in 1872 when the nuns of Virgo Fidelis pointed out to the Bishop of Southwark that, while they (the nuns) were educating the girls of Norwood, the boys had to go to a Protestant school for their schooling.

Click here for a photo montage from our school’s 150 year history

Click here for our detailed history

Today, we are proud to be an outstanding and inclusive school, whose pupils, parents and staff reflect the many cultures and languages of the community which we serve.

Please see below the list of events that marked this very special year.

Date Event Details Attendees
24 September 2021 Official launch of the anniversary year Afternoon Tea

Evening drinks and canapes

Former Staff and Governors
3 November 2021 Fireworks Infant school playing field All welcome
14 February 2022 Planting of anniversary oak tree Infant school playground All welcome
28 April 2022 Mass by the Archbishop Virgo Fidelis parish
Selected guests
17 June 2022 Drop-in morning Visit to the school and tour by pupil leaders All welcome
2 July 2022 Summer Fun Day and Colour Run Whole school celebration All welcome
18 July 2022 Leavers’ Mass Virgo Fidelis Parish, 5:30pm All welcome

Please follow our progress on Instagram here or by following our hashtag #SJF150

Thank you to all alumni who visited our school for our 150th celebrations.

Click here for our alumni page

Finally, as a final gift to the pupils in this special year, each child received a £15 book credit from Dulwich Books, which was topped up by a further 10%, so that pupils can have reading books for the summer.

Click here for more details




The Story of the Federation of St Joseph’s Junior, Infant and Nursery Schools (1872 – 2022)

The definitive record of key events in our school’s history, is available for £5 per copy. Researched and compiled by our own Mrs McMillan.

We had a limited run of 150 copies made. Copies are available from the school office or from Dulwich Bookshop on Croxted Road, SE21.


Commemorative Pin Badge (1872 – 2022)

A unique pin badge was designed by one of our parents, Mrs Donna Durie, and given to all staff and pupils to celebrate this special year. The design was also used in the Year 6 leavers’ hoodies.

We were lucky enough to order sufficient stock of pin badges – they are also available to purchase from the school PTA for £2 each. Please contact the PTA on [email protected] for further details.