I do hope that all our children and familes are safe and well. I would like to thank all members of staff for their hardwork and dedication this week in organising the remote learning for our children. It has been wonderful to see the children's engagement and work throughout the week. There will be remote learning available on your child's class page for Monday next week too. The class email messaging will cease from Tuesday 17th and instead the school should be contacted via the info email account for general queries. The Board of Directors have also agreed that all visitors, parents and staff must wear a face covering on site and around communal areas in school. Please can you ensure that you wear a face covering at drop-off and collection times from Tuesday morning onwards. Thank you for your cooperation and support. We do understand the inconvenience this has caused for our parents and their families but within such a pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff has been of paramount importance.
This Sunday's Gospel reminds us to use our talents well. When Jesus told this parable, the 'talent' he was speaking about was a sum of money - a weight of silver or gold. In our time, the word 'talent' describes the special qualities or abilities which people have. The marvellous thing about human beings is that everyone has a special talent, something unique, which only that person can contribute to the world. If we think of the talents which people around us have, instead of thinking of their faults, it helps to make the world a more joyful and encouraging place. Using our talents just for our own enjoyment can be like hiding our talents in the ground. How much better to use them to bring happiness to others! For this week's Wednesday Word, please click the following link: https://www.paperturn-view.com/uk/wednesday-word/wisdom?pid=MTA101634&v=8.8
Next week is National Anti-bullying Week. This year's theme is: United Against Bullying. We are asking the children to wear odd socks to school on Tuesday 17th November to celebrate that everyone is unique and different. The children will be learning about the importance of friendship, cooperation and respect as part of our focus on the Gospel values and Catholic virtues in school. For further information about this week go to: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
Due to the pandemic and staff having to work from home, Mrs Scotney and Mrs Chadry will be teaching and supporting in Year 1 during the remainder of the national lock down and Mrs Connolly will be teaching in Year 5.
The Dudley School Nurse Team will be in school on Wednesday to administer the flu vaccination to all children across the school. Please return completed consent forms on Tuesday morning for the school nurses to collect. Check your child's bag for their form, all forms were sent home last Tuesday.
Click on the following link to the NHS website for information on what to do if you or your child/ren show the main symptoms of Coronavirus. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms
Due to the arrangments of the national lockdown which came into force yesterday, there will not be any further Class Masses for children in school. Fr. Philip will livestream daily Masses from OLAS Church at 10am from Tuesday to Friday. Our school will be watching the Mass on Tuesdays which will be more child-centred.
Prayer of Commitment shared at Hagley's Remembrance Service from earlier in the week.
Lord God, we pledge ourselves to you and all mankind in the cause of peace and for the relief of want and suffering. Give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us always faithful. Amen.
Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be: Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and Prophetic in the example they set to others.
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.