Enthusiasm is one of life’s most important ingredients. The word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from the Greek word ‘entheos’ which means ‘God-filled’. Life really is joyful when we are enthusiastic about the right things. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we read how the people had actually lost sight of God by getting caught up in their buying and selling. Jesus’ enthusiastic action was a protest that things had gone seriously wrong with how they were relating to God; something needed to change. St. Therese of Liseux in her life decided to do every single act with great joy, enthusiasm and kindness. Lent is also an opportunity for us all to renew our own relationship with God and to be filled with a new enthusiasm for life in all its fullness.
We look forward to welcoming all our children back to school on Monday morning. The school times will revert back to the approach used in the Autumn term as detailed in the letter sent out earlier this week. The staggered approach will help with reducing congestion and the number of people on the school site. The children will also continue to be grouped according to their phase bubbles to mitigate risk and reduce contact with other year groups. Children are not required to wear face coverings as in line with Government guidance. Staff members and any visitors will wear face coverings in communal areas. The only changes to the guidance from the Autumn term is that pupil attendance is now mandatory. Also, breakfast and after school club sport provision is allowed to start in schools again. For these sessions the children will be organised in their bubbles. Children will also continue to be able to wear a tracksuit and PE kit on their allocated days each week to reduce any addtional items being brought into school. Physical activity and PE is such a crucial aspect in supporting the children's reintegration into school and in supporting their mental health and well-being. Thank you to all our members of staff, Local Governing Body and Directors for their continued hard-work and support for the children and families of St. Joseph's. We hope and pray that there will be a positive progression in the reduction of measures so that we are all able to enjoy the Spring and Summer ahead with our families and friends.
Mrs Hickman gave birth to two beautiful girls last weekend. It is wonderful to share such good news in these difficult times.
This term, our Parents' Evening sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 23rd March and Tuesday 30th March, both from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. There will be a five-minute time slot allocated to each parent. A booking form on the school website will be available from Monday 15th March. This will enable teachers to discuss the targets identiifed as part of the recovery programme in school, and also to inform how they have settled back into the daily life of the school.
|Year Group||Day 1||Day 2|
Please note PE days for KS2 will change after 2 weeks -
8th -19th March - Years 3 & 4 will be Tuesday & Friday
Years 5 & 6 will be Monday & Wednesday
22nd March - 1st April - Years 3 & 4 will be Monday & Friday
Years 5 & 6 will be Tuesday & Wednesday
|Monday||Multi-skills||Years 1 to 3||8am-8.45am|
|Monday||Football||Years 1 and 2||3.15pm-4.15pm|
|Tuesday||Gymnastics||Years 3 to 6||8am-8.45am|
|Tuesday||Irish Dancing||Years 1 to 6||3.15pm-4.15pm|
|Wednesday||Multi-skills||Years 4 to 6||8am-8.45am|
|Thursday||Gymnastics||Years 1 and 2||8am-8.45am|
|Thursday||Netball||Years 5 and 6||start date to be confirmed|
|Friday||Archery||Years 1 to 6||8am-8.45am|
|Friday||Football||Years 3 and 4||3.15pm-4.45pm|
The Local Governing Body and Directors have agreed the In-service Training Days for next academic year. Children will not be required to attend schools on these days which are designated for staff professional development. The Dudley term dates for next academic year are also available on the school website under the 'Key Information' tab.
Day 1 Thursday 2nd September 2021
Day 2 Friday 3rd September 2021
Day 3 Friday 8th October 2021
Day 4 Friday 27th May 2022
Day 5 Friday 24th June 2022
Parents and carers can also visit www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirusparents for more information on both symptom and symptom-free testing and the other symptoms residents are now being encouraged to take a precautionary test if they display.
Accessing symptom-free tests
Parents and carers and anyone else living with a school age child or young person are among the priority groups being given access to free home lateral flow testing kits to test themselves.
Information on how to access these can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff
All are strongly encouraged to have a lateral flow test at a local testing site prior to starting home testing, to know how a test is undertaken.
Twice weekly testing will help detect hidden asymptomatic cases and help keep pupils and staff safer in school.
Anyone unable to do home testing can go to one of the Dudley lateral flow testing centres. These are at Dudley Leisure Centre, Saltwells Education Centre, with pop-up sessions at Holy Trinity Church Community Centre in Wordsley, Lifecentral Church in Halesowen, St Andrews Church in Sedgley, St James Church in Wollaston and the Salvation Army Church in Lye.There is also testing at more than 30 pharmacies across the borough. For details on where you can get a lateral flow test and to book visit www.dudley.gov.uk/symptom-free-testing
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
We have all experienced challenges and difficulties during this pandemic, but sometimes we may need support from someone else or know of someone who may need additional help. Dudley MBC have created a 'Support for Families' leaflet which signposts local services to parents. We have also included an updated list of support for parents via a range of local and national agencies. These documents can be found within the Covid 19 tab on the school website landing page.
We asked for strength, and you gave us difficulties to make us strong.
We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to solve.
We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and brains to use.
We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to overcome.
We asked for patience, and you gave us situations where we were forced to wait.
We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to help.
We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and lead with integrity.
Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or wanted.
And yet, we receive everything that we needed.
For this we give thanks.
Pope Francis has proclaimed this year 'The Year of Joseph' (8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021)
'Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.' Pope Francis (8th December 2020)
Celebrating the life of St Joseph, and calling on him for help, is particularly relevant in this time of universal turmoil when so many are having difficulty finding employment, when we are becoming more aware of how much we owe to so many ordinary, hardworking people, and when our human frailty and mortality are so much in our minds and in the news.
Through the Year of St Joseph, the Church is reminding us that we have a powerful ally in Heaven who, having lived and worked so long in the shadows like so many unsung heroes, is working tirelessly for us and with us in the here and now.
Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be: Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.