Friday 19th March 2021

Happy St. Joseph's Day!

Thank you for your contributions to the Diocesan Charity Fr. Hudson's in supporting our brothers and sisters who are more vulnerable within our community.  The children have enjoyed learning and celebrating the life of St. Joseph today as part of the year which has been dedicated to our Patron Saint by Pope Francis back in December 2020. We will continue to mark events throughout 2021 in support of the Year of St. Joseph.

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of the grain of wheat, which dies to produce a rich crop, to show us that his death was necessary if many were to receive eternal life. Through this Gospel, Jesus is also encouraging his disciples to follow him – to give him first place in their lives. This message is for each one of us too. Jesus wants us to make following him our most important priority. Choosing to follow Jesus is not always easy; it demands commitment. But it helps our families to keep growing in love and leads us to happiness in this life, and in the life to come.

Parents' Evening Reminder

As a reminder, 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. Booking went live from Monday this week, if you have not been able to book a 5 minute time slot then please contact the school office for further information. We hope that you find the meeting both useful and informative to support your child/ren moving forwards.

National Day of Reflection - Tuesday 23rd March

Statement from the Presidency of the Bishops’ Conference on the National Day of Reflection for COVID-19 Tuesday 23rd March 2021

We welcome the designation of Tuesday 23rd March as a National Day of Reflection to
mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown with a minute’s silence at midday
and doorstep vigils of light at 8pm. We ask you all to make this not only a Day of Reflection but also a Day of Prayer. In reflection we ponder on all that has taken place; in prayer we bring this to our Heavenly Father. For all who live by faith in God, reflection and prayer always go hand in hand.
Prayer completes reflection. Reflection informs prayer. Prayer opens our life to its true horizon. Without prayer we live in a foreshortened world and are more easily swamped by its clamour and tragedy. Throughout this difficult year, so many have been inspired by prayer, so much effort sustained in prayer, in every place. So let us make the 23rd March truly a day of prayer.

Praise Assembly - Tea with Ted and Mr C

Congratulations to the following children for being chosen by their class teachers for Good Work and Special Mention (Virtues) this week.  They will be given the opportunity to have some time and a treat with Ted and Mr Carry on a Friday afternoon. 

Class Good Work Special Mention
Reception Ciara Frasier
Year 1 Grace Daniel
Year 2 Elissar Jude
Year 3 Holly and Shayden Daisy-May
Year 4 Sofia C Hattie
Year 5 Lara Holly
Year 6 Tom Noah

Wednesday Word Link

The weekly Wednesday Word is available via the following link:  The Wednesday Word Primary School Resource | Catholic Church

PE Days - Please note the changes to the Key Stage 2 PE days for the final two weeks of the term

Year Group Day 1 Day 2
Reception Wednesday Friday
Year 1 Thursday Friday
Year 2 Monday Thursday
Year 3 Monday Friday
Year 4 Monday Friday
Year 5 Tuesday Wednesday
Year 6 Tuesday Wednesday

Holy Week Services at Our Lady and All Saints Church

In line with current legislation, attendance numbers are to be strictly adhered to, so the services below can only be attended on a pre-booking basis.  You are able to book one of the Good Friday Services, and one of the three Easter Masses.  The booking number is 07737 893208 which will be open from Monday 22nd March to Friday 2nd April between the hours of 2pm to 6pm. Please note that if you have not booked for any of the services, please do not attend as entry will only be allowed on this pre-booking basis. Any other services during Holy Week will be on a first come basis. 

Saturday 27th March Mass 5pm
Sunday 28th March Mass 8.30am and 10.30am
Monday 29th March No Mass
Tuesday 30th March Mass 12.30pm
Wednesday 31st March Mass 9am
Wednesday 31st March Holy Hour 3pm
Holy Thursday 1st April Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30pm
Good Friday 2nd April Stations of the Cross and Veneration 10am
Good Friday 2nd April Good Friday Liturgy 3pm
Good Friday 2nd April Stations of the Cross and Veneration 7.30pm
Easter Saturday 3rd April Easter Vigil Mass 8pm
Easter Sunday 4th April Mass 8.30am
Easter Sunday 4th April Mass 10.30am

Dudley MBC symptom-free testing information for parents

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

DfE Guidance on supporting your children's remote education during the coronavirus (updated 15.02.21)

Information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home. Supporting your children's remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Latest advice for parents on coronavirus from the DfE

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

Covid Family Support Information (Updated)

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.

Black Country Health Care 24-7 Support Line for adults and young people

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have just launched a 24-7 support line for adults, older adults, children and young people who require urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please don't suffer in silence.  If you are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during these uncertain times, then pick up the phone and speak to one of the specialist mental health professionals who will be able to support you.  Further details and contact information can be found on the flyer within the Covid 19 tab on the school website.  

Prayer of the Week - Wednesday Word

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for giving your life for us and for calling us to follow you, so that our world may become a better place. Amen.

Virtues Focus - Attentive and Discerning

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.

Pope's Intention for March

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

 

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