Friday 30th April 2021

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Saturday 1st May is the feast day of our patronal saint, St. Joseph the Worker.  We look to him as the perfect example of being totally available to God's will. St. Joseph is the role-model for every Christian, as he offers a compelling example of availability to God's call to look after Mary and raise Jesus as his earthly son, of calm in every situation, of total trust founded on a life of supernatural faith, charity, and of great prayer. Joseph, son of David and husband of Mary, we honour you, guardian of the Redeemer, and we adore the Child you named Jesus. Amen.

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus uses an image that would have been familiar to people of his time and he reminds us that we all depend on God for life.  We all make mistakes, but God is loving and patient, and gives us time to grow into the people we were created to be.  God loves us, and wants us to live and grow in him - just like a branch grows on a vine - to be full of God's own energy. Keeping lively contact with Jesus, through prayer, receiving the Blessed Sacrament and in our daily actions, helps us to grow in goodness and to live fruitful family lives, filled with peace, kindness and love.

Bank Holiday Monday - Monday 3rd May

A reminder that this coming weekend is the first of May's Bank Holiday weekends.  We hope you enjoy the extended weekend with family and friends.

Wednesday Word Link

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

Good Work and Special Mention

Congratulations to the following children for being chosen for Good Work or displaying the virtues of compassion and loving this week.  The children with have some time with Mr Carry and Ted on Friday afternoon as a thank you for their hard work this week.

Class Good Work Virtues
Reception Violet Georgie
Year 1 Albert Leonardo
Year 2 Will Sebby
Year 3 Annabel Rose
Year 4 Nancy Gabrielle
Year 5 Lola Chris
Year 6 Gabriel Elan

PE Kit on PE Days

A reminder to ensure that your child/ren wear the following kit on their dedicated PE days: school jumper/cardigan over the school PE kit with either plain blue or grey tracksuit bottoms.  

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

Job Vacancy - School Cleaner

We are looking for someone to join our hardworking Cleaning Team.

The working hours are 2.45pm to 5.45pm Monday to Friday.

If you or anyone you know are interested please contact the school office on 01384 431980 or email info@st-jo-st.dudley.sch.uk for more details and an application form.

Closing date for applications is Friday 14th May 2021.

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 - Prayer for the spirit of work

God our Father, Creator and Ruler of the universe, in every age you call us to use and develop our gifts for the good of others. With St. Joseph as our guide, help us to do the work you have asked and come to the rewards you have promised. Please grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Virtues Focus - Compassionate and Loving

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be: compassionate towards others, near
and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Pope's Intention for April

Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-04/pope-francis-prayer-intention-april-2021-human-rights.html

 

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