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Friday 9th February 2018

Lent - An opportunity to receive God's grace afresh

As we approach the beginning of the Lent, we are reminded that this is an opportunity for us all to receive God's grace afresh and to respond to it. The work of Lent can be summed up in three practices: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We take guidance from St Ignatius of Loyola, who was a professional soldier who became a soldier for Christ. These are the weapons we take up in this battle. From him we shall seek to learn how to 'find God in all things', not least in the events of our daily lives. This is so important, because, as St Ignatius said, we human beings are created to praise, give reverence and love God, our Lord, and by doing so save our souls. When we learn to recognise and cherish the constant presence of God in our lives then we are moved to praise and thank Him. St Ignatius, pray for us.

Online Safety Information for Parents

Thank you to the six parents who attended the online safety presentation on Tuesday, led by the DGfL Senior Education Development Manager. Heather Jeavons. It was a very informative session which enabled parents to be more aware of the current apps children and young people are accessing as well as useful tips on how to ensure technology at home is secure to ensure that children are safe when using this technology. We have created a separate page on the school website 'Internet Safety' which has links to the resources distributed at the session and also those provided by West Midlands Police. Due to the low turnout we will not be holding another face-to-face event next year but will sign post parents to current advice and guidance through the school newsletter and website. Thank you.

What's On

Saturday 10th February 10am-12noon Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale
Monday 12th February evening Big Sing at Symphony Hall (Birmingham)
Monday 12th February 7pm Full Academy Committee Meeting
Tuesday 13th February am Loud Mouth Theatre Workshops for Years 5 and 6
Wednesday 14th February 9.10am Ash Wednesday Service at St. Joseph's
Wednesday 14th February 4pm Stourbridge Learning Partnership Cross Country Event at Brindley Heath School
Thursday 15th February 7pm Hagley Schools Pyramid Concert (Year 5)
Friday 16th February Break up for half term / Chinese New Year
Friday 16th February 7.30-8.30pm PTA Valentine's Disco (All Year Groups)

Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Event - Saturday 10th February 10am-12noon

Please come along to tomorrow's Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale here at St. Joseph's from 10am until 12noon. Mr Gibbons, one of our parents here at school, will be running for Macmillan Cancer at the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018. This will include a table top sale of children's toys, games and books as well as a coffee morning. This is a great way to start the season of Lent!

DPA Open Evening, 20th March 2018 @ Netherton Arts Centre, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Children and families are invited to the Arts Centre to find out about learning a musical instrument. We hope that you will encourage children who have expressed an interest to come along and try a range of instruments/meet teachers. This is an excellent opportunity for schools with whole class programmes to provide an opportunity for students to think about learning next year.

INSET Days 2018-19

Dudley Term Dates for 2018-19 are available on the School Website under the 'Term Dates' tab.

Day 1 Monday 3rd September 2018
Day 2 Friday 12th October 2018
Day 3 Monday 25th February 2019
Day 4 Monday 3rd June 2019
Day 5 Monday 22nd July 2019

Praise Assembly

Year Group Catholic Virtues Good Work
Reception Orla Annie
Year 1 Tess Oliver
Year 2 Veronica Edward
Year 3 Whole Class Kieran
Year 4 Destiny Emily
Year 5 Isobel C Mohammed
Year 6 Tilly Jacob

Lunchtime Sports Clubs

Monday Years 4 - 6 Cross Country (Mr Carry)
Tuesday Years 4 - 6 School Football Team Training (Mr Taylor/Mr Carry)
Wednesday Years 3 and 4 Football Training (Your Sport)
Thursday Years 4 to 6 Cross Country (Mr Carry)
Friday Years 5 to 6 Football Training (Your Sport)

Virtues Focus - Curious and Active

Children in St. Joseph's School are growing to be curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can do for the better.

Prayer of the Week (Wednesday Word)

Dear Lord Jesus, please increase our faith in your love and compassion, and give us the compassion and strength to help us to care for all those who are left out. Amen.

Pope's Intentions for February

Say "No" to Corruption - That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Year 5 Pyramid Concert

On Thursday 15th February, the Year 5 children will be travelling to Birmingham Town Hall to participate and preform in the Hagley Pyramid of Schools " Schools of Rock". If you would like to support this event , please contact the school office to purchase tickets at £10 each.

PTA Valentine's Disco

PTA'S Valentine's Disco on Friday 16th February. All Year Groups 7.30-8.30pm.£2.00 entry per child payable on the door.

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