Friday 17th September 2021

Service to Others

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus once again reminds the disciples – and us too – that a life of service is the best life to live. Life can be so busy, full of the things we really like doing, that it’s quite easy to forget about serving others. The Church teaches that we grow in the love of God through serving each other. One of the oldest titles for the Pope is: ‘The Servant of the servants of God’. This emphasises the importance which the Church places on service. Jesus lived a life of service. Family and school life become more joyful when we follow Jesus’ example and live as God intends.

Year 6 Leadership Responsibilities

Congratulations to all the children in Year 6 who have been elected by their peers to support with the running of the school in their new leadership roles.  It is wonderful to be able to allow our pupils to support one another around the school without any restrictions at the moment.  Thank you to all members of Year 6 who prepared for the recent hustings.

Role Pupil Representative
Head Boy Harvey
Head Girl Veronica
Deputy Head Boy Jack
Deputy Head Girl Lara
Sports Captains Max and Molly
Sports Deputies Noah and Lauren
School Council Chair Emilja
School Council Vice Chair Lily
School Council Secretary Alexia
Liturgy Leaders Kamran and CJ
IT Specialists Izzy and Jacob
Reading Ambassadors Lola and Luke
Prefects (Autumn term) Tyler, Holly, Chris, Rose, Hermione, Isaac P, Fenton, Adam, Isla and Sophie

Daily Logistics within the School

Over the last fortnight, I have been so impressed at how well the children have returned to school and settled back into the routines prior to the Covid restrictions.  Our lunchtime routine is being constantly reviewed to ensure that the children have adequate time to both eat and play.  The children are certainly enjoying the opportunities to play together and use the fields adjacent to the school too.

Drop-off and Collection Reminders

Thank you to the parents who are following our 'reverse parking' procedures when dropping off the children in the mornings or collecting at the end of the day.  By being 'front facing' when exiting the car park makes it a much safer environment for all users. Also, at the end of the school day, can you please support our staff by waiting adjacent to where your child is dismissed so that the teachers are able to identify who is collecting the children more easily. Thank you for your continued support. 

St. Matthew's Feast Day - 23.09.21

On Thursday, the children in St. Matthew's House can come into school wearing purple as part of their feast day celebration.  Fr. Philip will also celebrate Mass in school with the children during the day too.

PTA Meeting

PTA meeting on Monday 20th September, 7pm in the ICT room at school.
We welcome all parents/family members who would like to get involved. If anyone new would like to come along to the meeting and wants to find out more, please contact Eleanor Miles 07746901126.  We are looking for new people to take over some key roles in the PTA committee. Without this help our PTA and it’s vital fundraising may not be able to continue! Please help support your school PTA, thank you

Gifts from God (Praise Assembly)

Congratulations to the following children for being chosen by their class teachers for either Good Work or displaying our School Virtues (Eloquent and Truthful) this week.  The children will have 'Tea with Mr C' on a Monday afternoon as a reward for their efforts.  Well done also to St. Luke for gaining the most house points over the last fortnight.

Class Good Work Virtues
Reception Whole Class Willow
Year 1 Seth Flo
Year 2 Charlotte Arthur
Year 3 Lucas Lloyd-Lucas
Year 4 Max Rhodri
Year 5 Tess Gabrielle
Year 6 Whole Class Whole Class

Before & After School Activities

Day Before School Club 8am After School Club 3.15pm
Monday - Year 1 & 2 Football 3.15-4.15pm
Tuesday KS2 Gymnastics ( 5 spaces available) Irish Dancing 3.15-4.15pm ( Full)
Wednesday KS2 Multi-Skills (7 spaces available) Irish Dancing 3.15-4.15pm (Full)
Thursday KS1 Gymnastics (Full) Year 5 & 6 Netball
Friday Year 1-6 Archery ( 3 spaces available) Year 3 & 4 Football 3.15-4.45pm

Years 5 and 6 Football Team Training

Mr Carry, Mr Peniket and Mr Tipper will be starting the school football team training on Thursday lunchtimes from next week.  This is open to both girls and boys in Years 5 and 6.  Please ensure that your child brings to school a sports kit and suitable trainers for use on the playing fields - no boots are allowed except for inter-school fixtures.

Trainers for Key Stage 2 Children

Children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) are allowed to bring in a pair of trainers to change into at break and lunchtimes from Monday onwards.  Thank you also for following our school policy regarding wearing blue or grey tracksuits along with their PE kit on their allocated PE days.

DPA Music Lessons

If your child is in KS2 and interested in music lessons at school delivered by the DPA please click on the above link for more details.

Our Lady's & All Saints Mass Times

You are all welcome to join us at Our Lady's & All Saints Church.

Weekend Mass times are as follows:

Saturday 5.00pm

Sunday 8.30am & 10.30am

From Sunday 3rd October the time of 10.30am Mass will change to 11.00am.

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 (

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.

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.  

Wednesday Word Link

The Wednesday Word can be accessed via following link: The Wednesday Word Primary School Resource | Catholic Church.  Please go through this with leaflet with your child so that they become more familiar and understand the focus of the Gospel each week.

Prayer of the Week - Wednesday Word

Dear Lord Jesus, you served others. Please help me to follow your example, so that
my home, my school and my community may be filled with your love. Amen

Virtues Focus - Eloquent and truthful

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

Pope's Intention for September

Universal Intention – An environmentally sustainable lifestyle

We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.


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