Friday 1st April 2022

Continuing our Lenten Journey

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This Sunday’s Gospel reveals the depths of God’s mercy and compassion and the need for each one of us, in our own way, to make a new start with God. Regardless of our past, each day we are given an opportunity to make a new start. Jesus just waits for us with the gentleness and patience of God. Lent is traditionally a time for making a new start.

God is always ready to help us to start afresh. As Easter approaches, are there any new starts that we can make with our family, friends or with God? Perhaps we can: remember to start each morning with a prayer and thank God for each new day and for each other; make a new start with church; follow Jesus’ example in this Sunday’s Gospel by being merciful to others. You may also like to choose something new to start together that will strengthen your family.

Parents' Evening for Year 6 - 05.04.22

Our final Parents' Evening of the Spring term for Year 6 will take place next Tuesday between 3.30pm-5.30pm.  It has been wonderful to be able welcome our parents back into school for face-to-face sessions this term.  If you have not done so, please complete the parent questionnaire on the school website within the 'Key Information' tab.  Thank you for your continued support.

Gifts from God

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Congratulations to the following children for being chosen for Good Work or for displaying the Catholic virtues (Curious and Active) this week.  Well done to St. Luke's house for gaining the most points this week.  The winning house for the entire Spring term is St. John - Congratulations - the children within this house will receive a reward for their combined efforts when we return after Easter.  

Year Group Catholic Virtues Good Work
Reception Giorgia Alessandro
Year 1 Zara Isaac
Year 3 Flo Freddie
Year 4 Chloe Katie
Year 5 Jarvis Harry
Year 6 Isabelle Veronica

PTA Football Match - Thank you!

A huge thank you to Mr & Mrs Gibbons and to the team of helpers from our PTA who organised the charity football last Saturday to support the children here at school. It was so lovely to be able to see everyone come together after a long two years of Covid restrictions. The turn out was amazing and a great day was had by all, hopefully this will be the start of more events to follow.   A grand total of £2755.00 was raised with an additional £130.00 towards the Ukraine Appeal.  

Dudley Sportshall Athletics Competition Results

Congratulations to our team of 12 girls and boys from Years 5 and 6 who took part in the Dudley-wide Sportshall Athletics Competition at Leasowes School on Thursday morning.  The children showed great encouragement and support for one another.  We were placed third out of nine schools in attendance.  Well done children!

PTA Uniform Bank

After the great response to the Uniform Bank last term where we raised over £100 for school funds and recycled over 100 pieces of uniform, we are organising a second pre-loved uniform event.  
 
We've arranged with school to have donation points outside reception and at the back gates in the last week of term beginning Monday 4th April until Friday 8th April. Collection boxes will be there in the morning and after school for any uniform that needs a new home!
 
The Uniform Bank will then take place after the Easter holiday on Tuesday 26th April, after school. Please donate any uniform that would be loved by another!

Easter Egg Collection

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We are collecting Easter eggs for the Black Country Food Bank. Please donate one if you can. There is a box by the school office for any donations. The last date for collection is Wednesday 6th April. Thank you.

Easter Sports Camps at St. Joseph's School with RB Gym and Sport

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1st April

On Tuesday 29th March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1st April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1st April.

Updated guidance will advise:

·         adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature

·         children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend

·         adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1st April:

·         regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits

·         residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. These settings are scheduled to receive an automatic delivery of contingency supply test kits during the week commencing Monday 28 March

·         the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.​UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in education settings document sharing platform will also be removed on the same day.

Wednesday Word Link

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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 - Consecration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the People of Ukraine

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Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts,

that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son,

was made known by the message of an angel,

may be brought by his passion and cross

to the glory of his resurrection,

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Virtues Focus - Intentional and Prophetic

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be Intentional in the way they live and use the
resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and Prophetic in the example they set to
others.

Pope's Francis' Monthly Intention

APRIL                         

For health care workers

We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

Emmaus CMAC
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