Love is life's greatest blessing. St Teresa of Calcutta once said, "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do that matters ... but how much love we put into it."
In Sunday's Gospel, we listen to the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. Jesus gives his friends, the disciples, a new commandment - they must love one another as Jesus loves them, with whole-hearted and unlimited generosity.
The new commandment which Jesus gave to his friends is for us too - today! Everyone likes to be loved and family and school life become more joyful when we follow Jesus' command to love one another.
Next week is National Walk to School Week. St. Joseph's has been promoting active travel for a number of years and has even been chosen as a school of best practice in this area by the Active Black Country Consortium.
The benefits of active travel cannot be underestimated. The opportunity to take in what is around them on their walk to school, reducing the impact of congestion and use of cars, socialising with family and friends and supporting with the children's daily target of being active for at least 60minutes per day - which is the recommended time according to the UK's Chief Medical Officer. We understand that it may not be possible to walk due to distance from the school, however, we encourage parents to 'park and stride' so that they can walk the last 10 minutes of travel before reaching school.
Teachers will be keeping a record of the number of 'active' travels the children undertake during the course of the week. Last academic year, St. Joseph's was 16th out of the West Midlands for the total number of active travels during the course of the academic year. Let's see whether we can make the top 10 for 2021-22!
For the school's commitment, we have been chosen to receive a visit from a special VIP as well as Strider the Walk to School mascot.
Further information about this year's Walk to School Week can be found via the following link: Walk to School Week | Living Streets
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event run by the Mental Health Foundation, that focuses on improving good mental health across the nation.
One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Congratulations to the following children for being chosen for Good Work or for displaying the Catholic virtues (Grateful and Generous) this week. Well done to St. Matthew's house for gaining the most points this week.
|Year Group||Catholic Virtues||Good Work|
|Reception||Ava||Florence and Louie|
|2||Charlotte and Seb||Rhydian and Oscar|
|6||Whole class||Whole class|
Thursday 9th June - Individual school photographs - am
Saturday 2nd July - PTA Summer Fayre - 11am-3pm
Our Rainbow Warriors successfully recruited the 'Buddy Brigade' from Year 4 volunteers who will help with the different activities across the school.
The project will include creating and implementing activities for children centred around the following themes:
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.
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.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being our loving friend. Please help us always to love you and to keep growing in love for one another. Amen
Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of
other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
For faith-filled young people
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.