In this Sunday's Gospel, the risen Jesus offers his disciples the Holy Spirit and inner peace. True peace (the removal of all anxiety, worry and envy) comes only from God. The peace that God gives is not dependent on peaceful conditions: we can experience it even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.
Even if you may sometimes doubt, or feel distant from God, be assured that God is very close to you and wanting you to be filled with his peace.
Next Wednesday afternoon, we will also be celebrating a vigil Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord which is a Holy Day of Obligation on Thursday.
Since the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration will take place during the half term break, we have decided to hold our own celebratory day next Thursday to mark the 70th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign on the throne. The children are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to school on this day. Dudley catering have changed the menu on that day to a 'Platinum Party Box' which can be ordered through Parent Pay. The day will also start with a visit from Hagley Catholic High School's Mass Band and some of our girls in Years 5 and 6 will be representing St. Joseph's at a special 5-a-side football tournament being held at Bishop Milner School. Thursday is also 'National Thank a Teacher Day' where we give thanks for all our school staff and volunteers who support the children of St. Joseph's.
A reminder that our next In-service Training Day (INSET Day) will take place on Friday 27th May. Children will not be in school on this day and will return after the half term break on Monday 6th June. Our final INSET day for 2021-22 is scheduled to take place on Friday 24th June. Due to the Platinum Jubilee falling within the half term break, the Local Authority and Directors have agreed to move the end of year date back to Thursday 21st July - this will be the last day of the school year for children.
The term dates and in-service training days for next academic year are available to view on the link below. As part of a Multi Academy Company another MAC-wide INSET day may be granted for a MAC development priority. As soon as this information has been agreed, parents will be notified.
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|
|2||Darci and Erin||Albert and Flynn|
|5||Tess and Zach||Ronnie|
Thursday 9th June - Individual school photographs - am
Saturday 2nd July - PTA Summer Fayre - 11am-3pm
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 our special time together. Please help us to know
your perfect peace, and to share that peace with those around us. 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.