This Sunday, the Church celebrates the great feast of Corpus Christi [two Latin words which mean ‘the Body of Christ’]. In some parts of the world there are processions through the streets. This is traditionally a time when children make their First Holy Communion.
The gathering in this Sunday’s Gospel wasn’t just a huge, miraculous, open-air picnic. This was a sign of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) which Jesus would establish with his disciples at the Last Supper.
Jesus makes the same offer to nourish us today, especially when we receive Holy Communion - a sacred moment, when we receive a gift from heaven – we receive Jesus. This helps us become closer to Jesus and closer to each other - to keep growing in goodness and love.
Coinciding with this feast day, our Year 3 children will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at Our Lady and All Saints Church on Saturday morning, whereby they will receive Jesus for the first time. Please pray for our Year 3 children so that the communion of Christ give them the strength and courage to be faith-filled evangelisers of Jesus.
Thank you for your generosity for the cake sale which took place today in support of the Underdog International Charity. We managed to raise a total of £152.02 which will support the charity in one of the following three areas of their work:
Underdog International is a global charity based in the UK. Its motto is 'Children helping dogs. Dogs helping children.'
The charity educates children around the world about dogs: if you understand dogs, you'll know how to take care of them and you'll also understand how they can help you.
We find wonderful new families for homeless dogs: sadly, dogs are abandoned every day around the world. We rescue them and find homes for them so they can lead happy lives, being loved and cared for.
We bring therapy dogs into school: playing with dogs and being in their company helps children build confidence and overcome worries. Sometimes, our therapy dogs even help children to read!
National School Sport Week 2022 starts on Saturday 18th June. Our children from Reception to Year 5 have taken part in a football 'taster' session today thank to one of our community partners, Your Sport. During the course of the week, the children will be able to participate in a daily challenge which will be led by our Change Makers and Rainbow Warriors each break and lunchtime.
On Wednesday, our Year 5 children will be taking part in an Emmaus Sports Day event at Hagley Catholic High School during the afternoon.
On Thursday, we will hold our annual School Games Day (Sports Day) which we are pleased to be able to welcome parents to spectate once again. The children will need to come into school on this day wearing their PE kit including the colour of their house - this could be a a t-shirt which is mostly of this colour i.e. St. Matthew - Purple, St. Mark - Blue, St. Luke - Green and St. John - Red.
We will be undertaking a station-based format to this event, whereby the children will be organised into their houses and will all complete the activities at the six stations. The school is currently starting to introduce the SHARP pedagogical approach in PE lessons in order to increase the time in which children are physically activity during lessons. There will be an opening dance routine performed by Year 6 and a group of children form Years 3 and 4 as part of the school's involvement in the Commonwealth Connections Project which will take on a Sri Lankan theme. Mrs Palethorpe from Rubix Dance will be coordinating this.
The Reception and KS1 event will take place shortly after registration at around 9.15am and then KS2 after the dance performance at 11am. There will be seating provided which will be organised in a horse-shoe format to allow spectators to view the children taking part at each station. Refreshments can be purchased from our PTA between the KS1 and KS2 event on the field.
Please ensure that your child brings their water bottle to school and that sun cream is applied before they arrive at school.
For further information about this year's National School Sport Week, please click on the following link:
On Monday 27th June, Dr. Ronx will be visiting St. Joseph's School to speak with the children about the Walk to School programme in association with the Living Streets Active Travel team. A film crew will also be in attendance and will interview some children about their thoughts on Active Travel. Parents will be notified if their child has been chosen to be interviewed by the Living Streets team. Please continue to actively travel to school at least once per week.
The latest edition of the Bring the Power Newsletter can be accessed via the link below. A fortnightly highlight of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ Learning Programme showcasing recent activity, what is to come, and how you can get involved.
A reminder that our final In Service Training Day will take place on Friday 24th June. The agreed INSET days for 2022-23 are detailed in the link below.
Congratulations to the following children for being chosen for Good Work or for displaying the Catholic virtues of being Attentive and Discerning. Well done to St. Matthew's house for gaining the most points this week.
|Year Group||Good Work||Catholic Virtues|
|Reception||Nancy and Frankie||Louisa K|
|Year 2||Jacob and James||Luke and Isla L|
|Year 3||Sam, Joe and Jack||Whole Class|
|Year 4||Chloe||Whole Class|
Thursday 23rd June - Sports Day - Reception & KS1 -9.15-10.30am
KS2 - 11.00am - 12.30pm
Parents are welcome to attend the events this year
Friday 24th June - INSET Day
Saturday 2nd July - PTA Summer Fayre - 11am-3pm
Tuesday 19th July - Year 6 Leavers' Assembly & Prize Giving
Wednesday 20th July - Prize Giving for Reception to Year 5
We are working with Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) to provide music lessons in school and now is a fantastic time to start learning a musical instrument! The team at DPA have decades of experience and are the biggest provider of music education in our area. Students can begin lessons for as little as £7.50 a session so if you would like your child to start learning simply click on the link below to find out how it works.
Learning a musical instrument is a great thing for young people to do. It can help in all sorts of ways and research suggests that it can help children develop academically and socially. Lessons take place at school making it easy to fit in around your busy family lives and we hope that you will take up this amazing offer.
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.
Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.