Life is full of choices. God has created us with the ability and responsibility to choose - and he trusts us to choose well. Pope Francis reminds us: "Constantly make the right choice, the choice for good."
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus uses blunt language to grab the peoples' attention. Deciding to follow Jesus involved making some difficult choices. Some chose to reject Jesus, while others chose to follow him.
Choosing to follow Jesus greatly influences our life; it demands commitment but is rewarded with peace and eternal life. Making choices with the help of Jesus, leads us on life's right and joyful path.
Congratulations to St. Matthew's House for winning our School Game Day event this year. It was wonderful to see how much the children enjoyed taking part.
Thank you to all who supported yesterday, including members of our PTA who provided refreshments throughout the morning.
We have also received very positive feedback regarding how the event was organised which has been greatly received. It enabled all children to participate in every activity but still have a competitive element working together as part of their 'House'.
For further information about this year's National School Sport Week, please click on the following link:
On Monday 27th June, Dr. Ronx, the new ambassador for Living Streets, 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 to help our children achieve the termly reward badge and also help them to be ready for school each day.
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.
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.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being our friend – for being there to help us to choose wisely, even when a choice is difficult. Amen
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.