Friday 1st July 2022

Spreading the Good News of God's Kingdom

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God loves all people equally and invites everyone to share in his kingdom – today! This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus came to establish a kingdom. With Jesus’ blessing, his friends are sent on an urgent mission to all who will listen. What are they sent to tell the people? They are to announce the good news of God’s kingdom – to make present God’s blessing of peace and healing.

Today, the Church invites us all to enter into God’s kingdom and to help it to grow here on earth. Everywhere I go I can spread either gossip or peace, either hurt or God’s healing – the healing which Jesus brought as he went round the countryside.

Thank you, Farewell and Good Luck

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It is with great sadness to inform that two members of our staff will be leaving our school community, namely Mr Tipper and Miss Ryan.

We thank them both for their great care, nurture and support for our children here at St. Joseph's, especially within our current Reception, Year 4 and 6 classes. Miss Ryan's last day at St. Joseph's will be Friday 8th July.

On behalf of all at St. Joseph's, we wish both Mr Tipper and Miss Ryan every happiness, health and success for the future.

However, it is with great joy that we announce that Miss Gibbons will be joining our school staff from September.  We welcome Miss Gibbons to our school community and know that she will be an asset to our existing teaching team.


'Moving Up' Transition Information for 2022-23

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A huge thank you to all our school staff for their continued support, care and guidance to all children here at St. Joseph's School this academic year.

Next Wednesday afternoon, the children will have the opportunity to meet with their new class teacher for September as part of the school's transition week.

A PowerPoint has also been created by each teacher and will be available from Wednesday so that parents are informed of the arrangements and routines for each class.  These will be available to view via the school website within the 'Our Community' tab / Children's Area / Year Group.

Our teaching structure for 2022-23 is as follows:

Reception - Mrs Dodd and Mrs Piercy

Year 1 - Mrs Cangiano

Year 2 - Mrs Riley

Year 3 - Miss Robertson

Year 4 - Miss Gibbons

Year 5 - Mrs Hickman/Mrs McCole

Year 6 - Ms Lawson


Weekly Gifts from God

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Congratulations to the following children for being chosen by their class teacher for displaying the Catholic virtues or for their Good Work this week.  Well done to St. John for gaining the most house points this week.

Year Group Catholic Virtues Good Work
Reception Emme Issy
Year 1 Annie Anouska
Year 2 Angelina and Grace Darci and Rhydian
Year 3 Bodhi Charlie
Year 4 Patrick Zac
Year 5 Oliver Chris
Year 6 Molly Ed

Latest Bring the Power Newsletter and Event Information

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The latest edition of the Bring the Power Newsletter is available below. 22.06.22).  This is a fortnightly highlight of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ Learning Programme showcasing recent activity, what is to come, and how you can get involved.

Our children across Key Stage 2 also experienced the Commonwealth Games 'Bring the Power' workshop at school today.  Next Friday, some children from Year 6 will be attending a Commonwealth Games 'Get Active Day' at Stourbridge Rugby Club.


Dates for your diary - updated

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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

Thursday 21st July - End of school year

Monday 5th September - School INSET Day 1 (no children in school)

Tuesday 6th September - School INSET Day 2 (no children in school)

Wednesday 7th September - First day of school term/year for children (from 8.45am)

DPA Music Lessons from September 2022 for children in KS2

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.

Living with Covid Guidance

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.

Link to The Wednesday Word

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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

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Dear Lord Jesus, Please help us to build your kingdom in our hearts and in the world – to do your work on earth with love and care for all. Amen.

Virtues Focus - Attentive and Discerning

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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.

Pope's Francis' Monthly Intention

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For the elderly

We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.


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