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Friday 20th April 2018

Sweet Sacrament Divine - Preparing for the National Eucharistic Congress

The Eastertide theme of the Walk with Me booklet is Sweet Sacrament Divine which is very much focused on the amazing grace of the Risen Christ made real and present to us in the gift of the Eucharist. This period of reflection provides us with the opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool from 7th until 9th September 2018. The theme of the Eucharistic Congress is Adoremus (Let us Adore), and the focus will be to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration both in our own lives and in our parish too.

Attendance Update - EIS Guidance

The education (pupil registration) regulations which came into force on 1st September 2013 made it clear to all schools that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during the term unless 'exceptional circumstances' exist. These 'exceptional circumstances' include the bereavement of a close family member, a religious observance (close family member wedding/funeral) or if a parent is in the armed forces returning from a long operational tour. If a request form is completed then a letter will be sent outlining the decision made by the School. If the period of absence is for 10 unauthorised sessions (one session is half a day) then a referral will be made to the Education Investigation Service. This may result in a warning notice being issued or even a penalty notice. Morning registration takes place at 8.55am, pupils arriving after 9am will be marked as late. 5 minutes late each day means 3 school days missed during the year.

St. Mark's Feast Day

Children from St. Mark's House are allowed to wear 'blue' clothes on Wednesday 25th April to celebrate the feast day of their house saint. There will also be a House Mass at 2.15pm - all are welcome to attend.

What's On

Sunday 22nd April Day of Prayer for Vocations
Monday 23rd April - Friday 27th April 3.15-4pm School Book Fair
Monday 23rd April 11 Year 4 Confessions
Monday 23rd April Tennis Taster Sessions (Years 2 to 6)
Tuesday 24th April 7pm SNOMAC Mass of Thanksgiving for Staff, Academy Committee Members and Directors
Wednesday 25th April 2.15pm St. Mark's House Mass
Thursday 26th April 3.50pm School Football Fixture v Gigmill Primary
Thursday 26th April 7pm First Holy Communion Parents' Session at OLAS
Saturday 28th April 10.30am First Holy Communion Children's Session at OLAS Parish Centre
Sunday 29th April 10.30am First Holy Communion Preparation Mass at OLAS
Monday 30th April Bikeability for Years 3 and 5
Tuesday 1st May Bikeability for Years 3 and 5
Tuesday 1st May Feast of St Joseph the Worker
May 2018 Key Stage 1 Statutory Test Adminstration Period
Wednesday 2nd May 9.10am Year 5 Class Mass
Thursday 3rd May 1.30pm Year 6 Transition Session with Hagley Catholic High School
Monday 7th May Bank Holiday
Thursday 10th May 9.10am Whole School Mass - Soilemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Thursday 10th May TBC PTA Indulgence Evening
w/c Monday 14th May Year 6 Statutory Assessment Week
w/c Monday 14th May Walk to School Week
Sunday 20th May Pentecost Sunday
Monday 21st May 7pm Full Academy Committee Meeting
Tuesday 22nd May PTA Bags2School
Tuesday 22nd May 1.30pm Year 6 Transition Session with Hagley Catholic High School
Tuesday 22nd May 2.15pm Reception Class Mass
Wednesday 23rd May Hagley Catholic High School Mass Band
Friday 25th May School INSET Day 5 (no pupils in school on this day)
Monday 4th June Summer term 2 begins

Lunchtime Sports Clubs

Monday
Tuesday Year 5 Play Leader Training (Mr Taylor)
Wednesday Years 3 and 4 Football Training (Your Sport)
Thursday
Friday Years 5 and 6 Football Training (Your Sport)

Stourbridge Cross Country Final Results

Well done to the team of sixteen runners who have represented St. Joseph's at this year's SLP Cross Country Competition. Our boys' and girls' teams were ranked second overall. Jonathan (Year 4) was the boys' overall winner and Aidan (Year 5) was second. In the girls' individual competition, Emily-Mae (Year 6) was second overall. Congratulations to these children and all our other competitors for contributing to the team's success this year.

School Funding Cuts

There will be a meeting for parents of Stourbridge children regarding the potential cuts to school funding. This will be led by Mrs Middleton who is the Head teacher of Rufford Primary School and NAHT Branch Representative. The meeting will be held at Rufford Primary School on Wednesday 25th April at 2.15pm. Refreshments will be available upon arrival.

Book Fair

Our next Book Fair will be held on Monday 23rd April until Friday 27th April - 3.15-4.00pm. Booklets have been sent out at the end of last term with further details. World Book Day £1 book tokens can be redeemed against purchases. Please come and support this event.

Virtues Focus - Grateful and Generous

Pupils 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.

Prayer of the Week (Wednesday Word)

Dear Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who guides us through life. Please help us always to place our trust in you. Amen.

Pope's Intentions for April

For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

Praise Assembly

Year Group Catholic Virtues Good Work
Reception Matty Michael and Emmett
Year 1 Sofia C Leila
Year 2 Lily Max
Year 3 Harry O Gabriel
Year 4 Jon W David
Year 5 Luke Dominic
Year 6 Joseph Hannah
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