Today we celebrate the feast day of Ss. Peter and Paul. Two very different men who were called by God to continue the mission of the church and be witnesses to Jesus Christ. Simon, whose name was changed to Peter (meaning rock), died by crucifixion around the year AD 67 near the Vatican hill. Paul of Tarsus, whose name was originally Saul, was a Pharisee and a persecutor of Christians. He converted to Christianity after his extraordinary experience on the road to Damascus. After his second imprisonment he was also martyred at around AD 67. We too are called to be witnesses to the Joy of the Gospel. This evangelisation allows us to have a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. This openness to encounter or call allows the Lord, through the Gospel, to encounter each one of us. In the way we encounter with those around us we become the Good News. Our spiritual journey is one of maximum possibility, to stretch and live our lives fully, becoming the people who the Lord has called us to be. Catherine of Sienna said: 'Be who you were created to be and you will set the heart on fire.' Our Catholic schools are something distinctive, being called to radiate light out into the world. To continue to do deeds for the common good and be witnesses to Jesus Christ.
I understand that some parents were unhappy about the School's decision to cancel the picnic and Key Stage 2 School Games event on Thursday afternoon this week. Any decision made is always done in the best interests of the children whom we serve and in this situation it was in relation to their health and well-being. I also understand that it may be problematic for parents to change their working arrangements in order to attend the new scheduled date but the children's safety is paramount. It is also unhelpful when parents reply negatively to text messages received without knowing the full extent of the decision-making process. The School will look into the organisation of future School Games events with the possibility of all events taking place in the morning on the same day. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to some parents.
Year 5 will be holding a sale on Wednesday 4th July to support with their fundraising to pay for the coach to Alton Castle. Activities organised by the children will include a penalty shoot out and a cross bar challenge, shooting basketball hoops, guess the name of the teddy and many more fun activities with prizes to be won. Each activity will cost 20p, please could children bring in some pocket money to take part. On Friday we will be holding our final non-uniform day of the year to support the upkeep of Alton Castle. If you would like your child to wear their own clothes to school on this day can they also bring a £1 donation to this worthy cause.
|Monday 2nd July||Year 6 Confessions|
|Tuesday 3rd July||Years 3 and 4 Visit to Legoland|
|Tuesday 3rd July||Little Saints Sports Day|
|Wednesday 4th July||Year 7 Induction Day at HCHS|
|Thursday 5th July||Year 3 Mass||9.10am|
|Friday 6th July||Non uniform Day - Support for Alton Castle|
|Monday 9th July||KS2 School Games Event||10.45am|
|Monday 9th July||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Tuesday 10th July||Meet the Teacher Transition Morning||9.10am|
|Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th July||Year 5 Visit to Alton Castle|
|Thursday 12th July||Year 6 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Thursday 12th July||Year 7 Induction Evening at HCHS|
|Friday 13th July||Annual reports to parents|
|Saturday 14th July||PTA Summer Fayre|
|Monday 16th July||Open Evening for parents||3.30pm-5.30pm|
|Tuesday 17th July||Prize Giving Awards||9.10am|
|Wednesday 18th July||Year 6 Leavers' Assembly||9.10am|
|Friday 20th July||End of year Mass||9.10am|
|Monday||Years 3 to 6||Kwik Cricket (Mr Carry)|
|Tuesday||Year 5||Play Leader Training (Mr Taylor)|
|Wednesday||Years 3 and 4||Football Training (Your Sport)|
|Thursday||Years 3 to 6||Girls' Football Training (Mr Carry)|
|Friday||Years 5 and 6||Football Training (Your Sport)|
CALLING ALL PARENTS - We need your help. Our Summer Fayre is fast approaching and we have stalls that still need covering. Dad's, we need help setting up from 9am. If anyone can spare half hour to cover a stall , please contact your Class Rep or leave a message at the school office. To make this year's Summer Fayre a success we need everyone to pull together. All proceeds raised go to enriching your children's school experience. Thank you for your support.
Mrs Brown and the kitchen staff are preparing a special menu on Wednesday to celebrate American independence Day. The menu will be:
There are some big family events taking place during June & July for Under 5's and also for the whole family to enjoy, so I have outlined some of these below for you to view:
Under 5's Events:
•Wednesday 11 July - Baby Festival Under 5's Day at Baggeridge: http://www.lovefromsedgley.co.uk/who-s-who/event/baby-festival-under-5s-day-2018
Events for the Whole Family
•Sunday 1 July - Armed Forces Day at Himley: http://www.himleyhallandpark.co.uk/armedforcesday
•Saturday 23 June - Saturday 29 July - The Black Country Festival 2018 Events: http://www.black-country-festival.co.uk/whats-on
All other events can be found on our website, if you click on the 'Events - what's on' section, the information will be on there. Any further activities and events we hear throughout the year will be uploaded onto our directory, so it's always worth checking this out on a regular basis.
Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about their choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of faith. Please increase the faith in our family and help us to remember that we can always put our faith and trust in you. Amen.
Universal: Social Networks. That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.