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Friday 10th November 2017

The Gift of Wisdom

In this Sunday's Gospel we hear about the parable of the bridesmaids. Five were wise and sensible, whereas, the other five were foolish and unprepared. The wise bridesmaids' brightly lit lamps - filled with oil - can remind us of the light the bridesmaids brought into the world through their faith and good works. The bridegroom represents Jesus and the wedding feast represents the kingdom of God. Because of their wisdom, the five sensible bridesmaids prepared well for the wedding and experienced all the joys of the wedding feast, that is for us, the joys of the kingdom of heaven.

Remembrance Sunday

A reminder that the Year 3 First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass will take place this coming Sunday at 10.30am. There will also be a Service of Remembrance at the Stourbridge War Memorial in Mary Steven's Park too. Please meet at 10.30am.

Anti-Bullying Week - All Different, All Equal

Next week is National Anti-Bullying Week. This year's theme is a useful reminder that we are all unique, created in the image and likeness of Christ. Through our Catholic virtues, Gospel values and School Rights the children are reminded about treating each other with respect. The children will learn about the importance of feeling valued and will also empower them to celebrate what makes them unique. For further information please go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance website at www.antibullyingalliance.org.uk.

Odd Sock Day - Anti-Bullying Week

On Monday we would like all the children to take part in 'Odd Socks Day' for Anti-Bullying Week. The children simply need to wear an odd pair of socks to school. The message to children is: be proud of who you are and be accepting of one another. Andy Day is undoubtedly one of the most popular children's personalities in the UK and widely known for his antics tackling dinosaurs, investigating baby animals and being on safari. He is the ambassador of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Spread reading around for just a pound

Abooku is a UK based educational charity which has developed, with Gambia co-operation and support, The Baobab Reading Scheme. As a school we have decided to support this charity and help supply Gambian children with the books they need to help them to read. The 'Spread reading around for just a pound' campaign supports children in Gambian schools by providing each child with a complete set of their own reading materials. These have been developed by Abooku in partnership with Gambian educators. As part of this campaign, we would like to invite your child to purchase a special edition of 'Fatou's First Day' a storybook about The Gambia for just £1. Many schools in Dudley and across the West Midlands have supported this worthy cause. Please support this campaign by bringing £1 in to school on Monday so that we can contribute to the target of helping 4000 Gambian children have access to essential reading materials. The children will learn more about this campaign at the whole-school assembly on Monday morning. Thank you for your continued support.

Praise Assembly Awards

Year Group Good Work Catholic Virtues
1 Nancy Amelia
2 Whole Class Isla
3 Christy Kieran
4 Jon Jack
5 Dominic Kimran
6 Fatima Emily-Mae

Virtues Focus - Autumn term 2

Children in St. Joseph's School are growing to be learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for all our blessings and gifts. Please help us to grow in humility - to be humble and loving in all that we do and say. Amen.

What's On

Saturday 11th November 10.30am-12pm First Holy Communion Children's Session (Parish Centre)
Sunday 12th November 10.30am First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass (Church)
w/c Monday 13th November National Anti-Bullying Week - All Different, All Equal
Monday 13th November 7.30pm PTA Meeting (Waggon and Horses)
Tuesday 14th November 2.15pm Year 5 Class Mass
Thursday 16th November Year 3 & 4 Cake Sale in aid of Children in Need
Thursday 16th November 7pm Year 6 Penitential Service at OLAS
Friday 17th November Vocations Workshop for Year 6
Sunday 19th November 10.30am Year 6 Confirmation Preparation Mass (Church) All Welcome
w/c Monday 20th November National Road Safety Week
Tuesday 21st November 7pm Resources Committee Meeting
Sunday 26th November Feast of Christ the King / National Youth Sunday All Welcome

Parents' Evening Questionnaires

Many thanks for the questionnaires which we have received this week. Please return completed questionnaires to the school office by Friday 17th November. Next term the parent questionnaire will be available on the school website. Thank you for your feedback.

School Uniform Update

Please ensure that your child brings a suitable coat to school each day. Thank you.

Key Stage 1 Nativity

Change of date - The KS1 nativity will be on Friday 15th December at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Last call please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Stourbridge Theatre Company's next production is Tom's Midnight Garden. As you may know this is a children's story that will hopefully appeal to young and old alike. Stourbridge Theatre Company have had an ongoing relationship with St. Joseph's School for a number of years. They have once again kindly offered tickets to St. Joseph's at a much discounted rate. One child FREE with one adult paying the discounted price of £5 each, additional child £2.50. This is for the afternoon performance at 2pm on the 25th November 2017, they have reserved the entire balcony for us. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children. If you are interested please call into the school office to reserve your tickets.

PTA Santa Breakfast

This year's PTA Santa Breakfast will be on Saturday 9th December . Booking forms are being sent home on Friday 3rd November. Please check your child's schoolbag as places book up very quickly. There will be 2 sittings - 8.30am and 10.30am. Admission to the event will be by pre paid tickets only and places are limited for each sitting time. If you would like to book for this event please return completed form and payment in a named envelope. Thank you for your support.

Football Team Fixture

Congratulations to the school football team who played a friendly 9-a-side fixture against Wollescote School yesterday. After an initial ten minutes of a closely competitive game the children broke the deadlock and scored two goals in the final five minutes before half time. Their performance in the second half showed great promise for the season ahead. The children played very well collectively and managed to score a further five goals to finish the game 7 - 0 winners. Well done!

Pope's Mission Statement for November

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Enjoy a School Lunch Week (13th-17th November)

As part of National School Meals Week 2017 there will be a change to the weekly dinner menu. Please see below for details.

Monday Chicken Popems Sausage Roll Meat Free Sausage Roll
Tuesday Lasagne Sausages Fish
Wednesday Roast Beef Chicken Nuggets Omelette
Thursday Chicken Wrap Cheese Wrap Fish Fingers
Friday Cheese and Tomato Pizza Fish

Year 3 and Year 4 Cake Sale in aid of Children in Need

On Thursday 16th November, Year 3 and Year 4 will be hosting a Cake Sale at break time in aid of Children in Need. Please send your children in with some change to buy cakes. Thank you for your support.

Dudley Schools' Book Quiz

Congratulations to the children in Years 4 and 5 who took part in the Dudley Schools' Book Quiz at Saltwell earlier this week. Both teams performed extremely well and were runners-up overall. Well done.

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