Friday 12th October 2018

True Happiness

Out of his great love for us, God created us to be happy with him forever.  In this Sunday's Gospel, we hear about a wealthy young man whose love of money and possessions were stopping him finding true happiness.  So Jesus lovingly challenges him: if he wants to have true, lasting happiness for which he is asking, then he must give God first place in his life.  The young man went away sad because he was putting his trust in his wealth rather than trusting God to bring him happiness. Living in the way that Jesus taught us, knowing that we are loved forever by God and responding to that love by loving others leads to everlasting happiness. 

Wanted - Parent Reading Volunteers

The positive impact of reading with a child regularly is well documented.  Here at St. Joseph's we are looking for parents who would be willing to come into school to listen to children read on a 1-to-1 basis.  An initial meeting with Mrs Riley, our English Coordinator, will be organised as well as the statutory checks through the DBS.  If you are interested and can spare some time during the afternoon then please leave your name and contact details with the school office.  Thank you for your continued support.

Tag Rugby Festival Result

Congratulations to the ten members of the school tag rugby team from Years 5 and 6 who took part in a local festival yesterday held at Old Halesonians Rugby Club.  For the first time in a number of years the team won the overall festival and will now proceed to the Dudley finals on 13th March 2019 at Old Swinford Hospital School.  The chidren were great ambassadors of the school showing teamwork, cooperation and encouragement throughout the event.  Well done!

Feast of St Luke

On Thursday 18th October the children from St. Luke's house will be celebrating their patron's feast day.  The children may come into school wearing green items of clothing on this day represneting their house colour.

Secondary Transition Sessions for Year 6

Next Wednesday Mr McArdle from Hagley Catholic High School will be meeting with our Year 6 pupils to begin the process of support for transition to secondary school in September 2019.  Further sessions will take place duirng the academic year to support them through this next stage in their faith and education faith journey.

Project Gambia Shoe Box Appeal 2018

The chidren across the Stourbridge Learning Partnership will be taking part in this year's Project Gambia Shoe Box Appeal. In November, Project Gambia will be shipping a ‘Christmas Shoebox’ to every child who attend the schools they work in: Half Dye, Madiana and The Methodist Special School. Mrs Hodt from Project Gambia will be speaking with the children on Wednesday about this special appeal.

Year 6 Admissions to Secondary School September 2019

A reminder from the Local Authority (Dudley Borough) to parents of children in Year 6.  Please submit an application to apply a place for your child for September 2019 by 31st October 2018.  This can also be completed online via the following link: or call the Dudley Schools Admissions Service on 0300 555 2345.

What's On - Updated until the end of the Autumn term

Saturday 13th October Hagley Catholic High School Open Day 9am-12noon
Monday 15th October Full Academy Committee Meeting 7pm
Monday 15th October Booking for Parents' Evening opens - Appointment sheets available in the main entrance.
Tuesday 16th October Reception Open Morning (September 2019) 9.30am-10.30am
Tuesday 16th October Redhill Volleyball Club taster sessions start 4pm-5.30pm
Thursday 18th October Feast Day of St Luke - children can wear green on this day
Tuesday 23rd October Parents' Evening 3.30pm-5.30pm
Wednesday 24th October Parents' Evening 5pm-7pm
Friday 26th October PTA Children's Disco R and KS1 6pm-7pm and KS2 7.15pm-8.15pm
Friday 26th October End of Autumn term 1
Half term Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November
Thursday 1st November All Saints Day
Friday 2nd November Holy Souls Day
Monday 5th November Autumn term 2 begins
7th - 23rd November Into Film Festival
Wednesday 7th November Individual School Photographs am
Friday 9th November Year 2 Remembrance Assembly 10.50am
Sunday 11th November Remembrance Sunday
Monday 12th November Year 6 Confessions 11am
Wednesday 14th November Year 5 Class Mas 9.10am
Friday 16th November Year 6 Retreat to Harvington Hall
Wednesday 21st November Year 6 Class Mass 9.10am
Thursday 22nd November Year 6 Confirmation Meeting for Parents at OLAS 7pm-8.15pm
Sunday 25th November Year 6 Enrolment Mass at OLAS 10.30am
Friday 30th November Year 3 Assembly 9.10am
Saturday 1st December OLAS Christmas Fayre 10.30am
Sunday 2nd December First Sunday of Advent
Monday 3rd December Year 5 Confessions 11am
Tuesday 4th December Music and Mince Pies Performance 9.10am
Sunday 9th December Carol Concert at OLAS 3pm
Monday 10th December Full Academy Committee Meeting 7pm
Wednesday 12th December School Celebration for the Feast Day of St. John - children can wear red this day
Thursday 13th December Reception Nativity 2.15pm
Monday 17th December PTA - Pantomime Performance for children
Wednesday 19th December KS1 Nativity 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Friday 21st December End of term Mass 9.10am
Friday 21st December School Carol Concert 2.45pm
Monday 7th January Spring term begins - children start school 8.45am

Reception 2019 Open Morning for Parents

On Tuesday 16th October we will be holding an Open Morning for parents of Reception children for September 2019. This will take place in the school hall from 9.30am until 10.30am. Please encourage any friends and family members with children who are due to start Reception in September to come along. Thank you.

Out of School Hours Activities

Day Activity Year Group Time
Monday Multi-skills Years 1 to 3 8am
Monday Dance SPACE STILL AVAILABLE Years 3 to 6 3.15pm-4.15pm
Tuesday Gymnastics Years 3 to 6 8am
Tuesday Irish Dancing Years 1 to 6 3.15pm-4.15pm
Tuesday Play Leader Training Years 5 and 6 12.50pm-1.20pm
Wednesday Multi-skills Years 4 to 6 8am
Wednesday Football (mixed) Years 3 and 4 12.45pm
Thursday Gymnastics Years 1 and 2 8am
Thursday School Football Team Years 4 to 6 12.45pm
Thursday High 5 Netball (mixed) Years 4 to 6 3.15pm-4.15pm
Friday Football (mixed) Years 5 and 6 12.45pm
Friday Football (mixed) Years 1 to 6 3.15pm-4.45pm

RB Gym and Sport Half Term Activity Camps

One of our School Sport providers here at St. Joseph's will be running activity camps over the half term holiday from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November. There is an early booking discount for the full week's camp at £70. Alternatively, individual camp days can be booked. These camps will be held at Our Lady and St Kenelm Catholic Primary School and Peter's Hill Primary School. To book a place for your child please visit:

Stourbridge Tennis Club - Half Term Camp

Stourbridge Tennis Club are holding a number of training sessions during half term. The camp will run from 31st October to 2nd November. Camp details as follows: All Day Camp 9am-3pm: £30, Morning Camp 9am-12noon: £17, Afternoon Camp 1pm-3pm: £12, Early Drop Off 8:30am: £2.50. Rackets Can Be Provided. Each Full Day Includes Lunch. Prices Based On Per Person Per Day. For further information please contact either Kirk Woodhall on 07792 755567 / or Grant Chapman on 07800 936550 /

Virtues Focus - Compassionate and Loving

Pupils at St. Joseph's are compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Prayer of the Week

Dear Lord Jesus, may our family be rich in love and filled with the happiness which comes from serving you and others.  Amen.

Pope's Intentions for October

Evangelisation: The Mission of Religious. That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

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