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Friday 19th October 2018

The Journey to Greatness

Being kind, self-giving, thoughtful and helpful are all great qualities.  It is not always easy to live our lives in this way but it is a way that God wants us to live, to be the best person God has called us to be.  "May I never neither turn left nor turn right in my journey of life, but may I go straight to Christ that I may do what is right, and I may be bright and right in His sight." Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.  Think of ways as a family in which you can be 'great' for each other this week.   

Wanted - Family photos of those who have served in the Armed Forces

A reminder to please bring in photographs of any family members who have served in any of the Armed Forces since the Great War.  These will be photocopied and returned to you.  There will be a display in school on our Remembrance Assembly led by our Year 2 pupils on Friday 9th November starting at 10.30am. The children can also also wear red, white or blue clothes on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Parents' Evening Questionnaire - please complete online

We look forward to welcoming you all to our first parents' evening session of the school year.  The sessions will take place on Tuesday 23rd October (3.30pm-5.30pm) and Wednesday 24th October (5pm-7pm).  The parent questionnaire will only be available online via the school website.  You are welcome to complete this before or after your appointment.  School ipads will also be available in the main hall for you to complete the questionnaire too. Unfortunately, the Year 4 sessions have been postponed until after half term.  A new date will be organised during Autumn 2.

Project Gambia Shoe Box Appeal 2018

The deadline for the Christmas shoe boxes for the Project Gambia Appeal is Friday 26th October.    Mrs Hodt spoke to the children earlier this week about the work undertaken by the team of volunteers who support in the schools and villages to make the lives of our brothers and sisters better.  Thank you for your continued support.

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:  www.dudley.gov.uk/admissions or call the Dudley Schools Admissions Service on 0300 555 2345.

PTA Christmas PJ Movie Night

On the afternoon of the parish Christmas Fayre (Saturday 1st December), the PTA are hoping to organise a Christmas movie at school where children can come wearing their PJs and dressing gowns.  Santa will be also be visiting the children too!  Each Class Representative from the PTA will be contacting parents to gauge initial interest in this event going ahead.  This will take place from 4/4.30pm until around 6.30pm.  Parents will be welcome to stay in the IT suite for mince pies and mulled wine!

Mrs Brown's Autumn Harvest Festival - Wednesday 24th October

On Wednesday 24th October Mrs Brown will be cooking a Harvest themed lunch menu. There will be a choice of main course and pudding. Children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to universal free school meals. Children in KS2 £2.30.

  • Scarecrow chicken pie
  • Autumn veggie wrap
  • Golden fish fillet
  • Harvest surprise cake
  • Festive flapjack

Praise Assembly

Year Good Work Catholic Virtues
Reception Bodhi and Daniel Freddie
Year 1 Feliks Emilia
Year 2 Leo Alyssa
Year 3 Isabelle Lily
Year 4 Philip and Noah George
Year 5 Lucian Francis
Year 6 Anna Rihanna

What's On

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 - children can wear red, white or blue to commemorate Armistice Day 10.30am
Sunday 11th November Remembrance Sunday
Monday 12th November Year 6 Confessions 11am
Wednesday 14th November Year 5 Class Mass 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 in St. John's house 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

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: www.rbgymandsport.co.uk.

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 / kirkwoodall@hotmail.com or Grant Chapman on 07800 936550 / glc24@live.com

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, thank you for all the great people in our world.  Please help us to grow in greatness through putting others first.  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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