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Friday 9th November 2018

The Gift of Love

This Sunday's Gospel, reminds us that even the smallest of good deeds, done with love, does not escape Jesus' attention. The widow's gift was so little, that in some ways, it would hardly make a difference.  But Jesus reminds us that the amount we give is not as important as the love with which we give a gift.  God wants us to trust and depend on him, and to share our gifts of time and talents to help others.  When used well, our gifts help us to find our purpose in life and to improve the lives of those around us.

We Will Remember Them

Thank you to Mrs Riley, the school staff and children of Year 2 for sharing their wonderful, thoughtful and respectful assembly earlier today. It was a very moving and reflective opportunity for us all to think about the millions of people who sacrificed their lives so that there could be peace in the world.  Unfortunately, we know that this was not the war to end wars, and violence and conflict between nations continues today.  The display boards of photographs of family members from our community will be moved to the chapel in Our Lady and All Saints for the Masses this coming weekend.  Mrs Riley will also lay a wreath on behalf of our school community at the service at Mary Steven's Park too.  We pray to God and remember all who have died in conflict, especially the 17 former pupils of St. Joseph's School, who died in the Great War.  The memorial plaque is now in the school hall and is a fitting tribute to the local men who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Please support one of the Masses at OLAS this weekend or attend the service at Mary Steven's Park on Sunday morning.  We will remember them. 

National Anti-Bullying Week 2018

This coming Monday is the beginning of National Anti-Bullying Week.  The theme for this year is 'Choose Respect'.  Through the Gospel Assembly on Monday, the children will learn about the meaning of the word 'respect' and also that they have the choice to make decisions about how to be respectfu to each other.  This is also one of our School Rights - The right to be treated with respect, which forms the basis around our Behaviour and Anti-bullying policies.  The children will also have the opportunity to explore this theme further with their teachers during PSHE lessons and circle time during the course of the week.  Wednesday is 'Odd Socks Day' which celebrates the uniqueness of every person made in the image and likeness of God.  If you would like more information about this year's theme please look at the following website: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week-2018/

Winter PE Kit

A reminder that children can bring in tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE sessions and can also wear their jumpers over their PE t-shirts too until the end of Spring term 1.  This also applies for sportskits for sessions with school staff and external providers before and after school.

PTA Spooktacular Disco

Many thanks to the members of the PTA, parents and children who supported the PTA disco on Friday 26th October.  A total of £426 has been raised to help support the chidren here at St. Joseph's.  The next PTA meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November at The Wagon and Horse starting at 7.30pm.  All welcome to attend. 

National School Meals Week 2018

On Monday 12th November we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National School Meals Week. There will be a change to this week's menu. Please refer to menu below. On Monday we will be celebrating Armistice Day so please wear a poppy in remembrance. Tuesday is Superhero Day and you can wear your superhero cape for lunch. On Wednesday we will be wishing Prince Charles a happy birthday. School dinners are free for children in Reception class and Key Stage 1. Dinners cost £2.30 per day for children in Key Stage 2.

Day Main Pudding
Monday 12th November - Armistic Day Beef hotpot or Quorn hotpot Chocolate bread and butter pudding or Anzac biscuits
Tuesday 13th November - Superhero Day Aquaman fish bites or Batman burger Catwomen cheesecake or Elsa's ice lollies
Wednesday 14th November - Roast Dinner Day Roast beef dinner Birthday cake
Thursday 15th November - The nations favourite Curry, rice and naan bread or Chicken wraps Chocolate pudding and custard
Friday 16th November - Science Day DNA tomato and basil pasta or Mutant ninja pizza Crackling cupcakes or Chocolate/jam lava bombs

Praise Assembly

Year Good Work Catholic Virtues
Reception Jack and Oscar James
Year 1 Michael Daisy-May
Year 2 Leila Gabrielle
Year 3 Molly and Oskar Kamran
Year 4 Harry W Michaela
Year 5 Phoebe C and Jack Maddison
Year 6 Kimran Daisy

What's On

7th - 23rd November Into Film Festival
Sunday 11th November Remembrance Sunday
Monday 12th November Year 6 Confessions 11am
Wednesday 14th November Year 5 Class Mass 9.10am
Wednesday 14th November Odd Socks Day - children can wear odd socks as part of ABW #
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
Saturday 1st December PTA Christmas Movie Night at School TBC
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 Pantomime performance for children (funded by the PTA)
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

Virtues Focus - Faith-filled and Hopeful

Pupils at St. Joseph's growing to be faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Prayer of the Week

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the many gifts you have given us.  Please help us to be generous and cheerful in all we do for you and for each other.  Amen.

Pope's Intentions for November

In the Service of Peace: That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

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