The Gospel this Sunday serves as a reminder to us about the importance of preparing ourselves as Christmas apporaches: to repent (to look into our hearts and see if there are any ways that we could change for the better), and to be busy doing the things that Jesus told us to do, loving God and loving one another through our words and through our deeds. In these ways we prepare our hearts to be filled with a joy that lasts long after the Christmas festivities have passed.
Please join us this coming Sunday for our School Carol Concert at Our Lady and All Saints Church starting at 3pm. Children who are reading, in the Mass band or choir are to meet at around 2.30pm for a final rehearsal. All children are to wear their school uniform at this event. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue to prepare for the season of Christmas together as a school community.
This coming Monday morning, Mr Richards from Living Streets (UK Charity), will be speaking in assembly about a new, exciting, nationwide challenge to encourage children and their families to walk to school at least once a week. Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and even do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates too. Using an online tracker, children's journeys to school will be logged and at the end of each month, those children who have walked at least once a week, will receive a WOW badge! If your child cycles or scoots to school, these will count towards earning a WOW badge. If you live too far away or don't have the time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride so that your child can earn their WOW badge. Park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from school and walk the rest of the way. If you would like to find out more information about this programme visit the following website: www.livingstreets.org/walktoschool. Let's swap those school runs for school walks!
The SNOMAC Fourth Anniversary Memento Booklet has now been uploaded onto the school website. From the landing page select the 'Key Information' tab and then access the 'St Nicholas Owen CMAC' folder. Previous booklets are also stored within this folder. We hope you enjoy reading about the wide variety of events which have taken place across our MAC last year.
Dudley Local Authority have asked schools to remind parents of children born between 01.09.14 and 31.08.15 to complete an application. Parents can apply online at www.dudley.gov.uk /admissions or they can phone the office on 0300 555 2345 for a paper form. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019. An additional Supplementary form is required and a copy of your child's Baptismal certificate, please contact school office for more information.
Please keep the disabled spaces in the council car park free for members of our school community who require this support. Thank you.
Any parents or visitors who have arranged to meet with a member of staff must enter school via the main entrance to safeguard the security of all staff and children on site. The safeguarding of all members of our school community is of the highest priority.
Dominic, Kimran, Jamie and Phillippa represented St. Joseph's at the regional final of the National Young Mathematician Award at Explore Learning in Stourbridge on Wednesday. The children worked collaboratively to solve a number of very challenging problems during the course of the afternoon session. The results wil be announced within the next forthnight. Well done to our great ambassadors of St. Joseph's School!
|Year||Good Work||Catholic Virtues|
|Year 3||Lola||Isaac P|
|Year 4||Christy, Philip and Jude||Esme|
|Year 6||Isabelle||Erica and Mohammed|
|Sunday 9th December||Carol Concert at OLAS||3pm|
|Monday 10th December||Years 3 and 4 at Birmingham Think Tank||all day|
|Monday 10th December||Launch of 'Walk Once a Week' Programme|
|Tuesday 11th December||Flu Vaccination - Reception class - Year 5||1.10pm|
|Tuesday 11th December||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Wednesday 12th December||PTA Bags2School collection||9am|
|Wednesday 12th December||School Celebration for the Feast Day of St. John - children in St. John's house can wear red this day|
|Wednesday 12th December||School Christmas Dinner|
|Thursday 13th December||Reception Nativity||2.15pm|
|Friday 14th December||Last Praise Assembly of the Term||9.10am|
|Friday 14th December||Reception Class at Santa Safari||all day|
|Friday 14th December||Year 5 Guitar Concert||2.45pm|
|Monday 17th December||Christmas Jumper Day - £1 donation to support Crisis|
|Monday 17th December||Pantomime performance for children (funded by the PTA)|
|Wednesday 19th December||KS1 Nativity||1.30pm and 6.30pm|
|Thursday 20th December||Christmas Party (each class)|
|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|
|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|
|Friday 21st December||There will be no after school football club||#||#|
Pupils at St. Joseph's growing to be faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to prepare well for Christmas and show us how we can help others to do the same. Amen.
Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith. That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogie with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.