Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome Back and a Happy New Year
A happy, blessed and joyful New Year to all our children and families. Being happy, blessed and joyful are blessings God pours upon us; they are the fruit of our baptism. Every New Year invites us to reflect, take stock, to examine our lives and look to the future with renewed hope and confidence in God's love. It is also a time for new resolve, fresh amends and life-changing decisions. As believers, every New Year is a call to grow, mature and deepen our faith and our relationship with God. One way that we can do this is to be inspired by the witness of others. The most inspiring of these people are not celebrities but ordinary people who often through a tragic, searing or horrible event has changed their lives forever. Often this was through loss in almost unimaginable circumstances. Not many of us would know what we would do if we found ourselves in this sort of situation. However, in every life there are traumatic and shattering moments. We must learn to live with seismic change at some point or another, perhaps through bereavement. If we live, we are born; if we live, we will lose; and we will have to make choices about how to go on living with that loss of heart. Following the positivity and strength of these people may give you the courage to take up a new cause or work for something you believe in. Lord, grant me the steadfast faith which believes that with you all things are possible. Nothing can be done or acheived without hope and confidence in you. Amen.
Change4Life - Sugar Smart World
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels - 22% of children are overweight or obsese when they start primary school, and this increases by 34% by the time they finish primary. Sugar is a big part of the problem. Children aged 4-10 years old are eating and drinking more than twice the amount of sugar they should. This equates to an additional 2,800 sugar cubes per year. Change4Life have created a new Sugar Smart World take-home pack which can support the whole family about healthier swaps - these have been given to every child today. Our Walk Once a Week programme was also launched on Monday. Chidren who walk to school (or cycle, scoot, park and stride etc.) at least once per week will be given a special WOW badge at the end of each month. These small steps can make a real difference in changing the habits of children and young people to create healthier lifestyles which continue into adulthood.
Thank you from the Black Country Food Bank
It has been a very challenging year for Black Country Foodbank. For the first time since 2006 our stock levels ran critically low and we wondered how we would carry on. Just as this happened the local Church arrived with a cheque and we were able to buy the items we needed. This story sums up everything about Foodbank. The generosity of local people is astounding and we are so very grateful that we have been able to fulfill every request for a food parcel this year. We ask, now more than ever for your support again next year as the challenges we face are significant but the challenges society are facing are much greater. Foodbank shortages for January are as follows: fruit juice, jam/marmalade, packets of mash, tinned fruit, jars of cooking sauce, small jars of coffee, hot chocolate and tinned meat (ham and corned beef). Thank you for your continued support.
Reception Admissions September 2019
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.
|Year Group||Catholic Virtues||Good Work|
|Reception Class||Sofia||Iris and Florence|
Pyramid Concert Programme - Can your business support this event?
A message from Mr Mallinson, Head of Music at Hagley Catholic High School.
Every year, the “Hagley Pyramid of School’s” project involves 300 children from ten local schools (1 High school and 9 Primary schools) joining together to participate in a spectacular music concert. Starting in September, I organise fortnightly rehearsals in curriculum time. I work with every youngster on vocal techniques and new songs so that, collaboratively, they form the basis of a celebration concert in Birmingham Town Hall every February. The project is totally inclusive and encourages pupils of any ability (with an age range from 7 to 19 years old) to work together, whether singing in the choir or performing in the live band. This inspirational community event brings together all generations from across the region to celebrate the children’s music making, which, in turn, makes a lifelong impact on their self-esteem and confidence.
The project forges strong relationships between all the schools taking part and gives every child a sense of pride and achievement. All live music is produced by the High school students (without assistance on stage from professional musicians or staff) whose involvement gives motivation and provides excellent “role models” for the younger pupils, many of whom go on to form the bands in future concerts.
Giving the children something to aim for encourages them to carry on studying music, to learn an instrument, enjoy singing, listen to each other and participate in a large-scale arts event outside of the school environment whilst also developing skills that can be used in other areas of their lives.
We sell tickets (the concert usually sells out), have fund raising events and have a few kind sponsors but the cost of the venue and the actual production keeps escalating each year. One of our sponsors has kindly offered to produce a commemorative colour programme for our “Disco Fever” show in February. These will be complementary for every ticket holder and I wondered if you might like to purchase an advertising slot in this programme.
Please feel free to have a look at the video of the show from last year’s “School of Rock” show, by clicking the link.
The cost to you would be £50 for a quarter page or £100 for a half page. This would be a fantastic way to promote your business, support a local school and be a part of this exciting venture.
If you are interested in purchasing an advertising slot then please contact Mr Mallinson at Hagley Catholic High School on 01562 883193 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's On - Spring term 2019
|Sunday 13th January||Year 6 Confirmation Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Friday 18th January||Years 3 and 4 swimming sessions resume||am|
|Tuesday 22nd January||Year 6 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 22nd January||Year 6 Service of Light||7pm|
|Wednesday 23rd January||Year 4 Class Assembly||9.10am|
|Wednesday 23rd January||Anniversary of the capture of St. Nicholas Owen|
|Thursday 24th January||Young Voices Concert (KS2 School Choir)|
|Friday 25th January||Bishop McGough to meet with Year 6 Confirmandi at OLAS Parish Centre||pm|
|Sunday 27th January||Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation||1pm|
|Wednesday 30th January||Reception Class Mass||9.10am|
|Tuesday 5th February||Safer Internet Day - Together for a better internet|
|Wednesday 6th February||Year 3 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Wednesday 6th February||Dudley Inter School Maths Competition for Years 3 and 4|
|Thursday 7th February||Tempest whole class photographs||am|
|Thursday 7th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Session for Parents at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 9th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 10th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Monday 11th February||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Wednesday 13th February||Year 4 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Thursday 14th February||Year 5 Pyramid Concert with Hagley Catholic High School||pm|
|Friday 15th February||Dudley Primary Gymnastics Competition at Leasowes||am|
|Friday 15th February||Finish school for half term break||3.15pm|
|Monday 25th February||School INSET Day - children not in school on this day|
|Tuesday 26th February||Spring term 2 starts for children||8.45am|
|Wednesday 27th February||Dudley Inter School Maths Competition for Years 5 and 6|
|Thursday 28th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Parents' Session at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 2nd March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Children's Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 3rd March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Tuesday 5th March||SLP Unity Service at St. James' Church||am|
|Wednesday 6th March||Ash Wednesday Service||9.10am|
|Thursday 7th March||Year 3 First Confession at OLAS||6.30pm|
|Monday 11th March||Gospel Assembly - Fr. Hudson's Appeal|
|Monday 11th March||Year 5 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 12th March||Parents' Evening||3.30pm-5.30pm|
|Wednesday 13th March||Year 2 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Wednesday 13th March||Dudley Area Finals - Tag Rugby||am|
|Wednesday 13th March||Parents' Evening||5pm-7pm|
|Monday 18th March||Year 4 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 19th March||St. Joseph's Feast Day Mass||2pm|
|Monday 25th March||Year 6 Confessions||11am|
|Wednesday 27th March||Year 1 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Thursday 28th March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Parents' Session at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 30th March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Children's Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 31st March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Monday 1st April||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Tuesday 2nd April||Years 3 and 4 Production||6.30pm|
|Wednesday 3rd April||St. Mark's Feast Day - children of this House can wear blue|
|Wednesday 3rd April||Years 3 and 4 Production||6.30pm|
|Friday 12th April||End of term Mass||9.10am|
|w/c Monday 15th April||Holy Week|
|Friday 19th April||Good Friday|
|Sunday 21st April||Easter Sunday|
|Monday 29th April||Start of the Summer term for children|
Out of School Hours Activities
|Monday||Multi-skills||Years 1 to 3||8am|
|Monday||Cross Country||Years 4 to 6||12.30pm (starting 14th January)|
|Monday||Dance (to be confirmed)||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||Cross Country||Years 4 to 6||12.30pm (starting 16th January)|
|Wednesday||Football (mixed)||Years 3 and 4||12.45pm|
|Thursday||Gymnastics||Years 1 and 2||8am|
|Thursday||School Football Team (mixed)||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|
PE and School Sport Update
Cross country training for Years 4 to 6 will start this coming Monday (14th January) and will also take place on a Wednesday each week in preparation for the Stourbridge Cross Country Series and also the Primary Dudley Competition (09.03.19). The first round of the Stourbridge Competition will take place here at St. Joseph's on Tuesday 5th February starting at 4pm. If you are able to marshall at the St. Joseph's round please let the office know so that we can ensure we have enough volunteers to help with the organisation of this competition. Next Tuesday lunchtime, there will also be a trials for the Primary Sportshall Athletics Competition at OSH school on Thursday 24th January. This competiton is open to girls and boys in Years 5 and 6. Please ensure that your child brings a separate sports kit to school along with a jumper and tracksuit bottoms. If you have any further questions please contact the school office.
Virtues Focus - Eloquent and Truthful
Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Prayer of the Week - Prayer for Pope Francis
look kindly on your servant Pope Francis;
You invited him to shepherd Your flock.
Guide and protect him in his daily work;
inspire him in Your ways to embrace Church unity.Loving God,
assist Pope Francis in his constant effort,
to enlighten and strengthen Your Church and its people.
Open the eyes of non-believers so that together,
peace and harmony will prevail throughout our world.
may the splendour of your Son’s resurrection,
continue to illuminate all our lives.
May our thoughts, words and actions,
bear daily witness to the new life You gave us.
hear our prayer and the prayers of Pope Francis.
May they be a worthy addition to the chorus of song
among the angels and saints as we seek your help and grace.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, the true and everlasting Light.
Pope's Intention for January
Evangelization - Young People:
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.