Friday 12th April 2019

Palm Sunday and Holy Week - The final stage in our Lenten journey

This coming Sunday is known as Palm Sunday and is the start of Holy Week.  Palms will be handed out in Church in remembrance of the welcome and great praise that people gave to Jesus when he entered Jerusalem.  As we grow in our knowledge and love of Jesus, it is natural to want to praise God. This Sunday's Gospel reminds us that there are many things for which we can give praise to God - a loving family, good friends, caring teachers.  Praising God brings happiness: it is what were are made for.  As we enter this final part of our Lenten journey, let us think of all the good things which we have received from God and make time for quiet prayer to reflect upon this. It is unfortunate that our children are not in school next week to experience Holy Week together as as school community.  However, there are opportunities to take your child/ren to the services over the Easter weekend.  These will be noted within this weekend's parish newsletter. 

Happy Easter and Happy Holidays

It has been strange not be in school with you this week as I continue my recovery from a knee operation last week.  As we end another term, I would like to thank all members of staff and volunteers for their continued support to the children and families of St. Joseph's School.  I wish you all a very happy and rested Easter break and look forward to seeing you all once again on Monday 29th April as we begin the final term of the academic year. 

Summer term Mass - Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Please join us on Wednesday 1st May for the first Mass of our Summer term at 9.10am as we celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker.  We also keep Fr. Des in our prayers during this week as he will be celebrating the 38th year of his ordination on Thursday 2nd May.  We thank God for Fr. Des' continued service, care and support to us all as a school and and parish community.

Catholic Life Reminders

A few notices after the Easter break as we prepare for the Summer term.  There will be a Class Mass for Year 5 at 9.10am on Wednesday 8th May. The First Holy Communion programme will continue on Thursday 9th May with a parents' session at OLAS starting at 7pm.  The children's session will take place on Saturday from 10.30am until 12noon and the preparation Mass will be at OLAS on Sunday at 10.30am.

School Nurse Support for Year 6

Our allocated school nurse, Mrs Hayley, will be speaking with our Year 6 children on Thursday 2nd May to help prepare them for the upcoming SATs assessments. 

INSET Days and Dudley Term Dates for 2019-20

School INSET days for 2019-20 have been agreed.  Being part of a Multi-Academy Company (MAC), schools are also allowed up to two addtional INSET days to work collectively together.  There will be a MAC wide INSET day on Monday 6th January 2020.  The INSET dates for St. Joseph's next academic year are as follows: 02.09.19, 03.09.19, 11.10.19, 06.01.20, 22.05.20 and 20.07.20.  The Dudley term dates for 2019-20 have also been uploaded onto the school website.  From the home page, select the key information tab.

May Day Bank Holiday

A reminder that the early May Bank holiday will be on Monday 6th May.  The children will return to school on Tuesday 7th May.

School Football Result

Congratulations to the school football team who beat Hob Green 15-0 on Monday. Representatives from Year 5 and Year 6 all played their part in an excellent performance.

Dudley School Meals

Thank you for supporting our various themed meals days. The winner of Movie day was Emilia in Year 1, who received a family movie ticket and Disney merchandise.

The winners of Easter eggs on Thursday 11th April were :

  • Reception - Jude
  • Year 1 - Oli
  • Year 2 - Alyssa
  • Year 3 - Jacob
  • Year 4 - Emilia
  • Year 5 - Liam
  • Year 6 - Nathan

Year 2 Cake Sale

Thank you to Year 2 for your generous donations for Friday's Cake Sale. We have raised £130 for Project Gambia. Thank you for supporting this event.

Out of School Hours Activities

Day Activity Year Group Time
Monday Multi-skills Years 1 to 3 8am
Monday Girls' Football Training Years 4 to 6 12.50pm
Tuesday Gymnastics Years 3 to 6 8am
Tuesday Irish Dancing Years 1 to 6 3.15pm-4.15pm
Wednesday Multi-skills Years 4 to 6 8am
Wednesday Football Years 3 and 4 12.50pm
Thursday Gymnastics Years 1 and 2 8am
Thursday School Football Team Years 4 to 6 12.50pm
Thursday High 5 Netball Years 4 to 6 3.15pm-4.15pm
Friday I'm an Archer Years 3 to 6 8am
Friday Football Years 5 and 6 12.50pm
Friday Football Years 1 to 6 3.15pm-4.45pm

Virtues Focus - Learned and Wise

Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be Learned by finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. Next term we will be focusing on the virtues of being curious and active.

Prayer of the Week

A simple prayer to say each day as we continue the final part of our Lenten journey: In Jesus’ Name, we pray, In Jesus’ Name, we serve, In Jesus’ Name, we love. In Jesus Name, we live. Amen.  Don't forget to say the 'Our Father' each day at 6pm.

Pope's Intention for April

For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

For school dates please refer to 'Calendar' on the school website

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