Friday 7th June 2019


This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday which is popularly known as the birthday of the Church.  This was the day when Jesus' disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, when the mission of the Church really began nearly 2000 years ago.  Pentecost is not just a historical event.  The Holy Spirit is alive and active today. The fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  These help us to live a happy and virtuous life in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. The 'Action for Happiness' organisation has also designated June as 'Joyful June'.  For more information about the '10 Keys to Happier Living' which is based upon on a review of the latest scientific research relating to happiness go to

Year 3 Sacrament of First Holy Communion

This weekend is the final children's session and preparation Mass for the children in Year 3 who will be receiving Jesus for the first time through the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 15th June (11am) at Our Lady and All Saints Church.  We thank Fr. Des, Mrs McCole, Miss Roberston, Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Alcock, the team of catechists, parents and prayer partners who have supported these children on their continued journey of faith. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers at this special time. 

School Games Mark - Platinum Award

We have just received notification that St. Joseph's has been awarded the Platinum Mark for its commitment to physical activity, physical education and school sport over the last five years.  In order to achieve this highest award possible, the school had to achieve the Gold Award for the last five consecutive years.  We thank all our school staff, children and parents who have supported the school's commitment to this vital area of the curriculum which we know has a wider impact on children's mental health and well-being.  St. Joseph's is the first school in Dudley to achieve this award and possibly the West Midlands!

Pyramid Concert Update

I am sure that you are aware of the challenging financial situation every school is currently facing across the country.  Unfortunately, there has not been an increase in funding year-on-year to support the increase in expenditure relative to inflation.  For many schools, including St. Joseph's, this means an 8% reduction in the school budget in real terms over the next 5 years.  In previous years, our Year 5 Class has participated in an enrichment programme, learning about music and performing at the Pyramid Concert at Birmingham Town Hall. Unfortunately, as a result of budget constraints and competing priorities we have taken the decision not to participate 2020. This is a difficult decision, but has been taken in the interests of maintaining the quality of education for all children at the school. We understand some parents and children may be disappointed at this decision but we will continue to review how to provide our children with enrichment activities through the arts, especially with support from the Dudley Performing Arts.

Year 2 Access to the Playing Fields

As part of their transition into Key Stage 2, our Year 2 children will be allowed to play on the field (weather permitting) from Monday 10th June.  Can you please ensure that your child brings to school a pair of trainers so that they can change into these at lunchtime.  Thank you. 

PTA 'Magical' Summer Fayre 2019

This year's Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 22nd June - 12 - 3pm. To make the fayre a success we NEED your help. There are sign up sheets in the school's main reception area; if you can spare an hour on that day please sign up as a volunteer. We are also looking for donations of raffle prizes too.

Interested in hiring you own stall or sponsorship/advertising your company please leave your details at reception and a member of the PTA will contact you.

All monies raised by our Summer Fayre helps to enrich the school lives of our children here at St. Joseph's. Thank you for your continued support.

Praise Assembly (now at 9.10am)

Year Group Good Work
Reception Iris and Minie
Year 1 Katie
Year 2 Isla
Year 3 Lauren
Year 4 Daniel
Year 5 Lexi
Year 6 Whitemoor Lakes

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 9 (starts after half term) Years 3 to 6 8am
Friday Football Years 5 and 6 12.50pm
Friday Football Years 1 to 6 3.15pm-4.45pm

Dudley Family Information Service - June and July Activities

There are lots of big family events taking place across the Dudley Borough during June and July as follows:
Under 5’s Events
  • Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 June: Dudley Zoo Under 5’s Day Picnic Party
  • Friday 28 June, 10am – 3pm: Himley Under 5’s Day
  • Family Events for all
  • Sunday 30 June, 11am – 5pm: Armed Forces Day 2019 at Himley Hall
  • Saturday 29 June – Sunday 28 July: Black Country Festival Month. A range of events across the Black Country which include many in Dudley Borough. All info on link below.
  • All of this information is also on the DFISwebsite which is kept up-to-date on a regular basis and also includes other events and activities taking place throughout the next couple of months. When you access the site, if you click on the ‘Events – what’s on’ section, the information will be on there. Any further activities and events we hear about will be uploaded onto our directory, so it is always worth checking this out on a regular basis.

    Virtues Focus - Intentional and Prophetic

    Children in St. Joseph's School are growing to be intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.

    Prayer of the Week

    Gracious Father, I contemplate your presence among us.  Help me to do all things for the greater good of all people.  I offer you all my thoughts, words, deeds and all that I am for the intentions of Pope Francis for this month.  Hail Mary...

    Pope's Intention for June

    That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor. 

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

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