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Friday 21st June 2019

Feast of Corpus Christi

This coming Sunday, the Church celebrates the great feast of 'Corpus Christi' - these two latin words mean 'the Body of Christ.'  The gathering of Jesus and the people at The Feeding of the Five Thousand was not just a huge, miraculous, open-air picnic.  It was a sign of the Eucharist which Jesus would establish with his disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus makes the same offer to nourish us today, especially when we receive Holy Communion - a sacred moment, when we receive a gift from heaven - we receive, Jesus.  This helps us become closer to Jesus and closer to each other - to keep growing in goodness and love.  At Our Lady and All Saints on Sunday (10.30am), there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Year 3 Communicants who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time last Saturday.  It is an opportunity for the parish and school to celebrate this wonderful occasion together. 

PTA 'Magical' Summer Fayre 2019

Thank you to our School PTA members for their hard work in preparing for this year's Summer Fayre. Please come along and support this event tomorrow from 12noon until 3pm.  All monies raised will help to enrich the lives of our children here at St. Joseph's.  Thank you for your continued support.

Teacher Allocation for 2019-20

I am pleased to announce our teacher allocation for 2019-20.  Mrs Dodd has been appointed as a teacher to work alongside Mrs Piercy in Reception next year.  Mrs McCole will also take on the role as School SENDCo due to Mrs Rowley's retirement. A reminder that our 'Meet the Teacher' event will take place on Wednesday 3rd July starting at 9.15am.  This will be an opportunity to meet with your child's new class teacher.  There will be three 10 minute sessions to allow our parents with more than one child to speak with the different class teachers.  The children will then spend the afternoon with their new teacher as part of our transition programme in preparation for next year.  Our new Reception parents will also be meeting with Mr Carry, School Staff, Academy Committee and PTA representatives plus other members from our wider community on the same day at 6.30pm. 

Year Teaching Staff
Reception Mrs Piercy and Mrs Dodd
Year 1 Mrs Cangiano
Year 2 Mrs Riley
Year 3 Miss Robertson
Year 4 Mrs Mahoney
Year 5 Mrs Hickman
Year 6 Mrs Lawson
SENDCo Mrs McCole

School Games Day (Sports Day) Reminder

Next week is National School Sport Week. Our annual School Games Day (Sports Day) will take place on Thursday 27th June.  Reception and KS1 will be competing together starting at 9.15am, followed by KS2 at 11am.  There will not be a picnic this year as all events will take place in the morning.  Refreshments will be on sale for parents during organised by our catering staff.  If the event has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, the alternative date for the School Games Day will be Tuesday 9th July (am).  We are also hoping to offer tennis taster sessions to Years 2 to 4 pupils on Monday 24th June which will be led by Mr Kirk Woodhall from Stourbridge Tennis Club. We also encourage our parents and children to try and walk to school or park and stride especially during this week too.  Let us see whether we can improve on the 130 children who managed to walk, scoot or cycle during May.

Online Support for Secondary Transition

The mental health charity for young people, Place2B, have created guidance to support parents and their children with the transition from primary to secondary school.  The section entitled 'Getting Ready to Start Secondary School' which includes help and practical tips can be found via the following link:https://www.place2be.org.uk/what-we-do/parent-carer-resources/ready-for-secondaryhigh-school.aspx

Race for Jude - In memory of Mrs Mooney

Following the sad death of Mrs Mooney, who was our Assistant Head Teacher in 2015, some children voiced how they would like to do something in her memory and it was suggested by a pupil to do a race because of her love of sport. There sprung the idea for a "Race for Jude".

Jude is the son of Mrs Marrey who is a current member of staff. In previous years we have raised an amazing £4,030 to help towards Jude's medical expenses and to purchase a specially adapted bath. We would like to increase this amount and this year's Race for Jude will take place on Wednesday 26th June during National School Sport Week. A letter with more information and a sponsorship form has been sent home. Thank you in advance for your continued support and generosity.

Praise Assembly

Year Group Good Work
Reception Lucas and Lloyd
Year 1 Bella
Year 2 Ronnie
Year 3 Emilja
Year 4 Violet
Year 5 Alton castle
Year 6 Erica

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 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

    As the key Wednesday Word is 'nourish', we think about the prayer we say together at school before lunch.  Bless us, O Lord, as we sit together.  Bless the food we eat today.  Bless the hands that make the food.  Bless us, O Lord. Amen.

    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

    Inset Day

    Reminder: School will be closed on Friday 28th June a MAC wide Inset Day.

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