Friday 9th July 2021

Sunday's Gospel Message (Wednesday Word)

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sends out his friends on an urgent mission with the instruction to heal and to share his message with all who will listen. Jesus wants us to listen closely to his words. Regularly listening to Jesus reminds us what is really important in life and how much we are loved by God. St Benedict reminds us, “Listen carefully to the Master’s instructions.” This coming Sunday is also the feast of St Benedict, who introduced a special way of reading the Bible to Europe in the 6th Century. The Wednesday Word Family Time is based on St Benedict’s way of praying and seeks to help you listen, with love, to God and to each other.

Year 6 Prize Giving Event

Thank you to Miss Lawson, Mr Peniket, Mrs Faux-Conduit and our IT team for organising this year's special awards event for Year 6.  This was shared across the school with our other children and also with our Year 6 parents.  We thank these children for their hard-work, dedication, kindness and support to one another over the last seven years.  It has been an honour as the Principal of St. Joseph's to watch these children grow and develop into the well-rounded young people they have become.  May God support and strengthen them as they prepare to embark on the next stage in their education journey.  We wish them every success for their bright futures ahead.

Euro 2020 Finals

We wish the England football team every success on Sunday evening as they face Italy at Wembley at 8pm.  This will be their biggest challenge facing a team who have been undefeated in 33 matches. It has been a wonderful opportunity to unite our country together in support of the national team during these difficult times. If we are successful and win the Euros, then the children can come into school on Monday wearing, red, white or blue to mark this special occasion. Otherwise they will wear their school uniform or PE kits if it is their designated day as usual.  

PTA Fundraising 2020-21

A huge thank you to the members of the PTA for your support this year. They have organised a number of fundraising events, including: Non-Uniform Day, Easter Egg Raffle, Plant Sale & Father's Day Sale. In total the PTA have raised £1097.80. The funds will be used to support every child at school.  The latest PTA newsletter will be circulated to parents shortly.

PE Days up until the end of term

Year Day 1 Day 2
Reception Wednesday Friday
1 Thursday Friday
2 Monday Thursday
3 Monday Friday
4 Monday Friday
5 Tuesday Wednesday
6 Tuesday Wednesday

Virtual Pyramid Concert 2021

It is with great pleasure to announce that the Virtual Pyramid Concert will be made available for Year 5 parents to watch from Monday 12th July for one week only.  Parents will receive an 'access code' in order to watch the event.  Further details to follow.

Tennis Summer Camps

Wednesday Word Link

The weekly Wednesday Word is available via the following link:  The Wednesday Word Primary School Resource | Catholic Church

Dudley MBC symptom-free testing information for parents

Parents and carers can also visit for more information on both symptom and symptom-free testing and the other symptoms residents are now being encouraged to take a precautionary test if they display.

Accessing symptom-free tests

Parents and carers and anyone else living with a school age child or young person are among the priority groups being given access to free home lateral flow testing kits to test themselves.

Information on how to access these can be found at

All are strongly encouraged to have a lateral flow test at a local testing site prior to starting home testing, to know how a test is undertaken. 

Twice weekly testing will help detect hidden asymptomatic cases and help keep pupils and staff safer in school.

Anyone unable to do home testing can go to one of the Dudley lateral flow testing centres. These are at Dudley Leisure Centre, Saltwells Education Centre, with pop-up sessions at Holy Trinity Church Community Centre in Wordsley, Lifecentral Church in Halesowen, St Andrews Church in Sedgley, St James Church in Wollaston and the Salvation Army Church in Lye.There is also testing at more than 30 pharmacies across the borough. For details on where you can get a lateral flow test and to book visit

DfE Guidance on supporting your children's remote education during the coronavirus (updated 15.02.21)

Information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home. Supporting your children's remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (

Latest advice for parents on coronavirus from the DfE

Click on the following link to the NHS website for information on what to do if you or your child/ren show the main symptoms of Coronavirus.

Covid Family Support Information (Updated)

We have all experienced challenges and difficulties during this pandemic, but sometimes we may need support from someone else or know of someone who may need additional help.  Dudley MBC have created a 'Support for Families' leaflet which signposts local services to parents. We have also included an updated list of support for parents via a range of local and national agencies.  These documents can be found within the Covid 19 tab on the school website landing page.

Black Country Health Care 24-7 Support Line for adults and young people

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have just launched a 24-7 support line for adults, older adults, children and young people who require urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please don't suffer in silence.  If you are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during these uncertain times, then pick up the phone and speak to one of the specialist mental health professionals who will be able to support you.  Further details and contact information can be found on the flyer within the Covid 19 tab on the school website.  

Prayer of the Week - Year 6 Leavers

Dear God, Thank you for these children and for providing them with the skills they need to continue their education and faith journey. Thank you for family members, friends and staff who have supported them during their time at St. Joseph’s School. Thank you for creating us all with the capacity to think, speak, discover and reason. We rejoice in the good gifts that you bring and honour and glory you for them. We ask this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Virtues Focus - Faith-filled and Hopeful

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be: Faith-filled in their beliefs and
hopeful for the future.

Pope's Intention for July

Universal intention -Social Friendship

We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.


Emmaus CMAC
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Ofsted
A School Life Website
School Life iOS Mobile Application
School Life Android Mobile Application