VALUES AND VIRTUES

Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Birmingham must ensure that as part of their Catholic teachings, values and virtues are now a key focus. The values and virtues show how pupils are growing in their faith as well as how schools help their pupils to grow. Schools can really emphasise a particular pair of words throughout a half term. Each half term the focus will change. It is the intention that across the whole of the Archdiocese , schools will focus upon the same pair of virtues at the same time. This will enable us to share ideas and resources and strengthen our common bond. The tables below illustrate this in full:

GRATEFUL AND GENEROUS

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, now and in the future.

ATTENTIVE AND DISCERNING

 Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

FAITH-FILLED AND HOPEFUL

 Faith-filled in their beliefs and Hopeful for the future.

ELOQUENT AND TRUTHFUL

Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

LEARNED AND WISE

Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

CURIOUS AND ACTIVE

 Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

INTENTIONAL AND PROPHETIC

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.

Ash Wednesday and St Joseph's Day

Our Liturgy planners prepared the environment beautifully for our Ash Wednesday on 6th March 2019. 

They were also amazing in their support with our St Joseph's day celebrations, helping with the spiritual environment.

and delivering the customary Kit Kats to all staff and children!


Thank you to all who attended our Ash Wednesday Mass. It was a truly wonderful Parish and School liturgy. Thank you to those of you who provided help in evaluating the mass. There were some wonderful comments made:

'I always enjoy school mass your pupils do you proud - as do the staff and Father Andrew is wonderful'

'the children were great and it was organised excellently'

'A wonderful mass to be a part of. We really enjoyed attending'


For those of you who joined us on Tuesday to celebrate St Joseph’s Day, you will have seen slight changes like including the bidding prayers on the powerpoint and giving out the powerpoint to our visiting congregation. These were suggested improvements made and we hope that they helped to improve our worship. The forms were available on Tuesday too and again thank you to those who completed them.


 

Faith In Action

Thank you to our Mini Vinnies for all of their hard work last week. On Friday 8th March, they spoke to the school about their plans for Red Nose Day and the activities that have planned for this special week.  It has been a great success and evidence of their dedication, commitment and leadership in living out their Catholic Mission - thankyou. Thank you too, to Mrs Holland for supporting them in this. Last Friday was the culmination of the week with all children wearing red and bringing in their pound…as well as the cake sale too!! Thank you to all of you for your generosity and support. We look forward to sharing the amount we have raised with you in due course.

 


 

 

A group of our children attended a Prayer Leader training event at Blessed Edward on Tuesday 5th March  morning was lovely. Our pupils were fantastic and worked really well in their groups with the other schools (and took the lead at times). The main focus was on Lent and they looked at resources and thought about planning a collective worship for Lent. They will be a great support to our Re Support network and are going to help with the lent prayer club too. Thank you to Mrs Nickless for being with them and also to Mrs Hackley and Mrs Holland for their kind offer of transport.

 

 

 

Saints

 

Visit to the Shrine of Blessed Edward

Last week our liturgy planners from Year 6 accompanied Mrs Bury to the shrine of Blessed Edward, where they celebrated a prayer service alongside Year 8 students from Blessed Edward Oldcorne. Our children wrote a prayer for the service and read it reverently. (See above) They also joined in confidently with the Blessed Edward College prayer which we have been saying daily as part of our novena to Blessed Edward.

 

Remembrance Prayer Service

The whole school stood in silence to remember all who had suffered as a result of conflict, especially the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God.

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 

This was held on 11th September and all KS2 classes attended. We gathered in the hall and Deacon Kevin brought the Blessed Sacrament to us.  We also viewed a live web link of the Archbishop in his home chapel.  It was a very special event and a wonderful opportunity for our children to be in the presence of Christ.

Adoration Mass

Collective Worship

KS1 and KS2 have weekly collective worship sessions, planned and led by the teachers and pupils.  If you would like to attend a collective worship session, please inform your child’s teacher and they can give you further details. 

Class Masses are held weekly.  Please see the school newsletter for information on when your child’s Class Mass is being held.  All are welcome to theses Masses.

Mrs Bury revisits the Sunday Gospel message, to pupils, during her weekly Head’s Assembly and we conclude the week with our Praise Assembly, which is an opportunity for us to praise those who have made special achievements throughout the week. These assemblies are for pupils only, but half termly Golden Assemblies are open to one and all!

The RE Support Network also hold daily prayer in class.  These prayer sessions are planned and reviewed by the St Joseph’s Workers and Liturgy Planners.

 

Masses and Prayer Services

Mondays

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursdays

Fridays

AM – Prayers in class led by RE Support Network

AM – Head Teacher’s assembly/ Key Stage Masses

AM – Prayers in class led by RE Support Network

AM – Prayers in class led by RE Support Network

AM – Praise assembly

PM – Class assemblies

PM – Prayers in class led by RE Support Network

PM – Key Stage 2 collective worship

PM - Key Stage 1 collective worship

PM – Prayers in class led by RE Support Network

 

RE Support Network

Each class has 2 representatives on our RE Support Network and these representatives change termly.  This group of pupils have various jobs and roles to fulfil to help the Catholic Life of our school:

           

Prayer Leaders

St Joseph’s Workers

Liturgy Planners

REC and Key Stage 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2

Change and tend to the prayer table in their classroom.

Lead prayer sessions in their class.

Help Mrs Jackson and Mrs Nickless with special prayer missions.

Are role models during Mass, RE lessons and prayer session

Attend meetings with Mrs Jackson, Mrs Nickless, the St Joseph’s Workers and the Prayer Leaders

 

Change and tend to the prayer table in the lower KS2 corridor.

Help with the RE displays around school.

Prepare and organise special RE resources and letters for the school.

Tend to the Marian Garden.

Be role models during Mass, RE lessons and prayer sessions.

Attend meetings with Mrs Jackson, Mrs Nickless, the St Joseph’s workers and the Prayer Leaders.

Plan and lead class worship daily.

 

Help prepare and lead Mass.

Change and tend to the prayer table in the Upper KS2 corridor.

Prepare and organise special RE resources and letters for the school.

Be role models during Mass, RE lessons and prayer sessions; modelling good practise to other year groups.

Help at and attend meetings with Mrs Jackson, Mrs Nickless, the St Joseph’s Workers and the Prayer Leaders.

Plan and lead class worship daily.

 

 

The Wider Community

Our school was built in 1969 to serve and support the parish and local community and here at St Joseph’s we are passionate about working within the Warndon and Worcester community.  We have strong links with our Catholic cluster schools (including St George’s and Our Lady Queen of Peace), the Father Hudson charity, Worcester Community Trust, and the Warndon Community Police unit.  Here are some of the community projects we are currently working on:

  • Worcester Community Trust Play Scheme – providing subsidised holiday clubs to families in need.
  • St Joseph’s Parking Scheme with the Warndon Community Police – ensuring there is safe and considerate parking in and around our school site.
  • The Father Hudson ‘Talk to me Worcester’ project – encouraging the Warndon and greater Worcester communities to connect with their neighbours; encouraging a cohesive and supportive neighbourhood.

Blessing of the Mary Window

This window was blessed by Father Andrew Berry on 7th December 2018 after a whole school mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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