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Port Talbot to Peru- Why should we get fitter? Why should we raise money for our linked mission in Peru?

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Saint Joseph’s Sponsored Strava challenge

We as a school and parish community are aiming to raise money for the plight of Bishop Giovanni. Our Missio group have decided that we are going to do our best to walk or run as many miles in May as possible! Our astronomical end goal is 5929 miles! The distance between Port Talbot and Peru.

This challenge is all about exercising with family whilst raising money for such an important cause. Your whole family can take part and help you to reach your sponsorship goals.

Be an Action Researcher to find out what our money will go towards?

What differences will it make to the people of Prelatura Santiago Apostol de Huancane?

 

Please follow the instructions below to take part.

 

  1. Sign up to Strava app.
  2. Use ‘explore’ and search for ‘Saint Joseph’s Infants’ in ‘Clubs’. Request to join!
  3. Once you have joined our club, every walk or run will be added to our mileage and our leader board. We will be tallying up the miles at the end of each week.
  4. *Important* every time you Record a walk or run and ‘choose a sport’, please choose ‘Run’ EVEN if you are walking. This will allow your activity to be added to our mileage leader board.
  5. Please involve your whole family! Brothers, Sisters, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Grandparents! The more family members involved, the better.

 

First Holy Communion Preparation 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I am happy to confirm that school will be running First Holy Communion preparation classes on behalf of the parishes of St Joseph’s and Our Lady Margam. Monsignor Joseph and Father Andrzej will announce the start of the programme through in Mass this weekend. We are all very hopeful that our year 2 children will make their First Holy Communion in July 2021.

 

In light of COVID-19 Operational Guidance, we will be keeping the Year 2 children in their bubble for lessons in school that will start next Wednesday 28th April 2021. Classes will run on a Wednesday (initially 2:45-3:30). Mrs Hines, Mrs James will be supported by Miss Wellington, Mrs O’Callaghan and I. School will buy the preparation workbook ‘Called to his Supper’ once we have had your responses.

 

Should you wish your child to take part in the First Holy Communion Programme then please complete the consent form below. If your child has not been Baptised and you would like your child to be part of this preparation programme, may I suggest that you ring Monsignor Joseph for St Joseph’s Parish (including Cwmafan) or Father Andrzej for Margam Parish to discuss the next step.

 

I am delighted that there is a real possibility of our children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year!!!

 

Ms. J. Beaumont

Headteacher

 

Thank you Canon Paul

A huge thank you to our Religious Education Link  Governor, Canon Paul who has played a vital part in working with the children and staff of Saint Joseph’s Infant School. He has been a fantastic support and a visible presence in our lives. We wish him much love and all our prayers as he takes up a new appointment as Parish Priest of St David’s Swansea. Thank you Canon Paul. We will miss you!

Mission Together!
We are praying for children all over the world!

 

Come and See Autumn Term Update for Parents

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infant School

RE themes Come and See

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

 

This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Sacrament (Baptism and Confirmation -Belonging) and Christian Living  (Advent and Christmas -Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend time studying Judaism.

Domestic church – family

Early Years         Myself – God knows and loves each one

Year 1                   Families – God’s love and care for every family

Year 2                   Beginnings – God is present in every beginning

 

JUDAISM

Pupils will study various aspects of Judaism for one week. Ask them what they have been learning about

Suggestions for home activities

Make a collage using family photographs of all the significant family members—grandparents, parents, children, aunts, uncles etc. who show God’s love.

Write underneath it “We show God’s love to one another.Include those who have died.

 

Sacraments – Baptism and Confirmation – Belonging

 Early Years         welcome – Baptism: a welcome to God’s family

Year 1                   belonging – Baptism: an invitation to belong to God’s  family

Year 2                   signs and symbols – Signs and symbols in Baptism

Suggestions for home activities

Talk to someone who has been to a Baptism and/or Confirmation about their memories of this celebration.

 

Christian Living -Advent/Christmas – Loving

 Early Years         birthday – Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday

Year 1                   waiting – Advent: a time to look forward to Christmas

Year 2                   preparations – Advent: preparing to celebrate  Christmas

Suggestions for home activities

Discuss with the children how your family welcomes visitors to your home.

Find out about some Christian symbols for Advent e.g. Advent wreath, calendar, Jesse tree.

Use the CAFOD or Missio websites to get a religious Advent calendar.

 

KEY TIP:

Remember: Parents are the first educators. Together we can make a real difference.

Please make the effort to buy a children’s bible. We suggest one with beautiful engaging illustrations.

Please find time in our busy lives to reflect on the stories that Jesus told.

 

Come along and join in parish celebrations:  A warm welcome is extended to all our families to come along and join us to celebrate Mass every Sunday in St Joseph’s, Our Lady of Margam and Briton Ferry. Family Masses are celebrated usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month in St Joseph’s and half termly in Margam. During these special celebrations, children play a key role in the liturgy.

Sacramental Preparation begins in the Autumn Term for all parishes. Please contact Monsignor Joseph or Canon Paul for further information.

 

 

 

 

Missio at work in our school

What does it mean to be a Missio School?

We are a Missio School. We have a team of Missio Ambassadors, their  job is to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus in our school.

We have answered Pope Frances’ call to look after our world and support those who need our help. A very important part of this job is to pray for each other and pray for children all over the world.

Mums, Dads and Carers we need your help. You are the First Educators.

Please pray our Mission Together Pray at home:-

We pray

May all children

In the world

Share love

Share friendship and live

In the peace

Of God’s Love

Now and forever

Amen

 

Parents and Friends Meeting May 2019. What’s new?

Minutes for PTFA: 8th May 2019

Next meeting: Friday 7th June 2019 at 9:00 in Main School

Confirmed attendances for fete;

  • Surf School (Nick Thomas)
  • Theatre School (idea for them to run taster sessions for the children to take part throughout the afternoon).
  • Fire Services
  • Police

 

Ideas:

  • Mascots from local business/ bizzy bees (friends of the school) 1st refusal bring their mascots and to charge 50p for a photo.
  • Chloe found a business online which has rides and mascots free of charge for schools. (I will msg Chloe to find out if she has contacted them).
  • Leanne’s friend Danielle to do stall for bows & to approach Aberavon Quinns to see if interested in doing taster session.

All very positive so far.

 

Beach Walk:

PTFA meeting was called to arrange & plan the beach walk which was a great success from feedback I have received. Good turn out and lots of fun. Slight negative- Little confusion in regards to donation/sponsorship and perhaps food for thought for future things we organise.

 

Other ideas:-

Louise Griffiths (Secretary)has been made aware of a parent learning group which is running at another school (Central Primary). Theirs is mainly aimed at the early years (nursery/reception) they run a block of sessions to aid learning/teaching at home. It could be run quite informally by PTFA with perhaps one off “guests”. We could do tasters of jolly phonics so there would be opportunity for the adults to learn. Ideas of games to play…. ideas perhaps parents already do/ input from teachers also. There could be tea and coffee at the sessions and perhaps charge £2 a session with a drink & biscuit included. Perhaps run a block of 6-8 sessions. If it worked & there was demand other sessions could be run. Also if the sessions alternated the day….. there may be more chance of a wider catchment coming (granted parents may only attend one or two sessions that way but depending on numbers that may work out better).

 

Perhaps a family event which could take place early evening with a performer of some kind. Something that both children and adults would enjoy? Pay so much on the door or sell tickets with the usual drinks and snacks for sale and raffle.

 

Action:-

1.We need to schedule the next PTFA in prep for the fete as that will be here before we know it.

2.Could reminders also be sent this Friday (tomorrow) in regards to book day as a lot of parents on our group had forgotten.

 

  • Kind Regards always
  • Louise Griffiths – Secretary for PTFA
  • Frankie Boucher’s Mum