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Christmas Wreaths

Come and join us for a festive evening and create your own wreath for Christmas!

We will provide the bases and holly from our own grounds then show you step by step how to create your own Christmas wreath. A variety of decorations and ribbon will be available for you to choose how to finish off you wreath before taking home your beautiful work of art. 

Where and when?

On Tuesday 4th December in the games hall at St Joseph’s Primary from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The cost of the evening is £25 and includes the base, foliage and decorative finishing touches as well as a glass of mulled wine or Prosecco and a mince pie. The only thing you need to bring along is secateurs (if you have but not necessary) and your imagination

So come along and enjoy this festive social event and be the envy of your neighbours with your homemade wreath.

If you wish to attend the event please contact Mrs McAllister as we need numbers to ensure sufficient supplies.

Email:  stjosephsecogroup@aberdeenschools.org.uk

Second hand uniform sale & lost property

Friday 9th November   2.30-3.30pm    

Unnamed school uniform will be sold in the school dining room this Friday. We will also have the Lost Property boxes available for you to look through. 
Please enter the dining room via the senior playground.


If your uniform is clearly named it will be delivered back to your child by the lost property monitors. Otherwise it will be washed and re sold each term. 
PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING.

If your uniform is clearly named it will be delivered back to your child by the lost property monitors. Otherwise it will be washed and re sold each term.
PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING.


Brand new unnamed shoes.

FairTrade presentation

With this year’s Fair Trade committee committee assembled, some of us went to a Fair Trade event on the North Link ferry. Our task was to present to other schools all the brilliant things we do for FairTrade at St Joseph’s, and after we got a tour of the ferry! One of the many fun things we get to do as members of this committee!

If you were an ENGINEER what would you do?

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce that we will be taking part in the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award during November.  

The competition will be challenging primary and secondary pupils in Scotland to research engineering, interview inspiring engineers and interpret the question “If you were an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?”

This is a fantastic opportunity to engage our pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their daily working lives.  Pupils will be able to let their creativity run free, draw and write about how they interpret the question and come up with inventions and ideas.

Last year over 11,900 pupils from across Scotland took part in the award and 500 shortlisted entries were displayed at a public exhibition in The Barony Hall, Glasgow, which was visited by hundreds of people.     

Calling all engineers!

Are you an engineer or do you have links to the engineering industry?  If the answer is YES then we would be delighted to have your help and support as we embark on the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2018-2019.  

If you are interested in helping please contact your child’s teacher or email me at the address below and register with Primary Engineer at engineers@primaryengineer.com

For more information on the Leaders Award please go to Twitter @Leadersaward or the Facebook page, Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Lacaze

Principal Teacher          

LLacaze@aberdeencity.gov.uk            

  HALLOWE’EN DISCO

  HALLOWE’EN DISCO

GYM HALL

TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

 

Halloween-Kids

Primary 1 – 3          6pm – 7pm

Primary 4 – 7        7.30pm – 8.30pm 

£3.00 entry

Don’t forget to bring pennies for some yummy cakes and fun games! 

We are raising money for SCIAF this year.

We would be delighted for any donations of home baking for our stall.

All donations can be handed into the school office on Mon 29th & Tues 28th. 

Dress up and come along and join in the fun!

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THE CHRISTIAN ORIGINS OF HALLOWE’EN

Hallowe’en is a name that means nothing by itself. It is a contraction of “All Hallows Eve,” and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, more commonly known today as All Saints Day. (Hallow, as a noun, is an old English word for saint. As a verb, hallow means to make something holy or to honour it as holy) It begins the three-day observance of All Hallow tide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

Both the feast of All Saints Day (November 1) and its vigil (October 31) have been celebrated since the early eighth century, when they were instituted by Pope Gregory III in Rome. A century later, the feast and its vigil were extended to the Church at large by Pope Gregory IV. Today, All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. These faces would usually be illuminated from within by a candle, the lanterns displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits. The current use of pumpkins is a relatively modern innovation imported from the United States.

Later, Christian elements came into play, as All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day) and All Souls’ Day contributed their own unique traditions to the core, such as trick or treating (collecting “soul cakes” on All Souls’ Day) and dressing up in frightening costumes as protection against evil spirits.

At no time, either in the Celtic religion nor in the Christian, was Halloween history connected with the devil or devil worship.

Once Hallowe’en came to America from Ireland and Scotland, other cultures have added their own elements to the modern American celebration – vampires, werewolves, etc.

At St Joseph’s we focus teaching on All Saints Day and All Souls Day during this week, remembering those who have gone before us and teaching the children how to pray for them.  We have Mass on All Saints Day and prayers in the chapel and in class, to teach them about this special time of the year in the Church calendar. The Hallowe’en disco is nothing more than a chance to dress up and have fun together and is in no way a celebration of evil.