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 3rd 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.
Respect. Honesty Forgiveness Equality
THE GIFT OF A SHOEBOX
At this time of year, St Joseph’s is again supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.
The scheme provides gifts for children and families who live in daily poverty in Central & Eastern Europe.
The Shoebox Scheme is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the UK & Ireland.
Each participating school is linked to one local Club, which for us is the Rotary Club of Aberdeen.
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme is an independent charity which operates all year round.
In the recipient countries, shoeboxes are distributed through a network of partnerships with welfare and relief organisations.
Supporting the Rotary Shoebox Christmas Appeal ensures that children and families
in Central & Eastern Europe will receive at least one gift this year – a filled shoebox.
For some children and families, that one shoebox will be their only Christmas present.
In November 2018, Rotary Clubs in NE Scotland uplifted 6,200 filled boxes.
Since 2003, Clubs in North & East Scotland have collectively filled over 120,000 boxes.
In 2018, the Rotary Shoebox Charity distributed 48,950 boxes to countries such as
Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.
The Christmas 2019 Appeal boxes are being sent to the Ukraine.
Additional distribution is taking place within Romania and Moldova in January and February.
Each trailer load contains 13,500 – 14,000 shoeboxes.
In 2018, St Joseph’s pupils and families made another significant contribution to the Shoebox Scheme.
160 filled boxes and £240, to offset administration and distribution costs, by attaching £1/£2 coins.
Since 2015, St Joseph’s has filled 850 boxes and contributed £1,250.
Next term, to mark these achievements, Shoebox Certificates will be presented at a special School Assembly.
For more information about the Rotary Shoebox Scheme and its impact
For information about Rotary
Please use only the Rotary boxes supplied.
Parents may also wish to send in additional items which will be made up to create more filled boxes.
A separate leaflet – with information about suitable items – accompanies each shoebox and is at the bottom of this letter.
Initially, each family receives one box and additional boxes are available from the school office.
Filled boxes should be returned to school by Monday 11 November.
While The Gift of a Shoebox is its contents, the value of each box received is far greater.
Rotary enables that gift to be made by purchasing the Shoeboxes, at a cost of 90p for each box supplied.
Please help reduce outlays by attaching £1 /£2 in coins and returning all unused boxes.
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme Co-ordinator for our school is John Milne.
He can be contacted directly about any queries or for further information.
All Hallow’s Eve DISCO
WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2019
Primary 1 – 3 6pm – 7pm
Primary 4 – 7 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Don’t forget to bring pennies for some yummy cakes!
We would be delighted for any donations of home baking for our stall.
All donations can be handed into the school office on Mon 30th & Tues 29th.
Dress up and come along and join in the fun! There will be prizes for the best dancers and best costumes.
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 hall and in class, to teach them about this special time of the year in the Church calendar. The disco is nothing more than a chance to dress up and have fun together and is in no way a celebration of evil.
Please have a look at the iMovie of the 2018-2019 Sacred Heart goal of Faith. It is a fantastic montage of all that the school did last year towards the goal.
Visit – the tab – Community and then select Sacred Heart, and scroll down to see the iMovie.
Tickets are now on sale!
£5 per ticket
Please send all money in a NAMED, sealed envelope to the office stating-
Tuesday (Cast A) or Thursday (Cast B) performance
No. of tickets required (limited to 2 per family)
On Monday 17th June there may be a chance to buy additional tickets. We will let you know via the blog/Groupcall.
We are starting to notice that around the school the amount of litter is increasing. The Janitor is being left to pick up after us.
We need to take responsibility for disposing of our own litter and use the bins (including recycling). We are looking at relocating some of the bins to make sure coverage of all the playgrounds is improved but YOU can help by using the bins provided or reduce the amount of litter by taking reusable plastic tubs and water bottles for snacks.
The litter is always worse on Friday after Fairtrade tuck shop and the wrappers are disposed of on the ground so we are proposing that a bin is located next to Fairtrade steps on a Friday.
Let your Eco Rep know if you have any other suggestions for helping lead our pollution revolution!
PLEASE HELP US TO REDUCE OUR LITTER AND USE THE BINS – WE ALL NEED TO HELP LOOK AFTER THE SCHOOL AND OUR LITTLE PART OF THE PLANET!