All children who will reach the age of five on or before the start of the new school session in August 2019 should start primary school in August 2019. Children who reach the age of five after the start of the new school session in August 2019, but before the last day of February 2020 may also be enrolled for primary school in August 2019.
TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Primary 1 – 3 6pm – 7pm
Primary 4 – 7 7.30pm – 8.30pm
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!
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.
Curriculum Consultation Event 30th October 2018
1st Session: 6:10pm – 6:50pm
2nd Session: 7:40pm – 8:20pm
I would like to invite you to this collaborative event which will run twice on the same night and is your opportunity to have a significant input into shaping the curriculum for St. Joseph’s School. Each session will take approximately 40 minutes allowing you time to drop your children off at the disco and return to pick them up at the end. You are welcome to attend either session.
During the session, I will give you a brief overview of the aspects of curriculum design and the many frameworks within which a curriculum design sits.
You will identify
- what children should be learning about (themes and contexts)
- how children should be learning (location, environment, approaches)
- why your child should be learning this (rationale)
I will also be looking to create a working party which will help us to identify the skills for learning, life and work and which will support engagement with local businesses.
I look forward to meeting you on the evening, please let us know if you can attend by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. Please contact me if you have any queries.
Wishing you all a restful holiday after this busy term.
Mrs Sinéad Lindsay
AUTISM OUTREACH EVENT
Autism Outreach will do a presentation to parents on 30th October at 9:15am with the aim of raising awareness and understanding of the condition, all are welcome.
Please return the following details, with the correct
money in a sealed, named envelope please.
Pupil name ______________________
We require ______ tickets @ £5 each
We will be bringing ____ children under 5.
Due to space limitations, it will be a first come, first served event.
Our school could win some new playground equipment but we really need your help!
We collect waste for recycling through Terracycle and they are running a competition with Febreze, Fairy and Tesco. The winning school will receive new playground equipment.
The winning school will be the one with the most online votes!
That’s where we need your help!
Simply go to Terracycle win a playground and register your vote for St Joseph’s RC Primary! Voting is open from 20th June until 23:59 on 24th July 2018. Only one vote per email address is permitted.
Please do not hesitate to go online and vote for our school – and feel free to encourage friends and family to vote too!!
We will keep you updated on how we are doing on the school leaderboard!
Please help us to improve our playground facilities by taking a couple of minutes to vote.