Tuesday, 14 November 2017

November is the month of the Holy Souls. In school, the children have been thinking about all of the saints in heaven; prayers and remembrance have been at the forefront of our learning. The Chaplaincy Team organised a very poignant Mass of Remembrance where we prayed for deceased priests of the parish and deceased members of our own school community.

Our Remembrance Tree is once again in the school entrance so that anyone can write a prayer of remembrance and hang it on the branches. In this way we can all remember our loved ones who have gone before us to share in the glory of heaven.



WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – Friday 3rd November 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wow! We were so privileged to receive a visit from the Welsh National Opera today. They stunned us all with their voices: altos, sopranos, basses, and with their humour—so much better than the ‘Go Compare’ advert! It was brilliant! Thank you to Mr Brownhill for organising this event.

ST JUDE’S FEAST DAY CELEBRATION – Tuesday 1st November 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

On Tuesday we celebrated the feast of our Patron Saint, Saint Jude. Year 5 organised a beautiful Mass in church which was followed in the afternoon by some fun in school. Mrs Smith organised a great magician to entertain the children. They had great fun and no-one could figure out how he did his tricks!



Mass – Tuesday 17th October

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


May and October are the months when Catholics try to pray more often to Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus. This year, October is very special as the church celebrates the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. A hundred years ago, in 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children in Fatima. Just as Mary asked those three children to say the Rosary, so too are we making special devotions this month. Our mass today was a special votive mass to the Our Lady and it began with a beautiful procession at the beginning to remind us all of the beauty of the Rosary.

Mary Our Mother, pray for us.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


Reception Welcome Meeting – Tuesday 10th October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The children in Reception were formally welcomed into the Catholic family of St Jude’s at a Welcome Service on Tuesday. A candle was lit for each child, to represent the light of Jesus entering their lives and to light their way as they journey through their St Jude’s school career. Fr Philip was delighted to lead prayers and the Gospel where Jesus said “Let the little children come to me”. The children were supported by their Year 6 Prayer Buddies who have been getting to know them very well. Thank you to the parents who attended this important and special service.

No Pens Wednesday – 9th October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

On ‘No Pens Wednesday’ we encouraged the children to put down their pens and to take part in a day of speaking and listening activities. It took place on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The children took part in cooking, debates, acting out Shakespeare plays and playing questioning games. The day was a great success and it helped us to realise how important speaking and listening skills are!



LARGE VEHICLE SAFETY DEMONSTRATION – Wednesday 27th September 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

All of the children experienced what it was like to stand next to, and be inside, a large articulated lorry this week.

The children were all given a safety talk by DHL drivers on how to remain safe next to lorries. They all had an informative and exciting visit.



Shakespeare Project

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

St. Jude’s are very excited about a project that our pupils have been invited to take part in. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are funding a project which will allow some of our pupils to visit Stratford-upon-Avon and learn about the legacy left to us all by the great William Shakespeare.

Mr McGarrigle and Mrs Smith spent the day in Stratford learning more about the project. Watch this space for more information soon…



Harvest Festival Mass – 3rd October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Celebrate the harvest festival to honour the Lord your God, be joyful in the Lord’s presence.”
Deuteronomy 16:10-11

We had a magnificent Harvest celebration in St. Jude’s Church on October 3rd 2017. Joined by many parishioners and parents, the pupils joined together in prayer and song to give thanks to God for his abundant generosity.

Every class exceeded the challenge set of bringing in 30 tins or packets of food between them. Families were very generous in their donations of food for the homeless and needy people of our city. Donations are being sent to SIFA Fireside Centre in Digbeth and the local Spearhead Trust.


Table Top Sale – Friday 22nd September 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017


A huge thank you to Sarah Eblett and her loyal band of parent helpers for organising the Table Top Sale. Thank you to the parents who did take time to visit the event after school. Those who did attend got themselves some great bargains and had fun too. The event raised £87.20 which will be added to the funds already raised by parents this year.