Reception Welcome Ceremony – Monday 22nd October

Monday, 22 October 2018

The children in Reception were formally welcomed into the Catholic family of St Jude’s at a Welcome Service on Monday. 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. 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.



Year 1 visit to Soho House

Monday, 22 October 2018

As part of our Birmingham topic, Year One were lucky enough to Visit Soho House, which belonged to Matthew Bolton. The children were given a tour of the house and they learnt what life was like in Georgian times.  As part of Black History Month, the children also took part in a workshop all about Mary Seacole. The children were given to opportunity to help retell the story of Mary Seacole through role play.

Harvest Festival

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

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

Thank you again for your generosity in donating food for our Harvest Mass on Tuesday. The display in church looked fantastic. I have always remembered the Harvest Festival from my time at Primary School and I hope that our pupils are developing fond memories too. The singing was joyous and the procession at the start of mass, led by pupils from Years One to Six, made the occasion more special. SIFA Fireside, a charity for the homeless based in Digbeth, were extremely grateful for our donations.


Friday, 5 October 2018

Our Birmingham topic got off to a sizzling start this week! On Thursday, we had our Brummie Breakfast which was delicious. We also had a whole school assembly where pupils learnt more about the history of Birmingham. I was very proud of the enthusiasm shown by the children and their eagerness to learn more about their heritage. We have had some fantastic old newspapers donated to the school which we are enjoying looking at. Thank you to the Jones family who have lent resources about Irish immigration to Birmingham. Year 6 watched a short film, ‘We Built This City, the Irish in Birmingham’. Their response has been warming and shows me how much we are going to benefit from this topic.

“The video made me realise how many nationalities created the Birmingham we know today. I was shocked at how badly immigrants were treated. I never realised that the roads and railways we take for granted took so much manual labour.” (Taylor-Leigh)

“I think that it’s great that we are going to learn more about our city.” (Kelsey)


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

It is lovely to see our Reception parents being so engaged in school life. We had a great turn out at their Reading Workshop this week. This workshop was designed to give parents information about how we teach reading, comprehension and questioning, phonics and writing. The ‘hands-on’ activities are a great way of engaging children—I hope that parents found it useful.


Monday, 1 October 2018

What a generous community we have here at St. Jude’s! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support you gave this fundraising event today. I have never seen so many cakes! The pupils have had a feast whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause.  Altogether, we raised an amazing £286.72p! Thank you for your generosity. It is great that, as a community, we are instilling in our adults of the future the importance of charity.



Sunday, 30 September 2018

We are all so proud of our Nursery and Reception pupils. They are happy, confident and kind—we couldn’t ask for more. We appreciate the hard work you obviously invest in your children. Thank you.


Friday, 28 September 2018

Today we had a visit from a charity called CAFOD. We learnt that CAFOD stands for Catholic Association For Overseas Development. Their aim is to help people with skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities. We found out what it was like to be a refugee and how difficult life can be. We thought about what we would take from home if we had to flee to safety. We enjoyed the workshop and had some interesting discussions.


Jigsaws PHSE

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

We have introduced a new scheme of work at school. Jigsaws PHSE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health education, emotional literacy, social skills and emotional development. So far, the children have really enjoyed these lessons.


Year 1 and Year 2 Sign Language

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

We are delighted that Sheila is back with us this year working with Years One and Two. They are learning British Sign Language – in previous years the pupils have really enjoyed this!