Life To The Full – April Newsletter

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Life To The Full Newsletter – April 2018

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Clubs Update

There have been a couple of changes to this term’s clubs as follows:

As from next week, Homework Club will take place on Thursday.

This evening’s Homework Club will take place as planned.

Cookery Club will commence after half term and will take place on a Monday; further information to follow.

Click on the link below to view the revised Clubs schedule for this half term.

Clubs Summer Term 2018

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PTA Sponsored Bounce – Cancelled!

It is with deep sadness that PTA announce the cancellation of this Friday’s Sponsored Bounce event.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have the Sponsored Bounce as we do not have enough volunteers to help run the event safely and effectively. We are aware that the children will be extremely disappointed as it is one of our most popular annual events and it is with great sadness that we have had to cancel it.

We understand that people have lots of demands on their time and are not able to give a huge amount of time to supporting the work of the PTA but we would be delighted if you could volunteer any amount of time to ensure that we do not have to cancel any more events. As the old saying goes: many hands make light work...

The PTA works to enhance the lives and experiences of all the children at St. Joseph’s and has always been a valuable part of the school community. So please, take a moment to consider whether you could lend a hand at any of our events.

If you require further information then please speak to a member of the PTA or email us at pta@stjosephs351.herts.sch.uk .

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Happy St. George’s Day!!

Happy St. George’s Day one and all!

St. George is popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry, but actually he wasn’t English at all. Very little is known about the man who became St. George.

Quick Facts About St. George!!

  • Born in Turkey (in Cappadocia)
  • Lived in the third century
  • His parents were Christian
  • Became a Roman soldier
  • Protested against Rome’s persecution of Christians
  • Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith
  • Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine

St. George is believed to have been born in Cappadocia (now Eastern Turkey) in the year A.D. 270. He was a Christian. At the age of seventeen he joined the Roman army and soon became renowned for his bravery. He served under a pagan Emperor but never forgot his Christian faith.

When the pagan Emperor Diocletian started persecuting Christians, St. George pleaded with the Emperor to spare their lives. However, St. George’s pleas fell on deaf ears and it is thought that the Emperor Diocletian tried to make St. George deny his faith in Christ, by torturing him. St George showed incredible courage and faith and was finally beheaded near Lydda in Palestine on 23rd April, 303.

In 1222, the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day and he replaced St Edmund the Martyr as England’s patron saint in the 14th century. In 1415, April 23rd was made a national feast day.

Patron Saint

St George is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow.

St. George is also patron saint of scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers.

The Legend Of St. George And The Dragon!!

The most famous legend of St. George is of him slaying a dragon. In the Middle Ages the dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil. The slaying of the dragon by St George was first credited to him in the twelfth century, long after his death. It is therefore likely that the many stories connected with St George’s name are fictitious.

There are many versions of story of St. George slaying the dragon, but most agree on the following:

  1. A town was terrorised by a dragon.
  2. A young princess was offered to the dragon
  3. When George heard about this he rode into the village
  4. George slayed the dragon and rescued the princess

St. George travelled for many months by land and sea until he came to Libya. Here he met a poor hermit who told him that everyone in that land was in great distress, for a dragon had long ravaged the country.

Every day,’ said the old man, ‘he demands the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden and now all the young girls have been killed. The king’s daughter alone remains, and unless we can find a knight who can slay the dragon she will be sacrificed tomorrow. The king of Egypt will give his daughter in marriage to the champion who overcomes this terrible monster.

When St. George heard this story, he was determined to try and save the princess, so he rested that night in the hermit’s hut, and at daybreak set out to the valley where the dragon lived. When he drew near he saw a little procession of women, headed by a beautiful girl dressed in pure Arabian silk. The princess Sabra was being led by her attendants to the place of death. The knight spurred his horse and overtook the ladies. He comforted them with brave words and persuaded the princess to return to the palace. Then he entered the valley.

Interesting Facts!!

  • Despite the fact that St. George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, only one in five people know that St. George’s Day falls on 23rd April.
  • More than a quarter of people living in England do not even know who their patron saint is…but that doesn’t include you!
  • William Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564 and he died on the same day in 1616.
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Weekly Newsletter

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20.04.18

Have a lovely weekend.

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Summer Term Clubs

The Summer Term Clubs timetable is available by clicking on the link below.

Summer Term Clubs – 2018

Letters will be sent out to the relevant classes/children for which clubs have to be applied for. Homework Club and Athletics practices are open to all  children so no letter will be sent out for these clubs.

Thank you to all of the staff concerned for giving their time freely to run these clubs.

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Come And See – Parents Newsletter

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Parents Letter Summer 2018

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK.  

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).

The GDPR require public authorities and businesses to identify the lawful basis for storing personal data, audit information we already hold and take a ‘data protection by design and default’ approach to personal data.  

Of course, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we take data protection very seriously.  In line with GDPR requirements, we are currently in the process of appointing a Data Protection Officer to oversee our approach to data management and protection. 

In order to ensure that we fully comply with the new regulations, we are reviewing our current policies and practices. We have already updated our privacy notices in line with the new requirements. Once approved, these will be available in For Parents/GDPR, along with our revised Data Protection Policy.

As part of the compliance process, we are also seeking to update the consent forms we have received from parents and pupils. The new regulations are clear that consent must be up-to-date and clearly recorded. From now on, lack of response cannot be interpreted as implied consent. We therefore ask that you return the consent form which your child(ren) brought home this evening to us promptly, and no later than Friday 4th May 2018.

To learn more about the General Data Protection Regulation, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website on http://ico.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

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Weekly Newsletter

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29.03.18

Have a wonderful Easter.

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Congratulations Choir!

Our choir recently entered the Lea Valley Schools Choir Competition by sending in recordings of two of their favourite songs. This morning we heard the wonderful news that we are finalists in the competition!

The choir will be singing live in a concert on Thursday 24th May at The Spotlight.  Tickets are available from:  http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/leisure-spotlight-family-music-and-dance/event/lea-valley-school-choir-competition and 01992 441946.  Tickets are £10 and all profits go to local Rotary charities.

We look forward to this great opportunity and hope to see many of you there in the audience.

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