The children enjoyed the PTA disco and activities on Friday, it started the weekend off on a high note. Thank you to the PTA for organising this event.
This week sees us heading towards half term with Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.The day gets its name from a saint; St Valentine. Not an awful lot is known about St Valentine. The popular belief is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.
The Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.
There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".
Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime. Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.
Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.
We wish you much love, peace and happiness on Valentine’s Day.
On Monday I am pleased to welcome the new Headteacher at St Joseph’s College to come and meet me and visit our school.
On Tuesday we have some Journalism students fromStaffordshire University in school working with Prep 6 to talk about and develop this aspect of Literacy.
During this week Mr Ferris and Mrs Griffiths are receiving Manual Handling training.
School breaks up on Friday 17th February for half term. There will be Joes Club as usual on that evening, which runs until 5.50pm.
We hope that you have an enjoyable half term and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 20th February.