On Friday, 3 March, Bishop Ralph visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth.

  It was a very special morning and all of the children were extremely honoured to be visited by such an important person.  Bishop Ralph spent time in all of the classes and chatted to lots of the children.

  This visit came at the end of a very busy week for St Joseph’s as unfortunately on Tuesday the children learnt that the fairy tales had quit!  This was the introduction to Thursday’s World Book Day, as the staff dressed as characters from fairy tales that were no longer prepared to be put upon!

  Each class had decorated their door to represent their chosen fairy tale and then had to write a new version of the story.

  This added to the atmosphere of excitement that accompanied the Bishop throughout the school.

The day was extra special, as it was Bishop Ralph’s birthday! The school presented him with a beautiful card, illustrated with the St Joseph’s Lily and the children’s fingerprints.  The Chair of Governors even made him a birthday cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday.

  After joining the children, staff, governors and Fr Mark for a whole school assembly, Bishop Ralph was escorted to lunch by the school prefects.  Everyone agreed it was a truly memorable end to a fantastic week.