Newsletter 10th July 2023

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 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 10th July 2023

Spiritual Reflection – Easing the burden

The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (11:25-30)

Jesus exclaimed, “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

The Reflection

When Jesus started talking about being gentle and humble of heart it probably seemed as if he had lost the plot. Yet it was this very gentleness and humility that would win over the hearts and minds of even the hardest sinners. For they recognised that Jesus was not there to create an atmosphere around himself. He had no edge. His words brought an inner calm. He invited them to look into their own hearts and to respond accordingly. For gentleness is not the same as weakness. Ask any doctor. The gentleness of the surgeon’s hands produces the most amazing results. And humility is not the same as self-deprecation. It means boasting about God rather than ourselves, giving the credit to the true source of all our gifts, the origin of our successes. Being gentle and humble of heart means that we still find ourselves in the thick of things. But what we don’t do is to bully others into doing what we want them to do or go around blowing our own trumpet and looking for accolades. Don’t dismiss those who are gentle and humble. They are among the most effective of people. Their daily yoke is shared by an unseen helper; and their burdens seem lighter.

Spiritual Action

Sometimes the way children see the world cuts through all of the complications and distractions that occupy our minds as adults. A child’s viewpoint can go straight to the heart of the matter. Are there moments such as this that you can bring to mind, where raw truth came from the mouth of a child?

Jesus says that in knowing Him, we know His Father, our heavenly Father. He says He will reveal the Father to us. How well do you know God our Father? Could you ask Jesus to reveal something of God the Father to you?

The gospel message makes sense of our lives. It lightens the burden, sheds light and guides us through difficult decisions. Jesus’ promise today is the same as always: when you feel overburdened I will give you rest.

 

 

Telephone calls to and from school

If you call our school telephone number, one of the first things you will hear is a message stating that all calls are recorded. This includes calls that we make to you as well as incoming calls. Calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Robinwood Residential Trip

A letter regarding the final details for the Robinwood trip has been sent on Class Dojo last week. Please could we request that parents of children attending the trip do take the time to read this carefully. All Year 6 children who are not attending the residential trip are required to attend school as usual.

After School Clubs

This is the last week for after school clubs. There will be no after school clubs next week.

School Meals

Children who are due to start Year 3 next academic year, will no longer qualify for free meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme from September. School meals are a healthy balanced option that we would recommend for all children, the cost of a meal in school is £2.60, this can be paid online via your parent account with Live Kitchen (this is NOT your School Money account).

Did you know…lower income families can register their child for extra school funding as well as free school meals and milk?
Some families will be able to continue to receive free school meals if they qualify for pupil premium funding based on family income. If you do qualify, in addition to free meals for your child, the government is giving money to schools to help children of all ages from lower income families do their very best. The funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’.
Do you Qualify?

You Can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefit:

• Income Support
• Income based job seekers allowance
• Income Related employment and support allowance
• Support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
• Guaranteed Element of state Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, with no working tax Credit, and an annual income of no more than £16,190
• Working tax credit run-on – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit.
For every child registered St Austin’s will receive vital additional funding. With this money we could provide more interventions to accelerate children’s academic progress provide free music lessons, subsidise trips as well as interventions to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and social emotional skills.
Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child doesn’t miss out.

How does it work?
• First, check if you qualify – it’s not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list above.

• If you don’t want your child to have free school meals and/or milk they can continue as normal- as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still receives funding.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Registering is really quick and easy- If you think you qualify, Contact Wakefield local Authority on 01924 305061 / 306784 or use the link below:

https://forms.wakefield.gov.uk/Forms/schools/freeschoolmeals.aspx

If you have any queries, or would prefer to complete a paper application, please do not hesitate to come in and talk in confidence to the office staff.

End of Year Reports

Your child will be given their end of year school report this week. This will include information about which class your child will be in from September as well as their attendance percentage for this academic year. Your child’s attendance percentage will be broken down into authorised and unauthorised absences.  The target for attendance is 96-100%; pupils who achieve this percentage will be highlighted in GREEN. Attendance between 91- 95% will be AMBER to highlight that this is below the target for attendance. Finally attendance 90% or below will be highlighted in RED, pupils with attendance percentages at 90% or lower are considered as persistently absent from education.

 

Disco – PTA end of year disco

There will be a PTA school disco on Tuesday 18th July 3.15 – 4.30pm. There will be two discos running at the same time, one for children in Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2 and another for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  For children in Foundation, years 1 and 2, it is necessary for parents to stay with their child for the duration of the disco. Children in KS2 do NOT need to be accompanied by a parent. Please visit www.eduspot.co.uk to book and pay the £1.00 entrance fee for  your child’s ticket if you would like them to attend.

 

Class Attendance Award

 

Class 2B  were the last weeks attendance winners  with 100%.

RG: 87.68%
RS: 95.24%
1K: 97.41%
1/2T: 89.29%
2B: 100%
3CD: 93.79%
3/4AT:98.85%
4C: 94.09%
5S: 97.31%
5/6B: 97.42%
6B:94.19%

Jasmine Mitchell Y5/6 B won a silver medal in her Grade 2 gymnastics competition at Molewyn in Wales on the 1st July

Diary Dates

Monday 10th July – 10.45 -12pm Foundation Stage Sports Day 12- 1.15pm Family Picnic 1.30-2.45pm KS2 Sports Day
Tuesday 11th July – Outwood City Fields Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 11th July – Ukulele Concert (Year 3 parents invited) 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July – Year 6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
Thursday 13th July – Diocesan Singing and Melodica Concert (for parents of children in Year 4, 5 and 6) –
Monday 17th July – New Reception Sept 23 Stay and Play
Monday 17th July – Celebration Evening 4.00 – 5.30pm
Tuesday 18th July – PTA Disco 3.15pm – 4.30pm – see Dojo in coming days for more information
Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2.15pm Parents invited
Thursday 20th July – End of year mass and presentation of leavers certificates 10am ST Austin’s Church. Year 6 parents invited
Friday 21st July – school closes 3.15pm

 

For Parents – Apps to Help Kids Get Active

In this beautiful weather we’re having and with the summer break just around the corner it’s important that we all get outside and soak up the goodness. This can be difficult for parents whose children seem super-glued to their devices so Internet Matters have put together a useful advice page with a list of different apps for children of all ages to get them motivated. You can find the advice page: https://bit.ly/3XFeiZb

A reminder of who is a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in our school. If you are concerned about a child you should discuss this with a member of the Safeguarding team.

Mr Molyneux -DSL Lead                        Mr Senior Deputy DSL                 Miss Workman Deputy DSL                                                                           Mrs Scott Deputy DSL               Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL

 

 

 

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