Newsletter 11th April 22
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 11th April 2022
A spiritual reflection for Holy Week
‘Dear brothers and sisters,
Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works.
Today, we gather to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection.
For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem.
Therefore, with all faith and devotion let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps,
So that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross,
We may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.’
Opening Prayer read by the priest on Palm Sunday
We are now in Holy Week. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday. In the days following Palm Sunday, we journey with Jesus during his final days here on earth. We remember his passion, death, and resurrection. We will rise with him.
The Gospel reading on Palm Sunday tells us that Jesus enters triumphantly into Jerusalem riding on a borrowed donkey. Jesus was greeted by the crowds as they praised God and shouted “Hosanna!” We hear the details of several events: Jesus’ Last Supper, his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas’s betrayal, the arrest of Jesus, Peter’s denial of Jesus, and how Jesus was accused and sentenced to death. Through Jesus’ death, we have been set free for holiness and life. When Jesus died on the cross, he felt abandoned and alone, and he cried out to God. In his death, Jesus identified with all those who feel alone and abandoned in our world.
As a Church and as individuals, we are called to look for ways to reach out to all those who feel alone, to share with them God’s love and care. Jesus’ disciples do not show themselves as models of faith. As we look at their actions, we wonder if they can really continue Jesus’ ministry after his death.
At the Last Supper, the disciples all said that they would not betray Jesus. He comforted them even though their faith was shaken. Peter protested and said, “Lord, I will never betray you.” Peter denied Jesus, and the disciples were not present during Jesus’ passion and death. Only the women who had been followers of Jesus in Galilee are said to have been present at the Crucifixion, but they remained at a distance. In spite of this, Jesus still loves us and says we will be with him in God’s kingdom.
As a school community, we will journey together through Holy Week. We gathered together this morning for our Palm Sunday Liturgies. Tomorrow we will have our Holy Thursday Liturgies. On Thursday morning will reflect on the events of Good Friday. Our KS2 children will take part in a short Lenten Penitential Service tomorrow afternoon with Fr. David and Fr. Chris from St. Austin’s Church. For those who have already made their First Confession there will be the opportunity for individual confession – an excellent way to prepare ourselves for the Great Feast of Easter, which we will celebrate together when we return after the Easter break.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Florentina RS: Muhammad 1K: Marcel 1/2T: Chipego 2B: Evelyn 3C: Sandra 3/4MT: Jakub 4C: Matthew K 5W: Annie 5/6B: 6CD: Amaya
Launch of School Money
A letter was sent out last week via Class Dojo providing information about our new online payment system, School Money. Passwords have been sent out to all parents to enable you to login to the system and create an account. This is the new way that we will take payments for after school clubs, school trips and other payments (excluding School Meals) . It will also be the method you register your child for a school club and provide permission so it is important you familiarise yourself with the new system please. Please look out for a letter regarding next half terms After School Clubs that will be sent on Class Dojo this week, places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Non Uniform Rainbow Day
Thank you to every who took part in the Rainbow Non Uniform day to raise funds for CAFOD. It was wonderful to see all the children in rainbow colours. Contributions totalled £153.35. Thank your for your support.
Sports For Schools – fundraising event 29th April
St Austin’s are excited to announce that top athlete, Antony Cotterill will be coming in to school to do some fundraising sports events on Friday 29th April. All children were given a sponsorship form last week in preparation for Antony’s visit to school. In addition to doing some sporting activities with all children, Antony will talk to the children about what has driven him to achieve his goals! We would very much appreciate your support in this fundraising event (please ensure your child only approaches family and friends that they know for sponsorship).
Easter Egg Raffle
We kindly request donations of Easter Eggs from families. Donated eggs will then be added to a large Easter Egg Raffle that will take place on Thursday 14th April so we kindly request donations of eggs to be sent into school before this date. Children will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for 20p per ticket, or £1 per strip of tickets. Reception and years 1 to 4 had the opportunity to buy tickets last week. Years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to buy tickets on Monday and Tuesday this week.
We do understand some children were absent due to illness last week and will have missed the opportunity to buy their raffle tickets. We will give children another chance to buy the raffle tickets on Wednesday.
If your child receives additional music lessons in school provided by Wakefield Music Services and you have not yet paid your spring term invoice; please ensure you do so by Thursday 14th April. This is for tuition that they have received between January to April. If your child no longer wishes to receive music tuition, please remember, that a terms notice is required to cease tuition.
Sickness and diarrhoea
There have been a significant number of cases of sickness and diarrhoea throughout school in the past few weeks, that reached a high number towards the end of last week. Parents have a crucial role to play in helping to stop the spread; please ensure your child does only return to school 48 hours after the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea. Please encourage good hand hygiene with your child.
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .
4C: Joshua P
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 5W were the last weeks attendance winners with 96.13%. There have been a number of cases of sickness and diarrhoea throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
Extra Curricular Achievements
Well done to Zack (Class 5/6B) who using his own initiative, has picked up litter in his local area to help protect wildlife.
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 11th April – Cereal Box Dominoes
Monday 11th April – Mosaic Cross Competition deadline
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April – Easter Egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Years 5 and 6
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Monday 25th April – School reopens after half term
Friday 29th April – Paralympic athlete Antony Cotterill in school for Sports for Schools event
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – school closed
Friday 20th May – Last day of term
Monday 6th June – Extended Bank Holiday for Queens Jubilee – school closed on this day
Tuesday 7th June – School reopens
Thinkuknow website has some great advice for parents on a wide range of topics including online gaming. With the school holidays upon us and some children using some of their free time gaming, here is some invaluable advice that parents may wish to consider.
How risky is in-game chat?
Gaming is often a social activity for children and talking with friends is part of their enjoyment. However, in-game chat can pose risks such as:
● chatting with people they don’t know. This can include adults that are seeking to make contact with children with the intention of sexual grooming.
● inappropriate or unmoderated chat. Whilst a lot of chat is moderated, chat is live and there is a risk of exposure to sexual language, swearing or bullying.
● requests to make chat private. Once chat is moved off a monitored platform, no one is moderating it. This can be used to pressurise children into sharing personal information, photos, video or chat that they don’t want to.
● offering gifts or trades. This may be used by offenders to build trust and a relationship with a child, as part of grooming.
Learn more about in-game chat and what you can do to make it safer by reading our parents and carers guide to in-game chat.
3 ways to make gaming safer for your child
1. Talk with your child about gaming. Talk with your child to learn the games they like and the content and features of these. This will help you to understand more about how your child plays games and how appropriate different games are. You can use NSPCC’s online safety hub to find out more information on safer gaming.
2. Learn together. Use our resources to teach your child about safer gaming at all ages. For primary age children you can use our Jessie & Friends (ages 4-7) and Play, Like, Share (ages 8-10) resources. Secondary age children can access advice about gaming through our website.
3. Set boundaries and safety settings. Internet Matters provides step-by-step guides for putting safety settings in place for each console or device. Spend time setting these up with your child and make sure they know how to block and report on the games they are playing. You should also talk with your child to create an agreement for gaming; think about how much time they can spend, which games they can access, if you will allow in-app purchases and what spaces they can play in. For primary aged children it is advisable to have them play in shared spaces or in the same room as you.
COVID Update – Living with Covid
- If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection and have a temperature or feel unwell you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others until you feel better and no longer have a temperature.
- Children and young people who feel unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid others. They can return to school when they no longer have a temperature and are well enough to attend.
- Children who test positive for Covid-19 should try to stay at home and avoid others for 3 days
- Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended.
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