Newsletter 11th March 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 11th March 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Rejoice!

We are already in the fourth week of Lent. The fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means ‘rejoice.’ Laetare Sunday is more joyful than the rest of the Sundays of Lent because we are celebrating the fact that we are half way along our yearly pilgrimage to Easter Sunday.

The joy that we feel as we recognise that we are faithful followers of the Lord, the joy in recognising that the Lord wants us to be happy should strengthen us during the rest of the week. It should give us the strength we need to carry the crosses that will come up during our daily life. By doing what the Lord asks us to do, it is important not to allow sadness and sorrow to rule our lives.

In the Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday of Lent, St. John explains to us the extraordinary love of God. He loved us so much that he gave his Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. But John tells us that even though Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Light of the World, came to the world, humanity preferred the darkness instead of the light. Even today, many people are afraid of the light, they turn their backs on God, they sin and act as if God does not exist.

O God, who through your Word reconcile the whole human race to yourself in a wonderful way,

grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith we may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Peripatetic Music Tuition

There was a very encouraging response to our online survey with 38 parents indicating that their child wishes to learn at least one instrument. This information has been shared with the company we are planning to use to provide these lessons. They will be sending me a link to their online booking system, which I will then share with all parents. Once this link is shared, parents will then have the opportunity to book lessons for their children, choosing their preferred instrument and lesson type. I have been asked to share with parents that any child who has no prior experience of learning an instrument should be booked onto a 15 minute session initially. The 30 minute sessions are ideally for those who are already reasonably proficient with the chosen instrument. Further details will be shared via Class Dojo

School uniform – focus for this week: Is your child wearing the correct uniform?

All children should be wearing the ‘winter’ uniform until the start of the summer term. This means that polo shirts should not be worn just yet. Staff will be checking that everyone is wearing the correct uniform and giving gentle reminders initially to those who aren’t. We will also be checking that the correct PE kit is being worn.

My previous messages regarding hair extensions still stands and applies to ALL pupils. Hairstyles should be smart and moderate in style. Brightly coloured hair is not permitted. Long hair should be tied up to avoid health and safety risks and ensure that children’s vision is not impeded. Small hair clips and headbands may be worn. Large, excessive hair accessories should not be worn. Hair extensions and extreme hairstyles are not permitted.

Parents Evenings – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March

As we are now just over the half-way point of the school year, teachers will be meeting with parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress and outline what needs to be worked on between now and the end of the year. The online booking system is open and will remain so until 5pm on the 15th March. I encourage all parents to make an appointment. To make your appointments please login at: https://parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary

To login you will need to enter your name and your child’s name ([First Name] [Last Name]). The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you.

If you cannot login please contact the school office.

 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good week everyone.

Mr. Molyneux

Awards

Virtues Award

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher. Parents of children who win the virtue award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 15th March at 2.45pm.

RG: Inaaya
RS: Alexis
1T: David
1/2T: Eric
2B: Haroon
3CD: Arthur
3/4MT: Bendeguz
4B: Nikola T
5C: Maja L
5/6C: Niamh F
6B:  Ahren

Headteacher Recognition Award

The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .  Parents of children who win the Headteacher award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 15th March at 2.45pm.

RG: Aboulaye
RS:  Salvatore
1T: Arthur
1/2T:  Anaya
2B:  Nicolas
3CD: Aya
3/4MT:  Umamah
4B: Aila
5C: Tomasz
5/6C: Kailen
6B: Sinead

Handwriting Award  

The following children have been chosen by the class teacher as being the Star Handwriter of the week. Winners of this award will be presented with their Handwriting Certificate in class, not at our celebration assembly.

RG: Caden
RS: Emerald
1T: Qirat
1/2T: Noah
2B: Hussein
3CD: Josmin
3/4MT: Chipego
4B: Michal
5C: Marika
5/6C: Brianna
6B: Amelia

Class Attendance Award

Class 3/ 4MT was the  attendance winner last week with 99.33%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 93.61%

RS: 93.68%

1T: 94.00%

1/2T: 88.00%

2B: 88.67%

3CD: 90.32%

3/4MT: 99.33%

4B: 93.33%

5C: 94.33%

5/6C: 96.33%

6B: 93.67%

Diary Dates
14th March – Foundation Stage Stay and Play for parents 2pm – 3.15pm – please arrive for a prompt 2pm start
18th – 22nd March – Balanceability lessons for Year 1
19th and 20th March -Parents Evening  Please follow instructions on class dojo to book your appointment by no later than Friday 15th March.
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

What is Palworld?

Palworld is a new game similar to Pokemon and Digimon with a PEGI rating of 12 for fantasy-character-style violence. Given its similarity to Pokemon there’s every likelihood that younger children will be playing this game and so Internet Matters have compiled some advice and guidance for parents about the game: what it is, how it works, safety settings etc. Article here: https://bit.ly/4304USE

General Updates

Healthy Lunchboxes

In school we promote Healthy Lunches, whether your child has a school meal or a packed lunch. We would like to remind parents that sweets and chocolate bars are not permitted as part of a packed lunch.

The NHS have provided some really useful guidance for parents with ideas for a healthy lunchbox and how to swap common lunchbox items for healthier versions.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes/#tips

Ready Steady Read!

Thank you for your fundraising efforts last week for the Ready, Steady Read sponsored event. To pay the money you have raised to school please log into your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.so.uk. You will then see a ‘Donations’ payment allocated – please OVERTYPE the payment amount you wish to make on Instalment 1 to match the total amount you have raised, then ‘check out’ your payment online. There are up to 10 instalments that you can make should any sponsorship come in at a later date.
We cannot accept any cash payments as we are now a cashless school.
If you experience any difficulties in following these instructions, please contact the school office. Thank you

Attendance
How does attendance affect outcomes for pupils?  
Being in school is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development. Evidence shows that the students with the highest attendance throughout their time in school gain the best GCSE and A Level results. Department for Education research found that pupils who performed better both at the end of primary and secondary school missed fewer days than those who didn’t perform as well. The data also shows that in 2019, primary school children in Key Stage 2 who didn’t achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths missed on average four more days per school year than those whose performance exceeded the expected standard.

 

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

Extra-Curricular Activities

If your child in involved in clubs or sports teams outside of school and you would like your child’s efforts to be recognised by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to: admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk.

Aubrey (class 6B) was presented his Chief Scout Silver Award by the district scout commissioner at the weekend! Well done Aubrey! 

Liliana ,  was awarded the grade of Yellow Belt having met all the requirements of high proficiency in prescribed techniques                                                                                                                in   KAIJU MARTIAL ARTS . Well Done Lilianna!

Kailen (class 5/ 6C)  took part in a tournament and won both kickboxing and karate sparring competitions for his age. – he did brilliantly and demonstrated an excellent attitude. He always takes the time to speak to the younger students and those who are nervous, making them feel good about themselves. Well done Kailen!

 

 

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