Newsletter 11th September 2023

Monday 11th September 2023

 

Welcome to our ‘new look’ newsletter!

 

This year, the weekly newsletter will be in several parts. The first part will be a prayer that families might like to pray and reflect on throughout the week. The Wednesday Word which is sent out electronically to all families each week replaces the Spiritual Reflection, which used to be the first item on the newsletter in previous years. The second part will be an update from Mr. Molyneux which will keep you informed of developments across the school. The latter parts will contain reminders and information from the school office. We hope you like the new layout of the weekly newsletter.

Our Prayer for the Week

 Yesterday was Education Sunday – a day when Catholic Church congregations commemorate their predecessors of the 19th century, many of whom were living in poverty, paying for schools to be built. Our Prayer this week is one of thanksgiving for all those working in Catholic Schools

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the gift of Catholic schools.

Thank you for all those who have given their talents to educating our young people. Through the challenges they encounter each day, lead them to an ever deeper appreciation of the sacred duty to which you have called them.

 

Thank you for all those who contribute to the efficient running of our schools: support staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff, governors and chaplains. We thank them for their hard work and dedication.

 

Thank you for all those who lead our Catholic schools. May they be people of integrity so that they can be witnesses as well as teachers. We pray that the schools they lead will become places where our young people can experience your love in their lives.

 

Thank you for our pupils. May your love strengthen and nurture them through the influence and example of those who care for them. We pray that through their time at school they will flourish and grow to discover who you have called them to be.

We make this prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ, our teacher and our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

The new school year got off to a strong start last week. It was very hot inside our two buildings yet your wonderful children coped well. They enjoyed being out in the sunshine at playtimes and lunchtimes, behaving safely and sensibly. Hopefully the week ahead will be a little cooler though the sunshine of last week was very welcome after the disappointing weather we had during the summer holiday.

 

Foundation Stage – Class of 2023-2024 

Over the course of last week, we gradually introduced 38 wonderful Foundation Stage to our school. Initially they did half a day in the Foundation Stage Unit with Miss Gourmley, Miss Steade and Mrs. Nicholson. They completed their first full day on Friday and experienced their first lunchtime in school. Despite the heat, they were truly amazing. What a start! We can’t wait to get to know every single new member of our wonderful school community this year.

 

New Staff at St. Austin’s

This term we welcome four members of staff to our team. Miss Steade has joined us having qualified as a teacher in July and will be working in Foundation Stage. Miss Taylor also qualified as a teacher in July and is teaching in Y1. Mrs. Warne is our new Higher Level Teaching Assistant who will be predominantly working in KS1 this year, supporting our mixed age class as well as covering classes when class teachers have their PPA time or are attending training or meetings. Mr. Carman, who worked with us for a term last academic year is back teaching in Y5.

All four staff have really appreciated the welcome they have received both from the children and parents last week. We hope they will be happy working with us.

 

Congratulations to Miss Oldroyd and her family

At the beginning of the summer holiday, Miss Oldroyd gave birth to the beautiful Mia. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Miss Oldroyd on this wonderful news. We look forward to seeing mum and baby very soon. Miss Oldroyd is one of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants working in Key Stage 1.

 

Holiday forms

Please remember that I expect full attendance wherever possible. Due to Government law, holidays are no longer authorised. Children need to be in school on time, every day to reach their full potential. Exceptional leave forms must be completed if any absence is required for exceptional circumstances. Medical appointments must be taken outside school time unless in emergencies. Thank you for your co-operation. As you know these are not my rules!

 

Communication

Always remember that the door is open, and your first port of call should always be your child’s class teacher. If you need to speak further, then please see the appropriate member of our Management Team. Miss Gourmley is our Foundation Stage Leader, myself and Miss Workman are the interim KS1 Leaders, and Mrs. Conley and Mrs Durkan are our KS2 Leaders. It is always better to nip things in the bud and get a resolution quickly with your child’s teacher. This can be done via Dojo, a telephone call or arranging in advance to speak with them at the end of the school day.

Parent Coffee Mornings
I am pleased to announce that this year will see the launch of regular Parent Coffee Mornings within school. We would like to welcome parents into school to join us for a tea or coffee; at each coffee morning, we will be inviting local services and providers in to be available for parents to speak with. To date, the following Parent Coffee Mornings will be taking place:

Wednesday 27th September 9-10am Parent Coffee Morning – Wakefield Teams Around School will be available
Friday 13th October – 9 -10am Parent Coffee Morning – Eastmoor Community Centre and Lightwaves will be available for parents to speak to
Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’

Have a good week everyone.

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 September at 2.50pm.

RG: Harley

RS: Emerald

1T: Qirat

1/2T: Ema

2B: Alphonse

3CD: Marcel

3/4MT: Catherine

4B: Dawid

5C:

5/6C: Tessa A

6B: Aubrey

 

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 September at 2.50pm.Customise

RG: Henry

RS: Joseph

1T: Maya

1/2T: Amelia Grz

2B: Bobby

3CD:  Emily

3/4MT: David A

4B: Haiza

5C:

5/6C: Ayaan

6B: Jakob

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Evelyn

RS: Alexis

1T: Aydin

1/2T: Frances

2B: Zuzanna

3CD: Shristi

3/4MT: Eva M

4B: Anabel

5C:

5/6C: Sami

6B: Amelia

Class Attendance Award

Class 6B were the last weeks attendance winners with 99.26%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

 

RS: (attendance will appear from next week)

RG: (attendance will appear from next week)

1T: 97.86%

1/2T: 88.97%

2B: 97.67%

3CD: 98.57%

3/4MT: 98.00%

4B: 97.00%

5C: 95.40%

5/6C: 96.00%

6B: 99.26%

Diary Dates

Thursday 14th September – Reception ‘Phonics’ workshop @ 3:30pm (please register for free)

Thursday 21st September – Reception ‘Mastering Number’ workshop @ 3:30pm (please register for free)

Wednesday 20th September – BKCAT boys football tournament at St Wilfrid’s for 10 pupils

Wednesday 27th September – BKCAT girls football tournament at St Wilfrid’s for 10 pupils
Wednesday 27th September 9-10am Parent Coffee Morning – Wakefield Teams Around School will be available
Friday 29th September – Parent Forum Meeting
Friday 13th October – 9 -10am Parent Coffee Morning – Eastmoor Community Centre and Lightwaves will be available for parents to speak to.
Thursday 19th October – Individual and sibling Photographs – Tempest Photography

Thursday 19th October – Last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Friday 20th October- INSET DAY School closed

Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’

Safeguarding Updates

Clare’s Law Campaign

The West Yorkshire Police Clare’s Law campaign was launched to encourage anyone with concerns about their current or ex-partner to use their ‘right to ask’ to check whether they have a history of domestic abuse.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law, has been in place in West Yorkshire since 2014. The number of requests has been increasing over recent years but West Yorkshire Police is keen to ensure that all members of the public are aware of their right to ask whether their partner or ex-partner poses a risk to them.
Applications can be made by males or females over the age of 16-years-old in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. If police checks show that the partner or ex-partner has a record of abusive behaviour or there is other information to indicate the applicant may be at risk, a multi-agency decision will be taken on what information should be shared.

Click here to read our Clare’s Law Campaign news release

For more information visit:

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ClaresLaw

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Our CAMHS allocated school worker will be visiting school this week to work directly with children in Years 5 and 6 exploring mental health and wellbeing. There will be opportunities throughout the school year for other year groups to work with CAMHS.

Parents can also speak to our CAMHS allocated worker for advice at a  drop in Coffee Morning on Friday 3rd November, where the topic of Anxiety will be discussed.

PTA News

We are always looking for enthusiastic parents and carers to join the PTA. If you have a passion for our school and for providing the very best for our children, please consider giving us a little bit of your time. We are looking for a co chair, secretary and treasurer BUT you might just want to let us know that you can help out at events or as a Micro-Volunteer. What’s a micro-volunteer, I hear you ask. Is it a very small helper? Well, no – it’s someone who volunteers their services for a short time, in a small way, and without necessarily having a long-term commitment.

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 recognized by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to: admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

After School Clubs

We still have some availability for this terms afterschool clubs. Please log into your child’s School Money account to book and pay if you would like your child to take part. After school clubs are charged at £12.00 for the 6 weeks of clubs. Clubs will run from 3.15 -4.15pm.
Colouring Chaos – MONDAYS available to children in Years 1 & 2
Book Club – MONDAYS available to children in Years 5 & 6
Choir – TUESDAYS available to children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Multi Skills Club – THURSDAYS available to children in Years 1 and 2

 

 

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