Newsletter 12th June 2023

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 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 12th June 2023

 

A reflection on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. I Corinthians 10:16

 

Yesterday, the Catholic Church celebrated the solemnity of the Body of Blood of Christ. Traditionally known as Corpus Christi, we celebrate the gift of the Lord giving himself to us in the form of bread and wine, the gift of the Eucharist. The Eucharist that we celebrate is the very food that nourishes us on our Christian journey of life.

Many years ago, a Belgian nun called Juliana had a strange dream in which a full moon appeared with a black spot. Jesus appeared in a vision and explained to her that the black spot on the full moon showed how there were no festivals to celebrate the Eucharist, the most important part of a Catholic Christian mass. Juliana spoke of her dream to the local Bishop and, in 1246, the Bishop started a festival in their local area. In 1264, Pope Urban IV set up the festival throughout the Church. In 1311, Pope Clement V announced that Corpus Christi would be an obligatory, annual feast day for Roman Catholics.

In our present time, we have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ. It is the Eucharist. Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper. They have gathered together, listened to God’s word in the scriptures and then, when they have taken, blessed and broken the bread, they have shared communion by eating and drinking what Christ tells us is his body and blood. In this sacrament of the Eucharist Jesus is really present to those who receive him. His flesh is real food and his blood is real drink because both of them nourish, they sustain us and keep us spiritually healthy. As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the Eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ.

The Eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future. Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures. The first future means that the Eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth. So receiving the Eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign. And the second future is in the afterlife. The Eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son. What we experience in the food of the Eucharist is a foretaste of an eternal feast with God. The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift.

 

Countryside Day Trip – Years 3 and 4 Tuesday 13th June

Our visit to Harrogate to Countryside Days is this Tuesday 13th. Children should be at school from 8:30am. The coaches depart at 8:40am. Because of the journey time, late comers may have to stay in school. We aim, traffic dependent, to be back at school for between 3:45pm and 4pm.
The temperature is set to be 26°c. Please: apply suncream, send your child comfortably dressed in school uniform, consider sending two water bottles- one that has been frozen overnight and one unfrozen, send in a sun hat or cap.
If your child has school dinners, please speak to the office if you would like a packed lunch provided. All pupils need a packed lunch.
Because of the tight timings, I would be grateful if you could ensure your child is at school on time with the necessary items above.

 

Summer Fair – Friday 16th June

Please come along to our school Summer Fair THIS Friday 16th June 3.15 -5.15pm. There will be a host of fun and exciting things to do at the fair and your support at these events is greatly appreciated to raise vital funds for our school. All children who want to attend the fair should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Parents should collect their child at the end of the day and then go through to the fair. All KS2 children will be lined up in classes on the Years 1 and 2 Playground on Friday only as the other playgrounds will be in use for the fair.

Assault Course Inflatable £2.00 a go
Splat the teacher stall    £1.00 for 3 throws
Face painting   £1.00
Temporary Tattoos 50p each
Hook a Duck  £2.00 – win a prize EVERY time
Tin Can Alley Game    £1.00 for 3 throws
Ice Lollies 30p  Ice Creams £1.00
World Food Stall- various prices
Refreshments stall – various prices
Balloon modelling- by expert balloon modeller – various prices
Arts and Crafts Stall    £2.00 Fathers Day canvas making or design your own canvas
Football Goal shooting Game £1.00 for 3 shoots
Jar Bar Raffle   £1.00 for 5 tickets
Guess the sweets in the Jar    50p a Guess
Hoopla £1.00 for 3 hoops
Guess the name of the giant teddy 50p a guess
Fire Service and Police will be there with emergency vehicles for children to see
Wakefield Families Together

GAZEBO’S – If anyone has a gazebo we can borrow for the fair that would be greatly appreciated.

Hot Weather

As the weather is set to be hot all week, please could we remind parents to ensure that children have sun cream applied before  arriving at school. Please bring a sun hat and a freshly filled water bottle each day.

St Austin’s Parent Forum – first Meeting this Thursday 15th June 2.15pm

What is the Parent Forum?

The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas,
views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.
The aims of the Parent Forum will be to:
· work together to improve the education provided for our children
· share information, knowledge and skills
· meet in a mutually supportive environment
· further improve communications between parents/carers and staff/governors
The parent forum does not have any statutory responsibilities, duties or powers in the school.
Who can be part of the parent forum?
Any parent/carer of children currently at St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School is welcome to join any parent
forum meeting. The forum will be chaired by Mr. Molyneux. At times other members of the school
community will also attend the meetings depending on the agenda items and what the school feels they
would like to share with the parents, such as new initiatives.
Why should I be part of the parent forum?
It gives you, the parent, an opportunity to get together on a regular basis with other parents to have your
say on what the school is doing well, and suggest ideas of how things could be improved.
How often will the Parent Forum meet?
There will be an introductory meeting this term on Thursday 15th June at 2.15pm in school for about an
hour. From September onwards, each term the Parent Forum meeting will be held at different times to
try to enable as many different parents to attend who wish to.
 During the Autumn Term, the meeting will be held one morning after school drop off.
 During the Spring Term, the meeting will be held in the afternoon just before school pick up.
 During the Summer Term, the meeting will be held in the evening at 6pm.
What will be discussed at the meetings?
Anything related to improving the school and further developing the partnership between the school and
parents. The meetings will be informal and are on opportunity for an open discussion. Minutes of the
meetings will be taken and these will be accessible on the school’s website.
It is not the forum to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of
staff.
How can I raise an issue?
Come to the meeting and bring it up during the open discussion. If you are unable to
attend send an email to the school office and they will pass it onto Mr. Molyneux who
will bring it up at the meeting.

Trust esafety Policy

Please use the link below for the Trust esafety Policy. Remember policies can be accessed through our website by visiting ‘Key Information ‘ – ‘Policies’.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-K-bDYglj1UGYXH2w1hubjFydLrMIa67/view

 

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 23rd June at 2.50pm. There will be no celebration assembly this Friday due to the Summer Fair.

RG: Amelia Go
RS: Aydin
1K: Jacob H
1/2T: Malachi
2B: Marcel
3CD: Zofia
3/4 TA: Wren
4C: Jewel L
5S: Ethan
5/6 B: Anton
6B: Laura

 

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 23rd June at 2.50pm. There will be no celebration assembly this Friday due to the Summer Fair.

RG: Iza
RS: Ethan
1K: Piotr
1/2 T: Amelia M
2B: Nadia K
3CD:  Michal W
3/ 4TA: Sahib
4C: Preston
5S: Heizel
5/6B: Julia S
6B: Elizabeth

Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Oliver
RS: Rosie
1K: Skaiste
1/2 T: Hashim
2B: Alyaan S
3CD: Haiza
3/4 TA: Ali
4C: Tomasz
5S: Ahren
5/6B: Scarlet
6B: Megan

Class Attendance Award

 

Class 1K were the last weeks attendance winners  with 98.99%.

RG: 89.41%
RS: 94.81%
1K: 98.99%
1/2T: 89.97%
2B: 97.58%
3CD: 96.55%
3/4AT:97.12%
4C: 94.15%
5S: 91.25%
5/6B: 96.77%
6B:97.37%

Miles (2B) has passed his Learn to Swim stage 4 and he has passed his Advanced Belt Grading for his Brown Black belt in Martial Arts. Well done Miles!
Well done to Elizabeth (6B) who has recently passed Stage 8 Competitive Swimming and is rapidly making progress through Stage 9.
Well done to Catherine (2B) who has passed Stage 4 Swimming, and performed a violin solo in the end of term concert at Rothwell Music Centre.
Mila (RG)  went up a belt from White to white-Red stripe, at her first Kickboxing graduation. Well Done!

 

Email us your child’s out of school achievements so we can celebrate their success on our newsletter. Email us on admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

Diary Dates

Tuesday 13th June – Countryside Day trip Years 3 and 4
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm
Wednesday 21st June – BKCAT Rounders competition for 10 Year 5 & 6 pupils
Monday 26th June – Y5 Taster Day at St. Thomas a Becket High School – ALL Y5’s
Monday 26th June  & Monday 3rd July – Outwood Grange Academy Transition Day
Tuesday 27th June – BKCAT Football Competition for 10 Year 5 and 6 pupils
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July – Transition week for current Year 6 pupils to St Thomas a Beckets High School
Tuesday 4th July – Trinity Academy Transition Day
Thursday 6th & Friday 7th July – Kettlethorpe High School Transition Day
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
Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July – Year 6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
Monday 17th July – New Reception Sept 23 Stay and Play
Monday 17th July – Celebration Evening 4.00 – 5.30pm
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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

      Why was the baby strawberry crying?

Because its parents were in a jam!                          Mr Laurie

 

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