Newsletter 13th May 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Tuesday 13th May 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

May is the month of Mary

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of May to Mary, the mother of God. During the month of May, we reflect on the remarkable role Mary plays in salvation history. Her “yes” to God’s invitation forever changed the course of history.

In this month of May, may we turn to Mary in our times of joy and sorrow and ask her to continue to show us the way to her Son. As we strive to grow in faith and live more fully in God’s word, may we, like Mary, bring Christ to others.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hours of our death. Amen

  

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Year 6 SATs

This morning, our Year 6 children completed the first two SATs tests. All Year 6 children are required to be in school every day this week. Free breakfast will be available Monday-Thursday prior to tests for all our Year 6 children to attend.

Parent Forum Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

Ever wanted to have your say about something we do at school?

Want to know more about why we do things in a particular way at St. Austin’s?

Do you have a suggestion or an idea you would like us to consider?

Interested in learning more about our school and our curriculum?

 

Then come along to our Parent Forum Meeting on Wednesday 5th June straight after you have dropped your child(ren) off. Tea/coffee and breakfast pastries will be available. The meeting will then begin at 9.00am. It’s an informal meeting which gives you the chance to ask questions, make suggestions and get to know other parents. It lasts for approximately an hour and I hope to see you there!

Governors

We are looking for another parent governor to join our Academy Council. Governors play a key role in raising school standards and monitoring performance. It is a very important and worthwhile role!

Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge. There would be an expectation for governors to attend training to develop their skills to support the work of the Academy Council.

School Governors serve for a four-year term of office. However, should your circumstances change, as a volunteer, you can resign at any time.

 

Interested?  Ask at reception for details and a nomination form or contact office@sa.bkcat.uk

The closing date for this round of nominations is Monday 20th May 2024

 

Thank you for your continued support.

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 17th May at 2.45pm.

RG: Abdoulaye
RS: Efrain
1T: Felix
1/2T: Jandrei
2B: Oliwia
3CD: Nadia P
3/4MT: Floyd
4B: Lilly
5C: Ahmed
5/6C: Aridona
6B: Sinead

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 17th May at 2.45pm.

RG: Eva O
RS: Princess
1T: Zainab
1/2T: Kenechi
2B: Dominika
3CD: Nadia K
3/4MT: Jessica
4B: Sara
5C: Emilia G
5/6C: Amelia G
6B: Joshua P

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: Ivy-Monet
RS: Moiz
1T: Joshua
1/2T: Alex
2B: Vincent
3CD: Nikodem
3/4MT: Ethan
4B: Aayan
5C: Sandra
5/6C: Jewel
6B: Mitchelle

Class Attendance Award

Class 5C was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 98.33% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 85.62%

RS: 94.38%

1T: 96.25%

1/2T: 90.83%

2B: 95.00%

3CD: 93.10%

3/4MT: 90.42%

4B: 96.67%

5C: 98.33%

5/6C: 91.67%

6B: 97.08%

Diary Dates

13th – 17th May – KS2 SATS week
16th May – Foundation Stage Stay and Play Session
20th May – Years 1 and 2 Butterfly House trip
24th May – St Augustine’s Feast Day – parents invited for picnic lunch 11.45-1pm
24th May – Last day of term before the half term break.
3rd June – School opens after half term break
5th June –  Parent Forum meeting 9am

Safeguarding Updates

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS)

Everyone has the right to live a life free from fear and abuse.

If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.

If you would like support and advice around domestic abuse you can call the Wakefield Domestic Abuse  helpline on 0800 915 1561. Or you can e-mail domesticabuse@wakefield.gov.uk. Hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm and Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

What can you expect when you contact Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS)?

A trained member of staff will talk to you, as much as you feel comfortable, about your current situation. This is so they can help you in the best way possible. You will be asked some questions about your relationship. This will  help them to  assess any risks towards you and/or your family. It will also help them understand how they can support you. Support  is offered over the phone. If you feel you need to speak to someone face to face this will be arranged where they can. We have access to interpreters if English is not your first language.

WDDAS will ask you at the start of the call for your consent to keep your details and details of our conversation on their database. You don’t need to share anything you don’t want to and can stay anonymous if you would prefer.

The helpline team will discuss with you anything you need to do to keep yourself safe immediately. This could include emergency lock changes and sanctuary work (where appropriate). They will also discuss with you your next steps and will give you information about other services that can support you.

For more information and a full list of other services available, please visit:

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/our-people-and-communities/protecting-our-communities/domestic-abuse/wakefield-district-domestic-abuse-service/

General Updates

St Augustine’s Day – Family Picnic Friday 24th May

The feast day of our patronal saint, St. Austin (otherwise known as St. Augustine of Canterbury) falls on the 27th May each year. School will be marking our school feast day on Friday 24th May with Mass and a picnic lunch. We would like to welcome parents into the school playground at 11.45am. Children will be lined up in their classes with their class teacher. Parents can then collect their child from the line and find a picnic spot in the school grounds to enjoy a family lunch. Parents will then leave at 1pm before the children go back to class. If you are unable to attend but would like your child to sit with a family member or family friends, please send a message via Class Dojo to your child’s class teacher no later than Wednesday 22nd May stating which adult you authorise your child to have the picnic lunch with and ensure your child knows and understands who this will be.
If no one will be attending, children can enjoy their picnic lunch with staff. To ensure safety, the gates will be opened at 11.45am for parents to enter and will remain closed until 1pm when parents leave. We do request that parents do not request to arrive or leave outside of these times in order that we can keep the site  and children safe and secure. If you arrive after 12.15 pm you will not be permitted entrance. During the time of the picnic lunch, parents are asked to supervise their own children and ensure that they play safely and responsibly.

Dinosaur Day

Dolce, our school meals provider will be having a Dinosaur themed lunch day this Thursday 16th May. If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like a school meal on this day, please ensure you log into your child’s School Meals account to make a payment before ordering a meal.

Polite reminder – if your child regularly has a school meal please do ensure that you make a payment BEFORE ordering a meal. No child’s account should go into arrears at all please. If your child does go into debt, the kitchen will provide a MAXIMUM of 3 meals. No further meals can be offered after this time and your child would need to bring a packed lunch.

Attendance
Taking care of your child’s health is of course beneficial to their development in many ways and will have a positive impact on their attendance at school. The Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 service is an integrated service for families, expectant mothers, children and young people. Provided by the NHS, parents can download the Growing Healthy App. The app gives practical health advice on multiple topics including nutrition, exercise, child development, infant and child emotional development and much more. The Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App has been developed by the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service, in collaboration with Wakefield Families Together, and is specifically tailored to the local area to ensure the healthcare information provided is relevant to people who live in the district.

 

 

PTA News

DONATIONS NEEDED PLEASE.
The PTA are now busy planning for our School Summer Fair and need your help please.  We are in need of new donated items for our Hamper Prizes, any donations received will be grouped together by our PTA to create various hampers for our Hamper stall. Please see some suggested items below:
Afternoon Tea Hamper
Boxed teabags
Boxed Fruit Teas
Speciality biscuits
Cakes (this may need to be donated closer to the time for dates)
Cup/ mug
Spa Hamper
Candles
Bath products
Body creams
Face Creams
Face Masks
Any other pamper/ relaxation  products
Wine Hamper
Bottles of wine
Wine Glasses
Gardening Hamper
Flower seeds
Gardening gloves
Small hand gardening tools
Kneeling pad
Small plant pots
Book Hamper
New books
Bookmark

WORLD FOOD STALLS

Due to the incredible success of last years ‘World Foods Stall’ the PTA will be repeating this stall at this years Summer Fair. Parents are invited to donate homecooked food for sale on the food stall. Last year we had some amazing dishes and we are hoping to expand on this stall this year. Look out for more information on Class Dojo in the coming weeks.

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.

 

 

 

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