Newsletter 13th November 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 13th November 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week
Why is November called the Month of Remembrance?

The month of November is traditionally a time in which the Catholic community remembers those who have died. The Church uses this end of the year period as a time to think of the end of life and the end of all things and the great hope that our earthly end is transition into a new life in God’s heavenly reality. We give thanks for those who have gone before us and we look with prayer and hope to their new life in heaven and our desire to join them there one day.

Remembering the conflicts of the past and the sacrifices which were made, we pray for a world where war is still a grim reality. Lord as we remember those who have lost their lives, help us to renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, against prejudice, tyranny and oppression. Still we cry out to you in the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish, let not new clouds rain death upon the earth. Lord hear our prayer for the multitudes in every country who do not want war and are ready to walk the path of peace. May their voice be heard and may they not lose heart.

Lord in your mercy … Hear our prayer.

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

This week is Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year is ‘Make A Noise About Bullying.’ Anti-Bullying Week reminds everyone whether it’s in school, at home, in the community or online, we can bring an end to bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as: “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.“

Put simply this means any situation where your child is being deliberately and repeatedly hurt by other people and they find it hard to defend themselves. This could be face to face or online, in school or in the community. It may be physical, or it could be verbal or emotional. For example, your child might be pushed around by others, called names, or be excluded from friendship groups.

Children may also target aspects about people they feel are ‘different’ – this could include disability, race, faith, gender, sex, sexuality, poverty, talent, skin conditions, allergies, or situation at home. Children are influenced by the home, community, and society they grow up in, by the things they see, read, and hear, and the people around them. We all have a role to play in creating communities where children feel safe and valued, where we stand up to prejudice and are united against bullying.

As parents and carers we all want our children to be happy and safe, and it is natural to worry about bullying – particularly if we have experienced bullying ourselves or think our child may be more vulnerable to bullying.

As a parent or carer, you are a vital piece of the puzzle in tackling bullying.  You have a unique role to play in guiding and supporting your child through their school years and there are many positive steps you can take to help keep your child safe from bullying and harm.  One of the steps is knowing when to ask for support. You may find the Anti Bullying Alliance Website a useful resource. Click on the link below for further information.

https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/Anti Bullying%20Week%202023%20-%20Parent%20Pack%20FINAL.pdf

I look forward to seeing you all at our Parents’ Evenings which are taking place this week on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

GOOD news!

I hope you have all had the chance to read our OFSTED report. St. Austin’s continues to be rated as GOOD by Ofsted. I hope you are as proud of this achievement as I am and I thank you all for your continued support

As always, I 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 November at 2.45pm.

RG: Emuejevoke

RS: Emmanuel

1T:Chris

1/2T: Izza

2B: Evamaria

3CD: Amyra

3/4MT: Ayaan

4B: Chidera

5C: Jagoda

5/6C: Jewel

6B: Anna

 

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 November at 2.45pm.

RG: Kehinde

RS: Manasseh

1T: John Paul

1/2T: Frances

2B: Oscar

3CD: Emmeline

3/4MT: Nicola B

4B: Anabel

5C: Dominik

5/6C: Scarlet

6B: Alexandra

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Devanshi

RS :Zola

1T: Haider

1/2T: Hanna

2B: Blanka

3CD: Abubacar

3/4MT: Evelyn

4B: Aayan

5C: Ali
5/6C: Niamh P

6B: Danika

Class Attendance Award

Class  5C  was the last week of terms attendance winner with 98.39%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 84.00%

RS: 91.05%

1T: 72.67%

1/2T: 86.33%

2B: 91.00%

3CD: 92.00%

3/4MT: 95.81%

4B: 94.33%

5C: 98.39%

5/6C: 96.33%

6B: 94.33%

Diary Dates

Monday 13th November – Odd Socks Day (Anti bullying)
Wednesday 15th November and Thursday 16th November – Parents Evening –
Friday 17th November – Non Uniform Day (donations of £1 for Children in Need)
Friday 17th November – PTA school disco 3.15pm start – more information to follow
Tuesday 21st November – Girls football BKCAT tournament at St Wilfrid’s
Friday 24th November – Christmas Jumper Swap Shop – send your old Christmas Jumpers in now  so we can create a Swap shop
Thursday 30th November – Rock Steady Parent concert
Friday 1st December – 9am Parent Coffee morning – mental health and wellbeing session
Friday 1st December – Christmas Craft session – more information to follow
Friday 1st December – Non Uniform Day – bring a chocolate donation for the Chocolate Tombola at the Christmas Fair
Monday 4th December – Year 4 Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s School
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
Monday 11th December – Year 3 Christmas Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s
Wednesday 13th December – 10am Reception Nativity performance
Wednesday 13th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 2.15pm
Thursday 14th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 9.30am
Thursday 14th December Reception Nativity performance 2.15pm
Monday 18th December – KS2 Carol Service 2.15pm
Tuesday 19th December – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Lego Build and Talk

Lego, makers of those plastic bricks that really hurt when you step on them, have created some wonderful activities for children aged 6-9 years which I think would be very useful for parents. There are six different topics which are designed to help children navigate the online world safely, including conversation starters. The topics include cyber bullying, screen time, false information and others. All the activities and resources are free. See HERE for further information.

Helping Children Create a Kinder World Online

At the moment there seems to be so much hate online and being reported in the media. In this article from Internet Matters, 3 experts discuss how to create a kinder world online to promote positivity and kindness. You can see the Internet Matters article HERE.

 

General Updates

NON UNIFORM DAY – FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER

Children are invited to come to school in non uniform this Friday 17th November. Parents are invited to contribute £1.00 on the day to raise money for Children In Need. As the weather is cold, please could you ensure that children are dressed appropriately; no strappy shoes/ heeled shoes, or strappy tops please.

The school disco is also on the same day after school, 3.15- 4.30pm. Only children who have booked a ticket online via School Money can attend. Bookings for the disco will CLOSE at the end of the day on Monday 13th November, there will not be the opportunity to do so after this date. Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be refreshments on sale (drinks, chocolate, crisps, hotdogs), as well as glow sticks and temporary tattoos. All money raised at the disco will go to the school PTA fund which is used to directly benefit children at St Austin’s.

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER SWAP SHOP

Christmas Jumper day will be on Thursday 7th December. Children are invited to wear their Christmas Jumper with their usual uniform on this day. Christmas Jumper Swap Shop – If you have a Christmas Jumper that no longer fits your child, please bring it in to donate to the School Office. All donated jumpers will then be put on display on Friday 24th November at 3.15pm for any parent who would like to take a jumper to choose from.

TEMPEST PHOTOGRAPHY ORDERS

Have you ordered your school  photos yet? A polite reminder that the closing date for free delivery back to school is  Sunday 19th  November 2023.  Order through the Tempest website using your unique link or visit www.tempest-orders.co.uk 

If you need any assistance in ordering your photos, feel free to contact Tempest on 01736 751555 (option 3).

 

Parents Evening

Parents Evening online booking is now closed.  Parent meeting appointments will all be held in the Key Stage 2 hall so please do arrive promptly via the main School Office for your appointment time so that teachers can adhere to their appointment schedules.

 

Attendance

  • Please ensure that if you are requesting a special leave of absence for your child, that you do complete the correct form, well in advance of the planned absence. There does need to be sufficient time for school to assess your request. It may be necessary for the Headteacher to meet with you either in person or over the phone, and also for a formal written response to be given. Thank you

PTA News

PTA disco – Friday 17th November – BOOKINGS FOR ENTRANCE TO THE DISCO WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF DAY TODAY VIA YOUR SCHOOL MONEY ACCOUNT ONLY.

PTA Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December – we are now accepting your donations of good quality used toys for our toy stall. We are especially in need of clean, quality soft toys/ teddies for the teddy stall as well please. Have that pre Christmas Sort out!

There will be a Non Uniform Day on Friday 1st December – we kindly ask for donation of CHOCOLATES on this day for the Chocolate Tombola Stall at the fair.

Can you help out at the Christmas Fair by manning a stall or game? If so please contact Mrs Scott in the school office. Your help is appreciated.

This year – we are ‘renting’ table space at the Christmas Fair. Do you own your own company and would like a stall at our fair for a small charge? If so get in touch via admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

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.

 

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