Newsletter 14th February

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Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 14th February 2022


Spiritual Reflection – Jesus teaches the way to happiness

Yesterday’s gospel reading was the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. Jesus teaches on level ground, alongside the disciples and the crowd. He is God among us.

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.

Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.

Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, insult you, denounce your name on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven.’

 These are also known as the Beatitudes – a series of blessings given by Jesus to his disciples. Each blessing offers a future reward to the person possessing a specific character quality. The Beatitudes are often described as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.

As we listen to this Gospel, the Beatitudes jar our sensibilities. Those who are poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted are called ‘happy.’ This is, indeed, a Gospel of reversals. Those often thought to have been forgotten by God are called ‘happy.’

The happiness of the Beatitudes is something that is not affected by circumstances. To believe in the promises of the Beatitudes means to be so centred on our relationship with God that the troubles and strife of this life cannot shake our faith.

So the obvious question for us when we listen to Jesus today is, ‘Are we really happy?’ Do we experience a great joy and comfort from our faith or do we find it a bind, an extra burden?  When Jesus says that the kingdom of God ‘is’ ours he is speaking on two levels. Our perseverance will win us eternal happiness in heaven. But it’s also ours here and now.

Grant to us, O Lord, inward happiness and the serenity which comes from living close to you.

Renew in us the sense of joy and let the eternal spirit of the Father dwell within us,

filling every corner of our hearts with light and grace,

giving thanks to you for all things. Amen.

Virtues to live by

Simplicity

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.

RG: Piotr  RS: Rayyan 1K: Emmeline 1/2T: Chipego  2B: David A  3C: Tomasz 3/4MT: Aira  4C:Adaam  5W: Lyanna  5/6B: Ruby  6CD: Ruben

 

World Book Day Thursday 3rd March

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day. The message for all children this year is ‘you are a reader.’ We will be marking this in school in a simple but effective way by asking children to come to school in their pyjamas or onesies and to bring in a copy of their favourite book or the book that they are currently reading for pleasure.

The importance of regular reading cannot be understated. Regular reading can benefit your child in a number of ways including:

  • Reduces stress and helps them relax.
  • Improves concentration and memory.
  • Vocabulary expansion and strengthens writing abilities.
  • Enhances your knowledge.
  • Increases your imagination and creativity.

In addition to reading alone, The National Literacy Trust highlights the importance of reading aloud to your child, ‘ There can be few things as powerful as regularly reading to a young child. It has astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. Giving a child time and full attention when reading them a story tells them they matter. It builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and even improves their sleeping patterns.’

 

Sports Coach at St Austin’s

This week we are pleased to welcome Mr Kinder as our new Sports Coach to St Austin’s School.  The Sports Coach is a new role that school has invested in using the Sports Premium Funding to promote PE and finding new and exciting ways to engage all pupils in regular and meaningful physical activity. Mr Kinder will shortly be launching lunchtime activities and after school clubs, more information regarding this will follow.

 

 

 

St Austin’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) – Friends of St Austin’s

Due to the many restrictions and constraints imposed on all of us throughout the pandemic, school have not had the opportunity to hold fundraising and social activities for children and families in school. Holding such events is absolutely vital for raising much needed funds for enrichments for school. We are looking to hold a Parents and Teachers meeting on Friday 18th February at 2.30pm in school.
We are inviting any parents that may be interested in joining the PTA to come along for a coffee and to see what support or help you could offer to assist school in fundraising events. We appreciate that some parents will have differing availability in terms of what you can offer to help and we would be grateful for any time you can give to school.  Our first meeting will focus on creating a bank of fundraising ideas that we can plan into the school calendar with a school disco being the first event we plan to have in the first few weeks of the Spring Term.

Head of School Recognition award

The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .

RG: Ernest
RS: Skaiste
1K: Azaan
1/2T: Emily
2B: Felicity
3C: Preston
3/4MT: Alman
4C: Julia
5W: Gracie- Mai
5/6B: Joseph
6CD: Aneesha

Handwriters of the week

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Diya
RS: Sam
1K: Floyd
1/2T: Bella
2B: Anabel
3C: Eva
3/4MT: Jasmine
4C: Danika
5W: Annie
5/6B: Sundas
6CD: Olivia

Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.

 

 

Class Attendance Award

Class 3/ 4MT were the last weeks attendance winners with 99.35%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.

RG: 94.50%
RS: 95.50%
1K: 96.33%
1/2T: 96.64%
2B: 88.33%
3C: 92.00%
3/4MT:99.35%
4C: 93.33%
5W: 98.66%
5/6B: 91.33%
6CD: 93.15%

Extra Curricular Achievements

Well done to Arav (Class 3C) for achieving his red belt in karate recently. 

We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

Diary Dates

Friday 18th February – PTA meeting 2.30pm, open to any parents who would like to volunteer
Friday 18th February – Last day of term 3.25pm
Monday 28th February – First day of Spring 2 term
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day – Non uniform – pyjamas/onesies
Tuesday 22nd March – Class photographs
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term

Following on from Children’s Mental Health week, Action for Happiness have identified 10 Keys to Happier Living. Together they spell  GREAT DREAM

Whilst everyone’s path to happiness differs, why not explore the keys as a family over the half term break. For example:

Giving – find a way to help a family friend or neighbour. Do a random act of kindness
Relating – Connecting with people, meet up with friends or family you have not seen for some time.
Exercising – go on a family swim session, or explore local woodlands and parks
Awareness – Live life mindfully.
Trying Out – keep learning new things, Try a new form of art, such as clay modelling or oil pastel drawing. Have a go at a new sport.
Direction – Talk as  a family about your hopes and dreams. Plan into your calendar dates to aim to fulfill some of the more simple ones.
Resilience – find ways to bounce back.
Emotions – Look for what’s good. Make a list of things you are grateful for.
Acceptance – Be comfortable with who you are. Each family member could write down 3 positive things about one another.
Meaning – be part of something bigger. Look for ways you can make a change, this may be something as small as doing a litter pick up in your local park.

COVID Updates
The Government has made recent announcements to the planned changes regarding isolation for COVID due at the end of February. At present, please follow the current guidance as detailed below.

Positive Cases
If you have tested positive for COVID there is now the option to reduce the isolation period after 5 full days if you test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD)  on both day 5 and day 6 and you do not have a temperature. For example, if you test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6 (24 hours between tests) you can return to the workplace/school immediately on day 6. If the result of either of their tests is positive, you should continue to self-isolate until you obtain a negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until you have completed 10 full days of self isolation, whichever is earliest.

Close Contact of positive cases
If someone within your child’s household tests positive and your child is symptom free then they may still attend school if they test negative on a LFD each day for 7 days. If a close contact presents any symptoms or begins to feel unwell, they should stay at home and arrange a PCR test.

 

Q: What do you call an exploding monkey?

A: A BaBOOM!!          Class 1K

Send your jokes to admin@sa.bkact.co.uk

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