Newsletter 14th March
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 14th March 2022
Spiritual Reflection – Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, John and James.
In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent (Luke 9:28-36), the voice from heaven speaks to the disciples saying, “Listen to him.” The Transfiguration was a focused moment for the disciples when they heard God speaking to them and experienced Jesus in glory. They most certainly left this focused moment with a new appreciation for the importance of Jesus’ words even if they did not yet understand everything that he had taught them. During Lent, we are invited to consider our attentiveness to Jesus and to one another. In the pace and noise that often characterizes family life, how well do we listen to one another? What opportunities do we have for quiet prayer?
As you gather as a family, count the number of pieces of equipment in your home that produce sound: televisions, radios, CD players, computers, video games, etc. Observe if sometimes more than one piece of equipment is playing simultaneously and how this might affect communication. Discuss the question: What is it like to try to talk with one another when this equipment is on?
Consider whether the noise and pace of your family life allows family members opportunities for quiet prayer. During Lent, it may be appropriate for your family to choose a time for quiet in the household by turning off televisions, radios, and CD players. Consider whether your family would like to establish such a time during this Season of Lent and suggest that it might allow you the opportunity to listen more attentively to one another and to find time for quiet prayer. Spend a few such moments as a family, asking God to help you listen well to one another and to Jesus.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Evamaria RS: Jacob 1K: Kacper 1/2T: Austin 2B: Aayan 3C: Victoria 3/4MT: Sinead 4C:Scarlet 5W: Sahleha 5/6B: Sumaiya 6CD: Lilly
Thank you to all who attended last week’s disco for UFS and KS1, the children had a fantastic time! This week we have the disco for children in Years 3 and 4. Children should bring with them on the day of the disco, £1 entrance fee, and additional spending money for drinks, snacks, hot dogs ( halal versions will be available).
Due to unforseen circumstances we have had to change the Year 5 and 6 disco to one week after the advertised date. The disco will now be on Tuesday 29th March (and NOT 22nd March). As this new date does not coincide with class photographs, this will mean that children attending the disco will now be permitted to come to school in non uniform on the day of the disco.
It is essential that children staying for the disco have completed the online application by the day before the disco and have brought their admission money.
Hot Dogs £1
Cans of fizzy drinks – 60p
Fruit Shoot drinks – 50p
Bottled Water – 40p
Crisps – 40p
Chocolate bars – 50p
Glow sticks (pack of 10) – £1
Temporary Tattoo (applied) – 30p
In order that the PTA can adequately cater for the event, please complete the online permission form.
Tuesday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 3.25pm -5pm https://forms.gle/7zUd4y41idoemkUs7
Tuesday 29th March – Years 5 and 6 3.25pm – 5pm https://forms.gle/ggGRVFyafTm4KoHPA
Braiswick photographers, will be in school on Tuesday 22nd March to do whole class group photographs. Please could we kindly request that all children arrive in full smart winter uniform. This comprises, white collared shirt (not polo shirt), school tie, a green cardigan or jumper, green skirt/ pinafore or grey trousers, black shoes. Only hair accessories of the school colours are permitted please. We are frequently seeing children without a school tie, this is an essential part of the uniform. School ties can be purchased from the school office for £3.50.
School Uniform Exchange
After the Easter break, children will have the option to wear the summer school uniform. This comprises, a green and white checked pinafore, or yellow polo shirt with grey shorts. Children may continue to wear the standard (winter) uniform if they prefer.
Thanks to your kind donations, we have a number of donated second hand nearly new uniform. This will be out on display in the KS1 hall on
Friday 1st April if you would like to come along and take some free pieces of uniform.
Parents Evening will be held on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April. The meetings will be held online via your child’s Google Classroom account; this is the preferred method. If you are unable to access online, then you may request a telephone appointment. This must be made clear to the teacher in the comments section at the time of booking and you must provide the telephone number you wish the teacher to use. Full details of how to book your appointment will be sent in a separate letter later this week.
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 .
1/2T: Nicola B
3/4MT: Joshua A
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
4C: Joshua P
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 6CD were the last weeks attendance winners with 96%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
Chicken Pox Cases in School
There are a high number of cases of Chicken Pox throughout school. Please remain vigilant to any new rashes or spots that your child may present with. Please be mindful that chicken pox can be dangerous to pregnant women and some individuals with certain illnesses or taking certain medications. Public Health England’s guidance for chicken pox in an education setting is that children should not attend school until all spots have fully scabbed over and are dry scabs.
Term Time Holidays
We are continuing to see a number of requests for holidays during term time. School cannot authorise absences for term time holidays, we would urge all families to take holidays or visit family during the school holidays only. Unauthorised absences could be subject to a fixed penalty fine..
Extra Curricular Achievements
Congratulations to Dara (class 5/ 6B) was confirmed last week and
he chose St Francis as his name.
Evelyn (class 2B) recently passed both her tap and ballet preparatory
grade both with distinction, well done Evelyn!
Owen (Class 5/6B ) took part in his Martial Arts school Championship
he achieved a bronze medal in light continuous sparring and a silver medal in agility blazpods. Well done Owen!
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 14th – Friday 18th March – Science Week
Tuesday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 disco – 3.25pm – 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Friday 18th March – World Sleep day
Monday 21st March – Friday 25th March – Diversity Week
Tuesday 22nd March – Class photographs
Tuesday 29th March – Years 5 and 6 disco 3.25pm- 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Friday 1st April – Second hand uniform stall in KS1 hall
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th April – Parents Evening (more information to follow)
Thursday 7th April – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm (Parents of children who have Rock Steady lessons in school welcome to attend)
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1 (more details to follow)
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Ukraine War – How to address your child’s concern.
Save the Children have provided some practical advice as to how parents can help address the concerns and worry that their child may be experiencing due to the conflict in Ukraine.
How and When to Talk About War and Conflict with Kids, According to Experts
1. Make time and listen when your child wants to talk
Give children the space to tell you what they know, how they feel, and to ask you questions. They may have formed a completely different picture of the situation than you have. Take the time to listen to what they think, and what they have seen or heard.
2. Tailor the conversation to the child
Be mindful of the child’s age as you approach the conversation with them. Young children may not understand what conflict or war means and require an age-appropriate explanation. Be careful not to over-explain the situation or go into too much detail as this can make children unnecessarily anxious. Younger children may be satisfied just by understanding that sometimes countries fight. Older children are more likely to understand what war means but may still benefit from talking with you about the situation. In fact, older children will often be more concerned by talk of war because they tend to understand the dangers better than younger children do.
3. Validate their feelings
It is important that children feel supported in the conversation. They should not feel judged or have their concerns dismissed. When children have the chance to have an open and honest conversation about things upsetting them, it can create a sense of relief and safety.
4. Reassure them that adults all over the world are working hard to resolve this
Remind children that this is not their problem to solve. They should not feel guilty about playing, seeing their friends, and doing the things that make them happy. Stay calm when you approach the conversation. Children often copy the sentiments of their caregivers—if you are uneasy about the situation, chances are your child will be uneasy as well.
5. Give them a practical way to help
Support children who want to help. Children who have the opportunity to help those affected by the conflict can feel like they are part of the solution. Children can create fundraisers, send letters to local decision-makers, or create drawings calling for peace.
If you would like more information to share with your child, please use the links below to Sky News FYI or BBC Newsround (News stories aimed at children)
Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts
The Government has removed the legal requirement to isolate when you have Covid. However as our priority is reducing risk, keeping our community safe and children in school please can you continue to keep your child at home if they have any Covid symptoms or are positive and continue to test from day 5 to see if they are negative. If they test negative on days 5 and 6 they can return to school. Covid Isolation Guidance
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