Newsletter 15th January 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 15th January 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The church is now in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which began following the Baptism of the Lord, which was celebrated on Monday of last week. Having been baptised by John, Jesus begins to gather followers.

The first two, Andrew and another man, were followers of John the Baptist. During their time with Jesus, Andrew and the other follower came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Andrew then brings his brother, Simon, to Jesus. Immediately, Jesus gave Simon a new name, calling him Peter, which means “rock” in Greek.

Jesus asks Andrew and the other disciple, “What are you looking for?” This is a telling question, and one that we might often ask of ourselves. What do we look for and what do we find in Jesus?

Holy God,

You are light and life, grace and mercy, just and right, and filled with love and power. Let our hearts draw near to you today. We seek you with all our hearts because we know that our desires are found and fulfilled in you. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Routine monitoring and evaluation of provision

Last week we welcomed the BKCAT Lead Practitioner for Early Years into school. They spent the day in our Foundation Stage unit. Here is some feedback that I am delighted to be able to share with you.

The children were clearly happy to be in school. During carpet sessions all adults working in the unit supported the children well. They engage with the children at their level and show a real interest in them. The Foundation Stage leader is developing a nature area outside. The children clearly enjoy accessing the areas of provision. Adults working in Foundation Stage encourage the children to use their words and rephrase where necessary and model the importance of saying a complete sentence. Key vocabulary is displayed around the classroom which is also supported with images. The ‘Our Learning Wall’ helps to show learning and encourages reinforcement of learning. Key vocabulary stars are displayed in the areas of provision and resources are labelled with words and pictures.

Keeping Children Safe … before the school day begins

The Safeguarding Team are exploring ways of improving the current arrangements at the start of the school day. The very narrow pavements immediately outside of school quickly become congested. A combination of pupils and parents standing on the road (due to a lack of space) and a steady flow of traffic (some of which is travelling far too fast given that this a built-up residential area) does cause us concern at this particular time of day.

As a possible solution, we are considering opening the gates earlier and allowing parents and children to wait in two designated areas. I must stress at this point that this will only be feasible if parents understand that they must wait with their children until the doors open at 8:40am. It is worth me making clear now that if we do this, no pupil should be on site before 8:40am without an adult (with the exception of any Y6 pupil who has written permission to walk to school). I hope to be able to share more on this with you by the end of the week at the latest. In the meantime, the safety barriers that we started using during the Summer Term of last year will be back in place from tomorrow morning. This keeps this area free from cars and provides a safer space for parents and children to wait. Please remember that although the school gates currently open at 8:40am, registration does not begin until 8:50am. This means that there is a ten minute ‘window’ for pupils to arrive at school. Whilst it is great to see the vast majority of children in school at 8.40am, for those that can delay slightly until 8.45am or just after, please do consider this to reduce the congestion. I appreciate that most parents do not have the luxury of time at this point in the day and need to get to work.

Finally, for now… please can I kindly ask parents not to allow their children to play in the road and around parked cars whilst waiting for the gates to open.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good week everyone.

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 19th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Inaaya
RS: Szymon B
1T: Max
1/2T: Jakub L
2B: Nicola
3CD:Nadia K
3/4MT: Ashin
4B: Evaniya
5C: Alisha
5/6C: Niamh F
6B: Piotr

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 19th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Evie
RS: Joseph
1T: Iza
1/2T: Hanna
2B: Zuzanna
3CD: Amyra
3/4MT:  Eva M
4B: Bella
5C: Jagoda
5/6C: Ben
6B: Andrea

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Kehinde
RS: Adon
1T: Aydin
1/2T: Izza
2B: Nathan DT
3CD: Emmeline
3/4MT: Catherine
4B: Efayobase
5C: Savio
5/6C: Aridona
6B: Gracie

Class Attendance Award

Class  3CD  were the  attendance winners last week with 98.00%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 91.05%

RS: 92.63%

1T: 90.67%

1/2T: 95.52%

2B: 92.67%

3CD: 98.00%

3/4MT: 91.94%

4B: 97.33%

5C: 90.32%

5/6C: 92.%

6B: 91.72%

Diary Dates

Monday 29th January – Wednesday 7th February – Bikeability instructors in school for Year 5
Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Friday 9th February – Last day of term before the half term break
Monday 19th February – first day back after the half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

Here at St Austin’s, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.  We endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.  We will act quickly and follow our procedures to ensure children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Professional Curiosity & Challenge

Our staff are professionally curious practitioners who will ensure their assessments of a child/ren and their families are holistic by trying to understand what is happening around them, rather than making assumptions and taking things at face value. We understand that where practitioners are eager and willing to engage with children and their families or carers we know that assessment of risk is much more robust, information is sought from other agencies and shared and the practitioner has a good understanding of potential barriers.

A lack of professional curiosity can lead to:

  • less obvious indicators of abuse, neglect, significant harm and vulnerability being missed
  • making inaccurate assumptions when assessing the child’s needs and the potential risk posed to a child
  • Wrong interventions being put in place putting the child or family in further danger

Professional curiosity is helpful nosiness or healthy scepticism. Rather than making general assumptions, our staff will have a genuine interest in the lives of our pupils to better help to safeguard them.

General Updates

NSPCC Numbers Day – Friday 2nd February

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it.
We are having a fun day of maths activities and we will be taking part in Dress up for Digits.  Pupils are asked to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt or even a onesie!).  Or get even more creative by dressing in a maths or numbers theme. To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event. For families with more than one child in school, we would kindly suggest a donation of £2 for the family.

Permission forms for parents – important changes

There are occasions where parents are required to complete permission forms for various activities that may be taking place inside or outside of school. School have developed systems to make this much easier for parents by providing online links so the forms can be completed quickly and at a time of day convenient to parents. We have progressed from children losing paper slips in their bags. For the majority of parents, permissions are completed in a timely manner. When a request for a permission is made , parents will be notified by a story on Class Dojo with a deadline date. A reminder will then be posted on Class dojo close to the deadline date and may also appear in the newsletter. Any parents who have not completed the online permission forms by the day before will be sent a direct dojo message reminding them that they have not completed the form and to do so by the deadline. For some parents, the permissions are still not completed in a timely manner. Office staff do then have to spend further time chasing parents which is not effective use of resources.

Moving forwards, school will ensure that an event is advertised, a reminder is issued and ONE direct message sent to parents who have not completed the forms by the day before the deadline. After this time, if the deadline has passed and the permission has not be completed then any child without a completed permission form may not be able to participate in the event. 

Attendance

The importance of good attendance for children cannot be understated. We know that pupils fall behind their friends and classmates when they miss school. At St Austin’s Catholic Primary School  we want the amount of missed education to be reduced as much as possible. We believe that our community is stronger together, with all of our pupils in school, on time, every day. We are building life skills, life-long friendships and preparing your child for future success.
What YOU must do:Try to telephone the school before 9.00am each day of your child’s absence.Tell the school in advance, of any medical appointments and bring in appointment cards/letters.If you are not sure whether your child is well enough to attend school, send them in anyway as they often perk up on arrival.Have a backup plan for if your child misses transport, call on a family member, neighbour or friend.If you and your child are experiencing difficulties with school attendance then talk to us as a first step so we can help!

What WE will do:

Check your child’s attendance every day.

Phone home to discuss your child’s attendance with you.

Invite you into school for attendance meetings if we are concerned.

If we cannot establish a reason for absence, then we may make a welfare home visit.

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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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