Newsletter 15th May 2023

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 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 15th May 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The Spirit of Truth

The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 14: 15-21

Jesus said to the disciples, “If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you a helper to be with you forever. He will give you the Spirit of Truth. The world neither sees nor knows the Spirit, but you know the Spirit, because the Spirit is with you, and lives in you. I will not leave you orphaned: I will come back to you. In a short time, the world will no longer see me but you will still see me. Then you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who receive my commandments and keep them are those who love me. Those who love me will be loved by my Father. I will love them, and they will see me as I truly am.”

The Reflection

Before Jesus died, He talked to his disciples, who were afraid and did not know what to do. Jesus told them He would not leave them alone; he understood that they were afraid and wanted to reassure them. He comforts them by explaining that although he will leave to return to the Father, the Holy Spirit will remain with them and through this, they will continue to live in union with Jesus. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the disciples will come to appreciate the unity and love of the Son and the Father.

Spiritual Action

Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we come to share in the love of God, made known to us in Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives and works within us, helping us to understand God’s never-ending love for us. Think about your daily life at home and at work. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring peace, comfort and support to all people in places around the world where there is conflict.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth.

Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.

In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. Amen

 

Year 5 – Hepworth Gallery Trip

On Wednesday 17th May our Year 5 pupils will be travelling by coach to the Hepworth Gallery to take part in a Schools Prints Project that our school has been selected to participate in.

All Year 5 children will be attending and will need to arrive in full smart uniform and bring a packed lunch and water bottle.

 

Positive Behaviour Policy

During their time at St. Austin’s pupils will be taught the value of: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. These values run through school life and our positive behaviour policy has been written with these at its core. We believe that the foundation of our Behaviour Policy is to bring children to a realisation and understanding of how being caring and responsible individuals can enrich our lives. When a child fails to meet the school’s values to live by, they will be given a reminder to correct their behaviour. If this or a similar incident occurs again, they will be moved onto the behaviour ladder (see below). Each classroom has a visual ladder on which the children can be placed.

It is useful for parents to familiarise themselves with the schools behaviour policy. Please use the link below to see our school’s Positive Behaviour Policy

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K5exYMvnCB2VlEiUSzdWHzb-8ZywdG4L/view

 

PTA  (Parent Teachers Association) – We Need You

 

We need more parents to get involved in our School PTA so we can continue to provide fun fundraising activities for your children at our school. We are looking for parents who can plan and help out at events please. We have positions with the PTA for a joint Head of the PTA role and a Head of Finances for the PTA, as well as general PTA members please.

If you are interested please contact the School Office.

Speaking to your child’s Class Teacher

If you would like to speak to your child’s class teacher about a matter, please remember you can arrange to do this through one of the following ways.
Class Dojo – send a message directly to your child’s class teacher. Our teachers will endeavour to reply to you at their earliest opportunity.
At the end of the school day in the playground – please only approach the teacher once all other children have been collected, this is so the teacher can ensure every child in the class is firstly safely dismissed to their authorised adult.
Contact the office to arrange a time to talk – the school office can check with your teachers when they are available for a quick phone call

Remember, we also have our Pastoral team in school, Mr.Laurie (Learning Mentor) and Mr. Senior (Digital and Inclusion Manager)

Sun Safety

As the weather starts to improve, please remember to send your child with a sun hat on warmer days. Children will play out during the school day and a sun hat will help protect your child. Thank you.

Virtues Award

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher. Remember, parents of children who win the Virtue award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 19th May at 2.50pm.

RG: Frances
RS: Adam
1K: Anaya
1/2T: Nadia P
2B: Alyaan
3CD: David
3/4 TA: Safa
4C: Preston
5W: Jacob
5/6 B: Grasey
6B: Joseph

 

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 May at 2.50pm.

RG: Freddy
RS: Nathaniel
1K: Eva
1/2 T: Umamah
2B: Pola
3CD:  Rahima
3/ 4TA: Ali
4C: Marika
5S: Danika
5/6B: Wanessa
6B: Sundas

 

Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Devayani
RS: Adachukwu
1K: Skaiste
1/2 T: Blanka
2B: Shristi
3CD: Zofia
3/4 TA: Ali
4C: Victoria
5S: Niamh F
5/6B: Jasmine
6B: Gracie-Ann

Class Attendance Award

 

Class 5S were the last weeks attendance winners  with 98.92%.

RG: 90.48%
RS: 96.83%
1K: 95.59%
1/2T: 95.24%
2B: 96.11%
3CD: 95.57%
3/4AT:95.09%
4C: 98.39%
5S: 98.92%
5/6B: 98.39%
6B:96.77%

Term Time Absences

The law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of the academy for a holiday and/or extended leave during term time. Any absence from an academy will have an impact on a child’s education. The Trust and its academies firmly believe that good attendance should be encouraged and promoted. The Trust and its academies adhere to Government legislation and will therefore not authorise any holidays and/or extended leave in term time.
Please use the link to access our school’s Attendance Policy:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KHH-OeVIXleRA0o6MHVfnD_EzFAa3iLU/view
Email us your child’s out of school achievements so we can celebrate their success on our newsletter. Email us on admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

Diary Dates

Monday 15th – Friday 19th May – Mental Health Week
Monday 15th May – BKCAT Book Awards – 10 Year 5 children attending
Wednesday 17th May – Year 5 Hepworth Trip
Friday 26th May – School closes at 3.15pm for half term
Monday 5th June – School reopens after half term
Monday 5th – Friday 9th June – World Faith Week
Thursday 8th June – Reception trip to Cannon Hall farm
Friday 9th June – Non Uniform day – bring a filled jar for the Jar Bar Prize stall for the Summer fair
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm

 

 

 

Cyber Security
The security of our devices and data cannot be under-estimated. With hacking, identity theft, impersonation, fraud and scams all on the increase it is important that everybody has an awareness of cyber security. Internet Matters have a great article with lots of advice and guidance around a range of cyber security topics for parents/carers and their children including phishing, doxxing, cryptojacking and much more, all in a non-techie easy-to-understand format.
You can find the article HERE.
Snapchat – AI Chatbot
Artificial Intelligence has been around for years, but in the last 6 months or so it has taken on a whole new dimension. Everyone is talking about ChatGPT, but that’s one very small example compared to what is out there now. Imagine this: get ChatGPT to create a storyline script based on a character – create the visual character in OpenAI – input the visual character into one of the Video AI platforms along with the script. You’ve just created a whole video with a semi-lifelike character in 30 minutes or less. It’s extraordinary, exciting, but concerning at the same time.
All the big companies are either implementing or starting to implement AI into their services now, and this includes Snapchat who a fortnight ago introduced their AI Chatbot. For companies, this is all about engagement, in other words keeping people in the app. However, as much as AI can be used for good, there is always a negative side too with the bot responding and giving wholly inappropriate advice to questions that are being asked, even when you tell the bot how old you are. To combat this Snap have stated that they will introduce filters and Family Center parental controls to help. In other words, once again, safety is an afterthought.

AI is here now and it is here to stay, it is growing very quickly, faster than I have ever seen before, so this is an area that we need to start discussing with children and young people, both the positives and the negatives. To read a little more about the AI chatbot on Snapchat see HERE.

St Austin’s Safeguarding Team

A reminder of who is a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in our school. If you are concerned about a child you should discuss this with a member of the Safeguarding team.

Mr Molyneux -DSL Lead                        Mr Senior Deputy DSL                 Miss Workman Deputy DSL                                                                           Mrs Scott Deputy DSL               Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL

 

 

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