Newsletter 16th October 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 16th October 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Feast of St. Luke – 18th October

Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul’s “Luke, the beloved physician.” In our day, it would be easy to assume that someone who was a doctor was rich, but scholars have argued that Luke might have been born a slave. It was not uncommon for families to educate slaves in medicine so that they would have a resident family physician.

It is believed that Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile. Luke’s gospel shows special sensitivity to evangelising Gentiles. It is only in his gospel that we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the story of the one grateful leper who is a Samaritan. Luke’s inspiration and information for his Gospel and Acts came from his close association with Paul and his companions.

Luke’s unique perspective on Jesus can be seen in the six miracles and eighteen parables not found in the other gospels. Luke’s is the gospel of the poor and of social justice. He is the one who tells the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man who ignored him. Luke is the one who uses “Blessed are the poor” instead of “Blessed are the poor in spirit” in the beatitudes. Only in Luke’s gospel do we hear Mary ‘s Magnificat where she proclaims that God “has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.”

Luke also has a special connection with the women in Jesus’ life, especially Mary. It is only in Luke’s gospel that we hear the story of the Annunciation, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth including the Magnificat, the Presentation, and the story of Jesus’ disappearance in Jerusalem. It is Luke that we have to thank for the Scriptural parts of the Hail Mary: “Hail Mary full of grace” spoken at the Annunciation and “Blessed are you and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus” spoken by her cousin Elizabeth.

Forgiveness and God’s mercy to sinners is also of first importance to Luke. Only in Luke do we hear the story of the Prodigal Son welcomed back by the overjoyed father. Only in Luke do we hear the story of the forgiven woman disrupting the feast by washing Jesus’ feet with her tears. Throughout Luke’s gospel, Jesus takes the side of the sinner who wants to return to God’s mercy.

Reading Luke’s gospel gives a good idea of his character as one who loved the poor, who wanted the door to God’s kingdom opened to all, who respected women, and who saw hope in God’s mercy for everyone.

Luke is the patron of physicians and surgeons and the church keeps his feast day each year on the 18th October.

Lord God,

you chose Saint Luke to reveal the mystery of your love for the poor in his preaching and his writings.

Grant that those who already acknowledge your name may continue to be one in mind and heart,

and that all the nations may see your salvation.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Ofsted Inspection – As you are aware, we were visited by Ofsted last week.  The inspector spent two days in and around the school observing everything that we do as a school. Your children were their usual amazing selves and a real credit to the school.   The inspector was very positive in her comments, and I look forward to sharing more information with you when I have received her report.

As a result of the two-day inspection a number of events we had planned for last week didn’t take place. Our school Mass was cancelled but we will be gathering together for Mass again on Wednesday 1st November to celebrate the great feast of All Saints. This will be Fr. Sean’s first Mass with us. Fr. Sean is our new parish priest at St. Austin’s.

This week is the final week of the first half of the Autumn Term. I cannot quite believe how quickly time has gone since the start of the new school back in September. On Monday and Tuesday, we are taking advantage of the opportunity we have been given to be involved in a number of Students Money Minds Workshops organised by Yorkshire Building Society. Mrs. Conley and Mrs. Durkan, our Maths Leaders, have arranged for a 1-hour workshop for each of our KS2 classes. Our Year 3 and 4 children will take part in a workshop called ‘Party Project’ and children in Years 5 and 6 will take part in a project called ‘Vacation Venture.’ Don’t forget to check your child’s class Dojo page for information and photographs from these workshops. We are hoping that the workshops will be useful especially in the current economic climate.

Thursday, the last day of this half-term is Photograph Day. Tempest Photographers will be in school and I ask parents to make sure their child attends school wearing the winter uniform including a tie and jumper/ cardigan please. If you have more than one child attending St Austin’s School and would like them to have their photograph taken together, then please come to school at 8.15am. Please queue with your child outside the school office at this time. Please can I ask parents to stay with their children for the duration of the time with the photographer and then exit school with them before start of the school day. The gates will then open for main school drop off at 8.40am as usual. There will not be the option for sibling photographs to be taken at any other time that day.

School closes for half-term on Thursday 19th October at 3.15pm. The Teaching staff and myself will be attending a Trust Wide INSET day at St. Wilfrid’s on Friday 20th October. School reopens for the second half of the Autumn Term on Monday 30th October at 8.40am. By then the clocks will have gone back and we will be very much into Autumn and the darker mornings and evenings.

Reading Support Volunteers – I repeat the appeal I made last week for parent/carer volunteers willing to assist us with supporting children as readers across school. You must be willing to undertake a DBS check and some simple training with our reading leaders Miss Tickle and Miss Workman. If this is something you are able to do, please let me know via Dojo or calling in to the school office. We want to share books as much as possible this year and are in need of additional adults with a passion for reading to enhance our reading offer.

A date for your diary/calendar – St. Austin’s School Parent Forum Meeting – Wednesday 8th November at 9am

Have a good week everyone and I hope you can enjoy some quality family time together over the half-term break. My fantastic teachers, teaching assistants, office staff and myself will be taking a well-earned break and will return rested and refreshed ready for the second half of the Autumn Term.

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 3rd November at 2.45pm.

RG: Abdoulaye

RS: Salvatore

1T: Aiden

1/2T: Adachukwu

2B: Chloe

3CD: Evanah

3/4MT: Julia

4B: Safa

5C: Marika

5/6C: Brianna

6B: Julia

 

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 3rd November at 2.45pm.

RG: Evelyn

RS: Szymon

1T: Amelia Go

1/2T: Rosie

2B: Hussein

3CD: Shristi

3/4MT: Ryder

4B: Oliver

5C: Emilia

5/6C: Reece

6B: Gracie

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Evie

RS :Emmanuel

1T: Elena

1/2T: Naithan

2B: Dominika

3CD: Pola

3/4MT: Miles

4B: Liya

5C: Victoria
5/6C: Kacper

6B: Aubrey

Class Attendance Award

Class  5/6C was  last weeks attendance winner with 99.33%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 91.00%

RS: 90.00%

1T: 97.33%

1/2T: 97.67%

2B: 98.67%

3CD: 96.00%

3/4MT: 96.00%

4B: 95.67%

5C: 92.00%

5/6C: 99.33%

6B: 98.28%

Diary Dates

Thursday 19th October – Individual and sibling Photographs – Tempest Photography
Thursday 19th October – Last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Friday 20th October- INSET DAY School closed
Monday 30th October – School reopens after the half term
Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’
Wednesday 8th November – 9am Parent Forum meeting with Mr Molyneux
Monday 13th November – Odd Socks Day (Anti bullying)
Wednesday 15th November and Thursday 16th November – Parents Evening – details on how to book your appointment will be released shortly
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
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
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
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

Research into Online Misogyny

This is a really good, detailed report from Internet Matters about online misogyny where 2,000 parents of 4-16-year-olds and 1,000 children aged 9-16 were surveyed. Some key points are:

  • A significant number of boys have a favourable view of Andrew Tate (23% of boys ages 15-16).
  • An even higher proportion of dads (32%) have a positive view of Andrew Tate!
  • Understanding the term misogyny is low.
  • The majority of parents think nude image sharing is a significant concern; the majority of teenagers think that sharing nudes is always harmful (which questions the narrative that nude image sharing has become normalised).

You can download the full report HERE.

Supporting Girls Impacted by Misogyny Online

Internet Matters have put together a great article to help parents support anyone who has been impacted by online misogyny including a Dad’s experience of supporting his daughter, the experiences of one 15-year-old girl and some simple tips for parents.

You can find the article HERE.

General Updates

Year 6 Residential Trip – Robinwood
Parents of children in Year 6 were sent a letter via Class Dojo regarding the much anticipated Year 6 residential trip to Robinwood planned for June 2024. Parents are asked to complete the online form by the end of the day on Tuesday 17th October. Please could ALL parents complete the form by this date, even if you do not intend for your child to attend the trip as school needs a confirmed number to proceed with the booking at Robinwood. If you would like to find out more information about the trip please do not hesitate to speak to the School Office.

https://forms.gle/HGXnywXud9cx7kUd6

Afterschool Clubs – Autumn 2 Half Term

Current after school clubs (with the exception of Melodica) will end this week. After the half term break, new after school clubs will commence. If you would like to register your child for an after school club please do so via your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk. All after school clubs are charged at £2.00 per week (£14 for the half term) and will run between 3.15 – 4.15pm.  Bookings are NOW OPEN on  School Money. Next terms after school clubs will begin w/c 30th October and run weekly until w/c 11th December (with the exception of Christmas Crafts for the PTA which will have its last session on 6th December) and are as follows:

Mondays – Christmas Craft Fun –  open to children in Years 1 and 2
Mondays – Micro:Bit Coding Club – open to children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Mondays – Book Club – open to children in Years  5 & 6
Mondays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 3 and 4
Tuesdays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 1 and 2
Tuesdays – Choir – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Girls Football Club – open to children in Years 3, 4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Reading and Book Club – open to children in years 3 and 4
Wednesdays – Games with Elite Sports Coach – Years 1 and 2
Wednesdays – Christmas Crafts for the PTA fair – open to children in Years 4,5 & 6
Thursdays – Tag Rugby with Elite Sports Coach – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6

Breakfast Club

Parents were informed last academic year that school would be trialling breakfast club during the autumn term. Breakfast club is open to children in all year groups and parents can drop off from 8am. Parents do not have to commit to a regular day to utilise breakfast club as it is available on an ad hoc basis and parents can book the places as and when needed until our capacity number is reached. Bookings for next half term will open in the next few days and can be paid for online via your child’s school money account. As we are still very much in the review phase of our offer of the breakfast club, current numbers for attendance is low, we would urge parents to use the club if needed as school will only be able to continue offering this facility if it is financially viable to do so.

Uniform

The school tie is an essential part of the winter uniform and should be worn with a white collared cotton shirt (not polo shirt). All children should have a tie for the school photograph this Thursday. Ties are available to purchase for £3.50 from school by visiting your child’s School Money account at www.eduspot.co.uk  and then accessing the ‘Shop’ section. Orders placed and paid for online before 9.30am will be delivered to children in class that day. After 9.30am will fall to the next working day.

Colder weather 

Please ensure your child comes to school every day with a  warm waterproof coat with a hood. Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance

Temperatures and Fevers – last week school saw a number of absences with temperatures and fever related illnesses. Below is NHS guidance for parents with children suffering high temperature.

A high temperature is 38C or more. If your child has a high temperature, they might:

  • feel hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest
  • feel sweaty
  • look or feel unwell
  • Use a digital thermometer, which you can buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, to take your child’s temperature
  • What to do if your child has a high temperature
    If your child or baby has a high temperature, you can usually look after them at home. The temperature should go down over 3 or 4 days.

    Do

    • give them plenty of fluids

    • look out for signs of dehydration

    • give them food if they want it

    • check on your child regularly during the night

    • keep them at home

    • give them paracetamol or ibuprofen if they’re distressed or unwell – check the packaging or leaflet to make sure the medicine is suitable for your child, or speak to a pharmacist or GP if you’re not sure

    • get medical advice if you’re worried about your child

    Don’t

    • do not undress your child or sponge them down to cool them – a high temperature is a natural and healthy response to infection

    • do not cover them up in too many clothes or bedclothes

    • do not give aspirin to children under 16 years of age

    • do not combine ibuprofen and paracetamol, unless a GP tells you to

    • do not give paracetamol to a child under 2 months

    • do not give ibuprofen to a child under 3 months or under 5kg

    • do not give ibuprofen to children with asthma unless it’s been recommended by a doctor

PTA News

Next half term, Mrs Scott and some PTA members will be running an after school club making Christmas crafts to sell at the Christmas fair.
We are still looking for additional parent support please, if you are interested please contact admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

Do you know any local businesses or suppliers that could help with our Christmas Fair? The PTA will be looking to rent table space in the hall on the day of the fair if you are aware of anyone who would be interested? We would also welcome donations from any local businesses for the fair such as refreshments or prizes. If you could help please let us know!

 

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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