Newsletter 18th July 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Tuesday 18th July 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Looking back over the year
This last week of the school year provides a perfect opportunity to look back and remember all the good things we’ve received, the exciting opportunities we’ve been given and recognise how we have grown in confidence, in learning and understanding and in friendship over the year.
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (13:1-9)
Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables. He said, “Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on rich soil and produced a great crop. This is like those people who hear my words and understand them; they yield a great harvest and produce now a hundredfold. Listen, anyone who has ears!”
The seeds represent the life-giving Word of God, which He wants to ‘plant’ in our hearts.
The good soil represents our hearts. We ask God to ‘plant’ His Word in our hearts and help it grow through our loving actions.
Over the course of this school year God has given us everything that is good. He has ‘planted’ His life-giving Word in our hearts.
Have we helped it to grow through our loving actions? When we have shown kindness, honesty, patience and done our best to choose loving actions – we have been like the good soil and God’s life giving Word has grown in us.
You might remember challenging times over the year, when our hearts have not been like the good soil. Perhaps, for one reason or another, there were times when we forgot about God’s life-giving Word – like the path where the birds gobbled up the seeds before they could start growing. Or maybe there were times when we started off well and really tried, but when things became more difficult, we lost interest – like the soil in the rocky ground, where the seeds withered and died because they didn’t have deep roots. Or perhaps there were times when we lost confidence or became distracted by other things – like the soil which was overtaken by weeds and the seeds couldn’t survive. As we look back and look forward, the most important thing to remember is that God’s life-giving Word is always available to us. God loves us, and He is always with us. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, God is with us, guiding and encouraging us to listen and respond to His Word.
As a family, try to spend some time talking to God as you look back over the year with thanks and look forward with hope. Thank someone who has helped you or brought you joy this year. Encourage your children to share with someone their hopes for the summer holidays and beyond.
Well done to all of our pupils who took their SATS this Summer term. We are exceptionally proud of all you!
End of Year Thanks
Disco – PTA end of year disco
As detailed in previous newsletters and dojo posts, the PTA disco is today. Only children whose parents have pre booked their ticket by the deadline of Friday 14th July on School Money may attend. This is because we must have a list of attendees for staffing and safety . Teachers have to be made aware who they are dismissing and who is staying for the disco and so this information is shared with them from the school money list. The PTA also need to adequately cater the event. Thank you.
Please could I kindly request that children do bring a waterproof coat with them everyday. The weather is changeable at present and it is important that children get the opportunity to play outside.
Year 6 Leavers Events this week
Tuesday 18th July – PTA disco/ non uniform 3.15-4.15pm -see above information
Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2.15pm Parents invited
Thursday 20th July – End of year mass and presentation of leavers certificates 10am St. Austin’s Church. Year 6 parents invited.
Friday 21st July – Rassams Ice Cream trip for a sweet treat
Children can bring in an old white school shirt and marker pens for signing. This must not be the shirt they are wearing.
End of day class dismissal – there will be a special end of day dismissal for Year 6 children.
Breakfast Club – launch September
From Monday 4th September we will be trialing a Breakfast Club which will operate from 8.00am – 8.45am here in school. Our new Foundation Stage children will be eligible to attend from Monday 11th September due to our phased start during the first week of term. We have capacity for 30 children to attend on a daily basis, though parents are asked to book their child on via School Money – first come first served basis. The daily cost is £3.00. The Club will be run by members of staff working in school. Breakfast will be served and consist of cereal, toast and a drink. The Club will be based in our KS2 hall and the children will have the opportunity to socialise with their peers. At 8.45am FS and KS1 children will be collected from the hall and taken to their classrooms by a teaching assistant. KS2 children will make their way to their classrooms. All children will be in class for the start of our school day – 8.50am. This is very much a trial for the first half-term and will keep you updated with developments towards the end of September/beginning of October. Breakfast club will go live on School Money on Monday 17th at 15:30. If you would like to register your child for a place please register and pay via School Money.
Class Attendance Award
Class 2B were the last weeks attendance winners with 98.00%.
Well done to Thandi (class 3/ 4TA) for being awarded Star of the Year at her Drama Club!
Well done to Mila (Class RG) who came second in her first kickboxing competition!
Tuesday 18th July – PTA Disco 3.15pm – 4.30pm –
Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2.15pm Parents invited
Thursday 20th July – End of year mass and presentation of leavers certificates 10am St. Austin’s Church. Year 6 parents invited
Friday 21st July – Rassam’s trip for Year 6
Friday 21st July – school closes 3.15pm
Monday 3rd September – school reopens after the half term holiday
School Calendar for the Academic Year 2023-2024
Autumn Term 2023
Staff Inset Day: Friday 1st September
Open: Monday 4th September
Close: Thursday 19th October 34 days
Staff Inset Day: Friday 20th October
Open: Monday 30th October
Close: Tuesday 19th December 37 days
Staff Inset Day: Wednesday 20th December
Spring Term 2024
Open: Thursday 4th January
Close: Friday 9th February 27 days
Open: Monday 19th February
Close: Wednesday 27th March 28 days
Staff Inset Day: Thursday 28th March
Summer Term 2024
Open: Monday 15th April
Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May – School Closed
Close: Friday 24th May 29 days
Open: Monday 3rd June
Close: Friday 19th July 35 days
Staff Inset Day: Monday 22nd July
New Short Movie about Exploitation
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