Newsletter 19th February 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 19th February 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Keep it simple this Lent

Like every opportunity that is given to us move forward and to grow, time passes quickly and the opportunity passes. Forty days may sound like a long period of time, but it too passes and before we know it, Easter will be upon us.

Perhaps the answer this year is to keep it simple. Simplicity was one of the virtues from last half-term. If we really want to move closer to God, or more accurately, allow Him to draw closer to us, then we have to begin by asking what God wants. What pleases Him? Grand gestures and bold resolutions mean little to God if they are empty of love for Him, if they treat Him as an afterthought.

God takes delight in the simplest act of love. Giving to the poor, welcoming the stranger, spending more time in prayer, reading the scriptures and striving to be more charitable to my neighbour. Whatever we choose to do in these forty days, if done with love and a real desire to draw closer to God, then we will please Him.

Grant, almighty God,

Through the yearly observances of holy Lent,

That we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Welcome back

I hope all our families enjoyed a restful and happy half-term break. We are definitely seeing more daylight now, which makes such as positive difference. We are now over the half-way point of the school year. This half-term is another very short one of just five and a half weeks (28 working days to be precise). As always, there is lots happening in school. Please keep checking WhatsApp, the School Story and your child’s class page on Dojo for all the most up-to-date information.

School uniform

Please also ensure your child is wearing the full required uniform every day. This half term, I will be taking a renewed focus on uniform ensuring it is line with our policy. Please note school uniform or the correct PE kits should be worn by all pupils. This includes hair accessories and earrings. This information was shared with you all via Dojo and WhatsApp last half-term. Thank you for your support in ensuring all our children are presented to the highest standard daily. I encourage parents to label all clothing and footwear that your child wears to school. This makes it so much easier to reunite items to their owner. Do remember we have a Uniform Bank that all parents can access. If you have any concerns regarding obtaining uniform or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

Morning drop off at school

We will be continuing with the current arrangements of opening the school gates at 8:35am each morning. Please remember that school staff are only responsible for the children from 8:40am which is the official start of the working day. This does mean that any parent who chooses to drop their child at 8:35am without waiting with for the five minutes until the doors open does so accepting that school does not have responsibility until 8:40am.

Put simply, arrive at 8:35am if you are able to stay with your child until 8:40am or drop off between 8:40am and 8:50am when all children are allowed on site without adult accompaniment.

End of day collection

From today, we will be opening the gate leading into the KS1 playground at 3:10pm to allow parents to wait here in a safer place until we dismiss the children at 3:15pm. We are unable to open the KS2 playgrounds as our KS2 children line up there in readiness for collection by the parents/carers. I ask that any parent who chooses to wait on the KS1 playground stays in this space until the barriers are moved to enable you to collect your child. From a safeguarding point, it is important that we get our KS2 children to their collection points before parents get to these playgrounds.

In the event of a PE lesson taking place on the KS1 playground, the gate will not be opened until the lesson has finished and the children have returned to their classroom.

 

Parent Forum Meeting – Wednesday 21st February

Ever wanted to have your say about something we do at school?

Want to know more about why we do things in a particular way at St. Austin’s?

Do you have a suggestion or an idea you would like us to consider?

Interested in learning more about our school and our curriculum?

Then come along to our Parent Forum Meeting this Wednesday morning straight after you have dropped your child(ren) off. Tea/coffee and breakfast pastries will be available. The meeting will then begin at 9.00am. It’s an informal meeting which gives you the chance to ask questions, make suggestions and get to know other parents. It lasts for approximately an hour and I hope to see you there!

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 23rd February at 2.45pm.

RG: Colm
RS: Jamie- Zola
1T: Aiza
1/2T: Rosie
2B: Nathan DT
3CD: Shristi
3/4MT: Zofia
4B: Lilly
5C: Joshua F
5/6C: Jacob B
6B:  Amina

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 23rd February at 2.45pm.

RG: Immaculate
RS: Adon
1T: Maya A
1/2T:Zoe
2B: Ayaan I
3CD: Kacper
3/4MT:  Lavanya
4B: Natan
5C: Maja L
5/6C: Nikola
6B: Mitchelle

Handwriting Award  

The following children have been chosen by the class teacher as being the Star Handwriter of the week. Winners of this award will be presented with their Handwriting Certificate in class, not at our celebration assembly.

RG: Szymon S
RS: Salvatore
1T: John Paul
1/2T: Jandrei
2B: Nathan DT
3CD: Shristi
3/4MT: Zofia
4B: Lilly
5C: Aira
5/6C: Jacob B
6B: Amina

Class Attendance Award

Class  2Bwere the  attendance winners last week with 99.31%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 97.89%

RS: 95.56%

1T: 95.67%

1/2T: 92.67%

2B: 99.31%

3CD: 92.05%

3/4MT: 92.33%

4B: 92.67%

5C: 97.33%

5/6C: 93.67%

6B: 95.67%

Diary Dates

7th March – World Book Day
18th – 22nd March – Balanceability lessons for Year 1 (more information to follow)
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Early Years – Online Safety Starts Early

Internet Matters have a wonderful set of resources on their website specifically for schools and parents of early years children. The resources are a 4-episode series covering good habits, being mindful, device safety and digital chats. You can find all the resources: https://bit.ly/3w2dcNs

NSPCC advice

The NSPCC have been uploading some new videos onto their YouTube channel over the last week. There are topics such as dealing with bullying, understanding healthy relationships and consent amongst others. To see their latest videos: https://bit.ly/42yA4Ag

General Updates

Dolce are our school meals provider. Dolce staff use fresh ingredients to prepare healthy option school meals daily on site. School meals are currently charged at £2.60 per day and should be paid in advance to your child ordering food. All children in Years Reception, 1 and 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals and so will not be charged for a meal in school. Some children may be entitled to free school meals up to Year 6 if your family circumstances meet the requirements for free school meals. If you would like to see if you are entitled to free meals please complete the online application using this link:

https://parentportal.wakefield.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/parents/travel-and-free-school-meals

If you would like more information about Dolce and the menus on offer, please visit, https://www.dolce.co.uk/parents/

 

After School Clubs

As we are beginning a new half term, all after school clubs that took place last half term have now ended.  Unfortunately, due to  low numbers, Choir after school club will no longer be running; refunds will be issued to the small number of parents who did pay for this club. The new afterschool clubs are as follows:

Mondays – Sumdog Maths Club KS2
Tuesdays – Netball Club Years 3, 4 & 5
Wednesdays – Multi Sports – KS2
Thursdays – Multi Skills – Years 1 and 2 – places still available

World Book Day

Reading is a priority at St. Austin’s – every day is book day!  As part of our reading offer, we will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Children are invited  to come to school in their pyjamas and to bring a book on this day.

Reception School Places

We currently have some school places within our current Reception year group. Do you know of a family looking in our area for a school place for this year group? If so please contact the School Office on 01924 339435 or email admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk. Thank you.

Attendance

As we now begin the fourth half term of the academic year we are half way through the school year. Our school target for whole school attendance is 96% and our aim is that every child achieves this. Any absence from school will have an impact on a child’s education. At St Austin’s School we recognise the importance of good attendance and, alongside good behaviour, it is a  central part of the school’s vision, values, ethos, and day to day life. Our school firmly believes that good attendance should be encouraged and promoted not only by school but also by you as parents and carers. Having positive conversations with your child about school is useful as in turn good attendance is important to their child’s attainment, wellbeing, and wider development.

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.

Jacob (Class 1/ 2T)  was awarded man of the match and scored a last minute goal for his team! Well done Jacob!

 

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