Newsletter 1th December 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 19th December 2022
Spiritual Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent
Each year on the last Sunday of Advent, we look to Mary, our heavenly mother. In the Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Angel Gabriel announces God’s will and Mary accepts it and puts her trust in God. Mary is a perfect example for all people – someone full of love and kindness.
In just less than a week, we will celebrate the great feast of Christmas. We recall and tell the story of how and when Jesus was born. We tell the story of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn, we remember that the angels appeared with good news and we remember how shepherds and kings visited the stable. Then we celebrate the difference Jesus has made not only to the world, but to our personal lives.
We have to be careful that we don’t look at Christmas as if it were just a historical event that happened in the past. The birth of Jesus is an event that echoes and ripples through the centuries right down to us today.
Through the birth of Christ, God enters our time and history, and more importantly each of our own personal lives. Christ is Emmanuel, God-is-with-us, and God is with each of us today in a very personal way.
This Christmas, let’s stop, take some time and ask ourselves, what am I remembering? What am I celebrating?
May the Light of Christ bless our world and fill all our homes and families on Christmas Day and always. Amen.
The Academy Council, Senior Leaders, Admin Staff, Teaching Staff and Teaching Assistants wish all our families a very Happy Christmas.
Christmas Events in School
Thank you to all who have supported and attended the numerous Christmas events we have had in school. It has been wonderful to open school to parents once again and to celebrate Christmas in this way. Your support to our school is greatly appreciated.
Christmas Masses in our Parish Churches
Please visit the parish websites for details of dates and times of Christmas Masses. For St. Austin’s Church please visit www.catholicchurchwakefield.co.uk For SS. Peter and Paul’s Church please visit www.peterpaul.org.uk
Elite Coaching – After School Clubs
Within school we currently have qualified sports coaches from Elite Kids Coaching, doing a number of sporting activities during PE lessons and also lunchbreaks.
From next term, the coaches will be offering after school clubs with a limited number of places. They are as follows:
Years 3 and 4 – Tuesdays Multi Sports 3.15 -4.15pm, weekly from Tuesday 10th January to Tuesday 7th February.
Years 5 and 6 – Wednesdays Multi Sports 3.15 – 4.15pm, weekly from Wednesday 11th January to Wednesday 8th February.
The cost is £10 (£2 per session for 5 weeks). Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited to a maximum of 20 per club. To allocate a place and make your payment, please log onto your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk.
Awards – there are no awards this week. Celebration assemblies will resume on Friday 13th January 2023
Class Attendance Award
Classes 5W were last weeks attendance winners with 92.58%.
Unfortunately there have been cases of Head Lice in school. We would urge parents to check your child’s hair regularly and treat accordingly where needed. It is also recommended that long hair is tied up for school to avoid spreading.
There have been some cases of chicken pox in school. Parents are required to keep their child absent from school until all vesicles (spots) have crusted over.
Out of School Achievements
Tuesday 20th December – school closed for Christmas 3.15pm
Wednesday 4th January – school reopens after the Christmas Breaks
Friday 6th January – Swimming for Year 4
Scarlet Fever and Strep A
We would like to remind parents to be vigilant to the signs and symptoms of Strep A and Scarlet fever. If you have any health concerns for your child please do not hesitate to contact your GP or 111 in an emergency for advice.
Christmas Spending and Debt advice.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau provides families with practical advice regarding managing your finances this Christmas and planning for next.
If you need some practical help and advice the National Debtline can provide this with confidentiality
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 Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL
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