Newsletter 20th February 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 20th February 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Lent begins
On Wednesday of this week we will celebrate Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent. In this season, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the high point of our Christian life, Easter. The readings heard in Church on Ash Wednesday call us to a change of heart and teach us about the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These disciplines are to be part of the Christian life during every season, but during the season of Lent, we renew our commitment to them.
The meaning behind tracing a cross on our foreheads with ashes (the liturgical sign of Ash Wednesday) is a summary of our Christian life. On one level, the ashes remind us of our origin and our death. The ashes are also the sign of our victory: the cross of Christ. In his death and resurrection, Christ conquered death.
The season of Lent presents families with an opportunity to examine our family life and to re-commit ourselves to the Christian practices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Each of us is invited to do these things as individuals, but we can also do one or more actions as a family. Ash Wednesday is a good time for families to pray together and to plan the family’s Lenten practices.
Remember, Jesus expected that his disciples would give alms, pray, and fast and that he gave instructions that when we do those things, they should not be done for show. Determine one way that your family will give alms during Lent to share what you have with people in need. Decide upon one way that your family will pray together during Lent and choose one thing that your family will give up during Lent as a reminder of your love for God. Agree to encourage one another in whatever Lenten promises each has made individually.
There are an increasing number of children wearing incorrect uniform items on a regular basis. Please may I remind all parents of our school uniform policy and request that this is adhered to every day. Deviations from the uniform items are very apparent with PE kits in particular and I would like to request that parents address this with immediate effect.
We do have a small uniform bank at school of donated items. If you would like to enquire about this please contact the School office.
PE Kits – Plain Black jogging bottoms
Plain white polo T Shirt
Plain black zip up hooded jacket/ jumper
All PE kits should have no logos. School PE kits are readily available from most supermarkets, Primark , Marks & Spencer’s or Matalan.
Winter Uniform- Green skirt or pinafore, grey trousers, white collared shirt (not polo shirt), green jumper/ cardigan, school tie, green tights, white / grey socks, black school shoes (no high heels).
Please do ensure that your child wears appropriate footwear, plain black sensible school shoes that are fully covered without a heel.
Small stud earrings are permitted on non PE days (no hoop earrings) or other jewelry.
Sum Dog Contest
4th February to 2nd March
Our school is taking part in a trust-wide Sumdog maths contest. Here’s everything you need to know to help your child take part and enjoy the contest.
What is Sumdog?
Sumdog is an online learning tool which provides personalised maths and spelling practice that children love. It adapts questions to each child, using engaging games to build their confidence, and it’s been shown to accelerate progress.
Making learning fun
Sumdog helps children to practise regularly, combining questions from the curriculum with fun games. The games are child-friendly and highly engaging – children don’t even realise they’re learning!
Keeping your child safe
Sumdog follows best practices in GDPR and data security, and does not support communication between pupils, so your child and their data is completely safe.
How does the contest work?
Children answer questions as accurately as they can during the contest week. The class with the highest average number of correct answers wins! There’s a limit of 1,000 questions which is about one hour’s worth of play across the week and we encourage children to log in and do a little bit each day
After School Clubs –
New clubs will commence this week. Spaces still available for Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Tuesdays – Year 3 & 4 – Basketball
Wednesdays – Years 5 & 6 – Basketball – NOW FULL NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE
Thursdays – Years 1 & 2 – Multi Sports (a different sport each week)
The clubs are run by qualified coaching staff from Elite Kids Coaching and are charged at £2.00 per week. The clubs will start week this week and will run for 6 weeks, the duration of the term.
If you would like your child to attend please log on to www.eduspot.co.uk and use your child’s School Money log in to make a payment and provide consent. The clubs will run from 3.15 -4.15pm and your child will need to bring their PE kit and outdoor trainers for each session. There are only a limited number of places available and these are issued on a first come first served basis.
Bikeability – Year 1
Our Year 1 pupils will be receiving coaching from Cycle North bikeability instructors this week. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn how to use a balance bike and gain confidence in cycling. Remember that children in Year 1 will need to wear their PE kits each day this week.
St Austin’s Catholic Primary School has a small but dedicated team of parent and grandparent members who help organise fun fundraising activities. New members are welcome and encouraged as the more help we can gather, the more exciting social events we can plan for children in school. We currently are looking for the roles of Head of the PTA and Head of PTA Finance and would welcome existing and new members to come forward please if you are interested in being considered for either of the roles. The next PTA meeting will be within the next few weeks, please look out on Class Dojo for dates to follow.
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 24th February at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Oliwia
3/4 TA: Sandra
5/6 B: Elissa
6B: Maja P
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
Remember, parents of children who win the Headteacher award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 24th February at 2.50pm.
RS: Joshua J
1/2 T: Chloe
3/ 4TA: Alisha
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Floyd
3/4 TA: Ali
5W: Joshua P
Class Attendance Award
Classes 5/ 6B were last week of terms attendance winners with 98.39%.
Well done to Class 3/ 4 TA who were last half terms overall attendance winners with 96.81%!
Out of School Achievements
Week beginning Monday 20th February- Bikeability for Y1 children
Week beginning Monday 27th February – Dentaid in school working with all classes
Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day (more information to follow)
Friday 17th March – Mother’s Day Bun Sale
Tuesday 21st March – Class Photographs to be taken
Tuesday 21st March – 3.45pm – 6.15pm -Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 22nd March – 4.15pm – 6.15pm – Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 5th April – school closed at 3.15pm for half term
NSPCC – Support for parents – Talking about difficult subjects
You might need to have a conversation where you:
- have to break some bad news
- have to ask about something you’re worried about
- ask your child if they’re worried or scared by something
- ask your child about a new behaviour
- or anything else you feel will be difficult to bring up
Whatever the subject, and however old the child you’re talking to, there are lots of ways to make it easier for you both. The NSPCC website has advice to help you decide how to talk to your child in a way that’s age-appropriate and supportive. However you know your child best so trust your judgement about what will work for your family best.
NSPCC website provides parents with practical and valuable advice on how to get a conversation going. Please visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/talking-about-difficult-topics/ for more information
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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