Newsletter 20th May 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 20th May 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Pentecost – The Spirit makes all things new

Fifty days ago, we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Yesterday we reached the end of the Easter Season, marked by the life-giving outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Before his Ascension, Jesus promised his followers that he would send the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen them.

The first followers of Jesus weren’t strong, confident, courageous or even very faithful. They betrayed Jesus. Peter denied him and the rest of them deserted him when he needed them the most. After his death, they all doubted and hid themselves away out of fear because the Jewish and Roman authorities were looking for them. They had lost all heart and hope.

Then the strangest thing happens to them. The house shakes with the sound of wind and the sight of fire. These frightened followers of Jesus are transformed from within. Through the Holy Spirit they are given new hope, new heart and new purpose. Their fear is silenced and replaced with courage and conviction. They leave the room and go into the streets to proclaim the good news about Jesus. They become new people with a new message. At this very moment the missionary church is born.

God calls and fills us with the same Spirit that the first followers of Jesus experienced. We are sent out just as they were. Today we are called to be open to the Holy Spirit; to live and share our faith with courage and conviction. Today it is our privilege and responsibility to proclaim the good news about Jesus.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

   

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

First Holy Communion

Please continue to keep the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 who are making their First Holy Communion this month in your prayers. There will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving in school on Monday 10th June at 9.30am. We will be inviting the children to wear their First Holy Communion clothes during this Mass, which will be attended by all Y4 children. We encourage parents and carers of our First Holy Communion Children to consider joining us for this Mass.

School Feast Day – Friday 24th May

On Friday we will be celebrating the feast of St. Augustine, the patron saint of our school. This will begin with a whole school Mass. Weather permitting (unfortunately the long-term forecast isn’t looking too great ☹) we will have a picnic lunch in the school grounds. Parents can arrive on site between 11.45am and 12.15pm. For safeguarding reasons parents will not be able to access the school grounds after 12.15pm so please make sure you are here on time. Once on site, parents will not be allowed to leave until 1.00pm. Please check our School Story on Dojo on Thursday for further information about this special event in our school calendar.

Statutory Assessments – Summer 2024

Year 6 SATs

Our Year 6 pupils completed their SATs last week. Their behaviour and approach to these tests was outstanding. They took each test in their stride and we know they will have done their very best. My thanks go to all the staff who have taught these amazing children during their time with us at St. Austin’s. This week it is ‘business as usual’ as we return to our normal timetable. SATs might be over and the Leavers Hoodies are being fashionably worn but the learning continues as do our high expectations right up until the last day of the school year. I spoke with all of our Y6 children last week and reminded them about this.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

This national test takes place in June. Children are tested on their fluency in times tables. Keep using Times Table Rockstars daily to get your speed and fluency up! Daily practice is essential at this stage.

Year 1 Phonics

This national test takes place in June. Daily attendance and nightly reading is the best way to ensure your child knows all their sounds.

Foundation Stage Stay and Play Session

It was lovely to see the parents joining us for the Stay and Play session last week. The children love these sessions and it was wonderful for you to see them at work and play. Thank you so much for taking the time to join us.

Careers Week – KS2 classes

Over the course of this week, our KS2 children will have the opportunity to meet a number of St. Austin’s past pupils and learn about their varied and interesting careers they have had since leaving this school.

Parent Forum Meeting – Wednesday 5th June – 9am

Please do join us if you are free. This will be 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!

I will be seeking parents’ views on communication between school and parents. We have a weekly online newsletter, a website, the School Story page on Dojo and Class Dojo pages. I am interested to hear parents’ views and how we might streamline what we share with you to avoid information overload!

Happening this week…

Events with * after them are for specific groups of pupils. Parents of children selected to attend these events have previously been notified by the school office.

Monday 20th May              KS1 Visit to The Butterfly House

Tuesday 21st May              Good Shepherd Service at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds*

Careers Week Events 1 and 2

Academy Council Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday 22nd May     Careers Week Events 3 and 4

BKCAT Y6 Mixed Cricket Tournament*

Thursday 23rd May          School Council visit to Westminster*

Careers Week Event 5

Friday 24th May               St. Austin’s Day (all children will be attending Mass in school)

Family Picnic Lunch (weather permitting) – more details to follow

Celebration Assembly

School closes for the half-term holiday (1 week)

Saturday 25th May         First Holy Communion Masses at St. Austin’s Church

 

Half-Term Break

Another half-term has flown by and school will close at 3.15pm on Friday for the half-term holiday. Please can I remind all parents and carers that school is only closed for one week. We have taken two weeks holiday at this time in previous years but our holiday pattern is set by the Trust to ensure alignment across all schools including our high schools. The final half-term of the school year begins on Monday 3rd June. Please ensure your child is back in school on this day.

 

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 24th May at 2.45pm.

RG: Aleeza
RS: Manasseh
1T: Aveline Mary
1/2T: Skaiste
2B: Blanka
3CD: Nikodem
3/4MT: Ryder
4B: Kamsi
5C:
5/6C: Matthew
6B: Ahren

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 24th May at 2.45pm.

RG: Henry
RS: Ciara
1T: John Paul
1/2T: Reggie
2B: Hussein
3CD: Pola
3/4MT: Annabelle
4B: Michal
5C: 
5/6C: Nicole
6B: Isabel

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: Colm
RS: Adon
1T: Noah J
1/2T: Frances
2B: Amelia
3CD: Aya
3/4MT: Aryan
4B: Nikita
5C:
5/6C: Kailen
6B: Alexandra

Class Attendance Award

Class  6B was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 98.67% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 94.00%

RS: 86.00%

1T: 95.33%

1/2T: 88.30%

2B: 95.33%

3CD:98.62%

3/4MT: 92.00%

4B: 94.33%

5C: 97.33%

5/6C: 97.00%

6B: 98.67%

Diary Dates

20th May – Years 1 and 2 Butterfly House trip
24th May – St Augustine’s Feast Day – parents invited for picnic lunch 11.45-1pm ** weather permitting
24th May – Last day of term before the half term break.
3rd June – School opens after half term break
5th June –  Parent Forum meeting 9am
11th June – Countryside Day Years 5 & 6
12th June – Countryside Day Years 3 & 4
13th June – Cannon Hall School Trip Foundation Stage

Safeguarding Updates

Keeping Children Safe around Dogs

Dogs and children communicate very differently but they can be great friends and help children develop kindness, understanding and respect for living things. Dog companionship can improve a child’s social skills with people while caring for a pet can encourage responsibility.
Because of this, many families have dogs. Children quickly understand and learn to treat the dog as part of the family, but its important that parents teach children how to stay safe around dogs, to protect both child and dog. The RSPCA have six golden rules for keeping your children safe and your dogs happy. These are:

1. Stay with your children around dogs
2. Interact with dogs at the right times
3. Be gentle
4. Play nicely and teach tricks
5. Give your dog space if they need it
6. Don’t let children approach dogs they don’t know.

Remember – dogs like a break sometimes! To find out more about each of the points above and to download a handy poster on keeping your children safe around dogs please click here.

For information on best practice on how to best care for a dog, including a guide on the legislation please click here.

General Updates

After School Clubs

After School Clubs after the half term.
The following after school clubs are now live to accept bookings. Clubs will commence during the first week back (w/c 03.06.24) and will run for 6 weeks (until w/c 08.07.24). Booking can be made via your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk and are charged at £2.00 per week (£12.00 in total) with the exception of School Choir club that will be free of charge and you should register your interest using the separate link listed below. All clubs are 3.15 -4.15pm
Mondays – School Choir Years 3,4,5& 6
https://forms.gle/RbkJWHy8iZAMTj3Y9
Tuesdays – Rounders Club Years 3,4, 5 & 6
Wednesdays – Football Club – Years 1 & 2
Thursdays – Football Club – Years 3, 4,5 & 6

 

St Augustine’s Day – Family Picnic Friday 24th May ** weather permitting

The feast day of our patronal saint, St. Austin (otherwise known as St. Augustine of Canterbury) falls on the 27th May each year. School will be marking our school feast day on Friday 24th May with Mass and a picnic lunch. We would like to welcome parents into the school playground at 11.45am, weather permitting. Children will be lined up in their classes with their class teacher. Parents can then collect their child from the line and find a picnic spot in the school grounds to enjoy a family lunch. Parents will then leave at 1pm before the children go back to class. If you are unable to attend but would like your child to sit with a family member or family friends, please send a message via Class Dojo to your child’s class teacher no later than Wednesday 22nd May stating which adult you authorise your child to have the picnic lunch with and ensure your child knows and understands who this will be.
If no one will be attending, children can enjoy their picnic lunch with staff. To ensure safety, the gates will be opened at 11.45am for parents to enter and will remain closed until 1pm when parents leave. We do request that parents do not request to arrive or leave outside of these times in order that we can keep the site  and children safe and secure. If you arrive after 12.15 pm you will not be permitted entrance. During the time of the picnic lunch, parents are asked to supervise their own children and ensure that they play safely and responsibly.

 

Attendance
Look out this week on Class Dojo regarding new national guidance for parents for term time absence.

 

 

PTA News

DONATIONS NEEDED PLEASE.
The PTA are now busy planning for our School Summer Fair and need your help please.  We are in need of new donated items for our Hamper Prizes, any donations received will be grouped together by our PTA to create various hampers for our Hamper stall. Please see some suggested items below:
Afternoon Tea Hamper
Boxed teabags
Boxed Fruit Teas
Speciality biscuits
Cakes (this may need to be donated closer to the time for dates)
Cup/ mug
Spa Hamper
Candles
Bath products
Body creams
Face Creams
Face Masks
Any other pamper/ relaxation  products
Wine Hamper
Bottles of wine
Wine Glasses
Gardening Hamper
Flower seeds
Gardening gloves
Small hand gardening tools
Kneeling pad
Small plant pots
Book Hamper
New books
Bookmark

WORLD FOOD STALLS

Due to the incredible success of last years ‘World Foods Stall’ the PTA will be repeating this stall at this years Summer Fair. Parents are invited to donate homecooked food for sale on the food stall. Last year we had some amazing dishes and we are hoping to expand on this stall this year. Look out for more information on Class Dojo in the coming weeks.

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 recognised by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to: admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk.

 

 

 

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