Newsletter 20th November 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 20th November 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Patience – Our Virtue To Live By for the next three weeks

‘Be patient and wait for the Lord to act, don’t be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans. Don’t give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble.’ (Psalm 37:7-8)

A patient person can wait without complaining. Often when we are aiming to achieve a goal we need to be patient with ourselves and others to fulfil our hopes and dreams. When we are patient with others we work with God to build them up and give them confidence to keep going. When we are patient with ourselves we build our capacity to grow in love and knowledge of God.

We practice patience when we can wait calmly and accept things that we cannot control, knowing all things are in God’s hands. We are calm with others. We rely on God to give us the strength to be patient with ourselves and others. We try to understand other points of view and will listen attentively to others.

O Holy Spirit,

Please help us to use your gifts to be more patient with ourselves, with others, and with things in our lives. Help us to be more conscious of you working through us and help us to become closer to God through prayer and practicing the virtue of patience in our daily lives.

Let us be more like Mary, full of patience, love and with a strong faith.

There are times when our lack of patience keeps us from becoming the kind of people God wants us to be. Guide our thoughts to you and using the gift of patience in our lives each day.

May we become more patient and know that by being patient we will achieve great things.

We need your light Lord, in every way. We pray to be filled with your light., Amen.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Open Day For prospective families of 2024 Reception Children – Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at 9.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Do you have a child (or do you know of someone who has a child) due to start Reception in September 2024? We are delighted to invite prospective reception children (September 2024) and their families to our Open Day this term. There’s nothing like first-hand experience to give you the insight you need when choosing your child’s school.  On Wednesday 22nd November we are giving prospective parents the opportunity to visit the school and see us in action.

Book your place on one of the tours as listed above to explore our wonderful school and find out more about our passion for creating life-long learners and the school’s commitment to inclusion and equality for all.  Each session is approximately 60 minutes and children welcome to attend.

To book a place, please telephone school on 01924 339435 or email admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk by 1.00pm on Tuesday 21st November.

PLEASE CAN I ASK PARENTS TO PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ANYONE THEY KNOW WHO IS LOOKING FOR A SCHOOL PLACE IN RECEPTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2024. Thank you.

Autumn Term Parents Evening

Last week we had our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings and it was good to see most parents taking the time to find out how their child is progressing. If you were unable to attend last week, please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo as they would like to share information with you about your child’s progress and how you can help them at home.

Safe Parking Saves Lives

As most of you know there are two issues that I find myself writing to you about far too regularly. They are term time holidays and parking outside school. Last week I shared a message via Dojo regarding taking children out of school for holidays during term time. I began my message with the words ‘I really do not get any pleasure from sending messages like this one…’ and I reiterate the same sentiment in relation to the next few paragraphs.

Please can all parents who bring their children to school in a car, and park as close to the school gates as they possibly can, do so with thought, care and respect. Also, please park in accordance with the rules of the Highway Code. This means not parking on double yellow lines, not parking fully on the kerb and definitely not parking on the corner where two roads meet as this stops the steady flow of traffic and causes traffic to back up. This in turn irritates fellow road users, could result in your car being hit by another vehicle but most importantly puts lives at risk.

I have fought to get traffic wardens and road safety officers to be a visible presence outside school on a regular basis with little success. I am informed that they are short staffed and don’t have the capacity to do this on a regular basis. It was very disheartening to hear one of the parking wardens who was present outside school on Thursday morning say that traffic calming measures are only put in place by the council AFTER a serious or fatal accident outside a school. I find this appalling and I have shared my thoughts with the local council and urge you to do the same. In the meantime, please let’s do all we can to prevent something serious happening outside our school.

Last week I witnessed cars mounting the pavement, parking fully on the pavement, parking on double yellow lines, parking on the corner of Duke of York Street and Edward Street, double parking and reversing out of Edward Street into oncoming traffic on Duke of York Street. Only a few weeks ago I was made aware by one of our neighbours on Duke of York Street that a parent reversed into his car and then drove away. This was caught on their house cameras. All of this is highly dangerous and sets a poor example to your children. I know the streets are narrow and congested, I know that everyone is in a rush and on a tight timescale every morning but please can we all think and act sensibly and do our bit to park safely and save a life.

There is space for 6 cars to park legally on Edward Street in the marked bays. Please don’t park on the double yellow lines or on the corners and definitely don’t try to reverse into the path of oncoming traffic. Let’s keep the narrow streets around our school moving and safe.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club opens at 8am and is operating for a trial basis. We are only getting on average 10 children per day, which means that the club is operating at a loss. If it continues to operate at a loss, the Trust Finance Officer will recommend we cease the arrangement. We are now exploring the possibility of opening the club earlier than the current time. I will be sending out a short survey for parents to complete later this week, which will enable me to gauge the level of interest as well as collect useful feedback from parents who have used the club this term. Please look out for the link to the survey which will be shared via Dojo later this week.

 

As always, I 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 November at 2.45pm.

RG: Evelyn S

RS: Aisha

1T: Ugochukwu

1/2T: Aagney

2B: Ernest

3CD: Zak

3/4MT: Umamah

4B: Lilly

5C: Alisha

5/6C: Hugo

6B: Jomin

 

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 November at 2.45pm.

RG: Colm

RS: Evann

1T: Felix

1/2T: Noor Ul Ain

2B: George

3CD: Sophie B

3/4MT: Aniya

4B: Nikita

5C: Yara

5/6C: Tessa

6B: Sinead

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Abdoulaye

RS: Szymon

1T: Arthur

1/2T: Kenechi

2B: Haroon

3CD: Nadia

3/4MT: Zofia

4B: Natan

5C: Fabian
5/6C: Jasmine

6B: Jakob

Class Attendance Award

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

RG: 74.00%

RS: 84.21%

1T: 94.00%

1/2T: 90.67%

2B: 91.33%

3CD: 94.00%

3/4MT: 96.13%

4B: 94.00%

5C: 89.03%

5/6C: 97.00%

6B: 98.67%

Diary Dates

Tuesday 21st November – Girls football BKCAT tournament at St Wilfrid’s
Friday 24th November – Christmas Jumper Swap Shop – send your old Christmas Jumpers in now  so we can create a Swap shop
Thursday 30th November – Rock Steady Parent concert
Friday 1st December – 9am Parent Coffee morning – mental health and wellbeing session
Friday 1st December – Christmas Craft session  2- 3pm for Year Groups Reception, Year 1 and 2 – parents invited
Friday 1st December – Non Uniform Day – bring a chocolate donation for the Chocolate Tombola at the Christmas Fair
Monday 4th December – Year 4 Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s School
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Crafts  session 2- 3pm for Years 3,4,5 & 6 – parents invited
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
Monday 11th December – Year 3 Christmas Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s
Wednesday 13th December – 10am Reception Nativity performance
Wednesday 13th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 2.15pm
Thursday 14th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 9.30am
Thursday 14th December Reception Nativity performance 2.15pm
Monday 18th December – KS2 Carol Service 2.15pm
Tuesday 19th December – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Parents Guide to WhatsApp

As one of the most popular messaging apps used by all age ranges and around 2.7 billion monthly users, WhatsApp has been adding new features over the last year or so which some parents may not be aware of. Internet Matters have put together a really good ‘how-to’ guide for parents which you can access HERE.

Parents – Guide to Snapchat MyAI

An explanation of the artificial intelligence chatbot used within Snapchat. Chatbots are springing up everywhere now, including within apps that children and young people use, and there have been some concerns over the ethics, the information and guidance that is being given by the chatbot and more, particularly in relation to guidance that is age appropriate, privacy concerns and misinformation. Wayne Denver has put together a really useful updated article for parents explaining what the chatbot is, how it works, the issues and some tips for parents. You can find the article HERE.

General Updates

Christmas Crafts – parents invited 

Friday 1st December – Reception, Year 1 and 2
Thursday 7th December – Years 3, 4, 5, 6 

Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are invited into school on Friday 1st December 2-3pm  and parents of children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday 7th December (2 -3pm) to do some Christmas crafting activities with their child. We kindly request a £1 donation for each child to contribute towards the crafting resources. Please login to your child’s School Money account on www.eduspot.co.uk to make the payment. All children will be participating in the crafting activities regardless of whether their parent can attend or not, so the donation is requested for every child please. We would look forward to seeing you for some Christmas fun.

 

Personalised Christmas Cards, Gift Cards, Mugs & Coasters 

In school the children have been making their own personal Christmas template. If you would like to view your child’s template, please follow the link below.
www.christmascardsforschools.co.uk/gallery.php 
When you are on the website type in the school’s name (St Austin’s Primary School) and then your child’s full name. If your child’s full name does not work to access the image, please try your child’s first name and then the first initial of their surname.
The prices are: Christmas cards are £6 for a pack of 12.
Gift tags are £2.50 for a pack of 6.
Mugs are individually boxed for £6.
Coasters are £3 each.
If you would like to purchase any of the items above, please visit your school money account and click on the ‘Shop’ tab to purchase the items you wish to buy.
If you have any problems viewing your child’s creations online, please contact Christmas Cards for Schools on 0191 7160024 or email info@christmascardsforschools.co.uk
Deadline for orders  22nd November 2023

CHRISTMAS JUMPER SWAP SHOP

Christmas Jumper day will be on Thursday 7th December. Children are invited to wear their Christmas Jumper with their usual uniform on this day. Christmas Jumper Swap Shop – If you have a Christmas Jumper that no longer fits your child, please bring it in to donate to the School Office. All donated jumpers will then be put on display on Friday 24th November at 3.15pm for any parent who would like to take a jumper to choose from.

Christmas Nativities – Reception, Year 1 and 2

As advertised on Class Dojo, please ensure you book your tickets for the Nativity plays for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 only.
You will be able to book x2 tickets per child per day ONLY. Tickets are FREE.
We will hold a raffle on the day so please bring cash if you would like to enter. By entering the raffle it allows school to keep the cost of the nativity free and helps raise funds for school equipment.
Please visit the link to book – www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustinsDoors will open 15 minutes before the showing, please make sure that you have your tickets available on the day (with the QR code) and arrive on time. Entry may be refused if you show up late.
For health and safety reasons you will only be able to enter the show if you have booked a ticket.

 

Attendance

Children with Asthma 

There are a number of children in school who are diagnosed with asthma. All staff receive annual training for asthma each year from school nursing teams. Asthma can be a life threatening condition. School would like to remind parents of the following please:

  • Parents are required to provide school with an update Asthma Plan every 12 months.
  • Parents must ensure that the inhaler provided to school is in date.
  • EVERY child must have a spacer and use it to administer inhaler medication.
  • If your child has a preventer inhaler – please ensure they have had this every day before school and again on an evening (if this is their prescription). Again a spacer is advised for this.
  • The reliever inhaler can only be administered in school to relieve symptoms of asthma. School should not be asked to give a reliever inhaler as a preventative measure (e.g. before PE) unless this is in writing from a healthcare professional.
  • If your child is taking their asthma medication more frequently, parents should contact healthcare professionals to ensure their asthma is being managed effectively.
  • A child’s asthma alone should not affect their attendance at school. If this is occurring please seek guidance from asthma specialists as again this would indicate that the condition is being poorly managed.

PTA News

PTA Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December – we are now accepting your donations of good quality used toys for our toy stall. We are especially in need of clean, quality soft toys/ teddies for the teddy stall as well please. Have that pre Christmas Sort out!

There will be a Non Uniform Day on Friday 1st December – we kindly ask for donation of CHOCOLATES on this day for the Chocolate Tombola Stall at the fair.

Can you help out at the Christmas Fair by manning a stall or game? If so please contact Mrs Scott in the school office. Your help is appreciated.

This year – we are ‘renting’ table space at the Christmas Fair. Do you own your own company and would like a stall at our fair for a small charge? If so get in touch via admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

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.

 

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