Newsletter 21st March
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 21st March 2022
Spiritual Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent
Gospel Reading – Luke 13:1-9 – Jesus preaches a lesson on repentance.
Now into the third week of the Season of Lent, our Sunday Gospel prepares us to hear Lent’s call to conversion and repentance. It describes Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. During this journey, Jesus teaches and heals. He must also respond to those who question and challenge his authority and actions.
The parable of the barren fig tree contrasts the patience and hopefulness of the gardener with the practicality of the property owner. When told to cut down the fig tree because it is not producing fruit, the gardener counsels patience. If properly tended, the barren fig tree may yet bear fruit.
Throughout his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus has been teaching about the Kingdom of God. In this parable, we find an image of God’s patience and hopefulness as he prepares his Kingdom. God calls us to repent, and it is within his power to punish us for our failure to turn from our sinfulness. And yet God is merciful. He delays punishment and tends to us so that we may yet bear the fruit he desires from us.
We may be unfamiliar with fig trees, but we might know about the growth of spring flowers. Perhaps we have looked at a dry, brown flower bulb and wondered how this produces the colorful tulip or daffodil blossom that we expect to bloom in the spring. Perhaps we’ve even thought about the patience and hope that are required to plant flower bulbs in October. We don’t have to be gardeners, however, to know about patience and hopefulness. As parents, you practice these virtues each day with your children. You may become frustrated and even angered by their willfulness and lack of cooperation. Yet you continue to offer your attention and guidance in hope that one day your efforts will bear fruit. The parable suggests that God is like that with us, working with us in patience and in hope that one day we will show evidence that such work is not in vain.
Consider the patience and hopefulness that God has with us as he works with us, calling us to return to him when we sin. Offer prayers of thanks and praise to God for his patience and hopefulness towards us.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Ernest RS: Skaiste 1K: Goda 1/2T: Julia 2B: Liya 3C: Mohammed 3/4MT: Ben 4C: Zuzanna 5W: Megan 5/6B: Zoya 6CD: Kenzie
What is WF Happy Healthy Holidays?
WF Happy Healthy Holidays aims to keep children and young people active during the School Holidays by providing free enriching activities and healthy food for children in Reception class to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals. Over the course of 2022, the DfE is grant funding Wakefield Council to coordinate free holiday provision which will cover the Easter, summer, October and Christmas holidays. The sessions are fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Please visit the government website for more information on the national programme.
Speaking to Staff in School about your concerns
Staff on the school gates at drop off and pick up time are there to oversee the safety of pupils arriving and leaving school and so we politely ask that parents do not attempt to get into lengthy conversations with staff at these times. If you have concerns or would like to pass information on please send a message on Class Dojo to your child’s teacher or call the School Office who can pass information to the class teacher. If after this correspondence with your child’s class teacher, you have further concerns or are unsatisfied you should next speak to the Key Stage Leader for your child’s year group. Key stage leaders in school are:
UFS, Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Kendrew
Years 3 and 4 – Miss Workman
Years 5 and 6 – Mrs Conley and Mrs Durkan
A request to speak to the Head of School or Executive Headteacher, would only be considered once parents have followed this recommended procedure.
Bikeability – Year 1
A letter regarding Bikeability for Year 1 children was sent home with children last week. Please ensure you return your signed permission form as soon as possible.
It was lovely to see the children dancing and having fun at last week’s disco. The next one is for Years 5 and 6 on the new date of Tuesday 29th March. It is essential that children staying for the disco have completed the online application by the day before the disco and have brought their admission money.
Hot Dogs £1
Cans of fizzy drinks – 60p
Fruit Shoot drinks – 50p
Bottled Water – 40p
Crisps – 40p
Chocolate bars – 50p
Glow sticks (pack of 10) – £1
Temporary Tattoo (applied) – 30p
In order that the PTA can adequately cater for the event, please complete the online permission form.
Tuesday 29th March – Years 5 and 6 3.25pm – 5pm https://forms.gle/ggGRVFyafTm4KoHPA
Braiswick photographers, will be in school on Tuesday 22nd March to do whole class group photographs. Please could we kindly request that all children arrive in full smart winter uniform. This comprises, white collared shirt (not polo shirt), school tie, a green cardigan or jumper, green skirt/ pinafore or grey trousers, black shoes. Only hair accessories of the school colours are permitted please. We are frequently seeing children without a school tie, this is an essential part of the uniform. School ties can be purchased from the school office for £3.50.
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 2B were the last weeks attendance winners with 98%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
Chicken Pox Cases in School
There are a high number of cases of Chicken Pox throughout school. Please remain vigilant to any new rashes or spots that your child may present with. Please be mindful that chicken pox can be dangerous to pregnant women and some individuals with certain illnesses or taking certain medications. Public Health England’s guidance for chicken pox in an education setting is that children should not attend school until all spots have fully scabbed over and are dry scabs.
Extra Curricular Achievements
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to email@example.com
Monday 21st March – Friday 25th March – Diversity Week
Tuesday 22nd March – Class photographs
Tuesday 29th March – Years 5 and 6 disco 3.25pm- 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Friday 1st April – Second hand uniform stall in KS1 hall
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th April – Parents Evening (more information to follow)
Thursday 7th April – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm (Parents of children who have Rock Steady lessons in school welcome to attend)
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Parent Zone website has a wealth of information available to parents, they have lots of useful information and can signpost you to a wide variety of organisations for additional help. Below are just a few organisations that parents may find useful.
Parent Zone Crisis Messenger: If you or a member of your family is experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate help, the Parent Zone Crisis Messenger – powered by our trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line – is available 24/7 and will connect you to a trained volunteer. Text PARENTZONE to 85258 to get help.
Thinkuknow: NCA-CEOP’s online service Thinkuknow has information and advice for children, parents and carers related to online safety and sexual exploitation. The site is structured so that children can access age-appropriate information, find out how to respond to the issue they’re experiencing and, if necessary, contact NCA-CEOP. It also has worksheets parents can use with their children at home.
Childline: Anyone who’s 19 years or younger can get in touch with Childline to talk about any problem they’re facing – online or otherwise. Normally, the service is 24/7 but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, counsellors are available from 7.30am to 3.30am on weekdays and 9am to 3.30am on weekends, either on the phone (0800 1111) or via 1-2-1 online chat.
Mind: The charity Mind offers free support for anyone suffering from mental health-related issues. If you need advice or signposting to an appropriate support service you can get in touch with Mind by phone (0300 123 3393), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 1-2-1 chat.
YoungMinds: YoungMinds is the UK’s leading mental health charity for children and young people. Through its website, young people and their parents can access a wealth of resources to help them respond to mental health challenges and get help. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing, they also have a parent hotline you can call on 0808 802 5544, where you’ll get advice on how to tackle the issue.
Beat: The UK’s go-to charity for expert information and advice on eating disorders has online resources for people who have an eating disorder and those who are worried about someone close to them. You can also get direct support with live chat, or by calling one of their helplines every day between 9am and 8pm during the week, and 4pm to 8pm on weekends. They also offer an online safe space called The Sanctuary, where people with eating disorders can share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.
Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts
COVID is still around, we do have a positive case in school and parents should remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms. The Government has removed the legal requirement to isolate when you have Covid. However as our priority is reducing risk, keeping our community safe and children in school please can you continue to keep your child at home if they have any Covid symptoms or are positive and continue to test from day 5 to see if they are negative. If they test negative on days 5 and 6 they can return to school. Covid Isolation Guidance
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