Newsletter 22nd May 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 22nd May 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Pentecost
The Church will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost on Sunday 28th May. As we will be on our half-term holiday at that point, I am taking this opportunity to use this week’s newsletter to provide a reflection for the feast of Pentecost – the birthday of the Church.
The disciples of Jesus were ordinary people, who, prior to their calling, had lived ordinary lives. When Jesus was alive on earth they relied on him for guidance and support. After his ascension into heaven they were fearful and lacking in confidence. Did they really have the capability to go and spread the Good News? They were locked away in the upper room – scared, with little courage or confidence made worse by the fact that Jerusalem was very busy as people gathered together to celebrate the great feast of the Week of Weeks.
Suddenly, they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; they separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Amidst the noise of the celebrations, the holy Spirit, in the forms of tongues of fire, descended on the disciples.
This was a transforming moment in their lives. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and this enabled them to speak in many languages. They had the courage and confidence to leave the upper room and go out amongst the people from many lands and of many languages and talk to them about Jesus. They were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. They had the power and comfort of God in them. They spoke powerfully about the Good News of Jesus and how believing in him enables our sins to be forgiven.
The people in Jerusalem were able to understand the disciples as they were speaking in their languages. They understood immediately and it is said that so many people believed in the goodness of God that he was preaching through the mouths of the apostles and that is why we call this festival – Pentecost – the birthday of the church for it was at this miraculous moment when the church was born.
And from this day onwards, from the birthday of the Church, the Church has grown and developed. We are called to join in with this celebration and to celebrate the birthday of the Church. We are not left on our own to live up to the values of the Gospel because Jesus promises us the help and strength of the Holy Spirit.
O God, who by the mystery of the great feast of Pentecost
sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,
pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Family Picnic Lunch – St Augustine’s Feast Day
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 26th May with Mass and a picnic lunch. Parents are invited to come into school and bring a picnic lunch to share with your child. The picnic lunch is between 11.45am – 1pm. If you are unable to attend but would like your child to sit with another adult or family, please ensure that you notify your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo. For more details please refer to the letter sent previously. We look forward to welcoming you into school on this day and are hopeful the lovely weather continues.
School regularly communicates the importance of good attendance to pupils and parents. Our whole school attendance target is 96% ; as you will see from our weekly class attendance percentages that are reported on the newsletter, many classes are failing to reach this target. Attendance is greatly affected by unauthorised absences such as travel abroad during term time, lateness and extended periods of absence following illness. School does actively encourage good attendance through a variety of methods such as telephone calls to parents to discuss barriers to attendance, letters, meetings with the Education Welfare Officer, implementation of Parent Plan’s where attendance falls below a certain percentage and fixed penalty referrals for unauthorised or irregular attendance. School does also promote attendance through weekly class attendance winners and certificates presented during the Celebration assembly, improved attendance certificates and letters of acknowledgment.
We have now introduced ‘Spin the Wheel’ for the weekly class attendance winners. Class winners will be able to Spin the Wheel for a reward for achieving the highest overall attendance. Prizes include an extra party playtime, a non uniform day, hot chocolate in class, a movie afternoon etc. This was launched with our children on Friday 12th May and last Friday we were able to reward another 2 classes with a spin of the wheel. In just one week since its launch, there has been a significant notable improvement in attendance and our children have been very enthusiastic about it!
After school Clubs – Summer 2 Half Term
This is the last week of the current afterschool clubs. The following clubs will launch for next half term. If you would like your child to take part in any of the following clubs, please sign up via your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk . Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Computer Coding Club – Mondays 3.15- 4.15pm available to children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Super Stitching Club – Mondays 3.15- 4.15pm – Years 1 and 2.
Rounders Club – Tuesdays 3.15- 4.15pm available to children in Years 5 and 6
Football Club – Wednesdays 3.15 – 4.15pm available to children in Years 1 and 2
Rounders Club – Thursdays 3.15-4.15pm available to children in Years 3 and 4
Sumdog and TT Rockstars Maths Club – Thursdays 3.15 -4.15pm available to children in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6
Lunchtime Clubs – Summer 2 Half Term
Cooking Club – Monday lunchtime – Reception children – this club has already been advertised and is at capacity, places have been allocated
Sumdog and TT Rockstars Lunchtime Club– Monday lunchtime – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 Please sign up using this link: https://forms.gle/YbiDh8b5qjpMR3xC8
Non Uniform Day Friday 9th June – bring a filled jar for the Jar Bar
On Friday 9th June there will be a whole school non uniform day. As ‘payment’ for the non uniform day we would like pupils to bring in a filled treat jar for the Jar Bar stall at the Summer Fair.
To make your treat jar, you simply need an empty jar (such as jam, sauce etc, cleaned out) and fill it with treats such as sweets, stationary items (crayons, pencils etc), chocolates, hair accessories or any other treat you think a child would like to win. You can then decorate the jar with your child. Please see the picture below for some ideas. Pictured is a jar containing chocolate Freddo’s, a jar with lollipops, one with sweets, one with hair bobbles and bows, one with stationary stampers, one with crayons and another with water bombs. You can get creative and have great fun making them.
Music Payments reminder
Please ensure you have made a payment online for your child’s music tuition if they receive lessons in school. Payments are now due.
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE ) Policy
If you would like more information about our RSE curriculum and policy, please use the link below. Remember, all our Policies can be found online under ‘Key Information – Policies’.
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 26th May at 2.50pm.
3/4 TA: Antoni
5/6 B: Scarlet
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 26th May at 2.50pm.
RG: John Paul
1/2 T: Blanka
3/ 4TA: Saira
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Ayaan
3/4 TA: Ali
5S: Julia M
Class Attendance Award
Class 1K and 2B were the last weeks attendance winners with 100%.
Friday 26th May – Family Picnic lunch St Augustine’s Day 11.45 -1pm parents invited
Friday 26th May – School closes at 3.15pm for half term
Monday 5th June – School reopens after half term
Monday 5th – Friday 9th June – World Faith Week
Thursday 8th June – Reception trip to Cannon Hall farm
Friday 9th June – Non Uniform day – bring a filled jar for the Jar Bar Prize stall for the Summer fair
Tuesday 13th June – Countryside Day trip Years 5 and 6 TBC
Wednesday 14th June – Countryside Day trip Years 3 and 4 TBC
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm
Monday 26th June – Y5 Taster Day at St. Thomas a Becket High School – ALL Y5’s
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July – Transition week for current Year 6 pupils to St Thomas a Beckets High School
Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July – Year 6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
Monday 17th July – Celebration Assembly 4.00 – 5.30pm
Friday 21st July – school closes 3.15pm
Anti Bullying Alliance
The definition of bullying
The Anti-Bullying Alliance and its members have an agreed shared definition of bullying based on research from across the world over the last 30 years.
‘The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online’.
Spotting the signs that my child is being bullied?
You know your child best so will be aware if something seems wrong.
The type of behaviour that might be an indication of bullying includes
- a reluctance to go to school;
- unexplained tummy upsets or headaches;
- showing signs of distress on a Sunday night or at the end of school holidays;
- becoming either quiet or withdrawn, or playing up;
- torn clothes and missing belongings;
- seeming upset after using their phone, tablets, computers etc; and
- wanting to leave for school much earlier than necessary or returning home late.
For more guidance for parents please access the Parents Information Pack using the link:
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
So I went to the sweet shop and said ‘Do you do Twix?’ …. he said ‘I’m quite good at juggling’ Mr Laurie