Newsletter 24th June 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 24th June 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Gospel Reading from Sunday 23rd June (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time) from St. Mark’s Gospel (Chapter 4: 35-41) records the events that took place at the end of a day’s teaching to the people.

Jesus had taught the crowds in parables and then explained the parables to the disciples. He then took the disciples away from the crowds into the boat on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples are frightened by the sudden storm and wake Jesus from his peaceful sleep.

Here we see Jesus’ power over the elements, over nature. Clearly, from their reaction at the end of the passage, the disciples are unsure of Jesus’ identity – despite their expectations of him. What they see is a human being who acts with the power of God. Jesus questions their faith in him. ‘How is it that you have no faith?’ Did they not trust that all would be well just because he was there? What is important here is that we are able to look beyond the miracles to the deeper reality of the person of Jesus.

This gospel calls upon us to reflect on our own lives, to be able to bring our struggles to God in prayer and to trust in God’s response.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,

So that we can see what hope his call holds for us.

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Annual Parent/Carer Survey

The link for this online survey has been shared on Dojo and was also on last week’s newsletter but in case you’ve not had the chance to complete the survey yet, here it is again. Thank you to the 28 parents who have already done this. Last year we had 119 responses, which means we’ve got quite a way to go just yet! Please can I ask that all parents aim to complete this by Friday 28th June. All responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence and the survey is anonymous though you may add your name in the ‘additional comments’ box at the end of the survey. Your feedback is very important to us.

https://forms.gle/U82JM8yxD3Dv9Dqe9

PE Day is not a Non-Uniform Day

Please can I remind parents to send their children to school wearing the school PE kit on PE lesson days. Our PE kit is really simple – plain dark shorts / black jogging trousers and black jogging top (no logos), plain white polo shirt (no logos) and trainers MUST be worn for all outdoor PE lessons.

Unfortunately, not all parents are adhering to this and choosing to send their children to school wearing football shirts, sportswear with logos, tight fitting leggings/yoga pants and other items of clothing which are not part of our school PE kit.

Thank you to the parents who ensure their child is wearing the correct PE kit on PE lesson days. I ask for 100% compliance with this please.

 

Totally RAD at St Austin’s!

As some of our parents will know, Totally RAD are our peripatetic music lesson provider. They are currently delivering drumming and guitar lessons to children from Years 2 to 6. I am pleased with how this is going and the children tell me they are enjoying their lessons.

As we begin to think about next academic year, I have been contacted by Totally RAD who have asked me to remind parents about their offer and share the following information with you all. This offer is only open to children who will be in Years 2 to 6 in September, i.e. our current Y1 to Y5 children.

RAD believe that whatever the skill level or budget, all children deserve access to exceptional music tuition.

Our highly skilled network of professional musicians provide next-level tuition for the next generation of talent, no matter the location, budget or capability.

Provided on-site, within school hours and at a highly-competitive rate; with RAD, students can experience expert music tuition that helps them sharpen skills, express creativity, and dream BIG, with no disruption or stress – all from the very best in the business.

For more information, and to sign-up your child to RAD lessons, just use the following link; we’ll do the rest.

If you are already receiving RAD Tuition you do not need to sign up again

Sign me up

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 24th June              Y6 Residential – Day 1*

                                             Parish Priest visit to Class 3CD

After School Club – Choir (KS2)*

After School Club – Melodica (UKS2)*

 

Tuesday 25th June             Y6 Residential – Day 2*

                                             Y4 CAMHS Mood Booster Session 1

After School Club – Rounders (KS2)*

 

Wednesday 26th June       Y6 Residential – Day 3*

                                             Y5 High School Taster Day*

                                             After School Club – Football (KS1)*

 

Thursday 27th June           Rock Steady Music Group Concert for Parents*

After School Club – Football (KS2)*

 

Friday 28th June                  Summer Fair – 3.15pm

 

Thank you for your continued support

Mr. Molyneux

Awards

There will be no celebration assembly this week due to the Summer Fair.

Class Attendance Award

Class  1/ 2T was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 93.45% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 91.58%

RS: 89.52%

1T: 90.67%

1/2T: 93.45%

2B: 92.33%

3CD:89.71%

3/4MT: 89.67%

4B: 84.00%

5C: 88.67%

5/6C: 92.00%

6B: 89.93%

Diary Dates

24th – 26th June – Robinwood Residential Trip Year 6
27th June – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm
28th June – Summer Fair 3.15pm – 5.15pm
2nd, 3rd & 4th July – Year 6 transition days to St Thomas a Beckets
16th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly
17th July – Leavers Mass 10am at St Austin’s Church
19th July – school closes at 3.15pm for the summer break

Safeguarding Updates

Keeping Safe in the Sun.

As the warm weather has (finally!!) arrived, below is some guidance to keeping safe in the sun.

  •  Apply a SPF lotion factor 50+ each day to your child before school and teach them how to reapply, pack a small bottle in their school bag. Have you considered a roll on version for ease?
  • Wear a sun hat each day
  • Bring a fresh water bottle to school each day and remind your child to drink regularly throughout the day.
  • Teach safe sun safety advice to your child and explain why this is important, for example seek shaded areas when outdoors.
 

General Updates

Outdoor Gym Equipment

Reminder to parents that the metal outdoor gym equipment in the Year 5 and 6 playground is out of use. There are barriers around this equipment and no child should be using this please, including younger siblings at end of day collection times, your co-operation is appreciated.

Authorised collections

Please ensure that you are up to date at the School Office with your written list of named authorised adults that can collect your child. If an adult is named on your child’s authorised collection list then there is no need to notify the school office. Please do not get frustrated with staff when they are checking your child’s authorised list; this is a safeguarding measure and our main priority in school is to keep your child safe every day.

 

 

 

Attendance
Our whole school attendance aim is 96%. Let’s work together to make every day at school count and keep up regular attendance each day to the end of term. Your support and encouragement to your child is key to positively influence good attendance and aspirations. Thank you

 

PTA News

World foods stall – please donate on the day if you can! Your delicious homemade food will be sold on our World Foods Stall with all profits being added to The PTA Fund that contributes to funding events and resources for your children in school.

We are still accepting donations of prizes for our hampers and games stalls. If you have any new gift items you would like to donate, please do so!
Do you work for a company that may want to help our school by donating to our fair?

Come to the fair!! By coming to the fair you are supporting school and our fundraising efforts as well as having a great time!

 

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: office@sa.bkcat.uk

A huge well done to Nicole (Class 5/ 6C) who has  been awarded Players player of the year and the top scorer of the season for her Football club.

Colm in Reception RG has been working very hard in his swimming lessons over the past few weeks and months, and after lots of practice and determination, he has achieved his 100m swimming badge this weekend.

 

 

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