Newsletter 25th March 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 25th March 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The great week

The week ahead is the most momentous one for Christians and that’s why Holy Week is sometimes also called the Great Week.

Our Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday when we commemorate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds cheer the man they believe will set them free. He’s given a royal welcome as he enters Jerusalem and there’s a sense of expectation in the air. The high of Sunday continues until Thursday when the Last Supper is held. There’s joy as Jesus institutes the Eucharist along with the command to serve each other in the way that he has shown. But a cloud looms on the horizon as Judas takes in thirty pieces of silver and gives away his master with a kiss.

How can Good Friday be good, given what happened? Its goodness stems from the fact that a victory was won. And just as we think the week is about to end in a fizzle, we come across a Saturday night surprise. Jesus, whom they crucified, has risen. His enemies are confounded and he will go on to impart the Spirit of life to those who believe in him. The resurrection of Jesus is at the centre of our faith and gives meaning to everything we say and do in our relationship with God. Anyone can have life, but not everyone knows that it can be eternal.

Our Prayer for Holy Week

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Welcome back to Miss Oldroyd

Today we welcome Miss Oldroyd back to school following her maternity leave. Miss Oldroyd works predominantly in KS1 but for the summer term will also be spending some time each week working with some of our LKS2 children.

Thank you

Thank you to all parents who took the time to meet with their child’s class teacher last week. The teachers put a significant amount of time and effort into preparing for these meetings and they are grateful for your attendance and support. If you were unable to attend last week, please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo to arrange a time to meet after the Easter holiday.

Breakfast Club

I am pleased to announce that we will be continuing to operate our Breakfast Club throughout the summer term and beyond. The trial period is now over and this provision will become a permanent feature at St. Austin’s. Online booking is open for next term. It would be great if we could see an increase in numbers of children using this facility and hopefully the news that this is to be a permanent feature will give parents the confidence to use our Breakfast Club.

Building Improvements Programme 2024

During the Easter break a programme of building improvements will commence with the redecoration of some of our KS2 classrooms. Further work will be taking place during the summer term and over the summer holiday. I will share further details with you all early next term.

IT improvement works

Please be aware that our school email addresses will not be operational during the Easter break due to IT improvement works, namely the installation of a new server and a move over to the Unified Domain. Dojo will still be working, though I ask that this is used only in extreme emergencies. Staff will be on holiday from 3.15pm on Thursday 28th April and will not be expected to check Dojo during this time.

Annual Easter Egg Raffle

Over the next three days we will be selling raffle tickets for our annual Easter Egg Raffle. Children will be limited to purchasing a maximum of 5 tickets at 20p each. The raffle will take place at the end of our Easter Assembly on Monday 15th April. This fun and enjoyable fundraising activity would not be able to happen without your continued kind support through the purchasing of raffle tickets.

School Uniform

There have been improvements over this last half-term and the vast majority of children have been wearing the correct uniform. When we return to school on Monday 15th April, children can wear our ‘Summer Uniform.’ Further details can be found on our website.

Holiday Requests during term time.

I have received a number of ‘Leave of Absence Request Forms’ from parents seeking authorisation to take their child out of school during term time for a holiday. As per our policy and the strong advice from the Local Authority, I am unable to authorise these requests. For parents requesting leave of absence for their child due to exceptional circumstances, please make an appointment (face to face or via a telephone or online call) to discuss this with me first. Thank you for your cooperation with this and to the parents who have done this. It does enable me to gain a greater understanding of your situation, though it does not guarantee that I will be able to authorise any leave of absence.

 

Holy Week and Easter Services in St Austin’s Church

Maundy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.00 pm with watching until midnight

Good Friday – The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3.00 pm

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord at 8.00 pm

Easter Sunday – Masses at 8am, 11am and 6pm at St. Austin’s Church at 9.30am at English Martyrs Church

www.catholicchurchwakefield.co.uk

School closes to all pupils at 3.15pm on Wednesday 27th March. Staff will be in school on Thursday completing First Aid Training but school will be closed to all pupils. We reopen again at 8.40am on Monday 15th April. We wish everyone a happy Easter and look forward to seeing you when we reopen again at 8.40am on Monday 15th April for the Summer Term.

 

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 19th April at 2.45pm.

RG: Ivy- Monet
RS: Joseph
1T: Aveline Mary
1/2T: Alex
2B: Sumayya
3CD: Emily
3/4MT: Evelyn
4B: Chidera
5C: Savio
5/6C: Elissa
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 19th April at 2.45pm.

RG: Ruqayya
RS: Emerald
1T: Felix
1/2T:  Hanifah
2B: Oliwia
3CD: Zak
3/4MT: Goda
4B: Liya
5C: Ahmed
5/6C: Scarlet
6B: Alexandra

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: Henry
RS: Princess
1T: Devayani
1/2T: Nathaniel
2B: Ayaan
3CD: Lilianna
3/4MT: Nicola B
4B: Lilly
5C: Saira
5/6C: Ayaan
6B: Paris

Class Attendance Award

Class 1/ 2T was the  attendance winner last week with 97.67% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 95.79%

RS: 95.00%

1T: 89.00%

1/2T: 97.67%

2B: 97.33%

3CD: 97.41%

3/4MT: 96.67%

4B: 96.67%

5C: 87.00%

5/6C: 88.60%

6B: 89.33%

Diary Dates

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th March – children can bring money in to purchase Easter Egg Raffle tickets
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Monday 15th April – School opens after half term break.
Monday 15th April – Easter Egg Raffle will be drawn

Safeguarding Updates

One of the many ways in which mental ill health may arise is through eating disorders. Children and young people’s attitudes to eating are affected by a range of things including appetite changes at different ages. Problems with food may develop as a coping strategy or way of feeling in control but can lead to unhealthy patterns of eating if not treated properly. Access the links below if you are worried about potential eating disorders:

·       NHS England » Advice for parents, guardians and carers on how to support a child or young person if you’re concerned about their eating problems or that they may have an eating disorder

·       The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity – Beat (beateatingdisorders.org.uk) Tel: 0808 801 0711 (youth line under 18)

General Updates

After School Clubs – Summer 1 Half Term

Next term the below after school clubs will start. Clubs run 3.15 -4.15pm and are charged at £2.00 per session. To book your child’s place on an afterschool club please log into your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk. Clubs will start during week commencing 15th April 2024 and will end at the end of week commencing 20th May 2024.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mondays – Cooking Club – Children in Foundation Stage only. (This club will run for 4 weeks – 22nd April, 29th April, 13th May, 20th May)
Wednesdays – Cricket Club – Years 5 & 6
Wednesdays – Dance Club  Elite Coaching Years 1 and 2
Thursdays – Dance Club Elite Coaching Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Class Photographs – Tempest Photography

It’s time to find a spot on the mantelpiece or a space on the wall as I’m delighted to let you know that your recent group photograph is now ready to view and purchase at the following link – https://htmp.st/StAustins24

Tempest Photography offer a free “deliver to school” option that is open for approximately 14 days, alternatively, home delivery is available at a cost of £5 postage and packing.

If you need assistance or have any questions regarding placing an order, please call 01736 751555 (option 3) or click on the “contact” button on our website home page (htempest.co.uk) where the friendly team  at Tempest will be happy to help.

This year there has been a ‘Fun Photograph’ for Year 6 Leavers.

 

 

 

Attendance
Medical Appointments
School expects that, wherever possible, a child will attend a medical appointment outside
school time. Doctors and Dental receptionists will usually try to accommodate, if requested. If this is something that cannot be prevented, school will need a copy of the appointment letter/card in order to authorise the absence. It is expected that the child will attend school prior to, or return after the appointment. Children who do not return to school after an appointment will be recorded as having unauthorised absence. School will authorise one session for most medical appointments and only in exceptional circumstances will absence be authorised for two sessions (a full day). Details of exceptional circumstances should be discussed with the Headteacher.

 

 

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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.

Well done to Phoebe (class 4B) who had her acting debut for the show: Mary Poppins. She has practised tremendously hard to remember the script and dance routines. Super courageous, Phoebe!

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