Newsletter 26th September 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 26th September 2022
Spiritual Reflection – The Rich Man and Lazarus – Share and share alike
Our modern society and wider world are places of extremes; we have the very wealth and the desperately poor. In our newspapers and on our televisions, we see the many stories of people who have more money, wealth and riches than they will ever need. We also see those who are struggling just to stay alive each day. The number of food banks and charity shops are growing daily. Many churches and charities report that more and more people are looking for help and support with the basic necessities of life.
Sunday’s Gospel reading (Luke 16: 19-31) tells us of the abundance of the rich man and the poverty of Lazarus. He is lying at the rich man’s door with the dogs as his only companions. We can well imagine the rich man simply stepping over Lazarus. He is so self-absorbed that Lazarus’ condition does not affect him in any way. When both die, Lazarus inherits eternal life with God, but the rich man does not fare as well. Only when he dies does he take notice of Lazarus, but it’s too late.
This gospel puts before us two challenging questions, how do I treat others, especially the poor and marginalised? How do I respond when someone else asks for my help? God’s word and message comes to us through others. God’s word can be seen and heard as someone who is in need. We need only to open our eyes to see them. We need only listen to them to help them. This is how we live our faith through concrete actions today. This is how we gain awareness to see those in need and then choose how to respond. The rich man did nothing to Lazarus. Neither did he do anything for Lazarus. His sin was indifference.
Every day, in countless small ways, we are asked to look beyond our own needs to see the needs of others. The choice is ours as to how we respond. We can reach in mercy and compassion or we can walk away. It is said that for evil to thrive all that this is needed is that good people do nothing. This week, let us look beyond our needs and see where we can help another person and make a difference.
Travelling Rosary Beads
In the Catholic Church, the month of October is known as the Month of the Holy Rosary. As we have done in previous years , we would like to send home a small statue of Mary, some Rosary beads and a leaflet explaining how to say the Rosary to enable our pupils to keep Our Lady in their thoughts and prayers. If you would like to take part in this, please look out for further information on Class Dojo.
We will share our new School Uniform Policy with you this half term (via Class Dojo). I wanted to draw your attention to some of the key factors within the policy:
- Jewelry – only small plain stud earrings are permitted. No necklaces, bracelets, rings or hoop earrings. It is essential that children do not wear any earrings on their PE day.
- Hair Accessories – only school colours (green or yellow) or plain black/ brown hair accessories are permitted. Please do not send your child with oversized bows, inappropriate headbands, hair extensions (coloured or otherwise).
- PE kits – No logo items please. Plain black jogging bottoms/ leggings, Plain white school polo shirt, plain black sweatshirt jacket/ jumper.
- Green skirt or pinafore (not grey or black), Grey trousers White collared shirt (not polo shirt), green jumper or cardigan. Green tights/ green/ white socks.
- Tie – the school tie is an essential part of the winter uniform.
- Black school shoes not trainers
- Suitable outdoor coat – waterproof with a hood
Please could we ask that all parents do adhere to the uniform policy and remember – please LABEL all items of your child’s clothing so that lost property can be swiftly returned.
Remember – we do have a second hand uniform bank. Please contact the School Office for more information. We are accepting donations of uniform items but would request that parents only send items in that are of good quality without stains, rips or holes. Please only send items that are good enough for us to redistribute. We are in need of tights, if you have any please do send in, especially smaller sizes.
Music Tuition in school
If your child receives music tuition in school from one of Wakefield Music Services tutors then you will receive your £70 invoice for the Autumn terms music tuition via School Money. Your prompt payment is gratefully received.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RS: Arthur K
1/2 T: Marryhelen
3/4 TA: Karin
5/6 B: Elissa
Class Attendance Award
Classes 1/ 2T and 3CD was last weeks attendance winners with 98.71%.
Reporting your child’s absence
Please call the School Office by 9am every day that your child is absent and provide your child’s full name, class and reason for absence. If there is no answer , please leave a message. Please avoid general statements such as ‘feeling unwell’. We do need to record the reason for absence on the register so the more information you can provide the better. If you are obtaining a medical appointment, please do advise school of this and retain any evidence of the appointment such as a text message from the surgery. It is also advisable to provide evidence of prescribed medication, such as antibiotics by taking a photograph of the medicine showing the prescription. This helps school to authorise the absence and also provides information that can be given to our Education Welfare Officer should they query your child’s absence.
If you do not wish to call, you can also report an absence, by 9am, using Class Dojo, to the ‘Contact Office’ address and not your class teacher please.
If we do not receive a call or message your child’s absence will be unauthorised and a home visit will take place by school staff. This is a safeguarding measure to check on the welfare of your child. This does use valuable staffing resources to conduct home visits and should not replace parents requirement to contact school to report an absence.
The school gates open at 8.40 and will close at 8.45am; if you arrive with your child after 8.45am then your child will receive a late mark in the register. The Education Welfare Officer for the Local Authority does view registers half termly and will query the reasons for lateness where repeated episodes occur. To avoid missed learning time and encourage punctuality, please ensure you arrive to school on time. If your child is late to school, please accompany them to the School Office in order that you can ensure your child is received safely into school and so that a reason for lateness can be given.
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
1/2 T: Blanka
3/ 4TA: Aira
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Zakariya
3/4 TA: Safa
Extra Curricular Achievements
Elizabeth (6B) passed her Grade 3 flute exam with merit in the summer. Well done Elizabeth!
Catherine (2B) achieved her Stage 3 swimming certificate this week and will be moving into the Stage 4 class next week. Well done Catherine!
Sophie ( 2B) has acheived her 10 m swimming without floaters. She also completed the 5 m and 10 m at the same time. Well done Sophie!
28th September – Mini Vinnies Mass at Leeds Cathedral
3rd – 20th October – Travelling Rosary’s to go home
4th October – Early reading meeting for parents – look out for more information on Class Dojo
17th – 20th October – World Faith Week
20th October – last day of term, school closes at 3.25pm
4th November– Individual photographs with Tempest photographers
Save the date! FREE Online Safety Webinar for parents and carers
We are pleased to invite you to an Online Safety Webinar for parents, hosted by the award-winning online safety experts, Natterhub.
Attendance is completely free and the webinar will be streamed online through YouTube, the link for which we will share with you nearer the time.
Benefits of attending:
- Pick up invaluable tips for keeping your child(ren) safe online
- Supports online safety activities at school
- Links you to helpful resources
Event: Free online safety webinar
Date: Thursday 6th October
We hope this will be of interest to you.
Returning your forms to school
On the whole we are a paperless school. Occasionally it is necessary for us to send paper letters home to you for certain permissions and consents. Please can parents ensure that you return important paperwork by the deadline given, this helps to ensure that school is compliant.
Intimate Care Form – ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – should have returned by 23rd September – if you have not yet returned please do so.
Student Information form – ALL pupils in school. Forms will be sent home this week, please check the details we have in school for your child are correct, make any changes and sign this form and return by Friday 30th September.
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 Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL
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