Newsletter 27th November 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 27th November 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Last Sunday of the Church’s Year – Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

As we reflect on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which was celebrated in Church yesterday and will be celebrated here in school with the children this week through our collective worship, let us recall again that Our Lord who is not only King, but also Shepherd and Judge,  will come at the end of time during the Final Judgment and will restore all things unto Himself.

During this life, He is giving us the opportunity as his sheep to follow His voice, tending as well to other sheep, our neighbour, especially those who are in most need, for the authenticity of our love for God will be measured by the effective love we have for the people around us.

Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) Update

Just as all schools were preparing to open after the summer holiday, you will remember that the Government announced that RAAC had been found in some school buildings. This resulted in all of our Trust Schools undergoing a survey to check for RAAC. Most of you will be aware that one of our High Schools – St. Thomas a Becket – was found to have RAAC in a number of locations across the school site and the school had to take immediate action. I have now received the surveyors report for our school. The surveyors believe RAAC is not present in either of our school buildings and no further investigations/surveys will be required.

Reception Class – September 2024

On Wednesday of last week I showed an encouraging number of families around our school. They were attending the Open Day for prospective families of 2024 Reception Children. If you know of anyone who was unable to attend the Open Day, please could you let them know that there will be another opportunity to visit school on Friday 8th December at 10.30am. To book a place, please telephone school on 01924 339435 or email admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk by 2pm on Thursday 7th December.

Celebration Assemblies during the month of December – CHANGE OF TIME

One of the highlights of our week is being able to gather together in the KS2 Hall for our Celebration Assembly. As December is going to be a very busy month with lots happening in school, we are changing the time of the celebration assemblies for the next three Fridays. This means that on Friday 1st December, Friday 8th December and Friday 15th December the Celebration Assembly will be held at 9am. The list of names of children receiving rewards will still feature on the newsletter but the assembly will be at the earlier time of 9am.

Breakfast Club

In last week’s newsletter I mentioned a link to a survey that was going to be shared via Dojo later in the week. Slightly later than first planned, here is the link. https://forms.gle/zn53hmxV63UEC3Wz9

Questions, queries or concerns

If you have any questions or queries about your child’s progress or if something they have told you is concerning you, please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo and make an appointment to see them to talk things through with them. In the first instance, they are best person to speak to as they spend more time with your child than any other member of staff does. If following your conversation with the class teacher you need to speak further, then please arrange to see the appropriate Phase Leader.

For children in Foundation Stage, the Phase Leader is Miss Gourmley,

For children in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), the interim Phase Leader is Miss Workman,

For children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6), the Phase Leaders are Mrs. Conley and Mrs. Durkan.

If after speaking to your child’s class teacher and then the appropriate Phase Leader you still have a concern, please get in touch with me. If you have a safeguarding concern, please bring this to my immediate attention.

Advent at St. Austin’s

This calendar year seems to have flown by and we will begin the month of December on Friday of this week. This means that Advent is just around the corner. As always we have various events taking place during the month of December, some of which parents can attend and others are simply part of our timetable.

By the end of this week, all classes will have made their Advent Wreath in readiness for the Blessing Service with Fr. Sean Crawley will take place in school next week. The wreaths will be used each day as we journey in prayer together each day throughout the season of Advent.

The Travelling Cribs will also begin making their way around school and our Reception Class children will be the first to take these home.

Throughout Advent, as well as preparing ourselves to be ready to receive Christ into our lives at Christmas, we will continue to pray for the people of Israel, Palestine, Sudan and Ukraine.

As always, I 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 1st December at 9am

RG: Taiwo

RS: Leah

1T: Elena

1/2T: Anabella

2B: Sam

3CD:Josmin

3/4MT: Goda

4B: Evaniya

5C: Victoria

5/6C: Jacob B

6B: Joshua P

 

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 1st December at 9am.

RG: Szymon

RS: Zola

1T: Miloslaw

1/2T: Nathan M

2B: Piotr

3CD: Anna

3/4MT: Miles

4B: Raihana

5C: Alman

5/6C: Kacper

6B: Amina

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Abdoulaye

RS: Szymon

1T: Arthur

1/2T: Kenechi

2B: Haroon

3CD: Nadia

3/4MT: Zofia

4B: Natan

5C: Fabian
5/6C: Jasmine

6B: Jakob

Class Attendance Award

Class  2B  was the last week of terms attendance winner with 98.00%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 82.00%

RS: 87.37%

1T: 96.67%

1/2T: 91.33%

2B: 98.00%

3CD: 97.33%

3/4MT: 95.81%

4B: 82.33%

5C: 94.52%

5/6C: 97.67%

6B: 88.67%

Diary Dates

Thursday 30th November – Rock Steady Parent concert (for children who receive Rock Steady Music Tuition only)
Friday 1st December – 9am Parent Coffee morning – mental health and wellbeing session
Friday 1st December – Christmas Craft session  2- 3pm for Year Groups Reception, Year 1 and 2 – parents invited
Friday 1st December – Non Uniform Day – bring a chocolate donation for the Chocolate Tombola at the Christmas Fair
Monday 4th December – Year 4 Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s School
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Crafts  session 2- 3pm for Years 3,4,5 & 6 – parents invited
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Lunch day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
Monday 11th December – Year 3 Christmas Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s
Wednesday 13th December – 10am Reception Nativity performance
Wednesday 13th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 2.15pm
Thursday 14th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 9.30am
Thursday 14th December Reception Nativity performance 2.15pm
Monday 18th December – KS2 Carol Service 2.15pm
Tuesday 19th December – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Christmas devices

As Christmas is approaching many children and young people will be asking for new devices. It’s important that parents think carefully about these devices and the parental features that are available. It’s equally important parents think about what the device will be used for, e.g. an all-singing-all-dancing smartphone when it will only be used for messaging and the odd phone call, would a dumb phone be better?

Internet Matters has put together a couple of really good guides for parents:

How to choose the right phone for your child – HERE and

Children’s tech guide 2023 – which has guides on a huge range of tech from laptops to gaming consoles, smart TV’s and much more. The guides can be found HERE.

 

If you are buying tech for your child this Christmas and would like any advice setting it up to be safe for your child to use, please Dojo Mr Senior.

 

General Updates

Non Uniform Day – Friday 1st December

All children are invited to come to school in Non Uniform THIS Friday 1st December. In exchange, we are requesting donations of chocolates for the Christmas Fair Chocolate Tombola stall. This could be a box, tube, tub or bag of chocolates.

Other Christmas Fair donations – the PTA do still require your donations of used toys for the Christmas Fair – especially soft teddies please! If you have any unwanted gifts , bottles or prizes that could be added to the Gift tombola, these would be welcomed.  All donations are very much needed and gratefully received , thank you for your support..

Christmas Crafts – parents invited 

Friday 1st December – Reception, Year 1 and 2
Thursday 7th December – Years 3, 4, 5, 6 

Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are invited into school on Friday 1st December 2-3pm  and parents of children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday 7th December (2 -3pm) to do some Christmas crafting activities with their child. We kindly request a £1 donation for each child to contribute towards the crafting resources. Please login to your child’s School Money account on www.eduspot.co.uk to make the payment. All children will be participating in the crafting activities regardless of whether their parent can attend or not, so the donation is requested for every child please. We would look forward to seeing you for some Christmas fun.

 

Christmas Nativities – Reception, Year 1 and 2 

As advertised on Class Dojo, please ensure you book your tickets for the Nativity plays for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 only.
You will be able to book x2 tickets per child per day ONLY. Tickets are FREE.
We will hold a raffle on the day so please bring cash if you would like to enter. By entering the raffle it allows school to keep the cost of the nativity free and helps raise funds for school equipment.
Please visit the link to book – www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustinsDoors will open 15 minutes before the showing, please make sure that you have your tickets available on the day (with the QR code) and arrive on time. Entry may be refused if you show up late.
For health and safety reasons you will only be able to enter the show if you have booked a ticket.

 

Attendance

  • Sickness and Diarrhoea – if your child vomits or has diarrhoea with a  sickness bug, it is important that they remain absent from school for 48 hours after the last occurrence of illness. This is to ensure that the infection is not spread amongst other children and staff.


PTA News

PTA Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December – we are now accepting your donations of good quality used toys for our toy stall. We are especially in need of clean, quality soft  toys/ teddies for the teddy stall as well please. Have that pre Christmas Sort out!

Look out for the full list of stalls that will be released soon!

There will be a Non Uniform Day on Friday 1st December – we kindly ask for donation of CHOCOLATES on this day for the Chocolate Tombola Stall at the fair.

Can you help out at the Christmas Fair by manning a stall or game? If so please contact Mrs Scott in the school office. Your help is appreciated.

This year – we are ‘renting’ table space at the Christmas Fair. Do you own your own company and would like a stall at our fair for a small charge? If so get in touch via admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

 

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 recognized by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to: admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk.

Well done to Catherine (class 3/4MT) who has recently achieved her Stage 5 swimming certificate. She is enjoying her new Stage 6 class.

Well done to Skaiste (Class 1/ 2T) who has learnt how to swim and has achieved her stage 1 certificate. Congratulations!

Miles in 3/4MT passed his red black belt in his recent martial arts belt testing. It was a one and a half hour belt test in which he showed resilience and determination to complete all sections. Miles will now begin working towards his black belt.  Well done Miles.

 

 

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