Newsletter 28th FebruarySusan
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 28th February 2022
Spiritual Reflection – Lent begins
On Wednesday of this week we will celebrate Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent. In this season, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the high point of our Christian life, Easter. The readings heard in Church on Ash Wednesday call us to a change of heart and teach us about the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These disciplines are to be part of the Christian life during every season, but during the season of Lent, we renew our commitment to them.
The meaning behind tracing a cross on our foreheads with ashes (the liturgical sign of Ash Wednesday) is a summary of our Christian life. On one level, the ashes remind us of our origin and our death. The ashes are also the sign of our victory: the cross of Christ. In his death and resurrection, Christ conquered death.
The season of Lent presents families with an opportunity to examine our family life and to re-commit ourselves to the Christian practices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Each of us is invited to do these things as individuals, but we can also do one or more actions as a family. Ash Wednesday is a good time for families to pray together and to plan the family’s Lenten practices.
Remember, Jesus expected that his disciples would give alms, pray, and fast and that he gave instructions that when we do those things, they should not be done for show. Determine one way that your family will give alms during Lent to share what you have with people in need. Decide upon one way that your family will pray together during Lent and choose one thing that your family will give up during Lent as a reminder of your love for God. Agree to encourage one another in whatever Lenten promises each has made individually.
Our prayer this week must surely be for Ukraine. You might like to pray this prayer together as family each day.
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Gianna RS: Zuzanna 1K: 1/2T: Sophie 2B: Natan 3C: Marika 3/4MT: Joshua F 4C:Daud 5W: Lucy 5/6B: Raul 6CD: Omar
World Book Day Thursday 3rd March
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day. The message for all children this year is ‘you are a reader.’ We will be marking this in school in a simple but effective way by asking children to come to school in their pyjamas or onesies and to bring in a copy of their favourite book or the book that they are currently reading for pleasure.
To mark World Book Day, Dolce, our school meals provider, have created a special Harry potter themed menu for the day.
We will also be holding a bun sale in school this Thursday on World Book Day. We kindly request your donations of buns, these items will then be available for children to buy at break times for 50p a bun. Your support in raising vital funds for school is greatly appreciated. Please could you send any bun donations with your child into class. As we are a Nut Free School, please can we request that parents are vigilant to ensure that any donations do not contain nuts.
St Austin’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) – Friends of St Austin’s
The new PTA have organised a number of school disco’s this half term. There will be separate disco’s for the different key stages within school. Each disco will start straight after school and parents should collect at the stated end time. Children can come to school on the day of their disco in non uniform with the exception of Years 5 and 6 on 22nd March due to class photographs. Pupils in years 5 and 6 should come to school in full uniform and may bring a change of clothes with them to get changed at 3.25pm for the disco.
Children should bring with them on the day of the disco, £1 entrance fee, and additional spending money for drinks, snacks, hot dogs (vegetarian and halal versions will be available).
In order that the PTA can adequately cater for the event, please complete the online permission form.
Parents of children in Reception only have the option of staying for the duration of the disco. Tea and coffee will be available to purchase. It is not essential that a parent stays with the child, this is optional.
Wednesday 9th March – Reception, Years 1 and 2 3.25pm – 4.25pm https://forms.gle/M2p114vUZCDNrUtCA
Thursday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 3.25pm -5pm https://forms.gle/7zUd4y41idoemkUs7
Thursday 22nd March – Years 5 and 6 3.25pm – 5pm https://forms.gle/ggGRVFyafTm4KoHPA
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .
RS: Nathan DT
3C: Maja L
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
4C: Jakob Z
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 3/ 4MT were the last weeks attendance winners with 99.35%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
The overall attendance winner for last half term was class 3/ 4MT with 94.61%.
Extra Curricular Achievements
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to firstname.lastname@example.org
From 18th April, Dolce, our school meals provider will be increasing the cost of a school meal by 10p, from £2.30 to £2.40 per day.
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day & Bun Sale – Non uniform – pyjamas/onesies, donations of buns requested from parents please, buns will be on sale for 50p
Wednesday 9th March – UFS , Years 1 & 2 School Disco – 3.25pm – 4.25pm – £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale, parents in Reception welcome to stay
Tuesday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 disco – 3.25pm – 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Tuesday 22nd March – Years 5 and 6 disco 3.25pm- 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Tuesday 22nd March – Class photographs
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1 (more details to follow)
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Term Time Holidays/ Family visits abroad
Please could we remind parents that requests for absence during term time will not be permitted. School has seen an increasing number of requests for absence with many parents advising that they plan to visit family abroad. School would recommend that all such trips take place during the school holidays only. Parents will be issued with a fixed penalty fine for unauthorised holidays of 5 days or more. Parents who take their children out of school for 20 school days or more are at risk of losing their school place and will be required to re apply through Wakefield School Admissions. St Austin’s School does currently have waiting lists in most year groups and so a place within school upon return from travel would not be guaranteed.
It is essential that an Absence Request Form is completed well in advance of planned travel, you will then receive a written response from the Head of School. Please view the school Attendance Policy online for more information regarding absences.
Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts
From Thursday 24 February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. In addition, the Government will:
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