Newsletter 28th March

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Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 28th March 2022


Spiritual Reflection – Jesus teaches about forgiveness

“Hey, that’s not fair!” How many times have we heard this spoken in our family? Family members challenge one another’s generosity, operating from the perspective of limited resources. If we have given to one, perhaps there won’t be enough for the other. Jesus wants us to understand that this is not how it is with God’s mercy and forgiveness. God offers his love to all of us in abundance. The forgiveness of the father in the very familiar parable of the Prodigal (or Lost) Son is an image of God’s love for us, generous beyond measure in his love for both of his sons. Can we truly believe that God acts this way towards us and accept his mercy without jealousy, knowing that God’s love for another does not diminish his love for us?

The weeks seem to be flying by and we are already into the fourth week of Lent. The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” Hopefully you can find some time this week to gather as a family and talk about the words and phrases you speak to one another when angry. Identify words or phrases that reflect jealousy towards one another. Talk about why we sometimes feel jealousy towards one another. Share the Gospel reading that was read in Church over the weekend – Luke 15:1-3,11-32.

The younger son takes his inheritance and leaves home. The older son remains, continuing to provide for the father and the household. The father spends some time watching the road for the return of the lost son. When he eventually sees his wayward son returning, the father not only welcomes him but also runs out to greet him and then honours him with a party. We say that this father is loving and forgiving. Yet these adjectives only begin to describe the depth of love and mercy that characterise the father.

We find no surprise in the anger of the older son. Yet the father appears sad and even confused by the older son’s indignation. He says in reply that they should celebrate because the lost son had returned. The father is filled with gratitude and love for the older son’s faithfulness. This love is in no way diminished by the father’s rejoicing at the return of the younger son. Yet the older son’s jealousy reveals his limited understanding of the depth of his father’s love.

This week’s Gospel describes the reason for our joy: God’s great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another.

Virtues to live by

Forgiveness

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.

RG: Ayla  RS: Anabella 1K: Jessica 1/2T: Emily 2B: Lilly 3C:  Kacper  3/4MT: Joshua F  4C: Wanessa  5W: Roland  5/6B: Dara  6CD: Marnie

Important information regarding school communication to parents

From Thursday 31st  March the app that school has used for parent communication, Groupcall Xpressions, will no longer be in use. School will now use Class Dojo to send all messages, links to letters, the newsletters and important messages about after school clubs etc. This means that if you did used to receive an Xpressions message or an email with school messages or letters then this will no longer happen. Parents will not be able to use the app to message school either.

If you have not already connected to Class Dojo please ensure that you do so before 31st March. Class Dojo allows you to connect to your child’s class story, view pictures of learning in class, message the class teacher, view your child’s rewards in school, be aware of poor behaviour in school and keep informed about curriculum activity.  You also have the facility to access the whole school class story, where you can view letters, messages about upcoming events and see a timeline of upcoming planned school events. Reporting your child’s absence due to illness should be by calling school on 01924 339435 and leaving a message on the dedicated absence line. If you have any queries, please contact the school office or your class teacher.

Parents Evening

Parents Evening will take virtually  via an online meeting with your child’s class teacher through your child’s Google Classroom account on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April, as we did in the Autumn term. Parents will need to book their appointment time by Wednesday 30th March, this is the deadline. Please ensure you have checked and know what your child’s Google classroom login is before the day of your parents evening, this should be located in your child’s reading record. We would recommend parents practice logging in before their appointment time.

The link to book your parents evening is

http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary

PLEASE NOTE: You need to type this address into your website browser’s ‘address bar’. Do not try to ‘Google’ this website address or use a search engine as that will not work. This is a common mistake on phones and tablets especially.

 

Lenten Fundraising events in School

During the Church’s season of Lent, school have organised a number of optional fundraising events.  This information has previously been sent to parents by letter and on Class Dojo. We appreciate that at this time of increasing household costs that charitable giving is only possible where families have the means to do so. Below are the details of the events we have planned in school.

Easter Egg Raffle

We kindly request donations of Easter Eggs from families. Donated eggs will then be added to a large Easter Egg Raffle that will take place on Thursday 14th April so we kindly request donations of eggs to be sent into school before this date. Children will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for 20p per ticket, or £1 per strip of tickets. Raffle tickets will go on sale on the following dates to children :
Reception , Years 1 and 2 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April
Years 3 and 4 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April
                                                                                Years 5 and 6 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April

Cereal Box Dominoes

To support our local food bank, the Mini Vinnies are organising a Cereal Box Dominoes event in school. We are requesting that families donate a box of unopened cereal on Monday 11th April, all donated boxed will then be lined up on the playground in a domino line to see how far they can travel. The cereal boxes will then be donated to the local food bank for families in need in our local area.

 

Mosaic Cross Competition

Catholic Care have requested that schools take part in the Mosaic Cross Competition. If your child would like to part, please ask for a Mosaic Cross template for colouring from your class teacher. Once completed, your child can return their completed Mosiac Cross colouring sheet to their teacher with a £1 donation and be entered  into the class draw to win an Easter Egg. The closing date for this competition is the morning of Monday 11th April.

Rainbow Non Uniform Day – CAFOD Walk Against Hunger

To raise money for this CAFOD Lenten Project,  we will be holding a rainbow non uniform day and a ‘walk against hunger’ in the school grounds on Friday 8th April. Children are asked to wear a rainbow colour so we can create a whole school rainbow to symbolise unity and hope for those in need. We kindly request that children wear the following colours on this day and bring in a £1 donation for the CAFOD cause. This can be any item of clothing, headwear or accessory. If your child does not own an item in the colour selected for their year group then we do not expect families to make special purchases and so would suggest they wear any one of the colours below that they do own.

Reception -RS and RG – Pink
Year 1 – 1K and 1T – Yellow
Year 2 – 2T and 2B – Red
Year 3 – 3C and 3MT- Orange
Year 4 – 4MT and 4C – Green
Year 5 – 5W and 5B – Blue
Year 6 – 6B and 6CD – Purple

School Disco’s

The next disco is for Years 5 and 6 on the new date of  Tuesday 29th March. It is essential that children staying for the disco have completed the online application by the day before the disco and have brought their admission money.

Hot Dogs £1
Cans of fizzy drinks – 60p
Fruit Shoot drinks – 50p
Bottled Water – 40p
Crisps – 40p
Chocolate bars – 50p
Glow sticks (pack of 10) – £1
Temporary Tattoo (applied) – 30p

In order that the PTA can adequately cater for the event, please complete the online permission form.

Tuesday  29th 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 .

RG: Marcus
RS: Jacob
1K: Floyd
1/2T: Catherine
2B:  Liya
3C: Tomasz
3/4MT: Niamh
4C: Adaam
5W: Callum
5/6B: Edna
6CD: Tanya

Handwriters of the week

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Hussein
RS: Sam
1K: Bendeguz
1/2T: Agata
2B: Joshua M
3C: Jewel
3/4MT: Alman
4C: Piotr
5W: Yusuf
5/6B: Zahra
6CD: Isaac

Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.

 

Class Attendance Award

Class 5W were the last weeks attendance winners with 95.48%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.

RG: 88%
RS: 87.50%
1K: 74.10%
1/2T: 84.33%
2B: 95%
3C: 89.78%
3/4MT:90.97%
4C: 95.33%
5W: 95.48%
5/6B: 88.00%
6CD: 94.00%

 

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 admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

Diary Dates

Tuesday 29th March – Years 5 and 6 disco 3.25pm- 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Friday 1st April – Second hand uniform stall in KS1 hall
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April – Easter Egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Reception, Year 1 and 2
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th April – Parents Evening via Google Classroom Meet on your child’s Google Classroom account (closing date to book appointment is Wednesday 30th March)
Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April – Easter egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Year 3 and 4
Thursday 7th April – Rock Steady Concert 2.45pm (Parents of children who have Rock Steady lessons in school welcome to attend)
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1
Friday 8th April – Rainbow Non Uniform Day
Monday 11th April – Cereal Box Dominoes
Monday 11th April – Mosaic Cross Competition deadline
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April – Easter Egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Years 5 and 6
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term

Keeping your child safe online

Many of us hear the phrase, keep your child safe online, but what risks can children be potentially exposed to when accessing the internet unsupervised? It is important to have open and honest conversations with your child about material they may have seen online.  Below is some advice from the Government website aimed at parents.

What harms might my child experience online?

You may have concerns about specific harms which children can experience online. There are more resources to help you understand and protect your child from these, including:

For more information visit :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts

COVID is still around, we do have a positive case in school and parents should remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms. The Government has removed the legal requirement to isolate when you have Covid.  However as our priority is reducing risk, keeping our community safe and children in school please can you continue to keep your child at home if they have any Covid symptoms or are positive and continue to test from day 5 to see if they are negative.  If they test negative on days 5 and 6 they can return to school.  Covid Isolation Guidance

  • No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.

 

 

Send your jokes to admin@sa.bkact.co.uk

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