Newsletter 28th November 22

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 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 28th November 2022

Spiritual Reflection – Advent: a time for watching and waiting

We are now in the season of Advent and yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, which is also the first Sunday of a new liturgical year for the Church. The Advent season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. Key themes of the Advent season are watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.

In this new liturgical year, the Gospel of Matthew will be the primary Gospel proclaimed. In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent, we hear Jesus speak about the need for wakefulness, for watchful waiting, for the coming of the Son of Man.

“So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be

quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would

come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the

wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at

an hour you do not expect.”

In the Gospel passage from Matthew no one knows the precise time of the coming of the Lord in glory, so watchful waiting and vigilance are required. The passage speaks to the uselessness of looking for signs; there will be none. As a thief sneaks in during the night, so will the Lord’s coming in glory be.

The question for us then, is how do we prepare for this? The Gospel speaks more about the manner of waiting, rather than the details of the preparation. Jesus compares the vigilance required to the vigilance of a homeowner who knows the plans of the thief. If one knows that the thief’s action is imminent, one remains watchful.

In the same way, the season of Advent offers us an opportunity to adopt spiritual practices that help us prepare for Jesus’ coming, not only at Christmas but at an unknown time in the future; practices such as prayer, penance, solidarity and charity. How can we all adopt or develop these practices as we prepare for Jesus’ coming this Advent?

God of Salvation, wake us up Lord! The night is nearly over. Let us begin our Advent journey.

Move us from our lives of greed and selfishness, from our globalised world of inequality and exploitation,

To your kingdom of righteousness and mercy, to a transformed world where peace is built on understanding not weapons, the poor are empowered to live their lives to the full, businesses are built on need not greed and your Creation is nurtured not abused.

Wake us up Lord! Let us live as people of the light. Amen.

 

Upcoming Events in School

There are multiple events happening in school over the next few weeks. Please do take the time to check the Diary Dates section of the newsletter each week and to look out for  information that is shared on Class Dojo so that you are aware of what is happening in school and can appropriately book on to planned events.

Advent Crafts – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – Friday 2nd December  2.15 -3.105pm – parents invited – £1 per child payable on School Money
Advent Crafts – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 – Monday 19th December – parents invited -£1 per child payable on School Money
Parents of children in the above year groups are invited to come into school to take part in a number of Advent Crafts activities with your child. We kindly request that all parents log onto your child’s School Money account and pay the £1 contribution towards the costs of the resources. This payment is requested from all parents, regardless if you are able to attend or not, as all children will still take part in this activity.

Nativity Performances
Reception Nativity Performances on Wednesday 7th December at 2.30pm and Thursday 8th December at 9.30am
Years 1 and 2 Nativity Performances on Thursday 8th December at 2.15pm and Friday 9th December at 9.30am

Parents MUST pre book their tickets to gain entrance to the performances using the below links
Reception Nativity – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustins/e-yaxqje
Years 1 and 2 – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustins/e-qzpera

 

NON UNIFORM DAY – FRIDAY 2nd  DECEMBER

This Friday there will be a non uniform day to raise donations for our upcoming Christmas Fair. Instead of requesting a monetary donation for the Non Uniform day we are kindly requesting that each child bring a donation for the Christmas Fair. Donations can be any of the following:

  1. Used toys or teddies that are in good reusable condition for the toy stall and prizes.
  2. Chocolate – selection boxes, tins, tubs, figures, bars etc for the Chocolate tombola
  3. Bottles – wine, spirits, soft drinks, bubble baths, shower gels, hand soap

Your child can take their donation to their classroom where they will be collected as a whole in class; this is with the exception of glass bottles, please could parents bring this straight to the School Office. Thank you in advance, your support to school is greatly appreciated.

  • A small number of families have already sent donations into school for the fair, it will not be necessary for those children to bring in additional donations on the non uniform day. Thank you

 Changes to Celebration Assemblies for this term.

Friday 2nd December – As the time of this event coincides with Advent Craft sessions for Reception, Year 1 and 2; the celebration assembly at 2.50pm will be for parents of children’s in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 only on this day. Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 will be presented with their awards in classes by the Headteacher  once parents have arrived for the Advent Craft sessions at 2.15pm.

Friday 9th December – due to multiple events in school during week commencing 5th December, there will be NO celebrations assembly on Friday 9th December. Instead winners during this week will be presented with their awards in a  double ceremony on Friday 16th December.

New End of Day Collection Procedures

On Friday 25th November, Mr Molyneux shared with you the new collection procedure. Please can we remind parents that children will be released one by one by your child’s class teacher to their authorised adult. Your child will only be released to an adult named on the Authorised Collection list as provided by a parent. Please do not attempt to engage the class teacher in conversation at this time of the day as it is necessary that they are able to give their full attention to the safe  dismissal of the pupils. Please note, the gates will only open when the children are fully assembled on the playground in their classes. This procedure will not change due to weather conditions.

 

Virtues Award

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher. Remember, parents of children who win the Virtue award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 2nd December at 2.50pm. As this is the same time as Reception and KS1 Advent Crafts sessions, awards will be presented by the Headteacher for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at 2.15pm in classes just prior to the start of the craft sessions. All parents of winners in Years 3 to 6 should attend the assembly at 2.50pm please.

RG: Imaan
RS: Adam
1K: Ayla
1/2 T: Aya
2B: Goda
3CD: Sebastian Bi
3/4 TA: Ali C
4C: Kacper
5W: Emily
5/6 B: Victoria
6B: Annie

Class Attendance Award

Classes  6B  were last weeks attendance winners  with 97.85%.

RG:72.61%
RS: 86.30%
1K: 88.28%
1/2T: 87.93%
2B: 95.00%
3CD: 83.00%
3/4AT:94.14%
4C: 93.55%
5W: 95.81%
5/6B: 91.94%
6B: 97.85%

 

There has been an exceptionally high number of absences last week in school. Please may we remind parents of the following:

  • You must report to the School Office by 9am if your child is going to be absent from school by telephoning 01924 339435 or sending a dojo message to Contact Office for each day they are absent
  • In line with our Attendance Policy, please do provide evidence of any medical appointment or prescribed medication. Absences exceeding 3 days will not be authorised where no evidence is provided.
  • Your child must be absent for 48 hours after an episode of sickness or diarrhoea

Arriving late to school

We are seeing repeated episodes of lateness for some families. The school gates are open at 8.40am and close at 8.50am, if you arrive after this time your child will be marked as late on the register. Office staff will ask for the reason for lateness and we are seeing multiple occurrences for the same reasons given, such as traffic. It is essential that you wait with your child and hand them to a member of staff, only when Office staff have spoken to you regarding the reason for lateness and recorded your child as arrived should the responsible adult leave the school premises. This is for safeguarding reasons. The Education Welfare Officer may wish to speak to families where repeated episodes of lateness are occuring.

Headteacher Recognition Award

The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .

The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher. Remember, parents of children who win the Virtue award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 2nd December at 2.50pm. As this is the same time as Reception and KS1 Advent Crafts sessions, awards will be presented by the Headteacher for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at 2.15pm in classes just prior to the start of the craft sessions. All parents of winners in Years 3 to 6 should attend the assembly at 2.50pm please.

RG: Amelia Go
RS: Zainab
1K: Noor Ul Ain
1/2 T: Leosjana
2B: Azaan
3CD: Eva M
3/ 4TA: Maria
4C: Ahmed
5W: Leo
5/6B: Sahleha
6B: Roland

Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Freddy
RS: Maya
1K: Eileen
1/2 T: Wobase
2B: Jessica
3CD: Rahima
3/4 TA: Sandra
4C: Maja L
5W: Zuzanna
5/6B: Aalayiah Mae
6B: Zoya

 

Diary Dates

30th November – Installment payment due for Robinwood Year 6 Residential trip
1st December – Rock Steady Performance 14.45pm for parents of children who have Rock Steady Music Tuition in school only
2nd December– Advent Crafts – Reception, Years 1 and 2
2nd December
– ***NON UNIFORM DAY _-BRING A DONATION FOR THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
7th December – Nativity performance Reception pm (entrance by ticket only)
8th December – Nativity Performance Reception am (entrance by ticket only)
8th December – Nativity Performance Years 1 and 2 pm (entrance by ticket only)
9th December – Nativity Performance Years 1 and 2 am (entrance by ticket only)
9th December – Christmas Jumper Day
9th December – Christmas Fair 3.30-5.30pm
9th December – Music tuition fees due by today
14th December – KS2 Carol Service (entrance by tickets only)
14th December – Christmas Lunch Day
16th December – Christmas parties (during the school day)
19th December – Advent Crafts – KS2
20th December – school closed for Christmas 3.15pm

 

 

 

We are pleased to let you know that Eastmoor Community Project will run the Happy Healthy Holidays activities again, from 19 to 21 December. These activities are available to children who are entitled to free school meals. The sessions will be for children aged 5-11 and 9-16 years old. Lunch will be provided.
Christmas Fun at Eastmoor brings 3 days of festive activities for children.Children will have the chance to put their design skills to the test and develop their computer knowledge by creating and making their very own Christmas T-Shirt to take home. Sports activities designed to build teamwork and self-esteem will be delivered by the fantastic Andy bringing all the festive excitement! This year features 2 amazing opportunities for children to experience the sites that Wakefield has to offer with a trip to Wakefield Theatre Royal’s Dick Whittington and X-scape Ten-Pin Bowling. Lunches are provided free every day from our happy and healthy community café with a chance for children to get their hands stuck into a cooking activity and develop their knowledge of new and exciting balanced recipes!

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

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

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