Newsletter 29th April 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 29th April 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Yesterday was the Fifth Sunday of Easter. We are gradually approaching the end of the Easter season. In the gospel reading, Jesus uses the parable of the vine and its branches to explain the unity between him and the believers. He is the true vine and we are the branches. Just as branches cannot survive without the vine, none of us can be productive and alive without Jesus. As branches grafted on the true vine Jesus Christ, we are expected to abide in him in order to bear good fruit. Jesus is telling us that we are part of him and we belong to him. We drive existence, joy and happiness from him. Being part of Him we are expected to bear good fruit in return. Bearing good fruit is a compliment of gratitude to him. This Gospel reading helps us to reflect on our spiritual progress.

How is my relationship with Christ going?

Am I still believing and living in Him?

Am I bearing any good fruit as a Christian?

Bearing good fruit involves spiritual growth and positive impact on others. There has to be progress in our relationship with Christ, this progress must be expressed in our trust in him, in our better knowledge of him, and in our love for him and for others. In doing so we become branches of the true Vine, Jesus Christ.

‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you,

You may ask what you will and you shall get it.

It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Breakfast Club

We have space for up to 30 children in our breakfast club. At the moment we still only have on average ten children attending most days. They would love more children to join them! Once again, I remind you that this is a permanent offer.

Year 6 SATs

A reminder that Year 6 SATs take place in the week beginning 13th May. All Year 6 children are required to be in school every day this week. Free breakfast will be available Monday-Thursday prior to tests for all our Year 6 children to attend. Thank you to all our parents for your support to your child at this time.

Parent Forum Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

Ever wanted to have your say about something we do at school?

Want to know more about why we do things in a particular way at St. Austin’s?

Do you have a suggestion or an idea you would like us to consider?

Interested in learning more about our school and our curriculum?

Then come along to our Parent Forum Meeting on Wednesday 5th June straight after you have dropped your child(ren) off. Tea/coffee and breakfast pastries will be available. The meeting will then begin at 9.00am. It’s an informal meeting which gives you the chance to ask questions, make suggestions and get to know other parents. It lasts for approximately an hour and I hope to see you there!

Governors

We are looking for another parent governor to join our Academy Council. Governors play a key role in raising school standards and monitoring performance. They hold senior leadership to account and make important decisions covering issues such as policy making, site management, the school’s budget and the curriculum.  Governors support the school in a variety of ways including attending Academy Council meetings. It is a very important and worthwhile role!

Being a governor is an enormously worthwhile and rewarding opportunity. The personal benefits can be summarised as:

A sense of satisfaction through knowing children will benefit from your efforts.

The opportunity to develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones.

The opportunity to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.

The opportunity to gain understanding in key areas such as safeguarding, finance, and strategic planning.

The opportunity to gain awareness of the education system as a whole.

 

What commitment is required?

Accepting office as a Parent Governor involves the commitment of time and energy;

There is a need to actively be involved in the work of the Academy Council, and accept a fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees and/or working groups;

Every effort should be made to attend all meetings;

There is a need to get to know the school well;

Visiting the school is important in order to monitor and understand the work taking place in school.

Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge. There would be an expectation for governors to attend training to develop their skills to support the work of the Academy Council.

School Governors serve for a four-year term of office. However, should your circumstances change, as a volunteer, you can resign at any time.

Interested?  Ask at reception for details and a nomination form or contact office@sa.bkcat.uk

The closing date for this round of nominations is Monday 20th May 2024

May Day Bank Holiday

Advance Notice: School will be closed on Monday 6th May 2024. School opens again on Tuesday 7th May.

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 3rd May at 2.45pm.

RG: Ethan
RS: Moiz
1T: Joshua J
1/2T: Hanna
2B: Chloe
3CD: Sophie
3/4MT: Alyaan
4B: Rahima
5C: Pierre- Joseph
5/6C: Thandi
6B: Gracie

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 3rd May at 2.45pm.

RG:  Colm
RS: Manasseh
1T: Elena
1/2T: Freddy
2B: Vincent
3CD: Simran
3/4MT: Hassan
4B: Hattie
5C: Richard
5/6C: Niamh F
6B: Andrea

Handwriting Award  

The following children have been chosen by the class teacher as being the Star Handwriter of the week. Winners of this award will be presented with their Handwriting Certificate in class, not at our celebration assembly.

RG: Inaaya
RS: Zola
1T: Hasnain
1/2T: Tessa
2B: Whole class
3CD: Zak
3/4MT: Jessica
4B: Phoebe
5C: Joshua
5/6C: Jewel M
6B:

Class Attendance Award

Class 1T was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 99.33% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 96.84%

RS: 97.00%

1T: 99.33%

1/2T: 94.67%

2B: 96.00%

3CD: 92.00%

3/4MT: 95.33%

4B: 96.62%

5C: 98.00%

5/6C: 92.00%

6B: 98.67%

Diary Dates

1st May – Year 3 trip to Whitby
2nd May – Year 4 trip to Whitby
3rd May – Fire Service in school to talk to Year 5 pupils
6th May – Bank Holiday School closed for the day.
13th – 17th May – KS2 SATS week
16th May – Foundation Stage Stay and Play Session
20th May – Years 1 and 2 Butterfly House trip
24th May – St Augustine’s Feast Day – parents invited for picnic lunch 11.45-1pm
24th May – Last day of term before the half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

Parents Protect

Parents Protect is an organisation offering help and support to parents and carers .This child sexual abuse awareness and prevention website was created by the child sexual abuse prevention campaign. Knowing how to recognise and respond to age appropriate behaviours in children between the ages of 5-11 helps to support the development of healthy sexual behaviour and protect children from harm or abuse. As children grow through their early years and develop into later childhood, they continue to pass through different stages of development. We know that children remain individual and unique throughout their whole childhood and there is a wide range of generally accepted and expected behaviours within this age group. The Parents  Protect website is designed to help give you, as a parent or carer, guidance and information to help you understand more about the difference between healthy and developmentally expected sexual exploration and play in children aged 5-11 years, and behaviour that is  not appropriate and can cause harm to others or increase a child’s vulnerability. Children in this age group continue to seek information and understanding about themselves and the world around them through play. They are often interested in pregnancy, birth, gender and differences between gender, which can form part of
healthy and developmentally expected sexual exploration. Whilst most sexual behaviour displayed by children of this age is expected, if you have any concerns, the Stop It Now! helpline on 0808 1000 900 is there to offer you help in deciding how best to support your child.

https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/learn.htm

General Updates

Whitby School Trip

Children in Year 3 and 4  will be going on a school trip to Whitby this week (Wednesday 1st May Year 3 and Thursday 2nd May Year 4). There has been a lot of information on Class Dojo regarding the trip. Please do take the time to read this information carefully. The key points to note are:

Arrive to school between 7.30am and 7.45am. Coach will leave promptly at 8am.
– Children to wear school yellow polo shirt or white (PE) polo shirt and plain black jogging bottoms WITH green school jumper or cardigan and trainers. It is essential children do wear the GREEN school jumper or cardigan as this is for ease of identification purposes.
– Small rucksack containing:
hand towel
small bucket and spade
spare jogging bottoms and socks
packed lunch
water bottle
Children will be carrying their bag with them all day so must not be too heavy or large.
– Children NO longer need to bring any money in an envelope (as detailed on the original letter).
– Anticipated arrival time back to school is 5.15 – 5.30pm – updates will be posted on Class Dojo.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo has now become an integral part of our school. This app is the primary way that we communicate with you as parents and school would encourage that you regularly check Class Dojo for Class story updates as well as personalised messages.

Class Dojo is completely free. Parents do have the option to pay for an upgraded version of this app. As a school we strongly recommend that you do not pay for any add on features as they are not needed.

Attendance
Is my child too ill to come to school?
Please use this link for NHS guidance on when a child should be absent, for how long plus additional advice for parents.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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

Sophie, class 3CD received the gold fish certificate for her achievements in swimming class. Well done Sophie!

Well done to Hasan- Ali (class 6B) who has won an age range category for the Wonderful World of Learning Creativity Challenge. The challenge was inspired by the Wakefield Attendance Strategy to celebrate the talent of students and harness creativity, giving students the chance to express what they love about where they learn. Hasan- Ali’s winning poster will be displayed across Wakefield. Well done Hasan- Ali!

 

 

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