Newsletter 29th January 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 29th January 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The people who heard Jesus teach and saw him heal were said to have been astonished and amazed by the authority of his teaching. So compelling were Jesus’ words and actions that the news about him could not be contained; it spread quickly throughout all of Galilee. Over two thousand years later, the news about Jesus continues to spread. We are called to participate in sharing the Good News of Jesus with others in our words and in our deeds.

People should see in our lives the power and authority of God at work. We pray that we will experience wonder at the work of God in our world today.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

And kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And you will renew the face of the earth.

Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit

you have taught the hearts of your faithful.

In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right

and always rejoice in your consolation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Keeping Children Safe … before the school day begins

In order to reduce the congestion outside school at the beginning of the day, we are currently trialing opening the school gates at 8:35am to allow parents who arrive at school before 8:40am to wait with their children in a safer space.  

Parents arriving with their child(ren) between 8:35am and 8:40am MUST accompany their children through the gates and stay with them until 8:40am.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF AT 8:35AM IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WAIT WITH THEM UNTIL 8:40AM.

REMEMBER, THE SCHOOL DAY DOES NOT BEGIN UNTIL 8:50AM. AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD IS IN CLASS BY THIS TIME THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE A LATE MARK. THERE IS NO NEED FOR EVERYONE TO ARRIVE AT 8:40AM.

This trial will end on the 9th February.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good week everyone.

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 2nd February at 2.50pm.

RG: Szymon S
RS: Aniqa
1T: Aiden
1/2T: Noor Ul AIn
2B: Bobby
3CD: Aya
3/4MT: Annabelle
4B: Safa
5C: Lakshmi
5/6C: Melissa
6B: Emily

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 2nd February at 2.50pm.

RG: Abdoulaye
RS: Ayla
1T: Qirat
1/2T: Alex
2B: Rayyan
3CD: Eduard
3/4MT:  Alyaan
4B: Aayan
5C: Mohammed
5/6C: Antoni
6B: Ahren

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: Harley
RS: Adon
1T: Aveline Mary
1/2T: Zoe
2B: Nigel
3CD: Arthur
3/4MT: Sophie
4B: Liya
5C: Victoria
5/6C: Reece
6B: Julia

Class Attendance Award

Class  1T were the  attendance winners last week with 98.33%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 96.67%

RS: 86.67%

1T: 98.33%

1/2T: 94.67%

2B: 96.55%

3CD: 95.67%

3/4MT: 92.67%

4B: 97.33%

5C: 94.00%

5/6C: 94.83%

6B: 96.55%

Diary Dates

Monday 29th January – Wednesday 7th February – Bikeability instructors in school for Year 5
Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Numbers Day – wear Number themed clothing and £1 donation to NSPCC
Monday 5th – Friday 9th February – Children’s Mental Health Week
Friday 9th February – Last day of term before the half term break
Monday 19th February – first day back after the half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

Looking after a child’s mental health

Next week is Children’s Mental Health week.

As parents and carers, there are ways we can support our children to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. Encouraging and guiding a child to think about their own mental health and wellbeing are vital skills you can teach them from a young age.

Find out how you can help a child to have good mental health, including knowing how to talk to a child about their mental health, and when to spot signs they might be struggling.

A large number of children and young people will experience behavioural or emotional problems at some stage. For some, these will resolve with time, while others will need professional support.

It might be difficult to know if there is something upsetting your child, but there are ways to spot when something’s wrong. Look out for:

  • significant changes in behaviour
  • ongoing difficulty sleeping
  • withdrawing from social situations
  • not wanting to do things they usually like
  • self-harm or neglecting themselves

Use this link for further help and advice:

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/

 

General Updates

Leavers Hoodies – Year 6 Children only

There is now the opportunity to purchase a Leavers Hoody for your Year 6 child. The hoodies may be worn in school instead of your child’s usual green jumper or cardigan. There will be occasions however, where school may request full standard uniform is still worn, such as  for Mass.

The hoodies will have the St Austin’s logo on the front and then Leavers 24 on the reverse, where all the first names of children in Year 6 will be listed. This is a memorable keepsake for children to mark their final year at St Austin’s. If you would like to purchase a hoody for your child, please log on to your child’s School Money account and visit the ‘shop’ section. Select the desired size by adding this to your basket and then checkout your purchase. Prices range from £16.50 – £18.50.  Last order date for hoodies is Friday 9th February at 9am as the order will be submitted on this day to the manufacturers. No orders after this time can be accepted. As all orders are made to order, parents must ensure that they order the correct size for their child by referring to the sizing guide. School cannot provide any refunds or exchanges. Please note the picture is for illustration purposes only.

 

NSPCC Numbers Day – Friday 2nd February

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it.
We are having a fun day of maths activities and we will be taking part in Dress up for Digits.  Pupils are asked to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt or even a onesie!).  Or get even more creative by dressing in a maths or numbers theme. To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event. For families with more than one child in school, we would kindly suggest a donation of £2 for the family.

Attendance

Measles

As you will be aware from recent news, the numbers of Measles cases are increasing nationally. Parents are urged to ensure their children are up to date with all childhood immunsiations , especially the MMR vaccine.  If you are unsure about your child’s immunisation status, refer to your child’s Red Book , or contact your GP or Health Visitor.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/

Term Dates

Parents are reminded to check the school term dates before booking a holiday and ahead of a half term break to ensure you know when school is open. School will not authorise an absence for a family holiday/ travel abroad.

Please use the link below for the school term dates

For this academic year 2023- 24 – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ME4bDDErt-BGbBJq_rvQMuiRFC-UZS3uumdj1QQPV2M/edit

For NEXT academic year 2024- 25 – https://docs.google.com/document/d/17m33nHnG0k4OzVkj5kM49eTe3Hp4luU8FbYurz_vLr4/edit

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

Well done to Thandi (Class 5/6C) for being awarded Player of the Match for her rugby team. Excellent effort Thandi, well done!

 

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