Newsletter 2nd October 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 2nd October 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Wednesday 4th October is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis preached the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of human sin. As someone who saw God reflected in nature, St. Francis was a great lover of God’s creation.

Caring for the environment, our world and all living things is a very important matter and we are all aware of how the climate is changing and the devastating effects this is beginning to have on some parts of the world.

You might like to pray this prayer over the course of the week ahead.

God of all Creation, through your goodness you have given us the Earth as our home.

We are grateful for all the wonders of the world which so clearly proclaim your glory.

Teach us how to pay attention that we might learn from the natural world.

Teach us how to care for each other as we care for creation.

We ask these things through the intercession of Francis of Assisi and in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Last Monday we had our Safeguarding and Behaviour Review led by Mr. Barraclough, our Trust Director of Standards – Primary Schools and Mrs. Spencer, Chair of the BKCAT Trust Safeguarding Forum. This was a routine review that all BKCAT Primary Schools experience on an annual basis. Both Mr. Barraclough and Mrs. Spencer were highly impressed with our systems and procedures and rightly recognised our strong culture of safeguarding across school. I look forward to receiving their report and sharing it with you in due course.

On Tuesday afternoon I met with Fr. Sean Crawley the new parish priest of St. Austin’s and Fr. Noble Joseph one of the assistant priests. We set some dates for Masses and Liturgies for this term. We will have our first Mass of the school year on Tuesday 10th October here in school. Unfortunately, due to limited space and health and safety restrictions we are unable to extend the invitation to parents and carers.

Our first Parents Forum Meeting – Friday 29th September at 1.45pm was advertised in last week’s newsletter. I’m presuming this wasn’t a good time for parents as no one turned up to this. I have rescheduled this meeting for Wednesday 8th November at 9.00am, which is straight after the morning drop off.

This coming week we have a Phonics and Reading Review led by the Lead Practitioners for Phonics and Reading in our Trust. Part of their review is to capture the provision we offer for Phonics and Reading across school. They will be working with Miss Tickle and Miss Workman and offering advice on how we might further improve our provision for ensuring all children can be fluent and independent readers.

On Friday we will have our Harvest Assembly. This is always a very special event as it is the first time our new Reception classes get to take part in an assembly with their parents watching. The children across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have been working hard to present their assembly to parents and carers on Friday morning. We look forward to welcoming you to this. If we could ask each child to bring one or two items of dried/goods (tinned foods, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, sugar, cereals etc) for our collection for the local foodbanks we would be extremely grateful. These can be sent in with your child next week or left in the collection boxes that will be available at the school gates each morning.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The travelling rosaries will be making their way through school during this month beginning with Foundation Stage.

We are heading into the season of Autumn – a season when the weather can be very changeable. Please make sure your child brings a coat to school with them each day so that they remain comfortable and dry when outside.

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 6th October at 2.45pm.

RG: Richal

RS: Alex

1T: Joshua J

1/2T: Zoe

2B: Eileen

3CD: Rozzynett

3/4MT: Nicola B

4B:Emaan

5C: Tomasz

5/6C: Nicole

6B: Julia S

 

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 6th October at 2.45pm.

RG: Inaaya

RS: Ciara

1T: Haider

1/2T:Tessa

2B: Tina

3CD: Ogheneochukome

3/4MT: Azaan

4B: Evaniya

5C: Maja TG

5/6C: Thandi

6B: Lorenzo

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Evie

RS: Ayla

1T: Imaan

1/2T:Nathan

2B: Malachi

3CD: Sophie

3/4MT: Florence

4B: Raihana

5C: Eva
5/6C: Elissa

6B: Paris

Class Attendance Award

Class 1T was  last weeks attendance winner with 99.33%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 94.74%

RS: 95.79%

1T:99.33 %

1/2T: 94.83%

2B: 96.67%

3CD: 95.17%

3/4MT: 94.67%

4B: 89.33%

5C: 94.00%

5/6C: 98.67%

6B:91.21%

Diary Dates

Monday 2nd October – 31st October – Travelling Rosaries out to families
Friday 6th October – Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2 Harvest Assembly
Friday 13th October – 9 -10am Parent Coffee Morning – Eastmoor Community Centre and Lightwaves will be available for parents to speak to.
Thursday 19th October – Individual and sibling Photographs – Tempest Photography
Thursday 19th October – Last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Friday 20th October- INSET DAY School closed
Monday 30th October – School reopens after the half term
Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’

Safeguarding Updates

Taking your child to the dentist

  • NHS dental care for children is free.
  • Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can advise you on how to prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look at is useful practice for the future.
  • When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits.
  • Take your child for regular dental check-ups as advised by the dentist.

Find a dentist near you

Some  parents of school aged children report still giving their child a baby’s bottle to drink from.  NHS guidance states that once your child is 12 months they should be discouraged from drinking from a bottle. Comfort sucking from a bottle on sweetened drinks causes tooth decay in young children. Drinks flow very slowly through a teat, which means the sugary substance will be in contact with their teeth for longer.

Parents can help protect their child’s teeth by providing a diet low in sugar, avoiding sugary and carbonated drinks (even sugar free varieties) and practicing regular dental hygiene morning and night.

According to Public Health England, a quarter of 5 year-olds have tooth decay when they start school. Children who have toothache or who need treatment may have to be absent from school which may have  a detrimental effect on attendance and, in turn, educational attainment.

General Updates

Flu Immunisations

Your child will be bringing home a parental permission form for the flu immunisations that will be given in school by the School Nursing Immunisations team. Please ensure that this consent form is signed and returned by no later than Monday 9th October.
The children’s nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s offered every year to children to help protect them against flu. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children. It can also lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Children can catch and spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.

Home School Agreements

A reminder to all parents that school does require a completed Home School Agreement for every child. Please may we kindly request that all parents use this link to our website and read the important information.
https://www.sa.bkcat.co.uk/parents/home-school-agreement-and-acceptable-use/
Once you have read this information please complete the google form to acknowledge you have read, understood and agree to the Home School Agreement. You can do this by following the link at the end of the document above or by accessing
https://forms.gle/KzDoxk8DjfKC1K326

Healthy Lunchboxes

If your child has a packed lunch please follow this simple Healthy Lunchbox guide. School does encourage children to eat a variety of whole foods such as fruit and vegetables. Parents are discouraged from sending multiple sweet items (for example, waffles, brioches, cakes as main portions), multiple yoghurts as a main portion. If lunchtime staff do have a concern over the lunchbox content they may send a lunchbox slip home.

 

 

 

Attendance

Unfortunately, there were a number of cases of vomiting sickness bugs in school last week. If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea, please ensure they do not attend school for 48 hours after the last episode of being sick or having diarrhoea. This will ensure that the infection is not spread to others in school. As we are approaching the colder months, there are inevitably higher episodes of colds and flu. Encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene with your child is recommended. Please use the link below to watch the NHS handwashing song for children:

PTA News

Last year our PTA raised funds through holding fun events for all our children.  Our PTA held school discos, a Christmas Fair and a Summer Fair. Here is how some of the money raised was spent:

  • Over £1000 donated to the families of Year 6 children to contribute to the cost of the residential trip
  • £500 donated so that every class teacher could choose reading book resources for every classroom
  • £230 was donated to Reception for 2 computers
  • Hot chocolate for all classes on World Book Day

This year the PTA are looking to raising more funds and making further contributions in school. If you would like to help to make this happen and also have a say on how money is spent to enhance YOUR child’s school experience, we would love for you to join. Please use Contact Office on Class Dojo to enquire and register your interest.

Advance notice – the PTA will soon be asking for donations of used or new, good quality toys for the Toy Stall at the Christmas Fair. We will also be asking for teddies for prizes on our popular games stall. So if you are having a pre Christmas de clutter at home and want to donate, please save such items for our fair. Thank you.

 

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 Max (class 1T) for winning a trophy at his Little Lions club!

 

 

 

 

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