Newsletter 30th January 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 30th January 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Genuine happiness
We encourage our families to use this three-part reflection as an opportunity to share the Gospel reading together and then spend some time thinking about what the message might be for us.
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (Matthew 5:1-12)
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by His disciples. Then He began to speak. This is what he taught them:
“How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have their earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them. Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people mistreat you and persecute you and speak all kinds of slander against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Our culture often puts value on superficial happiness; that which is linked to money, possessions, power and success. Jesus tried to teach the crowd that the value they placed on material possessions and status was not going to make them truly happy. Instead, he promised lasting happiness to those who lived by his teaching, which meant looking out for others and treating them kindly and with respect.
Jesus teaches us that genuine happiness comes when we are kind to others, forgive them and live peacefully with them. Jesus says that we are happy when we put our faith in God and do the right thing, even when it is hard, for example, when we forgive someone who has hurt us.
We are all part of one global family and we are called by God to care for the other members of that family, wherever they are in the world. We can help Jesus’ words to come alive today.
What could you do for someone who is sad?
What could you do for someone who is hungry or thirsty?
What could you do for people who are poor?
What could you do for someone who is afraid to stand up for what they believe in?
By doing all those things we will be truly following Jesus. We can help to make the words that he spoke to his disciples a reality.
NSPCC – Numbers Day – 3d February
We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in Number Day on Friday 3rd February 2023.
Everything the NSPCC does protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow.
The NSPCC needs our support more than ever. By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services such as Childline – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern.
On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds
Making maths meaningful
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.
It all adds up
We’re really looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise at St Austin’s Catholic Primary School will make an enormous difference to children today and help NSPCC prevent abuse be there for children.
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 3rd February at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Oliwia
4C: Jewel L
5/6 B: Erikas
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
Remember, parents of children who win the Headteacher award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 3rd February at 2.50pm.
RG: Amelia Go
1/2 T: Leosjana
4C: Amelia G
5/6B: Amelia B
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
RG: Amelia Go
1/2 T: Leosjana
4C: Joshua F
Class Attendance Award
Classes 6B were last weeks attendance winners with 95.56%.
NEU – Teachers Strike – 1st February 2023
You will be aware from media coverage that the NEU Teaching Union, of which some of our teaching staff are members, have declared strike action and intends to call upon its members to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action on Wednesday 1st February 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government and not because of any issues at our school.
We are working with our staff union representatives to keep up to date with the situation, and I will inform you of the final arrangements as soon as I possibly can, though I must point out that union members reserve the right not to share their decision until the day of any planned industrial action. This means that I may not be able to share information with you until 7am on the day. By 7.30am we will be able to update parents via Class Dojo whether or not your child’s day is affected by strike action.
I am sorry about the potential disruption to you and to your child’s education. I understand that this situation may be frustrating, and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect. St. Austin’s remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and delivering high-quality teaching.
Robinwood Residential – Installment payment due
Reminder to Year 6 parents that the next installment payment is due for the Robinwood Residential trip. Please log onto your child’s School Money account to make this payment.
All parents of children in Year 6 who are attending the residential trip were notified via Class dojo last week that the PTA have kindly gifted all 34 pupils attending £50 towards the cost of the trip. This was possible from the funds raised at the Christmas Fair, so we would once again like to thank all members of our school community who supported this PTA event.
Out of School Achievements
BKCAT SumDog Contest Feb 24 – Mar 2
Upcoming SumDog Competition
24th February to 2nd March
Our school is taking part in a trust-wide Sumdog maths contest. Here’s everything you need to know to help your child take part and enjoy the contest.
What is Sumdog?
Sumdog is an online learning tool which provides personalised maths and spelling practice that children love. It adapts questions to each child, using engaging games to build their confidence, and it’s been shown to accelerate progress.
Making learning fun
Sumdog helps children to practise regularly, combining questions from the curriculum with fun games. The games are child-friendly and highly engaging – children don’t even realise they’re learning!
Keeping your child safe
Sumdog follows best practices in GDPR and data security, and does not support communication between pupils, so your child and their data is completely safe.
How does the contest work?
Children answer questions as accurately as they can during the contest week. The class with the highest average number of correct answers wins! There’s a limit of 1,000 questions which is about one hour’s worth of play across the week and we encourage children to log in and do a little bit each day
Tuesday 31st January – Year 3 PE challenge event at St Wilfrid’s – look out for more information
Tuesday 31st January – Installment payment due for Robinwood Residential trip
Wednesday 1st February – BKCAT book awards workshop (some Year 5 children
Friday 3rd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day
Friday 10th February – last day of term
Internet Safety Day – 7th Feb
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 Miss Workman Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL
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