Newsletter 31st January 2022
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 31st January 2022
Spiritual Reflection – Jesus is rejected in his home town of Nazareth
‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.’
When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.
Jesus’ statement that no prophet is accepted in his home town reminds us that it is often difficult to hear a challenging message from those who know us best, even if it is true. Perhaps we remember and even regret this aspect of our childhood and adolescence. We may have overlooked the wisdom and guidance of our parents, while allowing the voices of others—teachers or friends—to carry more weight, even when these people were telling us the same thing. Perhaps this developmental stage is unavoidable. Perhaps as we have matured, we have come to a new appreciation for our parents and others whose perspective and experience we once rejected. Today’s Gospel provides an opportunity to talk about and to learn from such experiences.
As you gather as a family, consider how your family might accept one another’s wisdom and guidance and not reject the prophets in your midst. Conclude by praying together the Prayer to the Holy Spirit.
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.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Diya RS: Wobase 1K: Alyaan 1/2T: Raihana 2B: Liya 3C: 3/4MT: Sami 4C:Nicole 5W: Zane 5/6B: Maja 6CD: Keavy
New style Newsletter
The format of our weekly newsletter has changed. As many of our parents have English as an additional language, this style of newsletter allows for easier online translation should parents need to.
Our Year 2 children took part in Bikeability last week with the Cycle North team. Over the course of the week, children began on balance bikes and then progressed on to pedal cycles. It was amazing to see their confidence and ability grow. Well done to all of our Year 2 children!
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux.
RG: Nathan M
4C: Matthew M
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
2B: David A
5W: Gracie– Ann
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
School choir is every Thursday after school, 3.25 – 4.25pm, open to pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. If you would like your child to attend , please complete the online form using the below link.
Rock Steady Music
Would your child like to join a band? Rock Steady Music visit school on a weekly basis to teach music. They offer, guitar, keyboard & percussion. Please visit the link below for more information and prices
Class Attendance Award
Class 1K were the last weeks attendance winners with 95.24%.Overall attendance throughout school was very low due to cases of COVID in addition to other illnesses. Please remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms.
We are seeing an increasing number of children arrive late to school, school gates open at 8.40am and close promptly at 8.55am.
Lateness = lost learning
Arriving to school just 5 minutes late each day, adds up to 3 school days in lost learning over the course of the academic year.
Extra Curricular Achievements
Well done to George (class 6CD) for achieving a green belt yellow stripe in his karate graduations.
Well done to Muhammed (RS) and Daanish (3C) for their recent Martial Arts awards.
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to email@example.com
4th February—NSPCC Numbers Day (children to come to school in Number themed clothing, voluntary £1 donations please)
7th – 11th February – Children’s mental Health week
8th February – Safer Internet Day
10th February – Virtual meeting for parents at 6pm – Metcognition
18th February– Last day of term (school closes at 3.25pm)
Safer Internet Day – 8th February
Top Tips for Parents and Carers
Have a look at the tips and links below with some suggestions on how to get you started and help you to stay safe and positive online. You and your family can #PlayYourPart in creating a better internet by…
Having conversations without judgement.
Whether by playing games, watching videos, or doing things your child enjoys, spending time together online is a great way to start conversations about the online world and how they’re finding being a part of it.
It is important to ask questions and take an interest in what your child enjoys online.
An essential part of having this open dialogue is to not judge, even if their behaviour or life online isn’t what you wanted or expected. This ensures that your child feels they can come to you if ever they make a mistake or experience a problem online.
Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games.
Websites like Common Sense Media or The Family Gaming Database can be invaluable sources of information. When your child starts talking about a new game or app, why not do some research into the reporting and blocking options available? Then you can help your child if they come to you with an issue.
Getting support if things go wrong.
There are lots of organisations who are there to support you and your family if something has gone wrong. The Report Harmful Content website can help you with issues such as cyberbullying, impersonation and threats. You can report worrying behaviour towards children to CEOP. Find out more on Childnet’s Get Help page.
Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them.
Let your child know that the best way to address any problem they have online, is to tell a trusted adult immediately. For example, this might include someone sending them a friend request; an online message; telling them to visit a specific website, or app; or asking them for their personal information. Reassure them that if anything happens online that they are unsure about, or makes them feel worried or upset, they can come to you for help.
If you have tested positive for COVID there is now the option to reduce the isolation period after 5 full days if you test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) on both day 5 and day 6 and you do not have a temperature. For example, if you test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6 (24 hours between tests) you can return to the workplace/school immediately on day 6. If the result of either of their tests is positive, you should continue to self-isolate until you obtain a negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until you have completed 10 full days of self isolation, whichever is earliest.
Close Contact of positive cases
If someone within your child’s household tests positive and your child is symptom free then they may still attend school if they test negative on a LFD each day for 7 days. If a close contact presents any symptoms or begins to feel unwell, they should stay at home and arrange a PCR test.
Google Classroom work for positive cases
If your child tests positive for COVID and they feel well enough to access online work, please let office staff know. A great deal of effort from our incredibly hard working teaching staff, does go in to setting this work online, so please only request this work if your child is well enough to complete it.
Online cannot be set for any other reason other than COVID related absences.
Q: What is a sheep’s favourite colour?
A: BLAAAAACK Phoebe (Class 2B)
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