Newsletter 3rd July 2023

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 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 3rd July 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The costs and rewards of discipleship

The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (10:37-42)

Jesus said to his disciples, “If you want to belong to me, you must love me more than anyone and even more than you love yourself. You must be willing to carry your cross and follow me. Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me and they also welcome my heavenly Father who sent me. And anyone who gives even a cup of cold water to someone who belongs to me will certainly be rewarded.”

The Reflection

In this week’s Gospel reading we read the conclusion of the instructions and consolations that we have heard Jesus offering to his disciples during the past few weeks. In this passage, Jesus summarizes both the costs of discipleship and its rewards.

The conditions of discipleship may appear harsh. Yet they underline for us a truth—choosing anything with one’s whole heart has consequences. Choosing life with Christ means that every relationship we have must be understood from a new perspective. For many in Matthew’s community, this choice brought division to their family.

Matthew also outlines the reward of hospitality offered to Jesus’ followers. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains the difficulties of discipleship, yet reveals that those who welcome the disciples have also welcomed him.

Today’s Gospel also highlights for us the importance of hospitality in our own lives. To welcome another in Jesus’ name is to extend hospitality to Jesus himself. We have many opportunities in our daily life to reach out to others, to be a welcoming presence and a sign of God’s love.

 

Spiritual Action

As children of God, we are all created in his image and filled with his life and love. Jesus lives inside the heart of each one of us, helping us to become more like him.

Whenever we treat someone else kindly, then we are treating Christ kindly; if we are mean to someone, then we are being mean towards Him too.

Jesus understands our struggles, and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, encourages us to persevere and not give up at times of difficulty. Turn to Him in prayer when things seem difficult or even impossible.

 

Industrial Action Days

INDUSTRIAL ACTION – WEDNESDAY 5TH AND FRIDAY 7TH JULY
 
The following classes will be closed to pupils on Wednesday 5th July. Children in these classes should not attend school on this day.
 
OG – Miss Gourmley’s class
2B – Miss Bradshaw’s class
3/4TA – Mrs Turner and Mrs Adams’s class
4C – Miss Cross’s class
5S – Mr Sandbach’s class
 
All other classes will be open as usual.
 
The following classes will be closed to pupils on Friday 7th July. Children in these classes should not attend school on this day.
 
OS – Miss Gourmley’s class
1K – Mrs Kendrew’s class
2B – Miss Bradshaw’s class
3/4TA – Mrs Adams’s class
4C – Miss Cross’s class
5S – Mr Sandbach’s class
 
All other classes will be open as usual. Teachers do have up until 7am on the day of the strike to notify of industrial action.

Music Tuition – Wakefield Music Services

As detailed in the letter sent to parents last week, music tuition provided by Wakefield Music Services will cease  in the week before the last week of term (week commencing 10th July). If your child does currently have music tuition and uses a loan instrument provided by Wakefield music services, please do ensure that your child returns the instrument to their music teacher during their last lesson. Thank you

 Vacancy – Higher Level Teaching Assistant 28.5 hours

The Headteacher and Academy Council are seeking to appoint an excellent HLTA to support and assist teachers as part of a professional team to contribute to raising standards of pupils’ achievement and to undertake a range of learning activities under the professional direction and supervision of qualified teachers and/or senior leaders.

BKCAT Careers: Vacancies at St Austin’s

Packed Lunches

If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch, please ensure that you follow the guidance on lunch box contents for a healthy packed lunch.

Main portion – sandwich, wrap, bagel, pasta, salad bowl with added protein such as cheese/ meat. Houmous pot with veg sticks. Include carbohydrate and proteins in this serving.
Fruit – any fruit such as apples, bananas, pears, pineapple chunks, grapes (halved), blueberries, raspberries etc. Add variety
Vegetables – carrot, cucumber , pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes (halved) etc.
Yoghurt / dairy – yoghurt, cheese cubes
Sweet small portion – biscuit, cake. This should only be ONE portion if desired.
Dried Fruits – for example, raisins, dried blueberries, mango, banana.

Nuts – NO nuts, nut bars, foods containing nuts including chocolate spreads, chocolate filled croissants. We have children in school with severe nut allergies and are a Nut free School
Chocolate bars– NO chocolate bars. Small biscuits with chocolate acceptable
Sweets – NO sweets
Carbonated drinks – no fizzy or sugary drinks, cans or glass bottles
Crisps – may be given on occasion but please don’t include this daily, consider baked or wholegrain versions.

 

 

Prime Bottles

Please could we request that you do not send your child to school with a Prime bottle as their water bottle. There have been instances where there has been confusion about the contents of the bottle. As these bottles are not designed to be refilled, please do not send these in  to school.

Sports Day – 10th July 

Sports Day will take place on Monday 10th July in our school grounds.

10.45am – 12pm – Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Races will begin at 11am on the Key Stage 1 playground for the above year groups only.

12pm – 1.15pm – Whole School Family Picnic

On the day ALL parents and carers will be invited to enjoy a whole school family picnic. Parents and carers will need to bring their own picnic. You can provide food for your child OR place an order with the kitchen for a picnic style lunch. It is essential you only place a pre order with the kitchen if you do not intend to attend or provide food for your child as the recent family picnic in school did result in an excessive waste of food prepared by the kitchen and not collected. Parents will be charged for meals ordered but not taken.

Due to the high numbers of parents that will be on site, for safety reasons, please could we kindly request that parents attending the morning session bring their picnics with them at 11am and not leave the site to then re-enter, thank you.

Children will continue with a normal school timetable in the afternoon to allow parents to either return to work or stay to watch their children in Key Stage 2. It will not be possible to take your child home after the picnic on this day.

1.30pm – 2.45pm – Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Sporting activities will begin at 1.30pm in the KS2 playgrounds for the above year groups only. Activities will end at approximately 2.45pm. Children will return to classes briefly to collect their belongings and then will be dismissed by their class teacher from their class line in the playground as usual.

 

Disco – PTA end of year disco

There will be a PTA school disco on Tuesday 18th July 3.15 – 4.30pm. There will be two discos running at the same time, one for children in Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2 and another for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  For children in Foundation, years 1 and 2, it is necessary for parents to stay with their child for the duration of the disco. Children in KS2 do NOT need to be accompanied by a parent. Please visit www.eduspot.co.uk to book and pay the £1.00 entrance fee for  your child’s ticket if you would like them to attend.

 

Class Attendance Award

 

Class 1/2T  were the last weeks attendance winners  with 98.57%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 90.87%
RS: 95.71%
1K: 93.33%
1/2T: 98.57%
2B: 96.33%
3CD: 97.59%
3/4AT:96.55%
4C: 96.77%
5S: 96.45%
5/6B: 93.87%
6B:94.19%

 

Diary Dates

Monday 3rd July – Outwood Grange Academy Transition Day- parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Thursday 6th July– Kettlethorpe High School Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July – Transition week for current Year 6 pupils to St Thomas a Beckets High School –parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 4th July – Trinity Academy Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Wednesday 5th July – NEU Strike day – see class dojo for more information on classes affected
Thursday 6th July – Rock Steady Concert 2.45pm – parents of pupils receiving Rock Steady tuition advised.
Friday 7th July – NEU Strike day – see class dojo for more information on classes affected
Monday 10th July – 10.45 -12pm Foundation Stage Sports Day 12- 1.15pm Family Picnic 1.30-2.45pm KS2 Sports Day
Tuesday 11th July – Outwood City Fields Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 11th July – Ukulele Concert (Year 3 parents invited) 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July – Year 6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
Thursday 13th July – Diocesan Singing and Melodica Concert (for parents of children in Year 4, 5 and 6) –
Monday 17th July – New Reception Sept 23 Stay and Play
Monday 17th July – Celebration Evening 4.00 – 5.30pm
Tuesday 18th July – PTA Disco 3.15pm – 4.30pm – see Dojo in coming days for more information
Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2.15pm Parents invited
Thursday 20th July – End of year mass and presentation of leavers certificates 10am ST Austin’s Church. Year 6 parents invited
Friday 21st July – school closes 3.15pm

 

WhatsApp – New Features

As one of the most popular messaging apps around the world used (in my experience) from Year 3 upwards, WhatsApp continue to add new features to keep users onboard. Two of the newest features are the ability to edit a sent message within 15 minutes of it being sent, and ‘Keep in Chat’.The first (edit within 15 minutes) is exactly what it says. You can send a message to someone or a group and, if you need to make changes you can do so within 15 minutes. This is good, particularly for someone who may have rushed a reply to something and didn’t critically think about it before pressing ‘Send’, or realises that the message could be taken out of context.The second, ‘Keep in Chat’ is where someone can select certain messages that they want to keep in a folder called ‘Kept messages’.There’s more detail to the explanation than I have given above, take a look at the Childnet article HERE for further details, including the positives and negatives to these new features.

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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