Newsletter 3rd June 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 3rd June 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Jesus

Yesterday, the catholic church celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, the Latin words for “the Body of Christ.”

The Gospel reading is the account of the Last Supper found in the Gospel of Mark. Mark describes only those elements he believes to be most essential to the Christian Eucharist: Jesus took bread, blessed the bread, broke the bread, and shared it with his disciples. Similar words and actions follow as Jesus shares the chalice with his disciples. This bread now shared is Jesus’ own body. Those who drink from the chalice are invited to share in a new covenant which will be sealed by Jesus’ own blood. This Gospel reminds us that the Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We believe that Jesus is truly present to us in the elements of bread and wine. Each time we celebrate this sacrament, we prepare for the Kingdom of God.

We keep in our prayers the children who have recently received the sacrament of the Eucharist in their First Holy Communion.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for the gift of Your Holy Body and Blood through which we get strengthened body, soul and mind. We offer You our undivided love and also service to our brothers and sisters as it is Your Holy will. We pray this in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

First Holy Communion

There will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving in school on Monday 10th June at 9.30am. We will be inviting the children to wear their First Holy Communion clothes during this Mass, which will be attended by all Y4 children. We encourage parents and carers of our First Holy Communion Children to consider joining us for this Mass.

Statutory Assessments – Summer 2024

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

This national test takes place this month. Children are tested on their fluency in times tables. Keep using Times Table Rockstars daily to get your speed and fluency up! Daily practice is essential at this stage.

Year 1 Phonics

This national test also takes place this month. Daily attendance and nightly reading is the best way to ensure your child knows all their sounds.

Parent Forum Meeting – Wednesday 5th June – 9am

Please do join us if you are free. This will be an informal meeting which gives you the chance to ask questions, make suggestions and get to know other parents. It lasts for approximately an hour and I hope to see you there!

I will be seeking parents’ views on communication between school and parents. We have a weekly online newsletter, a website, the School Story page on Dojo and Class Dojo pages. I am interested to hear parents’ views and how we might streamline what we share with you to avoid information overload!

Happening this week…

Events with * after them are for specific groups of pupils. Parents of children selected to attend these events have previously been notified by the school office.

Monday 3rd June              Parish Priest visit to Class 3/4MT

After School Club – Choir (KS2)*

Tuesday 4th June              After School Club – Rounders (KS2)*

Wednesday 5th June       9.00am Summer Term Parent Forum Meeting

Staff from St. Thomas a Becket visiting Y6 pupils

After School Club – Football (KS1)*

Thursday 6th June           9.30am Reception Class 2024-2025 Welcome morning*

After School Club – Football (KS2)*

Friday 7th June                 Celebration Assembly*

 

Thank you for your continued support

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 7th June at 2.45pm.

RG: Evie H
RS: Aniqa
1T: Arthur
1/2T: Zoe
2B: Haroon
3CD: Marcel
3/4MT: Sophie
4B: Raihana
5C: Tomasz
5/6C: Hugo
6B: Julia M

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 7th June at 2.45pm.

RG: Ivy-Monet
RS: Emmanuel
1T: Iza
1/2T: Amelia Gr
2B: Blanka
3CD: Delight
3/4MT: Joshua Lee
4B: Lilly
5C: Preston
5/6C: Aaron
6B: Emily

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: Devanshi
RS: Efrain
1T: Imaan
1/2T: Jakub
2B: Alphonse
3CD: Emmeline
3/4MT: Alyaan
4B: Emaan
5C: Emelia
5/6C: Elissa
6B: Lorenzo

Class Attendance Award

Class  6B was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 98% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 88.50%

RS: 92.00%

1T: 94.67%

1/2T: 83.79%

2B: 89.67%

3CD:94.86%

3/4MT: 88.67%

4B: 95.67%

5C: 96.33%

5/6C: 97.33%

6B: 98.00%

Diary Dates
5th June –  Parent Forum meeting 9am
11th June – Countryside Day Years 5 & 6
12th June – Countryside Day Years 3 & 4
13th June – Cannon Hall School Trip Foundation Stage
13th June – SPLAT Science day at QEGS for Year 5 pupils
20th June – Sports Day
21st June – Non uniform day – Bring a filled Jar for the Jar Bar at the summer fair
24th – 26th June – Robinwood Residential Trip Year 6
27th June – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm
28th June – Summer Fair 3.15pm – 5.15pm
2nd, 3rd & 4th July – Year 6 transition days to St Thomas a Beckets
16th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly
17th July – Leavers Mass 10am at St Austin’s Church
19th July – school closes at 3.15pm for the summer break

Safeguarding Updates

Child Safety Advice

The Child Accident Prevention (CAPT) have recently published the following reminders to help parents and carers keep children safe.

Is Your Garden Child Friendly
Are you lucky enough to have a garden? Or can your child play in the garden of family or friends? Outdoor play is a great way to burn off energy but not every garden is child-friendly. So, make sure chemicals like weed killer and fertiliser are kept away from curious youngsters and garden tools are locked away in a shed. Test your garden safety knowledge by trying CAPT’s quiz.

General Updates

Summer Fair Friday 28th June 3.15- 5.15pm

The PTA are excited to announce this years St Austin’s School Summer Fair on Friday 28th June! We would love all of our families to come along and join in the summer fun. There will be a variety of stalls with games and prizes to be won!
The World Foods Stall will be back so we are keen to get you involved by showcasing your culinary specialities from around the world! Your donations to this stall are needed and very much appreciated please!
We are still accepting donations for our hampers please , if you have any new gifts/ items that could be added to any of the following hampers, this would be greatly appreciated:
Spa/ Relaxation Hamper
Afternoon Tea Hamper
Gardening Hamper
Wine Hamper
Book Hamper

Sports Day -Thursday 20th June

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have their Sports Day activities, during the morning session and children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will have their session in the afternoon.
We are also inviting parents to stay on this day for a picnic lunch (for all year groups).

Non Uniform Day Friday 21st June

On this day children can come in their own clothes, we kindly request that children bring in a filled jar for our Jar Bar at the Summer Fair. The jar could contain anything that a child may want to win, sweets, stationary, stickers, hair accessories, mini toys, water balloons etc. You could have fun decorating your jar with your child over this half term. All of the jars will then form the prizes at our Summer Fairs Jar Bar Stall. The Summer Fair is Friday 28th June. Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

Attendance
New national guidance was shared via Class Dojo regarding changes on legislation to term time absence with effect 19th August 2024. If you have any queries regarding this new legislation, please speak to our school Attendance Officer, Mrs Scott.

 

 

PTA News

We have a wonderful PTA team, here at St Austin’s and are always looking for new helpers! If you are unable to commit to be a regular member of the PTA team, but would like to help out as a one off at our Summer Fair to serve at one of our stalls, then please send a message to Contact Office on Class Dojo. The more helpers we have the more stalls we can offer. 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 recognised by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to: admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk.

Well done to Skaiste who has completed stage 2 in swim England programme and now is heading to stage 3. She can swim with confidence!

We would like to mention how proud we are of Shristi who has had the courage to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Well done to Miles who has  achieved his 10 meters Butterfly in his swimming lessons. He has also been working hard in his Martial Arts classes and received a You’re Awesome postcard for improved technique!!

 

 

 

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