Newsletter 4th March 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 4th March 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Returning things to their original purpose

“He made a whip and chased them all out of the Temple.

He knocked over the money tables.

“Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”

These words heard in the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Lent grab our attention. Jesus has gone up to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. He is met by a scene of chaos, noise and frenzied selling of animals for sacrifice. He forms a whip out of some cords and drives all the sellers out, overturning their tables and scattering their money. An impressive feat for just one man!

Jesus has been identified as a man of love, compassion and kindness. This story shows a very different man. Jesus was as human as we are. We can identify with him, with his emotions, his passions, his joys, his tears. He comes to restore all things to their original purpose; human beings, religion, worship and creation itself. He knew that the Temple was a privileged meeting place between God and his people. It was a place of worship and prayer. But that purpose had become more obscure. It was selling, money, business that now took centre stage. Upon seeing it, Jesus reacted immediately and strongly; Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!

This story is both a reminder and an inspiration to us. The forty days of Lent are an opportunity for us to reflect on this return of things to their original purpose. Our relationship with God belongs at the centre of our lives. We are called to worship and pray.

Direct, O Lord, we pray, the hearts of your faithful,

and in your kindness grant your servants this grace:

that, abiding in the love of you and their neighbour,

they may fulfil the whole of your commands.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Peripatetic Music Tuition

The online survey closes today (Monday 4th March) at 4pm. Hopefully you will have seen the Dojo and WhatsApp messages about this last week. Already there has been an encouraging number of parents completing this survey indicating they wish their child (Years 2 to 6 only) to learn an instrument during school hours. Children can choose from: guitar, drums, ukulele, piano/keyboard, violin, vocals, saxophone, trumpet and bass guitar.

Please only complete this survey if your child has a serious interest in learning to play an instrument and you are able to meet the weekly costs of the tuition. For any pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding, school will cover the cost of the chosen session. Survey link: https://forms.gle/cPX9GzNRv9k5wpTXA

School uniform – focus for this week: Hairstyles

The following information applies to ALL pupils. Hairstyles should be smart and moderate in style. Brightly coloured hair is not permitted. Long hair should be tied up to avoid health and safety risks and ensure that children’s vision is not impeded. Small hair clips and headbands may be worn. Large, excessive hair accessories should not be worn. Hair extensions and extreme hairstyles are not permitted.

Lent 2024 at St. Austin’s

We are already into the third week of the season of Lent – half-way through. During Lent we focus on three things – prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our weekly assemblies focus on the Sunday Gospel and we also have some additional events.

Monday 4th March – Year 5C Class Mass

Monday 11th March – Whole School Lent Mass (in school)

Monday 18th March – KS2 Lenten Reconciliation Service (and opportunities for individual confessions)

Week beginning Monday 25th March – Holy Week Liturgies

We will also be praying the Stations of the Cross in classrooms, as Key Stages and even outdoors.

During the last week of this half-term we will be selling raffle tickets for the Easter Egg Raffle, which will take place when we return to school after the Easter Holiday. All monies raised through this raffle go to The Good Shepherd Appeal (Catholic Care). The purchasing of raffle tickets is optional and there is no expectation that every child must purchase raffle tickets.

Parents Evenings – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March

As we are now just over the half-way point of the school year, teachers will be meeting with parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress and outline what needs to be worked on between now and the end of the year. The online booking system is now open and will remain so until 5pm on the 15th March. I encourage all parents to make an appointment. To make your appointments please login at: https://parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary

To login you will need to enter your name and your child’s name ([First Name] [Last Name]). The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you.

If you cannot login please contact the school office.

 

Thank you for your continued support. 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 8th March at 2.45pm.

RG: Henry
RS: Emmanuel
1T: Zainab
1/2T: Amelia Gr
2B: Brooke
3CD: Eduard
3/4MT: Jessica
4B: Iqra
5C: Eva
5/6C: Wren
6B:  Aubrey

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 8th March at 2.45pm.

RG: Emuejevoke
RS:  Princess
1T: Aiden
1/2T: Ema
2B: Jesse
3CD: Evanah
3/4MT:  Floyd
4B: Chidera
5C: Dominik
5/6C: Jasmine
6B: Jomin

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: Taiwo
RS: Aisha
1T: Ugo
1/2T: Nathaniel
2B: Bobby
3CD: Jaden
3/4MT: Ryder
4B: Aayan
5C: Greisi
5/6C: Reece
6B: Gracie

Class Attendance Award

Whole school attendance was very low last week at just 93.14% overall.

Class 3/ 4MT was the  attendance winner last week with 99.33%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 93.61%

RS: 93.68%

1T: 94.00%

1/2T: 88.00%

2B: 88.67%

3CD: 90.32%

3/4MT: 99.33%

4B: 93.33%

5C: 94.33%

5/6C: 96.33%

6B: 93.67%

Diary Dates

7th March – World Book Day
14th March – Foundation Stage Stay and Play for parents 2pm – 3.15pm – please arrive for a prompt 2pm start
18th – 22nd March – Balanceability lessons for Year 1
19th and 20th March – Please follow instructions on class dojo to book your appointment.
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Rise in Measles Cases

Measles cases are on the rise, not just in Wakefield but nationally. Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools and other care and support settings. It can be a very unpleasant illness and, in some children, can be very serious and lead to the need for hospital care. In rare cases, it can cause death. Vaccines are our best line of defence against diseases like measles and help stop outbreaks occurring in the community.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to check children are up to date with their two MMR doses. They can do this by checking the child’s personal child health record (PCHR), known as the red book, or by contacting their GP practice.

Normally the first is given at 12 months and the second at around three years and four months old.

It is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever the age. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, their GP practice will be able to arrange an appointment. More information is available on the West Yorkshire Healthier Together website.

 

General Updates

School Trips

Last week a number of school trips were announced on Class Dojo. Please refer to your year group specific class story for more detailed information about the trip. Payments should be made by logging into your child’s School Money account and making a payment. Thank you.

Friday 22nd March – Years 1 and 2 – Ian’s Farm visit to school
Wednesday 1st May – Year 3 visit to Whitby
Thursday 2nd May – Year 4 visit to Whitby
Thursday 13th June – Reception trip to Cannon Hall Farm
Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th June – Year 6 Residential trip to Robinwood

Please look out on Class Dojo for further visits that will be confirmed shortly.

 

World Book Day

Reading is a priority at St. Austin’s – every day is book day!  As part of our reading offer, we will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Children are invited  to come to school in their pyjamas and to bring a book on this day.

Ready, Steady…Read

From 4th-10th March, we will be running a sponsored read event to celebrate and encourage a lifelong love of reading at home and school. All the money raised will be used to buy new books for our school. In addition to the money raised, Usborne will donate up to 60% of the total raised in extra free books!

Please help us to enhance our reading resources by taking part in the event. Children could read books, comics, magazines, newspapers, menus, websites, recipes, poems, leaflets, instructions – anything with words!

Closer to the date, your child will be sent home with a sponsorship form and reading log. Sponsorship money is to be paid via School Money.

We look forward to having lots more books for children to read, share and enjoy.

 

Attendance
The link between attendance and attainment is clear, but  attendance is important for more than just attainment:
Regular school attendance can facilitate positive peer relationships, which is a protective factor for mental health and wellbeing.

 

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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.

 

 

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