Newsletter 5th December 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 5th December 2022
Spiritual Reflection: John the Baptist preaches a message of repentance (Matthew 3:1-12)
In this Gospel reading from Sunday, our Advent preparation for Christmas invites us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. St. Matthew describes the work and preaching of John the Baptist.
John the Baptist was a prophet who lived in the desert. He wore clothes made of camel-hair and ate locusts and wild honey. The people came to him to be baptised and confess their sins. John said to the people, “Repent; change your ways! Think about how you live and get ready to welcome the Lord! I baptize you with water, but someone is coming soon who is more powerful than I am, and he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
John reminds the people that they prepare for the reign of God by reforming their lives. We do many things to get ourselves ready for our celebration of Christmas: purchase gifts, prepare Christmas cards, decorate our homes. John’s call of repentance in preparation for Jesus reminds us that our repentance is another way in which we can prepare for the Lord’s coming and our celebration of Christmas. Parish communities often offer a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Advent season. Our KS2 children will join together for a simple Reconciliation Service on Tuesday afternoon with the opportunity for children who have already made their first confession to go to confession. Fr Smith and Fr Chris will be available to hear confessions.
This week, as a family, you may like to gather in a prayerful space and ask God to forgive your sins by praying this simple act of contrition. Then celebrate God’s forgiveness by sharing a Sign of Peace with each other.
O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you.
I know I should love you above all things.
Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated items for the Christmas Fair on Non Uniform Day last Friday. We received some very generous donations. Please do come along and enjoy the festivities at the Christmas Fair this Friday.
Upcoming Events in School
There are multiple events happening in school over the next few weeks. Please do take the time to check the Diary Dates section of the newsletter each week and to look out for information that is shared on Class Dojo so that you are aware of what is happening in school and can appropriately book on to planned events.
Reception Nativity Performances on Wednesday 7th December at 2.30pm and Thursday 8th December at 9.30am
Years 1 and 2 Nativity Performances on Thursday 8th December at 2.15pm and Friday 9th December at 9.30am
Parents MUST pre book their tickets to gain entrance to the performances using the below links
Reception Nativity – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustins/e-yaxqje
Years 1 and 2 – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustins/e-qzpera
Christmas Fair – this Friday 9th December
Come along to the Christmas Fair after school on Friday (3.15 – 5.15pm).
There will be Christmas games with prizes, tombola’s, face painting, a refreshments stall, hot chocolate stalls and lots of Christmas Fun! Not forgetting, Father Christmas himself will be there, children can visit him in his grotto and receive a present. Don’t forget, you can pre order now your hot food (hot dogs, halal and vegetarian also available) by visiting the ‘Shop’ section of School Money. Your support at these PTA events is greatly appreciated.
Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 9th December
Children are invited to wear a Christmas Jumper over their uniform this Friday. If you don’t have a Christmas Jumper, it is not necessary to go to the expense of buying one, you can ‘Christmas up’ your existing uniform, or perhaps wear a Santa’s hat or headband instead.
Advent Crafts – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 – Monday 19th December – parents invited -£1 per child payable on School Money
Parents of children in the above year groups are invited to come into school to take part in a number of Advent Crafts activities with your child. We kindly request that all parents log onto your child’s School Money account and pay the £1 contribution towards the costs of the resources. This payment is requested from all parents, regardless if you are able to attend or not, as all children will still take part in this activity.
Changes to Celebration Assemblies for this term.
Friday 9th December – due to multiple events in school during week commencing 5th December, there will be NO celebrations assembly on Friday 9th December. Instead winners during this week will be presented with their awards in a double ceremony on Friday 16th December.
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 16th December at 2.50pm. please.
1/2 T: Nadia P
3/4 TA: Phoebe
5W: Niamh F
5/6 B: Jasmine
Class Attendance Award
Classes 6B were last weeks attendance winners with 95.81%.
Whole school attendance last week was incredibly low at just 88.20%. Unfortunately there does seem to be a high number of children with symptoms of temperature, cough and sore throat. Due to the high number of illnesses please may we remind parents to practice good hand hygiene with children to help reduce the risk of spreading infections. If your child is persistently unwell with a temperature, school would recommend seeking GP advice. Absences of more than 3 days from school, we may request evidence from you that you have sought a GP appointment, so please do forward any GP evidence of attendance such as a text confirming your appointment or an appointment card to the following email:email@example.com. Alternatively, if you have attended the GP and they have prescribed medication, then a photograph of the prescribed medication showing the child’s name is acceptable.
Whilst we do appreciate that children will need to be absent from school if they are very unwell, it may not however, be necessary to keep your child off school until they are 100% recovered; for example, if antibiotics have been prescribed and your child has improved, they should be able to return before the end of the course of the antibiotics.
Importantly, in order that office staff can swiftly monitor attendance in school and ultimately the safety of our pupils, please remember to report your child’s absence daily by 9am. Office staff should not have to call parents to request a reason for absence please.
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 16th December at 2.50pm. please.
1/2 T: Josmin
3/ 4TA: Natan
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
RG: Amelia Gr
1/2 T: Blanka
3/4 TA: Dhanraj
Out of School Achievements
7th December – Nativity performance Reception pm (entrance by ticket only)
8th December – Nativity Performance Reception am (entrance by ticket only)
8th December – Nativity Performance Years 1 and 2 pm (entrance by ticket only)
9th December – Nativity Performance Years 1 and 2 am (entrance by ticket only)
9th December – Christmas Jumper Day
9th December – Christmas Fair 3.30-5.30pm
9th December – Music tuition fees due by today
14th December – KS2 Carol Service (entrance by tickets only)
14th December – Christmas Lunch Day
16th December – Christmas parties (during the school day)
19th December – Advent Crafts – KS2
20th December – school closed for Christmas 3.15pm
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Setting Up Devices
With Christmas fast approaching some children will be getting new or upgraded devices, older devices may be handed to younger children. This is an ideal time for us to give you information about the importance of setting up devices with parental controls in relation to the age of the child. Internet Matters covers all devices with very simple, easy-to-understand parental guides which you can find HERE. There are also some good console buying advice and tips HERE.
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 Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL
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