Newsletter 6th November 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 6th November 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

Remembrance Day 2023

In our school on Friday morning we will remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We will pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women. We will observe the collective act of silence as we stand together and reflect on the price of freedom.

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace: for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God;

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free;

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace.

May God give peace.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Our first week of the second half of the Autumn Term got off to a good start and I hope you continue to check Dojo regularly to see the many great things that your children do each day in various lessons over the course of each working week.

On Wednesday of last week, we celebrated the great Feast of All Saints. Fr. Sean Crawley celebrated mass for us – his first as our new parish priest. He was very impressed with the prayerfulness and attentiveness of our children. Fr. Sean will be in school again on Monday 13th November to celebrate Mass with our Y6 pupils. As only one year group will be attending this Mass, parents, carers and grandparents are welcome to join us for Mass at 9.30am.

Are you free on Wednesday morning? If so, please do come along to our Parent Forum Meeting at 9am on Wednesday 8th November. The meeting will last an hour. If you are not sure what the Parent Forum is, please look back at last week’s newsletter when this was explained in more detail.

A quick reminder in case you haven’t booked your appointment with your child’s class teacher for Parents’ Evening which will be taking place over two evenings – Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November. This is an important event in our school calendar, which gives you the opportunity to find out how your child is progressing and what you can do at home to support their education.

Reading Support Volunteers – We are still looking for parent/carer volunteers willing to assist us with supporting children as readers across school. You must be willing to undertake a DBS check and some simple training with our reading leaders Miss Tickle and Miss Workman. If this is something you are able to do, please let me know via Dojo or calling in to the school office. We want to share books as much as possible this year and are in need of additional adults with a passion for reading to enhance our reading offer.

As always, I 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 10th November at 2.45pm.

RG: Caden

RS: Ayla

1T: Myra

1/2T: Heleina

2B: Oliwia

3CD: Marryhelen

3/4MT: Aryan

4B: Bella

5C: Joshua F

5/6C: Wren

6B: Ahren

 

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 10th November at 2.45pm.

RG: Ethan

RS: Evaan

1T: Zainab

1/2T: Jacob

2B: Vincent

3CD: Fatimah

3/4MT: Sophie

4B: Phoebe

5C: Mohammad

5/6C: Aaron

6B: Heizel

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Inaaya

RS :Efrain

1T: Arthur

1/2T: Reggie

2B: Wobase

3CD: Ralph

3/4MT: Annabelle

4B: Efayobase

5C: Fabian
5/6C: Jacob B

6B: Joshua P

Class Attendance Award

Class  5/ 6C  was the last week of terms attendance winner with 98.33%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 82.00%

RS: 97.89%

1T: 93.00%

1/2T: 94.33%

2B: 93.33%

3CD: 90.67%

3/4MT: 98.00%

4B: 89.67%

5C: 95.20%

5/6C: 98.33%

6B: 96.90%

Diary Dates
Wednesday 8th November – 9am Parent Forum meeting with Mr Molyneux
Monday 13th November – Odd Socks Day (Anti bullying)
Wednesday 15th November and Thursday 16th November – Parents Evening – details on how to book your appointment will be released shortly
Friday 17th November – Non Uniform Day (donations of £1 for Children in Need)
Friday 17th November – PTA school disco 3.15pm start – more information to follow
Tuesday 21st November – Girls football BKCAT tournament at St Wilfrid’s
Thursday 30th November – Rock Steady Parent concert
Friday 1st December – 9am Parent Coffee morning – mental health and wellbeing session
Friday 1st December – Christmas Craft session – more information to follow
Friday 1st December – Non Uniform Day – bring a chocolate donation for the Chocolate Tombola at the Christmas Fair
Monday 4th December – Year 4 Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s School
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
Monday 11th December – Year 3 Christmas Sporting challenge at St Wilfrid’s
Wednesday 13th December – 10am Reception Nativity performance
Wednesday 13th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 2.15pm
Thursday 14th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 9.30am
Thursday 14th December Reception Nativity performance 2.15pm
Monday 18th December – KS2 Carol Service 2.15pm
Tuesday 19th December – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Using Google Family Link app.

The Google Family Link has come on in leaps and bounds over the years, allowing parents greater management of their child’s Google accounts (e.g Youtube) and Android devices. This includes children under the age of 13.

Internet Matters have put together a great article explaining exactly what Google Family Link is plus details instructions on how to set it up and use it.

You can find the article HERE.

 

General Updates

Anti Bullying week – Monday 13th – Friday 17th November

Children are invited to wear Odd Socks on Monday 13th November to mark the start of Anti bullying week.

What is Odd Socks Day?

Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. We have everything you need to celebrate what makes us all unique and spread kindness! Odd Socks Day 2023 will take place on Monday 13th November. It is supported by cBeebies presenter & ABA patron Andy Day and his band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’.

 

Reception Starters Sept 2024 –

If you have a child or a family member that is  due to start in Reception class in September 2024, there is a School tour available to book on to on Wednesday 22nd November. There will be 3 tour times, 9.30am, 2pm and 4pm. If you would like to attend one of theses sessions, please contact the School Office on 01924 339435 or email admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

To apply for a school place for September 2024 Reception class, please visit Wakefield Council School admissions on https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-education/schools/school-admissions/apply-for-a-full-time-place-in-reception/  In addition to applying through the council, it is necessary for parents to submit direct to school, a Supplementary Information Form, as a secondary part of the application process please. This form is available from the School Office or via the website  https://www.sa.bkcat.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SIF-Primary-2022.pdf

Uniform

All pupils should now be wearing the winter school uniform only. Yellow polo shirts and green and white checked dresses constitute the summer uniform and so should now not be worn.  We do have a uniform bank of second hand items if you are looking for a particular size, please enquire with the school office. A reminder of the winter uniform is below:

-Green skirt / green pinafore dress or grey trousers

-White  collared shirt (NOT polo T shirt) and school tie

-Green cardigan or jumper

-Green tights, green/ white socks with skirts / dresses, grey socks with trousers

-Black school shoes (NO trainers please)

-PE kits – plain black jogging bottoms/ leggings, plain black zip up jacker/ jumper, white polo shirt

 

 

Parents Evening

Parents Evening is NOW live. The cut off date to make your booking is Sunday 12th November at 10.30pm. Every child should be represented at parents evening and to date there are less than half of parents  that have booked an appointment.

To make your appointments please login https://parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary

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

 

Attendance

  • The school Attendance Officer will be assessing attendance across school. Pupils who’s attendance falls below 90% may receive a call from Mrs Scott to discuss this.

PTA News

PTA disco – Friday 17th November – sign up by no later than 13th November on School Money!

PTA Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December – we are now accepting your donations of good quality used toys for our toy stall. We are especially in need of clean, quality soft toys/ teddies for the teddy stall as well please. Have that pre Christmas Sort out!

Can you help out at the Christmas Fair by manning a stall or game? If so please contact Mrs Scott in the school office. Your help is appreciated.

This year – we are ‘renting’ table space at the Christmas Fair. Do you own your own company and would like a stall at our fair for a small charge? If so get in touch via admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

 

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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