Newsletter 7th March
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 7th March 2022
Spiritual Reflection – The 1st Sunday of Lent
On the first Sunday of Lent we read the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert – Luke 4:1-13. We can imagine this as a time of transition, a turning point in Jesus’ life. Perhaps we can liken it to one of the important turning points in our own lives: the decision to marry, the birth of a child, the acceptance of a new job, or the decision to move to a new home. After the moment of decision, having reached the point of no return, we sometimes begin to wonder if we are prepared and ready for the task before us. Turning points can be times of doubt and insecurity. Jesus’ response to the temptations of the devil offers an example for responding in faith when our doubts and insecurities tempt us to distrust God’s sufficiency. Jesus rebukes the devil by quoting Scripture. Each quote is an affirmation of trust in God. We learn to trust in big things by practicing trust in little things. Our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving invite us to trust God in these small ways. They remind us that God will suffice for us. They prepare us to trust in God in all things, especially in moments of doubt and uncertainty.
A prayer for Ukraine
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world. Amen.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: George RS: Ayaan 1K: Marryhelen 1/2T: Nikita 2B: Evaniya 3C: Maja L 3/4MT: Sahib 4C:Hugo 5W: Gracie Ann 5/6B: Maja 6CD: Swasti
Thank you so much for the overwhelming support to our fundraising bun sale event. Parents were incredibly generous with the donations we received and a huge £412.79 was raised for school funds. This is an amazing kickstart to our school fundraising this year.
After School Club
Tuesdays – Cricket Club (yrs 5 & 6)
Wednesdays – Ball Games (yrs 1 & 2)
There are still a number of places available if you would like to enrol your child for an after school club for the relevant year group.
The new PTA have organised a number of school disco’s this half term. There will be separate disco’s for the different key stages within school. Each disco will start straight after school and parents should collect at the stated end time. Children can come to school on the day of their disco in non uniform with the exception of Years 5 and 6 on 22nd March due to class photographs. Pupils in years 5 and 6 should come to school in full uniform and may bring a change of clothes with them to get changed at 3.25pm for the disco.
Children should bring with them on the day of the disco, £1 entrance fee, and additional spending money for drinks, snacks, hot dogs (vegetarian and halal versions will be available).
Hot Dogs £1
Cans of fizzy drinks – 60p
Fruit Shoot drinks – 50p
Bottled Water – 40p
Crisps – 40p
Chocolate bars – 50p
Glow sticks (pack of 10) – £1
Temporary Tattoo (applied) – 25p
In order that the PTA can adequately cater for the event, please complete the online permission form.
Parents of children in Reception only have the option of staying for the duration of the disco. Tea and coffee will be available to purchase. It is not essential that a parent stays with the child, this is optional.
Wednesday 9th March – Reception, Years 1 and 2 3.25pm – 4.25pm https://forms.gle/M2p114vUZCDNrUtCA
Thursday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 3.25pm -5pm https://forms.gle/7zUd4y41idoemkUs7
Thursday 22nd March – Years 5 and 6 3.25pm – 5pm https://forms.gle/ggGRVFyafTm4KoHPA
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .
3/4MT: Joshua F
4C: Amelia B
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 3C were the last weeks attendance winners with 97%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
Chicken Pox Cases in School
There are a high number of cases of Chicken Pox throughout school. Please remain vigilant to any new rashes or spots that your child may present with. Please be mindful that chicken pox can be dangerous to pregnant women and some individuals with certain illnesses or taking certain medications. Public Health England’s guidance for chicken pox in an education setting is that children should not attend school until all spots have fully scabbed over and are dry scabs.
Extra Curricular Achievements
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to email@example.com
Wednesday 9th March – UFS , Years 1 & 2 School Disco – 3.25pm – 4.25pm – £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale, parents in Reception welcome to stay
Wednesday 9th March – Year 2 Mutli Skills Sporting event at St Wilfrid’s (children to come to school in PE kit)
Monday 14th – Friday 18th March – Science Week
Tuesday 15th March – Years 3 and 4 disco – 3.25pm – 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Monday 21st March – Friday 25th March – Diversity Week
Tuesday 22nd March – Years 5 and 6 disco 3.25pm- 5pm, £1 entrance plus refreshments on sale
Tuesday 22nd March – Class photographs
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th April – Parents Evening (more information to follow)
Thursday 7th April – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm (Parents of children who have Rock Steady lessons in school welcome to attend)
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1 (more details to follow)
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Online Safety for 4 – 7 year olds
Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.
Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games.
How you can use Jessie & Friends to help keep your child safer online
Before you watch Jessie & Friends with your child, here are a few things you can do:
- Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen and show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.
- Initiate (and continue) conversations about online safety: Ask them if anything ever bothers or worries them while they’re online. You could use examples of events from the animations and ask if they’ve experienced anything similar. Reinforce the key message: if anything happens online which makes them feel worried, scared or sad, the best thing to do is talk to you or another adult who they trust.
- Help your child identify adults who can help: Help your child identify trusted adults from different areas of their life such as at home or at school.
- Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm and loving support.
- Supervise your child while they’re online: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an appropriate adult is able to supervise. It is not safe for 4-7 year olds to access the internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.
- Talk to your child about how their online actions can affect others: If your child is engaging with others online remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo or video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
- SafeSearch: The use of ‘SafeSearch’ is highly recommended for use with young children. Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child is exposed to whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage (often shaped like a small cog).
- Parental controls: Make use of the parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled device in your home. You can learn more by reading our article on using parental controls.
Use this link to access the online videos
Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts
The Government has removed the legal requirement to isolate when you have Covid. However as our priority is reducing risk, keeping our community safe and children in school please can you continue to keep your child at home if they have any Covid symptoms or are positive and continue to test from day 5 to see if they are negative. If they test negative on days 5 and 6 they can return to school. Covid Isolation Guidance
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A: Because 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 !! Harry Class 5W
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