Newsletter 7th May 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Tuesday 7th May 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord (Thursday 9th May) celebrates when Jesus ascended to heaven.  Ascension Day is observed forty days from the day he rose from the grave.

The Feast of the Ascension celebrates Christ’s exaltation. While on earth, he was a servant. Now in heaven, he is the ruler and Lord of all. By entering heaven as the representative of humankind, he completed the work of our salvation and guarantees the eventual glorification of all who love Him. The whole school will attend Mass on Thursday to celebrate this great feast. We will pray for all our families and community.

Gladden us with the holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,

for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exultation,

and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Year 6 SATs

A reminder that Year 6 SATs take place in the week beginning 13th May. All Year 6 children are required to be in school every day this week. Free breakfast will be available Monday-Thursday prior to tests for all our Year 6 children to attend. Thank you to all our parents for your support to your child at this time.

Monday 13th May      Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (2 Papers)

Tuesday 14th May      Reading (1 paper)

Wednesday 15th May  Maths (Paper 1 and Paper 2)

Thursday 16th May    Maths (Paper 3)

Parent Forum Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

Ever wanted to have your say about something we do at school?

Want to know more about why we do things in a particular way at St. Austin’s?

Do you have a suggestion or an idea you would like us to consider?

Interested in learning more about our school and our curriculum?

Then come along to our Parent Forum Meeting on Wednesday 5th June straight after you have dropped your child(ren) off. Tea/coffee and breakfast pastries will be available. The meeting will then begin at 9.00am. It’s 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!


Governors

We are looking for another parent governor to join our Academy Council. Governors play a key role in raising school standards and monitoring performance. It is a very important and worthwhile role!

Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge. There would be an expectation for governors to attend training to develop their skills to support the work of the Academy Council.

School Governors serve for a four-year term of office. However, should your circumstances change, as a volunteer, you can resign at any time.

Interested?  Ask at reception for details and a nomination form or contact office@sa.bkcat.uk

The closing date for this round of nominations is Monday 20th May 2024

 

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 May at 2.45pm.

RG:  Ruqayya
RS: Aisha
1T: Arthur
1/2T: Nathan
2B: Amelia
3CD: Delight
3/4MT: Julia
4B: Raihana
5C: Jagoda
5/6C: Jasmine
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 10th May at 2.45pm.

RG: Evelyn
RS: Salvatore
1T: David
1/2T: Adachukwu
2B: Haroon
3CD: Liliana
3/4MT: Sebastian Bu
4B: Austin
5C: Eva
5/6C: Ramah
6B: Daud

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: Aleeza
RS: Ciara
1T: Aiza
1/2T: Tessa
2B: Eileen
3CD: Anna
3/4MT: Aniya
4B: Natan
5C: Sahib
5/6C: Wren
6B: Paris

Class Attendance Award

Class 2B was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 98.52% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 94.33%

RS: 96.50%

1T: 95.67%

1/2T: 93.00%

2B: 98.52%

3CD: 96.55%

3/4MT: 93.67%

4B: 95.67%

5C: 95.67%

5/6C: 96.33%

6B: 97.33%

Diary Dates

13th – 17th May – KS2 SATS week
16th May – Foundation Stage Stay and Play Session
20th May – Years 1 and 2 Butterfly House trip
24th May – St Augustine’s Feast Day – parents invited for picnic lunch 11.45-1pm
24th May – Last day of term before the half term break.
5th June –  Parent Forum meeting 9am

Safeguarding Updates

 

Summer is an amazing time to enjoy our beautiful waterways but we must be mindful that according to RLSS UK’s National Drowning Report 2023 warmer weather is directly linked to an increase in fatal drowning incidents.

46% of drownings occur in the summer months and this rises to 75% amongst 13 – 17-year olds.

Rivers and Lakes/Lochs pose the greatest statistical risk as there are often hazards that the average person is equipped to handle and there is a lack of professional supervision.

Accidents are mostly preventable with the correct knowledge and judgment and here are our tips to staying safe in the water during the summer:

Stop and Think

Stop and Think
Is the area safe? Think about potential hazards – too deep, too shallow, currents, tides, underwater objects?

Enter slowly and carefully and never jump from heights.

Think carefully about your ability to splash or swim in cold outdoor water. 49% of those who lost their life were classified as swimmers*. Are you really a good swimmer?

Research local information, conditions – read local signs and speak to locals, including the lifeguards.

Stay Together

Stay Together
Supervision – over 70% of fatal accidents occur in the absence of professional supervision*. Seek lifeguarded areas and always make sure someone is available to raise the alarm.

Don’t go too far – enter the water slowly, stay within reach, stay within a standing depth and always be supervised.

In an emergency

Call 999

Call 999
Ask for the Fire and Rescue Service when inland and the Coastguard if at the coastDon’t enter the water to rescue.

Be sure everyone in your group knows who to call in the event of an emergency.  If you are abroad, be sure you know the correct number to call.

Float

Float
Fall in or become tired – stay calmfloat on your back and call for help. Throw something that floats to somebody that has fallen in.

General Updates

School Trips

There are a number of school trips taking place during the summer term. Please do make sure you are using Class Dojo to keep up to date with trip information, including deadline dates to give permission and pay trip contributions. Your prompt response is greatly appreciated and does help to ensure the trips go smoothly.

School Council – Parliament, London Trip

Some members of our school council will be going to London this month to visit Parliament and be involved in a  tour and workshop. We are very fortunate to have secured this trip for our school and our council members are looking forward to this exciting opportunity.

Uniform Bank

As Summer (finally!) approaches, you may need summer uniform clothing items for your child. We have plenty of Summer dresses within our uniform bank if you would like any items, please contact the School Office.

 

Attendance
Please could parents ensure that you notify the School Office of any absences before 9am. This could be via the absence line on 01924 339435 or via Contact office on Class Dojo. Please do not dojo your child’s class teacher directly regarding absences.
If you have a special leave request for appointments such as passport applications, citizenship meetings etc, please complete a Permission to Withdraw Request Form (available from the School Office) well in advance of your appointment date. Your cooperation with following absence related procedures is greatly appreciated and does save a considerable amount of time within our busy School Office.

PTA News

Our next PTA meeting is this Friday 10th May at 9am if you are interested in joining please come long!

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.

Sophie completed on her bicycle, an 18 km trail . Well done Sophie!

 

 

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