Newsletter 7th November 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 7th November 2022
Spiritual Reflection – Remembrance Day – 11th November
At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month each year we remember the moment in 1918 when World War I came to an end. On Remembrance Day, we remember the men and women who have served in war and peacekeeping activities. Remembrance Day does not glorify war – it honours the memory of all those who laid down their lives. As a mark of respect to those who have served, we stop to observe one minute’s silence. This year will mark the 104th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War. One thing we can do for the people who fought for our country, is to continue the tradition of remembering them.
When we look through the news and some of our social media feeds, we can be brought to tears by the vulnerability of children caught in war zones, in places that we may have heard about, but not necessarily known about in terms of human cost and the impact of war. The ongoing situation in Ukraine plays heavy on all of our minds.
Perhaps we might reflect on these words of Pope Francis… Mercy nourishes and strengthens solidarity towards others as a necessary response to God’s gracious love, “which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5). Each of us is responsible for his or her neighbour: we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live. Concern for fostering good relationships with others and the ability to overcome prejudice and fear are essential ingredients for promoting the culture of encounter…let yourselves be robbed of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s mercy, as manifested in the people you meet on your journey!
As another Remembrance Day approaches later this week, we remember the courageous men and women who gave their lives in wartime and as a result of war. As we remember the lives that have been lost, let us promise each other to work for the freedom of all who are oppressed in the world today. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus who taught us how to live.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’.
Our PTA have arranged a school disco on Friday 18th November 3.15- 4.30pm There will be a disco for children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 in the KS1 hall and then a separate disco in KS2 hall for children in Years 3 to 6. There is a limit on the number of places, so if you would like your child to attend please log on to your School Money parent account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk and paying the £1 disco admission and providing consent for your child to attend.
Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are required to attend the disco with their child. Only children who have provided online permission and paid the entrance fee via the School Money account will be able to stay for the disco.
The PTA will have a variety of refreshments on sale that children can purchase. A price list detailing the items will be sent via Dojo closer to the time.
Parents Evening will take place on 9th & 10th November in school. Please arrive at the main school office entrance at least 5 minutes before your appointment time. If you are unable to attend please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo. The booking system has now closed.
Christmas Fair 9th December
There will be a Christmas Fair after school on Friday 9th December and we would love for you to come along and join in with the festive fun.
There will be a variety of stalls, food/ refreshments, games and a raffle.
One of the stalls will be a preloved toy and book stall and we are requesting parents to donate any unwanted toys or children’s books that are in good reusable condition. Perhaps you would like to have a pre Christmas sort out at home to make some space before Santa arrives. We would welcome your toy donations to the school office please.
Stall space available for rent – we will be offering a small amount of stall space within the Christmas Fair to local business who may wish to sell their goods at our fair. If you or anyone you know would like more information about this, please contact email@example.com.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: John Paul
1/2 T: Josmin
3/4 TA: Aira
4C: Jewel M
5W: Joshua P
5/6 B: Matthew K
Class Attendance Award
Classes 5/6B were last weeks attendance winners with 98.71%.
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
1/2 T: Hana
3/ 4TA: Mateusz
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Malachi
3CD: David A
3/4 TA: Maria
9th & 10th November – Parents Evening in school
14th November – Odd Socks Day
18th November – Children in Need Non Uniform Day (£1 donation to Charity)
18th November – PTA disco 3.15 -4.30pm (£1 admission – payable via School Money only)
25th November – Years 5 and 6 Cineworld Trip
30th November – Installment payment due for Robinwood Year 6 Residential trip
2nd December– Advent Crafts – Reception, Years 1 and 2
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)
16th December – Christmas parties (during the school day)
19th December – Advent Crafts – KS2
20th December – school closed for Christmas 3.15pm
St. Austin’s School Open Day (for UFS parents 2023-2024)
Please can we ask parents to let friends and family with children who are due to start school in September 2023 that we are holding our Open Day on Thursday 17th November. Tours will take place at 9.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We ask that they contact our school office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book their preferred time slot. Parents can apply for a school place from 1st November.
Child-on-child abuse online
A guide for parents/carers and teachers
Sometimes called peer-on-peer abuse, child-on-child abuse is online more often now than it once was.
Learn what it is, including the signs, and how you can support and inform young people to prevent online child-on-child abuse from happening in schools and at home: Click 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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