Newsletter 8th January 2024

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 8th January 2024

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today, the 8th January, the Church keeps the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

In the liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord signifies the end of the Christmas season. The Baptism of the Lord is notable because it marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and confirms his identity as the Son of God.

In Baptism of the Lord, Jesus’ divinity is made clear when God the Father proclaims “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus’s baptism also underlines the mystery of the Son of God becoming one of us. As a human person, Jesus identified with us not only in our strengths, but in our frailty.

You might like to say this prayer as a family today.

Almighty, eternal God, when the Spirit descended upon Jesus at His baptism in the Jordan, you revealed Him as your own beloved Son. Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit faithful to our calling. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Returning from the Christmas break last week for just two days helped everyone in school get back into routines and readjust to being back at work after what I hope was for all of our families and a very happy and peaceful time. This half-term is quite a short one of five weeks, but as always there is lots happening, so don’t forget to check our WhatsApp Communication Group and Class Dojo regularly.

Breakfast Club

Just a reminder that our Breakfast Club now opens at the earlier time of 7.40am and the club will be operational for the remainder of the school year. However, this will only be the case if we have approximately 30 children attending each day. Before we closed for Christmas, the parent survey results indicated a need for:

31 places on a Monday, 31 places on a Tuesday, 30 places on a Wednesday, 28 places on a Thursday and 30 places on a Friday.

Based on these results it was clear that there is a real need for this provision and we were delighted to be able to share the news that the club will continue operating for the remainder of this school year. However, the numbers attending the club so far this term have been very low with only 4 attending on Thursday 4th, 7 attending on Friday 5th and 9 attending today (Monday 8th). If numbers continue to remain this low the club may have to close as we cannot operate at a financial loss. Hopefully as families continue to get back into usual routines the numbers will be in line with the survey. It really is a case of ‘use it or lose it!’

For your child to attend Breakfast Club you must reserve a place via School Money. Without a reservation we cannot grantee your child attendance.

Tax-free Childcare

The school has signed up to Tax-Free Childcare for our Breakfast Club. This means from today payment can be made via this method. To make payment via this method please link our school to your HMRC Childcare account. Childcare Choices have advised this can be done by searching against the schools postcode WF1 3PF.

School can only accept payment via this method for the Breakfast Club, Tax-Free Childcare cannot be accepted as payment in relation to any other school activity.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) student

This week we welcome Mr. Forster to our school. Mr. Forster is a student from Leeds Trinity University who is completing an Initial Teacher Training Placement with us until early March. He will be working in our Y5/6C classroom though as part of his wider professional development there may be times when he visits other classrooms. We look forward to supporting him in his training.

Whole School Mass – Tuesday 9th January

On Friday morning last week we brought the Christmas season to a close here in school with our Epiphany Assembly. As you will have seen from the ‘Prayer for the Week’ section of this newsletter, today is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. After this, the church begins Ordinary Time again. Tomorrow we will have a whole school Mass during which we will ask God to help us follow him more closely throughout the year ahead. As is the case when we have a whole school Mass we are unfortunately unable to invite parents to join us due to space restrictions. We will however pray for all members of our school community.

Routine monitoring and evaluation of provision

On Thursday, we will welcome the BKCAT Lead Practitioner for Early Years into school. They will be carrying out a review of our provision in Foundation Stage (our two Reception classes). We already know that they will see and hear many wonderful things. This is part of our ongoing school improvement work, which all BKCAT schools engage with.

 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good week everyone.

Mr. Molyneux

Awards

There are no awards this week. Awards will re commence week commencing 15th January.

Class Attendance Award

Class  3CD & Class 4B  were the  attendance winners (for the period 18 -19th December & 4-5th January) with 96.67%.

RG: 90.79%

RS: 91.45%

1T: 91.25%

1/2T: 93.97%

2B: 94.58%

3CD: 96.67%

3/4MT: 91.94%

4B: 96.67%

5C: 83.53%

5/6C: 88.33%

6B: 90.09%

Diary Dates

Monday 29th January – Wednesday 7th February – Bikeability instructors in school for Year 5
Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Friday 9th February – Last day of term before the half term break
Monday 19th February – first day back after the half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

Family Hubs in the Wakefield District are looking for parents and carers with children aged 0 – 5yrs to join them for a brand-new programme, HENRY, which will be running from three of the Wakefield Family hubs. HENRY is a free programme which is starting in January. The free 8 – 10 week group programme will explore how to give your child/children a healthy start in life.The programme will explore:

  • Setting goals
  • Juggling life with young children
  • Responding to children’s needs without giving in to demands
  • Positive mealtimes
  • Ideas for active play
  • Food & portion sizes for under 5’s
  • Managing children’s behaviour for a happier home
  • Planning for the future.

Everyone who attends the programme will receive a free parenting pack and resources for use at home including story books, reward charts and soft ball.

If you are interested and want to find out more or book your place onto the HENRY programme, call or pop into your nearest HENRY delivery family hub.

  • Sunbeam Family Hub – Lupset Crescent, Wakefield, WF2 8RH. Contact: 01924 302333
  • Sunbeam Family Hub – Starts Wednesday 17th January 2024 – 9.30am – 11.30am

 

General Updates

Bikeability – Year 5 and Year 1

Year 5 – 29th Jan – 31st January & 5th – 7th February

Pupils in Year 5 will be completing Bikeability cycle training with Cycle North instructors in a few weeks time. Children will be divided into groups and complete three sessions of Bikeability training. Don’t worry if your child does not have a bike or a helmet, Cycle North will provide cycling equipment if this is needed. Bikeability training is aimed at ALL levels of expertise from non riders to confident riders. Instructors will assess your child’s competency at the end of each of the 3 sessions and determine if they are able to progress to the next stage each time. All children will begin in the playground , then depending on competency, progress to local road cycling. Please look out on class stories on Dojo for an online permission form.

Year 1 – Monday 18th – 22nd March

Cycle North Instructors will be back in school in March for our Year 1 children. Instructors will begin to teach children balance skills using balance bikes. Children will then have the opportunity to progress to pedal bikes. Please look out on class stories on Dojo for an online permission form.

Cold Weather

The forecast for this week is predicting a cold weather period in our area. Please ensure your child has a suitable winter coat with a hood, and additional winter clothing items such as gloves and a hat for outdoor play. It is essential that all children’s clothing items are clearly labelled with your child’s name so that any lost items can be swiftly returned. Cold weather can also cause increased traffic on the roads and additional time needed to defrost car windscreens. Please allow for this by setting off to school a little earlier each day to prevent being late for school.

As detailed in the last newsletter, school would like to remind parents and encourage that the correct full uniform is worn at all times. Staff will contact you if your child’s clothing does  not adhere to the uniform policy.

After School Clubs

After school clubs have started this week and will run until the end of week commencing 5th February. Online bookings via School Money are now closed.

Melodica club (Diocese of Leeds staff) will begin next week, 15th January.

Attendance

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that can also affect adults. It usually gets better on its own in 7 to 10 days.

The 1st signs of hand, foot and mouth disease can be:

  • a sore throat
  • a high temperature
  • not wanting to eat

The 2nd stage usually starts a few days later and can include:

  • mouth ulcers, which can be painful
  • a raised rash of spots on the hands and feet, and sometimes the thighs and bottom

The rash of spots can look pink, red, or darker than the surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.
The spots can turn into blisters, which might be grey or lighter than surrounding skin and can be painful.
The symptoms are usually the same in adults and children, but can be worse in babies and children under 5.

You cannot take antibiotics or medicines to cure hand, foot and mouth disease. It usually gets better on its own in 7 to 10 days.

To help the symptoms:

  • drink fluids to prevent dehydration and avoid acidic drinks, such as fruit juice
  • eat soft foods like yoghurt and avoid hot and spicy foods
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease a sore mouth or throat

 

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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.

Well done to Kailen (Class 5/ 6C ), who has been working incredibly hard  outside of school in martial arts. In July this year, he achieved black belt in karate, grading alongside people far older than him. In addition to this, he is training hard in his kickboxing (currently brown belt/green stripe), and is on the instructor training programme. Every week he also helps out teaching the younger children in both kickboxing and karate, and is always so kind and caring. His hard and work and determination for his training several times each week, should be commended. Well done Kailen!

Aubrey (Class 6B) completed a 13k hike with his scout group during a weekend winter camp. Well done Aubrey!

 

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