Newsletter 9th October 2023

Mr J Molyneux
Headteacher

Monday 9th October 2023

 

 

Our Prayer for the Week

October is known as ‘The Month of the Rosary’. On the 7th October every year, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Here at St. Austin’s we frequently pray a decade of the Rosary during this special month and many of our school families use our travelling rosary pack to pray a decade of together.

The Rosary is a meditative prayer that reflects upon the life, ministry, and death of Jesus and also on His Blessed Mother. You might like to pray this prayer with your family each evening this week.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us Your mother as Our Lady of the Rosary.

Help us to turn to her as our mother in all of our needs.

Our Lady of the Rosary, you care for each of us with tender motherly love.

You wish us to truly turn to you so that you may care for us as a mother.

Please bring all of our needs before the throne of your Divine Son, and we particularly ask today that you pray that we and all people may grow in true devotion to you.

Pray for us, that we may make use of every help for salvation that God gives us.

Pray that we may grow in holiness and virtue each day of our lives. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Last Tuesday we had a Phonics and Reading Review led by Mrs. Stewart, the BKCAT Lead Practitioner for Phonics and Early Reading. This was a positive experience for us. Mrs. Stewart recognised our total commitment to the teaching of Phonics and Early Reading and was highly complementary about how Phonics sessions are delivered and the opportunities children across school have for reading regularly.

Reading Support Volunteers – If you would like to assist us with supporting children as readers across school, and are willing to undertake a DBS check and some simple training with our reading leaders Miss Tickle and Miss Workman, please let me know. 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.

On Friday our Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children presented their Harvest Assembly to parents and carers. Every seat in our KS1 hall was taken with parents standing down the side and back of the hall. The children’s behaviour was impeccable. Our Year 2 children read confidently and clearly and the singing was enthusiastic and uplifting.

I was amazed by your generosity and response to our request for each family to bring one or two items of dried goods. We will be taking the many boxes and bags of food to the local foodbanks this week and I know how grateful the staff who work there will be when they see how generous the community of St. Austin’s has been.

This week we will have our first school Mass of the academic year on Tuesday afternoon. Fr. Noble Joseph, one of the assistant priests at St. Austin’s Church will be saying Mass for us. We look forward to welcoming him to our school.

Later in the week the BKCAT Lead Practitioner for Early Years will spend a day in our Foundation Stage Unit working alongside Miss Gourmley and Miss Steade. Similar to recent reviews, this will be our opportunity to showcase all that we do with our youngest children in their early stage of their primary education.

On Friday morning, we will be holding another Parent/Family Wellbeing Coffee Morning from 9am until 10am. Our guests will be from the local community centres – Lightwaves and Eastmoor. If you are free, why not come along and learn more about what these centres have to offer the wider community.

Have a good week everyone and 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 13th October at 2.45pm.

RG: Immaculate

RS: Alexis

1T: Aveline Mary

1/2T:Freddy

2B: Nigel

3CD: Livia

3/4MT: Hassan

4B:Iqra

5C:Aira

5/6C: Melissa

6B: Piotr

 

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 13th October at 2.45pm.

RG: Caden

RS: Adon

1T: Aiza

1/2T: Noah M

2B: Brooke

3CD: Jaden

3/4MT: Catherine

4B: Hattie

5C:  Savio

5/6C: Amelia M

6B: Matthew K

 

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Ivy-Monet

RS: Salvatore

1T: John Paul

1/2T: Skaiste

2B: Hashim

3CD: Simran

3/4MT: Umamah

4B: Austin

5C: Tymoteusz
5/6C: Aaron

6B: Hasan-Ali

Class Attendance Award

Class  4B was  last weeks attendance winner with 98.33%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 91.50%

RS: 94.97%

1T: 94.67%

1/2T: 96.00%

2B: 98.00%

3CD: 96.55%

3/4MT: 94.00 %

4B: 98.33%

5C: 94.10%

5/6C: 97.67%

6B: 97.33%

Diary Dates

Friday 13th October – 9 -10am Parent Coffee Morning – Eastmoor Community Centre and Lightwaves will be available for parents to speak to.
Thursday 19th October – Individual and sibling Photographs – Tempest Photography
Thursday 19th October – Last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Friday 20th October- INSET DAY School closed
Monday 30th October – School reopens after the half term
Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’

Safeguarding Updates

Rumble – what is it?

With the allegations against Russell Brand over the last couple of weeks, you may hear the media talking about a platform called Rumble. Essentially, it’s a YouTube competitor founded in 2013 and appears to be gaining in popularity. This is because many of those who have been ‘cancelled’ by other platforms are able to keep talking to their fans on Rumble which has far more lax policies as the platform opposes censorship. I had a quick look at the trending videos on Rumble just before I started typing this and at the top are Russell Brand and Donald Trump. There are hundreds of Andrew Tate videos (both by Tate and his followers) and as you can imagine, lots of disinformation, conspiracy theories and much more. Definitely one to keep your ears open for.

YouTube Supervised Accounts

A supervised experience on YouTube is a parent-managed version of regular YouTube and YouTube Music for children under 13. With a supervised account, parents select a content setting that limits the videos and music children under 13 can find and play. More details: https://youtu.be/nhgvtv3FLSc

General Updates

Year 6 Residential Trip
Parents of children in Year 6 will be sent a letter via Class Dojo regarding the upcoming Year 6 residential trip to Robinwood planned for June 2024. Please look out for this letter and respond at your earliest opportunity.

Afterschool Clubs – Autumn 2 Half Term

Current after school clubs (with the exception of Melodica) have just two more left. After the half term break, new after school clubs will launch. If you would like to register your child for an after school club please do so via your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk. All after school clubs are charged at £2.00 per week (£14 for the half term) and will run between 3.15 – 4.15pm.  Bookings will go live on School Money on Thursday this week. Next terms after school clubs will begin w/c 30th October and run weekly until w/c 11th December and are as follows:

Mondays – Christmas Craft Fun –  open to children in Years 1 and 2
Mondays – Micro:Bit Coding Club – open to children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Mondays – Book Club – open to children in Years  5 & 6
Mondays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 3 and 4
Tuesdays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 1 and 2
Tuesdays – Choir – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Girls Football Club – open to children in Years 3, 4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Reading and Book Club – open to children in years 3 and 4
Wednesdays – Games with Elite Sports Coach – Years 1 and 2
Wednesdays – Christmas Crafts for the PTA fair – open to children in Years 4,5 & 6
Thursdays – Tag Rugby with Elite Sports Coach – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6

Choir – Tuesday 10th October

Unfortunately, choir club is cancelled this week on Tuesday 10th October. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

 

Ofsted Inspection

Today, Mr Molyneux  received notification that Ofsted will be inspecting our school on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. A letter providing more information has been sent out via Class Dojo today. Ofsted wouild like to gather the views of parents.

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Ofsted Parent View, at:
https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Ofsted Parent View asks for your opinion on some aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team. To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses. Please complete the online survey by 11am on 10 October 2023 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 11 October 2023.

 

Attendance

Term time holidays  – as a school we continue to receive requests for absence for  term time holidays. In line with guidance from the Department for Education, the Headteacher is unable to authorise leaves of absence for a term time family holiday. Please use the link for further information on the Attendance policy https://www.sa.bkcat.co.uk/key-information/policies/

PTA News

Next half term, Mrs Scott and some PTA members will be running an after school club making Christmas crafts to sell at the Christmas fair.
We are still looking for additional parent support please, if you are interested please contact admin@sa.bkcat.co.uk

Do you know any local businesses or suppliers that could help with our Christmas Fair? The PTA will be looking to rent table space in the hall on the day of the fair if you are aware of anyone who would be interested? We would also welcome donations from any local businesses for the fair such as refreshments or prizes. If you could help please let us know!

 

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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