Dear Parents/Carers, 

As we are all establishing new lockdown routines, we have been so impressed by how the children, both in school and at home, have adapted so quickly to new routines and different ways of learning. We completely understand the challenges faced by families who are working from home alongside accessing remote learning and want to reassure you that you are all doing a fantastic job!  

Catholic Life 

We began our week with our Monday Gospel Assembly, available via the remote learning page, focusing on Jesus’ baptism, which marked the start of Jesus’ ministry, where Jesus was called ‘son’ by God. We thought about how we are all children of God as God invites each one of us to be part of his family. 

In preparation for this Sunday’s Gospel you may like to share our ‘Wednesday Word’ link with your child: https://www.paperturn-view.com/uk/wednesday-word/new-start?pid=MTA101634&v=14.5 

Ten Ten Resources have also shared a virtual Sunday Liturgy for families via the following link: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/sunday-liturgy-for-families 

As a MAC, we will be sharing prayer intentions from all families by creating a special prayer wall at St Augustine’s Catholic High School. If you would like to share a prayer intention, please complete the form attached: 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=MKcd5G15b0SG85FNYTIvOPmx5ECvUcBBkFE0Ny9qXbpUNkg0VUdZSUZUTVI3TUdOOVM5TzRQNkdLUC4u 

First Holy Communion 

Following consultation with the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service we are intending to continue with our sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion for the Year 3 children. We have created a pack with the unit of work we would have been sharing with the children this half term in school. We will be sending these out in the post to the children working remotely from home and sending them home with the Critical worker children in bookbags.  

Please take the time to read through the explanation in the front of the pack and discuss these with your child. The family preparation for First Holy Communion is an important part of the programme and we urge you to select a quiet time when you are able to help support your child to complete the activities. We would ask you to keep all the work neatly together in the folder provided until we return to school.  

 Critical Worker Provision 

In the light of increasing infection rates in our local area and updated DfE guidance stating that ‘parents and carers who are critical workers should keep children at home if they can’ we are now requesting that, as from Monday 18th January, parents/carers keep their child at home when they can safely do so. If you have a critical worker place in school, can you please ensure that you have completed the provision form, sent by text, by 3.00pm on Friday 15th January 2021. 

Remote Learning 

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding our remote learning provision this week. We have been so impressed by all of the amazing work that is being sent in to your class teachers – look out for our ‘Friday Amazing Work’ news post! 

Each school has its own set of individual circumstances and what works for one school may not necessarily be in the best interests of the pupils or staff of another school.  We have a range of different types of family situation in our school community and we need to make sure that we have a flexible approach to ensure that it is appropriate for all. 

Based on previous feedback, we have ensured that the core remote learning offer can be accessed flexibly to suit the needs of different families and is as closely aligned to the normal classroom curriculum as possible. This will include recorded sessions by their class teacher accessed via the remote learning page alongside recorded teaching from other sources where appropriate as recommended by the DfE.

We will also be providing a series of optional live sessions delivered by staff for families to access if they are able to – we are looking to develop this further over the coming weeks.We hope that you have been able to join in with our live PE sessions and Friday story time.  

The children also have access to online resources including ‘Phonics Play’, ‘Oxford Owl’ and ‘Letterjoin’ to practise and consolidate literacy skills. 

Please do continue to contact your child’s teacher via the class email if you have any queries/issues. 

Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing 

As we experience this current lockdown, it is so important for us all to focus on our mental health and wellbeing. Please see our ‘mental health and wellbeing’ page on the website under the safeguarding tab for links to a range of resources to support positive mental health and wellbeing for you and your child during lockdown.  

If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact school. 

Take care and stay safe 

 Mrs Woods 

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