Newsletter 10th June 2024

Mr J Molyneux

Monday 10th June 2024



Our Prayer for the Week

In the Gospel reading this week (Mark 3:20-35 – 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time) Jesus wants us to understand that by doing God’s will, we are part of a bigger family. Choosing to follow Jesus, being his disciple, means we must treat one another with kindness and mercy. We must become a family.

Families are places of beginnings. Within our family, we first learn what it means to be part of a community. We share a closeness and experience mutual understanding and support. We learn how to love one another, how to ask for and receive forgiveness, and how to apply all these lessons to the world outside our homes.

We ask God to bless our families and to help us do God’s will by seeing all his people with the same kind of love and compassion.

O God, who gave to us the example of the Holy Family,

graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joys of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards.

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

Statutory Assessments – Summer 2024

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

This national test takes place this week in our school for our Y4 children. Children are tested on their fluency in times tables.

Year 1 Phonics

This national test also takes place this week in our school for our Y1 children and any children in Y2 who did not pass the screening check last year. Daily attendance and nightly reading are the best way to ensure your child knows all their sounds.

Staffing Update

Miss Bradshaw, our Class 2B teacher, has begun her maternity leave. Miss A. Hussain will be teaching Class 2B for the remainder of this term. We welcome her to our school and hope that she enjoys her time working with us.

Over the next six weeks we will be welcoming and hosting a number of work experience students, many of whom are past pupils of St. Austin’s.

Class lists and staffing arrangements for next academic year (September 2024 – July 2025) are currently being finalised. Parents will be notified of which class their child will be in next year via their end of year reports which will be sent out to parents on Friday 5th July.

Happening this week…

Events with * after them are for specific groups of pupils. Parents of children selected to attend these events have previously been notified by the school office.

Monday 10th June              9.30am Mass in school – Thanksgiving for First Holy Communion.

Parish Priest visit to Class 3/4MT

After School Club – Choir (KS2)*

After School Club – Melodica (UKS2)*


Tuesday 11th June             Year 5 and Year 6 Countryside Day

After School Club – Rounders (KS2)*


Wednesday 12th June       Year 3 and Year 4 Countryside Day

After School Club – Football (KS1)*


Thursday 13th June           Non-Uniform Day for Years 1 to 6 – Dolce Euro Themed Menu Day –                                    children to come to school in football kits or sports wear.

Foundation Stage visit to Cannon Hall

After School Club – Football (KS2)*


Friday 14th June                 Celebration Assembly*



The Local Authority recommends that pupils may take one day authorised absence for religious observance at Eid-ul-Adha. The day allowed may not be carried over in the event that Eid falls over the weekend or in a holiday.

Thank you for your continued support

Mr. Molyneux


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 14th June at 2.45pm.

RG: Eva
RS: Aithen
1T: Aiden
1/2T: Noah M
2B: Amelia M
3CD: Abubacar
3/4MT: Umamah
4B: Kamsi
5C: Alman
5/6C: Ramah
6B: Amina

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 714h June at 2.45pm.

RG: Taiwo
RS: Blossom
1T: Myra
1/2T: Tessa
2B: Malachi
3CD: Fatimah
3/4MT: Catherine
4B: Iqra
5C: Pierre
5/6C: Elissa
6B: Wanessa

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: Szymon S
RS: Joseph
1T: Aiza
1/2T: Noor Ul Ain
2B: Haroon
3CD: Michal
3/4MT: Florence
4B: Haiza
5C: Ali
5/6C: Niamh F
6B: Matthew K

Class Attendance Award

Class  4B was the  attendance winner for the last week of term with 100% . This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 94.00%

RS: 94.29%

1T: 99.00%

1/2T: 97.50%

2B: 93.67%


3/4MT: 91.00%

4B: 100%

5C: 96.00%

5/6C: 98.00%

6B: 94.67%

Diary Dates

11th June – Countryside Day Years 5 & 6
12th June – Countryside Day Years 3 & 4
13th June – Cannon Hall School Trip Foundation Stage
13th June – SPLAT Science day at QEGS for Year 5 pupils
13th June – Non Uniform Day for Dolce Euro’s themed lunch day
20th June – Sports Day
21st June – Non uniform day – Bring a filled Jar for the Jar Bar at the summer fair
24th – 26th June – Robinwood Residential Trip Year 6
27th June – Rock Steady Concert 2.30pm
28th June – Summer Fair 3.15pm – 5.15pm
2nd, 3rd & 4th July – Year 6 transition days to St Thomas a Beckets
16th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly
17th July – Leavers Mass 10am at St Austin’s Church
19th July – school closes at 3.15pm for the summer break

Safeguarding Updates

WSCP are supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) this summer by reminding everyone, particularly children and young people, that it is really important to learn how to “Float to Live” –  this simple technique could save your life!

If you found yourself struggling in the water unexpectedly, your instinct would tell you to swim hard. But cold water shock could make you gasp uncontrollably. Then you could breathe in water and drown. Instead, you should Float to Live.

The best way to float is to tilt your head back with your ears submerged. Try to relax and breathe normally. You can gently move your hands to help you stay afloat if you need to. Spread your arms and legs out to improve stability – and it’s okay if your legs sink, we all float differently. Once your breathing is under control, call for help or swim to safety.

There are 5 steps to know how to float, these are:

1) Tilt your head back with ears submerged
2) Relax and try to breathe normally
3) Move you hands to help you stay afloat
4) It’s okay if your legs sink we all float differently
5) Spread your arms and legs to improve stability

General Updates

Summer Fair Friday 28th June 3.15- 5.15pm

The PTA are excited to announce this years St Austin’s School Summer Fair on Friday 28th June! We would love all of our families to come along and join in the summer fun. There will be a variety of stalls with games and prizes to be won!
The World Foods Stall will be back so we are keen to get you involved by showcasing your culinary specialities from around the world! Your donations to this stall are needed and very much appreciated please! Please bring your cooked/ prepared  items on the morning of the Fair or throughout that day.

Sports Day -Thursday 20th June

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have their Sports Day activities, during the morning session and children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will have their session in the afternoon.
We are also inviting parents to stay on this day for a picnic lunch (for all year groups).

Non Uniform Day Friday 21st June

On this day children can come in their own clothes, we kindly request that children bring in a filled jar for our Jar Bar at the Summer Fair. The jar could contain anything that a child may want to win, sweets, stationary, stickers, hair accessories, mini toys, water balloons etc. You could have fun decorating your jar with your child over this half term. All of the jars will then form the prizes at our Summer Fairs Jar Bar Stall. The Summer Fair is Friday 28th June. Your support is greatly appreciated!





PTA News

We have a wonderful PTA team, here at St Austin’s and are always looking for new helpers! If you are unable to commit to be a regular member of the PTA team, but would like to help out as a one off at our Summer Fair to serve at one of our stalls, then please send a message to Contact Office on Class Dojo. The more helpers we have the more stalls we can offer. Thank you.


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:

Chloe (class 2B) took part in her first gymnastics competition last week and was proud to receive some ribbons and a certificate. Well done!!




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