Newsletter 10th October 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 10th October 2022
Spiritual Reflection – Being truly grateful
On Sunday we heard the Gospel reading of Jesus healing the ten lepers.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet Him. They stood some way off and called to Him, “Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.” When He saw them He said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, “Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.” And He said to the man, “Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”
This Gospel serves as a reminder that it is easy to take the good things for granted. Take a moment to consider: why do you think that only one person returned to Jesus to offer their thanks?
Sometimes we are so busy that we fail to truly appreciate the wonderful world around us. God has given us so many gifts and a world full of beauty. Consider where you can find time today to stop and appreciate the world around you.
Read the words of the Gospel again, and think about why we say ‘thank you’ and how in our busy lives it can be easy to forget:
Consider how we can support our children to develop a good habit of being truly grateful. It is important to help them notice the many blessings they have, including their families and the people who care for them. How can you encourage the young people you work with to have a grateful heart?
Wen times are hard, a regular practice of gratitude can remind us to lift our eyes to God. As a family, join together in prayer and pray for peace in places around the world where there is conflict; that eyes may be lifted to God and surprising moments of gratitude may be found.
Travelling Rosary Beads
In the Catholic Church, the month of October is known as the Month of the Holy Rosary. As we have done in previous years , we would like to send home a small statue of Mary, some Rosary beads and a leaflet explaining how to say the Rosary to enable our pupils to keep Our Lady in their thoughts and prayers. If you would like to take part in this, please complete the online form by using the link:
There are a number of positions that have become available within St Austin’s. Please look out on our school website if you would be interested in making an application.
Parents Evening will take place on 9th & 10th November in school. All bookings for parents evenings appointments must be made online using our online booking system. Please look out for a letter on Dojo this week that will explain how to make your booking. We kindly request that parents do make their booking before the deadline.
This year we will be asking families to donate food items for our Harvest Festival on 20th October. These items will then be distributed to local food banks to help those in need. A letter with further details will be sent out this week on Class Dojo.
As you will no doubt be aware, we hold our celebration assemblies in school every Friday. After the half-term break, we will be inviting the parents of the children who are receiving the Headteacher Award letter and the Virtues to live by Award Certificate that week to attend these so that they can see their child being presented with their certificate or letter.
We will notify respective parents by text/Dojo on the Monday morning which will hopefully give you time to make arrangements, where possible, to attend the assembly. We would appreciate you letting school know if you are able to attend by sending us a Dojo message by 3.30pm on the Thursday afternoon.
The celebration assembly will take place on a Friday afternoon at 2.50pm in our KS2 Hall.
We look forward to seeing parents in school for these very special occasions from Friday 4th November onwards. Please be aware that this invitation will only be open to the parents of the children receiving an award.
World Faith Week
Our World Faith Week has been advertised on the newsletter for the week beginning 17th October. We will be moving this to the week beginning Monday 14th November. We will be sharing further details with you about this after the half-term holiday.
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 email@example.com to book their preferred time slot.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
1/2 T: Aniya
3/4 TA: Emaan
4C: Maja L
5/6 B: Maja
6B: Gracie- Mai
Class Attendance Award
Classes 1/ 2T were last weeks attendance winners with 98.62%.
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: Haroon
3/ 4TA: Harriet
5W: Niamh P
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Sumayya
2B: The Whole Class
3CD: Joshua K
3/4 TA: Maria
5W: Niamh F
3rd – 20th October – Travelling Rosary’s to go home
20th October – Harvest Festival
20th October – last day of term, school closes at 3.25pm
4th November– Individual photographs with Tempest photographers
9th & 10th November – Parents Evening in school
World Mental Health Day.
Please see the attached link with lots of useful information and organisations to assist if you need extra support. If you feel you need help please ask.
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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