Newsletter 16th January 2022
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 16th January 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Being a Disciple of Jesus
‘Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because He existed before me. I did not know Him myself, and yet it was to reveal Him to Israel that I came baptising with water.”
John also declared, “I saw the Spirit coming down on Him from heaven like a dove and resting on Him. I did not know Him myself, but He who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that He is the Chosen One of God.”’
This is the Gospel reading that was read in Church at the weekend on the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.
In this reading when John the Baptist sees Jesus, he immediately tells everyone that he saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus. John gives witness about who Jesus is, to others.
John refers to the Spirit coming down on Jesus like a dove. This is significant as the dove is a symbol of peace and therefore the message is that Jesus will bring peace.
We can see that John the Baptist is an excellent example of what it means to be a disciple. Through our baptism we are called to make Jesus known to all, by the words and deeds in our daily lives. How can we model to those around us that we are a disciple of Jesus and in turn encourage them to consider their words and deeds, so that they show kindness and compassion to others?
School Uniform Reminder
A polite reminder to all parents of children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2, the school book bag is part of your child’s school uniform. ALL children in these years groups should have a book bag and not a rucksack or other bag. The book bags fit inside your child’s drawer within the classroom. School do sell book bags for £5.00, and can be purchased by logging on to your child’s School Money account and visiting the Shop section.
Children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 – In line with our new reading scheme, it is also imperative that you return your child’s reading book to school EVERY Wednesday. As school does not have the resources to purchase extra unnecessary books, it does mean that if you fail to return your book this has an impact on other children receiving books to go home with that weekend. Books that are not returned by Friday morning will be charged at £8.00 and an order will be placed to immediately replace it. Please consider setting yourself a reminder each week to ensure that the books are returned to school on time.
Dolce – School Meals price increase
Dolce, our school meals provider, have notified that there will be a price increase from 1st April 2023. The cost of a daily meal in school will go up to £2.60.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher. Remember, parents of children who win the Virtue award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 20th January at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Floyd
3CD: Nikola T
3/4 TA: Fabian
5/6 B: Wanessa
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
Remember, parents of children who win the Headteacher award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 20th January at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Hussein
3/ 4TA: Aira
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Amelia
3CD: Dawid S
3/4 TA: Thandi
Class Attendance Award
Classes 5W were last weeks attendance winners with 99.03%.
Out of School Achievements
Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancies
There are currently two lunchtime supervisor vacancies here at St Austin’s. If you are interested in applying for one of the positions please use the link below:
Education Support Assistant Vacancy
St Austin’s School currently has a vacancy for a Education Support Assistant. Please visit our school website for more information if you are interested in making an application.
Tuesday 17th January – Year 4 PE challenge event at St Wilfrid’s
Friday 3rd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Friday 10th February – last day of term
Warm Spaces – Eastmoor Community Centre
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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