Newsletter 17th October 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 17th October 2022
The Gospel reading heard in church on Sunday (Luke 18: 1-8) tells us about the parable Jesus used to tell his disciples about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. This gospel reading is also known as the parable of the Judge and the Widow.
The judge told people that he had neither fear of God nor respect for others. The widow persistently sought justice from him against her enemy. He refused time after time, but finally said, ‘maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for others, but since she keeps pestering me I must give the widow her just rights or she will persist in coming and worry me to death.’
Through this parable we hear that God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in a relationship with him, confident that our prayers will be heard. Perseverance in faith is so important. We need to pray continually and never lose heart.
Unlike the judge in the parable, God is just, loving and truthful. We can approach Him in prayer with the same perseverance that the woman showed, because we know our prayers will be heard.
As a family, take a moment to approach God. Ask Him for the graces you need today, thank Him for his goodness or pray for someone else.
Perseverance means to stay with something and not give up. Think about the skills your children need to persevere, not just in prayer, but in all aspects of their lives. What opportunities might there be this week to help them in this.
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. The booking system is now open. Please use the link http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary to make your booking. We kindly request that parents do make their booking before the deadline on the 6th November.
Parents of children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 are invited to watch a Harvest Festival performance on Thursday 20th October. There are 2 performances, at 9.15am and again at 2.45pm, parents are invited to register online for a ticket to ONE of the performances (maximum 2 tickets per family). Please use the link www.ticketsource.co.uk/staustins to make your booking.
Once you have booked a seat online, you will be sent an eticket, please present this on the day. The performance will start promptly at the time advertised so we kindly request that parents arrive at least 5 minutes before.
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. Please do not send perishable food items, the following items would be greatly received:
Food tins Dried lentils/beans
Dried fruits Any other store cupboard supplies
Mrs Mills and her family welcomed their new baby boy, Oscar, to the world last week. I am sure you will all join us in sending the family congratulations.
After School Clubs
If your child currently attends an after school club, please be aware that this week will be the last week. After school clubs change each half term, please look out on Class dojo for the new clubs that will take place next half term.
Secondary School applications
Parents of children currently in Year 6 have until the deadline date of Monday 31st October to submit their application to Wakefield School Admissions for a secondary school Year 7 place for their child. It is the responsibility of parent’s to ensure that you submit your application by the deadline date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Malachi
3/4 TA: Lilly
5/6 B: Grasey
Class Attendance Award
Classes 4C were last weeks attendance winners with 98.06%.
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: Umamah
3/ 4TA: Alisha
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Chloe
2B: Nadia K
3/4 TA: Karin
3rd – 20th October – Travelling Rosary’s to go home
20th October – Harvest Festival performance 9.15am and 2.45pm (Reception, Years 1 and 2, entrance by ticket only)
20th October – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
4th November– Individual photographs with Tempest photographers
9th & 10th November – Parents Evening in school
Child Guide to Managing Difficult Feelings
Use the link below to access ‘ A young person’s guide to managing difficult feelings’.
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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