Newsletter 18th March 2024

Mr J Molyneux

Monday 18th March 2024



Our Prayer for the Week

Putting ourselves last rather than first

Yesterday was the last ‘ordinary’ Sunday of Lent, next week is Palm Sunday the beginning of Holy Week. In the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent we see some Greeks questioning Jesus and he tells them that if they want to get the most out of life, if they want a quality of life that is eternal, they must die. How can such seeming foolishness be considered sensible? The gospel story also involves Jesus reminding us that like the wheat grain we too have to die in order to live. There are circumstances in which we are asked to put ourselves in second place and see to the needs of others first. The gospel ends by Jesus once again saying how he will be ‘lifted up’ referring to the manner of his death. As Lent draws to its closing stages we are reminded that we cannot fulfil God’s purposes unless we confront the problem of suffering and self-denial in our lives and Jesus tells us that we achieve our dignity by putting ourselves last rather than first.

So let us learn how to serve, and in our lives enthrone him.

Each other’s needs to prefer, for it is Christ we’re serving.

This is our God, the servant King, he calls us now to follow him.

To  bring our lives as a daily offering of worship to the servant King.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Parents Evenings – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March

I look forward to seeing all parents on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening this week when you have the opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher.

Ready, Steady…Read!

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our sponsored read event. Your efforts are very much appreciated and we are excited about all the new books we are going to be able to buy. The total amount raised is £594.00.

Peripatetic Music Tuition

Totally RAD are coming to St Austin’s Catholic Primary School – Years 2 to 6!

RAD believe that whatever the skill level or budget, all children deserve access to exceptional music tuition.

A highly skilled network of professional musicians provide next-level tuition for the next generation of talent, no matter the location, budget or capability.

Provided on-site, within school hours and at a highly-competitive rate; with RAD, students can experience expert music tuition that helps them sharpen skills, express creativity, and dream BIG.

For more information, and to sign-up your child to RAD lessons, just use the following link; RAD will do the rest.

More Info:

Sign Your Child Up:

Holiday Requests during term time.

I have received a number of ‘Leave of Absence Request Forms’ from parents seeking authorisation to take their child out of school during term time for a holiday. As per our policy and the strong advice from the Local Authority, I am unable to authorise these requests. For parents requesting leave of absence for their child due to exceptional circumstances, please make an appointment (face to face or via a telephone or online call) to discuss this with me first. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Annual Easter Egg Raffle

From Monday 25th March until Wednesday 27th March we will be selling raffle tickets for our annual Easter Egg Raffle. Children will be limited to purchasing a maximum of 5 tickets at 20p each. Parents will not be expected or asked to donate Easter Eggs, however should any parent choose to donate a small Easter Egg, these will be gratefully received. The raffle will take place at the end of our Easter Assembly on Monday 15th April. This fun and enjoyable fundraising activity would not be able to happen without your continued kind support through the purchasing of raffle tickets. Staff have also kindly donated Easter eggs. All money raised from this raffle goes direct to Catholic Care to support their Good Shepherd Appeal and they are always extremely grateful for any financial support we are able to offer. They continue to recognise our fundraising efforts and we get the opportunity to present these to Bishop Marcus at Leeds Cathedral during the Good Shepherd service in May.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good week everyone.

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 22nd March at 2.45pm.

RG: Immaculate
RS: Efrain
1T: Noah J
1/2T: Frances
2B: Zuzanna
3CD: Anna
3/4MT: Aniya
4B: Bella
5C: Alisha
5/6C: Daanish
6B: Matthew K

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 22nd March at 2.45pm.

RG: Aleeza
RS: Leah
1T: Eryk
1/2T:  Skaiste
2B: Ernest
3CD: Livia
3/4MT: Zofia
4B: Joshua K
5C: Victoria
5/6C: Thandi
6B: Piotr

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: Evelyn S
RS: Aniqa
1T: Iza
1/2T: Amelia Gr
2B: Priscilla
3/4MT: Ayaan
4B: Evaniya
5C: Savio
5/6C: Brianna
6B: Alexandra

Class Attendance Award

Class 1T was the  attendance winner last week with 100%!!  This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 96.84%

RS: 93.88%

1T: 100.00%

1/2T: 87.00%

2B: 94.00%

3CD: 85.16%

3/4MT: 91.67%

4B: 87.33%

5C: 91.33%

5/6C: 94.33%

6B: 85.00%

Diary Dates

18th – 22nd March – Balanceability lessons for Year 1
19th and 20th March -Parents Evening  Please follow instructions on class dojo to book your appointment by no later than Friday 15th March.
Friday 22nd March – Superhero Dress Up day – Foundation Stage classes only (RG and RS)
Friday 22nd March – Ian’s Mobile Farm visit to school – Years 1 and 2
Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th March – children can bring money in to purchase Easter Egg Raffle tickets
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm
Monday 15th April – School opens after half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have recently published important safety advice and information:Keep cleaning products out of children’s reach
A heartbroken mum is warning others to keep cleaning products stored out of reach of children after her one-year-old daughter suffered third-degree burns to her eyes from a laundry capsule.The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are reminding parents/carers that cleaning products can cause serious harm if a small child gets hold of them. And, with spring cleaning season coming up, it’s the perfect time of year to spread the word and keep children safe.Suspected poisoning is one of the most common reasons for young children to be taken to A&E. Download the  free fact sheet on poisoning prevention to learn how to keep children safe. fact sheet has also been translated into ArabicBengaliPunjabiPolish and Urdu



General Updates

Pupil Confidential Information Update Form

During Parents Evening you will be given a Student Update Form that details the confidential personal  information that we have on our school system for your child. Parents will be asked at the end of their  parents evening appointment to thoroughly check this information for accuracy and record any changes. Office staff will be available to answer any queries you may have. We kindly ask that you complete this form and hand it back into office staff before leaving.  Thank you

Parent Parking – Breakfast Club

Polite reminder that the staff car park is not permitted for use when dropping your child at Breakfast Club.

School Trips

There are a number of school trips for the Summer term that have been launched via School Money. Please read the trip letters carefully and make your payment via School money before the deadline please. Thank you

After School Clubs – Summer 1 Half Term

Current after school clubs will end this week. There will be no after school clubs during week commencing 25th March.
Next term the below after school clubs will start. Clubs run 3.15 -4.15pm and are charged at £2.00 per session. To book your child’s place on an afterschool club please log into your child’s School Money account by visiting Clubs will start during week commencing 15th April 2024 and will end at the end of week commencing 20th May 2024.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mondays – Cooking Club – Children in Foundation Stage only. (This club will run for 4 weeks – 22nd April, 29th April, 13th May, 20th May)
Wednesdays – Cricket Club – Years 5 & 6
Wednesdays – Dance Club  Elite Coaching Years 1 and 2
Thursdays – Dance Club Elite Coaching Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

During your parents evening appointment, you will be given a print out of your child’s current Attendance Summary. This will show your child’s overall attendance percentage.     
96- 100% –    Green  – Acceptable attendance within the whole school attendance target
91 -95%   –    Amber  – Below expected attendance. Improvement needed.
Below 90% –  Red – Concerning level of attendance.
If you would like to discuss your child’s attendance further, please contact the School Office to arrange a time to speak with our School Attendance Officer, Mrs Scott.

PTA News

If you have any fundraising ideas for the PTA , please message Contact Office on Class Dojo.

Remember, we are always looking for new members to join our friendly team.

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:

Sophie (class 3C/D) has been awarded the red belt in Kaiju Martial Arts. She is working hard and puts a great deal of passion into this. Well done Sophie!



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