Newsletter 22nd January 2024

Mr J Molyneux

Monday 22nd January 2024



Our Prayer for the Week

In our worship assemblies this week we will share the account of Jesus calling his first disciples and the immediacy with which they dropped everything to follow him. We can only begin to imagine what Jesus’ presence must have been like to invoke such a response. We would most probably find such a sudden change in ourselves or in another person unsettling. There are few things for which we would willingly drop everything. And yet this is the immediacy with which these first disciples responded to Jesus. They were willing to drop everything in order to make Jesus and the Kingdom of God the most important things in their lives.

Perhaps you might spend some time this week reflecting on how our lives might change if we understood the Kingdom of God to be as important and immediate in our lives?

Lord, make us know your ways, teach us your paths.

You show the path to those who stray, you guide the humble in the right path,

You teach your way to the poor.

Make us walk in your truth and teach us: for you are God our Saviour.

Remember your mercy, Lord, and the love you have shown from of old.

In your love remember us, because of your goodness, O Lord.

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Keeping Children Safe … before the school day begins

In order to reduce the congestion outside school at the beginning of the day, we are now opening the school gates at 8:35am to allow parents who arrive at school before 8:40am to wait with their children in a safer space.

Parents arriving with their child(ren) between 8:35am and 8:40am MUST accompany their children through the gates and stay with them until 8:40am. Children in KS2 should enter via the KS2 gate and wait in the Y3/4 playground. Children in FS and KS1 should enter via the KS1 gate and wait in the KS1 playground.

For parents with children in both Key Stages (for example, if you have a child in Year 1 and a child in Year 3) who choose to arrive at school at 8.35am, you should take both children into the KS1 playground and wait with them until 8:40am. At 8:40am the child in KS1 will walk to their classroom and the child in KS2 will walk from the KS1 playground around to the KS2 building via the internal path that connects both buildings.

Year 6 pupils who have permission from their parents (previously agreed in writing with the school office) to walk to school each morning can arrive on site at 8:35am and wait on the KS2 playground.

At 8:40am the doors (both buildings) will open and a whistle will sound. At this point children should leave their parents/carer and make their own way into the building. Parents/carers should then leave the site.

For parents arriving between 8:40am and 8:50am the current arrangements remain unchanged. Both gates will be closed and locked at 8:50am. Anyone arriving after this time should make their way to the school office.



The Safeguarding Team are now looking at ways to reduce the congestion outside school as parents arrive to collect children at the end of the day. We are considering opening the KS1 playground for parents to wait in safety until the children are ready at their designated collection points. The logistics, staffing and safeguarding implications of this are all being considered by the Safeguarding Team. Further information will follow in due course.

Strengthening our links with St. Austin’s Church

Last week I met with Fr. Sean Crawley, our Parish Priest. We have arranged for one of the priests from St. Austin’s to come into school and visit each classroom once a term. These visits will begin in a few weeks’ time.

We have also set the dates for class masses, to which parents are very welcome to attend. There will be tea and coffee after Mass. Liturgical events taking place this half-term are:

Mini-Vinnies Commissioning Service on Monday 29th January at 1.20pm. Parents of our Mini Vinnies are welcome to attend this short service, which will be attended by the whole school.

Y5/6C Class Mass on Monday 5th February at 9.30am

Y5C Class Mass on Monday 4th March at 9.30am

Parents of the children in these class, as well as any parents who would like to join us for Mass on the day are welcome to attend. Both Masses will be in school.

We continue to keep in our prayers the Y6 children who are soon to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Austin’s Church on the evening of Tuesday 6th February.

Visitor to School

On Wednesday afternoon, we will be welcoming Mr. Charles Gillott to school. Mr. Gillott is the Trust Board Link Director for St. Austin’s School and will be given a full tour of the school. I am sure that he will be very impressed with all he sees and hears.

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 26th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Ethan
RS: Ciara
1T: Hasnain
1/2T: Nathaniel
2B: Hussein
3CD: Emily
3/4MT: Sebastian Bu
4B: Joshua K
5C: Dorian
5/6C: Kailen
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 26th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Ruqayya
RS: Aithen
1T: Aydin
1/2T: Naithan K
2B: Hashim
3CD: Josmin
3/4MT:  Ethan
4B: Mariyam
5C: Alisha
5/6C: Matthew M
6B: Wanessa

Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Emuejevoke
RS: Zola
1T: Mila
1/2T: Anaya
2B: Oscar
3CD: Marcel
3/4MT: Lavanya
4B: Dawid
5C: Saira
5/6C: Niamh P
6B: Milena

Class Attendance Award

Class  RG  were the  attendance winners last week with 100%. This class will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 100%

RS: 93.16%

1T: 93.33%

1/2T: 93.54%

2B: 95.86%

3CD: 96.33%

3/4MT: 91.94%

4B: 97.33%

5C: 90.49%

5/6C: 93.79%

6B: 97.24%

Diary Dates

Monday 29th January – Wednesday 7th February – Bikeability instructors in school for Year 5
Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Numbers Day – wear Number themed clothing and £1 donation to NSPCC
Friday 9th February – Last day of term before the half term break
Monday 19th February – first day back after the half term break.

Safeguarding Updates

Growing Healthy Wakefield 0- 19 App

Parents, grandparents, carers and young people in the Wakefield district are being encouraged to download the new Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App, designed to support the health development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

The Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App has been developed by the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service, in collaboration with Wakefield Families Together, and is specifically tailored to the local area to ensure the healthcare information provided is relevant to people who live in the district.

General Updates

WOW Walk to School Challenge 

As you will be aware, St Austin’s School has signed up to a new  behaviour-change initiative to encourage more children and their families to walk to school. WOW – the walk to school challenge is delivered by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to help as many children as possible experience the benefits of walking to school.
The pupil-led challenge enables children to self-report how they get to school every day. If they travel actively (walk/wheel, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride) at least once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It’s that simple!
What are the benefits of walking to school?
• Children feel happier and healthier
• They arrive to school refreshed and ready to learn
• Helps reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates
What if we can’t walk to school?
Park and Stride to help your child earn their WOW badges. You can park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from the school and walk the remaining journey.
What is a WOW badge?
There are various badges to be earned up until the end of the academic year. Each badge has been designed by a pupil from across the UK as part of our annual WOW Badge Design Competition. Anew badge can be earned every month if you walk/wheel, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride at least once a week.
Remember – to qualify for a badge children must be walking at least 10 minutes, so park that car further away from school and time your 10 minute walk!


NSPCC Numbers Day – Friday 2nd February

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it.
We are having a fun day of maths activities and we will be taking part in Dress up for Digits.  Pupils are asked to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt or even a onesie!).  Or get even more creative by dressing in a maths or numbers theme. To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event. For families with more than one child in school, we would kindly suggest a donation of £2 for the family.



We know that sometimes our pupils cannot come to school because they are really unwell – and that’s the right thing to do for them and other students. Medical advice is clear however that children with mild illness will often be well enough to attend – for example if they have a cough, or cold, without a temperature. The NHS guidance Is my child too ill for school? – NHS is designed to support parents in their decision making about mild illness.

We also know that pupils fall behind their friends and classmates when they miss school. At St Austin’s School school we want the amount of missed education to be reduced as much as possible. We believe that our community is stronger together, with all of our pupils in school, on time, every day. We are building life skills, life-long friendships and preparing your child for future success.

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 recognized by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to:

Colm in Reception RG has been working very hard at his swimming lessons over the past few months and yesterday he achieved his Learn to Swim stage 1 certificate and badge.

He also got his 10m  distance badge just before Christmas.

His swimming skills and confidence are growing week on week. Well done Colm!


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