Newsletter 23rd January 2023


 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 23rd January 2023

Spiritual Reflection – Jesus begins to preach in Galilee and calls his first disciples

We encourage our families to use this new three-part reflection as an opportunity to share the Gospel reading together and then spend some time thinking about what the message might be for us.

The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (Matthew 4:12-23)

As Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” And they left their nets at once and followed Him.

Going on from there He saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and He called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed Him.

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.


The Reflection

This Gospel reading describes the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. When Jesus called his first disciples, the Gospel tells us that the fishermen (Peter and Andrew, James and John) dropped everything to follow Jesus immediately. Yet this Gospel tells us little about the prior experience that the fishermen had of Jesus. Did they know him? Had they heard him preach? What kind of person must Jesus have been to invoke such a response? We can imagine that Jesus was a powerful presence to get a response as immediate and complete as these first disciples gave.

The Gospel concludes with a description of the ministry that Jesus begins in Galilee. Jesus begins the Kingdom of God with his work. He teaches in the synagogue and preaches the kingdom. His ability to cure people’s diseases and illness is a sign of the kingdom. In Jesus’ ministry, we already begin to see the Kingdom of God among us.


Spiritual Action

Close your eyes and imagine Jesus as a powerful presence who was trusted by his brothers.

Think about what work Jesus asks to do and how you respond.

It is not easy to walk from things we want to do, in order to do what Jesus wants us to do.

Consider how, in order, to respond to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him, we must develop our relationship with Him through prayer.

Jesus promised his first disciples that if they followed Him they would bring home more than just fish; they would be fishers of men and bring people home to God. When we understand how much Jesus loves us, we want more than anything to be close to Him and invite others to come close too.


Congratulations Miss Workman!

I shared with you on Dojo last week that Miss Workman was been appointed to the post of Interim Assistant Headteacher with effect from today.



Last week there was a visitor to school from the Local Authority regarding the ongoing daily problems with unsafe parking around school. The representative from the local authority did view parent driving and parking behaviour and did witness first hand the daily issues that are seen.

We would like to thank those parents who do adhere to the parking regulations and who are safe drivers around school streets. Sadly, members of staff are witnessing the same parents each day who repeatedly choose to ignore the suggestions and put our children at risk. Calls will be made to parents who have been seen continuing to go against school advice.


Virtues Award

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 27th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Elena
RS: Harry
1K: Alphonse
1/2 T: Umamah
2B: Lavanya
3CD: Sophie
3/4 TA:
4C: Maja T-G
5W: Zuzanna
5/6 B: Scarlet
6B: Malachy


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 27th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Devayani
RS: Adachukwu
1K: Eileen
1/2 T: Marryhelen
2B: Emmeline
3CD: Nicola B
3/ 4TA:
4C: Marika
5W: Hugo
5/6B: Jasmine
6B: Annie


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Aiza
RS: Milek
1K: Gianna
1/2 T: Aniya
2B: Anna
3CD: Sara
3/4 TA:
4C: Daanish
5W: Andrea
5/6B: Lyanna
6B: Yusuf

Class Attendance Award


Classes  3/ 4TA  were last weeks attendance winners  with 99.66%.

RS: 95.24%
1K: 93.00%
1/2T: 98.28%
2B: 97.33%
3CD: 93.00%
4C: 96.77%
5W: 95.16%
5/6B: 96.77%
6B: 92.58%




The Education Welfare Officer form the Local Authority was in school last week assessing whole school attendance. In line with our attendance policy, some parents will be called this week to discuss your child’s attendance.


Out of School Achievements

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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.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 31st January – Year 3 PE challenge event at  St Wilfrid’s – look out for more information
Friday 3rd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Friday 10th February – last day of term



Weekly Joke

Q: What is the best type of cheese for disguising a horse?

A: Mascapone (Mask – a – pony )

Mr Laurie

Relationship Matters website provides parents with valuable advice on how you communicate with one another can have an impact on your child.

When two people share responsibility for a child, no matter whether they are still together or separated, the relationship between them has a direct impact on the mental health of their children.

Do you recognise any of these things?

  • Are you arguing, having rows, shouting all the time with each other about things like, money, how you parent or housework?
  • Are you worried about splitting up?
  • Is there sulking, silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other?
  • Are you anxious or worried and is this getting in the way of managing everyday life?
  • Are you not able to say sorry after an argument and move on?
  • Are you using hurtful texts, emails or social media against each other?

Relationship matters has a helpful video that we would recommend all parents watch. This can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a charitable organisation set up in 2011, which has since enabled effective interventions to many thousands of children who’ve experienced domestic abuse. St Austin’s Catholic Primary School is an Operation Encompass School.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.

Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course.  Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.

Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children , to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand  a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child , making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.



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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