Newsletter 24th April 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 24th April 2023
Spiritual Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – ‘They recognised him in the breaking of bread.’
|Happy Easter! Our reflection this week focuses on the Gospel Reading for the 3rd Sunday of Easter and is found in Luke’s Gospel (24:13-35) and is the account of Jesus appearing to two disciples who are walking to Emmaus.
In the Gospel reading we hear how the first community of disciples came to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. In these stories we gain insight into how the community of the Church came to be formed.
When we read this Gospel passage, we may be surprised to learn that these friends of Jesus could walk and converse with him at some length yet not recognise him. Again we discover that the risen Jesus is not always easily recognised. Cleopas and the other disciple walk with a person whom they believe to be a stranger; only later do they discover that the stranger is Jesus. We learn that the first community met and recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread, just as we meet Jesus in the Eucharist.
We can imagine the feelings of the two disciples in today’s reading. They are leaving their community in Jerusalem. Their friend Jesus has been crucified. Their hope is gone. They are trying to make sense of what has occurred, so that they can put the experience behind them.
Jesus himself approaches the two men, but they take him for a stranger. Jesus asks them what they are discussing. He invites them to share their experience and interpretation of the events surrounding his crucifixion and death. When the two disciples have done so, Jesus offers his own interpretation of his crucifixion and resurrection, citing Jewish Scripture. In that encounter we find the model for our Liturgy of the Word—what we do each time we gather as a community for the Eucharist. We reflect upon our life experiences and interpret them in light of Scripture. We gather together to break open the Word of God.
In the next part of the story, we find a model for our Liturgy of the Eucharist. The disciples invite the stranger (Jesus) to stay with them. During the meal in which they share in the breaking of the bread, the disciples’ eyes are opened; they recognise the stranger as Jesus. In the Eucharist too we share in the breaking of the bread and discover Jesus in our midst. Just as the disciples returned to Jerusalem to recount their experience to the other disciples, we too are sent from our Eucharistic gathering. Our experience of Jesus in the Eucharist compels us to share the story with others.
A belated Eid Mubarak to our Muslim families
Save the date – Summer Fair Friday 16th June 3.15pm – 5.15pm
The PTA (Parents Teachers Association) will be holding a school summer fair on Friday 16th June from 3.15pm – 5.15pm.
The fair will have a wide variety of stalls and games including bouncy castles, balloon modelling, face painting, hook a duck, splat the teacher and many more! We want our whole school community to come along and get involved and help raise vital funds for school.
The theme for this years summer fair will be ‘ Foods from around the World’. We would love for parents, grandparents, family and friends to get involved and donate cultural foods that can be sold at the fair. Our school has children attending whose families speak 30 different languages and we would love to celebrate this diversity and showcase all the different culinary types of food from those countries. Please look out on dojo for a parent survey detailing how you can register to help with this.
Our PTA needs you!! We urgently need more parent helpers for our PTA and are appealing to anyone interested in giving a small amount of time to help with fun fundraising activities for school. Recently the funds raised by our wonderful PTA have benefitted your children by providing £500 towards new books for every classroom; over £1000 was donated to help parents with the cost of the Year 6 residential trip; Ten Huawei tablets were bought by the PTA and many more additional fun extras are bought by the PTA , such as Hot chocolate on World Book Day. Not only do the funds raised by the PTA provide valuable additional resources for your child that school would not otherwise be able to fund; the events that they put on for the children are great fun and create lasting memories for your child of their time at Primary School.
If you are interested in helping out please email email@example.com Any support you can offer would be greatly received. Perhaps you are an excellent face painter, or have contacts to businesses able to provide donations to our school for events, such as bouncy castle hire. Please look out for a parent survey due soon that will give more information.
Non Uniform Day
On Friday 9th June there will be a non uniform day. Children can come to school in non uniform in exchange for a filled Jar for the Summer Fair. The filled Jars will be a raffle prize at the fair. These are super easy and fun to make with your child. Simply use a clean jar, (such as a jam jar, sauce jar) and fill with treats and prizes. Ideas for filled jars could be;
Most of these items are readily available and relatively cheap at stores such as a pound shop.
Lotherton Hall Trip – Years 1 and 2
A reminder that on Friday 28th April, Years 1 and 2 will be going on their school trip to Lotherton Hall. All parents should have by now provided online consent and made the payment for the trip using your child’s School Money account. Please ensure your child is dressed in full smart uniform, with comfortable shoes and a waterproof coat with a hood. Every child will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. The coach will leave promptly at 9am, so please do ensure your child arrives on time at 8.40am.
Please could we request that all children’s clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. There have been occasions where parents report lost items but those items are not labelled; this makes it very difficult for lost property to be returned to the correct child. A reminder that children should not be bringing into school designer clothing. The school uniform is unbranded items for PE kits.
After School Clubs
Booking is OPEN via School Money for this new half term After School Clubs. Clubs will run weekly on the days specified below 3.15- 4.15pm.
Tuesdays – Cricket Club years 3 & 4
Wednesdays – Cricket Club years 5 & 6
Thursdays – Multi Sports years 1 & 2
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please log into your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk to make a payment and provide consent if you would like them to take part. The booking system will automatically stop accepting bookings once the capacity for the club has been reached. Thank you
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 28th April at 2.50pm.
3/4 TA: Harriet
5/6 B: Sahleha
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 28th April at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Amelia M
3CD: Dawid S
3/ 4TA: Aira
4C: Emilia G
5W: Niamh F
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1K: Nathan M
1/2 T: Hussein
3/4 TA: Lily
Class Attendance Award
Class 5/6B were the last weeks attendance winners with 97.31%.
Thursday 27th April – NEU Strike – please check Dojo for individual classes that may be affected
Thursday 27th April – Class 3CD and Class 4C trip to Wakefield Museum
Friday 28th April – Years 1 and 2 trip to Lotherton Hall
Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday – school closed
Tuesday 2nd May – NEU Strike – please check Dojo for individual classes that may be affected
Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday for Kings Coronation- school closed
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th May – SATS week Year 6
Wednesday 10th May – Year 5 Hepworth Trip
Thursday 11th May – Year 4 Athletics event at St Wilfrid’s
Monday 15th – Friday 19th May – Children’s Mental Health Week
Friday 26th May – School closes at 3.15pm for half term
Monday 5th June – School reopens after half term
Monday 5th – Friday 9th June – World Faith Week
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm
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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 Miss Workman Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL