Newsletter 26th February 2024

Mr J Molyneux

Monday 26th February 2024



Our Prayer for the Week

Transformation and Change

In the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Jesus takes his disciples away from the noise and business of the market place and takes them up a mountain. While they are on the mountain, something very strange and unusual happens. Jesus is changed; he is transformed beyond all recognition. ‘His face shone like the sun and his clothes become as white as the light.’ We can only imagine the surprise and shock of those who were with Jesus at the time. Yet, despite this surprise, Peter is still able to proclaim, ‘Lord it is wonderful for us to be here.’

How do we relate this to our lives? Perhaps, like the disciples, we too experience fear, doubt and even a lack of faith. Perhaps we too need to be encouraged and strengthened by Jesus. The experience of Jesus transformed offers each of us a taste of what lies ahead of us. If we share in the suffering and passion of Jesus, we will also share in his resurrection.

When we are tempted to give up and give in, let us look to Jesus changed and transformed. May we see in him the future that is promised to us in the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

Bless your faithful, we pray, O Lord, with a blessing that endures for ever,

And keep them faithful to the Gospel of your Only Begotten Son,

So that they may always desire and at last attain that glory whose beauty he showed in his own Body, to the amazement of his Apostles.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Parent Forum

Twelve parents attended last week’s Parent Forum. It was both affirming and reassuring to hear positive feedback in terms of a number of things we have achieved recently. Parents personally and verbally congratulated school on the recent Ofsted judgement, expressed their thanks for the changes we have made to the start and end of day arrangements and asked me to let all staff know how pleased they are with how well we prepare the children for key liturgical events throughout the church’s year.

We also discussed peripatetic music tuition (see item below) and after school clubs. I ended the meeting by asking those parents present to consider what they might wish to discuss, see or learn more about at our summer term meeting, which will be held on Wednesday 26th June at 9.00am. Please add this date to your diaries.

Peripatetic Music Tuition

In recent years we have offered children the opportunity to learn an instrument either through small group tuition or one-to-one sessions. Following a considered decision to end the previous arrangement we had, I have spent a considerable amount of time looking at possible alternatives. I may have found a possible solution using an independent company who work directly with parents in terms of payment and booking of tuition sessions.

I am in initial consultations with the company and would now like to share the following summary with parents.

The benefits of music tuition are proven. From boosting mental health and wellbeing to providing a powerful and supportive aid to all other aspects of learning and development.

Harnessing the power and creativity of music is an absolute must for this generation and the next.

Tuition is provided by professional teachers all of whom are subject to a robust and thorough safeguarding process, enhanced DBS checks and regular safeguarding training.

Instruments are provided free of charge to schools.

Children can choose from: guitar, drums, ukulele, piano/keyboard, violin, vocals, saxophone, trumpet and bass guitar.

Parents will be provided with simple easy to use forms to use to sign their child up for exactly the lesson they want.

Totally Rad Music will then work with the school to draw up a timetable for tuition sessions.


Group of 3 students for 20 minutes = £5 per session

one to one tuition – 15 minute session = £9 per session

one to one tuition – 20 minute session = £12 per session

one to one tuition – 30 minute session = £18 per session

For any pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding, school will cover the cost of the chosen session.

As directed by the company, my next step will be to survey pupils and parents this week to gain an understanding of the level of interest in music tuition. Look out for the link to this survey which will be shared via the School Story on Class Dojo. In the meantime, please discuss this with your children (Years 2 to 6 only).


School uniform

Please also ensure your child is wearing the full required uniform every day. This half term, I will be taking a renewed focus on uniform ensuring it is line with our policy. Please note school uniform or the correct PE kits should be worn by all pupils. This includes hair accessories and earrings.


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 1st March at 2.45pm.

RG: Ivy- Monet
RS: Manasseh
1T: Mackenzie
1/2T: Anabella
2B: Evamaria
3CD: Marcel
3/4MT: Florence
4B: Rahima
5C: Preston
5/6C: Aridona
6B:  Hasan-Ali

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 1st March at 2.45pm.

RG: Devanshi
RS: Leah
1T: Haider
1/2T: Tessa
2B: Malachi
3CD: Ogheneochukome
3/4MT:  Eva
4B: Safa
5C: Lakshmi
5/6C: Aaron
6B: Amelia B

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: Ethan
RS: Emmanuel
1T: Harry
1/2T: Jacob
2B: Sam
3CD: Nadia P
3/4MT: Hassan
4B: Aila
5C: Savio
5/6C: Thandi
6B: Anna

Class Attendance Award

Whole school attendance was very low last week at just 93.94% overall.

Classes  1/ 2T and 2B were the  attendance winners last week with 98.00%. These classes will get to spin the attendance wheel.

RG: 94.74%

RS: 97.31%

1T: 97.33%

1/2T: 98.00%

2B: 98.00%

3CD: 90.32%

3/4MT: 93.33%

4B: 93.00%

5C: 86.67%

5/6C: 90.67%

6B: 95.67%

Diary Dates

7th March – World Book Day
18th – 22nd March – Balanceability lessons for Year 1
27th March – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Oral Health

Tooth decay can cause pain, infection and sleepless nights which leads to time off school and time off work for parents. In Wakefield, each 5- year-old child has on average 0.7 teeth that are decayed (2015).
Tooth decay is the most common reason for hospital admissions in the 6–10-year-old age group.

Watch this helpful video with Dr Ranj on effective toothbrushing with your child.

General Updates


World Book Day

Reading is a priority at St. Austin’s – every day is book day!  As part of our reading offer, we will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Children are invited  to come to school in their pyjamas and to bring a book on this day.

Ready, Steady…Read

From 4th-10th March, we will be running a sponsored read event to celebrate and encourage a lifelong love of reading at home and school. All the money raised will be used to buy new books for our school. In addition to the money raised, Usborne will donate up to 60% of the total raised in extra free books!

Please help us to enhance our reading resources by taking part in the event. Children could read books, comics, magazines, newspapers, menus, websites, recipes, poems, leaflets, instructions – anything with words!

Closer to the date, your child will be sent home with a sponsorship form and reading log. Sponsorship money is to be paid via School Money.

We look forward to having lots more books for children to read, share and enjoy.

Balanceability and Learn to ride  – Year 1 children 18th to 22nd March.

Children in Year 1 have  the opportunity to take part in exciting cycling activities with the Cycle North Team, as part of the Wakefield Bikeability Plus programme.
Specialist instructors will be in school leading Balance Bike and Learn to Ride sessions from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March 2024.
Every child will have 3 separate sessions, over the course of the week.
Children will start out on special pedal-less balance bikes and take part in a series of fun activities aimed at building the confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills that will help your child to cycle. When ready, children will then progress onto pedal bikes with an aim to learn how to ride their bike independently without stabilisers.
Children who can already ride their bike without stabilisers, will take part in fun cycling skills sessions.
Please complete the online form by no later than Friday 1st March



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:



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