Newsletter 26th June 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 26th June 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Jesus assures the Twelve that God cares about them
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (10:26-33)
Jesus instructed the twelve as follows: “Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the house-tops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; think more about God who has power over both body and soul. If anyone declares himself for me in the presence of others, I will declare myself for them in the presence of my Father in heaven.”
In last week’s Gospel reading Jesus sent the twelve disciples to proclaim the kingdom of heaven. Jesus knew that the disciples would face difficulties in their mission. Many people won’t receive them well, even within the land of Israel. Even family members will turn away from the disciples because of the disciples’ commitment to Jesus and the kingdom. This week’s Gospel reading offers the disciples consolation against this difficult truth. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to keep their focus on God. Those who can harm the body do not have ultimate power; God does. Still persecution and suffering cannot be avoided or prevented. But Jesus reassures his disciples that God knows and cares about what happens to his children.
We might not face the same type of persecution, but we do experience difficulties as we endeavour to live a Christian life. Sometimes we let the opinions of others prevent us from doing what we know to be right. What are we really afraid of? Losing money and possessions? Being abandoned by our friends?
Losing our reputation?
Don’t be afraid about any of these, says Jesus. If you want something to occupy your mind with then take stock of your relationship with the One who holds our very being in the palm of his hands. So, shout what you hear from the housetops, in other words, we should not be afraid to speak with boldness. What Jesus has told us we must tell to others.
Industrial Action Days
As you will be aware, the National Education Union (NEU) have advised its members to take strike action on Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July. Yet again, this will mean disruption to children’s learning in some classes. As has been the case with previous strike days, members of the NEU working at St. Austin’s are not obliged to tell me if they are intending to take strike action until 7am on the day.
As soon as I know which classes are going to be affected by industrial action, I will let parents know via Class Dojo and next week’s newsletter.
I appreciate that the decisions of individual staff to take industrial action does inconvenience parents and forces them to take unpaid leave. However, these members of staff are exercising their right to strike when negotiations break down. This is a fundamental British liberty and not one that any staff at St. Austin’s use lightly.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure parents that on all strike days that have occurred this school year I have explored all other alternatives. Booking supply teachers is not an option as the majority are taking industrial action themselves and those who choose not to strike can refuse to cover for absent colleagues. Our own Teaching Assistants also have the right to refuse to cover for absent colleagues. The trade union (NEU) strongly urges them to refuse to do this.
Once again, I am sorry about the disruption to you and your child’s education. This ongoing situation is frustrating, and I ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect.
Staff Leaving St. Austin’s and the end of this term
At the end of the academic year, Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Shuttleworth and Mrs. Adams will all be leaving St. Austin’s School. Mrs. Kendrew has worked here for over 18 years and has helped countless children and families as they began their primary education at our school. Mrs. Kendrew is moving to a school closer to her home and will be greatly missed by everyone.
Mrs. Shuttleworth has been with us for two years and Mrs. Adams for six years and I am sure you will want to join me in wishing them well in future ventures.
Children and staff will get the opportunity to say ‘goodbye and thank you’ to these three members of staff during the final week of term.
Mr. Sandbach who has been with us since the start of the Summer Term on a one-term secondment will be taking up a Head of School role in a Catholic Primary School in Leeds.
Recruitment processes for a number of vacancies across school (teaching posts and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) are taking place over the next two weeks. Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts that the right appointments are made. As soon as this process has been completed, I will be sharing the staffing structure for next academic year with you. Your patience whilst waiting for this information is greatly appreciated.
End of Year Information|
End of year reports will be sent out to parents on Tuesday 11th July. All children (with the exception of Y6) will be spending one morning with their new class teacher on Monday 17th July.
Frozen Fridays – PTA
Our PTA members will be continuing to help raise funds for school by holding Frozen Fridays each Friday at the end of the school day. There will be ice pops and ice creams for sale in the Key Stage 2 playground.
Ice pops – 30p each
Ice Cream £1.00 each
Sports Day – 10th July
Sports Day will take place on Monday 10th July in our school grounds.
10.45am – 12pm – Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
Races will begin at 11am on the Key Stage 1 playground for the above year groups only.
12pm – 1.15pm – Whole School Family Picnic
On the day ALL parents and carers will be invited to enjoy a whole school family picnic. Parents and carers will need to bring their own picnic. You can provide food for your child OR place an order with the kitchen for a picnic style lunch. It is essential you only place a pre order with the kitchen if you do not intend to attend or provide food for your child as the recent family picnic in school did result in an excessive waste of food prepared by the kitchen and not collected. Parents will be charged for meals ordered but not taken.
Due to the high numbers of parents that will be on site, for safety reasons, please could we kindly request that parents attending the morning session bring their picnics with them at 11am and not leave the site to then re-enter, thank you.
Children will continue with a normal school timetable in the afternoon to allow parents to either return to work or stay to watch their children in Key Stage 2. It will not be possible to take your child home after the picnic on this day.
1.30pm – 2.45pm – Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Sporting activities will begin at 1.30pm in the KS2 playgrounds for the above year groups only. Activities will end at approximately 2.45pm. Children will return to classes briefly to collect their belongings and then will be dismissed by their class teacher from their class line in the playground as usual.
If your child will be absent from school for religious observance for the upcoming Eid celebrations at the end of the month, please ensure that you send a dojo message to the Contact Office or ring the absence line to leave a message. It is imperative that school receive notification from a parent regarding absence. School cannot assume that your child will be absent for this for safeguarding purposes we must be notified please. There has been a change to last week’s newsletter, school will now authorise a maximum of two days absence for this religious observation.
Disco – PTA end of year disco
There will be a PTA school disco on Tuesday 18th July 3.15 – 4.30pm. There will be two discos running at the same time, one for children in Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2 and another for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. For children in Foundation, years 1 and 2, it is necessary for parents to stay with their child for the duration of the disco. Children in KS2 do NOT need to be accompanied by a parent. Please visit www.eduspot.co.uk to book and pay the £1.00 entrance fee for your child’s ticket if you would like them to attend.
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 30th June at 2.50pm.
3/4 TA: Saira
5/6 B: Hayden
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 30th June at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Brooke
3/ 4TA: Maria
5/6B: Matthew M
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Bendeguz
3/4 TA: Saira
4C: Amelia G
Class Attendance Award
Class 1/2T were the last weeks attendance winners with 98.57%. This class will get to spin the wheel.
Email us your child’s out of school achievements so we can celebrate their success on our newsletter. Email us on email@example.com
Nicole and Joshua (5S) received their medal after a year of service at St Austin’s Catholic Church. Well done.
Monday 26th June & Monday 3rd July – Outwood Grange Academy Transition Day- parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 27th June – BKCAT Football Competition for 10 Year 5 and 6 pupils
Thursday 29th June & Thursday 6th July– Kettlethorpe High School Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July – Transition week for current Year 6 pupils to St Thomas a Beckets High School –parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 4th July – Trinity Academy Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Wednesday 5th July – NEU Strike day – see class dojo for more information on classes affected
Friday 7th July – NEU Strike day – see class dojo for more information on classes affected
Monday 10th July – 10.45 -12pm Foundation Stage Sports Day 12- 1.15pm Family Picnic 1.30-2.45pm KS2 Sports Day
Tuesday 11th July – Outwood City Fields Transition Day – parents are reminded to check transition information on high school websites
Tuesday 11th July – Ukulele Concert (Year 3 parents invited) 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July – Year 6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
Thursday 13th July – Diocesan Singing and Melodica Concert (for parents) – more information to follow on dojo
Monday 17th July – New Reception Sept 23 Stay and Play
Monday 17th July – Celebration Evening 4.00 – 5.30pm
Tuesday 18th July – PTA Disco 3.15pm – 4.30pm – see Dojo in coming days for more information
Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2.15pm Parents invited
Thursday 20th July – End of year mass and presentation of leavers certificates 10am ST Austin’s Church. Year 6 parents invited
Friday 21st July – school closes 3.15pm
NSPCC Advice for parents
Need-to-know: how to set boundaries and build positive relationships
Balancing the various demands parents have to cope with isn’t easy and all parents can come under pressure or stress from time to time.
This guide shares practical advice and tips for positive parenting techniques that work well for children – from babies to teenagers. These techniques encourage better behaviour and help parents find out what works for them and their child.
The guide is also a valuable resource for services and professionals offering parenting advice to new parents and those caring for young children or teenagers.
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
Why was the baby strawberry crying?
Because its parents were in a jam! Mr Laurie