Newsletter 27th February 2023


 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 27th February 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The First Sunday of Lent – Lead us not into temptation

We encourage our families to use this 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: 1-11)

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.”

But Jesus replied, “Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple and said,

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for scripture says: He will put you in his angels’ charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.”

Jesus said to him, “Scripture also says: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.”

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “I will give you all of these if you fall at my feet and worship me,” he said.

Then Jesus replied, “Be off, Satan! For Scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve Him alone.”

Then the devil left him and the angels appeared and looked after him.


The Reflection

Although Jesus is fully divine, he is also fully human and while on earth, just like all humans, was vulnerable to temptation. Notice how the Holy Spirit led Jesus to a place where he would be tempted. Despite being physically weak from fasting for a long period of time, Jesus resists temptation. Perhaps our knowledge that even Jesus, the Son of God was tempted, might encourage us to make good and wise choices.


Spiritual Action

The wilderness is an empty place and emptiness is a big theme in this Gospel reading. Jesus lacked possessions and luxury in the wilderness and the devil offered to fill this emptiness with ‘all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. Physically empty from lack of food, but full of the knowledge of scripture and the Holy Spirit, Jesus was able to resist the temptation.

What feelings of emptiness might we experience and what are we tempted to fill them with?

We can all be tempted to make choices that are against the values we strive towards, or at difficult times, to take the easy way out.

This week, consider how you could build up your resilience to support yourself and others during challenging times.

Who are the people in your life who are most supportive to you?

How could you nurture and support resilience in others?

NEU Strike Action

As of 4:23pm on Monday 27th February, I am letting parents/carers know that children in the following classes should not attend school tomorrow, Tuesday 28th February, due to industrial action.

OS – Mrs Shuttleworth’s class,
1K – Mrs Kendrew’s class
1/2T – Miss Tickle’s class
2B – Miss Bradshaw’s class
4C – Miss Cross’s class

Children in classes not listed above should attend school as normal, arriving between 8.40am and 8.50am. School will close at the usual time of 3.15pm and lunchtime arrangements remain unchanged.

As union members reserve the right not to share their final decision until the day of any planned industrial action, I recommend that you check Dojo from 7am in case there are any changes to the information shared above.

I am sorry about the disruption to you and your child’s education. I understand that this situation may be frustrating and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect.


Bikeability – Year 5

Year 5 pupils will be taking part in Bikeability with Cycle North instructors between Friday 3rd and Friday 10th March. Children will be placed into groups and for those parents who have completed the online permission form, you will be contacted to notify which group your child had been allocated. Children should wear outdoor PE kit on the days of their training and bring extra layers including gloves and a waterproof coat. Remember, it is not necessary for your child to be a rider to take part. All levels of ability can be catered for with the instructors. Only children who pass the safety test of riding in the playground competently will progress onto the next levels of cycling outside of the school grounds with the instructors.



Multi Skills – Year 2 Wednesday 8th March

Our Year 2 pupils will be taking part in a free sports event at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary School,  Pontefract on Wednesday 8th March. Children will have an early lunch and go via coach to St Wilfrid’s School for the afternoon to take part in a variety of sports. They will arrive back at school at approximately 3pm. Children will need to come to school on that day in their PE kit.  Please complete the permission form below to authorise for your child to attend this free event.


World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March


Just a reminder, Thursday (2nd March) is World Book Day, children can come to school in their pyjamas and bring their favourite book. Please remember children will still be playing out so ensure the pyjamas are warm or consider extra layers. The PTA will kindly be providing the children with a hot chocolate.  Unless you have notified school in writing of an allergy, all children will be offered a hot chocolate.
Please don’t forget to send in a photo of your child reading in their favourite place via class dojo so we can add them to the school display. Also, the design a Book Cover Competition begins this week, your child’s entry can be brought in from today (Monday 27th February) until Thursday 9th March.

When I Grow Up….

St. Austin’s Careers Week 2023
27th March – 31st March

To inspire and help our children learn about a wide range of jobs and careers they may wish to do later in life, we are looking for volunteers from all professions to come and share information about their current/previous job or employment to small groups of pupils throughout school.

If you are available during our Careers Week (Monday 27th – Friday 31st March) and would be willing to help by sharing information about your job please contact the school office with your details by Thursday 2nd March at 3.30pm.

As our plans develop for this exciting opportunity, they will be shared with parents  on Dojo.

Year 6 Leavers Hoodies

Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to purchase a Leavers Hoody for their child from this week via School Money. The order will be submitted to the printing company on Friday 10th March, so parents have until this time to submit your order. Please look at Class Dojo for information on sizing. Children hoodies are available from £16.50 and adult sizes from £18.50 + VAT. Please log in to your child’s school money account and select ‘Shop’


Say it with Flowers

The PTA are selling decorated bunches of daffodils, with a hand written message from your child. These are being sold at £2:50 each and will be taken home on Fri 17th March. This is perfect timing for Mother’s Day, however the flowers can be gifted to anyone special that you/your child may choose. You can purchase a bunch via School Money online through the shop section. We would be grateful if you could order these as soon as possible to help us plan for the right numbers, maximising valuable funds for school. Deadline for ordering is Fri 10th March, with tags being written in school during week commencing Mon 13th March.


Bun Sale – Friday 17th March

Following on from last academic years bun sale, we would like to hold another fundraising bun sale event in school on Friday 17th March. We would like to kindly request donations of buns, cookies, tray bakes, donuts and other sweet treats to be brought into school between Thursday 16th and no later than 9am Friday 17th March. Children will then have the opportunity on Friday to purchase these items for 50p each. Please ensure all donations are nut free. All funds raised will go towards enrichments for the children. Your support and contributions to our fundraising events are always greatly appreciated.


Parents Evening – 21st and 22nd March

Spring term parents evening will be held on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March. Please look out on Class Dojo for more information later this week with details on how to make your booking. It is expected that all children are represented at parents evening.

On 21st March, Alice Wood, our school affiliated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support (CAMHS) worker, will have a stall in school for the duration of the parents evening. She will be available for parents to speak to should you require any guidance or advice on a number of issues, including mental health, sleep, managing emotions etc. She will leave resources and leaflets for parents who are attending parents evening on 22nd March.

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 3rd March at 2.50pm.

RG: Ugochukwu
RS: Nathaniel
1K: Oscar
1/2 T: Leosjana
2B: Nadia K
3CD: Sara
3/4 TA: Saira
4C: Tymoteusz
5W: Nicole
5/6 B: Adaam
6B: Megan


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 3rd March  at 2.50pm.

RG: Frances
RS: Zainab
1K: Fahameh
1/2 T: Hashim
2B: Ashin
3CD:  Oliver
3/ 4TA: Mateusz
4C: Savio
5W: Heizel
5/6B: Deona
6B: Yusuf


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Freddy
RS: Adam
1K: Nathan M
1/2 T: Aya
2B: Bukunmi
3CD: Julia
3/4 TA: Antoni
4C: Eva
5W: Anna
5/6B: Nabiha
6B: Sumaiya

Class Attendance Award


Classes  6B were last weeks attendance winners  with 98.39%.

RG: 87.83%
RS: 96.67%
1K: 95.33%
1/2T: 94.67%
2B: 95.67%
3CD: 97.00%
4C: 93.23%
5W: 94.19%
5/6B: 97.10%
6B: 98.39%





Out of School Achievements

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Diary Dates

Week beginning Monday 27th February – Dentaid in school working with all classes
Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day
Friday 3rd March – Friday 10th March – Year 5 Bikeability
Wednesday 8th March -Year 2 Multi Sports event at St Wilfrid’s
Friday 17th March – Mother’s Day Bun Sale
Tuesday 21st March – Class Photographs to be taken
Tuesday 21st March – 3.45pm – 6.15pm -Spring Term Parents’ Evening (CAMHS representative available on this day)
Wednesday 22nd March – 4.15pm – 6.15pm – Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 5th April – school closed at 3.15pm for half term




The NSPCC offers a guide to help parents and carers decide whether their child is ready to either stay at home or go out alone

This guide provides practical tips and advice to help parents and carers decide what is best for their child when it comes to staying home alone or going out alone.

It covers some of the risks parents should consider before making a decision, such as how their child feels about the idea and who they should contact in an emergency.

There is also a checklist for parents and children to work through together to help them prepare for different types of scenarios. This includes questions about what to do if there is an accident at home or they are approached by a stranger outside.

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

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