Newsletter 27th March 2023


 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 27th March 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Compassion

The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Adapted from 11:1-45)

There was a friend of Jesus named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with his two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was very ill.

The sisters sent a message to Jesus. But, by the time Jesus had arrived at their home, Lazarus had died.

As soon as Lazarus’ sister, Mary, saw Jesus she threw herself at his feet, crying.

At the sight of her tears, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, “Where have you put him?” So they took Jesus to Lazarus’ tomb. Jesus wept.

“Roll the stone away,” he said. Then he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

Then Lazarus, who had been dead, came out with his feet, hands and face wrapped in strips of burial cloth. Jesus said, “Unbind him: let him go free.”

Many of the people there saw what Jesus had done and believed in him.

The Reflection

 The Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent recounts another sign, or miracle, the raising of Lazarus. This reading invites us to reflect upon what it means to call Jesus the Resurrection and the life.

The context for the story of the raising of Lazarus is the Jewish leaders’ growing animosity toward Jesus. Jesus has been in Jerusalem, taking part in the feast of the Dedication, which we have come to know as Hanukkah. The people have been pressing him to declare plainly whether he is the Messiah. Jesus tells them to look to his works, which testify to his coming from God. Many do not believe Jesus, however, and some try to stone him for blasphemy.

Into this scene of confrontation, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, send word to Jesus that his friend is ill. The scene described at Bethany is a sad one. Martha meets Jesus weeping and saying that if Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died. Yet she remains confident that God will do whatever Jesus asks. Jesus asks to be brought to Lazarus’s tomb where he prays and calls Lazarus out from the tomb. At this sign, many come to believe in Jesus, but others take word of the miracle to the Jewish authorities, who begin their plans for Jesus’ death.

Set against the backdrop of Jesus’ impending death, many elements of the raising of Lazarus foreshadow the good news of Jesus’ own Resurrection. Jesus, facing the conflict with the Jewish authorities, acts in complete obedience to God. In raising Lazarus, Jesus shows his power over death so that when Jesus dies, those who believe in him might remember that and take hope. Just as Jesus calls for the stone to be rolled away from Lazarus’s tomb, so too will the disciples find the stone rolled away from Jesus’ tomb.


Spiritual Action

This Gospel reading calls us to reflect on Baptism as a dying and rising with Jesus. In Baptism we die to sin’s power over us, rising as children of God. In Baptism we join ourselves with Christ, who conquered death once and for all so that we who believe in him may have eternal life. With Martha and Mary, we are called to profess our belief that Jesus is indeed the Resurrection and the life.

‘I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

‘I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Chicken Pox

There are a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school. Chicken pox is an itchy, spotty rash, it can be anywhere on the body. Chickenpox happens in 3 stages, but new spots can appear while others are becoming blisters or forming a scab.

Stage 1: Small spots appear
Stage 2: The spots become blisters
Stage 3: The blisters become scabs

How to treat chickenpox at home

Important: Stay off school or work

Children need to stay away from school until all the spots have formed a scab. This is usually 5 days after the spots appeared.


  • drink plenty of fluid (try ice lollies if your child is not drinking) to avoid dehydration

  • take paracetamol to help with pain and discomfort

  • cut your child’s fingernails and put socks on their hands at night to stop them scratching

  • use cooling creams or gels from a pharmacy

  • speak to a pharmacist about using antihistamine medicine to help itching

  • bathe in cool water and pat the skin dry (do not rub)

  • dress in loose clothes


  • do not use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by a doctor, as it may cause serious skin infections

  • do not give aspirin to children under 16

  • do not go near newborn babies, people who are pregnant and people with a weakened immune system, as chickenpox can be dangerous for them

  • do not scratch the spots, as scratching can cause scarring

Please ensure you send a message to Contact Office or call school to notify of your child’s absence. With chicken pox we expect parents to ring every 2 days please.

Year 4 – Resurrection Rock performance

Parents of children in Year 4 are invited to come into school to watch children perform Resurrection Rock on Wednesday 5th April at 2pm.


Correct Uniform

A reminder regarding uniform has featured this term in the newsletter and on Class Dojo. Unfortunately, we do continue to see children in school wearing incorrect uniform.
PE kits are a particular issue; some children do look as though they are taking part in a non uniform day as their PE kit does not resemble the school uniform.

School uniforms are compulsory. The standard school PE kits are cheaper to purchase than the alternative items of clothing and branded clothing we are seeing throughout school. Plain black PE items are readily available from supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury’s  or Morrisons. Inexpensive shops such as Primark and Matalan do also hold these items.

PE kits are: Plain black jogging bottoms; plain white polo T shirt; plain black hooded jacket/ jumper. Outdoor trainers.

Please ensure that your child attends in the correct uniform. Parents will be messaged if their child is seen wearing incorrect uniform.


HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) Vacancy at St Austin’s School

The Headteacher and Academy Council are seeking to appoint an excellent HLTA to support and assist teachers as part of a professional team to contribute to raising standards of pupils’
achievement and to undertake a range of learning activities under the professional direction and supervision of qualified teachers and/or senior leaders.
The successful candidate will:
Hold qualified HLTA status
Be proficient in delivering pre-planned lessons in the absence of the class teacher
Provide PPA cover, additional classroom support and intervention across all phases
within the school
Be a team player who is also able to work independently.

Application must be submitted using the CES application form and supplementary forms which is available on the school website at Please return your completed
application to Miss Rebecca Elsworth (School Business Manager) at school or via email at by 9.00am on Wednesday 5th April 2023.
If you would like further information about this post prior to submitting an application, please call school on 01924 339435 and request to speak to Mr. Molyneux. Visits to the school are encouraged.
Closing date: Wednesday 5th April 2023 at 9.00am
Interviews to be held: Wednesday 26th April 2023



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 31st March at 2.50pm.

RG: Eddie
RS: Jandrei
1K: Noor Ul Ain
1/2T: Josmin
2B: Nikodem
3CD: Felicity
3/4 TA: Antoni
4C: Ramah
5W: Leo
5/6 B: Amelia B
6B: Hasnain


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 31st March  at 2.50pm.

RG: Amelia Gr
RS: Ethan
1K: Rayyan
1/2 T: Bendeguz
2B: Emily
3CD:  Annabelle B
3/ 4TA: Ali
4C: Jewel M
5W:Niamh F
5/6B: Ayaan
6B: Lily


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: David
RS: Adachukwu
1K: Dominika
1/2 T: Livia
2B: Liliana
3CD: Haiza
3/4 TA: Ali
4C: Kacper
5W: Amina
5/6B: Aalayiah Mae
6B: Zoya

Class Attendance Award


Classes  5W and 5/6B  were last weeks attendance winners  with 98.71%.

RG: 95.00%
RS: 89.05%
1K: 87.14%
1/2T: 87.91%
2B: 91.00%
3CD: 96.33%
4C: 97.10%
5W: 98.71%
5/6B: 98.71%




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Diary Dates

Tuesday 28th March – Year 3 Sports trip to St Wilfrid’s
Thursday 30th March – Rock Steady Music Performance – parents of children receiving Rock Steady Music Tuition are invited to watch a performance assembly at 2.45pm
Wednesday 31st March – Year 6 Residential trip payment due
Wednesday 5th April – Resurrection Rock Year  performance 2pm
Wednesday 5th April – school closes at 3.15pm for half term



Well Women Centre

For women, By women

Well women are a charity based in Wakefield providing mental health, emotional and practical support in a women only space. Supporting women of 16 and above at their premises in the centre of Wakefield and outreach, they provide a holistic, non-medical approach to helping improve women’s mental health and well-being.

Well women offers counselling, casework, groups and courses and complementary therapies.

For more information visit:


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



What do you call a duck that likes fireworks?A fire quacker! Melissa 5W

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