Newsletter 2nd May 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 2nd May 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Jesus the Good Shepherd
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (John 10:1-10)
Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock. When the shepherd has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They never follow a stranger, but run away from him: they do not recognise the voice of strangers.” The disciples failed to understand what Jesus meant. So Jesus spoke to them again: “I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: they will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pastures. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. But I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Jesus is telling his listeners that those who follow him and his way will find abundant life. He identifies himself both as the shepherd and the gate.
The relationship between the sheep and their shepherd is based on familiarity. Sheep recognise their shepherd and will not follow a stranger. At the end of the day, shepherds lead their sheep from pastures to a common gated area called a sheepfold. There, one shepherd protects all of the sheep until the next day when each shepherd returns to lead his own sheep to pasture. As shepherds move among the sheep, the sheep follow only their shepherd.
This Gospel reading also gives us the opportunity to reflect on Christian leadership. Jesus’ words suggest to us that those who will lead the Christian community will be known by their faithfulness to Jesus. The leaders will recognise that Jesus is the gate for all of the sheep and that having a good relationship with Jesus is the primary characteristic of a Christian leader.
When Jesus explained his ideas by talking about sheep, people understood, even if it was a challenge for them. Just as a shepherd loves and cares for his sheep and leads them to safety, Jesus loves and cares for us and if we follow Him through the gate, we are led to God the Father.
Think about the analogy of the gate and what might represent the challenges of crossing through the gate for you. What things in our daily lives stop us from following Jesus’ path through the gate?
Parents are somewhat like shepherds. Think about your children and the many ways in which you lead them to develop their personal relationship with God. How can you point them towards the gate, Jesus, who leads them on to God the Father?
Year 5 – Hepworth Gallery Trip
On Wednesday 10th May our Year 5 pupils will be travelling by coach to the Hepworth Gallery to take part in a Schools Prints Project that our school has been selected to participate in.
All Year 5 children will be attending and will need to arrive in full smart uniform and bring a packed lunch and water bottle.
Please could parents of YEAR 5 children only, complete the online permission form:
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.
If you are interested in helping out please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
New Reception Starters September 2023
This week offers were sent out for primary places. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new class into Reception in September, especially the nine siblings who will be joining their big brothers and sisters. This year there is a low birth rate and our numbers for our Reception class for September are really low. If you know of anyone who isn’t happy with their school offer for September, or still hasn’t a place please do point them in our direction. With our school funding so dependent on pupil numbers we do need to try and fill our classes. 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 5th May at 2.50pm.
3CD: Joshua K
3/4 TA: Natan
4C: Pierre – Joseph
5/6 B: Zane
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 5th May at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Malachi
3/ 4TA: Emaan
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
RG: Jakub L
1K: Naithan K
1/2 T: Sumayya
3/4 TA: Marysia
Class Attendance Award
Class 6B were the last weeks attendance winners with 98.06%.
Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday for King’s 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 9th June – Non Uniform day – bring a filled jar for the Jar Bar Prize stall for the Summer fair
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm
We are an Operation Encompass School.
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
I’m writing a book about hurricanes and tornadoes ………It’s only a draft at the moment! Mr. Laurie