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.”

The Reflection

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.

Spiritual Action

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    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.


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 5th May at 2.50pm.

RG: Arthur
RS: Zainab
1K: Tina
1/2T: Vincent
3CD: Joshua K
3/4 TA: Natan
4C:  Pierre – Joseph
5W: Gracie
5/6 B: Zane
6B: Lily


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.

RG: Ugochukwu
RS: Rosie
1K: Nigel
1/2 T: Malachi
3CD:  Raihana
3/ 4TA: Emaan
4C: Lakshmi
5S: Jomin
5/6B: Erikas
6B: Angelina


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Jakub L
RS: Jandrei
1K: Naithan K
1/2 T: Sumayya
3/4 TA: Marysia
4C: Richard
5W: Ahren
6B: Harry

Class Attendance Award


Class 6B  were the last weeks attendance winners  with 98.06%.

RG: 88.57%
RS: 96.25%
1K: 97.94%
1/2T: 91.60%
2B: 93.36%
3CD: 97.93%
4C: 94.52%
5S: 97.18%
5/6B: 96.08%


Our Education Welfare Officer from the Local Authority has been in school again recently to assess whole school attendance. There are a significant number of children where attendance is a cause for concern. This does mean that our whole school attendance is well below the target that we have set in conjunction with the Education Welfare Service. Being in school is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development.
Individual families will be contacted to discuss this. School would like to identify and, where possible, mitigate potential barriers to good attendance in liaison with families and relevant support agencies. If you would like to discuss any issues regarding your child’s attendance at school please do not hesitate to contact school and speak to our Attendance Officer, Mrs. Scott.
Email us your child’s out of school achievements so we can celebrate their success on our newsletter. Email us on
Well done to Max in Class RS who has received his first achievement at his football club!

Diary Dates

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.

Operation Encompass is a police and school early intervention safeguarding information sharing partnership which supports children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Please see the information poster below:

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

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