Newsletter 30th October 2023

Mr J Molyneux

Monday 30th October 2023



Our Prayer for the Week

November – the month of remembrance

It is during November that the church considers what is called the “Communion of Saints” – the union of all the Christian faithful, both living and dead, many of whom are already recognised as saints. It includes us too, as pilgrims on this earth.

On November 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation, honouring all those faithful in heaven. Throughout November, the Church also remembers our faithful departed. The need and duty of prayer for the departed souls has been acknowledged by the Church at all times.

During the month of November, we will be praying this prayer in classrooms and as a whole school. You might like to pray this prayer together as a family.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Weekly News and Updates from the Headteacher

Welcome back!

We have now begun the second part of the Autumn Term. With the clocks going back last weekend and the wetter, cooler weather, we are very much in Autumn now. However, there is much to look forward to this half-term. This is always one of my favourite half-terms especially once we reach December and begin our Advent preparations.

On Wednesday, we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints. This is a holyday of obligation and we will have Mass for Years 1 to 6 in school that day. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions we are unable to invite parents to join us for this Mass. Fr. Sean Crawley will celebrate his first school Mass as our new parish priest.

On Friday, there will be a Parent/Family Coffee Morning between 9am and 10am here in school. These one-hour sessions are specifically focused on supporting parents and families with various aspect of family life. The focus of this session will be on how we can help and support our children who might be suffering from anxiety. All are welcome to attend.

Reading Support Volunteers – We are still looking for parent/carer volunteers willing to assist us with supporting children as readers across school. You must be willing to undertake a DBS check and some simple training with our reading leaders Miss Tickle and Miss Workman. If this is something you are able to do, please let me know via Dojo or calling in to the school office. We want to share books as much as possible this year and are in need of additional adults with a passion for reading to enhance our reading offer.

A date for your diary/calendar – St. Austin’s School Parent Forum Meeting – Wednesday 8th November at 9am – 10am

What is the Parent Forum?

The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.

The aims of the Parent Forum will be to:

  • work together to improve the education provided for our children
  • share information, knowledge and skills
  • meet in a mutually supportive environment
  • further improve communications between parents/grandparents/carers and staff/governors.

Who can be part of the parent forum?

Any parent/grandparent/carer of children currently at St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School is welcome to join any parent forum meeting.

Why should I be part of the parent forum?

It gives parents/grandparents/carers, an opportunity to get together on a regular basis to have your say on what the school is doing well, and suggest ideas of how things could be improved.

How often will the Parent Forum meet?

The group will meet once a term.

What will be discussed at the meetings?

Anything related to improving the school and further developing the partnership between the school and parents.  The meetings will be informal and are on opportunity for an open discussion.  It is not the forum to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.

How can I raise an issue?

Come to the meeting and bring it up during the open discussion.  If you are unable to attend send an email to the school office and they will pass it onto me and I will share your issue at the meeting.

As always, I thank you for your continued support.

Mr. Molyneux




Below is a reminder of the awards winners that have already been published. The assembly for these winners is this Friday. Teachers will announce this weeks  winners in the newsletter next week.

Virtues Award

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 3rd November at 2.45pm.

RG: Abdoulaye

RS: Salvatore

1T: Aiden

1/2T: Adachukwu

2B: Chloe

3CD: Evanah

3/4MT: Julia

4B: Safa

5C: Marika

5/6C: Brianna

6B: Julia


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 3rd November at 2.45pm.

RG: Evelyn

RS: Szymon

1T: Amelia Go

1/2T: Rosie

2B: Hussein

3CD: Shristi

3/4MT: Ryder

4B: Oliver

5C: Emilia

5/6C: Reece

6B: Gracie


Handwriting Award  

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Evie

RS :Emmanuel

1T: Elena

1/2T: Naithan

2B: Dominika

3CD: Pola

3/4MT: Miles

4B: Liya

5C: Victoria
5/6C: Kacper

6B: Aubrey

Class Attendance Award

Class  6B  was the last week of terms attendance winner with 98.28%. This class will get to spin the wheel.

RG: 91.25%

RS: 81.25%

1T: 96.25%

1/2T: 93.33%

2B: 92.08%

3CD: 91.67%

3/4MT: 93.33%

4B: 96.25%

5C: 93.33%

5/6C: 92.90%

6B: 98.28%

Diary Dates
Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am Parent Coffee Morning – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service speaker will be available to discuss ‘Anxiety’
Wednesday 8th November – 9am Parent Forum meeting with Mr Molyneux
Monday 13th November – Odd Socks Day (Anti bullying)
Wednesday 15th November and Thursday 16th November – Parents Evening – details on how to book your appointment will be released shortly
Friday 17th November – Non Uniform Day (donations of £1 for Children in Need)
Friday 17th November – PTA school disco 3.15pm start – more information to follow
Thursday 30th November – Rock Steady Parent concert
Friday 1st December – 9am Parent Coffee morning – mental health and wellbeing session
Friday 1st December – Christmas Craft session – more information to follow
Friday 1st December – Non Uniform Day – bring a chocolate donation for the Chocolate Tombola at the Christmas Fair
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair PTA 3.15-5.15pm
Wednesday 13th December – 10am Reception Nativity performance
Wednesday 13th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 2.15pm
Thursday 14th December – Years 1 and 2 Nativity performance 9.30am
Thursday 14th December Reception Nativity performance 2.15pm
Monday 18th December – KS2 Carol Service 2.15pm
Tuesday 19th December – last day of term, school closes at 3.15pm

Safeguarding Updates

Dealing with Bereavement

The death of a love one can be one of the most painful experiences a person will ever have to endure. Whether it’s a child, sibling, parent or grandparent, the death of a loved one can feel overwhelming, and be a time when you and your family need that little bit extra support. Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership have launched a dedicated bereavement support webpage, providing guidance to children and families who have suffered the loss of a love one. On this page you will find information about bereavement and the support services and resources that are available both locally and nationally. There is a mix of services listed which can provide assistance to children, young people, parents, carers and their families, when they are bereaved by death of a child, or a child is bereaved by the death of someone they were close to.

The page covers:

  • When a child or baby dies
  • Symptoms of bereavement, grief and loss
  • Why is my partners grieving differently
  • Helping a child cope with bereavement
  • Explaining to a child someone has died
  • Steps to take when talking to a child about death
  • Bereavement support services available for parents, children and family members.

Please click here to take a look

General Updates

PTA school disco

The PTA will be holding a school disco on Friday 17th November 3.15- 4.30pm. Entrance is charged at £1.50 and you can pre book your entrance ticket on via your child’s school money account. Booking a place for the disco will close on Monday 13th November. Places are limited due to hall capacity and once the limit is reached, the booking will close, so this is a first come first served basis. In the past the school office have been inundated with requests from parents on the day to add their child to the list. This is not possible for a number of reasons, including staffing, catering and fire safety at the event. So please do ensure you make your booking well in advance of the deadline if you would like your child to attend as no late additions will be made.
Refreshments are available for pupils to purchase at the event and a price list of items will be shared nearer the time.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 – the disco will be held in the KS1 hall and a parent is required to stay with their child for the duration of the disco. Parents should collect their child from class as usual then queue to enter the disco.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 – parents are not required to stay with their child for the duration of the disco and can collect from the main entrance at 4.30pm.

Dolce school meals provider

As you are aware, our school meals are prepared and finances controlled by Dolce, an external catering company. Every parent can access their child’s Dolce meals account online, login details have been sent to every parent. If you are struggling to login please contact the School Office. All children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to Universal Free School meals – this is for EVERY child and is unrelated to household income. Children in Years 3 and upwards are charged at £2.60 per day for a school meal. It is imperative that parents make an online payment IN ADVANCE of their child ordering a meal. There is NOT the option to take a meal and pay in arrears for this. If your child’s school meals account does go into arrears this can be problematic for the kitchen team preparing food as the order does not submit to them and as meals are prepared to order, this can cause significant issues for the catering team and can be upsetting for your child when it will appear that they have not ordered. They may not be offered their first choice of meal. In exceptional circumstances, Dolce do allow a MAXIMUM of 3 meals as an arrears (£7.80) but after this, will not provide meals. Parents are emailed to say when your child has gone into arrears on the first occasion so there should be ample time for parents to make a payment before day 2 – please ensure the details are correct by logging in now to your Dolce (Live Kitchen) account.

Some families do qualify for free school meals up to Year 6 if you meet certain income related criteria. Wakefield Council have launched a new online registration form that will give a decision almost immediately. If you think you may qualify please complete the form using the link below:

Afterschool Clubs – Autumn 2 Half Term

There are still places left on the wide variety of after school clubs this half term!

Mondays – Christmas Craft Fun –  open to children in Years 1 and 2
Mondays – Micro:Bit Coding Club – open to children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Mondays – Book Club – open to children in Years  5 & 6
Mondays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 3 and 4
Tuesdays – Sumdog Maths Club – open to children in Years 1 and 2
Tuesdays – Choir – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Girls Football Club – open to children in Years 3, 4,5 & 6
Tuesdays – Reading and Book Club – open to children in years 3 and 4
Wednesdays – Games with Elite Sports Coach – Years 1 and 2
Wednesdays – Christmas Crafts for the PTA fair – open to children in Years 4,5 & 6
Thursdays – Tag Rugby with Elite Sports Coach – open to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6

Breakfast Club

Weekly bookings for our Breakfast club facility are online via your child’s school money account. The club is charged at only £3.00 per session, which is fantastic value compared to many other local school prices. We would urge parents to use this facility as if we are unable to secure minimum numbers for the club to be viable, then it may not be able to continue.



Parents Evening

Please look out on Class Dojo over the coming days on how to book your parents evening appointment.


During the last week of last half term, children from  Class  1/2 T all the way up to class 6B had an Attendance assembly. Children participated in a collective discussion about attendance. Why not have a chat with your child about what they can recall from this. School would encourage parents to have positive conversations with their child about school and the importance of attending regularly.

  • Last half term overall attendance was 95.82% which is below our whole school target

PTA News

PTA disco – Friday 17th November – sign up by no later than 13th November on School Money!

PTA Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December – we are now accepting your donations of good quality used toys for our toy stall. We are especially in need of clean, quality soft toys/ teddies for the teddy stall as well please. Have that pre Christmas Sort out!


Extra-Curricular Activities

If your child in involved in clubs or sports teams outside of school and you would like your child’s efforts to be recognized by our school community, please email a brief description and a photo to:



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