Newsletter 31st October 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 31st October 2022
Spiritual Reflection – The Feast of All Saints (1st November)
Every year the Church recalls the example, witness, and prayer of the holy women and men who have been identified by the Church as Saints. These saints are more than just role models; they are family members with whom we continue to share relation, in a bond of prayer, called the Communion of Saints. Every year when we celebrate this day, the Gospel we proclaim recalls for us Jesus’ teaching about happiness, the Beatitudes. We quickly note in this reading that none of those Jesus names as “happy” are expected . . . the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted. Jesus’ vision for happiness reflects little of what the world might call happiness.
“How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have their earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
When Jesus uses the word ‘happy,’ he is saying that divine favour is upon those who are poor, who mourn, who are persecuted. This might have been welcome and surprising news to the crowds who heard Jesus that day.
The Beatitudes can be understood as a framework for Christian living. Because of this, it is natural that we proclaim this Gospel on the Feast of All Saints. Saints are people who lived the spirit of the Beatitudes as Jesus lived. On this day, we too are challenged to model our lives on the spirit and promises of the Beatitudes.
St. Austin… pray for us.
St. Martin de Porres… pray for us.
St. Peter and St. Paul… pray for us.
St. John Henry Newman… pray for us.
Our PTA have arranged a school disco on Friday 18th November 3.15- 4.30pm There will be a disco for children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 in the KS1 hall and then a separate disco in KS2 hall for children in Years 3 to 6. There is a limit on the number of places, so if you would like your child to attend please log on to your School Money parent account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk and paying the £1 disco admission and providing consent for your child to attend.
Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are required to attend the disco with their child. Only children who have provided online permission and paid the entrance fee via the School Money account will be able to stay for the disco.
The PTA will have a variety of refreshments on sale that children can purchase. A price list detailing the items will be sent via Dojo closer to the time.
Parents Evening will take place on 9th & 10th November in school. All bookings for parents evenings appointments must be made online using our online booking system. The booking system is now open. Please use the link http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/staustinscatholicprimary to make your booking. We kindly request that parents do make their booking before the deadline on the 6th November.
We would like to thank the majority of parents who have followed Healthy Lunchboxes advice regarding your child’s lunch box contents. There are still however, some children who are regularly not bringing fresh fruit or vegetables in their lunchboxes. Sweets and chocolate bars are not permitted in lunchboxes please. Your child may come home with a slip in their lunchbox where an unsuitable item or inadequate content has been seen by staff.
Main portion – sandwich, wrap, bagel, pasta, salad bowl with added protein such as cheese/ meat. Houmous pot with veg sticks. Include carbohydrate and proteins in this serving.
Fruit – any fruit such as apples, bananas, pears, pineapple chunks, grapes (halved), blueberries, raspberries etc. Add variety
Vegetables – carrot, cucumber , pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes (halved) etc.
Yoghurt / dairy – yoghurt, cheese cubes
Sweet small portion – biscuit, cake. This should only be ONE portion if desired.
Dried Fruits – for example, raisins,
Nuts – NO nuts, nut bars, foods containing nuts including chocolate spreads, chocolate filled croissants. We have children in school with severe nut allergies and are a Nut free School
Chocolate bars– NO chocolate bars. Small biscuits with chocolate acceptable.
Sweets – NO sweets
Carbonated drinks – no fizzy or sugary
drinks, cans or glass bottles
Crisps – may be given on occasion but please don’t include this daily, consider baked or wholegrain versions.
Secondary School applications – Deadline Today!
Parents of children currently in Year 6 have until the deadline date of Monday 31st October to submit their application to Wakefield School Admissions for a secondary school Year 7 place for their child. It is the responsibility of parent’s to ensure that you submit your application by the deadline date.
St. Austin’s School Open Day (for UFS parents 2023-2024)
Please can we ask parents to let friends and family with children who are due to start school in September 2023 that we are holding our Open Day on Thursday 17th November. Tours will take place at 9.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We ask that they contact our school office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book their preferred time slot. Parents can apply for a school place from 1st November.
Remember – the school tie is a compulsory part of the winter school uniform. There are an increasing number of children attending school without a tie. School ties are available to purchase via school by logging into your child’s School Money account and visiting the ‘Shop’ section. We are a cashless school and so can only accept orders for uniform items via this system.
School photographers are in school on Friday 4th November and all children must wear a tie.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Arthur S
1/2 T: Ayaan
3/4 TA: Wren
5/6 B: Anton
Class Attendance Award
Classes 6B were last weeks attendance winners with 99.19%. The overall attendance winners for the whole of the last half term was class 5W with 97.43%. Well done!
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
1/2 T: Livia
3/ 4TA: Emaan
5/6B: Julia S
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Bendeguz
3/4 TA: Aayan
4th November– Individual photographs with Tempest photographers
9th & 10th November – Parents Evening in school
18th November – Children in Need Non Uniform Day (£1 donation to Charity)
18th November – PTA disco 3.15 -4.30pm (£1 admission – payable via School Money only)
During last half term we welcomed West Yorkshire Fire Service into school to talk to our Year 5 pupils about fire safety this Bonfire Night.
Please see the poster to the left highlighting some top safety tips.
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 Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL
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