Newsletter 3rd April 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 3rd April 2023
A spiritual reflection for Holy Week
|‘Dear brothers and sisters,
Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works.
Today, we gather to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection.
For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem.
Therefore, with all faith and devotion let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps,
So that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross,
We may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.’
Opening Prayer read by the priest on Palm Sunday
We are now in Holy Week. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday. In the days following Palm Sunday, we journey with Jesus during his final days here on earth. We remember his passion, death, and resurrection. We will rise with him.The Gospel reading on Palm Sunday tells us that Jesus enters triumphantly into Jerusalem riding on a borrowed donkey. Jesus was greeted by the crowds as they praised God and shouted “Hosanna!” We hear the details of several events: Jesus’ Last Supper, his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas’s betrayal, the arrest of Jesus, Peter’s denial of Jesus, and how Jesus was accused and sentenced to death. Through Jesus’ death, we have been set free for holiness and life. When Jesus died on the cross, he felt abandoned and alone, and he cried out to God. In his death, Jesus identified with all those who feel alone and abandoned in our world.
As a Church and as individuals, we are called to look for ways to reach out to all those who feel alone, to share with them God’s love and care. Jesus’ disciples do not show themselves as models of faith. As we look at their actions, we wonder if they can really continue Jesus’ ministry after his death. At the Last Supper, the disciples all said that they would not betray Jesus. He comforted them even though their faith was shaken. Peter protested and said, “Lord, I will never betray you.” Peter denied Jesus, and the disciples were not present during Jesus’ passion and death. Only the women who had been followers of Jesus in Galilee are said to have been present at the Crucifixion, but they remained at a distance. In spite of this, Jesus still loves us and says we will be with him in God’s kingdom.
As a school community, we will journey together through Holy Week. We gathered together today for our Palm Sunday Liturgies. Tomorrow we will have our Holy Thursday Liturgies and our KS2 children will take part in a short Lenten Penitential Service. On Wednesday, we will reflect on the events of Good Friday. When we return to school on Monday 24th April we will celebrate the Great Feast of Easter.
After School Clubs
All afterschool clubs have now finished for this half term.
Booking is OPEN via School Money for next half term After School Clubs. Clubs will run weekly on the days specified below 3.15- 4.15pm.
Tuesdays – Cricket Club years 3 & 4
Wednesdays – Cricket Club years 5 & 6
Thursdays – Multi Sports years 1 & 2
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please log into your child’s School Money account by visiting www.eduspot.co.uk to make a payment and provide consent if you would like them to take part. The booking system will automatically stop accepting bookings once the capacity for the club has been reached. Thank you
Class Photographs – new online order system
Parents can now view and purchase the recent Class Photographs on the Tempest Photography website by visiting:
There will be a free “deliver to school” option open for approximately 14 days, otherwise home delivery is available for £5 postage and packing.
If you need assistance please call Tempest Photography direct on 01736 751555 (option 5) or click on ‘contact us’ on the Tempest Photography home page.
It is our understanding that Eid celebrations may coincide with the first day of term, Monday 24th April. If this does happen and your child is going to be absent from school for this religious observance, it is essential that parents inform the school by 9am on the day of absence by either Contact Office on Class Dojo (NOT class teacher for absences) or by calling school on 01924 339435. The local authority recommends an authorised absence of up to 2 days; weekends are counted into this, so if Eid does fall on Saturday, children will be expected to be in school on Monday. We politely request that parents ensure that school is informed by this time so that office staff can accurately record absences. Any parent who does not call, will receive a call or even a home visit. Clearly, this is not correct use of staff time so your cooperation in adhering to absence procedures is appreciated 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.
Parents of children who receive Music tuition in school provided by Wakefield Music Services, will receive an invoice via School Money, for the Summer term (April – July). Parents are politely requested to make a payment as soon as possible for the tuition. For all future music tuition in school, parents will be asked to pay for music tuition before the start of the term for that terms tuition.
Our school attendance target for this academic year is 96% for all pupils. To date, our whole school attendance is significantly lower than this target, at just 93.22%.
Across school, there are a number of reasons that this percentage is so low, including unauthorised holidays and reports of illness. Whilst we do accept that there are occasions when your child is too unwell to attend school and keeping them absent would be the right choice; such as when they have a high temperature, are too unwell to be up and about doing normal activity or infectious diseases such as chicken pox, there may be occasions when they could be in school. In recent times, at the height of the COVID pandemic, parents were encouraged to keep their child at home with a cough or sore throat. As we are now following ‘Living with COVID guidance’, this is no longer necessary, and the previous COVID precautions no longer apply. If your child has a mild cough or cold without a temperature and is up and about then we would expect to see them in school. It may be the case that children appear unwell in the morning and so a decision to keep them at home is made by parents; however, it soon becomes apparent throughout the morning that they are in fact well enough to attend. We would encourage parents to bring their child into school if this occurs, even if this means arriving mid morning or at lunchtime.
Attendance at school is of paramount importance to a child’s educational and social development. Parents are required by law to ensure their child attends school regularly. Pupils who have low attendance will be discussed with our Education Welfare Officer from the local authority and parents will be contacted by the school office. It may be necessary for parents to attend a meeting to discuss attendance. Continued irregular attendance may result in a fixed penalty issued by the Local Authority.
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 www.sa.bkcat.co.uk. Please return your completed
application to Miss Rebecca Elsworth (School Business Manager) at school or via email at email@example.com 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
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 28th April at 2.50pm.
3/4 TA: Harriet
5/6 B: Sahleha
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 28th April at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Amelia M
3CD: Dawid S
3/ 4TA: Aira
4C: Emilia G
5W: Niamh F
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1K: Nathan M
1/2 T: Hussein
3/4 TA: Lily
Class Attendance Award
Class 6B were last weeks attendance winners with 95.41%.
Wednesday 5th April – Resurrection Rock Year performance 2pm
Wednesday 5th April – school closes at 3.15pm for half term
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