Newsletter 6th February 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 6th February 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Shine your light
We encourage our families to use this three-part reflection as an opportunity to share the Gospel reading together and then spend some time thinking about what the message might be for us.
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (Matthew 5: 13-16)
‘Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what
can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled
underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp
to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In
the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they
may give the praise to your Father in heaven.”’
Jesus uses the metaphors of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We take salt and light for granted in our society, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavoring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives.
Jesus’ call to be salt for the earth and light for the world powerfully states our mission as Church and as Christians. Our commitment to social justice flows from the command that Jesus gives us in today’s Gospel. When we feed the hungry, console those who mourn, and so on, we show ourselves to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When we do these things with the community of faith, the Church, we are indeed acting as “a city set on a mountain” that cannot be hidden!
Jesus says we should improve life in the way that salt improves the flavour of food.
What does this mean to you? How can you be the salt of the earth for others?
Jesus spoke about the importance of each of us being a light for the world.
What helps you to centre yourself and burn brightly so that you can share your light with others?
If our light is burning brightly, we can inspire those around us. Take some time to consider every member of your household.
How can you inspire them to become a light which shines brightly?
How do you support them in a positive and nurturing manner when they lose their way or don’t feel confident to let their light shine?
NSPCC – Numbers Day
Thank you to everyone who took part in Numbers Day on Friday and donated to the NSPCC. Your kind donations have raised £230.90 for this excellent charity.
After School Clubs – Next half term
If your child currently attends an Elite After School Club, this week will be their last week. We change after school clubs each half term so that as many children as possible have the opportunity to take part.
Next half term the after school clubs are as follows:
Tuesdays – Year 3 & 4 – Basketball
Wednesdays – Years 5 & 6 – Basketball
Thursdays – Years 1 & 2 – Multi Sports (a different sport each week)
The clubs are run by qualified coaching staff from Elite Kids Coaching and are charged at £2.00 per week. The clubs will start week commencing 20th February and will run for 6 weeks, the duration of the term.
If you would like your child to attend please log on to www.eduspot.co.uk and use your child’s School Money log in to make a payment and provide consent. The clubs will run from 3.15 -4.15pm and your child will need to bring their PE kit and outdoor trainers for each session. There are only a limited number of places available and these are issued on a first come first served basis.
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 10th February at 2.50pm.
1/2 T: Nadia P
3/4 TA: Lilly
5/6 B: Victoria
6B: Jakub R
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 10th February at 2.50pm.
1K: Nathan M
1/2 T: Sumayya
3CD: David A
3/ 4TA: Antoni
5W: Joshua P
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
RG: John Paul
1/2 T: Malachi
3/4 TA: Phoebe
Class Attendance Award
Classes 6B were last weeks attendance winners with 95.41%.
Out of School Achievements
Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day
Friday 10th February – last day of term
Monday 20th February – school re opens after half term
Week beginning Monday 20th February- Bikeability for Y1 children
Week beginning Monday 27th February – Dentaid in school working with all classes
Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day (more information to follow)
Tuesday 21st March – Class Photographs to be taken
Tuesday 21st March – 3.45pm – 6.15pm -Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 22nd March – 4.15pm – 6.15pm – Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 5th April – school closed at 3.15pm for half term
Children’s Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.
Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections. Human beings thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. And when our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.
As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health.
Check out Place2Be’s official free resources for families 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
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