Newsletter 6th March 2023


 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 6th March 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The Second Sunday of Lent – Listening to Jesus

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 17: 1-9)

Jesus took with Him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.

There in their presence He was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with Him.

Suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said,

“This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.”

When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them.

“Stand up. Do not be afraid.” And when they raised their eyes they saw no one, but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain, Jesus gave them this order.

“Tell no one about this until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”


The Reflection

Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a high mountain; a place associated with meeting God. The encounter is dramatic and reveals the fullness of Jesus’s identity as Son of God and the one who fulfils the Law of Moses and the writing of the prophets.

Take a moment to reflect on the experience of the disciples on that day; first wonder, then fear, and finally reassurance from Jesus not to be afraid.

How do these descriptions compare with your experience of encounters with God?


Spiritual Action

As a family, talk about some of your times of highs and lows. How have you been able to use the good times and experiences to sustain you in the difficult ones? Jesus’ Transfiguration may have been an event from which Peter, James, and John drew courage when they faced the difficult events of Jesus’ Passion. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the good times and experiences that your family has had together. Pray that your family will use these experiences to sustain you during times of difficulty.

Use of social media

If parents/carers are unhappy with a situation that may have arisen in school between pupils or a decision or action taken by staff, please can I ask that an appointment is made to discuss this face to face with staff in school rather than sharing opinions, frustrations or dissatisfactions on social media platforms such as Facebook. Referring to pupils, staff or incidents as well as naming the school on social media is not acceptable and such incidents will be reported to the Trust immediately.
Parents are reminded that we do have a Parent/Carer Home-School Agreement within our Positive Behviour Policy, which states that ‘parents will support and work with the school and encourage a positive attitude.’
Keeping communication with school in the form of face to face conversations or private Dojo messages is a much better way of doing this than using social media platforms.
Thank you.


Book Fair – 21st and 22nd March

Scholastics book fair will be in school from 21st March for a few days. Parents will have the opportunity to come and buy books during Parents evening on 21st and 22nd March. Children will have the opportunity to look at the books during the school day. All purchases made would support school with extra books for school, so please do come along and inspire your child to read!





Book Cover Competition

Remember, there is still time to enter our Book Cover Competition , entries can be submitted to school up to Thursday 9th March. Winners of this competition will win gift vouchers for the upcoming book fair.

Multi Skills – Year 2 Wednesday 8th March

Our Year 2 pupils will be taking part in a free sports event at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary School,  Pontefract on Wednesday 8th March. Children will have an early lunch and go via coach to St Wilfrid’s School for the afternoon to take part in a variety of sports. They will arrive back at school at approximately 3pm. Children will need to come to school on that day in their PE kit.  Please complete the permission form below to authorise for your child to attend this free event.

When I Grow Up….St. Austin’s Careers Week 2023

27th March – 31st March

To inspire and help our children learn about a wide range of jobs and careers they may wish to do later in life, we are looking for volunteers from all professions to come and share information about their current/previous job or employment to small groups of pupils throughout school.

If you are available during our Careers Week (Monday 27th – Friday 31st March) and would be willing to help by sharing information about your job please contact the school office with your details by Thursday 9th March at 3.30pm.

As our plans develop for this exciting opportunity, they will be shared with parents  on Dojo.

Year 6 Leavers Hoodies

Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to purchase a Leavers Hoody for their child from this week via School Money. The order will be submitted to the printing company on Friday 10th March, so parents have until this time to submit your order. Please look at Class Dojo for information on sizing. Children hoodies are available from £16.50 and adult sizes from £18.50 + VAT. Please log in to your child’s school money account and select ‘Shop’


Say it with Flowers

The PTA are selling decorated bunches of daffodils, with a hand written message from your child. These are being sold at £2:50 each and will be taken home on Fri 17th March. This is perfect timing for Mother’s Day, however the flowers can be gifted to anyone special that you/your child may choose. You can purchase a bunch via School Money online through the shop section. We would be grateful if you could order these as soon as possible to help us plan for the right numbers, maximising valuable funds for school. Deadline for ordering is Fri 10th March, with tags being written in school during week commencing Mon 13th March.


Bun Sale – Friday 17th March

Following on from last academic years bun sale, we would like to hold another fundraising bun sale event in school on Friday 17th March. We would like to kindly request donations of buns, cookies, tray bakes, donuts and other sweet treats to be brought into school between Thursday 16th and no later than 9am Friday 17th March. Children will then have the opportunity on Friday to purchase these items for 50p each. Please ensure all donations are nut free. All funds raised will go towards enrichments for the children. Your support and contributions to our fundraising events are always greatly appreciated.


Parents Evening – 21st and 22nd March

Spring term parents evening will be held on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March. The booking is now open. It is expected that all children are represented at parents evening.

On 21st March, Alice Wood, our school affiliated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support (CAMHS) worker, will have a stall in school for the duration of the parents evening. She will be available for parents to speak to should you require any guidance or advice on a number of issues, including mental health, sleep, managing emotions etc. She will leave resources and leaflets for parents who are attending parents evening on 22nd March.

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 10th March at 2.50pm.

RG: Amelia Go
RS: Izza
1K: Noor Ul Ain
1/2 T: Zak
2B: Ogheneochukome
3CD: Annabelle
3/4 TA: Hattie
4C: Jakub W
5W: Gracie
5/6 B: Matthew M
6B: Gracie-Mai


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 March  at 2.50pm.

RG: Imaan
RS: Waran
1K: Tina
1/2 T: Ayaan
2B: Rozzynett
3CD:  Sophie
3/ 4TA: Phoebe
4C: Dominik
5W: Danika
5/6B: Haleema
6B: Ruby


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Aagney
RS: Max
1K: Anaya
1/2 T: Brooke
2B: Alyann
3/4 TA: Lilly
4C: Tessa
5W: Ahren
5/6B: Grasey
6B: Haris

Class Attendance Award


Classes  2B were last weeks attendance winners  with 98.75%.

RG: 87.39%
RS: 93.45%
1K: 96.55%
1/2T: 93.33%
2B: 98.75%
3CD: 94.44%
4C: 94.05%
5W: 98.57%
5/6B: 97.42%
6B: 98.71%


Out of School Achievements

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Diary Dates

Friday 3rd March – Friday 10th March – Year 5 Bikeability
Wednesday 8th March -Year 2 Multi Sports event at St Wilfrid’s
Friday 17th March – Mother’s Day Bun Sale
Tuesday 21st March – 24th March – Book Fair – parents can purchase books on 21st and 22nd March during parents evening.
Tuesday 21st March – Class Photographs to be taken
Tuesday 21st March – 3.45pm – 6.15pm -Spring Term Parents’ Evening (CAMHS representative available on this day)
Wednesday 22nd March – 4.15pm – 6.15pm – Spring Term Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 5th April – school closed at 3.15pm for half term



Last week, every class was visited by a representative in school from Dentaid who gave the children practical advice and information regarding the importance of dental hygiene.

It is imperative that parents and carers reinforce good oral hygiene with their child.  Please see the below information:

  • Giving your child regular meals rather than grazing, is best for their teeth The more times their teeth have food or sugary drinks on them the more decay is possible
  • Try to reduce the amount and frequency of giving your child foods and drinks that contain sugar and only give sweet foods including dried fruit at mealtimes – ask family and friends to do the same
  • You can offer healthy snack options such as fresh fruit, vegetables, plain yoghurts, cheese and bread
  • Encourage your child to have milk and water between meals as they are the most tooth-friendly drinks as even fruit juice is acidic and high in sugars
  • Keep all fruit juices and squashes to meal times only
  • Always avoid giving your child squashes sweetened with sugar, fizzy drinks, soft drinks and juice drinks
  • It is helpful to check the label on other kinds of sugar harmful to teeth such as glucose, maltose and sucrose
  • Remember that low sugar’ or ‘no added sugar’ labels do not mean the food or drink is sugar-free
  • Choose sugar-free medicines when you can


All children should have regular checks ups with a dentist. Please use the link below with information on how to register your child with a dentist.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Arrange an appointment with a dentist if your child has toothache:

  • That lasts more than 2 days
  • That doesn’t go away even after taking painkillers
  • With a high temperature, pain when biting, red gums, or a bad taste in the mouth
  • And their cheek and/or jaw is swollen.


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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