Newsletter 7th February 2022


Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 7th February 2022

Spiritual Reflection – Jesus chooses his closest friends

In the people whom Jesus chose to be his closest friends—his disciples—we see many of the characteristic foibles of ordinary human beings. We also see the ways that God uses the gifts he gave us to transform us into new people, the agents through whom God will lead others to Jesus and to his kingdom. Let’s consider the person Jesus chose to be a leader among the disciples and whom he sent to “catch people.”

Simon Peter seems unafraid to speak his mind, yet he is also able to take direction. He lowers his nets as Jesus commands, but not before reminding Jesus that he and his partners have been fishing all night and haven’t caught anything. He is a leader, a spokesperson for others. The Gospel reading on Sunday 5th February (Luke 5:1-11) suggests that Simon Peter was a leader in his fishing business. When Simon Peter chooses to follow Jesus, others become Jesus’ disciple as well. His personality and charisma seem to make him the center of attention; yet he learned to be transparent, to let others see Jesus through him. He possesses a dynamic and open relationship with Jesus often approaching Him and speaking what is in his heart.

Try to find some time this week to gather as a family and spend some time imagining the person of Simon Peter. Consider these questions: Is Peter someone you would like to be friends with?  Do you consider Peter a good leader?

Jesus chose Simon Peter to be the leader of the disciples. Peter continued to be a leader in the early Christian community; we continue to speak of Peter’s leadership when we call the pope the successor of Peter. In what ways do we participate in the mission of the Church by leading people to Christ (“catching people”)? Let us pray for those who lead the Church especially our own Bishop and Parish Priests.

Father, you entrusted our Saviour to the care of Saint Joseph.

By the help of his prayers may your Church continue to serve its Lord, Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Virtues to live by


The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.

RG: Gianna  RS: Oliwia 1K: Bukunmi 1/2T: Arthur  2B: Sophie 3C: Eva 3/4MT: Niamh  4C:Piotr  5W: Haleema  5/6B: Joseph  6CD: Isaac


Numbers Day
Last Friday was NSPCC Numbers Day. Children had a fabulous time with some innovative numbers related activities both in and outside the classroom. Thank you to everyone who took part, we saw some wonderfully creative outfits and the donations for the NSPCC were gratefully received.

Head of School Recognition award

The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux.

RG: Bobby
RS: Naithan
1K: Lavanya
1/2T: Simran
2B: Hattie
3C: Ali
3/4MT: Milena
4C: Melissa
5W: Zane
5/6B: Malachy
6CD: Freya

Handwriters of the week

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Blanka
RS: Wobase
1K: Marcel
1/2T: Julia
2B: Michal
3C: Maja TG
3/4MT: Wren
4C: Matthew M
5W: Hayden
5/6B: Jakub
6CD: Somkene

Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.


Online Educational Programmes and Apps

At St Austin’s we use a variety of online systems to support education. Listed below is a list of online apps or sites  that can be accessed from home. We would strongly encourage all children to access these every week to support and strengthen learning. Some of the apps require a user account and password. Your child will have been their login details and passwords from the class teacher, many of which can be found in your child’s reading record.

SumDog – Available to KS2 children (soon to be launched with KS1) This is a personalised Maths Programme that tailors the questions and topics to the individual child. This is a fun and innovative way of learning through gamification.


Reading Plus – Available to KS2 children. This is designed to improve a child’s reading fluency, speed and accuracy and helps with comprehension ability.


TT Rockstars – Available to KS2 Children. This is designed to help children practice and rehearse multiplication and division. Children have the opportunity to ‘battle’ with other classes or schools. They can create their own Avatar and alter its design when points are gained through playing.



Internet Legends by Google – Available to all children. This is accessed online and odes not require a password or account. This reinforces good internet safety and the interactive games help teach children how to be  good online citizens.


Spelling Shed – Available to children in Years 1 – 6. This app gives children the opportunity to practice spellings. Teachers may use this to set weekly spellings or additional tricky words.


Childline Games – Online site that requires no user account. These interactive games help with emotional and mental health awareness and guide children to being able to identify their support network.

Class Attendance Award

Class 1/2T were the last weeks attendance winners with 95.73%. Please remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms of COVID.

RG: 93.32%
RS: 93.21%
1K: 94.86%
1/2T: 95.73%
2B: 92.62%
3C: 93.63%
4C: 95.13%
5W: 94.67%
5/6B: 93.10%
6CD: 95.38%



We are seeing an increasing number of children arrive late to school, school gates open at 8.40am and close promptly at 8.55am.Please allow sufficient time to park and walk your child to the school gates. School would recommend that parents / carers walk their child to the safety of the school gate before leaving. Please remember that parking around school is for permit holders only. Parking permits for the Sports Club are available from the school office.



Extra Curricular Achievements

We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to


Diary Dates

Children’s Mental Health Week – 7th – 13th February

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022). This year’s theme is Growing Together.                                       

We’re encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.  

Children will participate in daily activities to focus on mental health. Children will be asked to reflect on those important to them who help them to grow, they will also be given an opportunity to share their voice in a thoughts and feelings questionnaire. All children across school will be planting some cress and be able to see it grow. The website Place 2 Be has some excellent advice for parents and carers.



COVID Updates

Positive Cases
If you have tested positive for COVID there is now the option to reduce the isolation period after 5 full days if you test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD)  on both day 5 and day 6 and you do not have a temperature. For example, if you test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6 (24 hours between tests) you can return to the workplace/school immediately on day 6. If the result of either of their tests is positive, you should continue to self-isolate until you obtain a negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until you have completed 10 full days of self isolation, whichever is earliest.

Close Contact of positive cases
If someone within your child’s household tests positive and your child is symptom free then they may still attend school if they test negative on a LFD each day for 7 days. If a close contact presents any symptoms or begins to feel unwell, they should stay at home and arrange a PCR test.


Q: How does the moon cut his hair?

A: He clips (eclipse) it!        Michal  (Class 2B)

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