Newsletter 9th January 2022


 Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 9th January 2023

Spiritual Reflection – The Baptism of the Lord

Yesterday, the church celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus is considered a revelation of God. This is another “epiphany.” Jesus is the son of Mary and Joseph. Jesus is proclaimed as God’s own Son with whom God’s favour rests. As beloved of God, in our Baptism, we claim our identity as members of the family of God.

On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Gospel reading moves from the Birth of Jesus to Jesus’ public Mission. Love is the soul of Jesus’ mission. Without love, there can be no meaning or purpose in life. Without love, there can be no mission. Jesus came to save us by showing God’s love for us. God’s love is shown in our love for one another. Jesus comes into the world to save us from ourselves. He came to show us what it means to be human. At His Baptism, Jesus was revealed to the world as the Beloved Son of God. In this, we are also reminded that at our baptism, together with Christ, we are confirmed as God’s beloved. What can we do during this week to remind ourselves that we are God’s beloved?

The Baptism of Jesus is a celebration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. With great joy, the Father announces from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’. The Holy Spirit is present at Jesus’ baptism as the Spirit was present at our baptism. Let us recommit to our baptismal promise as we hear God calling us “beloved.” With hearts and hands and voices, let us constantly call out to God who will never abandon us.

Amid so much uncertainty in our world, our identity as a part of God’s family strengthens us in our daily struggles. During this week, let us reflect on the words of Thomas Merton’s prayer.

‘My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does, in fact, please you’.



 Elite Coaching – After School Clubs

Within school we currently have qualified sports coaches from Elite Kids Coaching, doing a number of sporting activities during PE lessons and also lunchbreaks.

From this week, the coaches will be offering after school clubs with a limited number of places. They are as follows:

Years 3 and 4 – Tuesdays Multi Sports 3.15 -4.15pm, weekly from Tuesday 10th January to Tuesday 7th February.

 Years 5 and 6 – Wednesdays Multi Sports 3.15 – 4.15pm, weekly from Wednesday 11th January to Wednesday 8th February.

 The cost is £10 (£2 per session for 5 weeks). Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited to a maximum of 20 per club. To allocate a place and make your payment, please log onto your child’s School Money account by visiting

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 13th January at 2.50pm.

RG: David
RS: Max
1K: Viktorie
1/2 T: Muhammad
2B: Jaden
3CD: Joshua – Lee
3/4 TA: Safa
4C: Savio
5W: Aridona
5/6 B: Michalina
6B: Zoya


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 13th January at 2.50pm.

RG: Heleina
RS: Miloslaw
1K: Jacob H
1/2 T: Chloe
2B: Simran
3CD: Joshua K
3/ 4TA:  Sahib
4C: Alman
5W: Paris
5/6B: Jonah
6B: Zahra


Handwriting Award   

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Mila
RS: Maya
1K: Nathan
1/2 T: Blanka
2B: Sophie
3CD: Aryan
3/4 TA: Mohammad I
4C: Joshua F
5W: Jakob
5/6B: Daud
6B: Hasnain

Class Attendance Award


Classes  6B  were last weeks attendance winners  with 94.55%.

RS: 89.58%
1K: 87.57%
1/2T: 91.17%
2B: 91.17%
3CD: 91.94%
4C: 93.55%
5W: 91.59%
5/6B: 91.54%
6B: 94.55%


The winners overall for the last half term were class 6B with 94.55%.

Reception Starters September 2023

Reminder that the deadline for applications for children due to start in Reception in September is 15th January 2023. Parents need to submit their admission application to the local authority by this deadline date and applications to St Austin’s should also include the completion of a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) direct to school.


Out of School Achievements

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Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancies

There are currently two lunchtime supervisor vacancies here at St Austin’s. If you are interested in applying for one of the positions please use the link below:

Diary Dates

Friday 13th January – Celebration assembly 2.50pm for winners of the Headteacher and Virtues award
Tuesday 17th January – Year 4 PE challenge event at  St Wilfrid’s
Friday 3rd February – NSPCC Numbers Day
Friday 10th February – last day of term





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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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