Newsletter 9th May 2023
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 9th May 2023
Spiritual Reflection – Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
The Gospel Reading – A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 14: 1-12)
On the night before he died, Jesus spoke to his friends, the disciples.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” he said. “Trust in God and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going now to prepare a place for you. I will come again and take you with me so that where I am, you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Then Thomas, a disciple, said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going: how can we know the way?”
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. You must believe in me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself; they will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.”
Today’s Gospel takes us back in time to an event in Jesus’ life before his Passion. Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. He promises that where he is going, his disciples will be able to follow. Thomas contradicts Jesus by saying that the disciples don’t know where Jesus is going or how to get there. Jesus explains that he himself is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In knowing and loving Jesus, the disciples now love God the Father.
The words ‘do not let your hearts be troubled’ can reassure us at times when we are feeling confused or anxious. Think about those around you who you trust, and quietly consider how they help you when you are feeling troubled, and how much better it feels to share a problem. If we trust that Jesus and the Father are one, this can help us to remain in union with them and do great things, just as Jesus described. What do you think the disciples thought when Jesus told them they could perform ‘even greater works’ if they believed?
Year 5 – Hepworth Gallery Trip
On Wednesday 10th May our Year 5 pupils will be travelling by coach to the Hepworth Gallery to take part in a Schools Prints Project that our school has been selected to participate in.
All Year 5 children will be attending and will need to arrive in full smart uniform and bring a packed lunch and water bottle.
Year 6 SAT’s
Our Year 6 children have SAT’s each day this week. All Year 6 children are invited to come into school at 8.30am to enjoy a breakfast in school each day this week.
Summer Fair Friday 16th June 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Last week a parent survey for the Summer Fair was sent via Class Dojo. Please use the link to complete the form if you can help or donate to the Fair. Your support is greatly appreciated, thank you.
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 12th May at 2.50pm.
3/4 TA: Antoni
5W: Joshua A
5/6 B: Wanessa
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
Parents of children who win the Headteacher award are invited into school to watch the Celebration Assembly on Friday 12th May at 2.50pm.
RG: Amelia Go
1K: Nathan DT
1/2 T: Chloe
3/ 4TA: Lilly
5S: Niamh P
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Josmin
3/4 TA: Fabian
4C: Jakub W
Class Attendance Award
Class 5S were the last weeks attendance winners with 98.92%.
Attendance and Punctuality
Pupils who arrive late are missing an important part of the school day. Parents/carers are encouraged to help their child get off to the best start by helping them to be punctual and ready to begin the school day in a calm and happy frame of mind. Punctuality is important because if, for example, a child arrives 15 minutes late each day, they lose
almost 2 weeks of education a year. ‘
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th May – SATS week Year 6
Wednesday 10th May – Year 5 Hepworth Trip
Monday 15th – Friday 19th May – Children’s Mental Health Week
Monday 15th May – BKCAT Book Awards – 10 Year 5 children attending
Friday 26th May – School closes at 3.15pm for half term
Monday 5th June – School reopens after half term
Monday 5th – Friday 9th June – World Faith Week
Thursday 8th June – Reception trip to Cannon Hall farm
Friday 9th June – Non Uniform day – bring a filled jar for the Jar Bar Prize stall for the Summer fair
Friday 16th June – Summer Fair 3.15 – 5.15pm
Wakefield Families Together
Raising a family can have its difficulties and challenges, but just know that when you need support, there are people and places on hand who can talk to you to find the help you need.
Family Hubs provide a venue and a linked network of local community venues, specialist services and partner organisation so that to you can access early help, meet other local families, take part in activities, and join helpful groups.
Find your local Family Hub below to access support and find out what’s on offer through our What’s On Guides. You can also visit Community > Wakefield to discover more activities and groups available across the district.
WF-I can is an online support for children and young people. This website offers valuable advice aimed at under 13 year olds. Children can access guidance and support on relationships, looking after yourself, healthy eating and someone to talk to. Why not explore this website with your child at home
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