I hope you have been enjoying the glorious weather since our last edition. As teachers we see the arrival of hot weather, sunshine and a need to take blazers off as a sign that exam season is just around the corner!
In this edition you will meet the staff that work in our St John Vianney Centre, Mrs Plummer and Mr Howell. All are most involved in supporting and encouraging the well being of our students. You will meet our Year 13 Senior Team as they say goodbye to us. They have been truly outstanding members of our school and I have found each of them a pleasure and a privilege both to work with and to know. You will also see a variety of emotive and thought provoking poetry submitted by a number of students to celebrate our first ever Well Being Week and finally a young man from Year 8 who completed a fifty mile cycle ride in aid of charity which included an over night stay in a tent - I felt exhausted just listening to Fionn!
As I am writing this we have just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost and are coming to the end of the month dedicated to Our Lady. The Feast of Pentecost celebrates the sending of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Jesus promised He would do so as it would mean that He would be with them always and in particular as they worked to build his church. This is an important feast for us as a Catholic School as it reminds us that Jesus is also with us on a daily basis and that the Holy Spirit is Jesus way of guiding us in all we do for the good of others and the good of our community. It is also the season in the Church when many of our primary children will celebrate making their Confirmation, identifying their commitment to our faith community as adult members of the church.
On our return we will have entered the month of June which in the Catholic community is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are encouraged to reflect on all that Jesus has done for us and equally as importantly what we can do for others to demonstrate that we truly understand his teaching that we should love others just as he loved us.
Our Year 11 and Sixth Form students continue with their GCSE and/or AS and A Level exams. We are most grateful for your thoughts and prayers and would ask that you keep them in your thoughts. To support our students and encourage their continued positivity we are using our plasma screen to display morale boosting quotes and messages - these have been offered by our staff but we would welcome those from parents/carers also. Should you wish to do so please either drop your submission into school or email it in using our postbox address addressing it to either myself, Mrs Weighell or Miss Simmonds. Please include your name and the student you wish to send your best wishes to. We will then ensure it is displayed.
On Friday evening, May 19th, our Friends of Thomas More committee, organised another successful and most enjoyable Family Quiz Night. This was a very well attended evening with a mixture of our Year 10 and 11 students taking to floor as quiz masters and score keepers. In charge of calling out the questions were Olivia Durkin Year 10 and Jack Bowen Year 11. The important job of keeping score and ensuring that no cheating took place was in the expert and capable hands of Jack Weaver Year 10 and Luke Kidson Year 11.
We also welcomed our Year 8 students back from their retreat to Alton Castle. This is one of two Diocesan Youth Retreat Centres, the other being Soli House which caters for KS4 and KS5 students. Our Year 8 students had a wonderful time participating in a variety of outdoor activities whilst being blessed with the opportunity of time for reflection, the celebration of Mass and time with friends. We are most appreciative of the time given by Miss Micklewright, Miss Wickham and Mr Murray who accompanied our students, took great care of them and gave up time with their families in order to do so.
Mrs Bowen, Interim Headteacher