Hello, I have no doubt that your homes replicate both mine and indeed school as we continue to experience World Cup fever. Which team are your favoured team to win? Discussions in school vary greatly depending on who you are speaking to - of course hope will need to spring eternal for another four years until possibly Ireland may spring to the fore again. Until then I will need to keep my fingers and toes crossed that Switzerland may prove successful - they are my assigned team in the staff ballot!!!

Although we have only three weeks remaining in this academic year we continue to be as busy as ever. Our Year 12 students have just completed their week’s Work Experience. We are truly grateful for all who have helped in securing placements and have worked so hard to ensure our students have not only enjoyed their time but have found it to be both informative and of benefit, particularly as their next task will be to look at their next steps be that university, apprenticeships or the world of work.

Our Year 9 and 10 students complete their end of year exams on Friday of this week. They have worked with endeavour and determination in preparing for them and we are, as always, most appreciative of your support, encouragement and vigilance in ensuring that they are prepared and ready to face each day and the challenges each test brings.

When I write to you next our Year 10 students will be ready to return for their post Work Experience celebration assembly. I would ask that you keep them in your prayers as I am sure you can imagine how different this time will be for them all. Inside this edition you will be able to read the experiences of a number of our Year 10 students had when visiting Health Tech at New Cross hospital. I was very proud to hear of the many positive comments made about the, their manners and positive attitude not to mention their smart appearance.

We have also welcomed our incoming Year 7 students to school. On Thursday evening, 28th June, both they and their parents/carers spent an evening with us meeting key staff and finding out more about our standards and expectations. The next morning, Friday 29th, saw our new students return for the day to have a fuller experience of life at STM. They were a joy to meet and have with us for the day and are a credit to both their families and their primary schools.

We are very excited this week as our whole school production of Beauty and the Beast will take place. We will also welcome our Year 5 visitors from a number of our Catholic feeder schools for our annual Year 5 Primary Retreat. The following week we will welcome our Year 4 students for our Spirit and Sport Day. We also begin our end of year Reward Trips for Years 7 - 11 to either Drayton Manor Park or Alton Towers. This is always an exciting time deciding on what rides to go on and how much candy floss to eat - and that is just the staff. So as you can see we busy, busy, busy.

Lastly - our meet the staff article this edition introduces you to our SEN team. This is as you will see a large and dedicated team who work with care, patience and expertise in supporting those students in our care who need that little bit of extra support.

I look forward to writing to you in our next edition which will be our last of this academic year. Can you believe that - where has this year gone. As we remember that July is the month dedicated to the ‘Precious blood of Jesus’ we are called to reflect on the manner in which Jesus sacrificed much for us. In the same manner we are asked to pray and reflect upon the many ways in which we can put aside our own needs to consider the needs of others. Not an easy task and again I as for your prayers as we continue with all we do here in school. As always please be assured that you remain in our prayers.

God bless,

Mrs Bowen

World Skills Show

On 15th November, a group of year 9 students attended the World Skills Show event in Birmingham. The World Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

Barclays Lifeskills Workshop

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th November facilitators from the Transformation Trust visited our school to deliver Barclays LifeSkills workshops to Years 7 and 8.

Bank of England Visit

As a Business Studies student I was given the opportunity to meet Mr P Brione from the Bank of England, who has a paramount role in the International Policy and Strategy as the Senior Manager.

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