‘Be kind, everyone is fighting a hard battle’ Plato
Nobody truly understands what another person is experiencing and so we always aim to be kind and Christ-like to each other. When things are difficult, it is natural that we turn more readily to God. C S Lewis, the author and philosopher, talks about how in suffering ‘God’s voice booms’ and we hear him most clearly. I am always moved by the poem ‘footprints’, as it gives us the comfort of knowing that when life is most difficult then God is truly with us. Please take time to pray for the members of our school community and to show each other whatever love and kindness we can.
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, You said once I decided to follow You, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”
Year 11 students have been busy this week with the second round of GCSE mock exams in preparation for their final exams in May and June. All students have sat full papers, across all core subjects in exam conditions. We expect to be able to share results early next week with the new specification in mathematics and English numerical grades sitting alongside their traditional GCSE grades. Teachers will be using these results together with all the data we have to make the best and most informed decision regarding tier of entry for every student. This careful and considered approach is something that we are very proud of and is very important at St Thomas More Catholic School to provide students with the very best opportunity to achieve.