Headteacher’s notice –17 January 2020

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Welcome back to a new term, our middle term and traditionally the term where a lot of work in preparation for key exams and events is a priority. I am most grateful to you all for the manner in which you have prepared your children or their return to school. we have been most impressed by the smart appearance of our students as they returned with smart hair cuts in compliance with our school uniform code, smart and correct uniform, equipment and holiday work and revision completed and the necessary ‘can do’ attitude.

There is a great deal for you to cast your eyes over in this edition and further detail will follow in our next. Mrs Weighell, Mr Dawson and Mr O’Connor have submitted important information for you outlining our expectations and criteria regarding participation in our annual ‘end of year trips’. I would encourage you to read the detail enclosed and consider how best you might support your child(ren) in meeting each one so that no one will be disappointed later in the year. Our Year 11 students continue to prepare for their GCSE exams. Prior to our Christmas holidays we engaged in a variety of activities with Year 11 all of which centered on their recently received mock exam results. We have now reconvened our Period 6 sessions and are working with endeavour and commitment towards our next and final round of mock exams which will commence on our return from February half term.

You will also be able to read the comments and reflections offered by a number of our students who recently met with PC Rob Pedley from West Midlands Police. PC Pedley visits many schools within the Walsall, Willenhall and Wolverhampton area to raise children’s awareness of the dangers surrounding gun and knife crime. This is not the first time we have welcomed him into school and as always, we were much inspired by not only his own personal story but also the clear and genuine message of concern issued to all students regarding their own wellbeing whilst out and about. Enclosed is his reply regarding our students:

‘It was a pleasure. Your pupils were superbly behaved and respectful throughout. I look forward to having a look at their comments. Speak soon. Rob’ – PC Rob Pedley MBE, West Midlands Police

As a Catholic school our prayer life reflects the liturgical life of the church. Across the worldwide church community we have commenced the Year of the Word. Initiated by Pope Francis, this is designed to encourage us to consider the wealth of guidance, support and direction to be found in both the old and new testaments. As this academic year continues we will engage in and reflect in our daily life how best we might follow the teachings held in the many stories and blocks of teachings best known to us. God bless,

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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.