Headteacher’s Notice – 17 September 2021

From the latest edition of More News:

Hello, I hope this first edition of More News for this academic year finds you and all at home well. What a wonderful start we have had to our autumn term. It is wonderful to see students moving around the building as they quite naturally would and attending lessons in department areas rather than in Year group bubbles. Our teaching and support staff are thoroughly enjoying being back in their own room also, it has added a very different and more enjoyable energy and dynamic to lessons.

Of course as a school community and family we are keenly feeling the loss of Mrs Atterbury, our Deputy Head teacher. We met as a school on Monday to hold a special memorial assembly in her honour and Miss McPhee, our Lay Chaplain, has visited the classes of those children that were taught by Mrs Atterbury last year to remember her in prayer and reflection. A number of staff from across school will be with me as we attend her funeral on Wednesday of this week. As November is traditionally the month of the Holy Souls in the Catholic Church we will hold a number of memorial activities to reflect on Mrs Atterbury’s life and service to our school and of course to catholic education. We are currently drawing ideas together to mark her memory in school. We have already planted special shrubs in our Peace Garden in her memory and intend to rename our charity wall as ‘The Mrs Atterbury Wall of Giving’. Other ideas and thoughts include a Geography prize for students who have demonstrated their commitment and excellence in this subject area, a plaque in our Reception area and a tree to be planted at the front of school.

I would like to thank you as Parents and Carers for the immaculate manner in which your children have returned to school. Uniform standards are very good and students are ready and prepared for lessons. We are already monitoring behaviour, standards of classwork and homework, punctuality to lessons and attendance. Your continued support in all of these would be greatly appreciated. In addition to the above we are reviewing and updating our system for reporting on behaviour. More details will be included in our next edition

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