Hello, as we close for our Christmas holidays I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family from our family here at school, a most blessed and holy Christmas full of the peace and good will of the season.
As is often the case at this time of the year, it is quiet easy to be drawn into the more busy and materialistic side of the festive season. I am truly as bad as the next person when sizing up the Christmas tree for an equitable distribution of baubles, colour coding and whether the lights hang exactly as I want them to on different branches!
However, I am grateful for the fact that I am part of a school community that nudges our collective conscience and encourages each and everyone of us to think about others in the first instance. As you read through this edition you will see all the different activities that as a school we have participated in over recent weeks.
We have collected for charity. We have distributed some of these goods as part of the St John Henry Newman Cluster. We welcomed our elderly parishioners to school for our annual Christmas Party and were delighted to be entertained by the children of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School during this gathering. We celebrated the start of Advent by displaying our Advent Wreath and lighting a new candle each week. We constructed our Nativity Scene and placed our Advent prayers on our prayer tree in our reception area. We held our own ‘general election’ in school – with a much different outcome to the national picture. Lastly, we held our Carol Services for each year group and welcomed Holy Trinity, St Joseph’s and St Peter’s Catholic Primary schools to our Year 13 Service. We will finish this amazing and exciting time with our Carol and Presentation Evening where we will recognise and celebrate the many and varied accomplishments of our older students in both Key Stages 4 and 5. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this most enjoyable and inspirational evening.
We will also celebrate the positive work ethic of our Year 7, 8 and 9 students with Reward Film sessions in our school assembly hall complete with pop corn. Years 10 and 11 will receive selection boxes whilst Years 12 and 13 students will have free hot chocolate and a cake etc from the Bistro. I might join the queue!