Headteacher’s Notice – 19 November 2021

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Hello, here we are nearly at the end of November. The cold snap is well and truly settling in now which makes the lights and trimmings that are appearing in people’s windows all the more enticing and magical. As a school we are already turning our minds to the celebration of Advent, that period of four weeks when we begin our spiritual preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our time together doing so as a school will begin with our Advent Mass on December 3rd and will culminate with the celebration of our Christmas Services during the last week of term later in December. But in between that we will be gathering belongings, food items, little luxuries, toiletries, toys and clothing all of which will be donated to those who need it most. We will spend time in Form engaging in a variety of prayerful and reflective activities which will lead us away from the more materialistic and towards the more spiritually gainful and altruistic. Of course in the middle of all of that we will put up our school Christmas tree, place our nativity scene, Jesse Tree and Advent Wreath in our school reception, decorate our Form rooms and have our school Christmas dinner.

Advent can mean many things to us all and for some it might not be something that you are entirely aware or sure of. To support us all in our deepening understanding of the significance of this important season we will place a variety of materials on our Face Book page and website, please do take the time to read, watch and peruse them. We hope you will find them of help, support and interest.

PPE (Pre Public Examination) season begins on Friday coming, November 29th, for our Year 11 and 13 students. It goes without saying what an important time this is for them all. Please pray for them and ask that God blesses them with peace of mind, wisdom, perseverance, resilience and success. As Year 11 and 13 Parents and Carers we would ask for your particular vigilance in ensuring that your child:

  • Has somewhere quiet to study
  • Has created a study timetable
  • Is equipped with all the necessary equipment needed to study at home
  • Is encouraged to dedicate a set amount of time each evening, including the weekend, to study
  • Is getting sufficient sleep
  • Is eating well
  • Is taking sufficient breaks and exercise

Should you have concerns as to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
I would like to thank all Parents and Carers for your encouragement with our newly established Homework Club and Study Support sessions which run every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3.00 – 4.00 pm weekly. The numbers attending are sizeable and grow daily. There is plenty of room for all, all sessions are supervised and all are welcome.

Although we continue to remain vigilant with regards to all Covid restrictions we have managed to run a number of visits, all of which have been linked to the curriculum, much to the delight of staff and students. Mainly amongst our Sixth Form visits have taken place with regards to Criminology, Geography have completed the second of their two field trips and both Psychology and Accounting are due to visit Newman University next week. In addition to this 26 Year 11 students attended a University event at Wolverhampton University with regards to making the right educational Post 16 choices . We continue to work with our Year 11 students with regards to remaining at our Sixth Form as well as choices further afield should we not be able to provide for certain need and are also visiting local school without a Sixth Form to encourage student participation and attendance with us at Post 16.

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