Headteacher’s Notice – 20 July 2022

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Hello, I hope you are surviving this heat. I have to say my Irish sensitivities and it do not mix at all. I have spent most of time wearing a hat out on the field looking like a scarecrow all to the hilarity of the children, but hey ho, what fun!

It is important that I complement and recognise the resilience, maturity and positivity of our children over the last number of days. They have been so kind and helpful in every way and have been exceptionally well mannered when offered support. They followed all guidance offered and did so demonstrating their awareness that all steps in place were there for their benefit and well-being.

We are all aware that the Commonwealth Games will commence shortly which is of course an exciting time for the region. As a school we have much to celebrate. Amongst our student body we have families whose relatives are competing, staff who are part of the support team, Mr Weighell and Mrs Edwards, and a student, Ellie Karachi’s Yr 9, who is a baton bearer. As you read this edition further you will become more easily acquainted with the details.

As is always the case at this time of year we formally say goodbye to our Year 11 and 13 students who are stepping forward to pastures new. For some that may mean taking up their Sixth Form studies with us at STM, it may mean moving to alternative post 16 providers or training. For our Year 13 it may mean taking up their university places, commencing an apprenticeship or entering the world of work.

We are also saying cheerio to some of our colleagues. Miss Gehle (MFL) and Miss Kirkpatrick (Maths) are both taking up new teaching posts elsewhere. Miss McPhee (Lay Chaplain) is retiring and looking to embrace a range of exciting opportunities. Miss Hinton (RE) has decided to embrace a new career opportunity which will draw upon her many, many skills and talents honed during her significant teaching career and will take up the post of Lay Chaplain with us in September. In each case we wish each and everyone our love and best wishes and will continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers.

As we close for our summer holidays we are already looking forward to and planning for our new academic year. We will commence our Summer School or Transition Camp on Monday (July 25th) which will run for a week and will cater for 123 students.  As families you will each receive further communication reminding you of our expectations with regards to uniform, hair styles, attendance, homework and students’ use of mobile phones, especially on school premises. This communication will also include clarification as to our opening dates for student return in September.

All that remains for me is to thank you for your support, encouragement and help over the last academic year. Please know that it has not gone unnoticed and has certainly boosted both our  energy levels and determination.

Take care now all, have a restful and much deserved time together as families over the next number of weeks and God bless,

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