Headteacher’s Notice – 30 April 2021

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Hello, I hope you are all well. As always may I thank you for your continued support. I think I can safely say that we are all becoming somewhat Covid weary but it is essential that as restrictions ease we remain nonetheless vigilant in our approach to all aspects of respirational hygiene and social distancing.

Enclosed in this edition are a great number of items all designed to either inform or support your ongoing interaction with all we do here in school. You will see that we are focussing on presentation of work within exercise books and the quality of the content enclosed. These are most important issues as they not allow our students to showcase their learning and demonstrate the progress made by the across their subject areas over time but it also says a great deal about the pride they take in themselves and in their work.

You will also find important information regarding Free School Meals and the financial support available to our students and families. Again, this is an important aspect of our daily school life. It is essential that children are fuelled for their day’s learning and are both eating and drinking the often considered boring but certainly more healthier options to support not only their physical but indeed emotional development and well-being.

As Parents and Carers we have all been made aware of our recently introduced Myon programme. Designed to encourage and support a love of and proficiency in literacy, this programme opens up a window of exciting, enthralling and encouraging opportunities for reading. Please do have browse with your child. I was most heartened when visiting a number of Year 7 classes this week to see how engaged our students are with the programme and how highly they spoke about it.

Mrs Weighell has also submitted important information concerning attendance. I would encourage all Parents and Carers to read this detail please. Now that we are more or less back to normal we are not only continuing with our regular weekly audits regarding attendance but are indeed dedicating additional resources to both tracking and addressing failing numbers where relevant.

Year 11 and 13 are fast approaching that bitter sweet time of year when they will leave us to move on to their next phase of learning or work. We will publish all relevant dates and details early next week for Parental and Carer attention. However,  is absolutely essential that any outstanding reply slips relating to Sixth Form applications are returned with a matter of urgency, especially as we are in the process of putting our finishing details to our plans for Sixth Form Induction which will commence immediately after half term.

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