Headteacher’s Notice – 4 May 2022

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Hello, I hope you and all at home are well. As we return from our long weekend we are now in the month of May. This is the month when we especially dedicate our prayers to Our Lady. Traditionally we process to and crown the statues of Our Lady, we sing hymns written specifically for Our Lady and will regularly say the Hail Mary. It is particularly fitting that during this month our Year 11 and 13 students will commence their examinations, a month when we turn to our spiritual mother and ask for her guidance, inspiration and support.

As we returned from our Easter holidays we welcomed our Year 10 and 12 students from Work Experience. We were very lucky to secure the number of placements that we did and are extremely proud of the many, many positive comments made by the employers who hosted our students. For those who were not able to secure an external Mrs Prior, Mrs Roberts and Ms Rasmin put together a robust, creative and interesting schedule of activities drawing upon a wide range of external providers. Again, our students’ engagement was complemented upon on numerous occasions.

We were delighted to host our inaugural Culture Day on April 8th. It was most wonderful to see so many of our students and staff spend the day proudly wearing items of national dress or items of clothing bearing the colours of their national flag or crests and emblems. We are intending to amend this approach as we plan for our annual Sports Day in July.

We are now in the midst of planning for our Year 7 Induction Day and Pastoral and Curriculum Evening in July. Parents of our incoming Year 7 can expect to receive their Induction packs containing all relevant documentation as we close for May half term.

As we meet our students in Years 7-10 in assemblies over the course of this week and next we will distribute lanyards to each student. This will mean that students in lower school will follow the example of their older peers and will be asked to both wear and present their lanyards as they enter our school gates in the morning as an additional layer of safeguarding which is important for our wider school community and remains as ever, a priority.

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