Headteacher’s Notice – 4 October 2023

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope this finds you well. As the weather is now starting to change and is becoming increasingly autumnal, could we draw upon your support in ensuring that students bring appropriate outdoor clothing with them, e.g. hats, scarves, gloves and coats. As we have all seen over recent weeks, the sudden and changing nature of our weather from hour to hour means that without warning our students may be in need of their coats whilst we shepherd them under cover. Equally so, and particularly with the arrival of shorter days and darker evenings, please encourage your child to make their way home as quickly and safely as possible, in the company of others and without air pods and mobile phones on show. Unfortunately we continue to live in a society where our personal belongings are often the desire of others and given how expensive these items are, it is important that our students are vigilant as they make their way home as to what they have on display and in use.

As a  school we are mindful that October is the month dedicated to the holy rosary. This is a time when Catholic communities worldwide will dedicate time to praying the rosary and making it a very special and important part of their time spent communicating with God. During prayer in Form and Assembly the Hail Mary will be a particular focus for us  as we ask both our Mother Mary and God our Father to walk with us in our daily lives.

Our Open Evening is this week. This is always a most special time for us. We thoroughly enjoy opening our school to visitors and potential students and families. Our students thrive on being able to show case their many, many skills and talents in a wide range of areas and of course it is most important to us that we have the opportunity to demonstrate our faith as a Catholic school and the very special influence it has on all we do. We hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday evening.

The school day is always a busy time, as it is for any place of work and learning. This is especially so at present here at STM. Our Homework Club is up and running and well attended and our P6 provision for our Year 11 students commenced this week and again, has been greatly supported by our Year 11 parents and carers in ensuring that their children attend this valuable after school intervention. We have commenced communicating with the families of those students who are expected to attend and have not done so with the intention of securing their participation from this point onwards.

With that in mind, may I draw your attention to our next Open Evening which will be specifically aimed at our Year 11 students with regards to Sixth Form. This evening is scheduled for Thursday 26th of October, further details to follow.

Mrs S M Bowen

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