Headteacher’s Notice – 5 July 2022

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Hello, I hope you are all well. Can you believe that we are two weeks away from closing for our six weeks holiday? It seems as if this academic year has gone by in the blink of an eye, I suppose that is testimony to how busy it has been.

We were delighted to welcome Fr David to school on Wednesday morning last. In itself this is not unusual as Fr David very kindly joins us to celebrate Mass for us every Wednesday morning. What made this Wednesday so very special is that he commissioned our new Sixth Form Senior Team as they commenced their leadership role amongst our student body. We have included a photo of this most special event for your perusal.

Since our last edition our Year 11 students concluded their GCSE exams and celebrated this significant event by holding their Leaving Assembly. What a joyous celebration this proved to be not least because of the special appearance of the Year 11 Tutorial team led by Miss Woollam and Mr Smith to a rousing rendition of S Club 7’s ‘Reach for the Stars’!

Almost immediately this leaving ceremony had taken place we welcomed those hoping to return to our Sixth Form to pursue their post 16 studies in September back to school for their three day induction programme. We were also joined by our external students who will join us from other local secondary schools. I am so very proud to say that all students attending, both home grown and new to school, acquitted themselves exceptionally well and deserve every praise.

Our transition visits to our incoming Year 7 are now concluded. We are now in the process of putting the final details to our arrangements for Induction Evening on Tuesday July 5th and Induction Day on Wednesday July 6th. This is a wonderful occasion and one we truly look forward to. Information regarding the timing of the evening have been emailed out to all families and via our feeder primary schools.

One of the high points of our academic year has been our return to school trips and visits. Over the course of the next number of days our end of year Reward Trips will visit Alton Towers, Drayton Manor or the cinema and bowling alley at Bentley Bridge. In addition, a number of our students will complete their field work for their Geography GCSE coursework.

Significant thanks and recognition must go to Mrs Taylor-Hamblett, Mrs Brown and all teaching and learning support staff for their contribution to and delivery of our first SALAD Day. Across the course of this day all involved will spend the entirety of our time developing and engaging our oracy skill set by reading specifically prepared materials, listening to and watching a variety of visual and aural stimulus all of which are designed to encourage us to discuss, debate generally engage in a meaningful manner with each other. As a school we are firmly of the belief that this is all the more important given the impact of Covid and those long periods of isolation upon the social skills et of our children.

On July 11th we will welcome Bishop Stephen to school to meet our students who have been working with Miss McPhee in preparation for their sacrament of confirmation which they will receive at St Joseph’s Wolverhampton. We have been so very impressed by the maturity of each and every one of the twenty one students preparing to do so.

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