Message from the headteacher – 19 March 2021

Taken from the recent issue of More News:

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope this finds you all well. Firstly, may I thank you for the support and encouragement you have shown in the manner in which your children have been sent back to school. We know that so many of our usual ‘go to’ places remain closed and so we are all the more grateful for the smart attire with regards to uniform and footwear. Secondly, may I also thank you for the help you have provided over recent months with regards to remote learning and again your support in ensuring that our children have returned fully equipped and ready to learn, in the more traditional manner. We appreciate that the return to school may have caused some anxiety for a number of our children and would ask that if there is any information you feel would be important for us to know so that we might better support and help your child your acclimatise back in to school better that you make us aware at your earliest convenience.

You will know from our previous editions of More News that we are always hard at work recognising and celebrating the various seasons of the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. At present we are over way through the season of Lent. Our students and staff are busily gathering and collecting items that might be donated to those who need them most. The details of this collection is enclose within this edition. We also recognise and remember that March is the month dedicated to St Joseph, the father of Jesus. As a school this has holds special resonance for us as one of our feeder parishes and within the St Newman Cluster is that of St Joseph’s and of course one of longstanding Catholic feeder schools is St Joseph’s in Darlaston. Lastly and as importantly is the fact that today is the feast day of St Joseph, and so with that in mind we wish both the parish and school of St Joseph’s our prayers and thoughts and this most special of days for them.

I know as both a Head teacher and a parent how very frustrating it has been for some of you as Parents and Carers to receive a call from school this week explaining that your child will need to isolate for a period of ten days as a consequence of being a close contact to a child who has received a positive lateral flow test within school. Please read the detail and guidance taken directly from the guidance issued by Public Health directing us as to what we must do as a school to ensure the physical well being of the remainder of our community. As of this week our two week period of testing in school will conclude. All children, with the necessary permissions, will have participated in their three sessions of lateral flow testing within school and following this all students have been issued with the required home testing kits and instruction guide on to use from home. We hope from this point on to maintain a steady and routine approach to school without further disruption to attendance.

Our Year 11 and 13 students are well under way with the CAG process. Their class teachers have commenced taking them through the structure that they will follow over the coming weeks and months to ensure that they are fully equipped and supported and that in being so that they will achieve as they deserve. I would ask that as Parents and Carers you maintain your usual vigilance and support in encouraging full engagement with all aspects of the structure in place and that attendance remains a focus and priority. To support your awareness of the detail currently under discussion with students in all Year groups as to our approach to catch up please see the information enclosed.

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