I hope you are all well and not too windswept given recent weather conditions.
The next two weeks will be a busy time for our Year 11 and 13 students who will take their mock exams. As parents and carers you may be aware, especially should you have children in either or both Year groups, that there has been a great deal of information on our school website directing both you and them to helpful resources for study purposes. We have also been utilising a range of study activities during Form in addition to those activities that have taken place in lessons and in period 6. I would ask that you keep our students, and indeed their teachers, in your prayers and thoughts over these next two weeks as it can be a tiring and demanding time for them and I know they will greatly appreciate that there are others thinking of them and wishing them well.
I have recently had the pleasure of attending Mass at Holy Trinity in Bilston and St Joseph’s on the Willenhall Road and also at St Peter’s in Bloxwich, which is my own parish, to officially represent school and meet with parishioners afterwards. In all cases a most enjoyable time was had and I look forward to returning again soon. I am very grateful to both Fr Craig and Fr David and their parishioners for their very warm welcome and for the very kind words about our school and our students.
As you receive this edition of More News we will commence celebrating the season of Advent in school. This is always a great period of excitement for our school community as we commence our preparation for Christmas and the birth of Jesus. During the coming week our Youth SVP will deliver specially created Advent assemblies for all Year groups. Mr Howell, our Lay Chaplain, will lead all staff through a special reflection on the theme of Advent during staff briefing on Monday. All Year groups will commence collecting goods and items for a host of specially chosen causes. We also remember that December is the month dedicated by Pope Francis to evangelisation or the spreading of the faith. The challenge we will set ourselves as a community is to see how many different ways in which we can communicate the love of God and Jesus and spread their message of peace, hope and justice.
We will also start to decorate our entrance foyer for Christmas. On Monday we will start to decorate our Jesse Tree with the symbols telling the story of the history of the people of the Old and New Testament up to, including and after the birth of Jesus. We will also construct our nativity scene. Please do take the time to look and enjoy as you visit our school.
Year 7 will collect a range of toiletries and other goods for babies - ‘Baby basics’.
Years 8 and 9 will collect toiletries and other personal hygiene items for the homeless. These will be donated to the collection currently being organised by Fr Craig in both Holy Trinity and St Joseph’s parishes.
Years 10 and 11 will collect non-perishable food items which will in turn be donated to St Peter’s parish in Bloxwich and form here they will be donated to a local food bank.
Years 12 and 13 will collect small luxury items and other items for the ‘Remember in December’ collection currently being organised by student members of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in Shire Oak Secondary School in Walsall. These will be gathered together by our D of E students and donated by them to their fellow D of E there.
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