Welcome back and Happy New Year. It does seem such a long time ago since we were surrounded by the trappings of the festive season and ringing in 2019 but I do hope that your New Year has started well.
As always there is such a lot to be done and considered at school.
Our Year 11 are busy preparing for their next round of mock exams. Period 6 commences this week - information is included inside this edition. It is important that the students identified stay with us for these sessions. Being called back is not a suggestion of laziness or inability - it is simply saying that there are certain areas needing more support and direction so that each student achieves their best. It is important to us all that no one is disadvantaged in any way when applying for and accessing courses at Post 16.
Year 13 are in the final stages of submitting their UCAS applications. Many already have and are excitedly receiving their offers from their chosen universities. I have been so excited hearing of the many different courses being applied for - ranging from nursing to teaching and from medically oriented courses to engineering. Of course some of our students are looking for a more hands on method of training and career development and are investigating apprenticeships in the police, accountancy, business and engineering. We are most lucky to have a dedicated and efficient source of support in the person of Mrs Rasmin who sees many of our Year 13 students weekly and offers objective and person centred advice - further study is not for all but what is essential is that the academic ability and skill set of our students is maximised and recognised.
A number of our Year 12 students have taken up the challenge to participate in our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place at the end of July. In addition to those members of staff and students volunteering from STM, we will be joined by seventeen members of the parishes of Holy Trinity and St Joseph’s as pilgrims and/or volunteers. We are most excited and are fund raising as if there was no tomorrow.
A very important aspect of this half term will be our recognition and marking of Holocaust Memorial. We will dedicate time, as we do every year, to reflecting upon this aspect of modern history but keeping at the forefront of our mind as a Catholic school, that we must do all we can in the little things everyday to ensure that our school is an inclusive, accepting, compassionate and understanding community.
I hope you enjoy this edition of More News and would ask that as we keep you in our prayers you would keep us in yours,
Mrs Bowen, Headteacher