Summer School Review 2019

In July we were delighted to host around 90 students for our annual Summer School, and over the three days, the weather certainly matched up to the name with temperatures rising past 30 degrees.

As the school term for all our other students had ended, it was a fantastic opportunity to give some of our new Year 7 students an early taste of life at St Thomas More Catholic School. As a school, having a ‘family’ atmosphere is very important to us, so it made us feel very proud when Year 11 students, who should have been enjoying their holiday after their exams, volunteered their time to join the youngsters and make them feel welcome and part of the St Thomas More community.

The theme for our summer school was “You Count” and focused on a mixture of academic and practical activities that support students’ well-being and emotional development. Students were introduced to a wide range of activities. Robotics, drama, sport, literacy & storytelling, treasure hunting and numeracy were just some of the sessions enjoyed across the three days.

The theme for our summer school was “You Count” and focused on a mixture of academic and practical activities that support students’ well-being and emotional development. Students were introduced to a wide range of activities. Robotics, drama, sport, literacy & storytelling, treasure hunting and numeracy were just some of the sessions enjoyed across the three days.

As well as the heat outside of the building, temperatures were also rising in our Food Technology session, with each student cooking up a delicious batch of jam buns to take home and enjoy. Outside of the kitchen, the students also developed their woodwork skills by creating a desk tidy with Mr Dutton and used specially designed software to get technical with Lego.

All family members that brought students to Summer School, were invited to join in with our morning prayers, where students were invited to make a special intention for the day to show how caring, kind and compassionate they could be towards each other. At the end of the afternoon sessions, a prayer and a reflection closed the day before students and family members made their way home in the summer sunshine.

On the final day, students were asked to write an article about Summer School, the standard of work was exceptional and these were some of our favourite pieces:

“Summer school in 2019 was amazing, at the start of the three days we were split into four groups named after famous saints; Ambrose, Catherine, Thomas & Benedict”. I am so glad I made the decision to attend, I was very shy on the first day but now I am proud to say that I have made some good friends”

Anita

“The helpers in our group were Year 11 students who used to wear our purple tie; Tom & Orla have been amazing and supported us in every activity. I have had a lovely time and I didn’t want it to end. I have unlocked skills that I never knew I had”

Drew

“Each morning we all helped to create a poster that included our special intentions for the day, the first day we thought of how we could make someone feel cared for, the second day was about forgiveness and the last day we wrote about how to be a good neighbour. It really made everyone closer together and I’m no longer worried about starting school in September”

Sharnia

The staff that took part also thoroughly enjoyed the three days of Summer School and we are looking forward to seeing each and every one of our Year 7 students continue to build on their confidence, friendships and skills over the coming year.