Dear Parents and Carers
As we approach the end of a short and very busy term I want to thank you all for your support during my interim period as Acting Headteacher. I have appreciated all of your kind messages and encouragement. I am also grateful for your co-operation with the teaching staff to get the very best from your children.
There are a number of items that I would like to bring to your attention.
The Year 7 Parents’ Evening will take place on the first Wednesday after Easter, Wednesday 18th April. All other Parents’ Evenings have now taken place with excellent attendance. It is clear that the positive partnership that exists between school and home is a vital factor in the success achieved by students.
Students in Year 11 are actively engaged in revision with GCSE exams due to commence in mid-May. The Easter holiday is a key time for exam preparation and I anticipate that parents and students are planning to enable as much revision time as possible over the two week period. There are also some revision sessions planned in school over Easter as further support. With ongoing revision and commitment, I am sure that students will feel confident in their progress as the final exams approach.
Likewise, Year 10 students have their first chance to experience GCSE-type assessments when their exams commence from 25th April. The Year 9 exams are scheduled for the coming week (w/c: 26th March) with Year 8 and 7 exams timetabled for June.
During this term students in Year 9 have chosen their option subjects and I hope to confirm all final allocations before the end of term next week. I know some subjects intend to start the GCSE course during the summer term so this is an important time for all Year 9 students with new challenges.
Traditionally during Lent we try to raise as much money as possible for CAFOD and I would like to thank all parents and students who have embraced various activities to this end over the last few weeks. Last Wednesday Mr Thomas organised what must be the tenth annual music concert with all proceeds going to CAFOD. Thank you very much if you were able to attend this wonderful event. As is typical the quality of performance was excellent. Well done to the many students and staff involved.
It has seemed a very long winter with snowfall extending into March! We now need some lovely spring sunshine and warmer weather to revive spirits. A combination of a relatively short term and the inclement weather has affected many school sports fixtures with cancelled matches leaving students and staff frustrated and disappointed. I hope for better next term,
I have had regular meetings with Stuart Wetson, our recently appointed new Headteacher. I know that he is looking forward to taking on the Headship role at St Mary’s. Equally, the Leadership team and whole school staff are excited about the prospect of working with Stuart. We share a common goal of maintaining and improving our existing provision at the school.
Finally, I wish all families a very Happy Easter. This is the most important feast of the Christian calendar and I hope that you have the chance to attend some or all of The Triduum or other services over the Easter weekend. If not, please try to take some time to contemplate the importance of Easter.