It was wonderful to welcome so many Year 9 pupils and parents to our Information Evening on Wednesday. Details of the new GCSE courses which Year 9 are now studying were given. Several parents asked for copies of the presentations given by Mrs Doyle, Curriculum Leader for English, and by Miss Donnelly, Curriculum Leader for Mathematics. These are available for download from the curriculum page of the school website.
Book Buzz: two of our junior librarians are pictured with Year 7 readers
All Year 7 pupils received the gift of a book this week. The pupils chose their books during English lessons in September. Orders were delivered to school this week. Many thanks to our Year 10 junior librarians who helped to distribute the books. We hope that Year 7pupils will enjoy reading their new books over half term and we look forward to reading their reviews and recommendations for their peers. The Book Buzz scheme, coordinated by our Librarian, Miss Burns, is part of the ongoing Reading for Pleasure initiative in school.
Our Chaplaincy Coordinator, Mrs Hayden, is busy recruiting pupils as parish representatives. A pupil representative for each feeder parish works as a point of contact with the parish priest. This facilitates exchanges of key information (about confirmation, Lourdes, fundraising, carol services, invitations, school events advertised in parish newsletters etc.). Please ask your child to consider volunteering for this important role. Interested pupils should see Mrs Hayden.
Items of lost property found in school are displayed in the school foyer every Friday during term in the hope that owners will reclaim them. The pile of unclaimed items is growing exponentially. Several items have been waiting for their owners since the first week of term. Items currently awaiting collection include blazers, jackets, coats, pullovers, shirts, shorts, rucksacks, holdalls, boot bags, football boots, shoes, trainers, watches, purses and much more. Lost property wastes a great deal of parents' money, pupils’ time which should be spent learning and teachers' time which could be better spent in teaching. Whenever an item is labelled with a name it is returned directly to the owner. Unfortunately, few items are labelled. Pupils, please take greater care of your belongings. Claim found items from reception. Too many Year 7 pupils are very forgetful of expensive items of clothing and equipment. Unclaimed items are donated to charity at the end of each term.
It has come to our attention that there may be additional funding available to schools to support young people who are adopted or living with families under a Special Guardianship Order. Please contact Dr P. Caldwell, Assistant Headteacher, to discuss (in complete confidence) whether your child may be eligible for this funding.