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Headteacher's Message

21st October 2021

End of the Michaelmas Term
As we reach the end of this long term, it provides me with an opportunity to thank
the staff and pupils for a wonderful effort made by the whole of the College
community. The attendance rates of both staff and pupils has been affected by
the on-going Pandemic, however, everyone has done their very best to maintain
the standards and expectations of the College.
The Christmas term will begin on Monday 1st November and will conclude on Friday
17th December. We have a teacher INSET day on Friday 3rd December that will
provide a long weekend for parents and pupils!

Safety Assemblies
During the week, we have held assemblies for all year groups with reference to personal safety on the way to, and from, College. For pupils in Year 7, we were visited by two Community Police Support Officers. The main theme of the assemblies was reminding pupils to be aware of their surroundings, particularly when they find themselves on their own. They were discouraged from entering areas that had poor lighting if they were walking alone. They were encouraged, if possible, to walk in groups and keep an eye out for one another.

Governors Visit: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th October
There were seven Governors who visited the College over the two days and they observed learning in Religious education, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Law, Criminology, Drama and Business Studies. In addition, the Governors paid particular focus on Collective Worship and the Catholic Life of the College. They were delighted by the welcome they received from pupils and staff. Over the coming term, we hope to welcome Governors back to the College to spend time with the remaining departments within the College and to provide more opportunities for Governors to sample and experience the Catholic life of the College.

Awards Evening 2021
On Wednesday 20th October we held our annual Awards Evening. This year our Guest of Honour was Bishop Stephen Wright, the auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Prior to being ordained as a Priest, Bishop Stephen was a qualified Barrister. He shared his experiences and congratulated the achievements of the pupils. There were 54 Awards and we were delighted to welcome 180 parents, guardians and award winners.