Headteacher Update 10th December 2021


Dear Parent

I hope you are well at the end of what has been a poor week in terms of the weather.


You received letters on Wednesday regarding our Covid cases in school. We will keep you informed on this subject but we hope to return to normal procedures for Year 8 after the Christmas break. Please continue to encourage your child to carry out Lateral Flow Tests twice a week.


Term will end at 1pm for students on Friday 17th January. Buses will leave shortly afterwards.


The new term will start on Wednesday 5th January 2022. We have decided that there will not be a staggered start to the term as we want to minimise disruption to the education of our young people as far as possible. We ask that all students carry out a Lateral Flow Test at home on Tuesday 4th January. We will then supervise a further test in the usual way over the next 3 days in school. This minimises the amount of time our students will need to be out of lessons.


These will take place in school next Tuesday and Wednesday if you have signed up your child. They will take place in the Caritas Gym and we will keep disruption to a minimum; the process is less time consuming than the Covid testing and vaccines.


I met with the School Council last week and they outlined the following priorities:

  • Charities: support for Young Minds (Local) and the Harambee Partnership (International)
  • Setting up an Eco Committee to look at some of the following: allotments to grow vegetables, a wildlife area, tree planting, House planters in House colours, use of single use plastics, recycling, etc.


Every Tutor Group in school has had the opportunity to feed into these priorities and the School Council Executive meet formally with me once a term. We will be working on the priorities over the coming months; it was joyous to be able to get the School Council active again after the hiatus of the last couple of years.


Work on the new bike shed has begun and will be complete by the time we return in January.


I have had two Christmas dinners at school this week – one of the advantages of having two canteens. You will be pleased to know that they were not consumed on the same day but they were both delicious.

I am also very grateful to a parent who responded to my rhetorical question about seagulls last week. He reminded me that Eric Cantona knew exactly where they are at all times – they are following trawlers hoping for sardines. Of course!

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland