Monday, 6 November 2017

October

Where did that first half term go…. It seems like a “blink and you will miss it” type of feeling, but so much has happened in the first 7 weeks.  Students have continued to settle well and now seem like part of the furniture.

It was delightful to see so many student volunteer to help at our Open Evening on September 28th and I was happy to see so many students volunteering to join our excellent choir.  There are still places available in the choir for the Christmas Carol Concert as well as for parts in the school performance of the The Wizard of Oz.  Please continue to encourage your child to make the most of the clubs and opportunities that are presented to them.

Our charity focus has been LEPRA, a UK based charity that helps fight Leprosy in some of the poorest area in the world.  The year 7 welcome disco was fabulously attended (with some good dancing from both students and staff) and all the proceeds from ticket sales and the tuck shop being donated to the cause.  It was also delightful to see so many students raising money by organising their own sponsorship activities.  One student organised his own sponsored basketball shootout. Another three students organised a cake sale which raised £500 and it was lovely to see so many cake sales being held by year 7’s around the College during this time.  The final figure is yet to be in, but I am confident in saying that we must have raised over £1000 for this fabulous charity.

Students in year 7 continue to amaze me with their dedication and work ethic.  Every week, there are around 10 students of week, nominated by their class teachers for their excellent effort in lessons.  Long may this continue.

I was fortunate to be invited on the Birds of Prey trip which was attended by approximately 170 Year 7 students.  Their behaviour was exemplary and they were a real credit to the College.  Please continue to support attendance on school trips.  Please remember that students who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding can apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of these trips.

Parents’ Evening is also fast approaching and I look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday 15th November.  The evening runs from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and letters have been sent out.  Please bring your child along if this is appropriate.


Best wishes,

C M Taylor

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

September



Wow!  What a fantastic start to the year!  As a new Director of Studies at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, I felt just as nervous on the first day as our new students, although my biggest concern at the time was whether or not it would rain as we lined the students up on the playground!

I had no need to be concerned, however, as just like our students, the weather remained bright and sunny, with a large degree of calmness as they started their time at Blessed Edward.  The first few hours were spent with their wonderful and experienced form tutors who helped to settle them well and prepare them for the first few days and weeks.  The first ever lessons (of approximately 4,800 over the next 5 years) followed and the day ended with an assembly with myself and Mr. McClarey as we reinforced our expectations and hopes for the students in their time at our College.

The first two weeks have flown by, but with lots of things happening.  Your children have behaved impeccably throughout and I am so pleased with the number of students who have attended and volunteered for clubs and other responsibilities.  It was heart-warming to see students taking part in the choir, boxing, football, netball, rugby and all of the other opportunities that are presented to them. Please continue to encourage long-term attendance at these clubs. The social benefits of joining a club are just as important as any academic success.

I have also had the opportunity to visit a number of year 7 lessons in a variety of different subject areas.  It was fabulous to see how attentive, enthusiastic and respectful the students were and how much they were enjoying being taught by their new teachers. I also think that attentive, enthusiastic and respectful students are a joy to teach so it’s a win-win situation!
The students have also had the opportunity to volunteer to be form representatives for a variety of different areas.  For example, members of the student council will meet with me on a regular basis and have an input on any issues that affect them.  Previous council members have influenced the purchase of new lunch benches and their location within the school grounds.

I have been really impressed with the number of emails that I have received from staff in the College when I ask for nominations for the students of the week.  So far I have had 8 nominations in 2 weeks…. I think I will need to arrange for more certificates to be printed!  The thing that is most pleasing are the reasons behind these nominations – attributes such as kindness, politeness, thoughtfulness, volunteering and concern for other students currently form the basis of the majority of nominations from the staff.  I look forward to what the rest of the half term has in store!

Please continue to email your child’s form tutor if you have any queries. Effective communication is so important to continue to help support your child in College.
All the best,


C Taylor

Director of Studies – Year 7